5 Affordable Home Sites You Need to Know

Posted On Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Home Decor

Decor on a Dime: Home Sites You Should Know

Spring is a great time to renew your wardrobe {here’s what you should keep, toss or buy for the season} but it’s so easy to overlook your home. Whether you want to beautify your dwelling or add bits of cheer to a dull living space, you can find daring décor that’s affordable.

Here are six online shops where you can score trendy treasures for your humble abode.

Thrifty Threads – Ladies Who Brunch

Posted On Friday, July 1st, 2011
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, Thrifty Threads 365

My schedule can be unpredictable but there are two things in life that are {usually} guaranteed on a Sunday: church and brunch. A relaxing brunch is the perfect way to unwind before beginning another work week.

This week I caught up with my friend Johara from Luvin’ My Curves and we decided to hit up Kitchenette in Tribeca. The restaurant’s known for its down home cooking.

I wanted a ladylike frock that was church appropriate but also comfy for the near 90 degree temps, so rocked the little white dress I recently picked up from the Salvation Army.

But first, let’s talk about the food, which was beyond amazing.

{strawberry sangria served in mason jars}

Fly Finds of the Week

Posted On Monday, January 17th, 2011
Filed Under: Deals & Steals

I decided to start a new feature on the blog: Fly Finds of the Week.

These are pieces that add instant flair to your existing wardrobe. And best yet? Everything’s affordable. I’ll offer four picks every week at different price points {under $25, $25-$50, $50-$75 and $100 and under}.

If you’re in the market for a new “it” piece, look no further. You don’t need to drop a load of cash to update your wardrobe. Just adding one of these pieces is enough. Below are four of my favorite items under $100.

The Old Bow and Chain Necklace, $22.99
A bold, fun necklace is a necessity in every accessory arsenal. And this gem from ModCloth would look equally amazing against a plain white tee and blazer or a LBD. The edgy and soft combo of the chain links and bow pendant work great together.

Click more to see the rest of the Fly Finds of the Week.

Thrifty Threads – Shoulder Pads & Plaid

Posted On Friday, January 7th, 2011
Filed Under: Thrifty Threads 365

Here’s my confession: I hate my shoulders. I know, I know, that’s a weird body part to hate but I feel they’re too wide for my small frame. It’s weird, I know. But lately I’ve been finding a lot of great sweaters and jackets with built in pads or puffy shoulders. These would clearly be the nemesis to someone who thinks she has linebacker shoulders, but not so! I’ve become obsessed with bold shoulders and I no longer take the pads out of shirts and sweaters (unless they’re way too 80s-ish).

A great example of this is the peach sweater I recently found at the Salvation Army. Besides the soft girly hue, the ruffled collar and puffy shoulders caught my eye. Hmm, does this mean I’ve gotten over my shoulder issues?

With such a bulky sweater I had to balance my look out with dark skinny jeans and a pair of plaid heels, also from Salvation Army.

I kept my jewelry simple (mostly because I was running late for work). My bunny ring from Urban Outfitters is such a fun piece and I doubled up with a simple ring that actually came with a bottle of perfume. My earrings are the gold and turquoise beaded hoops I wore last week.

Sweater: thrifted for $3.50
Tank: Express, thrifted for 50 cents
Jeans: Forever 21, $12
Shoes: Charlotte Russe, thrifted for $7
Bunny ring: Urban Outfitters, $5
Other ring: free
Earrings: thrifted for $4

Week 18 of my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge (a full year where I only buy second-hand clothing) is down. Only 34 more weeks to go!

Photos: Amber J of The Fab Life Project

Thrifty Threads – All Black Everything

Posted On Friday, December 17th, 2010
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, Thrifty Threads 365

{happy Patrice. pensive Patrice.}

I love wearing head to toe black, but it can be a bit tricky. I don’t want my look to be too harsh, boring or goth looking {not that there’s anything wrong with that}. I opted for a feminine lace dress with a nude slip that I scored at Wet Seal {eight years ago!!!} for $8. It was on clearance and marked down because of a tear in the back.

Lace can be a bit va-va-voom so I toned it down by adding my fave Banana Republic blazer. I rolled the sleeves up and added a bit of color with pink and gold bangles.

Lately I can’t seem to just wear one necklace, I have to layer.

Blazer: Banana Republic, thrifted for $1
Dress: Wet Seal, $8
Tights: Strawberry, $3
Shoes: Nine West, $30 via Strawberry
Bag: Urban Outfitters, $30
Necklaces: beads (gifted), heart shaped Betsey Johnson chain, $30
Bracelets: gifted

Week 15 of my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge (a full year where I only buy second-hand clothing) is down. Only 37 more weeks to go!