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I am so excited for the Annual Anniversary Sale! The sale is three days away!! I have my wish list for the sale. I want to share with you all my top favorite pieces from the Anniversary catalog! Remember if you are a Nordstrom Cardholder you can come in to shop a week earlier before the sale goes live to the public! The Early Access starts July 11th for Level 4 cardmember only! Then from July 12th through July 19th for any Nordstrom Level cardholder. Then the sales goes live to general public, July 20th through August 5th! Happy Shopping everyone!!!
My Top Fave Pieces
1.) Leigh Sleek Knit Midi Dress -Grey Lilac
Orginal Price: $65.00
Sale Price: $42.90
This is a must-have item for all year round! This midi dress comes in black as well. The grey lilac color looks delicious and to die for! This dress is a simple and versatile piece that I can wear to any occasion, for example this dress will be great for work and all I need is add a cardigan or a blazer. I can wear this dress to a wedding as well. I can definitely create a elevated look with this Leigh Sleek Knit Midi Dress by adding dramatic fashion accessories and a pop of color heels.
2.) Badgley Mischka Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Front Coat – Available in Regular & Petite
Orginal Price: $349
Sale Price: $229.90
I love love love this coat! This coat also come in grey and camel. Every girl need a classic and polished coat like this for this fall. The Lavendar color is so unique! I think Lavendar is the new black for this upcoming fall. This coat will be easy to wear for any occasion from day looks to night looks. This coat will definitely keep you warm during the fall because it is made from a double-faced wool blend!
3.)Astr the Label Button Front Midi Dress
Orginial Price: $79
Sale Price: $52.90
You can never go wrong with a floral midi dress from Astr the Label. My favorite thing about this item is the floral pattern because the green floral pattern is simple and not over the topic. I also like the detailed buttons in the front of the dress. This dress will be great for an every day type of woman with an free spirit personality. The asymmetrical hem on the bottom of the dress make this dress look edgy and fun.
4.) Marc Fisher LTD Miggi Bootie ( Ivory leather)
Original Price: $188.95
Sale Price: $124.90
I’ve been noticing I own a lot of black booties. For this year I need something different…Perhaps a pair of ivory booties like this Mark Fisher booites! This pair of boots creates a chic statement. This booties comes in black leather, black suede, red suede, and gold leather.
5.) Halogen Removeable Bow Dress ( Regular/Petite Sizes)
Original Price: $109
Sale Price: $72.90
How adorable is this dress!!!?!?! My favorite part of this dress is the bow! and of course you can remove the bow. I also love how vibrate the color is on this dress. I’m always drawn to unique pieces that has ruffles and bows on them! It is my kind of style!
6.) Hayden Studded Loafer Mule- Treasure & Bond (White)
Original Price: $99.95
Sale Price: $64.90
I love me a pair of Mules! Especially in this pair in white! Mules are fashionable and effortless-chic. It is super easy to wear. These shoes goes well with a pair of distressed jeans or a floral patterned dress. Definitely must have item!
7.) Caslon Faux Shearling Jacket
Original Price: $129
Sale Price: $85.90
Fall is my favorite season for fashion. Jackets & coats are a huge deal for the Fall for me! Like this Caslon Faux Shearling Jacket will definitely be in my shopping bag. It look super soft and comfy. This item is a great travel item to pack in your suitcase during the fall. You can pretty much wear this jacket for everyday.
8.) Madewell Mini Transport Perforated Leather Crossbody Bag
Original Price: $168
Sale Price: $109.90
This Madewell crossbody bag is a perfect everyday bag. You can use this bag for work and also for the weekends for traveling purposes. I love the color and the geometric perforation. There is an optional shoulder strap and easily accessible interior pocket to keep loose chains and your lipgloss!
9.) Veronica Beard Mercer Jacket
Orginial Price: $395
Sale Price: $263.90
I can tell you this leopard camo jacket looks even better in person! Once in a while I fall in love with premium designer brands. Like this Veronica Beard jacket goes well with pretty much anything. I can wear this jacket with a little black dress, a pair of jeans, skirts. I would say Veronica Beard does run small so I do recommend go up a size up if you want a more slouchier or sportier-chic style.
10.) Veronica Beard Carolyn Jeans ( Baby Bootcut Jeans)
Orginial Price: $298
Sales Price: $198.90
I love me a pair of sexy and stylist designer Jeans like these Veronica Beard Carolyn Jeans! I can wear these jeans with sneakers or change into a pair of pumps heels. My favorites are the button detailing along the waist! I know these jeans are meant to be worn cropped. The jeans will be a perfect full length jeans for me since I am only 5 feet tall!
11.) Chelsea28 Corduroy Blazer in the Rust Ginger Color
item #: 5555593
Original Price: $99
Sales Price: $65. 90
Most of the items I love in this catalog are jackets and blazers. I am obsessed with this corduroy blazer. It is definitely an iconic blazer. My favorite part of this blazer is the corduroy material and also the buttons! This will be a hot ticket item as well!
12.) BlankNYC The Madison Jeans ( Friend Zone Wash)
Item #: 5588403
Original Price: $88
Sale Price: $58.90
I’m pretty sure Most of you ladies have Jeans on your the top of your wish list for anniversary. Here is a pair of Blanknyc jeans that I recommend trying out. The price is affordable. I love the raw hem detailing and the wash. The style of these jeans are semi-relax and high-rise.
13.) Converse Chuck Taylor – All Star- Platform Sneaker
Orginial Price: $70
Sale Price: $46.90
I own a couple of pairs of Converse. Why not another pair of these Chuck Taylors?!?! The neat thing about these sneakers is the platform, which will give me comfort and support on my feet.
14.) Adidas Originals Active Icons Hoodie ( Trace Scarlet color)
item #: 5544156
Original Price: $65
Sale Price: $47.90
I always need more work out hoodies to work-out in like this adidas original hoodie. I love the pop of color. It is a cropped style, so I would recommend go up a size if needed. There is a matching pair of active icons tights to match with this hoodie!
15.) Nike Free Run Color Elemental Rose/gunsmoke
Item #: 5429768
Original Price: $100
Sale Price: $74.90
Look how cool and stylist these Nike Free Run are! I love the color! I need a new pair of sneakers to work out in. These Sneakers will also match with the Adidas Hoodie!
I hope you all enjoy reading this post and listening to my recommendations. I hope these suggestions will inspire you to add these anniversary items onto your wish list!!
Reminder : You are require to have a Nordstrom Credit card (debit card /credit card) in to be eligible to come in early to shop during Early Access. If you do not want to apply for a credit card then you have to wait until the sales opens for public on July 20th!
Last month I worked on an exciting new campaign with Neutrogena makeup and Rite Aid. I was beyond thrilled and honored to be able to work on this project with Neutrogena and Rite Aid because this was one of my biggest collabortions ever! This campaign was to focused around creating content that increases awareness of Neutrogena makeup at Rite Aid over the course of the Month of May. The overall theme of the campaign was “Summer is coming so gear up with SPF makeup!” I had to add SPK makeup into my beauty routine for the summer using Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup products.
I combined a “getting ready for summer” theme into my posts around the Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF makeup. Each of my Instagram posts and Instagram Stories I spoke about how these makeup products fits into my day to day routine. I have a lot of important events and upcoming work projects going on this summer, so I need SPF makeup that will fits into my busy lifestyle. These SPF Neutrogena makeup products are the ultimate multi-taskers. And They also provide UV protection and benefits for my skin!
I love love love all of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Products. Since I will be outside in the sun more frequently, which means I need to add spf to my summee beauty routine. I can always count on these Neutrogena makeup products to keep my skin protected, healthy, and flawless all summer long! I took advantage all of the deals and promotions going on and I stocked up for the entire summer. I filled my cart with liquid makeups, concealers, moisture color lipsticks, mascara, eyeshadows, bronzers, blushes and etc.
These are the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup Products I purchased at my local Rite Aid
I got the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, SPF 20 color #60 and also another bottle in color #70. I am absolutely in love with this liquid foundation. it has spf 20. This means I do not need to wear sunblock under my makeup to protect my skin because I’m already being protected. It is super light and smoothe, which means the makeup glides on smoothly on my skin. This liquid makeup made me feel like I don’t need to hide anything, but enhance my natural features. That’s why this product contain blends vitamin C and nourishing botanicals to give me “ulta-light, natural-looking coverage.This product keeps my skin looking young and improves skin’s luminosity, tone and texture! I definitely recommend every ladies to try this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, SPF 20!
Another item I purchase was this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, SPF 25. This product instantly effective and eliminate the puffy and dark circles under my eyes and gives my eyes a rested appearance. I can wear this eye perfector alone or under eye shadow. This eye perfector is a game changer for me! I recommend every ladies to try this eye perfector out! Trust me you will love it!!
I also bought the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup, SPF 55! This compact makeup is always going to be in my purse. It protects my skin with broad spectrum of SPF 55, which will protect my skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It builds up to my desired textured with natural honey beige tone and show off my natural glow. It blends easily to give my skin a flawless and natural look. this compact foundation will never end up making my skin feeling heavy or greasy.
I am obsessed with this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer, color Sunkissed. This bronzer has advanced formulas uses a blend of botanical conditioners, mulitvitamins, and sheer powder technology to illuminate, nourish, and soften my skin while giving me a healthy and natural glow. It doesn’t clog my pores and is fragrance-free! And I always love that natural looking sunkissed glow on my skin! I’m so happy I tried out this product!
I recently went on an exhilarating carribean cruise trip with my boyfriend and his family to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. We chose the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This was our first cruise trip. The cruise ship we boarded on was called ” Majesty of The Sea”. I was very happy we chose “Majesty of The Sea”! My family and I did everything we could in just a few short days on 4- and 5 nights getaways that include other favorite destinations like Nassau, Bahamas and CocoCay. My family and I never been anywhere around the Caribbean nor traveled anywhere international. This whole trip has been very memorable and also this has been one of my best vacation ever
Every morning I would try my best to wake up early to watch the sunrise. When I do wake up early, watching the sunrise is the most beautiful thing I ever seen. Sometime I have to pinch myself because Everything I am observing is just a Dream, but all of this is real!! No way!!!
My boyfriend and I explored around the ship. The ship looks so elegant and magnifcant. The atmosphere on the ship was positive and had a uplifting energy. All of the staffs were very friendly and welcoming during our stay. Everyone on the ship from the staffs and to all the tourists seemed so happy to be on this ship.
Things to do on the ship
The Food is always available 24/7!!! Breakfast, Lunch & dinner is provided in the “windbreaker dining hallv from 6:30am until 12:30pm.” Did I mentioned the food is all you can eat buffet!!! They have different type of cuisines every day and night. My family and I ate in this dining hall at least 5 times a day. We normaly pay a visit to the dining hall every time after we finish our activity whether if we finished tanning out by the pool or swimming in the pool.
- There are two clubs and few other adult lounges for late night events and dance parties.
- There is a gym and a spa. I wish I had more time because I didn’t have the chance to go check the spa.
- There is a rock climbing wall and a basketball court.
- There’s two different theatre room for live comedy shows and other live performers.
- During the evening, movies are being played on the top deck. I watched Coco and Batman the Dark Knight.
- There was also a deck reserved specially for kids and teens. And also there were daily activities for younger kids and teens to participate in.
Drinking all day long is a must! My boyfriend and I picked the duluxe beverage package, which include alcohol, juices, smoothies, sodas, and water. Every day my boyfriend and I would have at least five different cocktails and two smoothies.
Try all of the signature drink of the day. The drinks were refreshing and yummy! The peach and mango daquiri were my favorite! I had one every day! My boyfriend and I ordered so many drinks to the point the bartenders starting to know our signature go- to drinks!
I love being outside in the sun! After I come back from my adventures. I would go swimming in the pool or go tanning. I had a mango smoothie in one hand, listening to the music playing from the background, while I soak up the sun. This is an awesome way to have fun in the sun! I am a totally different person when I’m surrounding myself in paradise. All of my stress and worries went away. I tried my best to unplugged myself from reality and just relaxed.
There are always some type of activities going on by the pool. I witnessed a belly flopp contest and wet t-shirt contest. It was the funniest thing ever!
The Fine Dining Experience: My boyfriend, his family and I would go to the Starlight Restaurant most of the nights for dinner. We all ate 3 course meals, which include an appetizer, a main signature entire, and a desserts. All of the cuisines were delicious and delightful! The best part is we could order more if we want to!!! Our waiter, Nicholas was very knowledgeable, friendly, and honest. He shared some of his personal stories with us. Nicholas made sure my family and I have the best dinner experience as possible. He also made sure he treated us like his own family. He gave a lot of recommendations on different type of appetizers, entire options, and wine suggestions that we should tried. We were satisfied we listened to Nichola’s suggestions. We walked out the restaurant every time feeling overly stuffed and happy!
Nassau, Bahamas “Blue Lagoon Isand”
My boyfriend and his family and I visited Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay. We went to a private island in Nassau called ” Blue Lagoon Island.” The Blue Lagoon Island is located 5 Km from Nassau, Bahamas and serves as a loal tourist attraction. This private island is now provides secluded beaches for visitors and natural habitats for the dolphins and sea lions of Dolpins Encounters. In order for us to get to Blue Lagoon we took a ferry. The ride took about 20 minutes to get to the island. The captain was also very entertaining, he was singing and dancing on the ferry. We passed Huge celebrities homes of Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Beyonce, and etc and it makes me wonder how often these celebrities actually use their homes.
The water in and around Nassau is gorgeous and offers a multiple spectrum of blue, teal and turquoise. Once we landed on this island, on the left side of the island where there seems to be an endless number of beach chairs in a vert shallow lagoon type area. On the right side of the island, there are somewhat private VIP beach with cabanas, comfy lounge chairs, hammocks, a bar and an area where you can get a buffet lunch.
We walked across a wooden bridge and we saw an area where there is a dolpin enclosure, a stingray enclosure, and a seal lion enclosure. We all chose different enclosures. My boyfriend and I picked the dolphin enclosures. We wanted to interact with dolphins!
I can definitely cross off swimming with dolphins from my bucket list! These dolphins are playful and friendly. My boyfriend and I met Shawn the Dolphin. Shawn was adorable and vert intelligent. He also has a uplifting personality and a loving spirit! Shawn could dance and performed amazing tricks. I swear this loving dolphin and I sweared a moment together. Shawn also photo-bomed us and stole a kiss in one of our picture.
Senor Frog’s – Nassau, Bahamas
Coco Cay Island
We visited another private island called Coco Cay, Bahamas or Little Stirrup Cay. It is used exclusively for tourism by Royal Caribbean Cruises Line. Coco Cay is one of the Berry Islands, a collection of cays and small islands and is located approximately 55 miles north of Nassau. Technically, we can not walk to the island directly from our cruise ship. To go ashore, we had to take a tender boat. Tenders are small boats used by the cruise lune for transportation when a ship is unable to dock. The ride over to the island is only 15 minutes. starting in June 2018, ships will be able to dock at the new pier being built, so tendering will be no longer needed after June 2018.
It was an amazing experience for my family and I. The water was warm and the people were very friendly. It is a beautiful island surrounding by crystal clear and the most bluest water I ever had seen. My family and I rented our own private cabana. It was amazing! We had all sort of amenities, such as complementary shuttle transfer, lounge chairs, floating bar, beach beds, drink specials, and complementary lunch. I absolutely love Royal Carribean and I love their private island.
I witnessed some of the most beautiful sceneries that mother nature has ever created. I swam in the most clearest and bluest body of water. I can’t believe I could see my feet in the water!
I had so much fun on “Majesty of the Sea.” Since this was my first cruise trip I would rate this ship as an 8. There were a few minors things I would change. I would love to plan another cruise trip again with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line! This whole trip has been very memorable and also this has been one of my best vacation ever! Can’t wait to plan another one soon!!
I hope you enjoy reading my first travel guide post!! xoxo
This past Monday I had so much fun doing a photoshoot with one of my friend, Tushe. She has her own online boutique called “Touch of Tushé”. Let me tell you, all of the collection she has on her website fits me perfectly! And It is difficult for me to find clothes to fit my body type since I was extra petite! and I also love to supporting local small businesses.
Anywhooo me and Tushe were free this past Monday, so we decided to do a spring photoshoot to showcase her spring line for her online boutique. and I’m always to help my friend supporting her business. We went up in downtown Seymour, CT to do the photoshoot. This town is full of bury treasure and great scenery to shoot. Mosts of the local shops and diners are close on Mondays, so we were lucky to have the entire town by ourselve. No one can bother us.
Tushé has a few activewear, several bodycon dresses and crochet vests on her website, so We thought it would be awesome to show off these colorful vests and dresses for Easter Weekend. We shot some of activewear as well since we’ve been seeing activewear exposed all over on social media. These outfits are so fun to wear and so festive. The outfits definitely brought out my inner flower child spirt. I hope you guys love these pictures and styles!! There will be a couple direct links to shop these outfits!!
Endure Sport Bra for only $12.00!!
Audrina Printed Legging for only $19.99!!
Cassidy camo sports bra only $13.00
Moto Legging only $35.00
These leggings are so comfortable. The size range from small to extra large. The sport bras runs from small to extra large as well! You can definitely mix and match these looks together.
I can pair up the moto leggings with pretty much anything. I can wear an over sized bomber jacket or an flowy shirt. I can definitely create an edgy and chic outfit with any of these leggings! I recommend buying these sports bras and leggings!
Ivory Crochet Vest for $45
These crochet vests are available in different colors (peace, ivory, & mint green). I love playing with these items. These vests goes well with any type of attires and can be worn for any occasion. For example Easter!!! I also enjoy putting together the vests with different style of dresses and even activewear. I like to be creative and have fun with my outfits. Life is too short to wear boring clothing.
Vixen Bodycon Dress for $32.99
Pink and White off Bodycon Dress
Let me tell you I absolutely love love love these two bodycon dresses. I felt very confident and sexy. Even very classy! They both look very flattering on my body. The Vixen bodycon dress elongate my legs. I felt I was 5.5 feet tall! I felt tall for once. The pink and white bodycon dress looks fabulous on me as well. I love the color. And the dress compliments well with my skin tone and hair perfectly! I can wear these dresses with sneakers and block heel strap ankle sandals!
I had so much fun shooting with Tushe! We even had a little guest appearance during our photoshoot. This adorable furry four-legged creature came up to us and greeted us. His name was Harley. He did not let his owner hold on to his leash. He was so sweet and precious, he didn’t want to leave. I had to featured him on this blog post! I am a big dog lover as you can see it on my facial expressions.
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Happy Spring everyone!
I’m not sure what kind of Spring weather you all are experiencing, but I can tell you last week there was a snow storm brewing up in Connecticut. Don’t worry I won’t let this cruddy weather bother me. I’m here to talk to you guys about my shoes collections for the new Spring season! And you all know how much I LOVVVVVVEEE SHOES!!!
My mom and boyfriend always yell at me because I have way too many shoes. My shoes are everywhere around the house. Sometime I have to store my shoes at my boyfriend’s apartment because I ran out of places to put them. I don’t think there is such thing as “having too many shoes”. I always find a solution and hidden special areas for my shoes. Actually in fact as a fashion blogger, I don’t have enough shoes! Especially being a fashion blogger, I constantly have to keep up with the current style and fashion trends! And shoes are a huge part of fashion. Shoes complete our entire outfits!
The picture above are all of my spring shoes for this new season. I have my comfortable flats and sneakers, whenever I like to dress in casual or sporty attires I like to put together my sneakers with my outfits. I also have some trendy block ankle strap sandals and pumps for work and night occasions. I can wear these ankle strap sandals for any occasion from day to night. I also have some fashionable sandals for the weekend or date nights. All of these shoes are particular and very affordable! I bought all of these shoes on sale! I usually buy my shoes either from DSW, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Or Aldo. Actually I shop anywhere whenever I see great deals on shoes !
My most favorite shoes
1. State studded Sandal – $19.35 @ Nordstrom Rack!
This is the perfect sandals to wear during the Summer as well! I love how the color is very rich. I can pretty match any color with these sandals. These are sold out! However I can post a similar link for this particular shoes style.
Dolce Vita Roman Flared Heel Sandal – $129.95
Louise Et Cie- Karisa Block Heel Ankle Strap $59.96 @Nordstrom
These shoes are perfect to wear during the day for work! Also awesome heels to wear during Girls Night Outings. I love the light blush pink color! Matches with any other colors! These are completely sold out but I found a similar style that you ladies would love as well…
1.State Staffy Block Heel Pumps– $89.95 @Nordstrom
I love love love these pumps! They’re super comfy! There are more color options! They come in black, blush, nude, and yellow. The price is reasonally affordable! This is an awesome transitional shoes from day to night occasion! Everyone needs a pair!
Rye- Abbey Strap Ankle Sandals $19.35 @Nordstromrack!!
I can not believe I got these sandals for under $20!!! I couldn’t resist on a great deal! These are sold out as well! Here is an alternative option.
Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap $79.95 @Nordstrom
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Hello everyone!!! Spring is around the corner, I can feel it in the air! I know it’s still snowing in the middle March, but I want to maintain this positivity mood going by showing everyone my new spring hairstyle. Most my friends and family members know I can never stick with one hairstyle. I always have the itch to change my hair. I always had unique hair colors and hairstyles ever since I was 16 years old. I always like to incorporate my hair into my personal style and personality.
I’ve been working with my hairstylist, Danielle for about 2 years. She is absolutely amazing to work with my hair. I always call her a “magical wizard” because my hair transformations always come out spectacular. I can always count on Danielle because she is never afraid to express her creativity. She can be opinionated and honest, but I love her for her honest feedback. She looks out for me. I met Danielle when she used to work for Noelle Salon in Westfarms Mall in Farmington, CT. Now she works at Salon Medusa in West Hartford, CT.
The before shot. My hair looks like a hot mess, it needed a lot of TLC. My highlights turned out brassy blonde and my ends were dried out and untamed. So I basically need a new hair makeover!!! and Danielle came to the rescue and saved my hair. She brought my hair back to life!!
This is the after shot. Danielle and I want to focus on dark brown hair and balayage highlights. They both compliment each other beautifully as proven this is an amazing hair color choice. I was stunned after the new hair transformation. The dark brown hair and the honey balayage highlights make my hair looks neutral. The color choice matches great with my skin tone.
The undone waves
With the chocolate brown based mixed with the caramel highlights, this is absolutely fuzz-free a flattering look. The undone waves placed throughout also keep this looks modern and fresh!
Rated The Best Hair Salon in West Hartford!!!
This salon is beauitful! When I first stepped into this salon, I was like “wow!” I felt very welcoming. I love the pop of color of red mixed in with the black. I love how the type of furnitures match with the wall colors. I love the wood panel floors and check out that chandelier above the ceiling! The customer service is above and beyond. Everyone was friendly and helpful. When I walked in the receptionist even ask me if I want a cup of tea or water. And of course, I said yes! I would recommend anyone who lives in Connecticut to check out Salon Medusa in West Hartford, CT.
Hi everyone!! I know it’s been a while since I wrote my last post. I had a great running start going towards the new year. I bought myself a new car! Finally!!! I decided to purchase a brand new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited with Moonroof and Navigation system at the Bertera Subaru of Hartford in Connecticut. This is a new chapter of my life. I’m planning to go on road trips and more adventures with my brand new baby! I’m slowly adjusting to the “adulthood”. I’m at the stage in my life where I can afford to buy a new car for myself. I made a few sacrifices along the way and also rearranged my priorities to reassure myself that I could afford a brand new car. This is my first step in being financially independent! 🙂
Shopping for a new car was not easy. It was very confusing. Of course, I didn’t do all of this alone, my boyfriend and my family helped me throughout this process. I created a list of three or four cars that met my needs and fell within my budget. I compared a 2018 Toyota Rav4, a 2017 Honda CRV, and a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. I did a lot of due diligence and research on those car models. By doing this due diligence, this helped my sister and I tremendously during the negotiation process.We went to four different dealerships. We developed a concrete plan in which made it easy for us to get an awesome deal.
Finally, after test driving all the different car models and after doing all of the research, I knew which car was perfect for me! And I picked the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited with Moonroof and Navigation System. I called this car, Lucy! And yes she is a girl! Isn’t she stunning!
The first time I laid my eyes on Lucy, I fell in love with her exterior features. She looks so sporty and chic! She is ready to go on adventures with me! This car can drive in any weather condition because this is “ALL-WHEEL DRIVE”! I have a slight fear of tight corner spaces, therefore this car model size is the ideal size for me. This car is a mix between of an SUV and a regular sedan vehicle. It is a crossover. It has enough room and space for me to feel comfortable when I’m driving. This car has a lot of personalities filled with elevated exterior and interior features. There is a navigation system, blind spot sensors, and emergency communication system, blue-tooth for wireless phone connectivity, heated seats for the harsh winter climates, power moonroof, Harmon Kardon entertainment system, and a backup camera. And the best part is this car has a remote starter!!! This is a huge lifesaver for me because I can survive during the winter now….especially when I live in Connecticut!! The winter came be horrible over here! The car drives very smooth. The navigation system and entertainment features are simple to navigate through. I cannot find anything negative to talk about my new baby! I’m so obsessed!
I’m happy I bought my car at Bertera Subaru of Hartford in Hartford, CT. My salesperson name was Rich. He deserves a special shout out as well!! He did a terrific job finding me the perfect car for me! His managers and supervisors were welcoming and entertaining. I would say he went above and beyond to take care of me. He even gave me free weather mats for my car! Rich did listen and answered all of my questions and my concerns. I’m glad to be a part of the Bertera Subaru Family! To anyone who is shopping for a new or pre-owned Subaru, you should definitely come down to Bertera Subaru of Hartford!
Here are my best tips and resources for buying a car:
- How much can you afford? A rule of thumb: If you’re planning to take out a loan to pay for your car, your car payment shouldn’t be more than 20% of your paycheck. If you have a tight budget, you may want to spend even less… Perhaps check out used or pre-owned cars. Keep it in mind used cars will need a little extra attention from time to time: may need to change new tires and maintenance. Also, don’t forget to factor in fuel and insurance when researching to buying a car.
- Build a target list of used car and new cars- I suggest making a list of three or four cars that meet your needs and fall within your budget. For example, I compared, Toyota, Hondas, and Subaru.
- Check car prices- prices are driven by part by where you’re shopping. You’ll find used cars in used-cars sections of new-car dealerships, independent used-car lots, used-car retailers such as Carmax and websites where private-party sellers list their cars. You’ll find new cars on dealership’s website where they will list all of the inventory for new cars.
- Check the vehicle history report. This is an important step. If the car you’re looking at has a bad history report, the sooner you know the better. Autocheck and Carfax are the best-known sources for vehicle history reports.
- Kelley Blue Book – This is a great site to look for expert car reviews, new and used car price values, car incentive programs, and etc.
- Truecar – This is an easy resource to research on all of the car prices and car inventory in your area or any location and also this site can show you savings on both new & used cars.
- Once you find a good perspective car, do not run out to see it. Contact a salesperson or the seller first. This is a good way to establish a relationship with the seller and verify the information about the car. Make sure you put together a list of questionnaires for the seller to answer. It’s better to wait to ask about the price of the car. Once you see the car, you can tie your offer to its condition.
- Test-drive the car – the best way to know if this is the right car and model for you. It’s also a good way to assess this car’s current conditions. Look out for any distractions and focus on the car.
- Have the car inspected- if you like the car, consider having it inspected by a mechanic before you buy the car.
- Negotiate a good deal- Negotiating doesn’t have to be a planned out and traumatic experience. If you are reasonable and have a plan, chances are you can make a deal pretty quickly and easily.
- Get all of the paperwork and registeration done!
I’m extremely happy about my decision. I can’t wait to make more life decision. I like being an adult!