Bargains at Smart Set
Shoppers keen to freshen up their look to match the gentler temperatures, should scoot over to Smart Set where lots of cute tops, denims, cropped spring jackets and more await frugalistas on the sale racks. FF’s faves: cross-front rayon blouses with fluttery sleeves in tourquoise or plum for just $14.99 each (reg. $34). But: do check out the new arrivals as well, particularly the dresses — most priced under $60. Halter styles, smock dresses, retro prints and strapless frocks that are chic enough to be worn to the office or even a wedding reception. If cottage essentials are more your speed, score a top and shorts for just $40 from a varied selection.
Suzy Shier Deals
This national chain has lots to offer this season, including sundresses tagged at from just $25 each in bold prints and sweet florals. Some of the super-deals await frugalistas on the sale racks where shoppers on a budget can save half off most already reduced merchandise – just look for the red stickers. Various tops and bottoms (tanks, blouses, skirts, pants, etc.) starting as low as $3.97! Also check some of the exclusive deals on-line, if you’d rather shop from home: www.suzyshier.com.
Beauty Duty: New Veet
Now that the weather’s a bit more inspiring, it’s your official cue to deal with any body or facial hair challenges. Whether you’re keen on smooth legs without going to the salon or a more defined brow you can groom yourself at home, definitely investigate the latest collection of waxes and hair removal creams from Veet. Less messy, harsh and stinky than past incarnations, the new line of precision products incorporate natural ingredients that still manage to get the job done in a snap. FF’s fave: Veet’s Hair Removal Cream Pump ($16.99) – keep it in the shower for easy use and never worry about looking beastly again. Available in Lily scent, Shea Butter or Aloe Vera/Vitamin E formulas for sensitive skin.
Clinique Bonus Time
It’s definitely a good time to treat yourself to some spanking new skincare or make-up products — new season, new regime and or palette they say. A nice incentive is the Clinque Bonus now on offer at Holt Renfrew (through to the end of the weekend, while supplies last). Spend $35 before tax, and you’ll snag a super-cute pop art floral print cosmetic bag and mini tote stuffed with freebies valued at over $100. Notable contents include a full-size lipstick and eye shadow, liquid facial soap and an eye make-up remover. However, the real treat are girly bags — great for a weekend getaway or to carry your essentials in your purse or desk drawer.
Nathalie-Roze Fischer is an eco-accessories designer, hardcore bargain-hunter, style writer and DIY enthusiast. Visit her online at www.nathalie-roze.com.