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Monday, July 20, 2015

This is why we can have nice things.

My grandmother has always said that I have "champagne taste on a beer budget" and booooooooy, is that true.  I have a list of fashion items that I'd buy if I ended up winning the lottery.  Valentino Rockstuds, a Chanel 2.55 bag, and Christian Louboutin pumps are all on the list.

However, I am very decidedly not a millionaire.  Luckily, I've found the more preppy aesthetic that I favor tends to be done by the mid-price range American designers.  Unluckily, mid-price in fashion apparently still means several hundred dollars for a pair of boots or a bag.  I have a few strategies that I use to avoid going into serious debt over my love for designer goods and thought it'd be nice to share them with all of you.

1. Buy trendier pieces from fast-fashion stores and invest in classic pieces.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know by now that I'm a huge fan of the palm-printed fabrics that have taken over everyone's summer style.  Just like the famous Devil Wears Prada scene, trends trickle down and thanks to fast-fashion stores like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara, they are available almost right away.  Instead of investing in pieces that wouldn't necessarily be in trend next season, I bought a dress and romper from Old Navy for less than $25.  No regrets!

2. Wait for sales and use promo codes.
Have you noticed that all the big sales are based around American holidays?  Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day... BLACK FRIDAY.  Anyhow, those are always when the biggest sales typically are.  Because I don't exactly live in a shopping mecca, I have a tendency to buy online.  The secret?  Always google to see if there are any promo codes or better deals for your purchase.  It can end up making such a big difference!

3. Expand where you shop.
The one place I miss more than any other down here in Hilton Head is Nordstrom Rack.  I've found so many wonderful deals there, from my Paige denim jeans to my Tory Burch flats.  Lucky for me, they're now online as well!  Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Bloomingdales Outlet are all fantastic locations to grab pieces for less, and trendy ones at that!  To top it off, I always manage to see some Kate Spade bags and jewelry in TJ Maxx.  The secret to these stores isn't to go in looking for specific items--if you do that, you might drive yourself a little crazy trying to track them down.  Go in and experience that rush of surprise of finding something you never thought you'd see on sale.

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