Shopping for designer brand name goods is not cheap by any means. We all have our favorite brands, and things we like to buy. There are some things I’m willing to splurge on, but when it comes to clothes, I’m going to share my secret on how I’m able to wear designer goods for sometimes half the price! Ready for it…. Sale, sale, sale. Yes, that’s right, I’m not ashamed to admit that most of my clothing items I buy, I buy on sale. After years of experience, both studying the industry, and working as a stylist, I’ve come to observe and learn the trends of goods for sale. So if you have your eye out on something that you’ve been wanting, chances are it will go on sale, eventually.
Retail stores push their new products to the shelves quickly for each season. Just as quick as it hits the shelves, you’ll be surprised at how fast it will go on sale. Whether it is 10%, 25%, or 50%, companies want and need to get rid of their inventory for the upcoming season trends. So what does this means for us as consumers? We can get what we want at a cheaper price than its initial retail price. Who doesn’t want to score a great deal?! I don’t know about you, but I feel as sense of accomplishment when I can snatch up a great pair of shoes, denim, or shirt for a great price! Very rarely do I ever purchase a clothing item for FULL Price!
Now, with this in mind, there’s one important step that will make the process of getting that item you want on sale be successful, patience. You have to be patient, and wait for the item to hit the sale rack. Shopping a sale is like browsing through a flea market, you have to browse though, looking and grabbing that unique item for yourself, snatching it up before others do. If you see or know an item that you are looking for, be patient. Wait for the store to have a sale, or a coupon to come out. Usually the big sales happen at the end of the season. For example, spring is right around the corner, which means, fall sales are in full swing! So that coat you were eyeing at the beginning of the season, if it’s still in stock, will probably be in the sale section by now. I had wanted a blazer from Zara that was chic, but still casual. I had seen them in the store around November, but didn’t want to spend $200, which was around its full retail price. Well, my patience paid off, because 2 months later, during their huge winter clearance sale, I found one that fit my image perfectly for $40! Score!
So remember, patience, patience, and patience. If you have your eye on an item, that isn’t a staple item for that store, or a widely popular item (because those may not go on sale), it will most likely end up on the clearance rack. Shopping a sale is like a treasure hunt, it takes patience and perseverance to get through the trail, but when you get there, the prize it so rewarding and worth it! LOL. And for those of you, who despise shopping in stores, shop online! I always click on the clearance section before anywhere else on the site!
Pants: 7 for all mandkind
Shoes: Banana Republic
And yes, ALL these items were purchased at a sale price :)
Traveling long distance and experiencing a road trip wasn’t something we were able to do growing up on an island. So since we live in California now where we are able to do this, we always try to take advantage and jump in the car whenever the opportunity allows us. Traveling and staying over night can be exhausting, but when you add in two small toddlers, stress starts to set in as well. I’ve had those times where thinking and looking at all the stuff we had to pack became stressful and very overwhelming. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way, and how I’ve changed the way I pack for these trips.
The biggest change I’ve seen in the way I pack is the amount of clothing we bring. I admit, pre-kid time I was an over packer. I had to have options! And the thing is I only had myself to worry about so I could pack many different outfit options. This is a no go anymore. Instead I pre select each outfit so I know exactly what everyone will be wearing for that day. I think ahead about the day/weather and activity we’ll be doing, and pre plan the outfit choice for each child the best i can. This has not only saved me space in the luggage, but cuts down the option to choose what you want to wear. When there is only one option, there’s no discussion for debate or protest.
I’ve also learned that I used to pack way too many snacks. I remember one trip, I literally packed every type of snack I could think of, which took up so much space, and only maybe a handful of snacks were eaten. Instead, I now pack the snacks I know my kids will want to eat. I like to pack some fruit or a healthy option, then I give them the chance to eat a ‘special’ snack that they don’t get everyday at home. Keep things simple, look for easily packable, and less-mess snacks.
Finally, these are some items that I personally need to have in the car with me. Sunglasses, because I’ve been on a trip where I thought I could do away without them, but I ended up squinting the whole drive and was in pain because it was so bright out, not fun! Cozy socks, I’m a person who gets cold easily, and have found that keeping my toes warm is the key in feeling comfortable while sitting for so long. A water bottle, this hydro flask bottle is out of this world! I can’t say enough good things about it. It keeps my beverage super cold or super hot for a good amount of time. Staying hydrated is important, especially during any type of travel. Lastly, lip balm, there’s not other uncomfortable feeling to me than chapped lips. I always keep a gloss in my purse, but when I’m traveling and know I’ll be sleeping in the car, using a good lip balm is my go to.
Traveling can be stressful, exhausting, and long, but hopefully some of my experiences and tips can help relieve any of that for your next family vacation! No matter what, enjoy the moments with your family, both good and bad. Leave all that stress behind and get out that door! lol. Leave me a comment if you have any other tricks or advice for making traveling less stressful! See you all next week! Happy Weekend!
Ready for the big day of love? Have reservations at your favorite romantic restaurant with your loved one? Ready to be surprised with flowers and chocolate? A nice gift maybe? All these sound nice doesn’t it? While I once experienced all these in a time where I was in the ‘dating’ game, the truth is things change; and that’s ok. The truth is we have kids now. Valentine’s day is now a day for me to do something special for my little ones, buy them a little bit of chocolate, and enjoy the day spent with my loved ones. Here are some activities that you could do with your family!
Do things that you all enjoy
Head to the park for a picnic
Go see a family movie together
Have a family dinner out together
Go to the beach (for those of you who live in warm weather)
Do arts and crafts together
Have a play date
Or simply hang out at home
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, which makes it more of a family event for us. So whatever it is you decide, do it together. Don’t think you have to go to a fancy dinner, or that you’ll be missing out if you don’t. Of course I miss dressing up and being spoiled, but I can still dress up and feel special, just in my new way. I love that I have two extra little ones to spoil now, and smother them with kisses. Valentine’s day is a day of love. Whether it be you going out to do something, or sit at home and do nothing, do it together, have fun and enjoy your loved ones around you. The perfect Valentine’s Day is YOUR Valentine’s Day, do what makes you happy and that’s all that matters. Sending out love and happiness to you all! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
As Valentines Day approaches, I couldn’t help but to give into buying some crafts when strolling through Target. One of the perks about having kids is that you get to partake in kid like activities such as Arts and Crafts. What’s not a better excuse to put a theme on that activity than Valentines Day?! The red, the pink, the hearts, the glitter! All things I love. I took my kids with me to pick out the crafts, and while they don’t really know the meaning of Valentine’s Day, what kid would pass up the opportunity to color, glue, and basically make a mess of the table. Here I picked up simple supplies to make a cute arts and crafts project. The set I found was only $5 and included everything you need to make the finished product at the end.
My son was really into it, asking what to do next and was really excited. While my daughter just wanted to draw. (Tip: I use old cookie sheets for art projects to maintain a boundary, and keep things easier during clean up!) The fact is that it wasn’t all fun and smiles, there were tears because I took away the glue stick my daughter wanted to use as a marker, and my son poured that glitter glue all into one piece of paper and was upset that now glitter was all on his hand. While it is stressful at times to do things all on my own and maintain my composure, it’s priceless to hear the laughter, curiosity, learning, and imagination that comes through all the chaos. These are the things I learn and love during these life moments. In the end, both kids eventually lost interest and went to do their own thing. I was left to finish all the cards, but I really enjoyed it. Things may not go as planned or run smoothly, but without this moment, I wouldn’t of heard those laughs, seen those smiles, and spent some precious moments with my children who are growing way too fast. Happy Valentines Day everyone!!