Friday, May 29, 2009

Rules to Fashion Bargain Finds

Lately I've been seeing many things people are doing to save money in this recession. Some people cut back on eating out, brown bagging lunch to work, no more Starbucks & no more shopping! Wait a minute your telling me some people are giving up shopping? Oh No! Sorry can't do that, I think right now is the best time for shopping. Every store is having sales, giving coupons and having mega deals, you can get the best bargains now! I've always loved fashion, but never really had all the money to spend on my favorite designers and labels. Luckily I have found many ways to get all those shoes,clothes and accessories I crave and want with out blowing my budget and maxing out my credit cards. If you know where to look you can find great deals on all your favorite brand names at very cheap, cheap prices. It takes a little practice and patience, but it can be done. I decided to do a weekly post of deals I find to show and prove you can get those great fashions at incredibly low prices.

Here are some rules to help you get started.
First rule is to go directly to the back of store and look at the clearance section. You will be surprised how often stores do mark downs to clear the stock to make room for new stock. Second rule you should sign up for all your favorite stores and designers mailing list. Many retailers have mailing and email list that will alert you to sales, as well as send you coupons. Third rule is to go to discount retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, Loehmann's Sak's 5th Off, Nordstroms Rack and Neiman Marcus Last Call. I know you probably saying you hate those stores because you gotta go through racks and racks of things to find that one great deal. Yup that is where your patience comes in, if you have the money and don't have the time, then go to your favorite department store or website and order your must have item at full price. Me, I don't have that money so I take the time to hunt for those great deals. Fourth rule is look often, go to stores as often as you can, everything eventually gets marked down and put on the clearance rack. Same with websites, sometimes you will find deals online that they might not have at the stores. Fifth rule is buy what you love and don't just purchase things because they are cheap. As tempting as it is to buy everything you see because its only $5, you will have buyers remorse when you get home. Bargain shopping to me is not just buying things cheaply, its buying good quality fashion that I love at the low prices I can afford. So go out and conquer, get those mega bargain deals and make me proud. If you find a great deal and want to share it, email me and I can post your fashion bargain find on my blog.



Friday, May 22, 2009

To Maxi or Not to Maxi

OK we have all seen it at stores and in magazines, the new rage in summer dresses. The Maxi Dress. The long flowy dress that's, not too long that it drags, but just long enough to cover up. I saw this dress a few seasons ago, on runways and high fashion mags. Looks like it has now trickled down to the main stream fashion retailers. It has now even trickled down to the plus size retailers. I actually like this style of dress but wasn't sure if a "big girl" could pull it off. I'm normally not a follower of too many trends, sticking with classic styles and what looks good on me. Too trendy equals everyone is gonna be wearing it...always been one to go against the crowds. Maxi dresses seem to be the perfect summer must have. They come in so many prints and colors, and from what I have seen look good on many body types. I also have seen many dressy styles for evening and formal events, as well as everyday casual. I recently gave in and purchased 2 Maxi dress, #1: casual for everyday summer wearing around town and #2: dressy for cousins wedding this summer . So I am looking forward to wearing these 2 Maxi dresses this summer. Best part I must share is both were purchase on clearance. Yup! I couldn't believe these dresses were so cheap. Maxi #1was bought at Target for $7.48, retail $29.99, Maxi #2 was bought at LaneBryant.com for $19.99, retail $89. I learned you should never pay full price for fashion, everything goes on clearance towards end of a season. Right now all the spring stuff is on clearance so you can find great deals. Unless you are an uber Fashionista who must have an item the second it comes out, go ahead pay full price. I will have the same stuff as you in a few months and only paid half the price.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sephora Love

I first discovered Sephora a few years ago, not too many stores around the LA area about 5 yrs ago. Ever since the first step into their doors, I fell in love. I had never seen such an awesome display of make up and more. Best part of Sephora you can play with all the products with no one bugging you. Sure all the great department stores have cool make up counters, but you have those snobbish girls who either won't help you out or try to push you into buying extra crap. It gets even better when you join beauty insider club (which is free). Just like your club card at Von's. Ralph's or any other store, you get points for every purchase. Once you have a certain amount of points you get cool freebies with your any purchase. I recently received a mini Badgal Lash mascara by Benefits, also with my online order I always get cool samples. Best sample so far is small jar of dr. brandt microdermabrasion, which retails for way more than I would ever pay for a product. The samples are usually a good size not a wimpy sample where you barely get one use out of it. My most favorite and best perk of being a beauty insider is a free gift for your birthday. I celebrated a birthday this month so I was treated to a very cool set of 3 super shimmer lip gloss by Sephora. I love these little gifts and samples, because some items I would normally not buy or try out for my self. Over all I think Sephora is a great place to buy your make up, with no questions ask return policy you can't beat it. I bought a mascara last year and really hated it. I took it back to Sephora with out a receipt and was given a refund in the form of gift card with no hassles...Try doing that any where else. If you have never been to or bought at Sephora you should check them out at a store near you or online. In my opinion best place to shop for make up, beauty products and fragrance.