Completed Outfit: Target

I love this outfit from Target. It's so cute and looks comfortable. All of these pieces range from $8.99 to $31.99. Gotta love Target. I sure do.

Bargain shoe of the week 7-30-06

"Randy" wedges $21.99, also available in black, GoJane.


Today's Quiz: What 2007 car should you drive?

You Should Drive a Saturn Sky

You're sleek and smooth, and you need a car to match your hot persona.

Besides, sometimes you want your top up - and sometimes you want it down.

Wow, pretty cute car. I'm not really into Saturns, though. If I had the money, I would buy a 2007 Chevy Impala (hey, I work for a Chevy dealership and those cars are nice). Click on the link above to find out which 2007 car you should drive. Enjoy!


Thrift store shopping: Jeans

For the last couple of thrift store shopping trips, I've picked up nothing but jeans. I've been finding a lot of cute jeans lately from the thrift stores and all under $5. I went into this hospital auxillary thrift store and they had a pair of FCUK skinny jeans for $3! Of course, they didn't fit. I still should have bought them and sold them on Ebay, lol. Here are a couple more that I found:

Top: Refuge jeans $4.99, Goodwill. I'm so happy these jeans fit so well-waist, hips, and length (you know I have issues with length). They are actually darker in real life.

Bottom: Route 66 jeans $3.99. I never bought a pair of jeans from KMart in my life. It was something about the styles of KMart jeans that turned me off. I saw this pair and liked the wash of them. They fit very well-length, hips, waist. Then I turned around and looked at my butt. The pockets are so far apart that they made my ass look bigger than it already is. Boo. Maybe I'll hide the pockets with a tunic length top. Hmmm.


Poll results: Which celeb has the best style

Here are the poll results from "which celebrity has the best style":

Sienna Miller (25%)
Kerry Washington (25%)
Mischa Barton (0%)
Beyonce Knowles (38%)
Lindsay Lohan (13%)

You voted, and Ms. Deja Vu, Beyonce, had the highest votes as the celebrity with the best style. As you can see, Sienna Miller and Kerry Washington tied, and Lindsay Lohan received only 13%. Mischa Barton received none (why?). Aside from the celebs listed, which celebrity's style do you adore and have the best style? Holla!

Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

American Eagle Outfitters: Take 10% off any purchase. Now thru 8-24-06.

DKNY Outlet: Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $50 or more. Now thru 8-20-06.

Ellen Tracy Outlet: Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $100 or more. Now thru 8-20-06.

Liz Claiborne Outlet: Take 20% off any regular priced item when you spend $50 or more. Now thru 8-20-06.

Fashion Chateau: 20% off plus free domestic US shipping. Coupon code: StyleForFree.

ELF: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Coupon code: shipping25. Now thru 7-30-06, hurry!

Keep it cheap!


Weekend finds: The start of "tax-free" week and my favorite thrift store

Me and Mr. Cheap Chica started our day off early yesterday. Waking up at 7:30 am, our intentions were to cruise around for some garage sales. Of course, the rain put a damper on our plans, but that didn't stop us from going to the mall. Big mistake. You see folks, yesterday was the start of the "tax-free" week here in Florida. I love it, but I also hate it, because people loose their damn minds when this week comes. People act worse around this time than they do the day after Christmas. Our first stop was in JC Penney. Mind you, it was a little after 10 when we got there and the lines were outrageous. There were so many deals I had to pass up because the place was so crowded and everyone had the sale racks surrounded. I found a Miss Bisou tank for $2.97. I paid for and left without trying it on. I prayed that it would fit because it's a very cute top. It did. We didn't stop anywhere else in the mall other than Charlotte Russe. They had a clearance sale on their shoes for $6.99. I grabbed this pair:

Later on in the day, I decided to go to my favorite thrift store. I love the store and all of the wonderful deals that I find there, but they really need to get new employees- so unfriendly and rude. Anyway, I ended up buying three things out of there, for a grand total of $5.97. Sweet!

Banana Republic boot-cut jeans $2.00. Since the thrift store doesn't have fitting rooms, I pretty much had to take a chance on them. They fit. Hallelujah!

Old Navy trouser jeans $3.00. They fit everywhere but the length, so I let the hem out of them. Sometimes I hate being tall.

Dress $1.00. Now I usually don't wear dresses, but there's something about this one that I couldn't pass up. Maybe it was the color. Peach tones and corals look good against my skin. It looks really cute on. I think I'll throw on a belt at the waist, though. How would you wear this dress (if it's your cup of tea)? Holla!

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Stylish boots under $40

Fall will be here pretty soon, and before you know it, it's time to break out the boots again. I really don't wear boots that much down here in Florida, but when I do buy a pair, I don't spend that much money on them. Here are some cute styles that are well within my budget.

Ruched boot, also available in black, $32.50 Wet Seal

Red patent ankle boot, also from Wet Seal $29.50

Isaac Mizrahi tall boots $36.99, Target

"Renee" boot $29.99, Payless

"Nancy" boot by Gabriella Rocha , also available in black $39.95, Zappos

Star style: Beyonce's leopard print scarf/sash

Check out the leopard print sash that Beyonce has around her waist. The good thing about the sash is that you could wear around your neck, as a head scarf, or tied on your purse strap, so it serve multiple purposes. Cash in on the look without breaking the bank, like this one:

Multi purpose animal print scarf/sash $15.20 @ ASOS

You could also find similar styles on Ebay for cheap as well.


Today's Quiz: What fall fashion trend should you try?

This Fall, You Should Wear

Slouchy Boots

I already knew this before I took the quiz, lol. Click on the link to find out which fall trend you should try. Enjoy!


Do you like?

I've always adored kimonos. I think they are beautiful (some of them, anyway). I love this top from Wet Seal. Although not a real kimono, it is still beautiful to me. They have a pretty nice selection of kimono style tops, not to mention the nice prices.

Kimono top $18.50, Wet Seal

Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

Express: Take $10 off $60 or more purchase. Expires 7-23-06, hurry!

Trade Secret: Take 20% off any item. Valid thru 7-31-06.

Waldenbooks: Take 20% off the list price of any one item with the purchase of $20 or more. Valid thru 7-23-06, hurry!

Timberland: Take 20% off any purchase. Valid thru 7-23-06, hurry!

Origins: Free standard shipping with any purchase. Code: 07061.

Target: Take 10% off your order. Code: TCFSHMED

Dots: Take $5 off when you spend $25 or more. Valid thru 7-23-06, hurry!



Hey! Can you spot me a 10?

I've never been to France. This is probably the closest I'll get to the Eiffel Tower. I heart these.

Eiffel Tower earrings $10 @ Fred Flare


Bargain Shoe of the Week 7-16-06

Patent finish pump from Splash $13.99 @ GoJane. Also available in black, red, teal, and navy.


Weekend finds: Old Navy and "The Rich Folks Goodwill"

I decided to take a trip to the somewhat new Old Navy store in the neighboring town of Estero since I had a gift card and a 10% off coupon. For some reason, Chicaville's Old Navy didn't really have anything- either the stuff that I've seen online wasn't at the store or the store didn't have my size. I'm glad that I took a trip over to this new Old Navy. Here's what I found:

These purses were $0.97 each! They had other styles that were also $0.97, but I don't need anymore. I didn't need these, but oh well, I like them.

Shoes, shoes, shoes. The sequined wedges on the left were also $0.97. The madra wedges were $6.99 each. I've always loved those plaid wedges, and I'm glad that I waited until they went on sale.

During the summer, these are all I wear- tanks. It gets so hot down here in Florida, so why not snatch up an extra one for $4.50.

Moving along, I decided to check out the local Goodwill. The Goodwill was located in the "rich" part of town, and they referred to this Goodwill as a "boutique", not a thrift store. When I got there, I was kind of disappointed. I mean, they had some really nice stuff, but the "boutique" was dimly lit, so you couldn't really see what the hell you were looking at. The "boutique" was also small-very small. I couldn't even turn around in there and I know I didn't gain THAT much weight. Everything was just crammed in there. I'm surprised I found this belt in there(yes, another cinch belt), and at $2.99, it just happened to be the cheapest thing in the "boutique".

Needless to say, I don't think I would be going back there again. I thought all the other Goodwills were getting expensive, but this "boutique" topped it. I saw a pair of USED Gap jeans for $19.99. I might as well buy a brand new pair for fifteen more dollars. Oh well, the "rich folks Goodwill" just isn't for me.

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Under $10 finds @ ASOS

Asos.com has really cute, celebrity-inspired apparel. I usually don't shop on this site too much, but they are having their summer clearance and they have some awesome stuff for super cheap. Here are some under $10 finds. I think I'm going to pull out the credit card and do some damage (Lord, help me).

Lace up sandals $7.60, also in white and gold. Lord knows I don't need another pair of lace up sandals, but these are cute.

Patent belt, also available in white and red, $7.60 Animal print belt $5.70

Embellished top, also in fuschia, $7.60 Shirtdress $9.50


$3.99 sandal sale @ GoJane!

Looking for some cute sandals for this summer season? Check out GoJane's $3.99 sandal sale on select styles now while supplies last. Here's my personal fave...

Qupid "Indies" sandal, also available in black and bronze.


Homemade Beauty: Oil control cream

I really hate my oily skin. I control the oil each day by using Clearasil Oil control Cleansing wipes (these rock!), but they are like $7 a pack. Well here's a cheaper way to control the oil so breakouts won't occur.

What you need:
  1. Oatmeal
  2. Egg white

What to do:

Mix ingredients together to create a creamy paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Do this as often as needed.

Source: Beauty Den

Today's quiz: Who's your celebrity style twin?

Your Celebrity Style Twin is Kirsten Dunst

More hippie chic than hippie chick.

Click on the link above to find out who's your celebrity style twin. Enjoy! Plus, share your thoughts on last night's Project Runway 3 episode in the forum.


Off subject: Beyonce's video "Deja Vu"

I know, I'm off subject from the usual bargain shopping and fashion posts, but here's Beyonce's new video for "Deja Vu" (great song, by the way). I adore the song, I just don't get the video. Oh well. Check it out and tell me what you think.

spotted @ Cake and Ice Cream

Designer way vs. Cheap Chica way: Unicorn necklace

Designer way....

On the Rox by Stephanie Curtis necklace $55.00, Nessa Lee Style

Cheap Chica way....

Vintage unicorn necklace $7.99, Girl Props

Not the exact same necklace, but the same concept. I love the Stephanie Curtis version, but the Girl Props version is a lot easier on my wallet.

Today's Printable Coupons and Codes

Bluefly: Take $15 off your first purchase of $100 or more. Code: AFF15. Valid thru 7-31-06

Catherine's: Take $20 off a purchase of $70 or more. Code: 444262869. Valid thru 8-16-06

Delia's: Free shipping on orders $25 or more. Code: DQJW225. Valid thru 7-14-06. Hurry!

Esprit: Take 10% off. Code: esp12. Valid thru 7-31-06.

Fredrick's of Hollywood: Take $10 off a purchase of $75 or more. Code: 6M1TRDL. Valid thru 10-8-06.

FreshPair: Take 10% off a $40 or more purchase. Code: A831T. Valid 8-31-06.

Lane Bryant: Take 25% off a $75 or more purchase. Code: 00252089 . Valid thru 10-17-06.

Shoe Buy: Take $5 off a purchase of $50 or more. Code: BUY5. Valid thru 12-31-06.

Target: Take 10% off. Code: TCJBMFSG. Valid thru 7-15-06. Hurry!



Poll results: Which one of these trends are you into?/ Today's Poll: Which celebrity has the best style?

Sorry, I'm late with the poll results, I know it's been weeks since I posted it up there.

Results for Which one of these trends are you into right now? (see map)
striped shirts:
long, gold necklaces:
bermuda shorts (dressy or casual):
ruffled dresses:

Looks like bermuda shorts are a favorite amongst you gals (my personal favorite, too. I live in them). And it looks like noone is feeling the leggings trend. Why? I think they look cute on some people. I wouldn't wear them myself because I don't think they would look right on me, lol. Here's a new poll for you guys:

I picked these celebrities because I adore their style. Which one do you think has the best style? Add your vote.


MY Under $5 find

Cropped sweater vest. I bought this at my local Old Navy for $1.97 (sweet). It's $9.99 on the website. Still not a bad price.

I stopped into Old Navy this evening and saw that they still had their $1.97 rack. Everything was pretty much picked over and what they had left were mostly these cropped sweater vests in a bunch of different colors and a bunch of kids items. I like this vest, and hey, if I don't get to wear it, I just paid $2 for it, no big deal.

Freebies for all!

  1. Free OPI nail polish. Expires 7-31-06.
  2. Free sample Detente' moisturizer/cleanser
  3. Free 32 oz. Body Balance liquid vitamins when you complete 10 question survey.
  4. Free sample Solodia Deep Vanilla fragrance
  5. Free sample of Sore No More pain relieving gel
  6. Free samples of John Frieda hair products
  7. Free sample of Mary Kate and Ashley fragrance
  8. Nivea Smooth Sensation
  9. Free sample of Baby Phat Goddess fragrance
  10. Free sample of Nautica Voyage for men



Everyday I'm hustlin'

I'm always looking for ways to make extra money. I'll be moving to Orlando pretty soon, so I'll have to save and not shop so much (nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!). Here are things that I do to make extra money:
  1. Sell my unwanted stuff on Ebay. This also frees up some clutter so I won't have that much to pack when it's time to move.
  2. Run errands for Granny (she offers gas money, I take it, lol.)
  3. Type up documents (resumes, contracts, etc.) for people who just don't have the time or typing skills to do it themselves, but are willing to pay me.
  4. Put my DIY skills to use, mostly decorating flip flops. Not only am I'm making money, but I enjoy making things.

Now, if I could save some of this extra money and not shop so much, I'd be rich, lol. What do you guys do for extra money? Holla!

Bargain Shoe of the Week 7-9-06

Metallic Espadrille $14.99 (on clearance), Alloy. Also available in bronze.


Lunch break shopping: JC Penney

Have you guys looked in today's JC Penney's ad? Well, they are having a green tag final clearance sale. They have clearance as low as $1.97. Just look for the different price points around the store. I found these Miss Bisou jeans* for $4.97...

*These are not the same exact jeans that I purchase today, but they are really similar.

My JC Penneys didn't really have a lot of stuff left over. They had a lot of cute cropped military jackets for $4.97, but I know they wouldn't fit my huge massive arms, so I didn't buy one. Sigh. I think this sale lasts until this weekend or until all of the merchandise is gone, so I'll have more time to look at a different Penneys tomorrow, lol.

New forum topic

I know you guys have probably heard about the new PSP portable white coming out and all of the buzz about their ads. Do you find this ad offensive...

People have been saying that it has racial undertones, but I really don't read that much into stuff. We as Americans should be pass that racial shit by now. By the way, this is really off topic of this blog, but I don't care, I'm bored. Go to the forum and share your thoughts on this ad.

Today's quiz: What's your 2006 summer anthem?

Your 2006 Summer Anthem Is

Hips Don't Lie by Shakira

"I'm on tonight

You know my hips don't lie

And I'm starting to feel it's right

All the attraction, the tension

Don't you see baby, this is perfection"

Good song. I wouldn't have picked it for my summer anthem, though. Click on the link to find out what's your summer 2006 anthem.


Star Style: Gold bamboo hoop earrings

Check out the earrings that Rhianna is wearing. I love them. I've seen a bunch of other celebs wearing them, and I've been looking everywhere for them. But, of course, they're nowhere to be found in Chicaville. But hope is not lost...

I don't know if these are as big as the ones Rhianna has on (I hope they are, I love huge earrings), but for $6.00, they will do. Snatch 'em up from Lulu's Fashion Lounge (damn, I love that site!).

UPDATE 7-11-06: These hoops are SOLD OUT on Lulu's, but the Cheap Chica Boutique has them. Check 'em out!

What I'm reading now: "How Not to Look Fat" by Danica Lo

Let's face it, whether you're skinny or chubby, we all have our "fat" days. Hell, I have one everyday, but I'm too damn lazy to go on a diet. Well, with this book, you don't need to diet. I just received this book yesterday in the mail, and just like McDonald's, I'm lovin' it. Even though I'm only on Chapter 10 (I read pretty fast, plus this book is so far an excellent read), I learned about the different necklines that flatter certain figures and which ones don't, and I also learned which style shoes have a "slimming" effect-like the D'Orsay pump. The book also covers which hairstyles do wonders for your physical proportions as well as how to "smell" thinner. Yep, smell thinner. Can't wait until I get to that chapter. At the rate that I'm going, I'll be done with this book before the weekend because it's very interesting. Grab your copy from the author's website (check out her blog while you're there) or from Harper Collins. Now, back to my reading...


Today's Printable Coupons and Codes

Lady Footlocker: Take 20% off purchase of $99 or more. Coupon code LKS12996

Limited Too: Take 20% off your order. Coupon code 720

$5 coupon for Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

Lillian Vernon Outlet: Take 10% off any purchase. Valid anytime.

TGI Friday's: Free appetizer with a $15 purchase. Expires 7-19-06.

Harry and David: 20% off any purchase. Expires 9-30-06.

Ann Taylor Loft: Take 15% off a $75 or more purchase. Expires 7-30-06.

Enjoy and keep it cheap!

Lunch break shopping: Payless

I decided to pop into Payless on my lunch break today because I haven't been there in a while. I'm glad I stopped in because I found these babies...

Patent Molly flat sling $12.99. Also available in black and white

I did a post a while back on some red flat sandals similar to these from GoJane.com, but by the time I went to order them, my size was gone. The ones from Payless are cheaper anyway.


DIY Project: Bermuda shorts

I purchased a pair of Old Navy jeans from my local thrift store today. I had a feeling they were going to be too short for me, but I went ahead and bought them anyway. It sucks that my favorite thrift store doesn't have fitting rooms, so I have to take a chance on buying things, but my instincts were right, the jeans were too short. It's all good. I used Sale Rack Raider's tutorial and made them into bermudas. I'm happy with the results.


I'm back

Hey chicas, I'm back. Due to the extensive problems with my computer, I had to go into my stash and purchase a new one. I didn't want to do it, but I had to because the old computer just couldn't be saved. Oh well, enough of that. On to our regularly scheduled program...

Bargain Item of the Week 7-2-06

I like this necklace. In fact, I've ordered it for myself. Get it for $6.00 @ Lulu's Fashion Lounge.

You're never too old to still love Disney

Check out this cute pajama set from Disney. I heart Tinkerbell. Get both pieces @ Walmart for $7.84 each piece. Also, check out other Disney sleepwear.

Check out more items added at the Cheap Chica Boutique. Keep it cheap!


I have a crappy computer

I would like to take the time out to thank everyone for reading "The Cheap Chica". Due to a very, very crappy computer, I will not be posting as often as I do. I will try to post as much as I can until this issue with my computer is resolved or until I buy a new computer. Keep it cheap for now and I will post when I can.
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