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Shopping for Less as a Fashion Blogger


( this outfit- this tweed jacket was from LaFayetteNY149- I bought on Poshmark-originally $250, I paid $50, and my Rebecca minkoff bag  bought on eEbay)

TGIF Friends!

One thing i know about this time of year, is that it is my favorite time for styling outfits. I love that you can be creative with layering, prints, color choices, and love the fabrics associated with Fall-tweed, leather, cashmere, velvet… If you were to look at my closet, you would assume I am from the North as the have more fall/winter clothes than I do Spring/Summer. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but have been living in Charlotte for 15 years now. Dressing for this season ( or any other) doesn’t have to cost a fortune, even as a Fashion blogger, if you know where to look for deals!

Trench -Anthropologie bought on poshmark

One thing I have realized over almost 4 years of blogging is that as a blogger there is a lot of temptation out there when it comes to buying clothes, shoes, bags etc. I see it everyday!  However, I have self-control! ( at times) and stick to a budget each month. I do enjoy adding trends to my closet, and will often shop at Zara for some of those items.

Also, it is easy to get taken in by the latest “it” bag, shoes, etc, but I do appreciate individuality and don’t want something that “everyone’ may be wearing. Another way as a fashion blogger I save and say true to the way I shop is that I often buy second  hand, so plenty of the items I see bloggers wear may be newly out in stores and selling now. Just keep in mind, there are also many “lookalike’ or similar items out there at a lesser cost, just don’t sacrifice on quality.

How do I keep to a budget, yet consistantly style outfits for the blog? Is there a money tree in my backyard? No! I know how to shop smartly and where to shop so I don’t spend a fortune on things.

Woven clutch and Zara booties bought on poshmark

Here are some tips on how I shop for less:

  1. You have heard me go on about Poshmark. Read about it HERE. It is a US site, a kind of on-line thrift store where sellers sell new, lightly used items. It is the best of both worlds for me, as because of my condition, I can’t stand in thrift or consignment stores as standing puts too much pressure on my muscles and causes overload/pain. By shopping there, I save and can make offers to buyers to only spend what i want to spend. I have bought this silk blouse and this velvet jacket on Poshmark.
  2. I use Coupon codes and Promotion codes. You can search for coupon codes via www.  or also use the store’s promotion.
  3. Shop using Ebates. Ebates is a company that will give you cash back ( certain percentages) for certain stores. If you are already a shopper at Loft for example, you would just go to Ebates, sign up and click from the store to the site you buy from. A check is issued after a certain time period.
  4. EBAY- I used to do more shopping on Ebay and still go there for handbags. I was a member of the Purse Forum, which is a forum of women who like handbags and want to talk about it! They may be able to tell you if it is authentic if you purchase from ebay or other sites. I have bought several Kate Spade bags from Ebay. They, like Poshmark have a Buy it Now button or make an offer. If you do buy shoes on Ebay, make sure the seller has a return policy, unless you are certain of the brand’s size.
  5. Bonanza– bonanza is a site that has sellers listing their goods. This is another place I have bought a handbag.
  6. Wait for bigger sales like the Nordstrom annual sale, Black friday- on the internet ( I never go out this day, too maddening!)
  7. Buy end of Season. Just like after Christmas you can find amazing deals or Christmas decor, waiting until the end of the season, there can be big markdowns! ( this one is tough as you have to have patience..)

Balenciaga City bag bought on Bonanza

Kate Spade qulited bag on Ebay

What i also keep in mind these days is asking myself before I buy:

What else will go with this in my closet?

Is this a quality piece that is going to last?

Can I mix and match this item?

I hope this has given you some ideas on how to shop for less. As a fashion blogger, there is temptation all around! So many cute pairs of shoes, handbags etc.. but smart shopping will make it more enjoyable and save money in the end.

How do you shop for less?

Have a great weekend!

jess xx



  • Madam too Much
    Posted at 14:53h, 08 November Reply

    Great Tips and I will have to check out Bonanza. My friend Clearance and I have a great relationship and I always shop after season sales. Macy’s Last Act, Coupon sales at JCPenney are my favorites right now. Enjoy November. . .

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 09 November Reply

      Sounds great! Yes, why buy anything at retail! Do check out Bonanza. 🙂 xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 16:14h, 06 November Reply

    Hi Nancy, are you referring to Poshmark, as it is just a US site. Ebay has different shipping dependent on the seller. thanks for stopping by! xx

  • jacqui
    Posted at 16:03h, 06 November Reply

    I do try to shop well, getting bargains and discounted items when I can. I also like to shop off-trend sometimes. I tend to mix items with old pieces I’ve had in the cupboard for years! Thanks for sharing this delightful outfit Jess. x Jacqui

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:13h, 06 November Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! I wanted to share pieces I have got deals on from Ebay, poshmark etc.. as each of these pics indicate. I do like trends, but also enjoy mixing and matching with the existing items in my closet. Appreciate the commentxx

  • elisebythepiece
    Posted at 21:32h, 05 November Reply

    So true! I love to shop on a budget and thrift stores are my fav place to do it!
    Elise |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 06 November Reply

      Hi Elise!
      I use Poshmark ( in the States) and get some great deals. it really is online thrifting, so i know how you enjoy thrift stores as well. xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 21:58h, 04 November Reply

    Yes you always probe that style does not need to be expensive to be beautiful. I also love eBay , sometimes postmark. And I love consignment stores too.
    🏵🏵 Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:27h, 06 November Reply

      Thank you Elle, so do you! i loved the grey detailed purse you recently showed on your blog for 8 dollars! I need to shop more on Ebay and if i were to come to NY, i would try and check out a consignment store too. You have a great eye as well!~ xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 12:31h, 04 November Reply

    I buy quite a lot on eBay, but I also use members only discount sites – sometimes items are discounted by as much as 80%. I like a rummage in charity shops too, but it takes patience…and a bit of luck!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:29h, 06 November Reply

      That is a great discount Emma! I used to buy more on Ebay, but now poshmark is where i find more deals ( Us site)…i do like that some sellers on Ebay have returns though. You have a good eye! xx

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 19:19h, 03 November Reply

    I’ve always used sales! Promo/discount codes are my favorite thing to use. And end of season has been a good thing to shop too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:28h, 06 November Reply

      End of season is good! i don’t buy anything retail unless i can’t wait! thanks Laura. xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 10:30h, 03 November Reply

    I’ve always been a sale girl, and lately I’ve been loving thrifting. It’s such a great way to get the brands you love at half the cost!!
    Have a great weekend, Jess!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:38h, 03 November Reply

    I never have shopped there, I guess because the shopping costs are usually very high.

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