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Archive for December, 2010

Top 5 Gift-Grabbing Phone Apps

If you’re still buying any remaining holiday gifts, technology is on your side in the last-minute search and scramble.  Check out my favorite phone applications for making shopping easier:

1) ClipZone (iPhone): Never miss local savings. Download free mobile coupons for retailers, restaurants and attractions.  ClipZone uses GPS technology to determine your location and deliver great deals straight to your mobile phone.  The best part?  It’s focused on Atlanta so you’ll find all of the spots that the other apps may miss.

2) FastMall (iPhone, Android): No more circling the mall. FastMall helps you locate particular stores and restrooms within malls and then guides you with the best route to get you there fast. Bonus features include the ability to record voice messages about your shopping list or where you parked, as well as access to additional deals and discounts.

3) Gift List (iPhone): Make your list and check it twice. Gift List helps you create and manage gift lists for …

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Ladylike Looks

How do you obtain the popular “ladylike” look with ultra-feminine fashions at an uber-fabulous
fraction of the cost? You could go on an endless search of estate sales, vintage stores and
the like or, you could pay less – at Payless. This budget shoe store is on-trend (and on-
sale!) with their selection of ladylike looks right now. I found the most adorable selection of flats with many on sale from already low prices starting at $11.  My favorite is this American Eagle flat marked down from $19.99 to just $12.99 – what a great deal!

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One Hot Sale a Day

1SaleaDay.com offers the deepest discounts on a variety of merchandise with a new deal for each five categories (Wireless, Watch, Family, Jewelry, etc.) posted at 12 midnight EST every day. 1SaleaDay  leverages its global buying power to offer discounts up to 90% off retail prices for electronics, collectibles, housewares, toys and more.  Recently featured was the Polaroid DVF-130 Flip Camcorder available in 4 Colors! Retail Price: $99.99, One Sale Price: $19.99!

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Make-Up Your Holiday Budget

Saving money is paramount these days, so it’s worth researching lower cost options for everyday use items and last-minute holiday shipment gifts. Eyes Lips Face is a cheap alternative to expensive cosmetics.  Many items are similar to popular department stores brands and the best part is the $1 price tag. Sign up for the Eyes Lips Face mail list to receive special offers and coupons, often up to 50% off!    My favorite products include glosses and nail polishes in an array of the most current fashion colors. A few exceptions to the $1 rule are the makeup kits and brush kits, still a great price under $20 and make great holiday gifts.  With makeup kits starting at $5, they are easily a steal compared to drugstore kits which normally start at $20 and department store kits which can retail in the hundreds.  These are perfect for stocking stuffers or for just trying out a new color you don’t have to commit to.  With such low prices, the quick rush on shipping for Christmas …

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Complete Your Holiday List With One Click

Did you know that you can shop online at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Piperlime, at the same time by using their fabulous tabbed browsing options?  The tabs will bring you back to your shopping path and you only have to checkout once with a flat (or often free) shipping rate.  Check out the popular “furry” graphic hoodies at the Gap for girls ($36.99) that complete an outfit with leggings at just $7.99!  Piperlime also has a huge 40% off section filled with shoes, apparel and accessories that are a bit more unique than Gap and Old Navy but still priced just right. Check out their Girl on a Budget section and find Kenneth Cole boots marked down from $80 to $49.99!  Most retailers offer special 2 day deals or shopping incentives, check back often for the best savings.  www.gap.com will get you started.

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Walmart Toyland Catalog Saves You Time and Money

Avoid the crowds this Holiday Season and shop Walmart online.  Their Top Toys campaign features the hottest toys, best prices and free shipping along with a new 52 page Toy Catalog making it easy to find the best deals.  Topping the favorites list is the Zhu-Zhu Hamster $8, Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory Playspace $19, plus many more pages to explore.
www.walmart.com.

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Give High-Priced Footwear The Boot

gojane_2135_2520465821Get the look of the popular Ugg Boot for a price no one will believe!
A variety of colors too!
Just $28! www.gojane.com

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Give More Good Gifts

A special “Good Deeds” wall displayed in all Bloomingdale’s stores will feature an array of gifts that support a variety of causes. Included in the “Good Deeds” collection –

  • Bloomingdale’s Little Brown Bear, $29.95- The 2010 edition of the annual collectible Teddy Bear by GUND is paired with the storybook, “A Magical Night before Christmas.” For every bear/book sold, $8 will be donated to the Child Mind Institute (www.childmind.org).

  • “Whatever it Takes” mugs, $19.99 each-100% of the net proceeds from these limited edition, celebrity-designed mugs benefit a variety of charities. New celebrity designers added to the collection for 2010 include John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Paul McCartney, and Whoopi Goldberg.
"Whatever It Takes" Coldplay Mug

"Whatever It Takes" Coldplay Mug

  • Nest “Blue Garden” candle, $32- Nest Fragrances will donate over 20% of the proceeds from the sales of the “Blue Garden” candle to Autism Speaks. Scented …

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Juicy gossip that deserves to be shared.

This is one bit of juicy gossip that deserves to be shared.  Eric Daman, renowned stylist behind Sex and The City and Gossip Girl, has designed an exclusive line of holiday dresses for Charlotte Russe.  The most unbelievable part?  They start at just $34.50!

Eric’s passion for making Hollywood starlets sparkle and shine has translated into some of the most beautifully designed and accessible pieces of glamour around.  To begin, he’s redefined the essence of the little black dress by adding modern detailing, asymmetrical cutouts and tons of typical holiday glitz and glamour with lace, sequins and shimmer.

On the contrary is a bright blue mesh-embellished party dress for $44.50.  In fact, while the dresses start at $34.50 they’re all under $50.  Also included are a sexy, one-shoulder winter white mini dress and a silky, draped metallic dress with gorgeous rouching in just the right places.  My favorite choice of this collection is a chocolate number that frames …

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Believe in the Power of Shopping…

As you continue your holiday shopping this year take note of all of the ways you can make purchases while giving back – two gifts in one!

One store in particular making a huge effort toward charity this year is Macy’s.  They’ve declared this Friday, December 10th National Believe Day – as such, they’re inviting kids to drop off their letters to Santa in one of their Believe mailboxes that can be found in any Macy’s store. For every letter sent through the mailboxes, $1 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation up to $1 million.

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There is even a custom website for kids to create their letter to Santa…filled with lots of magic to make the experience really special.  After you create your letter, you can also check out Macy’s Charity Ornaments which benefit causes ranging from A Heart for Haiti to Breast Cancer Awareness .

Give gifts and give back this holiday season!

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