Spring is almost here and it’s time to at least begin the process of putting away fall/winter decor, getting rid of excessive items, and pulling out some of your spring clothing items while putting away your heavy coats. It’s a back and forth on clothing items until spring settle ins. Also, for many it’s time to plant and get their yard prepped. I am renting the condo I am in and I have not been in the mood to plant a garden here. However, it is a definite need to keep the small yard cut and weeded. I have never seen a weed problem like this one in my life! I will opt for potted plants.
My home always has a beachy theme or feel. My favorite colors are in the turquoise family. However, I wanted less of the turquoise and more of something else. I was ready to go out of my comfort zone for the living room/downstairs area. I went with the leftover royal blue glasses and the new color apple green. I am still working on the details, adding in some different variations of the colors, and keeping a hint of the beach present. EVERYTHING remaining inexpensive, clearance, dollar store finds, under $20, and reusing what I already have. A can of spray paint can do wonders for items you find that do not match your decor or items you are almost sick of looking at. Paint them and then next year you can sell them, paint them again or give them away.
In the photo above the plates and glasses were purchaed from the Dollar Tree. The napkins and mats were on clearance at Steinmart. I bought the apples from Michael’s. The painting was created by me!
The photo below: The Relax sign was $3 from Target and the green dog was 50% off from At Home store and so is the winker round/cone shape thing. Everything else is what I already had.
So far downstairs this is all I have done. I have learned to start early as I can tire easily or flare up. So, I go with the flow and when the flow is high I max it out and when it’s low I get a few things crossed off the list like taking down pictures or dusting and organizing or getting magazines ready for recycling. One thing I have found with this decorating scheme is I don’t have as much as I though I had to make it complete. I will have to scavenge clearance and low cost items to make it solid. I really want a few rugs. We will see!
There is nothing, and I mean nothing better than a great clearance finds when you are a girl like me on a very very tight budget! It makes you feel like champagne! All bubbly and sparkly on the inside. As I fight off debt and try to save, there are ways to to still get a bit of shopping in here and there. And as I often preach, quality on clearance is winning.
Nail polish by Sally Hansen. Two colors that can flow right into Spring and Summer. Edgy earrings by Steve Madden. I love these and I have worn them with several outfits already. I got these before Christmas one weekend along with two more pair I will blog about I am sure. And my favorite find during Dillard’s Big Shoe Clearance are these sparkly pair of sandals by one of my favorite shoe designers Gianni Bini. They are so comfortable and can really set off a cute summer dress or a pair of skinny jeans.
I love to go makeup dumpster diving! You walk in to get groceries and there in the middle of the aisle and a shining light from a makeup angel in heaven…ah yes, divine intervention! lol
I got this Maybelline lipstick, violet vixen 830, for 2.00! The regular price was 5.99. I loved it so much I had to take several selfies as you can see.
Is that all Nikki? Of course not! I checked my budget and made room for these other goodies. All of the lipsticks/glosses were 2.00 and the lip glosses were originally 8.99! I love the midnight blue color. Yes, very bold. Well, that’s it for the makeup dumpster dive! I had makeup all over my hands when I finished searching! It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it!
We took a trip to Iowa and I went to a Goodwill store there. They had coats and Jackets on sale. I paid 13.99 for the St. John’s Bay, lined, double breasted coat on the left and the 5.99 for the corduroy jacket on the right. I will have them dry cleaned and put them away until the Fall/Winter. It pays if you are on a budget to check out some of these shops. I donate clothes to the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and thrift stores. I also consign. My mom always gave and she told us to never give something you wouldn’t want to wear. So, I make sure it’s in good condition and sometimes it’s brand new. There are people out there who do this and that’s how you find some great items. Both of these are excellent quality and excellent condition.
Essie polish is not cheap. This is why when you find it on clearance or mark down you snatch it up. This was the case at TJMaxx. It was on clearance for 3.00 a bottle. Also the headbands, which I have a hard time finding these were for 2.00 and originally 8.00. I turn the bow to the back and you can’t see it. All are very spring and summery colors.
And I went back to Dillards to search for the hot pink shirt I wanted and it was marked down a little more for 22.40. The original price was 64.00.
This is me Sunday. My shoes are by Nine & Co and I think they were like 5.00 on clearance some years ago, but I can’t remember where. I always thought they were an odd color and a challenge to match. However, I have worn them a few times with jeans or khakis. The back of the shoe is a teal color and I have not found anything to match it. It worked out great for the shirt and a pair of jeans. My lipstick is by MAC “A Girl About Town.”
The budget was $25 and I spent roughly $22 but the jewelry together is about $65 without clearance. Oh, yeah, $10 of my budget came from a Ellen Tracey zip up cardigan I sold at a consignment shop. 65% off plus another %20
I went to JC Penny’s to look for a black pencil skirt. It was on sale and this cute blouse by Liz Claiborne was on clearance. I stayed on budget. I really need to add more blouses to my…dare I say…wardrobe?
You see I have this thing with “blouses” as I am, to nicely put it, “top heavy” (lol!). I don’t like the way most blouses fit me. However, I tried it on and well to my surprise I liked it. Now I wonder how many cute blouses have I passed up because I thought it would “hang on me” and make me look as if I was floating. So, the lesson for me here is to TRY IT ON (I hate trying clothes on, but I hate bringing them back more!).