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H&M’s 2012 Summer Lookbook

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The new H&M 2012 Summer Lookbook is out! Lookbooks are a great references for upcoming trends and styling ideas; and who doesn’t love H&M? It looks like this Summer Collection is very vintage inspired (looove that) and I’m really into the deep purple with soft pink color combo they’re featuring in a few looks.

To my fellow Miami residents: Our very own H&M is coming soon and set to open in the Fall of 2012! The store will be located on Lincoln Rd. where the New Wold Symphony used to be housed, and will feature 22,000 sq feet and 2 floors full of H&M goodness. Could be dangerous.

Sources: Fashionologie.comthe305.com

 

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Tips for Successful Bargain Shopping

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My name is Daniella and I am a bargain shop-a-holic. The feeling I get when I purchase a beautiful piece at a fraction of its original cost is my drug! Bargain shopping can be challenging and intimidating, but the rewards can be great! Being a vet in the bargain shopping game, I thought I would share some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

(Image cred: couponaudit.com)

1)            It’s all about WHERE you shop

This is an obvious, but very important point. If you shop at Saks and Neimen Marcus, expect to pay full (or close) for you purchase.

The places I find to have the best markdowns are TJ Maxx (quite possibly my fave) and Loehmann’s. Other great stores are the outlet versions of the top department stores like Off 5th- Saks Outlet, Neimen Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack (the best for SHOES), and the newer Bloomingdale’s Outlet.

An important word on TJ Maxx (and other such discount stores); explore several stores in your area as they are not all created equal! I have a couple favorites that tend to carry better products and higher-end brands.  For example, the best TJ Maxx stores are in South Beach (5th and Alton Rd) and North Miami Beach (3809 NE 163rd St)

2)  Give it Time

Bargain shopping can be frustrating when you are looking for a specific item. Give it time. If you are looking for a great pair of jeans and you don’t find them the first time, don’t settle for something mediocre, return once weekly for the next few weeks until you find a purchase you feel great about. Discount stores are getting new items daily, if you keep at it, you are sure to find what you want.  Remember quality always comes first and persistence is key!

 

     3)  Beat the Crowd

I find that shopping before the weekend is when I find the best items. Most people shop Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My favorite shopping day is Thursday. By this time, the store has been filled with goodies throughout week and you are beating the weekenders to the good stuff!

 


       

4)  Accessorize

If your closet is in need of revamping, but your wallet doesn’t agree, update your accessories! Accessories can be a cheaper alternative to updating your look. A nice belt and a few chunky necklaces can take you a long way!

 

 

5)  Shop Despy!

*Leave the bargain shopping to the experts, while still reaping the rewards by shopping Despy !

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Karl Lagerfeld’s New Line!

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Exciting news for my fellow budget conscious fashionistas! Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld released more looks for his upcoming new line Karl set to sell exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com starting January 25th, 2012. This line is Lagerfeld’s first attempt at making his signature luxurious looks more accessible to the everyday girl with price points starting at $50! Can’t wait to add some Karl to my life! Here’s a peek at what’s to come.

(source: catwalkqueen.com)

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