3/28/12

Cheap Eats: I ♥ green smoothies!

Ever since I saw Brittany's (Clumps of Mascara) post on green smoothies, I tried them, got hooked on them, and couldn't live without them. I needed to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet anyway, so what a great way to do it in smoothie form.  Plus, it makes a great snack.  Then my blender died.  The hubby got me a new blender for my birthday, so I'm back in business.  Here's what I use to make my favorite afternoon snack.


  • Baby spinach:  This is the "green" in the smoothie.  I always use spinach, but you can use kale or any other greens.
  • Banana:  Depending on how much smoothie I'm making, I'll use either half of a banana or the whole thing.  This kind of helps in masking the taste of the spinach.  
  • Frozen fruit:  I always use frozen fruit so I don't have to use ice, but it's totally up to you if you want to use fresh fruit.
  • Milk:  I use either coconut, soy, or almond milk in my smoothies.  I hardly ever drink regular ol' milk anymore, but that's my personal preference.  You can use any milk you like.  If you prefer not to use milk, water is fine.
  • Extras:  Sometimes I like to add a little sweetness to my smoothies, so I'll use either a little bit of honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up.  I'll also throw a dash of vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon in to enhance the flavor.


I don't use exact measurements- I just kinda eyeball how much of the ingredients I put in.  Sorry.

If I'm only making enough for myself, I use only a handful of spinach


Add your fruits and extras


Blend it up!

Enjoy!


Check out more green smoothie recipes here!



3/27/12

Cheapalicious Deals 3-27-12

Since I'm not getting as many deals as I use to anymore, I'm contemplating on not posting "cheapalicious deals" anymore. So, whenever I come across a deal, I will post it on the Cheapalicious Facebook page and tweet it.  Follow if you wish!  Here are a few deals that I've come across for this week.  Enjoy!




3/23/12

7 Tips to Save on Spring's Biggest Trends

Well, spring is officially here, and you know what that means?  Shopping for the latest, cutest spring fashions! Check out these tips from expert bargain shopper, Kendal Perez, on how to save money on this season's biggest trends.


1. Pastels

Just in time for Easter, pastels are making a name for themselves on New York runways. Embracing this trend requires the purchase of one versatile piece - like a blazer or pencil skirt - to be paired with other basics already available in your wardrobe. Channel your inner Chanel and pair pastel pink with black accessories, or keep it light with nude accents.

2. Colorful Denim

Leftover from fall, the colorful denim trend is spreading faster than wildfire and offers a refreshing pop of color to any outfit. Since this look is definitely a fad, avoid spending too much on your first (or third) pair by shopping inexpensive retailers like Kohl's. Shop online for even more inventory and savings, and look for Kohl's free shipping codes from FreeShipping.org to dodge delivery costs.

3. Sporty

You might say Sporty Spice was ahead of her time in her choice of athletic-inspired ensembles. Or not. Regardless of your attitude about the "Wannabe" star, active wear and sports-inspired looks are definitely in. That means you can enjoy your off-the-shoulder fleece for at least one more season, and incorporate your gym go-tos into everyday outfits.

4. Color Blocking

Color blocking is one of the easier trends to embrace and offers an opportunity to incorporate other trends. For example, you can pair bright denim pants with a neon shirt or blouse to easily achieve the look. Bisect the top from the bottom with a neutral belt -- think black, navy or white -- and accessorize with equally neutral jewelry.

5. Tangerine Tango

I'm enamored by the color orange and publicly display my affection with a bright leather purse I purchased a couple years ago. Tangerine Tango has a decidedly redder hue but can be incorporated easily with accessories. You can also find inexpensive tees or blouses to embrace the official color of 2012 without going overboard. If you want to balance the brightness, pair with white or gray. If you're more daring, go for hot pink or teal.

6. Metallic

Shiny dresses are great for the red carpet -- Jennifer Lawrence is clearly a fan -- but avoid this trend during the nine-to-five. Depending on your workplace environment, you might pull off metallic pants with a white blouse and black blazer. Alternatively, embrace the trend with footwear and find shiny heels for work and metallic, strappy espadrilles for weekends. Endless.com offers a great selection of well-priced foot candy, and free shipping both ways allows you to return whatever doesn't fit.

7. Bold Prints

As if neon and color-blocking weren't bold enough this season, runways everywhere featured bold prints with nods to art deco and the great outdoors. Since this look will likely go the way of last season's Navajo-inspired patterns, opt for one or two pieces that you can pair with basics from your closet. Shop discount retailers like TJMaxx and Ross to find this trend on the cheap. 



Cheap. Cheaper. Cheapest: Colorblock peep toe heels


Cheap:  Gianni Bini "Jamie" peep toe pumps $79.99, Dillards
Cheaper:  glossy 3 color patent pump $35.50, Charlotte Russe
Cheapest:  colorblock peep toe heel $27.30, Go Jane



3/21/12

Cheapalicious Deals 3-21-12


  • Shoe Carnival:  $5 off $29.98 or more purchase.  Expires 3-27-12
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus:  30% off your purchase.  Coupon code: FRIEND.  Expires 3-26-12
  • Loft:   30% off sale prices. No promo code needed.  Expires 3-27-12
  • Bealls:  15% off any order.  Coupon code: MYDAY.  Expires 3-22-12
  • Land's End:  Free shipping on all orders.  No promo code needed.  Expires 3-22-12
  • Steve Madden: 30% off select new styles.  Expiration unknown
  • Folica: $25 off $75 or more purchase.  Coupon code: MARCH25.  Expires 3-23-12


3/19/12

Nifty under $50: Floral pants

photo source: image 1, 2, 3

Florals, florals, everywhere!  I don't know about everyone else, but I'm totally feeling the floral pants trend this spring!  I got my eyes on the cute cheapalicious pair from H&M (see below).  Hopefully, I will get my hands on a pair.  They seem to be very popular with some fellow fashion bloggers.  Here are a few options that I've found for under $50.




More options:



Are you feelin' the floral pants trend?


3/13/12

Cheapalicious Deals 3-13-12




3/11/12

Gap partners with Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids + DVF collection

 Diane von Furstenberg (middle) pictured with Busy Phillips (left) and Jessica Capshaw 

Gap teamed up with Diane von Furstenberg to create the GapKids + DVF collection, exclusively for girls ranging from newborn to age fourteen.  The collection will launch in US stores and online on March 15, 2012 and the rest of the world on March 28, 2012. Prices will range from $20 to $120.

On Saturday, March 3, Gap and Diane von Furstenberg hosted the unveiling of the GapKids + DVF collection at Gap at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Celeb guests (and their children) in attendance included actress and mommy-to-be Molly Simsactress Milla Jovovich with daughter Ever, Cougartown's Busy Phillips with daughter Birdie, How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan with daughter Satyana, Grey’s Anatomy's Jessica Capshaw with kids Luke and Eve, Entourage's Constance Zimmer with daughter Chloe, and actress Tiffani Thiessen and daughter Harper, among others.  During the event, some of the children strutted their stuff and had their photo taken on the catwalk.  Check out the pics below.
                         

Courtney Mazza and daughter Gia

Harper (daughter of Tiffani Thiessen).  I love her little booties!

Mill Jovovich and daughter Ever


DVF and Molly Sims.  That onesie is so adorable!

Molly Sims, DVF, and Milla Jovovich





Although I'm excited about this collection (it's Diane von Furstenberg for crying out loud!), at those prices, I think I'll wait until they go on sale to purchase something for my nieces (lol), IF there's still some merchandise left.  Looking at some of the pieces, I think this collection will do well.....




PHOTO CREDIT: StarTraks, Albert Michael
PHOTO CREDIT: WireImage, John Sciulli




3/10/12

Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way



The Tory Burch "Adonis" wedge retail for $195 at ShopBop.  For us cheapalistas, that's a budget buster.  Mia Shoes has their own cheapalicious version of the "Adonis" wedge for only $49.95 at DSW!  Check them out here.


3/8/12

Today's Video: Rock & Republic for Kohl's runway show

Last month,  Kohl’s celebrated the launch of Rock & Republic with a star-studded runway show and party during New York Fashion Week. 

Zoe Saldana, Ashlee Simpson, along with other celebrity guests, fashion VIP’s and industry insiders attended as Kohl’s unveiled its edgy new collection with music by DJ Ruckus at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.  Check out the short clip below and check out the collection available to buy on the Kohl's website.



Kohl's / Rock & Republic Fashion Video from Mustache on Vimeo.


I haven't been to Kohl's in so long, so I'm interested in seeing these pieces in person.  Has anyone checked it out yet?  What do you think of it?


video courtesy of Kohl's


3/7/12

[CLOSED] Win This Wednesday: Four sets of Broadway Nails imPress Press On Manicure (Twitter giveaway)

***Giveaway is now closed!  Congrats to Kia!  Thanks to everyone for entering!***

Well, my bloggiversary was yesterday.  Cheapalicious is 6 years old!  Yay!  I don't have any spectacular prizes to give away, but I do have a little somethin' somethin' for you.



By now, I'm sure all of you have seen the new imPress Press-On Manicure from Broadway Nails.  I first heard about them when I received my first VoxBox from Influenster, but I didn't try them out because I'm not a big fan of press-on nails.  Then, a few weeks ago, I won a random Twitter giveaway and three more sets of these press on nail sets were the prize. I'm not going to let them go to waste, so one of you lucky readers will get them!  This is a Twitter giveaway, so please read the rules and enter below.  Good luck!

Giveaway Rules (please read thoroughly before you enter):
  • Giveaway open to readers 18 years and older
  • Open to US residents only
  • Giveaway starts today (3/7) and ends on Monday, 3/12/12 at 11:59 PM EST.  Winner will be randomly chosen.
  • Winner will be notified and announced on Tuesday, 3/13/12.  Winner will be announced here on
    Cheapalicious and via Twitter. I will then notify winner through direct message (DM) on Twitter. 
  •  Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification direct message.  Failure to respond within the 48 hours will result in forfeiture of the prize and another winner will be chosen.
**Update**  You MUST follow me on Twitter AND tweet the giveaway (just hit the "tweet" button on the entry form, the twitter message for the giveaway will pop up) in order for your entry to count.  If you don't do both, your entry WILL NOT count.  Thanks!


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***I am in no way affiliated with Broadway Nails.  These were prizes that I received for free through Influenster and won in a Twitter contest.  I didn't have use for them.***



Today's Video: Stars model the Marni for H&M collection




The Marni for H&M collection launches tomorrow (3/8) at select H&M stores.  Are you excited?


video via YouTube


3/6/12

Cheapalicious Deals 3-6-12




3/4/12

Star Style Under $300: Jennifer Lopez

Get Jennifer's sexy, night out look with affordable finds from Express, Forever 21, and more....





GRAND TOTAL= $208.50


3/3/12

Designer Way vs. Cheapalicious Way


The Jimmy Choo "Whirl" ballerina flat retails for $375 at Neiman Marcus.  Wanna save yourself about $350, but still get the look of the Jimmy Choo's?  Check out the oh so affordable Merona "Mittie" captoe flat from Target- only $24.99!

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