Lessons From a Frugal Fashionista

images[5]Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE all things fashion. From my hair, to my nails, to my clothes, and especially my heels, I love to dress up. One thing I have learned though is that you can look like a million bucks without actually spending that much. As a mom, I’ve been blessed with that superhuman ability to make a little go a long way, and the same goes for my shopping budget. For example, I wore a dress the other day to work in which I received a lot of compliments…funny thing is I got that particular dress for $7 off of somebody’s clearance rack. Truth be told most of my clothes and shoes come from sale and clearance racks. While everyone else is clamoring in the front of the store, I usually make a beeline straight for the back where most stores keep their sale and clearance items. While the words “sale” or “clearance” may leave a nasty taste in the mouths of my more bourgeois buddies, I have found that it is often in these areas that you can find some cute items without breaking the bank.

images[6]“I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket”…..but I’ll turn that $20 into a whole outfit lol

Accessories are also an important and an often less expensive way to make an otherwise simple outfit extra fab. A simple tee and jeans can go from everyday wear to date night cute with the right set of earrings and pumps. You can also find great deals by signing up for your favorite stores email list. Every week I get lots of sale alerts and coupons from stores that come in handy when I go shopping. There are also a lot of great apps on for your phone that provide you with great store coupons as well. I also have found some really cute makeup steals. While I know some people have to be extra careful with their skin and only swear by certain makeup brands, I myself am a little more daring when it comes to my makeup choices and am not afraid to try less expensive brands. Now you may not be able to find it at any department store makeup counters or boutiques but “MAC”’s third cousin twice removed, “Wet N’ Wild” makes a pretty cute matte lipstick line and ladies you can find it at most places for around $2 a tube!!! The same goes for the “E.L.F.” line. You can buy most of their products at Wal-Mart and the majority of their items are under $5. Now there is one thing I am guilty of splurging on, and that is my hair. The saying “you get what you pay for” is so true here. Ladies if you pay horse hair prices, then you best to believe that in a few days you are going to wake up looking like Mr. Ed, but even still I have found that buying high-end hair directly from a distributor is a lot cheaper than buying it from a hair store. Do your research and look up reputable companies and although it may still cost a few dollars now to buy a good brand of hair the money you save over the long run is worth it, because if taken care of properly this hair can be reused.

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In closing, my point is don’t go broke trying to keep up with the Jones’ (or the Kardashians) and always remember to wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you!!!! You can wear a million dollar outfit but designer labels don’t replace good old fashioned taste or self-confidence. Half the battle in looking Fab is confidence and that’s something that you can’t put a price tag on.

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