Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

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Introducing the ultimate 2014 Holiday shopping guide ! Shopping online during the holiday weekend can get a little overwhelming, especially if you are not a seasoned bargain shopper. Although Black Friday used to be a one day event, the Thanksgiving sales now span over a whole week! There are so many sales and offers going that it is hard to keep track of all of them. Many of us also make the decision to do their entire shopping online to avoid the crowds.

This year we are doing the work for you and hunting ALL the weekend ONLINE sales, coupled with the best cash back deals! This article will be updated daily with all ongoing offers, so don’t forget to bookmark it and check back next week.

1. November 17-26: Early-Bird Holiday Specials

Even though Thankgiving Day marks the official start to the holiday sales, many brands will kick off their sales events a couple of days early. This is a good time to grab an item that you absolutely don’t want to miss out on, which risks selling out over the weekend. Also take this week to do your research. Make a list of the items you need to purchase, create accounts on  vendors’ websites to speed up checkout and save items in your baskets.

2. November 27: Thanksgiving Day Sales

For many large retailers, this is the true start to Black Friday. Select fashion brands even offer a stronger discount on Thanksgiving to stay ahead of the competition. Thanksgiving is a good day to shop for name brand electronics and apparel. All sales to be announced at 12 am EST on November 27.

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3. November 28: 2014 Black Friday Deals

Black Friday still features the strongest sales  and deepest discounts of the weekend. It is a great day to shop for apparel, small appliances, cameras, laptops and tablets, and electronics in general.

All sales to be announced at 12 am EST November 28!

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4. November 29-30: Post Black Friday Sales

Based on the trends over the past couple of years, many brands extend their sales throughout the weekend. The hottest deals will be gone by then, but if you are not looking for anything in particular and missed the Black Friday blowout, it is still a good time to shop around.

5. December 1: 2014 Cyber Monday Deals

Rumor has it that Cyber Monday will be bigger than ever this year… and not just for electronics! All sales to be announced at 12 am EST December 1!

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Julie is a Parisian living in Boston. Graduated from Bentley Univerisity with a Masters in Marketing, she is currently Editor at srtrends

10 affordable clothing websites you didn’t know about!

As the weather is getting colder, we are all looking for affordable places to shop for Fall fashion. Are you looking for the perfect aztec cardigan, tan riding boots, or an infinity scarf ? Those 5 clothing boutiques have tons of affordable options for the trendy (but broke) fashionistas out there. Even better, most of these stores offer student discounts!

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Julie is a Parisian living in Boston. Graduated from Bentley Univerisity with a Masters in Marketing, she is currently Editor at srtrends

How to Save Money on Designer Fashion

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As far as shopping goes, there are few moments more thrilling than nabbing the very last one on the rack, adding that item you love to your cart when there are only 2 left, and coming home to find your package on your doorstep. If you can relate, your love of shopping probably transcends just finding clothes for the purpose of staying warm or because society tells you that you probably shouldn’t walk around naked. For those of us who love designer fashion, the recurring problem every season is how to save on the most coveted styles. Find out how to get the best deals!

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The Top 3 Places to Get Dorm Decor

One of the most exciting aspects of moving into your own dorm or apartment is being able to live life your way. If you want to transform your room into a bohemian, incensed escape than hang up those tapestries and do it up. If the classic prep style is more you, then monogram away! Because the design and decor of your space can considerably affect your mood and happiness, it would be of benefit to you to choose the colors, styles, and decor that speak to you and reflect your personal taste. Besides, who doesn’t love shopping for cool and interesting things to decorate your room with?!

1) Urban Outfitters: From glowing sunset prints to unique elephant images- UO’s bedspreads and comforters are pretty much works of art. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous artsy styles and may have to grab a couple…or 3 or 4. Especially if your room is small, a statement comforter will bring some life into the area without overcrowding it by ways of hanging too much on the walls or stifling up the limited space with extra furniture and bulky items like lamps. Besides being a top destination for stylish bedding, Urban Outfitters has a great selection of trendy room accessories like jewelry stands, wall hooks, and over-the-door organizers.

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(Top: Plum & Bow Painted Hills Duvet Cover $89.00, Terry Fan For DENY Reincarnate Duvet Cover $129.00. Bottom: Magical Thinking Marble Duvet Cover $99.00, Shannon Clark For DENY Love Under The Stars Duvet Cover $129.00.)

2) Target: Affordable and cute home accessories are hard to find, but luckily Target has a variety of artwork, stylish shelving, and functional wall decor that won’t break the bank. I especially love the multifunctional wall decor options that give you the option of writing notes (reminders for yourself and your roommates!) and post things like take-out menus, lists, and photos. Mirrors can illuminate a small room, making it seem larger and brighter. If a room has no windows, a wider mirror will reflect some light from lamps and overhead lights. A floor length mirror is a must as we all need to give our outfit a once-over before leaving for the day, but you can also look into decorative mirrors that double as a statement piece for the wall.

Another tip to make a small room appear more spacious is to insure that the draperies or curtains are in the same color family as the walls to avoid contrast. Using light colors and neutrals as wall colors visually open up a room  as they are space expanders and provide a neutral background for furniture and wall decor, where you can really play up the colors, prints, and textures! A college necessity is the “boyfriend pillow,” or a pillow that supports your back as you study or read on your bed, or surf Netflix.

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(Top: Multifunctional Wall Decor $29.99, Threshold™ Round Tiled Mirror $29.99. Bottom:  Large Corner Shelf $39.99, Textured Bedrest $42.99)

Anthropologie: Beautiful products of high-quality with a bohemian flair mixed in can be found at Anthropologie. From one of a kind items (some products are discovered by buyers at Parisian flea markets) to floaty curtains to embroidered pillows from Peru- if you are looking for amazing statement pieces that you will treasure for years, Anthropologie will have unique finds that will catch your eye. Luxe items like sheepskin pillows and silk lampshades are available, but there are also affordable options that are in line with the same contemporary trendy style. Splurging on a couple stand-out decor items can really add to the depth and interest that your room conveys, and can really be a conversation piece! If you smile every time you look at a piece of art, it may just be worth it. You don’t want the same overdone Bob Marley and Keep Calm posters that everyone has, do you?

There are many economical ways to add a luxurious, upscale touch to your place. Choose quality materials like metals over plastics (check out the bronze desk organizer below), natural fabrics over synthetics (cotton bedding and cushions instead of polyester blends), and genuine wood instead of faux materials. Instead of loading up on many cheap accessories, consider that often the overall feel can look better with fewer pieces and thus, less clutter. You can also make DIY projects that are truly special, get ideas here. The possibilities are endless as far as creating your own accessories and adding a twist to furniture. Sift through thrift stores and flea markets to find awesome home goods and deals, such as wooden furniture that you can paint and make your own.

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(Top: Codify Pencil Holder $48.00, Paper Clip Letter Holder $12.00. Bottom: Flutter Pattern Rug $78, Zocalo Embroidered Quilt $198.00.)

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The Best Makeup: Splurges vs Steals

When shopping for makeup, it’s so easy to gravitate towards the pretty designer label and the luxe little box that makeup can come in. But what we really want to know is, what products are worth the price? And on what products can I take the cheaper route? Let’s break down the categories and see what’s worth the splurge and what’s not!

1) Primer: Splurge or steal! Primer creates a smooth, hydrated surface so makeup can look flawless and stay for an extended period of time. If you are just looking for a basic first step in your makeup routine then this would be a steal! e.l.f.’s $6 primer works just as well as many pricier options out there.

However, if you’re looking for something extra like sun protection, then you should splurge for a primer with SPF 15 such as the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, especially if you know that you won’t go through the hassle of applying sunscreen in the morning. There are tinted primers out there that have all the bells and whistles like brightening flecks, a sheer tint, and even colored primers that enhance your skin tone, like a slight green shade if you’re face tends to look pink.

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2) Tinted moisturizer/foundation: Splurge! If there is one beauty product that you should shell out extra cash for, it is your tinted moisturizer or foundation because it needs to be perfectly matched with your skin tone, and pricier brands tend to have more all-encompassing shades and fade to match flawlessly. If your skin is a couple shades darker in the Summer then you should have another foundation for those tanner months! Having a quality foundation that lasts and that suits your skin type can make all the difference. I recommend Laura Mercier’s oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 for daily use and Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation for going out at night or special occasions.

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3) Nail Polish: Steal! What you’re really paying for when you shell out extra cash for a Chanel or YSL nail polish is the brand name, which doesn’t mean prettier nails! You can get very similar colors for under a few bucks, including a glossy topcoat which will pull your nail look together. When was the last time that you used an entire bottle of nail polish? Most of us have a collection of our favorite colors and move on to the next one when we get bored…or distracted by a new nail trend like ombre nails or glitter! Nail polish is one of those things, like chap-stick, that we absolutely relish having a million of and our habit doesn’t have to break the bank because they can be so cheap!

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4) Eyeliner: Splurge or steal! For an everyday subtly defined look, a cheap eyeliner will do the trick. Elf has eyeliners for just a few bucks. Some cheaper eyeliners don’t blend as easily, but you can use a eyeshadow brush to smudge the eyeliner in with some eyeshadow for a natural appearance. You will probably want a pricier eyeliner for a more dramatic look, as kohl eyeliners and similar densely pigmented types are more blendable, last longer, and give more oomf to your look. The Marc Jacobs Highliner is very popular and is $25.

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5) Blush: Steal! When shopping for a great blush, you’re just looking to find a pretty color that fits in with your skin tone. Powder blushes work better on oily skin as they set better, but cream blushes tend to last longer. As long as you find a color that you like and that looks natural on you, you can save money but looking into inexpensive options. I love e.l.f’s studio HD blush, I have it in the bright pink shade “Diva” and it is so quick and easy to use, just blend a tiny bit (less than a pea size) as if it were lotion and you’ll have some cute color all day. However, if you’re looking for that perfect color that looks good from Summer to Winter and every day in between, NARS carries a blush in “orgasm” that is a cult favorite of women everywhere.

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Mascara: Splurge! Every girl knows the frustration that comes with clumpy mascara, and has had to deal with spidery eyelashes because the mascara wand wasn’t able to comb out the excess. Truth is, not all mascara is made the same, and they can all create drastically different looks. Whether you want some length and definition, or noticeable volume, or if you don’t have naturally black eyelashes and need color, you can find mascaras that cater to your needs. Although a lasting, non-irritating formula is a must, the effectiveness of the mascara is in the brush. Better quality mascaras will have brushes that maximize volume, lift, and curl, and the straight-across mascara wands from the drugstore may not do the trick. Sephora offers the Lash Stash which is 11 piece mascara set so you can try out different brands to find your favorite!

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Tommy Hilfiger: Save up to 70%

Tommy Hilfiger’s styles for men and women are timeless. You know that they’ll be in style season after season and they’re so versatile that they can be worn with many pieces already in your wardrobe. The bright colors, preppy stripes and prints, and classic silhouettes like the trench coat can be mixed and matched in countless combinations. StudentRate always offers 7% cash back when you shop at Tommy Hilfiger, but until 9/30, you can use an exclusive promo code to get 25% off $200 or 15% off order at Tommy Hilfiger Company Store with an additional 7% cash back stacked on top!

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One of Tommy Hilfiger‘s trademarks is the use of the quintessential patriotic American colors: classic red, white, and navy. The colors look great together, and the neutral elements like a tan trench or cream skirt bring out the vividness of the styles. The trench coat is the must-have item for Fall, and I love that you can dress it up and down effortlessly with just a switch of flats to heels, or from jeans to a little black dress!

Workout Clothes: How to Pick the Best Fitness Apparel

We all know how important it is to lead an active lifestyle, but if you’re like most of us you struggle to find the time or the motivation to work out. Get some fitness inspiration here, pencil in some exercise time into your planner, and get moving! It may sound ridiculous, but if I have cute and comfortable clothes and sneakers to work out in, I feel compelled to make use of them. You’re not going to let your new neon sneakers and pretty yoga pants go to waste, are you?! Here are some tips to choosing the best workout clothes so you’ll wear them again and again on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

1) Choosing the right sports bra. An astonishing 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It is even more imperative that you are wearing the correct bra size when you exercise because it can honestly be uncomfortable if you’re not! Especially for curvier women, wearing the wrong size bra can make running and other high-impact activities painful, and can even contribute to lower back pain. Don’t hesitate to ask an employee for a bra fitting (Victoria’s Secret employees do them all day long), and get second opinions once in a while because they’re not always accurate and your bra size may change with weight fluctuation. I have a couple high-impact sports bras from Under Armour, and trust me they do the trick unlike some that may as well be those useless “built-in” tank tops! The fact that you can get 12.5% cash back even on top of sales makes me want to splurge on another one…

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If you’re going to be doing high-impact activities (which include most cardio-driven movements from jogging to crossfit to playing sports) then you should be looking at maximum impact bras where the band at the bottom is tight and the bra straps do not fall down. Adjustable straps and racer-back styles are the best. When you try them on you should jump up and down a little to see if it gives the right support! If you’re doing yoga or walking then wearing a medium-impact sports bra may be more comfortable, but know that often the elastic materials will stretch over time and sports bras need to be replaced periodically.

2) Selecting bottoms. Generally, synthetic materials are better for exercise because they wick away sweat unlike cotton which can become damp and uncomfortable (not to mention that it’s just gross if your T-shirt is soaked). Spandex capris tend to be the best for most types of exercise because they are form fitting, have a wide range of motion, you don’t have to worry about showing too much skin if you’re running, and material covers your thighs so you don’t have to deal with chafing. If you’re wearing shorts you may want to wear spandex short-shorts under so the material doesn’t ride up, some shorts actually come with an under layer built in. When it is cold, you will probably want to wear long spandex and you can layer with a thermal material or sweatpants.

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3) Choosing the right sneakers. The importance of selecting the right footwear can’t be downplayed! Sneakers can last from a couple months for a serious runner to a couple years depending on how much use you get out of them. It is said that a sneaker’s lifespan is between 300-500 miles of wear, depending on a variety of factors like your weight, the cushioning of the shoe, if you wear them when you’re not working out, etc. Replace them before you start to notice that the cushioning is wearing down to avoid any pain in the knees or hips. You should determine what kind of arch you have so you can look into getting the right insoles. People can have high arches, regular arches, collapsed arches, and flat feet. To figure out what type you have click here.

4) Running at night. Reflectors, reflectors, reflectors. I am so far from stylish when I wear a reflector vest when I go for a jog with my dog at night, but it’s better than being hit by a car. Wearing white and neon really doesn’t cut it when you’re out in the dark. Ideally, you should be wearing reflectors on top, on your pants, and maybe even your sneakers in addition to perhaps having a flash light, but at minimum you should be wearing one item of clothing that will make you stand out from the dark. You should not be wearing headphones because it’s dangerous to not be able to hear the sounds of cars approaching. Enjoy the sound of you getting into shape!

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I hope that these tips were helpful, stay stylish & healthy! Feel free to browse this Pinterest board Workout Style for fitness fashion inspiration.

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