Bargain Hunter: Luggage 3

Hi Guys,

I guess by now we know splitting these hunts into 4 post is just for the best.

  1. The first is to lay out what exactly I am on the hunt for.
  2. Second is to show you what I found during my online hunt.
  3. Third one is to show you what it is I find out in the stores.
  4. The last is to show you what I picked and how it worked out for me.

Today we are on the third post of the Bargain Hunt for Luggage! I decided to go check out three stores and see what of the hardside spinners and travel purse I can find in these three stores.

I decided to go with Ross, Burlington, & TJMAXX. As if you didn’t see that coming.. these just so happen to be my favorite stores. It doesn’t mean I will without a doubt purchase from these places or the online sites. However it is still fun to share my hunts with y’all.

For this post let’s go store by store and just know there will probably be no links to find them online at these stores but if I find the items at other online sites I will for sure link the site and info.

These stores are stores that get out of season or maybe even discontinued items. Normally they are listed at amazing prices and sometimes even cheaper when  and if they go on clearance! If you do not have these stores in your area.. I am sorry! Maybe you have a Marshalls.. Factory-2-U.. or any other discounted store!

The first one was Ross:

The travel purse I found is this weekend bag by Jessica Simpson.. It is a red canvas bag that looks similar to a designer brand that makes expensive canvas bags! The original price for this bag is $140 and the Ross I went to had it for $35.

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Unfortunately I can not find this bag on the web!

For luggage I almost (I am looking for the duffle version) found the piece that I have been wanting forever now… the lilac purple Calvin Klein print:

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The downfall is that this bag is to small for what I am currently looking for plus it is not hard-sided.. But maybe one day I will find the duffle in this color!

I next found a Jessica Simpson spinner that was big enough and hard-sided but it was black. Not completely black because of the tan trim but still black! I didn’t write down prices but I believe this one was around 70 bucks.

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Again I was not able to find this bag on the internet!

The second store was Burlington: (online shopping available for certain items)

The travel purse I found was a very cool bag. This bag was on wheels but would still fit under the seat in front of you.. they are called “wheeled totes”. They had a whole selection of these bags from different designers. This one was by Jessica Simpson (I really like her cute kind of “feminine” designs). This bag was a beautiful navy color with pretty floral prints.. it retails for 60 bucks but I found it on clearance for 45 bucks.

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I didn’t find this print but I found similar wheeled totes from her for around $109!! Check them out >>HERE<<

The suitcase I found was a Calvin Klein hard-sided spinner in brown print. This bag was the perfect size and the only issue is that I wish it was in that fun purple coloring!

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No surprise I cannot find this on a website!

The third store was TJMAXX: (online shopping available for certain items)

The travel purse I found was an Adrienne Vittadini quilted duffle in a really pretty purple color. It is not really a weekender but more of an overnight bag. It was being sold for 40 bucks!

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I believe I found the bag on Amazon for a whopping 80 dollars. >>HERE<<

The suitcase I found is by a company that I have never heard of.. Mambo! The reason I chose this one is because it is big enough and the colors are so pretty plus yes it is a hard-sided spinner! The only thing is I want to do my research on the company before buying this spinner. It was being sold for around 70 bucks.

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I was not able to find this bag online..

That concludes the in-store hunting. Next post will be the conclusion of what travel purse and spinner did I pick.. or did I even pick new ones at all or use the ones I already have!??!! Stay tuned to find out!

I hope y’all are enjoying this series as much as I am hunting and writing it. If you have any items you want hunted just let me know!

Love,

Toria

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Hello 2018

Hi Guys,

Goodbye 2017 & Hello 2018!

Can I start off by saying.. I hope everyone had an amazing and safe NYE.. and everyone got home safe!

2018 and the unknown of what could happen has me super anxious.. but I have been working with a therapist to learn techniques to battle the best of my abilities.  Because of the techniques I am learning I have developed some hopes of what I would like to come of this year! I say hopes because I don’t do New Years Resolutions.. I feel resolutions are meant to be broken at least for me!

Hope to me means stuff that I am hoping to happen but if it is not meant to be no harm no foul. All in God’s timing!

The first few are mental hopes:

  • I want my relationship with God to be as strong as ever!
  • I don’t want to feel a need to have so many things and possibly become one step closer to a minimalist rather than a hoarder.
  • I want to be able to learn the skills to allow myself not be so anxious or depressed.
  • I love shopping but I love it a little to much and honestly feel sometime shopping is the only thing that helps me process emotions.

Next a few physical hopes:

  • I want my diabetes and all health issues under control.
  • I would like to develop a skin care routine for day and night.
  • I would like to develop a healthier lifestyle with food and exercise.
  • I would love to help a few of my loved ones develop a healthier lifestyle if they would like.

Finally personal achievements:

  • I want to be successful in school.. this is a new adventure I never thought I would get the chance to go on.
  • I want the relationship with my SO to keep growing in a positive way.
  • I want to see our family in CA and PA as much as possible throughout the year.
  • Travel to a place I never thought I would see.
  • Last but not least I want to develop a closer relationship with my sisters and family in Oxnard. I have wanted this before my dad passed away but since he has passed I need it in a sense.

Of course I have a few more wishes (they are really for God’s timing) but if the ones listed get started it would be the best year ever!

I am so excited for the possibilities of the year to come. I also pray nothing but blessings for whoever is reading this post or any post of mine. I pray for blessings for the world.

May all of your dreams.. your wildest dreams come true this year!

Love,

Toria

Goodbye 2017

Hi Guys,

Happy New Years Eve!

2017 really took me for a ride that I was not ready for and I am still dealing with!  

First off my SO and I worked for the same company going into 2017 and we went into 2017 knowing that the company was being acquired. No matter if we stayed with the acquiring company or went with a different company we knew we had to move out of state. Not just for the type of work we do but also the Bay Area is just to expensive to live a comfortable life! (I do pray one day we will be back!)

In January of 2017 I received a phone call from my sister that my father was really ill. I don’t think I can explain in words the amount of emotions that came about when I received this call. Emotions mainly of anger towards myself because I had 33 years to get close to my dad and I chose to be angry because I felt he never wanted anything to do with me.  My SO and I left that weekend and drove 10 hours (because of the weather) each way to see him.  When we got to my dad he was waiting for us! We spent that weekend with him and it was the last time I saw my dad.

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In April my SO decided to take a job in Illinois, in the beginning of May he moved to IL and we decided I would finish out June here in Cali and make move with him.

On May 23, 2017 my dad passed away just 7 days before his 60th birthday. Again I was mad (TBH still mad at myself) I didn’t make time to go down to visit him just one more time before he passed. We actually buried him on his 60th birthday! Maybe one day I will go into my emotions with more detail but I still haven’t come to terms with it.

On June 30th, I left this company I thought would be around for a very long time.. and I truly enjoyed working at. I met so many great friends and learned many skills. I was heart broken to make this decision but since the new company wasn’t going to extend my position I knew it was better to let go of this chapter in my life.

In July we packed up our apartment and sent most of our belongings to IL. August was bittersweet.. cousin was married and had a beautiful wedding.. I planned a birthday party for August birthdays like my mom and goddaughter since I was going to miss them first time ever.. but my family surprised me with a going away party.

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Shortly after I made the move to IL. Leaving behind everyone and everything I have ever known.. easy to say my anxiety and depression have been at an all time high since (again I will save this for another post).

From August till now I have been trying to get used to life in a new place without the convenience of having my family and friends physically with me.  I have slowly been finding my confidence in learning the way to Target or Walmart or the grocery store.

Fortunately I have been able to make some visits home and spend time with my family. Also I am very lucky to have had visitors here. The one thing I wish is that I knew of more things to show my guests.. because I am seeing this beautiful place for the first time myself.

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My cousins came in October!

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Our beautiful goddaughter came for Thanksgiving!

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And my cousin came out for a weekend to drop my mom off for the month of December and the rest of the holidays!

And now here we are December 31st and it has been one eventful year! A year of events that I don’t think I could have planned for!

I hope tonight is amazing for you all and please don’t drink and drive or let anyone you know drink or drive! Also count your blessings life can change in an instant..

Tomorrow lets welcome 2018 with open arms.. I will post my hopes!

Again Happy New Year Eve.. May all your dreams come true in 2018!

Love,

Toria V.

Hi Guys,

Before we jump into the post all about the hunt for the item.. I have decided to break these into 2 post one for online hunting and one for in store hunting. Now let’s do this!

It has now been about 2 weeks since I began my hunt for the perfect luggage.. Everyday I am online hunting sites like Target, JCP, Walmart, Amazon, Wish, and so on. This post I will share with you what I found online.

But first let me remind you exactly what I am looking for:

Luggage:

  • at least 28”
  • hardsided (which I may not have mentioned prior)
  • unique color (well at least not black)
  • 4 wheeled (also not mentioned)

Travel Purse:

  • big enough to hold my laptop and other essentials
  • small enough to fit under the seat by feet

Now the suitcase I already have is a bubblegum pink carry on roller board. I bought it from Burlington for around 60 bucks. That looks like this one:

Here is what my online search turned up for luggage:

The first placed I checked was of course Amazon since I am a certified “prime-aholic”.. I found this really nice orange suitcase. I love the color because I always rep my SF Giants so an orange suitcase would be perfection with SF sticker or two!

This suitcase is 28”, hardsided, not black, and 4 wheeled. The price is 90 bucks. Want to check it out >>CLICK HERE<<

The next place I checked was Overstock. Overstock is a place that I check out a whole lot but rarely purchase from only because I seem to find better deals else places. However I did find this steel blue hardsided suitcase that is pretty and sturdy!

This suitcase is 27”, hardsided, and not black. The price is 105 bucks. Want to check it out >>CLICK HERE<<

The final place for luggage I checked was ebags.com this site is pretty amazing. If you are in need of a bag you should check out this website! I found a 3 piece set that I actually have had my eye on for a few years now. This is Nine West white with a fabulous snake print stripe. Also it had gold handlebars.

This set comes with 28”, 24”, and 20” pieces. They come in black but I would choose the white. And yes they are hardsided. Check them out and other bags on this site by >>CLICKING HERE<<

And here is my online hunt for the travel purse:

The first place I checked was Pinterest and they turned up was the site loandsons.com with the beautiful but expensive overnight bag “The OG”..

This is the perfect size bag and even as a slot for shoes. The issue is this bag originally retails at 295 bucks. >>CLICK HERE<< to check it out for yourself.

Again on Pinterest I found Sole Society and the Mason bag. This bag is so chic and sturdy looking. I love the extra compartment underneath the actual carry all compartment.

The size of the bag maybe a little bit big to fit under the seat by my feet. But would definitely fit all that I carry with me when I travel. The price of the bag is a nice 80 bucks. Take a look at this amazing bag >>CLICK HERE<<

Finally the last online site I looked at was Henri Bendel simply because I love this store and have always wanted a luggage piece from them. They initially had one similar to the Sole Society shape but that one is not on the site anymore. I did find this simple and chic overnight bag that would fit everything.

This bag is a perfect size and is the classic HB striped print. It also retails for a nice 60 bucks. Go see this beauty >>CLICK HERE<<

That is all of the online hunting info and next post you will see exactly what I find during my in store hunt. I hope you are enjoying this series and of course I am always wanting to know your experiences hunting for luggage and tips and tricks.

If you want to check out the first posting to this Luggage Hunt>>CLICK HERE<<

One final note.. I am thinking of putting out a tips and tricks series of things that I have learned especially working so long in the travel industry. How do you feel about that?

Love,

Toria

Bargain Hunter: Luggage 1

Hi Guys,

I am attempting to start a bargain hunting series! In the first post I will tell you what it is I am looking for. Followed by where I am finding things “on my hunt” in a second post. Finally in a third post which one I pick and how it worked out for me. There are many things I could pick to start the series with but I need luggage for an upcoming trip.

I have always wanted a nice “luxury” luggage set. Since I have found my want to travel finally at the age of 34 this want for nice luggage has been on my mind more than ever!

My favorite and most recent job was with an airline. I worked 3 years at San Francisco International as a customer service agent. I checked passengers in, I worked the boarding gates, I worked under the wing in flight ops, but I also worked in the baggage service office. In the baggage office I learned something about picking out my luggage.

When buying luggage most people seem to go for the common color BLACK.. This is number one reason you should always check the name tag on the bag before taking your bag. If everyone has a black suitcase there is a higher chance you will leave with the wrong suitcase.

For this reason I always try to buy a unique color. Sure another passenger might have the same thought and buy the same hard case pink flamingo suitcase as you however out of 70 bags you may have to check one or two pink bags instead of 40 black bags.

On my hunt for nice luggage I always keep an eye out online at the normal sites like Amazon and Overstock but while I am out shopping I always seem to wander in the luggage areas at Ross and Burlington. What I love is that they always have bright colors or patterns that not everyone will buy and at great prices!

What I am looking for is a larger suitcase maybe two that are at least 28” big. I need to fit my coats in for a trip coming up. I would like white or a fun color like lilac. I could even go for pink to match my carry on roller board suitcase. I have duffle bags and they are handy but I want to protect my faux furs from potential leaks.

The last item I need is a travel purse. A bag that is a little bigger than a normal handbag but small enough to store by my feet. I need one big enough to hold my laptop and normal handbag items (phone, wallet, and so on). Technically this can be any color I want since it will be with me by my feet.

Now that you know what it is I am on the hunt for.. The next post will be what I am finding out in the shopping jungle!

Love,

Toria

Monotone Me: Red

Monotone Me: Red

Fusalp ski jacket
mytheresa.com

Reebok red sneaker
$98 – luisaviaroma.com

Love Moschino satchel bag
$160 – yoox.com

Monotone Me: Navy

Monotone Me: Navy

Miss Selfridge crop top
missselfridge.com

WithChic fake fur coat
$42 – withchic.com

Legging pants
$185 – wolfandbadger.com

Leather watch
surfstitch.com

MM6 Maison Margiela ring
$92 – yoox.com

Jeffree star lipstick
jeffreestarcosmetics.com