Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop

Greetings and salutations, my dears.

If you're not fighting the crowds on this busiest of all busy shopping days, you're in for a treat! By partaking in this one-day Black Friday Blog Hop, you can enter to win scads of super sensational prizes. I'll get to those in a minute. In the spirit of consumerism, I thought I'd blog about one of my very favorite shopping-related movies. Sticky Fingers, released in 1988, is an adorable little gem of a film that not too many people know about.

Lolly and Hattie are two struggling musicians who share an apartment in gritty Lower Manhattan. When a friend asks her to look after her tote bag, Hattie agrees, and only later do she and Lolly realize the bag contains nearly a million dollars in cash. Spooked, they decide to put the bag away and try not to think about it. But first… their landlady takes steps to evict them from their apartment because they haven’t been paying rent. And then… they have a break-in one night and their instruments are stolen. You can probably see where this is going. They need to pay their rent. They need to replace their instruments. Their definition of what a “necessity” is shifts as they find they need things like electronic equipment, haute couture and caviar. Sticky Fingers is not exactly a critical masterpiece, but for a fun, chick flick-ish, screwball comedy, it fits the bill perfectly.

To expand upon the shopping theme, I thought I’d post a short excerpt from my novel, Fashioning a Romance. Caitlyn, the heroine, is trying to find a dress to wear for a night out with John – the guy she’s determined not to fall for. Here’s the excerpt:

“The Dress was designed for the hour-glassy figure; the bodice was structured, the waist nipped in, and the skirt molded itself beautifully to Caitlyn’s hips. The mossy green fabric was sand-brushed silk: a fabulous silk with a suede-like texture, and it was cut on the bias, allowing for plenty of movement.

The neckline was the only thing that gave her a moment’s pause. Not exactly the kind of dress she’d wear to hang out with her grandma, it was pretty low-cut and offered a fairly impressive display of cleavage. Normally Caitlyn didn’t mind showing off her assets, but she was worried about the message she’d be sending John by wearing this particular dress. And she, no doubt, would be sending a message – Caitlyn’s “Fashion as Communication” senior dissertation had been a labor of love, the highlights of which were melded into her mind.

Hm. By wearing The Dress, would she be conveying to John that she was interested? But what was the alternative? Show up in some shapeless number like she’d just stepped off the bus from Frumpsville?

Oh, who cared about the message to John? Caitlyn was too in love with The Dress to possibly resist buying it. Anyway, she could always wear her cardigan too. Course that would kind of spoil the effect; it would be like eating caviar with a plastic spoon.”

You can find Fashioning a Romance at Amazon or B&N.

And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for: 

To win an e-copy of Fashioning a Romance: please share with us your favorite shopping-related movie. If you can't think of a whole movie that qualifies, feel free to mention a funny or memorable shopping scene. And post your comment below.

To win one of the Black Friday Blog Hop Grand Prizes: you simply need to comment on one of the blogs involved in the hop, so if you post on my shopping/movie question, you will have entered to win one of the grand prizes, but keep on hopping to different blogs - the more blogs you comment on, the more times you'll be entered.

A couple of important things to note: all prizes can be shipped internationally except the swag prize, which will be awarded only to US residents. Sorry, overseas folks. Also, please leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Here's a list of these incredible prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, e-books, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies and more!

Best of luck everyone!!!


Now, hop to it! This is a one-day-only event, and there are many more prizes to be won.


  1. I really liked confessions of a shopaholic :)

  2. I`m also gonna go with The confessions of a shopaholic.


  3. Thanks for the movie recommendation...I put it on my Netflix queue. Thanks for the giveaway too.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. thanks for participating in the blog hop!

  5., coming up blank! Sorry.

    Thanks for giveaway!


  6. Thank you for participating!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  8. Hi Miss Libby! The first shopping scene that came into my mind was a 2-parter from "Pretty Woman." The Rodeo Drive _itches ignoring Julia Roberts and then when she returns for her revenge with all her bags telling them about how they missed out on commission.
    Have a wonderful Blog Hop! xo cindy
    writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com --- pop over to #27 and visit with me

  9. I'm not a movie watcher, I'm more of a book reader. My son loves the scene in Frosty where the kids try to buy him a ticket to the North Pole.

  10. I much prefer doing my Black Friday shopping online. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  11. thanks


  12. Can't Buy Me Love. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  13. Some excellent suggestions so far! Can't believe I still haven't seen Confessions of a Shopaholic. That Pretty Woman scene is classic. So good. And Frosty and Can't Buy Me Love - very cool. Thanks all!

  14. Clueless Thanks for the chance to win and being part of this hop
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  15. Clueless!
    Thanks for the chance!

  16. Thanks.

  17. I love Clueless and if it counts The Devil Wears Prada~ Thank you for the lovely giveaway~<3

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. No black Friday shopping for me...

  19. I like the shopping scenes in Pretty woman.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  20. I think Clueless would have to be my favorite movie with shopping in it.

  21. I also love the shopping from Pretty Woman! Thanks for doing the hop!


  22. One of my favorite shopping scene is in Pretty Woman. When Vivian goes shopping on Rodeo Drive.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  23. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  24. I love the movie Confessions of a Shopoholic. That movie is SO funny, it just leaves me in stitches :)

  25. Thanks for participating in the hop!


  26. This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can't handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I'm finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. Great post! It's got to be Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher pretending to speak Finnish had me almost wetting myself and let's face it I wouldn't kick Hugh Dance out of bed, particularly as he bought her the scarf for her 'sick grandmother'.

  28. Your book sounds great. I think the movie that most makes me think about shopping is Legally Blonde. I just love her flippant attitude and her Super Secret Versace card is a hilarious scene!

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the great giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,

  29. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


    My fav shopping related movie is Pretty Woman and the whole shopping sequence!

  30. You folks are mentioning all my fave films! I need to have a fun, girly movie marathon soon. :-) Thanks so much for hopping!

  31. I'd have to say I really enjoyed Legally Blond for a shopping movie. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Happy Thanksgiving!


  32. Awesome prize, thanks for the chance to win.


  33. I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. Mine would have to be Jingle Bells with Arnold lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  35. I love to shop on the internet. Thanks for the hop.

  36. I like the grocery shopping scene from Big Daddy. Does that count? Thanks for participating!


  37. Ok so my favorite shopping related movie moment has to be in pretty woman when she is turned away from the store on Rodeo Drive and goes back the hotel in tears without any new clothes... And after she is taken care of clothes wise by the hotel guy who sends her to a very nice lady she goes back o the snobby store dressed to the nines and tells them to screw off pretty much... Just because someone isn't dressed nice doesn't mean they don't have money to spend.

  38. My favorite shopping related movie is "Can't Buy Me Love." An older movie, but starts the premise of the movie.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  39. I don't have a face shopping movie cause I hate shopping lol! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  40. Thanks for the great blog hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  41. The only shopping movie I can think of, that I just happened to see again recently was Pretty Woman. Loved sassy Julia Roberts when she had to shop for a gown. Thank you for the giveaway!

  42. Thanks for the hop stop and giveaway!

    melhalp at

  43. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I'm more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping.... how can you go wrong!

  44. Shopping related movies? Pretty Woman and Legally Blond (when Elle's buying a computer in a bunny outfit)
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  45. I like the shopping scene in Home Alone II Lost in New York. I love when he is in the toy store. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

  46. Fabulous answers, people! I love em. Jingle Bells with Ahnold. Hehehe

  47. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  48. Thanks for the giveaway!


  49. I like the Home Alone shopping scene! I loved the toy store :)

    Thanks for the giveaway


  50. Home Alone when he's at the store buying the toy soldiers "for the little ones". Thank you for the giveaway and being part of the blog hop. :)

    yazmin593 AT msn DOT com

  51. I shop online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. The whole blog hop thing is new for me. I'm trying to figure it out..

  53. Oh, Maria, I'm afraid the hop is over - it was a super quick one-day one.

    Congratulations to Misha, winner of an e-copy of Fashioning a Romance!