Yesterday I was walking through downtown San Francisco when I popped into Banana Republic to glance through clearance. I was shocked to find these adorable pendant letter necklaces for under $10! (plus I used my BR card so I got an extra 10% off!) These are so in right now! They are perfect for your own initial, or maybe your spouses or kids. I got super lucky because the store I was in only had the "S" and "E" letters, but there are a lot more available online! They are final sale, so make sure to scoop up your letter now before they sell out! You can shop directly below by just clicking on the picture!
If you've been following my blog for a while you already know, but if you are new here I will fill you in on a little secret.... I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to hair and makeup AT ALL. I like things EASY and FAST. So when I came across this blow dryer + brush combo I was very intrigued because I love the way my hair looks and feels after blowing it out, but having to use both hands to accomplish this is so difficult on your own. I had seen other people talking about a similar Revlon product, but this one was half the price so I thought I would just try it out to see if it works for me.
Turns out.... it's amazing! It is super easy and fast to blow dry my hair, and the texture lasts for days #dryshampoo
I've made a little demo below so you can see just how easy it is to use! I've also linked the product below so you can easily try it out for self, it's prime and free 1 day shipping!
Anthropologie is known for being the mecca of boho chic outfits and home decor, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that walks through that store pretending I live there, right?? Well, right now you can stock up on all the boho your heart desires/can handle because they are currently having their 50% off clearance sale this weekend!
I picked up this adorable flutter sweater tank for only $25! I don't buy a lot of new, retail pieces, but this one was just made so well and is so versatile. Plus it was originally $90, so I don't even think I could've found this top used online for this good of a deal! They have a couple colors too. The sizes are selling out fast this weekend so make sure to pick one up if you are loving it! It is true to size, and I am wearing a small. You can shop this top and the rest of the sale by clicking the stock photo below! There were so many great pieces at total steals (Anthropologie dresses for under $50, like what?!) so make sure to pick up what you love before the sale ends tomorrow!
IWhether it's for work or fun, hubs and I have the pleasure of traveling around a lot. We are really lucky! We've definitely seen our fair share of rental cars, and they are NOT created equal. They typically start out generally cheap (for something that barely fits the two of us), but once you start making your way up to anything relatively special or fast, they can get expensive SUPER quick. Hubby likes to race cars, so it is usually pretty important to him to have a decent auto if we are gone for a while. We have been lucky enough to get some fun/fast/husband approved cars so I wanted to share some of our experiences with getting great rental cars without spending like we did. Keep scrolling!
I would say most of the luxury cars we have driven were through Sixt (including the BMW above!) This rental car company mainly focuses only on luxury vehicles. I've never seen them on an Expedia or Kayak style website, so if you want to book them you have to go through their website directly. And yeah, they have really great prices on luxury cars. However, there have been a number of times where I have vowed we are never using them again. We have waited hoursss in line to pick up a vehicle. Sometimes the vehicles are not in the greatest condition on the inside and outside. Often their prices are pretty basic and don't include any sort of extras (ie insurance). They make you pay extra per day for any additional drivers. (**however I recently learned that there are a couple states that require rental car companies to allow spouses to be able to both drive the car without any additional fees and California is one of them! But if you are driving across multiple states make sure to check those laws**) Our most recent experience with Sixt in Germany was actually really great though (and there's a funny/crazy story about that I'm sharing down below) so I guess it is a hit or miss, but definitely worth considering!
Join a Loyalty Program
Since Bjorn travels a lot for business, his work often pays for a rental car for him. I think it is super important to stay consistent with loyalty programs instead of bouncing around from cheapest company to cheapest company because a lot of companies have really great reward programs. We have had completely free vacations just from utilizing flight/hotel/rental car points. For domestic rental cars, we generally use National. When you become one of their top tier rewards members, a lot of times you will have your own check in/concierege whatever helping you get your car. I have found these people to be super generous with upgrades when they are available because they want you to feel special and keep coming back to them. Our most recent free upgrade was a Mercedes suv! <3
Don't Be Afraid to Ask and Haggle
Most of us book our rental cars online in advance, so the price may seem pretty fixed. But there have been many times when we rolled up to the rental car lot, and were able to negotiate a lower price on an upgrade. If the counter is pretty abandoned and the car lot is pretty full (especially of higher end cars) the likelihood of you haggling a cheap upgrade is very plausible! The car makes the company nothing if it is just sitting there, so they are really willing to get a couple extra bucks in exchange for putting you in a nicer car. Either we ask how much extra the upgrade would cost, or the associate will say they can give it to us for $x extra amount of money. We've often told them ok, we are willing to pay so and so amount extra for this car. They usually have to "check with their manager" but they usually meet us quite close to what we are willing to pay extra. Win win!
Sometimes You Just Get Lucky
So...really funny story about our Sixt rental car in Germany XD We had been picked up from the airport, and then the day after we arrived we were being dropped off at the rental car facility to get our car. So we get dropped off and run in (it's raining btw) and they can't find our reservation. After searching through our emails we realize we are at the wrong Sixt pick up location. Great. So we call our ride and have them drive us 30 minutes across town to the correct location. We run inside (still raining). This guy also can't find our reservation...turns out we had made it for pick up as the next day. Not only did we go to the wrong location, we came on the wrong day! #winning Luckily the customer service guy was super cool. We had originally selected a BMW 1series (the smallest BMW) as our rental car, but they were not getting one returned until the next day. BUT he did have a BMW 4series convertible available, and he gave it to us for the exact same price! Moral of the story? Not really sure, can't guarantee anyone that if you show up at the wrong location or on the wrong day that you will get an upgrade, but it happened to us!
If you follow any blogger whatsoever, you will know the Nordstrom Anniversary N Sale has been going on the past few weeks for Nordstrom credit card holders. Ya girl does not have an Nordstrom card (WAY too dangerous!) so when the sale opened up to everyone yesterday I went in to see what they still have in stock, what I think is actually a good deal, and what I overall think are good pieces to pick up!
I usually like to buy higher end or trendy pieces secondhand, but for classic wardrobe staples I think it is better to buy these new since you wear them often, so you will see a lot of wardrobe staple pieces below. You can shop everything by clicking directly on the pics. And remember Nordstrom has free returns + shipping!
Tops & Sweaters Under $45
Bottoms Under $40
Jewelry Under $30
Shoes Under $60
Bags Under $75
Sunnies Under $50
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- Marie Claire, September 2016