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Beauty and Health are important in helping people feel good and look good from the inside out. We also have awesome fashion tips.

August 12, 2011

Fashion Friday: back to School Saving

Madame Deals

It is that time already. The time to empty your empty wallet and buy school supplies and school clothes. I am a mom of three and two are in school. I often think I work just to keep them from being naked. I have come up with a couple of tips to keep my expenses down and my children in style.

1) Hand me downs are super!

The tip to receiving great hand me downs is find a friend or family member with a child who is older than yours. Then you ask for their clothes when they are done. I also organize a clothing swap with parents in the neighborhood. I find that if you have a large number of people you can score a lot of great items.

2) You need to go on a treasure hunt and really document what your child has. You need to look everywhere and anywhere and take a n inventory. We often overbuy and that is wasteful. (I am still mastering not overbuying for my daughter the fashionable two year old.) I take my list that I keep in my purse. Then I mark off items as I buy them.

3) Buy items as you need them and when you see them on sale. I often see people that rush out and buy their child’s whole fall wardrobe at once this is quick but not inexpensive.

4) I use my credit card rewards from Discover Card to buy gift cards.  I put everything on my credit cards and every Thursday night I pay it off. This way I “extra” money. They also have deals where when you use your reward dollars you can buy larger amount credit cards. It is like getting free money twice.

5) Buy items when they are on sale and use coupons. I also ask relatives to give the kids a small gift and gift cards for holidays. Then when it is time to go shopping they are able to budget. There are also several sites that you can buy other people’s gift cards for less than the value of the cards. I love plastic jungle and I have been able to snag cards at 20% off. Then I pair those cards with a coupon and I have a huge sale on the items the kids need.

6) Sell their old clothes and use the money to buy new clothes. I sell clothes at the local consignment shop or on Craigs list and on ebay.

 Here is a link to ALL my fashion secrets.

What is your best school shopping tip ?

April 29, 2011

Fashion Friday: Here came the bride now what to do with the hat?

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things, the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less.

I am a princess but I am not a royal. I know we are all talking about the wedding. Weddings are big news. I just got back from a wonderful wedding last weekend. I know that Kate will not be following my advice on finding your dream dress in Goodwill. I also know her guests will not follow my advice and gather their clothing on Ebay which is where I found an amazing Vera Wang. I am so enthralled by the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark dress. I am hopeful Kate will wear something simple and elegant.

This hat was found on Ebay for just $7.99

New uses for your hat after you have attended the big day:

1) Art work – hang it on your wall

2) Wear it to another event

3) Halloween costume

4) Dress up bin for any child

5) Tea party anyone?

6) Decoration for any diva’s bedroom

7) Go to a horse race

8) Crash a sorority rush party

9) Wear it and become Katy Perry or Lady Gaga

10) Bowl?

April 15, 2011

Fashion Friday: Packing for a trip

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

The worst part of a trip is packing. The what ifs are overwhelming. What if it is hot, cold, raining or snowing? How do I get it all in that little suitcase? How do I look cute and dress appropriately? I am on my way to Chicago for my annual girl’s weekend. I am gone Friday- Sunday. I will not be eating anywhere with coloring books! I am going to tell you my husband says I am not the lightest packer. I am however fashionable and frugal. I always bring a bag that I can bring stuff home in if I need them.

Packed:

3 Dresses The red one was $4 Goodwill, Green $12.99 Ross, Black $29.99 Ross

Under garments and swimsuit (hoping for a steam room or hot tub)

raincoat $29.99 Sam’s club , zipper sweater Jcrew outlet $20, cardigan $4 Goodwill, Shiny coat $20 Jcrew outlet sale

Black pants $30 Plato’s closet normally $160

Jeans $42 normally Plato’s closet $187

Yoga Pants $10 Sam’s club

2 short sleeve shirts $25 mint ebay, HM $4 goodwill

 

 

2 pairs of ballet flats $50 coach Tj Maxx,  $10 Jcrew sale

1 go out purse

Dooney bag $50 Goodwill

1 pair of girl shoes meant to get you to dinner but not tour the city

 

Wearing-

Winter coat

Jeans

Cashmere sweater

Button down with a print

ballet flats

under garments

 

Tip to save money- Bring a bag that you can use as a purse on the way home for items you pick up.(I pack my clothes in the bag to save room on the way there) I always bring a travel umbrella and reusable shopping bags to put my souvenirs in.

NOTE: I only bought two dresses for my trip. The rest of the clothes were from my closet!

 

February 25, 2011

Fashion Friday: Swimsuit

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

I hit the store inspired by the 75 degree weather to find a bathing suit. I do not care who you are, there is nothing scarier clothes wise then attempting to buy a bathing suit. I suggest you buy a suit that you are not scared to walk out of the dressing room in. I mean if you are afraid to walk towards the mirror in the suit, then how are you going to wear it at the pool?

I then suggest you not look at the size on the suit. I actually always buy bathing suits that are not my “normal” size because I go by fit not size.  No one is going to ask to see the tag in your suit. I do think if your assets are hanging out, you will get more questions regarding size.

Why did I run to the store to buy a suit?  Well, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s have started filling their stores with swim suits. I scored my Kenneth Cole Suit for $24.99. I saw this suit at a department store last year for $60.00. This is the time to buy your swimsuit because they have all the sizes in stock. Yes, they are most likely last year’s model but how much design improvement can there be in a swimsuit?

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