Sunday, July 18, 2010

High End, Low Cost Shopping!

I move into my new apartment in one month and recently I've been stressing over redecorating. This summer, I've looked EVERYWHERE for the perfect comforter, and I seriously mean everywhere. My main problem is that my college budget is a little too low for my taste in... everything really. Finally, I was on Friday and got an excellent deal on this Tommy Hilfiger comforter and sham set (more on ideeli later).


I absolutely love it. I also bought a chunky white lamp to go on my night stand. It's very traditional, but the heaviness of it makes it a little more modern and it compliments the damask pattern perfectly. I found it at TJMaxx for only $29.00!

My new bedroom has a little corridor where my closet's located with a window at the end, and I think it's going to be the perfect place to hang these Lilly Pulitzer Party Pom Poms I bought on sale in December and still haven't opened! I've got a cute little white chandelier that they'll look perfect with.


So anyway, back to what this post's all about - shopping on a budget. This summer I finally discovered the wonder of online shopping. You can get so many great deals online that you can't get in the store.

Take Kate's Paperie for example. I found this NYC Stationary Heaven while I was in SoHo and fell in love. I bought a few things while I was there, but came home wishing I'd gotten more. So I was browsing through the sale items online, and I started finding amazing deal after amazing deal! I ended up with over $200 worth of Lilly Pulitzer stationery, wrapping paper, and home items for only $60!

And now, back to Ideeli. Ideeli's a site for online discount shopping, much like Hautelook, Gilt Groupe, and RueLaLa. For most of these sites, you have to be invited to join. Once you join, you get daily emails around 11:30 letting you know about all the sales going on that day, and they open up at noon. You have to be quick if you want something though - it goes fast. These sites are great, because you can get clothes from top designers, jewelry, home items, and even vacation packages at unbelievable prices. If you'd like an invite to any of them, let me know and I'll send you one!

So the moral of the story is, if you're like me (expensive taste with a not-so-expensive budget) you can still get the best of both worlds! You just have to be a little creative about it. Check out discount stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls for home goods and don't forget to look online either!


  1. a. i have those pompoms from target.
    b. cute comforter, someone really likes that patter :)
    c. invite me to that site.

    please and thankyou!

  2. a. you got them at target??? are they lilly? i had to get mine online!
    b. yes, someone really does like the pattern a lottt.
    c. will do. all of them or just ideeli?