Cyber Monday Sales 2016

I hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving weekend! Cyber Monday is in full swing and I’ve got a rundown of all the best sales. Some of these will look familiar because they are extended from Black Friday (YAY!) so if you missed it then, now’s your chance to snag some really great deals.

You can also hop over to my gift guide if you need some more inspiration. I’m adding new ideas daily!

 

Abercrombie and Fitch – 50% off everything

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Amazon – $40 OFF Amazon Echo + tons more markdowns!

Ann Taylor Loft – 50% off everything

ASOS – 20% off everything 

Banana Republic – 50% off

Barneys New York – 40% off everything

Charlotte Russe – 40% off + free shipping

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Express – 50% off everything

GAP – 50% everything

J Crew – 40% off everything

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J Crew Factory Store – 60% everything

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Lands End – 30% off sitewide

Marley Lilly – Up to 40% off + Free duffle bag set with $100 purchase

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Nordstrom – 25-50% off site wide

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Old Navy – 50% everything

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Pottery Barn/Pottery Barn Kids – 20% off + other markdowns

Revolve – up to 50% off site wide

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

Ordering Clothes Online

Hi, friends!

I’ve had so many people asking me recently about my experience with ordering my clothes online. I’m finding they’re are especially curious/skeptical about ordering from China.

Let me start out with addressing online clothes shopping in general.

I almost always try something on before I buy it so I’ve been a very slow mover into the online shopping arena. My two and four year old girls are pretty stellar shoppers but when it comes to going into the dressing room, they lose their minds. It’s like a switch goes off simultaneously in their heads and they look at each and decide “everyone in this store needs to see mommy naked. You in? Let’s make it happen.”

Needless to say, the process of finding the right fit in the store is not an enjoyable one. And shopping alone is such a rare occurrence that it’s really not even worth talking about.

What I’m discovering about shopping online is that all the information I need to know about how it will fit me is included. A few extra clicks and I can read reviews from other shoppers, find out if it fits true to size, and even get the exact measurements of the items. That’s WAY more information than what you get in a store!

There still are times when I’ll get something in and I don’t love the fit but that’s why I really only buy from online stores that offer free returns. Nordstrom is my absolute favorite for that very reason. I don’t even have to take an item back to the store if I don’t love it. I just mail it back with the pre-paid return label they provide.

Speaking of Nordstrom, they have these GORG riding boots on sale for $149 right now. So in love.

I really only shop at places where I get free shipping. Just about every place I shop will provide this service even if it does require a minimum amount spent. Let’s be honest, I’m already spending the minimum amount.

Places like Old Navy and Target give free shipping when you spend $50 or more, which is the perfect excuse to grab these amazing zip up booties that are less than $40. Add some cute navy tights for Fall into your cart and your shipping is FREE.

Ok, now that we’ve talked about online shopping, let’s take it a step further and talk about online shopping from…. overseas. Specifically, China.

I was shocked when I first discovered some of these online stores that charge soooooo much less for the same items I was finding in boutiques. But it makes sense. The boutiques are more than likely getting their clothes from the Mart and the Mart is getting their clothes from China. Cut out two middle men and you’ve got yourself some gooooood deals on clothes!

I’ve shopped at pretty much all the major Chinese online stores like Choies and Zaful but the only one that I’ve had a great experience with has been She Inside. The quality of their clothing is great, the shipping is pretty fast (7-10 days), and they even have pretty good customer service. All the sizes I’ve ordered have been exactly as described, which is great because you do NOT want to try to make a return to one of these companies!

That’s probably the only risk. Once you order it, you’re stuck with it. But that being said, I still have never gotten anything that I didn’t like.  So to me it’s totally worth the risk to get some amazing deals on clothes.

I’m always on the hunt for a good deal so as I find the good stuff in the great price range, you can be sure I’ll keep you in the loop!

Here are a few of my recent favorites (can you tell I have a thing for blue?)

The blue and white stripe top is one size fits most and it’s been one of my absolute favorites. Looks so cute paired with white denim. I wore it for the 4th of July and also on our beach trip as a bathing suit cover up.

The white peplum is a structured fit but has a sweet cutout detail around the edges that I love. It’s kind of a high low feel, which was hard to see from the stock picture.

The peter pan collar ruffle hem top is my FAV. I ordered an XS which is perfect. It’s just the right length to wear untucked with dark or white denim. It also had a really cute tie as the back collar, which I love!

The chambray peplum is so cute and SO flattering. I’m planning to wear it now and with jeans and a cranberry colored cable knit cardigan in the fall.

I’m about to order a few more sweaters from She Inside as well. I’m loving the oversized sweater look but they can be really pricey in stores. So these are fitting perfectly into my Fall clothing budget. I linked a few of these in my last post about Fall styles but they’re worth another look!

 If you ever see me link something and you have a question about it, please don’t hesitate to ask! I love being able to help!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy (online!) shopping!

Laura

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

In today’s edition of Friday Favorites… this super cute scalloped edge swim suit!

$12.99 WHAT?!

We have a date night coming up tonight and I am THRILLED about it. We have a new goal of only going to places we haven’t eaten at before. This is a big deal for two people who have been eating at Maggiano’s consistently for the past 15 years. But we are branching out beyond the olive oil and Parmesan (bless it) to explore new eats in our city. Wish us luck.

Saturday morning it’s birthday party time for one of Reese’s friends. Then Saturday afternoon we are heading to the airport to pick up my mom and dad. They’ve been vacationing in England for almost three weeks. My mom is my besty so having her gone this long has been the worst. But I know she’s having a blast so that makes it all worth it. And eating at OK Cafe on the way home from the airport won’t be too bad either. #favplaceinalltheland #givemeallthesweettea

Here are a few of my favorite things right now!

1. Tan Wise: This tanning mousse is uhhhhh-mazing. Not kidding. It’s so great. You can get it from Sally’s or Amazon. I recommend the dark mousse for body and the gel for face. It gives a beautiful glow without making me feel orange. I’d recommend a tanning mit for application like this one on amazon.

2. Speaking of TAN… this bathing suit came in the mail and I love it! The quality is spot on. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it was my first time ordering something from China. I assumed I would probably end up with a scalloped oven mitt. Under $15 AND a great fit. Please and thank you. Just for sizing reference, I ordered a medium and in most suits I wear a small.

2. Hail Merry’s Macaroons: I have a sweet tooth. Ok. Not just one tooth. I think maybe all of my teeth are sweet. Dang it. So I’m always on the lookout for sweet snacks that won’t stack on the lb’s. These can be found at Fresh Market and Whole Foods and they are clean and YUM. You’re welcome. Oh, but don’t try to order them online because they’re way cheaper in stores.

3. Coconut Oil: It’s kind of crazy that the same stuff I took my makeup off with last night is what I used to saute my asparagus at lunch. But coconut oil has SO many amazing health benefits and uses. I fill a small glass container and keep it in my bathroom to remove my makeup at night time or before working out. Rub a generous amount all over your face and then use a warm washcloth to remove your foundation and eye makeup. I also add coconut oil to my favorite smoothie recipe. According to researchers, eating coconut oil helps reduce belly fat. So yeah gimme some more of that… the oil, not the belly fat. We get this kind from Coscto and it lasts us a long time even tho we use it for everything!

4. Nike Frees; I got new running shoes a few months ago and they have been the best purchase of 2016. Second only to the macaroons mentioned above #priorities. They are comfortable with or without socks and they move with my feet so well. Love. Them.

Hope your weekend is filled with lots of laughter, rest, and memory making.

Laura