Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale tips


We are all getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale. If you like to shop VS but find it pricy, this is the time to think about checking them out!

When is the Semi-Annual Sale:
There are 2 Semi-Annual Sales yearly. Typically they will start in May (online) and June (in-store) or December/early January (online) and January (in-store).

There are a few tips to shopping this sale and few things that you need to know. First, the sale starts with items about 50% off. BUT, they will be marking items lower a few days later all the way down to 75% or more. If you take a look at your receipt you will see that they have a “price adjustment” policy which means if the price goes LOWER within 14 days of purchasing your item they will give you back the difference.

What does this mean for you? 

  • Get in their early, shop, and then follow these directions:
  • Shop within the first few days of the sale. This is when all the good sizes ( XS, S, M,L ), and the good colors are available.
  • Realize that you are buying the item hoping it will go lower then the 50% off. You might have to out the money out ahead of time and then be willing to return it if it doesn’t go lower.
  • Head into your store a few times. They out items on sale at different times and bring our more items throughout the sale. The first few days are items they want to get rid of fast. Such as a lot of the PINK items and college items.
  • Save EVERYTHING. Leave the tags on the clothes and leave them in the bag WITH the receipts. You don’t know if you will be returning it, and you need to have your receipts.
  • Check back at your store in the last few days of the sale and see when they go 75% off! Every store is different as to what is the last day of their sale. I am GUESSING that they will be marking down more items around January 9th this year.
  • If you purchased your items within 14 days of the day your store going 75% off, all you will need to do, is take in your receipt, go to the register and ask for a price adjustment. They scan the receipt and give you a refund for any price difference between then and now! It’s super easy and takes no more than 10 mins depending on how much you bought.
  • If your purchase exceeds 14 days you need to take all the unworn clothing and your receipts back with you. You will do a full return, and get a full refund. Then repurchase all the items back at the 75% off price!
  • HEADS UP: Sometimes at the 75% off time, occasionally an item will go back to full price! Be aware of this while making a return or price adjustment, you will need to pay attention. If you are ok paying the price you did, keep it. If not, return it.

Some cashiers get grouchy about doing the price adjustment, you are not doing anything wrong, just look at the back of your receipt for the details and maybe remind them at this is their policy.

* Also you can NOT use coupons with this sale. Just a heads up.

Here are a few more tips: 

  • The sale starts online first, in fact it has already started but is much better in-store.
  • The first day is CRAZY, just be prepared for madness in the store.
  • If you like matching sets, get those first. They will sell out.
  • The winter sale is always better then the summer sale. Just my opinion…

Enjoy your shopping!


NYE party idea.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide or know what type of food to bring to a party. Thanks we have Pinterest! The scratching-your-head day is gone. I couldn’t be more happier to have found this recipe from one genious lifestyle blogger. Of course, it involves alcohol. You can’t go wrong for bringing alcohol to a party. Well, it’s not a party if it doesn’t involve alcohol. Right?! But you don’t want your friends to be wasted either. This recipe is perfect. Just a little of bubbly. Just a little of romantic. Just a little of prettiness. And not to mention, it’s A LOT of DELICIOUSNESS!! Bring it to your NYE party and your friends will be shocked. Happy New Year!



Adopted from Hello, Jell-O! by Victoria Belange
Serving: 7 – 10 molds
3 tablespoons or 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin powder
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cold champagne
1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

In a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes.

Bring the water with the gelatin powder to a boil over high heat while stirring until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat.

Transfer the gelatin mixture to a bowl, add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Then, stir in the champagne and ginger ale.

Refrigerate until thickened a bit. Make sure the mixture is still partially liquid. Fold in the strawberries. Spoon into 7 to 10 individual molds or a big mold. The smaller the mold the firmer the jello will be. Remember, metal mold acquire firmer jello than glass mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve.

To unmold, run a knife around the top of the jello and put it in a bath of warm water for 10 – 20 seconds. Flip it over and shake it or give it a light pat.



DAVIDsTEA first unforgettable experience.

A few weeks back I was invited to preview the new DAVIDsTEA on the Mag Mile hours before the grand opening. As you know I am from Russia, and back home tea is the second most popular drink only to water (you were probably thinking vodka!), and I was extremely skeptical of what DAVIDsTEA could offer that would set its products apart from all the teas I have previously consumed. Let me tell you, DAVIDsTEA is remarkable, incredible, and any other imaginable adjective you could think of to describe it! DAVIDsTEA really blew me away and I was immediately hooked. The design of the store with its Tiffany blue color choice was fabulous and immediately made me feel welcomed, comfortable, and at home like I would be in the fashion world


I want to give a shout out Stacie Keenan and Melanie Barbusci for giving me the opportunity to tour their beautiful new location, and as they were walking me through the store, I could hear the passion and excitement they each had for the products on the shelves making me believe it was going to be the best tea I will try even before I took my first sip.  Before being given the unique opportunity to taste the products, Stacie and Melanie instructed me on how to make each tea in their patented tea kettle.  This kettle was not only cool and unique, it was easy to use and something that I had never seen before; tea that comes out of the bottom of the kettle where the most intense flavors reside!


The first sip immediately reinforced my presumptions that DAVIDsTEA would be delicious, bold, and flaverful! My favorite tea out of their collection was the Super Ginger(Organic) Tea which had a flavorful aroma and beautiful colors and textures. DAVIDsTEA is alligning itself like a subset of the fashion industry as the company comes out with new teas for each season like its Winter Collection which includes Apple Custard, Bubbie’s Baklava, Cocomint Cream, Sugar Plum Forest and Vanila Chai (Organic)DAVIDsTEA allows the customer to smell each flavor before choosing one, but its so difficult to choose because each smells so great; almost like a fitting room before you purchase!  Out of all the Winter collection teas I was generiously gifted after the tour, the Bubbie’s Baklava tea really stood out for its smell and taste.

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  1. Read My Lips (Chinese black tea, peppermint, chocolate, pink peppercorns, sprinkles, natural and artificial flavouring)
  2. Movie Night (Apple, Sencha-style green tea, popped corn, artificial flavouring)
  3. Jumpy Monkey (Roasted yerba maté, green yerba maté, white chocolate, carob, baba budan coffee, green peaberry coffee, Brazil green coffee, Kenya green coffee, chicory, olive leaf, almonds, artificial vanilla flavouring)

I was also shown an amazing color changing mug which turns reindeer (see the picture below) to white when your tea is hot. It turns back to blue when it gets a little cooler letting you choose what tempurature tea you want to drink.  I use it everyday and now I know the perfect temperature for my tea!




The Michigan Ave. store had a wide selection of mugs and kettles, which would be perfect holiday presents for anyone on your list.


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DAVIDsTEA also offers speciality tea bags which can be filled with any flavor of tea for those of us who are picky about what they are drinking even when not at home.  These are the highest quality teas in cup shape bags I have ever tried.

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As I have started to be more health conscience, I made the decision to start switching to teas instead of my daily coffee. I love coffee, especially creme brulee lattes, but I know that I have to treat coffee more as a delicatesan than an everyday drink, which made the switch over to DAVIDsTEA that much easier! DAVIDsTEA only has less than 5 calories per serving which means I could have 60 cups of david tea before I took in as many calories as a medium creme brulee latte! Isn’t that great; and DAVIDsTEA offers a Creme Brulee(Organic) tea so I have the best of both worlds.

I was so impressed with the layout of the store, the design of the cans and products, and most importantly the taste and smell of the teas, that I waited around opening day and was the first paying customer for the store as it opened hours later!

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This post was sponsored by DAVIDsTEA


Hello my pretty Ladies! It’s almost holiday season and my bff @little_too_much and I decided to start it with an awesome GIVEAWAY! Win Michael Kors lipgloss and nailpolish in the color we think suits you best, a VOGUE magazine subscription for the whole year and a Vogue calendar. The rules are simple – follow us @heeloffortune & @little_too_much on Instagram and tag 3 of your friends in comments below. Each comment = 1 entry. A repost of this pic will count as 3 entries!!! The winner will be announced on November 30th! Good luck!!! XOXO


Diesel with PeaceLoveShea&The Coveteur

A few weeks back I attended an event hosted by PeaceLoveShea and The Coveteur at the Diesel store on the magnificent mile where new collections were premiered.   We were all handed a glass of wine as we browsed the entire collection and mingled with fashion bloggers from around Chicago.  Afterwards, PeaceLoveShea and The Coveteur shared how they reached their current status and where it all began for them.  What an inspirational stories!

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That night I spent more time taking photos of the amazing clothing by Deisel than I spent networking because the fashions were so trendy I couldn’t take my eyes off of them.



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Go and check out new collection! Also now they have 30% off for friend and family! Diesel store: 923 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611