Today's video: Splurge vs Steal

Here's a video clip from the Today Show inspired by Marie Claire magazine's "Splurge vs. Steal" section. It shows three different designer looks for different occasions and how you can recreate them for much less. Enjoy!


Stores to check out: Pink Cherie and Turquoise Boutique

Hey Chicas, here are two new online stores you should check out- Pink Cherie and Turquoise Boutique. Both stores offer a variety of cute and affordable merchandise and they're offering Cheap Chica readers coupon codes to use in their stores. At Pink Cherie, enter coupon code CheapChica10 to receive 10% off your purchase, and at Turquoise Boutique, enter CHEAPCHICA to receive 15% off your purchase. Happy shopping!
bracelet $35, Pink Cherie dress $34.50, Turquoise Boutique


Ashlee Simpson to design a line for Wet Seal

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Mar 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wet Seal will launch a new collection of tops designed by multi platinum recording artist Ashlee Simpson in conjunction with her third CD release, BITTERSWEET WORLD, and a major in-store and online nationwide promotion on April 22, 2008.
The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WTSLA), a leading specialty retailer to young women, today announced the launch of a collection of tops designed by Ashlee Simpson. The collection features designs inspired by Ashlee Simpson's personality, sense of style and album artwork. Each piece displays Ashlee's signature touch and will be priced in line with Wet Seal merchandise. The line will launch nationally on April 22, 2008, the same day that her new album BITTERSWEET WORLD hits stores and online retailers nationwide. The first single from the release "Little Miss Obsessive" is currently heating up radio airwaves.[
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Can't wait to see the collection.


What to buy Spring 08: Wooden jewelry

The trend in accessories for this season is wooden jewelry. Wooden jewelry go hand in hand with another cool trend this season- tribal print. Be careful not to overdo the wooden jewelry, though. One or two pieces is all you really need to liven up that outfit.

  1. wood and bead earrings $5, Wet Seal
  2. bangle $16.20, All The Rage
  3. round ring $12.60, All The Rage
  4. necklace $6.80, Forever 21
  5. wood and shell ring $5, Wet Seal

Freebies for all!!!

Today's printables and codes


Light colored jeans

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Lighter and lighter colored denim has made its way into the stores for the warmer months. Light denim, in my opinion, look really cute with a flowy top and nice pair of wedge sandals, perfect for a spring weekend day. Here are some styles that I found under $40:

Today's video: Shop your closet before you buy anything else


Thrift score: Wooden handle purse

I found this bag about two weeks ago at Goodwill (not my favorite Goodwill this time, lol.) It's made out of raffia and is very roomy. I love it.

FORUM TOPIC OF THE DAY: This story is disturbing. Discuss in the forum.


Weekend finds: Mr. Cheap Chica loves a bargain!

Yes, I did some shopping too, but Mr. Cheap Chica was the one who found some great deals. He found some really nice sneakers from Steve and Barry's. They're still having their $8.98 or less sale, so he grabbed them. After that, he was on the hunt to find some shirts to wear with his new sneakers. He found a couple shirts- one from Ross Dress for Less, and another from Sears. Me, I found two cute belts from Ross Dress for Less.... and lots of other things, lol.

  • sneakers $9, Steve and Barry's
  • Mecca polo shirt $8, Ross Dress for Less
  • South Pole shirt $4, Sears. Sears was having additional 50% off of clearance. Too bad they didn't have anything cute in the women's department.
  • brown belt $5 and tan belt $6, Ross Dress for Less


Today's printables and codes


Will be back Monday

Hello, everyone, sorry for the lack of posts this week, but I've been hella busy at work and taking care of some things before my trip tomorrow. I shall return on Monday.


Today's printables and codes

  • Gordman's: 20% off any item. Expires 3-22-08.

  • Neiman Marcus (Last Call Center): 10% off any item. Expires 3-31-08
  • Baghaus: Take an additional 8% off the Baghaus Trendy Belfort Bag. Coupon code: BELFORT8OFF. Expires 3-16-08.


Daily deal: Get $10 off @ Arizona Jeans

trouser jeans $40

Right now, get $10 off regular and sale priced items at Arizona Jeans. Offer begins on March 12 and ends April 2, 2008. Enter coupon code AZJWM1 at the checkout. Don't JC Penney still sell this brand? I didn't know they had their own site. Cool.


Stores to check out: Moxie Bee and Oh So Chic Boutique

There's two new online boutiques you ladies should check out. Tressie, author of the blog So Frugalicious, has launched her store Moxie Bee, and the pieces are inexpensive, but "still appropriate for the 20 to 30 something young professionals" as she states. There are some very cute items. I like this jacket:
tan short jacket $34

Another online boutique you should check out is Oh So Chic Boutique. They have cute, inexpensive pieces for the "trendsetter, the go-getter, and the jet-setter"(i like that slogan, lol). They also carry plus sizes. Right now, Oh So Chic owner Eboni is offering a 15% off discount on all orders, plus free shipping! Sweet! Offer ends 4-15-08. I think I'll use the discount for this: ***update*** I forgot to mention the coupon code is ChicChica. Sorry everyone who tried to order. Enjoy!

island breeze dress $49

Make sure to check these stores out!


What I want

Barbara style faux leather tote $54.99, Accessory Bug

Want 10% off your purchase? Use code spring08 at the checkout. Coupon good until 4-30-08.


Today's printables and codes

  • MetroStyle: Take 25% off any one item. Coupon code: MSMYFAV11. Expires 3-31-08.
  • Baghaus: Take an additional 8% off Crosby Palette style handbags. Coupon code: 8OFFCROSBY. Expires 3-9-08.
  • Fashion to Figure: $25 off orders $75 or more. Coupon code: FTF7525. Expires 3-31-08.
  • Rue 21: $10 off $30 or more purchase. Expires 3-10-08.

Shopping the Juniors' department- yea or nay?

Here are two great posts from two of my fave bloggers, Budget Chic and Style Mojo, on shopping the juniors' department:

What Budget Chic says:

One of the best ways to save money on apparel is by shopping the Junior stores and the Juniors section in major department stores.
There is a significant markup when you move over to the Women’s section in fine department stores. Women’s is looking pretty good nowadays, since more manufacturers are interpreting trends a lot quicker and the styles are more reflective of what’s on the runway, but the price point between Juniors and Misses is a good $50 to $150 difference. I’m also referring to the department store “house brands” and not any of the name brand designers they may carry. I figured why pay $98 for a skirt in Misses (for example a INC skirt at Macy’s may retail for $98) when you can pay $39 in the Junior section.

Some of the better junior lines are XOXO, BCX, Rampage, Zinc and Necessary Objects. I always go for their suiting separates and outerwear. Thats not to say that one shouldn’t shop the Women’s section at all. The best time to shop the misses/petite section is during seasonal changes, so you can get that extra 30% to 50% off. You probably don’t want to wait until it hits the Clearance rack, because by that time sizes are limited and everything is picked over. The Junior section is great for blazers, dress shirts, coats, and blouses. If you are a woman in your thirties or forties you want to be extremely selective. You probably want to avoid the casual wear (tanks, t-shirts, casual tops and pants, jeans, leggings, undergarment and swim wear) area, unless you don’t give a hoot and just want to “go there”. I prefer to exercise judgment and put “style” before trends, but obviously it’s whatever the person is comfortable with.I also stay away from buying dresses from the Juniors department, because many time their dresses are too short, over-embellished, made with skimpy material, poorly designed or are too “prom” looking. The Junior stores (Forever21, Wet Seal) really aren’t any better. Well, I must say this about Forever21 - their dresses are decent when they are pushing the right trend, right now their current stock is short mod or long maxi length dresses and I hate both of those styles and I don’t think they look flattering on me.

I usually purchase my dresses from Target, Dillards Clearance Center, Marshalls / TJ Maxx or Ross for Less. Basic lifestyle stores like Gap and Old Navy are great places to pick up solid pieces and occasionally you can find a nice summer dress on the cheap. The Gap is great, but lately they have decided to stock less merchandise so they do not have to do so many “mark downs” so it harder to find really good deals in the Gap on a consistent basis anymore.

Juniors is a good alternative if your clothing budget is very tight. Many women today have so many other financial responsibilities that there is hardly any room for “fashion” in their budget. They may have the same amount of funds for clothing as a college student. So why not take advantage of their resources. This will enable the fashionably frugal mom or single woman to look good but stay focus on other financial priorities.

What Style Mojo says:

If you are over 21 I think it's best do your self a wonderful favor and say to say no to Juniors clothing. There are several bad things about an adult body in teen clothing. Oh Jebus, where to start!

The Fit
Juniors clothing are not made to flatter an adult body. Generally, Juniors pieces will run smaller at the bust and hips. Avoid buying clothing in odd numbered sizes. Why battle muffin tops and cleavage spillage and seam bunching when you don't have to?

The Quality
Typically, Juniors sizes are a product of "Throw Away" fashion. These fashions are made for teenagers on a tight budget who want to keep up with the constant fads. As a fashionable girl grows into a woman, she should have developed a since of her own style by incorporating the latest trends where she sees fit.

The Give Aways
I can spot a Juniors piece from a mile away. Keep my list in mind and you too can avoid being a victim.

  • The Extraneous Waist Tie - Typically on a Junior top you will find the dreaded waist tie. No matter if there is a need for a tie in the back or not, a waist tie will be present! I once saw I waist tie on a belted top! Nooooo! Which brings me to Inclusive Accessories.
  • Inclusive Accessories - They irk me till no end! Look out for jewelry attachments and belted tops.
  • Cheapness - Its just common knowledge....ill fitting asymmetrical cuts and cheap looking dyes? Just say no ladies! Just say no!
Places and Things to Avoid
GNG aka Good N' Ghetto

Wet Seal

Odd Sizes - 1,3,5,7,9
Extraneous Waist Ties
Fine Line
Forever 21 - Yes, I said it. Shop there with caution! *Every blue boon you can find neat and cheap party dresses in the Juniors section. You may even find a cute clubbin' halter which can pass since you'll be in the dark anyway. But use your own discretion!

Both of these ladies have made very good points in their posts, but I'm going to say yay on shopping the juniors'. It's helped me stay on trend without breaking the bank. That's just my opinion. So, what do you think? Do you shop the juniors' department/stores? Why or why not?


Weekend finds: New gold ballet flats

Well, it's time for me to lay my Tory Burch knockoffs to rest. I ran them into the ground and went to hell and back in them, so I went online shopping for some new ones. I found these babies from Tar-jay, and I can't wait until they arrive.

metallic gold snake ballet flats $15

FORUM TOPIC OF THE DAY: Why can't some people respect other people's personal style? Holla at me in the forum.


Early bird specials @ Kohl's

Welcome to March, Chicas! Today, Kohl's is having a Saturday Early Bird Sale (1am- 4pm EST) . The sale includes 50-60% off Women's Daisy Fuentes collection, 40-60% off Juniors' dresses and collections, and 50% off young men's Union Bay, Urban Pipeline, and U.S. Polo Association bottoms. So, hurry hurry. Quantities are limited. Sales end at 4pm to day eastern time.
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