Monday, June 30, 2014

Guest Post: High-End Style Without the Price Tags

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for my most recent MIA. The phone fiasco has occurred again, and now I have not only lost all my pictures from the Chicago trip, but also all of my contacts.

Anyways, there is much excitement and so much more to come on this blog in the upcoming weeks.

Today, you are all in for a wonderful treat with this great guest post from my friend, Nicole. Nicole is super talented at finding a deal and saving money (unlike me.....). In this post, she shares with us all her secrets and tips to saving money, while maintaining a precious style.

Granted it is still extremely early in my blogging career, I felt this post was extremely relatable and beneficial to a vast range of readers!

Enjoy! And thank you, Nicole!

As Ben Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned!"

Sarah Beth

** All opinions expressed below are that of the guest who is posting. Sarah Beth may not necessarily express the guest's opinions. **

Hi! My name is Nicole, and I am one of Sarah’s best friends! We have known each other for almost two years now, and we have become such great friends. Sarah transformed me from this attempted preppy/hipster style to an absolutely adorable fashion sense I can carry on for the rest of my life. As I implied, I am a fellow prep and I absolutely love Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, J. Crew, or anything that is adorable! With that being said, I love love love to find deals, and sales. I honestly online shop or look for sales 24/7. Here are some great sites and tips to save time and money when expanding your closet:

1. – 6pm is a website that normally has designer fashion around 50% off. Their brands range from Lilly to Kate Spade to Coach to Hunters to even Jack Rogers! Last summer I got some Lilly shorts off there for $24!! They slowly move their inventory, so you have time to order something you really love. The website is run by Zappos, has free shipping and returns, and is overall one of my favorite websites!

2. RueLaLa – I just discovered RueLaLa last summer and have fallen in love ever since. RueLaLa has all different brands, preppy, and not, that almost everyone can enjoy. Everyday their inventory changes, so you have to act quickly.  They often have Lilly Pulitzer, Jack Rogers, Sperrys, and more! I got a Lilly bathing suit top from there for $12. They generally have really good deals, with things ranging from around 25% off to 85% off. Some things they sell are final sale, but normally you can return something if it doesn’t fit. All of their boutiques for the day open at 11am ET and close the next morning when the new boutiques come.

3. J. Crew Factory – One of the many stores Sarah introduced me to was J. Crew Factory. J. Crew Factory is a great way to get the classic style of J. Crew at a discounted price. J. Crew Factory almost always has some sort of sale going on, and I have never bought anything there full price. Their quality isn’t as great as the actual J. Crew, but for an outlet store they are impeccable. They sell classic chino shorts, just like J. Crew, at a discounted price, and are great for a season or two. J. Crew Factory has classic timeless pieces that will carry through any season. There is usually a store at outlet malls, but if not they always run the same sales on the J. Crew Factory website.

Now time for some shopping tips:

  • NEVER NEVER NEVER buy anything full price that will eventually go on sale. However, for classic things like a Vineyard Vines shep shirt or a nice pair of shoes, it’s okay to splurge.
  • Always look for coupons or deals on
  • To be a sale shopper, you have to be committed. Constantly check online for sales, and what the store is offering.
  • Many stores offer student discounts. All you have to do is ask, and then show them your ID, and sometimes you can get up to 25% off.

I hope these tips help you in your future shopping endeavors. I love this new blog and Sarah, and I cannot express enough my excitement about following her on this adventure.


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