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…

Enter To Win A Luxury Leather Clutch from Latico Leathers worth $140!

Enter for a chance to win a Leather Clutch from Latico Leathers

We teamed up with Latico Leathers
to give our readers a chance to win this gorgeous
“Barbi” Mimi Framed Leather Clutch in Canary Yellow!

Positively mood lifting! A smart, functional bag with unique, framed coin purse. Effortlessly edgy and oh so great looking! Supple, dimensional leather features “highs” and “lows” to achieve rich color depth. Colorful, vintage-inspired, cotton floral lining.

Vintage Floral Print Lining

Vintage Floral Print Lining

DETAILS:

  • 100% Leather
  • Exterior front fold-over coin purse with hidden magnetic closure
  • Underneath coin purse is large flap-over with hidden exterior zipper pocket
  • Large roomy interior
  • Size: 4H x 0.50D x 12L

Price: $140.00

Who wouldn’t want this absolutely gorgeous bag for Spring? It’s versatile, stylish and will go with everything in your spring and summer wardrobe. It would also make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

Enter for a chance to win this gorgeous clutch bag from Latico Leathers below!

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Monday’s Impulsive Splurge on J.Crew

I never even visit the JCrew website because I pretty much love everything they have and can’t excuse spending that much money on any of it!

But this morning, while perusing one of my favorite fashion blogs, I spotted a silky chambray tunic that I couldn’t live without, regardless of the price.

And then I spotted some lightweight washed chambray pants that I also needed to own…

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Now of course, I don’t shop anywhere online without going through Ebates.com. Then I make sure I either find a coupon code to accommodate the items in my cart OR I wait until there is a sale or another promotion before I complete the checkout process on the items in my cart.

I kinda lucked out this time with J.Crew because right now they are having a Spring Sale. You can get 30% off all sale items and 50% off final sale items with coupon code FRESHSALE.

 

So here’s the breakdown…

Chambray Tunic: Originally $98.00 / on sale for $69.99 / $48.99 after coupon code

Chambray Pants: Originally $78.00 / on sale for $68.00 / $47.60 after coupon code

 

By shopping through Ebates I will get 3% cashback on my order ($2.89) which will help cover the $5 shipping fee I had to pay because my order did not exceed $150.

Because I don’t usually shop at J.Crew, I am unfamiliar with their returns process so I just hope everything fits perfect and meets my expectations!

I probably should have just waited till I went to Marshalls or TJ Maxx again to get some chambray pieces for my wardrobe, but I didn’t want to wait! And I absolutely fell in love with that damn chambray tunic…

Being 36 weeks pregnant, I could use just about ANYTHING to lift my spirits and make myself feel better and knowing I can wear that silky chambray tunic in a few weeks after the baby is born, pretty much made my day. #forthewin

 

A Wedding Ring that Speaks for Itself

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Weddings are one of the most important decisions of our lives and we want everything to be just perfect, especially the wedding rings. However, there are so many options available in the market that rather than aiding the decision, it often confuses us.

Here are some tips to choose the best wedding ring in your budget.

  1. Classic Metal bands If you have budget constraints go for the classic gold or platinum wedding bands that are not just simple but spell love just as much. There are many variations available to this one in the market and you can look for many designs and styles for a discounted price.
  2. Go for stones There is nothing that beats the solitaire rings. You will never hear a woman complain about a solitaire. It is pure, simple and romantic. These may not be particularly affordable, but if you have the pocket then you should explore this option. Another alternative can be sapphire. The unique pink sapphire rings are so feminine and unique that your lady love will not even think of the joys of a solitaire!
  3. Check online When looking for wedding rings, online may seem like it is taking away the fun of shopping for it. However, online stores will offer a huge spread of display that you can use to see the ongoing prices and styles that are in vogue. There is always a promotion going on online stores that will actually bring down the cost of the ring.
  4. Get them customized Sometimes couples like to own custom made rings that speaks volumes about the love and their relationship. You can get your personal idiosyncrasies etched on to that ring which will be a memory for a lifetime. There are many stores that can offer great discounts on eccentric designs. So, there is a possibility of designing your own wedding rings for a lesser cost!
  5. Buy a pair When you are buying wedding rings, go for a pair as they offer greater price discounts. You can choose from gold or platinum or a mix of both. The design of both the rings will be somewhat similar to each other which many couples like.
  6. Purchase from an eminent jeweler To avoid any last minute surprises on the wedding day, always buy from the ones who know their business and the importance of it fully well. A quality jeweler will not have larger variety but also much better quality to suit your taste and budget. They are also more reliable as they have a reputation to keep.
  7. Find a wedding ring that matches the engagement ring Women these days like to sport both wedding rings and engagement rings. So select the one that will complement both and look like a set rather than two completely different rings. You can buy a set of engagement and wedding rings together that are designed to complement one another.
  8. Check the quality of Metal Although common metals for wedding rings are silver, gold, white gold and platinum. However, platinum is far more popular than its ancestors because of its durability and long life. The rings that you choose for the bride or the groom should be able to maintain its quality and life for a long time. Consider getting tungsten wedding bands.
  9. Don’t leave the rings for the last minute Wedding rings should be the first in priority list when you begin planning a wedding. To mess it up at the last minute can be disastrous on the D-Day. Give your jeweler enough notice for you to get it made and then room for a few days if any changes are required so that on the wedding day, you have the perfect product.
  10. 10.   Get the right size The last thing you want is for the ring to sit loosely on your wedding finger or too tight that it leaves marks. Get the correct size from your jeweller that it fits per perfectly on your ring finger. Don’t go by guess work, let the professional give you the right size.

 

What tips would you add to this list?

Online Shopping: 7 Strategies for Big Savings

7 Tips for Shopping Online

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.

Head To Kohl’s Fantastic Fit Event for Free Bra Fitting!

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From now till April 9th, Kohl’s is having a Fantastic Fit Event in select stores. Click here and select your state to see a list of the locations near you and the dates you can visit that store for a FREE PROFESSIONAL BRA FITTING!

Apparently 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Seriously ladies?! Don’t you know that you don’t wear the same bra size you wore when you were 18 years old?! My bra size changes almost yearly! If I gain or lose weight, my bra size changes and after each child my bra size has changed.

A poorly fitting bra will not only affect the support you get, but how your clothes look on you too! It’s essential to have at least one good fitting bra and you might be surprised to find that that your favorite bra, might not actually be the right size for you!

I was so surprised how many bras were on sale in my local Kohl’s…

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Don’t have time to get to a Kohl’s near you? Check out the Kohl’s Bra measuring resources on their website. You can find tips how to find your perfect fit, how to accurately measure yourself at home, how to spot signs of a poorly fitting bra, and learn proper bra care.

You can also find your perfect style for your specific shape and size too!

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Click here to shop Bras on Kohls.com

How To Wear Bright Colors for Spring

It’s time to pack away those dark, wintery colors and bring on the pastels, neons and other bright colors for spring! We are seeing more bright colors than ever this season but it can be overwhelming if you are used to wearing neutrals. Don’t worry, incorporating bright colors into your spring wardrobe is easier (and less circus-like) than you think!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT PANTS:

Pair brightly colored jeans or pants with a basic striped tee, a chambray shirt or denim jacket and nude flats. Easiest outfit EVER.

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT SHOES:

Pair bright shoes with denim skinnies, neutral blouse or tee (think white, gray, nude, pale pink), a neutral blazer (like navy, black, dark gray) and a brightly colored necklace or other bright accessories for a hint of color in your ensemble. Check out the bright accessories below for ideas!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT ACCESSORIES:

If you are afraid of color, start with some fun, brightly colored accessories like this coral scarf or yellow bubble necklace. Pair them with anything you would normally wear from a sundress to jeans. Mix and match! I like to carry a bright bag or colorful wallet like the one above from MyWalit. It just screams happiness!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT DRESSES:

If you are ready to pull out the big guns this spring, shop for a brightly colored dress in one of this season’s hottest hues like neon yellow or bright pink. Pair with a denim jacket or neutral colored blazer and nude heels for a look that is both fashion forward and ready for spring!

Whats your favorite way to wear bright colors? Are you afraid to step outside your comfort zone?