July 2010 Archives

July 30, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpAnother Friday, another weekend. Hey I'm not complaining one bit - I have the Alameda Antique Fair this weekend and my fellow thrifter friend and I will be bargaining and hunting with the best of them. It's on this same train of thought that I bring you this week's top sales. Think of it as a chance to do your own hunting minus the porta-potties, glaring sun, and lingering smell of "old".

Take $20 off $100+ order at GNC. Code 20DOLLARS (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 7.0% Cash Back.

Get any one pair of Aero Jeans for $20 at Aeropostale. Code JEANS20 (Exp. 08/08/2010) Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Take 15% off any order at Shoes.com. Code SUMMER (Exclusions Apply) (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 8.0% Cash Back.

Summer Clearance Sale - Save up to 90% off more than 10,000 Books at Barnes and Noble (Exp. 08/12/2010) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Summer Sale - Save 15-50% on top brands at Giggle (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Take 30% off any order at Banana Republic. Code BRMADNESS (Exp. 08/01/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back!

Appreciation Sale - Save an extra 15% off regular, sale and clearance prices at JCPenney. Code LOVEYOU (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Best of Summer Sale - Save up to 70% on select styles at Athleta (Exp. 08/31/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.

Save an extra 20% off all Accessories Clearance items at Target (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.


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July 29, 2010

Emily-Blunt-for-Vanity-FairAs a fan of period films like Pride & Prejudice and Gone With The Wind, I am no stranger to smelling salts. Their use by fragile women in overly dramatic situations does put a smile on my face but it also brings up a valid question; what ever happened to perfume? And I don't mean the nauseating trail left by overzealous women, but rather the quick spritz to freshen up one's day, or in more serious matters to guard against intolerable nasal cruelties like the crowded bus, and the close proximity to whomever dealt it. It's with this new found interest in pleasing my third sense that I head over to ULTA Beauty for a bit of shopping, virtual spritzing, and earning of cash.

Sula PerfumeNot long into my escapade did I land on Sula Roll On Perfume Collection. A perfect assortment of travel sized scents with cheeky names such as Butterfly Kiss, Champagne Sugar, and Stiletto Musk, there's something to satisfy every mood, and soften every offense. Better yet they're small enough to carry anywhere (read - stale airplanes) and with a roll on application, you needn't worry about offending the person next to you. From now until July 31st you'll save 20% sitewide at ULTA Beauty with code EBATES20OFF, not to mention you'll get 3.0% Cash Back. Being properly armed against the mishaps of a city is pleasing, yet the addition to my cash back account (now well over $300) is producing a light headed effect. Could these women have been suffering not from fatigue, but from cash back induced frenzy?  


The gorgeous gam above is none other than Emily Blunt in April's Vanity Fair.


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July 28, 2010

As July comes to a rapid end (though you would never know it in San Francisco) Summer markdowns are getting bigger and better. Nothing gets my heart pumping like a good sale (and this guy) so without further ado here are just a few of the awesome sale items to be found through Ebates. Enjoy!


Spritzer Stripe ToteSpritzer Strip Drawstring Tote Was $325 Now $182.
Available at J.Crew with 1.0% Cash Back.

Quite possibly the ultimate preppy turned sporty handbag this begs to be paired with Summery items like seersucker pants (cuffed of course) and linen everything. Until Thursday July 29th save an extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30. This item also qualifies you for free shipping, so don't miss out!


Born Crown BootsBorn Crown Leather Boots Was $229 Now $159.
Available at Nordstrom with 3.0% Cash Back.

You know why you need these boots? Because they're classic that's why. That's right I said classic; no frills, no fuss, no of-the-moment crazy colors. Just a simple boot in a neutral color that will be in your wardrobe for years. Think of this as the perfect excuse to rid yourself of those nauseating pirate boots. You know the ones -  large fold over flap with flat heel and pointy toe. Jack Sparrow you are not and he wants his boots back.

DDF Age RenewalDDF Cellular Renewal Was $130 Now $42
Available at Beauty.com with 6.0% Cash Back.

I'll be the first to admit I don't spend that much money on facial products. Because I like to spend my money where I can see it (like clothes, home decor, etc) I tend to view pricey beauty products as a frivolous expense. That's not to say that I don't secretly crave them, it's just that I can't afford them. To my rescue is Beauty.com and this Anti-aging cream by trusted brand DDF. I've tried their Pore-Less cream with decent results, and considering this one is just $42 it's now obtainable by penny pinchers like myself. Check out more ways to save here.


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July 27, 2010

This week's guest blogger is Brooke from BlushingNoir. As a full time beauty guru she knows the best places to shop. Like Sephora!


With 450 stores in the US and locations in 13 countries it's no wonder Sephora is a household name for beauty products. Here are just a few reasons why I can't get enough!

Sephora Beauty InsiderReason #1 - V.I.B. 

Sephora boasts a VIP (or VIB - Very Important Beauty Insider) program that gives exclusive perks such as discounts, free samples, contests and more. Think of it as a bonus for shopping Sephora. Your Beauty Insider Card works both online and in stores, but with free shipping over $50 and 4.0% Cash Back from Ebates, it pays to shop online.

Tip: Shipping is free if your purchase is $50 or more, but be on the lookout for coupon codes that offer free shipping with a $25 purchase.

Reason #2 - Skincare Challenge

In addition to V.I.B. rewards, by shopping for your skincare at Sephora you can enroll in the Skincare Challenge. I love the concept -  for each skincare purchase over $20 you'll receive 1 credit. After accruing 4 credits you're eligible for one of three full sized featured products. Free! You can always hold off until something more to your liking is featured, but keep in mind items are switched on a needed basis. As much as I love the rewards program I'd like to see customers be able to pick out any skincare product they desire, as long as it's under a set dollar amount. Let's face it, as women we all have different skin types and tones, and we're looking to target different areas. Factor in different ages, and well, you get the point!

Sale!Tip: While you're shopping the website make sure to check out the sale section for savings of up to 75% off. Check back often, it's updated frequently and the best items sell out fast!

Reason #3 - Customer Service

One of the things that makes Sephora so unique is their hassle free return policy. They will take anything back, whether you have the receipt or not. It's refreshing especially in this economy, to see a business stand behind their brands and products! The customer service that I've encountered at Sephora.com and in Sephora stores is nothing short of stellar. Returns and exchanges are also FREE. When your order arrives a return label will be included for fast and easy service.

Reason #4 - Beauty Updates

I love to follow Sephora on Twitter and Facebook for up to date information regarding awesome sales, exclusive products, contests and bonus incentives. No beauty guru can resist!



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July 26, 2010

I haven't done a recent installment of "I Want It Now" simply because, well, there's not much I've craved. No, my forehead isn't warm, and yes I am fully lucid, so the answer to your burning what gives question is this; there hasn't been anything to tempt me. Luckily for readers this is swiftly changing as Fall Fashion rears it's sartorialist head. To kick off the season I'm starting with the one thing every woman fawns over - Handbags. Enjoy and happy shopping!

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July 23, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpIn this installment of Friday Sales Round up we'll answer your burning questions like Is it too early to shop for Fall Fashion? What are this week's top deals? And can one have to many coupons? No, you can shop Back to School right now with Ebates. Last minute deals take the cake this week. And no, you can never have to many coupons. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Save $20 off $100+ order at Lillian Vernon. Code 000770000 (Exp. 12/31/2010) Plus 8.0% Cash Back.

Take $10 off $60+ orders at Finish Line with code EBATES613 (Exp. 08/31/2010) Plus 7.0% Cash Back.

Save $50 off any $150+ full price order at Ann Taylor. Code JULYAFF50 (Exp. 08/05/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off any order at SkinStore. Code FAIR20 (Exp. 08/02/2010) Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Suddenly Sale! Save 25-50% at Bloomingdales! (Exp. 07/28/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 70% off at Saks Fifth Avenue (Exp. 07/25/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Save 50% on Family Fun Deals (Near You) with Sweet Deals on Mamapedia (Exp. 12/31/2010)  Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Save 25% off any order at Perfumania. Code 25OFF (Exp. 07/22/2010) Plus 7.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 70% off Restaurant.com Gift Cards - Starting at $15 for $25. Code TASTY (Exp. 07/22/2010) Plus 15.0% Cash Back.

Today Only - Additional 40% off all Sale Merchandise at Baby Phat (Exp. 07/22/2010) Plus 5.0% Cash Back.


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July 22, 2010

Shop Olsenboye at JCPenneyWhen I was a teenager I never paid attention to what celebrities were wearing, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone in this disregard. Before the internet became everything, Back to School fashion was ingested through magazines and catalogs - oh how we stalked the mailman. Of course in 2010 teenagers are very different, and what celebrities wear (or design) heavily influences what's cool in school. Case in point: Olsenboye started by ex-child stars the Olsen twins.

OlsenboyeMary Kate and Ashley Olsen became fashion icons when they launched their couture line The Row, followed by the coveted mid-priced line Elizabeth and James in 2007. Featured in every fashion magazine and sold in every boutique, their clothes have a following with celebrities like Beyonce, Nicole Richie, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. Hearing the cry for a younger, lower priced line the twins created Olsenboye; a joining of their eclectic tastes with youthful trends. Sold exclusively at JCPenney the line carries teen must haves like graphic tees, babydoll dresses, and accessories priced between $15- $90. Aside from scoring teen faves for less, you'll also get 6.0% Cash Back at JCPenney thanks to Ebates Back to School. Oh and the bragging rights of being a "hip" parent.


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July 21, 2010

Jenna LyonsThere are few woman I envy, and fewer lives I would swap for my own. Being rich, famous, and the owner of a huge wardrobe means nothing without talent, which is why Jenna Lyons is my inspiration. As Creative Director of J.Crew (soon to be President in September) everything about her life seems charmed; from her fabulous Brooklyn Home to her job as style extraordinaire. It's because of her influence that J.Crew continues to wow me as a relevant fashion retailer. Remember when it was just preppy clothes? Take a look at their Fall Collection and yeah like I said, wow.



J.Crew Fall LookbookSpeaking of Fall, Jenna describes the collection as Edith Beale goes to Summer camp, which is quite appropriate considering the heavy use of 1940's inspired coats, knitwear, and stockings. The addition of military hats makes it all the more nostalgic and for a pop of the unexpected there's Funny Face Lip Color by Nars (available at Sephora). Overall I'm thrilled with The Fall Lookbook- view it here -and although items are pre-order only, by shopping J.Crew you'll get a guaranteed 1.0% Cash Back. Not to mention endless inspiration!

Casa de Jenna Aside from having an eye for fashion, Jenna also has an eye for design. In fact her home is much like a J.Crew outfit; a bit whimsical, a bit funky, and a mismash of opposing styles that somehow all work. I love (like seriously am obsessed with) her mustard yellow couch, and the mission style chandelier adorned with crystals. Other favorites of her home include the bold black and white bathroom, as well as her chalkboard painted bedroom. For the full spread see Livingetc, and to shop her home try Ebates stores like Burke Decor, FCLstyle, and Design Within Reach.


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July 20, 2010

I could go down the much beaten path of Pre-Fall trends, cool weather items, and the must have fabrics for Fall- presumably suede, tweeds, wool, even shearling and velvet- but I choose to stay on the path ahead and revel in all that is Summer fashion. Of course seeing that Summer is half way over investing in pricey trends for a mere 6 weeks is foolish, and not very savvy of me. Instead I've picked out a few trends from my newest obsession ASOS, and although it contradicts me to say this, you will be able to bring these trends into your Fall wardrobe. Sorry!

Military-JacketSpring's grunge influence is still going strong, and this Dutch Army Shirt is just the piece you need. Priced just under $50 (with 3.5% Cash Back), it works great paired over another hot trend: the prairie dress. Take note: cut off shorts will still be around for Fall, but fashionista's will be pairing them with knit tights and these Wedge Suede Booties.  

Sanita ClogMark my words clogs will still be going strong in Fall, and they are the "it" shoe for Summer. As much as I love this trend, I want to avoid looking like a milk maid which is why I love these Sanita Clogs. Definitely a tougher version, I'll be able to wear these with a Fall ensemble of dark denim and an asymmetrical cashmere sweater, or right now with luxurious pleated shorts.

Aside from current trends, ASOS also carries chic labels like Acne, Vivienne Westwood, Band of Outsiders, Paul Smith and more. Right now they're having a mega sale so it behooves you to check them out. Guys too!


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July 19, 2010

Tracy-ReeseFor years I've been in love with Tracy Reese clothes. The bold prints and flattering cuts have the gusto of DVF, yet the line itself is understated. Of-the-moment silhouette's are ignored in lieu of patterns like the A-line dress, and prints are a modernized version of what's been done before whether it's a floral, animal, or other. In other words her pieces just work and they take little creativity or thought on my part which as you can imagine is a huge relief. Much as I want a certain ease in which to dress I also want a certain ease in which to decorate so I was happy to stumble across Tracy Reese Home while shopping at Macys.

Done under the Plenty by Tracy Reese name the collection features bath towels, accessories, and shower curtains all as eclectic as her clothing. These Folk Song Bath TowelsFolk Song Towels have a bohemian vibe similar to her signature chiffon tops, even the skirt pictured above (print look familiar?) and they're surprisingly affordable. Priced between $8 to $50 you'll find many items on sale thanks to Macys Home Sale and of course 3.0% Cash Back. In addition to bath items I also found bedding from Plenty by Tracy Reese, however besides a few random items on eBay, I'm having trouble finding the line sold through an Ebates store. Have any of you had luck?


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July 17, 2010

Don't let the hot weather fry your brain. Keep it alive with these bestsellers.


My Horizontal LifeWhen you need to laugh - My Horizontal Life By Chelsea Handler

Author of "Are Your There Vodka It's Me Chelsea" and host of the comedic late night show Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler has taken the most memorable and awkward parts of single life; the one night stand, and turned it into a series of short stories all with as much honestly and crass as your best friend. Leaving no detail unmentioned she visits her experiences with the kind of humor and intimacy found in David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley books. Find it at Alibris with 3.0% Cash Back.

 

Eat Pray LoveWhen you need to cry - Eat Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert.
 
Divorced, depressed, and in the throes of the late twenties crisis (yes it really does exist) Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on a year journey of self discovery and spiritual awakening that takes her from Italy to India and eventually Bali. Those who share in the author's "there's gotta be more than this" mentality will find a great read. Side Note: Eat Pray Love is coming to a theater near you August 13th and will star everybody's sweetheart Julia Roberts (who's face will no doubt become the new book cover) as well as the uber sexy Javier Bardem. Find it at Barnes and Noble with 4.0% Cash Back.

Club DeadWhen you need an escape -  Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

The third book in the popular series that spurned my Sunday night addiction True Blood, Club Dead starts with leading southern belle Sookie Stackhouse on the search for her beloved vampire Bill. Along the way she stumbles into a world tangled with werewolves and vampires; a world in which she not surprisingly injects herself to save her dead fiance. Bonus points include Sookie and Eric's growing friendship (yum) and witnessing Bon Temp's other characters become leading roles. Recommend for someone who is looking for mythical entertainment that's older and saucier than Harry Potter. Find it at Borders with 4.0% Cash Back.

Breaking Dawn
When you feel like a teenager - Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn By Stephanie Meyers

Not to overwhelm with vampires but seeing as how the Twilight saga is churning out movies faster than people can read, you're time for reading the fourth and final book Breaking Dawn is limited. This final chapter sees Bella and Edward progressing with their relationship as only 18 year old's who have been dating 1.5 years can. Of course things can only be rosy for so long before the Volturi come a knocking and the final showdown sees an alliance between Team Edward and Team Jacob. Recommended for the young at heart. Find it at Half.com with 4.0% Cash Back.

Continue your Summer reading here.


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July 16, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpIt is officially mid-Summer. Boo, I know. However- that also means mega markdowns and clearance sales! Considering so many Summer trends are being worked into Fall, you'd be two sandwiches shy of a picnic not to shop. Trying out southern colloquialisms is my new thing.




Save $10 off $50+ School Supply orders at Kmart. Code SCHOOL10 (Exp. 07/17/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off any order at Old Navy & Free Shipping on $50+ order with Old Navy, Gap or Banana Card. Code ONSTUFF20 (Exp. 07/18/2010). Plus 10.0% Cash Back.

Summer Sale - Save up to 50% off at Bass Pro Shops (Exp. 07/26/2010) Plus 4.5% Cash Back.

Take 15% off Regular priced items and 25% off Sale and Clearance items & Free Shipping at Shoes.com. Code SHOEDEAL (Exp. 07/26/2010) Plus 8.0% Cash Back.

Take 20% off any one item at Brylane Home. Code BHSUMMER (Exp. 07/17/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 50% off select Nine West styles + free shipping! (Exp. 07/30/2010) Plus 3.5% Cash Back.

Save an additional 30% off Clearance at American Eagle. (30% off discount is automatically applied once a Clearance item(s) is added to the shopping bag.) (Exp. 07/20/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save 15% off most titles at Best Deal Magazines. Code PXCJ718 (Exp. 07/18/2010) Plus  10.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off $50+ order at The Childrens Place. Code JULY2010A (Exp. 07/18/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Summer Sale - Up to 65% off at Chico's. (Exp. 07/31/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.

Happy Shopping!



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July 15, 2010

For a lot of women (me included) the letter "B" takes on a sinister meaning when summer rolls around. Beach, bathing suit, and bikini...well you get the picture! If you're not in tiptop shape before your foot hits the water, then your plans for fun in the sun could be a wash out.

How do you make sure you're ready for the swimsuit season? For starters, a healthy diet plan is a must. focus28diet.com has a downloadable FREE High Protein Meal Plan Manual that guides you in customizing a routine for your individual weight loss goals. Not only is focus28diet.com a great source for weight loss food and tips for success, they're offering either $10 OFF orders of $50+ (through July 31st) with promo code LS10OFF50 or FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75+ until the end of the year.

As all of us diehard diet divas know, eating nutritious, healthy food is only part of the battle. Exercise plays a big part and the warm weather give you the chance to chill out while eliminating unwanted calories. Since it's not healthy to run in high temperatures, take the plunge in the nearest pool for some water walking and aerobics ...it's fun (a whole lot cooler) and you could be burning 400-800 calories! Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • Warm up by walking the perimeter of the pool, then jogging in it.
  • In the shallow end, do 60 seconds each of walking lunges, squats, and leg lifts to the front side and back, holding on to the edge.
  • If you use an aqua free weight or flow tie it increase the feeling of resistance & will add the perfect intensity to your workout.
  • Finish working the lower body with flutter kicks holding the edge or using a kickboard.
  • Finally, submerge to the neck and do chest presses, reverse flies, bicep curls, and arm circles to work the upper body.

Hey guys - this work out is good for you too and your own personal meal plan will help you get buff for your romps on the beach.

As you can tell, I have lots (and I mean LOTS) of personal experience in the world of diet dining. That's why I'm glad there are now so many great choices for healthy, high protein foods that actually taste good and are good for you. What's your "red light" food(s)? Check out these awesome shakes, smoothies and puddings that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. And if your downfall is the in between meal munchies, I've found a great selection of healthy snacks.

Don't let rainy days get your down. Just follow the focus28.com Iso-Towel 5-minute workout will speed up your metabolism by combining fat burning, strength and stretch and can be done anytime or anywhere with just a towel!

Good luck...keep cool and stay slim this summer with focus28diet.com!



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July 13, 2010

These days, most people tend to avoid the sun on their face. Not only are sunburns painful, but extreme sun-damage can cause premature wrinkling and even cancer. Good thing there are tons of products out there that can help give your skin that sun-kissed glow without the risk of skin damage. I find that the best fool-proof way to fake a glow is through bronzers. While I am a huge advocate of self-tanners, they take a while for the color to develop and tend to require a lot of upkeep. Bronzers on the other hand are easy to apply and you can control how much glow you want. The important thing to keep in mind when selecting bronzers, is that they are not all created for every skin tone. Fair, medium and dark skin all need to choose different shades for the color to look natural and seamless. I have taken the guess work out of which shade to choose depending on your skin tone. I'd also recommend looking for formulas with little or no shimmer, they look much more natural and a far easier to apply. Here are my three choices available at Sephora where you will earn 4.0% Cash Back from Ebates, five free samples with your order and free shipping on $50+.



twofacedbronzer.jpgFor light skin, try Two Faced Caribbean In A Compact in Sun Bunny. The Dual color compact will make it easy to customize and contour even for the lightest skin. Get it at Sephora for $27.



Medium skin tones have the most leeway. I like Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in Terracotta 3. It isTerracotta-Bronzer.jpg a warm, rich bronze that will look great on medium skin. Get it for $47 ( I know it is steep, but I have literally had mine for years) also from Sephora.


narscasinobronzer.jpgAnd last, for dark skin tones pick up Nars bronzing powder in Casino. It is the perfect shade with very subtle shimmer that will highlight all the right places.pick yours up through this link.



Get glowing with cash back and endless places to shop in our Health and Beauty Category.






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July 13, 2010

Back-to-School
School bells, linoleum hallways, and locker gossip. Each September -despite graduating a decade ago- the back to school blues comes washing over and fills me with a sense of dread that can only come from homework, shorter days, and inevitably colder weather. This sense of dread is quickly replaced with the feeling of joy that can only come from being an adult. I believe the feeling is called freedom. For the unfortunate under 18 crowd there is a silver lining and it's called Back To School. Because every hallway is a fashion runway here's a rundown of what your kids will be wearing and how you can get cash back.
 
Girls Performance Fleece from Old Navy. $19.50  10.0% Cash Back

Music Fest T-Shirt $19.50, Striped Rugby Scarf $12.99, and Guy's Jersey Polo $34.50 all from Aeropostale. 5.0% Cash Back.

Olsenboye Flat $34.99 and Men's Nike Skater Shoe $59.99 both from JCPenney6.0% Cash Back.

Tony Hawk Backpack from Kohls. $55  4.0% Cash Back.

North Face Hoodie from Finish Line. $50 7.0% Cash Back.

Butterfly Lunch Box from Lillian Vernon. $12.98  8.0% Cash Back.

Shop all Back to School stores here.   


 




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July 12, 2010

June brides are no doubt on their honeymoons, but there's still a couple more months of wedding season left. Only second to my love of shopping for wedding dresses is wedding photography and these images from Jose Villa make for one amazing afternoon spent daydreaming of happily ever after. Whether you're having a wedding or buying gifts for one, check out Crate and Barrel, The Knot Wedding Shop, and Macys for gift ideas, cash back, and more.

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What are your favorite things to daydream about?




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July 9, 2010

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Here we have another installment of the Friday Sales Round-up. This week features some more great Summer sales. With a couple months left of warm temperatures, it makes sense to stock up on outdoor gear, clothing, accessories and much more. Also, be sure to check out our Shopper Appreciation Sale, where we have increased cash back at nineteen of your favorite stores. 

Without further ado, here is this week's Friday Sales Round-up!


Boden, 3.0% Cash Back - Summer Sale time at Boden! Everything up to 50% off. (Exp. 07/14/2010)

Ann Taylor Loft, 3.0% Cash Back - Additional 50% off Sale items at Ann Taylor Loft. Code SALE50 (Exp. 07/09/2010)

Babies R Us,1.0-2.0% Cash Back - Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Baby and Toddler Clothing at Babies R Us. (Exp. 07/10/2010)

Barnes & Noble6.0% Cash Back - Extra 10% off a Magazine Subscription at Barnes and Noble. Code J9K3V8H (Exp. 07/21/2010)

Best Buy, 1.0% Cash Back - 5% - 15% off Select Home Theater Accessories at Best Buy (Exp. 07/10/2010)

Bloomingdales, 3.0% Cash Back - July Sale - Save 25-50% on select Merchandise at Bloomingdales (Exp. 07/12/2010)

Eddie Bauer, 3.0% Cash Back - Biggest Sale of the Season - Save up to 50% off at Eddie Bauer (Exp. 07/11/2010)

JCPenney, 3.0% Cash Back - Stock Up White Sale & Free Shipping on $99+ order at JCPenney. Code 4PICNICS (Exp. 07/12/2010)

Kohl's, 2.0% Cash Back - $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 you spend. (Exp. 07/11/2010)

Macy's, 6.0% Cash Back - Extra 15% or 10% off Bed and Bath + Free Shipping on $150+ order at macys. Code REFRESH (Exp. 07/12/2010)


Find a full list of sales here.


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July 8, 2010

I am a sucker for wardrobe basics and I see no coincidence that items such as the white collared short and the classic tank top are iconic in fashion. As much as I love quirky items I am always relying on basics to get me through weekends, uninspired days, laundry days, and those times when you want to look fabulous without trying. Speaking of fabulous here are a few basics I'm coveting this Summer.
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Rosette Ribbed Tank from Ann Taylor Loft. $29.50 3.0% Cash Back.

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2x2 Draped Dress by Alexander Wang. $140 at Shopbop with 6.0% Cash Back.

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Flash Dance Sweatshirt by Alternative Apparel. $42 at Tobi with 2.5% Cash Back.

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Kain Label T-Shirt from Saks Fifth Avenue. $88 with 2.5% Cash Back.

What are your favorite basics?


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July 7, 2010

Being that it is Shopper Appreciation Week here at Ebates and we have increased cash back at nineteen of our top stores, we thought we would continue to spread the love with a special preview of out new television commercial. We love our shoppers so much that we put them on TV!  Watch it live for yourself at these times: MSNBC 9:50 edt/6:50 pdt; HGTV 8:25 Pacific and Eastern, 8:43 BBC America Eastern an Pacific, DIY 10:17 Eastern and Pacific


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July 7, 2010

madewellshorts.jpgThe record breaking temperatures across much of the country make it impossible to look at the new Fall fashions arriving in stores. When it's one-hundred degrees in New York City, the last thing you could ever think of buying is a chunky cashmere sweater, ankle boots or anything with sleeves. But any fashionista knows that some of the best Fall pieces are hitting stores right now and if you pass them up, they could pass you by. Good thing there are pieces that you can buy now and wear all through the rest of Summer and into Fall. Consider these Madewell Boardwalk Shorts as a good starting point. Fabricated in a light and airy silk, they will feel great no matter how hot it gets and they will look chic and sophisticated paired with the simplest tee or bold, floral blouse for a little pop. Come Fall, you can layer these with one of the season's must-have chunky sweaters and a chic pair of wedge ankle boots. Here are some options to complete the look.

vincestripesweaterIf you are looking to snag a chic chunky sweater, I recommended buying the style you like when you see it. I already missed out on a great option that sold out in just a few days. Other contenders include this Vince Striped Cardigan from Shopbop with free shipping and 6.0% Cash Back or this amazingly affordable open cardigan by independent designer Neil Sterling in his collaboration collection at Urban Outfitters

My other pre-Fall shopping advice is to start looking for a cute pair of ankle boots that you can Belle-Wedge.jpgwear now with frilly sun-dresses, paired with those shorts or when Fall hits with just about everything. Some of my favorite options include these from Madewell and this comfortable and versatile Wedge version on pre-order at Saks Fifth Avenue


Stay tuned for more tips on Summer into Fall dressing! In the meantime, check out the best Summer and pre-Fall sales here.


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July 6, 2010

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Ok so I know the 4th of July just passed and there isn't a soul alive who would want to discuss the holidays just yet, however let's be realistic. The best deals are typically found early, especially when you're talking about traveling during the holidays. As for Summer travel that's a different story. Deals can found up to the last minute at Ebates stores like Priceline, Expedia, and our newest travel member CheapOStay. I'll be doing my search through Qantas.

Adelaide, AU here I come! Ok- here I come in 6 months!

Because my holiday travel is taking me down under in December (I feel a catch phrase was just born) I am forced to do some hard searching for a flight that doesn't break the bank. Right now Qantas is offering round trips for $1500 which is extremely reasonable compared to $2200 offers I've seen. Once my flight is booked I'll earn $7.50 Cash Back and be on my way to a fabulous trip. You too can find great deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, even cruises by doing your search through the Ebates Travel category!

Panama-Hat*As a side note- Summer trips require Summer fashion and this Panama Hat from J.Crew is to die for. Truly an eye catching piece it's just $58 and you'll get 1.0% Cash Back!

Book you vacation with cash back!


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July 6, 2010

200x200_shopperWhether you have been shopping at Ebates for a week or for three years, I am sure you have noticed that we love our shoppers. One example of how we show our affection is "Shopper Appreciation Week" one of our newest and biggest sales going on now at Ebates. This week you will find increased, even double cash back at a selection of our top stores including; Victoria's Secret, Old Navy, Macys, Orbitz and Banes & Noble and many more! Get more cash back and a ton of exclusive offers at nineteen great stores, including a couple who have never participated in one of our sales.

One store that you rarely see in our promotions is Overstock.com. I plan on taking advantage of their cash back increase (even though it is small, it will add up) and shopping their unparalleled selection of clothing, home goods and entertainment essentials at great prices. Plus, when you shop at Overstock.com, your entire order ships for just $2.95. 


Check out Shopper Appreciation Week at Ebates and find endless ways to save!




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July 5, 2010

It's been several weeks since I saw SATC 2, yet I can't stop thinking about it - but not for the reasons you might suspect. Overall I was disappointed with the film (my sentiments can be echoed in this review) yet there was something that resonated with me. The decor! Carrie and Big's penthouse apartment offers endless inspiration and is impeccably designed. The perfect blend of feminine and masculine, I could stare at these images from HGTV forever!

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Wallpaper has been making a serious comeback, and as shown in Carrie's hallway it can look chic and uber sophisticated. Burke Decor has wallpaper options as fanciful as Carrie's choice, plus you'll get 6.0% Cash Back. Another item I am crushing on is the gilded mirror. From a design movement known as Hollywood Regency, this piece helps to offset the masculinity of their hallway furniture (not shown). eBay carries thousands of Hollywood Regency items such as these Gold Moroccan Side Tables. By shopping home furnishings on eBay you'll get 2.0% Cash Back on top of free shipping!


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The dining room is a favorite of mine as I am a sucker for custom built bookcases. Other highlights include a mid century dining table with cream colored chairs, and a chandelier that looks as if it were purchased from MOMA. Had I the space for a dining set as fabulous as this, I would fill it with these Studded Chairs from Horchow. Similar in design to the chairs shown above, these have a deep rich fabric that screams luxury yet their also funky thanks to studded design. Luxury and funk? Definitely sounds like Carrie! Shop at Horchow and receive 3.0% Cash Back.

For more Carrie style check out HGTV, and to shop check out Ebates Home and Garden category.


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July 4, 2010

narssheerglowFlip through any fashion and beauty magazine or tune into any blog and you will likely see some kind of reference to healthy, glowing skin and how to achieve it. Tricks on how to turn dull and pallid skin into a glowing and healthy complexion are a dime a dozen. Of course, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy diet are indispensable components to looking and feeling your best, but there are other ticks of the trade that can lend a helping hand too.  Of all the products I have tried, documented here, here and here, I have truly found one that reigns above the rest in actually delivering a lovely glow. This NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is truly a complexion miracle worker. Most of us need some coverage to make our skin look its best and this formula provides just the right amount without masking the skin. Plus, it is made with a proven skin brightening complex, found to brighten the completion and soften lines in just twenty-eight days. And good news for those of us who battle with changing skin texture depending on the season. It is very hydrating, so during the warmer Summer months, you can forgo a moisturizer and wear this over your sunscreen with a beautiful result.

Pick up your skin-perfecting bottle at Beauty.com, where you will earn 6.0% Cash Back and can save $10 on orders of $60 or more through this link.

Shop Ebates for all your skin savers.


Happy Fourth of July!


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July 3, 2010

The fashion world and the universe are very much alike. Both are expanding and contracting on any given day, the center of each is always up for debate, and both can be blamed for having a strong gravitational effect on me. For example, while browsing Ebates' newest chic boutique Singer22, I came across this Equipment Signature Shirt and my desire to wear this lighter than air silk top was so strong, I dare say I was unable to resist. Truly the perfect shirt, this was something meant to be the center of my universe. I say perfect only because it's cut like a man's shirt with exaggerated pockets, long length, and casual elegance, yet it's also extremely feminine being that it's made from luxurious silk. Oh and as a bonus there's 3.5% Cash Back.

Equipment-ShirtThe brand Equipment has resurfaced after taking a leave of absence from the fashion world. Started by Christian Restoin (S/O to French Vogue Editor Carine Roitfield) this shirt was the must have for fashion sirens such as Lauren Bacall and Yoko Ono in the 80's, and is now a must have for me in the 00's. I don't think that sounds right, but I haven't really decided on how I am going to address the first decade of the 21st century. It's not hard to see why they loved it then, nor why I love it now. This shirt is truly the ultimate wardrobe item as it can do anything. Dress up ripped denim, or pair with leather pants a la Italian mistress. Use it as a cardigan substitute during Summer months, or layer under a tweed blazer when the leaves start to change. Or if you want, skip the robe and wear this over your sexiest lingerie. However you choose, this shirt does it all. Here at Ebates we offer it all and by shopping Singer22 you'll get 3.5% Cash Back. With new stores being added all the time, maybe Ebates is like the universe too. It's certainly at the center of mine.

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July 2, 2010

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In the few weeks that I have been compiling the Friday Sales Round-up, I have seen many great sales and a ton of limited time offers. But this weekend, there is truly an unprecedented amount of sales, special offers and staggering ways to save at Ebates. It is Fourth of July Weekend, which historically brings a ton of great sales to stores and in turn to Ebates. We have our own Fourth of July Sale going on, where six great stores have double cash back in addition to big sales and limited time offers. Here is this week's extensive round-up. Click here for a full list, because there are tons of great sales going on.

Kohl's, 2.0% Cash Back - Tons of sales and deals for the weekend. (Exp. 07/05/2010)

Macy's, 6.0% Cash Back - July 4th Sale - Free Shipping Sitewide on $99+ order & 2 Day Specials at macys (Exp. 07/05/2010)

Sears, 4.0% Cash Back - July 4th Big Weekend Sale with Thousands of Items on sale + Free Shipping on $49+ orders at Sears. (Exp. 07/06/2010)

Kmart, 4.0% Cash Back - Too many sales to list! Click here for all of the specials. (Exp. 07/06/2010)

HSN, 4.0% Cash Back - Celebrate our Birthday with Deals, Free Shipping, Flex Pay and Premieres only at HSN. (Exp. 07/31/2010)

Bliss Spa, 5.0% Cash Back - Get 20% off+ Free Shipping at blissworld.com! Enter EBATE20 at checkout. (Exp. 07/07/2010)

Ulta, 6.0% Cash Back - 20% off 1 Item at ULTA Beauty. Code 40177 (Exclusions Apply) (Exp. 07/03/2010)

Barnes & Noble, 4.0% Cash Back - 20% off any one item at Barnes and Noble. Code W9C9U3F (Exclusions Apply) (Exp. 07/05/2010)

REI, 3.0% Cash Back - Summer Sale & Clearance at REI! Save up to 30% on select Clothing, Gear & Footwear for the entire family. (Exp. 07/05/2010)

American Eagle, 3.0% Cash Back -  Additional 30% off AE Clearance. (Exp. 07/06/2010)

The Children's Place, 3.0% Cash Back - 20% off $50+ order The Children's Place. Code JULY4TH (Exp. 07/05/2010)

Bloomingdale's, 3.0% Cash Back - Extra 15% off select items at the Bloomingdale's 4th of July Sale. Code SAVE15 (Exp. 07/05/2010)

Urban Outfitters, 2.5% Cash Back - 15% off entire order at Urban Outfitters. Code SUMMER15 (Excludes furniture, bikes, electronics, print shops, and gift cards) (Exp. 07/05/2010)

Banana Republic, 2.0% Cash Back - Extra 25% off already reduced sale items plus Free Shipping on $150+ order at Banana Republic (Exp. 07/05/2010)



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July 1, 2010

July-4th-Sales!Hard to believe it's July already. Rather than lament the Summer is whizzing by, I say live in the now and rejoice for two things 1) a long weekend spend with loved ones, and 2) July 4th at Ebates! From now until July 5th (that's one extra day of savings!) enjoy up to double cash back at Sears, Macys, Kmart. HSN, ULTA Beauty, and Bliss Spa. Or in other words save on everything from grills to swimwear, Martha Stewart Collection to Summer beauty. Quite literally it's possible to stock up on all your Summer needs while racking in cash back. And don't forget the more you spend, the more cash back you'll be getting November 15th! Heck, you could practically have your holiday shopping paid for by then!

Before you start fretting over the holidays, for now just sit back, relax, and earn double cash back! Oh, and shop these amazing offers!

Summer Blowout Apparel Event - Save up to 50% off Summer apparel and swimwear for the family at Kmart.com (Exp. 07/03/2010) Now 4.0% Cash Back!
Click here to redeem

Save 20% off 1 Item at ULTA Beauty with code 40177. (Exclusions Apply) (Exp. 07/03/2010) Now 6.0% Cash Back!
Click here to redeem

Save up to 60% off shirts, shorts and swimwear for men at Sears (Exp. 07/03/2010) Now 4.0% Cash Back!
Click here to redeem

Shop smarter this July 4th with Ebates!


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