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Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Chic on the Cheap!

Today Chic on the Cheap turns two! I can't believe it's been that long already, and I am continually amazed at how much this little blog is growing and all the wonderful people I've met because of it.

Happy Birthday Blog

I never though this would be read by anyone other than myself and perhaps a few friends, I didn't even tell anyone I had started it for some time after. But then I got a comment from someone I didn't know (yes, you Robin), and it was as if the whole world had changed. Suddenly I was writing for someone else. Having an audience was a powerful thing. I started to post more, add more content, start outfit posts, and become a fashion blogger.

I am hoping you will all help me celebrate this occasion by sharing your favorite fashionable steals; perhaps when you spotted that designer label dress in a thrift store for $3, or when you found one last pair of boots on clearance and they were in your size, or when you went to the register expecting to pay full price for something only to have it ring up at half off -- You get the idea!

And if you have a photo of yourself looking very chic on the cheap, please post a link to it or email me and I will include them with your story in a post next Friday.

Happy Birthday Blog

Happy Birthday Blog
These photos took so long to orchestrate, from getting out the Christmas lights to finding candles and getting the heart bokeh to look good - I'm beat! Time to eat the brownie...

Today's look is comprised of all my usual suspects, items grabbed off clearance racks, old clothes I've altered to get more use out of, second hand items, and things I've made as copies of expensive things I've seen in stores.

always chic on the cheap

And yes, I did wear these shoes all day at work. They actually aren't that bad, but nine hours later I was anxious to take these photos and get them off!

always chic on the cheap

The Rundown
Top Arabella (clearance rack) - Cammi Banana Republic (second hand) - Pants Express (old, but altered) - Shoes Jessica Simpson (half off at TJMaxx) - Belt Made by Me (as inspired by J. Crew) - Earrings Made by Me - Bracelet Gift
always chic on the cheap

P.S. All of you who thought I was referring to today as the dog's birthday in my other post, thanks for all the kind wishes! She will actually be 11 in December.


La Fille D'or said...

Happy Birthday! Hurrah!
Thank YOU for sharing with us!

I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what you put together. : )

Romany said...

Happy birthday little blog! Here's to another two years, and then some! :)

As far as fashion steals go (if you're wanting pics)...
This was my formal dress last year. Not a typical formal dress (they're usually rather tacky over here, if I'm being honest) which is why I chose it. It was AUD$60 (or maybe it was 40?) which is about USD$55. Absolute steal as far as I'm concerned (especially considering the year before I'd spent almost 300 on my dress)! It was the first and only dress I tried on, and knew it was for me.

Anyhoo, enough of my blathering. Congratulations! And I love the shoes! Good on you for making it 9 hours. ;)

Daniela said...

happy birthday cheap on the chic!!! congratulations !! :)

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely blog! I dig your purple shoes and the great colorful outfit.
I will try to put together a chic on the cheap outfit soon!

missvinylahoy said...

First, congrats on the blog b-day!

Second, my story:
Joe (husband's) cousin was getting married, and I had nothing appropriate to wear, so rather than buy something, I convinced my mom to help me sew a dress. I bought a reproduction vintage pattern on sale, and fabric that was also on sale, and made the dress for about $30-40. The sweater and shoes I already owned, and they matched perfectly.
This was also my very first official outfit post on my blog, with me in the photo!
It was one of the first times I was very proud of spending little on something, with an awesome end result.

Keep bloggin' girl- I love to read what you write. You're one of my fav blogs and I'm always interested in what you have to say!


Modesty is Pretty said...

I adore that belt you made and the combination of colors, your shoes are amazing, happy blog birthday Lyddie!

Closet Fashionista said...

Happy Birthday Blog!!!!!
Love the outfit too :D

Ali said...

AWUHHH congrats on two years, bloggy blog! <3 The heart shaped lights in the background of those first photos are so neat! I'm so glad that I decided to blog, too, I've met so many amazing people! (and you were like one of my first blog buddies <33333 I loves youuuu :DD)

Wait.. so you take your pictures AFTER work? How do you manage to look so gorgemous? Skill. <3 I love those shoes!

Ohoh! Amazing find! I found these Jeffrey Campbell shoes last week. They were $102.00 on Modcloth (the "Fashion is Art Heel"). Then, I did super searching and found them for $60.00 at another place, and with a coupon, got free shipping. Happy? YES SO MUCH, especially since my parents said they would buy them for me for homecoming, and that's strange since clothing is the one thing I have to buy myself. They came in the mail today. I LOVE THEM and literally flopped a bit when I saw the box, opened the box, licked the box, did inappropriate poses with the box and shoes, etc. :DDDD we both got our first pair of Jeffreys this year, Lyddie! yayay!~

eek said...

Wow, happy bloggy birthday! Great photos today and great look today too...love those shoes!

Thanks for being so sweet and encouraging...you're a great girl :)

Jessica said...

Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

One day at Marshall's, I spotted a lone Giuseppe Zanotti shoe sitting on the shelf. Even with a price tag of $200, I tried it on to admire the beauty before reluctantly putting it back. I came back to Marshall's a few times after that and kept seeing the neglected heel without its mate - and getting one sale sticker after another added to it. The next time I stopped in, the clouds parted and angels sang - there it was, the missing shoe perched next to the original one. Now with a sale sticker for $40! Those babies were mine. And while I never did find the original retail price online, GZ shoes normally run around $700!

jamie-lee said...

oh my two years, congrats! and happy blog birthday :)

I've actually been finding some great finds on F21... although those aren't a hidden gem really are they? x


The Urban Fashion Gal said...

Happy birthday Chic on the Cheap!

Mimi said...

happy 2nd birthday to your blog! that's amazing! :D

p.s. i love your purple shoes! :)

<3, Mimi

sofi moukidou said...

happy birthday!

MeredithW said...

Happy birthday to your blog! You look great :) Love the belt

MarchMusings said...

Happy Birthday to your blog. It's funny 'coz when I started mine I felt I was writing for myself till I got my my first comment. Here's hoping your blog has many, many more birthdays!

cathy. said...

Happy blog birthday! I hope there will be manymanymany more :)


Gypsy said...
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Gypsy said...

Very Chic on the Cheap, I love the belt you made.
I do love finding rare treasures on the sales racks, even if the size is too big, you can always customize.

Helen [In Elegance] said...

Love the pics of you blowing out the candles.

LaToya said...

Happy Bday to your blog girl! And what better way to celebrate than with a present . . . you won my giveaway! Thanks for being such a great follower!


Christie said...

Happy blog birthday! :)

Great outfit! xo

In Fashion and Style

WildBirdVintage said...

Happy Birthday! I look forward to reading everyone's stories...maybe I'll submit one of my own.

The Fancy Teacup said...

Happy birthday to the Chic on the Cheap blog! :) Those heart lights are adorable. I am in love with the Jessica Simpson shoes, they are stunning!

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLOG! I love how you've got this party-esque thing going on. Dannng, now I REALLY have to throw a party for my blog, too! (Don't feel left out, blog! Next year!)

Best steal? ER. I guess getting a shirt for free wasn't bad. Hahah. I actually like it; it's not one of those crappy tourist t-shirts, or anything!


Kristin said...

Happy happy blogiversary lady! Gorgeous belt!

Sarah Dee said...

Happy birthday chic on cheap!!!


Oh, My Darling said...

Happy blog birthday!!!

Angie said...

Congrats on turning two!!

Those candle photos are awesome :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Shelley Ann said...


Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Happy birthday and congrats! It truly is amazing all the beautiful people we meet through blogging, isn't it?! :)

Abbey said...

This outfit is fabulous! I love the shoes especially!

Thanks for your comment!


Mandy said...

Congrats :) Or I mean...Happy Birthday! (you get the idea)

I think my favroite thrift store steal was a J. Crew animal print cardigan I got last for about $5, and it's in excellent shape. It;s one of my favorite items in my closet, and it's J. Crew - woot!

Miss T said...

thank you for sharing it with us. :)
A very happy birthday.

Pretty give-away on Monday at

Jen said...

Happy 2nd year Anniversary!! Where does the time go?? Keep up the great work and as a first time visitor, I'm LOVIN your blog!!

Kim said...

Congratulations on 2 years! And to think I just discovered your blog 1 month ago :(

Style, She Wrote said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was sweet. Love your lace up shoes!!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

How cute! Happy birthday Chic on the Cheap!!!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

You are soooo cute! Happy birthday to your blog and congratulations on your successes. I enjoy reading all of your posts =)

20 York Street said...

Congratulations love! I found a genuine leather vintage cowboy boots at Value Village for 9 dollars!

It was pretty special!



Jessica Weingarten said...

Happy blog birthday!!


Trishna said...

Happy Birthday to Chic on the Cheap. :)

Love from Toronto, Canada

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

CONGRATS!! that is such a milestone! I feel like, in blog years 2 years= like 10 years. I hope you're proud of yourself.

My fave cheap on the chic purchase as of recently has got to be the trench coat I just bought a few weeks ago - baby blue French Connection for $35, originally priced over $200.

Meghann Early - Owner: Pop-Up Vintage said...

Love the shoes!
Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Anne said...

Happy Birthday/Blogiversary! :)

Ans said...

Happy Birthday in style!!!

Iris said...


I love that top :)

northwest is best said...

Happy blog birthday, and congratulations on your two years of blogging! I'm raising my cup of tea in your honour.

Lorena said...

Congratulations !
I loved your pictures!!
Have to say I wanna see that J Crew inspired belt...close up, it's perfect !