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    How to Score The Best Designer Deals…

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    ♥ DESIGNER BUYS FOR LESS? COUNT ME IN! ♥

    If ya’ll know anything about me, you know I LOVE some good designer goodies. Ever since I was a teenager, I began my handbag obsession, saving up for designer bags like Gucci, Dior, LV etc + as I got older I moved on to Chanel, Hermes + more. Recently I have been also stocking up on designer shoes like Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman + more. While I love designer must-haves, I learned that sometimes buying brand new in store isn’t the most cost effective so I am sharing my secrets with ya here!

    First up, SHOES! So I have scored tons of designer heels, boots + more all for 40% Off or MORE! How?? Easy, research baby. I search the SALE section of my favorite sites that have all the designers I love + keep an eye out for certain styles I am lusting after or staple pieces I can interchange with various outfits etc. I found that investing in classic pumps, sandals etc that are nicely constructed really last a while PLUS they are easily repaired from your local shoemaker or one of my go-to shoe + handbag magicians, PurseRehab! They can fix ANYTHING! From resoling your shoes to fixing fabric damage, stains etc…such a must-have if you are a designer lover like me so you don’t worry about messing up your higher end pieces.

    While certain staples like the Manolo Blahnik Hangsi Pump may not go on sale brand new from certain retailers, a great option is to search for them ‘New with Tags‘ from eBay Fashion, Poshmark, Yoogi’s Closet, FashionPhile, The Real Real + more! These second hand retailers often have shoes + bags in MINT condition and you can usually save on shipping, tax or snag them under current retail price AND they are all GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC (make sure you 100% verify the seller)!

    When it comes to buying second hand designer goods here are some things I look for:

    Box, Authenticity Card / Papers, Dust Bag

    (these are helpful to verifying the shoes or bag are REAL + AUTHENTIC, plus they are helpful when going to resell in the future if that is something you are interested in doing)

    Condition

    (examine the photos very carefully, look for discoloration, damaged threading, piping etc, marks, tears etc…while these aren’t deal breakers, they do contribute to quality factor however you may be able to use these hiccups to your advantage + simply go to a place like PurseRehab to repair those issues at a relatively low cost making the items look BRAND NEW for less!)

    Compare Costs

    (just because you find a Chanel for a killer price doesn’t mean that is the best deal out there, search the serial number of the item – any reputable seller should have that or the full product name for you to do a quick search + compare pricing, condition etc from other sellers)

    Whether you are searching for brand new pieces at a trustee retailer like Net-A-Porter, Saks Off Fifth etc or want to score a deal at a second hand luxury site, either way you are sure to find some amazing + unique finds at a fraction of the retail cost, perfect for avid collectors or first time buyers if you are trying to save a little!

    ♥ SHOP SOME OF MY FAVORITES BELOW ♥

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    FASHIONPHILE

    BAG BORROW STEAL

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    ♥ HAPPY SHOPPING ♥

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    Tips for Keeping A Happy Perspective…

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    ♥ BECAUSE I’M HAPPY ♥

    Had to start off today’s post with some of my favorite lyrics from a song that always cheers me up…’Happy‘ by Pharrell from the Despicable Me soundtrack hehe :p I don’t know about you but between blogging, starting my own business + working 24/7 sometimes it is hard to keep a happy perspective when I am trying to do it all. Because of that I have been striving to always be happy no matter what is happening in life so I wanted to share some of my tips for keeping a happy outlook + positive attitude no matter what.

     1. MAKE A PLAN FOR SUCCESS

    Too often the number one stressor people have is not having a plan. Whether that be a plan for their future, a plan for their week, a plan for work etc. While I often have a lot of different things going on at once, I keep my sanity + my positive attitude by writing things down in my calendar + creating plans + timelines for when + how I need to get things done. By doing this I avoid getting unhappy + stressed out by different situations coming up 🙂

     2. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

    The number one way to make yourself unhappy? Not caring for yourself. Whether it’s unwinding with your favorite show, reading a good book or taking a vacation, taking time to rest, recharge + do the things you enjoy is crucial to keeping a happy outlook each + every day.

    3. NOT SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF

    As I’ve gotten older I learned the importance of not stressing over little issues. Something that tends to always stress me out isn’t big problems, it’s little problems that pop up randomly. By conditioning yourself to not overreact when little bumps arise, you are able to feel a lot happier + carefree.

    4. EXPLORE NEW INTERESTS

    A sure fire way to keep me happy is by traveling, trying new hobbies or just exploring a new interest. Whether it be buying a Groupon for a fun activity or traveling to a new city, switching things up is a great way to get out of a funk, brighten up your mood + give you a happy outlook!

    5. KNOW YOUR LIMITS

    OK, so I am so guilty of not following this + in turn getting frustrated haha We live in a world where everything is constant, jobs are basically 24/7 + we are all motivated to do our best + succeed. Now being a go-getter is of course AMAZING, BUT not so much at the expense of your relationships with family + friends, your mental health + your overall happiness. A key to happiness in my opinion is knowing your limits + what you can and can’t handle. If I need help I am not afraid to ask for it AND I am not afraid to say no if I know it truly doesn’t serve me well 🙂

    What things do you do to maintain a happy outlook? I’d love to hear!

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    How to Add Color to your Summer Wardrobe…

     

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    ♥ ADD SOME COLOR ♥

    Summer is HERE (YAY!!) + while I always embrace a little ‘Pop Of Color‘, now is the perfect time for everyone to join in on the fun + brighten up their wardrobe with some POPS of fun hues. Since I am a forever color lover, I wanted to share some tips on how to incorporate color into your wardrobe, one piece at a time. I wasn’t always the fun loving neon lover, but in my early twenties I began loving bright colors which lead to a cheerful perspective + a happy outlook. Clothing + accessories of course make you stylish, but they can also change your mood + boost your confidence! A great way to do that is by adding some statement pieces you’ll love that are sure to ‘P O P’.

     1. START OFF SMALL

    A lot of people get intimidated by wearing bright colors or loud prints as it may be to attention grabbing or they feel they can’t ‘pull it off’. First off, we are in 2019 where everything is attention grabbing + for the most part, we can pull off anything BUT if you are hesitant or a little cautious, a great way to introduce color into your wardrobe is through accessories like jewelry, a scarf, hat, handbags or shoes. This way it’s a small amount of color + you can mix it various ways with an otherwise neutral ensemble.

    2. LET KEY PIECES SHINE

    While I am a firm believer in there being no such thing as fashion ‘rules’, I must say if you are just starting to wear color it definitely helps to let the statement piece shine by keeping other pieces relatively monochromatic. For example, if you are wearing cobalt blue shoes, keep the dress white, neutral or black…this way you aren’t worried about mixing prints or colors that seem mismatched. Plus, this is an easier way to get dressed in the AM since you can simply start with your bold piece and build the rest of your look around that.

    3. FIND THE RIGHT COLOR FOR YOU

    Just as you would with makeup, finding the right hues or shades for your skin + body type is key when it comes to wearing color. After a little time getting familiar with wearing color, you’ll find what colors match best with you. I love to wear blue, pink + yellow since it really pops during the summer months when I finally get a little glow or tan. You can find some guides online on which colors are best to wear for what purpose + that definitely helps when incorporating color into your wardrobe.

    ♥ ADD SOME COLOR WITH THESE PICKS ♥

    BAGS

    SHOES

    ACCESSORIES

    JEWELRY

    ♥ HAPPY SHOPPING ♥

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    Tips + Tools for Keeping Organized When You Are A Busy Bee…

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    ♥ Getting Organized With Ease ♥

    I don’t know about you but I have been feeling majorly stressed lately. Between blogging, consulting, working + traveling, life can get a little crazy leaving me feeling overwhelmed + beyond drained – (ugh) #TheStruggleIsReal 

    So what’s a girl to do when she feels a little out of control? GET ORGANIZED!

    While I am far from an organizational guru, I have discovered overtime some tools, tip + tricks that keep me on the right track to achieving everything on my to-do list with ease!

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    1. PLAN OUT YOUR SCHEDULE

    This may seem obvious, but I realized I would commit to attending events, meeting up with people, hoping on calls etc without ever cross referencing a calendar or writing it down. Super silly BUT when you are going a million miles a minute, sometimes taking a moment to stop, check out a calendar + put in your obligations really helps keep you on track for what’s to come.

    Since I began putting everything in my phone calendar, my stress level has significantly went down. Now I can clearly see what I have planned, helping me to not over commit to activities AND I created a color coating system to organize blog obligations vs personal appointments vs work meetings + calls.

    If you don’t like referencing a calendar on your phone, I would suggest a planner but a small one that you can bring with you everywhere you go, this way you can easily reference it + stay on track. I personally love Erin Condren Planners or my iPhone iCal.

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    2. DECLUTTER

    OK, I am pretty bad at this when it comes to my wardrobe but when it comes to work + the rest of my home, I LOVE to declutter and organize. I am constantly looking through my desk, cabinets, computer + more to clean up and organize what I need vs what I don’t!

    For my computer I use programs like ‘Clean My Mac‘ which helps clean + delete old unused files allowing your computer to run more efficiently and remove excess clutter.

    For my home + office, I will once a month go through cluttered areas + begin tossing what I don’t need OR I will organize it in a easier way to find and access (nothing is worse than feeling stressed + then not being able to find what you are searching for). I love filing organizers like large folders + then naming the tabs for bills, contracts etc to keep paperwork organized based on the category. Some great options are available at Target!

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    3. MAKE LISTS

    I LOVE making lists!! As dorky as that sounds, I find nothing more satisfying than making lists of tasks to accomplish at work or home + then crossing those tasks off one by one as they are completed. To visually see what you have to do + to mark it off once finished is an easy way to lower your stress level + feel organized!

    You can of course do this with note pad on your phone or there are a ton of ‘Task‘ or ‘To Do Listapps, I just tend to prefer hand writing in a notebook 🙂

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    Let me know if these Tips + Tricks helped you or if you have some tips of your own to share! Always searching for organization solutions ♥

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    Tips to Surviving Festival Season…

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    Spring is here and we all know what that means.. Coachella is right around the corner! The most anticipated festival of the year is finally among us and I’ve rounded up some helpful tips to help you survive your epic weekend in the desert! I mean.. what’s a better way to spend your weekend in April than dancing with your besties under the desert sun right?

    Portable Charger

    If you’re going to Coachella this year, you’ll want to show your friends back home all the fun they’re missing in Indio! You’ll be posting stories on Instagram and Snapchat and documenting each #OOTD all weekend! Don’t let your phone battery stop you from posting all the fun, take a portable charger! This is especially important if you will be using your phone to communicate with your friends in the festival! You don’t want to be lost in Coachella with a dead phone!

    Bandana

    A bandana is an essential for your Coachella trip! Let us not forget the festival is located in the desert which means there will be dust storms! Protect yourself from inhaling any dust by carrying a fashionable bandana to put over your mouth when those dust storms approach! Who says a bandana can’t be a staple for your outfit?

    Jacket/Sweater

    Like I mentioned earlier, this festival is located in the desert which means its hot during the day but it does get chilly at night! You won’t feel it when you’re dancing to your favorite artists in the Sahara Tent, but you’ll wish you had a jacket or sweater once you’re leaving the festival and you’re freezing!

    Reusable Water Bottle

    All the dancing you’ll be doing during the festival will have you parched! Not to mention how hot it will be during the day, you need to stay hydrated! In order to survive the weekend, you’ll need plenty on water. The festival has water stations where you’ll be able to refill your water bottle! Drink up!!!

    Comfortable Shoes

    You will be doing plenty on walking throughout the weekend! Comfortable shoes are a must for any festival, you need a pair that will keep you walking, running, and dancing all day + night! Your feet will thank you by the end of the weekend!

    A Good Attitude!

    Coachella is a place to have fun and potentially make new friends! Keep a good attitude throughout the weekend and you will have the most fun you’ve ever had in the desert!

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