Archive | September, 2010

Breaking into the world of second hand!!

29 Sep

I have, I’m excited to say, found a consignment shop I never knew existed and some promising thrift stores!! Now if  you don’t know the difference between thrift and consignment let me explain a little something to you because this could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars on apparel if you like brand name pieces. Good consignment shops are gently used clothes that have already been looked over and cleaned for you, most of the time GOOD consignment shops take only higher brand name items in order to bring the high-end clothes to us that don’t have $600 to drop on a purse. Most consignment is at least 70% off the retail price!! Granted if you are not into labels and shopping generic clothing brands works for you, then thrifting and consignment shopping may not be such a money saver for you! However, if you like your labels, and love bargain shopping with the thrill of the chase try out your local thrift stores or consignment shops. NOW, if you really want to pay bottom dollar, you love the excitement of searching for good pieces and unique items, and don’t mind spending a little extra shopping time, thrifting is the right path for you. With consignment you are paying a little more so you don’t have to look through and inspect the clothes, but with thrifting you need search through and pay attention to the clothes but you save the extra couple dollars!!

I have some pretty top notch clothes including Juicy Couture, Arden B, J. Crew, Coach, Dolce & Gabanna, Citizens of Humanity, D2…..I havent even spent over 1,000 dollars on all of those pieces. Dolce alone costs $2000 and up for a purse, I paid$100. Like I said, $100 is still a little steep for a purse, however, I like labels if I can find them so I am willing to pay a little more if they are worth it. Household products are also something to look forward to, ESPECIALLY if you are a handy or creative person, which I am not. But I’ve seen some of the most amazing things come out a thrift store and be fixed up or revamped to look like its worth $100 when they paid $1.00! However, one disclaimer I would have if purchasing household products, lay off the sheets, towels, hair products, cloth couches or beds. You don’t know how they took care of things and unless you have very strong cleaner, it may not be sanitary to pick up those products from thrift stores. In either case I would strongly suggest checking out your local thrift and consignment stores, you may find that painting or dining set you have been wanting but can’t afford!!

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?”  -Cicero

w/ love and thrifty-ness

p.s. Try going to these stores on sale days, most have dollar days where everything is a dollar, or particular color tags are 50% off!! You come out with some smokin’ deals!!

P.P.S- If you are ever in the town of Prescott/Prescott Valley, Arizona, stop by a consignment shop by the name of “SMARTgirls Resale Fashion,” it is my previous working establishement, owned by some of the most beautiful (inside and out) women you will ever meet! They have quality higher end labels. (j. crew, juicy, coach, Ann Taylor) and also some quality lower price items as well such as Old Navy, Pac Sun, Anchor Blue and American Eagle! They are a chic shopping stop specializing in helping women feel like the best versions of themselves, when you walk in you feel like your walking into a MOD- Boutique, beautifully decorated, and wonderfully staffed. The ladies will help you find anything your looking for and, if you like, will also help you shop a little around the store with the correct staff available! So please stop on in and enjoy their company and their wonderful prices and clothes!!

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Tough Times in Our New Life. Does this get easier?

13 Sep

Let me tell you a little bit about me and my situation. If this sounds like something your going through you might want to stick around and see if this blog can help you in your situations.

I was recently married to my other half who happens to be enlisted military in the U.S.A.F. He just returned to me from a 16 month tour overseas. Needless to say I missed him!! We are slowly getting reaquainted with each other which proves to be a little difficult but NEVER impossible. I am so proud of him and what he does it makes me feel privileged to be his wife and support system. However it is a little rough being thrown into the military system.

 As an example, two days after our wedding we left for a two week training session. I decided to go with him to spend more time together. That time I wanted to spend with him turned into time spent with my television set. Needless to say I was getting a little restless, I couldnt wait to leave!! After our never ending two weeks FINALLY ended, we drove back to my hometown. A day after arriving home, we drove to the airport for our honeymoon, DISNEY WORLD!! It was so nice to get to enjoy each other fully without military or family interruptions! Of course that trip went a lot faster then Texas, because that’s how it works :). Two days after we arrived back home we drove from my hometown in Arizona, all the way to our new duty stations which is in….duh duh duh North Dakota. 25 hours on the road…..yuck.

We have successfully gotten to our duty station, however………. we are told there are no houses or apartments for rent for the next month to two months, and base housing isn’t available for another 6-9 months. Let me tell you the main part of our dilemma, the military gives you 5 paid days to find a place, get approved, sign the lease, and move in. We stayed at a hotel for the first week which was exhausting because we have a full car of things that we packed in two days so needless to say it wasnt a very well thought out packing process. After our week at a hotel we were blessed to find some of our friends and they agreed to let us stay with them until we found a place but we only have one month. We found an apartment that can get us in a month, but we had to come up with $895 for a deposit and $895 for our rent for the first month!!! IN NORTH DAKOTA???!!!! Either way we dont have much of a choice, so I am crazy scrambling for a job so we can get into this place!! If I could offer you any advice months before you transfer anywhere, SAVE SAVE SAVE!! You can’t save too much money. However, as my husband says “we have each other.” So if you are going through a tough time, just remember that you married the love of your life, and things will work out if you just work at them, and the most important thing is that you have each other.

So to answer my own question, I guess it does get better, you just need patience and determination and a good support system in your marriage. No matter how new or old your marriage is, that is your partner, trust in each other that you can make it through, and just make the best of the time you have together looking for homes and planning new things. You never know when your military spouse will have to leave on orders or when your lives will speed up again. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes dealing with perseverance

Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”  ~Author Unknown

w/love and perseverance

Hello world!

4 Sep

Fashion, Shopping, Decorating, Good Food, Good Books, Haute Hostess Items, all things that make you feel beautiful about yourself and your surroundings. If any of these interest you…stay tuned 🙂

 w/ love and high hopes