3/31/09

Do you shop more when Aunt Flo's in town?

A study revealed that in the ten days before their periods begin - known as the luteal phase - women are much less in control of their spending habits.
Psychologists at Hertfordshire University concluded that a shopping spree could be a way of dealing with the intense emotions of pre-menstrual syndrome, which affects around 90 per cent of women each month.
Professor Karen Pine, who conducted the study of 443 women aged between 18 and 50, said: 'The later women were in their menstrual cycle, the more likely they were to have overspent
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I know I tend to pig out when it's that time of the month, but I don't think I ever went on an emotional shopping spree. I wouldn't want to try on clothes that time of the month being bloated and all, lol. What do you think about the study? Do you shop more when it's that time of the month?

Cash, check, or charge?



I love the L.A.M.B Noel sandal, but unfortunately it's sold out in my size and is out of my price range. Fortunately, there are cheaper alternatives to this lovely shoe. The "cash" version is not neccessarily my fave color choice, but if you want a pop a color to an outfit, then this is the shoe. I love the "check" version- classic black and white that can be worn with various outfits. Which one fits into your budget?

3/30/09

Product review: Sothys Energizing Shower Gel and Delicious Scrub

Parisian skin care line, Sothys, has introduced two new products to their Aroma Sothys Collection- Energizing Shower Gel and Delicious Scrub (yes, that's the name of it). Both products contain 100% natural active ingredients and essential oils. I was most excited about trying out the scrub because I was in need of sloughing away this dead winter skin, lol. The scrub is made with spices, ginger, nutmeg, orange and mandarin essential oils. After using this, my skin felt very smooth and soft. I loved the yummy scent of the spices it left behind on my skin. The shower gel was okay. It contains eucalyptus, cardamom, nutmeg, and neroli essential oils. The scent reminds me of Bath and Body Works White Tea and Ginger , which I love love love. I'm used to a rich lather, but this didn't lather up too well. However, it did leave my skin very soft and that's what matters.

Delicious Scrub $44
Engergizing Shower Gel $24

Star style: Mary Kate Olsen's Prada fringe tote


Get Ms. Olsen's Prada "Napa" fringe tote for whole lot less from Accessory Bug! Right now, take 10% off your next purchase by entering code spring09 at the checkout. Offer ends 5-31-09.



3/29/09

Beauty coupons in All You magazine

If you have this month's issue of All You magazine, you may or may not have paid attention to a few coupons for a few beauty products in there. Check them out.



pg. 29: $1.00 off any NYC New York Color product of $1.72 or more

pg. 31: $1.00 off any Sea Breeze product

pg. 35: Free Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara (only at Walmart)

pg. 45: $2 off any Jane cosmetics product

p.g. 145: $2 off Noxzema SpaShave 4-blade shavers

Designer way vs. The Cheap Chica way



Now, I don't know if Report Signature is considered designer, but I do know that they are expensive. Get the more budget friendly version for $90 at Bakers.


3/27/09

What's new @ the CCSN

It has come to my attention that I haven't been spending a lot of time on the Cheap Chica Social Network. Well, I'm trying my best to make some improvements to it. If you have any ideas on how to make it better, feel free to email me.
Discussions (newest):

Groups:

BOGO 25% off @ Bakers

click on image to print. Coupon via Fab Finds Under $50
Springtime means sandal season (at least to me it does). Get those tootsies right and head over to Bakers to add some more sandals to your wardrobe with this awesome deal. Check out their sandal selection here.

3/26/09

Today's printables and codes

The 5 Clearance Commandments

Greetings Chicas!

This is Tira, and I hope everyone is having a fab morning!

Here’s a little more about me that you did not know. I am one of ten children. This contributed to me becoming a thrifty chica. Since I was a child, I clipped coupons, went to the thrift store, and lived for sales. Like I said, I was a recessionista before it became a trend. One of my favorite parts of shopping is browsing the clearance racks/aisles/shelves.

The common misconception with clearance is that it’s defective, or damaged in some way, and that generally isn’t true. If and when most retailers sell items that are damaged or defective, they will mark them “as is” and list whatever the issue with the item is. Clearance items are usually marked down as a result of the need for shelf space, or because there have been too many in inventory for too long.

Thou shall recognize the signs of clearance. Clearance will have a different colored sticker than regular priced merchandise. It might be all grouped together on racks or shelves together with a sign. Knowing where it is will save you time when going through the store. I think Wal-Mart keeps any clearance that isn’t clothes all together in the back of the store, but Target puts clearance on back end caps, and the clothing is with the clothing on separate racks. Walgreens uses big bright orange stickers that are SUPER easy to recognize.

Thou shall be picky. This is a big one. Just because it’s marked down, doesn’t mean you need it. If you buy 5 shirts at 75% off, and you don’t wear them, they are merely taking up space. Don’t try to convince yourself that you’re going to give them away, or wear them next year. Ask yourself if you really need them, and if not . . . leave them on the rack of the next chica to cop.

Though shall be aware. Certain big department stores have systematic approaches to clearance. Keep an eye on what has been marked down, and what percentage. This is for hardcore clearance shoppers. Some big department stores do special markdowns right after a major shopping holiday like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. The very next day the seasonal items are 50% off, and some stores even go to 90%. Stock up on items for the next year if you can afford the storage space. Also, many stores have online clearance. Just be careful that the shipping costs don’t wipe out your savings. I just caught a deal on Sears’ website on a few pairs of shoes. There was an additional 30% off of clearance, and the shipping was only 7 bucks, so I still made out pretty nicely.

Thou shall ask. Now, I reviewed the difference between “as is” and clearance, but it never hurts to ask. Also, if you need more items, the store may be able to tell you if another store has more, or if there are more located in the backroom. Just be aware that clearance at one LOCATION of a store may not be marked down as much at another store. Remember we said clearance is based on inventory? Also, one size might be clearance because it sold better than another size. That’s a sticky one, but good to know.

Thou shall not hesitate. We like to ponder, debate, and deliberate over purchases, but sometimes clearance can’t be afforded that luxury. Sometimes it’s better to buy that shoe, comforter set, whatever. Get it home, and return it later if it’s not going to work out. Especially shoes! Don’t leave that size 8 shoe marked 50% off at the store. Do you know how many other people wear that size? It may not be there when you come back. I’ve had my heart broken like that before.

So there ya go. My Big 5 Commandments. I hope this helps you guys!

3/25/09

I want. I got.

Using my camera phone. Sorry for the fuzziness.

After work, I took a drive down the street to KMart to see if they had the floral skirt I'd posted earlier. Just my luck, they did. And they had it in my size. And it was on sale for $12.50. Thinking this was too good to be true, I just knew that once I got into the fitting room, it wasn't going to fit. The fit is just right and the skirt is beautiful in person. I can't wait to wear it.





What I want: Bold floral skirt from KMart


I posted before that KMart has stepped their game up with their spring fashions. I adore this floral skirt so much, and after seeing Ms. Kimberly showcase hers, I have to get one. I need a bold floral skirt in my wardrobe this season. It's on sale, too, but unfortunately it's not available online anymore (only available in black now). I guess I'll be making a trip to KMart.

Cheap chicalicious tip of the day


What do I do when I want to wear my cute flat sandals and all of my cute jeans are too long? Sure, I could have them hemmed or just buy shorter pairs of jeans just to wear with flat shoes, but I just want a temporary fix. I use an iron-on adhesive like Heat n Bond. Done and done. There are some companies out there trying to sell you "hemming" strips for your jeans, but why pay between $10-$20 when you can just buy a roll of adhesive for under $3? Exactly.
***update*** Okay, the adhesive tape that I have is not this one. I bought mine from Walmart and I thought it was this one because the packaging looked familiar (I threw the package away). You may want to look out for some that say "temporary bond/hold" if you're concerned about whether the bond is going to be permanent or not. The kind that I have survives washing and drying, and I don't have trouble taking apart the bond, but it does leave a residue on it. Just some stuff to look out for if you're going to temporarily hem your jeans/pants using this tape. My apologies.

3/24/09

Designer way vs. The Cheap Chica way

DESIGNER WAY...


Matt Bernson metallic zip back sandals $170, ShopBop



VS.

THE CHEAP CHICA WAY...




Steve Madden "Barbyy" sandals $80

Hey Chicas! Meet Tira!

I've had to enlist some help, Chicas! Everyone say hi to Tira! Tira has been a Cheap Chica reader since day one and I'm glad she can contribute to this site when I won't be able to post that often. This is her first post. Take it away, Tira...


Recently, the lovely and fabulously frugal Cheap Chica asked me to come on as a guest blogger, which I was SO happy to oblige. I hope to add a little extra funk to the blog with my own chic, cheap ways. To start off, here's a quick style and fashion questionnaire for all you lovely ladies to get a sneak peek into who I am. Anymore questions, feel free to ask.


What music are you listening to right now? Saul Williams - Live at Double Door




What was the last article of clothing or accessory you purchased? Butterfly leggings. . .trust me, they are fly.

What piece do you wish most to add to your closet at the moment? Black knit bomber jacket, or leather.

What current trend are you loving the most? Bright colors i.e., the return of neon and skinny jeans

What current trend do you hate the most? Stirrup pants!

What is your fave style or fashion-centric television program? Jay Manuel’s Style Her Famous

Who is your favorite designer at the moment? On the cheap: Mossimo and Xhiliration. On the steep: Heatherette and Betsey Johnson


Three fave materials? Organic Cotton, silk, and denim




Three words to describe your overall sense of style? Collegiate, funky, bohemian



What will your look be this spring? Bright cardigans, skinny jeans and flowy skirts. Throw in chunky jewelry and pale nail polish for good measure.

What trend do you see becoming the biggest come spring? Prints, and colorful makeup. Prints will be popping up on everything, from purses to pants.

What's your pick for the "it" tech gadget of the moment? The Kindle

Who is your pick for the most stylish "it" celeb? Beyonce, she’s together even when she’s not together. Gotta love it.


If someone handed you $10,000 where would you blow it? Between Ebay, Amazon.com, and Zappos.

Favorite shopping destination? Mahattan Mall!

Bottom Line. . .I'm that chick who writes poetry, reads classic feminist lit, hangs out on the weekends with the girls, and works all week.

Under $5 find


3/23/09

No more Forever 21 in Chicaville

This past Friday, I walked into my local mall to kill time before I met Mr. Cheap Chica for lunch. I wanted to peek into Forever 21 to see what's new and possibly purchase a couple pieces of jewelry. To my surprise, my beloved Forever 21 was gone and replaced with some skanktastic, trashtastic clubwear store. I walked around the whole mall (mind you, our mall isn't that big) to see if they moved to another location. Nope. Forever 21 is forever gone. What mall does that? I thought they were one of the big money makers in my mall. Oh well.




Weekend finds: More accessories...

Citi Trends is one of those stores that are hit/miss to me. I mostly go in there when Mr. Cheap Chica wants some new additions to his wardrobe. He always find something, but when it comes to finding clothes for me in there, I have no luck. However, I do walk away with some neat accessories. Most of my jewelry collection comes from there, and they are generally under $5. We took a little road trip to Bradenton this past Saturday and popped in there. I found a few cute bracelets to add to my spring wardrobe.



  • multi-colored shell bracelet and peacock bangle $2.99 each
  • stretch beaded bracelets $1.99

And you know I had to cruise over to Dots (they seriously need to bring one to Chicaville, either that or online shopping). I found a top and this Dior-inspired flower ring for $6.

3/22/09

Star style under $150: Whitney Port


pic via InStyle

I'm not a big fan of leather skirts, but I love how Whitney dresses hers down with a simple white tee, heels and cute bracelets. I think this would be a cute out-on-the-town look. I can't imagine wearing this during the day, but there are some brave souls out there who would, lol. I re-created this look for under $150.
whitney port's look for less


  1. white tee $10, Old Navy
  2. faux leather skirt $68, Urban Outfitters
  3. studded heels $19.40, Go Jane
  4. studded bracelet $12.40 and black/gold bracelet $7.80, Forever 21

GRAND TOTAL= $117.60

Correction: Penny appetizers and dollar entrees @ TGIFridays

***Thanks Anonymous for pointing that out, lol***
My aunt, Pearlie is the best. She always send me the best coupons. This time, she sent me two coupons to TGIFridays- one for $0.01 appetizers when you buy a beverage at the bar and one for $1 entree with the purchase of an entree. How cool is that? Now, I'm going to share them with you guys. To find a TGIFridays near you, click here. To view their menu, click here. Click on the link below for the coupons. Thanks Pearlie!


TGIFridays coupons


3/21/09

Winners of the Crest Advanced Seal giveaway


Congratulations to Sean Crook and Clarissa Rappoport-Hankins! They are the winners of the Crest Advanced Seal giveaway. Winners, I have contacted you so check your emails. Thanks everyone for entering! Sorry it took so long for me to post this, but I was busy, lol.




3/20/09

Maxi skirts

This season, I'm all about comfort. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are going to be my uniform this spring, lol. While I already have a couple of dresses, I've had my eye on some maxi skirts that are popping up in the stores lately. My perfect outfit- tank, maxi skirt, boho jewelry, and flat sandals. Laid back cool. Here are some cute ones that I found under $25.

Cheap chicalicious tip: Wear your smocked tube dress as a skirt, too. I have a couple of knee/calf length dresses that double duties as maxi skirts.


  1. Ikat print skirt $24.99, Tilly's
  2. Floral Tiered Maxi Skirt $24.99 Charlotte Russe
  3. paisley print $26.50, Wet Seal
  4. Feather Tiered Maxi Skirt $24.99 Charlotte Russe


Trend comeback?: The shrug

Well look what sprung from '99/2000. The shrug. I had just about every color to match every tube top and tube dress that I've owned. I found this one to the left at Forever 21, but I didn't see them anywhere else. Are shrugs making a comeback? Will you wear one?

Double duty beauty: Eyeshadow to lip gloss


e.l.f mineral eyeshadow $3

Here's an easy and inexpensive way to make your own lipgloss. Just take a little bit of eyeshadow and mix with a little bit of petroleum jelly, voila! Your homemade lip gloss. Here's a video that I found on You Tube that better explains it. Enjoy!









3/18/09

Today's printables and codes





2 free issues of Redbook magazine

Get two complimentary issues of Redbook magazine from Value Mags. No strings attached so why not? Sign up here. Offer ends 4-8-09.


3/16/09

Weekend finds: Putting my Old Navy coupon to use

I told myself that I wasn't really going to do that much shopping in '09, but lately, some of my favorite stores have been cranking out good deals and coupons. For instance, Old Navy. I had their 30% off give and get coupon, so I went and bought a couple of tops that I had my eye on.



  • floral camp shirt- I'm loving the bright florals trend right now. With this shirt, you have to keep it really simple. Jeans or capris and a pair of ballet flats, and I'm good to go.
  • cropped cardigan- I have so many cardigans- all long sleeve. This cardigan is perfect for spring. I can throw it over a tube or sleeveless dress when I don't want to show off my huge shoulders, lol. I think I'm going to go back and get one in a bright color, like fuschia or blue.
  • striped flutter sleeve top- This will be my weekend top. I love the colors, reminds me of candy.

So, did you use your 30% off coupon? What did you buy?






Trend under ten: Statement necklace

Each week, I will try to bring you a current hot trend under ten ($10). I believe that you can cash in on a trend without breaking the bank and if you can do it for under $10, you've done good.

Came across this baby while browsing Wet Seal. Two trends wrapped in one- statement necklace plus Navajo-inspired. Dress up the tee and jeans combo or dress down the LBD. Loves it!

Star style under $150: Olivia Wilde

Ms. Wilde may be a Cheap Chica, too. Not sure if she'd gotten her dress from Express, but it's an exact match. Too bad it's not available online anymore. Thank goodness for brick and mortar, right? I love this look on her. Just my style- boho chic. Get her whole entire look for under $150.




Take 30% off @ Nine West




Let this be a reason to add another pair of shoes into your closet. From March 19- 22, save 30% on all regular priced merchandise at Nine West. Coupon can also be used at Bandolino, AK Anne Klein, and EasySpirit stores. Just click on the image above and print out. To use online, use coupon code NWFREND3 for Nine West; ESFREND3 for Easy Spirit, and BDFREND3 for Bandolino. Enjoy!









Fergie's shoe line @ Endless

Okay, so I'm probably the last to know that Ms. Fergie Ferg had a shoe line coming out. Well, the collection is here and it's at Endless.com. You can check it out here. I can't say that I'm in love with this line. I've seen these designs before for a lot cheaper. I guess the name is what sells. We'll see.... What do you think?




3/15/09

$5 L'Oreal HIP eyeshadow @ CVS

Okay Cheap Makeup Chicas, get out your CVS cards and head on over to stock up on some L'Oreal HIP eyeshadow duos. They are $5 (with card) this week! Yes, $5. Sale ends 3-21-09.

Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal review + giveaway

I'm a coffee drinker. I have to have at least a cup everyday. That one cup of joe everyday for the past ten years have really stained my teeth. Sure, I brush with "whitening" toothpaste and use a pre-rinse "whitening" mouthwash to keep my teeth from looking too dingy, but I'm not getting the results that I want. I never had a teeth whitening session from my dentist before. I think the price kind of deterred me from getting one done (my dentist charges $500). So, I decided to try Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal. I never tried an at-home whitening kit before, so this was a first. The Crest Advanced Seal contains a polymer blend to temporarily mold the strip to the teeth, forming a strong seal, so they don't slip off. You can even drink water while they're on. I've heard with other teeth whitening kits that after using them for a while, you'll experience sensitivity, but so far I haven't. After only a few days of using the strips, my teeth were a few shades whiter, so that's good- at least I know they're working, lol. The only thing I really don't like about them is the removal The box states that removal is cleaner than with the original Crest strips (I've never tried the original strips, so I don't know), but it just felt like I was removing a band-aid from my teeth. Maybe that's just me. Overall, I liked this product and it's much more cheaper and simpler way to whiten your smile.

[Read more about Crest Advanced Seal below....]

Now, I'm giving away two Crest Advanced Seal kits to two Cheap Chica readers. The contest will run until 3-20-09 and winners will be chosen randomly. You must be a resident of the US and 18 years or older. Enter the contest by sending your name, city, and state to cheapchicagiveaways@gmail.com with "Crest Advanced Seal Giveaway" in the subject line. Good luck!


Crest Whitestrips is proud to introduce its most advanced innovation in teeth whitening technology: New Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal. This groundbreaking adhesive formulation temporarily molds the strip to users’ teeth, allowing them to easily talk and even drink water for convenient whitening anywhere, anytime. The secure fit comes off clean after whitening, leaving no mess behind. Achieving a beautiful, whiter smile is now easier than ever. “We developed the new Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal to address the unmet consumer need for teeth whitening that truly fits every consumer’s smile and life,” says Sunny Jain, Associate Marketing Director, North American Oral Care. “Because this revolutionary new technology allows for a great fit and seal, users can have the confidence to whiten anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re on-the-go, talking on the phone or drinking water, new Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal allows you to go about your day without interruption, all while achieving your most beautiful, whiter smile.” Crest Whitestrips has leveraged innovative CorplexTM technology to create a moisture-activated, solid-gel formulation that provides advanced adhesion to fit every person’s unique smile, all while delivering the same level whitening results as the existing family of Crest Whitestrips products. These new strips provide three significant benefits:

1. High-performance whitening with the same safe and effective whitening ingredient that dentists use to remove surface stains and those below the tooth enamel.

2. A better fit with instant adhesion to teeth allowing users to go about their daily lives including talking and even drinking water.

3. No mess left behind thanks to the new, advanced design. Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal is the perfect fit for any life and every smile!

New Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal technology features four unique layers in one thin, flexible strip to deliver Crest’s dramatic whitening and an improved user experience: (1) The special outer layer holds the strip securely on teeth; (2) The whitening layer delivers the same high-performance whitening ingredient used by professionals; (3) The inner mesh layer keeps the whitening ingredient firmly on teeth, preventing gel from spreading to other areas of the mouth; (4) The final release liner provides the strips with stable backing for easy application. Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal is designed to conform and mold to the shape of your teeth and is worn for 30 minutes a day, for two weeks, anytime, anywhere – even while talking and drinking water!

3/14/09

Cheap Chicalicious links 3-14-09

My internet connection is acting a fool again, so I'm going to leave you with some good reading from around the blogsphere just in case I don't get to post again. Enjoy!






Here's the winner, here's the winner!

And the winner of my 3 year bloggiversary giveaway is....

Kelly A!!!

Kelly, I've sent you an email, so please follow the instructions in it. Thanks everyone for entering! The Cheap Chica hopes to be here for another three years bringing you the cheapness and awesome giveaways. Stay tuned for another one....

3/13/09

Star style: Kim Kardashian's feather tank


photo source

Hmm, I wonder if Ms. Kardashian got her top from Forever 21?




$15.80


3/12/09

Spot the "Supermodelquins" in NYC, get a 20% off coupon


What: I'm sure by now you've seen those Old Navy "Supermodelquins" commercials. Well, Old Navy challenges New Yorkers to "Spot the Supermodelquins" around the city. At each of the five locations across NYC, the Modelquins will be available for photographs with their adoring fans. Customers will receive a 20% off coupon in addition to a keepsake photograph. Those who visit all five "Spot the Modelquins" locations will get a coupon for a free pair of Old Navy jeans.

When: Friday, March 13 from 11am- 3pm; Saturday, March 14 from 1pm- 5pm

Where: five locations around Manhattan.



Suavenomics: Taking the Suave challenge pt.4

For the past few weeks, I've pushed my Secret Platinum deodorant to the side and decided to try the Suave 24-hour Protection Invisible Solid. While I liked it's odor and wetness protection qualities, it's claim of being an invisible solid are somewhat untrue. Although it glides on kind of clear, by the end of the day, the armpits on all of my shirts had residue left on them. That's pretty much the only thing I didn't like about it. It's a pretty good deodorant overall. In this Florida weather, you need a good antiperspirant and this does the job. Hey, for a little over two bucks, why not?

I got my Suavenomics coupon in the mail yesterday. I got a bottle of Apricot Exfoliation body wash with mine. It is now my new favorite.


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