SPLURGE .V.S. STEAL- Like you’ve never heard before.

A lot of people confuse the term “SPLURGE .V.S. STEAL” like its a bad thing. When in all reality is an amazing thing and amazing term that everyone should keep in mind when they are out shopping.

When you hear the word “Splurge” a lot of you think about high end products or brand names with popularity and luxury items.  Mean while, when a lot of you hear the word “Steal” some think of generic brands, low quality, and even consider the product cheap. Im here to open your eyes to this particular term which when a lot of you hear your opinions and choices you make bury you more in debt in your shopping spree. 

The word “Steal” here represents good quality items, wether they are “generic” or not a high end  or expensive, is still a brand. Some which are more affordable for consumers like you and I who may not be able to afford such ridiculous retail prices. Some of us wether your a fashion blogger, call yourself a “Fashionista”, or you simply know your bargain “steal” is what we call when you want to SAVE more than the Louis Vuitton or Chanel bag you just bought under “SPLURGE” for thousands of dollars.  And NO i don’t mean steal like shoplifting! DUH!

Here are some tips and examples of how you can save a ridiculous amount of money during your shopping spree created by me:

1.) LEARN YOUR “SHOPPING SPREE” TERMS & READ SIGNS:

Yes! I have spoken please do learn your “Shopping Spree” terms there is nothing more embarassing than going shopping you misread the sign so READ before you ask anything.  So if you see these terms in the signage this is what it means:

  • BOGO : Buy One Get One meaning Free! always definitely worth the buy sometimes.
  • $3…. (when you buy one regular price item) : Meaning you buy one of those items at regular price and the second item that you buy after that one will only cost you $3.00

See where this is confusing… not yet? Well let me tell you, you will see a lot of these in stores like RUE21 and Wet Seal! You have no idea the amount of consumers who I see running up to the tables all excited to purchase like six of the same item only to realize later on at the register that they had to purchase 3 of them at regular price and then the other three they would be under the promotion of $3 dollars. Then they get mad because that is not what they read then they show you the small font that says it, then they leave embarrassed or very few make the choice of purchasing it and never come back.

  • BUY 1 GET 1 1/2 OFF! : Okay so seriously I shouldn’t even have to explain this! But having worked in retail for many years I still get asked the same stupid question over again. If the sign says Buy 1 Get 1 1/2 OFF! and the two items you picked where in that category and you ask me or Im telling you “Yes these are” and you ask me the same question again… what do you think they are?… 🙂
  • CLEAREANCE / SALE: My two favorite words to hear and my two favorite sections I love to have my eye on every time without fail when I go shopping. In this department you will probably find the same amazing item you have been longing to buy for the longest or that you probably saw a couple weeks ago on the window display. From its original price it could have gone from 30% – 75% off the regular ticketed price. And I always find good sales!! I hunt for them. So when you go shopping for sales like these make sure your on your day off, comfy shoes, because your going to be shopping for hours. Its ridiculous the amount of money I have saved throughout the years with these two terms! NOW like every great thing there is always a downside which you will come to face sooner or later. When you shop under Cleareance or Sale don’t expect them to have your size all the time, or to be 100% perfect (sometimes they may have their little damages like missing  a button or whatever) just make sure that you think if its worth paying for even if its discounted. Sometimes and this comes with experience throughout the years don’t buy the first thing you see even if its in cleareance. Sometimes other stores will have the same item for even less than the previous discounted price you saw so you save even more. 🙂 So make sure to ask about their return/exchange policies, keep your receipts!!, and about their HOLD policy. 
  • FINAL SALE: Its final, don’t come and try to exchange or return it its not happening. So make sure you check for stains, rips, zippers, sizing, prices, and etc before actually purchasing. Usually you don’t get your money back, and your stuck with a trainwreck of an item that you will probably never wear. And if that is the case then please do something good with it and donate it to someone who needs it or a local thriftstore or stores like GOODWILL, or SALVATION ARMY.

2.) EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Yes you know those little questions at the register when they ask you about your email and so on. SAY YES! Why not? First of all its FREE to subscribe and you would be suprise at the amount of money you can save. If you are the type of person who don’t like giving out your information. I totally understand, for that reason just give them your email and if you don’t feel comfortable using your personal email because of spam or junk mail or you simply want to read important emails, then here is a little bright idea: CREATE A NEW EMAIL ACCOUNT and just use that for subscriptions for when you go out shopping.

These emails are great a lot of companies will use this method to promote their sales, special events,

3. COUPONS!!: Okay so after you have subscribed you should start receiving a lot of those loving coupons. Most you will use others you will trash. Just make sure that you READ once again all the tiny little letters and the coupon as a whole. See what the requirements in order to use that coupon are. See if its something that will benefit you, and if it does make sure you use it! Meaning make sure you keep in mind and read when does it expire? There is no point of spending two hours shopping and then later you realized it was expired that would be a total and EPIC FAIL!  Most of these coupons are life savers you can save $10- 20 dollars off, or you could get FREE promotional items!

Make sure you keep the coupons you plan on using with you 24/7 you never know if you will end up going to that store by accident and the worst thing is you left your coupons at home. YIKES yet another epic fail! But just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you have to use it, thats is just optional. I have let some coupons go to waste on purpose or have given it to friends or family members who I know will benefit them if I know Im not going to.

I have gotten great brand name and expensive body lotions, shower gels, antibacterials, underwear, or bras for FREE!! no strings attached! 🙂 how amazing is that! and all because i subscribed and kept my coupons in handy within the time frame given to use it.  

4.) ALWAYS ASK, BEFORE YOU BUY: My number one rule when shopping!

Don’t be afraid to ask about the store’s Return or Exchange Policies because the worst thing to do is to buy something you can’t return or exchange. Also please make sure that you ask yourself for the seventh hundred times if the item or product your purchasing to you its worth the buy. Are you a rebuyer meaning do you buy the same product more than once just because, or do you really need it ? Does the price meet or pleases  your budget (if you have any). 

Most companies or stores will require you to have:

  • Your original receipts, and tags attached as proof of purchase
  • 30/90 Day policy to bring the item back for a full refund or exchange.
  • The same method of payments again for your protection as another proof of purchase and makes the process easier

So now that I have properly introduced to some great saving tips here are some example of the “SPLURGE .V.S. STEAL” items I was pointing to you out earlier!

 

 

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P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour 2013

Dear Fashionminies!!

I had the pleasure to attend to my very first P!nK! concert and I am so excited to share my expeirence with all of you. So make sure you read the whole article. Love you all! xxx

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First of all i would like to say that I thank God everyday for creating music and for allowing us to see talented people who play music and use their struggles to compose, sing, or create songs who others who listen to it can use a method of therapy, healing, support, or etc. Whatever it is without music I don’t know where I would be because I myself have found healing, and life in music. And that goes for almost all the artist I admire or I am inspired by, thank you because one way or another your songs have a lot of meaning in my heart. Not necessarily all but most have touched my heart.

Evetzie xxx

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P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour 2013 – My Review

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Oh how I love P!nk I think she is an amazing artist and human being. While growing up I remember coming out of one of my classes in middle school and listening to her hit songs like “There You Go”, “Most Girls”, and many more from her album  “Can’t Take Me Home” who debuted back in 2000, thanks to a classmate who had her album at the moment. I pretty much instantly liked her type of music, and genre. Then I remember when she first came out everyone had something bad to say about her but I loved her. To me she was a young woman who was coming out of her struggles through music, she represented empowerment for women.  I think she does have an empowerment voice, she has her own amazing and unique style,  and she has many amazing qualities that are to be admire for.

I was watching an episode of Behind The Music featuring Pink and I remember being amazed by her life story. Then I understood her more as human being and as an artist. From how she took all her struggles and made masterpieces from composing, to as her passionate vocals in her songs. Something that stuck with me was that when Pink was at the age of 11, Pink started using recreational drugs that then slowly it to other drugs like LSD, PCP, ecstasy, and crystal meth by the time she was 13, she had already known every side of it. And a lot of it was a result due to her parent’s divorce which was a very heavy burden for her and her family while growing up. Also the fact that she got discovered while she was high while performing to a Hip Hop beat in Philly at a nightclub. And then later on within time by executive producer .L.A. Reid. What I love about her is that to her everything to her was a challenge, and she loves to prove everyone wrong and that was her life progress and that’s what makes her P!NK!  Also her music has inspired me as I grew up, and I remember that one of my favorite songs who have stuck with me was “Family Portrait” because of her parents divorce I understood where she came from. By the time her album “Mizunderstood” came out I was definitely a fan of hers for sure. And ever since then her albums and songs just keep getting better and better from her vocals , to her performances, and even herself as a person she’s simply amazing.  So now that you know my background with Pink may I present you my review on the PINK! :TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR: 2013

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Her opening act was a band called The Hives which were pretty much okay. At first they were fun but then eh they kinda got annoying. But when it was her turn to start the show her opening song was amazing. This was my first PINK concert ever! I have always wanted to go to one of her shows. She is AMAZING!!! She is beautiful, VERY humble, sweet, and kind. She did a lot of modern dance and aerial work in this tour. She has a powerful voice, high energy routines, and she sang everything live even when she was doing her aerial .She slingshot from ground  and did some aerial work  and her male aerialist and dancers to her hit song “RAISE YOUR GLASS”  along with some awesome red and white fireworks.

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Then she sand a lof of her old songs from previous albums like “Family Portrait”, “Sober”, “Please Don’t Leave Me”, “Fuck-ng Perfect’, “Trouble”, “Most Girls”, “There You Go”, “Who Knew’, “U + Ur Hand”, “Mean”, “One Foot Wrong”. Also from her new and recent album THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE she sand “Here Comes The Weekend”, “Try”, “Just Give Me A Reason” ft Nate from FUN., “Slut Like You”, “Walk of Shame”, “How Come Your Not Here”, “Blow Me (one last kiss)”. And she also sang “Glitter in the Air” like her Grammy performance with the aerial work and drenched in the water.

My favorite performances throughout the whole concert were the opening act to “Raise Your Glass”, “Sober”, “Please Don’t Leave Me”, “Try”, “Blow Me (one last kiss)”, “Family Portrait”, and “So What”. They all had a lot of aerial work, and modern dance and a lot of technical work. I was very impressed.

By the way she gave so many autographs to the fans on pit or front row it was like amazing. I had never seen an artist like her, or Enrique Iglesias who stopped for like 15 minutes giving autographs and pictures. Plus she was so humble she shared about her trip to Disney with her little girl, and she was so easy going, and like I was starstruck by how sweet she is. You have to go to a PINK concert when she is in town she is definitely worth paying for like she is that great!  So she is a MUST GO!!!

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Before the show ended she slingshot all the way to nosebleed seatings so everyone could see her during her “So What” performance. She sang a lot of songs and famous hits. The dancers were awesome so was the staging. I got a brand new professional camera for Christmas and this was my first time using it and I got to take amazing photos and videos.

Please don’t steal my photos 🙂 xxx thanks. —————————————————————————————— ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY EBMPHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHER: EVETZIE BERRIOS.These images are COPYRIGHTED©.These images are not to be reproduced mechanically, electronically or otherwise for distribution, sale or display without the written permission of the author -Evetzie Berrios from EBMPHOTOGRAPHY. DO NOT SAVE,COPY,THE USE AND SELL,PRINT OR ETC. Further LEGAL ACTIONS will be made.

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From Dull to Love: Banana Hair Treatment.

Hi  Fashionminies,

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How  are you  all loves? I hope you are all doing wonderful! This week I have decided that my hair needed a little boost. Sincerely I love doing a lot of things to my hair if you know me you would probably know that I cut, and dye my hair frequently. Not the safest thing to do if you want beautiful shiny hair like a celebrity in the red carpet. But with that being said I have stopped dying my hair for a long time now and I can proudly say this is the longest I have been without cutting or dying it. So cheers!  Of course when you use a lot of chemicals on your hair it weakens it, and it loses its protein and thats when everything that we don’t want our hair to become happens which is dull and quite frankly ugly.

My hair has been a lot healthier since I stopped using a lot of our heating tools like the hair straightener, curling irons, blow dryers and so on.  Even though i do use them to style my hair I do it once in a while. But today as I was looking at my hair and looking through some magazines I read that bananas are really good as a way to treat your dull hair. I thought it was pretty interesting. See the things with bananas are that the potassium and vitamins it contains gives the hair everything I was seeking which was hair shine without weighing it down and gives you a fresh and vibrant look immediately. Of course with my crazy personality I decided to try it  and it actually worked! I was amazed at how smooth, shiny, and healthy my hair looked after one try!

PREP: All you have to do is take one banana peel it open and smash the banana in a mixing bowl until it becomes all creamy and have a like paste like texture.

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APPLY: Once you have smashed it well you can start applying small amounts on your whole hair mainly concentrating on the ends. Caution there will be pieces or chunks of bananas that won’t smash all the way through so just go with it. Once you are done clip your hair up and sit and wait about 30 minutes to let it penetrate to the cuticle of your hair strand.

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RINSE: After the 30 minutes have passed. Comb throuroughly  the hair to let those chunky banana pieces fall off. Then rinse off the banana from your hair. Then shampoo and rinse your hair with conditioner like normal and then style. 

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You will be suprised at how soft, shiny, and healthy you hair will look. You can repeat this treatment as many time as you want because its a natural way to do it. But I always recommend from once to twice a week no more than that. Remember that washing your hair or repeating a treatment too many times can also make your hair texture worse.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Love you all!

Evetzie xxxx

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2013 Hello Summer! TRENDSPOTTING <3

Hey Fashionminies,

How are you all doing my loves! Just wanted to share how excited I am about the Spring and Summer 2013 trends. I have found a lot of them to be my favorites! Im in love with the camouflage and pastel trends. They are both so easy to wear and effortless. I love wearing effortless look that have bold statements.  This is the first part to my full on Spring and Summer 2013 edition the next post will be next week on hairstyles, nail trends, and makeup! I have made some inspiration and mood boards for all of you so you can try some of the new emerging trends. I love trendspotting.

Evetzie xxx

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SCARLET RED:

A lot of red for the summer wether its in florals, makeup, accessories, or as an accent color.

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GLAM ROCK:

Be daring, yet romantic and sophisticated. From lace, leather, and detail in fabrics and patterns.

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STARLIGHT:

Who says just cause its Spring and Summertime you can’t still rock the glitter. Wether its in sequins, rhinestone or crystal accessories, shoes, nail designs, or in your eye makeup.

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ARMY COLLATERAL:

Camouflage patterns and army colors. From dark greens to olive green, dark browns to neutral beige. Wether its in details accessories, nail colors, shoes, or in an article of clothing. One of the biggest trends

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VINTAGE PASTELS:

Anything light pastels like light hues of baby blues, soft pinks, periwinkle, lime green, baby yellows. Also peach colors and mix and match mint colors. For a soft romantic feel tie in some floral head piece accessories or simple soft colored jewelry for a effortless look.

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