Monday, October 27, 2008

Fab Song of the Moment: The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go

Hey Fab Readers, since today is Monday....The day of the weak we dread the most, we decided to mix it up and bring you another fab song that we can't stop listening to. This time round we are bringing you The Ting Tings: Shut up and Let me Go (we know it's been out since the summer). We loooooove this song it is so catchy and fun, we can't stop singing it. Check out the video and let us know what you think.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sell, Trade or Buy, The Choice is Yours!

Hello FABULOUS readers! Today we want to discuss the FABULOUSNESS of consignment shopping and selling. There are numerous consignment stores throughout the country. One of our fav's is Crossroads! These stores are the ultimate in being FABULOUS CHIC and CHEAP! I mean where else can you go and take your worn FABULOUS attire, get cash and purchase something as CHIC as what you just sold for a fraction of original retail price. These stores sell worn as well as new items for a bargain price. I mean you can really rack up. We have found True Religion Jeans, 7 Fr All Mankind, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Gucci, GAP, and other name brand items. It's a breathe of fresh air and so empowering. I mean you can make money by bringing in your slightly worn items and use that cash to put back in your wallet or to go towards your next FABULOUS purchase! Just think you are not only helping yourself but helping the environment by recycling your CHIC items! I mean why drop all of your FABULOUS pieces, that you worked hard to be able to purchase, at a Goodwill when there's a consignment store in your area where you are able to get cash for your CHIC pieces!!!!! FAB CHIC and CHEAP all in one swipe! most consignment stores that we have been too carry current trends as well as unique pieces to add to your already FABULOUS CHIC wardrobe. I mean you won't just find granny's old worn out pocket book in these stores! You will be able to locate items similar to what you can find in other retail stores but with a better price tag. Again, ALL of the items are not recycled, some are new! At the same time, when did we become too good to rock a recycled item or 2?! Crossroads Trading Company has locations across the country. If you are unsure where to go just google consignment stores in your area...... something is sure to pop up! So help yourself and the environment by consignment shopping..... The ultimate in being FABULOUSLY CHIC and CHEAP!!!!! Hey who knows, you may even be able to find a CHIC Halloween Costume as well, I mean it is only a week away!!!!!  Oh, Buffalo Exchange is another FAB consignment shop to check out! Go ahead..... I mean what do you have to lose versus what you have to gain!? Exactly! 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Don't Let the Location Fool You!

Okay, so today we were thinking, it's still 90+ degrees here in LA so this blog is relevant to some of our FABULOUSLY CHIC and CHEAP readers. On a nice day there is nothing better than some nice cold ice cream to cool you down. Well FABULOUS readers we have a CHEAP option for your ice cream cravings. I have been in LA for 5 years and my sister 3 but it wasn't until this summer that we discovered this delightful ice cream treat..........Thrifty's Ice Cream! That's right, Thrifty's is served right at your local RITE AID! So we were sceptical at first, I mean it's a drug store right? Well we looked at the flavors and prices and decided to give it a go and boy am I glad we did! This FABULOUS ice cream was not only tasty but had a CHEAP price tag to go along with it!! You can get a scoop for a fraction of the cost of Baskin Robbin's (my old fav) or Cold Stone (it's good but expensive!!) and not lose quality (a scoop is around $1.19. This ice cream even comes in a CHIC cylinder shape versus the circular shaped scoops. So the next time you are out and are having a ice cream craving, pull into a local RITE AID and see what flavors they have to offer. You can start with a sample if you'd like but I doubt if you would be able to resist a scoop after you taste it and see how CHEAP it is versus the competitors. They come in a variety of flavors such as Strawberry, Chocolate Cream Crunch, Pistachio, and They also are sold in the freezer section the quart and half gallon to fulfill your late night cravings! So check it out. I mean how FABULOUS is that!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Simple Says It Best!

We are soooooo feeling the Simply Vera line by Vera Wang. The patters are vibrant and colorful and this CHIC look is being sold exclusively at your nearest Kohl's! That's right, you can have the Vera Wang look at a mere fraction of the cost. The Simply Vera line is offering everything from shirts to dresses, to accessories, jewelry, shoes, intimate apparel, and items for the home. The line looks to take simple looks and add artistic detailing to them to make them more appealing to the the eye. They layer clothing and gear looks to bring freedom and flexibility to your wardrobe. The line takes pride in its accessories that bring character and CHICNESS to what would have been a basic look. Simply Vera is offering a budget that will give your wallet a sigh of relief considering the FABULOCITY that your are getting from the line. Many items are available on sale online between 14.99 (for a logo tee) to around 84.99 for CHICNESS that we love in FAB dresses and shoes. For instance, the boots shown are on sale for 59.99, the oversized collared jacket is 44.00, the black dress is 39.00, and the green draped ombre top is 27.00. So head to your local Kohl's or find the Simply Vera Line by Vera Wang through the Kohl's website. Again this line is being sold exclusively at Kohl's and come on ladies, we all know Kohl's will find a reason to have a sale any given Saturday thru Friday, so what do you have to lose?!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Hello FABULOUS readers. We were out and about over the weekend and found the perfect reason to shop shop shop!!!!! Mervyns is going out of business. That's right some of the stores will be closing its doors. The store filed Chapter 11 July 29th and there has been a sale from that day forward. Mervyns is starting by closing 26 of it's 176 stores (the under-performing stores will be the first batch to close). We aren't talking 20% off either, no, no, no. Mervyns has slashed it's already reasonable prices down to 50%-70% off it's original prices. So this is a place where you can find not only FAB pieces for yourself but also for the entire family! They have Levi's, Seven Jeans, Steve Madden and PONY shoes, as well as adorable children's clothing and enchanting items for the home!!! How FABULOUSLY CHIC and CHEAP is that??!!! It's times like this when you are able to stretch that almighty dollar and make your money work for you! $60 jeans are selling for $29.95 and you can find other's at even a CHEAPER price tag. So head into your local Mervyns or check out to get affordable prices on clothing, shoes, accessories, and other FAB merchandise that your wallet, bank account, home, and closet can appreciate!    

Monday, October 20, 2008

Back to School: Preppy Never Looked so Cool

Grab your Argyle and cardigans, preppy style is back with a vengence this season. The preppy look comes back into style every couple of years and this time they have finally done it justice. The look is no longer shapeless and boring (think 7th grade private school) or slutty (think Britney Spears Oops I did it Again era). This time around Argyle sweaters have a feminine silhouette and a deep v neckline that proves you can be sexy and classy at the same time. Cardigans are body slimming and blazers and fitted to enhance a woman's curves which makes you feel sexy at any size . The preppy look is great with rich shades of oxford shirts and rolled boyfriend jeans. Glam up the preppy look with cool accessories,check out a few of our faves below. So pull together some good old school spirit and work the crap out of this look!  
(No one does this look as good as J.Crew). 

Monday, October 13, 2008

Let's Here it For the Boys

Fab readers we are super excited this fall for the menswear inspired looks that are popping up everywhere. This androgynous look screams sexy and confident while sparking curiosity to know more about you. The androgynous look includes bespoke oxford shoes, loose fitting blazers, vests, trousers and oxford shirts. An added bonus to the androgynous look is that you can shop in your boyfriend's closet (or your dad's and you might find some cool vintage pieces). Mix and match with more feminine pieces for a more leisure glam look if you think this look might be a little to masculine for your taste. While it does take confidence to pull this look off we are convinced that you fab readers can do it with no problem. Check out a few of our faves and let us know what you think.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tis The Season......For Gap

Image: Gap

The fall season is under way (well not here in LA but everywhere else) and we have come to realize that it is that time of year...... Tis the the season to break out the denim jeans and the tweed jackets, vests, hats and other FAB assessories. While searching for timeless pieces for our fall and winter wardrobe. We stopped and took a look at and what did we see??? The combination of Tweed and Denim looks to be a fab look for the winter season. The look is classic, timeless, and definitely CHIC! It's something about a nice fitting jean (there are a variety of styles to choose from), a clean and nicely shaped boot or heel, a classic or not so classic white shirt and a trendy vest or blazer that is sooooooo freaking sexy and FABULOUS!!!!!! There are several hats and other accessories that can make your look second to none. So as the seasons change, the leaves continue to fall, days and nights are becoming more brisk, and winter begins to come our way........stop by your local GAP or to look at the fall selections as they hone in on this timeless look. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed and you will be looking CHIC and FABULOUS without breaking your bank! I mean we all know that there are several other retailers that are carrying this CHIC look this season but they aren't all carrying the CHEAP price tag that are friends over at GAP are offering us. FYI......... GAP caters to us all, petite, tall, average, and curvy.... they love us all (now that's unity)!!!!! There's just something about Autumn and Winter that I love (hats, blazers, jackets, scarfs, the list goes on) and GAP helps us display it in our wardrobe. Check Out a few of our faves

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Is This the End of Steve and Barry's

Image: Fabsugar
Say it ain't so Joe (sorry I couldn't resist). Could this economy really be the end of the $8.98 dress? Apparently the answer is yes, as the collegiate company Steve and Barry's filed for bankruptcy protection last month and with no one willing to come to the saving grace of the company they announced that they will be closing over 100 stores. Steve and Barry's became popular amongst mainstream budget fashionistas after the introduction of Sarah Jessica Parker's clothing collection Bitten. The company is known for being store that provided fashionable pieces at affordable prices.While people can argue rather it was the economy or the over aggressive expansion that caused the company to fail we here at Fabulously Chic and Cheap cant help but wonder what will happen with Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker. Her collection has gotten us through many days of indecisiveness and were not ready to say goodbye (especially for $8.98). Click here to check out some of the latest looks from the collection.

Edit/Update: It has been brought to our attention by a fab reader that Steve and Barry's has been bought by investment firm BHY Holdings LLC for $163 million to read the entire article click here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Home Shopping Network,Who Knew?

So every now and then when there is nothing to do we watch Home Shopping Network. I know (please don't judge) but you can find really cool stuff. The fab thing is that HSN has a flex pay option where you pay a minimum every month. After doing some thinking we realized that if you charge your item to an American Express and do the flex pay then you can get your item at the minimum cost with no interest (How Fabulous is that). A few of our favorites are Destination Style NY by Patricia Fields, Iman Global Chic, and Charm and Luck. Check out a few pieces that caught our eye and let us know what you think.

Charm and Luck Crinkled Patent Leather Bowler with Zipper Accent:$297.87

Iman 18 Month Day Planner:$19.95

Iman Global Chic City Tote Signature Handbag:$124.95

Destination Style NY by Patricia Field Button Dress:$159.90

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fab Song of the Moment

Usually we don't bother to tell you fabulous readers about random things like what music we are listening to but OMG we are in love with Neyo's She Got Her Own (Miss Independent Remix). Check it out below (oh and Jill Marie Jones is in the video but don't get me started on Girlfriends that is a whole other post but I loved Toni).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Florals For Fall

Just because the weather is turning gloomy outside doesn't mean it's time to put away the floral prints yet. Floral prints are back this fall in beautiful deep tones. These deep prints are great pairings for chestnut to chocolate browns and other earth tones. Remember to let the floral print be the statement of your outfit, make sure everything else is solid and simple. Check out a few of our favorite floral pieces.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Highs and The Lows

The Highs and The Lows is a new installment that we here at Fabulously Chic and Cheap are introducing. We admit it here at Fab Chic and Cheap that every now and then we see an item that makes us want to throw all of Fabulously Chic and Cheap rules of living out the window and max out out the credit card. Then we come back to reality and try to find a savvy alternative (and hope to hit the lottery).

For our first edition we are going to spotlight a handbag that we have been salivating over for the past month nonstop: the Bottega Veneta Bombe' Croc Trim Tote. This bag is on of the most beautifully crafted bags we have ever seen and the leather is unbelievably soft and the exotic trim is to die for.... I think I have fallen in love(and did we mention that it is lined in suede). Anyone who knows anything about a Bottega Vaneta handbag knows that these are bags that you own for the rest of your life (which you should with a pricetag of $6800.00) you can not get anymore classic, stylish or sophisticated than Bottega Vaneta.
While the Bottega is no where near our price range a great mid priced alternative to the Bombe' Bag is the Genevieve Denny Bag by Cole Haan. This handbag still offers a handwoven leather in a classic yet fun silhouette and custom hardware and is resonably priced at $525.00

The Cole Haan is still a bit pricey but no fear we have found the perfect bag via Fashion Junkee. This bag is a faux leather (if Stella McCartney can rock the faux so can we...remember its all in the attitude) oversized woven bag. We love the shape of the bag along with the color and the silver hardware adds a hard a funky contrast to the bag. Best of all the Handbag is only $48.00 so hurry purchase while it is still available.

F.Y.I. Forever 21 has a great one for under $30.00

That does it for this edition of from The Highs and The Lows
-Stay Fabulously Chic and Cheap


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