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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!

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“What Not to Wear” Fashion Saving Acronym

what-not-to-wearWhile watching a “What Not to Wear” re-run the other day, I heard them say such a perfectly useful acronym and decided it was too good not to share.

The acronym is fairly simple and obvious but it’s such a good thing to keep in mind while shopping for clothing, especially while shopping by yourself when you don’t have access to a second opinion or the second opinion you do have around is not exactly trustworthy!

B: Body appropriate Does this item really flatter your body type? Think back to similar items you’ve purchased in the past, did it photograph well? Also, use the mirrors that allow you to see the back of you as well as the front and make sure you can sit and breathe comfortably in.

A: Age appropriate There’s no need to obsess over this one even though most of us do. It’s really a matter of comfort. Do you feel comfortable sporting this potential trend? If you do, it’s most likely age appropriate and when in doubt, do without!

S: Situation appropriate Pretty self-explanatory, right? 🙂

E: Expense appropriate  CPW (cost per wear) When making a decision, take into consideration the wear you will receive from the item AND what you currently have in your closet that you can coordinate with the new piece. For example, don’t be afraid to bite the bullet with your basic black skirt that you know you’ll wear until the threads fall apart, but think twice before buying anything that’s too expensive and flashy that will be very noticeable if worn frequently.

There you have it folks, B.A.S.E- a truly useful shopping tool! Put it into practice during your next shopping expedition and comment your experience below…

Happy shopping friends!

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Give Green a Chance

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While I was out shopping this past weekend I fell in love with a hunter green Marc Jacobs leather purse. Hunter green? Yes, it’s a little unexpected but it was absolutely perfect!

Unfortunately, the beautiful purse was not on the shopping list but as I continued shopping, I noticed this hue was all over the place. It’s like when you buy a certain car and all of a sudden you start seeing just how many cars like that are on the road. I realized this was one hott trend for any wardrobe.

Hunter green is bold enough to be the predominant color in fun evening wear but also subdued enough to just add a sophisticated splash of color to any run of the mill outfit.  So I am professing here and now my love for hunter green and hope this collage I put together helps others give green a chance.

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Party Rocking at Your Best

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It’s happened to us all before. You have an important party or event to attend and you simply don’t feel like going because you don’t feel you look your best. This usually is an issue when you’re meeting with people that haven’t seen you in some time or meeting someone where landing a good first impression is crucial. The experience itself can make any one selfconcious but add a bad haircut, an extra five pounds, or a lack of a stylish ensemble, and you have a recipe for a party pooper.

But there’s no need to avoid the party all together. We’ve come up with some great tips to turn around any to-be sour party moments.

1. Draw attention to your best features.

While you may be completely focused on your “bad” haircut, make others notice your beautiful statement earrings or smoky eye make up. Pin up shorter layers to help those features steal the show.

2. Wear comfortable clothes that fit your shape.

Yes, ideally we would  have lost those extra five pounds by the party date, but unfortunately it’s not always possible. Instead of squeezing into a tight dress that might make others realize you’ve put on a little weight and make you feel self conscious all night, wear something that fits to the point where you feel comfortable and able to breathe. Usually comfort can turn in to confidence and confidence translates to beauty in others’ eyes.

3. Accesorize, accesorize, accesorize!

Didn’t have time to run to the store for this season’s latest trend? Don’t stress. Run to your closet and find a classic look for the event your attending (something that you can’t pinpoint to a certain year). Now think of accesories that will help make the ensemble look more modern. If you don’t currently own any, run to favorite jewelry store already dressed and ask for a store associate to help you find something that will “pop”. As we all know, it’s much easier and quicker to shop for accesories than it is for a new outfit and being already dressed will help you see the “whole” picture.

We hope this blog has you soon feeling like a million bucks. Put these suggestions in to play and you’ll be ready to party in no time!

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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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For the Shorties

Vintage Vogue is officially accepting kid’s apparel! Exciting? We think so!

Our mini me’s need to be a great or even better reflection of us so they deserve the best. But the best doesn’t always have to cost like the best.

After all, the way kids grow nowadays..they’ll wear those brand name sneakers three, maybe four times? We also pride ourselves in great parenting, showing them morals and values that will make them capable adults. Why not show them to love the earth and recycle? There’s also a great lesson in being frugal and not viewing gently worn clothing as the plague that should be avoided at all costs.

There’s no doubt about it.. the art of consigning and shopping consignment is a useful habit that will stay with your children for years to come! Come by to Vintage Vogue today and bring your little one too to start teaching them just one more of your many valuable life lessons.