August 27, 2014

Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show

core wardrobe white blouse

If you’re not familiar with my ongoing Frugal Fashionista series, it’s my attempt to encourage women that you can dress fabulously, express a creative side that you never thought imaginable, and do it all on a “yard sale” budget.

Yes, I have heard all the hesitations about dressing thrift, but I can guarantee that with an eagle eye and some patience, everyone of you can create a small designer wardrobe of core wardrobe pieces for $100. For those of you with petite to plus sizes, it requires a bit more work, but just this week alone I found the cutest size 0 Anne Taylor dress (in their store just last year), and the sassiest size 22 pair of jeans…hip as can be, along with a fabulous size 20 black dress and three plus size skirts.

Painting Wood Furniture Black


How easy is it to paint wood furniture? Why not be daring by painting furniture black, and better yet get it done for only $20.

Tasty Tuesday – peaceful mealtime setting


Do you remember the Tasty Tuesday challenge I gave about creating ambiance at meal time? Candlelight is one of my favorite and easy ways to create ambiance, but often it’s just about changing locations or “finding your spontaneous place.” Last […]

Spectacular Scarves – frugal accessories


Just like we get in a meal planning rut, the same things happen with our fashion. We wear the same look over and over.

How do we end that cycle, use what we have, and yet look like a million bucks?


Immediately, most think of jewelry when I mention accessories, but today I am going to showcase the simplicity, sophistication and sass of the scarf.

Whether your outfit was $10 or $1,000, scarves are a “must have” fashion accessory for the fall.

Hanging Wreaths over Mirrors?

Hanging a Christmas wreath over a mirror adds such great impact

Decorating with mirrors is a tool that every designer who ‘decorates on a dime’ implements.

There is something special about a mirrored reflection as the sun catches or candlelight glistens. That kind of illumination in a room sets a tone.

A simple mirror creates the optical illusion where even the smallest of rooms feel larger.

But have you ever thought of accessorizing the mirror itself? Probably not.

Showcasing a wreath over a mirror is one of my favorite things (but that is where I have stopped).

Meal planning – one hour experiment


I’m tackling the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma over at (in)courage today by sharing one of my tried and true favorite ways to save my sanity in the kitchen. (It’s an oldie, but goodie.) The kitchen clock states only one hour […]

Once a month cooking


Once a month cooking – save money, time and your sanity.

Tips to Navigating a Thrift Store

Simple Tips for Navigating a Thrift Store

As my daughters and I entered our local Goodwill last week, the oldest took a big whiff and sighed, ” I love the smell of Goodwill.” I practically snorted my last gulp of coffee, and just began to chuckle. Contemplating […]

Whole Wheat Bread using Evaporated Milk

whole wheat bread

Tackling homemade bread is a topic that sends any reasonable homemaker running for the hills. I mean seriously, why would one spend hours mixing, kneading, rising, shaping, and baking when she can go to the store and purchase a loaf […]

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