4 Easy Ways To Save While Shopping!

Fashion

Easy Ways to Save While SHOPPING.

  1. (Online Shopping). Join Ebates.com.

If you’re an online shopper, Ebates is the way to go. I heard about this through Katy DeGroot (Beauty Vlogger). It is very easy to use and a great way to save money. Basically, many large retailers offer cash back for shopping at their stores. Ebates will pay you via paypal or paper check sent to your address.

  1. Make an Ebates.com account.
  2. When wanting to shop, you can go to Ebates.com, enter store name, and “begin shopping”

OR

  1. Download a plugin for your browser which is what I do. Each time you log onto a store, there will be a pop up letting you know how much cash back you’re eligible for.

 

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  1. (Online Shopping) Search for ‘promo codes’ when shopping online.

This is pretty self-explanatory. Shopping at pac sun? Do a quick google search for ‘pacsun promo codes’. You’re usually bound to find something!

 

  1. Live @ the clearance rack.

This is pretty much my life motto. No matter what store I go to (Target, H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21, Ulta, etc) I always opt for the clearance sections first. It’s such an easy way to save money. I live for fashion, but I also want to save money for those student loans and that dream home. I’m not the type to spend all of my hard earned money on clothes. Believe me, the clearance sections usually have some great finds!

 

I am all about after season sales. At the end of the summer, there will be sales everywhere getting rid of their summer outfits. Buy them at extremely discounted prices and save them for next year! Things always come back in style. And if they don’t, you make them work! Be a trend setter.

 

For example, even for home décor or holiday items, after season sales are amazing. I make it a point to go to my local target EVERY December 26th. I can find wrapping paper, boxes, tissue, gift bags, themed Tupperware, ornaments, etc at such a cheap price and save them for the following Christmas!

 

  1. Price adjustments.

Okay, so this one is actually really rare for me. I typically only do this once or twice a year at Victoria’s Secret. I worked at VS for my first two years of college so I got hooked on their products. I also learned ways to save money! VS hosts their “Semi-Annual Sale (SAS)” in January and in June each year. Each year they display their discount bras, bikinis, fragrances, apparel, panties, everything. And each year they end up getting more discounted as the days pass. So, if you see something you like, buy it, wait 13-14 days (check receipt to confirm), and go back to the store and see if your items on your receipt have dropped in price. If they have, they will happily return the excess amount of money! Voila! Saving money any way we can.

 

Thrifty Fashion Finds in OC

Fashion

Hi Fashion Friends!

So – I love to wear cute outfits. I like to plan outfits in my head, I like to shop way too much, I like to look fabulous, but most of all, I LOVE A GREAT DEAL! Some people to like to shop at Nordstrom, Saks, etc. I’m not that girl. I like to find the cutest clothes at the cheapest prices. I’ve always been this way.

I just love to save money. No matter how much money I make at my actual job, I still love to save money for many reasons. Top reasons being I have student loans to pay off from my Master’s program and I also love seeing my savings account add up, don’t we all? Saving for that dream home, ya know? Anyway, all my friends know that I love a great deal in all aspects of life – but especially saving on fashion forward clothes.

I’m gonna share some tips on the cutest places in OC with cheap clothing and my tips +tricks for shopping online.

OC places with cute clothing – 

Fashion Young in Westminster / Huntington Beach. It’s basically on the border of both cities. It’s close to the Bella Terra. Find the exact location here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fashion-young-westminster. It’s one of those hole-in-the-wall fashion boutiques with tons of clothing at a cheap price. I recently stopped by this week and got two jackets and a body suit for somewhere between $50-$60 which I think is a steal. I haven’t been able to photograph them so I’ll post similar items to give you an idea of what I picked up.

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I picked up this nude/khaki trench vest which I have been on the hunt for! I was so happy to find it. I believe it was only $18.99.

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I also picked up this black body suit for about $15 I believe. It’s perfect for Vegas to pair with leather pants/a skirt. I picked it up just in time because I’ll be in Vegas at the end of this month for a friends birthday!

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The last item I picked up was this short trench type coat in a blush/nude color. It was the most expensive thing I picked up there at $20 which is still an amazing deal!

Overall, I definitely recommend the shopping at Fashion Young because it’s affordable & stylish. It’s not the most organized store, so it’s important to go with an open mind & ready to hunt!

Another one of my go-to places in OC is called Closet 21 in Garden Grove: http://www.yelp.com/biz/closet-21-garden-grove-2. Closet 21 is a lot more organized than Fashion Young. It has trendy, in-style items, and is reasonably priced. They carry a lot of statement jewelry at affordable prices which is something Fashion Young lacks.

Next one – Laura’s Boutique. I’m not the biggest fan because I haven’t received the best service, but Laura’s Boutique typically does have cute clothes. They post most of their items on the Gram so it’s easy to check out what they’ve got in stock. Their IG name is: laurasboutique and you can also check out their website: http://lauras-boutique.com/. I typically stick to only accessories there.

Those are the places I frequent in Orange County. Other than that, I typically stick to Target, Ross, H&M, & Old Navy. 

H&M carries the best coats and you can almost always find them on sale. I find that I get a better deal when I shop H&M online (sale section). NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE SALE SECTION!!!!! I know we typically thing that sale items are there because they’re ugly or not fashion forward but that is false. Most clearance/sale section items are cute as heck and it means we’re in luck.

I like to shop online because stores typically carry more clearance/sale items online rather than in-person. Also, I am a huge fan of using Ebates. If you don’t use Ebates, you need to start! It’s heaven sent. It’s easy;You make an account, download the plug in for your browser (this is an optional step but it makes it easier for me), and shop away as you normally would. Most retailers offer cash back at different percentages. You get money back for shopping online. Isn’t that great? Sign up using the link below if you’re interested; There is NO catch, I swear. I actually found out about it through Lustrelux & Desi Perkins. http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=Bw7qw7u4oRQAsit1kb%2FSwQ%3D%3D&eeid=28187

For example, I just bought my dad a new television for his birthday through Bestbuy.com and I ended up getting like $5 back, not much, but like I said, I’m a saver!

Anyway, back to online shopping, Old Navy & H&M have the best online shopping sale sections. Ross has the best handbags/shoes. That’s basically all of my tips+tricks for now. I’ll post again as I remember then and I’ll post photos as I shop more!

 

Happy Shopping Fashion Friends! & Til’ Next Time,

Lyss

Chi

Fashion

I’m definitely not the biggest make up person. In fact, I rarely wear make up and if I do, it’s typically just mascara. I’m not a make up hater, but I am not artistically talented and also don’t care too much about making the effort.

However, I follow two really great beauty gurus/vloggers – Desi Perkins & Lustrelux (Katy). They are gorgeous, talented, funny, and great to watch on Snapchat! Anyway, they always have great things to say about Colourpop cosmetics so I decided to give their matte liquid lipsticks a try.

I ordered Chi which is pretty knew from my understanding. You can purchase/ view it here:

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So, I wore it for the first time last weekend. At first, I was kind of afraid it was too similar to my skin tone and would look a little funny but I think it ended up being a great nude for my face. I tried it with the corresponding lip pencil but liked it a lot more on it’s own. Overall, I was really impressed with the product & it was only $6! I love a great deal. Follow my style IG: StyleForLyss  where I share great fashionable deals for less (or “lyss”). Here’s the picture of me sporting Chi. 

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Til’ Next Time,

Lyss