Just Where Did “Black Friday” come from? TT Friday Special

Hey all my fabulous fashionistas!  Today is a great day for businesses.  BLACK FRIDAY!

Big or small, doors were open for retail business this morning.  Some as early as yesterday afternoon.  :OUCH:  The good part about online selling is that you have a chance to shop from the comfort of your home without fighting the crush of the busy Black Friday shoppers.  Want to shop right now?  Go Visit Trisha Trixie’s website for some truly awesome deals.

But I got all distracted.  Where did “Black Friday” come from?  Did you know that it has been around for quite some time…just not called “Black Friday” right away.

From www.blackfriday.com:

“The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet.”

So, way back in 1924…the Friday after the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…people began thronging to the stores in hope of getting a great deal on something either they wanted/needed or someone else wanted/needed.

Since then, the furor has grown, and through thick and thin, Black Friday has stood the test of time.

Until recently.

More and more over the last few years, Black Friday has become less spectacular in the eyes of many, myself included. Stores are rushing the season…starting mention of Black Friday at the beginning of November.  Even so much as taking over THANKSGIVING in their rush to making the almighty dollar!  What the heck?

I have always been of the opinion that Thanksgiving should be left as a day of rest, peace and enjoying family.  Not all service industries have the day off…imagine if Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Police Officers and Firefighters took the day off?  Uh, yeah…not gonna happen.  I have never counted the Whipped Cream as a MUST HAVE…if I didn’t remember it until Thanksgiving Day.  You just went without.  Apparently, I am in the minority though…because most (not all, thank goodness!) Grocery Stores and Retail Shops are open on Thanksgiving at some point.  Sad, really…

A good portion of many people’s shopping nowadays is done online.  I can get fully behind shopping online…until Aunt Penny (fictitious name, of course), decides that you are still 18 and not 38…and sends you clothing way too small, inappropriate for you or…let’s face it, just isn’t for you.  Thankfully, if you contact retailers online and explain the problem, some will work with you…though most likely you will have to send back said item.  Which is okay…if you cannot really see the purpose of having a Barney 2T sweatshirt in your life…and need to get rid of it ASAP.

Usually, I just regift…or donate said item to the church.  If your aunt asks how you like it…”Oh, Aunt Penny…it was just way too small…so I gifted it to a kiddo that can use it.”  This will make you look good to Aunt Penny AND you really have likely helped out a kiddo in need.

Until next time, my beauties…In whatever you say or do, stay true to you.

Sandra Bee

Trisha Trixie Tuesday! Bespoke (Custom-Made-to-Order-MadetoMeasure)

What’s “Bespoke”?

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. “Custom-made”, “made to order”, “made to measure” and sometimes “hand-made” are near-synonyms.

The word bespoke is derived from the verb to bespeak, to “speak for something”, in the specialized meaning “to give order for it to be made” or commission, first cited from 1583 by the OED, with the adjective in its alternative form “bespoken” first quoted from 1607 in this sense.[1] The term is generally more prevalent in British English than American English, which tends to use “custom” instead, as in custom car, custom motorcycle etc.

So, with the bespoke items available from Trisha Trixie, you can create a customized items JUST FOR YOU! How do you do that?

GO HERE! Pick out the colors and fabric and Trisha Trixie will do the rest!

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What do YOU think about being able to customize a product just for you? Do you like or dislike it?

WE WANNA KNOW!

Until next time,

Xoxo

Recipe for Fabulous

It’s a new month and new idea. Recipes on How to Be Fabulous.

I know you are used to receiving REAL recipes on Sundays.

You are used to seeing mouthwatering food and meals.

You are used to pictures of food and listing of tablespoons of this or that.

Here’s the thing….

It’s not working. My mentor suggested to me to TRY doing Recipes on Sundays and ok, I tried. I tried to have guests write in, I tried to make them, have others make them and well, it’s just not working.

Plus, here’s the other thing….Recipes, true recipes are conventional means for conventional aprons.

So, now that I have completed a short stint of Venture School, now that I have re-focused my attentions to help others understand that my aprons are not your grandmas apron and they are a fashion accessory I also realized I need to help you realize not only their fabulousness but the fabulousness of yourself.

So from now on you will receive a Recipe for Fabulous.

Here is your first and more important Recipe for Fabulous. I hand this out at all my trade shows, events etc. This not only has my recipe for fabulous but it has the Be Fabulous Mantra, which is…

Be Brave!

Be Bold!

Be Fearless!

Be Fabulous!

Enjoy your first Recipes for Fabulous and stay tuned each week for the ALL New Recipes for Fabulous!

Recipe Card for Fabulousness

Sunday Recipe: Easy Prawn/Shrimp Old Bay Nautical Delight!

We all have busy weeks and so this Sunday I’m going to share a dish that aims to please that will be finished cooking in no time.  

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Prawn/Shrimp Nautical Delight

Yes, I did say that this meal was simple.  However, darling I want you to look fabulous preparing it.  This week we are interested in throwing out the cold and bringing in the summer sights, sounds and smells.  So, for this we have a nautical suggestion to add flare to your nautical dish!

Attire Suggestions

The Flower Bow

(The Flower Red Bow Baby Half Apron by TrishaTrixie Designs is a sailing delight!)

facinator

(Last week, we focused on the fascinator  This is Red, White and Blue-eyed Pea by TrishaTrixie Designs.  Directions on how to make your own fascinators was, also provided in this weeks blogs!)

sailaway shoes

 

(These cute little flats were designed to sail away with you!  They can be designed especially for you by TrishaTrixie Designs)

sailawaynecklace

 

(This is a jewelry line that I just can not get enough of.  The Hanson Family takes great care in creating detailed, unique pieces.  Won’t this just tie your ensemble together?)

Now that you are beautiful and ready for your nautical adventure, lets get to the kitchen!

 

Ingredients

  • 18 to 20 peeled and ready to cook prawns or shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons of old bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil (I prefer garlic olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 of lemon to squeeze
  • Fresh veggies (I prepared 1 red pepper, half of a cauliflower, and 2 sliced carrots)
  • 2 teaspoons of butter/margarine or the like
  • 2 gallon sized zip lock bags
  • Already prepared (unless you have the time to cook) small Italian loves

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Cut up all of your veggies.  
  3. Put the oil and old bay seasonings in a zip lock bag.
  4. Turn your grill on high and begin preheating.
  5. Begin to steam your vegetables.
  6. Put your bread in the oven and let bake 5 to 8 minutes (until browned and warm)
  7. Put your shrimp/prawns in with the oil and seasoning and seal up the bag.
  8. Vigorously shake the shrimp/prawns being sure to over the shrimp.
  9. Put the shrimp/prawns on the grill for about 4 minutes.  Flipping over once at about 2 minutes.  They do cook quickly!
  10. In the second zip lock bag, put in butter and squeeze in lemon juice.
  11. Put steamed veggies in with the butter and lemon juice and seal up the bag.
  12. Shake up the veggies, until they are coated with butter and lemon.
  13. Place everything on a place and salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Enjoy!  Dunking your bread in the sauces of the veggies and shrimp is divine.

grilling     veggies

 

Sunday Recipe: Pasta ala Tarragon with Scallops and Parmesan Bread

Pasta Ala Tarragon with Scallops and Parmesan Bread

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What should one wear to prepare such a fancy dish?

Apron Suggestion

Well, this calls for a fancy affair.  One of Trisha Trixie designed dress apron would be so fitting.  There are a ton to view in her store.  However, I have chosen the brown tiger stretch.

tigerstretch

Of course you will need a darling shoe to match.  The Spectator pump found at pinupgirlclothing.com really will add some sexy to your style.

spectator pump

To top this outfit off our famous Trisha Trixie has designed a beautiful set called The Key to my Heart featuring a beautiful cameo.

keytomyheart

Now that you are ready to bake here are the ingredients!

Ingredients

Bread

  • One stick of butter
  • Three minced gloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning (The basil took on too much flavor and I would avoid adding this)
  • 1 roll of refrigerated Pillsbury grand rolls. (I think I will try an refrigerated Italian bread next time, as this was far too sweet for an Italian meal)
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta ala Tarragon with Scallops for 2

  • 1/2 box of Penne Pasa
  • 10 or so Bay Scallops
  • 1 12 oz jar of sweet roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of basil (fold basil and slice thin)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

If you are making the bread, begin with the bread.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  While the oven is preheating put the stick of butter in your bunt pan and put the pan in the oven.  This will melt the butter.

2. Cut your grand biscuits into quarters.

3. In a bowl mix your garlic, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.

4.  Toss your biscuit quarters into the bowl.

5. Take out your bunt pan and place the quarters evenly throughout the pan.

6.  Cook for 24 to 26 minutes

7. Flip the bunt pan onto a serving tray, so the butter side is up!

bread

While the bread is cooking begin to make your Pasta!

1. Fill about half way a 6 qt pot with water.  Cooke the penne as directed by the packaging.

2. While waiting for the water to boil begin to prepare the other ingredients.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine white wine, wine vinegar, basil and red peppers.

4. Cook down to about a tablespoon of liquid.

5. stir in the heavy cream and let boil down until reduced by half.

6. While you are waiting for your sauce to reduce, prepare your scallops.

7. In a skillet, add 1/2 cup of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil.  Bring to high heat letting the butter melt.

8. Add the scallops to the skillet salt and pepper for desired taste.

9. Check the bottom of the scallops every few minutes.  You are waiting for the bottom to have a caramel coloring.  Flip them when this coloring appears.

10.  Do the same process to the other side of the scallops.

11. Combine the scallops and butter from the skillet into your sauce.  Add the remaining 1/4 butter and let the butter melt down.

12.  Place the scallops and sauce over your penne pasta.

13.  Dinner is served!

Saturday Morning: Nautical excitement

A fantastic fashion trend is the all things nautical!  

Wouldn’t a sea inspired apron be a treat?  Remember TrishaTrixie always welcomes special orders, in case some of this spurs your creativity!

Cute swimsuits for this season

Beach Bash by Art and Talyana have some cute suits at lovely prices.

nauticalswimsuit  green pin up

Shoes

Mod Cloth who always has fabulous vintage shoes at reasonable prices has these super cute heels, which are called Believe it or nautical heel.  So, cute! shoe JCPenney has an amazing cute flat to match your summer flare. rocket

Dress

I don’t normally shop on Amazon, but this is a dress I might not be able to pass this cute deal up at $39.99

pinup

Baby Girl Boutique has some fun Rockability styles.  And this Nautical Betty is no different.

cutedress

Art (Vintage inspired)

We stumbled across Mark Lone and he has some amazing vintage inspired nautical prints among many other beautiful creations. Beauty ibeast

Jewelry (TrishaTrixie Designs)

nauticalearrings

Summer is coming.  Remember to protect your beautiful skin and decorate with all things Nautical!