{Derby Fashions} Does Looking Good + Feeling Good = Spending Money?

A few weeks ago I was low key stressing about Derby Fashion….I know, it’s just the Derby and people have real problems, but when I don’t look good, I don’t feel good.  I wasn’t even planning on attending until the very last minute so things became a mad dash for me to find the a complete get up, including the dress, cute wedges for the grass, and of course, the hat!  The Mr. and I were here, there, and everywhere and I even employed the help of my mom in the search for the perfect hat.  I was swiping left and right (my bank cards not Tender) when it hit me…Danielle, you have hit one of your shopping triggers.  In the past few years I have noticed that I tend to spend more when I feel something is “lacking” in my appearance.  I will over shop when I probably didn’t need to as a way to try to correct something that may be off in my life.  On the second day of running around Atlanta I forced myself to just stop and really think about what is currently in my closet.  This is after the Mr. treated me to a very cute new dress and I bought new shoes.  I was out looking for THE HAT when I thought about switching things up.  Actually, it was after I saw this picture that I began to rethink my entire approach:

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My original plan was to go traditional Derby in a more dressed up way, but I loved how pretty and comfortable she looked (no comment on her Beau). “Oh wait”, light bulb moment, “I have a very similar dress in my closet”….but still no hat.  In my final half hour of stress before we had to leave, I told myself that whatever hat I found, be it for the dress we bought or the dress I have, would dictate my Derby look.   Fed up and feeling a little defeated, I went to one final store and found a hat.  We attended Atlanta’s version of the Kentucky Derby and had a blast with new and old friends.

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Through the experience I learned that I have to start making time to take better care of myself, that way I don’t have to get ready, I will stay ready.  I learned from a mix of packing up my closet for the big  move (another post for another day), that it is time for me to reinvest in my wardrobe.  At (insert cough here) 30 years old,  I shouldn’t be trying to wear the same staples from college.  My style has evolved and so has my body.  I also learned that along the line, I had replaced an updated wardrobe with things to make my new house a home.  I was a girl with a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear because I had not taken the time to properly edit, purge, and organize.   For Derby Day, I wore a dress from my own closet, shoes I already had, and a hat that, unlike the more traditional style, I could see myself wearing again.  After I complete my Edit, Purge, Organize, which I will blog my way through, I will be able to make better decisions like that in the future.  

Editors Note: I took the new shoes back because they worked for the new dress but weren’t really my style.  With that money, I bought six new classic wardrobe must haves.  Special thanks to Event Rentals Unlimited for VIP access to the beautiful air conditioned glass tent!  

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{World Recycle Week} How To Save On Purchases By Donating Unwanted Clothes

“90% of textile waste is recyclable”

Yesterday after my outdoor yoga class, my friend Dana and I found our way into H&M where the window featured signage about World Recycle Week.  During the campaign period, April 18-24, H&M aims to collect 1,000 tons of unwanted or worn out garments from customers worldwide in its more than 3,600 stores. The initiative is part of H&M’s goal to close the loop in fashion, recycling unwanted garments to create recycled textile fibers for new products.

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The timing could not be more perfect because I have started a Purge, Edit, & Organize (post coming soon) overhaul for my closet.  My plan is to sell the clothes that I no longer wear or fit properly.  Whatever doesn’t sell will be split between the Goodwill and women’s shelters in Atlanta.  Everything else, that I would have normally tossed, will go to H&M for recycling.  I’m not sure if this is the case for all locations, but my local H&M is offering 30% off your entire purchase if you bring in items for recycling.  This could be a win-win situation if you are in the market for a trendy new piece to add to your wardrobe or home.

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{Style Cents} The Most Stylish Way to Destroy A Credit Card

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I saw this picture not too long ago from the blogger and self-proclaimed JeDIY master, Yuka Yoneda, of Clossette.com and my mind started to race.  That’s right, you are looking at a fabulously easy DIY name necklace repurposed from her old Macy’s card.  People cut up credit cards all the time to celebrate a BIG pay off, to keep themselves from going into further credit card debt, or because they were issued a new card.  No matter the reason, this is definitely a more stylish option than going all Edward Scissor Hands on your old card.  I still can’t fathom the thought of doing the “big chop” on my credit card once it hits a zero balance. It’s hard to shift that paradigm of having a credit card simply “in case of emergencies” but I am starting realize that is what my emergency fund is for.  I’m not sure if I am ready to cut my current card, but I have a card or two that had to be replaced because of a corporate breach.  If you are taking part in this DIY, remember to first demagnetize the card, shred the card after you have removed your “name plate”, and dispose on trash day.

Chic or Cheap?

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{Shop Smart} 3 Killer Ways to Get the Best Deal from Flash Sale Sites

A few years ago, there was only a handful of deal-of-the-day sites. Today, however, it’s hard not to feel inundated with marketing campaigns targeted to make you spend more money. Who doesn’t love a good deal? A great purchase saves you money. It’s something you can afford, something you will use and something of great quality. Some of my favorite places to shop for everything from fashion, home decor and travel stuff has got be Beyond the Rack, RueLaLa, and One Kings Lane. For me, I get double the pleasure from these sites because I love to shop and I love to save. Doing both, spending and saving, is possible when you keep these tips in mind. Otherwise, you risk spending more for a deal than you realized.

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{Fashion Cents} Alexander Wang for H&M

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BlF3fxfIcAAPEu6I’m sure you have heard by now that New York based fashion designer, Alexander Wang, will be doing a line for H&M.  The announcement was made two days ago at Cochella Music Festival and I know fashionistas everywhere are counting down until November 6, 2014 when the full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online.  I think it’s cool how major designers are teaming up with brands like H&M and Target to make designer labels affordable.  Wang explains in an statement for H&M, “This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”  This is the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M, and the Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for both men and women.  It think someone was using their “fashion cents” when they chose Wang!

Which Designer Would You LOVE to see at H&M?

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{Wise Words} She Is Clothed in Strength & Dignity…

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{Giveaway Winner} She Makes Cents Congratulates….

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I want to take a moment to congratulate our giveaway winner, Bree S. of Illinois!  When asked about her financial goals for 2014, Bree replied, “One of my financial goals this year is to be able to actually budget (yes I said the B word!) myself so that I can afford to move-out and have my own apartment. As a college graduate working full-time, this would be the ultimate reward to finally feel independent. It would only make “cents” :-)“.   Please accept this as a small token of my appreciation for your reading and commenting on shemakescents.com!

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{SMC Giveaway} Fabulous Cha-Ching Money Purse!!!

Hello lovelies and welcome to a New Year.  In celebration of the wonderful changes and resolutions that will actually happen this year (fingers crossed), I want to reward YOU, the readers of SMC, with a small token of my appreciation.  To enter the giveaway, please “share” your favorite SMC post (hint hint… the share buttons are located on the bottom of this post) with the hashtag #shemakescents and leave a cool comment below telling me one financial goals for the new year.  One lucky winner will have the choice between being Pretty In Pink or Chic in Black.  Good Luck!

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Fine Print: The giveaway begins on Thursday, January 2, 2014 and all entries must be received by Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at midnight (EST).  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on SheMakesCents.com on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Which Do You Like Best? Black or Pink?

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{Friday Fashion} Smart Investments in Style- One Dress 5 Ways

I was cleaning out my closet the other day. You know that seasonal purge of clothes that no longer fits my style, clothes I have outgrown, and fads that frankly may be tipping the scales of age appropriateness. As Denia, a SMC contributing writer would put it, “I’m approaching the stage in life where shopping at trendy places like Forever21 should feel…well…awkward”. Don’t get me wrong, I never miss a chance to stop in a Forever21, but I wouldn’t build a wardrobe around it.  While I consider trendy clothing essential to an eclectic closet like mine, I know it is better to have a foundation of well-made classics as opposed to a closet full of cheap and cheerful pieces that constantly needs replacing.
Sure, every stylish woman’s closet should include staples such as the LBD and a classic trench; however, I am here to introduce you to a versatile piece of clothing that has become my favorite new investment piece – the Nikki 5-Way Dress. When I first tried on this convertible dress, by designer Abi Ferrin, I have to admit that I had a “get it girl” moment in the mirror, similar to how I felt in my first DVF wrap dress back in the day. This multi-functional dress flatters in five different ways; as a one-shoulder Grecian style (my favorite, by the way), as a one-shoulder with a peplum accent, as an asymmetrical tunic, tied to the side, or crossed tied for a belt effect. My favorite thing about the versatility of this dress is that it is good to my wallet because you can get five distinctively timeless looks for the price of one dress.

Check Out All FIVE looks!

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There isn’t a SINGLE reason white this signature Nikki dress belongs in every jetsetters, power-players, party girl, and busy bee’s wardrobe, but FIVE reasons. Starting at $155.00, that’s only $31.00 per look, you can’t afford not to add this to the list of foundational must-haves of well-made classics. Cha Ching… that’s the sound of me investing in quality and quantity at the same time.  Want to invest in your style?   Check out Ferrin’s others style staples on her site.  

Thank you to the sponsors of this post, Brandstyle Communications on behalf of Abi Ferrin. 

Which Look is Your Favorite?

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{Financial Cents} What Your Wallet Say About You?

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What’s In Your Wallet?

I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a women based on the style of purse she carries and the contents within. Is she well taken care of? Polished? Neat? Messy? High maintenance? Laid back? I want to take this a step further and look at the center of money- the wallet. A women’s purse may reveal a lot about her, but her wallet sheds light on what she finds important and how she spends her hard earned money. Parents my keep photographers of their children.  Entrepreneurs may carry business cards.  Me, I carry a mix of business and pleasure. Below is my emerald green Cynthia Rowley leather wallet that I bought myself for Christmas and some of the contents within.  wallets

What does your wallet say about YOU?

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