Part II saving as a glamazon
I highly recommend the book The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving your Wardrobe piece by piece by Kim France and Andrea Linett. I have the 2003 book with a different bag on the front that I actually bought on a clearance rack for probably no more than $7.00-$12.00. In the back it also has great shopping resources divided by state which may or not apply to current stores since my copy was published in 2003. The book I highly recommend because it talks about fit, best fit for your shape, staples for your wardrobe, bad combos and ways to mix/match your clothing correctly. When you are on a budget it helps to see how you can create many different outfits and how to get out of a style rut. The book is also FILLED with pictures and examples. It helps to show where you are lacking in the wardrobe.
For an example on page 14 of the 2003 edition it says "You are totally covered if you have: 2 all-season work skirts, 1 day-to-night skirt (dress it up or down), 2 summer work skirts, 1 denim skirt, 2 summer weekend skirts. If you never wear pants add: a summer evening skirt, a winter evening skirt and a leather or suede skirt." So if you wear pants you should only have about 8 quality and versatile skirts. Knowing this you can think do I really need that skirt? If you do not have those items then you can think it is an investment to get these great skirts or whatever your wardrobe is lacking. Then you realize you are building a wardrobe and to evaluate your wardrobe before you shop. When you evaluate your wardrobe every season you can see what you should donate, throw out, invest in sending to the cleaner and keep. That is Waste-not-want-not-chic!
If I went to another person I might have just gotten off $15.00 dollars and spent $500.00 instead of saving $15.00 on every $100.00 I spent. Here I saved money and I did not even alter my shopping but I did get more bang for my buck. Coupons are great for Glamazons and you can still be that clothing horse and be thrifty! If you save your money and buy for the season or for a big new wardrobe it benefits both you and the sales person. I had after a couple of seasons a very good friendship with the saleswoman and I helped her with her sales goals. If I arrived and I did not have the coupon she would give me her copy because we had rapport.
If you like the store then it is beneficial to sign up for their FREE membership cards (I would not recommend getting a credit card because why pay interest on a purchase when you can use cash/debit cards/pay pal and get the points without interest). I signed up for the Talbots red door rewards card and for my birthday month for one day in store/Internet I get 10% off my purchase. I also get bonus rewards after spending a certain amount of money. I do the same for DSW shoes and for buying things I would already buy I get gift certificates and emails with free shipping codes/coupon codes.
Another way to save money on hair cuts is to not always go to the main seat at the hair salon. Call up and ask the range of costs for the hair cut and get the lowest priced stylist. This can save you a ton of money and they are not students so you will not get a $100 she-mullet like I did. If there is an issue then you often can get it fixed by he head chair if you complain (and it would be justified if you got a she-mullet like I got once in Stamford). If you are trying out new hair salons it also helps to call and see the price range of hair cuts. It is done over the phone so you never have to meet the people or fear looking cheap (you will just sound cheap, just kidding). Ask around to local hair salons and get the best price. Otherwise they are going to try to fit you into the chair that costs the most. Look at their websites they might have coupons, deal and you can check out their photos of the place and their photo gallery of work. Also ask local friends and google "reviews of ________" and make sure you are not in line for an expensive bad hair cut.
Another way to get deals on spa treatments is to try going to schools for Cosmetologists and massage therapist. You will be able to save a lot of money and you help students. Sometimes it is a good use of money and sometimes there is a level of risks. But often if you get bad results the teacher can help fix it or often the teachers are there to observe so there is less risk of getting purple hair by accident. So if it is not in your budget to go to the Spas, Hair Salons you do not need to go to Borics, get a flowbee nor do you need to do without. I would recommend looking online for general reviews of these schools and trying at first the least damaging treatments. I would not do hair coloring first and opt for a hair cut on your first visit. Nor would I do any sort of waxing until you view how clean the place is, how good the students are and that way you do not get burnt.
A lot of people recommend Outlets to save money. Some Outlets are just inferior products, irregular sized, stained, refurbished or are just not not quality items. Outlets are hit and miss. I find that the Crate and Barrel online Outlets is great because it is last season items or they still have quality items. I also like the LL Bean Outlet because it is Quality items on sale. The Gap Store's Outlet I found was just cheaply made clothing under the Gap Store name I compare it to the Supermarket Generic named items. So this is not the best option but if you are close to the outlet try it out. So go into the Outlets with a sound mind and do not buy the item unless it fits you well, you will wear it and it is of quality. Also before you go to the Outlet make sure to shop them online to see if there are any coupons or if there are any upcoming sales. Also try subscribing to the outlet stores before you go so you can get coupons.
Another site that I love is Etsy. You can find some chic vintage, handmade, supplies and save a lot of money. You could find wonderful furniture that is local that is made out of quality materials but are cheaper than buying it at expensive stores. You could take a $100.00 piece of furniture, invest in new knobs and then have it painted (or paint it for yourself) so that it fits your style for far less than getting it in stores new. Etsy is that local garage sale/estate sale that is at your finger tips.
One seller for art that I highly recommend for a Glamazon is Peggy Wolf Designs because she is just fabulous and does high fashion designs that are so girlie! She was featured on Secrets of a Stylist and other magazines. Her 8 X 10's start off at $20 plus $3 shipping to the states. She is also very polite and gave me advice on selling on Etsy. This way you can get art that is not cookie cutter, get to see artist you might never view and you can choose to benefit local artist.
|From Peggy Wolf Designs on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/52905528/print-its-showtime-baby-8x10|
|From Peggy Wolf Designs on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/50261749/print-in-the-kitchen-8x10|
I really like the show 9 by design with Robert Novogratz and Cortney Novogratz because they use materials in interesting way but I do not have NY that close to me and taking stuff on the train is hard. So using Etsy helps me find cool ideas that I got from the show like old letters from a highway or movie theatre billboard and all the Etsy members are cool that I have worked with. If you have a project idea just ask an Etsy member if they can help you gather those with their connections.
Another great way to get high quality items is to actually is to go wealthy neighborhoods before trash days and to colleges at the end of each semester with a truck. You can get a lot of quality items for free. At my high school foreign exchange students and those that do not live close by might have bought wonderful items but they cannot ship it back home. At the end of the year there were tons of great stuff outside of the dumpsters and outside of the schools. You can find furniture, organizers, clothing and you name it!
I got a couple of organizer items that were barely used for free and I still use them 10 years later. People throw out wonderful items especially the rich and they might have your taste. You do not even have to dumpster dive they might just be outside the house or location. Sometimes the items are scratched but with some investment you could spend $100 on paint or even less and get great items thus saving you lots of money. Another free way to get high quality items is to have friends either that were in your size or are your size and have a clothing exchange. You might no longer like this skirt but your friend might love it and trade it for a bracelet that you like. It is also fun to do that with jewelry, accessories and shoes.
Estate sales, pawn shops, goodwill, flea markets and garage sales are great for the same reason. At these outlets they are great because you can negotiate and you can find great grandma quality things for way less. You can even get items and post them on Ebay/Etsy and make money towards a high quality splurge. You might also find some vintage finds that are of value but the seller does not realize and thus you have saved a lot of money. I recommend trying neighborhoods that are close to wealthy neighborhoods rather than those that are not that wealthy because usually the items are rather new or even last season and a better selection.
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