How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage

Happy Monday! I walked into my local Anthropologie last Saturday, my first and only day out shopping during the holiday weekend. Shocking, right? Hear me out. This season, I’m shopping with a strategy that’ll allow me to shop holiday sales to my advantage. Here’s how.

Balloon-sleeve button-down | Jeans (under $30) | Tracy Reese coat (option, option, option)

Pumps (option) | Loeffler Randall bag (similar) | Lip: Fenty Beauty “Stunna” 

How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage

1. Make a list. I’ve written down everything that I need and even just want this holiday season. And, I’m sticking to that. Anthropologie has been surpassing my style needs over the past few years, so the opportunity to get 30% off everything was worth a visit. I visited to stock up on my favorite candles (in this size and this one). I also purchased the balloon-sleeve buttondown shirt (with a sale-on-sale discount) I’m wearing today because I’ve been wanting a longer white shirt to wear tunic style like shown today.

Holiday Sales

2. Do online research. I always browse the sites of retailers before visiting them in-store. I do that to gather as much information as I can to help me make smart purchases because holiday sales can make all the things look attractive. What are my options? What’s the price point? How much is the discount? Do I even need to visit this store?

3. Get free shipping. I never pay for shipping. Never. This time of year, especially on Cyber Monday, you can take advantage of all the no-cost shipping offers. There’s a dress (this Express plunge neck maxi) I’ve been wanting to try on that wasn’t available in my local stores, so I took advantage of a 50%-off-plus-free-shipping offer at the retailer’s site.

Want more holiday shopping tips? Check out How to Save for the Styles You Really Want and 3 Top Tips for Shopping Off-Price Stores.

P.S. I also visited Sephora on my Saturday shopping trip to get that Fenty Beauty “Stunna” lip paint. I’m wearing it in today’s post. It’s the perfect red, y’all.

Location: Grand Center Arts District, St. Louis

How to Save for the Styles You Really Want

This post is sponsored by Chase.

In 10 years of blogging, I’m so happy that I’ve maintained the Economy of Style motto, namely that net worth does not determine your net style. I continue to uphold the idea that all of our style purchases should be affordable, that is, we are able and willing to pay for them. When there are styles we want but can’t afford right away, why not save for them? Today, I’m sharing my top 5 tips for saving for those special purchases.

How to Save for the Styles You Really Want

1. Choose something to save for. Do you want a new designer bag or that high-end watch you’ve been eying? Whatever it is, write it down. Starting with a specific goal will set everything else in motion.

Finn by Chase

2. Take stock of all of your expenses. Are they wants or are they needs? I started recording my expenses as wants vs. needs, and I was blown away by how much I spent each week on frivolous things like lattes. I don’t even like lattes that much. Finn by Chase, a fully mobile bank that debuted exclusively in St. Louis, makes taking stock of expenses easy and engaging. Finn allows users to mark all expenses as needs or wants with a like, frown, and even an angry face emoji depending on how they make them feel. What I love about the feature is it allows us to visualize our expenses and the motivations behind them. Lattes didn’t make me happy, but I had to visualize my spending on them to really grasp that. A hot tea though? I can drink those all day.

3. Make a Budget. I started accounting for every single penny that passes through my account. Remember this 2011 budgeting post? I still use the same excel spreadsheet to keep track of my monthly spending. Doing so has allowed me to set realistic spending and saving goals and to hold myself accountable for meeting those goals.

4. Make Saving Automatic. Automating the process of saving helps your savings grow without thinking about it. Finn even has an interesting feature that allows you to set your own autosave rules to build savings depending on a purchase. Are you a big coffee drinker? Using Finn, you can set  a rule to save $5 every time you buy a coffee. How easy is that?

5. Pick the Right Tools. Fees can eat away at your balance and hence derail your saving goals. Thus, it’s so crucial to make sure you choose the right tools. I’m a fan of Finn because there are no monthly fees. Right now, there’s even a FREE $50 sign up bonus!

That’s it! 5 easy steps to the big smiles you’ll have when you save for the styles you really want.

 

More Holiday Style Inspiration and ALL the Sales to Look For

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I’m checking in quickly today with more holiday style inspiration. I love how simply adding one new piece to your wardrobe could make old favorites feel fresh and new again. In today’s case, I added a new pair of low-heeled loafers, and they inspired this entire look. Need even more holiday style inspiration? Check out 12 ways to wear leggings to every kind of dinner and 12 stylish and comfortable looks to rock.

Blouse (similar) | Faux fur vest (similar, similar) | Jeans (long version) | BeltLoafers c/o

Holiday Style Inspiration

Holiday Sales to Look For this Weekend:

1. Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code THANKFUL. Valid through 11/24
2. Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items for a limited time.
3. LOFT: 40% off everything with code GIFTITUP
4. Express: 50% off everything. Valid through 11/24
5. Madewell: Take 25% off everything with code DONTSTRESS. Valid through 11/26.
6. J.Crew: Take 40% off everything. Valid through 11/26
7. Macy’s: Take 20% off Black Friday with code HURRY. Valid 11/22-11/25.
8. Saks: Get up to 60% off at the Thanksgiving Sale. Valid 11/22-11/24.
9. Tory Burch: Take 30% off purchases of $250 and up with code THANKS. Valid through 11/27
10. Kendra Scott: 20% off everything code YELLOW20 for a limited time.
11. DSW: 20% off almost everything. Valid 11/23 to 11/26.

How I Stay Cozy in my Workspace at Home

Thank you Solmate Socks for sponsoring this post. Learn more about Solmate Socks and grab your coupon for Free Shipping in time for the holidays!

I work from home on most days of the week. When I initially made the transition from a traditional office space to a home office, it was challenging. One of the things I missed most was getting dressed up for work. No surprise, right? Style is a huge part of my life. And, my style is a reflection of and a spark for my creativity. I didn’t want to lose that just because I worked from home. So, I looked to new ways to be creative with style at home. One of my solutions? Fun footwear, especially fun socks.

I prefer to walk around my home in socks or slippers. Enter, Solmate socks. One of my life mottos is to live colorfully, and Solmate socks bring punchy color and quirky designs into my work-at-home life. Peep the mismatched pattern below. I love!

I practically live in my Solmate socks, especially this time of year, because they’re so warm and cozy.

Whether I’m working in my library, at my desk, or on the sofa, my Solmate socks are like a fun workmate. These fun socks go where I go.

I’ve enjoyed wearing my fun socks so much that I’m planning to gift a few pairs to friends and family this year. Fortunately for me, these socks check some important requirements of some of my friends with particular taste. That friend who’s committed to buying American-made products? Solmate socks are perfect for her because they’re made right here in the US (in North Carolina) by a family-owned company. That friend who lives sustainably? She’ll love that these socks are knit with recycled yarn using a zero-waste manufacturing process. Win-win!

fun socks

They’re so pretty, too, that all I’ll have to do is roll ’em and stuff ’em in a holiday stocking. Gifting genius.

Anyway, let me grab a cup of tea and get back to work, y’all.

Know someone who’d also love these socks? Be sure to use the code “FUNSOCKS” at the Solmate Socks site to get free shipping (excludes expedited shipping) on any size order. The code is valid through December 31, 2017.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Give the Gift of Luxury for Under $30!

This post is sponsored by Specialty Retailers, Inc.

Participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange with a spending limit? Have a long list of people to gift and want to spend responsibly? There’s no need to compromise your luxurious standards when gift shopping this holiday season. All the designer items I found in today’s gift guide are under $30. Want in on the secret? I found everything at Gordmans! Keep reading to explore all the Gordmans designer gifts I scored.

Gordmans Designer Gifts

Gordmans Designer Gifts

2017 has been the year of Gucci. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to impress a woman on your list, give her Gucci. And, Gordmans is making that easy and affordable. Gucci Flora, a sophisticated floral fragrance that retails for $92, is available at Gordmans for only $54.99. Great deal, right? It gets better. When I checked out, this popular perfume rang up for only $27.48!

Naturally, I did what any savvy shopper would do. I returned to the fragrance section and grabbed an extra bottle for myself.

Burberry fragrances are among my favorite scents. So, when I spotted the My Burberry gift set, which features a limited edition fragrance, I knew it would make the perfect gift. And, the best part? This set retails for about $60. At Gordmans, it’s only $19.99. You can buy the entire set and use the individual minis as stocking stuffers or the sweet treat in a gift bag you curate.

Who doesn’t love a good manicure? The Kerry Washington x OPI collaboration last year was well-received. After all, we Scandal fans all want to channel our inner Gladiators. So, if you know someone who missed these limited edition colors, grab the collection of minis at Gordmans and make their holiday special. And, get this. The set is on clearance for $3.48 (retail $15). By the way, I picked up the jumbo Yankee candle and the marble notebook (also seen below) for less than half their retail prices in the home goods section at Gordmans. Both items would make great last-minute gifts.

And, finally, here’s a little something for that friend whose smartphone is always dead. Battery life? What’s that? I keep car chargers, charge cables, and portable chargers on hand. And, I never pay full price for those items because I can stock up at reduced prices at Gordmans. These gold styles are so holiday-perfect too. If I were your secret santa, you’d get something you can use like this from me.

Related: How to stretch your dollar when getting holiday glam.