Not Bad for Under $100

The sacrifices I make for my FU20 family!  I decided to give up my Friday to do research (aka, go shopping).  I gave myself a budget of $100 for this research project.  Although I’ve been living this Fashion Under 20 lifestyle for a year now, I have never actually given myself a budget so this was going to be a true experiment for me.

The stores I ventured to were Forever 21, Ross & JC Penny.  The haul included 2 miniskirts, 2 dresses, 3 t-shirts, a pair of pants & nail polish.  Not bad for less than $100!

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At the end of the day, I think I did pretty well with my budget experiment.  Now it’s your turn!  Set a budget for your shopping adventure & see what all you can get for that amount and then share it with the rest of us.  Send your pics & I will post it here.  You never know, I might be so impressed with your haul that I may just give you a surprise for being so flippin awesome!  I’m serious about that!

‘Til next time,

Jo

Taking Care of Your Fabulous Fashion

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I’m a bit of a clothes hog, if you couldn’t already tell.  I love having clothes in my closet and I love adding new pieces to the closet.  One of my favorite things to do is pairing a new piece with something I’ve had in my closet forever.  I get a little tickled when I’m asked about the older piece only to respond, “I’ve had this forever!”  Up until recently, I had a few pieces in my closet that I’ve had since high school.  Yes, high school & I could still fit in them (thank you fashion gods!).  So how did I keep those items that long?  Proper care, that’s it!

Part of maintaining that fabulous closet you are acquiring for $20 or less is taking care of your clothes.  I usually start by reading the care label of each piece I purchase.  Then I ask myself “how much do you love this piece?”  The reason I ask myself that question is to determine how well I care for that item and how long the item stays in rotation.  If I’ve determined that I am madly in love with the piece then here is my routine.

Once worn and I’ve finally decided to do laundry ,usually around the time I am down to a weeks worth of panties, I place my loves (aka pieces) in a separate pile.  That pile is washed on the delicate cycle with either Dreft or a cleanser without harsh sulfates and detergents (I use Dr. Woods but you can find a ton at your local natural grocers).  Washing with such a cleanser helps to preserve the fabric’s lifespan.  Yes, I do place my loves in the washing machine because that whole “washing by hands” thing is so overrated and besides “ain’t nobody got time for that.”  I may or may not put my loves in the dryer, but I always hang them up to dry.  The dryer is great and convenient but I am not a fan of placing them in there to dry completely.  Now, if I do place my clothes in the dryer it is on low and for a brief moment just to remove some of the dampness, but I will not allow my loves to completely dry in the dryer.

Now I’m sure you are wondering why I just don’t go te the dry cleaners?  Look, around here we’re all about saving money and always taking my clothes to the cleaners may be convenient however it  is not economical for me.  Now, unless my clothes specifically say “dry clean” only or is something I would only wear to a special event, then I would take them to the cleaners.  Other than that, the cleaners is not an everyday part of my clothing care repertoire.

I’ve been doing my laundry this way for a while and have been able to keep my loves in my closet for years.  Now my method may be too much for you or you may have a better way, if you do please share with the FU20 family…any and all help is welcomed around this joint.

So how do you care for your fabulous fashions?

‘Til next time,

Jo

$20 JC Penny Fabulous

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Last night I had an event to attend. The event was the screening of an HBO documentary, so I didn’t want to be too dressed up but did want to look like I made a little effort. I purchased this number at JC Penny (JCP) on Memorial day on a shopping trip with some girlfriends. I never intended to pair the two together but am glad I did.

So here’s what I did:

* JCP white t-shirt – $5.99
* Nicole by Nicole Miller black pants with pink accents – $13.50

Not bad for $19.50!

I love the pop of color in the pants! I decided to pair the outfit with a pair of cream/green polka dot, Lela Rose shoes I purchased at Payless a couple of years ago. I finished my look with basic silver hoops, a chunky necklace I bought at Kohl’s on clearance years ago, red matte lips (NYX – Perfect Red) & confidence.

It really shouldn’t cost you that much to shine like a star.

‘Til next time,
Jo

$66 Workout Fabulous

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Ok, I have a confession to make, this post was inspired by sheer laziness.  Yes, it is because of my not wanting to do laundry that I was forced to go shopping for workout clothes, don’t judge me.  On the bright side, because of my laziness I have more content for y’all to enjoy.

Ross, Ross, oh how I love Ross!  It has quickly become my go to place for dresses & workout clothes.  I’ll be honest, I used to hate going to Ross until a friend took the time to explain how Ross works (how does it work…PATIENCE).  It also helps that I finally found a Ross location that I have great luck finding awesome stuff at a great price.

Today’s haul includes:

  • 2 pairs of Fila running capris (black & black/ebony/rose pink) – $12.99
  • Calvin Klein running capris  – $12.99
  • Reebok tank (pink) – $12.99
  • Avia top (black) – $8.99

My total with tax came up to $65.98.  That’s usually what some folks would pay for one pair of Fila capris & I was able to get 3 capris and 2 tops for that price.  YEAH ME!!!  I can’t justify purchasing clothing I will be sweating in for more than $20 an item, I just think that is ludicrous. That’s why I love places like Ross because they allow for me to wear quality, designer clothing for a fraction of the cost.

‘Til next time,

Jo

$35 Fabulous

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Yes, I really did just post about “A Bright Summer” and now here I am looking like I’m mourning.  Well, there is an explanation for today’s look, it’s raining her in Dallas.  That’s it, that’s my explanation for the dark colors.  However, I’m sure you’ll be bright & cheery when you find out that I paid less than $40 for today’s look.

Yes, my basic black t-shirt + gray jeans + shoes = $34.79!  Insert applause now.  When you add the cost of my accessories & my lipstick, you’d be happy to know that I spent less than $50 to complete my entire “rainy day look!”  Doing my happy rain dance now…WOOHOO!!!

Here is the breakdown:

  • T-shirt – $5.99 at JC Penny (Regular price $12, but I bought it during their Memorial Day sale)
  • Jeans – $14.80 at Forever 21 (I wear these jeans everywhere with everything.  I love the fit & the price is oh so nice)
  • Shoes – $14 at Steve Madden (Got these on clearance. Sometimes Steve Madden will place certain styles on clearance when they are down to just a few sizes.)
  • Accessories – Necklace (Birthday gift from my friends Chris & Dana), Earrings ($8 Charming Charlie), Bracelets ($6.99 Charming Charlie)
  • Lips – NYX Pandora Lipstick ($4.99 Beauty Supply Store; also available at Target)

All was not lost on the color aspect of things because I was able to incorporate NYX’s Pandora lipstick into my makeup for that pop of color every stylist & fashion guru is always talking about.  I am currently on a bright color lipstick kick.  Every time I am in the local drug store or near a department store makeup counter I am on the hunt for a new color.  Glad I found this purple number.  Consider it my ode to Prince’s Purple Rain with purple lips.  I don’t know, I’m just rambling now.

Anywho, being basic and being fabulous shouldn’t cost you an arm & a leg.  You can always jazz up the basic jeans & t-shirt with a pair of fun shoes, jewelry & gorgeous makeup.  Give it a try!

‘Til next time,

Jo

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