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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

Purple Haze


I’m sensing a theme this week. Comfy and cozy. I wore today’s outfit to church on Sunday and had several people comment on how cozy it looked. I love purple, but the turtleneck and sweater would have made me look like an eggplant if I hadn’t added the scarf! The scarf had just enough color to break up the purple and save me from resembling a Veggie Tales character.

This fall and winter have really been about scarves as far as my wardrobe is concerned. I love them for their versatility and ability to add a pop of color to otherwise boring sweaters. Never fear, the scarves will be retired come spring and you’ll see all kinds of necklaces, bracelets and earrings in my accessory rotation. I might occasionally throw in a scarf to switch things up a bit, but usually it’s too hot by May and I won’t wear them nearly as much.

Spring is definitely in the air – and in the stores! I’ll be previewing some of my spring wardrobe in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Today’s outfit:

Purple turtleneck: Target
Purple mohair sweater: Target
Jeans: Ross
Scarf: Target
Black Boots: DSW

2.23.13b

Frugally yours,

Lori

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Saturday Wear


I tried something new the other day. I know I’ve been a little scarf crazy lately, and while I wanted to wear a scarf with this outfit, I felt it needed a little something extra. I put the necklace with the scarf and went for a “judgment call” to one of my stylishly savvy daughters. Miss D gave it her seal of approval and patiently endured my “are you sure it isn’t too much?” and “do you really like it?” questions. Yes, even frugalistas second guess their style choices occasionally!

I wore this particular ensemble to do my Saturday afternoon running around. It was comfortable (definitely a must for Saturday-wear) and colorful so I felt good in it all day. The weather was nice enough that I didn’t need a jacket, so my layers worked well. I had a couple of random people tell me they liked my outfit, so I would deem it a success!

Today’s outfit:

Teal T-shirt: Target
Cardigan Sweater: Forever 21
Jeans: Target
Scarf: Ross
Necklace: J Crew Outlet
Cowboy boots: Justin Boot Outlet, Justin, Texas

2.23.13

Frugally yours,

Lori

Sample Sales


There are many ways to find bargains prices on the latest fashions. The normal spots are outlet malls, Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx, but there are alternative shopping options as well. Take for example the “Sample Sale”. Although I don’t see these pop up as often as I used to, they do exist. A Sample Sale is usually held in someone’s home and features samples (naturally) from wholesale clothing suppliers. In this area, Dallas Market Center (DMC) holds four Apparel Markets per year which are open to Retailers only. I know it’s early, but November 8-10, 2013 DMC will hold its annual Dallas Sample Sale. You can get more details here: http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com/markets/samplesale It’s a great way to do some early Christmas shopping, but also a fabulous opportunity to get the latest fashions at wholesale prices. They also have jewelry, toys, children’s clothing, accessories, home furnishings and more.

I’ve also found some great deals at Cabi Fashions end of season sales. If you know a Cabi representative, ask to be put on the mailing list for their sales. The clothes are great quality and made for “real” women. You can check out the current catalog here: http://www.cabionline.com/collection/gallery/. Cabi is great for those clothing staples that are the foundation of any wardrobe. I have a black knit blazer I purchased at an end of season sale for about $40 and it’s been a great go to item.

News Flash! I just discovered a store called “Sample This” at Mockingbird Station in Dallas (http://www.mockingbirdstation.com/shop/sample-this). I found it through a Google search for “sample sales” and will be checking it out this weekend. I don’t think they have a full website, but I talked to the owner, Judy on the phone and she sounds very nice. I’ll let you know what I find!

Today’s outfit is a great example of a “Sample Sale” find. The multicolored sweater is one of my favorites this season and I’ve worn it on many occasions – and always receive compliments! I love the fun combination of colors – it goes with so many different things.

Today’s Outfit:

Multi-Color Sweater: Sample Sale
Brown t-shirt: Walmart
Skinny Jeans: Old Navy
Brown Boots: Ross
Earrings: Lori Yeary Designs

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Frugally yours,

Lori

Comfy, Cozy, Casual kind of Day


Today was a comfy, cozy, casual kind of day. It’s chilly and damp outside so I wanted to be warm, but also have a little color to brighten the gloom. Writing this blog has been so good for me – it’s made me look at my clothes and accessories differently and think outside my normal repertoire of outfits. I’ve set a personal goal of not repeating an outfit for 30 days. We’ll see how I do!

Switching things up sometimes means trying several different combinations before settling on one that works. Don’t be afraid to experiment! I actually tried on three different scarves before settling on the one in the photo. All of my choices would have worked, but I thought this one looked best.

How do you brighten up a gloomy day? Sometimes I wear red shoes. Sometimes it’sa fun pair of colorful earrings. I’d love to hear your favorite day-brighteners. Please leave a comment below!

Today’s outfit:

Green Sweater: Walmart
Jeans: Ross
Scarf: Target
Cowboy Boots: Justin Boot Outlet, Justin , Texas

 

2.25.13

Frugally yours,

Lori

Style Mysteries


It wasn’t too long ago that I looked in my closet and thought “I am so tired of everything in here”!! I have a good amount of clothing choices, but everything looked bland and boring to my eyes that day. Nothing interesting or exciting. Definitely not a good day. I’m sure you’ve been there too. At least once or twice.

What do I do when in have “nothing to wear”? I can’t always go shopping, so I’ve learned to shop my closet. You read that right. Shop your closet! I usually start on Pinterest. Between my personal style boards and the new things that pop up every day, I can usually find one or two outfits that feature items already in my closet. It’s amazing what a difference just changing a few details will make in an outfit!

One of my favorite things to do is help other people realize the potential that’s already in their closet. If you would like some help restyling your wardrobe let me know! Style Savvy DFW was created to do exactly that. We’ll spend some time going through what you have, create outfits (including shoes and accessories), take photos of the outfits and then decide together what stays and what goes. Then we’ll make a shopping list so you can shop at your leisure (and according to your budget!).

Email me at stylesavvydfw@gmail.com. I’ll send you more details and a list of our services. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Today’s outfit 2 ways! I decided to show this outfit with and without the scarf. Accessories DO make a difference! Black v-neck sweater: Old Navy/Teal skinny jeans:Kohl’s/Scarf: Target/Flat black boots: DSW

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Fashionably yours,

Lori

Simple Things


Simple things are sometimes best. Take today’s outfit, for example. Just three pieces, not a scarf in sight, no fussy jewelry. Simple, understated, but still put together. There’s a time and place for “a whole lot going on” outfit, but today I just wanted to keep it simple.

I actually tried on two pairs of jeans today, and was both pleasantly surprised and a little frustrated when I realized that my favorite GAP trouser jeans (I inherited them from Miss D.)are now too big. Not. Good. I ended up with a pair of black jeans, which look fine, but not as polished as I was going for. I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and buy another pair of trouser jeans. I’m hoping to find them on sale. Or better yet on eBay. I’ll let you know how the search goes.

How do you feel about what you’re wearing today? Do your clothes feel good, or are you constantly tugging at something, adjusting here and there? If so, when you get home tonight take a good, long look at your outfit and see if you can figure out another way to wear it. Different sweater? Different pair of trousers/jeans? Maybe add a scarf next time? It could be that changing the smallest detail will make a good outfit great. Often times just a simple change – different earrings, shoes, adding a necklace or bracelet – can make you feel like a million bucks. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Today’s outfit:

Embellished Cardigan Sweater: Target
Black Turtleneck: Target
Black Jeans: White House/Black Market
Black Belt: Limited
Black booties: DSW

2.21.13

Frugally yours,

Lori

Overhaul your closet


Do you have a “go to” outfit? You know, one that fits just right, is comfortable to wear and get compliments every time? It’s a wonderful thing to find that perfect combination. Even better to find several! Think back to the last time you felt really good in an outfit. What was it that worked? Do you have similar items in your closet? Take some time to try things on this weekend and play with color and combinations. Take pictures and send them to a stylish friend. Better yet, invite a friend over to help you edit your closet. Invest some time in yourself and try on every item of clothing and make piles:

1. Keep (it fits, you like it and you will wear it)
2. Repair/alter (it needs a zipper replaced, button(s) re-sewn or replaced, or resized, etc)
3. Donate (Goodwill/Leukemia Society will pick up from your house)
4. Sell – Look into selling gently worn items on eBay, Craiglist or through Facebook. There is a Facebook Garage Sale page for my local area and people use it to sell clothes, household items, etc.
5. Toss – this is the most difficult category. I hate throwing clothes away, but sometimes it’s just necessary. Be brutally honest!

This process takes some time, but I promise it’s worth it! When you have made your edits, turn the hangars backwards when you rehang everything. When you wear an item, put the hanger back the “right” way. At the end of the season (or at least every 6 months), anything that hasn’t been worn gets edited out. I recently reorganized my closet by grouping clothes by color. It’s amazing how much easier it is to find what I’m looking for!

Today’s outfit may look a little familiar. I wore the sweater last week with red skinny jeans, leopard print scarf and brown boots. I love the sweater because it’s warm and the neutral color can be worn with so many things.

Sweater: Old Navy
Orange Tank Top: Target
Jeans: Target
Scarf: Ross
Brown booties: DSW Clearance

2.20.13

Frugally yours,

Lori

Frugal Fashion


Credit this blog to “new blogger syndrome” – so many thoughts, so little time. I should have posted this yesterday, but got busy and left it in draft mode. I’lll try not to post more than one a day, and rarely will I post without an outfit photo, but some things just need to be said!

I discovered a new word recently. Frugalista. I love it – because that’s me. When I started writing this blog it hadn’t really occurred to me how much of my wardrobe comes from Target, Old Navy, Ross, Marshall’s and outlet stores. After I lost 30 pounds last year I literally had to rebuild my wardrobe from “unmentionables” on up. I gave away ALL of my larger sized clothes – no backup, just in case I gain some weight back, you never know wardrobe for me! It was amazing to me how many bags I gave to charity. Embarrassing, actually. With this new wardrobe I’m determined to be brutal about what I keep. I started by putting all the hangers on the rod backwards. At the end of this season if the hanger hasn’t been turned around (indicating I actually WORE the item), it’s going to charity. Period. I think I’ve bought inexpensive clothes because in the back of my mind I’m afraid I’ll gain some weight back. Just being honest. The fact that we don’t have a bunch of extra money right now (daughters living at home, wedding this spring, etc.) is definitely a factor. But I’ve always been a bargain shopper, so I don’t think I’d spend a fortune on clothes even if I had a bigger budget.

A Frugalista loves fashion AND a bargain. The thrill of the hunt. The secret joy of knowing she didn’t pay full price for an outfit. There’s something so satisfying about it. I actually had a coworker recently tell me that when she “won the lottery” she wanted me to go shopping with her. I was so happy to tell her it didn’t take a lottery win to dress well. Just a nose for a bargain, some fashion sense and a little time and patience. You can look fabulous in a $100 head to toe outfit. Yes, that includes shoes.

Frugally yours,

Lori

Back to Basics


I am a firm believer in building a wardrobe with basic pieces:

Tailored black blazer (good quality)
Jeans: Skinny, boot cut, dark wash
White cotton button down shirt
Long and short sleeve t-shirts (multiple colors)
Black pants
Khaki pants
Denim jacket
Neutral ballet flats (nude red work great with just about any outfit)
Black pumps
Nude pumps

As always, this is just my opinion. I don’t pretend to be an expert, but this is what has worked for me. My black blazer was purchased last December at the J. Crew outlet in Asheville, NC. I’ve always wanted a J. Crew blazer, but wasn’t willing to shell out over $100 for one. Remember, I’m a Frugalista. When I found my blazer for $30 at the outlet I did a happy dance right there in front of everybody. Just ask my very patient husband and daughter. It fits like it was made for me and I’ve already worn it enough to bring my CPU (cost per use) down to about $1.50. A very good investment!

My long and short sleeved t-shirts usually come from Target and I often buy two in each color when they’re on sale. When they get worn out or stained I just cycle them into my exercise drawer. I bought a Land’s End white cotton button-down shirt on sale last fall and have worn it several times under sweaters. I’ll pair it with the black blazer, skinny jeans and colorful necklace or scarf for a Spring transition outfit.

Today’s outfit is just one example of how to work with a basic black blazer. I’ ll be posting a series of blazer outfits soon. I’d love to hear what you think!

Black blazer: J. Crew Outlet/Skinny jeans: Old Navy/Chambray shirt: Forever 21/Brown flat boots:DSW Clearance

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Basically yours,

Lori

P.S. I’m still figuring out the self photography thing, so hang in there with me until I get the hang of it!

Outside the Box


How often do you think outside the box, fashion- wise? As I’ve said before, I love Pinterest for finding the latest fashion trends. My style boards are full of fun and sometimes out of the box (for me, anyway) ideas. I have boards for Stripes, Skirts, Dresses, Summer Styles, Jewelry…you get the idea. I love the fact that I don’t have to page through magazines to find ideas. Virtual idea boards are brilliant.

I saw an idea recently and decided to take a risk and create my own version. We were celebrating Valentines with a group of friends at a local restaurant. We always take photos when we’re together so I wanted something fun and trendy, but not over the top. Ok, safe. But sexy. Weird combo, right? I went shopping and was initially a little frustrated. I started out looking for a dress, but couldn’t find anything I really liked. I ended up at H&M – and hit the jackpot. The first thing I found was a hot pink pencil skirt. I don’t normally wear pink, but this skirt was just what I was looking for. Then I found a short, black v-neck cardigan. I had seen a similar outfit on Pinterest where the sweater was worn backwards – buttons down the back – and knew that’s how I would style this ensemble. I added Black tights, boots and some pearls for a sexy, sophisticated look. I got rave reviews from my husband (most important!) and friends, plus some great photos. I’ve included photos below – but I spared you the goofy look on my face in the back view.

How often do you think outside the box when putting outfits together? I’d love to hear your ideas!

The outfit:
Pink skirt: H&M
Black sweater: H&M
Pearls: Claires
Boots: DSW
Earrings: Lori Yeary Designs

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Frugally yours,

Lori

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