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MagnetStreet 4th of July Sale: Save 25% on All Wedding Stationary

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with eAccountable. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

MagnetStreet 4th of July Sale

If you’re planning a late-summer or fall wedding and still looking for the perfect stationary to set the mood and capture the moment, you’re not going to want to miss the MagnetStreet 4th of July Sale.

MagnetStreet is your Wedding Headquarters, offering a complete line of stationary products in a variety of designs and unlimited color options. When you place your order from now until July 7, the full-service online stationary store will take 25% off your order (use promo code WAFJULY).

As a full-service stationer and industry leader in design and print capabilities, you and your spouse-to-be can easily create high quality, professional stationary to communicate your theme and message in your own unique way.

Here are just some of the wedding stationary products you can find on MagnetStreet:

Save the Dates

  • Save the Date Magnets: Large, small, square, heart — they offer a variety of magnet shapes and sizes for each design.
  • Save the Date Cards: From size and shape to paper stock, find cards to fit your unique style and budget.
  • Save the Date Postcards: Style and convenience! Available in two sizes, postcards are easy to address, stamp, and mail.

Wedding Programs

  • Tea-Length Programs: With your ceremony printed on both sides, tea-length programs offer simplicity and elegance.
  • Half-Fold Programs: Half-fold programs open like a greeting card, sweetly narrating your nuptials on each side.
  • Program Fans: Available in four unique shapes, program fans help guests stay cool during your ceremony.

Wedding Invitations

  • Rectangle Invitations: Widely popular, rectangle invites are an easy way to tie your chic wedding look together.
  • Shaped Invitations: Add a trendy touch to your wedding with a shaped invite. Unique, modern, and totally fun.
  • Pocket Invitations: Keep your enclosures neat and organized inside a pretty pocket fold. Choose from two layouts.

Shop the MagnetStreet 4th of July Sale to save 25% on all of your wedding stationary needs today.

Yes, You Can Wear Shapewear in the Summer

shapewear

Even if you wear shapewear every single day during the fall, winter, and spring, it may seem strange to consider this extra layer during the warmer months. However, because summer clothing tends to be light in both color and fabric, shapewear may be more essential than ever to achieve the optimal look. The key, of course, is finding the best garments for you. Here are some top considerations when choosing your summertime wardrobe boosters.

Fabrics

If you think shapewear has to be thick to be effective, think again! Today’s garments are often made of breathable fabrics that wick moisture and keep you cool. This is the same type of technology that is used in athletic wear. Choose lightweight materials when expanding your summer shapewear selection, and be sure that your garments have silicon seams to keep fabric from rolling up in unsightly ways. Remember, just because the fabric is lighter doesn’t mean it isn’t as strong. You may even be cooler in moisture-wicking garments than you would be without any shapewear at all.

Colors

Depending on what you are wearing, the top colors for summertime shapewear are nude and white. If you want to sport a cool pair of white capris to a summer barbecue, you might opt for white shapewear, though nude will also work. Waist shapers are ideal in nude or a color closest to your skin tone. If there is any chance that your blouse may reveal any part of your shapewear when a breeze catches it, the nude color is definitely your best choice. If you’ve got a great tan, you might wear a lot of black, in which case black shapewear can also be an optimal choice for you.

Target Areas

Summertime shapewear is slightly more limited in coverage options, as you might expect. Since warm weather clothing exposes more skin surface area, the designs have to be a little craftier in order to offer support to all the right areas. However, there are still plenty of options. Tummy tapers in both the corset style and briefs with control panel format are available. You can get a body suit that covers the tummy, hips, and thighs all in one piece. Even arm shapers that fit over the shoulders and reach the elbow are perfect for smooth arms underwear that light summer sweater you want to wear to the fireworks display.

Getting out your breezy summer wardrobe doesn’t have to mean putting away your shapewear collection. It’s just a matter of finding the right pieces to flaunt your figure while keeping cool and looking fabulous during the warm months.

ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag Review

ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag

I suppose that since my ipsy June Glam Bag has arrived and I’ve already begun dipping into it to create new looks that I should probably get around to putting up my review of the bag that came before it.

This review is later than late, but I still wanted to get it up because the ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag is a great representation of the products you can expect to receive when you become an ipsy subscriber.

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-on Lip Pencil + BONUS Revolution High Color Lipgloss: Usually, ipsy will email subscribers with a sneak peek of one of the items they will receive in their upcoming Glam Bag. For the month of May, however, subscribers were shown three products, one of which would definitely be showing up in their bags. I was completely overjoyed with the product I received.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-in Lip Pencil was a product that I absolutely needed, and now I need the full-size version. Believe it or not, I have never used lip primer before. The concept of primer in general is completely new to me, but I couldn’t believe the world of difference this made in my lip color! This colorless (Ozone) matte primer glides on easily to fill in cracks and fine lines, prevent feathering, and hold lip color in place.

I scored an awesome ipsy deal back in April for the Bonita Cosmetics Lips & Tips Set. For just $8 (+ free shipping) I got two nail polishes and two lip creams. I was so excited for these lip creams, a casual nude pink and a dramatic hot pink, both of which glided on my lips and nearly instantly turned into a hot mess. You could see every line and crack in my lips and it wasn’t pretty. Then I tried them with this lip primer, and just like that my lip color was perfect. Let that be a lesson to you — always prime first. The more you know, right?

Along with the Glide-on Lip Pencil were two samples of the new Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lipgloss in Failbait, a light neutral pink, and the bright purple Bittersweet. I really wasn’t happy with the Revolution Lipgloss, especially the Failbait shade that was so muted you really had to look to see if I even had lip color on. Even worse, they are unbelievably sticky. Even after a full day of wear, I kissed my fiance before I went to take off my makeup and settle in for the night and he pulled away asking why he was sticking to me. Yikes.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray: There was once a time when I had beautiful, thick, healthy hair. I just left it alone, washed and conditioned it regularly, and raked in the compliments. As I’ve gotten older, though, my hair has thinned and continued to become more and more lifeless. It’s just there. Meh. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray enhances dry, breaking, dull, and/or lifeless hair with shine, softness, and manageability. It helps protect hair from UV and free radical damage, reduces frizz, and hydrates hair to leave it smooth and healthy looking. I really get a lot of use out of this spray as a heat protectant before blow drying or using a hair straightener.

BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil

BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil: A cat eye that will last all day? Yes, really! Formulated with pure minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants for a hypoallergenic eyeliner that is safe for all skin types, the BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil is downright impressive in creating clean lines with amazing coverage that will last all day, rain or shine.

Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205

Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205: Did I need another brush? No. Am I glad I received this one? Yes. Yes I am. The Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205 is a high quality synthetic bristle brush that offers even application to the entire eyelid. What makes it truly special is that it is coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution so that no product absorbs into the bristles or goes to waste. This also means that this brush will stay clean longer than most any other brush in your collection, cutting down on the need for cleaning your brush as often.

Fun fact: This brush retails for $12 all on its own, while ipsy is just $10/month. Talk about getting your money’s worth.

Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer

Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer: This is easily one of the better moisturizers I have used. Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer is a perfect base for daily makeup as it controls oiliness and shine while hydrating and softening the skin. Made for all skin types, it is made from 90.8% natural ingredients and is totally mineral oil- and paraben-free. As an added bonus, it smells amazing!

If you aren’t an ipsy subscriber, you can get your monthly Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-size beauty products for $10/month (+ $4.95 shipping in Canada).

If you are a subscriber, which products in the ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag were the biggest hits for you?

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and I purchase my own ipsy subscription every month.

Why Polka Dots Will Never Go Out of Style

polka dots
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Polka dots have been around for a long time, and there’s not much chance of this playful pattern going out of style any time soon. Polka dots aren’t just fun to wear on their own, they pair well with wardrobe staples like denim for a comfortable, new look. If you’re one of the many polka dot fans looking for new ways to incorporate these spots into your wardrobe, there are many different pieces to choose from, like dresses, tops, pants, and even swimsuits; plus a slew of accessories in every color of polka dot you might imagine.

American History of Polka Dots

Marilyn Monroe
Americans have been fans of the dot since 1926 when Miss America wore a polka-dotted bathing suit. A couple of years later, Minnie Mouse arrived in her iconic red polka dot dress. After that, a trend was born and spotted dresses for little girls, teens, and adult women began to appear in dress shops around the country. Then, several movie stars and musicians got into the act:

  • Frank Sinatra sand a hit song in 1940 called “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”
  • Christian Dior released a line of clothing speckled with spots that became popular with actresses, namely:
  • Another hit song was released in 1960 called “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
  • In 1962, Polka-Dot Man was introduced as a superhero by Marvel Comics

Even Earlier in World History

During Medieval Times in Europe, wearing dots was frowned upon, because they reminded people of dreaded diseases and medical conditions such as small pox, the bubonic plague, and blood spots on handkerchiefs due to tuberculosis.

Where the Name Came From

In the middle of the nineteenth century, dotted fabric was named after the spots on dice and the shape of coins, and went by several names, including:

  • Dotted Swiss (English)
  • Quiconce (French)
  • Thalertupfen (German)

The name is also related to the dance step. While WWII was going on, polka music spread like wildfire, and polka-themed products were born, such as:

  • Polka pudding
  • Polka hats, curtains, and shoes
  • Polka sauce

The Dots in Fashion

polka dot bikini
Today, polka dots still decorate many wardrobes. Because this is such a whimsical pattern, it’s usually reserved for more casual attire, although formal gowns are sometimes made from black and white polka dots. You’ll find spots on:

If you love polka dots, you’re in good company. This snappy pattern still has such a large following and will probably stay in vogue for many years to come. If you want to add some dots to your wardrobe, there are tons of stylish options to choose from.

Get the Carter Stevens Look: Hair Styling Tips from MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’

Finding Carter

MTV’s “Finding Carter” has kept viewers on the edge of their seats for two seasons now. Fans of the show know better than to even begin to speculate about where the stories of the show’s characters will ultimately end up as drama, plot twists, secrets, and lies that can tear relationships apart and crumble a family’s foundation only continue to come out.

If you’ve never seen the show before, it is a family drama that centers on Carter, a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life until one night after a police bust at a high school party she is told that the woman who she believes to be her biological mother actually abducted her as a toddler.

If you’ve ever watched “Finding Carter” and wondered how to get the shiny, seemingly effortless hair of Carter Stevens that seems to magically stay in place all on its own, we’ve got some tips to share with you.

Kathryn Prescott

Celebrity hairstylist and hair department head of “Finding Carter,” Richard Boggs, is sharing his tips for styling the show’s lead actress Kathryn Prescott (Carter Stevens).

  1. Start out by cleansing and treating the hair with RBpro Essentials Moisture Shampoo ($17) and Moisture Conditioner ($17). This duo is sulfate- and paraben-free. Their powerful anti-aging and collagen-building properties act as a barrier to seal the hair cuticle and protect from fading and damage. This is a great way to maintain and keep reds like this bright for filming.
  2. When we are on set, I am blow drying every day and then restyling the hair can cause stress, breakage, and fly-aways. I make sure to reach for RBPro Essentials Everyday Miracle Repair Treatment ($17) when hair is damp and apply it just before I begin heat styling. It is a must for maintaining the integrity and overall health of the hair. The treatment is weightless, which is important when using it on fine hair like Ms. Prescott’s.
  3. Since “Finding Carter” is shot in hot Atlanta’s humidity, it’s important to blow dry hair in stages. Section the hair off into four main parts, then thoroughly blow dry root-to-end. This will ensure great long-lasting and smooth volume. I always use RBpro Essentials Le Deux Styling Crème ($17). No flat iron or curling iron needed. It’s a blow-n-go!
  4. To finish the style, a shot of White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray ($22) at the root area will always insure fullness. Finishing off a Hollywood style with White Sands is a guarantee your glamour work will endure the long day of shooting! This spray just holds the style no matter what the weather or shooting conditions are like.

Watch “Finding Carter” on MTV Tuesdays at 10/9c. Watch a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below.

CHASE54 Golf Apparel Father’s Day Giveaway Event #Feel2Believe #MomBuzz [Closed]

CHASE54 giveaway

Happy June! With the month that formally kicks off summer upon us, there is so much to look forward to, including Father’s Day on June 21. If your dad or husband enjoys spending afternoons at the tees, we are thrilled to help bring you the CHASE54 Father’s Day Giveaway Event in collaboration with Mom Buzz Media.

Generations for the Pursuit

CHASE54 is a line of golf apparel designed to push the limits of what’s considered possible in fit, feel, fashion, and performance. They strive for unprecedented excellence that shatters expectations of what golf clothing can be, both on and off the course, in each and every piece of clothing they create.

Feel It to Believe It

CHASE54 feel it

As a premier clothing manufacturer with over 30 years of experience, CHASE54 sets themselves apart by using luxurious fabrics that are actually created by their scientists using elite technology unmatched by other brands. They consider the fabric before it becomes fabric, and when you feel it you will believe it. #Feel2Believe

CHASE54 coupon code

You will find luxurious women’s and men’s golf apparel at CHASE54. Right now, they are running an amazing Father’s Day promotion where ALL polo shirts are on sale for $54, plus 54% off everything else!

To sweeten the Father’s Day deal, we have an exclusive code for an additional 5% off everything, saving you a total of 59%. Just use promo code DAD05.

Shop men’s golf apparel for Father’s Day at CHASE54 now!

CHASE54 Men’s Golf Apparel Reviews

We will have a review of CHASE54 men’s golf apparel up within the next week, so be sure to look out for that! In the meantime, check out what other Mom Buzz Media bloggers had to say about CHASE54 apparel below.

CHASE54 Father’s Day Giveaway

2 lucky readers will win their choice of CHASE54 shorts and polo shirt (approx $140 value).

This giveaway is open to US entrants ages 18+ and will end June 8.

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Participating blogs did not receive compensation for publishing this giveaway and are not responsible for prize shipment.

MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale: Save 30% on Wedding and Life Moments Stationary

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with eAccountable. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale

MagnetStreet is celebrating their 10 year anniversary. To celebrate their big moment, the full-service online stationary store is passing on the savings to help you celebrate your big life moments.

If you’re getting married, celebrating an anniversary or birthday, welcoming a new baby, or need last-minute graduation announcements, you can save 30% on all of your stationary needs when you shop the MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale.

MagnetStreet offers an entire lineup of specialty stationary for all of life’s celebratory moments. No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, the paper product to accompany it has got to be perfect. With MagnetStreet, perfection is possible. A full-service stationer and industry leader in design and print capabilities, customers can easily create high quality, professional invitations, announcements, save the dates, thank you cards, and more that exude personality.

After 10 years in the stationary and paper product business, MagnetStreet maintains a passion for personalization. Their diverse stationary templates offer 80 different color options and even the ability to create custom colors. Anyone who has ever put together an event or theme knows how daunting color options can be. If you could use a little help, browse the Color Boutique for today’s hottest hues.

MagnetStreet allows you to shop with confidence, knowing that the paper products for your life moments and celebration will be exactly what you expect. They can also help you streamline the process of color matching for your event by giving their customers free custom color palettes to share with vendors for your event, plus you can also receive free samples of your stationary before sending them out to your guests.

Shop the MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale to save 30% on all of your life moment’s stationary needs today.

Embracing Bohemian: Oasap Floral Embroidered Loose Dress Review

I received a floral embroidered loose dress from Oasap for review. No other incentive was received and opinions are my own.

Oasap floral embroidered loose dress review

I really embraced the theme of last month’s ipsy Glam Bag, so much so that my wardrobe took a turn for the Beautifully Bohemian when I partnered with Oasap for a review and saw this floral embroidered loose dress on their website.

I loved everything about this dress as soon as I saw it. The floral embroidery with just the right pop of color that wasn’t overdone, the loose, puffy sleeves, and the fact that it looks put-together and effortless at the same time all won me over. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was that it is a one-size item, and I don’t have a particularly good track record with clothes sized to fit “most.” Maybe. If you’re lucky. Fingers crossed. However, after taking my measurements twice and comparing them to the size chart on the website, I felt confident that this dress of my bohemian dreams would fit. At the very least, it would go over my shoulders and bust, and I could work with that.

Oasap floral embroidered loose dress

Overall, the quality of this dress is solid. The embroidery is well done, there were no loose or frayed threads, the construction is thoughtful, and the buttons are functional and secure. The cotton blend fabric is light and breathes, the cinching below the floral embroidered bust combined with the peasant style sleeves are super feminine, and the bottom hem floats a little more than the picture on the website depicted.

Oasap floral embroidered loose dress

While we’re talking about how this dress is shown on the website vs. real life, you can easily see that this dress just doesn’t lay as flat as it should. In fact, it looks more like a long blouse on me. I paired with white cotton shorts to make up for the additional two inches of length I needed so that I could do things like walk in a light breeze, bend over, and practically everything else that doesn’t involve standing perfectly still with my arms at my sides.

The major factor in why this dress is more blouse-like on me is the fact that is a one-size item. While it does technically fit and I was able to easily slide it over my head, shoulders, and bust, my measurements simply did not take into account the fact that even though the bust measurement of the dress is 44 1/4 inches, I’m working with a 34DD bust size, which lifts the dress and makes it a little too short.

Oasap floral embroidered loose dress

Oasap floral embroidered loose dress

Even so, I can’t be too disappointed in this item. Even considering I can’t wear it as a standalone dress, I think I still look really cute in it. Even more importantly, it makes me feel whimsical and feminine, and we all know that how an item makes you feel is pretty much just as important as how it looks. The style and colors lend well to other types of shorts in addition to the white I wore in this pictures. A pair of denim or black shorts would still make this piece look put-together, and that is precisely the game plan I have for this dress/blouse this summer.

You can get the floral embroidered loose dress on Oasap.

ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Review

ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

Back in the beginning of this month we published a post full of ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag sneak peeks. After seeing how many ipsy subscribers there are among us, as well as the many who have long been interested in the monthly subscription makeup bag but haven’t subscribed, we thought it would be a great idea to start reviewing our glam bag every month. We sure picked the perfect month to start doing this because the April 2015 bag was definitely a winner — at least for us.

Check out the products we received, what we thought, and if you’re an ipsy subscriber tell us what you thought of this month’s bag in the comments!

theBalm Nude Dude eyeshadow

theBalm Nude Dude eyeshadow open

theBalm NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single: This is the one product that all ipsy subscribers knew they would be finding in their April 2015 Glam Bags. Already lauded as an ipsy fan favorite, we can now confidently join the ranks of beauty lovers fawning over them. As mentioned in our sneak peeks post, the Fit shade was on our wishlist and that’s exactly what we found nestled in our bag. Are they psychics over there at ipsy?

The NUDE Dude eyeshadows are extremely versatile. They can be worn alone for a natural look or layered for intensity. I’ve worn it both ways and it’s stunning either way. The Fit shade matches my skin tone so that it simply adds a little pop and sparkle to make my eyes stand out. After using this one shade, the entire NUDE Dude eyeshadow palette is on my personal beauty wishlist. Oh the fun that could be had with these shadows. They can also be transformed into loyal liners by adding water.

Klorane dry shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo: I wasn’t usually a big fan of dry shampoos up until a couple of years ago. As I’ve gotten older and begun experiencing the lovely side effects of the aging process, in particular my once voluminous head of hair beginning to thin over time, I’ve gone through an adjustment period in how I care for my hair. The biggest and most profoundly helpful change I have made is to stop washing it so much. In an effort to keep my hair on my head where it belongs, I only wash my hair with water, shampoo, and conditioner three times a week, and I use a hair mask every other week to lock in moisture. If my hair begins to look a little oily in between washes, I’ll reach for the dry shampoo.

Up until this month I had been using another brand of dry shampoo that has suited me perfectly fine. Or so I thought. After I tried the Klorane dry shampoo, I realized I had no idea what I had been missing.

The award-winning dry shampoo has been a bestseller for over 40 years — and I only heard about it this month. Boasted as being the original and best dry shampoo, Klorane uses a combination of plant-based ingredients to absorb excess oil and leave hair feeling and looking clean and volumized. Even better, they have a product for every hair type, from normal to oily hair. I received the gentle formula dry shampoo with oat milk for brown to dark hair, and it works wonders on my hair in between washes.

JulieG nail polish

JulieG Nail Color: I always love getting nail polishes in my Glam Bags. It’s always a little bonus treat I wasn’t expecting and this month was no exception.

I love having freshly polished nails. I always make it a point to theme my nail color to any important events or get-togethers, and painting my nails is a fool-proof stress reliever for me. With back-to-back doctors appointments this past month, my nails have been so many different colors — including this lovely shade of hot pink from JulieG. It is a perfect shade for the season, and my nails will undoubtedly be dressed in this throughout the summer months!

Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual fragrance

Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual Fragrance: I have never received a fragrance in my ipsy Glam Bag before this month, and could not be happier with this fragrance.

This scent is everything its name suggests, and has quickly become my daily go-to fragrance. It is light and fresh without being overpowering, even after you’ve just put it on, and it lasts all day. The roller ball makes application a breeze, and you can carry it along in your daily makeup bag for last-minute and late-night touchups.

Too Faced Melted lipstick

Too Faced Melted lipstick open

Too Faced Melted lipstick swatch

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick: Pretty much every ipster who saw the April sneak peek images was commenting about how badly they needed the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in their life, and I am beyond thrilled that I ended up with one. In fact, this is my absolute favorite product from this month’s Glam Bag.

Promising the staying power of a stain and the intense color of a liquid lipstick in one long-wear formula, Too Faced hit it out of the park with their Melted collection. I received the Melted Peony shade, which was a perfect match for my skin tone and really brought the “Beautifully Bohemian” theme of this month’s bag to life for me. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t need to be constantly touched up like a lot of other lip colors I have been using. I have been able to wear the Melted Lipstick for an entire day with just one touch-up needed. That includes eating and drinking, being the bonafide motor mouth that I am, and generally just living life — all without having to worry about my lip color smearing, cracking, or wearing off. Even at a $21 price point, this lipstick is beyond worth it.

Truly delving into the “Beautifully Bohemian” theme of this month’s ipsy Glam Bag, I used all the products in my bag (minus the nail color you wouldn’t be able to see in this shot anyway) to put together one look.

Honestly, this was my best makeup day ever. Thank you, ipsy!

If you aren’t an ipsy subscriber, you can get your monthly Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-size beauty products for $10/month (+ $4.95 shipping in Canada).

If you are a subscriber, which products in the ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag were the biggest hit for you?

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and I purchase my own ipsy subscription every month.

Saving Money While Enjoying Rome Requires a Bit of Homework

Rome Italy
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International travel has an appeal that piques the interest of just about every tourist. One city in particular that normally rises to the top of most lists is Rome, Italy. Rome has a certain majesty about it, and the importance the city enjoyed in history is revealed in any number of magnificent landmarks and historical settings. Of course, the major factor that keeps many from chasing down their dream of seeing the city is the cost. Luckily, online travel guides, hotel planning tools, and booking early present a few great ways to save money on a trip to Rome.

Online Travel Guides

Online travel guides like Hipmunk offer insight into any location no matter how exotic it is. The compiled information is presented in a clear and precise manner, which makes planning a vacation, tourist trip, or even a romantic getaway a simple task. Travel guides can even offer up some information regarding hotel selection, and these electronic guide books also present a number of ways to save money. There’s nothing wrong with saving a little cash while touring the historical wonders of Rome, but knowing where to start is often the key.

Hotel Planning Tools

Being able to shop the rates of several hotels from a single website is a huge advantage that many potential travelers fail to take full advantage of. Often the lowest rate might not be the best deal because of included amenities like breakfast, workout facilities, and information centers. Therefore, vacationers looking to score the best hotel deals in Rome need to be aware of what the property being evaluated has to offer. While the process of finding the best match of needs versus budget seems like a simple concept, the varieties of hotels in and around Rome complicate the scenario. Research pays off and vacationers that consider all the factors before making a decision come out on top.

Booking Early

Hotels are not unlike traded commodities. Rates fluctuate from season to season, but as a general rule increase every year. Booking as early as possible, even a year in advance, is a great way for travelers to lock in the rates of the previous year. Not only will long-term planners beat any potential increases, but they also gain the ability to get the hotel booking out of the way in order to concentrate on planning the rest of the trip. Rome has a lot of attractions and sights to offer, which means putting together some sort of itinerary generally requires a bit of effort.

Roman Forum
Bert Kaufmann/Flickr

In the end, traveling to Rome presents a number of chances to see some legendary sights. By performing research with online travel guides, using hotel planning tools, and booking early, travelers can increase their chances of getting a great deal. Package deals can present some interesting savings as well, but anyone looking to book one of those deals should evaluate exactly what is included in the purchase before making a commitment. Rome offers a lot for the average tourist. Therefore, potential tourists that make a list of what they want to see before booking can more efficiently evaluate their options. Having a good plan can result in having a great time in one of the most popular cities in the world.

This guest post was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the most comprehensive travel search website allowing you to find the best deals on anything from flights to hotels to train rides and Homeaway rentals.