How to save while you splurge with Saks Off 5th

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Saks Off 5th is one of my favorite places to shop for designer goods but sometimes it can be tricky and overwhelming to navigate through all the deals and discounts.  Today I'm going to show you how I get through it while also providing you my best tips to take advantage of these prices.


Make a list
Plan ahead! Whether you're looking for a gorgeous summer clutch or the perfect Prada pumps you should enter Saks Off 5th with an idea of what you are looking. Have a look in your closet to see what you really need vs. what you want.  Planning ahead can be the difference between leaving with a great steal or leaving empty handed. 


Get a More Card
This card gives you special access to sales and exclusive discounts. I love when there is a sale and I get additional savings on top on it. The dress that I am wearing today was on sale with an additional 40% off. Also, the More Card also lets you know about new arrivals and the best part of all? It's free!

Sales People
I am a pretty low key shopper because a pushy sales person can drive me nuts but a knowledgeable and helpful one can be invaluable. The best ones I've encountered know everything that's one the racks and can direct you to items you may have overlooked. You know you've found a good ome when it feels like they are looking out for you. Once they know your preferences that can let you know when something new comes in stock thats just right for you. 

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Dress: Keepsake (at Saks off 5th), Bag: Cult Gaia ,  Shoes: Steve Madden

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HAPPY PRIME DAY

I'm ready to start celebrating my version of Christmas in July!

Prime Day on Amazon is exactly that to me, a day full of deals and new sales happening every 5 minutes. You won't want to miss a thing! Below is everything you need to know and some items I have my eye on. Happy Shopping! 

Some items I will be purchasing today are:

Avocado Slice 

Avocado Slice 

Fujifilm Instax 9

Fujifilm Instax 9

Cat-Eye Sunglasses 

Cat-Eye Sunglasses 

Air Hammock

Air Hammock

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

FitBit Limited Edition Lavendar

FitBit Limited Edition Lavendar

PRIMP and SHINE with AMAZON PRIME

When it comes to my beauty routine, hair is at the top of my list. Especially since frequenting go to salons can definitely set you back a few pennies. I do my best to take good care of my mane in between visits. From shampoos to oils, I am giving you a inside look into what I use. Whether you can looking to update your tresses, or try something new. The following products are tried and true. Best news is they are all available on Amazon! IF you are a Amazon Prime member even better because Prime Day is happening on Monday July 10th at 9PM ET for 30 hours. With new sales happening every 5 minutes, you won't want to miss out on anything. I'll be doing a round up of the best items to buy next week.  But for now, keep scrolling to see what I am obsessing over and what my locks can't live without.  

ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging Bodybuilding Volume Shampoo and Conditioner 

This sulfate free cleanser builds up my hairs thickness while protecting my color. The marine plumping complex that contains omega-3 and seasilk strengthens my hair with ever wash. My hair is full, fabulous and ready for it's close up. 

 

 

 

 

Verb Ghost Oil

I love that this product is cruelty free. The transparent oil prevents colour change in your air and naturally smooths any frizz and leaves a beautiful shine

 

 

 

.Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray

This is on the pricer side of hair sprays, but it has totally transfoms my hair. The wave and shine spray give my hair that perfect tousled look.  Use it when it your hair is looking a little flat or for a night on the town and you want a little extra shine. Best part is you can run your fingers through your hair no problem and it smells amazing! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wet Brush

This brush feels like magic, it glides through my hair with ease as it detangles after getting out of the shower. Bonus, I've been told that a detangling brush will help prevent breakage and split ends. 

 

 

 

 

Conair Hot Clips Hot Rollers

I often get asked about my bouncy curls /waves. The secret is out, these hot rollers from Conair are my go to every time.  I love them because they are so easy. I roll them up, get dressed, unroll and go. 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Proof Moisture Mask

Treating my hair to a mask once in a while is a great way to lock in moisture. Start using this one every couple of weeks and you'll see an improvement in strength, softness and shine. 

 

 

Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. 

PARTY PLANNING WITH AMAZON

If you read my last post about celebrating, you would know that I enjoy attending large parties however there is something special about an intimate gathering with your girlfriends that really is like nothing else.  To kick off the summer season I invited a few of the best babes I know for a little brunch in the sun.  Planning a get together can seem daunting with the number of tasks that need to get checked off. But with the help of Amazon, I was able to pull this event off much easier. Below are some tips on how you can do the same. 

1. Location, Location, Location. 

The first step should be the venue. When choosing the venue be sure to consider the time of year. Where you choose to have your soiree will help dictate your theme and everything else that follows. (number of guests, food, and dress code) Since it's summer, I chose a rooftop restaurant which helped set the tone for this summer brunch.

2.  Table Setting

Creating a comfortable atmosphere goes beyond music and a warm welcome -- You want your guests to truly enjoy themselves.  Extending the feelings to your table setting is a key part of this. I dressed the table with a cinema light box  that said #babes&brunch to help set the tone, that today was all about celebrating us and our friendship. Remember that as long as your guests are comfortable they will leave feeling happy. 

3.  Thank You Cards and Takeaways

You can call me old fashioned but I have always believed that thank you cards are a great way to show your gratitude. In today's digital world where most of us communicate in about 140 characters or less, a hand written note is refreshing and personal. With that being said, the weight of the paper is reflective on how important the message is. When writing the letter you don't have to write a lot - just make reference what you are giving thanks for. An example on one of my cards said "Brunch is always a good idea, Thank for you coming and making this one special" 

Takeaways are not necessary,  although it is a nice touch! For me, I wanted my guests to leave happy and with something to remind them of this occasion. Sticking with the theme, I went with flamingo drink floaters that everyone can use throughout the summer. They are simple, easy to use and fun! 

Lastly, remember that hosting a party should be enjoyable for the host or hostess too. Once everyone has arrived, be sure to enjoy yourself with them. Clean up and maintenance can be done at a later time. Being in the moment of good company, ambiance and delicious food is why everyone gets together. 

Click to shop some of my party must haves and picks below.

 

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RED, WHITE and NEW

It's time to drop those hemlines ladies! 

This week's look features the Maxi dress. On warm Summer days there is nothing as comfortable as a chic maxi dress. They are flattering, easy and wear and come in all styles and work for every body type. 

The best thing about a maxi dress is how versatile it is. If you are feeling too casual, add a sunhat and some sandals. Need to dress it up for an event or a date? strap on some heels and you are ready to go. A good maxi dress will be breezy enough to wear on a scorching hot day, but can still serve as a blanket if the AC is cranked too high. 

So get creative and have fun when styling your summer sundress

Dress: Shein, Bag: Cult Gaia

BBQ SEASON

Summer is around the corner which means it's the perfect time to get your backyard space ready to entertainin others! For me, nothing kicks off the season like a good barbecue. Canada Day and the Fourth of July are great reasons to have fire up the grill and have friends and family over.  What I like about a barbecues is that the menu can be as diverse or as simple as you want. Hosting a cookout for a large group can get stressful though so below are a few tips to help you get through the big day: 

1. Signature Cocktail
Having a welcome drink is a great touch when hosting a great gathering. However no host wants to be working the bar constantly so I made a batch of adult strawberry lemonade, poured it into mason jars, threw them into a bucket filled with ice and my bartending was done for the day.

2.  Food Tent
Dealing with unwanted guests is never fun at a barbecue  - especially when they come in the form of flies and other creepy critters. Investing in a food tent is crucial to keeping your food clean and safe until they are ready to be served. I love the peace of mind I get knowing that no 'extra ingredients' have been added. 

3.  Dress Comfortably
What you wear should be stylish and comfortable. You want to make memories, not stress out an overly complicated outfit.  If your Barbecue has a theme then your attire should reflect that. 


I found all of my Barbecue essentials on Amazon. I love that it is a one stop shop for everything that helps make entertaining a big success. Shop some of my items and picks below.

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LITTLE WHITE DRESS

Every girl has that coveted little black dress in her closet. It's the go to item and when it fits you like a glove it is guaranteed to turn heads! Well, with the weather warming up and with dark colors and summer not always matching I decided to turn to its counterpart: The little white dress. 

During the summer I gravitate toward neutrals and especially white because I find something so clean and sophisticated about it. I have several LWD for the summer months because you can mix and match your color accessories so easily.  For me dresses with a fuller skirt can be tough to pull off sometimes so I went with this dress from Club Monaco because it has a defined waistline which makes it petite friendly. Once I pair that with a good pair of nude heels and I'm good to go for a summer soiree. 

Dress: Club Monaco , Bag: Cult Gaia, Shoes: Payless Hat: Aldo (in store only)

WHY I LOVE AMAZON

Through time we have become increasingly comfortable with online shopping. The initial concerns about security and order accuracy have been answered and I am convinced it is the most convenient and hassle-free way to shop. I love being able to make purchases at home or while I'm on go. It saves me time and money -- especially if the item you want is on sale. 


Amazon is the ultimate online shopping destination that pretty much sells anything you can think of. An online store the size of Amazon may seem overwhelming but fear not! I am here to help you. I am happy to announce my partnership with Amazon.ca Being a part of the Amazon Associates Program means I can bring you the best of what they have to offer. Think of it as a VIP pass to all things from Beauty and Fashion to what you need to host the perfect party.


Stay tuned! I can't wait to start sharing all the wonderful things Amazon has in store for rest of 2017! 
 

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Thank you Amazon for sponsoring this post. 

CELEBRATE WITH #DOPANDORA

I am firm believer that we should always take the time to celebrate with others, no matter how big or small the achievements are. It's also an excuse to get dressed up and go somewhere. However, as I have gotten older celebrating has become more than what I wear to a party or what flavor of cake is being served -- it's an opportunity to focus on the good things in life! When Pandora launched their Spring Collection and mission statement #DOPANDORA, I knew it was an opportunity to celebrate positivity. The idea behind #DOPANDORA is for women to DO and be true to who they are and what they want do in life.  Who run the world? Girls! But have you noticed we don't tell ourselves or each other often enough? I took this opportunity to invite a girlfriend out to brunch to remind her that she is someone worth celebrating - just cause! 

We all know that girl who is a free spirit and sets big benchmarks for themselves. My friend Freya is an architectural designer who sees the importance of loving what she creates. She understands that there are countless of hurdles to clear but she has also experienced the rewards of hard work. In a male driven industry, she continues to push boundaries by creating and building her own rules. Learn more about this beauty and how Pandora helped me gift her with something special for the occasion below. 

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What inspired you to become an architectural designer?
I honestly didn't know what to do after high school. Nothing stood out to me but pursuing something in medicine, which is weird because science and I don't mix at all. My mom suggested one day to take architecture. And what do you know, within a year in the program, all those sleepless nights and no social life whatsoever, I actually enjoyed what I was learning and most importantly, I discovered I had a passion for design. I couldn't wait for the opportunities I could get into once my career started. 

Freya Fact:  She helped design the drawings for the first NYX store in Toronto. 

 What has been the most rewarding experience since?
Seeing the end product of what I designed. It's different from when I used to worked on commercial stores since everything had a prototype. I never had the freedom I had now as an architectural designer in residential. I get to play around with traditional, contemporary and modern. It's definitely more rewarding to witness my very first custom million dollar home in the city, especially when I'm making the home-owners meet their expectations. 

Outside of your day job, you are known for your travel vlogs and personal style. What are your favourite things to capture?

I find myself admiring the intricate details in architecture, instead of looking at the bigger picture as a whole. What I focus on are the little pieces that put that masterpiece altogether, what makes it so intriguing. Besides the details, traveling or not, any innovative space I could find in the city always captures my attention

What advice do you have for ladies about keeping things “real”?

Aside from learning to enjoy your own company, because we all know that this is the only way to self discovery, I say to surround yourself with people you truly love. These people bring out the best in you, along with the bad. I guess you could say, this is how I "keep it real", I surround myself with the best people I know. 

Creating a digital footprint is huge these days. Do you have any social media tips?

Always be picky about what you share, be selective. I use social media as a platform/tool to express myself in a way I don't need to put into words. The type of content I post on social media is the type of content I only choose to let my followers see. Anything I capture is either something that defines what my style is and/or what my passion is all about. 
 

What words do you live by? "Do more of what really makes you happy." 
I can go on with other mantras I remind myself on a daily basis but I sincerely believe in doing whatever it is you're happy with in life - there are no limits, no bad vibes, no negative people can bring you down because you can be unstoppable. You're in a place where no one can tell you nothing because you're at your happiest state. Besides, happy girls are always the prettiest! 

DOUBLE DENIM

Watching certain styles evolve over time is one of my favourite things about fashion. This week's look features 'Double Denim', a style that was once a fashion faux pas but has grown into ome of the key parts of my Spring wardrobe.

I'm a girl whose closet is made up of 90% dresses, so from time to time I reach for my trusted denim to mix things up. Below are some tips on how to build your own "Canadian Tuxedo"

Two-toned

One of the most important things to know about wearing denim head-to-toe is that your shades of blue don’t have to match. I prefer when lighter denim is paired with a darker wash. Suit up in a pair of lighter boyfriend jeans, a basic tee, and a dark denim jacket for example.

Mix it up

Denim washes come in all forms. Try experimenting with Jackets, vests, skirts and even accessories. Have fun making it your own!

 Right now you can receive $30 dollars off your first month by using my invitation www.frankandoak.com/invite/racheldinh_

Top: Frank + Oak, Jeans: Forever 21, Heels: Saks off Fifth , Bag: Dior

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