As a working mom, shopping is a luxury. I love shopping, don’t get me wrong, but window shopping and shopping for pleasure are not something I’ve had the luxury to enjoy for quite some time now. Because CHILDREN. And WORK. And NO KIND OF FREE TIME WHATSOEVER.

Working Mom

But this weekend I’m breaking protocol (thanks, family!) and spending some quality time at Queenstown Premium Outlets in Queenstown, Maryland. I’ve spent the last year of my life using and reusing the same work wardrobe and frankly, it’s time I added some pop to my otherwise predictable ensemble.

How this working mom gets herself ready for outlet shopping days…

Step 1: Organize

First thing I do is organize myself. I analyze my needs for the immediate future as well as the upcoming season. Am I missing any “must have” staples? What are the trends for the the next few months. What needs to be tossed? Where is my wardrobe lacking?

My next step is to scan the stores and compare them to my current needs. For this trip I’m most interested in filling in the gaps of my professional wardrobe. (Which basically means I’m eyeing up Kate Spade New York, Loft Outlet, Dress Barn, White House Black Market, Banana Republic Factory Store and Calvin Klein.)

Step 2: Strategize

Strategy while shopping? Absolutely!

To get the best results I recommend:

  1. Find the sales.
  2. Download the map.
  3. Get a game plan and budget together.

Step 3: Multi-task

Okay, I’m not a complete lost-cause at this shopping thing. Sure I am looking to get as much done as possible as quickly as possible and for the best price, but I also like to have a little fun. I usually bring my sister or a good friend along to keep me on target and give me their honest opinions on my potential purchases. And you had better believe I’m scoping out good buys for my teens. Those boys grow out of clothes every week!

Follow my adventures at Queenstown Premium Outlets on Twitter and Instagram and check back with me on Monday, July 27th to see how I did and what fab things I discovered! 

Disclosure: I have been provided with a gift card to facilitate my experience at Queenstown Premium Outlets. All opinions contained are my own.