Discounted Designer Handbags

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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You can often save a lot of money on niche brands by shopping on eBay. For instance, I love wearing Orla Kiely bags because they're unusual and feature lots of gorgeous designs - people have stopped me multiple times to ask about them. eBay is perfect for items like this due to their wide and ever-changing selection (especially if you missed out on a retired design and cannot find it any place else.)

Also - not handbag-related, but I grabbed the J.Crew tee I'm wearing above since I wanted one that would match my bag in a nice Spring green!

Check out the gorgeous signature orange lining on the Orla Kielys (mine seem to all have a key holder thing too, which makes it impossible to lose your keys - a nice touch.)



Also I love the little feet on the bottoms. (You can see just a few of the many patterns here.)


For super high-end handbags at a discount, you want to be sure to buy through eBay's authenticate listings. (These include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and more.) eBay authenticate bags are examined by an expert to make sure they are the real deal. Check out my post from December about how I got a beautiful vintage Gucci bag on eBay.


Check out the current Orla Kiely selection on eBay here. Or click on the little pics below!


Nordstrom Easter/Spring Styles

Friday, March 29, 2019

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If you're looking for a pretty dress for Easter (or just to celebrate it finally being Spring!) check out Nordstrom's selection. I was so excited when I saw this gorgeous Vince Camuto tie waist dress!!! Both extremely flattering on AND comfortable! The quality is fantastic - nice matte fabric, pleasing texture, and silky soft navy blue lining. Fits pretty much true to size. However, if you're small in the waist/chest you may want to go down a size. I tried both the 2 and the 4 and the 2 (shown) was better for me.  Don't forget, you get free shipping and returns on all your Nordstrom purchases!

Love Kate Spade earrings to match this dress (and there are lots of other similar options too!) If you want something bigger/bolder, check out the Kendra Scott styles as well.


Also check out the Charles David heels I bought to match! (Closeup pic below.) These are a great neutral staple since the neutral tone matches pretty much any Spring outfit. It's nice to have your shoes match your skin tone since it gives the illusion of longer legs. For darker skin tones, check out this other Charles David style, or these, and these (limited sizes in that last style but SO pretty!) I would definitely say go up half a size from what you normally wear in the Charles David ones I am wearing. I'm normally an 8 in open toed shoes, but an 8.5 was perfect for me.

I'm wearing some of my favorite Nordstrom beauty products that I posted about recently too.


Get this Spring look by clicking the little pics below! Follow me on Instagram, and come join us in the Sample Sale Mom facebook group for discussion and great shopping deals on clothing, beauty items, housewares and kids' stuff! (Currently about 95,000 members!)


Favorite Nordstrom Beauty Picks (Oribe, Mac, Philosophy and More!)

Thursday, March 21, 2019


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If you don't already buy your makeup at Nordstrom, here are a couple of reasons you should. First, fast, free shipping with no minimum! (No need to spend time hunting down a parking place at the mall.) Second, you get free samples with your purchase (you'll be prompted to choose which ones at checkout.)

Nordstrom has lots of amazing beauty and fragrance brands, and these make wonderful gifts. Don't forget about Mother's Day coming up! (I know my mom would definitely appreciate some Nordstrom goodies.) And you don't have to worry about getting the size wrong.

Here are some of my favorite beauty picks (Click on any of the pink names below to get to the product.)

Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes - long lasting, beautiful colors in a huge variety of shades. A nice mix of metallic and matte tones. The one shown is the "Heat" palette but there are many others too. Great for creating that smokey-eye look!

Bobbi Brown Lipstick - Soft, smooth, long-lasting and non-drying.

Too Faced Bronzer - Not only does this stuff go on evenly and look great... it smells delicious. Like vanilla I think? Yummy. I wasn't expecting it to have a scent so that was a nice surprise.

Mac Studio Fix powder - This can be used instead of foundation, because boy does it cover up imperfections like nothing else I've ever tried!!! I don't need much at all, just a light sweep. If you have shine at all, you can use a little Mac blot powder over the top.

Oribe Shampoo (and conditioner, not shown) - The one pictured is for blondes and it adds volume to my hair and seems to make the color really pop. It smells INCREDIBLE and it looks a little different... (pic below). The conditioner is purple too and nice and light so it doesn't weigh my hair down. Since this stuff is pricey I save it for my "must have good hair" days.


Clinique Lash Building Primer - Goes on before mascara to make your lashes longer and thicker. Works REALLY well. You do want to have a metal lash comb with this and/or any mascara.

Mac Lip Liner - My favorites are 'Whirl' and 'Half Red.' Stays on nicely and doesn't bleed.

Lancome Definicils Mascara - This is the best mascara I have ever found, and I've tried many. You don't even need the primer above if you use this stuff (although you can get extra oomph that way). This stuff also seems to last a lot longer than other brands, as long as you screw the cap on tight.

Oribe Dry Shampoo - Stands apart from alllll the other dry shampoos I've tried because it smells absolutely divine, (most dry shampoo is stinky!) Works nicely to make hair look fresh and clean, and doesn't leave any weird residue. I use the blonde 'Gold Lust' type, which seems to make my roots less noticeable too. A less expensive option which seems to be the leading favorite in the Sample Sale Mom facebook group is Living Proof. 


Philosophy Lip Glosses - Last but not least, the best (BEST!) lip glosses ever from Philosophy. They smell and taste amazing, last a long time and look great! Shine with a subtle hint of color. For SURE try the Philosophy shower gels too - I use them on my kids for shampoo (and some here come with a lip gloss as a bundle! Really cute gift!)

Grab some of my favorites by clicking the little pics below! Follow me on Instagram, and come join us in the Sample Sale Mom facebook group for discussion and great shopping deals on clothing, beauty items, housewares and kids' stuff! (Currently about 95,000 members!)



Nordstrom Spring (or vacation) picks!

Saturday, March 2, 2019


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My partnership with Nordstrom this month couldn't have come at a better time, since I was able to grab some fun things for our vacation to Costa Rica (where I shot all these pics!)

If you don't already shop Nordstrom online, you should, since you always get free shipping and easy returns (no minimum!) on the best brands with amazing customer service. Don't forget to grab any makeup/beauty items you need too - since you get free makeup samples with your purchase (you'll be prompted to choose which ones you want at checkout.)

First of all, let me tell you how much I love my sun hat. It was a splurge, but I found out last year that Eric Javitz hats are the BEST, when I went and tried on every straw hat I could find. A wide-brimmed hat is an absolute must if you're going to be out in the direct sun all day. And added bonus, you'll look stylish in all your vacation pics, even if you don't do your hair. My hat comes in a whole bunch of colors here. I'm wearing the 'peanut' color. If you don't want to break the bank, check out the budget-friendly options here - the Nordstrom house brand ones like this and the San Diego Hats are really cute!


My sunglasses are Ray Ban. At the time I'm posting, black or blue are available in the same style here. The pink/bordeaux color are available in a few other styles here.

This top is Free People and comes in several pretty colors (I love the cool pink). It's true to size, nice slouchy fit and the fabric is really nice (it's a blend of linen and cotton.)


These shorts are Caslon (the grey twill). They run true to size I'd say. But if in doubt, size up. Shoes are my Sanuk sling flip flops, that I have in many colors and wear all Summer long! They have a memory foam footbed so they are a lot more comfy than traditional flip flops.


Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more outfit and travel pics. Also, check out the Sample Sale Mom Facebook group for great deals and product recommendations for moms and kids stuff! To shop my look, you can use any of the little pics below!


New Sofía Jeans line by Sofía Vergara

Monday, February 11, 2019


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In these pics I'm wearing Sofía  Jeans (and  top) by Sofía Vergara! You can see  her whole collection here at Walmart. Lots of cute and affordable styles for Spring!!! And this line is designed to fit a wide range of body types (if you have curves these should work well for you!) Remember, you get free shipping with any $35+ purchase!

My jeans are the  Sofia Ankle Skinny, in the dark wash. If you're at all between sizes, go with your larger size (I'm a 4 in these, and 26 - 27 or sometimes a 2 in other brands.) 


My top is the  Boho Peasant Tassle top in size small. It also comes in a  few other colors and prints!  (Scroll through the tops/tees section here as they are mixed in.) Shoes are these  Soho espadrilles - they run a little small, I sized up from my normal 8 in open toed shoes to 8.5 for a great fit.  This necklace I'm wearing in the pics has nice chunky glass beads and is at an amazing price! 




Follow me on Instagram at  Sample Sale Mom, here. Shop my look in the pics below, or check out lots more Sofía Vergara pieces  here. 

Nordstrom Warm Winter Poncho, Skinny Jeans and Favorite Henley

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


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Since it's a new year, I finally went through all my drawers and donated anything I didn't love. (For any casual clothing, if you haven't worn it in the past year, let's face it, you're probably never going to.) Then I ordered some new pieces from Nordstrom. Not everything worked for me, but their free shipping and returns make it really easy to try out different styles without leaving your house!

This poncho is thick and warm enough for the New England weather - runs a little big. I'm wearing the XS/S here. (This photo was taken outside so I could get the natural light... and it was 20 degrees. Yes I was cold, but at least the parts of me that were under the poncho were not cold!) Shown here with my favorite jeans, the Legging by AG. Earrings are Kate Spade and boots are from BP. (BP makes lots of styles great, affordable leather boots!!)


This thermal from Free People is SO cute and comes in a bunch of nice colors (love the pale aqua!) I'd say go one size down from what you normally wear – it runs BIG – unless you're tall and want the extra length. I'm 5'8" and wearing a S here - it's hard to see the length since it's tucked up in the front, but I can wear it with leggings too, and it's plenty long in the sleeves. AG the Legging jeans here too, and Frye boots.

To shop my looks above you can click the little pics below!


Fashion Finds - Cute Valentine's Day Stuff!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


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I had a great time shooting these Valentine's Day post pics with my sweet son Chase! (Best model ever!) We're both wearing items from EV1, Ellen DeGeneres' line at Walmart. Check out all her (really cute AND really affordable) tees, pj sets, socks, hats and more here!!! My "love" top and cropped Alex jeans both run true to size and are super comfy, flattering and soft! (Note, the writing on the top is pink as shown - it looks white on the website pics.) My shoes are here, and they come in black too.

Chase is wearing this cute EV1 hat and his favorite fleece lined bear slippers! For other gift ideas, check out Walmart's Valentine's Day gift guide here, which has everything from cute toddler outfits to men's Valentine socks, to this adorable backpack. Remember, you get free ship on most items once you spend $35+!! (And you can always add some candy. Yum.)

Chase also loves the Philosophy Amazing Grace body wash (which smells delicious and doubles as both bubble bath AND shampoo!)


You can shop a few of our picks for Valentine's Day using the pics below! If items are out of stock, check back for your size as I've noticed the EV1 items have been restocking!