Grand Opening + Discount Code!

Yes. I have my very first discount code ever!

You can thank Lenette’s Shop + Sip Boutique for that!

Right in the home of Helotes, TX is this beautiful treasure where you can shop and even enjoy a some wine. Lenette’s Shop + Sip Boutique just had its grand opening this past Saturday and I was invited to come check it out along with other local bloggers. Starting at 6 p.m. was the ribbon cutting ceremony and I was honored to be a part of the experience. Although my live video I did through Instagram has expired, I did take a lot of photos so I can show you all the beautiful decor that was inside the shop and the apparel waiting inside.

 

 

 

This boutique was so gorgeous and everyone was so welcoming. It was a bit intimidating going by myself, but a lot of bloggers attended independently and once I started talking to them, I felt better about being there. I snapped a few pictures before the big rush came in and I ate about 3 different cupcakes while I was there. I would have totally had more if I wasn’t being constantly chatted with and shopping around.

 

I had never been invited to anything like this, but it was nice to be recognized as a fashion blogger and I am so happy that there are many more exciting things happening. Since I did not know what to expect, I wanted to wear something that was trendy, yet not over the top. I wanted to be taken seriously and be approachable so I went for my gingham printed shorts that I got at Old Navy and my new denim shirt from there as well. The white heels made this casual outfit appear dressier and I topped it off with a cute pink necklace that I got from Starfish Project. It is the Sara short triangle necklace.

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Aside from meeting local bloggers, I really enjoyed being able to be surrounded by fun, laughter and cupcakes. I hope that I can attend more events and continue making a name for myself. Speaking of which…

You do not have to be in San Antonio to enjoy this cute new boutique! In store or online, you can definitely use my 15% off discount code: alamocitysara when you are about to make your purchase between now and MAY 31, 2018 at Lenette’s Shop + Sip Boutique 

Get this beautiful dress at 15% off with my discount code: alamocitysara

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Happy Shopping and Stay Stylish!

 

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Shopping Spree With Mom Part 1

Mother’s Day is in less than one week already. I have been thinking of the perfect Mother’s Day gift and asked about 20 different moms what is it that they really want on this day that is dedicated to acknowledging them in our lives and celebrating their significant roles in our lives. According to a poll I did on my social media, moms just want to be able to spend time with their loved ones. They want to be able to sit across from their children and catch up with them. The flowers, food, and gifts are all just a plus. I started this blog by mentioning Mother’s Day because I went on a mini shopping spree with my mom the other day and wanted to share a little bit about what we saw while shopping.

So I get my bargain shopping from my mom and since she started getting more into makeup, she has also been actively searching for makeup brushes. We both get our makeup brushes from mainly Wet n’ Wild, an affordable drug store brand that sells both cosmetic products and brushes. While shopping, my mom and I went to Marshall’s because we also noticed that they also sell makeup brushes at a great discounted price.

I don’t know about you all, but I have been wanting to buy colorful makeup brushes ever since the whole unicorn and mermaid trends starting appearing. I finally got a bunch of makeup brushes and yes, I washed them before I used them. They actually work very well and I was so happy to have new brushes added to my beauty collection that were affordable and actually work!

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As far as actual makeup products go, I steer clear of purchasing any of them at Marshalls. I think it’s ridiculous how they sell makeup that has been poorly protected and is in horrible condition. Yes, it’s discounted for as low as $3 but I honestly wouldn’t even spend a quarter on it.

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Not only do shoppers open makeup packages and swatch them, they also drop them. Kids also touch and probably drop theses makeup palettes too. It is no wonder that after a while they look so insanely abused like the ones in the images. This doesn’t only happen to makeup at Marshalls but also lotions, bath bombs and other beauty products. My mom and I couldn’t believe how hectic the whole beauty section was. Would you pay $3 for makeup products that looked like this?

Secondly, we bought some care products for our makeup brushes. We bought some sprays that you spray onto your brush, and then rub the brush on a napkin to remove the makeup from it. It also dries insanely fast too! We purchased a makeup removing spray from IT Cosmetics and a spray from Sonia Kashuk  and tested out both of these sprays as soon as we got home. To see how they worked, follow me on Instagram and make sure you look at my stories because my mom shot a little video of me trying both of these sprays out!

We went to other stores, but did not want to purchase anything until the dates on our coupons approached later this week. We tried some clothes on and made mental notes of what we wanted to come back for and now we are eagerly waiting for our next outing together. I haven’t been out with my mom in a long time and while this only lasted for about two hours, I had a good time. With that said, I think that I am going to buy my mom’s Mother’s Day gift the next time that we go out together. That way, I know exactly what she wants and I also get to spend more time with her. I will also blog about our next shopping spree too.

What are you planning on getting your mom for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments and stay stylish!

 

 

Becoming A Brand Rep

Being a brand rep is a pretty big deal to me and I want to share what it’s like with you all in today’s blog! I also have a new video waiting for you all to see on my YouTube channel! Subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already and give my video a thumbs up if you enjoyed watching it!

So I am a brand rep for the resale store NTY Clothing Exchange. As of right now, these stores only have 5 locations which are in San Antonio, TX., Knoxville, TN., Minnetonka, MN., Clay, NY., and Rochester, NY. I am looking at my DM’s in my Instagram account and the first message I sent to them was back on January 10th this year. I told them that I was going to be going to their store for the first time because I had some name brand clothing that I wanted to sale. They were very friendly in the response and although it was quite a drive from my house, I made my way over to not only sell my clothes, but take a look around their store.

I had heard about NTY on the Great Day SA show and thought that it was a wonderful thing to sale name brand clothing in great condition for an affordable price. I am all about affordability, but don’t get me wrong, I will splurge every now and then because life is too short! For the most part, I really try to stretch my dollar. Ever since hearing about the store, I wanted to go. And mind you, I saw them on TV before I even created my fashion account. Alamo City Sara was not even thought about. I was still camera shy and hated being photographed, but the outfit compliments never stopped coming my way.

Fast-forward a few months later, on March 5, the store sent me a message asking if I would be interested in being a brand rep for their store. I think I read that message a hundred times just to make sure it wasn’t just a pigment of my imagination. From there I had my first meeting with the store and associates on March 26. I spent a good 2 hours there picking out outfits with Easter and Fiesta in mind and ended up modeling about 5 different outfits. You can see some outfits and video on their Instagram account or even check out my Instagram account.

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First Outfit I Put Together Inside NTY’s Dressing Room

I ended up making some purchases from the store so I can mix and match some of their pieces with things that I already own and I am so happy that I was given an opportunity to truly help my fashion forward family promote and find clothes and accessories that are name brand, great quality, and affordable.

I am not sure when my next meeting with the store will be, but my Instagram and Snapchat family will be the first to know about it! So hint, hint…FOLLOW ME 😀

Don’t forget to watch my YouTube video, enjoy the rest of your week and stay stylish!

Cleaning and Poshmark

My birthday is right around the corner. In fact, my birthday is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a few days from now and I look forward to a weekend of fun with the people I love the most. My family took me out to dinner and told me that they did not want to let my actual birthday day to go by without doing anything so my dad is going to make me my favorite cake! I am writing to you guys today because I have a new YouTube video out now! I decided to film myself cleaning my awfully messy closet and the process that I personally go through when I clean my closet. I am going to try my best to maintain the cleanliness of my closet and break old habits of just tossing clothes here and there. If you would like to see how I cleaned my closet, please give my video a watch, thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

One thing that I did not mention in my video, but I will mention here, is that I now have a Poshmark account! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this app, it is an app where you can buy and sell all your fashion items to and from others. I was hesitant to make a Poshmark account since I dislike the fact that everything needs to be an app you must download on your phone, but I went ahead and got myself Poshmark after re-seller stores did not take my items for their worth.

You guys, I have some never before worn dresses from Gianni Bini and Hell Bunny and some other cool things you may like! Cleaning out my closet made me really ask myself whether or not certain items still needed a space in my closet and because of this, anyone who finds me on Poshmark can look at some of my items and purchase it! I promise you guys that I do not charge that much for these designer items!

This is the link to my Closet on Poshmark: https://poshmark.com/closet/alamocitysara

Thank you all for reading my blog and stay stylish!

 

My Experience: Dillards 50% Off Clearance Sale

You guys…

People are so crazy, it’s not even funny. When you hear a security guard tell people not to push, shove or run in the store, you know that sale has got to be good…

You all know I am a bargain shopper and I love a good sale. Dillards had their additional 50% off already marked down items and you bet your peach, there was a crowd waiting outside Dillards this morning around 9:30 a.m. before their doors opened at 10!

I decided to take the opportunity to film from my point of view, the crowd I saw outside the store’s doors this morning.

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Dillards always has these sales the first day of every year and it’s a one day only sale which is the main reason so many people go crazy over it! I took some video of the crowd outside the store and the long line I stood in just to get to the shoe section!

If you want to see those videos, please find me on Instagram @alamocitysara to view that craziness! The shoes and purses were the craziest sections because lines had to be formed and only so many people at a time were allowed to go in at a time. The shoe section gave everyone who stood in line a sheet of paper for people to write down what shoe they wanted, size and color they requested (see image below.) You had to stand in 3 lines before you can even get to the register. The first line is just to get into the department. The second one is where you go to request your size. The third line is to pick-up your shoes and then you can head to the register to pay.

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I stood in line for a long time and took a chance on a pair of shoes. Sadly, I’ll have to return them since the size didn’t work out for me. This brings me to my next point, when you participate in sales like these, you only have 3 days after the purchase to return the item you bought if it doesn’t work out. I will probably find myself at Dillards tomorrow returning the shoes that didn’t work out for me, but at least I can get my money back and use it for something that will work out for me.

My family had more luck than I did! My mom was able to get the comforter set that she wanted, my brother scored a pair of name brand pants and my father got a pretty cool jacket! The rest of my first day of 2018 consisted of time with family. I got to see my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. This includes my grandpa who will be turning 90 years old this April! I am so grateful that he is able to see 2018. He is the most interesting man you’ll meet! Now I can relax in the comfort of my home with my family and I wouldn’t want my life any other way right now. God is good. I’m honestly just glad I was able to return home with my arms and legs still attached to my body!

Stay Stylish and Hello 2018!

 

Closet Series: My Shoes

Okay, I mentioned on here that I was going to do a closet series in one of my previous posts. If you are new here, this means that I am going to be doing a series on my YouTube channel where I show viewers exactly what is in my closet. I am dedicating videos to focus on a specific collection of clothing or accessories, so I started off this series by showing you my shoe collection!

Being a fashionista that is actively on the lookout for current fashion trends, but on a budget at the same time, I tend to hold onto a lot of my items for several reasons. First off, trends from the past always have the potential to come back. Secondly, if my items are in good condition and fit well still, why would I toss them unless my personal style has changed? Lastly, I just love having several options and pieces to work with!

I am going to put my latest YouTube video on here to show you all my shoe collection. Just a fair warning, I have A LOT of shoes. In fact, this video is almost 20 minutes because of all the shoes I have! I encourage all my followers on here to subscribe to my YouTube channel, especially if you love fashion! Other than my love for fashion, I have a deep love for music, so I added some music that I really love to the background of this video, including a song from a young, local artist here in my hometown! Always support local businesses and local music. By doing so, you are helping someone’s dream get that much closer to them! I hope to see you all subscribe to my YouTube channel 🙂

Thank you for reading and Stay Stylish!

Rebecca Minkoff: Guitar Pick Hinged Cuff Review

Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion designer with her own global brand where she sells apparel, jewelry, handbags and even footwear for women just to name a few things. The CEO, co founder, and brother to Rebecca, is Uri Minkoff who has his own line of men’s accessories. I had never heard about Rebecca Minkoff until my father gave me one of my Christmas gifts which was Rebecca Minkoff’s Guitar Pick Hinged Cuff bracelet in gold.

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My father and I both love music. We both get really passionate about new music and classic tunes and introducing people to new music. So when my father saw a bracelet with a guitar pick that said Love on it, he purchased it for me.  I can go on and on about spending the majority of my childhood in the CD room listening to my dad’s CD collection and any albums that had interesting artwork or an interesting band name, but I want to dedicate this blog to reviewing this product.

First off, this isn’t something that I asked my father to get me for Christmas. He told me that he was shopping for my mom, when he saw this bracelet and thought of me (my heart is melting right now) and he himself had never heard of Rebecca Minkoff. He found the bracelet inside a department store, but it can also be found on her website at https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com

I LOVE the bracelet. My initial reaction when I saw it was to put it on! I removed the tag and clipped on the bracelet on my left wrist. I grew curious about this new brand that I went straight to her website to look at more things. If you sign up with your email, you can get 15% off your first purchase!

As my day had progressed on Christmas, I was super happy to show off my bracelet when I noticed a problem…

The $58 bracelet’s clip was not getting the grip it needed to stay on very long.

If I could give this bracelet five stars, I would have. But for a $58 bracelet, you would think that the clip used to secure it around your wrist was a better quality. I would put on my jacket, it would snap off. I would raise my hand, it would snap off. I would shake someone’s hand, it would snap off. Unbelievable and definitely unacceptable.

When I told my father, he had told me that someone had left a review of this same bracelet with the exact same complaint. I am going to review it on Rebecca Minkoff’s website and say the truth. The truth meaning that the bracelet is beautiful, but really needs a better way to secure itself around your wrist. The part of the bracelet that I’m referring to is the one circled below.

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My father was able to take care of this issue by securing the clip together, and tapping it gently with a hammer to flatten the little ball point so that the clip wouldn’t break away from it so easily. Although the solution was a simple one, customers should not have to do this at all. Especially for $58 worth.

The items in her site are overpriced, but she does have an under $100 section and an under $50 section. Jewelry and accessories are the most affordable options on there. Never be afraid to give an honest opinion or experience about something new. I love that Rebecca Minkoff is a young fashion designer who made her dream happen, so the least I can do is be honest with her about my first impression of one of her products so that her company knows what they need to pay more attention to.

I love my bracelet, just not the hassle. Always remain grateful and do not be afraid to give new things a try!

Stay Stylish!