I hope the title of this post caught your attention! This post definitely makes me happy because it's the perfect definition of a win-win situation (goodness do I love that word!). I'm sharing the story about how another blogger helped me out with a huge favor, AND I'm helping y'all out by sharing about a great new app (that came in handy for said favor) and this app can give all of you $5!! Who doesn't love $5 and a good story?! Let's get started then!
So sorority recruitment for my chapter of Alpha Delta Pi is quickly approaching for next month. For the different nights of recruitment, the girls in my chapter wear different colored or color-themed outfits. This year, the sisters who are in charge of recruitment decided to switch things up a bit from what we did last year, and one of the nights we are doing sundresses in a few different bright pastel shades. I was assigned to buy a dress in the shade of blue pictured below:
Easy peasy I thought. I actually started dress shopping during a few nights of down time during my study abroad trip to France so that I could get a head start on things! One night while abroad, I found the absolute perfect dress for recruitment in a spot-on shade of blue that matched the swatch above! And the best part- it was on clearance! I'm not going to disclose the name of the retailer that I found this dress on, but it was a favorite online retailer of mine. Of course I ordered the dress right away, I couldn't wait to see it when I got home from France!
But sadly- upon arriving home and opening the package, I didn't even get a chance to try on the dress because the first thing that I noticed is that the retailer had sent me a defective dress! The dress had kind of criss crossing straps in the front, and there was a very noticeable and prominent stain that it arrived with right smack on the front of the criss cross. Despite it being on sale- NO THANK-YOU! So back in the mail it quickly went. But the bad news was that during the time that I'd been traveling, the retailer had sold out of that dress (and all other dresses in this color blue).
I didn't think that it would be too hard to find another dress somewhere online in this color.... but good grief I was wrong! I must have searched just about every online clothing retailer that I could think of (and more!), and I couldn't find anything! The dress I needed had to be that shade of blue in the swatch above, pin attire appropriate for my sorority (meaning nothing strapless and not too much cleavage showing), a PLAIN dress with no other colors or patterns on it, and hopefully nothing too expensive. The websites below are all great places to find dresses at- but I was just striking out for the qualifications of what I needed! Here are some places that I tried though:
*Nordstrom (during the NSale)
*Lord & Taylor
..... and many, many other smaller online boutiques and retailers! And still I kept coming up blank. I started to regret returning the stained dress!
Then I decided to reach out to the members of the Millennial Blogger Network (the amazing blogging group that I helped co-found a few months ago!). Amazingly, one of the bloggers in the network, Brittany from Southern Soul, had a dress in my size and the correct shade of blue that she was willing to sell to me! And it met pin attire standards! I couldn't believe my luck.
The only problem was that Brittany lives across the country from me! I needed a way to pay her ASAP for shipping so that I could get the dress quickly. I wanted to be able to try it on as soon as possible in the even that it didn't fit, so that I could resume my difficult search! I knew that Paypal was an option for sending money, but sometimes transactions (even on the Friends and Family choice) can take a few days to process.
Enter a brand new app, Square Cash, to the rescue of my dress dilemma! Square Cash is a totally free app that links to your bank account through your debit card, and allows you to send money to friends and family instantly, and for no fees! So free to download, and free to make transactions- what what! And everything happens instantly- not more waiting around for things to process like what can happen with Paypal sometimes! (Square Cash does have a business transaction option that they do take commission from if you need to use it for those reasons, but all friends and family transactions are always free, all the time!). And here's the best part- anytime after you've downloaded the app and you get a friend or family member to sign up for Square Cash with your referral code, you both get $5 sent to your bank account! A totally free $5! How amazing is this sounding?!
I told Brittany that I would like to pay for my dress's shipping through Square Cash, and I texted her my referral code so she could download the app. Literally in less than 10 minutes, our whole transaction was done! From East Coast to West Coast, the money had already been sent and delivered, and each of our $5 were getting ready to be on our way to our bank accounts within the next few business days (my $5 arrived two days ago!).
Here's a screenshot of Brittany and I's texts during the whole thing which shows you how easy Square Cash made the whole process:
I know that after this experience I'm sure of two things: a.) I'm even more thankful for the Millennial Blogger Network than I was before- because not only are there awesome blogging benefits to being apart of such a great group of ladies, but now a fellow MBN blogger has totally helped me out with sorority recruitment as well! And b.) I'm a huge fan of Square Cash! An app that pays me to pay people back instantly?! Love it. Be sure to check out Square Cash for their latest updates on Facebook and on Twitter!
xoxo Miss ALK
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