Sunday, January 22, 2012

Any Time

So a few posts ago, I talked about the wonders of January shopping.  Have you been shopping yet?  If not, you better get out there cause there are some great deals to be had!  I normally don't just post pics of my haul but I'm so excited about all the new things that I got.  I just couldn't wait for an outfit post, so I thought I'd do a sneak preview.

wedge booties} $20 from Zara (marked down from $80)
fragrance diffuser} $3 from Shoppers Drug Mart (Christmas clearance, yay!)
stacked bracelets} $2 from H&M
nail polish} $1.20 from Old Navy (it was an additional 30% off sale price and 15% for leaving my e-mail)
colour blocked skirt} $5 from H&M (I had a $5 off gift card that they gave me in December)
white parka} $35 from American Eagle (it was an additional 40% off sale price)
yellow sweater} $12 from American Eagle

P.S.  I also got some great deals at Aerie but I kind of don't want to show my underwear on a public blog.. so I'll leave that for the next blogger.

Hope you're all having a great weekend! I'd love to hear about the deals you guys are snatching! Leave a comment!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fire Up

I'm not sure why, but I've been having cravings lately (no, I'm not pregnant!).  So two weeks ago it was sushi, then Thai and this past weekend, it was Korean.  So the boyfriend and I went for a Korean bbq all you can eat and it was sooo yummy (I'm already craving it again).  I love all the side dishes, pork bone soup and wrapping all the meat up in lettuce. 

Usually when I eat, I feel insecure because I think people are watching me but the best part about all you can eat is that everyone is stuffing their faces!  Oh the gluttony.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Class Act

I love dressing up.  This is why I feel like I'm in the wrong profession.  Being in scrubs all day isn't exactly a fashion blogger's dream; I don't get to dress up very often and even if I do, no one sees it.  (I know, tragic isn't it?)  So, when I do dress up... and by dressing up, I mean getting dressed in something besides my pajamas, I feel like it's an occasion.

Anyway, so here's the debut of my new hair... well not really because you can't see it but it's a whole 3 inches shorter.  I didn't exactly get the style that I wanted because there was a communication barrier but I still love the end result. Sometimes, you just gotta trust your hairdresser.

white top} $3.50 Old Navy
blazer} gift from the boyfriend
scarf} $5 H&M
black skirt} $5 H&M
ballet flats} $8 Aldo

<a href="" ><img src="" width="200" height="50" alt="Black + White | Everybody, Everywear" /></a>

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Off to the Outlets We Go

So now that December is over, January is all about shopping for yourself. I've always found that the best sales aren't during boxing week, mid-January is when I find the best deals. My theory is that by that time, everyone's pretty broke and tired and shopping so stores put out these amazing deals to entice you. So here's my tips for shopping at my favourite type of store....outlets!

1. Do your research about locations. Not all outlets were created equal. Some outlets have more variety, some have better deals and some make you wonder whether they're actually outlets or not. So you can try to do some researching about the outlet before heading over but I think this step is best achieved through experience. You kinda have to go to different outlet malls or plazas, check them out and determine if they're good for you. For example, I've found that some outlets carry more small sizes than others and some have cheaper prices even though they're the same brand/company.

2. Know your size. Some outlet stores and warehouse sales don't let you try on the clothes and they don't allow for refunds or exchanges. So it's really important for you to know what size you are for that particular store. It also helps to train your eyes to kind of know if something's gonna fit you just by looking at it. Also look at the material that the item is made of. If it's a jersey material or something like that, then you know it's got some stretch in it. So even if you're not exactly sure of the size, you know that the material is more forgiving and more likely to fit.

3. Don't buy on impulse. Sometimes the prices are so amazing, it's hard to say no. But before purchasing anything, ask yourself if you're really going to wear it. A lot of the clothes at outlets are trends from last season so if you don't think the trend is going to continue when that season comes around again, then you're just wasting your money. You need to look for clothes that either follow a current trend or clothes that's a classic wardrobe staple. It never hurts to stick to the basics, I can't even describe the satisfaction I get when I buy a piece at an outlet and a month later I see that item back in retail stores.

4. Don't expect to find something specific. Men will never understand this tip but when outlet shopping, it's better to not have a list in mind. It's ok to say you need a new top but the less specific you are, the greater your chances of finding something. With outlets, you never know what you'll find so keep an open mind.

5. Take your time. Shopping shouldn't be a chore (no matter how much your boyfriend says it is). So don't let him or anyone else rush you through the process. Take your time perusing the racks because you never know what you might find.