Accessories, Books, Cheap & Chic, Fashion, Food, Jewelry, ShoesCheap & Chic: August 2009

ONE. Erin Gallagher Jewelry Harriet Necklace – Now that this gorgeous necklace from Erin Gallagher Jewelry is on sale, it definitely meets the criteria for being cheap and chic! Marked down to $40 from $55, it’s a delicate piece that features a citrine stone hanging from a small circle on a gold-fill link chain. I just love all the details, from the canary yellow tone of the citrine to the tiny knots – too pretty! – Nina

TWO. Deena & Ozzy Metallic Clutch — I love the sophisticated feel of this clutch from Urban Outfitters, with its edgy metallic black sheen and oversized tassel zipper pull, which gives it a slight ’80s look without the bad connotation of being associated with big hair and oversize shoulder pads. Doesn’t the bag look slightly Alexander Wang inspired? If I could afford any of the sexy edgy shoulder cutout dresses, I would definitely pair this bag with it along with a pair of strappy platform heels. The clutch is perfectly sized to fit all my essentials, including my digital camera, which so rarely fits in any of my night-time clutches. Best of all, it has a great value at $19.99, it costs less and will last longer than a weekly MTA subway pass. – Kathleen

THREE. Avon Sunset Embellished Thong — These colorful sandals ring in at under the cost of some of my lipsticks and has been a lifesaver for me all season.  I especially love the coral ones because they immediately brighten up any summer outfit. After reading about how  rubber flip flops are magnets for bacteria, I swore off the $3 sandals and these Avon ones have been a lifesaver.   In addition to looking great, these are also even more comfortable than most flip flops because the straps are elastic and expands when you walk, insuring that they never dig into your skin.   – Carolyn

FOUR. Starbucks To Go Tumbler — In an effort to save money, I’ve been making my own coffee in the morning and taking it with me. It works out pretty well (although I do admit that I miss my expensive mocha latte!) but I really hated my travel cup. It kept opening in my car and splashing coffee and it didn’t keep the drink warm for very long. Then on a weekend visit to Starbucks (those are still allowed!), I saw this one and decided to try it out. For only $10.95, I couldn’t ask for a better travel mug. It keeps my coffee warm for my entire ride into work, the lid stays firmly shut, and I really like that you can see through it. I always know exactly how much coffee I have left, so there’s no disappointing tiny last sip. Best of all, it’s easy to clean when I get home at the end of the day. The only way I could like it more would be if it came with unlimited Starbucks refills. Hey, now there’s an idea…. – Stacey

FIVE. The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman — This month, blogger/photographer Scott Schuman’s book debuted and I snatched up a copy asap. This paperback book is a wonderful extension of his blog, and his photographs of people’s everyday style truly do inspire. For only $25, this would be a great addition to your bookshelf, a coffee table, or even on top of a dresser (in case you ever need any fashion inspiration in the morning). I can’t stop flipping through it! – Connie


  1. claire  |  28 August 2009 at 7:51 AM

    These are really lovely finds!

  2. Susan McNeill  |  28 August 2009 at 8:39 AM

    The sandals are adorable. And from Avon? Who knew!

  3. Keri  |  28 August 2009 at 9:08 AM

    I love having a simple black clutch. It’s the color I wear most when I go out, so it’s an essential!

  4. Magpie247  |  28 August 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Those sandals are great. Coral seems to go with just about everything. Thanks for the great post.

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