6 Tips for (shamelessly) Finding the Best Deal

9 Feb

I’m of the mindset that paying full price just isn’t acceptable. It may sound a little extreme, but if there is something I really like, I go to great lengths to get it at a discount. My few designer pieces (ahem, Rebecca Minkoff bags) were purchased shamelessly with coupon codes or during deep sales.

Here are my tips for saving money when building your wardrobe.

1)      Find it vintage. Love a specific designer? Look for designer pieces at local vintage, consignment and resale shops. Every once in a while, a beautiful designer top or bag will make its way onto the sales floor at Goodwill. I once found an almost new Burberry scarf at a vintage store for just $30!

2)      Search coupon codes. If you are like me, you loathe shipping charges. Good news – most retailers offer codes for either free shipping or a percentage off. Google the name of the store and “coupon codes”. Sites like Retail Me Not will list current codes and their specific limitations.  I recently saved my boss $400 on registration to an industry conference. Not fashion, but its money in his pocket!

3)      Reward yourself. Be a part of an online rewards program. My favorite is Lucky Magazine Rewards (free to subscribers). I get anywhere from 1-10% back on online purchases. All I have to do is click through the links on their site. They have double and triple cash back bonuses too. The money comes back to you in the form of a Visa gift card, acceptable almost anywhere. I can’t tell you how much money I have saved in iTunes alone!

4)      Sign up for email lists. Yes, it can be a pain to keep track of store emails, but they are often  filled with special deals and savings. You are the first to know about exclusive sales and special discounts. I keep a separate email account specifically for my “deals”.

5)      Browse deal sites. Yes, there are sites out there that specialize in bringing you deals. I frequent sites like hip2save, Slickdeals, and Brad’s Deals. You will find some amazing deals, and much of the content is user generated, making it current and relevant. I turn to these sites first when I’m shopping for a gift.

6)      Knock it off. Love a trend? Buy the “knock-off” version, not the designer. Yes, those YSL tassel pumps look great now, but next season you won’t be able to wear them. Don’t invest in designer unless you can see yourself wearing the piece 1, 5 or even 10 years down the line. The knock-offs are affordable and you won’t feel guilty tossing them (or selling them) at the end of the season.

There are plenty of ways to shop smart. Get the style and pieces you want and end up with a few extra dollars in your pocket.

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Weekly Round Up

5 Feb

Hello all. I must apologize for my lack of posts lately. There was a trip to Vegas and a very sick fur baby and it’s all been a very busy blur. But things seem to be settling down as such will my regular posts. Expect a recap of the wonderful AllSaints store in Vegas as well  as some savvy shopping advice and a giveaway over the next few weeks.

Onward with the recap…

– Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev steps out in style
– Pelle Moda tries Guiseppe Zanotti…and succeeds!
– Inc knocks of Marc by Marc Jacobs
Silver clutches galore

Tomorrow I will be attending Bargain Hunting for the second year in a row. Expect a full recap next week. If you have a chance, be sure to check out the Mock-off Tumblr.

Have a lovely weekend!


Weekly Round Up

8 Jan

Howdy folks! Hope everyone had a great first week of 2011. Mine was productive – I’m just hoping I didn’t burn myself out because today I am exhausted! Next weekend I will be in Vegas, taking a few days to recover from the holidays.

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

Whitney Port rocks at a Juicy Couture event

AllSaints hits every trend that I am loving right now

Parkas are a must have during this time of Global Warming and birds inexplicably falling from the sky

– Sorry, Nicole. We found a knock-off of these House of Harlow boots

– The perfect getaway bags

– Stay warm with a chunky cable knit scarf

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  Check out my Tumblr if you get a chance.

See ya, 2010

1 Jan

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is waking up feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to start a new year.  I know I am.  2010 was a year of change for me.  A new job, new passion and new direction in my career.  I’m counting on 2011 to keep me moving in that same exciting direction.

Another new I celebrated in 2010 was a new camera.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the last few months of the year.  Enjoy, and I look forward to sharing much more with you in ’11.

Wood Faulk

Wood & Faulk, Portland

Tree at Vintage Pink, Portland

In the spirit of new I also started a new Tumblr. It’s a more personal place where I will be sharing inspiration, photos, quotes and links.

Weekend

23 Nov

I’ve been busily trying out my new birthday gift – 2 months early. My husband must have picked up on my passive cues to get me a new camera. I obviously haven’t perfected the settings, but I’ve been having fun with it.

Great weekend to put up the Christmas tree, cuddle with the cat and do some squirrel watching from the window. And we got our first holiday card (from a friend in Ethopia). Now it’s Monday night and I’m huddled by the fire with the laptop, anxiously awaiting the snow (a light dusting = snowpocalypse here in Portland).

Blake is Great and He Knows It

17 Nov

A few weeks back a friend invited me to attend the grand re-opening of Portland’s designer denim destination – Blake. The store had been a staple on Portland’s famous 23rd Ave until this summer, when Blake shut down and moved shop to a bigger location off the main drag.

The store (owned by yup, you guessed it, Blake) is the place in Portland to get hard-to-find jeans.  Blake stocks his shelves with only the best of the best (True Religion? Blasphemy!). From Rich and Skinny to AG, if you can’t find it elsewhere odds are Blake has it. The store now has room to stock more, including tees, jackets, dresses, even socks.  Blake also stocks one-of-a-kind antiques – all available for purchase – which is one reason I had to stop by and check out the opening.

See the new store for yourself:

Be sure to check out the store and owner Blake’s blog.  Sure, he’s  little full of himself (his clothing is vastly superior to H&M, obviously), but at least he tells you like it is. He’s refreshingly knowledgeable  about denim. And that is why the people of Portland love him.

Vegan Week Round Up

12 Nov

Howdy all! I hope you had a chance to check out Vegan week on the site and here on the blog last week. It was an eye-opening experience for me (a non-Vegan) to put together. While I do eat animal products, I am a huge animal lover. Some of the ways animals are treated to create “fashion” is heartbreaking to me.  There are so many fantastic fashion options out there that are completely animal-free, so why not take advantage?

I don’t want to get preachy, I just want to help bring awareness. I hope you were able to find the information informative! In case you missed anything, here is a run down:

– Melisser from Cruelty Free Face gave us great ideas for Fall make-up trends

– Melanie from The Streets I Know broke down 5 Vegan companies that rock

Glee star Lea Michelle is Vegan

– Get Bones star Emily Deschanel’s Vegan-friendly style

– Vegan friendly studded heels

Mulberry inspired Vegan satchel

– Animal-free moto jacket

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m going to get out to the new H&M store that opened downtown today. Wish me luck!

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