There is only one thing that I like more than sales. It's making lists of things that are on sale. I discovered Lyst on my own a few months ago, and it was introduced to me sort of as a magical sales assistant - you make note of everything you like, and it tells you when it goes on sale. Sort of like filling your shopping basket up preemptively before patiently waiting for prices to be slashed.
In recent memory, my shopping habits are erratic - an often-asked question is "Where do you get your clothes"? The honest answer is, some are gifted by companies, some are found in thrift stores, some online and a lot on random Asian e-commerce stores. The only time I've had to organize my shopping efforts is when faced with the roaring beast of cold and fury that is New York's winter. I'll spare you from any lamentation around the topic, as I'm sure I've mentioned enough to fill the next decade of winters, but I found myself with a double-edged conundrum - I had to basically build my Winter wardrobe from the ground up.
Websites like Lyst make this task super easy - I tend to make lists of what I need such as these bags, black boots, big puffer coats, a down vest, jeans, etc, and fill them up with ideas on where I can find these items. Lyst also helped me organize outfits - I'm the biggest noobie when it comes to dressing for the cold, and I'm slowly building up my skill in avoiding looking like a giant puffy hamburger.
So what's my method behind a good winter outfit? Mixing it up. It's so easy to fall into a mindless repetitive trap of always going for dark clothing, and I'm definitely not one to wear all black. Mixing in pastels and neutrals is an easy way to ensure variety - I find it's as simple as buying 4-5 different scarves, beanies and boots to mix and match with everything. Accessories become the new basics in Winter for me. It's also helpful to play around with textures and patterns to offset the same basic warm coat you wear all the time.
Lyst is completely free to use, and they're partly fortune tellers - you specify which brands you like when you sign up and they keep showing you the good stuff as you use it.
**This post was made in collaboration with Lyst