• Beauty,  face care,  money,  shopping,  skin care,  Ulta

    How I scored a $400+ Ulta haul for $0.34

    Today I’m finally going over the details of my massive January Ulta haul! I posted about this on my Instagram stories but it just took me a while to put down all the details of what I bought, how much it cost vs. what I paid, and how I regularly bring home these giant boxes of beauty goodies for a fraction of their retail value. (This is not sponsored by Ulta, BTW, I’m just spilling the beans because I love shopping there so much!)

    Okay, so for photo reference, here’s everything I got. The value of this Ulta haul: $400+. The grand total I paid? thirty-four cents. If you’re thinking, “THERE’S NO WAY”, read on, and I’ll show you how I did it.

    Ulta Haul January 2019

  • accessories,  Fashion,  shopping,  style,  subscriptions

    Le Tote, round one (review)

    (Disclosure: post contains affiliate links.)

    Can you guys believe it’s November already?! Because I sure can’t! I feel like fall just started and we’re already segueing into winter.

    This month I decided to try out something new and fun: a month of clothing rentals from Le Tote. For the unfamiliar, Le Tote is a monthly fashion subscription box that lets you borrow or buy new styles, without the full retail price. The company was started as an answer to busy working women who bought lots of new clothes every month for events, but only wore them once or twice. Subscribers can “rent” hundreds of dollars worth of clothes and accessories each month for a low fee, giving them a revolving closet without the hefty price tag.

    Le Tote

  • shopping

    Random Thursday: IMO the best online shop is…

     

    To be honest, I don’t do a lot of online shopping. I tend to be leery of sizing, return policies and other issues, so I usually just hoof it to a brick-and-mortar store to make my purchases. There’s also the fact that lots of my favorite nooks don’t have an online presence, since they’re independent and not a chain. However, there are a few sites I really like.

    I’d be lying if I didn’t include Amazon as one of my favorite places to find stuff online. I know that’s terribly generic, but where else can you find coffee, books, pillow slipcovers and a new handbag all in one place? Ditto for Etsy, site of all things magical and wonderful.

    Even though most of the site is above my budget, I also really love browsing Piperlime, just for fashion inspiration. Ditto for Anthropologie, which is gorgeous but obviously won’t yield any real purchases any time soon! For more affordable stuff, I love Lulu’s and ASOS. People Tree, Fashion Conscience and One Mango Tree have great fair-trade and sustainable fashions at fairly affordable price points.

    On the beauty front, Soap.com and White Rabbit Beauty are great ways to find the brands you wish were stocked at the local drugstore. White Rabbit sells only Leaping Bunny approved products, and helpfully sorts out items as vegan, fragrance free and gluten-free.

    So there are a few recommendations from this online challenged shopper. Any sites you think I should know about?

  • shopping

    Random Thursday: My fave store to shop at is…

    Gosh, do I have to pick just one? I’m not going to say Target, because everyone loves Target so that feels like cheating. I suppose one of my favorite places to shop is Pier 1, even though I can’t afford most of the stuff there–it’s fun just to walk around and look at everything! I also really, really love bookstores. I can stay in there for far too long, just browsing.

  • fall,  Fashion,  green,  jewelry,  shoes,  shopping,  style,  vegan

    Ethical fall fashion: ten pieces

    When I first started blogging about ethical consumerism and ethical fashion this summer (click the hyperlinks to see those posts), I meant to throw together a wishlist post of fashion items that were fair trade, eco-friendly, made in the USA or vegan. Somehow that post never got put together (oops!) but now that fall is right around the corner, I thought it was a good time to put together a little list of items for that summer-to-fall transition period. The best part: everything here is under $50!

    (All links below go directly to the web page for the item; they are not affiliate links.)

    1. Shirred tunic, $38, One Mango Tree
    2. Print dress, $48, Lulu’s
    3. Shorts, $21.60, One Mango Tree
    4. Sweater, $35, Tree of Life
    5. Colored denim, $49, Land’s End
    6. Earrings, $17, Roozt
    7. Ankle boots, $45, Fashion Conscience
    8. Scarf, $16, People Tree
    9. Tank top, $20, Glik’s
    10. Floral tee, $33, Fashion Conscience