That’s So Last Season »> So What!?

I have a problem. I call it “I love shopping way too much-itis.”  I partially cure my guilt by finding amazing deals on my favorite designer brands and labels. This type of addiction is no big deal unless you’re the fool who’s paying full price, which I will never do.  I could care less if it’s this season or that season, I just want to say, “Yes, my blouse is Ella Moss,” or, “Of course my pumps are Vince Camuto.”  No one will ever know what’s this season or last season unless they are the designer, herself- or maybe your scrutinizer has too much time on her hands.  Don’t worry about her, and wear what you want.

That said, I love shopping at discount retailers such as Nordstroms Rack, T.J. Maxx or Loehmanns. I get the labels I want, at the prices I love- paying no attention to if its the current style or last summer’s. I find that the best time to do some serious shopping is at the end of the season, or before it even starts. I know what you’re thinking. It’s 95 degrees outside, why would I even want to think about buying a sweater now?  Stores like Kohls will have items they are just trying to move out of their inventory up to 80% off. That means, I get a Vera Wang for Kohl’s sweater for $11 or a Rebecca Taylor jacket for $20- and may I just interject that that jacket retails for the whopping, coma-inducing price of $550. Yes, the price tag does not lie. I feel like I stole the jacket because I purchased it so cheap.
This shopping tactic definitely involves going to the store. Sorry, no online shopping today ladies.
Once you’re in the store, finding deals can be easy. Just head on over to the clearance or sale rack.  You’ll be surprised at what deals you can find by just pulling an eye catching piece from the rack. Don’t forget to shop on days when stores offer an extra percent off on merchandise, such as Dillards, which might offer an extra 40% off the last few days of each month- or Loehmanns, who will have extra off on certain colored clearance labels.

That moment when you find a style steal will be the best moment of your day. A great deal might make you love your new shoes even more, make you feel a little bit more confident as you strut in your new little black dress. I believe that it doesn’t matter how much you paid for it, or the fact that it was last season. It matters that what you buy makes you happy and feel good about yourself. So get bargain hunting, ladies,on your favorite brands and labels.

Submitted by Jaclyn Turner- Klothes and Style Contributor
Education: Journalism and American Studies at University of Maryland- College Park
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Love Always Wins: “My Parents Got Remarried”

My parents got re-married this weekend.

I never thought I’d write that sentence.

After twenty-two years, my parents renewed their vows on Saturday. In a time where people are constantly breaking commitments, it’s refreshing that two people are making new ones. If you had told me my parents would be standing at an altar recommiting themselves to each other, I would have labeled you a liar and laughed in your face. Hard.

Life has it’s ups and downs. Its highs and lows. I’ve seen my parents go through both. I’ve seen mornings with breakfast in bed and evenings with late night dancing. I’ve heard screaming and slandering coupled with tears and doors slamming. I’ve seen flowers and cards given in acts of love. I’ve seen broken glass and furniture done in acts of spite. Because of all this, I’m amazed. I’m amazed at two people who were willing to truly forgive to continue a love that started so strongly twenty-two years ago. It would have been so much easier to walk away. They came pretty close to ending it forever as parents lived in two different places for almost two years. So what brought them back together? What overcame the scorn?

Love, simply.

My pastor wedded my mother and father. During his speech, he recited the well known verse from 1 Corinthians:

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

It may sound cliche because it’s at almost every wedding, but it’s at almost every wedding because it’s the standard of love. Love consists of patience, kindness, & forgiveness. Love is without pride, rudeness and jealousy. Most of all, love never gives up. That’s where most of couples fail. When emotions run high, either one or both partners want to run away. Sometimes inevitably, couples have to separate. Let that also be done in love. I know true love flows between my parents because they held on no matter what. For the reader, I hope you seek out what true love really is. Not what’s in the movies, but raw, relentless, unconditional love. It exists and it’s for you. For the reader that has already found true love, continue to perfect it and never think you’ve arrived.

My parents got re-married this past weekend.

Just thought I’d write it again.

Grace and Peace,

James H. Chase III


 James Henry Chase III, Love & Relationships Contributor 
Education: CCBC Essex, General Studies
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