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A la Downton Abbey

118219558940363540_XtXUc299_c   America has caught a little bit of Downton Abbey fever and Vintage Vogue is no exception. We love the show and why wouldn’t we? It takes us to an entirely different era when things were, not necessarily simpler, but just classier all around- including the fabulous attire.

I know I’ve often said to myself while watching the show, “Wow! I love what she’s wearing!” and perhaps you have felt the same way. But then again, that does not mean I’m going to be wearing beautiful evening gowns to dinner in my 2,500 square foot home. We live in different times and with different incomes but that doesn’t mean our fashion can not be influenced by such gorgeous attire in our day-to-day living.

Take for example the 20’s inspired blouse with these jeans. It’s definitely a fun way to incorporate a little “Downton” while out shopping on a Saturday or the next photo definitely makes a statement without being over the top. Trend spotters have been noticing how designers have let themselves be influenced by the craze and have now been incorporating vintage elements in their collections.

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A great way to Downton-ize your wardrobe is to use vintage jewelry and brooches and consignment and antique shops are a perfect place to look. You can never go wrong with pearls and gold touches! Have you found an easy way to add vintage to your look? Share with a comment below…

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Shop Smart: Best things to buy during January

Living-Frugal-Loving-It-mdnLet’s start off 2013 saving smart and let’s make a resolution to not make unresearched purchases because there is truly a time for everything under the sun as the wise King Solomon once said (including making certain purchases) .

Treading away from fashion and consignment for one day, let’s focus our attention to another love of ours and that is showing off our frugalness with great steals at retail locations. We all know what wonderful year round deals you can find at great consignment stores like Vintage Vogue but here’s a great list from  Yahoo’s Financially Fit blog that I wanted to share with you.

The BEST things to buy during January

Electronics

The International Consumer Electronics show, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, falls in January. Here, manufacturers introduce their newest products from flat screen TVs to mobile phones and cameras. With new tech products soon to flood the marketplace, retailers will discount older models and place them on super clearance in January, especially if holiday sales were disappointing. “You’ll find many high-end models at lower prices than you saw even on Black Friday,” notes Dan de Grandpre, Editor-in-Chief of DealNews.com. TVs, specifically, often see attractive pricing this month, as the Super Bowl draws near. “In January, electronics retailers tend to focus on the Super Bowl buyer. That means that high-end TVs – larger screens, with features like 3D – go on sale,” says de Grandpre.

Recreational Vehicles

If you’re in the market for an alternative ride like a motorcycle, boat or even a convertible, January is a good month to drive a bargain, as showrooms experience a huge slump this time of year. Salespeople are more likely willing to bargain. Check in with your local dealerships and ask about special offers.

Outdoor Gear

Except for items specializing in winter sports, camping and outdoor stores often see a drop in sales during the cold winter months, according to historical sales data collected by DealNews.com. This means you’ll find low prices on things like tents, backpacks, and fishing gear.

Bedding and Linens

January is also a great time to find deeply discounted bedding and linens, as some stores simply try to keep up with tradition. “White Sales” began in 1878 by Philadelphia department store owner John Wannamaker, who wanted to keep linen makers afloat during the slow, winter months.

Home Improvement Supplies

Also on sale during the off-season are materials and services related to home improvement projects like carpet installation, paint, and new flooring. Flooring, in particular, goes on sale this month because, following the flurry of pre-holiday installations and before the big tax rebate-buying season. “It’s true that contractors have a ton of extra time on their hands this month and could be looking to discount their materials or services,” says de Grandpre. “Start getting quotes now.”

Existing Homes

Speaking of home improvement, January is also a savvy time to shop for a new home. According to the National Association of Realtors, January is one of the slowest months of the year for existing home sales, with more families buying homes in the late spring and summer, closer to the start of the new school year. Cold weather discourages pounding the pavement so with fewer buyers on the market, you have eager sellers and far fewer bidding wars.

Happy shopping!