United Colors of Benetton’s New Season in Kids

This Season, United Colors of Benetton is screaming at its competitors!
High quality sweaters and super strong denim has Mom’s and kids alike in a state of “WOW”. Zac’s grandmother got him an awesome collection of United Colors- Kids gear for Christmas. After we tried on the clothes, I fell in love with the quality and did some investigation on their website. You’ll find a great display of the upcoming seasons goodies for kids of all ages. I selected the “shop” and found some of the items Zac received. I honestly fell in love with the idea of being able to see what they have now and what is soon to come. There is currently a sale of up to 50% off which I will be patronizing!
My Grandparents celebrated their Golden 50th Anniversary.  While picking out clothes for the party, the first thing Zac could think of wearing was his logo sweater. I of course intervened and incorporated a little bit of ZARA and H&M.
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Farewell to The Gap

This year gave me quite a bit to look forward to.
I was lucky enough to be hired to work with one of the most well-received stores in the Downtown Brooklyn area, gain an unexpected promotion within my arrival and learn some overwhelming news along the way.
The store I most recently said farewell to will now share farewells themselves.
The Flatbush Avenue Gap at Kings Plaza will be closing down.
It’s quite a surprise to hear.
The store that once housed a beautiful variety of Men’s, Women’s, Kids, and Baby clothing will no longer be. Loyal customers will now have to travel as far as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, or 17th and 5th, considering the unfortunate closing of South Street Seaport from Hurricane Sandy.
Originally, Kings Plaza was the shoppers destination for local Brooklynites and Gap was the place to find your must have basics. As the economy changed and gentrification reared its head, the need for the mall changed. Security tightened up as rambunctious after school shoppers participated in unfortunate mayhem and assisted in the downgrade.
I was given the opportunity to work with wonderful people and learned more humbling and lifelong  lessons there than at any other Flagship location in my 5 year Gap history. I applaud and salute the ten year team and those who desired to make a difference.
The store may be closing its doors as early as the 26th of January.

Word on the street is, alongside Gap’s inability to make quota, the property owners were not interested in downsizing and rebuilding the space and may be utilizing it as a Food Court.

How strange is that?

Here are a few pics of Gap Kings Plaza- hard work and merchandising.

My VERY first window set on my 2nd day of work at Gap Kings Plaza Sept 2011

What I like to call “React to Sell Through” Floor Change after a big sale with limited merch
Window change for Gap Kids and Baby Gap

Quick moves made during power hours in Women’s Dressy Dept

Playing dress up in KP fitting room

A beautiful window set by Annalee, Jessica, and Myself

Fun Updating window presentation for GapKids

What is your reaction to Gap at Kings Plaza’s closing? Is it well needed or could it just use re-vamping?
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Bigger. Better. MORE!

This week marks my LAST FEW DAYS at the Gap in Kings Plaza.
Ive been lucky enough to work at flagship stores like The Gap on Fifth Avenue or Old Navy in SoHo but it seems KP has been the most influential. Coming in as management trainee, learning how to develop and work as a team- it seems I’ve learned more here than in all my years of service. Most people hear “Kings Plaza” and wonder why’d one would choose to work somewhere as difficult but, I’ve realized its better to start with the hard and end with the easy.  I’ve developed and have been able to work with so many great people. Although having been there for one year exactly, I can already tell I’m not letting go of any one of em lol.
Thayne, Anna, Vaughn, Grace, CLINT, the Visual Team, Cashiers, Hassan and those darn Mannequins, Ms Liz and her rolling rack, Ms Kelly and her stock room, ALL of you guyses…
DIPSET! DIPSET! DIPSET!

HERE are a few pics of the hard work with limited resources…

My First Window with Annalee.. Hot mess!
First flow with the Thaynester Fall 2011

My After- OVERNIGHT face

Jessica and Hassan Hooks it up… Takes 12hrs but, they hook it up!
Trying on clothes for work… at work

Anna!

Of COURSE I had to sneak Zac in with his 100% GAP!

The Last Minute Hustle… 1hr on the clock, gotta get it done!

My LAST kids Front & Center


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Chipmunks 2nd Birthday!

      My Zac. The love of my life. The Apple to my Sauce. The “I” to my “Phone”. You’ve gottta love this guy. Yesterday he turned TWO! Its been a pretty exhausting day. Between finding well-priced clothes off Union Square and trying not to die of dehydration in 90 degree weather, we had a lot going on. Zac made a few friends and had fun with his family.

Here are a few pics for proof!

Zac’s Super Stylish Grandmother got him these pants for 10 bucks at H&M  Zac’s Cool Red Pants

We were lucky enough to find his entire outfit at The Gap which had 40% off sale!

His new backpack (which he loves) comes from The Children’s Place who also has 20% off school gear

Zacs Plaid Gap Shirt Zac’s B’Day Boy Shirt Zac’s Red Chambray Pants Zac’s Boat Shoes

These shoes Are the cutest! I fell in love with them on ChildrensPlace.com & Zac’s Dad got em!Cute Sneakers
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