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Polka Dots

Long lost Forever 21 gift cards, when found, mean new spring dresses. Hello polka dots.


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New Boots

You can never have too many pairs of shoes.

I just ordered a new pair of Steve Madden boots from Nordstrom – can’t wait until they get here! I don’t have a pair of shorter boots now that I can wear with jeans, just taller pairs. These seemed like exactly what I was looking for. They should arrive in a few days and I’m crossing my fingers I love them just as much in person as I did when I saw them online.

Steve Madden Azurret Boots

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I worked at COACH when I was in college and racked up quite a collection (obviously). Since then, I haven’t made many COACH purchases. I think after spending some time working in a retail store, the novelty of the product starts to wear off. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the product, but when you’re getting something at a discount it seems less appealing when you suddenly have to pay full price again. Follow retail alum out there, don’t you agree?

My COACH dry spell ended yesterday with an online Factory sale. Besides the huge assortment of product available, I have to say the sale itself was executed EXTREMELY well. First, I received an email on Wednesday night telling me about the sale and letting me know I would receive an additional email with the link to the sale “no later than 4pm EST.” That immediately made me think the sale links would be released in waves, which can be both good and bad for the consumer. “Good” because then there wouldn’t be 1 million people flooding the site at the same time and crashing it, and “bad” because there is the potential for a lot of products to be sold out if you’re in a later email wave. Regardless, I saw this as a good thing.

Th sale email announcement. I liked seeing some prices and inclusion of different styles.

I received my email a little before noon on Thursday. With promises of sales at up to 70% off, I couldn’t help but jump on it. When I went to the site, I saw a MUCH wider selection of products than I anticipated. I spent some time looking around – I had a few types of items I was looking for specifically so I made sure to not waste time looking at things I knew I wasn’t going to purchase. One I had my choices in my cart, I went to check-out, terrified someone could have snagged my goods before I had the chance to. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had 30 minutes – essentially oodles of time – to keep them in my cart without being penalized. Amazing.

I made my purchases and received a notice saying because of the large volume of sales, it may take 8-12 hours to get an email confirmation. This, again, made me nervous in case I wasn’t actually getting what I thought I was. Nonetheless, I received an email a few hours later confirming my order. Even better? I received ANOTHER one this morning saying my items have shipped. Kudos, COACH. That’s exactly how you should run your Factory sales.

I purchased a wallet and cross-body swing pack. Since it’s already in the mail, I should be able to show you pictures next week. : )


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Time for Some Spring Dresses

I went shopping with a friend because she needed a dress for an event.  I didn’t need anything….or so I thought.  On a whim, we went into a cute boutique-y store and I walked out with two new spring dresses!


Blue and tan dress

I love this dress.  It’s high-waisted and the skirt flairs out the perfect amount.  I also really like the racer-back straps.

Blue floral dress

Both are really light.  I love the flowyness of this second dress especially.


I’m so excited to wear them.  Now I just need warm weather.

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Lacoste Sale? Yes, Please

I can’t help but notice I haven’t been sharing my excitement of online shopping as much as I used to.  I blame that on a few things – mostly, I’ve been trying to save money so I don’t allow myself to peruse shopping sites I love so much.

Today I caved…just a little.  I logged into Shop it to Me just to click around and ended up finding a great deal on a Lacoste shirt:


Lacoste Shirt: $70 on sale for $34.99

I wear a lot of black and love plain, basic, long-sleeve black shirts.  I love them so much mine are looking a little worn.  Once I realized Lacoste has free standard shipping, it was a done deal.


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Gilt Trovato Dress

I just ordered a new Trovata shirt dress from Gilt:

Trovata Dress from Gilt

The dress retails for $165 but was on sale on Gilt for $59.  With the site credits they’ve given out, I only ended up paiding $9 for the dress.

ALSO – I recieved it the NEXT DAY.  Literally.  The NEXT DAY.  This has never happened to me.  Most sample sale sites are known for slow shipping, and Gilt is no different.  They are pushing a faster shipping schedule for the holidays and it doesn’t get much faster than one-day shipping at snail mail prices.

For an invite to shop on Gilt, click here.  For additional private shopping invites, visit the VIP Shopping page.

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Personal Shopping Lockdown

One of my kitchen magnets

I’ve put myself on a money lockdown until the end of the year.  Seriously.  This means no new pairs of boots, bags, dresses or fall coats.  None.  The fantasticly slouchhy Steve Madden boots I just purchased (at a fantastic price, I might add) hold the place as the last item I’m buying for myself in 2010.

Nonetheless, we are entering into the holiday season.  I’ll admit I’ve even started Christmas shopping.  My money-saving methods are carrying over into the holiday arena – I’m hunting for the best gifts at the best price.  Makes sense, right?  Even though I tend to spend more than I want on shopping at times, I pride myself on typically staying within budget over the holidays while not skimping on gifts – no one better disagree with me. : )

Tips for Holiday Saving:

  1. Determine your budget and stick to it – I don’t set a FIRM budget down to the cent because sometimes you see things you know someone will love, but I DO set a budget.  I make a list of who I need to shop for and almost tier them out according to dollar amounts.  For example, Mom and Dad take up more of the budget than some of my girlfriends.  I determine what  I will spend on each person and do my best to hold true.
  2. Know how to find the best price – Check multiple shopping sites before making a final decision.  For fashion and apparel, sites like Shop It To Me aggregate different shopping sites into one so you can find the best price.  For other items, Google Shopping does a really great job of helping to find the best prices.
  3. Make a running shopping list – I literally have a running email draft entitled “CHRISTMAS” with links of things I’ve seen for different people.
  4. Shop with cash when possible – Bring cash if you’re planning on shipping at the mall vs. online.  It’s harder to part with cash than plastic. : )

Anyone else already getting in the Christmas spirit?

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