11/24/12

CyberShopping: Dots.com


If you're an avid reader of this blog, then you know that Dots Fashions is one of my favorite places to shop for cheap chic fashion.  I never go there often because the closest store is an hour away from where I live, so whenever I'm in Bradenton or Orlando (I mostly shop those locations), I make sure that I stop in Dots.  Well, now I don't have to drive so far because Dots finally offers online shopping!  As soon as I heard the news, I went to the site and took a look around.  They didn't have a very big selection of merchandise, but I'm guessing that they're going to add more items later. There was a leopard print pencil skirt at an Orlando Dots store that I was eyeing, but they didn't have my size.  It was available online, so I snagged it.




Navigation of the site and the checkout process was easy and straightforward. I like that they accept PayPal as one of their payment methods, so that's how I paid for my order.  Standard ground shipping is a flat rate of $6.99, and I'm pleased that my item arrived in a timely manner- I placed the order on November 8th, and it arrived on the 14th. Overall, I will definitely order again, and while I browsed the site yesterday, it looks like they're slowly adding more merchandise, so that's a plus in my book.


Have you ordered from Dots?  What do you think?




11/19/12

Cheapalicious Deals 11-19-12


  • Forever 21:  Pre- Black Friday deals from $1 to $15
  • Bath and Body Works:  Free item with $10 or more purchase.  Expires 12-24-12
  • Dots:  BOGO 50% off tops and bottoms.  Expires 11-25-12
  • Kohls:  Free shipping on orders $50 or more.  Expires 11-23-12
  • Ann Taylor:  BOGO 50% off full priced items.  Coupon code: SHOPBOGO.  Expires 11-20-12
  • Lane Bryant:  50% off almost everything.  Coupon code: HOLIDAY50LB.  Expires 11-25-12
  • J. Crew:  25% (price as marked) and free shipping off all sweaters.  No coupon needed. Expires 11-20-12
  • Bakers Shoes:  Free standard shipping on all orders.  For a limited time
  • Ruche:  Black Friday deals from $5 to $25



11/13/12

Nifty Under $50: LBD's from the Kardashian Kollection

'Tis the season for fashionable holiday parties! Can you believe it's that time of the year again? And what better way to start the season off right than in a cute LBD (little black dress) at a great price. Check out these great little offerings from the Kardashian Kollection at Sears that are sure to turn heads.  All under $50!



peplum dress $48.99 //  ponte knit dress $48.99 //  bodycon keyhole dress $38.99 // lace party dress $48.99 //  high-low dress $48.99



images courtesy of Sears



Win an Olay/ St. Ives beauty prize pack from FreeBeautyEvents.com!



For the month of November, our friends over at FreeBeautyEvents.com is giving ten lucky people each a St. Ives/ Olay beauty prize pack!  Each prize consists of the following:

  •  St. Ives Body Lotion Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter
  •  Olay Total Effects 7-In1 Wet Cloths Cleanser 
  • Olay Complete All Day UV Skin Shield Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15 for Normal Skin 


 While you're over at FreeBeautyEvents.com, submit your zip code at the top right hand corner of the page to see what free beauty events are in your area.  For instance, on select dates this month and next month, there are a few Walgreens stores near me that are having their Sally Hansen event.  Demonstrators will be showing their exciting new product –  the Insta Gel Strips.  Sounds like something I'll check out the next time I'm in Walgreens.  As for the giveaway, it runs until 11/30/12, and all you have to do is click here to enter your name, email address, and zip code.  Good luck!



Cheapalicious Deals 11-13-12






11/12/12

Cash, Check, Charge: Contrast Blazer

Note to self- add this fall piece to my wardrobe.  Which one's in your budget?



Cash:  contrast single button blazer $29.80, Forever 21 //  Check:  INC contrast trim shawl collar blazer $48.99, Macy's //  Charge:  tipped hacking jacket $298, J. Crew




11/8/12

Guest Post: Secrets of a Self-Proclaimed Thriftista

Today's guest post is brought to you by the lovely Kara!  Here, she shares some of her tips for having a successful thrift shopping experience!  For any of you thrifting newbies out there, this post's for you! Check it out!

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by Kara Stevens



The price of my Morgan Oakley red bag? $7. My hot pink Marc Jacobs pumps? $5!
The cost of my Diane Von Fursterberg  sexy, silk dress $0.10. Yes, that is not a typo.  10 cents.

I’m a thriftista and have been thrifting for over fifteen years and want to share some tips to make your next thrifting excursion is productive and fun—whether its your first time or your 100th time.

1.Keep Your Cell Phone Close To Do Quick Searches For Unfamiliar Designers
Come across a cute item, but are not sure that its worth the price? Solution: take out your phone and do a quick search.  Remember that Morgan Oakley bag that I scored for $7?  Before doing an on-spot search to find out that this designer’s bags average upwards of $300 and $400 dollars, I had NO idea who Morgan Oakley was. I just thought it was a cute, red bag. But now I know, it’s a designer, high-end, cute, red, which makes the buy even more worthwhile!


2.Wear Tights or Leggings To Make Trying On Simple
The return policies are basically non-existent and many do not have fitting rooms.  Wearing tights or leggings allows you to slip into bottom quickly and takes the guess work out of figuring out if you should take it with you.

3.Find Out Your Thrift Stores’ Discount Days
Many thrift stores schedule days where they slash prices on the already discounted items in the store.  Plan your visit around those days and save the extra cash for something else!


4.Check Out The Men’s and Boys’ Section
Who says that just because you are a lady, you have to shop in the women’s department?  I have found some cute blazers, button-down shirts, and cardigans in these department.
And quiet as kept: some women like to hide their goodies in the men’s and boys’ department, so they can come back for them when they are on discount.


5. Shop For the Sole and the Other Soul
If you love reading and as much as you love shopping, then make you to check out the book sections of your local thrift store before existing. From personal experience, I have been introduced to ideas and authors that normally I would have passed on because they were both unfamiliar and the cover price of the books. Thanks to my local Salvation Army, I have been able to expand my personal libraries and body of knowledge!

6. Keep It Clean
With all the touching of gently-worn, worn, and straight-up unclean clothes, it’s a smart idea to keep a little hand sanitizer in your bag and use it after your shopping excursion.  And even though it goes without saying, let’s also remember to launder our finds before wearing them.


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Kara blogs at Fabulous N Frugal, an online home for all things girl power, wealth management, and juicy living. Follow Kara @fabandfrugal on Twitter. I look forward to your feedback!



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11/6/12

Cash, Check, Charge: Southwestern print boots


Cash:  Route 66 "Toral" boot $34.99 (currently on sale for $24.99 right now through 11/11), Kmart //  Check:  "Tolteca" boot $169.95, Steve Madden //  Charge:  Cynthia Vincent Ikat engineer harness boot $345, Bloomingdales



Cheapalicious Deals 11-6-12


  • Old Navy:  25% off your purchase.  Coupon code: ONTAKE25. Expires 11-7-12
  • Bealls:  $10 off $25 or more purchase.  Expires 11-10-12
  • Famous Footwear:  20% off your purchase.  Expires 11-10-12
  • Payless:  15% off your purchase.  Expires 11-30-12
  • Too Faced:  20% off your purchase (Friends and Family sale).  Coupon code: FFSALE12.  Expires 11-11-12
  • ChicTweak:  30% off your purchase.  Coupon code: VOTE2012.  Expires 11-7-12
  • Bloomingdales:  Free standard shipping on any order.  Expires 11-11-12
  • Land's End:  Free shipping on orders $50 or more.  Coupon code: VOTE (pin 2012).  Expires 11-7-12
  • Steve Madden:  Free standard shipping on any order.  Coupon code: OURGIFT.  Expiration unknown.


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