Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fab Finds

Gold accessories are very hot this season. Here are a few great finds that won't break the bank.

This Fossil watch is $105.00 at

This Michael Kors watch is $160.00 at

This ring is only $39.00 at

Other Great Finds at Banana Republic are the classic gold hoops at $18.00 and ring earrings for $32.00

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Bag at FabulousChic, possibly??

I finished another bag today. This one is pretty retro looking. I am thinking about keep this one for myself. At first, I was not sure about the design. One of the workers in the fabric department suggested it and I wasn't sure if I like it. I didn't want to hurt her feelings and the material was pretty inexpensive so I thought why not, it is pretty funky. Now it has grown on me and I think it will look great with a necklace that I have been eyeing at one of my favorite online boutiques for accessories, JSoDet Designs at It would also match a ring that was debating on from Banana Republic and a watch that has been on my wish list. Any excuse to purchase accessories ;)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Great Handbags-Steals, Deals and Splurges

Since the price of the love of my life, the MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Desert Large' Satchel has smashed the dreams of us being together. I have found these great bags for less than $300.

Banana Republic

Kensington straw shoulder bag Regular Price $98.00

Banana Republic

Greenwich shoulder satchel Regular Price $228.00


Here are handbags that I saw and loved but are not within this Fashionista's budget.



Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fabulous Chic

I received a sewing machine 3 years ago for Christmas and couldn't figure out how to use it. So I have been taken sewing lessons. The first sewing class that I took was 7 weeks long and the students were able to make whatever we wanted, so my first project was a blanket for my niece. I thought it was an easy enough project to do, but it took all 7 weeks to complete. Afterwards, I took another class on how to make handbags, now this was my calling. I had so much fun making handbags that I do it at home on the weekends. I am planning on turning my hobby into a way of making a little extra cash.

Below are a couple of samples of my handbags. Let me know what you think.

My creations will be on Etsy soon. My Esty shop is called FabulousChic, where I will sell not only handbags but also dog accessories. I'll keep you updated. Below is one of my models wearing a Fabulous Chic bandanna and matching toy bone.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Perfect Spring Coat

After 4 years, my previous trench has called a quits on me and now I am in the market for a new one. I tried the usual suspects, Gap, Banana Republic, Macy's. JCrew had great colorful coats, but pretty expensive. I was perusing through the Victoria Secret website and found this great trench. For 108.00 it won't break the bank and VS always had coupon codes.

I checked out my favorite coupon website and I found coupon codes to reduce the price of this fabulous coat and receive free shipping.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Desert Large' Satchel

Okay Fashionistas,

I know I am the Budget Fashionista, looking for great steals and deals, but I am in love with this bag. However with the bag being close to $400 dollars I am not in love with this price. What should I do? Should I splurge?

Here's my challenge to find a similar bag that I love just as much for about half the cost. I will keep you updated on my findings. Wish me luck!

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Desert Large' Satchel - View All - Nordstrom

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Are your feet sandal ready?

If you are like me, you love to get pampered at a high end salon for a pedicure. I do treat myself occasionally but on a regular basis I either go to the local nail place that charges $25, go to a beauty school or give myself an at home pedicure.

One of the nicest ways to treat yourself for a relaxing pedi, is to go to your local beauty school. Ask your salon what beauty school they graduated from or look up your local Aveda Institute. For $38 dollars, I can get a foot soak, exfoliate, foot mask, foot massage and a paraffin wax, plus I get to keep my OPI nail color at my local Aveda Institute. Not a bad deal. I leave feeling very relaxed and with enough money to get a pair of sandals to show off my fresh pedicure.

Another option, if I don't have the time or money for a salon pedicure is an at home one. I don't find that I do one very often but I am testing some products that I recently purchased from Avon. I ordered Avon's Foot Works Pedi-Peel, it was 2 for $5.99 and it received great reviews. I also ordered Avon's Foot Works Intensive Callus Cream. I will let you know if my feet feel as soft as a baby's bottom and as smooth as a high end pedi. I'll keep you posted.

Great ways to be rewarded for shopping

What's more fun than shopping? Being rewarded for shopping, of course. There are great websites that reward people for shopping. One of my favorites is When you sign up, you will receieve advertisements through email. Just click on the advertisers link and you'll get 5 points. It is just that easy.

You can get points for taking surveys and shopping through the mypoints website. You can get points for shopping at Gap, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Overstock, just to name a few. To shop through their website, go to and pick the merchant you want to shop at, click on the link and you will be directed to that store's website. Points can be redeemed for gift cards from many places such as Macy's, Overstock, Gap, even food places such as Panera Bread and Starbucks. Check out and start getting rewarded for shopping.

Lets talk about shoes

One of the best ways to dress up an outfit is to accessorize. DSW has done a lot of advertising for the bright color pumps and wedges but every time that I go into the store I never see the shoes that are in the commercials. Disappointed I had to look elsewhere. I found the cutest pair of cutout wedges in the Victoria Secret catalogue. I ordered a green pair for only $89.00. It is back ordered until May, but by that time the shoes come, it should be warm enough to wear them. I can't find the pic on the website anymore so when they arrive I will take a pic to post.

Every season, Coach sends me a 25% off coupon code. With the coupon that I received in March, I bought the cutest pair of silver wedges that were $168 with 25% off. Not a bad deal.
I can't wait until it warms up enough to wear these sandals.

Please send comments on other deals on shoes that you have come across.