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How to Prep for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

It’s the most wonderful time of year! No, not Christmas just yet. It’s the time we prepare for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and really and truly, at least two weeks of sales.

Some online stores start offering deals well before Black Friday and what used to be a weekend of special prices has now become much longer. Some retailers even offer deals from the beginning of November. It’s enough to send us all rushing for our credit and debit cards.

But hold up! Times are hard and while sales are great, I don’t want you to spend foolishly. You NEED to have a strategy. This does not only apply to fashion-related purchase but  just about anything you will buy including makeup, skin care and hair products, home goods and even electronics.

how to prep for black friday, how to prep for cyber monday

Make a list and check it twice.

Do you love swimsuits from a particular website? Do you have an Amazon wishlist a mile long? Write down (or type up) your preferred stores and products. If shoes are your weakness but what you really need are a couple new work bags, put those on the list. Take note of it all and then narrow it down based on the other tips below. The aim is to know what you want before you start clicking “Add to cart”.

Be clear on your budget.

How much can you really afford to spend without depleting your savings or getting close to maxing out your card? Don’t worry about if everyone else will be showing off massive hauls. If you can only afford one  $50 pair of shoes, that’s perfectly OK. If you’ve been pinching pennies and saving all year just for sale season, feel free to do the most this month.

Do your research.

Check which sites will actually have proper sales and if the deals will be on the items you truly want. Be sure to check as many product reviews as possible and take note of the store’s return policy.

Knowing the cost of shipping is also important, especially for my Caribbean readers. A while back I started pulling together a list of online retailers who offer free shipping. You should also take note of estimated delivery dates if you want an outfit for a specific event. Given the volume of packages being shipped at this time of year, you may not get your items in time for Christmas.

Bonus: Make technology work in your favour. Get on your favourite stores’ mailing lists so you can be among the first to know about discounts. Take advantage of any store apps, electronic coupons or promo codes which may be available.

Happy shopping! Let me know what’s on your shopping list?

Fashion And Beauty Stores Offering Free International Shipping

Caribbean online shoppers will know how this goes. You find an item on a website at a reasonable price then shipping fees, customs duties and taxes double or even triple the cost.

I can’t help you with the latter two levies but I was quite happy to find some sites that offer free international shipping.  These are mainly UK sites since the US seems not to be in on this free action as yet. If you know other stores, feel comment below and share the knowledge.


Shipping is free once you spend over £75. Items usually ship in 5 to 9 working days. If you’re in a rush, express shipping is available for £20.


Shipping  is free for orders over £20 or US$31.58.  Delivery times are revealed at checkout. If you’re in a rush, express delivery costs £20.


This site offers free international standard delivery on orders over £100.  Delivery times vary depending on location. For Barbados it’s up to eight working days once you purchase before 8 a.m. AST while for St Vincent and the Grenadines it’s up to 11 working days. Tracked and faster shipping is available for £30.

New Look

Shipping is free on orders over £55, £10 otherwise. It’ll take about 7 to 9 working days for your goodies to be shipped. Express delivery wasn’t available for most Caribbean islands at the time of writing so you can’t get a rush delivery.


Delivery is free on orders over £25 and you’ll have your items within ten working days. If your order somehow costs less, shipping is £10.50.

Beauty Bay

Shipping is free for orders above US$20  and packages ship in 7 to 10 days under the “international saver” option.  If you’re willing to cough up US$64.70, your items will ship in two days under the “international express” option.

March 2018 Update: ships for just £6.99. I wrote a post detailing my experience purchasing from that site and shipping to Barbados.

Have you used any of these sites? Let us know your experience. And don’t forget to add any other store which ship internationally for free.

If you’re making a purchase, keep these online shopping tips in mind.



8 Reasons Your Style Game Is Struggling

Consider this your ultimate style guide to start the year. Even if you’re not into New Year’s Resolutions, January is as good a time as any to start making improvements in your style game. Impressions matter and people see us and form opinions even before we speak.

If you want your outfit to say good things about you, you may need to get rid of some bad habits.  I’ve identified some of the reasons you may be struggling and included links to previous posts which will help you to get going.

Read on and see how you may be sabotaging your style and how you can do better.


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1. You don’t shop smart. This may sound obvious but you can only wear what you’ve bought. If you purchase frumpy, ill-fitting clothing because it’s cheap, you will pay the price. Ditto if you purchase a bunch of random clothing that doesn’t work together. Here’s how to shop sales smartly. If you’re doing that shopping online, there some things you need to bear in mind as well.

2. You haven’t taken the time to learn your personal style.  Finding out which clothing styles you like, which cuts are most flattering on you and where those two things intersect can be challenging. You need to figure out what works best for you, your job and your lifestyle. Start working on that here.

3. You’re too obsessed with trends. Not only will some trends be woefully unflattering on you, but you’ll soon end up with a closet full of outdated pieces. It’s best to have several timeless pieces and choose your trends carefully.

4. You think you can wear clothing straight off the rack. You may get lucky sometimes but quite often hemlines or sleeves need to be shortened or waistbands may be slightly too big. If you can’t do alteration yourself, find someone who is capable. It will make all the difference.


8 reasons your style game is struggling


5. You don’t pay attention to foundation garments. As with most things, if you start wrong, you’ll end wrong. Even if no one is going to see your underwear, they will see the effect it has on your overall look. Here are your guides to  choosing the right bras, panties and shapewear.

6. You think looking put together has to take a lot of time. I won’t lie. In the initial stages you will have to spend some time learning which brands/styles fit you best and which stores are ideal for you. Once you create a cohesive wardrobe, choosing an outfit every morning will be a breeze. Here are some tips on uniform dressing and getting ready in a hurry.

7. You’re doing too much. If your style is more eclectic, this may not apply to you but generally, less is more.  Your outfit should ideally  have one focal point. If your jacket is bold, your necklace shouldn’t be doing the most. It doesn’t get much simpler than black and white in my books.

8. You’re not taking care of your items. Wear and tear occur naturally but there are some things you can do to preserve clothing and accessories. Washing instructions are on your garments for a reason. Read them! Also, keep that costume jewellery from tarnishing for as long as possible.

Did I leave out a particular challenge you’re facing? Drop a comment below or send a message on Facebook and I’ll try to help. Let’s make this year stylish!