Your Guide to Strategic Shopping!

Your Guide to Strategic Shopping!



I share with you today some of the best ways to find great deals on clothes, furniture, and all your home decor needs. Growing up I didn’t have much and I was taught to cherish everything I had/earned…well when I got married I was told by mother in law if you buy good quality it might cost more but it will last a lifetime. So let’s just say I put these two life lessons together and learned how to find super bargains. Now I totally understand some people aren’t patient enough to bargain shop; like my husband…he believes in convenience and that time is too valuable to be searching for deals, but if you are you’ve landed in the right spot. The list you’ve been waiting for…


Fashion
#1- Shopual.com hands down
#2- Dillard’s Clearance Center
#3-Outnet.com
#4-Purple Cow 
#5-Goodwill

Furniture and Home Decor
#1-Chairish.com
#2-Heirloom Furnishing in NOLA
#3-Blackflash Antiques
#4-Estate Sales
#5-EBTH.com
#6-1stdibs.com
#7-Habitat Restores
#8-Wayfair (Open Box)
#9-Amazon (Used)

A few of my favorite finds so far…

EBTH.com

1stdibs.com

Chairish.com


Now don’t forgot to price shop the product online using google.com before purchasing. Simply search for like items to see if you have scored a deal. You will know a deal trust me! Most of the price setting is done using google anyway. Remember these prices are also negotiable, so it never hurts to do your research. 

Fashion shopping tips!
Always buy the blazer! I have to remember this myself. Look for silks and wools—pricey these days and hard to come by as well. Most clothing store have a high end rack…I shop those when I first entered the store(did you think you were the only one shopping lol), anyways hold on to maybes, and make at least 2 trips around the rack.

When it comes to furniture try to find the brand name and search using that information. Let me tell you older furniture is solid, don’t be concerned with a few scratches—how long do you think it will take you to scratch your shiny new particle board furniture? When it comes to drawers (in dressers or chest etc) dovetail joints for the win—displays great craftsmanship and longevity. Just a few gems I don’t want to bore you. Feel free to leave your questions or comments. 

Dovetail joint



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Home Tour Christmas 2019

Home Tour Christmas 2019

It all began with picking the perfect tree from our local Cleggs Nursery. We were very hesitant to go with a live tree in all of our 18 years together we had never had one in our home. The main fear was would it die before Christmas and would the family room be taken over by the shedding needles. Mr. Scott from the nursery was very helpful and knowledgable and advised us that the tree needed the most watering the first week…and boy did it suck up some water the first week. Let’s just say we were super pleased with the live tree not by only the uniqueness in shape, but also the fragrant smell. We will definitely do at least one live tree every Christmas moving forward. I hope you had a blessed Christmas 2019. I share with you our traditional Christmas style decor. Here’s to a Happy New Year in 2020.

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‘Tis the Season to Party

‘Tis the season for parties and to be jolly. Oh how quickly it has come upon us. I quite frankly am tired of purchasing gorgeous gowns/dresses only to wear for one event. I decided this year to do it differently. I did separate pieces that I can possibly wear again. This long maxi skirt comes in multiple colors and is sure to be a show stopper. It’s under $20…I’ve linked additional option below. Don’t wait too late! Get your glam on…Omniley?

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Pearls & PJs Janis’ 60th Surprise Party

Wow did it take some cleverness to pull this off! Thanks so much to everyone that made this day possible.

I told her I was taking her out to eat and in route to the restaurant I told her that Kimble (her grandson) must have took my debit card and I needed to go back home. Needless to say, she knew what was going on with we saw Ms. T on the front porch hiding behind the column, because no one in the house would like her in (not even Jared that came to the door lol).

Special thanks to all the guests (Varnell, Trenice, Irma, Terri, and April)

Credits: Creative Design (LBEvans); Decor (LBEvans and April Skipper)

Chef Schonberg’s Sweets

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Lookbook 74: July 4th Soiree

Our July 4th Soiree ended up being a small intimate day with my husband, my son, my mom, and Bane. It doesn’t take a crowd to celebrate. We enjoyed each others company. Omniley?

Kimble’s Famous Cheesecake Sandwiches
Mom on the watermelon skewers

Balloon arch available at my Amazon Shop

Loeffler Randall Jade Moire Kitten-Heel Mules with Bow • Loeffler Randall •
Gianni Bini Moneekas Block Heel Tassel Mules • Gianni Bini •
Leith Deep V-Neck Jumpsuit • Leith •
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Bow-detailed Crepe Jumpsuit – Red • MICHAEL Michael Kors •
MILLENIUM Women’s Cross Front Jumpsuit •

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Lookbook 73: July 4th Party Prep

Don’t mind me I’m just over here decorating-Omniley? Disclaimer: I get a commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post. Waiting for something to go on sale or just want to buy it later? Simply click the heart icon and enter your email address. You’ll receive a confirmation email (to shop products you favorite anytime from your inbox) and notification email when the price drops!

Faux-Suede Block-Heel Mules for Women • Old Navy •
Vince Camuto Berodie Mule – Women’s • Vince Camuto •
Madewell Whisper Cotton V Neck Pocket Tank • Madewell •
Eileen Fisher Lightweight Sleeveless Scoop-Neck Tee • Eileen Fisher •
TOV Cascade Ruffle Pencil Skirt •
BB Dakota Go Gingham Tiger Skirt • BB Dakota •
BB DAKOTA Gingham Ruffle Skirt • BB Dakota •

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Lookbook 611: Growth and Perspective

Forget the past, but remember the lesson…it’s the reason you are who and where you are! Can anyone guess where I got my inspiration from for this painting? It’s not the original just a duplicate… Oh and yes my #fiddleleaffig is real???? she’s almost as tall as I am #Bellehomedecor-Omniley?

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Ulla Johnson Lottie Floral Voile Dress • Ulla Johnson •
NANETTE nanette lepore Sleeveless Patterned Pintuck Pleat Midi Dress • Nanette Lepore •
Diane Von Furstenberg Carla Tulip Dress • Diane von Furstenberg •
Influence Tall floral wrap dress with tie sleeve and ruffle in red •
Sam Edelman Laney Mule – Women’s • Sam Edelman •

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If it kills me…

So...I spent 25 minutes on this past Wednesday looking for a pair of trousers and was almost late for my appointment. I didn't find them until this morning (Saturday), but the feeling I had Wednesday was awful. I had put this nice little outfit together in my mind on Tuesday night and it went out the door Wednesday morning.

I watched a few episodes of the Marie Kondo show while traveling and must admit I was a little impressed. While I know I could not organize my whole house like this I had some areas that it would be beneficial in when I had some time to do it. I started about  2 weeks with my dresser drawers, no I didn't pile all my items up--I did drawer by drawer and let me tell you the folding method allows for much more storage room in the drawers.

So fast forward I definitely don't have the time right now to tackle my closet, but something had to give. I got back home on Wednesday afternoon and Amazon'ed me a closet rack. I received it on Friday and it took about 20 minutes to put together. My goal is to hang my weekly outfits on this and slowly #mariekondo my closet. If it kills me...

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Do you have any Marie Kondo goals?

Bamboo Garment Rack


			
		
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Nothing like home…

Many times people think travelling is always exciting, but when it’s all work and no play–it can tend to be draining. I travel for my job where I cover a pretty significant territory, so I am always on the go. I do love flying to accumulate points, but lately I prefer driving. Why you might ask?

I find when driving I am in total control of my arrival and departure times and not at the mercy of the airlines. I’ve been stuck like chuck one too many times. I typically like to connect to Houston when flying…just get me within a decent driving distance Delta, United, or American. PLEASE

What’s funny is after all this time I just got TSA Pre-Check. I’m keeping my fingers crossed here, but so far my rate for it working is 100% that’s only out of 5 flights…

Vacationing on the other hand is a different story. Especially the going! Am I the only one that is like hurry up get me back home when vacation is over?

So the face I make when I get back home and settled and know I will be on the road again next week…now hopefully you can relate.

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Home sweet home…



Outfit
Skirt:  Tracy Reese
Top:  Ramy Brook 
  

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Making this a smart home

When my husband said he wanted to upgrade all the locks in our home I was game,  until he said smart locks. My radar immediately went off ?this is going to be expensive and I still have some fabric I want more than locks.
Anywho Black Friday came and I found some pretty good deals so I said why not…almost 2 months later and they are almost all installed.
Let’s just say I had some minor setbacks. Locksmith no showed 2 weeks in a row…OLD doors NEW locks foolishness. Nothing was an easy fit without adjustments that required drilling and 4 trips to my local hardware store (Sullivans Hardware).
I LOVE THESE GUYS! They have been helping my through all my projects…
Fast forward it was all so worth it! I dont have to fumble for keys anymore. I can open from my phone or simply enter my code on the keypad. All those near bladder accidents are a thing of the past. I am constantly chugging water and always seem to be on the brink of disaster when I pull in my driveway.
I no longer have to wonder if my latchkey kid has his key! For the win…so I say to my hubby great upgrade request.
All locks used by Schlage in bright brass…I absolutely love all gold fixtures
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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Schlage-Camelot-Bright-Brass-Connect-Smart-Lock-BE468-CAM-605/300980617

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Schlage-Camelot-Bright-Brass-Connect-Smart-Lock-with-Alarm-and-Right-Handed-Accent-Lever-Handleset-FE469NX-ACC-605-CAM-RH/204793911

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