Black Friday and Cyber Monday Tips

Who needs retail therapy? I feel like this is the most appropriate article for today. Shopping does the soul good. I also wanted to highlight the fact that we are merely weeks away from Thanksgiving and that other (shopping) holiday- Black Friday. While some still find the tradition of going to the stores to shop all the discounts exhilarating, I am quite fond of Cyber Monday. The day you can sit in your PJs and order copious amount of goods online. Hashtag living!

But where does one begin with shopping both massive sales days? Great question. To easy the overwhelming feelings of FOMO, I’ll be posting frequently upon where to shop for what during the holidays for the best discount. So stay tuned for that! In the meantime, here are three tips you can do now to prep you for the mega shopping days.

Form A Shopping List

Just as you would for a grocery run, form a list of what you are looking to buy. This can mean stuff you personally want for your closet, like OTK boots or a new winter jacket. It can also be last-minute holiday gifts for friends and family members. Such as a candle set for mom or the latest gadget for your spouse. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and write it down to stay focused. These are now your goals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 Create A Budget

Be realistic in how much you want to spend in total and on each person (item). Believe me, this will take off loads of stress when it comes down to paying for each gift. Write down the number next to the list of items you’re looking to get. Having a specific budget in mind will help prevent impulse buys as well as keep you on track in getting everything you set out for. In a third column (or at the end of the page), add a little wiggle room for that one incredible sales piece you must have.

Stalk Your Favorite Stores

This is where your amazing Facebook stalking tactics finally come into play. Instead of stalking your crush or arch nemesis, start investigating your favorite stores. My personal favorite is Nordstrom because of their free shipping and return policies. I also tend to fit well in their clothes. Another favorite place I find incredible holiday gifts is Anthropologie. For jewelry, I really love Bloomingdales‘ collection. Lastly, for technology I am a fan of Amazon– again the free shipping for Prime members is amazing.

If you have the chance, go in store to try on the items or see what they look like in person before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This will guarantee you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. That’s it! Simple steps that will make shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday a cinch.

Let Me Know

Tell me in the comments below where you love to shop during the holiday sales and I pay extra attention to those stores when creating helpful sale guides!

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Fall Fashion Trends and Accessories 2016

It’s a new season, which means time to change up the wardrobe. To help, I’ve listed what’s trending this fall season, from clothes to accessories. Some trends, such as the off the shoulder tops, chokers, and ruffles have transferred over from Summer to Fall. While others, such as embellishments and blocked heels are newer style ideas that are gracing fall fashion.

Fall Fashion Trends

No one needs to wear every single trend that is popular, but it is fun to know what’s hot. It also opens doors to new ways to style old clothes. It is amazing how simple accessories can change the look.  Here is a short list of what’s popular this season, and what you’ll be seeing a lot of through winter.

  • Chokers
  • Bell Sleeves
  • Menswear inspired looks
  • Blocked Heels
  • Velvet
  • Metallics
  • Embellishments
  • Off the shoulder
  • Fall florals

It may seem like a lot but let’s break it down into easy pieces!

Style ideas

We already discussed bell sleeves here, but what about the rest of what’s trending? There are some  pretty sweet pairings happening with these trends, like ruffles and off the shoulder tops like this. Or Velvet chokers! There are some unexpected pairings that work perfectly such as menswear inspired looks and embellishments. Coach did a great job demonstrating this trend combo in their SS ’17 line. I personally love seeing block heels and metallics being matched. But see for yourself below:

What trend pairing do you like or would wear? Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime here are a few other fall trends I am loving:

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