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Amazon #PrimeDay: 50”TVs, $17 Curtains and Our Other Best Picks



We are smack dab in the middle of Amazon.com’s annual PrimeDay, a 36 hour sale that began Monday at noon featuring many of Amazon branded products like Firesticks, Kindles, and Fire TV. There are other deals and steep discounts off of streaming television, mobile phones and even basic household items on sale.

We went through several tech sites summary of the top picks and selected a few of our faves from their list:

Because in a home with children, any existing Fire sticks already in the home may have been broken or lost, so now is a great time to get Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for  $19.99 ($20 off) This, according to CNet, is the best price yet for Amazon’s basic streamer and a solid alternative to Roku, especially for Alexa fans.

Another best-ever price exclusively for Prime members, this normally $70 Fire TV is the “pendant” design — a bit bigger than a stick but still easily hidden behind your TV — that adds 4K HDR capability, perfect for your compatible TV. Get the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote ($34.99, $35 off)

For homes that love television and enjoy big screens, you can get this Toshiba 50-inch Amazon Fire TV Edition TV for $289.99, $110 off  the regular price.  The top tier picture quality may not be supreme but this price for a normally $500 TV is a steal!

 If you’re in the market for a laptop that can handle the bare minimum — visiting websites, checking email, storing a few files — the Acer Aspire 1 14-inch laptop for $160 ($45 off) wiill do the trick at an absolute bargain-bin price.

Also, the Acer Chromebook 11 for $139 ($64 off) is a basic, highly portable Chromebook that’s more than good enough for basic social media and websurfing.

Another Smart TV option, maybe for a guest room or the kids’ playroom is this TCL 32-Inch Roku Smart LED TV which sells for just $129 ($70 Off)

 Finally, there are lots of everyday household, home office and home electronics items on sale over on the Amazon Basics store.

For homes with new babies who nap during the day, the AmazonBasics Room Darkening Blackout Curtain Set  is a steal at $17.25) (saving $17.24)

 

Inside Khloe Kardashian’s Amazon-Sponsored Baby Shower

Amazon.com sponsored a fabulous baby shower for Khloe Kardashian on Saturday.

It was also a birthday celebration for her beau Cleveland CavaliersTristan Thompson.

There were also cakes there to celebrate the birthdays of Khloe’s twin besties, Khadijah Haqq McCray and Malika McCray. 

From our media partners at E!:

Khloe Kardahian gathered her famous family and friends on Saturday afternoon in honor of the upcoming arrival of her and Tristan Thompson‘s baby girl. A source tells E! News the lavish celebration, planned by Mindy Weiss, was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles.

“The shower is very pink with thousands of pink flowers everywhere,” our insider describes, “including hundreds of stems hanging from the ceiling that create an amazing first impression as guests walk in.”

The mom-to-be, who wore a blush silk crepe robe and hand-beaded cocktail dress custom made by Sergio Hudson, also paid tribute to her beloved stuffed giraffe named Henry. The entrance features a “huge giraffe topiary.” Our source elaborates, “There are pink roses and hydrangeas everywhere, it’s like an amazing pink garden with floor to ceiling flowers.”

The 33-year-old let her millions of social media followers in on the fun-filled day, with one Instagram photo showcasing a neon pink sign that said “Baby Thompson” hung above hundreds of pink balloons. Kim revealed on Instagram Stories that the sign was made in Kris’ handwriting.

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Amazon Prime Day: Get My Style Looks for Under $50!

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We are wrapping another Amazon Prime Day, a day when Prime members of the popular eCommerce website get access to tons of deep discounts and deals. It is an anticipated shopping day for deal seekers, that rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday even!

This year, I scored a few electronic deals as there were many tech and small business items available for 20% off! There are also several deals for baby products that new parents and parents to be can scout out. Check those out here!

I wanted to get in on all the fun and thought to share a curated list of pieces I’ve worn and shared on my Style Instagram page, @Wahmstyle.  I recycle pieces and get a lot of items from vintage stores and while thrifting. I also keep items for long periods of time and thus have quite a bit of discontinued selections. But I did my best to pore over the offerings and came up with some picks. All items are available for FREE next day or two Day. It also comes with access to Amazon’s catalog of movies and TV shows, and unlimited photo storage — among other perks…if you have a Prime Membership which you can sign up for here!

Oh and Follow Me at @WAHMSTYLE! 

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Cop a similar jacket by Zeagoo, its Womens Classic Quilted Short Bomber Jacket  for $16-$34 or  getRothco’s Women’s Woodland Zip-Up Sweatshirt for $15 to 20.

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Replicate this look with BAISHENGGT Women’s Floral Print Elastic Waist Harem Pants for $19-24and Zeagoo Women’s Cute Basic Short Sleeve Loose Crop Top for $12-14

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Copy this wrap dress with Grapent Women’s True Wrap 3D Blue and White Floral Knee Length Dress Formal Work down to $33 from $69

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A replica of these camo pants and jacket are available with Exocet Womens Cotton Cropped Camo Jogger Pant for $28 and in Fashionazzle Women’s Lightweight Sleeveless Military Anorak Utility Jacket Vest for $20-$30

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This blouse by TheMogan, its Off The Shoulder Chiffon Blouse Bishop Long Sleeve Flowy Top for $12-$27, is a dead ringer.

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The New Ways Wealthy Parents Show They’re Better Than You

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A new report suggests that the wealthy are showing off their affluence in inconspicuous ways including by breastfeeding, sending their children to private schools and sending them off with organic foods packed neatly in their fancy lunchboxes.

According to an article in BBC.com, the elite class is “eschewing an overt materialism” and instead is  “investing significantly more in education, retirement and health – all of which are immaterial, yet cost many times more than any handbag a middle-income consumer might buy.”

Interesting, no?

Author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett points out that the top 1% of income earners have increased their spending on education 3.5 times since 1996 while  middle-income spending on education has remained flat over the same time period.

Another interesting factoid Currid-Halkett suggests that the affluent signal their wealth is through the way they feed their newborns.

“While time in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City might make one think that every American mother breastfeeds her child for a year, national statistics report that only 27% of mothers fulfill this American Academy of Pediatrics goal (in Alabama, that figure hovers at 11%),” she writes.

Beyond child-rearing, it’s suggested that the wealthy also set themselves apart from middle class by knowing what small talk to engage in at the local farmer’s market, heck, by shopping at a farmer’s market in the first placy, and knowing which New Yorker articles to reference.

We’re not sure this is necessarily new as I’ve noted in my Amazon.com book, “How to Look Like Old Money”, you can always tell who is cultured by their ability to engage in intellectual conversations and be versed in a variety of politics to pop culture topics. But I suppose Currid-Halkett is suggesting that which particular “New Yorker articles to reference” matters even more.

But all of this subtle hints are not for nothing.

These examples reveal to the world that one possesses a certain level of  cultural capital, which in turn gives up access into social networks that, in turn, help to pave the way to elite jobs, key social and professional contacts, and private schools.

In short, inconspicuous consumption confers social mobility.

“More profoundly, investment in education, healthcare and retirement has a notable impact on consumers’ quality of life, and also on the future life chances of the next generation,” the piece continues. “Today’s inconspicuous consumption is a far more pernicious form of status spending than the conspicuous consumption of [economist Thorstein ] Veblen’s time.”

To me, this reads like sounds like social climbing just got harder.  So if you’re part of that upward mobility set who look to the aspirational class for cues, better take note and adjust!

Good luck!

Review: Here’s Another Very Cute Baby Shower Gift Book

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Novelty books are always a great gift to give a first time mom or a woman who has just announced she is expecting her first kid. I was sent a copy of Norweigian illustrator and animator Line Severinsen‘s new graphic book, “I’m So Pregnant” to check out (retail: $14.99US). It’s a humorous take on all the common and untold unpleasantness of pregnancy.

In the intro to the hard cover book of over 50 pages of illustrations, Severinsen explains, “Like many women, when I became pregnant with my first baby, I was so excited to have the experience of carrying a child…but then, not long into my first trimester, I started noticing how the media and blogosphere continuously painted pregnancy in such a glorious light, completely leaving out the negative things that many pregnant women experienced.”

She said that’s when she grabbed her pencils to start telling her “pregnancy story in an honest way.” But with all the “keepin’ it real” in between the pages of her new book, Severinsen acknowledges it all ends well.

“I like to think that these drawings show that while pregnancy is not always easy (or pretty, or comfortable, or fun),in the end, when you see your baby for the first time, it is completely worth it,” she writes.

I found the illustrations about the sudden appearance of stretch marks, the asinine question one gets at the end, “You’re still pregnant?!”, the screaming for an epidural, the delivery selfie, and the unexpected bowel movement during the pushing stage to be the BEST and funniest parts!”

Overall, the short read is a pleasurable and fun take on pregnancy-hood. It’s on sale now! Grab your copy from our partners at Amazon.com.

Meanwhile, the title reminded me of this parody of rapper Iggy Azalea‘s song “Fancy” called “I’m so pregnant. WATCH:

Back to School: 8 Ways to Get Deals on Electronics

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It’s back to school time again and parents are scraping their pennies in anticipation for shopping to send their kids off to school. Electronics can make up a substantial part of the budget. Kiplinger’s editor Cameron Huddleston offers parents 8 suggestions on easing the burden:

  1. Shop on sales tax holidays—seventeen states will have sales tax holidays in July and August that will allow consumers to purchase back-to-school items, such as clothing, computers and school supplies, tax free. If you live in these states, plan to do you electronics shopping on a sales tax holiday—it could help you save 4% to 10% depending on your state.
  2. Shop online—shopping online makes it easy to compare prices from several retailers. And there are plenty of sites that do the bargain hunting for you. Dealnews.com has a page devoted to the best computer deals; Amazon and PriceGrabber are good sources for comparing prices.
  3. Take advantage of price-match policies—if you find a good deal online but don’t want to pay shipping costs, you might be able to get the same price in a brick-and-mortar store if it has a price-match policy. For example, Best Buy and Target will match Amazon prices.
  4. Buy refurbished—you can save a lot by purchasing refurbished tech items, which are used but restored to like-new condition and usually have a one-year warranty. Try Apple.com, BestBuy.com, Dell.com, Newegg.com and Walmart.com to find refurbished electronics.
  5. Take advantage of trade-in programs—one way to pay less for new tech items is to trade in a used item. A number of retailers, including Best Buy and Radio Shack, have trade-in programs that offer cash, a gift card or credit that can be applied toward the purchase of a new item.
  6. lLook for bundles—look for bundle deals, which are popular back-to-school promotions among tech retailers. The deals typically include a gift card, printer, gaming console or other accessory along with a laptop—at a price near what you would expect to pay for the laptop alone.
  7. Get a free phone—mobile phone service providers, such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, often offer free smart phones when you sign up for a two-year service plan. Considering smart phones usually cost $200 or more, this can be a major savings. Or you could buy an unlocked phone and cut the cost of a service plan by more than half by opting for a prepaid wireless provider.
  8. Don’t splurge on features you won’t use—when buying a laptop for your child, look for systems with a dual-core processor (not a pricey quad-core setup). And you’ll spend about $270 less if you opt for Intel’s Ivy Bridge system—which should meet a student’s needs—rather than its new Haswell system. Also, say no to tech support and retailers’ extended warranties—your credit card might offer an extended warranty.