Sometimes there’s a product or brand that comes around that for whatever reason they just connect with you personally. For whatever reason, from the outside they appear silly and are often a want not a need. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly drew me to the company called Key Smart, but I remember when I first came across their products I knew it was innovative and just a flat out good idea. I never put much thought into how my keys are organized or what my key chain looked like, but after seeing the video I’ve shared below I knew I wanted this Made in America product. It definitely made me look smart when I didn’t have to go wrestling through my pockets to find my keys. There’s just something about the design, and the simplicity of the product, that make you want to support the brand and use the product yourself.
One of the first things I discovered and learned about when I wanted to dress better was about the concept of fit. I knew about the use of a tailor and if I ever made gobs of money I could afford to get all of my clothing custom made to fit my slightly awkward proportions. When I was younger, my Mother purchased all of my clothes for me and then when I transitioned to making my own clothing purchases I was simply looking for specific clothing pieces and determining my purchase behavior based on how the item looked and how cheap I could get them. It wasn’t until I discovered Antonio Centeno that I started to understand how important the fit of my clothing was on my overall appearance. I can remember the piles of clothing that my sister and I took to Goodwill when I made the vow never to ware a poorly fitted clothing item again. I didn’t want my wardrobe to tempt me, I wanted to feel good about every piece I wore every single day. My pants were one of the first things I needed to change. I’d always been an oversized Dockers supporter until I discovered Bonobos. Their mission: ‘To create men’s pants that look and feel great for a wide variety of men.’ Learn why Bonobos is the exclusive brand that I use to purchase all of my pants.
One of the main ways I learned how to update my wardrobe during my journey to look smart, eat smart and spend smart was the utilization of accessories. There’s a few staple style tips that I learned from this free ebook, but once I had my staple items secured and fitting properly I knew it was time to start accessorizing. The accessories you use in conjunction with your outfit is ultimately what shows off your personality and your personal style. However, if you’re ever taken a stroll through Macy’s tie and pocket square section you know the prices and deals are a complete crap shoot. What if I introduced you to a company that sells ties, bow ties, pocket squares, cuff links, scarves and more for only $15 each? Instead of paying large retailer prices you can get the same looks used in GQ magazine for a fraction of the cost. Learn how to leverage one of my all-time favorite companies, The Tie Bar, to look smart and spend smart.
In 1995, a gentlemen by the name of Jeff Bezos launched a company out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington and in less than five years completely changed the way we viewed shopping. The company history is quite impressive, but it’s becoming more and more common to stay home and shop from the convenience of your apartment or house and know whether you’re a Mom, Student or Standard Customer you know you can get free two-day shipping on anything you buy. Not to mention that Amazon is able to leverage their incredible vendor relationships to save you up to 90% off what you pay in the store. The sheer number of brands, categories and products is overwhelming at times, because it’s literally the world’s largest department store. Today’s post will go over some of the tricks and techniques I use to leverage Amazon to help you look smart, eat smart and especially spend smart.
Working as a Marketing Analyst by day, and a graduate with a B.S. in Marketing & Advertising Management, I love seeing the creative ways companies connect and market to their customers. Dollar Shave Club has literally changed the way we shop for razors, from a drive to drug store to receiving our razors on a monthly subscription basis. In their words, not mine, their blades are F***ing great and they’re not afraid to have a discussion about number two. I will admit, their razors are cheap, high quality and extremely convenient, but I’m strongly opposed to monthly subscriptions; I want to be in control! With a little bit of research I was able to discover that the company Dorco is actually the razor manufacturer that provides the razors that Dollar Shave Club sells. Which means, Buying from the Supplier = Deeper Discounts! In this post, I’m going to break down how you can get the same razors as Dollar Shave club, but with more control over your shipments and a cheaper price so you can look good AND spend smart.