Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Recession Chic

This isn't really a life tip but it's an example of the ChaChing lifestyle. I scored some inaugural ball tickets through a family member and didn't want to spend a bunch of money on my getup since I'm trying to start a business. So after looking at some gorgeous gowns on Smartbargains (my go-to place) for around $200, I decided to be more creative:

1. I have exactly ONE long gown in my possession - black, A-line, with ribbons of the fabric at the bust that tie behind my neck in a halter. I didn't like the halter as much anymore and wanted it converted to actual straps that criss-cross. So I took it to my alterations lady and she fixed it beautifully - $15. She's cleaning it now - another $15.

2. I'll wear my gold Andrew Geller shoes I've had for a while (I never wear heels anymore so they're still in good condition).

3. I splurged on some new jewelry at Filene's Basement - three-strand dark pearlescent beads with matching earrings that will really bling off the simple gown - $60.

That's a total ball ensemble for less than $100. We call it Recession Chic.

I read somewhere that there's only one belle of this ball and that's Michelle; with that correct observation I can relax and have a good time. I'll post some pictures after the fact and y'all can see what you think.

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