Some helpful points to consider when trying to save some money.

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Who is not trying to tighthen their belts? Financially that is…well maybe in your middriff too, wouldn’t hurt (but that’s another post).  Like many others, my hubby and I are watching our cash flow. One way to do this and I have done so for many years is shopping resale recommended by many financial experts. Well that’s why I decided to open a resale/consignment boutique, there were none that I enjoyed in the area (again thats a story for another post).  Early this week we had the bad news that clothing prices were going way up. That hurts! So now is the time to learn how to buy resale/consignment. Now why do I say “learn” how to buy resale/consignment? Well it’s because it’s a whole other way of shopping…you don’t just go in and find a particular shoe and ask the clerk the size you want and maybe the color you want, nope…

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Minty Fresh

Why is mint so hot for summer 2012? This frosty shade is a lovely mix between blue and green and gives off a light, airy vibe. Mint pairs well with many colors, but we especially love how it looks with yellow, pink and teal. Mix and match a mint-colored item with one of those shades for a gorgeous and spring-appropriate look.



Don’t think you can pull off a full on minty look? Try easing in to it with mint accesories and you’ll soon see the appeal of this seemingly unusual color trend. Have you tried this look as of yet? What kind of feedback did you get from your friends? Let us know below with a comment!

Color Woes

Have you ever looked in your closet and seen so much black overpowering your wardrobe and thought, “Ozzy Osborne would be proud.” ? This happens to great number of us I think, myself included. And it seems as much of a conscientious effort I make to purchase clothes of a different shade, I’m drawn to black or it’s nearest sibling, gray.

So a question many of us ask is: How can I make my wardrobe less gloomy?

First off, we need to quit justifying our gray-scale purchases saying things like “This is truly a wardrobe staple I can wear anytime of the year.” However true that may be, you must remember, you have said that the last several times you’ve gone shopping and one can only have so many black staples.

Second of all, dress for the season. If it’s spring you’ll feel much more fashion forward and alive wearing fresh vibrant colors and people will instantly view you as someone who is happier and ready for whatever the world throws at them. Even if it’s a baby step such as mixing a spring colored blouse with some black pants or throwing on a neon color blouse under that black blazer. Every little bit counts and makes a huge difference.

And last but not least, however flattering black may be, colors that truly bring out the best in your skin or eye color will draw attention AWAY from any problems areas you think you have and give you a truly polished look.

Think of these three things next time you are out shopping and write them on your hand or stick a post it with these reminders on to your credit card next time you are tempted to purchase something black, when your closet would honestly be better without it.

Have you personally dealt with your color woes? How did you accomplish breaking the habit? Tell us in your comments!

Smarty Pants

“I wear pants almost exclusively so I can sit like a truck driver. I own one dress — a long evening gown. — Lauren Bacall


Everyone loves a good pair of know the kind- those that hug your curves in all the right places and make you feel like a million bucks.

But then there are the other “favorite” pair of pants. The ones that you love unconditionally, holes, bleach stains, saggy fit and all. As much as we love that “favorite” pair, it’s much better to enjoy the experience of wearing them in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

So exactly how can you find yourself that great trendy pant that makes you feel fabulous? Well it may take many tries but the work is worth it because there are all kinds of ways our bottom half can make or break us!

Keep these helpful tips in mind the next time you find yourself in search of the perfect pant from the National Ledger:

–Make sure the proportions are flattering.

All it takes is a mirror. Yes, make yourself stand in front of it and check out the waist and below. Try on leggings, boot-cut pants and wide-cut trousers. Don’t rule out those skinny jeans, either. Try them all on and judge for yourself. You’ll get the picture — fast — and find out what pants work for you.

–Don’t get shortchanged.

Yes, we know those cropped pants have been the fashion trend du jour for the past few years, but they don’t necessarily work for everyone. If you have short legs, remember cropped pants make them even shorter. Ditto with cuffs. Consider wearing heels with cropped pants, if you are indeed very short.

–Don’t get caught without your shoes.

If you are trying on pants in a store, be sure to take along a few pairs of shoes that you might wear with the pants. And you may want to consider taking your pants to a tailor to get the correct length. Remember not all pant lengths will work with all your shoes. Many of us have several pairs of jeans hemmed to different lengths for just this one reason.

–Avoid the extra bells and whistles.

Yes, the embroideries and the pockets and all the extra hoopla on pants can get in the way of finding the perfect pair of pants. However, this season, the extras are all about color. Buying a pair of jeans in a bold hot pink can boost your wardrobe for months to come.

–No pleats please.

Pleated trousers have gone the way of “mom jeans.” Just don’t do it. Stick to flat front pants, which will give you a much better silhouette. Yes, you may have to try on dozens of brands to find the ones that fit and don’t give you the dreaded “muffin top,” but it will be worth it. Then stick to the style that flatters you most, and buy several pairs when you find a pair that works.

–The key is balance.

It’s not just the style of pants that you wear that counts; it’s what you wear with the pants. Long sweaters and tunics that cover your hips will make you look longer and leaner, as will fitted jackets and the new sleeveless vests. Platform heels will also give you height.

–Check out the trends!

Don’t be afraid to experiment with new styles this spring. There’s a plethora of new pants to try. Colorful prints and overlays are making big news, so are high-waisted flares, flowing palazzo pants and even drawstring pajama pants. And for those of you who have great legs to bare — there are plenty of short shorts and even “hot” pants out there to heat up your spring and summer fashion seasons.

Start 2012 on the right greatly-discounted-FABULOUS-brand-name-shoe-wearing foot

So it’s a long title but that’s exactly how we should start off any year and keep it that way throughout the remainder. These are certainly tough economic times but we shouldn’t mope about it. Instead, we should look at it as a fun challenge!

It’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps looking for the best deals around and this is the perfect time to look for them. Spring is quickly approaching and the best time to shop for winter items is when winter is on it’s way out the door. It’s always a good idea to buy clothes out of season because that is when you get the best deals. Of course you’ll be dying to wear your new coats and sweaters and let’s face it, you may bust one out to wear on one of those “cool” and rare 80 degree days in the spring/summer, but atleast you will not have spent a small fortune on your personal 2012/2013 winter collection.

Another tip is to always look for the essential wardrope pieces. How many of us have random things we’ve bought that are just hanging in our closets collecting dust? Those items take up money that could be used purchasing great staple pieces. With a few of those pieces and nice accessories, you won’t feel the urge to break your piggy bank everytime you run across a new fad.

Well those are just a couple of tips to staying fashionable without spending a fortune. Stay tune for more!

Black Friday 2011 is Upon Us

Yes, Black Friday is exactly 9 days away. I have to admit, I was a little startled when I saw the calendar this morning but it’s also pretty exciting for our little local economy.

 There have been national movements the past few years encouraging shoppers to spend their hard-earned dollars with the merchants that provide local jobs and help make your city a great place to live and work.  Shopping local not only improves your local tax base, helping fund everything from schools to park maintenance and land conservation, but it limits the amount of fossil fuels used to have items shipped long distances from online stores- not to mention you don’t have to get up at 2am to get to Austin in time for any of the worthwhile deals!

So in conclusion, come visit the little shopping strip where Vintage Vogue is located to support your local economy before, during, and after Black Friday. You’ll be surprised at just how great the deals and service are at Vintage Vogue and your shopping experience will be even more enjoyable with a couple more hours of much needed shut-eye!

What’s Always “In”? – Confidence

 Have you ever worn the most basic white tee and a pair of great fitting jeans and just felt like a million bucks? You felt like that, not because of what you were wearing, but how you felt wearing it! Confidence makes a world of difference in how you approach the world and how the world approaches you.

But confidence doesn’t always come easy. That’s why it’s important to always choose clothes that make you feel good. Remember, clothes shouldn’t make you stress. And we all know which shirt makes us feel self-conscious and which pants make us squirm. Avoid them! Don’t let uncomfy clothes decide how you will feel that day. Wear your favorite color, and choose colors that will fit your skin, eye and hair color. If you feel great in it, your confidence will show!

Still not sure what clothing makes you feel good?

Try this: 1. Grab a fun, supportive, but honest friend. 2. Pick a day you both have open in your schedules.  3. Visit a store that has a friendly staff, that takes the time to work with you to find a feel good wardrobe (Why that description matches Vintage Vogue! 🙂 ). Play with new styles and colors and you may be pleasantly surprised at what makes you feel confident!

Have you tried the above mentioned suggestion? Let us know about your experience by commenting on this post!

It has been scientifically proven..

That owning cute activewear makes women want to work out more.

Okay, so I’m just kidding about it being scientifically proven! But there is truth to that statement. Owning activewear that makes you look and feel good will give you more confidence, which increases your desire to get up and get active. We all know that wearing an oversized t-shirt and your bleached stained sweats that stretch out in funny places after wearing them for a while, don’t exactly motivate you to go to the gym or for a walk, let alone look in a mirror. So make it a point to reward yourself for making healthy choices and get you some nice activewear.

But there’s no need in spending $100 on yoga pants. Just visit Vintage Vogue for their affordable gently worn activewear that makes you feel good about yourself and your healthy lifestyle! Share with us how you get motivated to get moving. Comment on this post 🙂

E-How to Put on Spanx like a Hollywood Celebrity

First off, this was EHow’s title – not mine. I don’t care who you are, there ain’t nothing glamourous about putting on Spanx!
Unfortunately Spanx is one of those necessary evils for anyone who is against showing off the shape of their panties or bulges while wearing any unforgiving garment. 
Therefore, here are some tips which I found myself chuckling at since you just can’t seem to read them without picturing how completely dumb you feel putting them on- but they’re helpful nonetheless!  I can’t help but think how much better my first couple of Spanx experiences would have been, had I read this first!


Difficulty: Moderately (Ha! How about VERY) Challenging
1. Take off your jewelry so it doesn’t snag the fabric. Even a small ring can snag the material. Spanx are like pantyhose, once they are snagged or have runs, they are ruined.

2. Be careful with your fingernails. Even short nails can snag the fabric. Use your fingertips and handle the material carefully, as if you were working with pantyhose or stockings.

3. Don’t put your Spanx on immediately after getting out of the bath or shower when your skin may still be damp. This is for two reasons. First, if you have taken a hot bath or shower, the heat may have caused your skin to expand. Secondly, if your skin is the slightest bit damp, you will have a tough time pulling up the Spanx garment.

4. Use some baby powder. If you are having a difficult time pulling up the garment over your legs, apply some baby powder to your skin. This will help dry up any moisture and the material won’t stick to you. Dusting powder helps the fabric glide over your skin better.

5.  If you are trying to put on a Spanx garment with legs, try this trick. Pull the garment up and fit your upper body, torso, or waist first. Pull the legs up to the upper thigh crease as if they were panties. Once the upper body portion is in place, pull the legs back down into the desired position.

6. Give yourself extra time to work with the shaping garment. Spanx are much better than old fashioned corsets or girdles, but they take some time to put on. Make sure you are in a cool room so you don’t start sweating – that will just make things worse (Boy does it ever!).

7. If all else fails, go up a size. Some women routinely buy shaping underwear a size larger than they normally wear since the garments are so small and constricting.

8.See the resources links for more about Spanx undergarments.

SPANX ® Official

Hopefully, this either got an (a.) Chuckle out for bringing back such fond memories of putting on this piece of spandex with a mind of its’ own or (b.) Gave you Spanx “virgins” out there tips to make your first time less painful! Do you have a funny Spanx story you would like to share? Click the comment link on the top left corner to leave your story!

Back to School: Back to the Basics

What is perhaps, the most wonderful thing about going back to school? Hands down: NEW CLOTHES! And the worst? NEW-CLOTHES-PRICES! So why not go back to the basics this school year?

2011’s Hottest hallway trends are tribal-inspired backpacks, chunky jewelry, and sweet seasonal scarves…all of which can be found at great consignment stores like Vintage Vogue.

Don’t feel comfortable hitting the books with second hand clothing? It’s all in the’s not’s vintage! Vintage IS and will ALWAYS be in. Go ahead and buy your retail trends but don’t be afraid to mix it up with some basic & not to mention classic, gently worn items you can find at Vintage Vogue. We guarantee you will get more “OMG, I LOVE THAT! WHERE DID YOU FIND THAT???” from friends keeping your unique style fresh with older favorites.

What are you most looking forward to this fall semester? Comment on the left hand side!