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Polka Dots and Cardigans ~ How to put the BASICS to Work!

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Polka Dots and Cardigans ~ How to put the BASICS to Work!

Do polka dots make you a little giddy?   For some reason they make me smile!

  Adding this black & white polka dot blouse with a kelly green cardigan, made this outfit seem like a match made in heaven!

This blouse is a perfect item to add to the “neutrals”.   (check out our tips about choosing a color palette HERE)

  • Polka dot blouse ($1.75)
  • Kelly green cardigan ($1.75)

Too Cheap Blondes went to work to help this Houston teacher come up with some basic pieces she could incorporate into her existing wardrobe.   We found so many ideas on Pinterest on how to style these items and how to add them to a few of the other pieces we purchased for her.

Polka dot blouse $1.75 Cardigan $1.75 TOTAL = $3.50!!!!!!!!

Polka dot blouse $1.75
Cardigan $1.75
TOTAL = $3.50!!!!!!!!

polka dots pinterest blouse

green cardigan pinterest

More ways to wear polka dots and a cardigan!

More ways to wear polka dots and a cardigan!

We also found her 2 different blazers ... this polka dot blouse is an awesome staple!

We also found her 2 different blazers … this polka dot blouse is an awesome staple!

 

Fashion inspiration on Pinterest!  (see our boards HERE)

More Teacher Style Articles:

 

Monday

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Revisit your Classics Teacher Style

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Revisit your Classics Teacher Style

Classic pieces are usually fairly easy to find in a thrift store or something you already have in your closet.   Coming up with new ideas to wear them or styling them, in way that you would find in a fashion magazine, can be a challenge.

We took this Houston teacher shopping at Family Thrift Outlet and decided this red blazer ($1.75) and chambray shirt ($1.75)  would be versatile basics to add to her wardrobe.   A great fitting blazer and this chambray shirt can be worn so many ways, we know she will be able to use these pieces over and over again.

What do you think …. $3.50 on that iced frappuccino that will be gone in 30 minutes or these fabulous pieces :)

Teacher Style in a thrift store.  Red blazer $1.75 and chambray shirt for $1.75 = $3.50

Teacher Style in a thrift store. Red blazer $1.75 and chambray shirt for $1.75 = $3.50

Revisit Your Classics!

Revisit Your Classics!

Styling with Too Cheap Blondes

Styling with Too Cheap Blondes

More ideas on different ways to wear a red blazer and chambray shirt.

kate middleton blazer

 

thrift store chambray

Fashion inspiration on Pinterest!  (see our boards HERE)

More Teacher Style Articles:

Sunday

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Teacher Style …. How to Find the Deals and Make them Work! (7 items for $12.25)

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Teacher Style …. How to Find the Deals and Make them Work!

As we continue our series on teacher style, on a budget, we have a few ideas to share with you.   How many times do you find an awesome sale on something (or thrift it) and then you never end up wearing it?    Sometimes the hardest obstacle can be visualizing clothing outside of a “thrift” store atmosphere.  Our biggest source of fashion inspiration is Pinterest!  (see our boards HERE)   When we find clothing that is a name brand item, in perfect condition and Cheap … we go to Pinterest to get ideas on how to style it.

We took this Houston teacher shopping at a Family Thrift Outlet Store,  helping her find some basic pieces to expand her wardrobe!

We spent a TOTAL of $12.25 for all 7 items that can be mixed and matched together!

  • Grey cardigan  $1.75
  • Dark red skinny jeans  $1.75
  • Maxi skirt  $1.75
  • Plaid shirt  $1.75
  • Grey tshirt sweater  $1.75
  • Olive blazer  $1.75
  • Leather cross-body purse  $1.75
Teacher Outfit for $7

Teacher Outfit for $

 

We found this olive blazer and not sure how to style it we looked up a few similar looks.

Olive blazer $1.75, dark red skinny jeans $1.75 = $3.50

Olive blazer $1.75, dark red skinny jeans $1.75 = $3.50

"Too Cheap Blondes" found an olive blazer for $1.75 at a thrift store!

“Too Cheap Blondes” found an olive blazer for $1.75 at a thrift store!

 

Cute, yet comfortable, cardigan sweater ($1.75) and maxi skirt ($1.75) for a total of $3.50

Cute, yet comfortable, cardigan sweater ($1.75) and maxi skirt ($1.75) for a total of $3.50

Using the cardigan and skinny jeans to create another look

Using the same cardigan and skinny jeans to create another outfit

 

T-shirt sweater for $1.75

T-shirt sweater for $1.75

"Too Cheap Blondes" styling teachers at a thrift store

“Too Cheap Blondes” styling teachers at a thrift store

Family Thrift Outlet Stores are a little different than most thrift stores.

Let me start out by telling you this is not easy thrift shopping, but if you enjoy digging for treasure, then this is the place for you.

A bonus, the prices start at $2.00, for each item, on Thursday and go down .25 each day!

Here is a local ABC News segment that we did that will explain the details, HERE.

NOTE:   the prices have increased from $1.75 to $2.00 on Thursdays so the total for these 7 pieces would come to $14, still an Amazing Deal!

 

More Teacher Style Articles:

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As a bonus, we found this stunning sequin skirt and paired it with a turtleneck, to help our beautiful single teacher, come up with an outfit for a “night out”!

Only $3.50 total for this awesome "night out" outfit!

Only $3.50 total for this awesome “night out” outfit!

Some gorgeous ideas on how to style a turtleneck and sequin skirt!

Some gorgeous ideas on how to style a turtleneck and sequin skirt!

Other posts we have done about Family Thrift Outlet:

Saturday

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Teacher Style Tips from our Guest: Over 50 Feeling 40

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Teacher Style Tips from our Guest:  Over 50 Feeling 40

As we continue our “Teacher Style” tips this week, we would like to share with you our guest, Pam Lutrell.   She has a wonderful fashion blog “Over 50 Feeling 40″,  helping women achieve strength, confidence, youthful thinking, inspiration and head-turning personal style!    Pam is one of the “Official Goodwill Bloggers of San Antonio”, writes for “Harpers Bazaar” magazine and also is a full time teacher.   I asked her to share a few teacher style tips with you.

What I look for the most:

1.  Great fitting jackets…with seaming (not the boxy type).  Nothing is more flattering or says professional better than a jacket!
A great fitting jacket, with seaming, is always flattering and professional

A great fitting jacket, with seaming, is always flattering and professional

2.  I like to look for suits or two piece outfits that I can break up and wear separately with other things.  The pink jacket I am wearing has a skirt which goes with it and looks great with a brown cardigan.  Thrift stores typically hang these outfits with the dresses and it is worth a look for great finds and you will walk away with multiple possibilities!
This pink jacket is part of a suit but can also be worn as a separate.

This pink jacket is part of a suit but can also be worn as a separate.

More Teacher Style Articles:

Tips for Building your Wardrobe on a Budget
Guest Blogger: Over 50 Feeling 40
Teacher Style …. How to Find the Deals and Make them Work! (7 items for $12.25)
“Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” FOX26 Houston News

We choose teal and coral to mix and match with the neutrals, black and white.

We chose teal and coral to mix and match with the neutrals, black and white.

Friday

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Tips for Building your Wardrobe on a Budget

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Tips for Building your Wardrobe on a Budget

Are you wanting to stretch your wardrobe or maybe you need a complete new one, all on a budget?

Coming up with a game plan will certainly help you with this process.

Here are some of our tips:

1.   Create a list of clothing to purchase.   Did you know that with these 12 items you can create over 30 outfits!

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  1. Flowy blouse
  2. White button up blouse
  3. Sleeveless or short sleeve blouse
  4. Fitted pull-over sweater
  5. Cardigan sweater
  6. Maxi or A-line skirt
  7. Pencil skirt
  8. Slacks
  9. Colored skinny jeans
  10. Sheath dress
  11. Blazer
  12. Heels and Booties

Be sure and check out our Pinterest boards for more Wardrobe Ideas and Fashion Inspiration.  HERE

2.   Choose a color palette to work with.   We recommend 2 colors that you can mix and match with your neutrals such as black and white.  For our FOX26 segment we decided on teal and coral.

We choose teal and coral to mix and match with the neutrals, black and white.

We choose teal and coral to mix and match with the neutrals, black and white.

3.  Purchase a few statement necklaces to add the finishing touches to your wardrobe.   We found some amazing deals on ebay!  Here are a few ideas:

We found this statement necklace for Rita for under $5 (including shipping)

We found this statement necklace for Rita for under $5 (including shipping)

This necklace $2.96 (including shipping)

This necklace $4.96 (including shipping)

Only $2.96 includes shipping.  It does come from China so it takes about 2 weeks to get here.

Only $2.96 includes shipping. It does come from China so it takes about 2 weeks to get here.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221478785751?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

$2.58 includes shipping

$2.58 includes shipping

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fashion-Ladies-Irregular-Crystal-Bubble-Bib-Statement-Choker-Necklace-Pendant-B9-/261479823953?pt=Fashion_Jewelry&var=&hash=item3ce1697a51

$3.10 includes shipping

$3.10 includes shipping

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vogue-TeardropStyle-Resin-Chain-Bubble-Bib-Statement-Necklace-Earrings-Sets-B92U-/330998468516?pt=Fashion_Jewelry&var=&hash=item4d110bcfa4

4.  There are many options on how to purchase clothing at a huge discount!   Of course we love thrift stores but there are also a few other avenues to stretch your dollar.    Online trading sites, ebay, rummage sales and closet exchange parties with your friends.

5.  Building a wardrobe takes some time.  Be sure when you go shopping have a list of the clothing items you need so you have some direction when you walk into a thrift store, rummage sale or shop online.

Here is the “Teacher Style Tips” segment we did with FOX:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/clip/10524824/teacher-style-tips-on-a-budget

Teacher Style Tips on a Budget

"Stretch your Wardrobe" start by choosing a color palette

“Stretch your Wardrobe” start by choosing a color palette

Remember this does take time, you will probably not find all the clothes you want in one trip.

Have fun with it and we would love to hear about your great deals!

Wednesday

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“Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” FOX26 Houston News

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“Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” FOX26 Houston News

One of the top requests that we receive from our readers is how to help teachers stretch their wardrobes.

Teachers are expected to dress professional every day but most are on a limited budget, plus they want to dress comfortable.  We would love to share some of our thrifting / budget friendly advice with you!

Jen and I give some of our tips tomorrow morning on FOX26 News with Rita Garcia on how to do this.

(Thursday, 7AM hour, August 28th)

Breaking news is coming in right before our shoot ...

Breaking news is coming in right before our shoot …

Setting up for our "Teacher Style Tips on a Budget" ... the Glamorous life of fashion bloggers :)

Setting up for our “Teacher Style Tips on a Budget” … the Glamorous life of fashion bloggers :)

Lights, camera, action ... getting ready for FOX26 Houston segment

Lights, camera, action … getting ready for FOX26 Houston segment

 

"Too Cheap Blondes" filming with Rita Garcia @ FOX26 News

“Too Cheap Blondes” filming with Rita Garcia @ FOX26 News

 Be sure to check in all week as we feature “Teacher” fashion advice.   (Really, this applies to everyone :))  

  • FOX news segment
  • Guest blogger / teacher Pam Lutrell (Over 50 Feeling 40)
  • Several shopping trips we have done with local Houston teachers
  • How to purchase fabulous statement necklaces online for under $10
  • 10 items to helps stretch your wardrobe!
Add to colors to neutrals to "Strech your Wardrobe"

Add only 2-3 colors to neutrals (black/white or beige/brown)  to “Strech your Wardrobe”

 

Accessories are a great way to stretch your wardrobe!   Check out our blog www.TooCheapBlondes.com to find out how we purchase Fabulous statement necklaces for under $10!

Accessories are a great way to stretch your wardrobe! Check out our blog www.TooCheapBlondes.com to find out how we purchase Fabulous statement necklaces for under $10!

 

We would love to hear from you …. do you have any advice or tips to add?

 

 

 

Monday

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Houston Thrift Fashion Show Scene VII Midnight Special ~ Escada, Vera Wang and Carmen Marc Valvo

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Houston Thrift Fashion Show Scene VII Midnight Special 2013

This scene included high name brand such as Escada, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Carmen Marc Valvo

ReNew and Redux Fashion Show is definitely one of the high lights for thrift shoppers like us!   There is shopping of high end designer clothing, both before and after the show!   The clothes you see during the fashion show are available at the end.

The show will be on August 20th, click here to purchase your tickets!

All proceeds from this event go to support The Womens Home, which is a multi-ethnic, non-denominational, non-profit United Way agency that serves women who have experienced homelessness because of mental illness, abuse or addiction.

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Clothing from the runway show will be available to purchase afterwards

Clothing from the runway show will be available to purchase afterwards

Shopping at the pop-up store is both before and after the fashion show

Shopping at the pop-up store is both before and after the fashion show

 

ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!

 

Sunday

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August 2014

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Noveau Romantics” Scene VI ~ Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Prada and more

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Noveau Romantics” Scene VI ~ 2013

Scene V, named “Noveau Romantics”, featured name brands such as Burberry, DVF, Oscar de La Renta, Valentino, Prada and Alberta Ferretti.    This was one of my favorite scenes all night!

ReNew ReDux Houston fashion show, will include a pop-up shop, featuring amazing “thrifted” designer clothing.

Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

The show will be on August 20th, click here to purchase your tickets!

This dress was STUNNING!   I am pretty sure this got the most "ooh's and aah's"

This dress was STUNNING! I am pretty sure this got the most “ooh’s and aah’s”

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ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!

 

Sunday

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Gray Expecations” Scene V ~ Kate Spade, Max Mara, Proenza Schouler

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Gray Expecations” Scene V ~ 2013

Scene V, named Gray Expectations, featured name brands such as Kate Spade, Proenza Schouler, Max Mara, Cache and Nicole Miller

ReNew ReDux Houston fashion show, includes a pop-up shop, featuring amazing “thrifted” designer clothing.

Here is a one shoulder Halston gown, that will be for sale at the show, that we thought was quite spectacular!

halston dress thrift store shop

 

 

Tory Burch dress, New with Tags.

Tory Burch dress, New with Tags.

 

The show will be on August 20th, click here to purchase your tickets!

 

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ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!

Saturday

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Fine Print” Scene IV ~ DVF, Malandrino, John Galliano

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Fine Print” Scene IV ~ 2013

Featured name brands such as DVF, Malandrino, John Galliano

“Too Cheap Blondes” are quite excited for the upcoming ReNew ReDux Houston fashion show, featuring amazing “thrifted” designer clothing.  The show will be on August 20th, click here to purchase your tickets!

If you see us please come say hello, we would love to meet you!

Please come say hello to the Queens of Thrifting!

Please come say hello to the Queens of Thrifting!

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ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes)

Scene I, Classic ReDux

Scene II, Color Therapy

Scene III, Autumn Sonata

Scene IV, Fine Print

Scene V, Gray Expectations

Scene VI, Noveau Romantics

Scene VII, Midnight Special

Scene VIII Color of the Night

Houstons Highly Anticipated Fashion Show!