Shoestring Chic: 101 Ways to Live the Fashionably Luxe Life for Less

Shoestring Chic: 101 Ways to Live the Fashionably Luxe Life for Less

by Kerrie Hess
     
 

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Do you adore fashion, beauty, and shopping—but lack a black Amex account' In today's economy, who isn't living on a budet?! Charming, lavishly illustrated, and replete with invaluable advice, Shoestring Chic is the book for you.Author and top fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess provides 101 tips on living the luxe life without spending a fortune.Where can you find

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Do you adore fashion, beauty, and shopping—but lack a black Amex account' In today's economy, who isn't living on a budet?! Charming, lavishly illustrated, and replete with invaluable advice, Shoestring Chic is the book for you.Author and top fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess provides 101 tips on living the luxe life without spending a fortune.Where can you find a wedding dress in Paris for $100? Or have a Bergdorf Goodman experience for under a twenty? Shoestring Chic shows you this and more—including how to shop the European way, and how to take heart in long-lost gems from your own closet. Throughout the book, today's top designers chime in on how they define "chic"—reassuringly doable on a shoestring!

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Advice for fashionistas who want to save money.

Hess (Girl Secrets, 2010, etc.) asks, "Do you dream about Temperley but live in Target?" For readers on a tight budget, some of the author's ideas don't even come close to approaching the bargain bin. Ballerina flats from Sambag may be high quality, but as of this writing, they cost $175.00, plus another $40.00 in shipping costs. Hess does have her moments, though, with suggestions for online destinations for discounts, like price aggregator froogle.google.com. She recommends inexpensive beautyproducts like Palmer's chocolate-scented body-care oil, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and generic lip balm, which work just as well as their pricier counterparts. Some of the author's other tips may strike the budget-conscious fashionista as common sense, such as thrift or vintage shopping, rummaging through closets to see if old outfits can be resurrected and refraining from shopping altogether. The label-conscious clotheshorse will delight in her advice for finding designer clothing at reduced prices; Hess suggests TheOutnet.com. No aspect of the luxe lifestyle is ignored. If Paris is on the agenda, the author provides recommendations to keep chic travelers in swanky yet reasonably priced accommodations. The author's sophisticated pen-and-ink drawings add a splash of color to this elegantly slim and tastefully formatted volume. Readers looking for serious savings, however, will be disappointed.

A resourceful guide but not nearly as frugal as the title suggests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599219882
Publisher:
Skirt!
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
864,468
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.68(d)

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Fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess has illustrated displays for US department store chain Neiman Marcus and luxury site Net-a-Porter.com, as well as editorials for Vogue (Australia), Tatler (UK), and Elle (France). Her illustrations have also been featured on t-shirts, book covers, and cosmetic packages. Recently she has illustrated for fashion houses Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin, and written for The Independent London. She is also author of GIRL SECRETS (2007) AND GIRLS ONLY (2010), both for Random House Australia. She lives in Melbourne.

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