Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday
Tonight I will be teaching the class, “Dressing for Success on a Budget’ sponsored by The Money School of Delaware. The premise being that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look professional and how to have a “Champagne Closet with a Beer Budget”
As a self proclaimed frugal fashionista, I usually don’t pay full retail price for my clothing nor do I shop high end department stores or boutiques in a mall. Thrifting at Goodwill or The Salvation Army, hitting a local Consignment Shop, low end retail sales and clearance shopping is much more fun and is easier on my wallet.
Chain stores such as Ross, Marshall’s, TJMaxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Rugged Wearhouse, and Target understands the needs of women who want designer clothing but with lower prices.
I read fashion magazines and blogs and try to stay current with the latest trends but if I can recreate an outfit with thrifted items from Goodwill I most certainly will!
When my sons were younger, they only knew the “Mart Brothers” – Kmart and Walmart!
Shoes are definitely my weakness and I have too many pairs to count, but I never pay full price, not when there are ways to get Reward Points from stores such as DSW or coupons and AAA discounts at Payless and of course the clearance sales at Target!
Christian Sirano for Payless
Fioni for Payless Peep Toe Pumps and Celine Inspired Tote from Ross
JC Penney and Sears may not be top on your shopping list but they should be, especially for their end-of-season clearance sales, remember the Liz Claiborne jeans I found for a dollar? Kohl’s is also another great place to shop for clearance deals. Mixing thrifted items with new pieces can make a perfect outfit.
Dress – JC Penney // Shoes – Payless
Thrifted Top – Goodwill // Skirt – JCPenney // Purse – Ross // Shoes – Rugged Wearhouse
Top – Ross // Skirt – Goodwill // Sandals – The Salvation Army Family Store
Shoes – Rugged Wearhouse // Dress – Boscov’s // Tote -Ross
Also, don’t sleep on the cheapie cheap Dollar Stores either, places like Family Dollar, Dollar General and even Dollar Tree oftentimes have great accessories like leggings, tights, hats and scarves. Remember this Fedora that I bought last summer from Dollar Tree!
Dollar Tree Dome and Sundress from Rugged Wearhouse
There are also great deals and bargains to be found online and from catalogs like eShakti, Spiegel and Avon all of which are my favorites.
Dress – Avon // Shoes Goodwill
Dress – Avon // Pumps – Goodwill
Top – Rugged Wearhouse // Skirt – Old Navy
Totally Thrifted outfit from Goodwill
Walmart Sundress covered with thrifted blouse
Thrifted dress with scarf purchased at a “Purse Party”
Rocket Dog Peep Toe Pumps from The Shoe Dept
Studded Shoes from Rugged Wearhouse
If you are attending a fancy soiree, try a high end online site such as “Rent the Runway” or “Beg Borrow Steal” and in a pinch go to a Consignment Shop located in a high end neighborhood which is how I found a gown for a Ball that I attended last year.
Dressing for less doesn’t mean you can’t afford better, nor does it have be an embarrasing event, however, I must admit that it can be addictive, especially on $2 Tuesdays at Goodwill!
Where do you shop for your bargains?
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
I was recently featured on the website “Fabulous After 40”, and chosen as “Glam Gal of the Week”, (click the link to read in case you missed it.)
I was also selected along with two other ladies who we weren’t afraid to wear the color red after the age of 40. The red sheath dress that I was wearing was received from eShakti as a product review. Sheath dresses are my favorite styles and even with the the change in weather they will remain forefront in my closet.
In today’s outfit I am wearing a color blocked sleeveless sheath dress from Avon. I gave the outfit an edgier look with the pleather jacket thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill), studded booties and stud and spike accessories.
Remember when I purchased this Spike Necklace/Earring Set on my birthday at Rugged Wearhouse for a $1.00 on clearance?
Stud & Buckle Booties – Ross
House of Dereon Bag – Burlington Coat Factory
Last Friday I also wore a color block sleeveless sheath dress purchased from Ross with a pair of suede over-the-knee boots and long knit sweater.
These pictures were taken at at Camera’s Etc in Newark (pardon the drunken eyes)
I believe these rhinestone embellished boots were also purchased a few seasons ago from Ross.
As you can see, I have no intentions of putting away my sleeveless sheath dresses anytime soon.
How about you, what are your wardrobe items that you’ll wear in any season?
I was inspired by Transatlantic Blonde in wearing footless tights with a dress, and they were purchased at Target.
Today I am linking up with What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy, come on over and meet some new bloggers.
DON’T FORGET – TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES TO WIN THE LEONISA MEN’S SHAPEWEAR (STOCKING STUFFER)
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!
“eShakti-We Design – You Customize”
I am doing this review for eShakti, an international fashion design company in India that sells ready-to-wear and customized women’s clothing. eShakti specializes in affordable custom made clothing for women in sizes 0-36W. They have been featured in Vogue, Glamour and O Magazines and now include design teams in New York and California. In an effort to reach a wider audience they have contacted several bloggers including myself to review an item of clothing from their stock.
I chose this ready-to-wear blue stripe dress and am not only in love with the color but also in how it fits my body frame. It is an all-season knit dress, so today I added a thrifted denim bolero jacket and black patent leather pumps.
The scoop neck, cap sleeves and side zipper has it fitting me to a “T”, it’s a very nice cut. After wearing, I machine washed on delicate and hung to dry with no problems, it kept it’s shape and only needs a cool iron to remove the wrinkles.
eShakti has a large selection of clothing and their shipping is 7-9 business days including custom clothing, however, certain styles sell out quickly including this one.
For a limited time, you can register and save $25 on your first offer or use coupon code 31BLA778
Thank you Mark & Cleo, owners of The Java House Cafe in Middletown, DE location of this photo shoot.
Product Review Disclosure:
Any products which have been gifted or provided free to me for review will be mentioned in the post and are posted only if it is a good fit for De Divah Deals’ aesthetics and content. Any sponsored giveaways or posts will also be noted as such.