Exam Break at Tilly’s
April 29, 2008

Maybe it’s a final that you’re stressing so you put a little less effort into what you’re wearing.

After getting coffee at 4 a.m. at Sheetz and then heading back to the library, you figure it’s all right to stroll in wearing a bulky sweatshirt.

I almost agree, but I also feel dressing cute can beat the exam blues. Today is gloomy, the basement at my mother’s house flooded and the worst thing is? I packed all of my winter clothes away. So of course it’s cold.

Rather than unpack, I checked out Tilly’s to feel the warmth of bargains and to see if any great sweatshirts had gone on sale. Look at these.

Even if you’re not a fan of swing jackets, you can not beat a beautiful red one for only $4.97

The jacket is pretty springy, but it’s always a good idea to check out what is out of season for maximum savings. I love this sweatshirt for $39. 97, originally $68.99. I adore the all-over leaf print.

Good luck on finals, we’ll be rooting for you here at Newest Wrinkles, despite being buried under our academics as well,
Lim.mie

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(A little sad) But also an Opportunity!
April 18, 2008

Well yesterday I swung by Second Edition to pick up my final consignment check. The much loved and locally owned consignment store will be closing its doors for good on April 27th.
Yes it’s very sad. The mother and daughter that work there are the nicest people.

However, they are also having an ENORMOUS closing sale. Everything must go!

So take advantage of the opportunity to buy brand name, very gently used clothes for less than you have ever seen them before!

Enjoy the sunshine!

-TC

(Need Help?)Basic Tips for Thrifting
April 3, 2008

So now that you have the confidence as well as a list of prime thrift locations in the local area, it’s time that I gave you some tips for the actual process of finding quality thrifted items.

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1. Don’t get overwhelmed: It’s normal to feel a little anxiety when walking into a thrift store. Furniture and books in the middle of clothing racks? No neat displays or finely filed clothing racks? Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think of all the money you will be saving!

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2. Start with colors: It would take you a thousand years to look through EVERY item in the racks, so I simply stand back, and look for colors that catch my eye. It cuts your search time and prevents you from purchasing items out of obligation.

3. Don’t assess all the items immediately, cruise through the racks, and snag whatever you think you might like and move on. It’s a jungle out there ladies! You need to stake your claim on any good items! I guarantee if you look at an item for more than a minute and put it down, someone will be right on your tail to snatch it up.

4. Once you think you have everything you would like, carefully examine the items. Here are some things to look out for

-holes

-stains (check the armpits on lighter garments, gross, but remember that places like the goodwill have no requirements for clothing items they accept)

-missing embellishments (stones, beads, etc)

-loose threading

If you see any of these things, I would suggest letting it go. However if it is a particularly nice item (designer) or if you are at a consignment store, you can usually get an additional discount, but only if you ASK for it.

Remember thrifting is a chance for you to have fun hunting for QUALITY items at amazing prices…not simply cheap clothes.

Here are some links to other sites with good tips as well

10 tips for thrifting

thrifting like a pro

Happy Thrifting!

-TC

Tips for Shopping Online
March 31, 2008

Do you remember in the movie Clueless when Cher had a computer generate her outfit for the day? I always used to wish I could have my computer tell me what was fashionable… (and that I had her huge closet.)

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Clueless came out in 1995 before online shopping even seemed fathomable, but even today, the trend is still not actively taken advantage of when it comes to getting dressed.

You might be a little timid about shopping for fashion online, but when you’re in the H’burg or any other rural college town, finding cute stuff in stores can seem just as difficult as getting over your fear of online shopping. Here are a few tips to ease you in gracefully.

 

So you want to be an online shopping fashionista?

 

Start small:
Go to department stores’ Web sites or retailers like my favorite, Amazon.

Online shopping can be incredibly time-consuming for you to find a great deal. Focus on large “everything” stores first, so that as you get more comfortable with online shopping, you can transition to smaller boutiques that have sketchier shipping and return plans.

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Know your limit:
No, I’m not talking about your Thursday night game plan. Have a budget and stick to it.

Mine is “No, I will not pay more than $30 for a single piece of clothing (even a dress.)” Spending $20 means I adore it, or that the item is a pair of shoes… usually, for me, adoration and shoes collide.

Because we’ve got the plastic, we think we should spend it. Welcome to the ideal plan of credit card companies who market to irresponsible college students. Remember, you’ll have to pay it back eventually, don’t let it gain interest.

Know when it’s a bargain and when it’s just cheap:
Sometimes, I admit, I know the item is just cheap. I do forgo some quality for quantity. This means that I have clothes falling out of my closet, but I can stay trendy with a few pieces. Classic pieces (a white button-down or make-my-butt-look-great jeans) can cost more. Save money by buying replaceable trendy items so that it doesn’t seem as crazy to spend a decent chunk of change on those unbelievably sexy brand-name jeans.

Sign up for mailing lists:
I cannot stress this enough. So many online customers get deal after deal forwarded to the inbox.

You might be bombarded with emails, but if you have a junk email account, then you can do a weekly check for savings. Sometimes the company’s propaganda pays off and I click on the advertisement, fall in love with an item and the rest is history.

If an item has reviews, read them:
I love how Amazon and Macy’s and other stores allow for feedback (shameless plug alert: Newest Wrinkles loves feedback too! Comment or email at newestwrinkles@gmail.com on how you think our blog is doing and what we can do better.) The reviews of an item are often very insightful to whether the product is for you. If 9 out of 10 love it, there’s a pretty good chance the item will be as promised. If everyone says it’s great, but the trend isn’t your style, stay away.

Like I have with these abominations. They’re backkkkk…

80’s retro sunglasses trend

Be safe:
You’re giving out a few identifying details, but you want to be safe while you do so. Many sites have their security policies listed, so it’s always a good idea to check them out before purchasing. More tips

Don’t get carpal tunnel:
By sitting all day at the computer, you might get weary eyes, aching hands and a rather large posterior. Take a break every half hour to refresh. Visit our friends at thecollegeskinny and get moving because now you don’t need to go to Valley Mall to burn those calories.

Love, Lim.mie