I admit, I’m pretty much a walking gender stereotype — I like shopping, getting pedicures, grabbing drinks with the girls after work, obsessing about my hair, and lusting over other woman’s awesome boots. I also hate when models brag about how they can eat anything without gaining an ounce, and I have an unhealthy addiction to gossip sites, but that may be taking it a bit too far. The point is, I embrace my girlishness and I’m not about to give up any of the fun parts about being a chick just because the economy is tanking. So I’ve decided to embrace my inner recessionista, who frankly, wasn’t all that hard to find (she also goes by the name “cheap”). Before thriftiness was a necessity, I picked up a few tips about living fabulously without spending a bundle. After the jump are my five favorite tips for embracing your inner recessionista…
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Anyone familiar with my fashion philosophy knows that I advocate frugality. Whether you’re buying a coat, sandals, or jeans, there’s no reason why you should ever have to spend more than $10 per article of clothing (with three exceptions to this basic rule: 1) you are investing in a rare or very high quality fashion find, 2) you have medical needs that require you to wear special attire, like therapeutic shoes, or 3) you feel like splurging on something because you absolutely love it and have been dying to own it).
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I have thousands and thousands of digital photos on my computer and maybe three photos actually framed in my apartment. Why? Because I’ve been lazy about getting my favorite photos developed. While digital cameras are awesome for the sheer immediate gratification factor, they also have contributed to the lack of long term appreciation for those same memories. Therefore, while there’s still a few days left in 2008, go through your Flickr, Picasa, and iPhoto albums and select some of your favorite images from the last year and order prints! Give your apartment a much needed dose of homeyness by displaying those memories to appreciate on a daily basis.
See all the ways to make the most of the last 31 days of 2008 here. Keep reading »
Admittedly, I am a fashion junkie. Why lie? I love clothes and more than one person has assured me that clothes love me. What I don’t love, however, are snobby expensive clothes that only a very select few people in this world can afford to wear. Keep reading »
Our pets can be rather intuitive, but we doubt they know when it’s the holiday season. All they know is that you’re excited about something and, therefore, they feed off your energy. So this is still the perfect time to get your cat or dog something special or something they need. Your pet is your best friend through and through, after all. Keep reading »
This little book of advice for single women was written back in 1936. The author, Marjorie Hillis, was a fancy pants editor at Vogue who was single until age 49, three years after this book was published. She didn’t seem to mind being a bachelorette and wanted her fellow singletons to live it up. Her old timey advice is amusing, but remains applicable – there’s even a chapter titled “Pleasures of A Single Bed.” [$11.89, Amazon.com]
We’re giving away five copies of Live Alone and Like It: The Classic Guide for the Single Woman, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Dec. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 19—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We already suggested that you should get rid of your gross underwear, but we also think it’s time to get some new bras. You may not know this, but you, like most women, are probably wearing the wrong size. A bra fitting at a reputable lingerie shop (the H&M underwear section doesn’t count) will fix that. So don’t be shy. We did it! And you can watch, after the jump… Keep reading »
Last week, we told you about Bootie Pies, the boots made for wearing post-pedicure. Today we bring you Peeky Toes, a type of sock that would go well with your open-toe boots. You are supposed to put on these socks before they start polishing your toes so that your feet will stay warm while the polish dries. They even come in a “Luxe” version made from Italian spun cashmere and silk for the price of $60. If I’m going to spend that kind of money on a pair of socks, I think I’d want them to cover my toes. Keep reading »
I’ve worn the same black dress several times in the past couple months, and every time I wear it, Amelia says, “Ooh! I like your dress! Where’s it from?” She probably gets confused because I wear it with a different belt every time. The moral of this story is: You can wear the same black dress to every holiday party you have to go to. Just try it with another belt, switch up your jewelry, or change your shoes. Seriously, no one will notice. Especially Amelia. [Trender Bender]
1. Rayon Embroidered Tank Dress, $245, DKNY.com
2. Structured Sheath Dress, $79.50, TheLimited.com
3. Orphan Age Silk Racerback Dress, $152, PixieMarket.com
4. Zooey Tuck Sleeve Dress, $198, RevolveClothing.com
5. Lorick Oxford Dress With Tree Print, $242, BuyDefinition.com Keep reading »
Dear loving friend or family member who bought me kitchen towels for my bridal shower,
Thank you so much for your wonderful gift. I know I already sent you a note for the present, but I felt the need to write again. Andy and I were just overwhelmed with the many generous and wonderful gifts we received, so it’s been six months since the shower and we have just gotten around to unpacking some of the things we put in storage. What a pleasant surprise to discover these towels, which you so cleverly crafted into a bow.
Once I untied them, I realized how cute the design is. Did you have a chance to actually take a look at them? I know Prop 8 wasn’t even in the collective consciousness when you bought them, so I find the inscription, HOME SWEET HOMO, to be a little puzzling. Is there something about Andy I should know? Did you find out about my little drunken incident in college? Or did you just not look closely enough when you picked these up in the sale bin at the dollar store? Either way, I think they’re fabulous. And I hope you don’t mind if I regift them to some of my favorite gays this Christmas. Somehow, I just think they’ll appreciate them a little more than I will.
All my love,
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