Splurging on something can feel good, but I'll admit: unearthing an amazing find for a fraction of big designer buys is way, way more exciting. Blogger-turned-author Shauna Miller definitely knows what I'm talking about and is celebrating all things budget-friendly with her soon-to-be released book Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl's Budget. With tips about editing down and organizing your closet and shopping second-hand (including a section titled, no joke, "Shop for Free"), it's clear this former Glamour blogger is a skilled shopper.
On making wallet-friendly department stores a little less intimidating to shop:
"I do a little online research before to see what I like, which keeps me from getting distracted when I'm there. Most big stores have the same inventory online as in-store, so I recommend jotting down the item numbers or printing them out before leaving. Once you're there, a store associate can help you track them down.
On becoming one of those thrift store shoppers who routinely finds fabulous vintage items:
"Since inventory is so unpredictable, a shopping list won't get you far. The key is more about having a good eye. Keep an inspiration journal or Pinterest board Read More »