Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August Favorites

Summer break is winding down, which translates to students returning to school and cooler temperatures for much of the country. But for me, the end of summer means one thing-- Major Sales!!!(especially with Labor Day weekend quickly approaching) It is this time each year when retailers are trying extra hard to push out their inventory with promotions and various marketing tactics to make more room for Fall merchandise.

I'm a somewhat unconventional shopper, so waiting till the end of any season for intense savings works for me. Here's a list of a few favorite purchases/ services that I patroned.

Photo Cards
Working on Christmas cards in August isn't typically the first thing that comes to mind but
Winkflash, an online photo and card company, offered a promotion that I couldn't pass up--30 free photocards (+4.99 shipping).  This past Monday (Aug 27th to be exact) the promo code: 30FREE (case sensitive) allowed for any of the holiday cards which included both cardstock and photopaper designs.  The cardstock options are typically twice or three time more expensive than the photopaper options ($2 vs $.50) as you're able to customize the front and back of the card with text and photos, so this is definitely the better bang for your buck if you ask me

Here's a peak at two of the images I used for my holiday cards. I think the hand-sewn heart  add a nice personal touch from each of us. Credit goes entirely to my husband, Alex :)

Currently, they're offering 30 Free Baby annoucments (Promo: 30FREEBABY) and often have different weekly promotion. Be sure to check them out!

My only precaution for purchasing out of season products is to make sure to look closely at the text of the cards.  When I was browsing through the holiday cards section there were quite a few designs that I loved, but had the pre-printed previous year on it. Bummer! 

Curling Wand
I've seen a couple of different curling irons/wands all over the internet with generous discounts so I speculate that these styles are near the end of their cycle.  Anyways, after multiple attempts at curling my hair with a traditional curling iron I threw my hands up and decided to invest in a curling wand.  I saw this 4-in-1 curling iron offered by Groupon Goods for $59 and decided to give it a shot. I am now a believer in wands.  Not only does it actually curl my hair, but the curls stay without any haircare products. It's already been 2 days and my hair is still curly, hallelujah!

Amazon sells this for about $70ish dollars if you're interested. And I know I know the price is a bit steep but it works! I cannot tell you how many times I've tried regular curling irons and just having the ends curled :(

Bubble Necklace
The J Crew Bubble Necklace is all the rage, but the $150 price tag can easily intimidate many shoppers. I bought these two beautiful statement pieces from DressU, an online shop based in Georgia for a fraction of the cost. Aren't they beautiful?


On a random note...

If you're in the Orange County area and don't have plans for the Labor Day Weekend you should consider visiting the Bowers Museum to visit the free Caribbean Festival. There's also free admission to the musuem thanks to a generous grant from Target.  Who doesn't love a educational, fun and free event?!

Summary of Today's Tips
1. Summer is the shortest season for retailers and there are bargains to be had!
2. Often times I have a difficult time justifying a purchase if I know I can get it for less some place else. However, spending a little more on investment pieces is a better use of your pretty penny vs. paying less for a product with a lower quality.  Not only will you likely make multiple purchases to make up for the poor quality, but you'll be unhappy at it.
3. Plan ahead and think about doing things ahead of the season. Ie. making holidays cards in the summer!      
4. View retailers trends and fashion statements as inspirations.
5. Museums often have free admission days. So check out their websites to be in the loop!

Yours Truly,



  1. Irene -Your bridal makeup video is great. Smile more! I want to watch you as it is - but it would really really come alive if you smiled - be confident. You're amazing. Seriously - I watched it twice. You are beautiful inside and out.

  2. Thanks Anonymous! I will keep that in mind for my next video and stay tuned for the next upload :)
    <3 Irene