Small Business Saturday!

Today is “Support Small Businesses” Saturday! Sophie & Trey/4th & Ocean are just that! Both stores are local small businesses here in Downtown Lake Mary! S&T started in 2009 by a pair of sisters, Kristin & Ryan and has expanded into the amazing boutique it is today! Sophie & Trey stands for Sophistication and Trend. Last year they opened 4th & Ocean to expand their clientele into a broader range of clothing and accessories.

So come out today and support your small local businesses!!! Also check out yesterday’s post for ways to shop smart!!!

Xoxo
Dani

10 Ways to Shop Smart

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!!! Hope you all are up and ready to go to get your bargain shopping on! Since it’s the biggest shopping day of the year I figured I’d give some tips on shopping smart! I recently read an article in People Stylewatch about this so decided to research a bit and give you guys the best of the best on advice for ways to save!

1. AVOID THE MALL:
By shopping in small boutiques (like S&T) or specialty stores you can get chic brands and unique items for less.

2. SHOP BETWEEN MON-THURS:
Stores are often less crowded during weekdays, and you are able to get more attention from salespeople.

3. PAY CASH.
Leave the credit cards and check books at home! You will only be able to spend the cash you have allowed yourself to bring therefore helping eliminate over-spending.

4.ย  SIGN UP & CHECK $$$-SAVING BLOGS:
Get on a store’s mailing list to receive e-mail blasts of events, sales and inside scoop of deals! Also turn to savy bloggers for in the know sale info! Like me ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. BECOME A MEMBER:
At S&T and 4th & Ocean we now have VIP cards. Every visit you receive one punch for your purchase (minimum of $30 required). Once you fill a card with 10 punches you then receive 30% off your ENTIRE next purchase! Card can be used at BOTH stores!

6. KNOW THE REFUND AND EXCHANGE POLICY of a store before you buy a gift.

7. CREATE A BUDGET:
Weight your expenses and know how much you CAN spend NOT how much you’re going to spend. Avoid impulse buys!!!

8. START WITH THE SALE RACK:
First things first – check the sale items! You never know what you’re going to find! You could find an amazing dress that will work for you. Even if it’s a size bigger, if it’s only $10 you can pay another $10 or less to get it altered and be amazing.

9. ASK!!!!
Always ask the sales associates if there’s any discounts or sales going on. Not everything may be posted or may have been overlooked. Also ask if there’s any sales, events or specials coming up soon!

10. SHOP ALONE:
Shopping with friends and others may increase your purchases.

There are some tips to shopping smart!!! When in doubt after using those 10 ideas always consider VALUE! Ask yourself these 5 questions….

1) Use: how often will you use the product.
2) Duration of use: for how long will you use it.
3) Resale value: can you sell the product later and reduce your overall cost.
4) Pleasure or improvement of your production.
5) Price should be evaluated based on above.

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!!! Get out there and put what you’ve learned to work!!

XOXO

Love, Dani

Turkey Day!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your day with family, friends and food!!
Hope to see you all tomorrow and Saturday!!

XOXO
Love Your Sophie & Trey/4th & Ocean team!!!!!!!

BLACK FRIDAY SALES!!

Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for! Our amazing deals for Friday and Saturday!!! Check them out and take advantage!!!

Inside Look : See what I’m packin’…

Ah, I’m so excited, anxious and happy! My Thanksgiving vacation officially has started!!! I’m leaving for Ohio this morning and giving you an inside look at all the outfits I’m taking for an Ohio Thanksgiving on the farm! Now even though I packed late last night I have been packing since last week in my head! Every time something came in the store I would run through my head….”Is this deemed worthy to take to my first Thanksgiving with my man’s WHOLE family?” Ha ha ha. So here’s the final cut of the fabulous selections that made it in my suitcase!

TOP – 4th & Ocean; BLACK SKINNIES – S&T; LEOPARD FLATS – S&T

My airplane look! Day 1 outfit. Then have the wool tights from S&T to put under when I arrive if it’s too cold!

TEE & SWEATPANTS – 4th & Ocean

Night time look!!! Ha ha ha! Have to have a soft, comfy tee paired with warm sweats with a drawstring waist ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely putting on after I eat Thanksgiving dinner! Ha ha.

SWEATER,HURLEY LONG SLEEVE SHIRT W/HOODIE, & PLAID BUTTON UP – 4th & Ocean

Day 2 on the farm!! LOVING THE LAYERED LOOK!!!! Pairing this with my amazing skinny flare jeans from S&T. I’m so excited to wear this! Also I really wanted to wear plaid on the farm and take some pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha ha ha.

GLOVES, SOCKS, HAT, SCARF – 4th & Ocean

Since I’ll be in Ohio and it’s a chilling 50 degrees, I’m definitely taking all my cozy cool weather accessories!!!

BROWN SLIP DRESS – S&T, SHEER FLORAL TOP – www.sophieandtrey.com

THANKSGIVING DAY OUTFIT!!!!!!!! PLUS the knee highs and boots below!!! (We’ll be inside a house with a ton of people so not worried about being cold)

KNEE HIGH SOCKS W/BUTTONS ON SIDE – 4th & Ocean, BOOTS – Sorry! Those are 4th & Ocean’s last fall season! But they do have AMAZING new ones out similar for this fall!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this Thanksgiving day look! Definitely festive, warm and fabulous! Not over dressed and surely not under dressed! It’s perfect for my scenario! Low key turkey dinner on the farm in Ohio!

My final look for saying Good-bye and head back to the sunshine state!!

Well that is pretty much what I’ll be wearing on my Thanksgiving trip! Also grabbed 2 awesome warm short coats! I’ll have to show you them in pictures when I get back!

Wish me luck and keep up with my trip, I’ll be blogging the whole time ๐Ÿ˜‰
XOXO

Love, Dani