August 2010 Archives

August 31, 2010

I'm one of those girls who likes to consider myself a nature junkie much to the amusement of my stepfather who is a mountain man in every sense of the word. The joke perhaps comes from varying opinions as to what constitutes a nature junkie; to him it's working in the Forest Service and living off the land, to me it's overlooking the forest from the balcony of a quaint cottage, or if I'm dreaming big a log cabin. This isn't to say that I can't handle the great outdoors, on the contrary I love to camp, yet there are times when I'd rather emulate this sort of life through apparel. This season wrap sweaters are everywhere (including Bloomingdales) and to fully channel all sides of my personality I've chosen two separate pieces. One for the city slicker, and one for the nature junkie. Even if the later is up for debate.

Cynthia Vincent WrapThe Country Gal

A weekend getaway to the mountains is always well received after life in the city gets overwhelming. To stay warm on frosty mornings this Aurora Borealis Blanket Sweater (no snuggie reference please) by Cynthia Vincent does the trick plus it calls to the moccasin girl living in all of us. Away from the city I'll pair this with cozy wool socks, within city limits I'll do as the model does and pair with skinny denim and rugged boots.

Vince CardiganThe City Slicker

You can spot a true city slicker by their boisterous claims of the hardship that is city living, yet when asked if they'll leave the answer is always a resounding "no". I am one of these people and when living in a concrete jungle somber attire is always a fashion do. Not to be confused with boring, somber colors like black and grey are paramount to dressing with ease. This Vince Cashmere-Wool Cardigan is done in a simple palette yet it's stripe print and drape cut are fabulously chic, and appropriate for any city setting. I've become a follower of open cardigans, yet this does double duty and buttons into a jacket. Perfect for when city streets turn into wind tunnels. Perfect for my wallet is 3.0% Cash Back.

Now that I have two distinct wraps for my opposing tastes it's time to seek the proper footwear!


August 30, 2010

Despite being out of school for nearly a decade each September reminds me of textbooks, study halls, and of course Back to School fashion. While some may hop onto whatever trendwagon is rolling by, I prefer to usher in Fall with classic items such as a professor cardigan, a carry-all satchel, and the right pair of cords.


August 28, 2010

Our guest blogger ThriftyMamaB dishes out savvy shopping Back to School style. The secret? She shops from the comfort of her own home and gets cash back with Ebates.

Kids want to look their best when going back to school, and school hallways are quickly turned into fashion runways. One of my favorite stores to shop is Kohls where you'll get double cash back through Ebates. This week you'll save up to 60% off during the Lowest Prices of the Season Sale. You can also get an additional 15% off clearance, sale, and regular priced items with coupon code LOWPRICE15.
Boys DenimTo get my kindergartner set for school I bought him a pair of Sonoma Straight Leg Jeans (regular $24) on sale for $9.99. As with most boys the knees of his jeans tend to wear thin, but thanks to a great price I was able to add several pairs to his school wardrobe. Hopefully I won't have to buy any more this year!

Madras ShirtWhile browsing the clearance section I found a Chaps Madras Plaid Shirt for only $6.60, but thanks to a 15% off coupon the total was $5.61. Also available in the clearance section are Chaps long sleeve shirts for $9.60. Feel free to stock up as orders of $50 or more receive free standard shipping with coupon code YOUR50 (valid through 8/29).

Eyelash TopI love the color of this Juniors Eyelash Top set on sale for only $5.60. The combination of dressy and casual is perfect for teen girls. Other must have sale picks are Tony Hawk Collection boys tees for $10.99 (save 54%) and brands such as Urban Pipeline and Mudd.

Even if you don't shop the clearance section you can still find fabulous sale prices with up to 60% off during Kohls Lowest Prices of the Season Sale. On days when the weather will not cooperate I'm content to stay home, shop in my pj's, and get paid to shop Back To School. Wouldn't you agree?


August 27, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpWhat a week. Temperatures rose to near scorching, then dropped like a ton of bricks. The yo-yo climate definitely had an effect on my train of thought- should I buy Summer dresses or Fall boots?- yet I am slowly coming back to normal and with a more even keel comes another edition of Friday Sales Round-Up. Unlike the weather these deals won't make your head spin. Well maybe, but in a "OMG this is a great deal" sort of way. Enjoy!

Save $10 off $40+ order & Free Shipping on $50+ order at Bath and Body Works. Code BBWTHXAUG10 (Exp. 09/30/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Get 30% off + free shipping on orders over $30 at Yves Rocher. Code SUMMER30. Plus 9.0% Cash Back.

40% off any order at Justice. Code 708 (Exp. 09/06/2010) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

25% off Clearance at Lord and Taylor. Code BIGCC (Exp. 08/29/2010) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

25% off $150+ order at Ann Taylor. Code AUGUSTAFF25 (Exp. 09/05/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Up to 70% off A+ Products and Tools at Folica Beauty Supply (Exp. 08/31/2010) Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Additional 30% off Permanently Reduced items at Dillard's (Exp. 08/28/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.


August 26, 2010

As a beauty blogger for ClumpsofMascara, my girlfriends think that I use a dozen products a day. So not true! While I review a myriad of products and brands, I like to use affordable and natural products pretty regularly. Here are just a few of my favorites...

Olive OilOlive oil. I have enough olive oil to last me until 2011. And I wish I was joking. Olive oil is my absolute favorite oil. It's gentle enough to use on my body after a shower, mix in a homemade facial scrub, and on my hair if my scalp gets a little dry. And did I mention I use it in my salads? Oh...yeah. has a wide selection of Olive Oil products ranging from soaps to night creams and of course the original.

Castile SoapCastile soap. Castile soap has endless uses! Aside from using it to clean my kitchen and bathroom, it also works great on my skin and hair. The unscented version allows me to add my own essential oils creating my own scent. Loves it! offers countless options like this Dr.Bronner's Castile Soap in lavender scent. You'll get 7.0% Cash Back.  

Baking SodaBaking Soda. Baking soda is another one of those products that I stole from the kitchen. Who knew it would make a fabulous scrub when combined with my favorite facial cleanser? And when my hair accumulates build-up, baking soda massaged in my scalp leaves my locks cleaner than clean. This brand of baking soda can be found at and you'll get 6.0% Cash Back!

Peppermint OilPeppermint essential oil. While I have a number of essential oils, I find myself reaching for Peppermint Oil daily. A few drops in a spray bottle of water spritzed all over my hair instantly refreshes my locks. And after a work-out, a spritz all over my face energizes me. I found this at Vitacost where I received 4.0% Cash Back

Honorable Mention. Water. It helps keep me hydrated, keeps my skin clear, my hair moisturized, and I could go on and on.

So that's it, my essential beauty products that you'll find in your local market but I prefer to shop through Ebates and reap the rewards of cash back!


August 25, 2010

Twitter-BannerAs nights get cooler, days get shorter, and September rears it's academic head, the ultimate theme in every shopper's mind is Back to School. While this may be flat out depressing to school attendees, parents are more than thrilled to shop Back to School with double cash back from Ebates. In the spirit of this, we've gone the extra step and teamed up with mega-mom Bargain Briana to bring our loyal twitter followers a chance to win prizes, find deals, and most importantly have fun!

To attend this Twitter party simply log in and start following #ebatesschool. I suggest using TweetChat as an easy way to keep up the pace. These parties go fast! Aside from dishing out the latest clothing trends, school supplies, and other Back to School essentials we'll also be having trivia questions with a grand total of 5 prizes.

3 Gaiam Canvas Bags + $10 Gift Card to Staples

1 $25 Gift Card to Macys

Grand Prize of iPod Shuffle courtesy of Ebates!

Readers of Bargain Briana who RSVP to this event will also be entered to win a $50 Gift Card to Nordstrom.

Join the party today for your chance to win! Just follow #ebatesschool and we'll see you there!


August 24, 2010

Shop MadewellIn the world of fashion there are girls you envy, girls you can't stand, and girls you want to be friends with. Alexa Chung fits the bill for all three of these things, although my reasons for not being able to stand her are more like "I can't stand how adorable she is".

This being said I also envy her style, more directly her ability to mix boyish charm with school girl frocks and it just works. Could be her modelesque stature or her smokey eyes that turn every outfit into a best dressed nominee, or it could be that she simply has the innate ability to dress well. Something I've had to learn through years of trial and error.

As if to answer mine and I'm sure plenty of other women's prayers, Alexa teamed up with Madewell to create a capsule collection designed in her unique esthetic. Aptly titled Alexa Chung for Madewell, this slice of heaven features the same pieces that made her style famous like sixties secretary blouses combined with boyfriend blazers, sweet dresses paired with knit stockings and oxford flats a la the 1940's, and high waisted denim topped with the perfectly tied scarf. All in all the collection is Alexa herself; low key, a bit vintage, and ultimately flattering. The collection debuts at Madewell on September 9th and by shopping through Ebates you'll receive 1.0% Cash Back. That's something to be envious of!


August 23, 2010

A good friend of mine has an expression which best describes my approach to shopping, champagne taste on a beer budget. Although she lives by this motto while I merely embrace it in times of a financial squeeze, there's something to be learned from her and other fashionable women who refuse to pay top dollar. On this same note I bring you 6 must have items that are truly champagne taste on a beer budget. Speaking of champagne taste right now DSW is having their annual Luxury Event where you'll save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on orders over $35 with code SHIPR. Shop these and more styles at DSW and receive 4.0% Cash Back.

Here's to looking fabulous for less!

1. Crown Vintage Pouch $149.95.  You save $78.05.
2. Envy Tango Oxford $59.95.  You save $30.05.
3. N.Y.L.A. Clog Bootie $109.95.  You save $39.05.
4. Lulu Townshed Clutch $29.95.  You save $28.05.
5. Urban Expressions Satchel $59.95.  You save 12.05.
6. Coconuts Riding Boot $139.95.  You save $119.05.


August 20, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpThings are getting busy here at Ebates and for several reasons: Our Frugal Living Community is one of the fastest growing destinations for savvy shoppers, our guest bloggers like yesterday's StyleFlavors are jamming the Ebates blog with fashionable options that you can shop through Ebates, and our Facebook and Twitter pages are rapidly growing as the place to find up to the minute coupons and other cool offers. Adding to our already overflowing pot is this installment of Friday Sales Round-Up; a collection of the best deals going on right now at Ebates.

The Luxury Event: Styles up to 50% off & Free Shipping on $35+ orders at DSW. Code SHIPR (Log in to use code.) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Summer Sandal Sale - Up to 70% off select styles with Free shipping at Nine West. Plus 3.5% Cash Back.

30% off every order, plus Free Standard Shipping at Botanic Choice. Code SUMMERSAVE Plus 9.0% Cash Back.

Hidden Gems - Save up to 30% on Plus 3.5% Cash Back.

Back to School Sale - Save up to 40% off select styles of Backpacks, Messengers and Laptop bags at Kipling Plus 3.5% Cash Back.

TOP DEAL - Save $30 off $75 or $15 off $30 orders at Express. Code 2931. Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Selected Books up to 50% off at Borders. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Save an extra 25% off sale items for savings of up to 70% at Saks Fifth Avenue. Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Site Wide Sale - Save 25%-40% on Select items at Bloomingdales. (Exclusions Apply) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Virgin Airlines: Coast-to-coast Flight Sale - from $98 round-trip on Orbitz. Plus 1.0-3.0% Cash Back.


August 19, 2010

I don't believe in following trends but I am a firm believer in having my money and things work hard for me. In order to achieve that, I put my dollar on pieces that will give me mileage for years to come and then some. In other words - pieces that stand the test of time.

Picking out worthy, bang-for-your-buck products (both fashion and grooming) is a big part of what I do for Style Flavors and today, I'm sharing my Fall picks with you guys at Ebates. 

1. Cardigans are ubiquitous not just in times of cooler winds but during warmer Summer nights too. Hence, they are wardrobe requisites that can also pull double duty - at work and play. The above Black Emblem Cardigan by Comme Des Garcons' younger line, Play ($376 -available at Tobi) stands out in the sea of cardigans with its fun, iconic heart motif. The grey works for all occasions while the black heart says it all with its individualistic quiet playfulness - perfect for days when you want a quick sartorial pick-me-up that never gets old. 2.5% Cash Back sweetens this up. 

2. I like to think of my leather jackets as the Berkshire Hathaway stocks of my wardrobe - they are my sartorial investments. Leather jackets are pricey because a good one will last for years and even decades, not to mention they never go out of style. If you're not ready to make a hefty investment just yet but still want to get in on the action, then this Diesel "Lafsh" Leather Zip Up Jacket ($400) from Bloomingdales would be perfect. From the crinkled broken-in leather to the awesome zip-detail on the sleeves; my money is on this bad-ass piece. By shopping at Bloomingdales you'll receive 3.0% Cash Back.

3. This Fall, stay toasty in military-inspired style with this Military Mockneck Cardigan from Gap ($69.50). The standing collar offers dashing structure while the big buttons provide both contrast and complimentary detail that never gets old. The two side pockets further enhances the good-looking utilitarian vibe of this piece. Speaking of utilitarian, you can always find a use for the 2.0% Cash Back at Gap.

4. Hoodies don't always get the best rep. That said, they don't have to look sloppy. This NSF Terry Pullover Hoodie from Barneys New York features contrasting darker tape-like detail on the top of the sleeves and hem so the look is both simple and arresting for a more polished feel. The kangaroo pockets provide both form and function; use them to store essentials and keep your hands warm. The light grey is flattering and works all year round. If you're constantly traveling or simply lounging in front of the TV, this would be a great companion to keep you toasty and stylish at the same time. Get 2.5% Cash Back from Barneys New York. 

5. The versatility of leather sneakers like this pair of Fendi Leather Sneakers ($620) will come in handy on days when you need to dress up but don't want the associated stuffiness. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue this sleek pair with its subtle perforated logo detail has a quiet understated refinement that works on all days. Shop Saks Fifth Avenue and get 2.5% Cash Back.

6. A chambray shirt provides the distinct pleasure of something vintage in a modern package. This Vintage Chambray Utility Shirt from J.Crew ($98) will go the extra step and provide a ruggedness that still maintains a city sophistication. Be it with shorts in the Summer or chinos in the Fall; this is one look that just works. Shop at J.Crew and receive 1.0% Cash Back.

Shop more men's fashion on StyleFlavors.


August 18, 2010

What happens when you're the daughter of the world's most famous pop icon responsible for entire decade(s) worth of fashion influence? What happens when you're a teenage girl with access to mom's legendary closet?

You start a clothing line and name it after one of mom's iconic songs. Duh.

Material-Girl-at-MacysSay hello to Lourdes Ciccone or Lola as mom a.k.a. Madonna calls her. The thirteen year old pop heiress is no longer known as the girl with the luckiest lineage, but as the creator of Material Girl, a junior's line available at Macys. Naturally influenced by mom's renowned style the collection features tulle skirts, zebra prints, and bedazzled denim jackets, all priced between $5 to $45. In anticipation of Back to School shopping and what teens will be wearing, there's also a Material Girl Blog full of trends, cool pics, and the musings of Lola.

Speaking of trends, aside from nostalgic items like cross necklaces and leather jackets reminiscent of Desperately Seeking Susan there's also current trends like graphic tees, adorable flats, and military jackets. In other words everything a fashion seeking teenager could want. As for what the parents want, Ebates takes care of that with cash back.


August 17, 2010

My name is Erica Manney, and I am usually found blogging at I write about modern manners and getting out of sticky social situations. My qualifications? I am always finding myself in said sticky situations and have lots of ways to get out of them. I have prepared my own list of emergency items, practically guaranteed to get you out of a myriad of sticky social situations and climb out of etiquette breech.

Breath Mints - As a rule of thumb whenever someone offers you gum or a mint, take it. They are being polite and possibly trying to tell you something. Find it at

Matches - Impromptu birthday cupcakes, mood lighting, blackout candle-lighting and more. You can substitute a lighter, but that won't help you out after a trip to the guest bathroom. Yes, I went there.

Two Quarters -  I know, I know. Everyone has a cell phone, and even meters take credit cards (at least in NYC they do) but this is advice from my dad and I always find myself in need of a quarter. How much room does this really take up?

Business Card Holder - This is less "emergency" and more "that's one classy broad." In a pinch or when you are using a clutch, it can also hold your ID and credit cards. Find it at Urban Outfitters.

Tissues - When you need one, there is just no substitute. These have saline and aloe for a clean, soft nose. Find them at

Safety Pins - Depending on the kind of business card holder you get, you can even keep these little life-savers in there! Carrying these pretty much guarantees that one day you will meet your future best friend in a ladies restroom. Find them at Walgreens.

Pen - Get one with a cap that screws on. The last thing you need is to create your own sticky situation by a leak, or an errant cap. This set is by Jonathan Adler and can be found at Barnes and Noble.

Mirror -  Check for stuff in your teeth, re-touch makeup and because someone always needs one. Get one with a cover, so it doesn't break. Can you tell I'm accident prone? Find it at Sephora.

Swiss Army Knife - I have never, ever regretted carrying one of these. I'm a fan of the "card" style. Bonus if it comes with an LED flashlight. But if you are a wine drinker, I recommend the bulkier style and make sure it comes with a corkscrew. Also, make sure either style includes a bottle opener (priorities!). Word of advice leave this at home before heading to the airport. Find this at Target.

There are tons of other things I carry, if my bag is big enough. Flip-flops or ballet flats, a small flashlight, Band-Aids, a bottle of water, aspirin, a granola bar; but the above are the essentials whenever I leave the house. What else would you keep in your Sticky Situations Emergency Kit?


August 16, 2010

Lately I've been channeling the 1950's. This could be for several reasons; my recent dissent into the world of Don Draper and Mad Man, my longing for better etiquette, or my continuing love for anything retro. Part of this new found interest is looking the part. Whether I'm pinning my hair or choosing a bold lip color, there are a few items needed to get the look. Aside from a swing skirt, crinolin, and a lady like disposition, achieving this look takes a few key beauty items. Just your luck Nordstrom is offering 12 free beauty samples with any beauty or fragrance purchase of $115. You'll want to hurry because this offer ends today!

Find these all at Nordstrom and get 5.0% Cash Back.

1. Dior Pro-Youth Comfort Creme $56
2. Nars Makeup Cleansing Oil $40
3. Lancome Lasting Color and Shine $18  
4. Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick $34 
5. YSL Exaggerated Lift Mascara $30
6. Sisley Phyto-Pudre Compact $109
7. M.A.C. Full Lash Curler $16
8. Anastasia Brow Kit $65
9. Miss Dior Cherie Perfume $75


August 13, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpC'est La Vie is French for that's life, a pleasant way to say oh well, it happens. Some may view this phrase as a precursor to condolences but I see it in a different light; a green light. Yes readers it's Friday which means it's time to shed some light on ways to save, and of course earn some cash. So yes, you're weekend will be filled with savings and extra cash in your pocket. C'est la vie!

Friends & Family Sale  - Save 30% off entire order at Aeropostale. Code FFAUG (Exp. 08/15/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Take $15 off $75+ order at Kids Foot Locker. Code LKS1TSKK (Exp. 09/13/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 45% off Back to School Sale items at Barnes and Noble and up to 90% off New, Used, Rental, or Digital Textbooks + Free Shipping! (Exp. 08/18/2010) Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Free Cosmetic Case & Travel-size Beauty Favorites ($100 value) with any $115+ Beauty or Fragrance purchase at Nordstrom (Exp. 08/16/2010) Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Barneys New York CO-OP - Save 20% Off All Full Price Denim (excluding RRL & APC) (Exp. 08/29/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Select DVDs - Choose from over 430 Titles at DeepDiscount. Code MGMBOGO (Exp. 08/24/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Men's Sale - Save up to 50% off Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Collection. (Exp. 12/31/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Save up to $200 + get a free night when you book a package to Las Vegas, Orlando, and Anaheim on Southwest Airlines Vacations. Book 7/30-8/16 (Exp. 08/16/2010) Plus 4.0% Cash Back.


August 12, 2010

Chic blogger LeRougeStylo gives her advice on how to look hot when the weather's hotter.

There's nothing quite like a summer date night; grabbing gelato after dinner and a movie, sitting outside with your date and looking up at the stars. Achieving a stellar beauty look can be a bit of a challenge June through September thanks to humidity that makes a mess of your makeup to mosquitoes looking to make you their meal. Simplify your life and conquer the elements with these easy tips.

No-More-ShineSet the baseline -  After washing use an oil-free mattifying moisturizer like Clean and Clean Pore Perfector from to keep your skin from getting too shiny as things heat up. Let this soak in a few minutes before applying a makeup primer. I'm a fan of Smashbox Photo Finish available at The primer will help keep your makeup in place and as well as smooth out imperfections, fine lines and minimize pores. 

Use a light hand - It's a simple summer date ladies- you're not going to be seen in high-def. Heavy layers are not only uncomfortable, but tend to melt off in hot weather. Don't smear or spackle anything on. A touch of tinted moisturizer or lesser amount of your foundation is perfect. Feel free to use concealer for blemishes and dark circles. Use a big fluffy brush to set your foundation with a powder that is going to help battle shine, like Clarins Shine Stopper pressed powder from
Don't be afraid of color - Now is the time to try out that turquoise eyeshadow, bright purple eyeliner, or fuchsia blush. Just not all at once, this is Summer 2010 not Prom 1983. The key is to apply lightly at first and then layer on for a bolder look. Try a makeup palette with fun options like Urban Decay's Deluxe Shadow Box or Sephora's Color Play 5-in-1 Palette both available at

Mist and go - Spritzing your face post-makeup with a setting spray further ensures your makeup stays put. Clarins Fix Make-Up Mist is a solid choice that not only sets, but hydrates.

Skin So SoftNobody likes a mosquito bite - For whatever reason, mosquitoes feast on me the second I step outside. But I refuse to douse myself in a chemical bath before a date, so instead I apply Skin So Soft Bath Oil available at The oil has a pleasant smell and keeps me from being mosquito dessert. Another tip - avoid fragrances that have sweet, fruity, or floral notes as they attract mosquitoes.

Have a great time!


August 11, 2010

Frugal Living Twitter PartyBy now you've no doubt heard about Ebates collaboration with BlogFrog - The Frugal Living Community. With over 1000 members it's the fastest growing online community for all things thrifty; whether it's a hot discussion on the best Back to School deals or must have fashion for less. As part of our launch festivities we're holding a Twitter party filled with shopping, savvy stips, and of course prizes galore.


The party starts today at 4pm PST (7pm EST) and can be found by using the Twitter hashtag #frugalliving. Budget fashionista's and busy moms alike will be tweeting their favorite deals, shopping secrets, and tips on budget living. Of course no party is complete without prizes so we'll ve giving away gift cards to Kohls and Barnes and Noble along with t-shirts and a grand prize of an iPod Shuffle.

Be sure to join us today for the Frugal Living Twitter Party and meet smart shoppers just like you!


August 10, 2010

At SHEfinds, we work hard to make our wardrobes - and yours - work harder. So while seasonal transitions can be confusing, we revel in the chance to make one season's pieces work for months ahead.

Below are four pieces that we keep accessible from August to October.

1. Infinity scarfInfinityScarf
With unpredictable temperatures around the corner, scarves are an absolute staple. Infinity styles are easy to wear with almost anything: You can cover up a camisole with one at the office when the AC is on full blast, or add it as an extra layer over cardigans and long-sleeve tees and your best fitting jeans for Fall.

Shop infinity scarves at Saks Fifth Avenue and receive 2.5% Cash Back.

Skinny Denim2. Skinny jeans
When the heat lets up just a little, skinny jeans become the ultimate wardrobe workhorse for the way they'll easily take to any footwear, from flip-flops to flat boots.

National Jean Company has a wide selection of denim plus you'll get 6.0% Cash Back by shopping with Ebates.

3. Floral dress
We've been wearing floral dresses with sandals all summer, but add a lightweight long-sleeve tee and a pair of flats or cowboy boots, and yours can easily turn into a fall outfit.

4. Ballet flatsBalletFlat
Ballet flats add a chic, feminine spin to an outfit, no matter what the season. Wear a pair with your summery black dress and top the ensemble with a cardigan, and your summer dresses are suddenly work-appropriate; wear them with those skinny jeans come Fall.

We love J.Crew for ballet flats and 1.0% Cash Back with Ebates.

What will you be wearing for the next few months? Let us know in the comments section!


August 9, 2010

Nothing says Summer like a bar-b-que, but be sure to serve up more than pasta salad with these simple pieces. The perfect outfit for a Summer bar-b-que is understated yet stylish, can't look as if you're trying too hard. But hey - you never know who might show up.

1. Denim Surplus Jacket $78 available at Urban Outfitters with 2.5% Cash Back
2. Alexander Wang Oval Sunglasses $325 available at Barneys New York with 2.5% Cash Back.
3. Pointillist Dress $148 available at Madewell with 1.0% Cash Back.
4. Ombre Scarf $59.50 available at Shopbop with 6.0% Cash Back.
5. Bernardo Mimi Sandal $69.99 available at Piperlime with 2.0% Cash Back.
6. Cole Haan Tote $238 available at Bluefly with 3.5% Cash Back.
7. Skull Charm Bracelet $10 available at ASOS with 3.5% Cash Back.


August 6, 2010

Friday-Sales-Round-UpThe weather here in San Francisco is nothing short of crappy; foggy days and cold nights. To cheer myself up (and convince myself the sun does in fact exist) I've taken on to shopping the best sales going on this week. If you're so fortunate to be living somewhere where the weather resembles Summer then may I suggest you cool off with these hot savings.

Extra 20% off $60+ Bed & Bath orders at Code BEDANDBATH20 (Exp. 09/04/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.

Buy More, Save more on Kid's: $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150 or $50 off $200 orders at macys. (Exp. 08/07/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Extra 30% off Handbags at Shop Ecko. (Discount will automatically apply at checkout) (Exp. 10/19/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

$20 off select Men's, Women's and Maternity Jeans at Gap (Exp. 08/23/2010) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.

Friends & Family Event - $30 off $75 or $15 off $30 orders at Express. Code 4418 (Exp. 08/07/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

50% off Clearance items at Steve Madden. Code CLEARANCE50 (Exp. 08/31/2010) Plus 4.0%Cash Back.

Clearance - Save up to 50% at Bath and Body Works (Exp. 12/31/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

$25 off $75 or $50 off $150+ order at metrostyle. Code MS2508 (Exp. 08/31/2010) Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Full Price Is Dead - Up to 70% off Outdoor Gear at (Exp. 12/31/2010) Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Secret Sale - Take 30% off these weekly deals at Adidas. Code ADISECRET (Exp. 12/31/2010) Plus 6.0% Cash Back.


August 5, 2010

Our guest blogger Jenny from SouthernSavers gives sage advice on how to save money and make your vacation the best one yet.

Travel and VacationsThe weather is warm, and you are getting the itch to change scenery and just relax. Vacations are wonderful, but how can you truly relax when you know that your hard earned money is being spent so quickly? By starting with general principles and a few savvy planning tips you can really get off on the right foot to save big!

Start Early

A well planned trip takes time. If you try to plan a vacation at the last minute you will most certainly spend more money than you intend. For one thing, you won't have time to follow any of the tips that follow in this article if your vacation is next week. Starting a few months out gives you some time to brainstorm, save money, and do adequate research. Impromptu travel is sometimes necessary, but don't waste money on a haphazard vacation.

Set a Budget

It seems that this one tip is really the essence of frugality. It is a proven fact that if you plan ahead on how your money will be spent, you will spend less overall.

First, decide how much total money with which you have to work. Remember, you can't spend money that you don't have. Commit yourself to not paying for your vacation with credit. Your happy memories will be tainted with the stress of paying off the debt. You may already have a chunk of money saved, or you may have a bonus check or tax refund you are planning to spend. If not, figure out how much money you will be able to save up over a period of time. Have $20 a week (or month) deposited directly into a savings account, cut spending in your regular monthly budget and save the difference (see how low you can get your grocery bill!), do some odd jobs or side jobs to earn extra cash, or even stash away loose change.

Book Your Travel With EbatesPrioritize

Next, break your budget into categories such as lodging, transportation, food, activities, and souvenirs. We will talk about how to save in each of these categories specifically in the weeks to come, but for now simply consider your priorities. For instance, as you think about lodging, do you need a hotel with all of the amenities, or do you really just need a bed (where you can crash after a day of chasing your children all over the beach)? When deciding your daily food allowance consider your priorities and still think practically. You might want to spend a little more to experience authentic French (or Italian, or Thai, etc.) cuisine but the sandwiches you can make yourself are probably just as good as what you'll eat in the restaurant at Disney World. You may be dying to scuba dive in the Caribbean but care less about parasailing, or maybe it is just the opposite. It all depends on what you are looking for in a vacation. Take time to decide what it is you must do to come home happy, spend higher percentages of money on those things, and skimp on the rest. Generally, you want to find ways to save on transportation so you have more money to spend when you actually reach your dream destination.

Be Flexible

If you followed tip #1 and started early this will be much easier to do. Your calendar has less appointments on it, it is easier to clear time off with the boss, and you can take your time researching and comparison shopping.

If you need to fly, you will find that airfare is considerably cheaper when purchased in advance and when you aren't locked into a specific date. Search engines such as Kayak, Priceline, and Hotwire allow you to sign up for deal alerts which are sent to your email allowing you to jump on a deal as soon as it is available. However, these offers usually have a very short window of opportunity, so you have to be ready to jump on them and be willing to shuffle your travel dates around blackout dates, etc.

Shop Travel With EbatesLast, be open to new things. Maybe your family has always gone to the beach, but you might find that you are just as happy staying at a cabin on a lake closer to home. Maybe you have always dreamed of sightseeing in Europe but have never taken the time to explore the historical, interesting, or unique sites in your own state. A cruise might seem like the perfect get away for an anniversary, but a bed and breakfast in a nearby town could be just as romantic. As you plan, keep an open mind. Think more about the experience you are trying to create for yourself and your family. Don't feel locked into the type of vacations typically advertised by the industry. Memories can be made and fun times can be had just about anywhere.


August 4, 2010

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Like most eager minds I have a thing for magazines. They're glossy photos, enticing covers, and the smell of freshly printed word calls me as I stand in the checkout line. Here are just a handful of zines I reach for every month. Word to the wise: Check out our Magazine stores and save up to 80% off the cover price plus get up to 25.0% Cash Back.

1. Elle Decor available at Magazine Line with 15.0% Cash Back.
2. Dwell Magazine available at ValueMags with 25.0% Cash Back.
3. Interior Design available at Barnes and Noble with 4.0% Cash Back.
4. W Magazine available at Books A Million with 3.0% Cash Back.
5. Surface Magazine available at Magazine Line with 15.0% Cash Back.
6. Art Forum available at Barnes and Noble with 4.0% Cash Back.
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August 3, 2010

Shop Motherhood MaternityGuest Blogger Erica from shares her story of shopping on a budget, and why Motherhood Maternity saved her style.

Long, long ago (nearly a decade), I was in the market for maternity clothes and being on a mom-to-be budget, my options were limited to Goodwill and beg, borrow or steal. Being introduced to online shopping and retailers like changed all that.

I became a fan of Motherhood Maternity because it's a one stop shop for expectant mothers looking for stylish and flattering designer maternity wear. Of course as any mom knows, it's hard to sport cute outfits with a bun in the oven, but thanks to a wide selection of stylish items priced around $7 to $12, I was able to steal a deal, and earn major bragging rights. Recently I checked out and was pleased to find that ten years later this store still offers steal-able deals. Right now you can shop through Ebates and receive 5.0% cash back plus save an additional 15% off of sale and clearance prices.

A great example is the above V-Neck Blouse by Heidi Klum. Cute, isn't it? This top is regularly priced at $25 but thanks to a markdown price of $9.99 it's eligible for 15% off, making it just $8.49. I love teaching others how to shop online and showing them how to get the most bang for their buck. I'm always sharing tips and deals on my website, and I invite you to join me in strategic, money-saving shopping... at its best!


August 2, 2010

Frugal Living
If you've been an Ebates member for any period of time you know we're in the habit of coming up with new contests, bigger prizes, and smarter ways to shop. With this being said it should come as no surprise that we've teamed up with BlogFrog to bring our members an even better way to shop - and live. We call it the Frugal Living Community and it's just the sort of thing every Ebates member should be a part of.

Headed by ten Community Leaders (including yours truly Allie from Ebates) you'll find a community of over 40 thousand bloggers all talking about the same topic: how to shop savvy and smart. Joining me in this endeavor are nine incredibly smart women who not only write their own blogs, but will also be contributing their shopping knowledge (secrets as we like to call it) and tips on frugal living. Whether it's parenting advice, a clothing coupon too good to pass up, or general gossip, you'll be able to stay in the loop, connect with like minded shoppers, and most importantly have fun! The big launch is August 4th but you can grab a sneak peak here!


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