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The Mommy Budget

Though I’m not a mommy yet, (one day!), I always find women who are fascinating. I look at the women in my family and it still boggles me how they are “jacks of all trades” but still manage to stay fly and on a budget. So with that in mind it shouldn’t surprise you why I admire LaNee Bridewell, a graduate student studying Social Work at the University of Missouri. I met her over a year ago when she worked in my department.

Audrey Hepburn without the black turtleneck

She’s incredibly smart, a Bill Gates Scholar recipient and very driven. I’ve always found it amazing how LaNee manages to stay incredibly stylish while transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate school, being involved in her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, various projects and programs that support single mothers in college, all while raising her beautiful son Jia.

One day in typical girl talk conversation I shared with LaNee that lately my luck has been low with finding good blouses at Goodwill. “Sometimes it’s hard to find something nice but you have to be willing to dig. I like to dig because the end reward is worth it” is her response to my frustration and many others. ” I go often, sometimes I don’t find anything and sometimes I walk out with one piece but that one piece is always a winner. ” I’d have to agree after spotting her in a very pretty fuchsia shell top from Goodwill.

“This was just one of those “that one piece” and my pants (a pair of black knit ponte pants) I’ve had these for so long I can’t even remember when I bought them. I think the most expensive thing I have on is my Oxford’s, which I paid $15.00 for but this top was either between $3.00 – $6.00″

Shell Top

So how does a graduate student and a mother of one stay so incredibly stylish? “I spend a lot of time in thrift stores, consignment stores and the Goodwill during some of my free time” says LaNee. I believe LaNee and many other single or married mothers are proof that you can still be fashionable as a mother all while striving for a degree in higher education.

“My son will always be my number one priority but sometimes I like to treat myself and I’ve learned to do so without breaking the bank plus I love finding good bargains! Who doesn’t love a good bargain?!”

I surely love a good bargain but you all should know that by now. So I’ll keep searching and maybe one day soon, I’ll find that “one piece blouse.”

Come back next week for D.I.Y tips and I’ll show you how to accessorize cufflinks and broken necklaces in more ways than one!

-Monica

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Wear The Trend…Without The Price Tag!

As a Stylist one of the issues that I come across a lot with friends is how to dress like you just stepped off the runway but without the runway price. For many people it can be a challenge but if you think of Fashion as a circle that continuously loops and it does, you will come to find that it is not as hard as you think. Take for instance two of the many trends for Fall 2011, lace and plaid.

 

Courtesy of gossipygirlz.com

Meet Stacy Ike, a Junior Journalism student attending the University of Missouri. I spotted Stacy in Starbucks and immediately fell in love with her cream colored lace dress.

Lace Dress

I thought for sure the dress must have cost over $40! Actually I thought the entire outfit must have cost at least $80 or more. How wrong was I, my thrifting card should probably be taken away for this.  The total price of Stacy’s outfit was $36.98. I looked in amazement as she started listing her finds and the prices.

“80 bucks?! No way! I bought this dress at the Goodwill here in town (Columbia,Mo) for only $7.99, my brown bangles were only a $1.00 from H&M, my necklace (silver) was only $8.00 also from H&M. The most expensive item are my shoes.” A pair of brown Oxfords from Target, only $19.99. Completing the look were a pair of pearl earrings, a family heirloom given to her. “I like to stay trendy but at a price that fits my budget and the Goodwill offers some pretty good finds” says Stacy.

However, for some thrifting may not be your thing which is perfectly fine. You can still stay fashionable by learning to recycle and restylize what you already have in your closet. DaMonica Boone, a Senior Magazine Journalism student, attending the University of Missouri has this down to a T.

I ran into DaMonica at a Resource Fair on campus, the item that caught my eye? Her lace covered hat. “I’ve had this hat for a year, I bought it from ASOS and my shirt I bought two years ago at Urban Outfitters. My pants are from TopShop and my blazer is from H&M and I’ve had both for six months. As for my Burberry rain-boots, I’ve had these for three years now. ” So as you can see it is not as hard as you may think it is to wear what is in season.

While speaking as a guest speaker for the Textile and Apparel Management department, Laura Schuffman, stylist for ABC’s Pretty Little Liar’s, said that “A good stylist knows how to think outside of the clothes.” I would agree as this is key for recreating items you already have but a trendy girl also knows how to think ahead. If you can think outside of your clothes and are somewhat psychic, you will be able to dress in champaign style but on an up and coming fashionista budget!

In my coming post’s, I will show you how to revamp your closet and learn what to keep and what to toss.  As always come back next week for more information on Sustainable Fashion and dressing on the dime.

-Monica

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