Monday, December 10, 2012

T'IS THE SEASON....for some holiday shopping advice

As a full time retailer & a part time shopper the holiday’s are the most busiest time of year… The line ups get longer as the shopping days get shorter & the sizes & items that you needed most seem to magically disappear all of a sudden. So here’s just some tips and advice to a more calm, relaxing & jolly holiday shopping trip.

1. Before you head out to your first store BE CAFFEINATED.. drink your coffee, tea, latte, mocha or whatever it is that gets you energized, alert and awake! (have a smoke if you want too .. whatever gets you through)

2. HAVE YOUR LIST, DEBIT & CREDIT CARDS READY – on paper or on the phone & be prepared for both good & bad news from the sales associate who is helping you *specially when you have 14 days of shopping left* - also make sure you change your debit or credit limit for the days: too often do i see people who go over their limit and they are nowhere near done for the day. BE WISE & BE PREPARED.

3. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B or LISTEN TO THE SALES REP - when the style, size, color or item is no longer available hear the associate out, after all they have come across people who have needed their help all season long, they’ll help you choose the best alternative.

4. BE PREPARED FOR LONG LINE-UPS (any time of day) – it is not the cashier’s fault that the person in front of you or the person she’s ringing up is indecisive and needs advice on everything she chose in the store. Think about it this way THE PERSON YOU’RE BUYING THIS PRESENT FOR WILL LOVE IT AND IT WILL MAKE THE LINE UP WORTH IT!

5. DO NOT BE THE GRUMPY CUSTOMER – keep an open mind and understand that sales associates are there to help you, don’t take out your frustration on them.. I see this daily it is not fair to them when they are there to help… do not blame them for not having enough stock, enough sizes or enough selection … remember 2 weeks till Christmas day is cutting it close.

6. TAKE A BREAK – this is important…shoppers get so caught up on crossing off their list they forget how stressful time constraints can be, take a snack break every so often to relax! I’m sure your credit & debit cards need a breather too.

7. ENGAGE WITH THE SALES ASSOCIATE WHO IS HELPING YOU – so often people forget that the people who keep that store running are also SHOPPERS & CONSUMERS. We too go through the same shopping struggles as the next person; it’d be a much more pleasant customer to retailer relationship when both sides make the shopping experience more relaxing and smooth.

8. "1 FOR THEM 2 FOR YOU" – go with this ratio when shopping, you’ve already set yourself up by being at the mall so why not treat yourself while you shop for others. I’m not saying you need to buy something big for yourself but reward yourself as you go along; trust me it will make you feel much better… (ex: bought your sister a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s .. reward yourself with a new lip shade & nail polish!)

9. ENTER & LEAVE EACH STORE HAPPY – when the greeter says "hello" or "how are you?" answer or say it back ... this will change your entire shopping experience! I PROMISE - when you leave the cashier (or the greeter greets you g'bye) and they say “Happy Holidays” take it to heart and say it back!!! Everyone deserves a great holidays so wish it upon everyone!

10. AVOID SHOPPING ON CHRISTMAS EVE – you just set yourself up for disappointment at this point have a plan a, b & c!!

Shoppers keep all this in mind … I guarantee a much more pleasant holiday shopping experience & remember that there are only 14 days left so better get those lists crossed.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


It's a beautiful fall afternoon and it dawned on me, I need to update my blog but not just with something random....
Lately, I've been seeing knits, sweaters and layering which only really meant one thing...the air is crisp, the breeze is cool and in Canada we love us some crisp clean Autumn air! So what better way to show my love for this weather than sharing my top 5 : Roots Canada fall favourites at the moment.

Top (L to R): Cabin Shawl ($98) & Dakota Sweater ($128)
 Bottom (L to R): Cover Up Cardi ($78), Roll Over Boots in Tribe Africa ($248) & Celeste Print Shawl ($64)
What I love most about the three cardigans/sweaters are they are so versatile - It's still early fall meaning some days you don't need a jacket and each one of these can transition into what i like to call "sweater coats". The Cabin Shawl, Dakota Sweater &Celeste Print Shall all have wool in them (but they are most definetly not itchy!) which can only mean one thing WARMTH! but if you want to opt out of wool the Cover Up Cardi is a great option (polyester, cotton & spandex). They are all great throw-on's & great winter transition pieces.
Those beautiful italian leather boots in Africa Tribe. I've owned them for about a year now and they are the best pair of boots to have in your shoe closet. The fact that you can wear them in more than 1 way screams VERSATILITY! & to top it all of they are made in Toronto, Canada!
Enoy your Canadian Fall with some of these Canadian Items!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Twenty Three (with a $ tree)

*photo from google images
...not really with a money tree it's just lyrics from a song.

In two days I will be turning the tender age of 23. Family & Friends are asking me what I want but in reality ... there is nothing I want but relaxation and time to myself. In 10 days I will be travelling to the beautiful country of Mexico to the city of Riviera Maya where for 5 days I will be basking in what I hope is alot of sun and relaxation.

Being twenty-three makes me another year older, but I don't believe I am that much wiser. I just hope I don't dissapoint myself at this age!

I am thankful for a very supportive family, a great group of friends, still loving what I do and a full-time job to accomodate my spending habits. Here's to another year of life & thank you GOD for blessing me daily.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Back To Basics

Here I go again back to my blogging roots ... I found myself thinking about different things to blog about for the past few months & it suddenly clicked to me why not re-introduce myself to the blogosphere in birth month, my favourite month & the month my favourite season starts!

I realized that when I was starting my fashion/trend blog that I was limiting my writing...I want to write about more things so this blog is not specific to just my love for style, fashion and trends but beyond it.

For a few weeks (almost a month) I didn't know what my first blog post should be; but it hit me! I want to be able to introduce myself and the feel my re-vamped blog will offer.

If you're new to this blog ... My name is Karla, basically a (almost) 23 year old self proclaimed blogger residing in Toronto. I used to blog about my life; past, present & future...then decided to blog about fashion and trends. My new blog "KARsaidWHAT" is basically my journey in finding myself and things that interest me.

Now, I will not promise blog posts weekly or bi-weekly but I am going to try my hardest to finally give blogging my all...Some posts will be from my mobile phone and spontaneous and sometimes things may not make sense but HEY! such is life - c'est la vie!

I look forward to getting to know you all!