Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CoupFlip: Hot Deal Hand-Me-Downs

There comes a time in every dealfinder's life when a low advertised price just isn't enough. We need more. And what happens when we invest in a seemingly hot deal and then change our minds after the return period?

www.coupflip.com sell my groupon
Introducing CoupFlip, a revolutionary new site designed for the instant recycling of marked-down deals. Did you decide that tandem sky-diving just isn't in the cards for 2012, or wish that you got your pretty little hands on that BYOB art class and now it's sold out?

return or exchange deal living social groupon giltcityCoupflip is essentially an online marketplace where buyers and sellers can either post or snatch up someone else's unwanted deals. You know what they say..."one man's deal trash is another man's deal treasure." For sellers, the best part of all is that your deal is guaranteed to sell...because Coupflip buys all deals on the spot. Forget waiting around for your antique candle collection to sell on Ebay, Coupflip payment will already be in your bank account before your 12:00 lunch break.

Coupflip often provides further discounts on already reduced deals, and all transactions are performed safely through Paypal. So filter through your ancient Summer deals and dispose of the evidence at CoupFlip...nobody ever needs to know you bought that 8-course meal for one. Deal apetit!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Best Black Friday Hotspots!

One of my favorite Mother/Daughter traditions comes every year, precisely 3 hours after the culmination of Thanksgiving dinner cooked by the best chef in the family (me). Ahh, Black Friday.

Mom and I started this tradition the year I turned 21, because lord knows you can't do Black Friday sober. Waiting outside each entrance of the Sawgrass Mills Mall were vast clumps of people from all walks of life. When the doors opened promptly at midnight, squeezing through them was like trying to suck up a computer with a vacuum--simply impossible. Mom lost a shoe, I may or may not have gotten run over by a suitcase...it's hard to remember, I think I blacked out.

--Off on a tangent. Better than the hilarious memories of this yearly occurrence are the amazing deals we consistently walk away with. If you're feeling brave, here are this year's hottest places to be during Black Friday weekend. Click each store name to access their full Black Friday ad.

5. WALMART

Walmart will be offering amazing deals on electronics. DVD's and Blu-Rays are also priced from $1.96-$9.96 including full TV series.

4. IKEA

Ikea is featuring a 7-piece cookware set for $19.99 and 3-piece cooking utensils for $3.99 on Saturday, November 24th!
**If you spend $100+, you can eat free in the Ikea Restaurant and the bill will be deducted from your receipt at checkout.

3. MACY'S

Select appliances are reduced from $49.99 to just $9.99 as well as luxury cookware sets up to 80% off!
Beauty products are also heavily marked down from top names like Lancome and Smashbox.
**Snag $10 off $25 with THIS COUPON or text "CPN" to 62297 (Macys) for 15% off.

2.  LOEHMANN'S
Take 40% off your entire purchase from 6am-10am on Black Friday.
**Many stores are opening at midnight. Check the picture to see if yours is one of them!

1. THE INTERNET
Nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" more than a delicious food coma and a restful night of sleep. Save your energy for Amazon or Overstock, and prevent the risk of getting trampled via stampede when stores open.
*Sign-up for BeFrugal to earn up to 30% cash back on your online purchases. All cash back earned will be sent to you in a check or through paypal FOR FREE!
Uhh...sounds like there's no gameplan yet.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fab street style: get the look for less!

look for less Fall 2012
Chic neutrals and a slim miniskirt
maintain both shape and warmth!
Growing up, I consistently suffered from C.S.S. (Chubby Snowman Syndrome). For those who might be unfamiliar with C.S.S., it is a condition provoked by the layering of too many pieces, thus creating a thick, snowman-like appearance. Not cute.

As cold air beckons, showing off those sexy legs and a hint of cleavage is trumped by the need to conserve body heat.
AKA, our outfits are in dire need of a little thermal TLC. To keep your frame warm and fashionably cozy, copy this gorgeous look and become seasonably chic.

Tip: Invest in a variety of simple, wardrobe staples like neutral tees and tights. This way, you can splurge on statement pieces to make the outfit pop. Consider investing in a colorful blazer or a vibrant a-line dress for an easy day to night transformation.
street style 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Save money and GET PAID with promo codes!

The absolute best part of online shopping comes at checkout; the exhilarating moment when you input that promo code you spent hours researching and your new discounted price is displayed!

While capturing a great code is always worthwhile, scouring the net for valuable coupons is certainly not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, our brilliant friends over at BeFrugal have simplified the promo code process to make money-saving both undemanding and profitable! Introducing: "Couponomatic (TM)".

Couponomatic is a browser add-on that provides an automatic drop-down menu of promo code options at checkout as well as varying amounts of cash back for 3,000+ online retailers. The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox and can be downloaded here.

Rather than tweaking google searches yourself for hours on end, BeFrugal does all the work for you by performing daily updates and tests to ensure that all promo codes are current and functional. 

Tip: Be sure to sign up for BeFrugal before installing the add-on (sign-up is 100% free). This way, you'll bank on those cash back rewards and save at the same time. (By shopping online through BeFrugal, you can get up to 30% cash back straight to your account). Once you request payment, BrFrugal will literally send you a check or paypal transfer in the amount you've earned and there is NO fee for this potentially lucrative feature.

So grab Couponomatic and get ready to save...you have nothing to lose and plenty of cash back to gain!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

FREE Secret Reward Card worth up to $500!

Card does not include access to golden angel wings or an amazing body.
Photo Credit: www.victoriassecret.com
Starting today (10/30), Secret Rewards are back at Victoria's Secret!

Indulge in a purchase of $10 or more at Victoria's Secret to receive a FREE Secret Reward card. Mystery savings in tow, wait patiently until 11/29 to unveil your reward at checkout in store, online or over the phone. Each card will possess a secret value of either $10, $50, $100 or $500! Très magnifique!

Tip: While showering yourself with personal gifts is always highly encouraged, you do not need to make a purchase to reveal the value of your card.

Be among the first to make a few $10 purchases this week. Each card you obtain guarantees a reward of at least $10, but you might get lucky and score one of the bigger ones--the possibility is certainly worth the investment! Secret Reward cards are available from 10/30 until 11/28, and nothing's sexier than a little mystery...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Keep your Facebook deals off the newsfeed!

Every single day, there are thousands of great Facebook contests to enter and plenty of amazing offers to be had. But far too often, fear of a little thing I like to call "newsfeed judgement" (newsfeed judgement=harsh judgement of a person's occasionally embarrassing Facebook activity) overshadows a desire to score free loot.

Keep your money-saving ventures under wraps by following this simple tip: when the app consent page pops up, change your settings to "Only Me".
keep facebook activity off newsfeed
"Thank goodness nobody can see that I just secretly ordered a pair of Crocs."

This way, whatever you do in the app will be for your eyes only. When the next page pops up asking whether or not the app can post on your behalf click "skip".

So enter contests galore and don't be concerned if you see "Allison just won a free package of pantyliners in the Kotex Spin to Win game"! Because even if the app posts for you, you'll be the only one who is able to see it...no damage done. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FREE $25 Spa Week Gift Card in 15 minutes!

Spa Week is a week-long extravaganza where an assortment of amazing spas across the country reduce their best treatments to just $50. Now, I know Spa Week is only meant to last one week (hence the name), but many locations have extended their amazing prices through the end of October! For a list of spas still offering $50 treatments, look here!

Photo Credit: Spaweek.com
And because you all deserve to be saving those extra bills for a fab new pair of Jimmy Choo's, here's 7 easy ways to cut your Spa Week treatment price in half! Earn 250 points (a $25 gift card reward) in 15 minutes by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Join MyWellness Rewards HERE (50 points)
Step 2: Click account and link your Twitter/Facebook/Foursquare (60 points total)
Step 3: Refer 10 friends, one at a time (50 points)
Step 4: Enter all 5 giveaways on the homepage (50 points)
Step 5: Follow @SpaWeek on Twitter (10 points)
Step 6: Send one tweet from the "refer friends" page (5 points)
Step 7: Sign up for news and spa deals (25 points)

To shave an extra $2.50 off the balance of your treatment, purchase a Spa Week Gift Card for $25 and receive 10% off by typing promo code "WELLNESS" at checkout. Each dollar you spend earns you a Wellness Point, so you'll already be on the road to a new reward!

Tip: if you don't have any of the listed social media accounts, it takes 30 seconds to make one and will be worth it when you're living in the lap of luxury at the Ritz Palm Beach for next-to-nothing. Namaste!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wear your exact dream dress for less!

We have all, at one point in our lives, been guilty of red-carpet envy. It usually goes like this: girl sees dress, girl loves dress, girl wants dress but it costs $4,600. Now, I know you've got a piggy bank, but how many babysitting $20's can that thing really hold?

JOIN RENT THE RUNWAY HERE!
The solution: Rent the Runway. Rather than blowing your entire savings on a dress that you'll most likely only wear once, spend much less to borrow it! Rent the Runway offers fashionistas the exclusive opportunity to select gorgeous items from over 95 designers. With options for weddings, casual cocktail parties, holidays, dates and glam nights out, all fashion is current and guaranteed to make you feel like a million-dollar baby (only WAY hotter).

Once you've reserved your dream dress and accessories, you can expect a package on your doorstep by 8pm on the chosen date of delivery. If you're unsure of your size in a specific style, RTR always sends a backup size for free...and if you're not totally convinced you'll love it, you can get a second look for just $25! Expert stylists keep shoppers in the know with detailed notes on the fit of each and every style.

After you've dazzled entire crowds of people in your knockout ensemble, all you have to do is return your items for free in the provided pre-addressed envelope. RTR handles the dry-cleaning, and you've successfully stunned without spending a fortune.

So go on and wear that show-stopping dress without it becoming an expensive artifact in your closet. Get $25 off your first rental this week only by entering "25OFFRTR4783" at checkout. And if that's not enough, get $20 credit after your first purchase!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sweet Deals for "Sweetest Day" 2012

Sweetest Day 2012 is fast approaching and preparation is key. Now, it's obvious many of you are thinking..."wtf is Sweetest Day and if it's anything like National Donut Day or National Talk like a Pirate Day, we want nothing to do with it".

Let's not make rash decisions here...

Sweetest Day (October 20, 2012) is essentially an opportunity to send an extra "thank you" to those who are sick or lonely or old-aged...it can also be an extension of gratitude to those who have treated us with extra kindness and care...who knew!?

AKA, make sure your boyfriend is VERY familiar with Sweetest Day to maximize gift-receiving possibilities...feel free to leave his email in the comments section and I'll be happy to send an anonymous message his way. If that's not your style, drop a few hints by forwarding these amazing deals to your loved ones or use them yourself to let someone know how sweet they've been. All deals are courtesy of BeFrugal.com:

  • Gemvara coupon: $15 off your $150+ jewelry order. Expires 10/31/12. Also earn 8% cash back.

Please note that cash back rates can change from one day to the next. These were valid on 10/15.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Splurge of the week 10/15

If ballet flats and men's loafers had a fling, smoking slippers would be their adorable lovechild. Inspired by your grandpa's famous late-night cigar clothes, each pair guarantees to be a comfortable and versatile addition to your already chic wardrobe.

DV Dolce Vita Smoking Flats-Gilly $69
Studded, embellished with glitter, printed, patterned or suede, there's a style of smoking slippers for everyone, no matching bathrobe necessary!

Dolce Vita's adorable Gilly Smoking Flats are the epitome of effortless Fall fashion. Whether slipped on with jeans and a tank to complete a casual look or worn to balance business-wear, these smoking flats will keep your feet looking both edgy and elegant. 

If you're not as obsessed with bold animal prints as the average female, this exact pair comes in a variety of solid colors that will make your little piggy's look subtle and sophisticated. So embrace your inner-smoker without the dangerous addiction and splurge on your very own pair...because smoking slippers are both fashionable and the world's answer for PHD (post-heel depression). 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Glam beauty deals!

As naturally beautiful as we feel inside and out, makeup undeniably adds an element of self-confidence to the everyday female. While some seek to cover blemishes with foundation or concealer, others enhance their gorgeous features with mascara and blush. Every single woman has a unique set of tricks for looking and feeling their best, so stock up on some of your favorite beauty and skincare products with these deals from BeFrugal:

  • Save 20% off any order using this Stila coupon (expires 10/31). And earn up to 6% cash back
  • Score $20 off your $60+ order with this The Body Shop coupon (expires 10/31). Plus, get 8% cash back.
  • Enjoy free shipping and free samples with your $50+ order using this Lancome coupon(expires soon). Plus, earn 8% cash back.
  • Use this Yves Rocher coupon for a free gift with any order (expires soon). Also, earn 15% cash back.

BeFrugal.com offers free coupons and Cash Back, currently with an average rate of 7% at 3000+ online stores. For even more savings, sign up for a free account now. To get the most savings, be sure you activate your account before you click to use the online coupon offers above. This way, you’ll earn Cash Back plus save big from using the coupons above. Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 10/8.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Perfume: never ever pay retail!

24.99 instead of $57.90? Is that even a question!?
Digging for sale gold at discount stores can often be a daunting task...most of us just aren't looking for a purple turtleneck with rhinestones and a mysterious lipstick stain that's been unsold since Winter of '06. Luckily, there are plenty of current, unsoiled deals to be had.

For those who crave a great deal without sale-rack chaos, consider buying your fave perfume at places like Marshall's and TJ Maxx. Because perfume doesn't really go out of style, you never have to wait for last season's leftovers and the selection is always up to date.

Whether you wear Burberry Brit or Curious by Brit Spears, discount stores have a million options for 50% less than department store prices. All packaging, plastic-wrapping and contents are completely the same, so there's no need to worry about a half-empty bottle inside your box.

Tip: If you're buying perfume as a gift, whip out an old Sephora bag and some red tissue paper to mask your place of purchase.

Nothing says romance more than the shoe aisle at T.J. Maxx
When shopping, it's important to remember that price does not always affect quality. While you may not be interested in buying your wedding dress at a discount store or flat out having your reception there, things like activewear, exercise equipment and home-goods are pretty standard no matter where you snag them.

Tip: When you go to a discount store, it is essential to shop with a purpose. Have an idea of what you're looking for or you'll most likely come home with a new spatula and a yoga mat when all you went for was a belt.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Splurge of the week 10/8

Sparkle & Fade Cutout Knit Peplum Dress
Unless you live under a rock and/or your name is Bertha, you've probably noticed that the vintage peplum look is back in style in a big way.

Enormously flattering in all the right places, that little peplum skirt is the exact disguise we need as the holidays roll around...one should never be expected to pass up a fantastic looking cheese platter or Aunt Gwen's famous fudge cake.

Providing a slimming shield for that lower-tummy pooch we all despise, a peplum waist has got you covered...literally. Peplum also gives the body a sexy, ultra-feminine hourglass shape. Pair a peplum top with loose shorts for daytime or slip it over a pencil skirt for a chic professional (happy hour) look.

Urban Outfitters Cutout Ponte Knit Peplum Dress ($69) is totally splurge-worthy for this week, and if you don't live near a store, no worries...there's free shipping for all orders over $50!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Olivia Palermo style: get the look for less!

On Fridays we wear black.
After watching Olivia Palermo on The City, we've come to a very clear conclusion: hate the girl, love her style.

Who would ever think or dare to combine so many different bold pieces? This chic satin fit and flare dress is topped with a peplum-inspired, mixed-fabric bomber jacket. Belted to give the body some shape beneath layers of loose-fitting material, the look is softened (both literally and figuratively) with a chained fur handbag. The black pointed heels are basics, and you've probably had a pair since Sophomore sorority rush. 

















If Olivia were a little bit nicer to our beloved Whit, perhaps we'd feel the littlest bit of remorse for stealing this fab look...but we don't. Thanks, LIVVY!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Groupon Now! Deals, save ASAP

Every once in a while, a busy schedule provides some unexpected and much appreciated breathing room. Just when you remember that your favorite studio has lunchtime Cardio Barre, you call and the class is already full. Of course it is. Before abandoning all hope of a midday workout, check Groupon Now! for other class vacancies in your area.

Depending on daily availability, you can grab anything from a last-minute massage at your neighborhood spa to half price sushi or 60% off at your favorite athletic-apparel boutique. The only difference between this section of Groupon and regular daily deals is that rather than trying to keep their nail salon busy until May of 2014, merchants might just be looking to fill a cancellation or an empty 4pm slot at a discounted rate.

Gone are the days of waiting 1 year for an appointment at your favorite Brazilian Wax and Vajazzling hot spot. Groupon Now! gives you more of an individualized deal experience, allowing you to view openings and choose the ones that work best for you. While your voucher expires on the day of use that was selected at checkout, if you end up not using your deal then Groupon, when contacted, will issue a refund.

So grab that last spot in 6pm hot yoga or BOGO sandwiches from the corner deli, because someone's gonna steal the deal and it might as well be you. Groupon Now!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shop for Breast Cancer Awareness!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while there are plenty of ways to support this amazing cause, one of the easiest is by doing what we do best: shopping. This month, many companies are donating a profit of sales to various breast cancer organizations. So fill up your cart at the following stores and abandon the guilt that typically comes with a hefty receipt...because one shopping bag at a time, we are making a difference. All coupons below are courtesy of our friends at BeFrugal!

Click this Kohl's coupon to shop Kohl's Cares women's health items. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 4% cash back.

With this Target coupon, shop Target's Pink Women's Health Collection. Expires: 11/1. Also earn 4% cash back.

Enjoy this Lane Bryant coupon to support the fight against breast cancer. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 5% cash back.

Use this Sports Authority coupon for pink products & apparel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Expires: 11/1. Also earn 3% cash back.

With this ShopKomen coupon get 25 FREE greeting cards with your $30+ order. Expires Soon! Also earn 7% cash back.

Use this DownEast Outfitters coupon to shop the Live for Pink Event. Expires: 10/14. Also earn 7% cash back.

This Personalization Mall coupon gets you $5 off your $25+ order for Breast Cancer Awareness. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 15% cash back.

Click this JC Penney coupon for FREE haircuts & styling to breast cancer survivors throughout October. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 1.5% cash back.

Use this Interstate Batteries coupon for pink flashlights to benefit breast cancer research. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 10% cash back.

With this Limoges Jewelry coupon, support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 15% cash back.

Click this OtterBox coupon to get 10% donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Expires Soon! Also earn 10% cash back.

Use this Under Armour coupon to shop the Under Armour Power In Pink Collection. Expires: 11/1. Also earn 8% cash back.

Get a deal with this Glik's coupon for 50% off breast cancer awareness bracelets. Expires Soon! Also earn 10% cash back.

Use this The Walking Company coupon for the exclusive Pink Ribbon Collection featuring UGG Australia, Dansko, ECCO, ABEO & more. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 9% cash back.

Get a deal using this Beauty Bridge coupon for 10% off any order. Expires: 10/31. Also earn 15% cash back.

Bite into savings using this The Popcorn Factory coupon for Pink Popcorn for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Expires: 11/1. Also earn 6% cash back.

Click this Zazzle coupon and support breast cancer awareness at Zazzle. Expires: 11/1. Also earn 2% cash back.

Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 9/28/12.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Splurge of the week 10/1

If there's anything we've learned in the past year, it's that whatever Jessica Alba wears goes. No, but seriously...
Hand over the pants and no one gets hurt...
Camilia Floral Printed Skinniest Jeans
For the past couple of months, floral pants have been lining ritzy store windows worldwide. And while many of us aspire to look like delicately crafted flower arrangements, we weren't about to test that trend without prior celeb experimentation. Special thanks to Kristen, Beyonce and Jess for doing the honors. I am happy to officially announce that floral pants are, indeed, a thing.

Playful and elegant, floral bottoms are the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe. Dress them up with heels and a solid blouse or throw them on with a simple tank for a sexy, effortless look.

For just $49.50, splurge on your own pair of adorable floral jeans from Pacsun (just as shocked with this find as you are). These Camilia Floral Printed cuties have the perfect balance of soft, delicate colors and charming, girly print. AKA, you've gotta have 'em.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Frequent Flier Miles 101

When's the last time you were rewarded for great behavior?? Perhaps at age four it was exciting to get a tootsie roll for being sweet to your sister or a gold star on the potty chart, but now that we're adults and nobody's monitoring successful bathroom usage, we deserve to be rewarded for bigger and better things.

Many companies are establishing loyalty programs to incentivize commitment to specific brands and stores. By simply making a purchase, you have the potential to earn points or stamps or miles, eventually reaching some level of reward. Airlines in particular are known for this by way of frequent flier programs, providing top-notch rewards (upgrades, free flights, accommodations, transportation) after a certain amount of flying or buying with them. But as always, there are tricks to every trade...
It is important to note that most major airlines are part of an alliance. This means that you can attribute your flight activity to any frequent flier program within the alliance. For example, you can fly British Airways or Iberia or Jet Blue and apply those miles to your AAdvantage account. Just select which program you want your miles to go to when booking and the rest is well-documented history.

Tip 1: Though many airlines might be part of the same alliance, they each have their own frequent flier programs. So, your best bet for acquiring maximum mileage will be to choose one frequent flier program from each alliance for your miles to go to. It will be much faster and easier to obtain miles that way rather than getting a lower amount for each individual program and never having enough to reach an award. Plus, you can often use the miles from one program to book an award flight with another airline from that alliance.

Tip 2: Research how long miles will last before they expire. If Turkish has a 3-year usage policy and United only has 18 months, you should go with Turkish to make sure the points don't go to waste.

Tip 3: Figure out which airline's miles are most valuable within an alliance. AKA, check each airline's award charts to see how many miles you would need to earn a free flight. Then, choose the one with the lowest spending levels. For a free ticket within the US, you only need 12,500 Delta Skymiles whereas booking a flight with KLM would require 25,000 miles for the same award...obbbbbbbviously we'll go with Skymiles.

**Just remember, when booking an award ticket you cannot combine miles from different frequent flier programs so it really is essential that you choose just one program from each alliance for maximum benefits. So fly free, my sweet readers, and remember that a little loyalty goes a long way!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Splurge of the week: 9/24

Your Place or Mayan Clutch from TOBI.com
What do your 9th grade Geometry class, African drum carvings and the colors from a handful of sour gummy worms have in common? They've all somehow influenced the creation of this fabulous clutch from TOBI.com!

With bold prints and colors playing an integral role in Fall fashion, accessories are the perfect way to experiment without committing to an entirely new, trend-inspired wardrobe. This deliciously vibrant clutch is the perfect statement starting-point, packed with personality, elegant hues and eye-catching design. The clutch is also sure to make you look like a fun, mysterious person.

As a generous buying incentive, TOBI.com offers 50% off your total first purchase with signup. So, after discounts, this spicy "Your Place or Mayan Clutch" amounts to nothing more than $22 + Shipping and Handling. Proceed with caution, however, as everything on TOBI is amazing and affordably justifiable and you're more than likely to come out with a few more blouses than you bargained for.

SIGN UP FOR 50% OFF TOBI.COM HERE!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Joie Fall 2012: get the look for less!


Photo Credit: Bloomingdales.com
Since 1989, I've fostered a strong "wardrobial" relationship with leather and lace. Though I may have personally been the reason leather went out of style in the 90's by wearing a pink pleather ensemble to my 10th birthday party, various NY Fashion Week runways prove that the combination of fierce and feminine is back and hotter than ever.

The new Joie (jwah) collection is especially chic, featuring fab, textured looks that could kill. Luckily, this almost $2,000 getup is simple enough that similar pieces are available in plenty of stores for way less.


Get the look:



Monday, September 17, 2012

Splurge of the week 9/17

hmmmm...perhaps I spoke too soon.
As much as we hate to say it, Summer 2012 is officially a thing of the past. And while the Florida sun often allows for a few extra sun-dress cameos, those of you in Alaska and NYC aren't exactly walking around in bikinis in September.

Click here to visit hue.com
So as crisp Fall weather approaches, it is absolutely essential that every female splurge on a quality pair of HUE leggings...or three. HUE's come in an amazing variety of colors and fabrics and while my #1 pick is a classic pair of denims, their microsuede line vaguely reminds me of a fab wearable version of my favorite throw blanket. In a very very good way.

While these are a tad pricier than the little cotton one's from Target that we're used to, HUE's are one of the best investment decisions I've made in my life thus far. I've literally worn them 300 days out of the past 365 this year and they still look completely fresh and new...they also consistently make me look 5 pounds skinnier which is always appreciated, especially after a froyo-binge.

Tip: Please keep in mind that not all jeggings are created equal. Pajama Jeans are NEVER ok, for any reason at all, whatsoever.

All in all, HUE leggings are totally versatile and your long sexy legs deserve only the best! Visit www.hue.com for a peek at the multitude of adorable options.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Guiltless Pampering: Spa Week 2012

ummm, why isn't it October yet?!
Photo Credit: Spaweek.com
Spa la la la laaaaaaaaa, la la la la (sang to the tune of Deck the Halls). I know what you're thinking, Christmas isn't until December...but there's a new holiday in town called Spa Week and we just can't wait to celebrate!

Spa Week is a week-long biannual event where a collection of top-rated spas and salons offer extravagant full spa services for just $50. Rejoice!

From October 15-21 (the Fall event), a delicious variety of treatments are available across the country from pumpkin scrub facials to sugar body scrubs and almost everything in between. Uh-ohhh...I think I already feel a bit "feverish" that week and can't make it to work, cough cough.

Longing for a cellulite reduction treatment? On the market for a spiced buttercream massage or perhaps an acne clearing gel peel? You bet your sweet cheeks somebody somewhere is offering this tiny piece of heaven and really wants you to experience it.

So go on. Indulge. Because the average working woman still deserves to feel like a queen.  Plus, going somewhere luxurious for your treatment just feels better and $50 is a total steal..

Tip: Book ASAP because appointments are sure to go fast and you don't want to miss out.

To find out which spas are participating in Spa Week in your area (and for 10% off all gift card purchases with code "WELLNESS"), visit Spaweek.com. Hurry hurry hurry.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NY Fashion Week 2012...get the looks for less!

Today, I found myself perusing some New York Fashion Week looks...

Some of the outfits I stumbled upon were deliciously adorable but too many others were just SO out there that I don't think I'd wear them even if they were presold looks for $0.25 at the Salvation Army...I mean, oxblood crushed velvet? Very few people in this world could pull that off without looking like a couch.

So, in honor of the everyday fashionista that lives within each of us, I've taken my most fave wearable look straight from the streets and found great pieces to match within a reasonable budget. Get inspired, baby, it's Fall 2012 and metallic ain't gonna wear itself.

Comment if you'd like exact links to each piece!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CVS extrabucks: make money doing nothing

Who here has watched Extreme Couponing and been extremely jealous when those brilliant lunatics leave the supermarket with $1,000 in free Ketchup and Gushers and a $20 bill in "overage"??? Many of us, me included, have dreams and fantasies of this happening to us but let's face it, we're just not there yet.

Great news! CVS has now made it a billion times easier to leave their store with a little extra cash. How? The CVS extrabucks rewards program is like a big yellow book of money-saving for dummies and basically ensures that if you buy from them, you'll be rewarded.

Here's how it works: after signing up for an extracare card, you can check your weekly ad to see what's eligible for reward and then get crazy with it! Usually, 5-10 items will be listed and by making a combined purchase of $25-$30 of those specific items, you'll get a $10 voucher good for mostly anything in the store. There will also always be individual items that, when purchased, will earn you a few extrabucks to add to the stock pile.

Tip: Sometimes when you're REALLY lucky, the extrabucks reward will be greater than the actual price of the item. So umm, we don't care if it's a jumbo pack of Depends for women, you better GET IT. This is the "No Deal Left Behind Act of 2012", ya'll...who's with me??

In addition to weekly reward earnings, every single purchase you make at CVS qualifies you for a 2% cash back reward that is accumulated quarterly. And for a very limited time, there are double quarterly rewards so you'll get a whopping 4% cash back on all purchases. Hey hey hey, a little loyalty goes a long way, suckas.

CVS=Continuous Value Snatching

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Beauty on a budget!

We've all heard the phrase, "beauty is pain"...but that usually only applies to hair straightener burns and/or freak eyelash curler accidents. Ouch. What we're trying to say here is that beauty shouldn't ever be painful for your wallet. To save your big bills, be sure to take advantage of these deals from BeFrugal:


Get a free gift with your $25+ order using this Sephora coupon (expires 9/30). Plus, earn 5% cash back.

Save $10 off your $60+ order using this Ulta coupon (expires 9/22). And earn up to 9% cash back.

Score 20% off any order with this Bath & Body Works coupon (expires 10/6). Plus, get 4% cash back.

Use this BH Cosmetics coupon for 5% off any order (expires 10/1). Also, earn 17% cash back.

Enjoy $2 off any acne product using this Burt’s Bees coupon (expires 9/15). And earn 5% cash back.

BeFrugal.com offers free coupons and Cash Back, currently with an average rate of 7% at 3000+ online stores. For even more savings, sign up for a free account now. To get the most savings, be sure you activate your account before you click to use the online coupon offers above. This way, you’ll earn Cash Back plus save big from using the coupons above. Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 9/11.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Splurge of the week 9/10

Hola!

Silky smoooooooth
Fresh off the boat, I'm proud to say that I had an amazing vacation filled with poolside siestas, long walks down Italian cobblestone streets and glamorous afternoons spent in the French Riviera. Ahhh, la pura vida.

But more important than whipping my old spanish skills out of the archives and confusing many people with a less-than impressive interpretation of "spanglish" was my discovery of L'occitane...in the bathroom of the Carlton hotel in Cannes. Ok so maybe the hand lotion was intended exclusively for hotel guests but whatever, a girl's got needs. 

The last time my skin felt this soft was either a) at birth or b) in Africa when I substituted shea butter lathering for actual bathing. Secret's out...anyway, L'occitane is totally worth every penny and will make you feel like silk. 

The best news of all is that you can try it before you buy it. For a limited time, L'occitane is giving away a 1oz tube of their amazing hand cream. A little dab goes a long way, so let's not get crazy. 

When your baby stash runs out, a full-size will be your best fall accessory...because dry, rough hands are never in style. Click here for your free tube!

Deals of the Week!

Who loves diamonds? Ok ok I should probably ask, who loves rhinestones?? heh. The fall is a great time to invest in some trend-worthy wardrobe staples like jeans and statement jewelry. Lucky for us, there's a ton of great sales happening right now and coupons like these from BeFrugal will help lower that price on your receipt:

Jeans

I want it NOOOWWWW
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Get free shipping on your full price denim order using this Guess coupon (expires 9/14). Plus, earn 4% cash back.

Enjoy free shipping on new fall jeans using this Nordstrom coupon (expires 10/21). And earn 5% cash back.

Buy 1 and get 1 at half price on women’s jeans with this Express coupon (expires soon). Plus, get up to 7% cash back.

Jewelry

Use this Sears coupon for 10% off fine jewelry and watches (expires 9/29). Also, earn up to 7% cash back.

Score 20% off any order with this Ice coupon (expires 9/18). Plus, get up to 10% cash back.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cruising through Europe, Baiiiiiiiii for a week!

Greetings from Barcelona, España, beautiful people!

Mom and I are leaving tomorrow afternoon for our week-long Western Mediterranean cruise and we couldn't be more excited. For those of you who don't already know the deets of this trip, I won it!

Ummm.....hell yes.
Photo Credit: petergreenberg.com
You heard me, dreams really do come true. Unfortunately for you, that means you'll be without me and unbelievable fresh savings for about 5 days, but I promise to make it up to you. Plus, I bet there's a post or two you missed and have been meaning to catch up on. Here's a few suggestions:
and just for some extra vacay kicks and gigs, this post promises to keep you chuckling in your love seat and ultra-inspired to never look at a razor again...beauty is pain, ya'll!
OK cuties, gotta run down Las Ramblas because my afternoon siesta is calling. I promise to drink an extra glass of sangria tonight for each and everyone one of you. Besos!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chocolate Lovers Unite!

As we transition from August to September, I come to you with groundbreaking information; Godiva has a chocolate rewards club! Who knew?? Because the rewards start rolling in the month after you join, signing up today gives you the opportunity to start earning rewards as early as tomorrow! (Sneaky, sneaky)...

Photo Credit: Godiva.com
As a member, you are entitled to one free chocolate every month! And as a female, I can personally say that there are times EVERY MONTH when, if I don't get my chocolate fix, somebody's gonna get punched. Am I right, ladies, or am I right???

Chocolate gift baskets are also a great way to say, "I love you" to that special someone or to send well wishes to a coworker..."I know nothing about you except that you're a little overweight and hoard chocolate at your desk everyday. Enjoy!"... Hey, you can use your annual free shipping reward for that and, wait for it....spend $20 or more in any single transaction and you better believe there's an extra gift in store for you...(literally, it will be in-store waiting for you after the 1st of the following month).

Membership is 100% free and sign up takes a grand total of 25 seconds...so whatcha waiting for?? One delectable piece of chocolate is not going to ruin your stunning figure...plus, you'll burn the cals right off walking back to your car (atleast that's what I tell myself after making high-caloric mistakes). SIGN UP FOR CHOCOLATE REWARDS HERE!

Never pay for movie tickets again. Ever.

Last night I had the extreme pleasure (pun intended) of catching a sneak peek of the movie, "For a Good Time, Call". As always, the stupid, sexual humor was totally my scene. And since I tend to measure the success of a movie by how violent my belly laughter becomes, my sore abs are telling me that this one was a real gem. Funny? Yes. Intellectual? No. Free? Yes.

Seeing as though the movie isn't actually released until tomorrow, I felt like a real-life celeb with access to the advance screening. I even wore a cocktail dress and sported an updo with curls for my red carpet debut but sadly, the Cinemark Paradise knows no such thing. I mean, WHERE were the paparazzi???

Truth is, these advance screenings are literally open to everyone. Here's the trick: when there's a movie coming out that you've been dying to see, check advancescreenings.com/ for the insider scoop on where your movie will be screened and when. You can either type in your zip code or the movie's name for available screenings, and then you'll get the info on how to snag the tickets. Often times, Film Metro or Fandango will hook you up with an instantly printable pair of passes. For Free! It just doesn't get much easier than that, folks.

Tip: Get to the theater about 30 minutes early. A line of over-stimulated teenagers will, most likely, already be there waiting and though we usually love to be fashionably late, it's never cool to be fashionably denied access to the theater.

For less popular movies and/or weekdays, finding a seat shouldn't be a problem, though arriving a little early is always your best bet. So indulge a little at the concessions counter and drop the guilt over a $5 small popcorn + buncha crunch...because it all evens out when your movie is free.