10 Tips to Shop Smarter

10 tips to shop smarter

I love shopping as much as the next girl, but I will be the first to admit that nothing good comes out of a mindless shopping spree. There are a ton of cute clothes out there, but a jumble of adorable pieces does not make for a functional closet. Below are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your shopping trips.

1. Decide What You Need

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Just browsing can be fun, but if you want to make it a productive shopping trip, it is best to go with a plan. Figure out what you need.  Is your closet missing sweaters or a coat for the upcoming fall season? A top to match the skirt you picked up last time? Shopping with a purpose will help make your shopping trip a productive one.

2. Go Pre-Shopping

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Pinterest is a great place to see what’s trending and get style inspiration

Before heading out,  browse the online stores to give yourself an idea of what to look out for. For even more outfit inspiration, visit fashion sources such as Teen Vogue (still useful even if you’re not a teen!) and Pinterest. Getting up to date on the season’s upcoming trends is a great way to give your shopping trip direction and inspiration.

3. Budget Your Trip

Before going shopping, check your bank account and decide upon a rough budget for the trip. This will encourage you to make more thoughtful purchases instead of buying first cute item you find. Also, don’t forget to check for any good sales going on, and whether you have any coupons to use.

4. Shop Alone

Going shopping with friends is a lot of fun, but if you want to get the most out of your shopping trip, it is best to go solo. When shopping with others, you may tend to take less time to think through your purchases, view fewer options, or buy what everyone else is buying. Shopping at your own pace allows you the freedom to accomplish what you need to.

5. Leave Your Options Open

If you come across something you are thinking about purchasing, don’t be afraid to leave it and come back later. This gives you the opportunity to think through whether the purchase is truly necessary and allows for the possibility of finding something else you like better.

6. Staple Pieces vs. Statement Pieces

The bright daisy print dress is a statement piece and the nude sweater and brown belt are staple pieces.

Statement pieces, such as stunning patterned dresses and floral blouses, are most tempting when browsing a store. But staple pieces, such as basic tees, tanks, and cardigans, will get the most wear. Staple pieces can be worn together, but statement pieces typically need to be paired with neutral-toned staples. Maintaining a balance of staple pieces and statement pieces is the key to avoiding having a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.

7. Try It On

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And sometimes a dressing room mirror selfie is completely necessary!

For the life of me, I don’t understand why people buy clothes without trying them on first! Sometimes a piece that looks really cute on the mannequin turns out to be disappointingly lackluster after trying it on. In the fitting room, move around, check out the back, lift your arms/legs, and really get a feel for whether you could live in the piece. Don’t be afraid to try on multiple sizes!

8. Ask Yourself…

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While examining a piece in the dressing room, ask yourself a series of questions: Am I prepared to care for it as recommended on the label? How often will I wear this? How would I style this piece with the clothes I already have? Would I feel comfortable wearing this all day? Do I have something like this already? Answering these questions will help you choose the pieces that will contribute most to your closet

9. Know What You’re Buying

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This is the only reason why an animal should be in your closet!

Every time we make a purchase, we are voting with our dollars. It is important to know what we’re voting for. I avoid purchasing animal materials such as leather, fur, wool, and down because I cannot truly know how these animals were treated. Even animals at “humane” facilities are often subjected to cruel treatment and are ultimately slaughtered. I also try to inform myself about a company’s treatment of their workers to avoid supporting companies that do not treat them fairly.

10. Hang On To Receipts

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The fridge is a great place to keep new receipts!

In case you change your mind about a piece or notice any defects, keep the receipts in a safe place until you are completely sure that you love your new finds. This takes a lot of the hassle out of making returns.

Those are my 10 tips for shopping smarter. I hope these tips help you make wiser purchases during your next shopping trip!

Best,

Leila

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My Blogging Advice

I have received some inquiries about how I grew an audience for my blog. So I decided to share my blogging tips with all of you. I hope they are helpful! 🙂 
 
1. Post regularly

When you start out your blog, you want to put out as much content as you can in order to establish yourself. I recommend posting at least 2-3 times per week while your blog is getting off the ground. This way, when people visit your blog, they will be more likely to find an interesting post that will pull them in.

2. Engage with the Blogging Community

In order to attract people to your blog, you need to visit theirs first. This can be as simple as liking posts on topics similar to what you blog about, commenting, and following other blogs. If you are feeling bold, ask bloggers if you would like to agree to follow each other. Most of the time, they will agree.

3. Tags

Tagging is important, as it helps bloggers to find content related to a topic of interest. Oftentimes, I read posts by searching for a tag, such as “makeup” or “vegan.” By giving your posts 3-7 descriptive tags, bloggers will be able to find your posts easier.

4. Variety

Blogging about a variety of related topics will help you reach a larger audience. If you only blog about one specific topic, fewer people will be interested in your blog. This also goes along with tagging, as having a variety of different tags will attract the attention of many different bloggers.

 5. Connect with your readers

This is an important tip for maintaining your readership. By interacting with your readers in the comments, you will gain their trust in you and your recommendations. In turn, your readers may give you a shout out on their page or reblog your posts, which will draw in more readers. Award nominations help to promote your blog as well, so if you receive one, I recommend participating.

6. More pictures, less words

Although this format will not work for every post you write, it is generally a good idea to stagger blurbs of text with pictures and avoid huge chunks of text. This will keep readers interested in your post.

7. Personality

Let your personality, passion, and humor show through. Readers will be much more drawn to your blog if there is a unique person behind it. Don’t feel the need to be overly serious or formal in your language. Keep your posts professional, yet laid back and personal.

8. Write with your audience in mind

Make your blog a conversation, not a speech. In your posts, ask readers to share their advice or ask them a question in order to engage them. Take their suggestions for future posts and thank them for their readership. If your readers become a part of your blog, they will be much more likely to stick around.

9. Quality
This tip speaks for itself. What you put into your blog is what you will get out of it. Customize your page nicely. Brainstorm and plan out your posts before writing them. Make sure your posts are well written and are free of grammatical mistakes.
 
That’s it! I hope these tips help you out. If you have any further questions, let me know! 🙂
Best,
Leila