Style Diary spotlight: Southern Fashionista

I love looking at the different outfits that people from around the world have put together on Style Diary. I'm often inspired by them. There is one person in particular whose style that I absolutely adore- Southern Fashionista. She, like myself, loves a great deal, and feels that you can still look cute and stylish without breaking the bank. Speak the truth, girl! I heart her. You can check out her fabulous style here. Here's one of my favorite outfits from her diary:

Under $5 find

Patent coin purse $2.00, Lulu's Fashion Lounge


Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

Maidenform: Take 25% off your order. Coupon code: thanks0930.

WebClothes: Take 15% off your order. Coupon code: baghwok5k2

JB Pet Wholesale: Take 15% off any order. Coupon code: SUMMEREND

Gotham City Online: 20% off plus free shipping with a $79 or more purchase. Coupon code: FIND46.

Dots: Take $5 off a $25 or more purchase. Now thru Sept. 3, 2006. Hurry!

Lunch break shopping: Old Navy

Plaid blazer $7.99, Old Navy

I didn't physically go to Old Navy on my lunch break, I came home and did some online shopping. I've been wanting this blazer forever, and I finally got it- on sale. I like it. I guess I'll save it for when the temperatures drop just a little here in Florida because right now it's too hot to wear it.


If you're still looking for gold bamboo hoops...

Hey chicas, if you're still looking for the huge, gold bamboo hoop earrings (seen on celebs such as Rihanna, Cassie, etc.) that are hot right now, Izdatsweets is a seller on Ebay who has them for super cheap. Bids start at just $0.99 and she has the regular round ones, which are 3.5" in diameter, and the heart shaped ones, which are 2.5" in diameter. Check 'em out.

Last night's outfit: Gone dancin'

  • Jeans $21: Wet Seal
  • Top $8: Ross Dress for Less
  • Shoes $6: Target
  • Purse $4: secondhand
  • Jewelry $8: Forever 21 & Dots

I went out last night for the first time in months. A few years ago, I used to go out at least four times a week, and I bought an outfit for each night. I hardly go out anymore, so when I shop, I don't buy anything for a nightclub. I really didn't feel like shopping for anything new, so I looked in my closet to see what I could find. Earlier this week, I cleaned out my closet of stuff that was outdated, didn't fit, or I just didn't like anymore. The top above was one of them. It still had the tag on it. I was getting rid of it because I didn't like the way it looked on me. But, when I tried it on with the jeans and accessories, Mr. Cheap Chica assured me that it looked great. I'm glad I kept it, because I didn't have a clue of what to wear.


Today's Poll: What influences your style?


Look what I found

"Novet" suede boot $23.99, Go Jane

Today's Quiz: What's your reputation?

Your Reputation Is: Shy Girl

You've done pretty well in keeping your reputation protected..

Problem is, no one really knows who you are!


Star style: Jill Marie Jones' polka dot dress

photo taken from "I Like Her Style"

Y'all know Jill Marie Jones as Toni Childs from the sitcom "Girlfriends". I love this dress she has on. However, I would not have done the yellow beaded necklace with it, but maybe it was her way of adding color to all the black and white. I found this dress from Tar-zhay:

Polka dot dress $24.99, Target

I just bought a polka dot scarf for $4 last week, so I'm good on the polka dot trend.

I'll be gone for a minute....

Due to the major brain farts I've been having lately and the lack of ideas, I will not be posting for a few days. There are some days when I have all these ideas in my head and put them on the site, but lately, I've been having none. Sigh. I guess it's because I have a lot of stuff going on right now at home and work. Too much. I'll still check my shout box, the forum, and my email if you guys wanna stop by to say "hi". But right now, I am beat. I'll be back........


Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

Eddie Bauer: Take $20 off a purchase of $100 or more. Expires 9-4-06.

Neiman Marcus (Last Call Clearance Centers): Take 10% off any purchase. Expires 12-31-06.

United Colors of Benetton: Take 20% off any purchase. Expires 12-31-06.

Vanity Fair Outlet: Take $10 off $100 purchase. Expires 12-31-06.

Style Violet: Take 25% off regular priced items. Coupon code: INSTYLE06. Now thru 9-30-06.



Forum topic: Eyebrow waxing at a nail salon

I have a question. It's a dumb one, but I'm going to ask anyway. How many of you ladies out there get your eyebrows waxed at a nail salon? I do and I never saw a problem with it until a friend of mine asked me why I get them waxed there- it's so tacky and unsanitary she says. I know I'm not the only one and if I am, who cares? They do a good job on my brows and I've seen them take out new sticks and wax to do my brows. What do guys think? Is this considered "tacky and unsanitary", or do you, like me, see nothing wrong with it. Voice your opinions in the forum.

By the way, I made some changes to the forum, so don't be afraid to start up new threads in there. I need some action going up in there, lol.


Under $5 find

"Indies" sandal $4.99, Go Jane. Also available in black and tan

Hey, I know summer's almost over, but until it's over, wear these with your favorite summer outfit.

Today's Quiz: Who are your celebrity sisters?

Your Celebrity Sisters Are Beyonce and Solange

Talented, sexy, and sassy.

You've got a star quality that everyone notices


I'm in love with Mary Jane

Patent pumps $17.99, Payless. Also available in black.

These look like the Kurt Geiger version that are $79.00. You know me, I'm going with the Payless version anyday.

Top 10 must-haves for fall

I saw this list in People magazine's Style Watch Fall 2006 issue. It's the top ten must-haves for fall:
  1. Metallic accessories. Shades of bronze and rose gold. Glamorous, not flashy.
  2. Menswear. Glen plaids and pinstripes in fitted, female-flattering shapes.
  3. Soft bags with hardware, ruching, and unexpected trim.
  4. Platforms. Think suede and textured leather.
  5. Patent leather in rich colors.
  6. Mini dresses
  7. Coats. Ladylike, toggles, and belted styles are in.
  8. Red accessories (shoes, belts, bags)
  9. Romantic tops
  10. Plaid (feminine blouses, shoes, and suits).

What's on your must-have list for fall? Holla!

Snakes on an arm

Snake armlet $4.99, Girl Props

I really like this armlet. Kind of has that Egyptian goddess thing going on, like Cleopatra. Not bad for an under $5 find.


Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

Best Buy: Take $100 off any notebook. Expires 8-19-06. Hurry!

Cache: Take $20 off any denim jean. Expires 9-4-06.

Home Depot: Take 10% off tool rental. Expires 10-31-06.

KMart: Take $10 off a $50 or more purchase when you use Sears Card or Sears Gold Mastercard. Expires 9-30-06.

Pier 1: Take 20% off any single purchase. Expires 8-20-06. Hurry!

Mandee: Take 20% off entire purchase. Coupon code CG. Expires 10-31-06.

Alloy: Take 20% off all denim. Coupon code: DEN20. Expires 8-20-06. Hurry!

Bealls: Free shipping with $60 or more purchase. Coupon code: CJSUMMER.

Couture Candy: 15% off all JBrand jeans. Coupon code: JBRAND

Fashion Bug: $20 off $40 or more purchase. Coupon code:776161200

World Market: Take $25 off purchase of $75 or more. Expires 8-26-06.


More weekend finds...

One day, I will stop shopping. But with so many bargains floating around out there, how can I resist? I'm telling you, Tar-zhay can be the devil sometimes. Somehow, I got lured into there once again this weekend. Instead of going in there to buy what I "need", I walked out of there with more clearance shoes. Between last week and this week, I've bought five pairs of shoes from them. I really need an intervention, lol.

Both sandals by Xhiliration. Left $3.24, right $3.74


Bargain shoe of the week 8-13-06

"Stacia" wedge $19.99, Payless

I love these shoes. They are so cute in real life, not to mention comfortable. I should've bought them.

Forum topic: Can belts be worn at the waist when your top heavy?

I was asked by a reader if girls with big boobs can wear belts cinched at the waist. She was thinking about it and wasn't sure if it would look good or not. I, being a somewhat top-heavy girl, think it looks fine. I wear my belts cinched at the waist sometimes and I see a lot of big busted women wearing them as well. What do you guys think? Visit the forum and give your opinions.

Weekend finds: Belts & Shoes

  1. Red belt $6.99, Papaya. Remember that post the other day about whether or not I should keep that red belt? Well, sorry guys, but I returned it. Even though it looked cute with a few outfits that I had, I could only wear it cinched at the waist. If I decided one day that I wanted to wear it around my hips, it wouldn't fit. Oh well.
  2. Striped scarf $4, Wet Seal.
  3. Green belt $2.50, also from Wet Seal.

These are just like the red ones I bought last week. They were also $6.24.


Leopard print accessories under $20

Leopard print is a hot trend right now. But, I'm a little scared to wear a leopard print top or dress. I'd rather do an accessory to jazz up a simple outfit. Check out some of these accessories I found for under $20.

Headband $4.50, Wet Seal

Sash (I've featured this one before) $15.20, Asos

Tights $12.50, Alloy

Ballet flat $19.00, Newport News

Star style: Ciara's pencil skirt

I like Ciara's look here. Simple yet chic. Snatch up a pencil skirt to add to your fall wardrobe-for super cheap, of course.

Xhiliration pencil skirt $12.99, Target


Today's Quiz: What style of jeans are you?

You Are Boot Cut Jeans

You're fashionable and sexy - in an understated way.

You're more about looking good than following the latest look of the week.


Lunch break shopping: Wet Seal

Me and my damn impulse buys. I went to Wet Seal on my lunch break with the intentions on buying a red patent belt. They had some, but not really what I was looking for. I walked out of there with this belt....

The belt is not this shiny

I figured I would get more wear out of this one versus a patent leather belt, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it. I tried it on with a few outfits and it looks cute with them, but there's just something about it that's a little off. I want to keep it, but then again, I don't. What do you guys think? Should I keep it or should I return it? Holla!

Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

American Eagle Outfitters: Take 10% off your purchase. Expires August 24, 2006.

Lane Bryant: Take 25% off a single item with your purchase of $50 or more. Now thru 8-31-06.

Bloomingdale's: Take an additional 50% off already reduced prices. Ends 8-14-06. Coupon code: SAVE50. Hurry!

Chadwick's of Boston: Take $25 off a purchase of $200 or more. Coupon code: CHAUGUST1.

JC Penney: Free shipping on shoe orders of $75 or more. Ends August 15, 2006. Hurry!

Enjoy (sorry for posting so late)


I want this shirt. Help me find it

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I scanned this picture from a recent H&M ad out of a magazine. I really like the shirt that the girl is wearing in this pic, kind of reminds me of the Chanel chain print scarf. I hate that Florida doesn't have an H&M, and I hate that H&M doesn't have online shopping. Does anyone know where I can find a similar one? I know this one is from H&M, but like I said before, the store is nonexistent here in Florida. Help!


Top 5 trends that are here to stay. Do you agree?

I came across this post on Style Space about top five trends that the author thinks are here to stay. Here they are:
  1. Beads
  2. Metallics
  3. Oversized bags
  4. Oversized sunglasses
  5. Skinny jeans

I agree with all but one, but different people have different tastes in fashion. Do you think that these trends will last a little while longer or do you think not. Also, what do you guys think about sequins? Are they out or do you think a little trim of it here and there won't hurt? Holla!

Weekend finds: Tar-zhay on my mind

I really didn't do any shopping this weekend except at Target. If you've noticed, I've been posting a lot about Target lately. I can't help it, I love that store. Me and Mr. Cheap Chica went school shopping for our niece. She's going to Pre-K this year, so we did a little shopping for her. I almost didn't buy myself anything until I saw a great clearance sale going on in the shoe section. You know I had to check that out.

Red Mossimo heels $6.24 and Xhiliration beaded medallion flip flops $1.64. I've been wanting the red heels for a while and I can't believe I found them for this cheap. Sweet!

Cheap Chica Boutique sale: Buy 1, get the 2nd for 50% off!

Right now at the Cheap Chica Boutique, buy one item and get the second item for 50% off. Second item must be of equal or lesser value. Now thru 8-19-06. Visit the Cheap Chica Boutique now!


Under $5 find

Enjoy the rest of the hot weather with these cute Mossimo gladiator sandals (I have these in bronze). Only $4.99 @ Tarzhay.

To my readers, thank you: Take 15% off your entire purchase at Lulu's!

I would like to take the time out and thank each and every one of you for reading. I honestly thought this blog wasn't going to have any readers. I merely started this blog out of boredom and now I'm addicted to keeping my audience happy, lol. Here's a special treat for you guys. Take 15% off your order at Lulu's Fashion Lounge when you enter code 8808 at checkout. Again, thank you everyone for reading.


Today's Quiz: Are you a shopaholic?

You've Been Bit By the Shopping Bug!

You're constantly adding to your wardrobe - and it shows

However, you can show some restraint. You love good deals.

Your love of the clearance rack has paid off...

You probably have only maxed out card or two, if at all!

Wow, I'm not as bad as I thought, lol. Click on the link to find out if you're a shopaholic. Enjoy!


Today's Printable Coupons & Codes

GoJane: Take 30% off your entire order. Coupon code: SEVEN30 (provided by Seventeen magazine). Now thru 9-15-06. Also, free standard shipping for orders $40 or more. Coupon code: FS400806. Now thru 8-11-06.

All The Rage: Take 30% off your order. Coupon code: 17 (provided by Seventeen magazine). Valid 8-15-06 to 9-15-06.

Mark Alexandre: Take 35% off any item. Coupon code: SFF35

Zazzle: Get 20% off 2 or more shirts. Coupon code: ZAZZLESHIRT1.

Enjoy and keep it cheap!


What I like from Paul & Joe

The Paul & Joe line finally arrived at Target today. I'm impressed with this line- lots of stuff that is more in tune with my style. Here is one of my personal faves:

Floral top $19.99

I love the beautiful floral print of this top. Check out the rest of the line here. Missing Tara Jarmon already? Check out the clearance at Cheap Chica prices. There's still some more Luella clearance lurking around, too , if you still want some.
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