Barney's Bonanza

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There are only two days left until Barney's warehouse sale in downtown L.A. and I'm proud to say that I'm well prepared. I take these events rather seriously and over the years have learned a few tricks to make sure that my experience is more rewarding than catastrophic. While you may leave with some bruises on your arms, if you're carrying a killer pair of shoes, you won't even notice. Here are the rules I stick to when attending a major sale.

1. Dress the part. As tempting as it may be to show up in your most fashionable outfit, resist the urge. Instead, opt for comfortable basics that are thin, breathable and hug your body. I typically wear a good bra, tank top, leggings and ballet flats (plus a pair of socks in your bag for when you try on boots). This way, when you're battling the hordes of women in the dressing room, you won't waste valuable time contorting your body into awkward positions so people won't see your thong.

2. Know what's in your closet. Do you already own four pairs of black pumps? If so, put the ever-so-slightly-different pair back on the shelf and carry on. It's easy to get caught up in a great sale, but if you already own something similar, you don't need duplicates crowding your closet.

3. Do some detective work. Did you find the exact pair of shoes you were looking for...in the wrong size? Instead of dropping them to the floor and collapsing into a sobbing mess, scour the other racks since shoes are often misplaced. Case in point: these were in the size 5 section. I wear an 8.

4. Know your lifestyle. If you're a jet setter that needs an array of fabulous cocktail dresses on hand at all times, check out the evening wear. If you're more of a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal (nothing wrong with that), stay away from the floor-sweeping numbers that will simply collect dust in your closet.

5. Make a budget (and stick to it). It's really easy to get caught up in all of the killer sales and while the savings may be substantial, they eventually add up. Go in with a particular game plan, (like a pair of sky-high heels and a sparkly clutch) and try not to deviate too far from your original goal.

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