Budget Shopping, Fashion

How to Prep for Black Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! We’re coming at you with a Monday edition of the blog, because we have a very important topic to discuss…Black Friday.

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Oh, Black Friday, you’re the sale of the year and your special day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to refresh our wardrobes. It’s easy to become enthralled by all the fabulous deals, though. If we’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly. Before we know it, we have a porch full of boxes and a closet that’s anything but rejuvenated. To avoid this undesirable outcome, let’s take some time to prepare. Don’t worry, it’s a painless process based on the one-in one-out rule (for a refresh on this rule, see the post here). Without further ado, let’s get into it!

First of all, let’s acknowledge that letting go of things is hard. To make the process easier, it’s important to “dignify the ending” (credit to Tero International, Inc.). What do we mean by this? It may be by thanking the item for its service as Marie Kondo suggests in her videos. It may be reminiscing about a particular memory or sharing a vision for the future of that item once it’s found a new home. It’s whatever you need to do to get closure and move on. I realize this may seem silly, but I promise it’s helpful.

Now that we know how to say goodbye to our beloved pieces, let’s get to cleaning out our closet.

Step 1: What brings you joy?

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Look through all your clothes and set aside anything that doesn’t bring you joy. This may be because it’s not your style anymore or because it doesn’t fit or because it’s damaged, etc. I’m talking serious joy here. You want to look into your closet and LOVE everything in it.

Step 2: Sort, sort, sort

Next up, let’s sort those items that don’t bring us joy. I sort my pieces into 3 bins:

  1. Purgatory: Things that I’m not quite ready to donate yet. These are items I want to see if I miss once they’re out of my closet.
  2. Donation: Things that will be donated.
  3. Trash: Items that are beyond repair and need to be tossed.

Step 3: Analysis

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Analysis, you ask? Yes, analysis. Don’t worry, we don’t have to make any graphs (unless you want to!) All we mean by analysis here is that we want to understand why certain items didn’t work well for us. That way we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Step 4: Make a list

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Now take stock of everything that has gone into one of the bins. Make a list of those items that you need to replace. Voila! You now have your Black Friday shopping list!

The Steps in Action

To prepare for Black Friday, I too, cleaned out my closet. I’d love to share my experience with you now.

First of all, I cleaned out my Purgatory closet. I dignified the ending of each item as I placed it into the donation bin. That really helped me let of go of those pieces.

Next, I went into my closet and pulled out items that don’t bring me joy. Some went to the Purgatory closet and others went straight into the donation bin.

Next up, I did some analysis.

I bought this blouse to wear under cardigans for work. It’s a nice material, but it just doesn’t work for me. Why? It seems to be the detail around the neckline. Apparently, I don’t need more volume in that area. Lesson learned. I need to look for blouses that don’t have any additional volume around the neckline and bust area.

Not pictured: purple, black, and brown tanks

Something else I noticed, was the number of Target brand tank tops that had holes in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target as much as the next gal. Sometimes, though, the quality isn’t the best. I wear tank tops nearly every day. It makes sense for me to invest in better quality tank tops since I wear them so often. Even though the item may initially be more expensive, the cost per wear will be low. Black Friday is the perfect time to find those quality pieces at an affordable price.

Something new I tried out this round was to pull out pieces I wasn’t sure how to style. I figured I would look for outfit inspiration before these items go into Purgatory or the Donation bin.

Finally, I made my list. Here it is:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

That’s it! My experience cleaning out my closet was satisfying and painless. I know yours will be too!

Are you ready to clean out your closet? In about one hour, you can thin out your closet, focus your Black Friday shopping, and make room for fresh, new, undamaged pieces that you LOVE!

Let’s hear from you! Will you be cleaning out your closet in preparation for Black Friday?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!



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Budget Shopping, Fashion

An Online Boutique You Have to See to Believe

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We all need to shop for clothes. Regardless of whether we like shopping or not, it’s a thing we have to do.

There are times shopping for clothes can be fun, but it can also be super stressful. The busy malls, the fitting room mirrors that lie, sifting through racks and racks of items only to find something you like but not in your size, etc etc.

I’ve certainly wandered aimlessly and depressed through many a clothing store with little hope that I’ll ever be able to find what I want.

There’s got to be a better way.

Six years ago, I broke my ankle and I broke it badly. I was down for the count for a couple months. No shopping for me. What’s a girl to do? Up until this point in my life, I had been vehemently opposed to online shopping. I insisted I must try on each clothing item before purchasing them. Being homebound, though, I caved and downloaded the JCPenney app.

From then on, I was hooked. Do you mean to tell me I can scroll through hundreds of items filtered by my size and item type of choice…in a matter of minutes…from the comfort of my couch? Yes, please! I’ve never looked back.

Once I found the joy and ease of online shopping, I needed a few go-to sites. Of course, I relied (and still do) on Target, JCP, and thredUP. My quest for fabulous (and inexpensive) online clothing sites has never ceased, though.

The other day I was reading a blog post on J’s Everyday Fashion (check out the post here). Now when J shares a favorite find, I listen.  She has stellar taste plus she’s a fellow Kansas girl.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, do yourself a favor and head on over there.  You’ll love it!  Anyway, J was talking about an online clothing shop called Jane.com. She shared a few of her finds and they were super cute and super budget friendly. I had to check it out.

So what is this Jane.com online store?  According to their website, they describe themselves like this: “Jane.com is a very beautiful boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion trends, home decor, and children’s clothing.”  As their description mentions, they not only have adorable and affordable women’s fashion, they also have jewlery, home decor items and children’s clothing.  What more could you ask for?

I’ve placed a few orders so far using their app.  The app is super easy to use and most items feature multiple pictures so you can really get a good look at them.  Because Jane.com sells items from different boutiques, shipping is calcualated per item.  That is a little different than most of us are used to.  However, this is not a deal breaker by any means.  Shipping is usually a couple bucks per item.  The prices are so low, that adding an extra $2-$3 still makes them a great deal.  Returns are a breeze too, although, again, you need to deal with each boutique seperately.Below are the items I’ve purcahsed so far.  Enjoy!

Black and white stripes seem to be everywhere these days!  I cannot wait to see how many outfits I can create with this shirt!  I smell a blog post coming on!  Exact (still available) 
Don’t mind me while I just live in this dress.  This dress is soft, comfy, flattering, and versatile.  Plus, it has pockets!  #iminlove Exact (still available) 
Florals are having a moment this spring!  Even though this is black, thanks to the florals and flowiness, it still has a springy vibe.  Exact (deal expired) / similar
I’ve been searching for a flowy tank that I can not only wear in the summer, but also one I can throw a sweater over in the winter.  This one fits the bill perfectly! Exact (deal expired) / similar
Speaking of a tank I can wear both in the summer and winter, this one is it.  I wish you could feel this fabric!  It’s so soft!  I’ll be wearing this on repeat all summer long!  Exact (deal expired) / similar


I was reading Bright on a Budget the other day.  She had the cutest Espadrilles on!  I’ve never had a pair, and I knew at that moment I need a them on my feet ASAP!  Exact (deal expired) / similar

If you’re in the market for some new spring clothes (aren’t we all?) or you’re looking for a new online shop to explore, I would highly recommend checking out Jane.com!!!Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day, lovelies!lylas, MissyAnn 😘

Beauty, Budget Shopping, Makeup, Product Review

The Best BB Cream

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Summer is in full swing! I don’t know about you, but I’m not super fussy with my makeup in the summer. Quick and easy application is key because I want to go outside and play! BB Creams are the answer to all my foundation needs in the summer (and on any rushed morning for that matter!).

Last summer, I reviewed 5 of my favorite BB Creams (see that post here) and asked you all what your favorites were. I got the best recommendation from my lovely friend Sue over at Wine Wows! from Sue (if you need a wine rec or dinner idea, do yourself a favor and go read her blog right now!). She told me about Maybelline Dream BB Fresh.

Guys, this stuff is amazing! The coverage of this product is stellar for a BB Cream. It glides on easily using your fingers making application a breeze. As far as the color range goes they have 3 options: Light/Medium (that’s what I have), Medium, and Medium/Deep.  I find that most BB creams just blend so well into the skin that they just end up enhancing the skin’s tone, so an exact color match is not required.  Plus, since it has SPF already, you don’t need to apply an additional sunscreen!  Score!

This has quickly become my favorite BB Cream and one I’m sure to be rocking all summer long! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s so good!

What’s the best product recommendation that you’ve ever received?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!



Beauty, Budget Shopping

Bottom Shelf Beauty

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk marketing.  I’m a geneticist, so I know nothing about marketing, but I do know stores want us to spend money (duh!).  They position their products on their shelves accordingly.  Just because a product is inexpensive and has a home on the bottom shelf of the store, doesn’t mean it’s bad.  Here are a few of my favorite bottom shelf beauty products!

St. Ives Face Scrub
I love St. Ives face scrubs (find the brightening one here).  One of my first Fabulous Finds Friday was about this face scrub (see the post here).  It’s gentle enough to use every day and does what it claims.  With a price tag of around $3.50, that’s quite a deal!  St. Ives lotion is also quite nice.  In fact, I would try about anything from the St. Ives brand.  Even though you usually find it on the bottom shelf, it’s a quality brand with good products.

Ponds Dry Skin Cream
This was a new find for me.  I’m an oily skin girl, but in the depths of winter, my skin needs a little extra hydration.  I saw this on the bottom shelf and thought I’d give it a try (find it here).  I’m so glad I did!  It’s a great moisturizer and looks great under makeup.  Even better, it only costs about $5!  Another great deal!  As the weather gets warmer (thank goodness!), my oily skin doesn’t need as much moisture, so I’ll be switching back to a lightweight moisturizer.  However, my dry skinned girls out there would love, love, love this product! 
I love all things Suave.  From their dry shampoo to their shampoo/conditioner to their lotion to their hairspray to their deodorant, it’s all fabulous.  For some reason, these products are often found on the bottom shelf (oh right, because they’re inexpensive).  As far as I’m concerned, though, they should be front and center! 
What are your favorite inexpensive beauty products?
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

Budget Shopping, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter, Winter Style

Winter Wear

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk coats.  Outerwear isn’t something we always put a lot of thought into.  For many of us, we pick out winter wear by asking ourselves one question…is it warm?  If the answer is yes, it finds its way into our hall closets.  Although warmth is a priority, maybe some other factors should come up in our quest for winter wear, such as fit.  Does the coat make you feel fabulous?  What about the color?  So many coats are shades of grey or black or brown, aka dark winter colors.  I don’t know about you, but I want to brighten up winter as much as possible and my coat choices certainly fit the bill.  Here are two of my favorite winter coats.  They are both wool and oh so warm!  The cut is super flattering and best of all, they’re bright colors!  Love it!

The hubby and I with the snowman our family made on New Year’s last year!
The idea for this post came from Patrice over at Looking Fly on a Dime.  She’s hosting a style challenge called Try It, Wear It, Love It (read her post about it here).  Every day she gives us a fashion theme, we try it and hopefully love it.  It’s all about finding new outfit combinations or pieces you’ve forgotten about in your existing wardrobe.  All are welcome, so follow along and participate on Instagram using the hashtag #trywearlove.  Today’s challenge is Outerwear, so it’s the perfect showcase for my bright coats!
What’s your winter wear of choice?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
Winter coats outerwear bold colors
Budget Shopping, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Leggings, Winter Style

A Lucky Find

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk luck.  One night I was perusing the thredUP app.  On a side note, this is one of my favorite things to do while watching TV.  I can’t sit still and just watch; I must be doing something else.  Anyone else like that or is it just me?  Anyway, I ran across this super cute floral shirt and quickly added it to my cart.  Once it arrived at my door, I immediately tried it on and loved it even more than in the picture on the app.  With the brown trim, I figured I could wear it with a brown cardigan and call it a day.  I hung it in my closet and didn’t think much about it for awhile. This morning I was looking in my closet for outfit inspiration and I certainly found it.  The yellow notes in my new floral shirt matched my yellow cardigan perfectly!  How awesome is that?!?  I took those two pieces and paired them with a white tank, leggings and brown boots.  This is an outfit I can’t wait to repeat more this season!
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
Beauty, Budget Shopping, Everyday Style, Makeup, Product Review, Travel

The All-in-One Palette and Why You Need One

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk skepticism.  For a long time, I was quite skeptical of those all-in-one palettes.  You know the ones, they have eyeshadows and blush and lipstick all in one compact.  I just couldn’t wrap my mind around having cream products next to powdery ones and how messy that must get.  Did I actually try it, though?  No, no I didn’t.   Was I missing out big time?  Yes, yes I was.  
Last week, the Thanksgiving holiday brought a chance for the hubby and me to visit my family back in Kansas.  All the good food and good company are reason enough to be excited to go home.  One extra perk is that oftentimes my mom has a pile of things she bought that didn’t work for her, but she thinks will work for me.  Aren’t moms the best?  This trip she had an all-in-one palette from Revlon (find it here).  There are 3 shade choices for this palette; mine is Berry in Love.  It includes 6 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses, a mirror, and mini applicators.  The applicators actually aren’t bad, but preferably I would use my own brushes.  The mirror is a little small, but usable.  
The colors are said to be universally flattering, and they are certainly very pretty.  The blush is a little light on my skin tone.  It does layer well, so with a little extra work you can get a good color payoff.  I wish the pan for the blush was bigger as it’s difficult to use a full-size blush brush, but it’s workable.  The palette doesn’t come with a highlight, but you can easily use any of the lighter eyeshadow shades for that purpose.  As I mentioned, my biggest fear was that the powder products would get all up into the cream products.  I’m happy to say, that has not been an issue yet.  So far so good!  
My favorite part of this palette is the convenience.  This can replace 5 products you would normally have to include in your makeup bag with this one palette.  With holiday travel season upon us (and any traveling for that matter) space is at a premium.  If I can pack a product that saves precious space, that’s a big plus.  It’s also nice not having to think about coordinating your eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick choices.  It’s all right there, already optimized with universally flattering colors that work well together.  It’s quick and easy to just throw in your bag and go.  That I like and you will too!  If you’re like me and were skeptical of the all-in-one palette, just try it out.  You won’t be disappointed!
Have you used an all-in-one palette?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
Makeup travel bag all-in-one products
Budget Shopping, Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

Crafting the Holidays: A Quick and Easy Homemade Gift Idea

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk homemade gift ideas.  I love the thought of putting my creative juices to work this time of year with a good ‘ole homemade gift.  Problem is, sometimes (okay maybe most of the time) I way underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually make the said gift.  This gets me into trouble and I end up rushing out to buy something Christmas Eve.  No more, my friends, no more.  I took to Pinterest in search of a cute and easy homemade gift.  Specifically, I was looking for something to make my co-workers.  Since they are all women, this made the search easier.  When I came across the inspiration photo, I knew it was the one!  It looked easy, cute, and even functional!  Score! 

You’ll need some clear frames (I used 5×7 ones from the dollar store), sticky notes in assorted colors and sizes (again, I got mine from the dollar store), ribbon (you guessed it, from the dollar store), and scrapbook paper.  First, cut the scrapbook paper to fit your frames and place the paper inside the frame.  Next, secure ribbon to the top of the frame using some tape.  I simply wrapped the ribbon around the frame, but you could tie a bow or do something fancy here if you so desired.  To give it a little something extra, I added their initial to the ribbon.  Finally, attach the sticky note pads using glue dots.  I tried tape, but that didn’t work at all.  Glue here would be the best choice.  That’s it!  Now you have a cute and functional homemade holiday gift!

Recipe Style:
Clear Frames + Scrapbook Paper + Post-It + Ribbon and Tag = Cute and Inexpensive Gifts
From Nadine’s Treasures
My Style:
Do you make homemade gifts?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Holiday homemade gift idea crafting easy crafts dollar store
Budget Shopping, Fabulous Finds Friday, Holidays

REPOST: 10 Tips for a Successful Black Friday Shopping Experience

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

For those of you in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are having a fabulous day eating delicious food with friends and family.  What a great holiday!  Also on tap, this weekend is the biggest shopping day of the year…Black Friday.  This is almost a holiday in itself for my family. After our bellies are full of turkey and pie, we await the joyous sound of “The paper’s here!”  Our faces light up with delight.  We ready our notepads and pens and get ready to make our lists and check them twice. We proceed to happily spend hours scouring the dozens and dozens of ads for great deals laughing and joking as we go.  Once our lists are made, we get down to business making a plan for the next morning.  This is the not so fun part.  That’s where these tips come in handy…

This post is based on an article by The Krazy Coupon Lady called 34 Brilliant Black Friday Hacks for 2016.  While there is a lot of great and super useful information in this article, 34 tips are more than I can handle.  Let’s break it down into 10 tips for a successful Black  Friday shopping experience!
Recipe Style:
34 Brilliant Black Friday Tips for 2016 by the Krazy Coupon Lady

My Style:

  1. Scout your go-to stores the day before Thanksgiving.  Most of the displays should be set up by this time.  For people who travel for the holiday, this may be difficult, but it can help save time at the wee hours of the morning for sure!
  2. Make your final list by store and order the items by importance.  In my family, we have several drafts of the same list before we get to our final.   It’s a process.
  3. Remember to not only stock up for Christmas but birthdays, weddings, baby showers, etc. as well!
  4. Look for door-buster guarantees.  This is mostly a Wal-Mart thing, and Wal-Mart is not my favorite place to go on Black Friday.  Actually, I avoid it at all costs.  However, if they have a TV I want for cheap, their door-buster guarantee is a life-saver.  All you do is go in during the advertised time-frame, buy a voucher for the item you want, and pick it up before Christmas.  That I can handle!
  5. Avoid wearing red, especially if you’re going to Target.  Do wear bright colors or an easily recognized shirt so your group can find you easily in the crowd.
  6. Leave the kiddos and hubbys at home.  Unless your hubby is my brother in which case he may come along.  My brother is a great shopper!
  7. Shop with a group, but not a large group.  Two to four people is a good number.
  8. Ditch the shopping carts and use reusable bags instead.  This of course only works if you’re purchasing smaller items. If you must get a cart, have 1 cart and 1 driver for your group.  The other people are runners and bring items back to the cart.  This avoids having to drive the cart through the crowded aisles, which will only slow down your progress.
  9. Shop online.  My mom and I discovered the joy of this last year when a winter storm decided to plague our town on Black Friday morning.  You can expect everything, except door-busters, to be available online.  If you hate crowds and getting up before dawn, this is the option for you!
  10. Use gift cards for purchases.  As The Krazy Coupon Lady mentions you can go to Raise.com and buy discounted gift cards.  This can save you more money on top of the awesome Black Friday deals you’re already getting!
  11. BONUS tip!  JCPenney and Menards are my favorite stores for Black Friday (and all year round actually).  You are guaranteed to find great deals for everyone on your list at both of these stores.  Every year, these are the 2 places we go for sure.  
Hope these shopping tips help you have a fabulous Black Friday trip!  Leave me a comment down below and let me know how your shopping experience turned out!
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Budget Shopping, Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, My Style Monday, Thrift Store Finds

Shifting the Pieces

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk about this striped shirt.  In case you haven’t noticed, I love this shirt (see it in posts here and here).  I still can’t even believe it was only a few dollars on ThredUp!  What a great find! Okay, enough of that, on to the outfit!  I’ve had this inspiration photo on my Pinterest board for a while now.  I love the looks of it, but never could quite get the look right.  Using my new-to-me striped shirt, I decided to adjust the patterns in the outfit a bit while still keeping the same vibe.  Instead of the striped skirt, I opted for a striped shirt.  Instead of the black top, I chose to wear the black as a sweater.  Instead of the jean jacket, I wore jeans.  See what I’m going for here?  I just moved the pieces around, and I’m really loving the results!  I wonder what other inspiration photos are lurking in my Pinterest boards just waiting to be recreated using this technique?  I better go take a look and I’ll keep you posted!
Recipe Style:
Fashion For Women: Striped Maxi Skirt - I love that nothing is over $30 which means it's cute and amazing for my budget! :)
From Fashion 4 Mom
My Style:

It seems like stripes are everywhere these days.  Are you loving the stripe trend?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!