Yearly Archives:2021

Tips for Christmas and Black Friday

Christmas means many different things… from holy nights to heavy traffic. This year, however, the word is “supply chain”.  Due to issues with COVID, finding workers, and other delays throughout the world economy, Christmas will have its challenges when it comes to getting the gifts under the tree. 

We’ve pulled together tips from a number of sources to help you avoid the frustration and get your holiday shopping done early and hopefully, happy.

Fox News is reporting that the shortages are real. With some basic tips like “start early” including for online shopping, this article provides solid tips for making the most of Amazon shopping including:

  • How to have your gift recipients set up an Amazon wishlist.
  • How to maximize savings by using gift cards and Amazon Prime.
  • Where to find the best Amazon coupon codes. 
  • And more… Read the full article here on

Rock Christmas like a (Kim) Komando. The online guru provided tips on buying electronics, plus which games and devices need to be purchased NOW to avoid shortages. Read her full article 6 Things to Buy Now Ahead of Black Friday Shortages.

Vox also covers the supply chain shortage, providing this ominous list of soon-to-be scarce items: new clothes, back-to-school supplies, bicycles, pet food, paint, furniture, cars, tech gadgets, children’s toys, home appliances, lumber, anything that relies on semiconductor chips, and even coveted fast food staples like chicken wings, ketchup packets, Taco Bell, Starbucks’ cake pops, and McDonald’s milkshakes (but thankfully only in the UK, for now). Read their full assessment of the worldwide supply chain issues here. 

Fortune magazine is covering how some retailers are moving Black Friday earlier (some starting as early as Halloween!). These retailers include Amazon, Target, Ulta, and more. Read more at Fortune’s website. 

More Than Presents

Of course, Christmas, Chanukah and other holidays are more than presents. Family, friends, and special festivities are so much more important. Still, it’s fun to give. So if you’re thinking holiday shopping, think (and act) early!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Celebrating Father-Daughter Day

“My father did not tell me how to live.  He lived and let me watch him do it”

 – Unknown                                          

The Best Things a Father Can Teach His Daughter

  • To be self-sufficient
  • To have high standards and great expectations
  • To strive for success
  • To seek out healthy relationships
  • To learn to save and invest
  • To live on a budget
  • To avoid debt
  • To share and help others
  • To maintain independence
  • To participate in self-care
  • To be joyful
  • To be grateful

“I am a princess, not because I have a prince, but because my father is a king”

 – Anonymous                                                            

Women Who Wine: Stretch, Sip & De-Stress!

Join us for our Fall Women Who Wine!

September 23 from 5:30 pm8:00 pm

This event is Free – we ask you to donate an item to Dress for Success benefitting Dress for Success Pittsburgh! We will be hosting a gentle yoga class that focuses on breathing exercises, tips to reduce stress levels, and basic movements to get your body moving and your mind clear. Afterward, join us for complimentary wine and refreshments.


3rd Street Gallery

220 3rd Street
Carnegie, PA 15106

The yoga class and reception are free to attend; however, we are requesting in lieu of a fee that attendees bring donations of new or gently used business professional accessories and unopened full-size personal care items. These items will be distributed by Dress for Success Pittsburgh to help women in the area thrive in work and in life. 

Don’t want to participate in the yoga class? No problem – you can opt to attend both the yoga class and reception, or the reception only. Registration will open soon!

Email us for more information.


More About Dress for Success and Making a Contribution

Dress For Success PittsburghRead more about Dress for Success Pittsburgh and their mission by clicking here. Can’t make the event? Donate directly to Dress for Success Pittsburgh via their Amazon Registry by scanning the QR codes below with your phone. 

1. Open the Camera app on your smartphone.
2. With the app open, hold your phone in front of the QR code below.
3. When prompted, click the link to be redirected to the Dress for Success Pittsburgh Registry on
4. Select the item(s) from the list you wish to purchase, click check out. To ship to DFSP, choose Dress for Success from Other Addresses.
5. Complete your purchase as normal.