Saving Stores One Purchase at a Time

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I have always enjoyed shopping. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to go to the mall. It was not always about the purchase, it was also about the activity and the social aspect as well. Going to the mall with my mom and now my children is a good way to interact, converse, and enjoy the day.

I must admit I am getting concerned about the number of stores closing and the number that are predicted to file bankruptcy soon. It is hard for stores to stay in business today. Internet shopping (Amazon) is hurting the mom and pop stores as well as the department stores we love. I for one do not find it possible to buy my clothes (especially pants) on-line. I want to try them on and see how they fit. I do not want to settle for something that is not what I wanted because of return shipping costs. I want to feel the fabric and know exactly what I am getting and not be surprised that the color is off or the fabric is cheap. Not only this, I want to go shopping! I want to chat and browse and have a good time.

I have decided that I will not make any on-line purchases this holiday season for anybody on my gift list unless it is from a particular store I want to support (sorry Amazon). I want to support my local stores and the places I like to shop. I want to do my part to keep them in business. Will it help? Who knows. But it will make me feel better knowing I tried to do what I felt was right.

Alan Jackson’s song “Little Man” is a good reference…

I remember walk’in round the court square sidewalk
Lookin’ in windows at things I couldn’t want
There’s Johnson’s Hardware and Morgans Jewelry
And the ol’ Lee King’s Apothecary
They ware the little man
The little man

I go back now and the stores are empty
Except for an old coke sign dated 1950
Boarded up like they never existed
Or renovated and called historic districts
There goes the little man
There goes the little man

Now the court square’s just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man
He pumped your gas and he cleaned your glass
And one cold rainy night he fixed your flat
The new stores came where you do it yourself
You buy a lotto ticket and food off the shelf
Forget the little man
Forget about that little man

He hung on there for a few more years
But he couldn’t sell slurpees
And he wouldn’t sell beer
Now the bank rents the station
To a man down the road
And they sell velvet Elvis and
Second-hand clothes
There goes little man
There goes another little man

Now the court square’s just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

Now the stores are lined up in a concrete strip
You can buy the whole world in just one trip
And save a penny cause it’s jumbo size
They don’t even realize
They’er killin’ the little man
Oh the little man

Now the court square’s just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

It wasn’t long ago when I was a child
An old black man came with his mule and his plow
He broke the ground where we grew our garden
Back before we’d all forgotten
about the little man
The little man
Long live the little man
God bless the little man

Colors to Wear for Fall/Winter 2019/2020

Style and Beauty

The latest trend colors of the season are here. The Pantone Color Institute’s latest Fashion Color Trend Report is out. These colors are what designers will be using this fall and winter to design their lines. No doubt the stores will be favoring these “it” shades.

What to do if the latest trend colors are not the perfect shade for a person’s coloring? In this case, trend shades can be incorporated into accessories instead of being used as the main piece of the wardrobe. Not everyone looks good in every color. The key to looking good is to know what flatters and what does not. Same goes if the budget does not allow to make multiple purchases of the new trend colors of the season. Purchase a couple of statement pieces and then supplement the existing wardrobe with accessories in the new trend colors. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, belts, hair clips, purses, hats, etc… can add a nice pop of color and be less likely to break the bank.

Here are the fall/winter trend colors for 2019:

18-4217 Blue
Stone
19-1650 Biking Red
19-1557 Chili Pepper
12-1110 Creme de Peche
15-1150 Dark Cheddar
19-6050 Eden
17-1926 Fruit Dove
19-4055 Galaxy Blue
18-1155 Sugar Almond
19-1234 Rocky Road
15-1530 Peach Pink
16-1358 Orange Tiger

The following four shades are considered the classics of the season. They are core shades that can be meant as the underlying foundation of the outfit using other colors to enhance it. They are also capable of standing on their own.

16-0000 Paloma
17-0530 Guacamole
19-3815 Evening Blue
12-0815 Vanilla Custard

Now that the palette is set, it is up to the artist to create the masterpiece. Why not try a new color! Pick and choose from the palette and mix with existing wardrobe pieces to make the best individual statement. Happy shopping!

Source: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-autumn-winter-2019-2020