Budget Babe: Pre-Fall Beauty | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Budget Babe: Pre-Fall Beauty

Written By: Robin Reetz and Lauren Dougherty

With the start of the new season just around the corner, we’re re-setting our wardrobes and refreshing our makeup routines.

While there are a few pieces that can stay in your cosmetic collection all year, fall calls for darker, romantic colors as well as an upgrade to basics like eyeliner and foundation.

From OCC lip tar to high-wattage lashes, we’ve rounded-up our top 10 favorite beauty products for pre-fall:

Metallic Eye Shadow, $32, Stila Cosmetics

Sheer Glow Foundation$45, NARS

Matte Lip Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, $18, Sephora

Prima Donna Lashes, $15, Benefit Cosmetics

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Eyeliner in Blue, $7.99, Drugstore.com

Outlast LipStain by Cover Girl, $8.99, ULTA

Loreal Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $5.60, Drugstore.com

Nude Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie.com

Blush Papier by Mai Couture, $17.50, Nordstrom

Beauty Wipes, $9.95, Milk & Co.

Posted on August 21, 2014 | no comment
Daily Deal: Dip-Dye Denim | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Daily Deal: 59% Off Dip-Dye Denim

Written By: Robin Reetz

Whether you’re soaking up the last rays of summer fashion or are readying yourself for fall, there’s one (perhaps unexpected?) piece of denim that will work all year: white denim.Daily Deal: Dip-Dye Denim | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Some of you may disagree, but trust is: winter white is incredibly chic when embraced properly. To ease your way into the transition of slipping some white into your cold-weather wardrobe, try this pair of 1969 Dip-Dye Skinny Jeans from Gap.

Originally $69.95, this delightful denim is now 59% off at $27.99. That’s a deal, all right!

They’ll work fine with tanks and tees for the remainding summer days, and will easily transition to fall with the right blouse or flannel button-down.

If you’re planning on incorporating a patter in your top, like plaid, make sure that pattern includes some blue – this will really help the dip-dye detail to pop.


Posted on August 20, 2014 | no comment
Barney's Warehouse Sale | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

You’re here, so we’re assuming that you love fashion and can appreciate a good deal. And this one is about as good as it gets: it’s the Barney’s New York Warehouse Sale.

If you’ve never been to this sale, it’s not one to miss – it’s legendary. Shoppers line up for hours just to get in because the deals are that good.

For those of you in the New York area and interested in attending, here’s what you need to know:

  • WHAT: Items will be marked up to 60% off retail
  • WHEN: Sale runs tomorrow, August 21-September 1
  • Opening times: Aug 21-22, 8am-9pm || Aug 23-31, 10am-8pm, Mon || Sept 1, 10am-7pm
  • WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street (btwn 6th and 7th Ave)

Be sure to wear comfy shoes and clothing that you can easily change in and out of. For the full scoop, follow @BarneysWH on Twitter.

See you there!

Featured image from Refinery29
Posted on August 20, 2014 | no comment

Look for Less: #ShopCheapChicas

Written By: Lilliana Vazquez

My mission with CheapChicas.com has always been to capture aspirational style and then to take it one step further by translating that fashion into something we can all afford to indulge in. It’s a great source of pride for us to be able to not only inspire your style, but to be able to help you do that on a budget.

There are plenty of blogs out there that showcase incredible looks, enviable fashion and standout style – but lately, more times than not, we’re left disappointed after we click through a link only to find out that one amazing item costs more than many of us make in one paycheck. Which is why I am so excited to launch #ShopCheapChicas on Instagram!

We receive countless emails, tweets and comments on Instagram about what I’m wearing in photos or on-air, and I thought why not make those exact pieces available to our readers and fans?! Think of it as a micro-boutique curated by your Chief Cheap Chica … the “shop” will feature some of my favorite labels, new finds and select items in my closet that are in constant rotation.

This is very much a fashion experiment for us, so please feel free to email or tweet us with any questions you might have… we hope to grow this boutique with you and welcome any and all feedback along the way.

And just like the blog, nothing will ever cost more than $100 – not even this incredible icy-blue moto jacket (only $59.95) which is kicking off the shop!

Here's how it works... each week I'll post a shop-able look to Instagram with the #ShopCheapChicas. If you like what you see, you can buy it right then and there! All you have to do is like it and leave a comment with the item you want to buy, your size in that item and your email:

Ex: @cheapchicas skirt, size M, xxxxx@gmail.com

...you can also tag a friend that might like this look and we'll give you 10% off your order (or next order) if they purchase it as well!

One of our people will contact you to get your preferred payment method (Paypal or Square), you shipping info and w/in 24 hours your purchase will be dispatched to your door. How's that for fast fashion?!

And now for some FAQ's:

What's your return policy? Since we're so small, all sales are final but you do have the option to exchange your purchase for something else within 7 business days.

What sizes do you offer? Small (fits 0/2), Medium (4) and Large (6/8) and sometimes X-Large (8/10)

How much is shipping? Shipping is a flat $7.95 via USPS Priority Mail.

How often will you get new items? Every single week!

Will we be able to shop on the blog?  No. At this time you can only shop via our Instagram with #ShopCheapChicas.

Do you ship internationally? Sorry, not right now. But hopefully in the future!


Posted on August 17, 2014 | no comment
Links We Love | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Links We Love

Written By: Robin Reetz

What are you guys up to this weekend? We’re considering doing a little pre-fall shopping, but would love to hear what you’re up to.

And another thing – be sure to check back here Monday. We have a little announcement that we can’t WAIT to share with you guys, and here will even be a little teaser on Instagram today.

Have a great weekend!

Striped dress + sneakers + army jacket = new favorite weekend outfit. (a house in the hills)

oh joy’s fall line for Target launches Sunday! Do you plan to buy anything?

Obsessed with his haircut for fall! (because i’m addicted)

More home decor fun: 15 throw pillows for under $40. (brit + co)

10 drool-worthy closets. (Chapter Friday)


Posted on August 15, 2014 | no comment
Daily Deal: A $42 Dream Dress | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Daily Deal: A $42 Dream Dress

Written By: Robin Reetz

Headed to an autumn wedding? Birthday party? Maybe a dinner date? Either way, meet your new dream dress: the Midi Bardot Skater Dress in Navy from ASOS.Daily Deal: A $42 Dream Dress | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Your dream dress features off-the-shoulder strapping paired with a fitted bodice and full skirt, which means that this dress will flatter a wide variety of body types.

We’re also loving the navy color, which works well as a between-seasons transition piece. Consider pairing the navy with a mint green or poppy pink while the weather is warm, and as we near fall switch to nudes and darker, more subtle tones for your accessories.

At $42.56 the Bardot Skater Dress is at the high-end of our Daily Deal budget, but one look and we couldn’t say no. What will you wear yours with?

Posted on August 13, 2014 | no comment
Trend Alert: Home Décor Refresh | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Trend Alert: Home Decor Refresh

Written By: Robin Reetz

It’s been a little while since we talked home decor on Cheap Chica’s, so we thought it was high time to bring it back.

We love accessorizing our homes almost as much as we love accessorizing ourselves, so needless to say we LOVE shopping for new items to stash around our homes and our apartments.

Today, we’re showing you a few favorite home decor pieces that we either have around our homes and love or are completely coveting:

So, what’s your home decorating advice? Anywhere you love to shop?

Posted on August 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Back To School Roundup | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Back To School Round-Up

Written By: Robin Reetz and Lauren Dougherty

Whether you’re headed back to school, back to the office, or just want a wardrobe refresh, now is the time of year to start re-thinking what’s in your closet.

We showed you some of the items topping off our pre-fall wishlist yesterday, and today we’re showing you a few more…because really, we can’t enough of the new season trends. Can you blame us?

Here are our top 10 back to school trends:Back To School Roundup | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

1. Floral SkirtFleur-Tatious Side Navy Blue Floral Skirt$30, Lulu*s

2. Printed BackpackCandie’s Aztec Cargo Backpack$29.99, Kohl’s

3. Something FringeFringe Jacket$44.98, Missguided

4. Lace Up Combat Boot$59.95, American Eagle

5. Classic SneakersNew Balance Stadium Jacket 574 Sneaker$69.99, New Balance

6. Shift DressMid-Wash T-Shirt Dress$68, Miss Selfridge

7. Zip-up HoodiesNon-Stop Crop Hoodie$29.95, Cotton On

8. Get your Agenda On! 2015 Agenda$24.95, Paper Source

9. Something PlaidPixel Plaid Pleated Skirt$22.80, Forever21

10. Crayons for your lips! Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon Kit, $25, Ulta.com

Posted on August 12, 2014 | no comment
Pre-Fall Wishlist | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Pre-Fall Wishlist

Written By: Robin Reetz

To be clear: we are NOT wishing away summer just yet. Quite the opposite – we’re soaking up the sun, eating ice cream, and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

But the world of fashion is great about reminding you what’s next, and in the past few weeks more and more retailers have begun to receive their first fall collections. So while we aren’t looking forward to the chillier weather, we are looking forward to new clothes. (Aren’t you?)Pre-Fall Wishlist | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Here are a few of the items on top of our pre-fall wishlist, all under $60:

Needless to say, this is merely the start of what we plan on buying, but you get the idea. What’s on your pre-fall wishlist?

Posted on August 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Links We Love | The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style

Links We Love

Written By: Robin Reetz

To wrap up the week, we have some of our favorite links from around the web – including gorgeous home accessories, jewelry trends for fall, and a summer trend that we’re not ready to let go of…yet.

Want more? Head to Facebook for a chance to win our #CCFreebieFriday giveaway

How to wear matching sets. (The Everygirl)

Looking to jazz up your home this weekend? Check out these gorgeous botanical accessories. (Justina Blakeney)

You’ll never look at a plain white button-down the same way. (Atlantic-Pacific)

Are you guilty of any of these? (Refinery29)

Free People’s favorite fall jewelry trends. After all your fingers need to get dressed, too!

Feature image via The Coveteur

CCFreebieFriday giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, August 10. Open to U.S. readers only. Winners must contact Cheap Chica’s within 24 hours of notification to claim prize. 
Posted on August 8, 2014 | no comment