Flexible hold hairspray, $5.99
Deal Diva Keeley couldn't have said it better. I mean, it's no secret that I likes to get my shop on. But like Keeley, I'm more focused on look and price rather than brand.
In fact, I eschew paying top dollar just to bear someone else's name on my person. The closest thing I come to designer wear is my growing collection of Nine West handbags and shoes -- all purchased from discount stores like Ross and T.J. Maxx. And I so rarely wear perfumes or makeup that I've been working on the same lipstick, eyeshadow and blush set for three years.
That's a long way of saying that coming up with my "favorite things" list at first seemed a daunting task. But when I sat down and looked at my daily routine and occasional shopping habit, a few clear winners emerged. They are:
Sally Hansen XTreme Wear nail polish, $2.79 …Full Story
Essie nail polish in geranium, $8.59.
I had a hard time coming up with my favorite things because I'm really haphazard about what I actually pay attention to brand-wise that's worth mentioning. I still swear by Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers because hello, cheap. I buy whatever moisturizer is on sale at Target. When it comes to clothes, I don't discriminate against any store's clearance rack. I welcome them all with open arms (and occasionally an open wallet).
So I had to think long and hard about my actual favorite things other than just "purses! shoes! scarves! earrings!" because that's not very helpful. And by "think long and hard" I mean look at pretty things online for inspiration. Real tough. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things. Blue satin sashes not included.
Essie nail polish, $8.59
I love painting my nails but I never did it that often because while I hate when they get chippy, I'm also really good at getting distracted and leaving the chipped polish on forever. Not very professional looking, or cute. But somehow, magically, Essie polish stays nice for much longer than any other polish I've tried. I cringed the first time I forked over $8 for a bottle of nail polish, but now I swear by it. …Full Story
Photo via Sephora.
I love Make Up For Ever ... forever.
My favorite things may get me into some trouble with the Deal Divas Powers That Be. They're not all thrifty. I could label a few as Favorite Guilty Pleasures, and I've hesitated in telling you about them all along.
But I think some things are worth the splurge (and some things definitely aren't). So here we go!
Don't forget to tell us about your favorite things in the comments, tweet us @dealdivas, or send us Instagrams of your favorite things using the hashtag #dealdivasfavoritethings.
You know how you occasionally wake up on a Monday morning just ready to take on the world? That rare instance when you roll out of bed so well-rested and face so aglow that even the phrase "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" is a grave understatement?
Yeeeah, that definitely wasn't me this morning.
But I was feeling mighty fine last week when I threw on this ensemble, so let's take a trip back in time, shall we?
Photo via M.A.C.
M.A.C. Russian Red matte lipstick
Remember back in Oprah's glory days, when she used to holler and throw microbead facial scrub out at the audience? Everyone had smoke coming out of their ears because it was so EXHILARATING. Well, we're not Oprah, and on our budget of Zero Dollars we can't throw free products at your face. But we thought in the spirit of holiday shopping, we could channel Queen O and bring you a little taste of the products we cherish here at Deal Divas. There's something special about a personal recommendation from a friend who has used it and tried it and loved it, and that's what we're bringing you all week.
It's Deal Divas' Favorite Things!
Check back every day for a list of favorite things from a different Deal Diva. We're not going to be like, "My favorite thing is my cardigan from the ninth grade because it made me understand the fleeting nature of love while coming of age in the cyber epoch." Maybe another week we'll do that. These are things you can pick up now, or current brands or stores we love. …Full Story
This adorable elephant nut cracker would make a great gift for anyone on your list. It's $16 on sale at Anthropologie today.
Black Friday shopping may be mostly over but there are still deals to be had online.
Stay out of the cold, curl up with some hot cocoa and laugh at all the people who ventured out in the wee hours of the morning and on Turkey Day itself. Because these deals are good.
Sephora: There are about a dozen Black Friday $10 specials still left on the web this morning, including this Josie Maran Hand Healers set. Regularly priced at $18, the set includes Bear Naked Nail Wipes to remove polish and Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Creme. This would make a great gift.
Kate Spade: This is my favorite sale, but unless you see something you can't live without, there's no rush. Kate Spade does 75 percent off surprise sales several times a year. Just sign up for the e-mail alerts and you'll always know.
Julep: I haven't tried this nail polish brand but I've been lurking around the website for weeks now. There are several nail polish sets on sale, including this Year in Review set for $24.99. The 12 mini polish set is regularly priced $108.00. …Full Story
A new Charming Charlie opened at Countryside Mall in Clearwater on Tuesday. Stop in this Saturday for grand opening deals!
Newsflash! For all you Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general holiday weekend shoppers out there, here's another stop to add to your list.
Charming Charlie, your favorite color-coded accessories retailer, is opening a new store at Clearwater's Countryside Mall this Saturday. And, according to the Facebok invite, the first 100 guests receive a scratch-off card for a chance to win gift cards ranging from $5 to $100!
The store is on the second floor, near JCPenney's and Macy's.
Which, of course, means you're going to stop at those stores and maybe a couple others, right??
A couple sales you might want to check out:
It's getting chilly out finally. Stay warm in this grey wool blend toggle coat for $89. The faux fur collar is removable, which is good, because I don't think it's that cold yet.
Black Friday has come early and I, for one, am not complaining.
I'm sure there are a ton of sales this week, but this one caught my eye last night.
Half off EVERYTHING at Express! Even sale items get the additional discount.
I quickly snagged up a dress I've been coveting for an upcoming wedding I'm attending. Now, I can afford new shoes, too!
The sale lasts until Friday at noon. Happy shopping!
Photo by Deal Diva Katie.
Think Stitch Fix nailed Stephanie's love for prints? The dress she's wearing is hers, and the dress she's holding is the one the company sent.
Stitch Fix is a new personal shopping service catching on among my network of friends.
Heard of it? It works a little like Birchbox.
Photo by Luis Santana for tbt*
Amy King in her thrifted dinner party look.
Did anyone go to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert over the weekend at the USF Sun Dome? If you did, we trust you wore your very finest thrifted clothes. To mark the rapper's visit to our neck of the woods, our friend at tbt*, Robbyn Mitchell, found four ladies to show off looks they found at thrift stores with a spending limit of just $20.
Here are their stories. Flip through the slideshow above for the coordinating pictures. I'm really feeling this post today, because I am wearing a dress I snagged over the weekend from the Wesley Chapel Goodwill for the low price of $5. Mind-meld with Katarina McCormack and her totally radical jumpsuit, which came form the same shop.
Here we go!
Amy King: 34, registered nurse, Largo
The Dinner Party: We assigned Amy the task of dressing up for a Thanksgiving dinner party.
Black dress: No label, $5.87
Black satin pumps: Clery, Webb & Touraine, $10.36
What she beelines to first: "Dresses are the best value in the store because it's basically a whole outfit for $5." …Full Story
all photos from Target
Mossimo Supply Co. cardigan, $13.79. Love the color, looks super cozy.
I had this dream last night that I was at my parents' home in Buffalo, looking for a suitcase big enough to take clothes still squireled away in my old closet back to Florida. Sadly, upon waking, I realized that I don't in fact have a secret stash of awesome clothes at my parents' house. Le sigh. I've never been the dream journal type, but I'm going to go ahead and say it means I want to go shopping. (Novel idea, I know.)
Well, look at that. Target's having a pre-Black Friday sale. How convenient. They've got 40 percent off sweaters, jeans and dresses, and buy one, get one 50 percent off boots, handbags and wallets. Great way to knock out some holiday shopping (or just get some pretty things for yourself) before the crazy train rolls in Friday morning. Or Thursday night. Or whatever insanity the retail realm has got going on this year. Cheers!Full Story
J.Crew has the partial tuck down pat. This is what I refer to as the front and center tuck. It brings attention to a small waist and leaves the shirt hanging out in back to cover the rear. By the way, this shirt ($78) is 25 % off right now with code WINTER.
As I was getting ready for work this morning, I had a moment of hesitation.
Staring into the mirror, I thought: Does this untucked button down shirt look sloppy?
I wanted to change, but I was already running late.
Instead, I tucked just the front center section of my shirt into my jeans and slid on a brown belt.
Instantly, I felt more polished and put together. Confident enough, even, to wear a chambray shirt with polka dot jeans. To work.
A spin around the world of fashion blogs tells me that the partial tuck is a thing. Ladies are discovering that a front tuck nips in the waist but leaves rear problem spots covered.
Fashion website Who What Wear even did an entire How To slidewhow, folks.
Just remember, not all trends work for all people or situations.
For example: When I tucked just one side of a button down shirt into my jeans at a recent family gathering, three aunts approached me separately and quietly (bless their hearts) told me that my shirt had become untucked.
I told them it was a fashiony thing and they nodded like they understood.
Later, when one of my shirt buttons came undone, no one told me. When I asked why, my aunt said she wasn't sure if it was a fashiony thing. …Full Story
Groupon has launched a new brand that offers more upscale deals for those who can afford the high life. These vintage Hermes bags will set you back a couple grand. I guess that's a deal ... to someone.
So picture this. Me, pre-coffee and blurry-eyed, scrolling through emails one morning, when I see the words vintage (!) purses (!) sale (!) in a message from Groupon.
All red flags for this diva. So of course, I clicked. And then promptly frowned.
Groupon has got F_A-N-C-Y, guys. I'm talking Hermes, Prada, fancy leather men's shoes- fancy. And I really don't know how I feel about all of it.
Apparently I missed the online coupon company's press release this summer, announcing its new "Groupon Reserve" brand. It's all about appealing to those who want the finer things but still want to, oh you know, NOT pay full price.
"As Groupon has evolved, we've seen growing demand from our customers for upscale offers and exclusive experiences," Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky said in the release. "Reserve gives the most prestigious brands a new way to reach our large and desirable audience."
Hence the email I got this week, which promised a deal on vintage purses. I was stoked about all this - until I opened the link and saw the prices.
Sure, I'd love a Prada tote. Oh wait, it's $1,422? Moving on. I guess that vintage Hermes is going to habe to go on the 'wish list.' …Full Story
Ladies and gents,
Worried that the holiday shopping season is already upon us and you're still scrambling for gift ideas?
Allow me to guide you toward a new commercial that just might change your perspective on one particular retailer forever.
KMart this month has been the talk of the town since it released the mother (father?) of all ads: Joe Boxer shorts brought to you by a musically-inclined sextet of hot male models jiggling their hips to perhaps the most eye-catching rendition of "Jingle Bells" EVER.
The reaction has been explosive, ranging from laughs and saucy giggles from folks (okay, me!) who find the retailer's chutzpah amusing and quite ...ahem.. visually interesting to vociferous threats to cease patronizing a store that would resort to such non-family friendly depths.
As a woman, I can't vouch for the actual product. However, I'll definitely give the home of the blue-light special points for the great visuals on this red-light special of a commercial.
But I wanna hear from you guys: What were your thoughts on KMart before and after this commercial. Will you be swinging through to check out this product and other merchandise as a result? …Full Story
The Philip Treacy "Shocking Pink Roswell Hat" at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition.
It's hump day! After a downer start to the week, my spirits are lifted after a lunch time trip to Dress for Success Tampa Bay, where I've signed up to be a volunteer personal shopper for the ladies who come there seeking help for job interview attire. It has changed the whole outlook for the day, and now I want to share the good juju with you, fair readers.
With that, here are some fun links to make you smile.
Denim does it: Classical sculptures dressed as hipsters look completely rad. You try looking that swaggy in your concert baby doll tee.
Dressing your age: Not these women. If you have a a little time, check out this documentary on some women aging beautifully, in combat boots and neon yellow, without Botox.
One of everything, please: Enjoy this eye candy slideshow from the "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibition in London. I'm not sold on the shoes with the toe pockets, but maybe for the right occassion?
First lady fashion foul: Even Michelle Obama has sartorial regrets -- specifically, that time she wore shorts on Air Force One, she tells 106 and Park.
Seen any other good links floating around today? Do share! Let's all get in on the positivity Kool-Aid.Full Story