The Lululemon Luxe Effect

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I finally succumbed to trying the latest trend in yoga fashion, lululemon. I usually would just save my Victoria’s Secret old t-shirts and pants and workout in those, but it was only a matter of time before I began seeing lululemon pants and workout gear showing up to the yoga mats all around me on the regular. I started to feel out of fashion and sloppy. Almost crunchy, like how dare I put on these old clothes when I can be fashionable, fabulous and fitness-savvy?

I didn’t even use the fitting room, I just figured what my size was and took a go. Of course, being that I always like looking for the deals, I wasn’t about to make a regular priced purchase – I made it work from the sale rack. Got my first pair of yoga pants for $76, marked down from $92, and my first tank top for $32 marked down from $42. Yes please, I’ll save $26 anywhere I can.

I slide the pants and shirt on and wow, I feel lighter already. Toned, slimmer, and ready to hit the mat. Unfortunately, I was going to a vinyasa flow class and didn’t realize how sweaty I would get. I rolled up the pants into capris about halfway through the class, but other than that, I left feeling even lighter and still feeling like I could go to lunch or run errands without everyone knowing I had just burned a bunch of calories.

Yes, lululemon is addicting, but there is just something about feeling like you are put together even when you are working out. It’s an extra dose of self-esteem for the fashion-conscious female who is all about fitness. 🙂

Do you have an experience (good or bad) with lululemon fashion? I’d love to hear it in the comment section below!!

New Shoes for One Cent??

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And no, I’m not talking about the shoes you find in the store parking lot or right next to a dumpster (not that I find them over there, either). I’m talking the shoes you find at a Nordstrom Rack store near you.

Recently on our last trip to the outlets, we stopped by Nordstrom Rack and among our shopping genius finds, picked up a couple pairs of shoes. Our total came to 150 bucks, which we found to be strange considering we had 7 items (and 2 pairs of shoes!)

The saleslady said, “One of your shoe purchases came up as one cent!”

I was floored. I’d purchased a pair of Splendid shoes at a Nordstrom Rack once which originally cost $110 and then rang up as $5, so I felt that I was almost being paid to walk out of the store with them.

But one cent? What the heck can you even purchase these days that is normally one cent?

Not much!

What was your best outlet score?

 

Onwards & Upwards,

TheSocalSocialite

4 Tips on Hotel Room Upgrades: How to Score Like a VIP

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This past week, I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a junior suite at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach for the price of a regular room. It was a sweet deal. How can you also be lucky enough to get free upgrades and feel like a VIP? Here are 4 tips:

1) Join the loyalty club. Likely it is free and comes with great perks, such as free internet, and exclusive promotional rates for the hotel. Also, there is a greater likelihood that the hotel will give you free upgrades when they see you are a loyalty member.

2) Make friends at the reception desk. Name-dropping (“Dave always puts me on the suite floor”) sometimes does the trick.

3) Request a room on a higher floor. Sometimes busy reservation agents won’t think twice and accidentally may book you for a room you didn’t choose and usually, this is a winning situation for you, the savvy traveler.

4) Talk about the purpose for your visit. Special event? Party? Whatever the case, play it up. The reservationist may want to increase your loyalty to the hotel, and therefore book you to a room you won’t forget. (hence, it worked this time, as I blogged about it!!)

Any other tips you have to get a great VIP room at a great price? I’d love to see them below in the comments section.

Onwards & upwards,

TheSocalSocialite

I Went to Ulta…And Didn’t Spend a Dime!

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I love feeling like I am getting paid to shop in some of my favorite stores, and Ulta is no exception.

I realized that I was low on hair products and didn’t want to shell out lots of $$, so I headed over to Ulta because I had a couple of gift cards and a coupon from RetailMeNot. I also love Ulta because as I shop, they give me $$ off my next purchase just by using their loyalty card.

My first stop was, naturally, the clearance section, where I managed to pick up 4 bottles of shampoo/conditioner (2 of each) for around $2 a pop. Next, I picked up a detangler for $18 and Fekkai leave in conditioner for $26.

I headed to check out, anxiously awaiting my total, which was $56. I had an $8 store credit from previous shopping trips, along with my $3.50 RetailMeNot coupon. I then used one of my birthday gift cards and knocked another $30 off, and then another gift card – and still had $13 left over for my next excursion.

Have you had any successful shopping trips?? Share them below!Shop on!!

Onwards & upwards,

The SocalSocialite

Fave Online Pet Boutique!

Hi guys,

Hope this weekend is a great one. Today was kind of a chill day, just hanging out at home and taking care of some loose ends.

Today’s clouds make the perfect opportunity to peruse the web, and I just had a thought of one of the online purchases I made earlier this week not for myself, but for my furry friend @ Glamourmutt.

While playing in doggie daycamp when mommy and daddy were working hard, she had the opportunity to bite off her harness from outside her crate. We had to order her a new one (the pink & zebra Susan Lanci is my fave!)

Best part of it all? I hit up RetailMeNot and saved 10% by using promo code “welcomemutt10”.

What’s your fave splurge for your pooch??

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Onwards & upwards,

TheSocalSocialite

Victoria’s Secret Coupon Weekend!!

Nothing like a good sale over President’s imagesWeekend, and I love me some coupons. But usually I hate getting tons of emails day after day from the store, trying to entice me to come in to buy something.

One of these exceptions is my email subscription to the Victoria’s Secret email list. This past weekend it saved me 20% off a most expensive item (I used it twice, no blackouts!) and saved me $40 in total. Love not spending retail price!!

What’s your favorite item to buy at Victoria’s Secret? I can never decide. I have almost the entire Pink collection and their Bridal selection is pretty awesome too (my hubby to be certainly doesn’t mind shopping there!). I’m definitely not an “extreme couponer”, but at the same time, I do stockpile my body lotions and bath gels from there. This weekend they also had their Fragrance Mists for just $5 (normally $12), so I picked up a couple. Gotta have my bathroom smelling nice! Their Pink fragrances are also a great deal and last literally forever compared to other designer scents. I wonder why that is!

Sale @ Ulta!!

I love Ulta beauty for many reasons including coupons and sales! They always have deals or are sending me coupons and if I forget them, I can look them up on Retailmenot. It’s one of my fave couponing apps on my phone.

And just wanted to share with you that I was able to find Cargo cosmetics for 50% off there! What a steal! Anyone else have good luck with Ulta or deals they want to share??

Covering Up on Cloudy Days!

On days like these where I want to crawl into bed because it’s gloomy outside (I sometimes think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is why I love sunny So-Cal! self-diagnosed), I have to have my extra dose of caffeine to keep me going but also remember to take care of my skin!

That’s right, I am a SPF-hound (and I play SPF police with everyone in my family, making sure they wear sunscreen especially on days like this!!). My fave ones are tinted moisturizers because it gives you an effortless glow and at the same time, decreases your risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) and keeps your skin from burning.

I especially love this Becca version (@ select Sephora stores) because it feels great on my skin, makes it look like I bothered to put makeup on, and has an SPF of 25. Win win!!

Sunglasses burn, stay away and come again another day, and while you’re at it, take the grey sky along with you.

What’s your fave tinted moisturizer??

Some Facebook New Years’ Reflections…

So I am a super busy person, but I love Facebook because I can go in and read my friend’s (and face it – some people I rarely ever talk to but am curious about) tidbits about their lives. As a psychology buff, I love getting into people’s heads, seeing if they’re authentic, if they are at a place that I have visited, if they have nice pictures, et cetera.

Sometimes I have felt down about checking my Facebook and seeing other people who seem to have it all. Then I remember: They only post things they are happy about. Ever read that article that went viral about the 8 types of Facebook friends you have on your timeline? I hate those people who are constantly trying to “one up” each other – of course I love sharing good news with my friends, but I don’t do it in a menacing way. Life is about striking a balance. We can’t always be happy or have great things happen to us. Some of my postings have been down, others up or just neutral – I feel they are authentic to the person I am at the time.

I’m just tired of reading and seeing these articles about how looking at Facebook increases your depression. Doesn’t it only increase your depression if you let it? If the world was all the same and the same “great” things kept on happening to everyone, how would we be able to react to depression, darkness, and devastation? Besides, don’t you ever wonder if those people may be hiding their deep, dark secrets underneath the facade of euphoria?

In spite of all this, it has made me wonder: Can Facebook actually be used to motivate and inspire? Recently I showed my students (yes, I teach, so many hats that I wear) a movie by Dr. Amen about brain function. In the movie, there are lots of great tidbits about how to keep your brain healthy and they mostly tie into the body’s health. I have two main reasons to keep my body healthy – I’m about to get married (wanna look great for those pics!) and I’m not getting any younger. In the video, Dr. Amen also says that surrounding yourself with other health-conscious people is a sure bet to get fit. I have been taking a ton of exercise classes and checking into the yoga, pilates, parks, and class locations via Facebook. I love seeing the “likes” on my postings and it inspires me to “like” their fitness postings and plan fitness invites as well as keep up my own regimen.

Not only am I being motivated by the impending date of my wedding, but I’m being inspired by my other friends who make great strides every day on Facebook to get healthier as well.

Take that, you pessimistic people who say New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick and that Facebook is a waste of time :).

What do you think? Does Facebook promote motivation by encouraging friends who have the same interests to stay accountable to their goals?

Got Another Great Travel Deal!!

Sorry, I had to brag right now. I just saved 45% on booking my upcoming one night stay in Newport Beach by using my iPhone.

Seriously.

I went onto Hotwire’s site and it said if I use promo code APP 25 and download their app, I would get $25 off my purchase.

How cool is that, I thought?

I just booked a $230 per night hotel for $89 🙂

Got any amazing travel savings? I’d love to see in the comments below!!

Onwards and upwards,

The Socal Socialite