See ALL the Broadway Shows: Cheap!

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Having been in the city for four weeks now, I have been exploring as much as possible—which is why I haven’t written as much as planned—and have seen numerous broadway shows. Spending an evening watching an amazing show is fabulous, but it can also burn a hole in your pocket. As the savvy shopper I am, I found some amazing ticket lotteries and tricks to seeing broadway shows cheap.

Ticket Lotteries

In the age of the internet, it is SO easy to enter ticket lotteries. I am told it didn’t used to be…but I’m glad it is now! All you have to do is enter your email address, click a few buttons, and be patient. Patience is the hardest part, but I promise it pays off. Literally.

Find Ticket Lotteries linked here:

Some lotteries are daily and some are weekly, but I have already won 2 of them, so I promise if you are patient you will win!

Tricks

If you don’t have time to wait to win a lottery or are only in the city for a night, a great way to get tickets is by purchasing partial views.

This past week, I saw Kinky Boots in partial view seats and I kid you not, they were the BEST seats I have ever had. Partial view means you can’t always see an actor’s face straight on, not that you are behind a pole. We were sitting in one of the box sections for under $40 and it was amazing. I would highly recommend going to the theater and asking for a price on partial view seats. It will save you some quick cash.

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! With this guide to seeing broadway shows cheap, I show you how to get the best deals on tickets without breaking the bank. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share ways to maximize your dollar, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

~Alana Robin

July 1, 2016

Central Park Strolls

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Week one in NYC was a blast! As much as I would like to say I have heavily explored the sights…I have mostly just explored the restaurants and outdoor food stands. That said, I did get a chance to go and explore Central Park! Some friends and I went up there and instantly got lost in the park.

Wandering through the baseball fields and down the tree lined paths, we finally found our way to the water. It was a truly amazing sight. The 80 degree weather attracted a TON of row boaters, which deterred me from waiting in line, so I will definitely need to go back and check out the boats another time.

My favorite part of Central Park, aside from the Friends Fountain, was seeing the Boathouse Cafe. This cafe has held an air of elegance in my mind ever since I saw 27 Dresses. I was instantly intrigued to circle the entire property. With a back gate left slightly open, I even had a chance to walk around on the private dock and catch an all new view of the pond while eating my snow cone.  IMG_4789 FullSizeRender-1 IMG_4792 IMG_4777

SHOP THIS LOOK

 

~Alana Robin

June 15, 2016

Moving to NYC for the Summer

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Tomorrow, I begin a new chapter.

At 8 am, I will set off for the big city. I will begin my summer journey of learning to love the city—I say learning because this midwest girl is currently terrified of the Subway—and finding out if my summer internship is truly my passion in life.

I am excited for this, but also a bit nervous. I choose an internship in a field completely unrelated to the internship I had, and loved, last summer. I figured if I know I love one thing, I might as well see what else I might enjoy even more.

With this new adventure, I have a lot planned for the blog. I plan to do more outfit posts, restaurant reviews, and guides to saving money in the city.

I also would like to do posts on preparing to go away for college. I am entering my senior year and am feeling a bit nostalgic. Hopefully my nostalgia will spark some insightful thoughts that help some of you readers who are just now headed off to school. Please let me know if you have any post requests!

Moving to NYC is a bit intimidating, but overall, this should be an amazing summer. An adventure and a half that I plan on journaling through picture and prose. Right here, on Sophistication and Sparkles.

Check back Monday/Tuesday for an outfit post from my first day of work!

~Alana Robin

June 5, 2016

Business Casual Attire on a Budget

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With summer here, it is officially internship season. I, personally, love working. What I love more than working? Business casual attire. I find wearing work clothes to be the ultimate game of dress up. Not only do I get to act older than I feel, but also I get to look the part.

As I get ready to move to New York City for my internship this summer, I want to expand my wardrobe.

Last summer, I actually ran into a bit of a problem. I—for some odd and unknown reason—own mostly business formal attire. My job, however, was business casual. I was in Washington DC and had to quickly buy more shirts and it took a bit of a toll on my spending plans.

In efforts to avoid buying overpriced clothes last minute, I am planning ahead and going to my my local outlet mall. 

Why You Should Shop at Outlet Malls

You save money! Outlet malls sell the exact same clothes as the mall, just on a slightly different time frame. For work clothes, this is the perfect option because you don’t need to be 100% on trend.

What Outlets are the Best for Business Casual Attire

  • Banana Republic: Banana Republic is easily my favorite outlet, as of this past winter. This winter, I realized how amazing their sales were. They will have fabulous shirts marked down from $75 to as low as $2 dollars. It’s pure insanity and bliss. On an average day, they will have many business casual blouses on sale for $10-$12, which is honestly an amazing deal for such stellar quality.
    • SALE ALERT: right now through memorial day they have an extra 50% off clearance. 
  • Loft: Loft is another favorite of mine. At 5 foot 2 inches, I find their petite pants to be a perfect fit for me—no hemming necessary. They also have great sales at their outlets and often offer an additional percentage off the sales price!
    • SALE ALERT: right now through memorial day they have an extra 40% off clearance. 
  • Ann Taylor: The grown up version of Loft, Ann Taylor often has the same fabulous deals and professional clothing. I have found some amazing Work skirts for well under $20 here, and would highly recommend checking it out.
    • SALE ALERT: right now through memorial day they have an extra 40% off clearance. 
  • JCrew: A fan favorite, JCrew is always a good option for professional clothes. I find their outlet to be a bit more expensive that the others, but if you are patient and look diligently, you can definitely find some good deals!
    • SALE ALERT: right now through memorial day they have an extra 40% off clearance. 
  • Kate Spade: I love a good work bag. I think that the perfect work tote bag for a women, is equivalent to a briefcase. At the Kate Spade Outlet, you can find amazing deals on quality bags. I have seen many fabulous tote bags there for well under $100, which is pretty great for a formal leather bag.
    • SALE ALERT: right now through memorial day they have an extra 60% off the entire store with an extra 20% off handbags. That means a $200 handbag is now only $64!

MY GOAL

As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! With this guide to business casual attire on a budget, I show you how to get the best summer wardrobe without breaking the bank. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share ways to maximize your dollar, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

~Alana Robin

May 26, 2016