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|Well I think the time has finally arrived, when I have to downgrade my heel height. A few months ago I slipped in a restaurant and twisted my ankle and ever since that incident I’ve been dealing with occasion swelling and pain. I went to the ortho clinic and they told me I had some kind of sprain that is common for individuals with flat feet. They gave me to exercise to do with a theraband, but the exercises really suck so I’m trying to find some good youtube videos of better exercises I can do that will allow me more control.
In the meantime I’ve been wearing my sneakers to work. I’ve invested in some good insoles and yes, I may have to start downgrading my heel height. At 51 it’s probably time to go from those sky high 5 to 5.5 inch heels to nice 3 to 2.5 inch heel right about now. so I’ve been shopping at the Goodwill and other thrift stores buying lower heel dress and casual shoes to populate my shoe racks. I’ve been finding some great deals for under $7. So I should have a nice selection in no time. I still plan on wearing the higher heels I’ve invested so much money in over the last 10 years, they’ll be worn for events where I won’t be on my feet all night.
Great documentary about the real harm of GMO foods on our grocery store shelves. If you are not familiar with what’s every major food brand is poisoning you with or the ammonia sprayed beef in fast food hamburgers. You definitely need to education yourself on the factory, profit driven world of Big Corporate food conglomerates. A good place to start is this documentary and the documentary Food, Inc.
|Being creative to save money is absolute key in maintaining a reasonable clothing budget. I like to maximize my dollar by shopping at discount retailers like Target, Junior Store like Forever 21, shopping department stores during seasonal clearance like Macy's, Dillards, Sears and designer discount stores like Nordstrom's Rack, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.|
|I do purchase quite a bit of "cheap chic" items from different places. I think a great way to pull some of these pieces off is to do the "low-end, high-end" mix. It's quite the trend for women to mix inexpensive vintage and luxe designer pieces. You can work this same combination with your cheap chic pieces and higher-end department store brands (or designer pieces if you have any).|
|Try limiting your cheap chic pieces to one or two per outfit.|
|Only use one main cheap chic piece per outfit if at all possible. (ex: a H&M Shirt paired with Banana Republic slacks and a Michael Kors belt). This combination balances your look and keep the luxe factor in full effect.|
|When purchasing cheap chic items makes sure they look luxe. Check for the weight of the fabric, extra detailing, nice buttons, stitching, is it lined? I always do this, I try to buy the best cheap chic piece I can find. I'm constantly looking at fabrication and fit.|
|Using quality accessories like a fine leather belt, silk scarf or quality jewelry can help to balance your cheap chic look and add more of a luxe factor.|
|Add a pair of really nice leather shoes to your outfit or if you are wearing vegan shoes make sure the fabrication of the shoes are on-point!|
|You can always add more luxe to your cheap chic items by swatching out what's on the garment with nicer buttons, trim or embellishment.|
|Keeping track of how much money you spend is important – even smaller, inexpensive things add up. Try using personal finance software or apps while you shop!|
|Throwing in medium and small accessory pieces like a nice leather bag or a pair of leather gloves with a mink collar to your outfit, can definitely increase the luxe factor of your look without breaking the bank.|
|Certain fabrics work better for cheap chic apparel such as heavy jersey, sateen, cotton, some wool-blends, etc. These pieces tend to hang or fit better if the fabric is of a decent quality, making your item look like it cost more then what you paid.|
|Buying basic prints, colors and styles can help to keep your cheap chic pieces timeless and lends to more versatility (ex: White tailored shirt, black pencil skirt, taupe trousers, polka dot blouse, pinstripe blazer). It also gives you the ability to style these pieces more frequently into different looks.|
|What do you think of shoes clubs?
I just found out about yet another shoe club - Sole Society. The first shoe club was of course started by Kim K. - ShoeDazzle, then another club popped up called Just Fabulous and now we can add another one to the mix. Sole Society.
Sole Society offers members the same features as ShoeDazzle. You enter a profile of your fashion likes or dislikes. This gives the club information to determine your overall style and what shoe you would most likely purchase. Based on what they determine from your preferences, they suggest several shoe styles for that member to select from each month. ShoeDazzle I believe may give it's members 3 or 4 choices, whatever you pick there is a flat price of $39.95 per shoe. JustFab is also $39.95 and Sole Society's monthly charge for one (1) shoe is $49.95. The shoe club displays a few styles they believe may appeal to the member's taste to purchase each month (hence the personal stylist angle). You can opt-out of buying anything that month by logging in and setting that option before a certain date.
I'm not quite sure what I think of that concept yet because even if you were an extremely busy person and was not able to shop the brick and mortar stores; there are still really good shoe deals to be had on-line from many different retailers and many of the shoes are brand-names under $50 dollars. Belk has really good deals (especially during seasonal clearance) and so does Macy's and Nordstroms Rack. I have picked up brands like BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Nine West, etc on sale either at the store or on-line for under $50 dollars.
Personally, I really need to try the shoe on if I'm unfamiliar with how the brand fits or I know their sizing is inconsistent - like Aldos! I also like the art of the hunt. I know what I like as soon as I see it and I don't think even with the most detailed survey that anyone can get my style down pat, even I don't know what will truly appeal to me until I see it, view it at different angles, walk around with them on or style an outfit around it.
Though, I thought some of the styles were cute on a few of the shoe clubs, I didn't see where any of them were exclusive designs for that particular shoe club or that they were using designers like Payless. I mentioned Payless because most of their shoes are vegan and it looks like the majority of shoes these clubs offer their members are made of vegan/PVC material. There is nothing wrong with that at all provided that each shoe has good workmanship behind it and they are able to work well with the material so it "realistically" mimics natural fibers.
I like what Payless has done with Alice + Olivia and Chris Siriano. I wonder now that other companies are getting into the 'shoe club' game if Kim K. will step it up a notch and start using guest designers? Certainly, she now needs something to separate ShoeDazzle from what looks like a forming 'pack'. Would you become a member of a shoe club?
|Many women complain that their clothing from fast fashion retailers like H&M or F21 don’t last 3 or 4 washing. Well, I have a dress I purchased from Forever 21 in 2006 and it still looks new and is holding up just fine, with many more years to go. I don’t have money to waste and I don’t believe in the concept of ‘disposal clothing’ — you wear a few times and then toss. Nope, that’s just sheer waste and very anti-Green. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned to keep my purchases lasting for years. There is a method to the madness: It’s very important to understand how to care for your cheap chic items.|
|Tips for Caring for your Cheap Chic Wardrobe|
|Washing Your Cheap Chic Items|
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