#frugalfashionista: family reunions leading to fashionable finds

During a family reunion over Christmas break my cousin had introduced me into the “wish” shopping app. Since then it has been a dangerously addictive habit for cheap little finds. Now be weary my shoppers as this is not the place I would recommend buying your whole wardrobe, but it is a fun place to buy small pick me ups. 

Everything is most likely made in China and straight from the factories with no one to regulate quality, thus comes my warning. Things on the app are dirt cheap, and they are just that. But for $1 or $2 nik-naks can be fun, just don’t count on them long term.think of it as buying from forever 21. 

Anyway….being a cancer birthday I really wanted some crab earrings and they had exactly that for $1 + $1 shopping. Took a few weeks to receive them but I love them. Super cute and they match my Kate spade cancer crab bracelet!

Much love – MA 

  

#frugalfashionista : fashion face

  
I’ve been eyeing the too faced chocolate bar palette since I had seen the tutorial by Marianne Ramos. But spending $50 on a palette was hard to bite on. 

This past Xmas my new boss gave me a gift card to Sephora. It was such an awesome gesture. I knew exactly what I was going to purchase with it. When I found the time I headed to Sephora and picked out my semi sweet chocolate bar palette. 

Filled with an array of fun colors and scents of subtle sweetness I was a happy customer. I even walked out with a second item of Sephora brand contour/highlighting stick seeing as I was running out of my smashbox version. 

$49 too faced palette

$20 contour/highlight duo stick

Worth the investment!

Much love – MA 

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#frugalfashionista: f21 finds

I’m not a huge fan of forever21 anymore, after all I’m not longer 21 and as you get older you usually have a salary that allows you to buy better quality. Every once in a while though I still pop in for a thing or two, like these quick pick me up accessories. 
An edgy gold necklace with simple lines to pop a simple black dress. Or this bright red pop of color of an accessory to contrast a tonal outfit. 
What are your fav finds at f21?
Much love -MA
  

   

#frugalfashionista : feeling feline

During a recent trip to San Diego I perused the mall while my boyfriend and his colleague worked at conference. It was a quiet sunny Cali weekday and all of the January sales were out. I strolled into Bcbg with more interest in their latest silhouettes as opposed to the sales. It just so happened that I did walk in on really good sales. I walked out with one too! 

Much love – MA

  
 

#frugalfashionista: fine fingernails 

Who doesn’t love getting a fresh gel manicure? When you’re as addicted to them as I am it can become a costly added expense. So maybe once in a while why not DIY? I found  OPI polish at a discount at marshalls, along with that I found a gel-like topcoat set. Results don’t last as long as a real gel manicure, but it’s not a bad alternative until you’re next manicure!

Much love -MA

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