Cheap & ChicCheap & Chic: October 2010


ONE. LUSH It Started With a Kiss Lip Tint — My LUSH obsession is well known amongst all my friends and my most recent discovery from them is the new It Started With a Kiss lip tint. It comes in an adorable little tin and is scented with the most gorgeous apple cinnamon scent (they actually infuse fresh apples in hot water to get it in there). It leaves behind a subtle red stain and a tingly feeling (from the cinnamon leaf oil) and I’ve been also using it as a cheek stain in a pinch for a natural looking flush. Even better, it’s only $6.95, so it’s a totally affordable treat. I’m going to have to buy a few and stash one in every bag so I’m never without it! - Stacey

TWO. Affinitas Intimates Parfait Tamara Glamorous Half Cup Bra — The onset of Fall always marks a change in my color palette, as I change from the brights of Summer to duskier hues.  Recently, I’ve been really drawn to moody grays, bruised purples, and romantic navys, from outerwear to innerwear, and love this glamorous satin midnight blue bra from Affinitas which retails for $42.  I love the vintage look of this bra with its underwire-supported half cups and jet lace black overlay, that looks made for the boudoir, but would also look at home on a lazy Sunday afternoon, while lounging around the apartment.  The entire bra, including the shoulder straps are made out of satin, so that it outlines and doesn’t dig into your figure or shoulder blades.  Despite just being pretty, this underpinning is also functional, with gentle molding and a seamed 3 part cup that guides your goods forward than to the side. – Kathleen

THREE. H&M Wrap — I have what you might call a scarf addiction; there’s a whole trunk full of them in my living room, from knit plaid with fringe to silk ombre without. They’re great for lazy style days; just throw one on and transform your outfit instantly from blah to bohemian glamour. At $14.95, this frilly wrap from H&M covers so much ground, it’s practically a sweater — just right for this time of year. And it comes in three versatile colors — beige, cream and rich cranberry red; perfect for holiday parties! - Charli

FOUR. Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in a Box — The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel is certainly one of the most chic New York destinations- but hardly cheap. Now the brand behind the spa lets you bring home the experience with their set “Spa in a Box” which rings in at just $38, making it accessible for everyone. The set includes their signature products that are actually used during the treatments including the iconic Cabernet scrub, the star product in a number of the spa’s body treatments.  The beautiful packaging makes it the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself.  My favorite idea? To have these be in the gift bags for bridal showers or other girly parties.  - Carolyn

FIVE. J.Crew Merino Boyfriend Sweatshirt — I’m starting to freeze here (excuse the dramatics) and honestly, I anticipate that my credit card will get a bit of a workout, stocking up on sweaters. This gorgeous soft merino wool sweater looks luxurious and is body-skimming, but with the relaxed comfort of a sweatshirt. It’s on sale for $49.50 right now, and it’s worth every penny…so stock up! - Connie

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