Yea or Nay: Catalogs

A month ago, I received a catalog in the mail and was tempted to purchase what appeared to be a soft pink knit summer dress for $15. For a week, I anxiously waited next to my mailbox for the dress. Finally, after 5-7 business days of course, it arrived looking like a hot pink polyester […]

Goodwill Goes High End in Connecticut

What: Goodwill tests a 13,000 sq foot super store, featuring higher end goods, in the western Connecticut city of Brookfield. What the experts say: from Cool News of the Day: “That’s where he noticed that “thrifty and upscale” is not always a contradiction in terms. “People are really interested in finding treasures, whether it’s from […]

Paypal’s Back to School Survey

Paypal (read my full disclosure below) recently conducted a survey with Nielsen Media Research on the attitudes and thoughts of parents and kids regarding back to school shopping and fashion. It’s the first time that a non-merchant has conducted a comprehensive survey on back to school shopping trends and I found the findings to be […]

Team Buying Comes to the US

What: The collective buying trend moves stateside with the emergence of sites like eswarm and the no longer operable nethaggler. Still, the concept is not as developed as it is in China. What the experts say: Trendcentral: By giving users the option to name prices, nag merchants and band with others who want the same […]

Working at the Mall Can Lead to Bigger Things

What: Execs at your favorite retail establishments are raking in the big bucks. What the fashion heads say: From WWD: “Tougher disclosure rules on executive compensation required by the Securities and Exchange Commission haven’t exactly made things clearer for investors and shareholders…. One thing is clear, though: Executives at retailers that performed well in 2006 […]

Hairspray Jewelry Available at Kitson

What: Jewelry inspired by the movie Hairspray now available at Kitson (obviously) for $19.95. What the Fashion heads say: From The Bag Lady: However, the tacky, kitsch and slighty (sic) weird is kind of what Hairspray was all about, and I’m especially digging the idea of a ‘bouffant wig’ pendant necklace . What I say: […]

Daily Deal: One Day Sale

The Deal: O-Day Sale The Lowdown: An additional 8% off’s already outstanding prices on brands like Hudson Jeans, BCBG, and Marc Jacobs Accessories.  Oh, and don’t overlook the $1 shipping! Buy It: Sale ends today at 11:59pm @ -Alexa

Shop and Earn Major Miles with AAdvantage

As frequent flyer, I’m always looking for ways to save money and score extra miles for my next vacation. American Airlines recently launched a completely redesigned AAdvantage eShopping site, where you can earn tons of miles by shopping at top online stores like,, and The new features/highlights on include: – A […]

Chicago Sample Sale Tips

Dear Budget Fashionista, My husband and I are moving to Chicago this year from one of the fashion capitals of the US – Los Angeles!  Does this means that my weekly trips to sample sales will have to take a back seat? Do you know of any good Chicago sample sales? While billion dollar babes […]