This past Wednesay afternoon, I had the honor and the privilege of co-hosting a holiday shopping party at Marshalls with my awesome friends Afrobella, Luvvie of MustLuvvShoes and Aramide of TheSassyPeach. (HUGE thanks to Afrobella for inviting me to do this!) I’d never done anything like this and didn’t know what to expect, but boy did I have FUN!
We started with a few introductions on who we were, why we blog and our areas of expertise for the day and then the fun began! By the way, all the pictures in the post are courtesy of the amazing photographer Chuck Olu-Alabi (@chuckstr on Twitter) who came to capture this incredible event. He is so talented! Anywho…
One thing that’s always consistent about Marshalls is their unbelievably low prices on brand name, quality items. This fact alone makes shopping for the holidays (or any day, for that matter) so much easier. We played a really fun game called “Off-Price is Right” where the party-goers had a chance to guess the Marshalls price on three very cool items. The person closest to the correct price, got to win the item. How cool is that!? Needless to say, we had some very happy and surprised party goers who won the items, but it also helped us educate them on the fact that most of the prices in Marshalls are 20-60% off the retail price. So, they can always look forward to catching a good deal.
After the “Off-Price is Right” game, it was time to find out what we hostesses picked as our favorite items. The always stylish and fashion conscious, Aramide (DeeDee) of The Sassy Peach began by showing us some of her favorite finds in the Designer Wear section of the store. Most of the items in this section are from brands like Michael Kors and featured gorgeous capes, sequined dresses and a fabulous winter white coat. A lot of what you can find in that section for this time of year, is perfect for special occasions like New Year’s Eve and Christmas parties. She also got a lot of “oooh’s and aaah’s” for all the fur selections.
Luvvie Ajayi (shoe-addict and red pump rocker extraordinaire) showed us her selections in the shoe department and she really picked out some awesome shoes. Leopard print wedges, boots, color blocked janes, red pumps and sparkly platforms were just a few of Luvvie’s pics. Her enthusiasm and love for shoes definitely permeated the crowd. Folks were even picking up the shoes from her display before she could even get started!
After Luvvie showed us all the fabulous finds in footwear, it was time to see what Marshalls could offer in the fitness and activewear department from yours truly! Something can be found for ALL levels of fitness. From the casual walker, to the marathon runner. What’s also really awesome about Marshalls is that the fitness enthusiasts can find more than just clothes and gear. If you’re looking to get some equipment to workout at home or you just need a new yoga mat, you can find it with no problem.
Last, but not least, Afrobella was excited to show off her finds in the plus-size department and was really ecstatic about all the prices. Pointing out the various trends that are in style this season, Afrobella’s picks were a big hit. She also picked some great beauty items such as make-up bags, eye-shadow palettes and fragrance gift sets.
By the time we were all done showing off our low-priced finds our party-goers were well educated in what could be found in the store and were in for a surprise. If they RSVP’d to the event, they got a $25 gift card to do some shopping! How cool is that!? Most of the items we picked out were picked up and we hung around to answer any questions or help people shop for gift items. While they shopped attendees could munch on mini cupcakes and chai tea from Chi Bakery. The red velvet cookies were a big hit. I had to stop after three!
Overall, the experience was phenomenal. I mingled some of my favorite twitter buddies and got to meet some new faces. A few folks seemed really eager to learn more about some of the items I showed and I even had a “motivating” conversation with one young lady about getting back into her workout regimen. It was awesome to experience Marshalls in a fun, new way. I’m definitely thankful for the opportunity and look forward to doing something similar in the future. So much fun!