Cheap Chica giveaway #7: Sweet Scents Bohemian cuff bracelet

And here's another giveaway brought to you by the lovely folks over at Pink Cherie! Up for grabs is this handmade wooden sweet scents bohemian cuff bracelet that can be found in the Inspire Roses Collection for $26. Winning is easy, just email your name, city, and state to cheapchicagiveaways@gmail.com and I will randomly pick the winner. Contest ends Sunday, 10-5-08 at 11:59 pm eastern time. Contest open to US residents, 18 years old and over only. Good luck!
And if you don't win, you could always get 15% off your order using coupon code NEWPINK15 at the checkout.


Today's video: Wear those summer pieces in the fall

Here's a video from the Today Show about taking those summer pieces and making them work for fall. Enjoy!


"The One Hundred" by Nina Garcia

I've just got through reading "The One Hundred" by Nina Garcia, and I must say it is a must read. What I like about this book is that with every piece that she lists, she recommends ways to wear it, what brands are good, and where to buy them. She also gives you a brief history lesson on some of the items. For example, the cardigan (#12 boyfriend cardigan) got it's origin and name when the seventh Earl of Cardigan needed an extra layer of warmth under his uniform during the Crimean War (pg.36). Cool. She's not telling you that you have to buy these things, she just recommends them. She makes it clear that it's her list and encourages the reader to develop their own style and make their own One Hundred. There are a few things that I think are kind of odd to be on the list like the Blackberry (#9), the Ipod (#41), and an umbrella (#89). Oh well, it's her list. No more spoilers from me, y'all. Check it out! What's your One Hundred? Hell, what's your Ten? Here's my ten from the "One Hundred":

  1. Ballet flat (#5). Sometimes, I need a break from wedges and heels,especially at work where I'm constantly walking around. I recommend a basic color like black to wear with mostly everything, and a fun bright color.
  2. Clutch (#20). I absolutely adore clutches. Sometimes our little shoulders need a break from carrying totes and satchels.
  3. Hoop earrings (#39). If I don't have any other earrings in my jewelry box, I gotta have a pair of silver and gold hoop earrings.
  4. Jeans (#42). C'mon, who doesn't own a pair of jeans? Most versitile piece of clothing you could ever own.
  5. Little Black Dress (#49). Need I say more?
  6. Nail polish (#59)
  7. Sandals (#75). Hello, I'm a Floridian. Gotta have the sandals.
  8. Wide leg trousers (#97). Another work staple of mine. Comfort, comfort, comfort.
  9. Wrap dress (#99). Again, need I say more?
  10. Man's white shirt (#53). Not necessarily a man's shirt, but a classic white button down shirt. Another versitile piece, it can be dressed up or down.

Today's printables and codes

FORUM TOPIC OF THE DAY: I know y'all watched "Heroes" last night, right?


Designer way vs. Cheap Chica way


Michael Kors "Skorpios" leather hobo $895, Neiman Marcus



Accessory Bug Skorpio faux leather hobo $47

For 10% off of the Accessory Bug tote, use coupon code fall08 at the checkout. Offer ends 10-31-08.


Cheap Chica DIY: Crested vest

I really like Balenciaga's crested blazer from their FW0708 collection, but who has that kind of money to spend when you can just go to the fabric store and buy an applique? That's exactly what I did. I love this vest from Forever 21, but they don't have a size XL, and a large would not fit over my chas chas, so I've decided to take an old vest that I have from my closet and made my own crested vest. My next DIY project will be a crested blazer.

vest $3, Goodwill; buttons $1.50, and applique $3 Joann Fabrics


Today's video clip: Remember MTV's House of Style?

Aah, 1992. I was twelve years old when I started watching MTV's House of Style. I forgot when it came on, but I hardly ever missed an episode. House of Style was one of the great shows of MTV back in the day. Now, you couldn't pay me to watch MTV. I almost forgot about this show until I ran across a blog while surfing the 'net called, you guessed it, House of Style, lol. Here's a clip of the show that I found on You Tube about women in bands of the 90's. Enjoy!

*if the video doesn't work, click here to watch


Today's printables and codes

Get ready for Handbag Planet!!!

The lovely folks over at Sunglass Warehouse are launching their sister site called Handbag Planet on Oct. 15. To celebrate this launch, they are having a contest and will be giving away a free handbag every hour on the day of the launch. Everyone in the US and Canada are eligible and sign-up is simple. You can also gain extra entries by emailing friends and by following Handbag Planet on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. You can review the contest rules here. Mark Oct.15 on your calender and good luck!


Today's printables and codes


50% off @ Moxie Bee!

The lovely ladies over at Moxie Bee are having an awesome sale right now. Everything in the store is half off! The prices are cheap as hell to begin with, so I think this is an awesome deal. Here are some items that I'm loving right now:

Sale ends 9-14-08.


Cheap Chicalicious links 9-4-08

Forum topic of the day: Help a fellow CCSN member with fashion ideas for her new boots.


Cheap Chica giveaway #6 winner is....

Venus Dagdagan!
Congratulations, Chica! You've won the Enchantress earrings from Pink Cherie! Thanks to all of you ladies for entering. Enjoy your Labor Day!
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