Pop-Up Anticipation!

One of my favorite sales of the year is coming up in less than two weeks!
The annual 5-day Splash of Pink pop-up at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook, CT starts on Wednesday August 16th at 9:00AM.

Some tips of advise from previous years:

*Get there early, VERY early (especially on the weekends).  The line will start forming a few hours prior to the opening time.  It’s better to be waiting at the beginning of the line and get to enter the store first, than arriving late and watching others through the window shop while you wait to be let in.  The employees will only let a certain number in at a time – but it still seems crowded once you enter!

*Come prepared.  I mean, black Friday prepared. It’s not uncommon to see women sipping on their morning coffees and eating breakfast in line.  And, I’ve seen a portable chair or two – just make sure you’re with someone who will bring it back to the car for you when it’s your turn to enter. Trust me, your boyfriend/husband will NOT be the only one dragged along (there’s a nice ledge they all sit on as they watch the shopping madness and hold mile-high piles of potential purchases)

*Grab fast.   It is First Come, First Served – and sizes & styles are very limited.   So if you see something you love, grab it.  If you turn around or walk away, it might be gone for good.  Items are re-stocked throughout the weekend, but shoppers never know which items will be re-stocked or when the re-stock takes place.  With that being said, make sure you try it on, because all sales ARE final.  Which brings me to my next tip….

*Wear “conservative” undergarments.  The dressing room consists of one giant curtain.  Basically, you find a spot right next to someone else to strip down and try on items.  You’re sharing mirrors in one massive mob of women. And it may sound far fetched now, but if someone sees you trying on an item that they LOVE, they may “stalk” you to see if you’re going to give it up as you leave the fitting room.
(And, I don’t use the term stalk lightly.  Last year, I had a teenage girl and her mom eyeing my every move as I contemplated between a size S and size M of the TuskInSun t-shirt dress.  They watched me try each size on, commenting on the fit, and trying to convince me to choose the M even though it was way too big!  Unfortunately for her, I ended up snatching the S).

*Just have fun! Pop-up sales can be hectic, but when you find an item you love, they are totally worth it! Since Lilly rarely goes on sale, this one is not to be missed!

Just in case you didn’t receive a postcard in the mail, I posted a photo of it below! Please be sure to read the details, they only take certain payment options (no checks), and remember sales are final, so make your selections wisely!

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If you’ve been to this pop-up in the past, I’d love to hear your experiences, advise & tips – please share in the comments section!

Till next time, get ready!
(And be sure to check back after the sale to get a peak at my findings!

Dress Deals (& STEALS)!

Holiday weekends are always known for having amazing deals.  Nordstrom Rack and Saks off 5th offered 25% off already-reduced clearance items. Talbots offered 70% off of already-reduced clearance items.  Ann Taylor offered 50% off already-reduced clearance items.  Lord&Taylor had 75% off all winter coats, dresses, sleepwear and more (and if you were lucky enough like me, they also mailed out a $30 bonus card – that could be used like a gift card on ANY purchase!).
I could go on and on…. Let me show you some of my favorite finds of the weekend:

Starting off, this Coral Monique Lhuillier chiffon gown retailed at $990.  It was marked all the away down to $149.99… take the extra 25% off of that: $112.49! That’s over 88% off!

Next on the list, Oscar De La Renta.  This classic day dress was originally marked $1,990.  The clearance tag marked it way down to $319.97!  After the 25% off, this dress came to $239.98: 88% off!

Third, a St. John exclusive for Saks – the best spotted deal.  This dress was originally sold for $995, and marked way, WAY down to $89.97.  With the extra discount, the price was knocked all the way down to $67.48.  93% off!

Deals didn’t end at the malls and outlets.  Marshalls and TJ Maxx have racks upon racks of clearance merchandise.  Be patients as you sift through, and keep your eyes open because there are certainly deals hiding among the masses of items.

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Badgley Mischka gown over 90% off at TJ Maxx!

Check out this Badgley Mischka gown – possibly left over from last spring, but perfect for formal events in the upcoming spring months!  The original tag was still attached to this dress, showing the $595 retail price!  TJ Maxx was selling the dress for $129.99… the drastically reduced that price in half to $59: 90% off !

Come back to read about more weekend deals – ‘Till next time!

Adidas Deals!

I had an amazing weekend! My husband and I ventured through the snowy weather to a most relaxing Bed & Breakfast (and tea parlor) in Dover, New Hampshire.  Dover is incredibly peaceful, Victorian homes line the snow covered streets and the downtown area is full of small family-owned shops. Dover is also great because it’s close to Portsmouth, Kittery and Ogunquit.  Despite the cold temperatures, we took a short detour to Kittery and ran in and out of a few stores.  First up: Adidas.

Now, I’m not normally a fan of sneakers.  I would literally be barefoot 24/7 if I could.  But, since it’s impossible to wear flip flops between October and April in New England, we have no other option but to cover our feet.  I was browsing the clearance section and came across these slip-on “sneakers”.  No laces? Awesome! Extremely comfortable. More awesome! And how about the fact that they came in both black and navy, so they’ll pretty much match all of my leggings and athleisure wear.

So, let me get to the GOOD part.  The entire store was buy one item, get one 50% off.  Both pairs were marked down to $19.99.  When all was said and done, my total including tax came to $31.58 – and I was also given a coupon for a future purchase!  Curiosity got hold of me, and I began to peel away the layers and layers of orange stickers, until I discovered the original price of each pair was $89.00. Total savings of over 83% off!!

Stay tuned for more deals from my trip! ‘Till then, stay warm!

(UPDATE: 2/20/2017: I wore the black and green pair to the grocery store today and received two compliments! They are incredibly comfortable – I even still have them on my feet!)

Give a Little, Get a Lot

Last week, my fiancé asked me if I wanted to go to Wrentham on Saturday.  I hesitantly answered yes…  There’s really no reason he’d want to drive two hours just to shopping.  I knew there would be a catch.  I later found out there was a New England Revolution vs. Orlando City soccer game at Gillette Stadium that same night.  An afternoon of shopping in return for sitting through a two hour soccer game – I can agree to that.

Shopping at Wrentham: awesome stores, awesome deals plus no tax on clothes and shoes.  We started our trip with an awesome late breakfast at Cracker Barrel (it was my first time) then made our way to the management office to pick up our AAA coupon booklet (always remember to grab this first, or you’ll miss out on additional sales and promotions!!)

Let me fast forward to my best find of the day.  I had been searching for jeans.  Every Friday, when I’m allowed to wear jeans to work, I thrown my strait-leg Kate Spade, dark denim (I have multiple of the same since I loved them so much!).  I still love the style and fit, but even with multiple pairs and very careful laundering, they’ve started to fade and I felt like I should mix up my wardrobe a bit.  I wanted something comfortable, mid to high rise, without any lines or ‘washed’ effect.  I found exactly that in 7 For All Mankind!

These jeans were originally $215.  Then marked down to $149… then to $99… $39…. you get the picture.  All sale items were an additional 50% off too, so, I left that store spending LESS than $20 on an awesome pair of new jeans.  That’s OVER 90% off the original price!

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Okay, okay, I’ll have to spend $7 at the tailor to get them hemmed, but I’d have to do that no matter how much the jeans cost!

The soccer game wasn’t too bad either….  ‘Till next time – stay stylish!

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75% Off The Dress of your Dreams!

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you know I love everything that’s pink and full of bows!  So here’s my story about the perfect pink bow dress.

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Have you ever seen something and knew it was just made for you – it fits your style perfectly.  It just calls your name and is pure perfection.  Back in September, I saw that “perfect” dress posted on Instagram.  I contacted the woman who posted the picture to find out where I could get it and she let me know the photo was taken at a Kate Spade outlet store – but the store she took the photo in was halfway across the country!
I looked on their website, I looked on e-bay, and I could not find the dress!

Then, Columbus day weekend rolled around.  All of the sudden, my local Kate Spade outlet had stocked the dress and I immediately grabbed it off the rack.  It fit, but not perfectly – I needed it taken in, but I figured my tailor could deal with that.  I knew the dress would have a high price tag, but it was the PERFECT color to wear to my bridal shower in April.  Thankfully, holiday weekends = SALES!  At retail stores, the dress sells for $428 – the outlet price was $345.

The promotion for Columbus Day weekend was great – 50% off each item, plus an additional 20% off your entire purchase!  That made $345 drop down to $138 – that’s a 60% total savings off the outlet price!

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You might ask – why is she posting about this dress deal five months after she bought it?  Well, I planned on posting this in April (I wouldn’t want to post the photos before wearing it) !  But that all changed this past weekend: I unfortunately (and sadly) had to return it.  My tailor regrettably could not make it fit me right – NOT cool.
And now I have less than a month to find something just as perfect!

But you on the other hand, now know about this awesome deal is still available:  I bet you wont believe they still have this dress (and rack-fulls of others) available at the outlet – and it’s now UNDER $90! That’s 75% off of the outlet price!  At that price, they certainly wont last long so hurry to get the best selection!

‘Till next time, stay stylish!

Huge Tommy Bahama Online Outlet Sale – I saved 77%!

OUTLET SALE ALERT AT TOMMY BAHAMA!

Normally, Tommy Bahama products are pricy, but not during their online outlet sales! An e-mail notified me of the sale, and I’m so glad I checked it out!  It’s their last sale of 2015 and will be over by midnight.

I happen to think their swimwear is great quality, and super cute!  Clearly I’m dreaming of warm, sunny days even though those are seven months away…
I purchased 15 items (six swimsuit bottoms, two swimsuit tops, one one-piece baiting suit, two rash-guards, one swim dress/cover-up, one pair of pants and two boyfriend-shirt cover-ups) which retailed $1,179 +tax – yikes!

I purchased ALL of these items for $270 – that’s 77% off!
(my end total came to $292.46 after adding tax & shipping)

Want the deal too? All you have to do is go to the Tommy Bahama website and scroll to the bottom.  The outlet section shows, with a link to “Start Shopping”.  They’ll ask you for an e-mail account, and you’re in within minutes!

Until midnight tonight (October 27th), every single woman’s swim item is $20 (including one-piece, bottoms, tops, rash-guards and cover-ups).  There are other great clothing items and home items as well.  If you happen to spend $300+, you’ll get an additional 10% off of your purchase with code SAVEBIG.  Shipping was a reasonable $5.  When I ordered, there was a ton of matching sets, but act fast as the items go quickly – and they can even disappear from your shopping cart! 
The link to the outlet sale will disappear at midnight.

I am so excited to wear these beach outfits, I’m pretty much set for the next five summers!!
– Check back for updates –
I’ll post photos when they arrive in the mail!

‘Till next time – save & stay stylish!

Labor Day Sales are Upon Us – Check These Out!

Labor day is upon us:  The end of summer, and the start of pumpkin-everything.  Kids are back in school, and soon enough we’ll be throwing on our sweatshirts and jackets. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the cooler weather – but I am looking forward to weekend sales!

Here’s a list of places to find the best deals this weekend on designer goods:

  1. CLEAR THE RACK at Nordstrom Rack – in stores & online.  Take an extra 25% off all clearance items through September 7th – with savings up to 90% off the best brands!
  2. Nordstrom Clearance – in stores & online.  A ton of summer items on sale for the whole family!
  3. Big Brown Sale at Bloomingdales – A huge selection of items are 20-70% off, plus use code BIG20 for an additional 20% off sale and clearance items! Don’t forget to use your free loyalist card to earn points toward rewards certificates too!
  4. Lord & Taylor – Use the savings pass available on their website in stores & online for an additional 25% off clearance items and an additional 20% off sale & regular price items.  On their mailing list like I am? Check to see if you also received a “$15 off $40” coupon in the mail that you can combine with the other deals!

Almost every store and outlet will have amazing promotions to clear out any remaining summer merchandise – and you might even score some great deals on things for autumn!

Heading to the outlets? Make sure to stop by the information desk if you have a AAA Card.  You’ll get a great coupon book for additional savings.  There are also extended weekend hours – be sure to get there early for the best parking or take advantage of the shuttles and valet offered this weekend due to the large crowds!

Check back to see my great finds!  ‘Till then, stay stylish!