Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simple Flower Presentation

Chivalry is not dead! I am suffering from a nasty sore throat and was surprised with flowers this morning.

But now to leave romantic sighing aside and answer the practical question:

When a charming young man comes to your door dressed in his best blazer with a bouquet, what kind of vase do you put the flowers in?



After trimming the ends of the flowers to freshen them up and make them short enough to fit in a vase, I found a beautiful creamy-white jug in the back of a cupboard (Thanks, Mom!). Not only does a classic jug have great sculptural quality and charming personality, the creamy color makes an appropriate backdrop for vibrant flowers and would suit any room color. You can group other objects around the jug to make a personalized arrangement, but keep it simple. You want the focus to be on the lovely blooms.




Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flip-flop Philosophy

Warmer weather is here! If you can afford it, I propose purchasing a pair of leather flip-flops or sandals if you don't already own a pair. You can find a nice pair for about $20 to $40 at Marshalls. My favorite shoe brand the store carries is Born. The shoes are good quality and cute (check out styles here: http://www.bornshoes.com), and the shoe I am wearing below is extremely comfortable. You might be surprised at this piece of advice when you consider the money-saving purpose of this blog. "Ha!" you sneer gleefully, "I could buy eight pairs of rubber flip-flops with that money, in different colors!"
You could, but one good-quality pair of shoes is more practical in the long run if your feet have stopped growing.



If your goal is style, cheap rubber flip-flops are to be worn only at the beach and in the community showers at the YMCA. Andy Paige, author of Style on a Shoestring, put it this way: "One of the fastest ways to change your look is to change your shoes." Rubber flip-flops usually make your outfits look too casual, and even if you manage to pull off this look you will always look better in a leather pair. Also, flip-flops made of cheap materials do not have adequate arch support.

I bought my leather flip-flops six years ago. I wear them often and they still look cute. The same probably can't be said for a pair of old, cheap flip-flops. Leather ages well and can add an effortless style to your summer outfit. You will save money (and your style) each year because you won't need to buy a new pair for a very long time.

                                                               (Favorite Born shoes)
                                         


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4 Classic, Inexpensive Style-Boosters

If you had twenty dollars and wanted to update your wardrobe, what would you buy? I made a list of four inexpensive style-boosters that I could wear often to create elegance.

Total Spent: ~17.00

Item 1: Find New Shades
My old sunglasses are great in a pinch, but I wanted a pair that was more playful. I found this pair at Forever21 for $5.80.

Item 2: Buy a Basic
I am a jeans girl. I had too many pairs of pants and not a single classic pencil skirt or sheath dress. When I wear my new black and white pencil skirt I find myself pairing it with accessories I was never able to wear before because I didn't have a clean enough line to work with. I purchased this fun skirt at a secondhand store for $8.00 (looks brand new!)

Item 3: Find Your Lipstick
I used to hate the idea of wearing lipstick (I thought it would look awful on me), but lately I have been wearing it after realizing the difference it can make to an outfit. As long as I wear a bright lipstick with minimal, natural looking eye make-up it creates powerful style. I bought this red lipstick at Kohls; originally it is $12 but I used a $10 coupon and took home the rich color for $2.

Item 4: Try Something New
My friend told me about an inexpensive eyeliner that she likes to wear. She has brown eyes like me and was wearing a teal eyeliner. I had never worn this color on my eyes before, but I was willing to take a risk. I found this e.l.f. eyeliner at target for $1. It even comes with a sharpener.