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Wednesday

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August 2014

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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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August 2014

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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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August 2014

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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!

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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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August 2014

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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!

Friday

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August 2014

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Classic Pink and Black CHANEL ~ ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show

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Classic Pink and Black CHANEL ~ ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show

Houston’s Highly Anticipated ReNew ReDux Fashion Show is August 20, 2014
(all clothing that has been thrifted / upcycled)
We were definitely excited about ReNew and ReDux Fashion Show 2013, but this year we can’t wait to attend this fabulous event!   Combining fashion, fun, friends and food … sounds like a perfect evening!
The Womens Home / Cottage Shop Thrift Store allowed Jen and I to have a sneak peek at some of the items that will either be featured in the Fashion Show or for sale in the Pop-Up Boutique.
One of our favorite items was this incredible pink/black classic CHANEL suit.
The classic pink and black colors have stood the test of time, from Jackie Kennedy to 2014.
Classic CHANEL in pink and black

Classic CHANEL in pink and black

 

Pink and Black CHANEL

Pink and Black CHANEL

Classic CHANEL colors featured by Atlantic Pacific fashion blogger

Classic CHANEL colors featured by Atlantic Pacific fashion blogger

CHANEL runway

CHANEL runway

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ReNew Redux Fashion Show 2013 (stay tuned as we add the scenes all week)
Scene I, Classic ReDux
Scene II, Color Therapy
Scene III, Autumn Sonata
Scene IV, Fine Print
Scene V, Gray ExpectationsScene VI, Noveau RomanticsScene VII, Midnight SpecialScene VIII Color of the Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

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August 2014

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Too Cheap Blondes Together with Genesys Works and Family Thrift Outlet Store

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The Real Reason Why We Promote Thrifting.

We get asked all the time why we spend so much time and effort promoting thrift shopping and local thrift stores here in Houston.  Do we get paid or profit somehow from our efforts?  The answer is no, at least not monetarily.  The payment we receive runs much deeper than a few dollars in our pockets, it fills our hearts.  Recently we were fortunate to be in the right place, at the right time and were able, through our thrifting contacts, to directly impact about 100 disadvantaged male teenagers here in Houston.

Jen and Pippa helping dress the young men in the Genesys Works program.

Jen and Pippa helping dress the young men in the Genesys Works program.

 

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Family Thrift Center stores here in Houston, we were able to provide professional interview clothing to 100 boys who are part of a summer internship program through Genesys Works, a non-profit group that aids in the training and placement of disadvantaged teens into school-year internship programs with major Fortune 500 companies here in Houston.

Family Thrift Center agreed to outfit all 100 boys in the program, something that has never happened before.  Prior to our involvement with Genesys, these boys all struggled to come up with professional clothing for their interviews.  The girls in the program are outfitted through “Dress for Success,” however, the Houston-area is lacking a program that outfits men in professional attire.  Thanks to Family Thrift Center, we were able to collect clothing from their outlet stores to donate to the program.  At Family Thrift Center outlet stores (four locations in Houston), each item starts at only $2.00 on Thursdays, then decreases daily down to just .25 on Wednesdays.   We were able to help dress these young men with a navy blazer, khaki pants and a dress shirt for a mere $6.00 (all graciously donated by Family Thrift Center)!  We were also fortunate enough to get to meet and personally fit several of the young men who are participating in the Genesys program.  It was truly a special day for us as we saw the joy and pride on the boys’ faces when they were trying on their new sports coats.

We would also like to extend a very special thanks to Ruth Villatoro from TorosFilm.com for documenting our shopping and fitting day with a few of these inspiring young men.  Focusing on human rights and social justice issues, Ruth Villatoro has used her extensive production knowledge and passion for truth to tell the stories of the underrepresented. Her journalistic drive has taken her from the dangerous slums of Africa, the human trafficking compounds in the United States and currently working on a project that rescues dogs from near death and into justice reformation program.  Some of Ruth’s award-winning documentaries include:

  • “The Cantinera” Human Trafficking filmed right here in Houston
  • “Heel Documentary“.   Rescued dogs from the “corridor of cruelty”, an area in Houston that is known as a dumping ground for abandoned and fighting bait dogs, placed into a rehabilitation program with boys on probation.

To say we are honored that Ms. Villatoro agreed to donate her time to documenting our project is an understatement.  Thank you Ruth!

Filming with Genesys Works

Filming with Genesys Works

Shopping for professional clothing for internship interviews

Shopping for professional clothing for internship interviews

Each of these items start at only $2.00 @ Family Thrift Outlet Stores

Each of these items start at only $2.00 @ Family Thrift Outlet Stores

Brooks Brothers Pants $2.00, Nordstrom Shirt $2.00 and Navy Blazer from Dillards $2.00

Brooks Brothers Pants $2.00, Nordstrom Shirt $2.00 and Navy Blazer from Dillards $2.00

Family Thrift Outlet Store 12148 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX  77034

Family Thrift Outlet Store
12148 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034

 

Wednesday

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August 2014

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Houston ReNew ReDux Fashion Show “Autumn Sonata” Scene III Hermes, Burberry, Escada, Dolce & Gabbana, Lela Rose

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 ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show Scene III “Autumn Sonata”  2013

“Autumn Sonata” Scene III featured name brands such as Hermes, Burberry, Escada, Dolce & Gabbana, Lela Rose, Chloe and Cynthia Steffe.

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Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here.
All proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” here in Houston!
Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
Pop-up Shop!

Pop-up Shop!

 

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!

Tuesday

12

August 2014

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ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show Scene II “Color Therapy”

Written by , Posted in Thrift Finds with Jen and Pippa

 ReNew ReDux Houston Fashion Show Scene II “Color Therapy”  2013

“Color Therapy” Scene II featured name brands such as Kate Spade, Milly, Dianne Von Furstenburg, Juicy Couture and Alice + Olivia

The Wortham Center provides a dramatic backdrop for a fashion show!

The Wortham Center provides a dramatic backdrop for a fashion show!

 

Color Therapy, Scene II

Color Therapy, Scene II

ReNew ReDux Fashion Show 2013

ReNew ReDux Fashion Show 2013

Name brands such as Kate Spade, Alice + Olivia and Juicy Couture

Name brands such as Kate Spade, DVF, Milly, Alice + Olivia and Juicy Couture

 

Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here.
All proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” here in Houston!
Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

We got to preview and there will be more high-end designer items for sale than ever before.   Here are a few items that will be for sale:
Tory Burch Dress and Tunic

Tory Burch Dress and Tunic

Stunning chiffon maxi skirt in "Radiant Orchid" ... the color of 2014!

Stunning chiffon maxi skirt in “Radiant Orchid” … the color of 2014!

Handbags, shoes and amazing vintage hats!

Handbags, shoes and amazing vintage hats!

 

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!

 

 

Monday

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August 2014

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Houston’s Highly Anticipated ReNew ReDux Fashion Show August 20, 2014

Written by , Posted in Thrift Finds with Jen and Pippa

 

 

Houston’s Highly Anticipated ReNew ReDux Fashion Show August 20, 2014
(all clothing that has been thrifted / upcycled)
We were definitely excited about reNew and reDux Fashion Show 2013, but this year we can’t wait!
Held for the second time in the stunning Grand Foyer at the Wortham Center, it is sure to be an event to remember.
Wortham Center Women's Home Fashion Show 2013

Wortham Center Women’s Home Fashion Show 2013

Be ready to shop, shop, shop at the wildly popular Pop-Up Boutique.
We got to preview and there will be more high-end designer items for sale than ever before.
Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

 

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Tory Burch Reva Flats

 

Kate Spade Dress

Kate Spade Dress

Missoni sweater

Missoni sweater

 

Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix

New with Tags .. TRINA TURK strapless dress

New with Tags .. TRINA TURK strapless dress

Cute strapless jumpsuit from a Greek designer!

Cute strapless jumpsuit from a Greek designer!

 

 Complimentary drinks and bites provided for all!
Tickets are selling quickly, so purchase one for you and a friend today by going here. As always, all proceeds from reNew and reDux assist The Women’s Home in continuing to provide a WholeLife model of care to women in crisis. reNew and reDux is an amazing experience, and gives back to an amazing cause.
The Wortham said this show is the “opening event of the season” – let’s kick it off with one to remember!