Posts Tagged ‘how to’

Staying Fashionable Without Going Broke!

November 4, 2009

With the recession in full swing and the holidays coming up, saving money is probably one of the first things on our mind. But saving money doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your look and style. In fact, there are tons of ways to keep your great style all while looking chic and stylish. These tips are only a few money-savers that will help you through these hard times.

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  • Don’t buy anything piece of clothing that’s so unique, you’ll only want to wear it once. Instead, buy classic and solid colors. You can mix and match almost anything without a pattern and tie it together with some unique accessories. Accessorizing is key to making your outfit different from the day before. Plus, it’s much cheaper to get a new necklace then an entire outfit.
  • Check the SALE RACKS! Especially at stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, if you’re a hardcore designer shopper. Usually around this time, they have great sales going on so you can still keep your designer style at heart while saving your wallet. (Note: Also take advantage of Black Friday – the BIGGEST shopping day of the year!)
  • Re-Make Your Clothing. Sites like Threadbanger.com offer endless tips and ideas to refashion something you already have into something new. If you don’t have any clothes worthy of cutting up, hit up your local GoodWill or Salvation Army.
  • Shop the expensive stores, buy from the cheap. Usually a lot of the cheaper clothing stores like Forever21 have very similar if not, identical versions of expensive designer clothing. If there’s a MUST HAVE item, shop the more affordable stores first. Splurge when we’re out of the recession.
  • Shop Online and Use Promotional Discount Codes. Online shopping makes it so easy to spend a lot.. and save a ton too! Look for discount codes by typing in the store name + promo code or discount code into Google. You can easily find coupons for most stores for a percentage off, free shipping or sometimes a free gift. Totally worth search.
  • Make Homemade Gifts. Hit up your local craft stores or bake your friends and family members a tasty original treat that they can share. It’s the thought that counts, not the price-tag and the holidays are about sharing, right?
  • Trade With Friends. Need a new cocktail dress for your work holiday party? Raid your friends’ closets and have them do the same. It’s totally free and you’ll both get something new to wear out of it. I even recommend trading items of clothing that you’ve just outworn and are tired of. in 6 months, that old piece of clothing will seem new again and you can trade back!

If I missed any tips that you’ve been practicing during this recession, let me know in the comments!!

Win a Janome Sewing Machine! /Make Your own Bolero / Shrug

May 16, 2008

If you’ve always wanted one of those bolero/shrug wraps but ever found the right one, now you can make one! This is a great tutorial with easy steps to make one from an old turtleneck! And also, if you don’t have a sewing machine, get out your video cameras, because now is your chance to win one!

V-Day Boxers and Corset!

February 12, 2008

Hey there all you crafty fashionistas,

If you still need something special for Valentine’s Day, check out this video, where Rob and Corinne of Threadbanger show us how to¬† make a sweet pair of boxers out of 2 pillowcases, and a rad corset with some old clothing.

How to make a Baby Pod!

January 28, 2008

What’s a baby pod, you ask? Well it’s this little sweater / jumpsuit thing that your baby wears! It’s super simple to make and it’s really cute. Plus, you’re baby will look just adorable in this. Thanks Threadbanger for showing us how to make this! Also, if you are concerned with the drawstring around the hood (kids under 5 aren’t supposed to have drawstrings; they’re very dangerous) then just substitute it for elastic!

How to FIND / MAKE YOUR OWN skinny jeans!

January 17, 2008

i love skinny jeans. who doesn’t? and from the emails and comments i’ve been getting, so do you!! I found this site that lists places to buy skinny jeans in the area! Check it out and have fun shopping!

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Update: I just found this great HOW TO – sew your baggy jeans into skinny jeans on Cut Out + Keep. This is a great project for anyone who wants a quick fix and has some old jeans lying around!

Holly Jolly How To’s!

November 28, 2007

This Holiday season, Threadbanger is bringing us a NEW show!!! Yup – because we just couldn’t get enough of the weekly Friday show, we now have a holiday How-To!

Metal Chik: ALL THINGS JEWELRY

August 30, 2007

Next New Networks just launched this awesome show called Metal Chik. It’s a weekly 3 – 5 minute video podcast with the Funky Victoria Tillotson shows us how to make jewelry. Thank God, because I’m sick of everyone buying the same piece of jewelry that I have from Urban Outfitters. Last episode included how to make a stone ring. Check out the site at www.MetalChik.com

She makes it look so easy!!! Any ideas on where I can find a good beading store in NYC so I can make some of my own jewelry?

Of all the jewellery items, bracelets and things with diamonds make the best gifts for women and cuff links make the best gifts for men.