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On the heels of the news last week from SPG offering free wifi to its elite members (which in turn was on the heels of Marriott offering the same), Hyatt has come out with its own wifi for all plan, and it's better than the rest!
If your holidays are anything like mine, you're about to be very busy. We drive six hours (with our dog) to Michigan for all holiday functions. Before the dreaded car rides and mingling with family members that barely remember me, I like to have a comfy Christmas at home to prepare myself for what's to come.
Your teacher doesn't want an apple. Or gifts, really, if you ask them.
When pressed, most of the teachers we know would not tell us what they would want - which probably is to be expected in a profession characterized by selflessness and humility. It would make them uncomfortable to admit that they might like something material. Nonetheless, it was clear that all of them enjoyed knowing they made an impact on their students. Forget the tchotchkes, apples, and all of those punny and sugar-coated Pinterest projects. Here's what teachers actually want.
"I do get handwritten notes from kids sometimes," says Jennifer Piatchek-Keith, a high school English Teacher in Lincoln, Illinois. "[I] tuck those away in my 'pick me up' box for after a bad day." Other teachers agreed that the notes and cards they get from their students are better than anything else they receive. Best of all, a heartfelt handwritten note has a price tag of absolutely 100% free.
"I do occasionally get paintings, knick-knacks, or mementos which have value in their meaning and memories," says Chris Gray, Dean of Arts & Communication at Illinois Central College. "I have a Disco Stu figurine that I received over a decade ago because of my great style."
Got that, everyone? Teachers really want nothing more than a heartfelt thank you. But if you're still inclined to spend a little cash, we're told that these next few suggestions never go unappreciated.
Although spring hasn't quite sprung just yet (12 more days!), we're more than ready to banish what has been one of the most brutal winters in recent history from our memories with an update to our wardrobe's color palette. Taking a cue from spring 2014 ready-to-wear shows from heavyweights such as Chanel, we're banishing those dreary blacks and grays and busting out in a kaleidoscope of colors that span the rainbow. From boldly-hued bags to loud tops and shoes, Brad's Deals has plenty of punch to pack into your closet with bright hues galore. Pow!
Get this Daniel Rainn Merrakesh Blouse, listed at $69, for $47.99 right now at Piperlime. Shipping is free on all orders, so there is no extra charge. We couldn't find this blouse anywhere else for less. It comes in the pictured passion Pink or antique ivory and has a split scoop neckline with tassels and embroidered detail. It has vertical pintucking and is hand wash only. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Get this Black Rivet Faux-Leather Scuba Jacket, listed at $180 and on sale for $79.99, for $55.99 in your cart at checkout right now at Wilsons Leather. Shipping adds $9.95, but we couldn't find this jacket anywhere else for less and this beats our last post by $4. It comes in five colors and features an asymmetrical front zip with zip sleeves and knit sleeve panels. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Get this French Connection Small Snake Satchel, listed at $112.32 and on sale for $47.05 at ASOS. Shipping is free on all orders, so there is no extra charge. We couldn't find this bag anywhere else for less. It is faux leather and has an adjustable shoulder strap. It has a flap closure with pin buckle detailing. It also comes in blue and green. Sales tax is charged in most states.
2014 has finally arrived, and while we're certainly looking ahead to all that the New Year has in store, there's no denying the past, a fact that couldn't be made any more abundantly clear than in the almighty style arena. Take, for example, the latest trend to circle back around: fringe. Fringe made an impact on the world of fashion way back when in the Roaring 20s, adorning the bags and garments of flapper girls galore. It popped up again in the free-spirited hippy days of Peace, Love and Music, and while it took a little hiatus, fringe has returned with a vengeance to once more reclaim its place on the sartorial throne. Brad's Deals pays homage to the historic trend with these consumer-savvy looks.
This Lana Fringe Clutch goes from $98 to $49 to $39.20 with coupon code WELCOME2013 at checkout at BCBGeneration. Better yet, ground shipping is free on every order. The best price we could find on this bag anywhere else was $65. It is a fold over style with grommet and fringe detailing. It is made of a mix of genuine and faux leather. Sales tax is charged in most states.
This Rustic Fringe Sweater drops from $27.80 to $13.99 to $9.79 with coupon code EXTRA30 at checkout at Forever 21. We couldn't find this sweater anywhere else for less. It features a geometric pattern and a fringed yoke. It is 100% acrylic and hand wash only. Shipping adds $4.95, but is free on orders of $50 or more and sales tax is charged in most states.
Save $30 on this ASOS Kimono w/Fringed Sleeves at ASOS. Regularly $99.82, this top is now available for $69.87, plus, shipping is free. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less. It has an open front and is hand wash only. There is no sales tax.
Yesterday Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees saying Starbucks wants to help us all come together during uncertain times. The letter, available on the Starbucks Newsroom, tells employees that from today (Oct 9) through Friday if a customer buys another customer a drink, the store will give them a free tall brewed coffee. How's that for some good karma?
In the letter Schultz talks about the importance of Starbucks being a place of comfort and respite for customers. He explains this deal as an attempt to help people come together at a time when consumer confidence is low, and fears are high as we continue the government shutdown and face the looming debt ceiling.