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One Piece Three Ways

I have a few rules when shopping:

1. Don’t drink and shop (I’ll never forget the regrettable sweater incident of 2011);

2. Don’t shop on an empty stomach, you want to be thinking clearly;

3. Don’t buy a piece unless you can visualize it with three distinct outfits using items you already have in your wardrobe.

The last rule is important because you don’t want to end up with a fantastic top that works only one way. Who wants to be seen in the same look over and over again? Not I.

So friends, I give you a new post: One Piece Three Ways.

The piece:

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Romper: Dynamite

Look One: Drinks With the Girls

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Necklace:  Evernew
Clutch: American Apparel
Shoes: Nine West
Lippy: MAC Fuscia Fusion

Look Two: Casual Saturday

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Necklace: Guess
Jean Jacket: Mavi
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Booties: Little Burgundy

Look Three: Beach Day

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Sunnies: Barefoot Contessa
Beach Bag: Bath and Bodyworks (gifted)
Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters
Bikini: Victoria’s Secret

These are just a few of the looks I can create with this romper. I could also add tights, boots, and a sweater for winter or pair it with a skirt and wear it as a top. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have a romper, swap it out for a sundress! This is just a small sample of the ways you can create unique looks by changing the accessories.

Do you think about versatility when you’re shopping? I’d love to hear your tips!

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Online shopping tips and tricks to help you snag a bargain

I like shopping. This is no secret. I am also a fairly savvy shopper; I’ve scored some pretty amazing deals over the years. I get a bit of a rush when someone compliments me on something I’m wearing and I’m able to say “Thank you! It was a total steal at only $__!” Today I’m going to share a few of my shopping secrets with you, my lovely readers. I’m going to focus on online shopping because, being from a part of the world with extremely limited shopping opportunities, I’m rather good at it. So, without further blah, blah, blah here are my top online shopping tips and tricks!

Online shopping tips Poutine and Prada

So, in no particular order, here are some tips for being a savvy online shopper and scoring yourself some stellar bargains.

Flash sales

Flash sales websites are basically online sample sales through which you can score amazing deals on high end, mid range, and everyday items. I own four Matt and Nat purses, two of which were purchased from a flash sale site for about $30. Matt and Nat bags typically retail for $100-200, so mine were an utter steal! You have to sign up for these sites, and sometimes it takes a few days for you to get access, but it’s free to join and totally worth it. My favourite flash sale sites are Beyond the Rack, and HauteLook.

Know your size

Know your size. This means taking measurements. Most online retailers will have measurements listed in their size charts. Read them. There’s nothing worse than ordering something in your usual size only to discover that it doesn’t fit properly when it arrives.

Returns

This online shopping tip is key! Read the return policy. If something doesn’t fit, isn’t to your liking, or is in some way flawed, you want to know that you can return it and get a full refund including the shipping costs.

Shape

Know what styles flatter your figure. Do a little research. Are you pear shaped, apple shaped, boyish? Know your body type and read articles, etc. and learn what cuts, lengths, patterns, etc. work well for your figure. That way you can avoid owning a gorgeous trapeze coat that makes you look two feet tall.

Shipping

Look for free shipping. Shipping costs can be steep, particularly if you live in a rural area. There are lots of sites that charge nothing for shipping, and many that have specials during which they waive shipping fees. One of my favourite online shopping destinations, Simons regularly offers free shipping and Asos ships worldwide for free!

Emails

Sign up for email blasts and newsletters from your favourite sites and you’ll always be on top of the latest offers.

Ask me

If you’re looking for something in particular but don’t know where to start, or have a question that I haven’t answered here, ask me! I love, love, love helping people find something they’re after and I will always take the time to help!

There you have it! My top online shopping tips and tricks! Did you like this post? Would you be interested in more tips like this in future? Let me know! xo

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Simons

I’m a self-proclaimed online shopping expert. It’s a survival skill that I developed during my years and years living in the frozen Yukon, where shopping opportunities are nil unless you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg.

One of my all time faves is Simons. I’ve been a loyal customer of theirs for about 7 years now and they’ve never once let me down. Simons is only available in Quebec but they started up an online shop about 5 years ago and am I ever glad!

I’m loyal to Simons for a number of reasons.  The quality of the clothing is always excellent; they carry a range of brands/designers priced from outright steals to much spendier options; the sizes are bang on; the shipping is exceptionally prompt; and they’re Canadian! What’s not to love?

I’ve waxed lyrical about Simons’ virtues in the past, read that post here.

Do you have a favourite online shopping destination?

 

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A Lush? Me? Never.

Lush is one of those places that you either love or hate. You all know its smell; the one that announces that there’s a Lush nearby blocks before you can see it. I love that smell, I wish they’d bottle it so I could douse myself in it; however, I certainly understand why some people don’t care for it. It’s strong!

I love Lush products but I feel like I’m preparing for battle every time I enter the store. I gird my loins, take a deep breath, and try to avoid eye contact with the super pushy sales assistants. I’m not sure if it’s just in Canada (I certainly don’t remember them being so bad in the UK), but I am sure that they all work on commission. I am a browser when I shop, I like to look at everything in my own sweet time, and I’ll ask for help when and if I need it. I cannot stand the way that five or six people descend on you when you walk into a Lush and immediately start slathering stuff all over your hands, even if you tell them clearly that you are not looking for a lavender avocado facial scrub that was made by garden gnomes and is laced with fairy dust. Honestly.

Whew! Was that a rant and a half or what? I did manage to fight my way through the store and leave with a goodie that’s been on my mind for a while, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. I’m kind of obssessed with the idea of in-shower lotion. I love the concept because I’m a lazy moisturizer at best. I use hand lotion obsessively, I slather myself up after having a bath, and sometimes I put lotion on my legs before bed and that’s about the extent of it.

I used my new body conditioner this morning. My thoughts on the product are mixed. The scent is to die for. It’s called Rose Jam, though I would not describe it as floral. I don’t really know how to describe it but it’s fantastic. The texture is pretty dreamy. It’s very smooth and feels lovely on the skin. It is very moisturizing; however, my body feels like it’s coated in an oily film. I rinsed it off really well but it has definitely left me feeling kind of greasy. Tomorrow I think I’ll use it before my body wash and hope for the best. It’d be a shame to wash off that great smell but I really don’t like the way my skin feels today.

Final verdict? I like this stuff but I’m not going to buy it again.

Do you love Lush or do you avoid it like the plague?

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