Do we really need to splurge in order to find high quality clothes? Not all of us can spend $400 on socks, and that’s okay. It’s about knowing how to spot affordable, reliable clothing without breaking the bank. That being said, here are 6 ways to pick out the best of the best.
When we think of the United States Postal Service, thoughts of bills and cards from Grandma come to mind. But accessories and clothes? Hmmm. In an effort to combat financial struggles (Saturday delivery ends this summer), the agency recently announced that the USPS line “Rain Heat & Snow” will debut in a variety of department stores in Spring 2014.
The name Billie Holiday is known by people of every age everywhere and even if the specifics are unknown by some, everyone knows that she was important to music. Those more in the know might even say her contribution to jazz and pop changed music forever. She had a life shrouded in tragedy from rape and neglect as a child… View Post
Can a woman ever be too old to wear something? Sigh. Usually, I’m a “who says you can’t?” gal, urging ladies to stand up against commony held fashion beliefs. White after Labor Day? Who says we can’t? A patent leather purse with patent leather shoes? Who says we can’t? However, my 38-year-old self has one exception when it comes to certain fashions: Age. Sorry, but there’s a… View Post
From the unflappable flappers to the Black Is Beautiful women to the hats and dresses of hard working designers, black women have influenced American fashion in fabulous ways.
You know we’re always on the hunt for a bargain, and e.l.f. cosmetics certainly fits under that category. If you’re out of the loop, e.l.f. is a makeup company that sells products through their online store and at local chains and drugstores. Some of their makeup products are in the $1 range with a few eye shadows coming in at… View Post
As someone who has yet to plan a wedding for herself, I’ll be quick to admit that an evening wedding sounds rather lovely. Perhaps it’s indoors and winter, or outdoors during the summer and right at the cusp of sunset. No matter how you plan it, the 6pm wedding (from a bride’s perspective) sounds very romantic, and with a perfect… View Post
You’ve done a quasi-puritanical cleansing of your budget. Translation? Goodbye bimonthly mani’s, Sex and the City reruns on cable, and bikram yoga classes with the Australian teacher with quite possibly most soothing voice in the world. (Must be the accent.)
My grandma Doonie has been a seamstress for over 70 years. Every time I go home to Minneapolis, she drops little pearls of fashion/garment/shopping related wisdom. On a recent trip home, Doonie gave me these simple instructions on finding your natural waist. Most people think they’re natural waist is the mid point of their torso, which isn’t true. If you… View Post
Chocolate. Roses. Cards. Balloons. If you’ve been out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, you know what I mean – somewhere along the line, Valentine’s day has become a fog of Cupid’s cliche. Aside from worsting my favorite restaurants with pre-fixed menus and over-booked tables, I’ve decided that there is no real way to “win” at Hallmark’s game – sure, you… View Post
This post is part of a series as The Budget Fashionista and its sister site, Mighty Beauty, pay tribute and celebrate Black History Month this February. Halle Berry has been a beauty icon for decades, representing African American beauty in modeling campaigns, cosmetic commercials, and on the big screen. Even after two very public divorces and a lot of hardships… View Post
Things were supposed to be a little different this year at the Grammys (gasp – no sideboob!). CBS and the Recording Academy sent out a dress code memo banning a whole list of over-fleshed styling. But that didn’t stop our favorite artists from stirring up the scene. Whether they played by the rules (Beyoncé) or not (Rihanna)– there was a… View Post
As most of our avid TBF readers know, I’ve always been a staunch advocate of our women’s heart health. My grandmother, Anna Mae Finney, suffered from heart disease and this has had a deep impact on how I think about my own health. Plus, I’m a fashionista, and I love a great fashion show. And yes, red happens to be… View Post
What comes to mind when someone says ‘Granny Panty‘? Most of us think of a baggy, unsexy undergarment that hikes up our waistline like Steve Urkel. Synonyms include: Mom Jeans, Nerd Pants, and Just Plain Uncomfortable.
When we think of Black Hollywood of old, Dorothy Dandridge stands out as one of its brightest shining stars. She was style personified. She had an air of glamour in every outfit. Known for her signature off of the shoulder ensembles, she made everything look glam with the addition of the right accessories, a belt, a scarf or jewelry. She… View Post
In studies asking the world’s populations by country to rate their happiness, there’s always a clear front winner: the Brazilians. And here’s something they can be even happier about, their economy is growing by leaps and bounds and is expected to soon hold the highest market share in segments like automobiles and beauty and hygiene. According to Sir Martin Sorrell,… View Post