Shh... It's Lingerie

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hi everyone!! Sorry for the ridiculous long wait for this blog post (I assume you've been biting your nails waiting for a new entry, if not, let's pretend).  My husband and I just moved into a new apartment, and it doesn't matter how many times you've moved, it never gets easier. On the bright side, I love my new place and I will post pic's as soon as I get it all organized. Now, on to the goods... I am so excited to share this new outfit with you!! I was thrifting, of course, and came across a brand new Victoria's Secret slip/nightie. Normally I keep a strict rule as to never purchase an item of clothing from a thrift store which may have at one point been taken off by someone else's teeth. TMI? Sorry. This includes, but is not limited to: Bras, Panties, Lingerie and socks  (just because those are gross anyways). However, I felt it necessary to break this rule due to the fact that the tags were still intact. When I saw this little negligee, I did not think of my husband immediately, sorry honey, I thought, "ya know, I could pull this off as a dress." That is exactly what I did!! Total outfit cost: $27.49!!

[“Dress”]
Brand: Victoria’s Secret
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: $48.00

[Sweater]
Brand: Forever XX1
Purchase Price: $6.00
Purchased From: Forever XX1 (Pre Christmas Sale)
Suggested Retail: $14.80


[Leggings]
Brand: Xhilaration
Purchase Price: $3.00
Purchased From: Target
Suggested Retail: Over $14.00


[Belt]
Brand: Thrifted
Purchase Price: $ 2.99
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: Unknown


[Heels]
Brand: Forever XX1
Purchase Price: $10.00
Purchased From: Forever XX1
Suggested Retail: $19.80



What do you think of wearing lingerie as a dress? Do you think I pulled it off? To be honest I felt a little self conscious that people would know, but then I remember what girls wear to the club and immediately felt better :D My only complaint is that the satin is not the most figure flattering. Other than that, this was a super comfy, yet fashionable outfit!!

Photographs By: www.davidswann.com

Working Girl

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I don't know about you, but growing up I thought business clothing had to be boring. Even in college when they sent you to career fairs, you were suggested to wear black slacks and a white button down.  When I finally got a "real" job I knew I needed to start dressing more professional but, I'm sorry the whole waiter look was not going to work for me!! Over the last year I have been building a wardrobe that is professional yet stylish. Being a grown-up does not mean wearing mundane clothing everyday, you can still have fun while maintaining a polished look!! My total look cost.... (drum roll)..... $29.50.
This outfit is one I wear regularly when I am out marketing to my doctors. It is flirty and  professional at the same time!! I particularly love the red cheetah print blouse. Not to mention, Red is so in right now!! You can pair red with brown, teal and even purple.

[Top]
Brand: One Clothing
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: Unknown

[Cardigan]
Brand: Banana Republic
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: $59.50

[Skirt]
Brand: Rena Lange (Sold @ Neiman Marcus)
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: Over $400.00
** My best deal yet**

[Belt]
Brand: Thrifted  (genuine leather)
Purchase Price: $ 2.99
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: Unknown

[Sunglasses]
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $0.99
Purchased From: 99¢ Store
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Heels]
Brand: Zara
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: $80-$100

Action Shot! My Husband filming me, while his dad photographed me. What a talented gene pool.




   

My loving husband. Sorry, I cannot speak for his taste in fashion, or rather, lack there of. I love him anyways!!

Photographs By: www.davidswann.com

One-Stop Shop for Online Coupons

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When our generation hears coupon, we think of our grandmas looking through the Sunday paper and cutting out 20¢ off coupons for Ivory soap. Well guess what, coupons have evolved and they are more at our disposal than ever. If you have never heard of this site, you must visit it!! Retail Me Not (http://www.retailmenot.com) is just another amazing perk of the internet!!  The creators of this fabulous site have developed a way to track all coupons and provide any searcher with the power to get a deal! Retail me not is a very user friendly site, they provide any current promotional codes (for online purchases) and current printable coupons (Like Granny does it).  On the site, you are able to search by store, website, brand or product. You are also able to tailor your search to a specific geographic location ie, if you want Chinese food, you can see if any local restaurants are offering any discounts!!

(for a larger view, simply click the picture)

The picture above is the  'home' page of the site. You can see how user friendly it is!!





Above, is a screen capture of a search I did in the 'printable coupons' tab. I simply typed in my zip code and what I was looking for and an immediate search response popped up. Notice in the right hand column there is a list of categories, you don't even need to know what you are looking for, you can just see what is out there!!


This is a search I did under 'coupon codes'. If you don't know, there is usually a little box at the bottom of the 'check out' page before you make an online purchase, this is where a coupon code is typed. Coupon codes normally refer to 10% off, free Shipping, or various other discounts. Check out my search (above) for 'Victoria 's Secret'. The site displays not only the type of coupons available, but also how often the coupon works (sometimes the coupons are expired). How cool is that?!?

I use this site regularly and find it immensely helpful. For example, when I was getting married I found this strapless bra at Victoria's Secret, that went amazingly with my wedding gown but I really didn't want to pay full price for it. So, I got on retail me not and found a 10% off coupon!! Not a huge discount, but for a girl like me, I just like to know I got a deal!! Check out the site and let me know what you think?  If you use it, how do you like it?

Bling'd out blazer (DIY style)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Being thrifty sometimes means getting crafty and creative. I am a DIY'er through and through, and I have taken some inspiration from a fellow blogger, and I created a great new garment for my closet!! This project was born after seeing Jenni's ideas on her blog: http://ispy-diy.blogspot.com. She took a regular thrifted purse and added brass brands to embellish it. I decided I could use the same idea to create an 80's style blazer!! I began with a plain black blazer I found at thrift store for about three bucks and proceeded to bling it out accordingly... The whole project cost me around $13.00 and about an hour of my time!!
I Started with a thrifted cotton blazer

I used a white eyeliner pencil and a ruler to map out where I was going to place the brads

My Supplies: A ruler, box cutter, white eyeliner pencil and silver brads (found in the scrapbook section of Joann's)

I used the box cutter to make a tiny hole in the fabric so I could push the brad through and then flatten the edges on the back side.

The finished product!

Action shot

I love this new look

What a great way to dress up a boring outfit!!
What do you think of the project?  Would you try this at home? Let me know if you have any DIY ideas or projects!!

Photographs By: www.davidswann.com



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Sun Dresses in January

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter should not be considered a season in Southern California. I went to college in Chicago IL so, my idea of winter is a bit skewed after the arctic experience I battled for three winters. It was 69 degrees today in Los Angeles, and not that I am complaining, but it makes one wonder why they even name seasons here? They should call it the "plus or minus 70 degrees season," 365 days a year. Just a thought. That being said, I never have to pack up my sundresses, they are always in season and always in style!! Check out what I pulled out of my closet this morning (and wore without goosebumps). This lovely ensemble cost me only 14 big ones (plus tax)!!

[Dress]
Brand: Sushiflower
Purchase Price: $1.50
Purchased From: Unique Thrift (Chicago, IL)
Suggested Retail: unknown
** This dress is about two sizes too big for me, but by belting it, you can’t even tell**

[Bangles]
Brand: Forever XXI & H&M
Purchase Price: $4.80
Purchased From: XXI & H&M
Suggested Retail: $4.80


[Belt]
Brand: unknown (thrifted)
Purchase Price: $ 2.00
Purchased From: Goodwill
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Wedges]
Brand: Qupid
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: $29.99







Photographs By: www.davidswann.com

Nail it!! How To Do Gel Nails @ Home!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gel Nails 101

I first discovered gel nails back in October 2010. I was getting married and I wanted natural looking nails that lasted so the nail technician suggested gel nails. Gel nails simply put, come from a special type of nail polish which drys hard and lasts up to three weeks without chipping. For a more in depth description check out : http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-gel-nails.htm. Gel nails dry like acrylics but do not involve any grinding of the real nail and no fills every two weeks! A gel nail manicure runs about $28.00 in Los Angeles, but  does last up to three weeks. That alone is not a bad deal!! However, being the Thriftychicista  I am, I still cannot justify spending almost $30.00 on a manicure. I decided that I could administer my own gel manicures so, I set out on a mission to find all the tools involved. I have a very longstanding relationship with eBay, so that was my first stop!! I googled all the  how-to’s of gel nails and figured out exactly how the pros do it. First I would need a UV nail dryer (Gel nails only set with UV or LED lights). There are tons of UV lights on eBay and I opted for a higher wattage one with 36 watts. I paid $15.00 and got free shipping!! I then needed the actual gel nail polish which I also found on eBay. There are a variety of gel nail polishes being sold, I purchased two different types that were very inexpensive and neither of them worked very well. I then opted for the name brand polish “Gelish” which is what a lot of nail salons use. I paid $17.99 with free shipping for one 0.5 fl. oz. Of gel nail polish.. pretty steep, but still cheaper than the $28.00 I would pay for someone else to do it.  I paid a total of $33.00 for all my supplies and I will be able to get at least 20 manicures out of it!!







Before

After!!

My pictures do not do justice to this beautiful manicure!! Trust me this is an amazing invention!!

What you need to get started:
1. UV nail lamp -Here is where I bought mine: (http://cgi.ebay.com/36W-9W-UV-Gel-Nail-Dryer-Curing-Lamp-light-Free-Ship-/130472262597?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item641eccd8a1)

2.  Gel Nail Polish – I bought mine on eBay, but you can find it at beauty supply houses too. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270683762813&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT)

3. Standard manicure set - clippers, nail file etc..

4. Clear nail polish - I prefer Rimmel London because I love the unique brush design

5. Time - give yourself about a half hour so you’re not rushing through the process




Here is a link of a How-To Video for gel nails: 

Tips & Tricks:
1. A lot of the how to sites suggest buying top and base gel polishes, but those can run very expensive as well. So far I only use the UV gel colored polish and put a regular clear top coat on and it works pretty well. (Perhaps I will look into the additional Clear gels as well)
2. I find it best not to put too thick of a coat on because it will crinkle while drying and leave an undesirable texture… no bueno!!
3. I like to dry my nails longer than suggested. If I only dry my nails for the suggested time they remain sticky and smudge.
4. Every girl knows that painting your non-writing hand is hard so I suggest making a girls night of it!! Invite over a couple girlfriends, grab a bottle of wine and paint each others nails!! It is also great if each one of you buy a different color as to keep variety without one person having the whole financial burden!!
5. When they say “soak off” they mean you have to seriously soak these nails off! They are pretty hard to get off without a strong acetone remover. Note of what NOT to do, I tried pulling them off, which you can do, but it totally ruins your real nails… so not suggested!
6. The gel nails work great for toes too!! I painted my toes and the pedicure lasted over a month!!


Let me know if you have any questions!!

If you want to read more about Gel nails, I have a newer post about "UV Free" Gel Polish too :) Feel free to check it out as well!! 

http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/02/how-to-gel-nails-continued-uv-free.html




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Leather & Lace

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This outfit was inspired by one of the items on my end of 2010 wishlist; lace tights!! I was so excited to find a pair of the black lace tights I've been pining over, on the after Christmas sale rack!! Score!! Check out my take on leather and lace for only $51.50!!

This was such a fun photo shoot!! I’m kinda in love with these pictures!!

[Dress]
Brand: Forever XXI
Purchase Price: $5.50
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern CA
Suggested Retail: $16.80

[Leather Jacket]
Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $20.00 on Sale
Purchased From: H&M
Suggested Retail: $50-$60
** Not to mention I bought it in NYC where
there is NO sales tax on purchases under $100!!**

[Belt]
Brand: unknown (thrifted)
Purchase Price: $ 2.00
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern CA
Suggested Retail: unknown



[Heels]
Brand: Madden Girl
Purchase Price: $17.99
Purchased From: Ross
Suggested Retail: $60-$70

[Tights]
Brand: Vera Wang
Purchase Price: $5.99 on clearance
Purchased From: Kohl’s
Suggested Retail: $13.00




Photographs By: www.davidswann.com

Merry 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."  ~Oprah Winfrey

I hope everyone had an amazing New Years!! Most of mine was spent sleeping and recovering from a head cold, however I was able to make it out for NYE festivities in a spectacular new top!!  A little back story to the blouse featured below: I was thrifting with my mom and we have a little habit of finding hideous things and suggesting them to each other. From accross the store I spotted this very loud blue blouse and traversed a sea of fellow thrifters to get to it. Once I came upon this spectacular canvas filled with sequins, I thought to myself, "I could pull this off."  My mother laughed at me, but after years of witnessing my fashion choices, she's a believer. Let me know what you think of this 100% pure silk top?!? This whole outfit cost only $24.50, what a great start to the new year!!
[Blouse]
Brand: Judith Ann Creations (100% silk with hand beading)
Purchase Price: $14.60
Purchased From: Salvation Army (on half off day)
Suggested Retail: unknown

[Jeans]
Brand: Forever XXI
Purchase Price: $10.00 (On Sale)
Purchased From: Forever XXI
Suggested Retail: $17.80

My Husband and I getting ready to NYE
[Pumps]
Brand: Aldo
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill of Southern California
Suggested Retail: $60-$80
[Ring]
Brand: unknown (hand crafted)
Purchase Price: $ 2.00
Purchased From: Los Angeles Fashion District
Suggested Retail: unknown






Photographs By: www.davidswann.com