Are you ready for Amazon Prime Day 2019? First – you might need this doormat before those boxes start rolling in… get it HERE. Second, remember THIS recent post about the secret “BUDGET SECTION” of Amazon?
Wanna shop like a pro? Here are 5 MAJOR things you need to know.
ICYMI…Prime Day? Prime Day is an annual deals event just for Prime members, with more than one million deals worldwide. You’ll find the best deals on products you want, and special offers across everything from music and video to reading and Alexa-enabled devices.
On THE Prime Day, not all deals are ready at once. And there are limited quantities (bummer). But, if you’ve got your eye on something special, get notified when those items go live. Just search for “Sneak Peek” on the app!
ICYMI, Amazon has a secret “bargain section” and it’s shopping #goals! Ok, need me to rewind for a second? Let’s chat. Yes, Amazon is on its A game (pun intended). Obvi. Prime shipping is their iChing by delivering your items about 2 minutes after you hit the “submit order” button. And also, Amazon Fashion is all abuzz with at-home try-on sessions and free returns. Shall we continue?
Eek! <happy dance> It’s the BIG 40% off sale!! Up to 40% off 5000+ styles, including their Designer Boutique. Bonus: I’ve compiled an assortment of the BEST of the BEST items all under $100! But hurry, quantities ARE limited. No joke.
ALL images below are linked directly to the product… happy shopping dolls!
Upgrade your bathroom space from spaztic to spa-like while staying within budget – and do those bathroom upgrades in one afternoon.
Bathroom upgrades & updates aren’t synonymous with heated floors, steam showers or even remote-controlled toilets. Although that would be nice, most of us have not recently won the lottery to make all of that happen. Instead, by paying attention to the smaller details you can create big changes.
As an ambassador with iDesign, I have a sponsored connection with iDesign, but all opinions are my own.
Out of Sight: When the eye SEES every-single-thing, it immediately feels overwhelming. Even if you have a chic container, if you can SEE all the STUFF, it’s clutter town.
For example, notice the difference in makeup storage (photo below). In the “before” photo you SEE all the makeup. In the “after” photo it’s much more hidden. Even though the amount of counter space is the same, the eye registers this as more minimalist.
Contain the Crazy: Storage containers are key for keeping your stuff contained (aka clutter-free).
Take a look at the bath towel storage. In the “before” image, the towels, although neatly folded, add more for the eye to take in. But check out how much of a difference it feels in the “after” photo from rolling and placing in a clear container.
Same Old, Same Old: As you start to gather storage containers for your bathroom, keep them the same (or similar.) The “clear storage” theme keeps it within one style to contribute to a calm, spa-like vibe.
Bottle it Up: Bottles of products from various brands looks junky, at best. The assortment of sizes, brand logos, color schemes, and writing is a major eye-sore. Instead of displaying all those brand bottles, empty the contents of soap, lotion or shampoo into a dispenser. Even by adding MORE to the bathroom countertop (after photo), the cohesive look of the marbled containers and dispenser looks luxe and clean.
Consistency is Key: No need for “matchy-matchy” items in an updated bathroom, but you do want to think about keeping it consistent. For example, in the before photo, the odd collection of “trinket” decor seems random. The “after” photo’s white and marble palette is cleaned up and consistent while still allowing space for jewelry.
Hide & Seek:Bathrooms require certain supplies (talkin’ about toilet paper, toilet bowl brushes, etc…) but who says we want to see it? By cleverly keeping within a minimalist theme you can be sneaky in your storage. Notice in the before photo that the toilet bowl cleaner is trying to hide, but we all know what it is. In the after photo, the brush with cleaning solution is contained in the tall, white storage unit. A small change makes a big visual difference.
So Fresh & So Clean-Clean: Real talk: Bathtub mats get omg-gross. Despite valiant efforts, the struggle is real. And the ick is intense. Time to replace that mat for a fresh, clean start.
Less is More: Simply switching up a brown woven storage basket to a clear one lightens up the look. It’s a way to create an optical illusion of more space. Done & done.
Effortlessly organize and decorate your everyday living spaces…
You had me at “let’s go shopping!” But hold up, wait a minute – before you shop ’til you drop and bust out your budget before you can even say “bankruptcy”, there are a 5 major questions to ask yourself before making that purchase.
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Shopping as “something fun to do” can lead you down a never-ending-money mess. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but it’s just not worth it. To untangle what you really should buy over just a “fun” purchase there are 5 questions to help keep your wardrobe and budget in check. No pressure, but time to clean out your closet. Take inventory.
Do you already own something just like it?
Twinning? Just how many black v-neck tees do you need? Know what I mean? Unless you need a replacement for a worn-out item, it’s probs not the smartest budget move to buy more of the same.
What are you shopping for?
#Goals. Why you are shopping? Are you looking for a pair of dressy pants because all you own are jeans and every-single-time you go out for “brunch” and want to wear pants you don’t have that sophisticated option? Do you need a chic dress to wear in the spring because you currently only own wool dresses and that’s just not going to work in 90′ weather? Fill in gaps in your wardrobe.
What’s the Cost Per Wear?
Math (in the real world!) means being totes OK to spend a big-ol-chunk-o-change for something that you will wear a lot. For example, splurging on a pair of classic denim like these makes perfect sense. You will wear them all the time because they won’t stretch all out of shape, they will make you look ahhhhhhhmazing (by how professionally structured the jeans are constructed) and they won’t fade as much (as cheaper denim) over time. Here’s the math: Wearing a $200 pair of jeans just once a week over a year (or more because they will last that long or longer!) will “cost” you approximately $4 per wear. Compare that to a pair of $40 jeans that you wear twice because they stretch out, make your butt look saggy and obvi are NOT flattering will cost you $20 per wear until you donate them to Goodwill.
How’s the fit?
Clothing MVP Status. If you are tugging on it already in the store’s dressing room this is not going to end well. Once you try it on you should look like the BEST version of yourself. Anything less than that? Don’t buy it. You won’t wear it because it won’t boost your confidence or make you look like the babe you are.
What will you wear it with?
Options: the Spice of Life. While debating about a piece of clothing on your long walk from the dressing room to the checkout counter, think about what you would want to wear that item with. If you can name at least 6 different outfit ideas, get it. But – if you are struggling to think of anything except jeans to wear it with, put it back on the rack.
Next time you’re out shopping take me along with you (figuratively, I guess…) to help you shop smarter.