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On February 22nd, 2018 we welcomed the third Canadian location of Saks Fifth Avenue to Calgary. It marks their first Western Canadian location and the first location outside of Toronto and we are thrilled to have expanded the luxury goods offering in the city even further! This opening is just the tip of the iceberg of the excitement that is about to hit CF Chinook Centre in the coming years (more on that later). It’s easily our second home. We spend so much time shopping, eating and entertaining here that sometimes I actually wonder how much it would cost to rent one of the retail spaces as our studio. Wouldn’t that be something?!

Saks has partnered with our bank, RBC, to bring customers a great new way to earn RBC Rewards points faster, which also makes this one of the first programs of this nature I have encountered, and I LOVE IT! What this means for you, if you are an RBC customer (if you are not, better get on it!) is that you will be earning 2X RBC Rewards points on all your in-store purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in Canada when you pay with your RBC Rewards credit card!

if you are an RBC customer you will be earning 2X RBC Rewards points on all your in-store purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in Canada when you pay with your RBC Rewards credit card!

As someone who uses my credit cards for all my purchases throughout the year, this is major news, especially because the points we accumulate through our credit cards (we have a personal account and a business account) get put to good use. We use our RBC Infinite Avion credit card to collect points for travel and it comes especially handy when we rent cars. Did you know that you can earn 2x the points when you book with Thrifty? Another great tip is that if you have numerous credit cards like we do, you can actually push all your points to one account, this way you get the flexibility to maximize the way you spend them. Want more? The RBC Rewards app helps review your available points balance and pending points activity on the go. The app has many of the same features as the online platform but provides you with convenience of a mobile experience.

Naturally with news like this we were first in line at the highly anticipated Saks Fifth Avenue store opening, with cards and wish lists in hand. First up, the shoe department. I am very familiar with the Saks offerings as we always visit when we are in Toronto, New York or Palm Springs (or anywhere in the US for that matter) and if there is one thing you can always count on, it is for Saks to have a killer shoe selection. Luckily for us this opening also comes at a time when western wear is at its peak, with designers all over the world jumping on the trend. This will make for a very exciting Stampede! The first thing that I picked up immediately was a pair of suede Gianvito Rossi western booties.

The RBC Rewards app helps review your available points balance and pending points activity on the go. The app has many of the same features as the online platform but provides you with convenience of a mobile experience

Moving on to the eyewear department I spotted a pair of Moncler ski goggles and just like that checked off my summer AND winter essentials list. For those looking to elevate their in-store shopping experience you can request one of the three styling suites on the upper level for the ladies, or use the luxurious lounge in the men’s department. This is perfect for anyone who loves to indulge in a true shopping experience. You get a full suite to yourself (and your shopping companions), room to spread out and make those hard-hitting fashion decisions, and you can even enjoy complimentary champagne and styling services from the many knowledgeable staff. Prom season is fast approaching, just saying!┬áPersonally, the fact I can now pick up my favourite fragrances (Byredo) and underwear (Hanro) here in Alberta at 5% sales tax might be the true highlight! Who else is as particular about certain items as me? You know the struggle.

if you have numerous credit cards like we do, you can actually push all your points to one account, this way you get the flexibility to maximize the way you spend them

RBC clients can access many more offers to save money and earn points faster from great brands through RBC Offers. RBC Offers connects clients to relevant, targeted offers from top brands in travel, shopping, dining, gas and much more, all in one place, providing value and exclusive savings whenever a client chooses to pay with an eligible RBC debit or credit card. So no matter what your next shopping trip, now is a reason to reach for your RBC card first. Visit www.rbcroyalbank.com/rbcoffers for all the details or check out your offers today waiting for you in the RBC Rewards app. xoxo

This post was sponsored by RBC however all opinions are my own

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