Run for the latest sales!

February to me means = Fall/Winter sales – great last deals! It’s not always a great time after Holiday (yes most of people is broke because of Christmas) but it’s the best time to fill your winter closet.

My sales rules are to buy something that I won’t never buy at full price; get a trendy piece; fun pattern you won’t wear everyday; something I don’t own much in my closet, not look at all at the new collection next to the sales section… I found hard to get something I had a crush on before the sales and get it after at 50-60-70% so now I don’t really expect for anything I was looking for.

This weekend, after two hours of window shopping, my credit card swiped at Zara.

sales at zara

For a total of $43, I got this fun textured printed skirt and a black long sleeves top in linen with lace on the shoulders (not available online-go in stores there are still plenty). $20 each items.

The skirt has an animal print but not sure if it looks more like a zebra or a cow pattern?! If you are too scared to wear this kind of pattern, go for something that will never go out of fashion: a leopard print. Shop animal print skirts here.

You can dress up this skirt with a black sweater/top or white shirt/blouse. You can also dress down this skirt with a chambray shirt.

Shoes

We saw them during the Fall 2013 runways – Chanel, Balenciaga, Tory Burch… designers featured the cutout boots.

The cutout bootie trend is an easy way to transition into the cooler months without going full-on winter snow boots. I got mine at DSW. Check out here for more options.

Jewelry

When I wear black and white or grey, I always prefer to wear silver jewelry, I believe it matches better than gold. This statement chain necklace is from Stella and Dot and unfortunately it’s sold out but you can find similar here. Contact me if you want this one for free. I add an S&D arm party to my wrist: the best seller Renegade cluster bracelet in silver, Gilded Arrow bangle in silver and the Jessie stretch bracelets.

makeup

“Accessories”

Since the black and white are neutral colors, I’ll use my nails and lips as “accessories” for a pop of color and not look too boring. I’ll go for red bold lips and nails.

Lips: Givenchy Lip Liner #5 // Benefit lipstick Frenched color

Nails: Essie nail polish A List color // Sally Hansen Top Coat – Insta Dry

Zoom on my fave “Must Have” purse Makeup:

L’Oreal Pencil Eyeliner in carbon black // Maybelline concealer “Eraser dark circles Age Rewing” #40 Honey color // Make Up For Ever Mat Bronzer shade 40 // Sephora brush Pro Bronzer 48

 

Go – hurry up to the sales section. Happy february shopping.

 

Mix high-end & low-end styles

You probably understood I love fashion when it rhymes with bargains!

But I can’t pass on these high-end styles brands because I do believe it makes your outfit looks like a million bucks. Especially with shoes and handbags. If there is something I’ll spend more money is on these two categories.

Then everybody is able to find a great skinny jean, trendy blouse, blazer, sweater, tees, dress with low-end brands like H&M, Forever 21, Target or mid-end brands like Zara, J. Crew/Factory, Banana Republic, Club Monaco (ladies, always go on sales for these brands, when I know the margin they take, it’s not allowed for the sake of our wallet to buy at full prices).

The question is: where to find high-end styles at reasonable price?

  • Jeremy’s stores: San Francisco: Two South Park and Berkeley: 2967 College Avenue – their merchandise is coming from department stores, items that have been used in advertisements and window displays. Other items they receive are damages and customer returns.
    They also get merchandise from clothing designers who sell their production, sale samples and past season’s stocks.
  • Crossroads: it’s a buy-sell-trade store. I love it, it’s so cheap and I always find something that will give a “wowww”. You need to be patient and look everywhere, on the aisles, etc… There are many stores but my fav ones are on Fillmore & Market St.
  • Seek online when you have a designer piece in mind like Ebay, Threadflip, Poshmark… Trust me, you get amazing deals there! I will write more details about these 2 companies in a different post :Apps/Services…

Look what I’ve got for $130 on POSHMARK: the seller was allowing Bundle Discount meaning that if I was buying more than one item from her, I was able to negotiate the price.

But let me tell you the full story of this purchase, I went to the 7 for All Mankind outlet store few months ago in Gilroy and I was trying jeans on but I wanted to try them with high heels (as I was wearing my running shoes) so my Love grabbed me a random pair of heels but too big for me. And I became obsessed with them, they didn’t have my size in store. So I went online to find them and the winner was POSHMARK I found them totally BRAND NEW along with a skinny snake print jean I wanted last winter.

The original price of the jean was around $200 and for the shoes $225. I’ll let you make the calculation on how much I have saved!

poshmark

  • Nordstrom Rack, I can get lost and go crazy in the Palo Alto store ;). I got the cutest camel bag from Vince Camuto there – pix will come!

Going to get anything from any of these mentionned stores? I’d love to see what you’ve got! Do not hesitate to share it with me, get a selfie pic on Instagram and tag me @marjosf.

I hope you are enjoying these tips. Xoxo