Finding Lux Deals on eBay! |Style Jenerator

Hi everyone! I am loving the hunt for preloved goodies! My latest SLG find was actually brand new for a fraction of the price. Check out my latest video for more details ☺️. I still find it awkward talking to camera and editing takes me countless hours… but I still find YouTube a fun hobby! I seriously don’t know how those with full time jobs are able to balance work life & YouTube life. #skill 🤓

Let me know in the comments what luxury deals you’ve found. Would love to hear some amazing deals. I love designer pieces but definitely not the retail prices. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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First Vlog?! | StyleJenerator

Hi guys! I feel like the weekends always FLY by…. it’s such a bummer. I decided to try out “vlogging” or video blogging and it was pretty fun! Editing was a PITA because iMovie kept crashing but i AM enjoying learning all the editing tricks like typewriter 😉

If you have the Monday blues, check out my vlog and see what I was up to this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t get clips when we went shopping (that’s too awkward to do in public right now). Maybe I’ll get some sneaky clips in the next one….we shall see.

Have you guys ever posted videos on the Tube? I’ve been a longtime youtube watcher but decided to give it a go. It’s pretty fun so far!

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PVC Handbag Trend – Like or Dislike?

Hi everyone! What are your thoughts on the PVC/plastic handbag trend right now? Personally, I’m absolutely loving it! I’ve always liked the clear handbag look but never added one to my collection until recently. I ended up purchasing two within the same week and I’m so excited to bust them out this weekend 🙂 Will try to take some outfit of the days so you can see how I style it.

Major designer companies have been pushing out plastic styled handbags at outrageous prices. I cannot justify dishing hundreds, let alone thousands, for a PLASTIC handbag. It’s trendy right now but who knows how long that’ll last? Also, it’s literally PVC plastic. Not worth spending more than $40 in my opinion.

If you’re interested, check out my handbag reveal video below for great dupes/inspired styles. Can you believe it’s my 2nd youtube video?! but seriously though, it took me hours to edit down.

Bags mentioned:

  1. Amazon – Lam Gallery ($35/free shipping)
  2. Steve Madden Plastic Handbag ($25 from Ross)

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Vintage Chanel Diana Flap Reveal & Comparison

Hi guys! So…. this is crazy but I just posted my first youtube video ever. I even went as far as creating a banner/logo for my channel LOL. I’ve been a longtime youtube viewer and follow many fashion bloggers/those in the luxury handbag community so maybe this will be a new, fun/secret hobby. I just added a vintage piece to my collection and thought I’d do a video to help anyone else who’s also looking to purchase vintage. Excuse all of the awkward pausing/ums, it’s something I need to work on. I hope by making videos here and there will help me improve communication skills. Using iMovie was extremely stressful (it kept crashing on me) and it took me 3 hours to 1) learn how to use iMovie and 2) edit a 20 min video of me rambling down to 10 mins. I hope you all enjoy and let me know if you have any suggestions for a second youtube video (don’t worry, I won’t quit my day job haha)…or if you have any questions on my new to me Vintage Diana Flap bag and I’ll do my best to answer.

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Marble Everything.

Hi guys! After a ridiculously long reno project, we’re finally done. Happy 2018! We’ve been getting settled into our new space and am finally able to start decorating. We purchased all the essentials the week we moved in so now we can have fun….time to make our home our own.

I’ve always been obsessed with anything marble. Our kitchen is white and gray. The cabinets are white, with a darker steel gray granite counter to contrast and a marble backsplash. I literally gravitate to anything with a marble finish and feel the need to buy it when I see it in stores.

Target’s new furniture collection is spot on this season. I’ve been on the hunt for nightstands that compliment our velvet gray headboard. For those wondering, we purchased our headboard from Bed Bath & Beyond (one of my favorite stores). And yes, they have furniture online! This is my favorite furniture purchase from BBB. The quality is excellent and it looks very luxurious. Makes me feel like my bed is a giant, white, puffy, cloud (perfect after a long work day). The photo looks like a beige color but it’s actually a light gray in person.

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I saw these $90 marble and accent tables at Target and fell in LOVE. I loved the marble with the natural wood finish. I saw two at my local store but walked away to “think” about it. That was a mistake because it sold out when I called back.

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My hubby and I had quite the run around because this item isn’t available to ship. Our only option was to “pick up in store”. When we picked up the tables, a friendly lady waiting in line behind us pointed out the broken drawer. My heart just sank because that store didn’t have an alternative in stock. I called my local target to check the back inventory but they were also sold out. I called customer service and was told a third location was showing 3 in stock so we immediately drove there. When we got there, two were displayed on the floor but one was also broken (they also did NOT have 3 in stock). We grabbed the last one and ran. I’m honestly thankful that it is the perfect height for our bed frame and is exactly what I was looking for. There’s definitely limited stock at each Target location and seems to be a popular item so call around if you’re interested! It only took 2.5 hours, 3 stores, and 3 phone calls later….but all worth it.   😉

Note: the marbling finish varies depending on the slate. No two marble counters will look identical.

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Overspent on Furniture

You guysssss!!! Hubby and I did SO MUCH shopping last week with all the Thanksgiving sales. I just paid all of my credit card statements and nearly had a heart attack. We decided to be “practical” and only buy essentials for the house….but as per usual, I did sneak in a couple of non-furniture or house related things :). Shhh don’t tell him.

We literally furnished our entire house after a week of shopping. Here are the deals we found so hopefully, it helps someone out 🙂

Living Room:

Remember the Macy’s couch in my last blog post? We bought it and absolutely love it. So much more affordable and comparable to the Ethan Allen one. The Ethan Allen sales person has called and emailed me….he’s not getting our hints. My hubby was responsible for finding a TV deal. Of course, he comes home with the biggest TV he could fit on our wall. A 65 inch one but I’m not complaining about it. Now we can watch Game of Thrones and feel like we’re in a movie theater (date nights out will be limited after this massive spending spree…).

We had a bunch of gift cards from our wedding so we wanted to find a coffee table and a TV console from Bed Bath & Beyond (we LOVE this store btw). Since our hardwood floors are a brownish/gray color, we wanted to find a slightly different wood color that would compliment our floors and came across this Edison Walker coffee table and TV console.

We love that the TV console has closed drawers so we can store things (aka boardgame collection) but will also keep our place looking tidy. Plus, when we have kiddos in the future, they can’t pull all the TV/cable box cords. It has dark metal hinges which match the legs on our dining room table. We wiped our all of our gift cards and used a 20% off coupon for each item. HECK YES to extra savings!

Dining Room:

Seriously, if you’re looking for a dining room table that seats 8 people, we HIGHLY suggest the IKEA Skogsta table. The natural wood surface is beautiful and contrasts nicely with the dark table legs. Two things you should know… it’s SOLID wood and priced at ONLY $399. Check other furniture stores that sell solid wood pieces, you won’t find this price. Who would’ve thought there would be solid furniture at IKEA? We had no idea but it looks like they’re definitely stepping up their quality game. My hubby and I saw this and immediately fell in love. Since we didn’t have a truck to haul it back, we decided to borrow one and come back the following weekend. When we came back, they were completely sold out….all 13 within a few days. We pretty much had to stalk their inventory checker for the next shipment to snag one. We didn’t like the chairs/bench that matched this table for 2 reasons. 1) The bench is ridiculously tiny. For some weird reason, it’s NOT the same length of the table. You need at least 2 benches to make it look balanced. 2) The standard wooden chairs just looked uncomfortable. We wanted to find black wooden chairs that had an attached cushion. My hubby actually found these padded chairs from Overstock and it’s perfect. Best of both worlds and it matches the dining table perfectly.

Bedroom:

Hubby and I have back problems and we wanted to invest in a nice mattress. He did a TON of research on many brands and ended up going for the Purple mattress. If you look at the price, it’s insane but just think about the fact that we all need a good nights sleep and use it every day. Cost per use right? It’s one of those new mattresses that ship in a box and deflate. We haven’t gotten it yet but I’ll be sure to take pictures of the process and provide a review. Considering the price, it better sleep like a freakin’ cloud lol.

Since our home has a ton of wood furnishings, we wanted to add a different texture/fabric to the mix. I decided a velvet/velour tufted headboard would look nice and came across this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. It looks like a bougie headboard to match our bougie mattress.

To maximize storage, my hubby wanted a bed frame that would 1) be sturdy and 2) allow us to put storage boxes underneath. He found this one on Amazon with stellar reviews. We think it’s comparable to the one Purple sells but is slightly cheaper.

P.S. you can still use expired BBB coupons. I have a whole stash of these saved up because who doesn’t love an additional 20% off everythinh

Office:

You guys…. we found the BEST desk. EVER. We both have careers where we sit literally the entire day. For someone who has major back issues, it can get pretty uncomfortable after 8-9 hours of minimal movement/constant slouching. Costco had an insane deal and was selling the Tresanti adjustable desks for $199. The day the sale started, hubby and I rushed to Costco to each buy one. We think it’s some preliminary price before it enters the market because there was limited inventory at our local store and it’s no longer listed on their website. BBB is selling it for $360.

That’s (almost) everything we bought….spent way too much. Did you guys score any good deals? Comment below and help make my wallet feel better 🙂

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Couches are EXPENSIVE.

Ellooooo, it’s me again. 🙂 As per usual, I’ve been MIA again. Hubby and I have been dealing with a home renovation project that’s been dragging for months. I love HGTV but it’s definitely not a depiction of reality…

First things first. We had to get holiday drinks at Starbucks. Currently BOGO (buy one, get one free) 😛

We’re finally in the home stretch and now have to figure how what to furniture pieces we want to buy and where to buy it. There are so many furniture stores (even more options online), definitely gets overwhelming. Our mistake so far was waiting ’til the last minute to order a sectional couch. FYI it actually takes 4-6 weeks upon purchase. We didn’t think about it and will probably end up sitting on our floors until it delivers.

Hubby and I did some research on quality furniture stores and came across Ethan Allen so we decided to check it out. They have absolutely beautiful pieces and when we walked in, we immediately fell in love with this couch:

You don’t realize how expensive couches really are until you buy your first one. We loved the color and fabric of this one and the tag price was about $2k. Not TOO bad right? They also had a 20% off promotion going on for the month of November. Woohoo!!!

After talking to the sales person, we asked for an estimate and the couch in the photo is actually…dun dun dunnnnn $4k. 😵 The 2k was just for the two seater cushions and does not include the chaise. I’m not sure what my facial expression was but I was in shock. For our home, to add another seat or two would increase the cost even more. Love the couch but not willing to spend a fortune when we have an entire house to furnish.

Does anyone have any couch recommendations? Of course we want durability and something that looks similar to the Ethan Allen one but without that price tag. I did some research and found an affordable option from Macy’s. Here’s the BEST PART, it’s priced at $1,799. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Now it just seems like a steal 😂🙈

Side note: Not essential but I definitely need a full length mirror for outfit of the days. 😉

Outfit details:

  • Ralph Lauren boots (purchased from Macy’s a couple years ago)
  • Leggings (my go to choice for pants #basic)
  • Sweater from Macy’s
  • Leopard print scarf from Target
  • Burberry quilted jacket

Attention Shopaholics – Here’s How to Maximize Savings and Earn Cash Back!

Hi guys, sorry it’s been a while. Work has been insanely busy. I was sent on my first work trip for the year since starting this new gig (check out my insta for a few photos – yes, I will be better at taking more photos/posting). My days are consumed by full work days and the gym (in desperate need of a vacay….STAT).

I got my September Cash Back Statement email from Ebates today which sparked the idea for today’s blog post. Basically…If you’re a shopaholic like me, I highly suggest you sign up for ebates. Honestly, years ago my cousin told me about this website but I was skeptical and didn’t do it. I could’ve saved MORE money had I listened to him. In 2013, I decided to give it a go and have been addicted since. I recommend downloading their widget because every time you’re online surfing, a notification will appear showing the % cash back on that particular website (see below). The cash back percentage depends on the retailer but sometimes there are double cash back promotions so keep an eye out for that.

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It is so convenient and easy, right? If I’m shopping in the store and it’s available online, I typically opt to buy online because I get cash back from my credit card but ALSO ebates (gotta maximize savings when you’re a shopaholic and every dollar adds up!).

I’ve been a member since December of 2013 and my lifetime cash back is $530.70. Insane right? It’s a win-win. If you’re going to end up buying things online, you might as well take advantage of cash back benefits here and there. Either way, you’re gonna buy the items anyway right?

 

Here’s a summary of my “big chat check” history….yes, I downloaded the ebates app for when I do shopping off my phone 😉

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Do yourself a favor and sign up for ebates. You’re welcome and happy cash back!! The more you save, the more you can spend hahaha (sorry, I am an enabler). It is way past my bedtime. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!! Whoohoo!Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 9.26.04 PM

Limited Time: David Yurman Online Exclusive Renaissance Aluminum Bracelets Are Back!

Hi everyone! I have always admired the David Yurman jewelry collection and finally purchased my first cable bracelet a few months back (and I must say, I am HOOKED). I was intending on adding another bracelet to start my “arm candy” collection so the timing is perfect!

I just received an email announcing a David Yurman Online Exclusive Renaissance Aluminum Bracelet for $250! If you’re familiar with the DY line, you’ll know this price is significantly lower than their classic pieces. I don’t own an aluminum material bracelet but I figure why not try it? Worst case, I can return and the best part is that they’re also doing a promotional freebie for each order (of course, while supplies last). I wasn’t planning to spend money today but bit the bullet when I saw the email in my inbox. Two bracelets for the price of one? (Yes, how I justified it to my hubby… also told him it’s an anniversary gift to myself). Gift to me, from me. 

So many color options but I stuck with the classic gray. I figured it would compliment my Prasiolite 7mm cable bracelet (purchased here).

 

Happy shopping! Sorry…I am 100% a shopping enabler. 😂

Update 8/25/17:

I just received my order and the packaging at first glance is very nice. I love the cobalt blue jewelry box the bracelet came in. 

My first impression is that the bracelet is thinner at 5mm and lightweight since it’s made of alumnimim material. I realize I prefer the 7mm for my wrist size (as you can see in the photo below, it is much thinner). Personally it looks too small on my wrist but is still a beautiful piece at a lower price. 

The freebie bracelet was a bit disappointing. I mean, it was free with purchase so I can’t really complain. It just looks like a strand with some silver beads. Not something I see myself wearing but it was nice of them to offer it. 


The verdict? Unfortunately, this will be going back as it’s not my cup of tea. I prefer the 7mm or medium size bracelets and thought the color would more closely match my silver bracelet. It looks more like a gunmetal gray color. Still a beautiful piece but it’s just up to personal preference. At this price point of $250, I think it’s a great starter piece. I hope this review is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. The hunt for the next piece to add to my lonely prasiolite bracelet continues!

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My Everyday Hair Styling Tool 

Sorry, I’ve been a bit MIA. I need to be better at consistently posting on here. Work and weekend projects have been consuming my life buttttttt I have discovered the BEST hair tool for everyday use and wanted to share 🙂

Honestly, before I purchased this hair tool, whatever my hair looked like that morning is how I went to work. If it was REALLY BAD, I put it in a pony tail or bunned it (what can I say? I would rather sleep a few extra minutes before waking up at the buttcrack of dawn).

In my first professional job, my supervisor would say, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. As I have gradually moved up the ladder over the years, this saying has etched into my brain. I must say, I LOVE my current job…but either way, dressing professional makes a huge difference.

Remember how your hair looks after getting a blowout at the salon? Trust me, I have tried using a round brush and hairdryer but am not coordinated enough or have the multitasking ability to twirl a brush and blow-dry at the same time. Answer? the John Frieda Hot Air Brush and the best part is that it’s only $25. It’s basically a two in one product that gives you the volume you want but dries at the same time.

I recommend air drying your hair until about 80% before using this tool so that you can get the level of curls/waves you want. I have tried it with completely dried hair, it still does a great job at smoothening and curling the ends. I was skeptical at first but have gotten the hang of using it and have incorporated it into my daily routine (it DOES take some level of coordination…i.e. rolling the hair back and forth but you’ll get used to it). Funny because coworkers have asked me if I recently got a hair cut…. no, it’s just my hair looks put together now that I spare a few extra minutes with this awesome tool. I am not even sponsored but have told all of my girlfriends to buy this product (and they have!).

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