3 Affordable Fashion Sites to Shop for Summer!

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Guess what guys! I did my first podcast! Yes, yours truly made a guest appearance on the Starengu podcast this week. We discussed my favorite in flight beauty rituals and how I juggle my demanding day job with my side hustle as a blogger/influencer. And of course we chatted a bit about shopping and fashion. I love curating a wardrobe that is timeless and adaptable. However I do like to sprinkle in trendy pieces seasonally for quick easy updates.

Since it was so great discussing on the podcast, I decided to give you guys a bit more info on some of my favorite and most affordable fast fashion sites. Check out my top 4 below!

Shein

Shein is a classic Instagram fashion site with thousands of items at prices as low as $5! Sizing can be hit or miss, but I've found that with careful measurements and maybe a quick stop at your local tailor you can make a cheapie dress look like a million (ok fine maybe a hundred) bucks! I’ve shopped the site several times and am rarely disappointed.

Just don't even think about retuning,  the cost and time it will take to ship isnt worth it. Sell on Poshmark or give to a friend and move on.

Also at checkout you'll have the option to pay a small fee to insure your package, which I suggest you do. If you don't take the insurance you are on your own in case the package gets lost or stolen. Its usually under $3 depending on the order total so a small price to pay for peace of mind. 

Amazon

Amazon has a crazy wide selection of affordable, fashionable items and most are super cheap and include prime shipping. Just be prepared to browse patiently because the search results are extensive and navigation isn't the easiest. But I've found everything from stylish, sexy swimwear to dresses,  and even the perfect clear plastic tote. If you are nervous about fit/sizing just turn on the free returns filter as you start browsing. 

Showpo

I worked with Showpo earlier this year and they are a great fashion find! The Australian retailer sells a huge assortment of products at low prices and with fast shipping. Everything I got looked just as expected and is surprisingly great quality considering their low prices. Plus the shipping is pretty fast and returns are allowed, but for store credit only and shipping is on you, so shop carefully!

Let me know yor fave fast fashion sites, and don’t forget to tune into the Starengu podcast to hear the full interview!

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All the Spring Must-Have Beauty Buys in the 2019 VIB Sale!

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Ready for some serious shopping? The Spring Sephora VIB sale kicks off this week and I am so excited! Sephora discounts are few and far between, so this is when I stock up on my favorite products, try new goodies that are hitting the shelves, and get ready to step up my beauty game for the new season. 

There are 2 tiers to the sale; VIB Rouge Members save 20% on their purchases between 4/26-5/1 and VIB Members save 15% between 5/2-5/6. It’s not a huge percentage off but considering the fact that Sephora pretty much never discounts store-wide now is the time to shop and save. 

Here are some of the goods I’ll be adding to cart this VIB sale!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Guide

Must-Try Face Makeup for the Perfect Summer Skin

This season’s skin is all about a natural glow! I’ll be trying the new Fenty Beauty Bronzers for sure, since pretty much everything else in the product line is incredible. Plus I’ve had the Becca Shimmering Skin Highlighter on my list for a while, so will get one or 2 of these, plus this brand new Nars liquid highlighter for when I want an all-over glow! And when we inch closer to summer I’ll be trading my usual foundation for a lighter weight tinted moisturizer. 

Bold, Colorful Makeup for Fun Trendy Spring Looks

One of my most-used palettes last season was the Too Faced Natural Love palette, so I’m excited to test the newest version, Too Faced Natural Lust! I’m also obsessed with the new ABH Riviera palette and will be finishing all my summer looks with either a pop color eye or bold lip.

Body Care Products for a Head to Toe Glow

Since warm weather means exposing more skin, don’t forget about the rest of your body! The Fenty Beauty Body Lava is back in some hot new shades, and I’ll be updating my anti-cellulite routine with some new firming creams and masks. Plus a body scrub is an essential for the season, and I’ll be going for one like this Laura Mercier, that is super gently and luxurious. 

Skin-Care Essentials for Glowing Skin All Spring Summer

And don’t forget the skin care essentials! I live for these Sephora Collection sleeping masks and eye masks so will be stocking up on both! And I desperately need to replace my Clarisonic brush heads so will buy a few of those, or maybe this set of head to toe body buffers! And of course, makeup remover wipes because you can never have enough of those! 

Let me know what you are adding to cart and what beauty trends you are most excited about! 

Is Rent the Runway Unlimited Worth It?

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Ever wonder how bloggers seem to have an endless assortment of designer clothes and accessories for the perfect #ootd or glam night out? Well the secret isn’t necessarily an unlimited budget! Rent the Runway has been one of my go to sources for formal events or weddings for years, but I recently decided to give an unlimited membership a try. I was gifted a code for a free month after attending one of their events at WeWork, so decided to give it a test run in December. My schedule was pretty full between holiday parties, photo shoots, and traveling to Art Basel. I definitely needed a collection of Instagram worthy looks at my disposal but was absolutely not going run up my credit card bill for the gram. Here are some of the looks I rented and my thoughts on whether or not Rent the Runway Unlimited is worth it, and getting the most out of your membership!

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Rent the Runway Unlimited isn’t technically unlimited! You can have 4 items out at a time, and you are encouraged to return multiple items in one shipment to reduce the environmental impact. However you can swap out items as often as you want! The processing time is super fast - usually my items were received the next day and I could order my next round. And if you order before 2pm and ship to store they usually arrive the same day. For the looks below, I ordered them a few days before I had my holiday shoot scheduled and shipped them back when I was done.

Holiday Looks from Rent the Runway
Holiday Gowns from Rent the Runway

The membership also came in super handy before my trips to Savannah and Miami. All my summer clothes were packed away for the season, so renting was a perfect option. Here are some of the fun looks I rented for travel to warm weather destinations.

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Plus they have more than just formalwear and fancy dresses! I rented this statement coat because I was bored with my winter rotation, and this casual sweatshirt for weekend brunch.

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So is Rent the Runway Unlimited worth it? I say yes if you are someone who goes to a lot of events on a regular basis, or if you are a blogger and always need fun items to shoot! It’s also great to activate your membership during busy times, like for wedding season or during the holidays when you have a lot of parties. Then you can freeze or cancel for the months when your schedule is lighter and you don’t need to rent as much.

Let me know if you try it, and here are links to the items I had in rotation!

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The Best Statement Coats to Shop on Sale!

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What was that? Couldn’t hear you over the volume of this coat! Seriously - how loud is this jacket? It’s completely over the top and I love it. I always like to have a few statement coats in rotation for the season. After all, when it’s freezing cold outside your coat is the first thing people see, so why not make it a good one?

Even though it’s January and we are all completely over winter, now is a great time to buy a new coat. You’ll still get weeks of wear out of it, and everything is on sale! And since you won’t have worn it to death it will still feel fresh next year when you pull it out again. If you are in the market or just looking for a deal on a super fashionable new item, check out some of my favorite statement coats all on sale now! Prices range from pretty luxe to under $50, so there is something for every budget.

Shop the trend below and let me know your faves!

Printed Statement Coats on Sale Now

Yellow Faux Fur Statement Coat
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Shiny Statement Coats on Sale Now!

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Cyber Week Sales You Can't Miss

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Happy Thanksgiving guys! I’m getting ready to start stuffing my face, but before I do, I had to share some can’t miss deals you need to start shopping. This is the best time of year to save big on everything from holiday presents, your favorite things to stock up on, and even travel deals for your next vacation! If you are ready to do some serious shopping, here are my favorite sales for Cyber Week!

Fashion Sales and Deals

BB Dakota

Take 50% off Fall 2018 Black Styles starting Friday, 11/23, and starting Monday, 11/26 shop Fall 2018 Outerwear at 50% off. Use code THANKS50 at checkout for both!

Fashion Nova

How’s up to 80% site wide sound? Get some amazing discounts on already affordable items with code BLACK40.

Topshop

Take up to 50% off selected lines, prices already marked down on site!

Revolve

Influencer fave Revolve is also having 50% off select items! Some stuff can still be a bit pricey, so if you are anything like me, sort by price before diving in!

Nordstrom

Black Friday is the best time to shop Nordstrom, maybe even better than the Anniversary Sale! They are offering up to 60% off across categories, including Women’s, Men’s Kid’s and Home!

Cyber Week Beauty Sales

Beauty and Skincare Sales

Nars

One of my go to brands is having a 20% off sitewide sale, including exclusives you won’t see anywhere else! This is the only time of year Nars offers discounts, so stock up while you can!

Ulta

A slew of Black Friday deals, from $10 mascaras $15 palettes, and 40% off beauty faves from Anastasia Beverly Hills!

Sephora

They just wrapped their VIB Sale, but are still offering up to 50% off items in their Beauty Sale section! Take a look, especially if you missed out on the VIB discounts!

Hum Nutrition

My go-to vitamin brand for pretty much anything is offering 50% off site wide with code HUMDAY18. I take about 6 of their vitamins on a daily basis so will be stocking up on my faves!

DevaCurl

Give your strands some TLC with Devacurl! I love their product line and they are currently offering Buy 2 get 1 Free on select products. Not the best deal, but they are pretty pricey and don’t discount often, so take what you can get!

Cyber Week Shopping Sales


Holiday Travel Deals and Steal

Delta

Yes airlines have sales too! Delta is hands-down one of the best and on their limited edition Black Friday sale International Flights are on sale in a big way! I’ve seen fares from several major US cities to European destinations like Paris, Portugal, and the UK. Get to browsing and be prepared to get creative with your dates!

Priceline

The discount travel site is offering a slew of Black Friday hotel discounts for email subscribers, with Express Deal coupons for up to 50% in savings on hotels. Get on their email list so you don’t miss out!

Cathay Pacific

A flight to Asia for $600! Yes please. Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale is on, with up to 60% off flights to several Asian destinations.

IHG Hotels

IHG Hotel group is offering 25% off the best available rates on over 5,000 properties in their network, plus additional perks and bonus points for loyalty members. So if you aren’t planning a vacation, now is a good time to start!

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Let me know what you guys are most excited about buying!

My Fall VIB Sale Shopping List

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Sephora just announced their Fall VIB sale and I am so ready! As you guys know, Sephora sales are few and far between so they are a great time to stock up on your beauty faves and try some new things while they are discounted. Check out my shopping list below! 

Must-Haves

I'm stocking up on old favorites and trying out some new goodies. The Nars team sent me the new Orgasm Illuminating Powder and I'll definitely be buying a new jar while it's on sale! Plus I'm almost out of the Radiant Creamy concealer that is one of my go-tos so will definitely get one. And since my skin has been behaving so much better these days, I want to try a lighter, tinted moisturizer instead of my usual full-coverage liquid foundation. I may also throw in some of these cheap travel masks from Sephora collection, and test out the new gummy version of my go-to hair vitamins from Hum! 

Palettes

I've been stalking the ABH Norvina palette since it dropped so may finally pick it up! I'm also loving face/cheek palettes from Nars and ABH, and this lip palette that is full of more colors than I'd know what to do with! 

Sets

Gift sets are always a great deal, whether or not you actually gift them or keep them! Tatcha never disappoints, and these Stila liquid eyeshadows are incredible! You guys also know I love the Brazilian Bum Bum cream to keep the dimples away! Plus I just started using Beauty Blenders, and this set that combines some new and old faves is right up my alley! And can't forget some new Fall friendly lip colors and my go-to fragrance layering kit. 

Let me know if you guys try any of these or what else you add to cart! 

All the Swimsuit Sales You Need Before Summer is Over!

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Summeri s pretty much flying by! We've only got a few more weeks of poolside lounging and beach hopping before it's time for Fall Fashion Week, sweater weather, and the leaves starting to change! If you aren't ready to let the season go, or just want to stock up on some new swimwear before it's too late, check out some of my favorites, all on sale! 

Bikinis

Cover Ups

One-Pieces

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And don't forget your pool float and accessories!

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Let me know in the comments if you end up grabbing any new goodies before the season is over! 

All the Memorial Day Sales You Need to Shop!

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It's the unofficial kickoff to summer! Even though Memorial Day has been far less than summery the past few years, it still is celebrated as the time to get ready for the new season and enjoy the (fingers crossed) good weather. If you, like everyone else needs to breathe some life into your wardrobe, this weekend is the perfect time to start some shopping! Here are some of the sales I'm most excited about. 

1. Net-A-Porter

50% off high-end goodies from some of your most coveted designers! I'm checking out luxe accessories from Vetements, Chloe, and the amazing swimwear that is perfect for the season! 

2. Asos

Ya'll know I love me some Asos! Get 20% off everything for a limited only with code SUNNYDAYS. Their prices are already super affordable, but take advantage of this deal for even more savings! 

3. Bloomingdales

Need a new handbag? Well get one at 40% off! Bloomies is having a huge sale on designer bags, with babies by everyone from Marc Jacobs to Burberry. Don't miss this one! 

4. Nordstrom

Nordies is one of my favorite retailers and their half-yearly sale is a good one! Stock up on the season's hottest fashions at up to 40% off! 

5. Revolve

I'm obsessed with pretty much everything on this site! Revolve is my go-to for when I want the It Girl look. They've gotten pretty pricey the last few years, so take advantage of their 50% off all sale items to get all the goods you need for your cool girl summer wardrobe! 

6. Wayfair

If you are looking to update your home decor, get 70% in this sale! The site is full of everything from furniture to cute finishing touches, all at amazing prices! I'm eyeing the cute decorative rugs and lighting to update my living room decor. 

7. Williams Sonoma

The Memorial Day clearance is on, with a whopping 75% off! WS is one of my dream stores, and I'm adding some new gadgets and pretty cookware to cart in this sale! 

Happy shopping guys! Let me know what you end up buying and what you are up to this holiday weekend! 

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul

It's one of my favorite events of the year - the Sephora VIB sale!! While I'm a frequent Sephora shopper, I do my big shopping sprees around the sale since, especially for my bigger ticket purchases. If you are VIB Rouge, get your shopping on with a 15% discount now through the 16th. And the VIB sale continues for the non-Rouge babes next week. I love the sale not only because that 15% seems small but really adds up, it gives me a chance to stock up on old favorites and try fun new launches. 

Check out some of the items I'm adding to cart, including that coveted Fenty Beauty Body Lava, and the brand new Tarte Mermaid Makeup Brushes!

If you aren't Rouge yet but are wondering if it's worth the it, the answer in short is YES! Not only do you get early access to the sale and deeper discounts, there is a laundry list of perks, from pre-releases to free in-store makeovers anytime you want! Check out Sephora.com for the full list and how to qualify! 

The Labor Day Sales You Can't Miss

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Well Summer 17 flew by didn't it! I can't believe Labor Day is already upon us, but here we are saying hello to September 1st. I think New York is already ready - this morning the weather was a crisp 55 degrees! I was hoping to cling to a few more weeks of summer temps, but it seems that was just a pipe dream. 

One of the best ways to get in the mood for Fall is shopping, and this weekend is a great time to do it. Check out some of the sales you can't miss, especially if you need some new swag to start transitioning your wardrobe to Fall!

Saks –  Online Only! The Labor Day Sale… Up to 75% OFF*. Valid 9/1 – 9/4. Shop Now! 

Shopbop –  Summer shoe sale! Summer Shoe Sale! Shop sandals, espadrilles, slides & more. 8/15-10/1

Revolve –  Summer’s best swimwear + cover-ups are now up to 50% off! Through 9/11

Intermix – 15% Off Select Full Price Styles at INTERMIX with code SHOPAUG17 through 8/31

Bauble Bar – Labor Day Sale – Extra 20% Off – 8/31-9/4

Sole Society –  Up To 60% Off Shoes, Bags, Apparel & Accessories

If I missed any sales that you are excited about let me know in the comments! What are you most excited about in the month of September? 

6 Affordable Swimsuits You Need Now!

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Images by Steven D. Elliott 

Scary to admit that summer is almost over! Is it just me or does it feel like we haven't had that many great beach days? Between the less than seasonal temps and drizzly cloudy days, Summer 17 has so far not been my favorite. 

Hopefully the next few weekends will get better so we can pack in the beach time while we still can. Can you believe there are only 3 weekends left until summer is officially over? 

Since Labor Day is right around the corner, I'm starting to think about what I'll be buying for Fall.  Yet in browsing all the sites, I find myself getting lured in by all the summer stuff on sale. Now is a good time to stop up on summer basics that are up for grabs at amazing prices, so you'll have a shell of a wardrobe already built for Summer 18. Then when next May rolls around, all you'd have to do is throw in a few on trend items for the new season and you'll be all set. 

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Even though the last thing I need in life right now is more bikinis, I have a weakness for them, and since I will never spend more than $100 on one, I stalk sales for cute, quality styles at discounted prices. Since swim trends will change each season you don't want to stock up on outdated items, but I found a few styles that are a mix of fun and classic and will still fit perfectly into your beachwear rotation come next summer. Plus if you are thinking about any warm weather vacations between late Fall and Winter, now is a great time to shop while there are still lots of options and end of summer sales. 

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Check out the cutest styles I found, all under $100! If you love these or never got over these trends, grab them while you can so you'll be set for next summer! 

Making me Blush

Blush Pink Outfit Details

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of culottes. I own them in too many colors to count and can't seem to stop myself from buying more. They are easy, comfy, and look super chic and sophisticated. This sweet blush pair is from Zara, and I bought them full price but now they are half off in Zara's big end of season sale. If you are on the hunt, grab them at an amazing price while you can! 

Blush Pink Street Style Look

And how amazing is this sweater! It's J Crew Collection and when I saw the romantic pink and cable knit details, I was all over it! It's lightweight but warm, and has a really cool oversized feel, though not too dramatic. 

Pink Suede Pom Pom Pumps Fishnets

And since it's still too chilly to have your feet fully exposed, I added these nude shimmery fishnet tights and pink Armani pumps. 

Stay tuned for more of my favorite monochrome dressing outfit ideas!

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