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A few weekends ago I had the honor of being invited to the Citadel Outlets 2015 Shopping Extravaganza. It was a fun filled day of shopping, eating, drinking, and socializing and it was all for a good cause. This was their 10th anniversary charity event and Citadel Outlets was projected to raise over $100,000 for the 40+ nonprofitΒ organizations that participated this year. Not only did proceeds from ticket sales go towards these organizations, but participants could donate money to these charities as well! It was a guilt free shopping day and I invited some of my close friends to join me at the outlet.

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Our day started off with a quick meet up at the registration desk where we were given media packets, raffle tickets for gift cards and massive giveaway baskets, and an exclusive wristband that allowed us to get massive deals on already marked down prices at almost all of the stores at the outlet. After dropping off our raffle tickets, we made our way around the outlet to start shopping.

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The entire shopping center was PACKED with people and it was actually pretty difficult to move around (but hey, it just shows that the event is super successful so I didn’t mind). I made my way around some of my favorite stores including J.Crew, H&M, Aldo, and Lacoste. Since it was an outlet, almost all of the stores sold their goods at a fraction of what most of the retail locations charge. On top of that, our wristbands gave us even more of discount (either a percentage markdown, or a bill reduction if you buy up to a certain amount).

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The chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory had a nice deal so we stopped by to get some treats before plunging back into the crowd (my favorite was the pumpkin pie truffle)

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Citadel outlets also held a catered luncheon with live music that was one of the perks that we were able to cash in on with our wristbands. The burger from Ruby’s was so good and it was just enough to give us energy for the rest of the day (and a full stomach for our next stop of the day).
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Our last stop of the day before heading home was the Stella Rosa tasting lounge. Since we were all over 21, we were given access to the lounge area where we got to try out some of Stella’s new wines. There was a sweet white called Stella Platinum and a sweet red called Stella Rosso. I really enjoyed both but I enjoyed the sparkly white a little bit more (because I’m rather partial to alcohol that has a hint of elderflower in it). We also got check out this really nice bottle of Diama Rose but since they ran out early in the day, we weren’t able to sample any.

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Before the day was over, I was able to do a quick meetup with my friend Chelsea Hartnett who was the media coordinator that sent me the invite to the event. She was really sweet and I’m so glad she was able to take a quick second out of her busy schedule to meet up with me.

13Overall, the event was one of the most fun that I’ve been to in a while and it was definitely a great way to start off the new school year. I’m glad I was able to attend and support local organizations. I’ll be looking forward to next year’s shopping extravaganza and I’m sure it will be as successful as this one!

Happy Friday!

-Nelson

OOTD

Shirt: Zara

Shirt tied around my waist: H&M

Pant: Levi’s (through Crossroads)

Shoes: Adidas

Backpack: Banana Republic

Shades: ZeroUV

Bracelets and Watch: Aldo

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