{Woman To Watch} Abi Ferrin

 Meet Abi Ferrin!

Fashion Cents She Makes CentsAbi Ferrin is a fashion designer, humanitarian, a woman who uses her “cents” to ignite awareness in global issues and define what that success means to her… oh and did I mention that she is our November Woman to Watch (#w2w).  She defines success  as “a moving target”, explains Ferrin in an email interview with She Makes Cents.    ABI FERRIN, the company,  is the versatile and sophisticated fashion brand that offers  easy-to-care-for fabrics providing a chic solution for women of all ages and body types; remember the 5- Way Nikki Dress?  Each of her Made in the U.S.A. garments feature  hand-crafted adornments made by women rescued from the sex trade and other forms of abusive employment in Nepal and Cambodia.  Ferrin adds, “My idea of what [success] is always moves ahead, so I can never seem to quite feel like I am there yet. Ten years ago the company I have created today would be a huge success in my mind, but now that I am here I have so much more I want to do! I think being successful is an ongoing project, measured by reaching certain benchmarks along the way. If you can see that you are impacting people’s lives in a positive way as a result of your daily existence and making a difference in this world, then you are successful”.  Yes, there are plenty of successful women to watch in business, but it is Ferrin’s impact on others that I find compelling. 


About the Freedom Project

The Freedom Project is the branch of Ferrin’s business that focuses on giving back by incorporating vendor businesses that are created for and by marginalized people. For example,  all of the buttons and most accessories are from Sak Saum in Cambodia, which rescues, restores and rehabilitates trafficked people. These people then become a part of the Sak Saum business once they are healthy, and as a vendor she gets to be a part of supporting their ongoing success and empowerment through their own efforts and responsibility!  Ferrin explains, “Freedom is the most important thing to me. I knew I wanted my fashion company to have substance that went past making people look good. I wanted to empower women to step up their daily style and feel good about themselves, while still living their lives”.  Congrats Abi Ferrin for being our November Woman to Watch. 

For more information about The Freedom Project, please visit www.abiferrin.com or www.saksaum.com

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{Honesty is Free} What Does the “Fab Life” Mean to You?

So I took a little hiatus…okay, well a longer one than expected, but I am back with a vengeance. I needed some time to have new experiences so that I can have something exciting yet honest to write about. To be honest, the original idea behind this site was to inform and inspire ways to use your “cents” to live a fab life. Along the way, I believe I got off target.  So as we prepare for our upcoming one year mark (March 1stJ), I want to take things back to basics.  To do so, I’ll start with a simple question; what is the fab lifeMy answer could be ever-changing, but at the moment, great people, great food, great fashions, great adventures, great love, great leaps of faith, and a greatly styled place to come home to.

Fab People

Fab Fashions

Fab Adventures

Fab Love

Fab Faith

Fab Home

 So that is what I’m going to write about…how to get the fab life without breaking the bank, my budget, or my financial integrity. I hope you join me along the way and learn from both my successes and my failures. That’s life and sometimes, you don’t learn the lesson until you fall on your face and have to get back up.

Talk to me! What is the “fab life” to you?


Email SMC: shemakescents@gmail.com

{Centsational Savings} James K. Holder Photography 20% Off Bookings!

Pose for the Camera Now… Click, Click, Click!!!

 In celebration of the new JKH2.com website, photographer James Holder is offering 20% off his bookings. This deliciously handsome photographer has an eye for detail that sets him apart from the rest.  Need pics for an upcoming engagement (hint hint for the gentlemen readers of the blog, ALWAYS have a surprise photographer to capture that special moment), wedding, baby announcement, family portraits, graduation pics or headshots?  Of course you do.  Why not use your cents wisely?  James K. Holder is She Makes Cents approved.

Check out his work!!!

Personally, I love how James uses his talent as a platform to help others. Click here  to check out this interview from Atlanta’s 11 Alive about the $10,000 he raised for Haiti with his Your Face HERE campaign.  Want more information about this James K. Holder Photography Studio and Gallery, check him and his work out at www.jkh2.com.

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{I BRAKE for Manicures} OPI on Sale Today!!

OPI on Sale on Beyond the Rack!!!

I will be ordering mine today!!! Need an invite to Beyond the Rack?  Click here and use mine.  Happy Shopping good people:)

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{Fab Alert} Honesty is Fabulous& Free!


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STONEnyc: Find Fab Jewelry on Any Budget

Once upon a time a woman let go of all inhibitions and allowed Prince Charming access to her sole(s). Yes, a pair of shoes transformed Cinderella, a working woman, into royalty…. If only this were true in real life. While I don’t own a pair of glass slippers, I do own a fabulous pair of Chanel sandals purchased first semester of my freshman year of college. I love them. I love them. I love them….and boy oh boy the secrets they would tell if shoes could talk. I believe the first confession would be about how I bought a pair of $1000 Chanel sandals from Bergdorf’s on sale for a little under $200 (Thank you God for a size 35.5 shoe) or how those very same shoes were born from a labor of love, also known as a shopping-showdown. Disclaimer: It would not be in your best interest to come between me and a sale. Back then, finding deals of that magnitude were best done in person, now-a-days you might be just as lucky on the web. Now I won’t reveal ALL of my little pleasures, but one good place to start would have to be STONEnyc.

STONEnyc is not a shoe store, it is an online boutique featuring jewelry and accessories by designers from New York to Los Angeles, Canada and beyond. Did I mention it is also one of my newest secret happy places? Why?

Find out in my Top 5 Reasons to check out STONEnyc:

  1. The Mission is Awesome:to be an outlet that encourages women to create their own style.
  2. One of A Kind: rarely will you hear someone say, “oh I have those earrings” when you rock pieces from STONEnyc.
  3. Crystal Whalum: owner and one fly chick who I met while she was making her mark by influencing AUC (Atlanta University Center) fashions one bracelet at a time. She is gorgeous, humble, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  4. The Price is Right: The price points fall within everyone’s budget. For example, rings range between $15- $295.
  5. Promos: Not too long ago, STONEnyc offered a giveaway to their Twitter followers. I would encourage you to follow @mySTONEnyc and @shemakescents for future promos.

In the meantime, check out a few of my favs. I found my slippers from Chanel, I found my special ring from STONEnyc, where is my Prince Charming? j/k

Gold Big Bow Ring


Statement Necklace from STONEnyc



Charm Bracelet


Click here for the entire STONEnyc Collection

 Follow @mySTONEnyc


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