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!

Tiny Shiny Things

Hair barrettes. They’re tiny, they break easily, and no matter how careful I am, my favorite ones always “disappear”. So why are they so expensive?!

Fortunately, I found some great mark downs at J. Crew and it was definitely time to stock up! Their barrettes come in a wide variety of sizes, and the color choices of silver, gold, rose gold and tortoise shell make them extremely versatile for any outfit.  They also hold a GOOD amount of my super-thick hair (well enough to sweep the top part off of my face) – so that’s a plus!

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Rose Gold & Gold Barrettes

The barrettes a J.Crew normally retail for $12.50 (some are a little less or a little more).  The two I chose were marked down to $6.99 each, and then there was an additionally 50% off discount on top of the sale price! I ended up getting two different barrettes for under $8 – which was less than the original price of one! That’s over 65% off!

 

‘Till next time all!

Luck of the Irish

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
My e-mail inbox was full of mystery coupon codes this morning: lucky me!

If you’ve been eyeing a deal on Living Social: Use the code GREEN to get $5 off $25 (up to 20%), $10 off $40 (up to 25%) and $30 off $100 (up to 30%).

I’ve been skeptical of these new “mail order food boxes” (In this case “Hello Fresh”).  Personally, I like going to the grocery store, and I’m quite picky with the fruits and vegetables I buy, but Living Social had a pretty great deal, so I figured I’d give it a try.  I read over a lot of great reviews, which swayed my decision.  The website even say each meal comes with its own individual recipe card – and they only take 30 minutes to make!  I could always add new recipes to my collection – maybe it’ll help me expand my “go-to” meals!

The package I purchased was $59 on living social – cut down from $119, but that prices was reduced to $49 after my coupon.  It provides 6 meals, for 2 people, over a 2 week time span.  That’s only $4.08 per meal, per person!  Now, the subscription automatically renews after my 2 weeks are up – but I already marked my calendar to cancel it right before my package ends, so I’ll never get charged again!

I also earned 3% cashback on my purchase since I shopped using the Living Social link on  the Chase Credit Card website!  (Who doesn’t love cashback!)

Oh, I couldn’t leave this one out for St. Patrick’s Day: Enjoy the “Week of Waterford“.  Waterford Crystal is now offering 25% off of their stemware until March 26th at Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Waterford Website.  That’s a steep (and rare) discount!

Until next time, stay lucky!

Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day weekend was full of excitement: spent time scrapbooking, tried some amazing new restaurants (thanks, groupon), explored downtown Mystic, and celebrated “laboring” by shopping, of course!

Lets start with the Nordstom Rack “Clear the Rack” sale where all red-tag items are an additional 25% off!  This adorable $78 robe came to $14.25!

Next – even though I normally hate Kohl’s, they sent me a $5 reward card in my e-mail and I also had a 20% off coupon.  The result: 2 dish towels for $1.24 – $14.81 savings!

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Then we took a quick trip to the mall.  I had a $10 reward card to Victoria’s Secret so this turquoise $20 high-neck sports bra came to $10.63 with tax!  And my favorite deal? I had a $20 reward card for Ann Taylor and all sale items were an extra 60% off.  I got two items worth $60 for  only $5.52 including tax (super comfortable tee & classic bangle bracelet)!!

I did get one more REALLY amazing 73% off deal at BCBG, but I’ll wait to share that with you!

‘Till next time! Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day!

Shop Summer Now!

Summer sales are in full swing but fading fast. Even though it’s hard to think of leaves, pumpkins and chilly nights in this heat-wave, the autumn styles will be out before you know it. Forget “Back-to-School” – the craft stores are already displaying Halloween and Thanksgiving items!! (This is actually good for all of us crafters to get a head start on the upcoming holidays!)

If you scroll back through my posts, an entire year, you’ll find out how much I love the “Red Hanger Sale” at Talbots – it’s definitely the time to stock up! Prices are completely slashed. Not only are spring and summer items redlined, they are an additional 50% off of the sale price. Want a deeper discount? Use your Talbots card for an extra 5% off everything (think of it as almost covering the tax).

In addition, this weekend, regular price styles are ALSO 50% off. That includes swimsuits and their new July collection.

Today I got to sport some of my finds for Dress Down Friday at work. The “Perfect Sleeveless Shirt” is exactly as named: Perfect. It’s iron-free and completely wearable right out of the dryer. The beautiful marigold color definitely brightens things up after a week full of classic navy and black! This was originally $69.50 – marked down to $64.50. Slice that in half and the shirt ran just over $30! That’s 55% off!

Now, if you’re patient – these prices will be discounted even further within the next few weeks but the racks clear fast!

Since it’s Friday, I was allowed to wear denim, and my new “Not Your Daughters Jeans” from Nordstrom Rack accompanied the button up shirt perfectly! Okay, okay, maybe NYDJ’s are not made for under-thirty-somethings or under-forty’s for that matter, BUT my skinny jeans just don’t cut it for the office and if you spent just one day in NYDJ’s I promise you’ll be hooked! I’ll just save my 7 for All Mankind and True Religion styles for the weekends.

Not only are these the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn, I NEVER tugged at the waistband or pulled them up the entire day. That’s pretty much unheard of for my sans-hips self. Besides that, they’re not too tight, nor too baggy and have just the right amount of stretch. PLUS, I did NOT have to get them hemmed – they were somehow the PERFECT length. Bring on a few more pairs (especially if I could find more at the price I paid)!

I stopped by Nordstrom Rack about a week ago and found these jeans on the clearance rack marked down to $17.10 – only $18.19 with tax! These were originally $114 so that’s exactly 85% off? I’ll take it!

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My entire outfit was $20 LESS than what the shirt alone would have cost me if I paid full price for it (if that were to EVER happen).

‘Till next time – stay cool and grab your summer finds before it’s too late!

Then and Now:

Days can go by so quickly when schedules get hectic: between sleep, work, fitness, social activities, cooking, eating and cleaning, 24 hours passes in the blink of an eye.  But, when you add 365 days together, so much more can happen!

I think back to a year ago, when I was flying to Florida to take a week-long road trip with my fiancé (now husband) up to Connecticut.  A year later, our wedding and honeymoon are behind us, and that road trip seems like such a distant memory.

But I still remember enough to tell you about it:

We took a lot of breaks on our 1000mile road trip, to explore new areas and sight see.  After stopping in Savannah, Georgia for lunch and a trolley tour, we made our way to Charleston, South Carolina.  Besides the bought of ghost activity in the Barksdale House Bed & Breakfast (still spooks me!), we loved the area.  We found a strip of stores and restaurants within walking distance of our B&B and definitely took advantage of strolling around to stretch our legs.

Not only did I pick up a pair of Pink Tusk-In-Sun elephant shorts at Lilly Pulitzer (which were sold out in my size everywhere else at the time!), Kate Spade was also having their annual Work.Play.Sale!  I had a ball trying on piles of clothes in their beautifully wallpapered fitting room adorned with velour bow-shaped pillows and inspirational quotes on the mirrors.

At this point our wedding was 10 months away – but by now you should know I plan ahead! (Way ahead!)  As I contemplated between a few dresses, I decided on the cream colored fit&flare Tanner dress – knowing it would be perfect for our rehearsal dinner.  It’s a comfortable blend of cotton & silk that can be dressed up or down.

The (original) price was a little hefty: $448.  BUT: the sale price slashed that in half to $224.  Calculate the additional 30% off… down to $156.80! That’s 65% off!!

What comes around goes around – it’s a year later and the Work.Play.Sale is BACK at Kate Spade until July 5th!  Check our their website or a local store to receive an additional 30% off their already-reduced sale items!

And a year later… The reveal out of the garment bag:

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‘Till next time!

Spring Treats! (Special Coupon Code in Post!)

Hopefully you took advantage of some of the “Leap Year” sales & deals yesterday, like a free cup of tea at David’s Tea!

If not, there’s still so many deals for spring ahead (21 days away, but who’s counting!).

In addition to the spring countdown, I have a few others going on… my wedding and honeymoon to name a few!  In just over three months I’ll be headed to clear turquoise water, white sand and palm trees swaying in the breeze.

Lands End has been sending me e-mails galore full of new spring and summer merchandise, and when I saw an adorable polka dot bikini, they had my attention.  Each piece was pretty pricy since these are brand new items,
but I thought I could treat myself for this special tropical trip ahead.
Plus, their baiting suit fit and quality are certainly hard to beat.

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Even though I was treating myself, I still couldn’t bear to pay full price (WHY should I?)
I didn’t have to.  It’s Friends & Family!  Right now, your ENTIRE Lands End purchase is an additional 30% off!  You’ll also receive free shipping if you spend over $50!

Until Midnight tonight, you can get this deal too using Code: PAL302 Pin: 7000

Have fun stocking up for spring (or grabbing last minute winter clearance for next year)!
‘Till next time, save a dime!

Black Friday Came Early!

It’s my favorite time of year (beside the temperature).  The holidays, friends, family, food, gifts & of course: shopping.  The hype is upon us.  Most of the flyers have been circulated already.  There’s backlash against the stores opening on Thanksgiving day.  And then there are the stores that have deals all week long – so we don’t even need to anticipate what Friday will bring.

Take today’s deal:
The Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum at 60% off!

I’ve been eyeing the Dyson Cordless Vacuums for a few months now, contemplating if they would be worth the high price tag.  I’m all about reading reviews, so when a good friend I trust told me how much she loves her cordless Dyson, I was officially convinced it was a necessary addition in my life.

I know that all Dyson products are great – I love my Dyson Upright and my Dyson Hot/Cool Fan.  But, when it comes to cordless Dyson’s (perfect for quick clean-ups, the staircase, upholstery & the car) there are 4  models to choose from, and I could not make up my mind on which model was best (mainly because there was a $300 difference between the ‘most basic’ model and the ‘best’ model).  I knew the quality of the basic model would still be great, but I knew the convenient features of the best model would definitely be even better.

I am so glad I took so much time to contemplate because this week, the prices have dropped significantly – so significantly that I purchased the newest, “most expensive” model with the most features, for LESS than the original price of the ‘most basic’ model!!

 

These are all of the stores that currently have this model on sale, but keep reading to find out which one had the BEST deal:

Bed, Bath and Beyond currently has their Dyson Manufacture event, and the $599 Model is marked down to $449.  That includes free shipping, but, you can NOT use a 20% coupon on this item.  I kept looking.

The normal HSN price is $599 – currently marked down to $449.  That also includes free shipping.  HSN recently sent me a 20% off any item code, but it unfortunately EXCLUDES Dyson.  I kept looking.
(On a side note: If you wanted to pay for the vacuum over time, HSN would be the way to go.  They are currently offering FLEX PAY of $112.49 for 4 months, which is completely interest-free!)

The normal price for the same model is a little higher at Macy’s.  Somehow, they got away with jacking up the “Original” price to $699, and “discounting” it to $599.  They are currently selling the vacuum for $449 as well.  But guess what: their savings pass EXCLUDES Dyson.
… I kept looking.

Kohl’s, like Macy’s jacked up the price of the same model to $679.99, and like all of the other stores, it was marked down to $449.99.  So why would I choose Kohl’s? I really don’t like Kohl’s.  But, they do NOT exclude Dyson in their coupons!!!! They currently have a 15% off promo that I could use.  I also decided to open a Kohl’s Credit Card, which saved me another 30% off!

Not only did I get 15+30% off, I also got $15 Kohl’s Cash back for every $50 spent.  That’s $75 Kohl’s Cash that I can use between November 30th and December 6th on anything I want at Kohl’s!
I also scanned my “Yes2You” reward card too, which earns me a $5 reward for every 100 points (1 point per dollar).
So, Ding, ding, ding – we have a winner – Kohl’s had the best deal BY FAR and I might actually like this store now (for household products)!

 

I feel bad for anyone who paid $649.99+tax for this same exact vacuum last week at Kohl’s – Because I just paid $284.74 INCLUDING TAX – a 60% savings!

  

I grabbed the one and only box they had at our store so I’m not sure any will be available by Friday – act fast!!  I’ll also add, Dyson products rarely go on sale, these prices will creep right back up very soon – and currently, Kohl’s is the only store I’m aware of that still allows you to use coupons on them – hopefully they don’t catch on!

Besides the long lines, crowds and excitement, I can’t wait to see what else Black Friday brings this year!

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!

Unbelievable Dress Deals!

My posts have been far and few between lately – autumn is an extremely busy season! Anyway, even though I haven’t had much time to shop, my eye caught some amazing dress deals at Nordstrom Rack a few days ago.  I inspected the dresses and could not find anything wrong with them – just shocking price tags.

I literally could not believe some of these markdowns –

The very best deal in my opinion?
A $898 Cobalt lace ML for $68.  That’s about 92% off!

Normally in stores we see Michael, by Michael Kors.  It’s not often we see the real Michael Kors Collection, with dresses running up to $20,000 a piece.  This dress in particular was $1,575 and marked down three times to $119.90.
That’s a 92% savings!

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How about this beautiful blue Carmen Marc Valvo for 85% off!
It was $495 and dropped to $76.48!

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There was this $595 Thia for $144.97 – more than 75% off!

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More from Thia – a $1,095 gown for $359.97 (67% off):

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and a $1,295 gown for $169.97 (87% off)!

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There was also a super cute Burberry dress, retailing for $1,295
and marked down to $409.97 – a 68% savings!

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I’m sure if I kept browsing through the racks, I would have found more amazing deals, but the store was about to close!
If these dresses are still around during a “Clear the Rack” sale, you’ll get an additional 25% off on top of the already-incredible deals –
but I’m sure they’ll sell fast!

‘Till next time, always aim for the best, and realize you can afford it!