Shopping Fail at Nordstrom

Main Image - MARC JACOBS Mini Biker Nylon Backpack

As I’ve previously mentioned, Norsdstrom is having their Half-Yearly sale.  This backpack by Marc Jacobs in the mini size and in color Shadow was on sale for $104.98.  I was in checkout and as I was trying to input my credit card info, my cart updated itself to say the backpack was sold out.  Sold out!

I first saw this bag at the airport in Austin, Texas.  I fell in love with the zipper details because of the edgy vibe and its street style.  I’ve had my eye on it ever since, however when I saw retail price, I wasn’t willing to pay $200 for a nylon backpack.  With a 40% off sale, it’s definitely a bargain and one that I should’ve jumped on immediately.  Who knew this bag is popular.

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30% Off at kate spade!

For those who love shopping sales, kate spade is currently offering an extra 30% off sale items.  Just use promo code greatfind at checkout.  Below are pictures of some great finds you’ll find in the sale.  Hope you enjoy like I did!

jackson street hayley by kate spade new york

bloom street sam by kate spade new york

jackson street keleigh by kate spade new york

carlyle street alexa by kate spade new york

brighton park pebble travel leslie by kate spade new york

Note: all pictures are from kate spade’s website.

Saving Money with A Drying Rack

Bamboo Wooden Drying Rack

It’s that time of year when you can hang dry your clothes instead of subjecting them to the dryer. I’ll put socks, underwear, undershirts, and towels in the dryer, but for the most part I hang dry our clothes all year long, even during the winter. You save money this way either with the electricity bill or some coins if you do coin laundry like us. We have been using the Bamboo Wooden Drying Rack pictured above that we got from Amazon a few years ago and it’s still in great condition. It’s great for small spaces, especially if you live in an apartment because it’s compact, easily fold-able, and can be stored away.

In addition, clothes last longer when air dried. There’s no worry of shrinkage, fading, or ruined sweaters (jumpers). For those who have delicate underwear or even wire bras, this rack is perfect for hang drying instead of using the shower rod.

For us, hang drying our clothes saves $1.25 a week (cost of drying a load in our apartment complex) equating to $65 of savings a year. It’s not much, but it’s already paid for itself and hang drying will help clothes last a lot longer, which is where the savings really come in.

For those in Asian countries, I know this is not a new tip, but for us living in the West it’s something to consider for several reasons –it’s environmentally friendly, clothes last longer, and money savings.

Anyone else use a drying rack?

e.l.f. – A Budget Friendly Brand

I know I’ve been raving about the Anastasia Beverly Hills soft glam eyeshadow palette in my previous posts, but I want to share a new eyeshadow palette from e.l.f. called Mad for Matte 2, which is a third of the price.  This is by no means a comparison of like colors, but rather a suggested alternative for everyday summer shades.  I think it’s a great starter palette and budget friendly with enough shades to create many looks from natural to ‘bam in your face’.  You can pick this up at Target for $10 so definitely no buyer’s remorse if you end up not liking it.  It’s not as easily blendable like the ABH palette, but hey, it’s a fraction of the price.

As for the e.l.f. contour palette, I like it.  It wears matte so it’s great for an everyday look.  To be honest, I’ve been giving my face a rest this week and I’ve pretty much been wearing powder and blush.  I still have yet to incorporate this into my everyday routine if I could just wake up early enough.  Anyone else like the brand e.l.f.?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

15% Off at Macy’s on Beauty Products

For all you beauty lovers out there, Macy’s is offering 15% off on beauty products.  Use the code Friend at checkout.

If you missed the Sephora sale, there’s still time to pick up palettes and other goodies you may have missed out on.  I just saw 15% off on their website for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette and the Too Faced Natural Face Highlight palette.  Doh!  I could’ve taken an extra 5% off had I purchased through Macy’s.  But that’s okay because I plan to use the palettes for a wedding this weekend so I guess all is not lost?

Happy Friday folks!

A Budget Spa Day at Home

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How to have a budget friendly spa day at home you ask?  It’s simple.  Pick up a few items from the store if you don’t already have them, and set a future date for your spa day either alone or with your girls.

The goods:

  1. Nail polish.  Pick your color and don’t forget to have nail polish remover with cotton balls at the ready.
  2. Hair mask.  Pick up a hair mask if you don’t already have one or make your own.
  3. Sheet masks.  These babies are everywhere now.  CVS, Target, Bath and Body, etc.
  4. Bath bomb. Take a bath.  You probably want to do this on your own and not with your girls.

There are no instructions for this budget friendly spa day.  You choose what to do first and when to move on.  I hope some of you find these ideas useful to start your own budget friendly spa day at home.  Forget about wasting hundreds of dollars on a mud bath or on a facial.  You can get the same thing for a fraction of the cost in the comforts of your own home.  Enjoy!

Claiming my Honey Money

I thought I could wait and claim my Honey gold at the end of the year but I just couldn’t wait any longer!  I accumulated 3,000 points allowing me to claim a $30 gift card.  I chose Amazon because lately I’ve been into K-Beauty and I’m just itching to try more stuff.  So with this free money, I’m planning to get two GPS masks by Troiareuke and some eye cream by Mizon.  The GPS masks look very travel friendly, and easy to put on when on the plane so definitely want to try it on my upcoming trip.

If you’re interested in trying Honey, join Honey now.