Monthly Archives: January 2009

Old Navy Clearance Sale


…they’re offering an additional 50% off clearance prices with coupon code HALFOFF!!  Some items are marked down to $1.50 so take this opportunity to stock up on those essential basics like tanks and tees!!


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StyleFile: Heavy Metal


I think the best way to wear Spring’s softer, more feminine styles is to add a little edge.  You never want to do one trend head to toe, so why not break up that flirty chiffon skirt or that ruffled mini-dress with some stud-accented accessories??

Go ahead, embrace your inner rocker-chic…just not the Bret Michaels/Rock of Love kind!

StyleLinks: Gladiator Sandals $14.60, Earrings $3.80, Pyramid Cuff $6.80, Pyramid Stud Tote $32.80, Dress $25.90, Studded Heels $69.95, Circle Stud Handbag $22, Vest $27.80

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Be Mine

picture-313I know it feels entirely too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, but it is right around the corner!  This one-shoulder dress from the Target Go Collection would be just perfect for a romantic date with that special someone or a super-cute dress option if you’re having a girls night out instead! It retails for $39.99 and will be available on-line and in stores on Sunday!

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Dear CheapChica

It’s a new year and it’s about time I update my look. The only problem is I don’t know how to go about doing it. Im a college student on a budget and when I do have money to go shopping I never know what to buy. I’m petite with a baby face and I need a new wardrobe that will help keep me look polished but not over done. It’s all so overwhelming…any help would be greatly appreciated!

Dear College Co-ed,

I know how frustrating shopping can be when you feel like you need everything, but don’t know even know exactly what everything is!  If you’re feeling like you need a total wardrobe overhaul, the best advice I can give you is to go back to basics…literally.  I mean start with core items that you can add onto, little by little, to build your dream closet.

As a college student, you probably don’t have use for a lot of work clothes so it’s important-for anyone in your situation– to identify what needs your clothes will have fill.  Do you have a bustling social life or do you stay in most nights?  Do you value comfort over style or are you a total fashionista?  Asking yourself simple questions like these will help you make good decisions about what clothes you actually need to buy.  This will not only make your shopping trip more efficient, but it will keep you from over-spending on items that don’t fit into your lifestyle.


Dillards $28 and $38

So now for the good stuff…the clothes!!  I would suggest you start with two pairs of jeans…a skinny or straight leg and then a trouser cut with a wider leg both in medium to dark washes.  Since you’re still in school, you can easily wear jeans on a daily basis and even wear them out at night just by pairing them with a dressier top.  Having these two essential pieces in your wardrobe arsenal will provide you with the perfect foundation to create many looks.


Urban Outfitters $59.99 and $54.99

Next, you mention that you want to appear more polished and in my opinion, there’s not better way to accomplish that than by adding a blazer or fitted jacket to any outfit.  Jackets are a great layering piece and they help you instantly achieve that perfectly styled look that you see in so many fashion magazines.  And while you may think that a nice jacket will cost you a pretty penny, here are some great options- all priced under $60- that will help you feel more put together.  Also keep in mind that jacket’s don’t have to be paired with pants…they look equally, if not better, worn over dresses or with a flirty skirt!

Alloy $42.50

Alloy $42.50

Finally, every woman needs dresses that are versatile enough to wear to class, on a date or to a cocktail party.  The easiest way to transform the look of this dress, or any look for that matter, is by incorporating fun accessories.  Pair your dress with high heels and a collar necklace for a more formal occasion or add a printed scarf and brightly colored flats for a casual but chic day outfit .  Shoes, belts and jewelry will allow you to manipulate the overall effect of any outfit and with resources like Forever 21 and H&M, you can achieve this on student’s budget!

Over time, you will want to incorporate certain pieces based on the season and more importantly, on your personal style, but I hope this gives you a good start to building your new wardrobe and updating your look for the New Year!

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Look for Less: Cameron Diaz

cameron-diazIf only we could all look this wintry-chic in the blustery January weather…

She may not be the most talented of actresses, but Cameron Diaz never ceases to amaze me when it comes to her command of personal style.  No matter what the weather or the occasion, this California girl sure knows how to dress!

Here she is walking the streets of New York, looking every bit the New Yorker I might add, in all that black.  You can’t really see it in this shot, but I have to point out her very unexpected and fabulous YSL Muse bag.  So to all those nay-sayers who don’t think a white bag should be carried past Labor Day…you may want to re-think your stance.  I think her bag choice adds an element of surprise and brightness to this otherwise dark look.

Here’s how you can steal Cami’s look for a fraction of the cost:


Style Links: Jeans $38.99, Wrap Cardigan $27.80, Bomber Jacket $39.50, Chunky Beret $14.50, Leather Gloves $19, Suede Wedge Boots $84.99

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Good Jeans


Jeans are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe, but unlike the last few years when one style has reigned supreme, this Spring we’ll be seeing a multitude of washes, styles and cuts…so here’s the lowdown on some of the hottest trends in Denim for the upcoming season:

The Cuffed Jean

Who: Katie Holmes

How: Try a menswear inspired look and pair these with a button down shirt, but add heels or sexy cut-out ankle boots for a touch of feminine flair!

Where to Buy: Urban Outfitters $29.99

The Ankle Jean

Who: Lauren Conrad

How: The tighter the better on this look but make sure it stops right at your ankle for a fresh update to last year’s styles!

Where to Buy: $39.50

The Boyfriend Jean

Who: Rachel Bilson

How: These look best when worn with flat sandals and paired with boho-chic accessories, like a woven belt or a fringe bag!

Where to Buy: ASOS $55


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Fashion Savvy

picture-312Update: I know some of you were getting error messages when trying to sign up but I’ve spoken to the IT person at Savvy and they said they are in the process of fixing the error message, but they’ve assured me that they are getting your name/email addresses from the form.  Sorry for the technical difficulties!


When I lived in New York, I couldn’t walk down the street without seeing a sign for a sample sale, but since moving to Philadelphia, I’ve been feeling pretty left out of the sample sale scene.  I really miss scoring 70% off designers I could never even imagine buying at retail and something about hunting through all that merchandise for just the right item feels oh-so invigorating!!

So you can only imagine how excited I was when I came across  It’s a website dedicated to online samples sales and they’ve hosted some of the hottest designers like MaxMara, Sissi Rossi, Rebecca Taylor and Rachel Roy.  All you have to do is sign up on their site and then log into your account on the day of the sample sale.  Each sale usually lasts 36 hours and once you’re on their site, it’s just like regular old, online shopping…except that you’re getting access to wholesale and even below wholesale prices!

bulga2Up next on the site is Bulga on February 4th…so be sure to mark your calenders if you’re in the market for an amazing deal on a new handbag!!  And after a little grovelling, I was able to get yall $10 off your next Savvy purchase with promocode CHICAS2434.  Happy Shopping!!


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