Today's printables and codes

Jessica London: Take 20% off all suits and dresses. Coupon code: JLW3160. Expires 3-1-07.

Kohl's: Take 10% off your order. Coupon code: NEW2237. Expires 3-3-07.

Dots: Take $5 off $25 or more purchase. Valid Feb. 26- Mar. 4, 2007.

Newport News: Take 10% off your order. Coupon code: 657. Expires 3-14-07.

Spiegel: Take 10% off your order. Coupon code: 268. Expires 3-15-07.

National Jean Co.: Take 15% off True Religion, Free People, 7 Jeans, Juicy, and more. Coupon code: Natty15. Expires 3-31-07.

Express: $10 off any purchase when you try on Editor City Pant. Expires 3-4-07.

Lady Footlocker: Take $10 off $50 or more purchase. Expires 3-31-07.

FORUM TOPIC OF THE DAY: Share your thoughts on tonight's episode of America's Next Top Model Cycle 8.

ANTM Cycle 8 premieres tonight!

As you all know, America's Next Top Model Cycle 8 premiers tonight. Here are some clips from the new season to let you get a taste of what's to come. Enjoy!

FORUM TOPIC(S) OF THE DAY: Gauchos.... in or out. Brie did a post about gauchos last week, and although I still like them, I'm afraid that I would look outdated wearing the ones I have. What do you think about them? Holla!


Weekend finds: Yellow wedge sandals

wedges $20.99, Go Jane

Didn't really go anywhere this weekend other than Sally's Beauty Supply where I bought some more hair products. I'm trying to get my hair in good shape, because up until last year, I didn't really do much to my hair other than tie it back in a ponytail and wear braids. Well, I stopped the ponytail thing this week because my hair was breaking off at the hairline. I purchased some ORS Fertilizing Temple Balm to help get my thinning edges back in shape. That stuff is like $13 for a 2 oz. jar, so I hope it works. Anyway, like I said, I didn't really go anywhere. I did a little online shopping on GoJane.com and purchased these cute yellow wedges. I'm supposed to be on a mini shopping ban, but you know me, shopping bans just don't work.

Raffia accessories...under $30

Here's a few budget-friendly raffia accessories that I've found that won't put a dent in your wallet:

patent raffia belt $28.00, Urban Outfitters

red trimmed raffia belt $28.00, also from Urban Outfitters

"Ilyssa" platform $19.99, Payless

Freebies for all!!!

FORUM TOPIC(S) OF THE DAY: My grandmother is on a fixed income. She has people living with her that won't get up and get jobs. This pisses me off because she has to borrow money from other members of her family to pay the bills. Read on>>>

Feel free to post a topic of your own in the Cheap Chica Forum. It can be about anything.


Link love 2-24-07

  • This dude's really gettin' bodied. Maybe he should be in Beyonce's video. [Straight Outta NYC]
  • You know you're a shopaholic when...[Apples 2 Apples]
  • Sure, if I had a thirteen year old who wanted a Louis Vuitton purse, their little ass will work for it . [The Budget Fashionista]
  • If Frenchie Davis got booted of American Idol for nude pics so should this girl. [Juicy News]


I miss Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill tee $30, Coolest Shop
I so heart this shirt, and like it says, I miss Lauryn. "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" stayed in my cd player when it came out and I loved her when she was with the Fugees. I wish she would come back to the music scene.


Under $5 find

Remember that balloon sleeve top that I posted a few weeks ago? That's also $5, and shipping on clearance is $0.97.

Star style under $100: Ciara

Today's video clip: Look high and low

Elle Magazine shows you how to look high and low for luxe spring pieces and their inexpensive counterparts. Featured looks are from YSL, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Bill Blass, and Ralph Lauren as well as others. You could get the looks for less from stores such as H&M, Mango, Ann Taylor, and even Newport News. Enjoy!

Today's printables and codes

Banana Republic: Take 15% off a purchase of $75 or more. Expires 3-15-07.

Express: Take 15% off any purchase. Expires 2-27-07.

Finish Line: Take $20 off $75 or more purchase. Expires 3-3-07.

Maurices: Take 20% off any purchase. Valid Feb. 22-28, 2007.

Tommy Hilfiger: Take 15% off any purchase. Expires 2-27-07.

MetroStyle (Lerner): Take 30% off any single item. Coupon code: MSTYLE. Expires 2-28-07.

BlueFly: Take 10% off order of $100 or more. Coupon code: AFF10. Expires 2-28-07.

ELuxury: Free standard shipping on your order. Coupon code: MODE. Expires 3-27-07.

Hey, if you have any coupons you would like to share, feel free to email me. I'll post them.


New styles @ Payless

Abaete "Madison" peep toe pump $25.00
"Paulette" peep toe espadrille $17.99
American Eagle "Keegan" wedge $22.99
"Krazy" patent peep toe pump $19.99
"Luciana" slingback peep toe $19.99

Payless BOGO Sale - Buy One, Buy Get One Half Off. Auto Coupon Taken at Checkout. BOGO ends 2-26-07.


Happy B-day to me!

My birthday is actually on Tuesday (Feb. 20), but I'm leaving on my trip tomorrow, so I won't post again until maybe Tuesday. See you soon...

Bargain shoe of the week 2-18-07

The leopard print has worked its way into spring with a touch of yellow. I like, I like.

Link love 2-17-07

  • What what, in the butt? [Crunk & Disorderly]
  • Lela Rose's new line for Payless debuts at Fashion Week [Hip Candy]
  • Where the sales are for President's Day [Too Cute]
  • Fashion victims follow fashion [Bargain Queen]
  • I love Louis Vuitton. Honestly, I do. But, this ugly thing is not worth $42,000. [Juiicy Scoop]

Cheaper alternatives: clear belt


Under $5 find

Silk tunic top $4.99, Forever 21

Lunch break shopping: Old Navy

I finally used my 10% off coupon that I got for participating in an online survey for Old Navy . I've been eyeing the bermuda shorts for a while and that was my sole purpose of going to Old Navy today. However, I walked out with the polo top, too. I love coral colors for some reason. I guess it's because coral looks really good against my skin. This top is cute in real life and they have other colors as well. Too bad I can't wear them now. It's getting cold down here.

20% off @ AKOStyle

HURRY! Save 20% Off Fashions Storewide for 5 Days.

Here's what I like:

Large patent Jimmy shopper $39.00


Today's quiz: What kind of shoe are you?

You are Barefoot!

You're a total free spirit, go with the flow girl
You can't be restricted by shoes for very long
And unsuprisingly, the same goes for men
Your match is out there - and he's as carefree as you are


Today's printables and codes

I found some online coupons in March 2007 issue of Seventeen magazine. I also found some from Wow Coupons:

Love My Shoes: Take 20% off your purchase. Coupon code: st27. Expires 3-15-07.

Shop Kitson: Take 20% off your purchase. Coupon code: kitson17. Expires 4-11-07.

Girl Props: Take 17% off your purchase. Coupon code: seventeen. Expires 3-15-07.

Rampage: Take 20% off your purchase. Coupon code: RAMPAGE17. Expires 3-12-07.

Amici Accessories: Take 20% off your purchase. Coupon code: 7GXCV5. Expires 3-15-07.

Urban Outfitters: Free shipping on your order. Coupon code: MYCITY01. Expires 12-28-07.

Ashley Stewart: Take 20% off your purchase. Valid Feb. 15-18, 2007.

Rue 21: Take $5 off every $20 you spend. Valid Feb. 15-19, 2007.

Children's Place: Take 15% off your purchase. Expires 3-11-07.
Take 20% off any purchase. Expires 2-28-07.

President's Day sale @ E.L.F

Elf Cosmetics


How to clean canvas shoes

I just received my new white canvas wedges from Target in the mail today. Canvas shoes, light colored ones especially, can be a pain in the butt to keep clean. I found something in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Household Solutions" that should work:

  • To keep canvas shoes looking new, apply a light coating of spray starch before wearing. The starch will give them a protective coating that helps them stay clean longer.
  • Unlike canvas sneakers that you could throw in the washing machine and clean, canvas wedges/sandals can be cleaned by hand using a mixture of 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and 4 cups of water. Scrub the mixture onto the shoes using a small brush or an old toothbrush. Let stand for ten minutes then rinse. Repeat if the shoes are really dirty. Let them air dry.


10% off @ All the Rage

Receive 10% off your purchases now until Feb.28, 2007. Shop All The Rage now>>>.

Clearance alert: Nine West

Aren't these gorgeous? I love the color. Might have to snatch up a pair. Thanks for the heads up, Ruby Subi!


Weekend finds: Finally a pair of skinny jeans that fit me

I found myself at Old Navy yesterday to check out the sale on clearance that Uber Style informed me of . She found a pair of black skinny jeans for $1.97! Talk about a bargain. Thanks for the heads up! I found a pair of dark denim skinny jeans (similar to the pic featured to the left) for $8.99, and guess what, they fit great. I was always under the impression that they only look good on skinny girls. The different brands that I've tried on didn't look good on me at all, so I just stayed away from skinny jeans (except for the Mossimo cropped skinny jeans that I have, those fit great). The pair that I bought yesterday are great. They have a little bit of stretch to them and they flatter my figure (I'll post pics up later). I'm happy with them.
P.S. to the reader I chatted with the other night (Honee B?), maybe you could try your luck at Old Navy with the skinnies.


Cheap, cheaper, cheapest: Rainbow striped cork wedges


Natural Comfort wedge $89.00, Macy's


Double elastic strap wedge $48.00, Urban Outfitters


These would be really cute to wear this spring/summer and there's a pair for every budget.

Under $10 find

"Reeves" dress $5.99, GoJane. Also available in black.


Cheap Chica beauty: Jergens shea lotion

This is the worst time of the year for my skin. It gets so dry and flaky. I bought this lotion this week and I'm hooked. Not only does it keep my skin hydrated all day long, it smells really good, and leaves my skin oh so soft. I normally don't pay over five bucks for a bottle of lotion, but for this one, I'm making an exception, lol. This is my new favorite.

Star style under $100: Amerie

Amerie @ VH1's The Agency launch. Photo borrowed from Juicy News

top $22.80, Forever 21

skinny pants $24.50, Wet Seal

Isaac Mizrahi platform pumps $29.99, Target

Isaac Mizrahi clutch $17.99, Target

Total cost for this look= $95.28
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