retail therapy

I can’t be the only one who is really getting sick of the cold, snow, and general bleh that has taken over the Northeast this winter.

What’s the perfect winter blues pick me up? Shopping! And not just any shopping- shopping for warmer weather clothes!

Here’s a few of my favorite retailers who are offering sales and specials today!

LOFT:

$25 off Pants and Jeans with the code: BOTTOMSUP

LoveLoft Cardmember Exclusive! Earn TWO $25 Loft Cash Cards for every $50 you spend!

A few Loft Items I have my eye on…

Loft Sale March 4

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Banana Republic:

35% off your online purchase today only with the code BRGREAT35

Lord and Taylor:

25% off almost all dresses and tuxedos with code: SPRING

20% off fine jewelry with code: SPRING

Time to dream about warmer days, open toes, and bare legs! Come soon Spring! We need you!

conscious box

By now you’ve probably realized a lot of my finds come from searching my two favorite shopping sites, Rue La La and Gilt. Conscious Box is another purchase I scored for a great price on Rue La La just before Christmas. I absolutely love subscription boxes and had heard of Conscious Box before. At the price offered ($64.99 for 6 months!), I knew it was the perfect time to give it a try.

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Conscious Box is a subscription box dedicated to sending you natural products each month. They offer three types of boxes: Classic, Vegan, and Gluten-Free, in two sizes: Taster and Plus. I decided to try the classic box to see what healthy/natural/ ethically sourced products I could discover each month.
My third box arrived this week!
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When you open your Conscious box you’ll find a small booklet that contains information on your brands that you’ve received in the box. They’ll let you know a bit of information about each product and what the full size would cost. There’s also usually at least a few coupons in this booklet as well! Absolutely love the Kraft paper that my samples come wrapped in each month. So pretty!
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Here’s what my February Conscious Box consisted of!
I love KIND bars but haven’t tried their STRONG & KIND variety yet so that is one that I can’t wait to snack on this week. The Wild Garden hummus snack pack will definitely be taken in to work soon as well (as long as Brian doesn’t get his hands on it first! We love hummus!)
We’ve found a few brands in these past 3 boxes that we’ll probably pick up either from the Conscious Box online shop or in store if we see them. Other than that this is just another fun way to try different things every once and a while! Has anyone else tried this box before? What were your favorite finds?

new snacks: love with food

Well readers, I’m at it again. Just ordered Love with Food from Rue La La.

I had heard of this box before so I am anxious to see what yummy snacks we get to try over these next six months- plus I feel great knowing that my purchase will enable 6 meals to be donated to a hungry child in the US.

Here’s what I know so far: Love with Food is a snack subscription box with three different boxes to choose from– Tasting Box, Deluxe Box, Gluten Free Box. For each box purchased they will donate at least one meal to a food bank here in America. In each box there will be unique snacks that are organic or all natural. Boxes will follow a theme monthly.

Looks like my first box will arrive in March. Stay tuned for our thoughts!

If you are interested in trying this box for a discount, check out Rue La La’s sale ending soon!

As a referral from me, my friends are eligible for one free box trial here!

purchase for a cause on world cancer day

Today Wednesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day.

Unfortunately so many of us have been or will be affected by cancer in our lifetimes. It’s a cause that I hold near and dear to my heart after losing my uncle to kidney cancer and building such incredible relationships with families that have children with cancer through my involvement with the Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. There are hundreds of events going on around the world today in support of World Cancer Day.

Until midnight tonight you can shop at one of my favorite charitable companies, Headbands of Hope, using the promo code: WORLDCANCERDAY

I stumbled upon Headbands of Hope last winter when my alma mater was hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with Headbands of Hope for our dance marathon. I have a few for myself and bought another this Christmas for my sister.

For every headband that is purchased Headbands of Hope will donate one to a cancer patient and $1 to cancer research. Their headbands are stylish and you’ll feel great wearing it knowing that your purchase has made a difference in the life of a child with cancer. They even have options for boys!

You can learn more about World Cancer Day here.

let it snow, let us shop!

Get ready, Northeasters! Looks like the snow is coming and we all might be in for a good old fashioned snow day or two! I for one am welcoming the snow and can’t wait to see our little town covered in a blanket of white.

Looking for something to do while you’re warm and cozy inside this week? How about some online shopping for a steal! If you love luxury brands but don’t necessarily want to spend the luxury dollars, you need to join Rue La La and Gilt.

I found these two sites a little over a year ago thanks to a couple of my stylish & thrifty coworkers. I’ve found high thread-count sheets, the perfect moto jacket, black Sperry boots, ridiculously low price meals from Plated.. just to name a few of my bargain priced steals. I love Kate Spade bags but call me crazy, I really don’t want to spend $400+ on one purse. Actually, I really don’t want to pay full price for anything and thanks to these two sites, I don’t have to. I have found two of my treasured Kate Spade bags for around 75% off the list price!

How they work:Both Rue La La and Gilt are membership based online shopping sites with different brands and boutiques added each day. Rue La La’s new boutiques start at 11 am Eastern each day and Gilt’s start at noon.

Shipping: Rue La La charges $9.95 for their “Rue 30″.. you pay with your purchase and for the next 30 days all your purchases ship free. Need it faster? You can choose Expedited shipping for an additional cost.  Gilt offers a similar shipping policy with ‘Gilt Unlimited”: $9.95 for 30 days of shipping. With Gilt you can also select Standard, Expedited, and Overnight shipping on your one time purchase if need be.

If you’re searching for something specific, you’ll probably have to check back daily just to see what’s out there. But don’t get discouraged! Last year I was looking for a special dress to wear to a rehearsal dinner and looked for a week or so and found the perfect Lilly Pulitzer dress for more than half off! The dress fit great and I ended up not only wearing it for the rehearsal dinner, but my parent’s surprise 25th wedding anniversary party as well.

here's me with my siblings at our parents surprise 25th wedding anniversary party I organized.. wearing the bargain Lilly Pulitzer dress!
here’s me with my siblings at our parents surprise 25th wedding anniversary party I organized.. wearing the bargain Lilly Pulitzer dress! Photo credit: Marianne Walls http://www.mariannewallsphotography.com/

Another thing I love about Rue La La is their “Still Want It” option. If they are sold out of an item you want, many items will have a “Still Want it” option to choose. You select the item and if they can find it, it’ll ship to you! A sheet set Brian and I were looking for just became available this weekend and is now on it’s way to us. Score!

Ready to shop? Check out Rue La La here and Gilt here.

Where else have you found great deals online? I am always looking for a bargain and would love to hear where you find your best deals! Share in the comments below.

plated… it’s what’s for dinner

Brian and I have been really into cooking and eating at home lately. It’s much more affordable then going out to dinner, plus you can control the ingredients that are going into your meals.

A total foodie at heart, I just can’t get on-board with cooking the same few meals over and over again. Sure I have my favorites and go-to recipes, but I really love to try something new and experiment (with guidance!) in the kitchen.

This is why I am so excited to try Plated! And even more excited that this weekend they’re available on Gilt City for a ridiculously great price.

A little bit about what I know about Plated… Plated delivers all the ingredients (minus a few kitchen staples) for chef created meals you can cook at home in around 30 minutes. They are dedicated to providing delicious meals that are relatively easy to prepare using fresh, high quality ingredients.

Before you go running to sign yourself up for this service, check out their delivery areas to make sure they’ll deliver to you!

For a great deal this weekend- Check out Gilt City             * New clients only

For an extra 20% off use code EAT20 through Sunday only!

Haven’t used Gilt before? You’re in for a real treat. One of my most fav places to shop for just about anything.. but more on this later. Sign up here!

Stay tuned for my review of our meals and the service at Plated!