to shop / areaware little puzzles

Image: Google

One day, I noticed a round cereal bowl puzzle. When it went on sale, I bought it. We had so much fun that I went back and bought more. There are multiple series and my favorite is Series 5: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream! A few from this collection are on super sale.

I rounded out my collection with the ramen, affogato, and honeycomb cone at a small business: Little Obsessed.

Let me know if you get any or if you have other puzzle recommendations!

to shop / 2020 cyber week deals

Have you been shopping? I have shopped way less than prior years because:

  • I’m tired and didn’t plan, which is a good thing.
  • Certain items/purchases are not needed because I’m not leaving home often… or it doesn’t show on Zoom.
  • There were good sales during the year and I’m well-stocked.
  • I’m less brand loyal and exploring other brands.

What I am checking out

1 / Baggu

25% off the entire site. I had just placed an order in early November… They have so many new designs and that’s what keeps me coming back. There is a The Simpsons collection (I like the donut), one bag left from the collab w/ the Met Museum (dragons), a new mini size, and wine size!

2 / Boka Toothpaste

I have sensitive teeth and typically use Pronamel. I started using Boka, which has n-Ha instead of fluoride. It also ‘tastes’ better than Pronamel. Boka didn’t have a sale on toothpaste this weekend, but Urban Outfitters did (and has a lower price on it in general with a sitewide discount). Sometimes Bloomingdales has it on sale. Amazon also carries it. 

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to shop / {sale alert} 50% off s’well and henné organics lip products

Birchbox has 30-50% off many products. Their site is somewhat infuriating to navigate. To figure out what’s on sale, you have to start in the respective sale section. Once you add it to the cart, the discount will show up in the cart.

The most exciting? 50% off most of S’well. I like the 9 oz because it is so small and easily fits in a crossbody purse, coat pocket. The 17 oz comes in many Liberty of London prints. The sports cap and swing cap sold out since I placed my order, and I consider the sports cap a gamechanger. They also have 50% off Baggu, but it’s mostly wiped out.

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to shop / {sale alert} peach and lily collection


Images: Ulta

Ulta’s Love Your Skin event has kicked off and day 3 has select items from Peach and Lily’s collection (which is always excluded from their own site’s sale). Their line is formulated well and most importantly, very well priced during sales. The first item is 50% off and the rest are 30% off (EDIT: while the Matcha Pudding is a one day promotion, the rest should be available through January 25, while supplies last). I’ve tried all but the toner and oil.

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to shop / {psa} j.crew price adjustments

Last week, I posted about the J.Crew sale. If you recently ordered or received anything, you may be eligible for price adjustments. J.Crew added new items to the sale and dropped prices of some items. This works for items in transit that were ordered a while back, an order I received about a week ago with final sale items, etc.

  • Request via live chat: I found it easier to do it over chat — I gave them the order number. You can find the chat link on this page. If it’s grayed out, it probably means they are at capacity. You can check back later, which is what I did last night.
  • Call: If you have something simple, you can give them a call.
  • E-mail: Given the nature of the fluctuating prices, I chose not to request it via e-mail. I tend to do this if there was a new site-wide promo rather than an item’s price changed.

To show how ridiculous the price difference can be, I ordered the Petite curvy slim stretch perfect shirt in Stewart tartan in November 2018 during the Black Friday sale at 50% for ~$35. The waitlist was later cancelled, but once it popped back, I ordered it at full price and planned to ask for a price adjustment once I figured out which size fit better. Before I had a chance to ask for a price adjustment from $69.50 to ~$35, they added the shirt to final sale for $26.99 + 70% off for a total of $8.10. That’s 88% off!