Shopping Tip #6: Never Pay Full Price

Growing up in suburbia and attending college in D.C. offered slews of stores out of my price range. In high school I had the advantage of working a part-time job at TJ Maxx to support my closet. Now, while in college, my schedule has been filled with internships instead of a paying job. This has allowed me to acquire a new skill set: finding deals when girlfriends thought it couldn’t be done. Going to school in our nation’s capital is fun, but boy is it expensive! Add to that my expensive particular taste in clothing and it’s a recipe for disaster.

Over the years I’ve picked up a few habits that have helped me be able to still buy the clothes I love at the price-points I’ve fallen in love with. I’m always floored when I talk to women and they say they payed full price for an item; many a time I find the same designer at a discounted store for a fraction of the price they said. To ensure that you never pay full price, here are a few tidbits to consider:

1. Get that frequent shopper card

Unfortunately, not all cards are created equal. Some are credit/debit cards while others are actual frequent-shopper cards. To feed my particular shopping habits I have a Sephora Beauty Insider card, a Nordstrom Rack debit card, and a Loehmann’s Gold Rewards card. You’d think that after working in the TJX Corporation for 3 years I’d have a TJ Maxx credit card, but I don’t. My mom does. One other I’d offer for consideration: a Macy’s credit card. Agreed, credit cards can get crazy out of control (notice how I don’t have any listed?) but Macy’s in particular is very beneficial as it offers discounts exclusively to card members (again, my mom has one, ha!). For more information on each card click on their names above.

2. Shop at high-end discount stores

May sound like an oxymoron, but they’re chock full of gold!! I always prefer to do this in-person, but if you absolutely insist on doing this online, you’ll want to check out these sites:

3. See it in-store, find it on Ebay or Amazon

Though it may have been an issue in the past, both Ebay and Amazon have amped up their authentication processes to ensure that knock offs are no longer on their sites. I have found designer denim in department stores and checked on Ebay to find the exact same pair in my size for $20-60 cheaper (plus in a wash I like better!).

4. Use Online Tricks of the Trade

The online tools from this article will help you master finding steals online if you don’t have the time or patience to go from store to store. Not everyone enjoys shopping in-person; it’s a sport that can easily instill disappointment, tiredness, and wishing you’d just stayed home. For those men and women, online shopping is your best bet.

 

Always remember:

Shop smart, shop confidently :)

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Spring Wishlist

 Spring can’t seem to come fast enough. The bitter weather here in D.C. makes me yearn for bright sunshine, lighter layers, + longer days, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’ve been craving next season so much I’ve already started my spring shopping to lift my mood—you should try it: looking at the airy colors puts you in a much better mindset! Above are some of the key pieces I am hunting for this spring.

From left to right: a tailored white suit or suit separates, a darker floral crop top, a white leather harness that can double as a white leather belt, a cognac leather clutch, a colorblocked luxury tote (this will be a graduation gift to myself :) ), a light tan leather biker jacket, a textured high-waisted navy blue skirt, and ladylike white pumps or wedges. Each one will play in nicely into my wardrobe of basic black because this year’s challenge is to  make my wardrobe more spring friendly. Happy hunting shopping!

New Feature: Ask Me Anything

In preparation for launching the new “Ask Me Anything” section on Boundless, I want to know what’s been on your mind and what you have to say! From now until April 1st I want you ladies (and gents) to ask me anything and everything you’d like answers on. Let your curiosity get the best of you :)

Have you had a style related question, but don’t know who to ask?

  • ∞  I want to show off my heels, but every time I cuff my jeans it just doesn’t look right. What am I missing?
  • ∞  I just got a few pairs of super cute tights, but how do I look cute and not get frostbite?

Do you want to know more about me? (Feel free to get as personal as you’d like)

  • ∞  How did you get interested in fashion?
  • ∞  How would you define your style?
  • ∞  What do you do to work out?
  • ∞  So you’re a college student that blogs. What are you planning on doing with that?

Are you curious about the blog?

  • ∞  What is the origin of the title?
  • ∞  Why did you want to start the blog?
  • ∞  Who took your pictures for the blog?

Have you been looking for a healthy change, but not quite sure where to start?

  • ∞  I want to develop healthier snacking habits. Any suggestions?
  • ∞  I want to dabble in yoga. Where’s a good place to start?
  • ∞  I want to start working out, but I hate working out. Help!

Let me know what’s on your mind. I’m all ears.

Send me your questions via email, Facebook message, post on the Facebook page, comment on this post, or tweet at me @BoundlessBeau. I will answer every question in a timely and private manner. **All questions will be kept anonymous in the final post** I look forward to hearing from you!

F/W 2013 NYFW Wrap Up

The first time I did a post about New York Fashion Week was for these past Spring/Summer 2013 collections. I did an overhaul: I spent every free moment I had incessantly pinning show after show until I had gone through every designer that was available. By the end I had over 500 pins and a plethora of beautiful clothes to look through. For me, fashion is a wearable art form so going to that extent wasn’t a chore for me, it was exciting. I was able to see the trends forming across the board before magazines even wrote about them. For this season, I didn’t feel the same passion. Maybe it was because I didn’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to really sorting through the 200+ designers, but I honestly feel it was a bit more because Fall and Winter clothes don’t give me that same kind of awe-factor.

Spring offers bright colors, interesting silhouettes, and a myriad of patterns for the warmer months. Fall/Winter are much more predictable, showcasing black, grays, blues, and jewel tones with bundled up or oversized silhouettes. This particular season didn’t “wow” me. Something that stood out was the plethora of furs—something I’m not too fond of. Some designers whom I loved last season didn’t even get pinned this season. But, like last time, I saw trends across the choice designers I stalked. Enjoy them below: (Hover over each pic to see designer)

Blues

Colorblocking

Ladylike Glamour

Textures: Quilting, Sheens, + Shag

My Personal Picks

See my Pinterest board for more looks from NYFW

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello ladies! As you know, I’m not too fond of today’s overly commercialized holiday, but for those of you who love the Hallmark day of love I thought I should wish it to all of you. No matter what you’re doing today or tonight, enjoy it. If you’re a single lady, go out with a bang—dress to the nines, treat yourselves to a fabulous dinner, and maybe you’ll find yourself mingling after-hours. If you’re going out with a certain someone, have a great time, too, but treat the day as any other—today’s holiday should not be the one day a year he/she treats you to dinner or shows you an amazing time. Juss sayin’! :*