Saturday, January 30, 2016

Florida Trip & Shopping Haul PLUS $100 Prepaid Giftcard Giveaway

This sequin striped shirt and ornate statement necklace combo is one of my favorite purchases from our recent Florida trip.

J. Crew Confetti Sequin Striped Shirt, Express distressed jeans, Hunter Original Gloss Boots, Speedy 25 Damier Ebene Blogger Outfit
Shirt (similar) / Necklace (similar) / Jeans / Boots / Bag

We stayed a week in Orlando, and spent most of our days visiting Universal Studios - especially the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My kids adore the Harry Potter books and movies almost as much as I do - so it was the perfect time to immerse ourselves in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley!

Hogsmeade Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Floral Pants, Red Minkoff Love Crossbody Clutch Mini Blogger Outfit
Shirt / Pants / Bag / Shoes

On our non-theme park days, we relaxed by the pool at our hotel - enjoying the sunny weather and drinking lots of lemonade.

LOFT striped maxi dress, LL Bean Monogram Tote Blogger Outfit
Dress (old from LOFT, similar style ) / Bag

I love that the outlets and malls are open super late in Orlando - I managed to fit in some post-dinner shopping. Here's what I picked up:
-Target - Pixi Glow Tonic (so many beauty bloggers rave about this!) and Assets (made by the same company as Spanx, but cheaper AND better quality)
- Outlets - Michael Kors Gold Coin Purse, Victoria Secret Robe (marked down to $25 from $50!), J.Crew Factory Shirt ($17) and Necklace ($23).
-Mall - Kate Spade Glitter Bug Cardholder (on sale for $25)

Kate Spade Glitter Bug Card Holder, Michael Kors Gold Card Holder

While shopping, I kept thinking about the high exchange rate - the sales and bargains didn't seem that amazing once I converted it back into Canadian dollars. I didn't want to shop too much and and up with an unexpectedly astronomical credit card bill when I returned home!

One way to stay within your budget while shopping on holiday is to use a prepaid card. They work like traditional credit and debit cards (they can be used anywhere the card network i.e. American Express, MasterCard and Visa is accepted PLUS offer fraud and loss protection). You load your budgeted funds on the card before you travel, and you can use it for all your purchases. It's a great compromise between carrying a large amount of cash with you (which is inconvenient and unsafe) and using your regular credit card (where you may over spend your budget without realizing it, and incur overdraft and interest fees). Want to learn more? Visit the Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO).

GIVEAWAY:

If you're in the mood for a shopping haul of your own - you're in luck! I'm giving away a $100 Open Loop Prepaid Giftcard to one of my Canadian followers. You can use this card to shop ANYWHERE you'd use a credit/debit card - online, in store - the choice is yours!

HOW TO ENTER:  You must complete all THREE steps!

1) Follow me on instagram and comment "I follow" under this picture.
2) Come back here and retweet this message
3) Leave a comment BELOW with your instagram AND twitter usernames

Contest is open until  February 15, 2016 - Good luck!

UPDATE: Winner is @foreverangel26


Disclaimer: I received an Open Loop Prepaid Giftcard and one to give away to my followers.

139 comments:

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    1. Thanks Janna! You're lucky because if you love the tonic - you have easy access to it :-) I'll have to order it online for refills LOL!

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