Every Mom Deserves Love

Finding the perfect gift for Mom can be challenging. However, this isn’t a blog post telling you what we think you should buy her.  On the contrary, we couldn’t even begin to imagine what your particular Mom would want. It’s not because we don’t have an idea of what’s popular or an insight into what our customers need. No it has more to do with the fact that the term ‘Mom’ is to blanket of a statement. Moms have never fallen into one neat category. They are spread out across generations, demographics, interests and cultures. In other words, Moms cannot be pigeonholed.

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However, the one thing all Moms do seem to have in common is the ability to maneuver their lives like ninjas. Show us a Mom anywhere and we will show you a multitasking genius. CEOs should  bow down to these mavericks. In fact 24 people across the country actually applied for the ‘World’s Toughest Job’ and were blown away to find the ‘Director of Operations’ position was really a fake ad for Moms. Talk about perspective!

Seeing all that your Mom has done or continues to do for you, don’t you think she deserves the right to get what she really wants this year? We love Moms and have populated our Mother’s Day Sale with every kind of Mom in mind. Let Mom be herself and jeez call her once in a while, will you?

 

Lose the Stress and Start Your Holiday Shopping Early

Nightmares of Malls Danced In Their Heads

I don’t know about you but every December, around the two week mark I start to majorly stress out. Once again I find myself desperate to get all my holiday shopping done in mere weeks. I scour the malls and boutiques looking for the ‘perfect’ gifts to shower my loved ones. However, the joy of giving is almost always obliterated with feelings of maniacal frenzy. What better way to kill the spirit of the season than elbowing fellow shoppers and cutting off old ladies in the parking lot? The thought makes anyone want to skip the holidays altogether.

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Taking Back The Holidays

This year I am calling it quits and taking back my favorite season. I refuse to step foot into one more mall and plan to have all my shopping done by mid-month. How will I achieve this mythical feat you may ask? Why online shopping of course! Online shopping is widely becoming the mode of choice when it comes to season. With the emergence of events like Cyber Monday, the eCommerce marketplace has begun to take its rightful place at the top of the retail food chain. Beyond the obvious convenience factor, online deals are often far more economical than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. An afternoon online, especially on a Lifestyle-centered site like ShoppingBlitz, can destroy a checklist like no other!

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My personal dream is a latte in hand and my shopping done with the click of a mouse. I invite you to join me in my mission to bring peace back into the season. Let’s do ourselves a favor and lose the stress.  Maybe our revolution will inspire others to discover even more ways to add joy to the art of giving, after all isn’t that what it’s all about ?

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Mother’s Day Special: The Woman Behind the Mom

With Mother’s Day fastly approaching (May 12), it’s time to show the women in your life some love and  appreciation. Show them how much you care by getting gifts they would choose for themselves.
Mom’s, Grandma’s, Step Mom’s, Aunts, caregivers, etc. are women first and foremost.

So buy for the unique woman behind the Mom.

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1. Lole St Denis Jacket  2. Kenneth Cole Reaction Ballet Flats  3. Gianna Rose Atelier Pinecone & Acorn Soaps
4.  Soft Style Cristina Pumps  5. Carve Phoebe Polarised Signature Sunglasses
6. Fusion Beauty LipFusion InFatuation Lip 7. GLAMGLOW Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask

Celebrating Mom’s Individual Style

Moms with StyleFor over a year I have been working alongside two working moms. The experience has taught me that there is no one mom style. Moms come in so many different packages and each with their own fashion preferences. Some still rock the stilettos, not letting anything get in the way of them and high-fashion. Others prefer flats and clothes that can be thrown on and off; in the case of spit, throw up and any other gems their kids might throw at them. Still otDown With Mom Jeanshers are into a sporty and athletic style, for a quick trip to the gym in between pick-ups and drop-offs.
One of the few commonalities is that Moms want to look good just like everyone else.

At Shopping Blitz we have a saying around the office, ‘Down with Mom Jeans.’ We hate them that much. Non-flattering and with zero creativity, mom jeans are an ongoing joke and an insult to women everywhere. Mom’s are first and foremost women. In-touch styles, figure flattering cuts and silhouettes and the wow-factor still matter to them, maybe even more so than the single girl. Because they know what they want and have little patience for anything else. In that light, we SB style gurus dedicate this collection to fashionable Mom’s everywhere!

Featuring: Lole, Soft Style, Glam Glow, Fusion Beauty, Carve, Gianna Rose Atelier, Kenneth Cole Reaction

Spring is Here

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Spring is finally taking root, and along with the budding trees and warmer weather come some very special events: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, dance recitals and let’s not forget – WEDDINGS!

I don’t know about you, but my calendar is jam packed these days! Although I’m looking forward to celebrating with my loved ones, I just don’t have the time to peruse for the thoughtful gifts that my sweater-knitting alter ego would approve of. How do I show up, sans gift card, with a well thought-out present that doesn’t secretly say sorry, I was in a rush?

With Life is good, I fret not: I have the perfect present for everyone! Mother’s day is covered with a bubble bath tee in mom’s favorite color (urging her to finally relax!) and Father’s day is in the bag – the golfer’s bag, that is.  I have the ultimate shirt in store for a very special griller’s birthday and I’ll shower the beautiful bride with love this June in this form-fitting crusher tee. The optimism of this line was so contagious that I shamelessly convinced myself to make room for one more – me!

Comfortable clothing with a sunny disposition. Presents DONE. Time to relax.

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The Price We Pay: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Perfect Rain Boots

As returns season is upon us it gets me thinking about all the shoes in my closest I’d love to replace. Some were gifts, some choices from an outdated past, damaged pairs and ones that never made sense in the first place. I look at the rain boots under my desk, long-faded from its cute white, pink and purple plaid glory days. They were cheap and have lived-up to the price. Sometimes, unfortunately cheaper doesn’t mean better. Sometimes we need to make an investment in quality. We need to ask ourselves, do I want these for a day, a season, or a lifetime? And then figure out monetarily what we are willing to pay for our choice.

Crocs WelliesMy used and abused golashes have had me perking up at each new brand’s offerings. Crocs Bridle Wellie Rain Boots have been catching my eye the most lately. Designed like a classic riding boot, these waterproof beauties have a cushioned footbed and Crocs proven comfort. Plaid overlay gives the boot an air of respectability and class. That’s a lot to be said for a rain boot and at $66 its an incredible bargain!

Dirty Laundry Rain BootsIf we are going off cuteness factor alone than my mind wanders to Dirty Laundry Rodwell Waterproof Boots. A mid-calf boot whose bold colors and rounded design will add a splash of color to the gloomiest of days. Checking out at $45 they are worth more than a second look. I am partial to the Fushia/Orange, as well as the Green/Navy. Pairs like these make me wish for storm clouds!

And because we should never let the weather slow down our chic, let me present Henry Ferrera Neon Bootsthe Henry Ferrera Neon Boot. Sleek, with a faux crocodile finish, these are the kind of boots that make the statement for you. If I bought these I would call them by City boots. A pair I could use to dress up even an old pair of jeans. Something about heading into Manhattan makes me want to put my best foot forward. Comfort is also key for walking those long city blocks. At $40 you can afford a tough rain jacket to go with it!

Ahnu Laguna BootsMy thinking outside box choice is the Ahnu Laguna Boot. Waterproof patent leathers with easy on/off medical zipper. Contains a U-shaped heel stabilizer for optimum comfort and balance. Its seam-sealed construction keeps water out and heat in! At $160 its a commitment but with this kind of construction they are boots that will grow with you.

My mind is still unmade as I love them all but I hope my ramblings have made the point that fashion need not find its true worth on a price tag. The best finds are often found in the unlikeliest of places! Now go splash in some puddles for me!

Comfort & Style for the Holidays

The Halloween costumes are put away and Thanksgiving dinner has been served. It’s official – The Holidays are here! No matter what event you will be observing this year, I’m pretty sure that a bit of shopping – and the ever so lovely waiting in line – will be involved. If you’re23503229274913751_lejfPUQL_c like me, all that standing and walking around can become quite painful. You start off with the stamina of a five-year old but after a few hours all you’re looking for is the closest bench.

Comfort is the name of the game around this time, especially when it comes to your choice of footwear.  I always assumed that any added height to my shoes would elevate the pain along with my stature.  That is not always the case.  In a mere two months at ShoppingBlitz, I’ve learned that a well-made shoe can not only up the ante on comfort, but achieve it without compromising on style or quality.

For staSBPKL_801-8004rters, I present to you the latest addition to my ‘happy feet’  family, the ever-so-chic Pikolinos Bruja Buckle Boots , shown here in chocolate. With a low 4-cm heel, they add just a touch of height, but oh are they comfy!  The secret is in the gel and foam padded midsole for which Pikolinos is known for. Get yourself a pair of these and your feet will thank you. Then you can thank me later.

Or how about these Sofft Colorado boots?  Belt buckles over SBSFS_1416240smooth, buttery leather are indisputably in for the season. Though they pack a higher 3-inch heel, don’t despair.  These boots are kind to your soles, with extra padding added to the arch, foot and heel. You will come to appreciate the perforated foot bed, allowing airflow, so you won’t be bringing home stinky, tired feet along with your presents.

SBPKL_865-9270For those not-so-chilly fall days, you can trade up the boots for some oxfords by Pikolinos or even these adorable flats by Henry Ferrera.  Padded with gel and foam on the midsole for added comfort, the oxfords are just fun to dress up and you won’t even feel the slight 4cm heel. The Henry Ferrera flats will get yoSBHF_WILD-BLUGLDu through a day of shuffling bags and kids in and out of the car.  The contrast between the wintry blue and the eternally in season cheetah print will bring a lot of attention to your feet. I can’t say enough how much I love these shoes!

Let’s not forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of taking care of others. Be kind to your feet this season, and every other season, and they will take you happily wherever you need to go. And remember, if you can’t make it to the stores, or if you truly are too sore, grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up on the couch and shop for your loved ones while barefoot and in your pajamas – online!

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