How To Master Discount Shopping

Let's be honest, everyone loves a deal. And when it comes to your precious wardrobe, deals are especially sweet! But discount shopping can be difficult. When saving money is involved, we start to get swept away by the deal and not the item itself. We start to compromise, settle and let price drive our purchase rather than our personal needs and tastes. As we continue to buy mediocre pieces on sale, our wardrobe reflects our purchasing habits and becomes, well, mediocre. And as a result, we end up with a closet full of nothing to wear.

So how do we resolve this perpetual cycle? When shopping, check in and asking yourself a few questions....

@marinaskaanes via Twenty20

Would I buy this at full price?

We all know the feeling of falling in love with a garment, bringing it to the register and finding out it's on sale. Ah, life is good! But it doesn't always work out this way. It usually looks more like this... You're shopping around, find a few things you love, look at the price tag, gasp, and put it back. You find your way to the sale section, pick out a few pieces you like, try them on, decide they're good enough and purchase them.

Stop right there, before you purchase ask yourself, "do I like this enough to pay full-price for it?" Now, I understand you're budget might not allow you to pay full price for it, but do you love it so much that you would dream about that top and stalk it until it went on sale or find a way to purchase it? If the answer is yes, that's a good discount purchase.

Am I settling?

Deals are very attractive. You are literally swept away by the idea of having a designer dress at half the price. In fact, you're so swept away by the price that you don't notice (or care) that it's a little too small, the print is obnoxious and you swore off cold shoulders last season. So you buy the piece anyway, spend a significant amount of money on it (even thought it's on sale) and still have nothing to wear. I think we can all agree that you would have been better off spending a little more on something you actually love.

Do I have something to wear with this?

Often times I find ah-mazing statement pieces in a client's wardrobe with the tags still on it. When I ask why the gorgeous garment has never been worn, I usually get one of two answers, 1) they have nothing to wear it with, or 2) it still needs to be altered. Either way, it can't be worn and it's wasting space.

Before you buy something on sale, ask yourself, do I have anything else to wear with this stunning garment? If not, am I willing to devote the time and energy towards building an outfit around it or getting it altered. 

When all else fails...

If you've asked yourself the questions above and still can't think clearly, put the item on hold, LEAVE THE STORE and get your head right. Sometimes, stepping away will bring all the clarity you need.

xx,
Lauren

When to Wear Tights

The erratic weather we've been experiencing brings up all kinds of obstacles when getting dressed. One major question is about tights - to wear, or not to wear?! While I usually like to stay out of "fashion rules," I'll weigh in here because dressing appropriately for occasions and weather is always important to me.

Time of Year

Time of year is the most important factor to consider when deciding whether or not to wear tights. As a rule of thumb, I recommend wearing tights December through February, without question. If it's unseasonably warm one day, you could opt to wear a lighter tight, like sheer black or nude. Regardless of the weather, I wouldn't recommend going bare leg during these months, it's winter!

 Photo by Brittani Elizabeth

Photo by Brittani Elizabeth

Temperature

October, November, March, April can go either way and whether or not you wear tights really depends on the weather. If there's snow on the ground, WEAR TIGHTS! If it's 60 degrees, don't! Use your best judgement during these months.

 Photo by  Ashlee Mintz

Photo by Ashlee Mintz

Footwear

Remember the days when socks and sandals were a faux pas? Well, now it's a trend! When wearing socks, or tights, with sandals it should be intentional, not forced because you don't have the right footwear. 

Alexa Chung gets it. These looks are subtle and chic...

 Photos from  Virivee

Photos from Virivee

While this look definitely makes a statement, it feels forced and unnecessary...

How to wear tights with sandals

Still have questions about when to wear tights? Comment below!

xx,
Lauren

5 Products To Get You Through The Winter

Let's face it, the winter months are really hard or your skin, body and mind. January was especially long (amiright!?), making all of my New Years goals nearly impossible to keep. But, there are warmer days in our future AND I'm sharing some amazing products that have helped me through the long winter.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

If you've seen me in the last 6 months, you've probably heard me talk about collagen peptides because they are a GAME CHANGER. Here's why, "collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong." - Vital Proteins website. 'Nuff said? If not, read more HERE.

Vital Proteins makes a tasteless powder so I stir it into my coffee or tea every morning.

 Here's a picture of me, drinking my collage peptides and loving life by  Brittani Elizabeth Photography .

Here's a picture of me, drinking my collage peptides and loving life by Brittani Elizabeth Photography.

The results continue to amaze me. First and foremost, the reduction of fine lines. In my thirtieth year, I've started to see some fine line appear on my forehead - you know the "11" that shows up right between your eyebrows? These lines have have decreased. Yay!

I've also noticed my skin being softer and more supple, making skincare and makeup application very smooth.

Plus, you're getting 18 grams of regular protein (in addition to 20 grams of collagen protein) per serving. Win, win, win!

STAY TUNED! I'm going to be giving away a month's supply of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides SOON!

 

Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo

OK, I have to admit, I was skeptical when first trying this product. Having spent a small fortune dry cleaning cashmere, I thought this was wayyyy too easy. I tested the shampoo on an older sweater and was amazed when it came out of the wash softer than it went in! So here's the deal... turn your sweaters inside out and place them in the wash on the delicate cycle in COLD water. Follow the instructions on the back regarding measurements and enjoy your fresh, clean sweaters! It's that easy!

Check out The Laundress for Wool and Cashmere Shampoo and other great laundry products!

 Image from laundress.com

Image from laundress.com

 

Herbivore Face Mist

Herbivore's rose face mist is such a treat! Despite my valiant efforts, my skin gets really dry in the winter. I spritz my face before / after applying lotion in the morning and night, while applying makeup (my skin instantly soaks up foundation) and throughout the day! Buy here.

 Photo from herbivore.com

Photo from herbivore.com

 

Burt's Bees Hand Salve

Speaking of dry skin, my hands turn into sandpaper in the winter but Burt's Bees hand salve is a life saver! I massage the salve into my cuticles and hands every evening before bed and once or twice during the day for smooth hands. Buy here (or at your local Whole Foods, Target or CVS).

 Photo from burtsbees.com

Photo from burtsbees.com

 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are all the rage lately, and for good reason! My essential oil obsession started with lavender oil. I douse a little in my evening shower or bath. And before I bed, I drop a few drops into my palms, rub them together and take three deeps breaths. Some other favorites include eucalyptus, which I mix with vaseline and for a more natural cold solution, and lemon. I typically drop a few drops of lemon oil in my water or tea for a refreshing treat!

I'm not partial to any brand when buying essential oils. I have a mixed bag from Whole Foods, CVS and Doterra. Buy them where it's move convenient for you!

 Photo from doterra.com

Photo from doterra.com

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know below!

xx,
Lauren