I’m Day 194 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project fell on Black Friday, so being the Maxxinista I am, it naturally yielded a Christmas/home decor score. I hadn’t really intended to brave the crowds today, however, when my hubby abandoned me to golf, the thought of sitting around the house all day after being in sick for nearly a week didn’t appeal. Also, because I haven’t been able to start teaching my Zumba class or complete some coaching projects, I need to be a good stewart of my resources. Good thing for me I a gift card! My strategy for Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Marshall’s is to leave no stone unturned. I scour the entire home decor department including the clearance aisles, end caps and check out area in search of Shabby Chic decorating items that help me create the timeworn vintage feel I love for the holidays. When I spy a Christmas item that will work year round for home decor, like I did today, I’m thrilled to have double scored!
I’ve always been drawn to hearts, probably because I’m a romantic at heart. I lost a heart mirror I loved when I became homeless in 2006, and am always subconsciously on the lookout to replace it. In addition to that, Sacred Hearts are a recurring theme in Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic decor, and while I’m not Catholic, I love how the Sacred Heart devotion uses Jesus Christ’s physical heart to represent His divine love for us. Another version of the heart, with wings, can symbolize the soul, the seat of the emotions, sincerity, charity, mercy, and truthfulness, all of which speak to me on a profound level. At my core. They are a little Boho, but still in the Shabby Chic world. Finally, I just think they’re beautiful and am happy to sprinkle them, like love, throughout my home. When I spotted these two heart ornaments, I wasn’t sure where they would land in my home decor scheme, but I knew they weren’t meant merely for my Christmas tree(s). I purchased them for a song and knew instantaneously where they belonged when I walked in the front door.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decor shopper, I’m able to maximize my money (and minimize buyer’s remorse) because I have a solid sense of my interior decorating style. I’m not easily sucked into the latest greatest fads (though I did purchase a galvanized farmhouse shelving unit from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines’ new line only to return it promptly – so popular but not so not me!). Knowing what I really like helps me stay focused and to stick to a budget. I find many things interesting, but for someone else. By not squandering on items that will lose their appeal over time, I’m able to afford the special pieces I’m meant to take home. And I’m seldom disappointed when I unpack my holiday decor items. Instead, I look so forward to seeing them on display during the season. That’s what makes today’s finds even more fun. It may have been Black Friday, but I didn’t break the bank. Rather, I did score a set of special heart Christmas/home decor pieces that will bring me joy throughout the year.
What about you? How can you be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic shopper this holiday season? Have you defined your style? Your budget? Are you on the lookout for pieces that can be used beyond the holidays? I’d love to hear if about your Christmas/home or office decor scores!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach