Latest Obsession: Peter Som for Kohl’s

The Peter Som Collection for Kohl’s hit stores on April 10th, so the next day, I headed to my local Kohl’s to check out the new Kohl’s DesigNation in person. It was a long drive, but totally worth it!!!

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Oh. My. Gosh! Everything is just so amazing… I wanted one of everything!!! It was too hard to choose just ONE thing, so I didn’t get anything at all and I’m kicking myself for it. Hoping I will get one of those 30% off things from Kohl’s soon and then I will head back and grab these Charmeuse Soft Pants ($37.50).

 

Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the collection…

 

What’s your favorite piece? Are you loving this collection as much as I am?

We’re Head Over Heels for David Bromstad’s Collection for Naturalizer!

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Okay super exciting… A couple weeks ago I got to LIVE CHAT with David Bromstad about his new collection for Naturalizer! I had so much fun and even got to ask him a couple questions. I hope someday I can meet him in person because his joy and passion for life is so inspiring.

I have always loved David’s taste in design and art. This handbag and shoes collection for Naturalizer is no exception!!! The gorgeous floral print he designed is so light, bright and just screams SPRING!!! You can’t help but smile when you see this gorgeous print…

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I had a hard time picking my favorite items from the collection, but finally decided a handbag was the way to go… Pictures really don’t do this bag justice… It’s just gorgeous.

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Bomstad David Handbag – Price: $79.00

ON SALE RIGHT NOW FOR $50.56 (36% OFF!)

Gorgeous, bright colors and stylish details make this the perfect bag for spring. Neutral trim makes it versatile so you can wear it with your entire spring wardrobe. Lots of inside pockets and attention to detail have me head over heels for this bag.

If you like David Bromstad, then I know you’ll love his new collection, David Bromstad for Naturalizer. Be sure to check it out!!!

Here is a small sampling of the shoes from the collection…

Hive With Heart Campaign Aims To Boost Self Esteem of Seniors

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I just found out about Burt’s Bees Hive with Heart Campaign to benefit Lipstick Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides hospital patients and seniors with individualized makeup services by skilled professionals in a supportive setting to uplift their spirits! Now really, isn’t that just an amazing cause?

When my grandmother had a severe stroke, it landed her in a wheelchair and paralyzed in over half of her body, including the whole right side. She was unable to do anything for herself anymore whereas before, she was the rock of our entire family and the second coming of Audrey Hepburn. Always dressed to the hilt and the hottest old lady I’ve ever met. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be a fashion blogger! So when she couldn’t even shower by herself anymore, it took a huge hit to her self esteem and she started getting depressed. Every opportunity I had, I would dress her up in her favorite clothes and I would do her hair and makeup. She loved it so much and appreciated more than anything else. Not only could I tell it really boosted her self confidence, but she expressed so much gratitude for my efforts. So this cause hits close to home for me because I know the benefit it can have on a person if they feel beautiful, even if it’s only for one day.

Founder & CEO of Lipstick Angels, Renata Helfman, strongly believes in the power of healing through beauty and wanted to spread her efforts nationally. She originally began her work at Cedars Sinai and recently launched at City of Hope in Los Angeles in March 2014. To kick off the Hive with Heart campaign, Burt’s Bees and Lipstick Angels partnered with award-winning actress Anna Kendrick on March 27th for a Day of Natural Beauty, hosting one-on-one beauty makeovers to City of Hope patients.

Hive with Heart will run through June 30th and during this campaign Burt’s Bees will donate two natural Lip Color products to Lipstick Angels each time a consumer purchases any two Burt’s Bees Lip Color products at www.burtsbees.com/hivewithheart to help the angels continue their mission to create a sense of hope through one-on-one attention that makes women feel good about themselves during the trying process of fighting illness or living with a chronic disease.

Visit www.burtsbees.com/hivewithheart to enter the Sunshine and Smooches Sweepstakes**, where you and a friend will experience the power of natural beauty first-hand. Winners will receive a 3-day trip to Los Angeles, a 2-hour make-up session with celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno, and a full line of Burt’s Bees lip color products.

What do you think about the Hive With Heart Campaign?

 

Online Shopping: 7 Strategies for Big Savings

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Buying online is supposed to be about finding better shopping opportunities and better prices. You need to go about it the right way, though, to make sure that you really do see these benefits. Here are 7 shopping strategies to help you make the best of your time shopping online.

 

With some products, you can buy in large quantities to save

Many online stores offer steep discounts to those who order their products in bulk. If you choose to bulk-order a product that you use a lot of – diapers or other baby care items, for instance – you’ll save plenty both on product and delivery costs. We love shopping places like Costco.

Look Around For The Lowest Prices

It’s far easier to compare prices and shop around when it’s online rather than at physical stores. Yet, to many people, the extreme ease of comparison shopping that online shopping allows only encourages laziness. A surprising number of shoppers look at no more than two well-known stores when making purchases online. It’s important to resist the temptation to click that Buy button, the first chance that you get.

Shopping On Impulse

The reason it’s hard to be responsible and shop around when buying online is that having everything you need to buy at the tip of a mouse arrow encourages impulse spending. It’s easier to hit Buy than it is to take an item to checkout at a physical store, wait in line and ring through a purchase.

Online shopping comes with some of the same dangers that shopping with credit cards is known for – the buying process is so quick and effortless that you don’t quite realize what you’re doing. With both it’s easy to buy more than you need. It’s important to guard against impulse shopping when you go online then.

Keep an Eye on Shipping Costs

The shipping facilities at a store can be an important part of the shopping experience they offer. Some even offer guaranteed next-day delivery (NextDayDeliveryShops.co.uk has a great selection of such stores).

Shipping, though, can be expensive. Approximately half of all online shopping attempts are abandoned at the stage where the shipping costs are revealed. It makes sense that people would cut and run when they see the shipping costs involved – unless a shopper is signed up to a shipping program like Amazon Prime, shipping costs can be so expensive that any savings on attractively priced products are wiped out. Before you begin shopping online, you should set yourself a shipping budget for the month. It’s important to never exceed it.

You can get FREE 2 day shipping with memberships like Amazon Prime and ShopRunner.

Don’t Forget To Always Check For Coupon Codes!

There are more coupons available for online shopping than there are for shopping at physical stores. Before you pick one product over another at an online store, it’s important that you consult a search engine for the products that you can find the best coupons for. To savvy online shoppers, coupon availability is always an important factor in the product they finally decide to buy.

My favorite happens to be RetailMeNot.

Make Purchases Through a Cashback Website

Doing your online shopping through a cashback service can be a great way to save money. This is how cashback services work. A business decides to sign up as an affiliate to a shopping website. As an affiliate, they get a commission for every sale that they make for the shopping site. They then advertise to shoppers that when they shop with them, they get a share of the affiliate commission that they make – in the form of a cashback deal. These websites usually work very well. As long as you choose a well-known site like TopCashback or EBATES, you should make a great bit of savings.

Shop Like a Pro with Mobile Apps

Mobile shopping apps bring you all kinds of money-saving tricks. You get to find where the best deals are, get special offer alerts and so on. You can even have them help you monitor how much you spend. New mobile apps come up all the time – you need to be on the lookout and grab a few. I happen to love using apps for stores like RueLaLa and Zulily as well as shopping apps like ShopStyle.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: Elise Brooks prides herself on living well on a tight budget. She greatly enjoys blogging about the strategies and resources for smart money management in today’s households.

6 Common Budget Busters: Slow Down and Save Money

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It doesn’t occur to most people the kind of major difference that it can make to a monthly budget to simply slow down. It does occur to some who are thrust into this kind of life against their will, though. When a person is laid up with an illness for a few weeks and cannot take in his usual pursuits and activities, he usually finds at the end of the month that he has a great deal more of money. At first, he may have no idea why. Not commuting to work would save some gas, but it wouldn’t account for most of the money saved.

 

A general slowdown is the real reason

 

A number of things happen when you’re forced to tone down the pace at which you live life.

 

  • When you’re sick, you eat at home – you don’t eat out.
  • While you tend to be depressed when you’re sick, you don’t have the option to act it out by wasting money – going to a movie, going shopping and so on.
  • When you’re home sick, you have plenty of time. If you do need to shop online, you are able to take your time comparison-shopping.

 

Slowing down can be a good way to save money when you’re well, too.

 

Slow down when you drive

 

Driving at 35 mph (or whatever the posted speed limit in an area is) may make you feel like you’re on a horse buggy.  According to the US Department of Energy, though, your mileage goes down starting at 35 mph. At 70 mph, you fuel efficiency goes down more than 20%. At £1 33p a litre, driving at 35mph, rather than 50mph or higher can save you between 13p and 26p on every liter. That’s not a small sum.

 

Slow down in the food department

 

When you have the time, you will be able to plan out your meals, write down a list of all the ingredients you need and shop at the stores with the most reasonable prices. You will be able to plan the exact right amount of food to make so that you don’t have leftovers. When you have leftovers, you’ll be able to plan how to use them quickly, rather than have them go to waste.

 

You’ll be able to lay out your plans for extreme couponing

 

To begin it can save a great deal of money to not jump on every unaffordable health trend. Buying a gluten-free food, organic food and diet foods can ruin your budget. You do have a sensible shopping list, you need to plan to make it as cheap as possible by dedicating yourself to keep running. Websites like www.sumocoupon.com have a wealth of coupons it help you save hundreds of pounds each year.

 

Eliminate the unnecessary

 

If you have a good broadband connection at home, it can easily replace other wired connections – cable and landline phones, for instance. Many people hang on to their landlines simply because it makes them feel better to be connected with a real wire. You may not be able to shut down your landline if you have a DSL broadband connection; if you have a fiber connection, though, you can easily save a few pounds each year by closing your landline down.

 

While it can be difficult to get the best sports without cable, you can easily get all the movies you want on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Depending on the way you watch TV, it may be possible to take your cable connection down to save some money.

 

Cut down on expensive (and unhealthy) entertainment

 

Each evening that you spend at the local pub can cost £20 right there. The cab fare home can cost even more if you’re too unsteady to find your way home the normal way. While the pub scene may be an important part of your social life, it can end up bankrupting you over the years. Many people actually borrow money to keep up appearances when they can’t afford a night at the pub at the end of the month. It’s a much better idea to quit the public house and simply turn elsewhere for a social life – a gym, a running club and so on.

 

Finally, in whatever way you can, try to make your own

 

While people do make their own toothpaste and detergent at home, they don’t tend to save much money there. You can save plenty of money making your own beauty products at home, though. Whether it’s moisturizer or face packs, the natural ingredients in your kitchen can do so much more for your beauty than any store-brought back product can.

 

 

 GUEST BLOGGER: Russell Matthews has always been a numbers man. From managing household budgets to making smart choices for loans and investments, he enjoys writing about how to keep money under control. Follow Russell on Twitter.

 

Makeover Any Room with GE Reveal Light Bulbs

Now normally, I don’t get all excited about freaking light bulbs, but these lights bulbs are seriously worth mentioning.

GE-Lighting-Halogen-Reveal-75-Watt-Package-400x400GE reveal® Light Bulbs offer innovative, clean light that really makes any room look more beautiful.

My husband is ALL ABOUT light bulbs and after we purchased our house, he immediately changed every single incandescent light bulb in our house to a more energy efficient light bulb. Well, I’m not really crazy about those “energy efficient” light bulbs because they take so damn long to “warm up” and actually fully brighten the room. The colder it is, the longer it takes the lights to come up to full brightness. Totally frustrating when you flip a switch and expect to actually SEE something!!!

So when I got a package of these light bulbs, I immediately replaced ALL the bulbs in the chandelier over my dining room table to these GE reveal light bulbs. The difference is epic. If my dining room wasn’t completely cluttered with baskets and containers of craft projects and tiny pots of sprouts for our garden, then I would show you a before an after picture of the amazing difference these light bulbs made in our dining room.

Instead, you’ll just have to check out these photos below to get an idea of how unbelievable these light bulbs really are…

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Did you know the quickest and easiest way to makeover your home is with good lighting?

You’ll be amazed at how GE reveal® bulbs replace yellow, dingy lighting with crisp white light that makes colors and patterns pop, transforming homes from ordinary to extraordinary with just the flip of a switch. And GE’s new and innovative reveal® LEDs offer the same aesthetic benefits as the rest of the GE reveal® brand plus energy-efficient technology that allows them to last over a decade, based on three hours of usage a day.

To see how quick and easy a reveal® lighting makeover can be, watch this fun and stylish new video GE Lighting created featuring four hip West-Coast tastemakers who depend on the best lighting possible for their craft, as they complete a GE reveal® makeover and share their authentic experience. Learn more about our experts and their lighting transformations.

Watch the video here:

 

Purchase them online here or head into your local Target store to find them.

What did you think of the video? Are you going to pick up a box of these light bulbs the next time you are at Target?

How to Get the Best Deals At Nordstrom

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Do you ever browse the Nordstrom site looking at all the goods and wishing you could buy them all? Sometimes, it can be depressing not to have the money to buy that North Face jacket you wanted or those Rag and Bone jeans that you know would look adorable. However, there are ways to shop at Nordstorm without spending all your hard earned cash in one hit.

Nordstorm Coupons

One of the easiest ways to save money with the premier fashion retailer is to use Nordstorm coupons. These coupons offer the users the chance to purchase their favorite top, pair of pants, boots or accessory at less than full price.

The amount of discount differs from coupon to coupon and the coupons are not available all the time. There could be coupons for 20% of anything in the Nordstorm store or coupons for $50 off a particular item. The options are endless, but each coupon is only valid for a certain amount of time. If the shopper sees a coupon that they could make use of, it is better to use it than lose it.  You don’t know when the next opportunity will arise.

Coupons are generally issued online via a coupon site. Users will use a coupon code at the time of checkout when they purchase their Nordstorm item. The Nordstorm site will read the code and deduct the correct amount from the sale.

Nordstorm Gifts

In truth, anything could be used as a gift from Nordstorm. However, there is a specific gift section which highlights some products that would make excellent presents for friends, family, co-workers and even your boss.

Nordstorm coupons can be used for gifts just in the same way as any other product in the store as long as the coupon says so. At certain times of the year, when it’s coming up to a holiday season for example, there might be special offers on products in the gift section. If this is the case, customers can check if Nordstorm coupons are still valid to use in conjunction with the other offer.

 

 

Savvy Shopping

To find a good deal, it’s necessary to think ahead. Always be prepared for the sales. If there is an item you’ve had your eye on and you think it might be in an upcoming sale, it’s important to keep checking back with the site. Sale items rarely last long at Nordstorm due to the quality of the products.

Some items such as purses and jewelry can be snapped up in duplicate during a sale. If you love it then others will love it too. Buying accessories at a discount price to sell on at a later date means that not only can you save money at your favorite store, but you can make a little money too.

Look Out For Free Shipping

Quite often when you get a deal online, it hardly seems worth it for the shipping fees. Always check the shipping policy and if there is a charge, try to coincide your order with a free shipping offer to make the most of your purchase. If this isn’t possible then try to order more items. This might seem slightly counterintuitive, but the fact is that if you have to pay for shipping then you might as well get more items included in that one cost.

Sign Up for the Newsletter

If you’re a true Nordstorm fan, then it’s definitely worth signing up for the Newsletter. This will tell you all about the latest offers that Nordstorm has so you can be sure to make the most of every sale that comes up.