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!

Instructions

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 Sitewww.SPANX.com

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 attitude..it’s not used..it’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!

Consignment Stores Saved the Shopaholic

Confessions of Shopaholic is a great movie that sadly, so many of us can relate to! (Cute movie by the way if you haven’t seen it! ) But looking back at this movie..I started thinking..could consignment stores have saved this shopaholic or any number who are out there? We’ll let you decide by checking out the-

 

Top Ten Reasons to Buy at Consignment Stores:

10. Recycling: You are able to wear the clothes you like until they get old or you are ready for something different. You can drop off your used clothes at consignment stores and get some extra cash for more clothes or opt to have it donated to your local crisis center to help someone in need if it doesn’t sell.

9.  Selection: The variety of clothing you can find in a consignment shop or second-hand store far exceeds that of any traditional retail store.

8.  Self-Expression: You are able to be creative and find a look that suits your individual personality. Because of the great selection of different types and styles of clothing, you can try putting several items together that you might not ever find in the same retail stores. Fun fun fun!

7.  Convenience: Consignment shops or second-hand stores are usually located near residential areas in small shopping centers or even homes, even in lil’ ol’ Marble Falls, TX!

6.  Service: Most consignment shops provide a warm, friendly atmosphere. If you are looking for something in particular, you will usually find someone ready and willing to assist you. (Think of Erin, Rebecca, Melo, Rachel, and Martha at Vintage Vogue- Always ready to greet and serve you with a smile!)

5.  Value: Shopping in consignment stores provide a greater price-to product ratio—You get more clothes for less money!! More for Less? Always a PLUS!

4. Low Prices: Most consignment  stores have low prices on their products. Just as with any other store, you will find items ON SALE. Many stores reduce the price of their items each month.

3.  Brand Names: Shopping at consignment stores you will find many name brand items for re-sale. And we’re talking HUGE BRAND NAMES at a fraction of the cost!

2.  New merchandise arrives daily: Consignors come in DAILY. That means the selection changes often. If you don’t find what you are looking for today, chances are, it will be there tomorrow.

1.  The thrill of the hunt! Shopping at consignment and second-hand stores allows you to have fun searching for the “right outfit” and knowing when you find it you got a real deal! Who says girls don’t know how to hunt???

Was our number one reason yours too? Comment on this post and tell us what your top reason is for shopping at consignment stores!

March to the beat of your own drum…

The famous french designer Yves Saint Laurent once said “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.”

Now isn’t that the truth? Who said we all had to fall in to the “Trendy” mode when expressing ourselves?

Has your daughter ever told you that you stayed in the 80’s? But did she end up being the same daughter who dug through a box of your old clothes and strutted your leggings with one of your neon saturated colored belts? Could you not help but sing the lyrics, “Right round like a record, baby”? 

Fashions come and go, and then come back again. So go on and play with fashion but don’t fall slave to it. You have a beat, so march to it!

Remember, consignment stores will carry your trendy “now” items but also those essential items you want to flaunt your personal style. Visit frequently to carry on being you. 🙂

Aaah..Frugality…A Beautiful Thing

Who knew frugality could cause such a decrease in stress?  I invite you to meditate on such wise words with an open mind – especially with today’s economy.

“With greater emphasis on working to live, not living to work, we are creating awareness for simpler solutions, a more creative existence with healthier, happier longevity, for those brave enough to accept the challenge.” —Tracey Smith

“He who does not economize will have to agonize”–Confusius

 

“By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.” —Agesilaus

“Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.” —Samuel Johnson

“I went to the bank and reviewed my savings, I found out I have all the money I’ll ever need. If I die tomorrow.” —Henry Youngman

“Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

“Happiness is making the most of what you have.” —Rosamunde Pilcher

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” —Gloria Steinem

“Money in the bank is like toothpaste in the tube. Easy to take out, hard to put back.” —Earl Wilson (SO TRUE)

“Frugality without creativity is deprivation.” —Amy Dacyczyn 

So get creative with your new found frugal-ness! One easy and fun way is to consign and shop consignment. Can you think of some others?

Fashionista Crisis in the Hill Country

I know your frustration. You’re a fashionista living in the Hill Country, at a comfortable distance from the big city fuss, comfortable, that is, UNTIL you’re getting ready for this wonderful night out and you burned a hole through your blouse while ironing, got an insane, how-is-that-even-possible amount of deodorant on your dry-clean only dress, and you ended up on the sorry end of your usual monthly woman 5 pound loss/gain and you really don’t want to feel like an encased sausage tonight (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything) . After realizing you don’t have time to run over to Austin to shop and you’re done daydreaming about owning a personal jet to be able to do so, you ask yourself.. “Should I head down to Bealls and risk five other people wearing the exact same thing as me?”…”OR should I go to one of those downtown boutiques and pay a small fortune for a pair of jeans or an overly bedazzled t-shirt?”  None seem like viable options to a fashionista like yourself but alas! You receive a hero of a text message, letting you know about the huge sale at Vintage Vogue. It’s in town and sells name brand consignment clothing that lets you express your style and be unique, while not have having to spend a full day’s salary on one outfit. So you got this killer outfit and succesfully evaded a crisis thanks to your local consignment store…WHEW! Close one…

Don’t just shop…shop resale/consignment..

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 you can’t do that here. Here are some savvy tips that will help you like:

  1. Map out a route of the resale shops you want to visit.
  2. Shop frequently. The more often you visit, the better buys you’ll find.
  3. Look for the unlikely.
  4. Canvass every corner, poke through all sizes, explore all departments.
  5. When you see something that calls out to you, grab it! Chances are it won’t be there the next time you visit.

Now I don’t want all of you to start shopping resale/consignment all… but all the time…we still need for some of you to buy retail, so that we can purchase your clothes.  Here is a link on some other ways to save money on your clothes from MSN: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Farticles.moneycentral.msn.com%2FInvesting%2FDispatch%2Fvideo.aspx%3Fcp-documentid%3D4213ec44-b6f4-4d57-8d93-6b241bf0c7e9%26from%3Dcp%255Eiv2_en-us_money_blogs-ss-MoneyTalks%26fg%3DMSNmoney-blogs&h=9489c

Don’t just shop resale, shop Vintage Vogue!
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