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Friday, October 17, 2014

I love jewelry

When you are as accessory obsessed as myself, nothing sounds better than a line of jewelry that is both elegant and trendy, while still being completely affordable. Florida based I Love Jewelry is just that. The brand was built through Facebook auctions, but now everything is readily available on their site, including this elegant magnolia pendant which is currently on sale for $18!

Among I Love Jewelry's other offerings are a wide array of monogrammed pieces, including one that can be worn within this pendant - love!

As for the rest of my look, I was attempting to dress down my scalloped LBD with an oversized hoodie, but I'm not entirely sure I was successful. I find 'glamorous casual' to be the most elusive of all the styles. My approach has always been to go with a one to one ratio of dressy and casual items, but do you have any other suggestions?

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The Rundown
Scalloped Hem Dress Target similar
Grey Cashmere Hoodie Chelsea & Theodore thrifted similar
Pumps BCBGeneration via TJMaxx similar
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole c/o Loving Lemons
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Magnolia Necklace c/o I Love Jewelry
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Green Ring Taken for Granite similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sweater weather

I'm not quite sure what the weather is up to this fall. We had the most perfect autumn day, bright and sunny, cool and crisp. What better day to wear than this gorgeous sequined wool blend sweater from Wallis's new W collection?

Then yesterday it was 80°.

I'll I can say is that I hope we don't jump from 80 to freezing and miss out on more days when I can simply wear a sweater and jeans and be perfect. Considering how quintessentially autumnal this embellished sweater is, with it's glistening coppers and pale blues, it does need a few more outings this fall. The style, as fancy as it is, reminds me of a baseball tee, and I think it would be so fun to pair it with my grey wool cap and converse. Or perhaps take a cue from the rest of Wallis's stunning, exclusive collection and dress it up with a metallic jacquard or a sleek leather pencil skirt.

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The Rundown
Sequin Floral Sweater c/o Wallis
Black Coated Jeans Joe's via TJMaxx
Black Toe Cap Flats Easy Spirit
Tote "Knightsbridge" London Fog c/o Linger Rose
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Opal Ring T Tahari
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Obiqo review and giveaway!

Body products should feel like little luxuries. While I don't mind my dollar store fare when I'm being especially mindful of my budget, I would much rather treat myself to a body wash with an enjoyable scent that leaves me feeling relaxed.

Lately my favorite products to treat myself to have oceanic elements in them, so when Obiqo recently sent me a couple of their products to try, I was delighted to find that they use marine extracts from kelp and sea lavender. Both the New Zealand kelp and French lavender are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids - all which help keep skin healthy and youthful.

The two Obiqo products I've been using for the past week and a half are the Refreshing Body Wash and the Silky Body Butter. Both include the brands signature marine extracts and sea lavender, though there is a difference in their scents.

The body wash has a strong aroma, it fills the shower and reminds me most of the scent of eucalyptus. It doesn't linger too much on your skin, which I feel is a plus. I also really like the pump dispenser, because it can also conveniently be used as a hand soap.

The body butter is very thick and creamy; with a similar but much more mild scent, I found the body cream to be nice and moisturizing. The application requires a bit of work to get it to fully absorb and is a bit greasy for a few minutes while it's still sinking in. I'm not crazy about the tub container, I much prefer a tube dispenser due to my concerns about germs. I really like using the butter, but it is strictly an evening cream for me.

The Obiqo products can be purchased online through Amazon, or in stores at my favorite places to shop, TJMaxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods. Or you can always enter the giveaway Obiqo is generously sponsoring for US readers of Chic on the Cheap. Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

Obiqo provided me these products for the purpose of this review. My views and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wearing the pants

It's time I faced the cold reality of October and started putting more of my pants into rotation. I'm still in love with this cropped pair I got at Gap last fall. It does not get any better than a four way stretch, and I'm pleased to see they are still on the site, and in navy as well.

I'm debating picking up a couple more pairs, as long as they are still offering 40% off my purchase. I might not even necessarily balk at their $55 price tag, since I love them, and they've worn well; I'd just prefer to get them for $33.

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The Rundown
Medallion Print Blouse TJMaxx similar
Navy Blazer Gap similar
Black Cropped Pants Gap
Pumps "Gennie" Coach thrifted similar
Willis Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Necklace c/o A Jewelry Crush
Bottle Necklace The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London

Monday, October 13, 2014


It's funny how so many trends from the 90's are circling back right now; most of which I am content to keep my distance from. While I though the crop top would fall squarely in that category, I found myself feeling more and more tempted.

Having my midriff exposed to the world is high on my list of things I would never want to happen, however, pairing a crop top with a high wasited skirt not only keeps me covered, but eliminates the awkward tucking situation. Which leads me to my question, does anyone else struggle to tuck their blouses into their skirts? I feel like I spend ages trying to arrange it just so, and then heaven forbid I raise my arms, it becomes undone and I have to start over again.

Perhaps I should embrace the crop. I thinking about this cropped sweater from Banana Republic now...

Oh - one more thing! A few weeks ago I hinted about how over the summer I was filmed for a segment of a TLC show, and I can finally let you know that the show is Extreme Cheapskates and my episode will be airing on October 22nd at 9PM ET/PT.

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The Rundown
Plaid Crop Top L. Mae Boutique
Black Silk Skirt Coco's on the Green similar
Shoes Adrienne Vittadini via TJMaxx similar
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole c/o Loving Lemons
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Tennis Bracelet c/o Anjolee
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Steel Grey" Rimmel London