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Our Holidays: Stories From Around the Office

Our Holidays: Stories From Around the Office

Since December is ALL about hosting your own holiday parties or going to someone else’s home, we decided to gather some stories from co-workers around the office! Maybe one of...

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Searching for the right kind of comfort: Ultimate Comfort is now here!

Searching for the right kind of comfort: Ultimate Comfort is now here!

Style is one thing, comfort is another.  We at VCF know this, we thrive on it. Our President challenged us to create the most stylish, comfortable seat ever. We created...

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Friendsgiving is for a different kind of family!

Friendsgiving is for a different kind of family!

Some people call it the “Orphan Thanksgiving” which is so depressing! Friendsgiving is an age-old tradition that has been highlighted a lot in recent years. Because of jobs and other reasons to move far from home, a lot of people are separated from their families. Friendsgiving can be celebrated a few days before or after Thanksgiving, and is a special time for you and your buddies to eat together and give thanks to your wonderful, weird friendship. We’ve got some tips for you to help make this year’s Friendsgiving the best one yet….at least until next year’s ;)

First things first, is to make sure you send out invitations ahead of time, whether its the traditional way or through a group chat on iMessage or Facebook. Make sure you have a solid headcount, before you start planning. Don’t be disappointed if not everyone can go! You all have busy lives and other obligations, just focus on those that can be there for this occasion.

As a part of the planning process, priority number 1 is making sure there is plenty of seating available for your guests and not only that but eating areas. Depending on how many people come, plus how big or small your place is, you may need to add some chairs, ottomans and tables to create space without being too cluttered and feeling too tight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you know your audience when it comes to alcohol! Most people assume wine is the drink of choice, but it’s always good to have beer and hard cider on hand for those that prefer some hops :) Always have non-alcoholic beverages available as well!  A serving table or wine rack will work nicely, so keep it out in the open and readily available for guests to grab when they want!

 

Go light on decor! These are your friends that have seen you do stupid, silly and weird things. They love you and you love them, so there’s no need to have gourds and pumpkins and pilgrim hats everywhere. They’re coming for sustenance, good company and great conversation!

 

 

 

Don’t go cheap on dishware though…paper plates and red party cups aren’t allowed at Friendsgiving. Bring out some nice china, it doesn’t have to match at all! Just give your friends the benefit of nice meal on non-paper and plastic utensils. We’ve actually got something called Ginori, which is some amazing Italian dinnerware that we bought. It’s actually 25% off in stores right now! So hurry up and grab some before your dinners!

 

Another piece of advice is to accept help whenever it’s offered. Don’t think that just because it’s your place you have to do every single thing. Let your friends help you with the cleaning up and putting dishes away, it’s just their way of giving thanks to you for hosting a wonderful meal :)

One last thing…don’t over plan! This is a fun thing to do with your friends and let them know they’re your second family. And that’s just as important, during this season, as spending time with your first family!

Survival Tips for Black Friday!

Survival Tips for Black Friday!

Like winter, Black Friday is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it! Amazing deals, long lines and doorbusters are on the agenda. Feeling unprepared? We’re here to help with our Black Friday Survival Tips.

Check Your Bag
Leave the giant purse at home! Opt instead for a small purse or cross-body bag that will free up your hands for grabbing all those great deals. You don’t want anything unnecessary weighing you down.

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Ahead

If you want to make sure you’re getting the best deals, planning is key. Study all the ads before heading out so you know exactly which deals you want to snatch up. We’ve got something cool called Easy Pass, where you basically take your online shopping cart and make it come to life for you in-store! Pick out what you want online and store associates can help you try it out!

Bring a Buddy
Shopping is always better with a friend. Black Friday is no exception. You’re going to need some backup. There will be a lot of waiting around so having one (or more) friends with you is sure to make the time pass more quickly. Friends can also help you divide and conquer for the best sales.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick the Right Footwear
It’s always nice to look your best, but for Black Friday comfortable shoes are a must. You’ll be on your feet a long time in various types of weather and temperatures so make sure you build your ensemble around your comfiest shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack a Snack
Black Friday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure you’ve got some healthy snacks and small bottles of water to stay on top of your game as the early morning goes into late afternoon. A morning boost of coffee or green tea is also a must-have for that all important pick-me-up to keep you alert and ahead of the competition.

Stay Positive
All the crowds and commotion can cause a lot of stress. Remember to stay friendly and not take your shopping TOO seriously. If everyone remembers to be kind and courteous, the day can stay fun for all.

 

Stay Connected

Make sure you charge your cellphone before heading out. For the more aggressive shopper, get a portable charger to carry around with you. You don’t want to find yourself stranded or separated from your group.

Make Space
If you play your cards right, you’re gonna end up with an impressive haul of great deals. That vacuum cleaner that’s been in your trunk since May, clear it out! Make the time now to clean out your car and trunk so you have enough room to store all those amazing steals!

Sale: Our Top Fab Finds!

Sale: Our Top Fab Finds!

The Columbus Day sale ends tonight! Don’t miss out on an amazing deal.  Not sure what to get here are our top 5 favorite items to get:  

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Measure Twice, Buy Once

Measure Twice, Buy Once

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Infusing Autumn into Your Home

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Combining Music and Interior Design

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5 Ways to Make Your Move Easier

5 Ways to Make Your Move Easier

Everyone has moved at one time or another, and it’s hardly a breeze. While it’s never easy, we’ve created 5 clever tips that will make your move easier.    ...

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5 Ways to Get Organized for Fall

5 Ways to Get Organized for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, and what better time than now to organize your home? The kids are back in school and everyone is getting back into a routine....

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3 Steps to Summer Chic

3 Steps to Summer Chic

Love the summer weather and want a way to bring some of that summer sun inside? Follow these 3 steps and your room will have a fabulously summery feel in...

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Get Ready for the Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day is just around the corner and that means one thing….Labor Day Sales! If you’re out and about on Labor Day,  it’s prime time to take advantage of the...

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