The Best Of The Forever 21 Labor Day Sale

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Happy (almost) Labor Day! Can you believe that the sales have already started? The biggest sale yet is the one Forever 21 is hosting. Right now they are offering an extra 50% off all sale items, with code EXTRA50, which basically means everything is under $20. I used to think of Forever 21 as to high-school-ish, but after shopping there at the beginning of this summer (and absolutely loving the items) I'm back to being a Forever 21 supporter.  And so I've rounded up my absolute favorite pieces from their current sale. Hope you enjoy! 









The Only Things Worth Buying at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale 2018!

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So the long awaited Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (from here on out referred to as NAS) is now live! Now, I'm going to be straight with you. I have not and probably will not be purchasing anything from the NAS for two reasons -- 1) I'm still a student so of course budget comes into play here and 2) I don't think NAS features that many great deals if I'm being completely honest. However, I will say that the prices are pretty good considering you'll be reciting upcoming Fall/Winter trends before the season even starts. So what I've done is rounded up all the items that I actually do think are pretty good buys based original price vs. discount price, how rarely the brand goes on sale, and lastly what I think will be on trend for the upcoming season. I've broken it down by category to make it a little easier. Hope it helps with your shopping experience!











Sale Alert: Sandals + Swimwear

If you're in the market for cute sandals and bright swimwear, you are in luck my friend! There are two sales going on right now that you need to know about. 


1.  Restricted Shoes - 50% off Full-Priced Styles with code GOGO50

Some of my favorite summer sandals are from Restricted Shoes. In my closet you'll find the Atlantic in BlackAverie in Navy, and the Averie in Red. Each are regularly $50 at full price but from now until 6/15, you can snag them for only $25 by using code GOGO50! However, if you end up placing an order after 6/15, then feel free to use my discount code BESTTRENDSFORLIFE25 for 25% off (good till 7/15). Regarding size, I'm normally a size 7.5 in boots/sneakers and a size 7 in sandals -- I went with a size 7 in all my Restricted sandals and they are a perfect fit. Featured in today's post is the Averie in Red, which features a gingham print, a bright hue, and bowtie design. These slides are a stunning addition to a summer ensemble, and surprisingly comfortable. I just wore them today to walk about Philly and I have no complains.  You really cannot get much better for $25 am I right? 


2. Zaful - Bikini Sets Under $17

Ordering swimwear online is risky, I know! But when a whole bikini set is under $17 it's hard to pass up. And that's exactly what happened when I was putting together that Zaful order from my Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe For Under $150 blog post. I couldn't help but to give it a try. Zaful is offering an insane amount of swimwear on sale ranging from $11 to $21, most of which clocks in at $17 or under! And then on top of these already low prices, Zaful always has discount codes to use at check out. For example, I found this code, ZF4THRMN18, for 18% off just by googling "Zaful Coupons". Today, I'm featuring two Zaful bikinis -- the Yellow Bowtie Ribbed Bikini and the Green Print Knotted High Cut Bikini, both of which I snagged for under $17 with the use of coupons. I'm still in shock over how nice they are for the price. The material is comfortable and is thick enough to prevent translucency when wet. Also, the tops both came with light padding that can be easily removed if desired. My favorite part however, is the knotted design that is featured in both bikini tops! This is a very popular style right now. What's more is that this style top is comfortable and secure enough to partake in athletic beach activites! Regarding size, I ordered a size small which fits me really well (both top and bottom). I could not be happier with these swimsuits and would definitely recommend you give them a try. Before placing your own order, be sure to read my tips and tricks for shopping at Zaful!


Outfit Details:

Sandals // Yellow Bikini // Green Bikini // Blouse // Shorts // Purse // Sunglasses


Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


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Zaful Summer Try On Haul - Part 1

Outfit #1

Outfit #1 Details: Dress // Sneakers // Purse // Sunglasses

It's officially summer now! And I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than by sharing with you the online order from my "Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe For Under $150" blog post. If you didn't have a chance to read that post, the jist of it is that offers an incredible amount of trendy options for remarkable prices, allowing one to purchase a new summer wardrobe without breaking the bank. So I put together an order to prove it to you, and now that order has come in the mail! I was able to conjure up 8 outfits from this one order and will be sharing outfits 1-4 in today's post (5-8 will be coming soon). 

Let's start with Outfit #1, above. This Cami Back Bowtie Cut Out Striped Dress is everything and a bag of chips. The straight cut dress design (very 90's) is a hot commodity right now. You'll see this trend in nearly any shop you enter, but you probably won't find it for under $18. (Before paying full price, be sure to read through my previous blog post for tips and tricks for shopping at Zaful!) Not only is this dress a great price, it was also a quality purchase. A size small fit me perfectly and it wasn't too see through (although you will need to wear nude colored underwear).


Outfit #2

Outfit #2 Details: Jumpsuit // Flats (similar) // Fanny Pack // Sunglasses

Now on to Outfit #2, this elegant Low Cut Striped Sleeveless Jumpsuit. This is my favorite item from the entire order. The low cut is flattering, but it's not too deep that I have to worry about accidentally flashing anyone. The attached slip works to prevent the jumpsuit from being too see-through. And the thin, light yellow, vertical stripes are absolutely adorable! I think the color pairs well with just about any other bright summer hue, like the periwinkle of this Kate Spade Belt Bag. Although this item is nearly sold out, Zaful offers a bunch of striped rompers and jumpsuits to choose from. 


Outfit #3

Outfit #3 Details: Top // Shorts // Sneakers // Fanny Pack // Sunglasses

This third outfit is a little more on the sporty side. I've paired these Khaki High Waisted Shorts with this Striped Cropped Tank Top, along with my Kate Spade Belt Bag to create quite the contrast. While I was not expecting these shorts to be so shiny, I was happily surprised by their versatility in being paired with a variety of tops. Not to mention, they're so incredible comfortable. This item was a "one size fits all" kind-of-deal due to the elasticity of the band. But for reference, Im usually a size 4 in bottoms, and these shorts fit perfectly. Meanwhile, for the top I went with a size small and I'm really happy with it. This top is definitely a wardrobe staple. The simple black and white pattern lends itself to being paired with almost anything.


Outfit #4

Outfit #4 Details: Romper // Tank // Sneakers // Purse // Sunglasses

Last but not least is Outfit #4. I've layered this Button Embellished Romper with this Ribbed Cropped Tank Top (which you'll see in outfit #6, featured in my next post). This romper is adorable by itself, but it shows a little too much skin for my comfort, and the straps are not the most secure. Therefore, I think it looks best layered with another top underneath so as to prevent any accidental flashing. While this was one of my least favorite of the bunch, I'm still really happy with this item for two main reasons - the fabric feels like quality material and the tie strap design is a super cute trend right now! I ordered a size small, which fits comfortably. All in all, I still recommend this item as long as you're open to the possibility of having to layer it. 

Stay tuned for outfits 5-8 coming soon! And before placing your own order, be sure to read through my previous blog post for tips and tricks for shopping at Zaful!


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Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


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The Best Black Friday/Cyber Week Sales + iDeal Of Sweden Phone Case Review

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! Now that it's officially Black Friday it's time for us to channel our inner crazy-shopaholic and get the best deals possible am I right?! So to help, I've rounded up some of the best sales going on (both online and inspires) with a few suggestions on what to purchase where. First lets start with online, then move to in-stores. The lists are organized  by importance (basically I organized it based on which deals I thought were best). I've been updating the list everyday so it should be current!


Phone Accessories


iDeal Of Sweden | 30% Off EVERYTHING | SALE HAS ENDED

I'm first going to start with iDeal Of Sweden, not only because I think it's one of the best deals out there, but also because I want to share my thoughts with you on their bomdotcom phone cases since many of you may not have heard of this brand yet. iDeal Of Sweden has a vast collection of trendy phone cases for almost any iPhone and Galaxy out there. But what makes them different? That would be the magnetic compatibility that their cases share with each other. Take for example the Mayfair Clutch, featured in both light grey and black (for the iPhone 8 Plus) in the photos above. This clutch comes with an all black phone case magnetically attached inside. But the clutch also works with any of the other iDeal Of Sweden hard cases, such as the Black Reptile, also featured above. This means you can customize any wallet/phone case pair that fits your style for the day with these easily interchangeable phone accessories! And now's the time to buy because it's the best price I've seen these cases for all year. I'm linking up some of my favorites below!




Kate Spade | 30%-70% Discount | SALE HAS ENDED

Kate Spade is by far one of my favorite handbags but I always wait until Black Friday to purchase from them because the sale is always incredible. The Kate Spade website is now offering 30% off full price items and 40% off sale items. But I still think to get the best buy you should find the closest Kate Spade Outlet store (most of which are offering 70% off your entire purchase).


Coach (Online + In Stores) | Up to 50% Discount

I've never a huge fan of Coach, that is until I saw their latest collection! Some of these new styles are currently discounted up to 50% off! Also may I suggest taking a peek at my two favorite Coach designs? Click here for pick #1 and here for pick #2.  But keep in mind that most Coach Outlet stores are offering 70% off your entire purchase so you might want to hit up the closest one to you first!


Dagne Dover | 20% Discount

I love me some Dagne Dover! I own their Classic Tote in Onyx which I adore, but now I have my eye on their new Andra Crossbody and I'm thinking now's the time to buy since there's rarely a sale for this brand.





EGO Shoes | 20% Discount

This is one of my favorite footwear brands as you might be able to tell by the number of times I've featured them on BTFL. They're offering 50% off select styles, and 20% off everything else. I'd call that a win especially since their prices are already quite affordable to begin with. 


L.L. Bean | 25% Off Bean Boots | SALE HAS ENDED

With the Winter season upon us, and Spring rain coming after that, I highly suggest investing in a pair of waterproof Bean Boots. I own the 6" boots and they're incredible. I got mine a few years ago (although I paid full price at the time) and they're still in great shape. L.L. Bean rarely has a sale so I'd jump on this offer right now!


New Balance (Online + In Stores) | 25-50% Discount | SALE HAS ENDED

The New Balance website offering 25% off + free shipping right now. But what's more is that most of their outlet stores are offering 50% off everything and a $20 coupon to use on a future purchase for every $75 you spend today. A current NB favorite of mine is the Fresh Foam in Lush if you're looking for a suggestion!





Anthropologie (Online + Instores) | EXTRA 30% Off Sale | SALE HAS ENDED

I have this under apparel but it really should be under something like "All Life Goals" in my opinion. From their apparel, to footwear, to home goods, it's hard to find something that I'm not totally in love with. Anthro is pretty expensive though so I usually go strait to their sale sections which always has some great items. And I'll be taking that extra 30% off thank you very much!


J.CrewJ.Crew Factory (Online + Instores) | 40%-60% 

I love J.Crew but I tend to hit up the factory stores first especially since some of the J.Crew items can end up in the factory store clearance section for a fraction of the original price. Both the J.Crew Factory website and physical stores are offering 50-60% off everything and that includes clearance! Meanwhile, the official J.Crew website is also offering a pretty steep discount - 40% off you're entire purchase!


Zaful | 20%-40% Discount

I own quite a bit from this online shop so I know first hand that it's not only a safe website to purchase form but you're also getting great products for unbeatable prices. Right now their offering 20%-40% off their already affordable items and free shipping with purchases of $79 or more!


Loft (Online + In Stores) | EXTRA 60% Off Sale

It's always good to have some classic, elegant ensembles in you're wardrobe and my go to for that kind of thing is usually Loft! I generally find better deals in stores though so I'd suggest visiting the closest one if you're up for going out today. 


MISSGUIDED | 50% Off Everything | SALE HAS ENDED

I don't personally own anything form this brand (YET!) but they have an incredibly vast collection of trendy apparel (+ accessories). Like how freaking cool is this coat? And it'd be under $50 with the Black Friday discount?! Yes please!


Nordstrom Rack | Extra 30% Off Clearance | SALE HAS ENDED

An extra discount off clearance items is honestly my favorite type of sale. So I'm pretty stoked about this one. Again, I've got Nordstrom Rack under apparel, but their clearance section encompasses a lot more than just clothing!





Walmart | Google Home Mini for $29

Walmart is offering some incredible deals today on electronics, the best of which in my opinion is the sale on the Google Home Mini!  This aesthetically pleasing smart speaker is usually $49 but today it's only $29. You also get an extra gift with this purchase -- $25 off your next Walmart purchase when you order through google express. You're basically getting the Google Home Mini for $4 at that point. Clearly I'm all about this purchase, seeing as I made it myself last night at midnight. There's two color choices by the way, chalk and charcoal. I personally liked the charcoal  better so that's the one I went with!


Macy's | Apple Watch Series 1 for $179 | SALE HAS ENDED

While Macy's has a lot of great discounted products right now, I'd like to point your attention to the fact that they're selling the Apple Watch Series 1 for only $179! That's the cheapest I've seen that model. I love my apple watch so I only have good things to say about it. I have the series 2 though, which I have listed below. The major difference between the models is that the Series 2 is water-resistant up to 50 meters, whereas the Series 1 is not.


Best Buy | Apple Watch Series 2 for $269

Best Buy is one of the best places to look for sales on electronics. This is where I purchased my Apple Watch Series 2 from last month for $229. Best Buy randomly had the watch on sale for like a day and I snagged it. I haven't seen the price drop that much since then. But right now, Best Buy is still offering the lowest prices out of any other store for this model.



Sales have been updated! Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend! Oh and if you'd like to make any suggestions or want to add to the list, just drop a comment below!


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