9 Ways to Score the Best Deal While Shopping

9 Ways to Score the Best Deal While Shopping

Happy Wednesday!

I get a lot of questions about how I always score the best deals; today I’m going to tell you how! (It really isn’t much of a secret, it’s all about being smart about how you shop!).

P.S. I am by no means some expert shopper, but I am a pretty intense bargain hunter.

First of all, let me share with you the two no brainers that will 100% give you money every time you spend:

  1. Ebates. Whenever I can, I try to shop online if the store is signed up with Ebates. Not every store is signed up with them, but quite a few are. If you don’t know your size, you can always go into store to try on first, and then purchase it online. Or, if the online store allows free returns, then you’re in luck – order different sizes to try on! Sometimes Ebates even has double cashback days – always sign up for email alerts to keep posted! Here is a link you can sign up with!
  2. A cash back credit card. For the longest time I was signed up with airmiles, however… after doing some extensive thinking, I decided to go with a cashback card. There are usually lots of promotions going around for first-time card holders, as well as several different cash back cards offering different incentives. Do your research and find out which one best suits your lifestyle!9 Ways to Score the Best Deal While Shopping
    And then here are some more tips…
  3. Always, always, always look for online coupons. More often then not, a lot of retailers offer online coupons for first time shoppers/orders on their site if you sign up for their emails. Take advantage of this. Otherwise, you can always search up “name of store coupons” and sometimes online codes will pop up! Chris and I did this for pizza 73 once and we ended up getting two medium custom pizzas for something like $5 each LOL. Which brings me to the next point…
  4. Sign up for emails for the retailers you shop most frequently from. You will be the first to be notified about sales and coupon codes!
  5. GO TO THE SALE SECTION. I rarely buy anything at full price unless I am absolutely in love with it, which is, well, rare.
  6. Thrift. If you haven’t thrifted before or you have your reservations about thrifting, get over it and get into a thrift store STAT. You are missing out so hard. Everything is unique, one of a kind, or a sweet cop. Thrifting requires a lot of patience, but if you’re willing to stick it out, you can come out with lots of loots. Sometimes certain thrift stores will mark up their prices drastically, but they too, may offer special sales every now and then. For novice thrifters, Value Village does have 50% off sales and Goodwill has different coloured tag sales, so be sure to stay on top of that! And for those of you who may not be into the super vintage-y things, there are lots of local consignment stores that carry more modern, up-to-date clothing.
  7. Discount stores like Winners and Marshalls sometimes carry winners (ha ha ha) in their stores for a great price. I’ve copped a sweet pair of black ripped jeans for $13 and a black distressed denim jacket for $18 on my last trip there!
  8. Do not spend a lot on trendy items. “Trendy” items differ from person to person, however, if you don’t see yourself wearing it often down the road, don’t spend a crap ton of money on it. There are a bunch of stores (and discount stores) that sell trendy items for cheap at the mall. It may not be the best quality, but it’s a great way to try out a trend first without the investment in case it ain’t what you really want.
  9. Use an app/plugin that tells you when your items go on sale! I just started using Shoptagr, a plugin that tells me when the item on my wishlist goes on sale. I haven’t decided if I love it just yet, but it’s definitely handy to have!

And finally…. something that I am currently trying to learn is…
You will never get all the best deals.
Sometimes by the time an item you wants drops to a certain price point, the size or colour you want might not be available anymore. Use your judgment to decide whether or not you could live down how much you’re paying for something if you really want it!

9 Ways to Score the Best Deal While ShoppingChristopher Nguyen Photography

Check out some sweet deals I scored in the past! If you have any more tips, feel free to leave them down below!
Happy Shopping! 

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How to Style: Floral Kimono

how to style: floral kimono

Happy Fall!

This summer has been way too hot, and extremely smoky due to the forest fires happening around Calgary. I felt like I was wearing the same thing on all my days off: shorts and a t-shirt. Luckily, fall is coming and the weather is finally cooling down! Here’s a fun look I put together that was almost all thrifted.

how to style: floral kimono

how to style: floral kimono

how to style: floral kimono

Hat – Joe Fresh / White cami – Thrifted / Shorts – Levi’s (thrifted) / Kimono – Thrifted / Heels – Sears 

how to style: floral kimono

This floral kimono is actually a bathrobe – I saw it in the nightgown section of value village and snatched it up immediately. I love the colours of it and the silky feel; it instantly gave me coachella vibes!

how to style: floral kimono

The thing I’ll miss most about summer = wearing my jesus sandals! I wore them WAY too much this summer, as seen by my prominent sandal tan in the photo above, hahaha.

how to style: floral kimono

how to style: floral kimono

My 25th birthday is coming up this weekend!
I know some people aren’t huge on celebrating birthdays, and I’m usually pretty low key about mine, but this year just feels a little different… I’m actually kind of excited to turn 25! Even though I’m not doing anything “official” or “formal” about it, I’ve always felt this age was a milestone!

I’ve been dreaming about turning 25 since I was young… I *secretly* always thought I’d be married and having children at this age when I was younger. However… as time passed, I realized this was likely not the case… LOL. In fact, I feel like my life is just beginning at the end of my 24th year… life has been moving along and I have been thriving, despite the occasional setbacks.

I know I’ve been saying I will post our Portland vlog, but I’ve been kicking back and taking a LOT of naps after work…. and being lazy on the weekends. Hopefully once we figure things out with the whole move in situation (yes, it’s still not figured out yet, there’s been some hiccups!), we can start vlogging our day to day… I just do not do much during the weekdays besides going to work and napping, HAHA.

how to style: floral kimono

how to style: floral kimono

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! This outfit was such a fun one to do!

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Date Night in Striped Culottes

date night: striped culottes

Happy Monday!

date night: striped culottes

Can you believe we’re almost at the end of summer? It’s been ridiculously hot in Calgary – I’m so ready for fall! Fall is my favourite season.. I love layering and cozy knits.

I’ve been extremely into culottes this year. I remember when they first started popping up, I thought to myself, “I could never wear that”! However, that quickly changed when I decided to keep the first pair I got from dynamite in a dress-pant material. I started venturing into culottes made in other fabrics and prints, which you’ll most definitely see me style throughout the next couple months! They are the perfect transition pant into fall; it can be worn to work and tied into your office attire, or be dressed casually for the weekend or a date night!

date night: striped culottes

Velvet cami – Ardenes / Striped culottes – Sears / Black strappy heels – Sears / Hat – Joe Fresh / Necklace – eBay

date night: striped culottes

This is the perfect date night/girls night out outfit. It’s put together, there’s a bunch of textures, it’s fun, and the necklace packs a HUGE punch! Ya’ll know I love looking good on a budget; who doesn’t? I got these strappy heels and culottes on sale at Sears during their huge sale about a month or two ago. These pair of heels have a sturdy, chunky heel, making it super easy to walk in (note: I am not a heels type of girl – I always struggle)! It also features a turn-lock clasp on the ankle strap, adding a touch of elegance to them. The striped culottes instantly dresses up the look regardless of what you decide to wear for a top.

date night: striped culottes

This velvet lace cami I picked up from Ardene’s was SEVEN DOLLARS. I shit you not. Easily one of my most bang-for-buck purchases ever… I even picked up another one in a bigger size to layer over other pieces!

date night: striped culottes

I was also able to finally get my hands on a wide brimmed, wool hat from Joe Fresh. They were having an end-of-season sale and I found this hat for $20 tucked away somewhere on a shelf. Wide brimmed hats are so easy to match with outfits and make them look that much more sophisticated!

date night: striped culottes

As September slowly creeps up on us, and our move in date lurks around the corner, I can’t help but feel a little anxious about being away from home. I’ve developed a deep appreciation for my relationship with my parents and cherish the time I get to spend with them. I’m so grateful to have fantastic, polar opposite parents who’ve given me a vast perspective on life and two brothers who always make the effort to go by my room in the evening to talk about our day. I’m feeling emotional as I write this, and I can’t imagine how I’m going to be like moving day!

date night: striped culottes

Photos by Christopher Nguyen 

 

Until next time!
xo becks

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Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers

Happy Monday!
I thought it’d be fun to style this pair of patterned wide-legged trousers for this post; I can’t get enough of patterned pants! Truthfully, I’ve had several pairs of similar pants like these stashed in the back of my closet for several years now (my mother always told me how awesome they looked, and although I never agreed, I just bought then anyways and never wore them). As I continue to mature, my style is constantly evolving, and patterned pants have become a new love. So, alas, I’ve started whipping these pants out of the bottom of my drawers.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit

These pants are from Garage; they’re silky and flowy and everything wonderful for the summer! The dark blue makes it easy to match a variety of tops.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
A white, crisp collared tank really elevates the look of these pants. If you wanted to wear it out more casually, it could easily be paired with a plain tee/tank or even a band t-shirt with a fun handbag! These pants are a tad bit too long for sneakers, so a pair of heeled sandals/shoes are preferred. However, it also gives you more height so that the pants don’t swallow you up!

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
White chiffon tank – Sirens / Patterned Trousers – Garage  / Nude wedges – Nine West / Necklace – eBay / Sunglasses – Prada

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Ya’ll know I love the bold, crazy statement necklaces. So fun.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Fun fact: we came across this establishment randomly and I loved the way the pictures turned out!

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
It’s been a crazy busy month for us! We found a place to rent, the new job is going well, a couple of weddings are coming up… I anticipate the rest of the summer/fall to be full of more changes and growth. If you asked me if this was where I saw myself five years ago, I would’ve told you no. I’ve always led a fairly ‘straight’ path of going to school, graduating university in four years, finding a good job, buying a house in the burbs, etc, etc. Never did I think I would rent, work where I work now (ever), nor did I think I would live central (soon) or move in with my boyfriend (hello, conservative asian parents!). Sometimes I think becoming ill was a blessing in disguise for many reasons; it changed the course of what I thought the path my life was supposed to take. It was taught and brought so many unexpected things to the table for me.

I am so thankful for everything.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit Pictures by Christopher Nguyen

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!
Until next time,

Becks xx

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Royal Blue Pyjama Pants

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants

Good morning! I am back with another how to style patterned/pyjama pants post today. Sateen pants are so comfortable to hang out and lounge around in! These royal blue pyjama pants are super fun for the summer. For this look, I paired it with a white chiffon button up. I love royal blue and think the orange triangles adds such a fun pop of colour to this look! I also opted for a pair of nude wedges to keep the pants the centre of attention.

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Shirt – George’s / Pants – Sirens / Heels – Nine West / Necklace – eBay

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
White Chiffon top with statement necklace
I love the way a necklace dresses up an outfit instantly.

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
I thought it’d be fun to make this outfit a bit more summery feeling by tying a little bow with the front of the blouse. As always, if you want to opt for a more formal or put together look, all you have to do is just tuck the shirt in!

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants detail shot

Photos by Christopher Nguyen

We are still in the process of looking for a place. It’s been hard not to get ahead of myself with oogling at furniture and decor! I’ve also started my new job and it’s been an exciting change from what I’m used to. Things are going really well and we’re hoping to book a winter vacation soon!

And yes – I am still working on editing our Seattle vlog. In the meanwhile, you can watch our Vancouver vlog that I uploaded last week! Hope you’re all doing well! xo

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Nike BETRUE Flyknits

Nike BETRUE Flyknits

YOU. GUYS.
Chris and I got our hands on a pair of the Nike BETRUE flyknits!

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Let me backtrack.

On our last evening in Portland (we had to leave the next morning), we visited the Nike outlet. Mainly because we hit up the outlet in Seattle as well and didn’t find anything, so we didn’t think too much about going to the one in Portland. We saw a bunch of the BETRUE knits for sale.

Never thought much of these when I saw them online before release.

Till I saw it in person.

I loved them!

However, there were no more in my size. Being the nice guy Chris was, he didn’t purchase a pair because he felt bad about me not being able to get a pair; we had hoped for these knits to be our first pair of matching kicks. Checked the interwebs – sold out in Canada and none left in my size on the American site. I left Portland all heavy-hearted (dramatic).

A week later, while Chris was at work, he texted me that the outlet in our city had the knits! He somehow spotted a pair that was my size in a video that someone had posted of the stock. I quickly called to ask if they still had it available, in which they confirmed that there was one pair left. Ya girl put it on hold, Chris went to pick it up after work (along with a pair for himself), and that was that.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
These are freaking fiiiiiiireeeeeee yo.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Also wanted to show how I wear them – this is the perfect weekend uniform.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Lots of baby hairs – Beck’s head / Sweatshirt – Stussy / Leggings – generic ones from Asia / BETRUE flyknits – Nike 

Nike BETRUE FlyknitsPhotos by Christopher Nguyen

I start my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Until next time – BECKS OUT!

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Dressing a classic look up and down

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Happy Monday!

Chris & I just returned from our road trip to Vancouver/Seattle/Portland on the weekend. We had such a blast – we loved Portland the most! I will share some photos from our trip hopefully later this week. I’ve also taken a lot of footage from our trip, in which I will post on YouTube to share once I find the time to sit down and edit the clips!

I wanted to style an outfit with a wool jacket I picked up a couple months ago from Hudsons Bay. I love the look of camel and black together; it screams sophisticated and it screams classic. But I also didn’t want to look too crazy-put-together, so I paired the look with a pair of pleather leggings. As you know, I don’t like looking too formal, so I added in a pair of sneakers to show how you can dress this look down if you choose not to wear heels. We hit up Sunalta station for this outfit… it was our first time there and it’s gigantic!

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck – Forever 21 / Wool Jacket – Hudsons Bay / Pleather leggings – Dynamite / Black tote bag – Call It Spring / Black heels – G21

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Aaaandddd as promised, here’s the outfit with some kicks – completely changing the look from “going to work” to casual athleisure.

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shotPhotos by Christopher Nguyen

A lot of big changes are taking place in the next month. After a lot of back and forth, I start a new job after being at my current one for three years, and Chris and I are in the process of looking at places because we are finally moving in (with the potential of a place already!). As much fear, anxiety, and excitement all of this has brought on, I am so grateful that everything has fallen into place ever so (literally) perfectly. The timing of things are so strange and peculiar sometimes, but at the end of the day, I am always taken care of. If you ever feel worried, unhappy, or stuck in a situation that you just can’t seem to get out of… know that it will pass and that you will be taken care of too. Trust that things will work out, push yourself to move forward, and continue to count your blessings in each and every day.

Until next time,
Becks

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Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Good morning!
The weather in Calgary has mostly been warm but still randomly fluctuates to heavy wind and rain from time to time.
Layering turtle/mock neck sweaters are perfect for rainy and windy weather. They are warm, prevent wind from going down your neck, and look extra cute under things! Wearing them under tank tops are a super cute way to incorporate summer wear for cooler weather. I wore a ruffled mock-neck  sweater under a black floral v-neck tank top for a girly look. Paired with pleather leggings and accessorized with a statement necklace, this is perfect for a chilly date night.

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Mock neck sweater – Ardenes / Black floral v-neck tank top – Dynamite / Pleather leggings – Dynamite / Boots – Call it Spring / Chain zip bag – Rebecca Minkoff / Necklace – AliExpress

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecks

A lot of you may know that I have been trying very hard at growing my hair out. Ever since being sick, I’ve lost a lot of my hair and the remaining bit has been very thin and sparse. I’ve been researching several ways to maintain the integrity of my hair while trying to grow it back out. Coconut oil masks, flax seed supplements & black sesame seeds have been incorporated into my daily routine *when I remember to* and I honestly feel like I’ve been seeing a bit of difference in my hair! I am also currently trying out a new shampoo that I think might actually be beneficial to my situation – I will share more in an upcoming blog post soon!

Layering: Tank tops over turtlenecksPhotos by Christopher Nguyen

Thank you so much for reading!

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The Cami Over Turtleneck Trend: Black Crushed Velvet Cami & Camel Turtleneck edition

black crushed velvet cami over camel turtleneck detail shot

Happy Friday!
Today I bring to you a trend that many are unsure of – the cami over turtleneck/shirt trend.

Chris actually does not particularly like this trend; he made several comments about it looking weird when we shot a couple of these outfits. Yes, there are more “cami-over-shirt/turtleneck” posts coming soon! Those of you who have gotten photos taken of them for social media before will know that, sometimes, planned shots do not turn out. This particular outfit was one of those “get a shot of me to see what it looks like!” which turned into us not liking it much, and then me looking at it later and kicking myself for not getting more shots. Because I actually freaking love the colours, the feminine and masculinity of this look. My insides were screaming, POST THIS! So here are the three shots of this outfit we got for you guys.

black crushed velvet cami over camel turtleneck
Outfit details:
Camel turtleneck: Forever 21/Black crushed velvet cami: Ardenes/Black dress pants: Sirens/Black booties: Call It Spring/Black zippered chain bag: Rebecca Minkoff

black crushed velvet cami over camel turtleneck detail shot
Excluding the bag, this outfit amounts to under a hundred bucks! While shopping, I came across the black crushed velvet cami randomly for seven bucks. SUCH A STEAL. Of course I had to pick it up in two sizes, one for wearing as a cami and one for layering. Classic Rebecca move.

black crushed velvet cami over camel turtleneck

Photos by Christopher Nguyen

I feel like I’ve been lacking in posts lately; I told myself I would post only once a week because of the amount of outfit shots Chris & I are able to fit in weekly. However, I’ve decided to kick that idea out and post at least once a week and whenever I want. It’s hard to feel connected to my readers/followers when all I do is strictly post about the technicalities and nothing personal. After all, this is my blog and my space for me to post anything that enlightens and inspires. Even if it means short, baby posts of what I enjoyed doing during the day.

A May vlog will be coming soon on my YouTube channel – Editing is in the works! Stay tuned!

Hope you guys have a great weekend – see you soon!

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SPRING 2017 THRIFT STORE HAUL

SPRING 2017 THRIFT STORE HAUL

Hey guys! Becks checkin’ in – my spring 2017 thrift store haul is now live! Keep scrolling down to watch the video…

I thrifted like a mad man last week and found some serious gems; as a result, I made a video! Can’t wait to share it with you guys!

 Click here or the video above to see what I got! Don’t forget to thumbs up, comment, and subscribe.

Lastly, if you enjoyed this, you might enjoy my other thrift haul or my gigantic forever 21 haul.

Until then, I hope this inspires you to look into checking out your local thrift stores to see what they’ve got! It’s always such an adventure and feels so good to find hidden gems that no one else has.
See you guys next week with a new post!

CHEERS!
rebecca xx

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