Neiman Marcus

09 Dec 18
The Irreverent Kitchen

I did what my mother always did.  Mama always, ALWAYS, made the best of every situation.  And, after several days, that was all I could do.  It’s been rough lately.  Mom died 4 years ago, a few days before Thanksgiving.  And Daddy just died, exactly one week shy of his 96th birthday.  During one of […]

09 Dec 18
Jeremy Welch - Blog

  I am truly honored to be featuring Kaitlyn Harris from decorating__life on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Kaitlyn lives in Calgary, Canada and you might even remember seeing this stunning home on the blog before. Keep reading and you’ll understand better as this homeowner explains below…   Hi everyone, my name is Kaitlyn […]

09 Dec 18
Jamie Steele - Blog

  I am truly honored to be featuring Kaitlyn Harris from decorating__life on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Kaitlyn lives in Calgary, Canada and you might even remember seeing this stunning home on the blog before. Keep reading and you’ll understand better as this homeowner explains below…   Hi everyone, my name is Kaitlyn […]

09 Dec 18
GWP Addict

Macy’s has started their Green Monday sale a day early and through tomorrow (or while supplies last) they have over 90 beauty specials live on the site, including items on sale plus deluxe sample offers (plus other items are on sale throughout the store). This combines with their Friends and Family Sale where you get 15% off beauty (and up […]

09 Dec 18
Lashun's Closet

Fashion buying positions are quite coveted and highly sought after by fashion industry hopefuls. The industry is populated by people just dying to get into the select buying spots available. However there are ways to get into the fashion buying business without waiting for someone to die. Follow some steps to help you become a […]

09 Dec 18
Dawn Jeman - Blog

  I am truly honored to be featuring Kaitlyn Harris from decorating__life on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Kaitlyn lives in Calgary, Canada and you might even remember seeing this stunning home on the blog before. Keep reading and you’ll understand better as this homeowner explains below…   Hi everyone, my name is Kaitlyn […]

09 Dec 18
Golden News

Shoppers Flock Back to Luxury Department Stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have been reporting strong comparable-store sales growth recently — but their profitability remains unsatisfactory. via FOX BUSINESS NEWS Markets https://ift.tt/2E9XXoP

09 Dec 18
Golden News

Shoppers Flock Back to Luxury Department Stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have been reporting strong comparable-store sales growth recently — but their profitability remains unsatisfactory. via FOX BUSINESS NEWS https://ift.tt/2E9XXoP

09 Dec 18
Koby Kepert

  I am truly honored to be featuring Kaitlyn Harris from decorating__life on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Kaitlyn lives in Calgary, Canada and you might even remember seeing this stunning home on the blog before. Keep reading and you’ll understand better as this homeowner explains below…   Hi everyone, my name is Kaitlyn […]

09 Dec 18
Melissa D Havard

“Luxury is in each detail.” – Hubert de Givenchy  Still searching for the perfect gift for your loved one? Look no further. I have compiled a list of exquisite luxury items under $250. You don’t want to be that last minute shopper who goes out on Christmas Eve. So grab a coffee, relax and shop […]

09 Dec 18
MEROVEE

I’m told I live in Wonderland which I would agree with but I don’t seem to be the only one ! The Hanging Tree featuring Jennifer Lawrence from ‘The Hunger Games : Mocking Jay’.     Redhill Rd near the Georgia Guidestones.     And Suspenders.     ‘And She Lived Happily After’.     […]

09 Dec 18
Hampton Jewelry

Anne Klein was a fashion and jewelry designer who established her own business, the Anne Klein & Co., for her own line of clothing and accessories in 1968. Her jewelry line, originating that year, became popular throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. After her death in 1974, the design of her jewelry was done by […]

09 Dec 18
Eatery Pulse Streem

While some of these trends are continuations of factors that are already playing a large role in the contemporary hospitality market and others are more speculative, Baum and Whiteman’s 2019 trend report highlights 13 trends…automated pizza and burger production machines, as well as a robotic barista, upscale fast casual, cannabis and synthetic meat are trends to watch in 2019.

09 Dec 18
Financhill

A few years ago, falling mall traffic and a slump in tourist visits to the U.S. led to sales declines at America’s leading luxury department stores: privately held Neiman Marcus and Hudson’s Bay‘s (NASDAQOTH:HBAYF) Saks Fifth Avenue chain. However, tourists have started to return, the stock market surged in 2017, and economic growth has accelerated. As […]

09 Dec 18
Closet Reboot

Fashionistas, my girl Pamela O’Brien needs your help or more specifically, your vote! Read on to learn about her day and the outfit she chose to highlight her personal style without overshadowing her interior style. And then please consider supporting her entry in the Houston Design Center Deck the Tables People’s Choice award. It was […]

09 Dec 18
Twin Cities
It’s that time of year again when lots of us are watching some televised iteration of “A Christmas Carol.” I’m partial to the 1984 telling, with George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. To me, the actor who portrayed Tiny Tim in that version seems more believable in the role than most Hollywood Tiny Tims. Especially when he made the expected exclamation of “God bless us, every one!” Watching the movie the other day got me thinking about blessings. This also is the time of year when social media is especially stuffed with the words “blessed” and “blessings.” Now I’m not against blessings. But what I have become quite dismayed about in the years since social media overtook the universe is seeing so many people invoke the state of being blessed as they post, day after day after day, multitudes of photos and fulsome descriptions of luxurious purchases, vacations, restaurant meals, expensive Broadway plays, keep going until you might be sated or envious. You know what I mean. The “we’re so blessed to have been able to travel to Martinique three times in the last four months. Sending you our best blessings from the soft, warm sand outside our villa.” Or the “we were so blessed to snag third-row-middle seats to “Hamilton” for only $279 each and afterward enjoy the tasting menu at (random posh place) for only $300 per person instead of the normal $400.” Now, before you call me a jealous socialist, hear me out. I’ve got nothing against luxury and indulgence. I’ve experienced and continue to experience both, many more times than I deserve. To my more mature shame, I know I’ve boasted about such too. My problem with so many claims to states of blessedness about such goodies is that in most cases, the goodies did not come about so much due to an extraordinary bestowing of premium blessings but more likely because of lots of hard work, careful saving for months or years, or abundances of outstanding luck (e.g., big inheritances, high-paying jobs that weren’t particularly hard to get and aren’t particularly hard to keep, a life mostly unmarred by things such as long bouts of unemployment, or generous friends and relatives). And in some cases, maybe a measure of living far beyond one’s means. What really concerns me about using a state of blessedness when discussing such luxe is that so many people obviously think that sounds nicer than “we just inherited $2 million from John’s mother and are ecstatic to at last be able to take an around-the-world cruise.” Or “we both make high six-figure salaries so we are damned well entitled to enjoy life’s finest as much as possible.” Because if one is blessed when struck with worldly fortune, does that mean one is not blessed when hit with unwanted outcomes such as serious illness, untimely death, jobs that don’t pay enough for the work required, or the complete destruction of a home by fire or flood? Does that mean one might ascend to a state of blessing if the sickness abates or a new home is built with sufficient insurance monies? If we constantly talk about being blessed when we are surrounded by affluence, and we know that most of the world’s population isn’t even tinged with such comfort, does that mean that most people are just not … blessed? Unlike Linus of “Peanuts” fame, I’m no old theologian. But I don’t think so. I’d like to believe that all of us are blessed, and that the blessings we possess run the gamut on the spectrum of life experiences, all meant to help us learn and grow, albeit in very different ways of blessedness. Blessedness that may include pain as well as pleasure. While working on this piece, I thought of two Facebook friends who not only never say they are blessed with luxury, they radiate happiness, and even blessed happiness, in the simplest of things. One has a home that looks warm and clean but might not be completely up to code. Her photos and descriptions of thrift store treasures emanate the best of child-like joy. The other travels more for his job than one might hope at his age, with an expense budget that doesn’t seem to match his responsibility. I try to meditate upon one of his posts whenever I crave too much Chanel makeup. It said: “A glorious morning to all of you! I’m starting this sunny day at Cracker Barrel with a delicious cheese omelette and stories of grandchildren from my waitress, Judy. What a great way to prepare for another day on the road.” And no, Blessed Ones, he was not being sarcastic. May this holiday season bring real happiness to all, whether it is tucked in a Neiman-Marcus box or bursts through a smile from a fellow human we encounter on the street. And may we feel … blessed. Every one! Mary Stanik of St. Paul is a communications consultant and the author of the Minnesota-centered novel “Life Erupted.”