6 Online Shopping Tips

One of my favorite pastimes is online shopping.  It’s similar to window shopping but it’s way better because you get to sit in one spot and explore hundreds of stores without having to leave your home.  It’s so convenient and there’s so much variety. And it’s just fun!  Why not try it?!?!  Here are 6 tips for shopping online.

Tip 1: Know your measurements.  Measurements include your hips, waist, height, shoe, and bust size.  This is going to help you tremendously because just about all online websites offer a size guide for their clothing.  The size guide helps to ensure that you choose your correct size regardless of whether you’re shopping for clothes and shoes on a US website or a foreign website.

Tip 2: Add your email to your favorite store’s email list.  This ensures that you are notified whenever there is a sale and you also receive great coupons!  Now I know that no one likes spam so I suggest creating an email specifically for coupons and sale notices.  That way, you don’t get all of these emails going into your personal email account.

Tip 3: Become familiar with different fabric types.  An item’s fabric type usually gives you an indication of how it will feel when you wear it.  Will it be itchy?  Will it stretch a little?  Is it durable?  These are all questions that can be answered simply by determining the fabric type when shopping online.

Tip 4: Always check the return policy.  Some online shops only allow exchanges.  Some have a certain amount of days that you must return an item in order to get a refund.  Some have an “all sales are final” rule (I don’t frequent those).  Some charge you a shipping fee for the return.  The shipping fee is usually deducted from your refund.  And lastly, some allow you to return your items in store.  Make sure you know what the return policy is before you make a purchase.

Tip 5: Make sure the site is secure.  Don’t give out your credit card information without making sure the site is secure.  Websites whose URL starts with “https” indicate that your information is encrypted and secure.

Tip 6: HAVE FUN!

The Perfect Skinny Scarves

These scarves are perfect because they draw attention to your outfit by adding a pop of color, especially if you’re wearing a neutral look.  But, if you are wearing an outfit that has a variety of colors, try adding a single colored scarf like the red one below.  Love These!

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Oh, and I’ve added another article that shows more creative ways to style your scarf. How do you wear your scarves?  Will you be trying some of these?  Let me know in the comments section below.

Make a Statement with a Scarf

Scarves are perfect statement pieces.  They can add color to a black suit, dimension to a plain solid dress and they can also add simplicity to an otherwise elaborate look.  As scarves relate to work wear, you could easily throw on a sheath dress and add a scarf with simple monotone pumps and there you have it.  They’re very versatile and chic.

Right now, my favorite type of scarf is the skinny scarf.  It resembles a tie and it can be worn like a tie.  It’s a simple scarf that could totally amp up your look.

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I love this scarf! It can be worn so many ways. Do you need some ideas on how to wear your scarf?  Check out this article for ideas.  Have a wonderful Monday!

Casual Friday: White Top + Black Jeans

So this week I am pairing my black jeans with a white button up top.  I bought this top about two years ago from H&M. I’ve worn it during every season and it always works!  I love a good buy!  This is another simple look that I enhanced by adding a statement piece; this necklace from Forever 21.

See more on necklaces as a statement piece in this post and this post.

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Top – H&M  Jeans – H&M Booties – JCPenney  Necklace – Forever 21

What do you guys think?

Let’s Talk: Confidence

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence” – Blake Lively

Confidence is an important characteristic to have when running a business, running an office, or even just running your life.  It gives those depending on you the belief that you are reliable and you can handle the job that they have trusted you to do.  People witness this confidence by how you carry yourself on the outside; how you walk, how you talk, and of course, how you dress.

I think I speak for most when I say that there have been moments when I have not been so confident in myself or my ability to do certain things.  While starting this blog, I have had my moments of uncertainty.  I’ve wondered “Can I really do this?” and “Do people really want to hear what I have to say?”  It’s human nature to sometimes doubt ourselves.  But the way to get over those insecurities is to always try to be your best self and know that you can do whatever you set your mind to do.

Now confidence can only come from within.  But, sometimes we need that extra boost of confidence that comes from an outside source called “retail therapy”.  Below I have some of my favorite items that I utilize to give me that extra boost of confidence when I’m on my way to that critical business meeting or when I’m about to give that important presentation.

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  1. Pumps – I have an affinity for pumps. The right ones have me feeling like I could take over the world!  They’re empowering.  I don’t get that same feeling when I’m wearing flats. My fave right now is this pair by BCBG.  I would love to get my hands on this pair by Kate Spade.
  2. Perfume – After a shower, I want to still smell like I’ve just taken a shower.  I get that from my Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue perfume.  This stuff smells heavenly!  What better way to boost your confidence than to leave the house smelling like you just walked right out of heaven.
  3. Makeup – I am in no way, shape, or form a makeup expert.  But I know what I like.  I usually go for a subtle eyeshadow and a bold lip.  I love this eyeshadow palette.  It’s easy for an amateur like me to use and the colors are perfect.  And for lipstick, being that it’s fall, my favorite right now is MAC’s Diva.
  4. Jewelry – Adding a piece of jewelry does help to boost my outer self-confidence.  A little embellishment never hurts.
  5. Notebook – I included my notebook because it contains all my thoughts, feelings, and ideas.  Taking the time to acknowledge our feelings and emotions is also another way to boost confidence.  It encourages self-reflection and self-awareness.  Also, my notebook helps me to plan and organize.  I’m always more confident when I have planned things out.
What are some items that help to boost your confidence?
Also, as I stated before, confidence ultimately comes from within.  Here is an article that gives 10 ways to exude confidence.  Thanks for your support!

Fall Trend: Ruffles

One of the major trends that I’ve noticed lately is ruffles.  I’m not typically into trends.  I just wear what I like and what feels good. But, when I saw this top at New York & Company, I was immediately drawn to it.  I love the ruffles and the ribbon that acts as a cute little tie.  It’s just a very fun top!

This top is basically a statement piece.  So, as you can see, I kept the rest of my outfit pretty basic.  I paired it with these sleek black pants and my black sky high pumps.  I felt very strong and confident in this outfit.

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Have you tried ruffles yet?  How did you wear them?

The Sheath Dress

A sheath dress is the perfect alternative to your typical suit as long as it’s worn correctly and with the right pieces.

After giving you some tips on finding the perfect sheath dress this morning, of course I have to show you some of my favorites that I’ve found on the web.  I’m in love with all of these!

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What a beautiful color!

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If you want to try something different, go with animal print.  Remember to keep your accessories very simple and minimal though.

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As you know, burgundy is one of my favorite fall colors!  So, when I saw this dress, I immediately added it to my bag.  It’s on its way to my house right now!

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Another beauty!  I love the mix of coral and navy.

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Ladies, a black dress is essential to your professional wardrobe.  It’s necessary in my opinion.  This black dress from H&M is very nice and very affordable.

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This dress caught my attention because of this beautiful green color and because of the little lace detailing at the bottom of the dress.

Well that’s it for today.  Will you be trying one of these dresses out?  Let me know in the comments section below!