Sunday, June 5, 2016

Making the Most Out of Your Existing Wardrode

Use It Up, Wear It Out: My New Fashion and Beauty Mantra

Last year, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. It is an inspiring little book with a simple message: keep only those things that spark joy. If you have not read this book, definitely check it out. You can find it on Amazon here.

Like many others, I instantly fell in love with the Konmari method of organizing, simplifying, and filling my space with only the finest of prized possessions. It is an idea that makes perfect sense to me...on a philosophical level.

However, in actuality, the idea of throwing out lots of my stuff sparks a mild sense of terror rather than joy. I like to feel like I have many options, and the idea of getting rid of things I paid for and may not even have used seems wasteful and imprudent.

While I aspire to a minimalist Konmari closet just like those beautiful You-tubers with their capsule wardrobe on a single rack and perfectly folded socks, my mind state is just not quite there yet.

For the time being, I have decided not to attempt the Konmari method. Instead, my goal is to use the clothes and beauty products that I already have. My mantra at the moment is, "use it up, wear it out."

So, I thought I'd share a few tips on how get the most use out of the things you already have.

Shop your own closet: Instead of rushing out to buy that trendy new piece or recreate an outfit you saw on your favorite blogger, shop your own closet first. See if you can use things you already own to get the same feel. For instance, you might not have the ultra-trendy shape/color of striped tee you wish you had, but chances are that you have something similar you can wear without a trip to the mall.

Use inspiration to be creative: If you are bored with your current wardrobe, look for some fashion inspiration in order to find novel ways to wear your items. I'm always on the lookout for styling options I never thought of. I find inspiration everywhere: Lookbook, blogs, magazines, outfit of the week videos, friends, stylish people on the name it!

Step up your game: I find that a lot of times I go towards safe and lazy choices when getting dressed, so those cute dresses and adorable shoes get pushed to the side in favor of the more comfortable option. Lately, I have been making more effort to wear the flashier items I own, when appropriate. Not only am I making better use of the things I own, but I look nicer overall. 

This goes for beauty products as well. Take a few minutes to apply lotion that you usually skip, or experiment with color rather than going for your everyday neutral makeup look. Give that hair product you only used a few times another go. 

Obviously, you bought these things because you wanted the look or beauty benefit that they provide. A little effort goes a long way. 

Take on those DIY projects: I think we all have a few odd repair projects in our closets. You know: the pretty top you wore once that lost a button...the jeans you need to shorten...The dress you need to find the right bra for before you can wear it... Carpe diem, girls! Stop procrastinating and just do it, so you can make use of those things again.

Accessorize: I sometimes forget about my accessories, but they are a great way to add variety. Mix in the scarves, jewelry, bags, and shoes you already own.

If you must buy something new, adding accessories gives you a lot of bang for your buck. A necklace that only costs a couple dollars can update your whole outfit.

Let go of things that are no longer useful: Sometimes I have trouble letting go of things that have outlived their usefulness. Many times it is not even conscious. That top I loved has been slowly shrinking and now has a weird shape, or my go-to boots are really scuffed, yet, I keep wearing them out of habit. While I want to get the most use out of my things, it's really important to know when it's time to let go. 

Make sure to weed out things that do not fit, are worn out, stained, scuffed, or have holes that cannot be repaired. Let go of things that are old and out of style or no longer fit your lifestyle.

So, what is your fashion mantra? Have you tried the Konmari method? What thoughts guide the way you buy or use your belongings?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Why I Took a Break from Blogging

It has been over a year since I quietly stepped away from blogging.

What started my hiatus was just being extremely BUSY. However, some pretty big philosophical shifts were at play, too.

I was struggling financially, which forced me to restrict my spending. This forced separation from consumerism gave me a new perspective and made me more critical of the greedy forces that fueled my fashion obsession.

While I have always been thrifty, I became even more interested in frugal living, saving money, and minimalism during this time. So, in addition to being busy and poor, I suddenly found myself having some existential conflicts related to my love of fashion and beauty.

Now, my situation has improved. Although I am still on a fairly tight budget, I finally have some wiggle room. I also have more free time. I've been feeling called to write again, even though I still feel tension between my consumerist fashionista side and the thrifty minimalist in me. 

As with everything in life, I believe the key is balance.

While this blog has always been about looking your best for the least, expect to see some hints of my new philosophy and interests in future posts.

I look forward to sharing some of the things I've learned and the ideas I've been exploring during my little break from blogging.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Freebies

I've been very busy lately, so for awhile, I really slowed down on my couponing and freebie habits. 

Now that my life has calmed down a bit, I started requesting samples and couponing once again.

Here are a couple of my latest freebies.

Wet N Wild has been offering 50¢ off coupons.

Since my grocery store offers to double coupons that are under $1, that means that the 50¢ off coupon is actually worth $1, allowing me to choose any $1 Wet N Wild product that I like for free.

I got this summery coral and bright baby blue polish for absolutely nothing with coupons!

This deluxe sample set of three Aveeno face creams arrived in my mailbox this week. I was really impressed by this sample. 

With the amount of lotion I use, there are at least two to three applications in each container. It's nice to be able to see how your skin reacts to a few days of use. I'm excited to try them.

Look for reviews on these in the future.

So, have you gotten any good freebies or deals lately?

Have you tried any of these products?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Why It Pays To Shop Off Season: Rue21/Tilly's Haul

Check out this cute online shopping spring/summer haul from Rue 21 and Tilly's.

I managed to score all the clothing pictured for just $30 including shipping.

So, what is my secret for finding bargains like this? Well...all of these warm-weather items were actually Black Friday 2015 deals!

Shopping off-season is one of the biggest ways to save on clothing. If you know how to take advantage of end-of-season sales you can easily build a stylish wardrobe for next to nothing.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your clothing budget: 

  • Shopping off season doesn't mean you will be out style! Fashion flows in waves. Most trends circulate for a few seasons in various forms before dying out. If you stay up-to-date on fashion and have a good grasp of what's still in style and what's on its way out, you can easily grab trendy and fun clothes that still look fresh for next season.

  • Shop holiday sales. I find that the best time to shop online is during any holiday. There are deep discounts and better than usual shipping deals.

  • Never pay for shipping! When shopping online, be smart about shipping. Shop on days when stores are offering free shipping on all purchases or lower free shipping minimums. But don't buy things you don't want/need in order to get shipping deals.

  • Have patience and plan ahead. You have to be forward-thinking in order to shop this way. You've got to know what you are going to need and what type of events you are going to need to dress in coming seasons. You have to be prepared to let your new purchases hang in your closet until the seasons change. 

  • Shop mid-season sales. Since the sale cycle starts so early in retail, you can easily get clearance clothes that are still in season.

  • Look for past-season clothes that can transition into the coming season. For example, if a store is clearing out winter merchandise, snap up that light-weight pink sweater that works perfectly for a cool spring day. 

  • Be choosy. I used to buy just about anything I found on sale. While I did have fun trying lots of different styles, I also threw money away on clothes that didn't suit me, or that I never found a reason to wear. Now, I put just as much thought into buying sale items as I would full price clothes.  

Rue21 Faux Suede Skirt $6

Rue21 Geo Print Joggers $3

Rue21 Crochet Fringed Sweater $3

Rue21 Halter Top $3

Rue21 Open Knit Sweater $3

Rue21 Crochet Back Top $3

Rue21 Crochet Back Top $3

Rue21 Strappy Tank $3

Tilly's Floral Duster Vest $3
So, Do you ever shop off season? What is the best deal you have ever found in end-of-season clearance sales?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bargain Brag: 99¢ Clothing Online! Raised Their Prices, But Check Out This Amazing Clearance Haul! has been one of my online shopping obsessions for the past five years. 

What made them so much fun to shop was the fact that everything on the site was $5.99 or less. Prices like that are a rare find online, let alone an entire store at that price point.

So, I was disappointed when recently raised their prices. Most of their merchandise is now $8.99. 

At $5.99, their clothing was reasonable. The quality was generally pretty decent for the price. The styles weren't exactly cutting-edge fashion, but I liked that they had cute things that were somewhat different than what you would find at the mall. (You can check out a past review and haul from here.) 

Sadly, because of the price increase, I don't plan to shop the site anymore. For $8.99, you can easily find very trendy items at stores like Forever21 and H&M.  

While I was reading customer comments about the price increase on their Facebook page, I happened to see a response from the company that mentioned a clearance sale. When I went to the website, I found over 100 clothing items on sale for 99¢! No, that is not a typo-99¢ clothing online!!!

So, here is my spectacular final haul from

13 tops for $19! That averages $1.46 each (including shipping)

Lace Top $1.99

Most of's merchandise is from brands you've never heard of. This top has a cut out tag, so it is some sort of closeout item. Both my sister and I think the tag looks like it is from H&M.

Printed Tank 99¢
I think this little tank will be cute in the summer with a black maxi skirt.  

Knit Top  99¢
This open knit top has gold threading and a few subtle sequins. 

Floral Print Crop Top  99¢
This top is very cropped, but I think it will look nice with a black midi pencil skirt and some heels.

Sheer Top with Caged Back Detail 99¢
This top is simple and pretty from the front and I love the strappy back!

Back View

Fringe Tee 99¢

I saw some fringed tees similar to this one selling for $9.99 on American Eagle last weekend! 

Tie Dye Sleeveless Blouse $1.99
I like the early 90s feel of this top. The open scalloped back is cute. I've also recently seen some tie-dye runway looks in fashion magazines.

Cute Open Back

Sequin Shoulder Top 99¢ 

I thought this top was cotton with sequin shoulder insets. It is actually a knit and the stripes have some silver shine in them. That's a little more bling than I expected, but still cute.  

Side Tie Top 99¢

This little top with a lace back and side ties is a pretty basic for the summer.

Lace Back

Cream Lace Hi Low Top 99¢
This lace top is so pretty on! Simple and beautiful. 

Scalloped Back Tank 99¢
This is a nice tank for the summer. The open back is sexy.

Scalloped Back

Printed Tank 99¢

This little ethnic print tank will look nice with a long black maxi skirt, or some flared jeans and platforms.

Top with Open Knit Detail on the Shoulders 99¢

I Thought this top looked like it might be cheaply made on the model, but for the price I took a chance. In person, it is so nice! It has a really flattering shape. The simple style means you can wear it with almost anything.
I'll definitely miss, but what a way to say goodbye!

So, What is the best deal you have ever found online? What store is your online fashion addiction?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bargain Brag: Dr. Martens Lester Floral Oxford from Ross

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my latest Dr. Marten steal from Ross Dress for Less.  
My first Dr. Marten find at Ross was a pair of cherry red docs, which were by far the best Dr. Marten deal I have encountered.  (You can see that post here.) Since that first pair, I have seen quite a few pairs of Docs at Ross in my size.  The red Docs had a label inside that said "sample."  Since I have only seen Dr. Martens at Ross in size 6, and the pricing is always very low, it seems likely that they are all sample shoes.  So, if you are a size 6 and a Dr. Martens aficionado, scour your local Ross racks for these super deals!
Dr. Marten Lester Oxford

I discovered this pair at the Roosevelt Boulevard Ross here in Philadelphia.  It is the Lester Floral Oxford.  This style is not currently selling on Dr. Martens web site, but I found it selling on for $74.97, with an original price of $120.00.  But...  

I got my pair at Ross for just $24.99!!!     

These chunky floral oxfords are a fun way to add a pop of color to a simple outfit.  They are great for the transition from winter into spring here on the East Coast.  There are so many ways to style these...I imagine mine paired with a textured pink car coat, chambray shirt, or a black dress or skater skirt.  Really the possibilities are endless!  They come with 90s-style ribbon laces, but also include traditional laces.  

 So, will you be incorporating any floral prints into your looks this spring?  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sale Alert-Delia's is Going Out of Business

I just received an email that the iconic 90's teen store, Delia's, is closing.  Their going out of business sale is currently 40% off everything, including new arrivals.

Petite girls, this is a great opportunity to stock up on short length jeans.  Their inseams start at 26"! Their jeans are running about $25.99 right now and they are offering free shipping on orders over $75.

Also, if you like 90's fashion and are not familiar with Delia's place in 90's teen history, you should definitely Google search Delia's catalogs from the 90's for a fun look at 90's fashion, beauty, and pop culture.

RIP Delia's!