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21 July 2014

J.Crew Factory Back to School Haul

Believe it or not, teachers are headed back to school next week! Of course, we start a week before the kiddies, but summer has officially come and gone. It's a bittersweet moment, really. The daytime activities, lunching out and about, and general laziness must come to a halt, but in all, a lot of us are ready to get back into a routine. 

This time every year, I make a trip to the J.Crew Factory outlet to pick up a few basics for back to school, and with 50% off nearly everything in the store, this was my weekend to scoop up anything and everything I could. And ladies and gentleman, it was a success! I was able to get 1 sweater, 2 cardigans, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of navy pants, 1 pair of earrings, 2 pairs of shoes, and an umbrella (for those afternoon showers that inevitably happen just as the buses are called)...all for the low low price of $175. Seriously! That's an average of less than $20 per item - which includes tax! Win!

I will say that I had to resist grabbing a few things that I knew I wouldn't be able to wear just yet. Like this which I have in navy from last season and literally wore two to three times per week. And I am still in dire need of an every day blazer that I can toss over anything from a tee shirt to a top. Has anyone tried this one from the factory store?

Whew - I feel better about my wardrobe already. Between my trip this weekend and my 10 under $50 picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I'd say that I'm almost set for the fall! Almost.

Didn't get a chance to see my Nordstorm picks? That's a part of my new Instagram only content using Like to Know It (which I explained here). Be sure to click over to and sign up, so you can get everything sent straight to your inbox! 


18 July 2014

Affiliate Links Explained + Introducing Like to Know It

I think that once you're a blogger, all of the terminology becomes a part of your everyday lingo. Words like bounce rate, links like, and platforms like become natural vocabulary. But for those who read blogs instead of write them, we rarely take the time to explain what all of this language means - and what those clicks mean for bloggers. I thought I'd take a quick second today to break down some of the terminology for you! Sound good?

Let's start at the beginning: 

What is an affiliate link? An affiliate link is a URL from which a blogger may receive a small commission from a product that you purchase.  Some affiliate links that you may notice are ones like, shopstyle, or (more on this in a few). Probably Polka Dots uses all three of the links identified above and commission rates vary from advertiser to advertiser, product to product. Rest assured I'm not over here rolling in affiliate link dough.

Which brings me to an exiting new thing for you from PPD! Allow me to introduce to you Like to Know It ( is a relatively young platform that is a part of rewardStyle (, a blogger affiliate link program. For readers, Like to Know It allows you as Instagram followers to shop for products that you see on a specific blogger's Instagram account. I don't know about you, but I am always always always looking at Instagrams and wondering where a 'grammer purchased a bag, dress, bauble, or even home accessory. takes the guessing out of it. No longer do you have to click on a person's blog to access the information about a certain look. All you have to do is...wait for's super easy...LIKE the picture. Yep, really. That's it! Once you like a picture, you will receive an email allowing you to shop your favorite bloggers' feeds.

So here's what you do:

1. Register: Register for Like to Know It - - and sign in via Instagram. You can choose exactly what you want to see and when you want to see it (ie. you're not going to get an email every time you like a picture). 

2. Instagram: Keep liking pictures that you, well, like. If you ever come across an image with @liketkit or #liketkit, you've found a picture that you can shop (like this one!). Like it and you'll receive an email with the shopable links automatically.

3. Shop: Find, click, and shop your favorite products right from your email feed. It's that easy!

So, if you've been liking pictures on Instagram and wondering what in the world all of this stuff was, now you know! Was this helpful? I sure hope so!

Cheers to the weekend, friends!

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