Become a Savvy Shopper

I did my bit to support the retail economy of Las Vegas, Nevada last week.  The whole family spent a day at the Premium Outlets in the North (a 30 minute bus ride/15 minute taxi ride) from the Strip.  I had loads of fun and I think we got some real bargains for everyone in the family.

My clients who are planning trips to the US often ask me about shopping in the factory outlets.

  • Are the discounts worth the special trip (many are located outside the city metro areas so you need transport)?
  • Is the quality decent?  Is the range current?
  • Are things laid out well?
  • What are the return policies?

I thought I’d share with you our recent experience so you can judge if outlet shopping is for you.   (The nearest American Premium Outlet is in Honolulu.  We’ve also been to the outlets in Hong Kong which are set up a bit differently.  Be prepared to still pay a lot of money for discounted luxury branded goods in Hong Kong!)

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Feel attractive and feminine

photo by Margaret Clemmer

Last week I enjoyed meeting up with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen for a year.  As we caught up on each other’s lives, our conversation inevitably turned to husbands and children.  In particular, I was struck by how she described her seven year-old daughter as a girly girl who loved everything pink, dresses, hairclips, dolls and four-legged animals.

My friend, a self-professed tomboy growing up and a highly capable IT project manager, was amazed (and frustrated) at how their different outlooks lead to frequent arguments.  What was going to happen when her daughter became a teenager?

This led me to the question:  Why do some women (or girls) feel and behave more feminine than others?  If you don’t feel feminine but want to, what can you do?

My research yielded this excellent article by Life Coach, Carol Chanel.  And I particularly like the following points

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