Much like my own, I take my phone’s outfits seriously. I’m all about originality when it comes to accessories and clothing and my iphone case is no exception. That’s why I’m so pumped about this iphone cover I just ordered. It’s the ultimate personalized phone cover because you use your very own Instagram pictures to make the design! It’s an Instagram concept called Casetegram and the better news is that you can get the regularly priced $35 case for only $21 at Gilt.com until March 28th! At that price, I may just get a few more phone “ensembles” !
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!
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 !
I drove to Orlando last weekend and arrived just in time to meet a serious cold front (serious meaning it got into the high 50s- 60s). I was a bit unprepared since its been in the 80s and even 90s here in Miami throughout the week. Luckily I took a purple Tibi New York cropped fall jacket I recently purchased. I bought it on a super sale paying $45 when it was originally priced over $300! Steal! I paired it with a fox fur neck collar that I recenlty thrifted. These vintage pieces are a fabulous way to glamorize and revamp any light jackets or sweaters for the upcoming chilly months!
Silver Studded Skirt: Thrifted | Sweater: H&M | Jacket: Tibi | Neck Fur Collar: Thirfted | Shoes: Charles Jourdan
One of the highlights of my week was attending the annual Sassy City Chicks Sample Sale held here in Miami Design District at the Moore building on Thursday (Oct 6th, 2011). It was basically a big ole girl shopping extravaganza. They charged $10 for general entry and $30 for VIP entry (free cocktails included and a gift bag). The building was a great venue; very ‘design-district-architectural-all white-everything’. There were three floors of pop-up shops of local boutiques and other female-geared merchants (jewelery, salons, local hand-crafted items etc) from all over the city. The event is supposed to feature sample sale prices, but I found that there many regularly priced items; overall prices ranged from $20 to $300+. I found out about it a bit late so I only had about 2 hours to spend there and it really wasn’t enough time! Nonetheless, I found a pair of bright orange/coral colored skinny jeans (from a local vendor – $68) and a super cute floral print dress (from a local boutique- $30 originally priced at $125!). Highlights: I thought this was a great one-stop-shop kinda-way to get to know the multitude of local boutiques that Miami has to offer. Downfalls: It got a bit crowded and it became difficult to browse since the pop-up shops are only so big (get there early). Overall: I recommend checking it out! This was my first time going to this event and I would definitely round up some girls and go again next year (check out the website for events in other cities).