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A Trip to the Beach (In your Shower!)

I love pretty much anything that reminds me of the beach: Pina Coladas, pineapples, seashells, and, of course, coconuts (fun fact: I used to wear sunscreen to school in the Winter because I loved the scent that much).  Thanks to Hask Beauty, taking a trip to the beach is as easy as taking your morning shower with their Monoi Coconut Oil collection.  So what is Monoi Coconut Oil, you ask?  It’s a mixture of pure coconut oil and Tahitian gardenias; a combination commonly used by Polynesian women to nourish and protect their hair from the elements (sand, wind, and sun).  Even better? All of Hasks’s products are free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, artificial colours, and drying alcohols.  Their products are also used on many film and television sets (more than any other brand!).   I mean, who doesn’t want to use the same styling products as Olivia Pope?!  You can find their products in many countries throughout the world; visit their website to find a retailer near you! But for now, keep reading to learn more about the products pictured above from the Monoi Coconut line (which are safe for all hair types).

1.Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo

This shampoo is perfection:  from the scent, to the formula, and the results.  As someone with oily hair, I’m always looking for products that won’t add any weight or residue.  This shampoo lathers nicely and evenly, leaves hair feeling clean, and obviously, smells amazing.

2.Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Conditioner

As I mentioned before, having oily hair means that conditioning products can sometimes be a little scary.  I want my hair to feel soft and look shiny, but most importantly I want it to look and feel clean.   I apply this conditioner in the shower after shampooing, and leave it in for a few minutes while I wash my body, shave, or sing (come on, you do it too!).  When I wash it out, my hair is left feeling soft, detangled, and moisturized without any extra weight or greasiness.   Oh yeah, and did I mention these products smell fantastic?…

 3.Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner

Used 1-2 times per week, this deep conditioner helps moisturize and repair damage.  Just apply to wet, clean hair, leave in for 10 minutes or so, and rinse well.  My preference is to start by applying it to the ends of my hair (where I have more damage) and work my way up to my scalp.  This product (along with the SHINE Oil below) is so popular that one is purchased every 5 seconds!

 4.Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing SHINE Oil

I’ve always used and loved hair oils because of their versatility.  You can use them on wet hair to help moisturize and detangle, or you can use them on dry hair to help tame frizzy hair and add shine.  This oil is the perfect consistency and weight, allowing it to absorb quickly and work its magic without making hair greasy or oily.  Just remember to use a small amount, and concentrate on the ends of your hair (avoid applying directly to your roots).

Have you tried any Hask Beauty products before?  Let me know in the comments below!

*Products provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

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January 2016 Favourites

There are many great things about Winter (personally, I can’t name any but Christmas), but with it tends to come dry and dull skin, frizzy hair, and hands you want to hide in your gloves.  My January favourites happen to be products that help with all of these problems (plus a little glitz).  Let’s get to it!

1. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I received a sample of this primer a few months ago, and didn’t start using it until recently.  With all the acne products I’ve been using, there have been days where my skin just needs some serious moisture (dry skin + makeup = not fun).  It applies more like a moisturizer, with a yummy, coconut scent.  As someone who has very oily skin, I typically go for a primer that will mattify.  But what I love about this primer is that it gives you a soft, dewy finish without the oil and shine.  It absorbed quickly on my skin and makeup applied easily over top.  This primer is silicone free (a common allergen), cruelty-free, and vegan friendly.

2. Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

While I typically tend to choose a moisturizer more based on scent than anything, this Winter I’ve been more focused on finding a high-quality product that soothes dryness and lasts all day long.  This moisturizer by Jergens does just that.  It’s got a soft, clean scent, a rich and luxurious consistency, and applies evenly.  I wasn’t sure it would live up to its claim of leaving skin more radiant, but it honestly does.  It leaves my skin with a dewy sheen, but dries quickly.

3. Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush

This brush is as fun to use as it looks.  On wet or dry hair, the soft, flexible bristles gently fight tangles while fitting perfectly into your hand (thanks to its ergonomic shape).  You can even bring it with you in the shower to comb through your conditioner or hair mask.  Because it requires less pulling or tugging than a normal hairbrush, you’ll notice less breakage and increased shine.  Even better? It comes in a variety of colour combinations.  Which one will you choose?

4. Olive and Piper Floret Crystal Studs

I promised glitz, didn’t I?  I received these earrings in my gift bag at the Spark Sessions blogger conference late last year, and have worn them countless time since.  I love that they have a vintage-inspired look, and that they dress up nearly any outfit.  I’ve paired mine with sweaters, dresses, even a leather jacket…I just can’t get enough!

5. FarmHouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt Shea Butter Hand Cream

This hand cream smells good enough to eat (even my boyfriend asked “what is that?”).  But aside from it smelling amazing, it’s also seriously effective, leaving my hands soft and easing any itchiness or dryness (I love applying this at night before bed).  You can purchase this cream in-store at Blossom Lounge in Toronto’s Distillery District (or online), and can choose from a variety of (adorably named) scents including “Fluffy Bunny” and “Front Porch Punch”.  The compact 2.4 oz size means you can keep one in your purse, your car, your bedside, and beyond!

What have you been loving for the month of January?  Let me know in the comments below! 

WhatDidSheFind Wishlist: Fjällräven Edition

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I love a brand with a good story.  One that makes classic, functional, and high-quality pieces, but also one that cares about the world we live in and contributes to it in a meaningful way.  Enter Fjällräven: a company that encourages people to get out and enjoy nature, while also ensuring their products have the lowest possible impact on the environment (no real fur here!).  What started with a framed backpack in Sweden in the 1950’s, Fjällräven (which means “Arctic Fox” in Swedish) has grown into a national brand that can be found in nearly 20 countries around the world.  With the recent arrival of the colder weather (and with Christmas just a couple of short months away) I’m excited to share with you today some of the Fjällräven items on my wishlist.  Let’s get started!

1. Luhkka No. 3 Cape

Swoon.  I am obsessed with this gorgeous knee-length cape.  Water and wind resistant, and made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, this cape is a perfect example of fashion-meets-function.  Wear it on it’s own in Spring or Fall, or layer it in the winter; it’s even reversible!  This cape is a chic take on the typical jacket or coat.

2. Tablet Case

If you’re going to invest in a tablet, you’ll want to keep it safe.  Made of super-durable fabric and lined with foam,  this tablet case is the perfect way to do just that.  It comes in 3 different colours (but how gorgeous is the red?!), and has a front pocket to stash your headphones and accessories.

3. Kånken Photo Insert

As a blogger, it’s no surprise I love photography.  However, taking my DSLR camera, lenses, and various accessories with me isn’t always easy or convenient.  That’s why I love this foam insert that fits into Fjällräven’s classic Kånken backpack, and makes it easy to protect and carry your camera, extra lenses, and anything else your heart desires, with you on the go.

4. Kånken Backpack

Naturally, a Kånken backpack is then also a wishlist essential.  Created in 1978 in an effort to prevent back problems with school children, this backpack has become an adult favourite as well.  Made with vinylon fabric (lightweight and durable), and with narrow shoulder straps, it’s guaranteed to be be both comfortable and functional.  Even better? If you’re out at night, the logo doubles as a reflector!  This backpack comes in a wide variety of colour options, but my personal favourite is this gorgeous royal blue and ox-blood red version.

5. Kiruna Beanie

This classic, unisex beanie is a fall and winter essential.  As someone who likes to be warm (at pretty much all times), I love that this hat will keep your head and ears toasty, but also looks fashionable.  My personal favourite is this salt-and-pepper grey version, but it also comes in other colours.  Whether you’re out for a hike or just running weekend errands, this beanie’s double-knitted wool and acrylic blend material whisks away moisture, ensuring you stay warm and dry.

What’s on your Fjällräven wishlist?  Let me know in the comments below!

Pink October: Glamulet for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Everyone is affected by breast cancer.  Whether it’s a friend,  family member, or a personal fight, breast cancer is the 2nd deadliest cause of death for women around the world, and this needs to end.  With Pink October (for Breast Cancer Awareness) right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to don pink and show your love and support.

Enter Glamulet, a company that launched in 2014 and prides itself on making high-quality, fashion-forward, and affordable jewelry and charms.  During Pink October, Glamulet will donate 50% of their sales of pink charms to charities that support breast cancer.  Glamulet’s goal is to ensure that by 2050, no more lives will be lost to this cause.

There are a variety of charms in the collection, but some of my personal favourites are the “Pink Ribbon Rose Gold“, “Pink Enamel Ribbon Heat Pendant“, and the “Bright Pink Paved Crystal Charm“.  I love that these charms can be worn alone or mixed-and-matched; you can even purchase pre-made sets.

These pieces are a fun and fashionable way to help support the cause and raise awareness.  What charms will you choose to show your support?  Let me know in the comments below.

*This post is powered by BrandBacker.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.    

 

 

The Best Deals are Just a Click Away: ShopSultry.com

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Let’s face it: the ability to shop online (in your yoga pants and no makeup) is great, but sometimes sorting through hundreds or thousands of items, searching for the best deals, can be a bit of a daunting task.  Enter ShopSultry.com, your online source for the best deals from top retailers (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, and more!).  Each item on the site is hand-curated to include only the most fashion-forward pieces at the greatest prices.  Some of my favourites? The Jessica Simpson “Chandra” Mules (shown above, top right), which are on sale at 61% off the regular price!  And how perfect for Fall is this gorgeous red Michael Kors “Bedford” Tote (shown above, bottom left), on for 40% off?!

Sultry adds new retailers each week, and shopping the collection is a breeze with the ability to sort by price, brand, store, or category.  Have a budget of $40.00 this week? I sorted by price and found hundreds of items at this price-point.  And be sure to check Sultry out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram while you’re at it.  Happy shopping!

Outfit Reveal: “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge (Part 2)

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While I’m a true Summer girl at heart, I have to admit I love Fall fashion: the colours, the cozy fabrics, and the layering.  I knew that for this challenge, I wanted to create an outfit that encompassed all of these things.  My first stop upon arriving at Dixie Outlet Mall last Saturday morning was Winners.  I’m a huge fan of Winners and I always seem to find great deals at the Dixie Outlet Mall location.

At Winners, I scored this gorgeous pocketed red and black vest.  I loved that it was a little edgy and lumberjack-inspired, but in a girly way with its beautiful draping and cozy fabric.  This vest retails for $70.00, but I scored it for just $39.99! I love that you can wear it as a chic cape as well (shown below).

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The vest was the piece that inspired the rest of my outfit (I found it within 5 minutes of entering the mall!).  Since I styled a fun jumpsuit for the Spring challenge, I knew this time I wanted to purchase a classic dress: something that could be worn to work, an event, or a night on the town.  I found this Cynthia Rowley dress at Winners.  It’s a thick (and super forgiving) fabric, with a classy length, and pockets (need I say more!?).  Even better? This dress is an outfit in itself! It retails for $80.00, but I scored it for just $39.99.

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With the dress and vest purchased, my next stop was to grab a fun statement necklace (not a surprise if you know me well).  I wanted something colourful, but not something that would compete too much with the patterned vest.  I found this fun red statement necklace at Payless Shoe Source for just $4.00 (regular $19.99).

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On to Claire’s, where I purchased a pair of earrings, and a cute set of midi rings.  I knew I wanted to go with stud earrings, so as to not take away from the necklace-and-vest combo.  I decided to go with this set of earrings (which came with a third pair as well).  I thought it would be a cute touch to include a pair of leaf earrings: so very Fall inspired!  The rings were just a fun extra, and I loved that they were simple and understated.   The set of 2 rings, and the set of 3 earrings were both $2.00 each (regular $4.00 and $12.00, respectively).

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For a purse, I headed to Danier with the intention of purchasing a cute neutral clutch.  I spotted this chic over-the-shoulder bag (on sale!), and fell in the love with the tassel detail, and the fact that you can wear it multiple ways.  This leather bag retails for $129.00, but I scored it for just $47.99!

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Finally, my trip to Dixie Outlet Mall came full circle, and I finished back where I started: at Winners.  I purchased these super comfy open-back black booties that I’d eyed in the morning, and couldn’t get out of my mind.  These retail for $55.00, and I purchased them for $39.99.

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Overall, I spent $198.84 and saved a total of $194.03!  My Eagle shopping persona definitely held true as I made my way around the mall: I knew what I wanted, and I wouldn’t stop until I found it (I was there open-to-close!).  I’m super excited with my #DixieDeals, and am looking forward to wearing this outfit to work or a date (hayride or fall festival, anyone?).  What would you buy with $200.00 at Dixie Outlet Mall? Check back soon for a chance to win your own shopping spree!

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May, June, and July Favourites!

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I’m a little late to the party on this one, but hey, better late than never, right?! Here’s what I’ve been loving for the months of May, June, and July!

1.  Alex and Ani “Zest for Life” Charm Bangle

I’ve blogged about my love of Alex and Ani bracelets before, and this newly released, limited-edition version is no exception.  Each Alex and Ani bracelet has a special meaning, and this particular one, called “Zest for Life“, is a “reminder that when life hands you lemons, you have the power to take positive action, sweeten the situation, and make lemonade.The power to create a desirable outcome is always within reach.” (Alexandani.com) Not only is the meaning super-positive, for each purchase of this bracelet, Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price to a charity benefiting childhood cancer patients and help fund pediatric cancer research.  I love that this bracelet stands for positivity and helps others, and so it was well worth the drive to the USA to pick one up.  Check out more about this bracelet, and where you can purchase Alex and Ani products here.

2.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Champagne Eye Shadow Primer

I love a product that multitasks.  Not only is this primer the perfect base for both shimmery and matte shadows, helping to bring out their pigmentation and last all day long, it’s also a gorgeous product to wear on it’s own (for those lazy mornings we all have now and again…or every day).  This product is crease-proof, waterproof, and lasts all day.

3.  Mark’s Work Warehouse Denver Hayes Romper in “Black”

I recently posted about my love of this romper on Instagram, and how I’d been searching for one with longer-length shorts for what seems like the entire Summer.  I want to be able to do normal human things (walk, bend over, sit down) without having to worry about showing off too much (if you know what I mean).  I wanted a romper that was classy, comfy, and fashionable, and this one from Mark’s Work Warehouse has it all.  Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s currently on clearance for only $14.88!?

4. Urban Decay Naked Smoky 

The Urban Decay Naked palettes never need much of an introduction (I’ve blogged about previous palettes here, here, and here).  As someone who lives for a good smoky eye, this newly released “Smoky” version is close to my heart.  With 12 gorgeous neutral, smoky toned shadows, not to mention the beautiful packaging, this palette is an essential for any makeup lover’s collection.  It even comes with a dual ended brush, and a lookbook to help you create 4 (of endless) looks using the palette.

5.  Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes-Pink Grapefruit

I’ve always tended to prefer face wash over wipes, however after receiving these as a gift, I decided to give them a try.  Needless to say (as they are in my favourites after all), I fell in love.  Not only do I use these to remove makeup, I also like to use them mid-day (especially on weekends when I don’t typically wear makeup) to remove oil and freshen up.  I love the fresh, grapefruit scent, and that they leave your skin feeling smooth and clean (no greasy residue).

What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!     

This Counts: Shopping with a Purpose (+Giveaway!)

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A running joke with my boyfriend is that I “fake online shop”: I sometimes browse a website, put all of my wishlist items in my cart, and then walk away because the shipping charges are outrageous. So, one of the things I instantly loved when introduced to a Canadian e-commerce retail site, This Counts, was that they offer free shipping on all items (AND all listed prices include taxes!). What I love even more than the free shipping, is what the site stands for: giving back. A portion of the sale of every single item goes to a charity supported by the retailer: with every purchase you make, you’re changing and saving lives around the world.  And, if you’re curious to see which charity the retailer supports, just click on the item to find out!

On the This Counts site, you can easily share items, and create boards to keep track of your wishlists (which you’ll want to do, as the site continues to grow everyday!).  You can shop by store, by item, or by collection.  There’s something to be found for everyone: from electronics, to men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, to home decor.  They have a wide variety of pieces ranging from classic to super unique, and their prices are extremely reasonable.  Curious to know what’s on my wishlist?  I thought you’d never ask (keep reading for a giveaway and promo code!).

Let’s be honest, sometimes navigating the inside of our purses can seem….puzzling.  How awesome is this Rubiks Cube Purse (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)!? 

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m in love with anything palm-trees or flamingos.  These Dessert Palm Earrings (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada) are no exception! 

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Is there anyone who doesn’t love Ryan Gosling (who just happens to be from my hometown)? I’m picturing this “Run for Ryan Gosling Tee” (supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities) paired with a chic statement necklace (or some cozy sweats). 

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical heart-shaped ring, but how about this amazing “Lifeline Heartbeat Ring” (supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada)?! My heart races just looking at it.  

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad, but sometimes I just want to read a good old-fashioned hard copy book.  This “Once Upon a Time” bookmark set ensures you won’t lose your page, and is a gorgeous conversation piece.   

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But wait, there’s more!

This Counts has generously offered to provide all WhatDidSheFind readers with 15% off sitewide! Just use promo codeSHEFOUND15″.

And if you’re feeling lucky, why not enter to win a $50.00 credit to turn your wishlist into a reality!? This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and will close on July 5, 2015.

 Click to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

How I Style: Foxy Originals Austin Necklace

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Over the years my Foxy Originals collection has continued to grow, and this piece, (the Austin Necklace in Silver), is by far one of my favourites.  This necklace features a handful of recent trends: tassels, studs, bars, and a long-length lariat-style.

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Made of pewter and plated in silver, (you can also purchase this necklace in gold), the Austin Necklace is high quality, affordable, and is extremely versatile (dress it up or down).  I even tried my hand at wearing it as a headpiece (using three bobby pins), shown below!

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I’ve been a longtime fan of Foxy Originals jewelry (I also included them in my holiday gift guide).  All of their pieces are locally designed and produced in Canada, and can be purchased online or in hundreds of stores internationally (they are also a celebrity favourite!).

Do you own any Foxy Originals pieces?  Let me know in the comments below!

*Necklace provided for consideration.

My Outfit Reveal: Dixie Outlet Mall’s “She Who Hunts Finds” Challenge

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After being challenged by Dixie Outlet Mall to put together a Spring outfit whilst saving as much money off of the suggested retail price as possible (read more about the challenge here), I immediately knew which direction I wanted to go: floral.  I mean, does anything else scream “Spring” quite as much as flowers do?! This outfit is extremely versatile (wear it to work, a night out, or even a Spring wedding), and I’m super excited to tell you all about it, and my experience at Dixie.  Let’s get started!

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Upon arriving at Dixie Outlet Mall, the first thing I began looking for was a fun, colourful, floral print.   As soon as I laid eyes on this gorgeous Vince Camuto jumpsuit at Winners, I knew it was meant to be. It is super comfy and lightweight, and I love the stunning, bright, waterprint-ish colors.

Suggested Retail: $80.00

I Paid: $49.99

Total Savings: $30.01

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Next up, I needed some shoes.  For a while, I debated between a nude sandal and a navy pump, but eventually spotted these awesome white statement heels from Aldo Outlet.  What I love about them is that, with this outfit they look a simple pair of white, pointed-toe pumps, but when worn later on with a skinny jean or shorter dress, you can see the edgy, studded detailing on the ankles.  I also love that the white shoe keeps the outfit bright and fresh.

Suggested Retail: $90.00

I Paid: $69.98

Total Savings: $20.02

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With the jumpsuit and shoes in hand, I now needed something to carry all my essentials (phone, wallet, lipstick, keys).  I knew I wanted something navy to play off of the colour-blocking around the neck of the jumpsuit.  I found this navy clutch at Nine West Shoe Studio, and was pleased to discover it was on major sale.  I love that it is large enough to carry all I need (and more).

Suggested Retail: $85.00

I Paid: $30.00

Total Savings: $55.00

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We all know that Spring equals sunshine, and this means a pair of chic sunglasses is essential.  I scored these white Roots aviator-style sunglasses from Winners.

Suggested Retail: $28.00

I Paid: $14.99

Total Savings: $13.01

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Next up: jewelry.  I found all I was looking for (and a lot more) at Ardene. They had almost all of their jewelry on sale: 10 items for $10.00!  I decided to go with 5 pieces for this outfit: a set of midi rings, 2 pairs of earrings, and 2 bracelets.  I wanted to keep the jewelry in the gold family to play off of the gold detailing on the neck of the jumpsuit.

Suggested Retail: $30.46

I Paid: $5.00

Total Savings: $25.46

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At the end of my shopping trip, I had just enough left to purchase this pretty lilac nail polish by Revlon from Cosmetics N’ More for Less.  As someone who loves makeup and beauty products, I probably could have spent the entire shopping trip in this store alone!  I love that this polish is subtle, but has a hint of color that ties into the lilac tones in the jumpsuit.

Suggested Retail: $8.97

I Paid: $2.00

Total Savings: $6.97

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I had so much fun participating in this challenge, and hope you like my Spring outfit as much as I do! In total, I saved $150.47 off of the suggested retail prices for the pieces I purchased.  All of the items I purchased were high quality, gorgeous pieces that I’ll be wearing all Spring and Summer long.  I highly recommend shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall, whether it be for yourself, or for a friend/family member.  There are many great deals to be had from a wide variety of stores, and she (or he) who hunts, is sure to leave with an armful of finds!

Interested in a deal-hunt of your own? Stay tuned for a giveaway that will allow you to do just that!