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Funk Off!

29 Mar

I’ve been in a full-on fashion funk lately. I think it has something to do with the weather. It’s been a really loooooong winter and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m definitely more of a warm weather sort of girl. I love sundresses and swimsuits, slouchy bags and beachy hair. But it is high time I snap out of it. So here’s what I did to shake it off and come out smiling and more fashion forward then ever. Or at least I hope I am.

  1. I organized my closet. It was amazing what a breath of fresh air this was. I remembered clothes I had forgotten, reinvented ways to wear old favorites and just in general got back in touch with the clothes I already own. Plus, moving things around helped me pull some items to the forefront that I otherwise might overlook. And just the act of touching my clothes inspired a few outfit ideas that I was dying to try.
  2. I found some new places to shop and rediscovered old ones. I’ve always loved Nordstrom. With their great customer service, excellent return policy and quality clothing, they are a real go-to. However, I hadn’t been in awhile. But lo and behold I got a catalog in the mail touting a new department they just opened called Savvy. And folks, I’m here to tell you the department is fantastic! The clothes are cute, spot-on trend wise and reasonably priced. Not inexpensive, mind you, but reasonable. Prices start around $58; slightly lower for jewelry and accessories. Most dresses I saw were around $88. It was just the change of pace I needed to kick-start my fashion imagination.And then Macy’s went and made a Marilyn Monroe collection. MARILYN MONROE. She is only one of my favorite go-to style icons ever. The woman is a legend…and there’s a cherry print trench coat involved. I die. And matching cherry shorts. And a t-shirt bearing my favorite Marilyn quote. Who could ever be in funk surrounded by cherry print? I mean really!
    Cherry Print Trench, Macy's, 89.50

    Cherry Print Trench, Macy’s, 89.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy's, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy’s, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy's, $44.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy’s, $44.50

    Even just window shopping these places was enough to reinvigorate my passion for fashion.

  3. I purchased one key, fabulous piece. I found a dress, the most beautiful dress and it has had me dreaming for weeks. I’m going to wear it on Easter. It’s floaty, ethereal, delicate and oh, so sexy in just the right way. This one dress had me inventing an edgy way to wear it, a classic way to wear it and a simple way to wear it and I’m just getting started. Dress pictured below.

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

  4. My mom came for a visit bearing cuteness. She always comes with a “suitcase gift,” which is a little bag of goodness she pulls out of her suitcase and presents me with. This one features some killer pair of jeans, an AMAZING cream sleeveless t-shirt with a lace skull on the front and an awesome bronze jacket. I’m a lucky girl.
  5. Mom and I went shopping. A favorite comment from the event came from a salesperson at Nordstrom, “Oooooh, that’s so you…totally girly-girl with an edge.” It helps to know that someone else is getting the vibe you’re sending. Comments don’t always happen so fortuitously or spontaneously so if you need one, ask a friend how they’d define your style. Sometimes all it takes to snap out of a funk or a rut is someone else reminding you what you are all about in the first place.
  6. I went back to basics. Black and white are always fresh, classic and in-style. Always. I paired black and white tuxedo jeans with a white blouse with studded pockets and some killer black booties with gold studs all over them and never felt chicer. See below for items similar to what I wore.
    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

  7. I perused magazines and blogs for outfit ideas. There is something to inspire in every outfit if you look hard enough and figure out what YOU think is working and what YOU feel is not working. Sometimes the right inspiration is all it takes to get you off and running. Some go-to blogs of mine include: Cupcakes & Cashmere, and Fash Boulevard. Glamour online and at newsstands is always worth a look as well.
  8. While the weather was cold I fell back in love with my coat collection. I reminded myself of all the fun items that you can only wear when it’s cold outside. That gorgeous black lace trench coat I have with the luscious faux fur collar? Only for winter so I better enjoy it while I can.
  9. I re-purposed some of my favorite sundresses for colder weather. It’s surprising how wearable a sundress can be with a blazer, tights and boots. Stick to earth tones or wintery colors and there is no reason for my sundresses to stay hidden until Spring. Even my Grecian-inspired knife pleat number became appropriate with a matching cardi and heels.
  10. Find something hard to style and let it inspire you in new directions. This might not work for everyone but it sure helped me. I saw this pair of Steve Madden wedge sneakers and fell in love with them…but they are not the easiest things to style. I haven’t actually purchased them yet but I did mentally create all sorts of ways I could wear them. Just the act of working them into outfits I already own freshened my outlook and had me exploring fashion tangents I might not otherwise have considered. For the record, I think a white pair of jeans, cobalt blue t-shirt, my polka-dot jean jacket and these sneakers would rock together.

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

I guess the bottom line is never let a funk steal your inspiration. It’s up to you to find it again. You can only wallow so long. So get out there and work it ladies!

And never forget….

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

P.S. All the photos are clickable and will take you to the items featured.

Trend Report: 2013

15 Dec

Since we didn’t all end with a bang like the Mayans predicted and with the new year fast approaching (where did 2012 go?), it’s time to talk trends.  These are the top trends I see happening now and in the coming year.

1. The peplum. It’s been here for a little while now and it shows now signs of going away anytime soon. I think the longevity of the trend can be attributed to how wearable, comfortable and flattering the peplum can be. Make sure any shirt or dress with a peplum is snug to your natural waist (or a little below) and flares out from there. Then how large or small of a peplum you want to wear is up to you and how daring you feel. The dress below is from Express and shows a modest peplum.

A minty peplum dress from www.express.com

A minty peplum dress from http://www.express.com

2. Oxblood. Don’t worry this isn’t an ingredient for some sort of Satanic ritual. This is a color; a dark, purplish red to be exact. I always picture an oxblood riding jacket, jodpurs and riding boots when I hear the color oxblood. One of the most wearable and surprising places this color has shown up is as lipstick. Just remember, if you go with such a dramatic deep lip color, keep the rest of your makeup either natural or very slightly gilded.

Oxblood, embellished dress from ASOS

Rooney Mara working the oxblood lip to perfection

Rooney Mara working the oxblood lip to perfection

3. Speaking of gilded…metallic is huge this coming year. Everything from space age silver to gilded gold and rose gold are making an appearance. Pair it with chunky knits to keep it from being too space age. If you are really daring, pair with a bright contrasting color like the neon craze that is still going strong. Poison green and space age silver…YES! This is one of those trends that demands you stand out, so don’t be a wallflower.

Silver jeans from Victoria's Secret online. Also available in red metallic.

Silver jeans from Victoria’s Secret online. Also available in red metallic.

Chinese Laundry heels in gilded gold from www.zappos.com

Chinese Laundry heels in gilded gold from http://www.zappos.com

Michael Kors rose gold watch from Nordstrom.com

Michael Kors rose gold watch from Nordstrom.com

4. Jade/Emerald Green. Give credit to Princess Katherine for this one. Regal, rich and gorgeous, jade green has been making an appearance everywhere. Pantone just named a version of this lovely hue as their color of the year. Whether you choose to wear it in a dress or as an accent with a terrific pair of emerald earrings, you’re sure to stand out in this vibrant color.

Bar III emerald drop earrings from Macys.com

Bar III emerald drop earrings from Macys.com

Gweneth Paltrow in regal jade sequins.

Gweneth Paltrow in regal jade sequins.

Kate Middleton working it like the royal she is.

Kate Middleton working it like the royal she is.

5. Equestrian. This often mixes with the oxblood trend as mentioned above. Think posh country clubs and polo riders and you get the vibe of this trend. The simplest way to dip your toe in is find a lush pair of riding boots to work with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Or throw on a riding jacket this winter to keep warm.

Enzo Angiolini riding boots from Nordstrom.com, $129.90

Enzo Angiolini riding boots from Nordstrom.com, $129.90

Tommy Hilfiger's Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

6. And last but not least: leather. Whether it’s faux or real, head to toe or strategically placed, leather is fierce and here to stay for the foreseeable future. My favorite pieces are laser cut and/or embellished with grommets and studs. This dress calls to me…I mean I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Heather and leather rhyme, do you? Grab some leather in oxblood to really up the cool factor or snag it in white to keep things icy. Whatever the hue, leather will be front and center this season.

Bebe grommet embellished white leather dress

Bebe grommet embellished white leather dress

Other trends that show no sign of slacking off are neons and leopard print. See some of my previous posts on ways to wear those.  Fashion is meant to be fun, so get out there and experiment with some of these new styles.

Please tell me what trends you want to try this year or if there are any I missed on the list. Hope everyone has a fashionable, fun and safe holiday.

And whatever you do dolls, Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Colored Jeans: A Rainbow of Possibilities

30 Mar

Just some of the many color possibilities. All available at http://www.Express.com.

What with wedding planning, a vacation to see Mom, and a huge project at work, I’ve fallen behind on my fashion blogging. I do heartily apologize. Taking advantage of a break in the action, I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite and easiest to wear trends: colored jeans.

When I do it, I go all out. Me, sporting my fierce, yellow skinny jeans. How can that color not make you happy?

My outfit's so bright I gotta wear shades! LOL Me in my lovely green pair of skinnies.

I wrote a whole blog on how to wear brights, and colored jeans are one of the simplest ways to embrace that trend  You don’t have to stick with just electric shades when it comes to jeans; there are a whole range of hues to spark your creativity. In just the red color family there is everything from salmon to brick to burgundy to fire engine red and all the shades in between. With colored denim shorts and capris debuting in an array of colors for spring and summer, this trend shows no signs of tapering off.

Don’t be scared. If you are a little nervous about all that color, start out with something still in the “blue” jeans category. There is every option out there from turquoise to powder blue to periwinkle to navy to cobalt. Because they are in the same color family as your typical blue jeans, they are less shocking than say, my favorite canary yellow pair (above). It’s easy to match any of the above blue shades with pretty much whatever you’d normally wear your regular blue jeans with, so it will be effortless to work them into your current wardrobe. My favorites are the Zelda Jeans from Express (see photo below). They fit like a dream, have just the right about of stretch, and are priced reasonably. Most of the time Express offers a buy one, get one half price on their denim, so if you want to start with the blue and get another bolder color, you can do so for a fairly reasonable amount.

A whole different kind of blue jean, Express, $79.90

A whole different kind of blue jean, Express, $79.90

Also, I know many of you aren’t skinny jeans fans. While I maintain that ANY body type CAN wear skinny jeans, I understand if they aren’t your thing. Never fear! Every style of jean is debuting in some sort of fabulous hue. Just find the color that speaks to you in the style that works on you and go for it. Victoria’s Secret is even showing flairs in the pretty pink shown below. And Walmart, yes WALMART, has this cute bootcut pair in yellow. At $18, you can’t beat the price.

Pretty Pink Flares, Victoria's Secret (online and catalog only), $49.50, many more great colors available as well

Pretty Pink Flares, Victoria's Secret (online and catalog only), $49.50, many more great colors available as well

The key to the brighter shades of colored denim is keeping the rest of the outfit more subtle. You want the focus of the outfit on your pants. You can wear them just like you would wear the same color of shirt, just reverse whatever color you’d normally put on the bottom and put it on top. See my color block post for some other more daring color combinations. Just don’t OD on color. The goal is to look fresh and chic, not like someone dumped an entire Crayola paint set on you.  This is one trend that knows no age. No matter what your birth certificate says, you can look age appropriate. Hunter green jeans, a crisp white shirt, and a navy blazer would look fabulous on everyone from a coed to a society matron.

In general, the darker the hue, the easier it is to wear. Brick red, the aforementioned hunter green, and navy are all more conservative and straightforward color options. Pairing any colored jean with a neutral is another great way to work in some bright colors without going overboard. Black, white, khaki, and gray are all nice options for setting off whatever shade you choose. The darker hues and anything in the blue color family are also going to be the easiest to continue to wear later if you are worried about the longevity of this trend.

So go out there and give it a try. Nothing brightens up a dreary day or welcomes the warmth of a sunny one like a happy pop of color, and there is no more elementary or comfortable way to do it than to slip on a favorite pair of jeans in a tint of your choosing.

If you want more tips on where to find the best pairs, options for your body type, or have any other fashion questions, feel free to email me at princessheathab@gmail.com. Comment below. I try to answer each and every one.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • How To Wear Ssssnake Print

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

 H

Wear It BRIGHT Now!

2 Mar

I’m so happy bright colors are back. It’s not that I don’t love basic black, but nothing perks up the spirits or an outfit like a hot hit of screaming color. Not since the 80s have colors been this eye-searing. However, this time around the combinations have gotten a bit more refined. Popular color choices for this trend include turquoise, hot pink, neon yellow, cobalt blue, Kelly green, neon green, and tangerine.

This much color can be a bit intimidating. But never fear, Heatha Be is here to give you four ways to style the new brights that will have you feeling like a movie-star style diva in no time.

  1. Pair it with neutrals. One of the freshest and easiest ways to wear bright colors is to pair them with a neutral. Think khaki, dove gray, black, white or charcoal. Wearing it this way calls for shots of bright color instead of whole swaths of it. This is also the way to wear it if you aren’t sure about the trend and want to just try it out slowly first. See the outfit below for a better idea of what I’m talking about.

  1. Brights on brights.Eye-popping and electric. Don’t wear this look if you’re trying to blend in. This is the one to stand out in. If you wear it this way, it’s simplest to pair a solid bright with a multi-colored bright that has the solid in it somewhere. The outfit from the Victoria’s Secret catalog shows exactly what I’m talking about. The shirt picks up the the blue from the shorts and then adds in some other fun colors, and then the hat band picks up another color in the shirt. Everything is in brilliant colors, but they all complement and play off each other.

    Victoria’s Secret Midi Denim Short, $49.50

  2. Tone on tone.Just mix different tints of the same color. So if you have bright coral jeans on, you’d match it with a soft pastel peach top and maybe a coral cardigan. See the outfit I styled below for one way to mix shades.

    Shades of coral look positively radiant together. Other colors that work well for this type of look include cobalt, kelly green & red

  3. Colorblocking! I did an entire post on colorblockinga while back. Same rules apply to mixing brights. Just mix complementary colors to your heart’s content and tie it together with some killer accessories. There are a ton of cute colorblocked dresses out there that will do all the work for you if you’re not feeling quite confident enough to put it together yourself. The one below is a great example.

    Bebe Colorblocked dress, $119, Pleated, Twirly Fun!

Whatever way you wear it, you’re sure to get noticed. Everybody from Target to Kate Spade is getting in on this trend, so whether you have a small budget or a large one, you’ll be able to find something to fit your needs. Clearly the future’s so bright we’ll have to wear shades (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

If you know of more ways to wear brights, please share them with us. I’m always looking for new ways. If you’d like help styling a particular neon item you own, I’d love to help you with that too! Just comment below or email me at princessheathab@gmail.com. And please subscribe to my blog!

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

The Seven Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own

23 Feb

I’ve done previous posts on what to wear if you don’t wear heels and the shoe trends I’m wearing right now, but I figured it was time to get back to basics. It’s not often that being practical can be this fun, so let’s jump right in.

1. A great pair of boots. For the most versatile pair, look for something that hits just under or about 2” below your knee and is fairly snug around your calf. This way you can either pull them OVER a pair of skinny jeans/leggings or put them UNDER a pair of boot cut or wider leg pants. Another way to make them as wearable as possible is to find a pair in black, camel or cognac color. Heel height is up to you. Do keep in mind what you are going to be wearing them with and proportion when picking. I like heels and am on the shorter side, so I tend to go with a mid-height heel in smooth black leather. That way they are comfortable enough to wear to a concert, but polished enough to go with my work attire. Something like what is shown below is ideal.

Cole Haan, Zappos, $209.99

2. A classic black pump. A chic black pump will take you from a day in the office to a night on the town with ease. Even the non-heel wearers should have this one on hand for those special occasions. It will literally go with almost everything. It looks polished enough for a job interview, sleek enough for a wedding reception, and yet still sexy enough for that slinky dress you want to wear out on Friday night. If you live somewhere chilly, go with a closed-toe pair. If you live in a more temperate climate, peep toe is okay too. Check out the one below for an idea of what I’m talking about.

Elie Tahari Garlow Pump, Zappos, $298

3. A chic ballet flat. Even stiletto wearers like myself need to give our feet a break now and then. That’s where a chic ballet flat comes in. It’s a nice way to look polished and pulled together and still be able to walk to do errands during lunch at work or see the sights on vacation. It even works as a post workout shoe with a pair of yoga pants. There are pairs that are preppy-cute or rock and roll fierce. Pick a versatile pair that fits your personality and you can’t go wrong. I have been really digging the pair shown below.

Nine West Orysia, Zappos, $80.99

4. Tennis shoes that are fun & sporty. I’m not talking about the cleats you wear to play softball or the sneakers you throw on for a game of basketball. I’m referring to the pair you put on with a cute pair of capris while on vacation somewhere sunny. I’m talking about the pair you throw on to walk the dog when you know you’re about to run into your cute next door neighbor. I’m talking about the pair you run to Target in when you might meet a potential client. This is your FUN pair of sneakers. See below.

Puma Style Cat Basic Sue, Zappos, $51.99

5. A shoe that matches your skin tone. A skin-toned shoe lengthens the leg and creates an uninterrupted line. What girl doesn’t want legs that go on forever? Lady-like yet seductive, it fills in whenever you can’t find anything else that matches an outfit. This one below is ideal for light skinned beauties. It also comes in a nice chocolate color for dark skinned lovlies.

Jessica Simpson Calie, Zappos, $79

6. A shoe as bright as you are. This feisty number is the shoe you want when an outfit needs a pop of color. It’s also the one you should snag if YOU are needing a little lift in your day. This is your happy heel or fun-time flat. Red is a good color choice that goes with a wide variety of outfits, but cobalt blue works too if that’s more your color scheme. Pick one that makes you smile when you look at…it should uplift your spirits on sight. The pair below makes ME happy; find the one’s that work for you.

Aldo Doyscher, Zappos, $80

7. And last, but certainly not least, is a classic Wellington or Rainboot. Maybe it’s not as exciting as the rest of the list, but it will save all the others from ruin, so don’t underestimate this useful boot. And the great news is these boots have gotten a seriously fun update. You can find pairs in everything from a rubber ducky print to checkers to classic black. My personal pair look like motorcycle boots. A cozy pair of Wellingtons socks will keep you warm and dry. Look below! There’s even a zebra print pair!

LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II, Zappos, $54.99

It was really hard to keep this list to just seven. Since we are still in the winter months, I didn’t add a fun pair of sandals or flip flops to this list, but they deserve an honorable mention.

Have any other honorable mentions you want to add? Questions? Clothing concerns? I’d be happy to find picks in your budget range or style if the above don’t hit the mark. Comment below or send me an email to princessheathab@gmail.com. I’d also love to hear what you’d like me to write about. I’m always looking for inspiration and suggestions. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to my blog to make sure you’re always in the fashion loop.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Heatha’s Ten Tenets of Fashion Fabulousness

21 Feb

Passion is the new black.

I have a passion for fashion and writing, so I’m combining my two loves. I’m both a graphic designer and a full-time fashionista. After helping friends put together looks, spending countless hours poring over fashion magazines, and shopping enough to be on a first-name basis with many sales clerks around town, I’ve come up with Heatha’s Ten Tenets of Fashion Fabulousness. Hopefully you’ll not only enjoy them, but learn some things both about me and yourself.
  1. If it makes you smile to look at; if your skin tingles at the possibility of trying it on, do it! Rock it loud, rock it proud.  You have one life — live it in the clothes that you love on your own terms. Lord knows I’m not always the queen of appropriateness. I’ve been known to be over-dressed on occasion. But I always like what I have on and I’m always me. I have more fun getting ready every morning than anyone I know. I think you should too.
  2. The most important thing about a clothing item is NOT the label — it’s how it makes you feel. Don’t get hung up on price tags or designers. There are great clothes out there at every price range. So if you see a Prada ensemble you like, but don’t exactly have a Prada budget, put together the same look for less.
  3. Love being a woman. Love every freckle, every curve, every sultry smile and knowing glance. Celebrate it. Whatever your size or shape, there is something beautiful about you. Find it and capitalize on it.
  4. Celebrate other women too, because tearing down others to make yourself feel better is immature, self-centered, and pathetic. In short, it makes YOU look bad. And catty is never a good look.
  5. Don’t change yourself or your style for anyone else. Improvement is good, and change can be healthy, but only if it’s something YOU want. Nothing ruins a look more than someone who is clearly not comfortable wearing it.
  6. Fake it ‘til you make it. Not feeling confident? Pretend you do. Walk into the room/club/restaurant like you own the place. We all know that one girl or guy that everyone flocks to and we don’t quite get it. They get it. Confident and happy is attractive, so pretend if you have to.
  7. Don’t be afraid to take risks. It’s a shirt, not a kidney transplant. If you don’t like it, TAKE IT OFF. Unless it’s clown pants and big red shoes, no one is going to remember. That neon green tulle monstrosity you wore in 1985? Yesterday’s news.  Case in point, I’ve seen some real fashion disasters on the streets of San Francisco, but I can’t actually describe a single one to you right now. But this girl in a burgundy, a-line, chiffon mini skirt, black lace up boots and an amazing coat I saw last year?  Yep, I remember that. People remember your grand slams, not your strikeouts… so go for it. It’s fashion; don’t take it so seriously.
  8. Just because it’s tight doesn’t mean it’s sexy. If it does not fit you, don’t wear it. That goes for anything: shirts, shoes, pants. If I can tell you have a navel ring or ate an extra donut for breakfast, it’s too tight. Neither you nor anyone around you is comfortable. If you’re wobbling down the street in five-inch heels that are too big, you look like you’re about to break an ankle, not like a sex kitten. No matter how fabulous the pump, if it doesn’t fit, it isn’t worth it. And P.S. You have a backside; don’t forget to check out both views before you leave the house. I’ve seen some amazing outfits that work from the front and look like a train wreck from the back. A dress that hits your curves in all the right ways in the front, but makes your derriere look like two puppies fighting in a duffle bag is not the dress for you.
  9. If you like the look someone else is rocking, steal it! There’s no copyright infringement involved. No police action will be taken. It’s a shirt, not grand theft. Go for it. Inspiration is everywhere. I rip pictures out of magazines all the time and check out the way other women put themselves together. Then I make the look my own.
  10. Take the sentence, “I could never wear that” out of your vocabulary. It’s holding you back. Fashion, as “they” say, is an attitude. Rock whatever you’re wearing like you invented it. You are not too short/tall/skinny/fat/old/young to wear a certain look. You may need to modify it to work for YOU, but you CAN wear it. You own your clothes; they don’t own you. And ugh, throw out the whole crappy, “I am a summer, so I can only wear such and such colors” mentality. It’s a bunch of hooey. I have pale, olive-toned skin and dark hair, and I love the color yellow. It shouldn’t work on me, but I pull it off all the time. I just combine it with other colors and make sure it’s not right up against my face.  Red lipstick doesn’t hurt either.
So there you have it! Coming soon to Heatha Be, Colorblocking for Beginners and Shopping Your Closet. Have questions?  Suggestions?  Advice?  Request for a blog topic?  Feel free to contact me at: princessheathab@gmail.com.
Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Seven Ways to Save While Shopping

16 Feb

Retail therapy. Necessity. Special Event. Whatever the reason, sometimes a girl’s just gotta shop. However, that doesn’t mean one needs to go into debt or spend down to her last dime to look gorgeous. A few tips and tricks can help keep even the most obsessed fashionista in the black.

  1. Sign up for mailing lists and emails at places you frequent. Retailers love to get you on their mailing lists and send you coupons to entice you to shop. You do NOT, I repeat do NOT have to use every coupon you receive. But it is a good way to have some on hand when you go in to look for that perfect sweater or all the rage handbag. That way when you DO decide to buy, you can buy for less. If you are worried about getting spammed do what I did, which is set up a separate email for anything I have to sign up for. Just beware of coupons that require you to spend to save. A coupon that is a straight 25% off is usually a better deal than a coupon that requires you to spend $150 to get $50 off. Unless you are already going to be spending the $150, that coupon isn’t saving you anything…it’s costing you. Mailing lists can also keep you in the loop for any major sales that are coming up. Sometimes all you have to do to save is wait a couple days to buy.
  2. Shop between seasons. If you can wait, buying things like winter coats on clearance during the spring can save you an amazing amount of money. Just make sure you buy classic styles like a trench coat for instance so that when winter rolls around again, your new coat isn’t out of style. Many cute spring skirts can be taken into fall with a chic pair of tights for example. Look for items that stores are trying to get rid of as “last season” but that can be transitioned into the next season.
  3. Make a list. If you have something (or some things) specific in mind, make a list. Much like a list at the grocery store helps keep you from throwing random things in your cart, it can help keep you focused on just what you came in for and not all the cute impulse buys stores like to stock next to the register. I often make a list and then sit with it a day or two. It helps me weed out the things I really love from the items that were really just a passing fancy.
  4. Try everything on. You are much more likely to keep something once you have it home…even if it doesn’t fit. So try everything on, make sure you like it, look at if from all angles. And then, don’t purchase it unless it’s perfect. If it isn’t making your heart flutter, it isn’t worth it. As an aside, this is also why you are more likely to keep things you buy online. Returning things is a hassle. The easiest way to make sure you like your purchases BEFORE you own them is try them on.
  5. Shop with a friend. Just not the one that knows how to justify anything or the one with a shopping problem. No one wants to look like Miss Spends Too Much in front of their peers. Also, friends give each other perspective. Great friends know when to tell you to spend and when to tell you to save. Best friends can help you prioritize when you’re torn between several purchases.
  6. Do price comparisons online. Websites like Shopstyle, Price Grabber, Biz Rate and the like will give you side-by-side comparisons of almost anything. That way when you do decide to buy, you know you’ve paid the best possible price for your new frock.
  7. Sign up for sites that gather coupons. www.retailmenot.com and and www.bargainist.com are just two of the many sites out there that collect and share coupons and coupon codes for various sites. Sometimes savings is just a click away.

So, shop smartly out there. Don’t over do it and use every means at your fingertips to make sure the deal your getting is the best deal out there. Because there is nothing fashionable about money problems.

Have any savings tips you use? Have a question you need answered? Comment below or send me an email at princesssheathab@gmail.com.

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  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
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  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
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XOXO

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