Things to Buy in July

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4th July:

BBQ foods, Condiments & Soda – Baked Beans, BBQ Sauces, Ketchup (Stock up, they have a long shelf life and will save you money during the year if you stock up on them now) plus Soda & Potato Chips are all heavily discounted this time of year, it’s a great time to buy a few extra to save money throughout the year

Paper Plates & Paper-goods, Table cloths, disposable cutlery etc

July is National Ice cream & National Hot Dog Month, so you should be able to stock up at discount prices on these, they will keep for months if you have a deep freezer



Usually when it comes to fashion, the end of Season sales save you the most money rather than buying clothes in Season

When it comes to buying Swimwear however, July is the best time to get the best deals, with some retailers slashing up to 80% off retail prices



New furniture styles usually hit the showroom floors around August, so in July, Retailers are willing to heavily reduce last years stock (up to 50% off) to make room for their new August shipments


Video Games:

July 8 is Video Games Day, plus stores are gearing up for their Fall inventory, so they don’t mind having sales in Summer to make room for newer shipments they know will be arriving for the holidays


Broadway Tickets:

Most New Yorkers are out of town at their Beach Houses during the Summer Months, there are no new plays, but it’s a great time to score up to 50% off tickets to shows that may be winding up



Nothing says Summer like Baseball does, family packages are available that usually include tickets, some food discounts, fireworks and or souvenirs


Veteran Discounts:

Military Discounts are big this time of year with 4th of July celebrations and usually include free meals, discount or free admission to theme parks, free products and services to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard veterans, reservists, retirees, and active duty members of the military

See our 4th July Military Discounts List:


Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale:

July 21- August 6, 2017 featuring new Fall merchandise

If you pre-register you can save even more money $10-20 free to spend and get early access to the sales


Major Appliances:

JCPenney has announced a 4th July Sale with up to 40% off major appliances which can add up to big savings if you are buying big ticket items.  On a 4 piece new kitchen appliance package, you can save nearly $1000 and you will get better savings on individual appliances like fridges, washing machines, freezers, stoves etc


Macy’s is having a 25-60% off sitewide sale on everything from clothes, shoes, beauty to luggage, kitchenware, bed & bath merchandise



The Best 15 Things to Buy in June

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June is Father’s Day, Graduation Parties and the beginning of Wedding Season.

It’s the best Month to buy:


  1. Houses:

With the warmer weather, and Summer Vacation starting,  June is the best month for Houses to go on Sale



2. Kitchenware & Cooking Utensils:

Kids are going to College, small appliances, kitchen tools & dishes are all on sale and on the college shopping list

Also it’s the start of Wedding Season, so it’s a good time to buy kitchenware at reduced prices



3. Digital Cameras

Families getting ready for summer vacation, warmer weather outside, graduation parties and summer pool parties, and wedding season

Retailers know this and start reducing Digital Cameras early June

Also it’s the end of the Japanese financial year so it’s a good time to snag those Japanese-made Electronics


4. Thrift Store Items:

Most families have just done their Spring Cleaning, getting rid of excess stuff hoarded over the cooler months, thrift stores are bursting at the seams with new stock, someones trash is someone else’s treasure


5. Vacuum Cleaners:

Vacuum Cleaners go on Sale to make way for new models released in June, so if you don’t mind last years model, it’s a great time to buy a new one


6. Tools:

Father’s Day is early June so Most Retailers reduce power tools, and home-maintenance, lawn & garden tools for Father’s Day along with


7. BBQ Tools & Gadgets, Grilling Tools & Accessories


8. Men’s Toiletries:

Thanks to Father’s Day, June is the best time to stock up on:

Men’s Cologne and Grooming items such as razors, shaving needs
You can also get great deals on:

9.  Golf accessories

10. Men’s socks, t-shirts, and underwear


11. Lingerie:

No not for Father’s Day or Memorial Day…lol, why Lingerie? The Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale happens in June and along with that Sale each year, competitors reduce their inventory prices in order to compete with this Lingerie giant


12. Dairy Products:

June is also National Dairy Month, so Milk and Ice Cream, Butter, Yogurt, Sour Cream all see price reductions

Butter and cheese will freeze well and can be expensive other times of the year, so if you have room, stock up in the freezer


13. Summer Essentials all go on ale in June:

  • Beach towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Tanning oils and lotions
  • Bug spray
  • Citronella candles
  • Tents
  • Charcoal
  • Sleeping bags
  • Coolers
  • Tiki lamps
  • Deck lighting


14. Gardening Supplies:

  • Seed packets
  • Summer bulbs
  • Live plants
  • Potting soil
  • Plant food and fertilizers
  • Pest repellents for plants
  • Sprinklers
  • Garden hoses
  • Summer lawn furniture & Decor



15. 4th July Supplies:

  • Themed Paper Products
  • Decorations

Toward the end of June:

  • Hot dogs
  • Brats
  • Hamburger patties
  • Buns
  • Relish
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pasta salad mixes
  • Baked beans
  • Chips
  • Dips and dressings
  • Drink mixes
  • Fireworks


17 Things to Buy in May

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May is a great month for savings with Mothers’ Day & Memorial Day Sales

Retailers release new Appliance Models in May

Graduation Parties are happening
and people are eating outdoors with the warmer weather

Here’s a list of things you should Buy in May:

1. BBQ Tools

BBQ Tools, accessories, charcoal, paper plates & products

2. Spa Packages

May is the best time to not only buy spa products, but to book spa treatments

3. Appliances

New model Refrigerators, freezers, washers & dryers, stoves/ranges are released in May, so retailers offer up to 80% off old models

You will often see these advertised as Memorial Day Sales

4. Camping & Outdoor Gear

It’s warmer weather and also people are starting to plan summer vacations, don’t forget to stock up on sunscreen, it’s one of the cheapest times to buy it & Insect Repellants, Camping & Hiking gear

5. Health & Beauty

Mothers Day is a great time to stock up on perfume, bubble bath products, spa accessories & makeup

6. Fine Jewelry

You can find deals up to 70% off fine jewelry just before Mothers Day

7. Patio Furniture

Memorial Day Weekend is the best time to buy Outdoor Patio Furniture

You will see huge discounts in the Memorial Day Flyers

 8. Mattresses

Look for big discounts on Mattresses in Memorial Day Sales

Also a great time to buy Home Furnishings: furniture, bedroom sets

9. Workout Apparel

Warmer weather means people are getting outdoors to exercise

Workout Apparel is heavily discounted this time of the year

These are from my own Fashionably Chic Brand

These designs are my
own original artwork

10. Cameras & Photo Accessories

There’s nothing mothers cherish more than pictures of their babies

Cameras, photo albums, just about anything photo related goes on sale in May

11. Pot Plants

Once the weather warms up, gardening is in full swing

Stock up on plants, pots, seeds, gloves, watering cans, lawn care products

12. Flowers

Mothers Day is the biggest time of the year for sending flowers outside of Valentine’s Day

Book early if you are having them delivered


13. Books

Mothers love to relax with a good book

Check local bookstore flyers for great deals on books in May

14. Candy

Candy & Chocolates go on sale for Mothers Day

15. Summer Vacation Packages

You can expect big discounts on flights, cruises, hotels and car rentals in May as people start planning their Summer Vacation Getaways

16. Luggage

30-50% off clearance on Luggage

17. Sports Gear

Buy Golf, cycling, baseball, athletic apparel/shoes, Fishing, Cycling, Running, & Swimming Products in May


7 Places to Get FREE Stuff



Manufacturers are keen for Consumers to Try their Products and will do just about anything to get you to try theirs over their competitors.  They are even willing to give away samples and sometimes full size products for FREE

Some require you to fill in a brief customer survey about the product you received so they can add your comment to their rotation of customer testimonials.  Others require no survey and know that Word-of-mouth is far more effective advertising and marketing than anything money can buy

So where do you get all this Free Stuff?


Their rotation constantly changes, this week they are offering

  • Craftsmen Tools
  • Tide Laundry Products
  • Hanes Socks
  • Kitchen Aid Cooking Accessories
  • DeWalt Tools
  • Swiffer Cleaning Products

Limit of one per household and you need to sign up to register for your free product



  • Toothpaste
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dove Moisturizer
  • Shampoo



  • Febreeze
  • Paint Samples
  • Water bottles
  • Watermelon Juice
  • Charmin
  • Shampoo



  • Pizza
  • Beauty Samples
  • Enfagrow Baby Formula
  • Skincare
  • Tea



  • Movie Rentals
  • Tanger Gift Cards
  • HydroMassages
  • Comic Books
  • Smoothies
  • Toothpaste
  • Pet Food




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  • Dominos Gift Cards
  • Shampoo
  • Awareness Wristbands
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste



  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Juice
  • Smoothies
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Kindle Ebooks
  • Ice cream



These are just a few of the places offering free Samples & Products

There are many More, I will be updating this list as I find out about them

Offerings change daily and some may only have a specific number of giveaways, so get in early to avoid disappointment

The Design Process

Fashionably Chic

A behind-the-scenes-look at

The Design Process:

Turning Art into Wearable Fashion Accessories

It all starts with a Picture, I usually use my own Art to start with, this was using a FREE Royalty-Free Stock Image because I was short on time to make new designs and I loved the colors in it


Then it is Digitally Manipulated into a Circle


then it is Cropped

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Copied Several Times, pasting one next to the other

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this process is repeated to fill the design space



then they are  Merged into one image and you have your base Pattern

You can adjust the Hue a few times for different shades / colors


Give your Design a Name, the Finished design reminds me of FEATHERS

So you now have your Pattern “Feathered Spheres” in 4 Fashion Colors

Apply the pattern to the Product Template and whalaa… you have just taken Art and several Digital manipulations later, you have created Wearable, Fashion Accessories


Feathered Print satchels


Mini Handbag Satchels & Men’s Fashion Neck Ties


Feathered Print Ties


©2017 Fashionably Chic


The process start to finish is seldom visualized in it’s entirety, it usually takes on a creative life of it’s own

By the time I am finished, it is nothing like the idea I had in the first place

If you are open to the creative process, you come up with awesome results

I did not look at this  background-2090232_1920

and think i should make these:

Feathered Print Ties


The Art sometimes creates itself

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