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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

$20 Spring Refresh, Amazon Edition

Spring has sprung and when the seasons change I'm always on the hunt for a quick wardrobe refreshers. The easiest way to switch things up is with beauty and accessories so I'm gonna share the last five purchases I made on Amazon - all for $20 or less.

I do get a lot of free stuff but sometimes I need to bite the bullet and pull out my wallet to treat myself to a few odds and ends. This post contains affiliate links - meaning I get a small (really small) percentage should you purchase any of my picks. So thank you for supporting my shoe habit. Speaking of which, the Jimmy Choo sample sale was just announced so start saving RIGHT NOW! As always, all of my upcoming NYC sample sale picks are listed at the end of my post. But first let's talk sunglasses.

One of my mom hacks is to skip makeup and grab a pair of cute sunnies and a lipstick and head out the door. I look for bold, colorful ways to make an impact on the cheap. These YSL heart dupe sunglasses are perfect for that. And about 10 bucks. If you have money to burn you can buy the originals here - or grab these cuties in a rainbow of colors. I'm thinking about a second pair in pink or white.

I really wanted to love these pink sunglasses after I spotted them all over Instagram but I guess my face is too big. I need to find an oversized version ASAP. Luckily they are perfect for Ella so she stole them and wore them for most of our Israel trip.

They too are offered in a bunch of colors and for less than $10. If you have a petite face or don't mind tiny sunglasses than these are perfect for you.

I ran out of my Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil a while back so I was trying to manage with all my freebies. The Brow Wiz is by far the best eye pencil I've ever owned. I wear taupe (the blonde is a little too orangy for me - probably better for a strawberry blonde) and it looks so natural. My only issue is that it's a retractable pencil and every time you twist it up, it cracks off. So there is a lot of waste. Drives me nuts. When I was googling after I caved and decided to purchase another one, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil popped up as a dupe. So for less than half the price (and under $10!) I decided it was worth a shot. I just ordered this week it so I'm gonna have to let you know how it works out.

I'm always on the hunt for another LBD and I love that the Daily Ritual Women's Jersey Sleeveless V-Neck Dress covers my knees but has an open neckline without showing cleavage. It's the perfect layering dress and my arms don't get bulked up with sleeves under a jacket. I got a size large (I put on a few more lbs...) and it's super comfortable and flattering. Perfect for this transitional weather. And this one is $20 on the nose.

While some people love their popsockets, I wanted the ring version so it wouldn't fall off my hands - plus I think it helps keep your phone a little more stable when taking pics or video. I saw a lips version but it would take a couple months to get here. So I found these cute colorful fruity ones with Prime for less than $5. I'll give you a review on my Insta stories when I get it.

And now lets talk sample sales. Not all sales were created equal and most sales in the City these days are not worth your time. If you're new to the sample sale scene, any and all sales are exciting but you'll find your paychecks disappearing, and you end up with random pieces and that morning after feeling of what was I thinking. So I'll save you some time (and $$$) by pointing you in the right direction.

This week there is Aquazzura but my friends who hit the preview last night all agreed the selection wasn't amazing and it was too expensive. Wait for markdowns.

May 2-6
W 9-8, Th 10-8, F 10-1
150 Greene Street

Minkoff used to be my favorite sale. I still go for nostalgia's sake but the deals aren't as epic. Sample bags are now $100 or less which is decent - but for a little more I'd rather have a $1,000 Choo bag. I always find a few pairs of shoes (usually samples) and last round I found these one of a kind white booties ($30 samples!) which I love. (I also got that fringed clutch in the pic for $50 at the sale). They used to have last day markdowns of $50 or less for everything but those days seem to be gone. They usually markdown mid sale and last day, so pop in whenever you're in the neighborhood. Samples are replenished throughout most of the sale so it gets a little hectic at that sample table. This sale is not for the faint of heart. You were warned.

Rebecca Minkoff
May 7-13
M 11-8, T-F 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-4
260 5th Ave

With Choos for $100 or less (on the last day) this sale is no joke. If you're gonna fly in for just one sale this is it. You'll save enough to justify the price of your plane ticket. Register here with code ROMY for general entry. Go first day for best selection or last day for markdowns. In the past markdowns started 2 hours before close, however one year it started at noon. You never know. Problem is if they see you sitting around for too long they throw you out (they did that to me one year). So often I'll go sometime around lunchtime to scope out the situation and then return for markdowns. Problem is that shifty resellers manage to stay under the radar with the bags and bags of stuff and they get the good stuff early. I think they take turns switching off. But when the markdowns hit and people start to edit - you can find lots of good go backs. That's how I found my fave snake Lockett bag one year. Bring your Ikea bags to lug your hauls home.

Jimmy Choo
May 9-11
W 11-8, Th & F 8-8
Metropolitan Pavilion 123 W 18TH ST, 2nd Fl

If you shop any of these sales, be sure to share what you get! Which sales do you plan on hitting this week? And be sure to share your sample sale tips if you have any recommendations for sales that you think I should add to my list!

PS I have another designer giveaway on the gram right now - check it out HERE. AND I have a mommy and me giveaway with Nina Shoes (& Nina Kids Shoes) - enter HERE!




  1. Love your affordable picks and still dreaming about your bag you scored at the last sale!


    1. Thanks Shira! I'll keep my eyes open for one for you this round :)

  2. I love both of those fun sunnies your scored and the phone holder. I've been meaning to get one of those for a while since I have a Plus phone and I can't hold it in one hand easily when taking photos. I love Aquazurra and Rebecca Minkoff so these are some amazing sales going on. Wish they had them here on the West coast! Thanks for all the tips! xoxo, Christine

  3. The sunnies are so artsy and beautiful. Loving the colors. My niece just got a pair of the heart shape yesterday in red. I find them so cute especially when taking photos. Also loving the bag and heels very gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

    xx. Gina

  4. The sunglasses are so cute and fun! I am sure my daughter would love them. They look great in photos. I really like the bag such a pretty color!

    ~xo Sheree

  5. I have never known the sample sale in New York until I read your post. It looks like I need to make a trip next year. It's Amazing the dupe heart glasses look so cool and with them, I would never worry about misplace them or lost them. Love the mini purse too. The color is just amazing.



  6. Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    Your Daughters are so Stylish and Beautiful:)
    Loved your Picks, Definitely will check out Everything:)
    And your Look:) Ohhh Love Everything:)
    So Feminine and Pretty:)
    Wish you Happy Week
    Love Kisses Karina

  7. Love the affordable top picks. Honestly I think they are great value from money. Amazon has some amazing deals and I really need to check out that market place more often! Thanks for sharing darling!

    xx, Jessie

  8. What a great selection you're sharing here. Amazon always offer great deals and chic items at affordable price. Your daughter is so cute and stylish and having you as a mother is enough for her to always look chic.

    Have a great day!


  9. There is nothing better then finding some awesome sales to welcome the new season! Especially since our seasons seem to spring up on us so quickly! You found some amazing pieces!


  10. Both of the sunnies are so adorable, I would love to wear them too. My daughter would love the heart shaped ones the most, but probably want them in her favourite colour Blue. I love shopping on Amazon, but I mostly do it for the children. You have chosen some great pieces, I think I need to look at Amazon for myself too :).


  11. Dear I missed you and your posts. My sale queen. So nice pictures with the girls and cute sunglasses. Your boho outfit rock it girl.

  12. OMG such great pieces you chose!
    I'm always waiting for your new posts because I'm curious where do you buy things for the best price!


  13. Awesome selection, the red sunglasses are my favorite, I've been looking for a similar pair for a while.

    Your posts are always very useful!



  14. Aww my, these retro sunglasses definitely is a must-have of the season! It reminds me of the roaring 20-s and all that fashion. Absolutely loving it. The bag and the heels are simply gorgeous, always loved your style, girl! You're the best when it comes to this!

    Cheers, Eliza | www.fashion-confession.com


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