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In addition to the many important updates on current events (which I hope you’re paying attention to), Yahoo’s homepage had a very good article relating to women and modeling. I’m sure just about everyone that visits this site has, at some point, seen or heard of Victoria’s Secret model, Doutzen Kroes. What you might not know is that she is positioning herself as an advocate for positive body image campaigns. She’s also 28, has had babies and doesn’t fit into everything she tries on.

What?! I know what you’re thinking…”A perfect body NOT looking good in everything??!” Well, I guess that means that we all have what we have to work with and should be grateful for what makes each of us beautiful in our own way.

The other thing I love about this article…Krous explains what it is that keeps her in modeling shape. Although great genes are helpful, you are responsible for being the best version of yourself. A thoughtful diet and a commitment to health motivated exercise can keep you feeling great and, well, help defy gravity as you inch on in years. Going overboard in any direction can be damaging, but discovering a healthy balance between proper nutrition and movement is the key to both feeling and looking your best. Just like Krous goes on to explain as well, keep in mind that your habits often times become the habits of your children. How do you want them to see themselves and live their lives? Do you want to teach them to find balance? Then you have to find it for yourself. 

Check out this article and maybe rethink what it is that makes you beautiful or be inspired by one of the “beautiful” people that has a body with flaws just like anyone else. 

Doutzen Kroes, Victoria’s Secret Model, Says No Size Zero

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Photo Credit: Yahoo! Images (Click Link or Photo Above For Full Article)

What’s In My Makeup Bag…

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My Make Up Bag Must Haves

Although I keep an extra drawer handy for those special occasion makeup items, but what you see above is everything I currently have in my makeup bag. I’ve included a list of the specific products below, but first I’d like to explain some of my day to day makeup choices.

Since this blog focuses on savvy shopping, you may be wondering why some of the items I’ve chosen are high end beauty items. Well, the answer is simple. It’s cheaper for me to splurge on one or two important items in order to save from having to spend money on repair items later on down the road. For example, cheap foundation makes me break out. Also, if I don’t splurge a little on my favorite setting spray (which lasts forever), then I find myself reapplying makeup multiple times throughout the day which will eventually waste more money than I spent.

As for my other products, I have a few quick tips and tricks for getting them for a good price. The only item excluded from my frugal purchases is the fabulous Kate Spade makeup bag which was actually a very generous birthday gift. I love it and, if you have the extra cash, I recommend this set.

Trick #1: Perfume samples from the counter at Nordstrom make a great replacement for the pricey full size versions. Also, they’re travel friendly and free!

Trick #2 and #3: Although I am madly in love with my Urban Decay Naked Palette, it can be hard to shell out $50 for a few basic eye shadows, right? Well, check out this site for a FABULOUS deal on this eye shadow product as well as the Bobby Brown brushes you see above. I bought all of these items here, they were delivered within a week and they are fabulous. Site: http://www.cheapmacosmetics.com/

Trick #4: I love the lip and brow products I have listed above. I use them all the time, but they too were gifts (thanks, Mom!). If you’re looking for something just as fabulous but  slightly more affordable, I recommend checking out N.Y.X. brow set and ELF lipsticks. Both can be found at ULTA and, if you’re into coupons, check the Sunday paper for an ULTA cutout before you go.

Trick #5: Invest in an awesome foundation brush. The right foundation brush will make your foundation last so much longer just by blending and spreading the foundation more efficiently.

Trick #6: Check out MAC’s products at this site: http://www.cheapmacosmetics.com/. It’s the same site listed above and, although it doesn’t have everything, the MAC foundations are CRAZY cheap on it and are authentic. I recommend doing a bulk shopping trip with a friend just so that you can split the expensive shipping ($25). I got over $420 worth of makeup for just under $65 (and that’s including shipping).

Trick #7: Watch YouTube videos to learn how to properly apply each product. You might be wasting some products because you didn’t know how to apply other products. I highly recommend checking out the following two YouTube channels for some great tips:

  • Bobbi Brown
  • Lisa Eldridge

So…I hope this helps you! Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Pin-spiration: Black & Crystal

Minimalist ensembles and statement accessories are everywhere right now and I must’ve spotted this look on Pinterest a million times.

While this girl’s look is rumored to be priced well over $300, I’ve managed to pull together the pieces for less than half of that.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Pin-spiration:

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Look Alikes:

Silk Layered Black Top ($49.90)

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Classic Black Pants ($29)

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Zara Statement Necklace ($49)

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Textured Clutch ($23)

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Black Pumps ($30)

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Looking lovely underneath…

Good morning, friends!

Last Call by Neiman Marcus is running a fantastic sale on all things designer right now. Despite my excitement, $400 ensembles are still not in my budget just yet, but great deals on awesome lingerie is.

After all, isn’t one of the greatest things about being girls that we get to wear pretty, lacey things?

My favorite find so far today has to be the Hanky Panky separates that are on amazing discounts. Neiman Marcus is offering an additional 30% everything even if it’s already marked down!

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette ($28 instead of $56!)

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Hanky Panky Two Tone Lace Thong ($9.80 isntead of $20)

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Pin-spiration: Nautical Nancy

I see this Pin all over the place, but I know that it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect nautical pieces for a decent price point.

Today’s pin-spiration look can be achieved all for less than $150. All of the pieces are evergreen pieces too which means that they can be mixed, matched and worn forever without fear of them losing their stylish elements.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Pin-spiration Pic: Nautical Nancy

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Look Alike Pieces:

Classic Nautical Tee ($18)

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Asos Linen Midi Skirt ($24)

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Faux Frames ($10)

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Classic Brown Belt ($15)

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Nordstrom Classic Fedora ($50)

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day is perfect for a day at the office and then a fun night out. Just switch up your accessories if you want to add a bit more pizzaz.

The Evangeline Peplum Top is perfectly flattering for the waistline and has a touch of whimsy that makes the structured pencil skirt appear slightly more feminine. I love the idea of adding some gold accessories to play up the girly factor, but consider adding a clutch with some metallic detail just to add a little bit of edgy interest. A pair of great black pumps could work with this along with any pair of flats or strappy sandals in black or gold. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even try a great pair of lavender heels to play off of the pattern on the top.

So…for $100, this Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day is an awesome addition to any wardrobe.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Evangeline Peplum Top ($49)

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Fitted Pencil Skirt ($25)

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Accessories ($26 total)

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day (#2)

Because I’ve been MIA for so long, I’ve decided to post TWO Fab & Frugal Deals. This second deal is an entire outfit and, as always, totals less than $100.

Although we’re all looking forward to fall, we still have a full 5 days until Labor Day which means that we should wear the heck out of our white summer clothes until then. Am I right?

Well, many of these items can be transitioned into fall which is why they’re part of today’s deal. Pair the tops with some shorts to keep it on trend for the end of summer or throw on some fantastic black pants and a cardi for a fall tone down. I went with something super feminine to wrap up the holiday weekend just because most of the fall styles are really edgy and dramatic. Enjoy!

Girls T from Zara ($19.90)

http://www.zara.com/us/en/trf/t-shirts/girls-t-shirt-c269214p1382535.html

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Crossover Jacquard Side Zip Skirt ($39.99)

http://www.zara.com/us/en/trf/skirts-c269213.html#product=1294356&viewMode=two

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Zara Patent Ballerina Flat ($29.90)

http://www.zara.com/us/en/trf/shoes/patent-ballerina-c269216p1293366.html

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Tinley Road Pave Circle Stone Earring Studs ($7.97)

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=84318&vid=1&pid=426501002

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s Fab & Frugal Deal looks forward to fall and the cooler weather that accompanies the change of scenery.

This coat is all things classically fabulous and it is worth the splurge. PLUS…Zara always offers free shipping and free returns.

Zara Basic Coat in Whisky ($99)

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s outfit may actually be a new favorite of mine. I love ALL of these pieces and they are extremely high quality. I love Aritzia and when they finally opened their online store – I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Well, sale season is here and you can find some of Aritzia’s best for incredibly reduced prices! Check out today’s Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day – all for less than $70! I know, it’s pretty awesome.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Wild Ones Shirt ($14.99)

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Oleta Shorts ($27.50)

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Trove Tkees Leather Flip Flops ($27.50)

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Looking Lovely…Underneath

On my bad days, I have this thing where I pick out some super cute undies (matching, of course) that make me feel 100% better. It’s like me own little fabulous secret. Quality lingerie can be hard to come by when you’re on a budget. Matching sets often cost anywhere from $60 – $300 when you’re looking for great fabric and a good fit. The cheapo stuff I’ll occasionally grab from the Victoria Secret sale bin or maybe the Target undie aisle doesn’t count for the days I’m talking about – I’m talking about a lingerie set you keep on the ready. It can be a base layer for a big date or, if you’re like me, the secret weapon to a little pick-me-up on a rough morning full of self-conscious thoughts.

This deal is a good one. Get a great bra and some super sexy panties for $55.94 altogether! I love this set – it’s very pin-up girl meets modern day attorney.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Pleasure State White Label Simple Joy Set ($55.94)

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day comes to a grand total of $96.36! Check out this fantastic knit wrap dress from Tinley Road and the limitless styling possibilities that go along with it! I cannot tell you how much I love this piece.

I chose to pair the wrap dress with a large envelope clutch and some gold accessories. It could be fun any number of ways, but feel free to share your comments or thoughts and maybe send pictures of how YOU chose to style it.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

Tinley Road Knit Wrap Dress ($49.00 – $59.00)

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ASOS Chunky Lock Portfolio Envelope Clutch ($16.97)

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ASOS Gathered Necklace ($20.36)

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s Fab & Frugal Deals are SO fantastic – I had to post more than one. I have two dresses from Nordstrom that I just can’t get over. Firstly, they are both incredibly priced. Secondly, these silouhettes will flatter all figures. Finally, both pieces will transition seasons perfectly. Budget. Go. Buy. Wear.

Leith Crepe Tank Dress ($48.00 + Free Shipping)

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Topshop Print Tunic ($76.00 + Free Shipping)

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Cheap Name Brand Cosmetics

This site is AMAZING! I have actually ordered products from this site and they are all authentic. I have loved paying deeply discounted prices for the makeup that my sensitive skin craves. Enjoy!

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Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day

Today’s Fab & Frugal Deal of the Day is one of my absolute FAVORITE outfit combinations. Pair the feature pieces with some deconstructed denim, some shorts or even a great pencil skirt and you’re good to go! 

These are basics that transcend time and complete any wardrobe. The best part…you can get both pieces for much less than $100 AND pay NOTHING for shipping! Fashion win? I think so.

Hive & Honey Nautical Striped Tee ($14.97)

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Boundary & Co. Oona Blazer ($38.97)

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Happy styling, fellow fashionistas!!!

 

Accessory Inspiration (As Promised)

So…with the classic shape and color of today’s Fab and Frugal Daily Deal, I wanted to give you some accessory inspiration. Everything is less than $38 and can be found on Piperlime.com. The best part is that everything on Piperlime’s website also ships for FREE!!! If you know me at all, you know I HATE to pay for shipping fees. 

Enjoy playing with textures and colors when it comes to accessorizing your new little black dress because such a classic piece can take on almost any personality.

Happy styling!

Britt

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Fab & Frugal Daily Deal

This will be the first of many Fab deals for less than $100. If you’re looking for something versatile and stylish that also fits your budget, check out the deals that hit this part of the blog on a daily basis. 

I love today’s Fab & Frugal Daily Deal because it’s only $59 and it’s completely versatile. This Little Black Dress staple will transition perfectly from flirty summer garb to a sexy wintery remix. All we have to do is change up our accessories. For only $59, you have some wiggle room to play with accessories. I’ll post some fun and affordable accessories for a little extra inspiration later on today.

Today’s Fab & Frugal Daily Deal

Tinly Road Notch Neckline Mini Dress

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