VERONICA E. MAIER

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Moka Pot:Thrifty Espresso

In Chic, food on May 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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So, these little guys brew from 2-6 cups of espresso and all with the coffee in your cupboard. I personally have Ruta Maya coffee that I grind in the morning before brewing. You place water in the bottom part, add finely ground coffee to the little chamber and voila, fresh espresso at your service. I made myself a little iced vanilla latte this morning for $0.25! And I have some espresso chillin’ (ha) in the fridge for tomorrow. Google Moka Pot and a ton of choices will come your way.

Rooms To Go: Thrifty Furniture?

In furniture, saving money on May 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

London Beige Couch

My beau and I were desperately seeking cheap, but somehow still styish furniture for our new “little” apt in Austn and had decided it was between Ashley and Ikea… and then… we saw this very silly looking place called Rooms To Go and while I thought and voiced that it was probably a rental furniture place, Chris (smartly) suggested we go in… and lo and behold the sales people were not attacking us for commission and the furniture was fun, modern-ish and within our price range. The deals start rolling in if you buy the “room” vs just a sofa, etc. Above is the London Beige couch we selected. Tell me what you think. And believe me, I’m still obsessed with ikea, but hey, there will be many more oportunities in my life to take a gander at the ikea land.

Cute little shoes on sale

In Chic, shoes on May 19, 2009 at 7:26 am

Black and White Checkered ShoesThese Attention Mya pumps are on sale at kmart for $9.00! That’s 10% of what I normally spend on shoes. I love them.

Tracy Feith for Target: Fun Summer Outfits

In Chic, clothing on May 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

Yellow Mod Shift Dress

Strapless black number and bright floral jacket

Strappy floral dress with retro sweater

I love these little summer dresses and tops coming from Tracy Feith for Target. She is the 15th high-end designer for target and I like where target is going with all of this. Now, not all of the designs are stellar, but the fact that Alexander McQueen will present them with something that is slightly reminiscent of his RTW lines, is awesome. Above, the Yellow Shift Dress $24.99, The little black dress $44.99 and Bright floral jacket $44.99, and the little strappy floral dress with retro sweater $29.99-$39.99 are all a great start for a summer wardrobe.

Forever 21 New Finds

In Chic, clothing on May 16, 2009 at 7:31 am

The prices of the above items are as follows: Little ruffled yellow dress $22.80,Side Tie Striped Slub Top 13.80, Grey Button-Up $11.80, Satin Turquoise Top $17.80, Sexy little black skirt $9.80! (that’s the price of lunch!), Wide Leg Linen Pants $29.00. Sigh, even at these prices, we still need furniture in our house. But if I just get the little skirt, I don’t think he’ll even notice!

New York & Co: Affordable Basics

In Chic, clothing on May 15, 2009 at 6:54 am

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Shirt Dress

I am not entirely sure how I feel about New York & Company, but I do know that these little dresses are (from top to bottom) $34.95, $39.86 and $38.46. And there little tank tops are going for close to nothing… many under $10 and most under $20. So check them out, I am seriously considering that little graphic print dress.

Ruche is gorgeous

In Chic, clothing on May 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

anguilla long striped tunic

Latte Polkadot DressHigh Waisted Grey Bow Skirt

“Ruche: (pronounced roosh) A ruffle or pleat of lace, muslin or other fine fabric used to decorate clothes” is the definition that graces the first page of this lovely online boutique. I was certain these would be far above my price range, and imagine my surprise when the prices of the above items were as follows: Striped tunic $32.99, Little polka dot dress $34.99 and skirt, $36.99. (Click the pics above to go to the site directly and purchase)

This site’s motto is “A modern boutique with a vintage touch” and you see this touch throughout the entire site. I want to plan my entire wardrobe from their items and had to stop myself from getting into trouble. Ruche is here to stay and thank goodness it’s affordable!

DIY Window Message Board

In crafts, diy on May 14, 2009 at 2:38 am

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This post appeared this morning on one of my all time favorite blogs, design sponge. I have always loved old windows and now I have a wonderful purpose for them! Enjoy!

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What you’ll need:

1. An old window or picture frame
2. Fabric for background and fabric for appliqué (if using)
3. Fusible webbing such as steam a seam if adding an appliqué
4. Scissors
5. Staples and staple gun

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What to do:

1. I already had this old window but you could use any sort of window or decorative frame – even spray paint it to add a splash of color. I like the rustic look and left mine as is. Measure the frame and add about a ½” to the dimensions and then cut your background fabric down to size.
2. Next cut out some interesting flowers or a piece of embroidery for your appliqués, I used a vintage bed linen and just cut around a few of the designs.
3. Now you are going to want to iron your appliqués to the fusible webbing, each product is a little different so follow the manufacturer’s instructions and then iron the appliqués onto the background fabric however you choose. You could also embroider around the appliqués for texture and security but I didn’t this time.
4. Now iron the entire piece of fabric as smooth as possible and clean the window glass with glass cleaner.
5. Lay the window face down on a flat surface and place the finished fabric face down on top. You’re going to begin stapling the fabric to the window by placing a staple at the top middle and then stretching the fabric and place one middle bottom. Next add a staple on the middle of each of the two sides; the idea is to simply secure the fabric evenly. Next stretch the fabric tight and work your way around the window stapling the entire piece of fabric onto your frame so that it looks tight. Trim any extra fabric.
6. Go crazy making notes with dry erase markers!

Enjoy your new message board!

Lela Rose has wonderful shoes for payless

In Chic, saving money on May 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Lela Rose for Payless

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Fioni for Payless

Payless has made my thrifty little heart leap. I love these shoes. The first and second pairs are designed by Lela Rose and the bottom Fioni. They are in stock online and ready to be added to your wardrobe for less than $40 each. The last pair is actually on sales for $19.99. Did I mention how excied I am?

Kohls Cute Looks for Under $200

In Chic, clothing, saving money on May 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

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This set of very cute clothes was featured in Shape Magazine this month. They also have selections from Express and KMart, but I found this one to by my personal favorite. Happy shopping!