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an A&F Black Friday

"Shopping is a woman thing.  It's a contact sport like football.  Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase." - Erma Bombeck

I have a few favorite holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Yes, to me the day of early-riser shoppers engaging in what should probably be considered some high contact sport is without a doubt a holiday of sorts. 

My Black Friday routine is as follows: Thanksgiving morning begins with the family meeting before sunrise for the "Turkey Trot," where the town will participate in a Turkey Day run. Where am I? Well thats easy, sipping coffee and eating bagels while mapping out my Black Friday route. I was never much of a runner...

This year, I'm adding a new store into the mix. A&F is making my route planning easier this year by starting their sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving (in stores and online, BAM!). Would you guys hold it against me if I told you I'm currently working on my store-by-store plan instead of final papers? 

Let the games begin.

[Photographed on the Upper East Side wearing an A&F quilted vegan leather skirt and the "Kaylin Jacket," also by A&F]

the journey

Ost Cafe; East Village