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Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Look Inside Woodbury Commons & More 90% off Century & T.J. Maxx Madness...

 A couple weeks ago I visited Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall in upstate NY with my friend A to take a look around. Sadly it seems that these days Woodbury is for tourists who literally walk around with their rolling suitcases. They fill them up with slightly discounted designer goods to take back home. A seasoned shopper such as myself can do much better elsewhere. That's not to say you can't find a deal or two but save clearance time (which is NOT now) it's just a whole lotta window shopping.

We did make a quick stop at Nordstrom Rack for Clear the Rack first where I found my Love Latch Valentino heels for just $225 after the 25% off discount. Pretty good for a $995 shoe. Sadly it was the only one and I just have not been seeing the designer goods I used to at the Rack. I'm not sure if the employees are snapping them up before they hit the floor, or they're just not sending as much designer to my stores as they used to. Every time I inquire I'm told it's because they have more store to distribute the goods. I call BS because I always see those resellers on Instagram with piles of Louboutins and Rockstuds.

But let's get back to Woodbury. Our first successful stop was the Prada outlet. They had a few older style marked pretty low - with spotty sizing of course. Lots of eye candy but I look for the cheap stuff :) TI would have snapped up these green satin Miu Miu heels has they been cheaper. Love the chunky bejeweled heels. They were $215 (plus tax - NJ shopping has totally spoiled me LOL) and originally $615 at the outlet but $1,390 at retail. Granted that's a pretty darn good deal but $25-100 sample sale shoes have skewed my perspective. (Check out my $20 LK Bennet shoes here, my $25 Sergio Rossi heels here, and my recent blinged-out $100 Jimmy Choos here.)

My friend A scored a pair of Prada booties for $105 from $890 - you can see them on his Insta here. He can often squeeze into a large women's size - which always seems to have better deals than men's. Luckily he's a size larger than me so there is no competition LOL. He just left NY for grad school so I'm gonna miss my penny hunting partner in crime. The first time we met he had hoarded all the $25 Sergio Rossi heels in my size for me so when I got there 20 minutes late, they were all waiting for me. Miss you already A!

At the Cosmetics Outlet I found the Miley Cyrus Viva Glam 2 (I have 1 that 1 live in - it's my staple hot pink) for less than $13 after tax. I know I needed another MAC lippie like a hole in the head after my MAC sample sale haul where they were all $6, but I guess I wanted to come home with something. Plus it's a fun tomato orange red and you know I love me a bright lippie.

On to YSL to drool over some pretty bags. That pink Sac De Jour has my time written all over it. The purple wasn't bad either. I may have looked at one tag in the whole store and then stopped looking. I do have to say the the salesperson was so friendly and offered us water which we probably should have accepted because it was so darn hot out. That's another issue with Woodbury, it's a huge outdoor space that you wander around so it's not best for extreme weather.

How fun are these roller skates? I'm totally obsessed. I found a similar one here online.

Cute stuff at Fendi too! How adorable are these mini monster backpack keychains?

We popped into Rag and Bone to look at jeans and I saw a few cute things in the sale area where they had an extra 30% off. They brown Newbury booties were marked $99 (from $495) and had the extra 30% off too! They were my size and I was tempted but those heels heels hurt my knees - something about the angle. I just don't go well with Rag and Bone boots for some reason.

You know I had to check out Jimmy Choo to see how much they charge for pieces I scored for next to nothing at the sample sale. Here's my Blare tote (missing the chain thou) for $1,529 from $3,050 - and mine was just $250 LOL.

This is the most similar envelope clutch to mine - but mine has the python (which is always more) and the studs. this one is $809 from $1,625. Mine definitely retailed for more and was just $100.

I laughed when I saw my $25 pouch for $209 (from $425).

And my large Zoe hobo was just $50 - mind you I had to dye it black (see tutorial here) and is only Python trimmed, but it certainly wasn't $2,399 or $3,995!

We stopped for a bite at the food court because I heard they opened a kosher Maoz Vegetarian restaurant. For years they had a Kosher cart that sold hot dogs during the summer, then a Kosher vending machine, and now I can actually sit down and have a healthy meal. I got a whole wheat falafel sandwich and my only complaint is that they only had American pickles instead of Israeli pickles which is just plain wrong IMO.

We did see plenty of other goodies along the way but most pieces were 20-40% off retail which just won't do for me. I'm guessing the next time to check it out would be after the holidays for better markdowns but honestly that time of year they're are plenty of deals elsewhere. If you do go be sure to pop in to the Welcome Center to get your free coupon booklet with your AAA card or just sign up for their VIP club here.

I did go to the City on Sunday to hair model for L'oreal Professional and chopped off my hair again. I've talked about hair modeling a lot on the blog (search hair model in the search bar on the right) but what it basically means is that I get my hair done for free by super talented pros. You need to have some time on your hands and be open to change so it's not right for everyone. Color and cuts in the City can run you $250-500 each time so it's a significant savings for me. I let them convince me to try something a little new and I'm thinking it wasn't the time. The fact that I've been wearing it in a pony ever since which isn't usually good news. Don't get me wrong, I was so ready to chop but I think the shape isn't quite right. I'm gonna reach out to the stylist and hope we can fix it.

As a model they request you wear all black so I'm wearing a $20 H&M basic dress (sold out), my $5 Rebecca Minkoff sample sale necklace, free Moschino sunnies from Century 21 (I had reward points), my new $6 MAC Be Silly lipstick from the sample sale and my new $18 Crocs Sexi Flips (not pictured).

After my cut, I walked further downtown to Century 21 to check out what was left at 90% off, At Century I got some odds and ends (cheap socks, bras and headbands) but it's just not like the good ole days. It's okay, for every good deal that goes bad, another one eventually pops up. Don't worry, I'm on the hunt!

You can read some of my past amazing Century reports and hauls here, here and here.

Look how much they were trying to charge for the Valentinos I just got LOL. $600? No thank you!

Next time you're downtown be sure to visit the new Westfield One World Trade Center (across the street from Century -  under the Freedom Tower), which is the new gorgeous underground mall! Some of the stores opened but there are more to come. Pre 9-11 I spent a lot of time downtown shopping. This mall is seriously a game changer - downtown is back, baby!

How cute is the lady in yellow?

Yesterday I popped into T.J Maxx and found some amazing yellow sticker clearance! I would recommend checking your local stores as it looks like they did a second round of markdowns. I picked up a bunch of $2-3 pieces for my girls and scored a pair of Valentino Rockrunner sneakers for myself for just $99! It's missing one insole so I'll either get generic ones or call the company for a replacement. I posted on Instagram last night and as of this morning it's at almost 1,400 likes which is a record for me!

You can shop my look and some of my finds (and similar) below :)

Just wanted to share that I'm a little behind because I'm so slammed with getting the kids ready for back to school, my brother's wedding (kids are invited again so now I'm scrambling to dress them) and some house emergencies (I have a giant hole in my kitchen ceiling but at least the bathroom above is now functional) yeah. It's a little crazy right now. And with Fashion Week around the bend I'm totally overwhelmed.

Looking forward to sharing what comes next! I'm just gonna cross my fingers and take a deep breath...


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Century and T.J. Maxx and Target, Oh My!

It's been a while since I did a roundup post so this one is gonna be a doozy. The kids are home with me this summer so my time is at a premium. When I have a few minutes to sit down and write...I try to pack it in! There are some pretty crazy sales right now. Let's talk about the TJ Maxx/Marshalls yellow sticker sale, Century 90% off sale, Target toy sale, and I have a whole bunch of beauty freebies to share!

Good news - 90% off at Century hit this week. Twice a year (end of Summer and after Christmas) Century slashes their prices on clearanced goods. Bad news, it's once again 90% off retail not 90% off C21 prices. Boo. On Monday markdowns began - so even if the item wasn't stickered 90% off (or better in some cases), it rang up 90% off. I didn't have the patience to run downtown where all the best pieces are sent, so I checked locally at one of the NJ locations. I spotted a bunch of Blahniks for less than $100 but nothing too exciting.

You can read some of my past amazing Century reports and hauls from the good ole days here, here and here.

Designer clothing was consolidated to a few racks of odds and ends. Note that sign stated 85% but I knew better :)

Checked out a few kids racks too. I actually didn't buy a thing. Most items are pretty beat up and now that the prices are no longer stupid prices (i.e. $1-20 for super designer goods) I just don't bother. I'll save my cash for sample sales.

Last week TJ Maxx and Marshalls started their yellow sticker sale. This sale is also 2x a year - when red markdowm stickers magically become yellow ones for insanely grab-everything prices. I checked out four stores and also didn't buy a thing. I usually buy super cheap beauty products and few designer pieces but nothing screamed take me home this round. Check out some of my past hauls here, here and here.

Spotted a cute DVF romper for $44 that I would have grabbed if I wore rompers.

I saw a few Teri Jon gowns for $59 (these retail for $500-1,000) - I may regret not grabbing that nude one hiding behind the green one.

The only designer shoes I saw for not so cheap prices were all damaged. The Dolce & Gabbanas are missing something that was glued on. and all the Saint Laurents were missing their ankle straps.

I usually grab a bunch of cheap beauty products but I've been getting so many for free that I didn't bother.

Kids and I took a break at Trader Joe's because they love their yogurt sticks. Yes, my kids are trained to shop and often join me on my shopping adventures. My son once again enjoys leaving his room - thank goodness for Pokemon Go! On the way out of TJ's my kids asked for balloons but were told they haven't had them in years - now they have stickers. When they asked for stickers, they were told they were out. My kids don't take no for an answer so the cashier pulled out a box and offered them organic lollypops. And plastic forks. Here's Ava with her lollypop and fork. I think she was more excited by the fork LOL.

This summer is Ava's summer of Baby Alive. For months she's been watching YouTube videos of some mom and kids playing with their dolls and she decided she needed some Baby Alives to make her own YouTube channel. She's been begging for one that eats so when I saw Snackin Sara for 50% off at Target I grabbed it. At the Target toy sale, the really good stuff doesn't always make it to 70% off so I had no choice. I've been doing less Target hunting because I found myself bringing home bags and bags of stuff I didn't need. Those red clearance stickers really suck you in. It's easier just to not walk thru their doors LOL.

Mind you after playing with it for a while she's already bored. Of course.

When we went back for 70% off toys at Target we found Style 'n Play Christina for less than $9! We really didn't grab too many toys this toy sale. Christina is still waiting in the box until Ava cleans her room. I have a feeling it's gonna be a while...

Last but not least I popped into Once Upon a Child, a children's consignment store and found yet another Baby Alive for $5. When we got it home we realized while someone let it go - her face lights up and glows in the dark - she looks like a demon baby. Very creepy, Ella scored by finding a new with tags Ooh! La La Couture dress for $6.50! Did I mention that these retail for $75-100+?

Pardon Ava's contraption on her arm. She likes to collect garbage on the floor while I shop and make these little creations. My kids have contests to see who can find the best junk on the floor. Once they found a pink iPod so I made them turn it in to the lost and found.

Now on to my latest 0.8L products. I mentioned them before here. It's a company where you can try some of the latest Korean beauty products (for free!) before you buy. They also have some US companies but most of their packaging has very little English LOL. You can sign up here - as long as you have a public Facebook or Instagram account with at least 100 followers and you post at least once in 7 days, you are eligible to apply to their campaigns. It's like a lottery when you apply and only a few applicants win each giveaway, Now that they're getting more popular, I'm getting far less than I used to.

This GODSKIN Grapefruit Cream has a pleasant smell and drys to a matte finish. It's okay but you don't have to run out and buy it.

These Pink Fruity Half Moon Eyes masks were cute and useful. I like throwing these products in my pool bag to try after I shower.

One of my faves thou was this Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil to Foam. It melts off my makeup without any irritation. I've wanted to try oils for a while but I was always afraid I'd break out. I haven't had a problem and it leaves your skin soft too! Not sure where the foam comes it - it applies like a gel and bubbles up a bit but that's it. Note that the instructions are not English LOL.

Speaking of beauty, for my Sephora birthday freebie, I selected the Marc Jacobs set that has a mini eyeliner and lipstick. They also offered a Fresh set with a Soy cleanser and mask but this seemed more exciting. Make sure you're signed up for their Beauty Insider program to get your freebie. You can do so online here or in-store.

You know I can't resist an Instagram giveaway. I won these Mumi Design organizers and they are so useful! Sometimes a girl needs something a little cuter than a ziplock.

Last but not least, let's talk Influenster. They finally started offering me their premium VoxBoxes! Woohoo! They send you free products to use and review and until now I'd only received random mommy boxes with dish soap or pens. You can sign up for Influenster here.

This time they sent me the new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick - and it came with this amazing foundation brush as well. They are not sold together and each of these retails for $46 a pop! Too bad they sent me a broken one foundation stick. It got stuck it the lid and no longer twists up. I'm guessing the heat did it - it must have melted in transit. It's just too darn hot. I did reach out to Influester via Twitter and it took them almost three weeks for them to finally tell me that they never heard back from the company and just review as is. Personally I would not purchase an item that breaks so easily. Had I purchased it in Sephora it would have gone right back. I do have to say it wears like a dream and I love that brush. Next time I take pics I'll show you :)

My broken Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick.

I also won a contest of theirs on Instagram so they sent me and my future SIL this Blush Vox Box which was geared towards brides. I threw the Pantene, Secret and Simple wipes in my pool bag too.

Let's just say I'm looking forward to the kids going back to school. I love my kids and have a blast with them every day but I'm ready for a little quiet time. And some solo shopping LOL.

Would love to hear what you've picked up at Century or TJ/Marshalls! Hoping you guys did better than me...

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