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Cyber Monday.....And a Giveaway!

I'm learning the importance of how to shop smarter, not harder, this holiday season. And my first order of business is to rack up on some good deals from the comfort of my living room by taking advantage of Cyber Monday!

But enough about that. Today I announce my first ever giveaway on Brains of the Outfit! I'm gifting one of my lucky readers a Target Gift Card worth $25 (just in time for the launch of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday24 Collection!).

Tar-jay is quite possibly one of my favorite big box stores for fast fashion. I can always find a cute top or flats when I'm in a fashion pinch. So today, my dear readers, I'm sharing the love (and the wealth). How to enter and contest rules below:

How to Enter:

1. Follow @eewb on Instagram and Twitter
2. Re-post this picture on your Pinterst and Instagram with the hashtags
#BotoHolidayGiveaway and #BotoShopSmarter
3. Follow @TargetStyle on Twitter 
4. Leave a comment below about the item(s) you would use your gift card toward

Boto "Shop Smarter" Giveaway ends Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Midnight.

Giveaway/Contest Rules:
This contest is open to U.S. residents 18 and older.  No monetary exchanges or substitutions allowed. Target is in no way affiliated with this contest. One (1) winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Comments posted after midnight, Saturday, December 1, will not be counted. When leaving a comment, please submit a valid email address. Anonymous comments will be discarded.  No Facebook or Twitter comments will be counted as submissions. 



Black Friday at H&M

Last year was my first attempt at Black Friday, and I must say, it was sort of fun! My mom and I awoke at midnight and stayed out until 6 a.m. going from store to store. Insane, I know! But well worth it for the deals we recieved!

And in my humble opinion, one of the best retailers for "fast fashion" that's worth wearing has got to be H&M. Hands down. And I just received a listing of their big Black Friday sales!

Here's what' they're advertising:

  • Fashion Finds for the entire family from $5
  • Scratch-offs for the first 100 people in line at stores, valued up to $300
  • Extended Hours: City stores will open at midnight on November 23rd
  • “Pre-Black Friday” deals starting at just $7 from November 19th through November 21st  

If you live near an H&M, you might want to get there with the crowds in the wee hours of the morning. The selection is sure to go fast!


Bag Lady: F21s Studded Trim Handbag

I'm back! Did you miss me?

Feels like I'm constantly apologizing to you guys for my disappearing acts. Going forward, it's safe to say that posts will probably come only 2-3x a week until after the holidays. And even that timeframe is a little sketchy.

But you have me now. So let's get to it!

I've been searching for a new black handbag/statement bag for what seems like  an eternity months now. It's been a pretty difficult task, seeing as how I don't want to pay upwards of $300 for anything, and everything that I actually like is $800 plus. Not to mention, I don't believe in paying over $100 for "vegan" leather (yes, I'm talking to you, Zara.)

So these are the two bags that have been haunting my dreams:

Phillip Lim Pashli shark-embossed leather tote | $900


Celine Trapeze Bag | $2760

Sadly, since I'm of the working class and cannot even afford to Bag, Borrow or Steal these, I've been throwbacking it with my circa '06 French Connection oversize leather tote (let's be honest, it's really a beach bag) for months, which is so beat up that I'm not even going to embarrass myself by posting a photo of it.

Until Saturday.

Ran up on this cutie and almost squealed in-store.

Forever 21 Studded Trim Handbag | $33

Yes, it looks as amazing in this photo as it does in person. And the "vegan" leather is superb!

All for just $33 at Forever21. Might buy a second one just to be on the safe side.

Get at look at it in different lights: