Category: budgetsavers

“friends don’t let friends shop retail.”

Banana Republic tank dress (a pretty penny) | Romeo & Juliet Couture pleather jacket (via Hautelook) | Big Buddha “Aaron” clutch (via Hautelook) | Sam Edelman “Garner” Gladiator Sandals (via Hautelook)  This outfit is a like a little homage to my obsession with Hautelook, a free members-only e-tailer that’s every bargain lover’s dream.  Every morning, the site is updated with new “sales” in categories ranging from apparel and beauty to lifestyle and travel with savings…

beauty on a budget: make-it-yourself beach spray

As my hair gets longer and longer, I’m really into texture and wave and curl. It’s mostly because I’m lazy, and when faced with the decision of an hour of blow-out/flat iron vs. quick easy waves, the latter wins every time. Until recently, beachy tousled waves eluded me. All the magazines say I need to drop about $30 on a little bottle of surf spray from a-famous-brand-that-shall-go-unnamed to get the look I want, and they’ve…

on second chances. and glitter!

Last month, my real-life BFF and DIY maven, Anne, revamped a pair of stilettos on her blog, Wobisobi. The shoes in question were in great condition, but had an unfortunate run-in with a parking grate resulting in a ravaged heel. [Collective sighs from readers as they fondly remember favorite heels that met a similar fate.] She covered the damaged heel with a clever coat of glitter that camouflaged all traces of the grate incident, and in turn, made…

>DIY: denim do-overs

> Recently, Jessica posted about creating your own jorts using a pair of jeans. As a Floridian, I’m all too familiar with jorts for summer (and all my Gator friends are, too). I had several pair of jeans that were not my favorites for various reasons, and I thought they could each use a revival. Plus, I really need some shorts for the warmer weather. Using a few simple tools (sharp scissors, sandpaper, a pumice…