Books, Book, Books! Reading on the Cheap

Priced BooksHello fabuless fashionistas, Teresa here. It is a rainy here today in Tennessee, the perfect kind of day to pick up a good book and settle in for a satisfying read. That is exactly what I have been doing up to this point today. I did have plans to go out and do a little thrift shopping , but then the thunder started, the rain came down and I decided just to be a little lazy and instead open the pages of the latest novel I am currently enjoying.

I love to read,  I like  strolling  through the bookstores and perusing  the shelves for anything that might pique my interest, (which by the way can be a myriad of things), but I have to say book store prices can be a little outrageous, especially if you are a  bookworm  on a budget.   But voracious readers don’t lose heart. It is Goodwill to the rescue!books1

In the past few months I have stocked up on some books, and have saved a ton of money by purchasing them on the first Saturday of the month, when our local Goodwill stores have their 50% off everything in the store event! On a normal day the price of books is so reasonable, $2.99 for hardbacks and 99 cents for paperbacks, but on these  1/2 price days I got them for $1.50 and 50 cents each.  I currently have a stack of 14 books by my bedside and just out of curiosity I totalled up the cost of what I would have spent if I had paid retail, and the total came to (gasp), $248.56!  My Goodwill total came to….(drumroll please)…$12.50!  What a fabuless deal!books

You can find books on just about any topic you want.  They have self-help, diet and cookbooks, fiction, biographies, science fiction, romance, you name it, you can find it!   Many times they have the same title if perhaps you and your friends want to read the same book and discuss it book club style. While it is not free like a library, it is by far cheaper than paying retail. And they are yours to keep for as long as you like, or trade among your friends. My friends and I love to do that! They also have a good selection of children’s books for 99 cents for the little ones in your lives. It is never to early to instill a love of reading!more books

So there you go, you nifty thrifty people. Get yourself to your local Goodwill or other thrift stores to get great deals on books. Still plenty of time for some warm weather reading, whether you are in a hammock in your back yard, poolside, or at the beach!  And don’t forget to stock up for those winter day reads!

Oh by the way, in the middle of doing this blog, the rain cleared so I did venture out to GW and found myself a beautiful white eyelet bedskirt for $3.99,( currently in washing machine, so no pic), and a cute off the shoulder floral dress by Tacera,  brand new with tags for $5.99!  Not bad for a random Tuesday.

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So till next time be thrifty, stay fabuless and happy reading!

Teresa

 

 

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The Fabulous and the Fabuless at the Hop A fun, fantastic night in the 50’s

h the fabulous 1950’s.  A bygone era when things seemed,  well just a little bit sweeter. Whether you were sharing that first awkward slow dance, (you know the one)  where you just slowly dance in circles while occasionally peering up at your sweetheart through your fluttering eyelashes, or cruising the strip rocking out to Chuck Berry, it was a simpler time. A time of good music, fun and fashion!  And this weekend my friend Kimmy and I had the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a taste of these bygone days.  Murph’s Country Music Barn, (one of my most favorite places to spend a Saturday night), held their first very own 50’s style sock hop!

Stepping in the door we were transported back in time as the band, Murph and the Starliters were in full swing, playing Ruby Baby, by Dion. Lots of great music from the era followed and kept people “hoppin” on the dance floor!Resized_20170812_223825 (1)

Stevie Coleman guitar and lead vocals. Shelton Bissell on Sax. Eddie Young (sitting) guitar and vocals. Andy Simpson bass and Ted Nicholson, drums.

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Murph Winters owner of Murph’s Country Music Barn on bass

 

 

Here are some pictures of all the fabulous people in costume!

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Reba looks divine in her red poodle skirt. Reba was featured in an earlier blog post of ours  named Meet  Reba. She is always fashionable and tonight was no exception!

 

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This cute couple is Mike and Marianna Tanner. Don’t they look adorable in their coordinating outfits.

 

It was very nice to meet Marianna and Mike. Such a nice couple and boy could they dance! They were lots of fun to watch . Thank you both for letting us share your picture, and thanks to Marianna for letting us know where she found her gorgeous dress.   It is from Black Butterfly. Check out their site they had some beautiful vintage inspired clothing.

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Pretty in pink and polka dots! Tonya Hunter, (Murph and Lavonne’s daughter) in pink and cute as a button Charlene Shadoan Johnson in red and white polka dots!

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The Catch of the Day! (An update to a Mermaid Inspired Bathroom)

 

Hello once again, fabuless fashionistas, Teresa here with a short update . A couple of months ago I had posted a blog about home décor and thrift shopping and I shared pictures of my mermaid inspired bathroom which included practically all thrifted items. At the time I mentioned how I had looked for a mermaid shower curtain that fit into my “minnow” type budget but to no avail.  I had searched online and while there were many beautiful choices,( almost as many as there is fish in the sea), I wasn’t ready to pay retail for a mermaid tail! Instead I found a lovely multi colored blue shower curtain at Goodwill  that was very beach like and was a nice compromise until I could “fish” around and find the elusive mermaid  I sought.

Well, just last week I got lucky. On a whim I ran into one of our local Goodwill Stores just to take a look around and see what I could find. To be honest I didn’t even have home décor on my mind, but as I walked by the linens and curtains area,  something caught my eye.  Beautiful green and blues  the colors of the sea. Intrigued I went to take a closer look, and to my surprise when I unfolded it, there she was! A beautiful shining mermaid! What a lucky catch at only $4.99! So of course it went into my net/shopping cart and I went away happy as a clam.mermaid shower curtain

Of course I knew $4.99 was a great deal, but I wanted to find out just how well I had done. I looked on Amazon and found this exact item. The brand is Chez Max . It was on sale for $17.99, but that was 60% off. The original retail price was $44.99! I also checked on eBay and found one priced at $28.99 and another at $30.57. This definitely was the deal that didn’t get away , which made this Pisces woman, (hey maybe that’s why I like Mermaids so much) happy!

So I guess the moral of this fish tale is if you are willing to be a little patient, and check out your local thrift stores you too can come away with a great catch!

Till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!

 

 

 

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Chinese Food, a Movie, and a Photo Shoot (aka A Fabuless Girl’s Day In)

Hello once again fabuless fashionistas.  Recently Vicky, Kimmy and I decided to have a chill out kind of Saturday, instead of our usual hustle and bustle that are the norm of our weekend. But what to do? It had to be fabulous, fun and of course thrifty!

Easy decision. Let’s bring out the little girl in ourselves, dress up (in all our thrifted glory), and have a photo shoot! If you get a chance this is something that I think many would have fun doing. Grab a friend or two, dress up and “Vogue” for the camera! You can get as fancy, casual, or silly as you want. The point is that it is fun and FREE! You know how we love free!

After playing “model”, we ordered Chinese food and watched the Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella on Netflixs.  This is absolutely hands down my very favorite version of this classic tale. We all sang along to the songs, remembering the words even after all these years. It almost seems “Impossible”, but things are happening everyday. If you got the reference to that song I know what you too are a true Cinderella fan! Of course we had to moon over the Prince, and  admire her gown!  And how about those shoes!  What fashionista wouldn’t love a pair of her very own.

So here are a few of the pics that we took on this fabuless Girl’s Day In!

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Beige Wedge style heels by Saint John’s Bay purchased at Walmart

 

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Dress by Karen-Catalina

Kimmy looking lovely in a black halter style dress with black bodice and polka dot skirt.  This dress was not  thrifted, it was free! Gifted from a friend who told me to see whoever could wear it. Kimmy was the first to try it on and looked so adorable that I am sure that Vicky and I will both have to give it a go. It may end up being a “shared” item, much like the pants in the book, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Who knows this dress may have it’s own magical qualities!

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Maybe he will turn into a prince!

Vicky looks gorgeous showing her “wild” side in a leopard print dress by Chico’s. Red heels by Jessica Simpson. Both the dress and shoes were purchased at Goodwill.

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Feeling summery in a blue and pink floral skirt  by Old Navy. Pink ruffled tank top by Gap. Sandals by Charlotte Russe. Buckle style belt brand unknown. Head to toe, Goodwill purchases!

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Black spaghetti strap dress with slit by Just Love.

 

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Black elbow length gloves found at a yard sale years ago.

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Kimmy and her pretty pup

One of our “silly” moments!  Recreating the Audrey Hepburn pose from the movie poster Breakfast at Tiffanys. We didn’t have a kitty cat so Kimmy’s pug,  Daisy worked as  body double. But don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the recreation of this photo. And for being such a good sport Daisy was rewarded with a treat afterward!

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The Straw hat is a keepsake I kept from when my daughter was small. It was her Easter bonnet

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Black sunglasses a gift from my daughter

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Floral Sarong style dress by Snap purchased at Goodwill

 

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Blue Sleeveless draped dress with ruffled bodice by Julian-Taylor New York

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Close up of the beautiful bodice of the dress

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Black Lace skirt by ilyza  New York

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Zippered leather vest by Gorgio Fiorflini



 

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Hot pink skirt by Worthington

 

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Multi colored top with ruching  by Dots

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Just checking to see if the grass is greener on the other side. Nope it’s not, we are having all the fun on our side of the fence!

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Black&White striped tank by Lane Bryant Pleather skirt with cut out hem by Colleen Lopez

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Just wondering how many thrift stores there are in the world and how we can get to them!

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Vintage pink Angora sweater by Fully Fashioned of Angelon by Darlene  Pearl and Bow earrings purchased at Catos

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Shoes by Reaction Kenneth Cole

 

Okay, I have to admit this dress by Rose Tattoo is one of the most “out of character” purchases I have made at Goodwill.  Vicky had spotted it one day while the three of us were out shopping, but none of us tried it on. After I went home I just couldn’t get the dress out of my mind. I kept thinking that the probability was low that anyone else I knew would have one like it, and it reminded me of an Andy Warhol pop art piece. So I went back a couple of days later, tried it on, and it became mine. Now to get up the courage to wear it out!

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Red dress with white polka dots by R&K Originals Black Petticoat purchased at Southern Thrift in Nashville TN

Just so you know, I don’t normally wear the petticoat with this dress! It was just for fun for the photo shoot. (It made me feel like a Flamenco dancer!) I had purchased it last year as part of a Halloween costume.

 

Vicky and I had our annual Birthday Bash party in March at our favorite place again this year. That is of course Murph’s Country Music Barn. Check them out on Facebook! This time Vicky styled her black lace skirt with a pretty off the shoulder blouse purchased at Cato’s.

Vicky’s husband, Jim surprised Vicky by showing up to the party after telling her that he was not going to be able to make it due to his having to work.  You should have seen her face light up when she saw him come through the door!

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Vicky dancing with her sweet hubby, Jim

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Vicky feeling happy with her Birthday surprise!

The following pics were the last ones we did for our fun fabuless photoshoot. We found out you are never too old to play dress up!

 

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Vicky getting glammed up and looking lovely . Black Satin slip by Secret Treasures.

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It’s always fun playing dress up!

So that’s it for a fun and practically “free” Girls Day In. The only cost was our food which was only about 9 bucks a piece plus tip. But of course the best part was sharing a day and some laughs with wonderful friends. And of course that is PRICELESS!

Till next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

P.S. Unless other wise stated all clothing was purchased at Goodwill!

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Remembering the Fallen

Remembering  those who gave their all in the fight for freedom for our country. Honoring the brave souls of those that served in the past  and thanking those who continue to serve today. Because of them we are the Land of the free and the Home of the brave. May we celebrate each and every one of them today.

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A Mermaid Inspired Bathroom on a Minnow Budget

Hello fabuless fashionistas.  Teresa, here, and today I am going to talk to you about the magical world of Mermaids.  Huh?, you might say, I thought this was a blog about fashion and thrifty shopping. Of course you would be correct. However in this blog  I am going to talk about “house fashion”, better known as home décor.  And don’t worry all you fantasy creature lovers, there will be Mermaids involved.

I had been thinking for a while that I would like to change the look of my very tiny bathroom, but was unsure exactly what I had in mind. But inspiration struck me one evening as I was indulging in a wonderful warm bubble bath.  It had been one of those less than perfect days, (I’m sure you all know the kind of which I am speaking), just the type of day where nothing seems to go your way.  And for me a nice soak in the tub always manages to help ease the tension.  In fact the water was so warm and soothing I found myself letting my mind wander to balmy tropical places and rolling ocean tides.  If only I were a mermaid I thought, I could live in such a place all year without a single care. ( I didn’t think of sharks at the time, as I was so relaxed.)  Then a poem came to my mind, which gave me the inspiration for the new look for my bathroom. And here it is…..

MERMAID DREAMS

I am a shining mermaid

with a home beneath the sea

Dancing among the fishes

it fills my heart with glee

Twirling spinning swimming

in the ocean all day long

I burst through the water’s surface

to sing my siren song

And all the sailors on their journey

seeking riches from the sea

Come to hear my mermaid tune

and try to capture me

I laugh of course because they can’t

I’m willful wild and free

So away I escape and once again

I’m home beneath the sea

Then I hear a tiny sound

a gurgle gasp and glub

And I realize tis all a dream….

I’m just sleeping in my tub!

That was it! A mermaid inspired bathroom. So I started looking for ways to decorate without spending an “ocean” of money. Of course thrifting was the answer.

Here a few pics of the items that I found . Please keep in mind that my bathroom is very small and it was a little awkward  trying  to get a good angle on some of these pics. I was not able to get an overall view of the entire bathroom but I hope you can get an idea of how it looks.

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I made a copy of my poem and put it in a beautiful frame that I purchased at Goodwill for $1.99. The glass  seashell is actually an old Avon bottle that I just added  blue food coloring to make it a little more ocean like. This was also thrifted for less than $2.00. A 99 cent wine glass holds glass marbles and a blue battery operated tea light purchased at Dollar Tree. The candle works well as a night light.

 

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Below the framed poem and shelf is where I keep some of my bathroom necessities. Another 99 cent wine glass from GW holds my Qtips. (To me they look like sea anemones)  The small square container holds cottonballs. It is hard to tell from this picture but it is glass and the finish can appear to be  both silver and gold. Perfect mermaid colors! I use the blue and black container with the silver lid  for my coconut oil, which I use as a makeup remover. It is so much prettier than the jar it comes in from the grocery store. A pretty blue dessert cup holds sea shells  and sand dollars, some of which I  collected from a beach trip last year. It is a nice touch that brings back some good memories.  Of course all of these items, (except the shells), were thrifted and each under $2.00!

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The white shelf with shell accents was another Goodwill find. It was a little pricier than some of the other things. I believe I may have paid a “whale” of a price for this one, if I remember correctly it was a whopping $3.99! The pink ceramic fish was a gift from a friend, along with the starfish. The ceramic blue and yellow shell and the mermaid were both only 99 cents. The frosted green container holds more shells, glass marbles and another battery operated tea light. It makes a pretty glow through the glass when it is turned on. The frame is thrifted but the picture was painted by my daughter when she was in elementary school. I have kept so many of her pictures and thought this one looked like a sunset on the ocean.*   Worked out so well!

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This is my shower curtain. The coloring in the photo is not exactly right. The places that appear brown are actually more of a sea green. The embroidery on it made me think of ocean waves.  I had looked online for mermaid shower curtains, but the ones I found were pretty expensive. Of course that would not do for a thrifty girl like me. My friend Kimmy was with me at Goodwill and actually pointed out that this one  had a very beachy vibe  to it. And at a price of $4.99, it couldn’t be beat. One day I might break down and take another look at the ones online, or of course I could just keep checking thrift stores. You never know what you will find. Until then I am happy with this one.

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A pink ceramic shell holds toothbrushes. A glass candy dish is used for my floss picks. Once again Goodwill to the rescue. The mermaid bath sign I purchased from Amazon. It is actually the most pricey piece in the room, BUT I had a been given a gift card at Christmas so I used that to make the purchase. So to me it was FREE! I had the small white frame but nothing to put in it, so I asked my talented  friend Kimmy, for a suggestion. She took the frame and returned it to me with gorgeous mermaid picture which she had colored for me. She even made the mermaid a brunette which made me very happy!

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These are my storage shelves. Sorry they are a little messy, but I try to contain everything with baskets and other thrifted containers. The ones on the middle shelf are actually an old canister set that I have had for years and hadn’t used but didn’t want to throw out.  They came in handy for storing hair products, razors and more.

And there you have it. My mermaid inspired bathroom. Almost totally thrifted, and  it didn’t cost me a sunken treasure!

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time be thrifty and stay fabuless!

P.S. If you have any of your children’s or grandchilren’s artwork, they can be framed and hung on the walls, not just delegated to the refrigerator. I have several drawings my daughter made framed and hanging in my kitchen!

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Happy Mother’s Day

We just want to wish all the fabulous women out there who are Mothers and those that provide a Mother’s love a very happy and blessed day. From our households to your, Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!

 

Teresa and Vicky

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