Sunday, April 24, 2011

Look Expensive without the Expense...

"I'll bet you spend lots of money on your clothes, don't you?"
How many times have you been asked this question, and you were able to just smirk with satisfaction over how untrue a statement like that is? Some of us can truly say that was the case for us, but there of those of you out there who feel that you actually DO have to spend lots of money, in order to look great. Don't look down your nose at me for shopping "low budget smart". Episodes 1204 and 1121 of Style TV's "How Do I Look?" had me jumping up and down at their mentioning and giving examples of low cost shopping! You can check out their before and after makeovers at http://www.mystyle.com/.
The slip dress pictured above is a fun and sassy example of cuteness for very little "mula"! I found this beauty on http://www.target.com/ for only $23 bucks! Have you been caught up in the convertible dress love fest? Check out this beauty also found on Target.com for about $35!

I'm so giddy when I find a deal, and I love LOVE to see items on TV and celebrities that I have also found for myself! Why? Because I know that I didn't spend half as much as they did!
Target is only one of many stores to satisfy your "expensive" taste with your "frugal" budget. Check out other sites and stores such as http://www.rossstores.com/, http://www.walmart.com/, http://www.tjmaxx.com/  and http://www.marshallsonline.com/... If you're a lover of name brand, high-five me now, because name brands you will also find at Ross Stores, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and, hold your breath, Dot's and DD's Discount stores!
Oh yeah, baby, I know you love me, because I have just assisted you in the saving of some of your money, in an economy that is struggling...
Next time, we shall talk about how to expand your wardrobe, without spending a dime! Say what?!
Passionately Driven... Signing out until next time!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A little sandal etiquette...

Open-toe sandals, strappy heels, wedges, flip-flops and more...
It is again that season to let those toes free! Show off your pedicures and sexy toe-cleavage! However, there are a few things that must be said and a few rules that MUST be adhered to. One of the number one rules that absolutely must not be broken is as follows: When wearing open-toe shoes, NEVER allow your toes to hang over the front of your shoes or touch the ground as you walk. A tip for avoiding this is to go a half-size up in your shoe, if necessary. The foot tends to slide forward as we walk, and if the shoe is fitting perfectly, with no space in front of the toes before you walk, then your toes are most likely going to slide over the front of the shoe, as the day progresses. As indicated in the picture above, this sight is very unattractive and takes away from both the beauty of the shoe and the neatness of your well-deserved/mandatory pedicure. Remember, these are peep-toe shoes and not "peep-front of the foot", open-toe and not "floor-toe".
A few other tidbits we must remember, in regards to sandals, this season: the aforementioned mandatory pedicure and the importance of moisturizer on the feet and ankles. Why is a pedicure mandatory? Because crusty, dingy, or discolored toenails are unattractive, no matter how "pretty" your toes and feet "could" be. Therefore, even if you can not afford to have a professional pedicure, clean, filed and healthy toenails should be the vision that one sees when you pass. I shouldn't have to say why moisturizer is important, but it is amazing how many women (and men) present their feet with peeling heels and dry feet.
Fashionista/ers! You bought those wonderful, fashionable shoes to be show-stoppers,signature pieces, objects of envy and beauty! Let your shoe shine and complete that great outfit. Don't allow a fashion faux pas be the killer of your potential fashion moment.
Lots of love!
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