Friday, November 17, 2017

8 Tips to Make Your Holiday Shopping Easier

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are among us friends! Who else is out there enjoying these pre-Black Friday deals?! Working in retail, especially through the holidays, I have observed a few things that may make your life easier when you shop in stores. Hopefully you will find these few tips helpful through the craziness of this season. 

1. Find an associate and ask for the deals but MOST IMPORTANTLY the exclusions to the deals.
This is one of the biggest bummers for both the customer and workers. It's easy to not fully understand what the promotions are in the store due to how the marketing is. It will actually save you time to read the fine print on the promo signs that to not pay attention than to get the end of your shopping time to realize half your stuff is not as low as you think. Also, another tip is to become buddies with that brand ambassador. I love when customers come with questions and needs, because at the end they have found everything they need in less time and I feel successful in knowing they have found what they need. 

2. Do your research before you walk in the store.
This kind of flows with the knowledge of promotion. If you are able to research your promotions online you may be able to save more. Also, look to see what the store offers on their website. Some websites, such as, Gap Inc. have an option to find that item in your nearest store. You can then put your item on hold and skip the search time in the stores as well as saving your item if you can't get it in time. 

3. Have a small wallet specifically for the card you will use, your license, and cash separate from your normal wallet.
I love my big wallets, but sometimes I just need the essentials and nothing else in the way. You don't have to dig around you have it all there and easy to whip out.

4. Bring your own big bag or backpack that you find comfortable.
This may sound like it defeats the purpose of #3, but you need both! Instead of carrying many bags that tend to get in the way you can carry just one. The bags at TJ Maxx's (or their other brands) checkout line are cheap and can carry a lot. 

5. Bring your pick me up drink/snack.
You will probably send more time in line at Starbucks, even if you ordered through the app, with the holiday lines. Make it easier on you and have your favorite coffee in a sealed or to-go cup that way you can get right to shopping. Same thing with snacks. Shopping makes you hungry, so stay fueled and skip the lines and extra money by packing your own snacks.

6. Pray for patience before you leave your house, while, you're in the car, when you step in the store, and when you wait in line.
Patience is essential for holiday shopping. It's a crazy time and it can be stressful depending on the shoppers and workers around you. So be patient and understanding. Everyone wants to get things done and they don't want to wait, but it is essential to take turns and understand the waiting process. You will get out with what you want and you will get out within a decent time, so don't stress yourself. Have a book on your phone and read it while you munch on your snacks in line or while you wait on some help. 

7. Look at full price items.
Depending on the store/sales. The full price items will be your best bet. The sale items are normally first marked around 20% off, so really full price isn't much more for newer styles. 

It's the holiday season. It's supposed to be joy filled and excited and a peaceful time all around. The best way to enjoy your holiday shopping is to not think about the craziness around you but what it should be. I promise you, with that mind set you will become the joy filled person in line and it will show through. It will change what happens around you. Think of it like when a baby comes in the room just smiling and giggling; it instantly lightens up the room. Be that light.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy shopping!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Buffalo Plaid Duster

Dress/Duster- BB Dakota // Top- Banana Republic // Pants- Gap // Shoes- fab'rik // Earrings- Old, similar here // Rings- Marley Lilly & Heart of Stone

You know when you hit the jackpot, and you just so happen to be at the right place at the right time? That was me when I found this dress. A store was closing so everything was 40-60% off. So I snagged this fantastic piece. I love the dress with a good pair of heels and a belt, but since it is a full button down I decided to turn it in a duster for an outfit. 

How are y'all all doing after this round of daylight saving time? I have to admit I totally forgot that it was fall back and not spring forward, as stupid as that sounds, but I was very glad to know I had an extra hour of sleep. 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

P.S. Do we like the new blog design?!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apple Picking

Jacket: Banana Republic (On SALE, and in two colors!!) // Top: Gap (Under $25!) // Denim: Banana Republic (almost exact same here) // Booties: Tory Burch (similar here) // Scarf: Banana Republic (similar here) // Earrings: Old, similar here // Rings: Marley Lilly & Heart of Stone

Y'all, I totally forgot the temperatures and the humidity in the south. I feel like I have been more aware of it after I had the luxury of four seasons up north. With that said, I went apple picking over my fall break! It was a fantastic, fall filled activity. I just may have to bring a pair of shorts and no jacket next time. Oh and no curling of the hair, ha! The place I decided on was in Hendersonville, NC. It was beautiful! I would highly recommend visiting the "little" town's main street. It has a Hallmark movie feel to it, and it reminded me a lot of the main streets on the Cape and New England in general.  

This.Jacket. Oh my goodness it is a whole other level! I already have 3 utility jackets in my closet and I just couldn't wait to add this one to my collection. It is so unique, I haven't seen one like it anywhere else. Who knew adding a ruffle and belle sleeves would bring up the level of sophistication for a utility jacket?!  It really was the perfect jacket for apple picking in crazy weather. Because, it has shorter sleeves and they are flared so you are able to have some air flow for warmer temps. Even if you were in the snow I would recommend a basic long sleeve tee or sweater to pop out or a flannel underneath. In all reality, it's the best jacket and you need to go get it while it's on sale because my pictures don't do it justice!

Thanks for reading! xo

Monday, September 11, 2017

Belle Sleeves and Booties

Top: Aerie, similar here & here // Shorts: Nordstrom Rack, similar here & here // Booties: Nordstrom Rack, similar here // Totes: H&M (on sale for $15!!) // Earrings: Old, similar here // Rings: Heart of Stone & Marley Lilly // Sunglasses: Loft // Bracelets: All from Heart of Stone

I've always wanted to try belle sleeves, but I just haven't found the right top yet. Well, it just so happens I finally found it. I was walking around Soho and stumbled upon the Aerie pop up shop, which btw if y'all ever cross one then you need to go in. You'll thank me later. Needless to say I walked out of there with one too many items. I love how fun the belle sleeves are; they add a feminine touch to any top or dress. I am looking forward to see how designers are able to bring belle sleeves through the seasons. 

Speaking of designers, have y'all be following the news of #NYFW?! There are some gorgeous ideas coming out soon. Since I haven't been able to follow along the fashion filled week in person, I have been liberally following a few blogger to see all the news. My favorite blogger to follow right now is Brighton

Thanks for reading y'all! xo

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bow Back & $9 Maxi Skirt

Top: Nordstrom Rack, similar herehere, and here // Skirt: Charlotte Russe (On sale for under $9!!) // Belt: Banana Republic, similar here // Shoes: Charlotte Russe, similar here & here // Earrings: Nordstrom Rack, love these // Rings: here & here

Hey y'all! It's about time I got an outfit post up. Luckily I have a fabulous friend who is willing to take my pictures now that I am away from my Momma. But anyway, today I'm sharing an outfit that I literally threw on one morning without even knowing if it would work. I wanted to bring you this outfit before the top sold out since it was so cute (that's why the top isn't a tailored fit on me....), but I guess I didn't get to it fast enough. I did however link a few similar ones above and below. 

The main thing I wanted to mention was this skirt! It is currently under $9! Yeah, you heard me correctly, 9 whole bucks. They have some other colors in stock as well. It's a super comfy maxi skirt that I think every girl should have, especially for $9, ha!

Thanks for reading, y'all! xo

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Mini" Cross Country Road Trip: Review/Travel Guide

Massachusetts - Colorado - South Carolina

*Warning* Prepare yourself for a long post!! 
As I said in my previous post, I am moving below the Mason Dixon line again this summer. However, I had a whole month of nothing that I needed to fill. A close friend of mine just moved out to Colorado, and I have always wanted to visit there myself. So what better way to fill up a month than with a road trip?! So on July 7th one of my giant brothers and I headed out to our first stop: Philadelphia, PA. 

Accommodations: If I wasn't staying on a friend's couch then I was staying in a Holiday Inn Express via IHG Rewards Club. We have always stayed at a hotel on the list of IHG hotels growing up, so it was almost natural to go to that for this road trip. It was the easiest way to find a hotel for the night when on the road. 

Good Eats: We mostly ate food on a typical road trip, which is chain fast food (insert cringe face). Because when you are driving in the western states that is pretty much all you can find until you reach your destination. Although, my favorite restaurant that we ate at was in Loveland, CO. It was a BBQ place called Nordy's. They had such a yummy menu that had so many options on it for great prices. So if you are in that area I would definitely recommend them for a good meal.

Road to Colorado: I had certain destinations that I have always wanted to see and I knew this was the trip to see them on. 

So our first stop was Philadelphia, PA. We wanted to see the typical tourist spot of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Which, pro-tip: If you don't want to wait in the long line to see the Liberty Bell walk around the building and you can see it through the glass. Pittsburgh, PA was the next destination. I'm not going to lie, the only reason why I wanted to stop in this city was because I have always wanted to visit No. 14 Boutique. I have followed her Instagram and Snapchat for the longest time and I have fallen in love with the way she merchandises her store. 

Next stop was Chicago, IL! Since I lived an hour away from Boston and four hours away from NYC I visited those two big U.S. cities. So I figured I needed to knock this big city off my list as well. We had family friends who lived in the city, so we were able to stay with them and also have a local's way around the city.

The next two days were pretty hefty with travel. We left Chicago to head to South Dakota. Our initial route was straight to Mount Rushmore, but we were told to stop by Badlands National Park since we were driving by it. Boy was that one of the best decisions we made on our trip. It was so beautiful there! My brother and I were kind of in awe driving through the land. 

Our final stop before we hit Colorado was Mount Rushmore. Y'all, one of the reasons why I didn't get as many pictures as I was hoping on this trip was because the scenery took my breath away. It was to the point that my phone and camera were forgotten on the floor of the car. My brother and I just kept saying how beautiful it was around the mountains. We were lucky enough to arrive at our hotel in time to grab some dinner then hit the monument at the golden hour. Which, that is the best time to go because everyone left to go eat dinner and then they head back in around 7:30/8 because of the show they do at night. The following day we headed back to the monument but decided to pass it and find a trail to hike. We found Custer State Park. It is practically by Mount Rushmore, and it was truly the best part of our trip. We went off road a little and climbed a big rock to a view of a few of the mountains with Mount Rushmore in the middle. Since it was off road we were all alone and it was pretty magical to see that view without anyone else around. All along the road in the park you could get a glimpse of the monument. So if you have a car and time I would highly, highly recommend heading to this state park. 

The same day we were touring the state park we headed to Colorado. Along that route we almost had the typical road trip horror. The scare of running low on fuel, no reception for miles, and many miles until the next town. It was a little nerve racking for us, okay it was a little nerve racking for me, my brother was cool with it because we had a little ways until we actually hit empty. That is one thing I learned along this trip though, which is that I need to take a chill pill sometimes haha! Like seriously, there was no need to worry about half the stuff that I did. Anyway, we arrived in Colorado and had a few fabulous days of visiting with a friend. 

Colorado was spent relaxing. We went from sea level to 11,000 feet above sea level, so I guess you could say that the mountains really did take our breath away! We spent about 4 days in CO, but I had a little bit of a rush to get home due to the school I was transferring to. So, we didn't get to travel anymore on our way to South Carolina like I had hoped. But overall it was the perfect summer road trip, and I think it's safe to say that my 6'5" brother is all set on getting into my little car again haha!