Shopping the Smart Way

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H&M Leather Jacket- Old (Try this) // Urban Outfitters Top (Love THIS ON SALE)// Thrifted Skirt (LOVE THIS ON SALE)// Valentino Shoes (Here’s a Dupe)// Ray- ban Wayfarers (Save your money)

During my blogging hiatus, I did alot of planning and organizing for the future of my blog. I will be starting a few series, one including giving you weekly tips on how to shop on a tight budget and how to catch all the sales people often miss.

I, quite often, get asked where and how I purchase “all these clothes on my blog.” Yes, I am addicted to retail, but I hardly EVER buy anything for retail price. So today marks the first day I let you in on my little style secret! Thank me later!

1. The sunnies: Although these were a gift, my first pair of Raybans were purchased for $40 on eBay. With a little patience and bidding power, you can buy anything off eBay for a fraction of the price.

2. The leather jacket: I bought this jacket over 6 years ago for $50 at H&M. I have a similar H&M one in black that I purchased for $20 just last year. H&M, quite often, does flash sales where they will mark all leather jackets for $19.99 for a limited time only. If you’re looking for a leather jacket, stop in H&M any chance you get, you might get lucky.

3. The shirt: If you recall, I lost my $2 Joe Fresh striped shirt somehow so I had to buy another one. I got this one from Urban Outfitters for $10. FYI, anytime you enter an UO, GO STRAIGHT TO THEIR SALE ROOM. (They always have one and 9 times out of 10 you’ll be so satisfied you won’t have to loook at their regular priced merchandise.)

4. The skirt:  It’s 2014, if you don’t know about thrifting then you don’t live in America. I bought this skirt at Salvation Army for like $3 or $6. I don’t really remember but what I do remember is that EVERY WEDNESDAY IS 50% of everything at Salvation Army. No need to be bourgeouis. All you need is a washer machine or dry cleaners.

5. The shoes: I think shoes are the only thing I can justfiy buying for original price. If I want them, I’ll find a way to get them. I don’t care how many zeros are on the end of the price tag. I wanted these Valentinos for over a year before actually purchasing them. The truth is, I couldn’t afford another thousand dollar shoe so I waited patiently for a sale somewhere in the universe. Saks Fifth Avenue had the pink ones on sale for less than $700. WHEN I TELL YOU I LITERALLY FELL OFF MY OFFICE CHAIR! I made the purchase so quickly! Only to find out the following day that my order was cancelled because of low inventory. I was soooooo angry. I stomped all the way to Saks Fifth Avenue after work to try and find the sale on the floor. Of course I didn’t find it but because I established in my mind that I was a Valentino Rockstud owner, I had to appease myself by buying these for original price. I simply could not go home empty handed. So yes, $300+ extra and I had the Rockstuds.

But you know something, a few months later, Rue La La had them on sale for $850. Just my luck.

The moral of the story is have a little patience, do a little research, and you too can be fly on E. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on sales and shopping secrets.

-Be blessed!



  1. September 17, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I totally agree with you! I love to shop but I shop on a budget! However, if I really want something I have no problem paying full price! I love getting great deals on items!



    • September 17, 2014 / 9:18 am

      Yes girl! Some things have to be bought original price!! I just look at it as an investment to my closet πŸ˜‚

  2. September 17, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Your skirt is amazing. Gorgeous colour! Xx

  3. September 17, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Very soft and pretty! I love the color of that skirt and the shoes are really cute.

      • September 17, 2014 / 1:13 pm

        Hey Hun you’re welcome! I’m not home yet
        I have been out of town at my brother’s . I didn’t know you would send it so fast. I kind of wished I just used my brother’s address instead😩😩 but I’ll be sure to check when I return home and include it in a Tales of An Accessories Addict post 😊

  4. September 17, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    you look so pretty! peach looks great on you πŸ™‚

  5. September 19, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Remember when we got the skirt and it said 3 so we thought it was three dollars but the three was for the month of March? Lol good times. So glad you finally debuted it. Wonderful selection.

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