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The Great Sandal Hunt: Shopping with Splender

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When I was packing for my work trip to Ontario, I tried to keep the number of shoes I was taking to a minimum. Sandals, flats, casual and, of course, my workout sneaks. I decided to wear the sandals on the plane because they went with my black maxi dress.

What I didn’t realize was that the elastic strap on my sandals is about to give way on one of the buckles! Also, unbuckling them to go through the security line at the airport and then putting them back on afterward was kind of annoying.

I bought those sandals back in April of 2012 and considering they were $21 from Old Navy, aren’t real leather, and I’ve worn them every summer since, I feel like they outperformed their initial construction! However, I’m at the point now where when items like this start to fall apart I want to replace them with real leather goods that will, hopefully, last just as long, if not longer.

So, I turned to the cash back shopping site Splender to help offset the cost of the sandal upgrade.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Rocksbox | Sandals – Nordstrom (same)

Don’t forget to use code ERIN25 for 50% off your first month of Le Tote! Or code looplooksxoxo for a free month of Rocksbox.

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Splender collates deals and coupons from over 800 online shopping sites, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, and more. You can browse by store or by deal and when you find one you like you just click the Shop Now button. After that you shop normally and anything you buy at that store you earn cash back. At Nordstrom, for example, it’s currently 4%.

Which is why I ordered these lovely Seychelles sandals. They have a zipper in the back so if I have to take them off in a security line in the future I can just unzip and slide them off! IMG_2295

I also debated about ordering this Trouve pair but, sadly, they were out of my size.

I was also lusting after these Frye sandals which, in all actuality, are the closest in look to my original pair.  I found them in my size at Lord and Taylor which has a 6% cashback incentive via Splender but even with stacking the coupon codes and deals listed by Splender they were still more than I wanted to pay. I might regret that decision, though. And, if so, I’ll return the Seychelles ones and go back to Splender to buy the Fryes!

Splender is free to join and there are no ads, which is nice. You get your cash back via a commission that the store pays Splender. If you’re curious about how it all works, they have a fun YouTube video that explains it.

When I was searching for replacement sandals, I used Splender’s “Stores” function to filter all their stores by Shoes and Accessories and then scrolled through the alphabetical list until I a store caught my eye. The only thing I found a bit annoying was that sometimes they don’t have ALL the offers listed on the store’s listing on Splender. For example, when I clicked on Lord and Taylor it didn’t list that on that particular day they were having an extra 15% off sale on all full-priced items.  Also, the Free Shipping filter doesn’t filter out stores that only have free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount.

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In a perfect world, I’d like to also be able to search by item (i.e. black sandals) and find stores that sell that item instead of just browsing at every store in the list. But, hey, I suppose it’s similar to hunting for what you want in the mall, too!

Overall, I liked that I could browse so many stores in one place and that it’s basically no extra work for me to earn a little extra money just for doing what I like to do: shop!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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What to Pack for a Business Casual Business Trip

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Well hello there little piece of the Internet that I seem to have neglected! I wrote a post about how I miss the days of being able to write whatever I wanted and then left you hanging. I hope you don’t mind. Instead, I spent a week getting ready to go on a business trip and then, well, going on that business trip!

The company I work for bought another company last year. We’re both software companies in the Environmental Health & Safety field and recently my VP asked me if I wanted to go to Oakville, Ontario (about 55 kilometers outside of Toronto) to get trained on the new software. Yes, please!

I left last Sunday and stayed until Friday learning all about the company, their software, and meeting some really awesome people. We also got to attend the U.S. versus Canada men’s volleyball game at the Pan Am Games! And then stayed out way too late checking out the scene in downtown Toronto.

Because the company’s colors are blue I wanted to include that in what I packed. And because we were going to the game I also wanted to wear some red and white for our Canadian hosts.

So, this is what I wore:

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Maxi Dress |Jeans | Black Cardigan | Blue Cardigan | Striped Cardigan | Black Top | White Top | Multicolored Top | White Jeans | Black Dress | Skirt | Blazer | Flats | Sandals | Boat Shoes | Red Necklace | Blue Necklace

Packing was stressing me out a bit because I’d been told by another coworker that this office was a bit dressier than ours. I didn’t want to be underdressed but I also didn’t want to be overdressed. Turned out I was just right.

I also wanted some options so I chose pieces that could all coordinate with one another.

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Note these aren’t necessarily the exact pieces I own (although some of them are), but they’re pretty close. 

I stuck with the red, black and white palate and threw in some blue and my multicolored top as coordinating but stand-out items. In fact, based on these pieces I could have come up with many more outfits if necessary!

Perhaps the blue cardigan, black top and white jeans? How about the multicolored top with the red blazer and regular denim? Or the red blazer and the black dress? I could go on and on.

And, yes, everything fit in a carry-on, including my toiletries and unmentionables, pjs, a pair of workout clothes (which I washed in the sink so I could do multiple workouts last week) and my gym shoes. Crazy, right?

I think these pieces are going to become my new travel “capsule.” It would certainly make packing easier when I need to dress business casual or if I need to go back to Oakville. And I sincerely hope I get to go back!

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Blogging versus Writing

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I recently started reading The Daily Tay after I bought my favorite shirt ever from her. She recently posted something that hit home with me about blogging. She wrote that she remembered when blogs were more about writing and sharing and less about who could make the most money or take the prettiest pictures.

I know, I know. I’m going to post a picture of myself with affiliate links to other items below it. And that’s going to seem totally hypocritical.

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar

But, seriously. I make so little off this blog and I certainly don’t take the prettiest pictures. Sure, I do the occasional sponsored post and I do get some great freebies to blog about, but even though I’m not a “big” blogger, I sometimes miss the anonymity of having a Livejournal account. Something that was just me and my thoughts (and the people who read them, of course).

Now, though, my name is attached to this blog and I can’t write as freely as I wish about some things. I’ve always tried to be careful about what I write (in fact, my husband got fired from a job almost 15 years ago because of something he wrote online) because I know the consequences. But that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally have the wish to write something more about what’s going on with my life other than the fact that I got almost 40 mosquito bites on my arms, legs and face this weekend.

And don’t worry, mom. It’s nothing drastic :-) Just the occasional wish that I had someone to invite me to or go with me to all those fun events I see on Instagram. Is it still FOMO if you know you’re missing something?

Except mosquito bites. I am certainly NOT missing those.

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From my shoes to my hair

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Voting is still open for your favorite outfit from June! 

Today Instagram will be filled with Fri-yay images and quotes and various other comments about how it’s the end of the week. Normally I just smile and scroll past but today I might just shout FRI-YAY myself. At the time I write this I have almost 20 things on my to-do list at work, and huge product enhancement going live this weekend that I need to help support.

Although, honestly, I am much happier being busy than not. It just takes some getting used to sometimes.

I could have some kind of silly segue between that paragraph above and today’s outfit photo, but I don’t really. So, here, have some black and white and pink.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via Poshmark (similar) | Earrings – Rocksbox | Watch c/o JORD (same

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I wore this outfit on Wednesday to get my hair cut. Originally I was going to wear black flats with this outfit but for some weird reason I like to dress a little fancier when I go to my hair stylist.  He did fawn all over my shoes, though, so I think it was worth it.

Sadly, I think I have to break up with my stylist. He cannot be on time and then he gets a little…indignant when I tell him I need to be done by a certain time. Plus, while he’s never given me a bad haircut, they’re just never really ones I love. Of course, I never really love my hair so there’s that.

Anyway, I think I’ll be trying someone new in the future. Probably after my triathlon in August.

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