How to Outlet Shop Like a Pro

It’s no secret … I LOVE SHOPPING!
I can’t tell you how many times people ask me where I bought things, tell me I find ‘the best things’ and then nearly fall over when I tell them how much I paid for it. It’s often followed by nudges from husbands saying ‘you have to go shopping with her‘ and gasps from the girls saying ‘I have to come shopping with you!‘.

So, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret – I have an Outlet Mall 15 mins from my house, I shop there far more than I am willing to admit to my husband, but I really do get some great buys.
There are some tricks to outlet shopping though and I thought I’d share this great article with you to give you all the pro tips. I found it really useful and I hope you do too, because you know all I’m about sharing the good stuff!

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Harbour Town … just down the road 🙂

How to Outlet Shop like a Pro

Do you ever wonder how some women manage to look amazing, stay on trend, but not break the bank? Well, their secret is out as we unveil the tricks of the trade to become a seasoned Outlet shopper!

With trends changing every season, Outlet shopping lets you indulge your inner-fashionista without spending a fortune. Outlet hubs like Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre, Harbour Town on the Gold Coast, offer up to 70% off the recommended retail price, attracting shoppers of all styles with their unique mix of popular international and iconic Australian brands at unbeatable prices every day.

The changing face of retail has seen a host of big-name brands join the Outlet revolution sweeping the country including the likes of Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Furla, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Coach and more.

There has never been a better time to update your wardrobe while still keeping your hip pocket happy. Harbour Town’s Marketing Manager, Rebecca Stevenson, gives us her top five tips to shop like an Outlet pro:

  1. Think Ahead, But Don’t Make A List!

Some days, your shopping stars align and you find exactly what you are looking for at an incredible Outlet price. Other days, you may not find the items on your list, but if you’re shopping with an open mind you could find something even better! When you hit the Outlet malls be prepared to comprise and be “fashion-forward” in your thinking. You may not need that beautiful dress on sale at 60% off today, but wedding season is just a few months away and Harbour Town’s Outlet prices make it worth investing in the piece now! If you come with a strict list, you may walk away empty-handed…but if you embrace the thrill of the Outlet find your wardrobe and wallet will come out ahead!

  1. Invest (Guilt-Free) In A Statement Handbag

In most cases of fashion and life, a statement handbag is all you need to lift your spirits and your outfit. Conveniently, the key to a statement handbag often lies in the quality and you don’t have to break the bank when you can buy premium brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Furla, Oroton and Mimco at Outlet prices. Most of these brands specialise in a specific style handbag, and while the colours may change ever so slightly each season, you can still buy a classically designed purse, tote, pouch, clutch or shoulder bag at a fraction of the price. It may cost you a little more than other brands, but if you’re wise in your selection you’ll find yourself taking your investment with you everywhere you go, and the extra dollars spent on quality craftsmanship will have been worth it.

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  1. Take A Friend A Make A Day Of It

Even back in the caveman days, the hunters and gatherers worked better in tribes…the same could be said for Outlet shopping. Two sets of eyes and two sets of hands will come in handy as you’re trawling through the racks for discounted delights. Also, a second opinion from an honest friend can really make or break a purchase, so take a friend who can offer a third-party view of your Outfit finds from every angle. You don’t want to miss out on anything either and shopping with a friend makes it easier to go the distance as you are more likely to enjoy a full day of strolling the malls when it’s a social affair. You can always schedule stops to refuel with lunch and coffee breaks throughout the day too!

  1. Try On Everything

Every Outlet pro knows the golden rule of all shopping is to try it all on – EVERYTHING! Particularly in an Outlet setting where you may be overwhelmed and a little frazzled by the countless options available and all of the enticing prices! This is the time to take a deep breath, check the fit closely, make sure the colour suits you and that you feel comfortable in the item. The Outlet prices usually help seal the deal!

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  1. Shop Weekdays

If you really want to get serious, schedule some time to go shopping on a weekday. You will avoid the crowds, there will be less competition and the queue for a coffee will be shorter. Remember, new stock is delivered to stores every week, so if you are really committed, a number of trips will help you find the Outlet buy of your dreams.

With these five tips on how to shop Outlet like a pro, you will find yourself looking your best and feeling even better because you managed to save a few bucks too. There’s no need to pay retail when Outlet centres such as Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast are on sale every day – because full price is so last season!

So, what have I nabbed lately?
Completely random purchase by me, but I saw this sweet little dress for my fur baby and just had to have it, doesn’t she look sweet!

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Other things that I recently bought from the outlets are Calvin Klein underwear for my girls, apparently they #NEED Calvin Klein. They are lucky it was 40% off or their #need would have become a #want and #neverhappening !!!

OK, So now you are armed with all the best tips I want to see your shopping purchases, make sure you leave a message, e-mail me or tag me on social media!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

  • Article written by Connor Wallace and published with permission.

The Little Staycation.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the absolute disaster at our house. We are mid renovation and currently, we don’t even have a kitchen. We were 3 weeks in with 3 weeks to go until the kitchen installation and we were all going insane. We decided to take advantage of the Australia Day extra long weekend and take a quick staycation 30 mins down the road from our house, in Broadbeach.

Why, Oh WHY didn’t we do it sooner?
It was exactly what we all needed and everyone left relaxed, recharged and ready to tackle the new year with a smile.

We chose the ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach Apartments.
With a family of 5 we need some serious space, we booked a Sky Villa and we were absolutely thrilled. Ours had 3 bedrooms so we could all have some privacy.

Mummy and Daddy's room.
Mummy and Daddy’s room.
Lucy was quick to grab this room!
Lucy was quick to grab this room!
Orly was over the moon he got to share a room with Bella for a couple of days!
Orly was over the moon he got to share a room with Bella for a couple of days!

Apart from having enough bedrooms, we were just craving a little bit of luxury for a couple of days. From the fully equipped kitchen (it was bliss having a kitchen) to those amazing views, it was sophisticated luxury throughout the entire apartment.

The living areas were expansive, light filled and contemporary.

A fully equipped kitchen overlooks the living area and out to the ocean.
The comfortable living area.
The comfortable living area (wish I’d fixed the cushions on the couch after tornado Orly).
Dining for 8 in air conditioning, or spill out onto the balcony for an alfresco meal.
Dining for 8 in air conditioning, or spill out onto the balcony for an alfresco meal.

Our whole family finds water relaxing, I knew these beachfront apartments would have nice views, but I never imagined you would be able to see all the way from one end of the Gold Coast to the other, absolutely magic!

Looking Left!
Looking Left!
Looking Right!
Looking Right!
The view from the second floor of our apartment, a huge window wall looking out to the ocean, MAGIC!
The view from the second floor of our apartment, a huge window wall looking out to the ocean, MAGIC!

My other requirement for a getaway was that we didn’t have to drive anywhere for a couple of days.
Air on Broadbeach is centrally located in Broadbeach right in the middle of dozens of fabulous restaurants which made Mummy and Daddy happy, just 5 minutes on the G-link light rail to Pacific Fair shopping centre which made the teenagers happy and a 2 minute walk to the beach which made Orly very happy.
Everyone wins!
The other thing that is really great about having everything so close is I felt quite comfortable feeding the kids early and then leaving them in the apartment with a movie while hubby and I snuck downstairs for a few drinks and a quiet dinner.

There is also a supermarket just downstairs too, so if you would prefer to cook your own meals, or just have fresh fruit on standby for breakfast, it’s a quick ride down in the lift.

Fresh fruits for snacking on, funny how the sea air makes you want to eat fresh fruit!
Fresh fruits for snacking on, funny how the sea air makes you want to eat fresh fruit!

So what did we do?
We ate, slept in, swam, laughed, shopped and enjoyed each others company.
No one was grumpy or snapping at each other. Everyone was smiling and getting along. If you are a Mum you will understand how special those words are, to see your 3 kids giggling and playing together is heartwarming.

It was great having a kids pool and an adults pool, much more relaxing for Mummy when I didn't have to worry about Orly in the deep water!
It was great having a kids pool and an adults pool, much more relaxing for Mummy when I didn’t have to worry about Orly in the deep water!
Bella, my mermaid enjoying the cool pool.
Bella, my mermaid enjoying the cool pool.
That was the plan! Tire out this little one so Mummy and Daddy could have a quiet night together!
That was the plan! Tire out this little one so Mummy and Daddy could have some quiet time!

Vacations just have a way of making everyone happy.
I can’t wait to do it again soon!

Do you need a staycation?
The friendly faces at ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach have offered all my readers 10% off, just follow this link and book yourself a getaway, you deserve it!
CLICK HERE!

Happy Vacationing!

Hayley x