November 30, 2011

Today's Everyday Fashion: Pennies on the Dollar







































I'm going to a blogger meet-up tonight and this is what I'm wearing. I'm especially proud of this outfit because each one of the items in the inspiration photo cost more than what I spend on clothes in a year. (I'm guessing her jacket is Chanel, shoes look Balenciaga and bag is Hermes.) I love getting the same satisfaction from an outfit without the huge price tag! I think no matter how much money I have in life, I will always feel that way about getting a good deal. Do you agree - do you love the satisfaction of shopping for a bargain no matter your budget?

Speaking of money, today is the last day to vote for me to win $100k in the Cheap Sally contest. I'm neck-and-neck with another Florida resident, so would appreciate any votes you can send my way! And if I win, I will NOT be changing anything about the way I shop or blog. But I will have the freedom to stop worrying about money for a couple years, which is nice. ;-) Please vote here.

Inspiration photo: My Little Fashion Diary
Blazer: Victoria's Secret c/o MJR Sales, $28 (search term: Famous Catalog Strong Shoulder Blazer)
Shirt: Forever 21, $22
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, $25
Shoes: Colin Stuart c/o MJR Sales, $25
Purse: River Island, $60
Watch necklace: Westminster Abbey, $35
Chain necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $69
















1. Forever 21 red blazer, $32.50
2. Victoria's Secret red blazer, $79.50 (exact same blazer I'm wearing, just at full price!)
3. Charlotte Russe red blazer, $39.50

39 comments:

  1. Vote casted! I'm a new reader after seeing you on my Facebook feed for LOFT. Love all of the looks you create and your down-to-earth attitude about not having to spend a fortune to look great! Best of luck!!

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  2. When I bargain shop, it's almost like a rush of adrenaline. Why spend $500 on a pair of shoes, when you can get so many things with that $500?  Love how the dress and top go so well together. It looks like a dress :)  Heather

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  3. I love your outfit!  I love copying a look but spending way less!

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  4. I love this outfit! PS, I voted :)

    www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  5. Love this outfit...... and I love that (unlike the inspiration picture) you brushed your hair! That makes every outfit just a little better :)

    I voted and tweeted - good luck girl!!

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  6. Hi J - I'd love to see a post about quality over quantity.  You have tons of cute clothes that you got for a steal, but do they last year after year?  How do you make sure to keep the price low and quality high?  In particular, I find that anything with rayon has a very short life.  :(

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  7. This look is great! Love the color combo and the bit of animal print with your bag!

    Going to vote now!

    luckeysgoods.blogspot.com

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  8. I basically can't buy something if I don't feel like I'm getting a good deal on it... something in my DNA. Enjoy your meet up!
    http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com/

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  9. Meeee tooo! I call it "my father's voice in my head." I just love saving money! :-)

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  10. I love this idea, thank you!! As you may have noticed, I wear tons of my clothes that I've had for more than 5 years (some of them from places like H&M and Forever 21) so I will definitely add this to my list of secrets to share in early 2012!

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  11. Thank you so much and welcome to the blog! :-) 

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  12. See ya tonight Michelle!

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  13. I get such a high from getting a deal...I needed some warm warm boots..I was in Zara and saw these boots that I so wanted but their soles were so cheap...anyway bought it for $10 and then replaced the soles for another $10 - not bad for $20 - it is my BIG PROUD moment! :)

    P.S. Red with a beige/cream dresses looks fab! :)

    xo Nav
    http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

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  14. Voted three times: work computer, phone & personal computer!!! Good Luck J! PS...LOVE the colors and mix of textures in this outfit!

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  15. Good grief, you inspire me to step my workout game up you have great legs! and I like the red blazer good fit. 

    www.lenasblend.blogspot.com

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  16. i love this look, that jacket is fantastic!
    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  17. I totally go for bargains, I love it when I find beautiful pieces for cheap price - or manage to DIY my clothes. Huge satisfaction. Get this, few weeks ago, I was checking through racks in one of my favourite shops, and found leggings - original price: 125 euros, but to me: 25 euros. How great is that!

    I really love your blog, it's soo inspirational. And only today I realized I comment way too little here. Sorry for that. But anyways, Have a very fashionable and fabulous day! xoxo

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  18. Love this outfit! That skirt is gorgeous!

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  19. Love this look! And congrats on being in the top two for Florida, I placed another vote for you today! Get it, girl!

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  20. This is one of my favorite outfits you have ever worn! I love the combo of the red blazer with the skirt and shirt! It's the perfect punch of color while still looking feminine! And I voted for you too:) Hope you get it!!

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  21. Those shoes don't quit! I can never turn down a good bargain.. just something about a shopping high that never gets old!

    Jen
    www.houseofjeffers.com

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  22. Ok, totally inspired to try and dress up tonight.

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  23. Love your blog!  Best of luck with Cheap Sally

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  24. Just voted for you. I love your blog! An outfit just seems so much better when I know I got a good deal on it :)

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  25. LOVE this look so much!  And those shoes are still my favorite!

    7eventh Letter
    http://www.whatsmoreimportantthanfashion.com/

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  26. Yes there's definitely nothing better than a good deal.  Plus, I like your outfit better than the expensive one!

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  27. I think a great jacket totally makes an outfit - yours looks great!  Have you ever done or considered doing a vlog on how you style your belts (especially the looping of the "excess" length)?  I love the way you belt your dresses & skirts, but I have a hard time trying to duplicate it!

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  28. Thank you Hilary! I explain how I belt things in this video, and my method doesn't require you to punch any new holes in your belt! :-) http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2010/11/video-how-to-belt-cardigan_12.html

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  29. Love it Johanna! And no need to ever apologize for not commenting. I appreciate you reading, and hopefully I can create content that will compel you to comment from time to time! :-)

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  30. Always look for the bargains!! Good luck and I hope you win!

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  31. That's why I love your blog: creativity, bargaining, taking care of old items /and wearing them again-again/, remixing them with new items, creating or finding our own style, and even THRIFTING : all are definitely positive words...in a way, much more ethic than being a trade-mark snob. creativity is over spending money, yesssss.
    my grandma came from a real aristocrat family, you know...she taught me when I was a little girl: "never ever throw out too much money on vanities...money is for more important things of life! go for quality, but if a bag or something costs more than a whole family's weekly costs of dinner: FORGET IT!"
    the girl on the inspirational pic is really pretty and I like her style..she's a student from Milan as I remember. but all I mentioned above seems less irrational than having tons of Guccis, Hermés items, Chanels...whoever could afford them in these days of global recession?
    Thanks for your posts of RATIONAL CREATIVITY. I learn so much from you ! :-))))))

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  32. Loving this red blazer, I'm getting one for christmas and cannot wait!!!! 

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  33. I've always adored that skirt! 

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  34. awesome - thank you!

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  35. Girly fab. those shoes.. amazing. what a great date outfit

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  36. Great blog, great outfit-combos! :)

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