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Tightwad Blog: Living Fashionably Frugal

posted May 4, 2011, 2:59 PM by Michelle McNickle   [ updated May 5, 2011, 3:20 AM by Stephany F. ]


Pinching pennies is a common practice for today’s college grad, so when we found the Tightwad Blog, we simply had to share. The blog is an everyday read for girls out on their own looking to reduce weekly expenses when it comes to groceries, shopping, decorating, and even gift ideas.

Living on less doesn’t mean you have to live any less fabulously. Check out some of our favorite tips via Tightwad, and see if you can’t apply these simple tricks to life after college.

Tricks to Saving Big on Beauty 

Tightwad recognizes many women will gladly splurge when it comes to makeup. Luckily, there are ways to make your favorite MAC products last. “Try mixing your foundation with a dab of lotion,” says Tightwad. “Put about half the amount of foundation that you’d normally use on your finger. Before applying it to your face, add a pea-size amount of face lotion to it and mix them together.”

Eyeliner can be another money-suck, so according to Tightwad, try investing in an angle brush and dip eye shadow in a bit of water to create the same look.

Ways to Look Chic on the Cheap

We love a good find when it comes to stylish clothing (Plus, the more clothes you have, the less times per month you have to do laundry—a tip that’s completely rational in our minds!). Tightwad outlines a bunch of great ways to look stylish on a budget, and since some of us are full-time working girls, we're in heaven.

Tightwad suggests to actually pay more per item; even though a high-quality shirt may be more expensive, it will last longer. Thrift stores are a given, and they’re also a great way to test out this season’s trends at lower price points. A personal favorite trend to test via your favorite Goodwill? Midi-skirts!

Tightwad also says to look for multi-purpose clothing that can be mixed and matched, and swap clothes with friends. If you live in or near a city, look for monthly swap exchanges. Boston, for example, hosts events where girls pay $15 to attend, bring a bag of clothing, and leave with another bag of great new finds by the end of the night.

Five Ways to Save: Everyday 

“You can save money everyday on little things that you may not realize can make a big change on your bottom line,” says Tightwad, and all you Starbucks addicts out there know exactly what we’re talking about. Little, daily expenses add up, but Tightwad outlines simple ways to cut everyday costs.

To begin, try brewing your own coffee and bring your lunch to work. With news becoming more instant online, do away with subscriptions and check out CNN instead. The same can be said for your favorite magazines.

Have you not been to the library since you were in high school? Take a trip back! “Reintroduce yourself to your library card and skip the video store,” says Tightwad. “Your local library stocks a lot of things to keep you entertained and informed for free.” Another tip from us? If you’re a die-hard movie fan, think about subscribing to Netflix. For $10 a month, you get access to movies that stream instantly along with some of your favorite TV shows.

Michelle McNickle | Image: Source | Sources: Tightwad Blog


Workplace Etiquette: A Learner’s Guide

posted Apr 27, 2011, 3:41 PM by Michelle McNickle   [ updated May 5, 2011, 3:25 AM by Stephany F. ]



We’ve documented the journey from internships to your first big-girl position, and now, it’s time to learn a little bit more about the working world. Internships are fantastic ways to get a feel for an office and its environment, but when working full time, different rules may apply.  Whether it’s wardrobe or Internet usage, learning the ins-and-outs of your office will make the transition that much more smooth.

Wardrobe

What? No jeans?! Well, maybe on Fridays, depending on your company’s policies. Most work places enforce some sort of dress code, which could mean a shopping trip is in order. If you’re wondering what key basics will get you through until your first paycheck, opt for a fitted blazer and black pants. A basic pair of oxford heels will go with almost any outfit, and as you expand your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to let your personality come through in printed skirts and button-down tops. Depending on your office, leggings and flats could be perfectly acceptable, but keep in mind the length and tightness of your clothing. A great pair of skinny cargos will take you far in the summer months, along with lightweight cardigans.

Break Time

Be conscious of what time you’re expected to be in for the day and what time you can punch out. Even though it’s recently been proven that flexible environments promote happier workers, some companies require you to stick to a strict 9 to 5 schedule. But if working 8:30 to 4:30 is easier to avoid the rush, don’t hesitate to ask your boss about switching up your schedule. Keep track of lunch breaks and mini breaks as well, especially during your first few months. Allocated break times are rare, but ten to one, your boss will keep note of your break times, at least when you first start.

Internet Usage

Nowadays, most offices have security systems in place to monitor your Internet use. Stay away from Facebook and Twitter during your first few months and take note of others’ browsing habits to get a feel for how strict the Internet rules may be. Chances are, users will be flagged for staying on certain sites for prolonged periods of time. Shopping sites and auction sites are often blocked as well. Although lunch breaks are often open for perusing the Internet, take the time to catch up on CNN instead of updating your blog. Most companies’ IT departments have a visual track record of every site you visit and can read blog posts and personal emails.

Coworker Courtesy

In creative jobs such as writing, editing, design, etc., collaboration is key, which often means an open workspace. Being courteous of your coworkers is vital to building a good reputation. In other words, refrain from personal phone calls and disruptive behavior. If you’re lucky enough to click with a coworker and find yourself spending breaks together, make sure you don’t talk office rumors anywhere in the office, or even on your company’s chat system (since most are also monitored along with Internet usage).  

Michelle McNickle | Image: Source | Sources: CNN Money

 

Style Like Her: Jessica Alba

posted Apr 25, 2011, 2:58 PM by Renee Mailhiot   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 3:22 PM by Stephany F. ]

The Look: Maxi dresses can be a tough trend to pull off, but they're perfect for a warm-weathered day. Breezy and comfortable, they function as a wearable, but still fashionable, piece to wear while perusing shops and restaurants all day. Jessica Alba adds a little edge with a leather vest and tousled hair, giving a more rocker feel than the typical Bohemian vibe that maxi dresses exude, which we definitely dig.

Getting It Right: To offset the flowy feminity of this black-and-cream printed ModCloth dress, throw on an urban-inspired vest. The key is balancing the two styles without going overboard in either direction. This means adding simple extras, like a small, classic purse and versatile, beaded sandals. To keep the look from looking bland, wear a graphic, gold necklace for a little oomph. Finish it off with a shiny, neutral lip color to give you extra polish and flair.
Purse, Banana Republic, $180; Necklace, Lulus.com, $12; Dress, Modcloth.com, $50; Vest, G by Guess, $55; Lip Gloss, Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, $22; Sandals, Forever21, $7.50

By: Renee Mailhiot | Images: wenn.com, polyvore.com

Daily FFF: Your Guide to Happy Hour

posted Apr 25, 2011, 10:51 AM by Stephany F.   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 10:57 AM ]

Your daily fashion, food, and fun links to spice up your life:
Guide to happy hour etiquette
[PYPro]

Moving soon? How to score boxes [Hack College]

Weighing in on EduHookups [U Chic]

Relationship red flags you can't ignore [College Crush]

Fancy! Rosemary and garlic lamb chops
[BGSK]

Daily Deal | Abercrombie & Fitch - Use code 14223 to save 40% off your order!

Campus Runway: How to Wear Maxi Dresses

posted Apr 25, 2011, 12:07 AM by Stephany F.   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 9:38 AM ]

Maxi dresses are back this spring in both tribal designs and minimalistic shades. They're an easy way to look chic and put together. While maxi dresses may seem a little intimidating to wear, pair the right type of maxi dress with some fun sandals and you're set.

Macys | Forever 21 | Forever21 | Asos

Wear with confidence
Rocking a maxi dress is all about wearing it with confidence. You look great in it! Now all you have to do is put it on and really believe it.

Pair with fun sandals
Ditch the plain flip flops and have fun with your shoes. Pick out Greek inspired sandals or summer beach footwear.

Let the dress speak for itself
Keep the jewelry and accessories to a minimum. The dress should be the main attraction. For minimal accessories, try pairing your maxi dress with sunglasses or a few bangles.

Pacsun | H&M | Nordstrom

Pear shape (bigger bottom)
Pick out a waist cinching maxi dress with a loose upper part with ruffles as well as a loose bottom skirt.

Strawberry shape (bigger bust)
Opt for a waist cinching maxi dress with a more form fitting top part and a loose bottom skirt.

Mango shape (bigger middle)
Go for a baby doll look with the tightest part right under your bust.

Rock your maxi dress this summer!

By: CG Staff | Images: From respective stores (see above)

The Weekender: Rethink Your Weekend Drinking

posted Apr 21, 2011, 9:12 PM by Stephany F.   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 11:27 PM ]

Rethink that vodka-Red Bull this weekend
. Holy hangover! [College Cures]

Roberto Cavalli designed Easter eggs based on his signature animal prints. [Born Rich]

It's not too early to start finding the perfect graduation dress for you lucky seniors. [Love Twenty]

Achieve a perfect boho-chic look, complete with a glorious statement necklace. [College Fashionista]

Want to provide a serious crowd-pleaser at your Easter get-togethers this weekend? [Shine]

Sick of your monotonous workout? Start doing some alternative exercises to the ol' elliptical. [Her Campus]

Get a list of some of the commencement speakers for this year's college graduations. [Huffington Post]

If you're in dire need of a new hair color, check out Mandy Moore's new copper hue. [Stylelist]

See if your signature scent makes the cut for top perfumes that guys dig. [Seventeen]

Daily FFF: Ten Things I Learned in Vegas

posted Apr 21, 2011, 10:59 AM by Stephany F.   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 11:09 AM ]

10 things I learned in Vegas [The Daybook]

Giving up... shampoo?! [Refinery 29]

Glee star Chris Colfer wrote a show [Pop Eater]

Your finals week survival guide [College Candy]

Delicious asparagus crostini... yum! [Yum Sugar]

Daily Deal | Use code MOM at E.L.F. to save on makeup goodies!

By: CG Staff | Image: Source

Long Distance Love: Making It Work

posted Apr 20, 2011, 3:41 PM by Michelle McNickle   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 9:27 AM by Stephany F. ]

Whether it’s the cute co-ed you spotted freshman year or a high school sweetheart from back home, dating in college and even after graduation can sometimes come with mileage attached. So how do you know if a two-hour drive to keep the love alive is worth it? Read up on some tips to make your long-distance love not only work, but stand the test of time--together and apart, that is.

1.       Going  the Distance:

What happens when you and your beau attend the same college, but he lives the next state over? If you’re willing to keep the relationship alive once school lets out for the summer, it’s imperative to figure out how far you’ll be traveling. Although it’s simple enough to know a car and some serious gas cash are must-haves, keep in mind traffic, work schedules, and living arrangements. Summers are prime time for travel, and if you’re looking to spend long weekends together, try leaving late in the evening or early in the morning to avoid the rush.

Do you and/or your long-distance lover still live with the ‘rents? Better make sure overnight guests are welcome. Finding cheap hotels half way to each other is a great way to keep the love alive without making the whole drive, and you can explore new towns together.

2.       Budget It Out:

Long distance relationships automatically mean spending, whether it’s for travel or exploring each others' home town. Often, couples in long distance relationships feel the need to entertain every time their significant other is in town, and who can blame them? When seeing your boyfriend for only two days at a time, it’s natural to want to find fun things to do. But it adds up. Try finding deals on Groupon or Living Social for your date nights.

3.       Daily Fun:

As the relationship progresses, it’s natural to find you need your weekends to catch up on errands and life in general. Luckily, long-distance love is can be made that much more intimate when your beau accompanies you to the grocery store, and you tag along to Target with him for some undershirts. Long story short, don’t put your life on hold because your boy’s in town; having him with you can make the littlest errands seem fun.

4.   Trust is a Must:

The key to making a long distance relationship last is trust. Not seeing your significant other for weeks on end can harbor feelings of loneliness, and if one or neither of you have ever been in a long distance relationship, temptations can be hard. But if you’re open and honest about tonight’s festivities and your man is the same, the miles between you shouldn’t matter.


Michelle McNickle | Image:Source





 


Daily FFF: Delicious Chinese Soup Dumplings

posted Apr 20, 2011, 12:23 PM by Stephany F.   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 12:37 PM ]

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