prêt-à-porter palm beacher meets the frugalista

another fashionable friend of mine at the palm beach post, aime dunstan, recently asked me to be one of her "fru-gals" in the shop style section of the paper for one of the $100 challenges. a chance to shop and challenged to create the most stylish, least expensive outfit?? of course i was in.

* photo credit: ray graham from the palm beach post

in the end, i didn't win, but i did end last week with not one, but two theory dresses for only $5.99 each from goodwill - which is just plain ridiculous...and lucky - and a slew of accessories and extra pieces gathered from shops around cityplace. i also didn't hate my posed photo in the paper, which i think is a first!

check out the
story to get my full scoop and how much i spent, plus find out about the girl who did win, and see what other "fru-gals" put together.


fab find: "what's that? a hat"

"crazy funky junky hat. overslept, hair's unslightly, tryin' to look like kiera knightley."
ok, this is not the disney channel so i will stop quoting "wizards of waverly place" now and get to the point...

urban outfitters got me again yesterday, with mention of their ridiculously good sale that popped up in my facebook feed yesterday. i shopped online and then a little more in the store. bought a few things, but the purchase i felt the best about this straw boater's hat in black. and for only $4.99, why not?

even though i don't wear them often, i've always loved hats, for a bad hair day (flashback to the wisdom of selena gomez), protecting your face on a day in the sun, or simply stepping up your accessories. the flat-top boater's hat is perfect for this, flattering to almost all faces and hairstyles, and while still current, not as trendy or overplayed as the fedora.

apparently my sis and my guy do not agree, however, as witnessed when they both laughed as i modeled it last night.

so tell me, what do you think? i'll post pics of my self in it later for further review.


fashion line of the day #10

"smiley faces are like the capri pants of e-mail.
women wear them and men wear them,
but men never should."

~ from my work roommate and the office's creative director.
more of his words of wisdom at 27collective.com.