Monday, July 31, 2006

Happy Anniversary Design-her Gals!

"This weekend is the kickoff to our 1 year anniversary! So I could not start the celebration without thank you! I can’t believe it has been a year since we first “met” and I so much appreciate all you have done for me...
Rosie you are the best – I believe when passion and people collide – anything is possible. Thanks for helping that happen!"
- Jeanne!
Since it is an anniversary -- I have a couple of toasts to make (bring out the champagne!) "Here is to all of those (and you know who you are) who helped make our site the success it has been this year." Yes Oprah, you go right up there on the list, but there were many others. I will always be grateful to Mary Lou, Jen and Tracy (from Just Ask A Woman) for being my fairy god-mothers and helping us LISTEN to what you all wanted for this site. Thank you to all those who attended the focus groups that got our site launched and all of you who sent me emails to let me know your great ideas on how to make the site better and what to add to the design and accessory section. Without your ideas (and please keep them coming this year), we would not have the fun things we do today. Thank you, Kate and Jacki (my personal stylists on the site and the ones who made our Gals' star truly shine). Thank you, Mommy Blog and Thrifty Boutique for being the first to let women know about us. Your support has continued to help our cause.

For the entire month of August we will be giving away FREE note cards and sticker sets. Design-her Gals will be GIFTING a FREE set of note cards or stickers for every 10 sales made on our website. I will be posting the names right here each day on my "rant". Keep checking back to see if your name is here! We will send you an email as well. Tell all your friends that August is the month to shop on! And for each and every one of you we are giving you my favorite type of paper...Money! Yes, you have Ten Dollars to spend every time you shop on our site through August 31st (how lucky there are 31 days this month!) Just enter: CONGRATS (all upper case) in the PROMO section at check out and your order becomes $10 less.

Friday, July 28, 2006

You don’t need to be a celebrity to have a personal trainer…

"Abs are no more difficult to develop than any other major muscle group in the body. However, they are difficult to see because the body tends to store more fat in that area. Consequently, one must be lean in order to see the muscle at all! This is accomplished through a combination of four distinct activities: strength training, cardiovascular exercise (of which the frequency, intensity, and duration is crucially important), a sound nutritional program, and adequate rest. Concentrating more on one area than another is a surefire path to failure. I encourage clients to train their abs up to three times a week – resting at least a day between training sessions." - BY JEFF MENDOZA, CPT, HFS

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Gotta love these earrings

Wendy Mink Orange Fan Crocheted Hoop / $53 - You sport your diamond studs like it’s nobody’s business, but when it comes to lending your lobes a little color, you’re just not a fan. You may change your mind when you lay eyes on these crocheted fans by Wendy Mink. One look at these delicate, hand-crafted darlings, and you’ll be a born-again groupie. Orange Brown and Green Crochet. Fan measures 2" in diameter.

Kendra Scott Teardrop Hoops / $41 - Casual but elegant, these gilded drops from Kendra Scott are the classic hoop plus a little something extra. After all, you’ve never been one to settle for the ordinary. Gold plated hoops. Embellished detailing. Hoops fall 2” from ear.
Silver Kipepeo Lily Earrings / $59 - Take a cue from Camron D. and scoop up a pair of these ultra hip hoops from Kipepeo. The floral engraving is feminine and funky at once, totally appropriate for the starlet/snowboarder inside of you. Silver plated engraved hoops. Sterling silver hooks. Earrings fall 2.5” from ear.

Visit the EARRINGS section at Frosting Fashions

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What's FUN at Calliope Boutique?

Calliope, a woman-owned boutique, is the brainchild of a pair of young entrepreneurs with a passion for people, celebrations, and beautiful things. Beauty inspires and is all around us...a thoughtful gesture, a job well done, originality, warmth. We created this place to help you celebrate life's beauty, share something inspiring with others, and pamper yourself.
ice kabob molds - Stir up some fun and add a cOoOol touch to your beverages. These extended ice cubes double as handy swizzle sticks. Each food-grade silicone rubber tray makes three skewers. 8x4.5x1 $10.00

self shaking salt and pepper shakers - Now you can add a dash of fun to your meals. Just pull the cord, invert and hold. The Self Shakers do all the work! Traditional diner-style in contemporary warm red and nectarine color. Made of food-safe plastic. 2 per box. 4 inches tall. Great gift for the chef or chef-wanna-be that has everything. sale $9.95

Wine Lines - wine glass tags. Can't find your chianti? Misplaced your merlot? Don't fret. Wine Lines are here to save the soiree! Insert the band through the slot and tighten around the stem of your glass. Voila - your rosé is recognizable! Wine Lines are soft, flexible, stretchable, washable synthetic rubber. Easy to slip onto a wineglass, and unobtrusive once in place. Twelve different color tags make for a perfect party pack. Each tag has a comment that is great fun to break the ice. Which one will you claim as your own? overpriced, complex, immature, rich, formidable, earthy, supple, opulent, ripe, volatile, sturdy and vintage.
Size is 3.5" long. Fits easily in your pocket or purse so you can bring them to a party and share with your friends. A great way to get noticed!

Monday, July 24, 2006

It's all about feeling fabulous

I Value Luxury Lace Balconette

I Value Luxury Lace Balconette - Maidenform introduces a new sexy and youthful lace balconette. Laminated foam cups are smooth against the skin. All-over stretch lace ensures softness and comfort. Cotton-lined center gore. Double spaghetti straps with bows provide a flirty and youthful look. $14.99
TB editor's favorite BRA EVER... It comes in many colors, classic and funky ones, get one of each! (I did) Rosie :)

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Grand Re-Opening at Funky Utopia!

We are back in full swing here in Funky Utopia land. Handcrafted goodies are arriving almost every day, we are filling orders and loving every minute of it. So, for the rest of the month we are celebrating our grand re-opening! New items will continue to be added to the Funky Utopia shop for your shopping pleasure and freebies will be included with each order that we ship. Plus, we have also added a new, more convenient, shipping option for our US customers - a First Class Mail option! If you don't need your order shipped to you in a hurry, feel free to save a few bucks and go first class.We're so excited to be back! Come celebrate with us!!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Thrifty and clever at Rampage

Rayon Spandex Jersey Capsleeve Shirt with Lace Back - Was $39.00 Now $19.99
Lace detail down the back makes this shirt extra sexy! Cowl neckline and back as the fabric loosely falls below the lace. Shortsleeve. Banded waistband.

Plaid Poplin Sleeveless Shirt with Lurex - Was $39.00 Now $16.99
Set the trend in our plaid lightweight cotton sleeveless shirt! Our plaid boasts shades of teal, taupe and chocolate with a hint of gold lurex stripe. Button down closures. Darted at the chest.
Sexy Sheen Off the Shoulder Shirt - Was $36.00 Now $16.99
This sexy shirt is available in sexy sheen! Cropped with elastic at the edges.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

TB featuring Fashion Rome

Designed and manufactured 100% by Italian designers in Italy offers the opportunity to own that “one of a kind” fashion item of exceptional design, quality and flair previously only available to those who can travel and shop the hard to find boutiques of Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Naples and Modena.
Often seen on catwalks and in magazines, but impossible to find online, the site will provide the latest seasonal collections of clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories and comments on upcoming trends from the designers themselves like Francesca Ferrante, Gianna Meliani and all that concerns Italy and the fashion Made in Italy.
FASHIONROME offers more than fashion, it offers what Italy is really about, style, flair and living Italian.
You can find unque jewelry, the “Monili Necklace With Horn” which can be seen all over Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. This necklace is known to transform a lucky charm into an innovative pendent.
These items are the freshest, latest releases from the hottest Italian designers. Francesca Ferrante's stimulating stretch dresses and pants.
Check out Eau Vive bikinis.
Want to be stylishly different at all your parties this summer? Check out FASHIONROME all Italian unique items impossible to find online!Fabulous Clothing, bags and shoes!For US custom duties are already included in the shown prices! And now SALE Save 30%-60%! From classy to sassy to refined and defined, this place has it all.

It is good to be ME

There are few things I have to keep out of the reach of children (boyfriend included) or I end up giving a 'non-sense' explanation of them to skip the subject and move on :)
Not anymore! Girly Tube is our new best goodie-friend.
Use it for tampons, lipstick, eyeliner, pen & paper, jewelry, mints, pills, etc. Keep one on every purse and you'll be saved...
Look for it at the virtually-based Good to be You e-store, where beauty expert Lee combines a wide selection of quality products ready to accessorize you from head to toes: make up, jewels, handbags, bath & body, etc.
"We at GoodToBeYou.Com are dedicated to providing you with an enjoyable shopping experience in a chic, fun & friendly atmosphere... We take great pride in providing informative tips, articles and resources to nurture your mind and spirit, as well as your body. So treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering that lets you delight in knowing it’s good to be you." - Lee
Don't forget to sign up & get your monthly GTBY e-zine.

Hidden helpers

Hollywood Fashion Tape - Hollywood Fashion Tape is the easy-to-use, clear double-stick, “do everything” apparel and body tape that solves any fashion emergency. It’s a seamstress in a box! How does it work? You get 36 pre-cut, 3-inch disposable strips (3” x ½” actual size) in each box. Each strip of tape contains a removable backing on each side. You simply peel the backing from one side of the tape, press the tape firmly to your skin or fabric, remove the other backing, and apply the item to be secured. $7.00
Foot Petals Sole Stopperz - You can finally strut safely and confidently on the runway or realway. These pretty petal-shaped solutions protect your outer soles and prevent you from sliding on wet or slick surfaces. Sole Stopperz are fashionable solutions that help protect your outer soles, prevent you from slipping on wet or slick surfaces and allow you to strut with confidence and poise. Whether you're on the runway or real way, you're sure to be a step ahead! 2 pair pack (1 color) $7.00
Find these hidden helpers on body shapers & more section!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

TB featured company: Reality Shoe

Behind every shoe-starved soul there is a story to be told. Reality Shoe offers a fashionable new dimension of trendy apparel and everyday accessories, combining artistic mediums and love for shoes in every single design.

Start your own closet revolution, from head to toes. Take chances, go to the extremes and come back. "In this game called fashion, every style is allowed... time to define yours." - Reality Shoe team
Check out: 80's Girl, Urban Cowgirl, Shoe Player & many more chic designs...

Monday, July 17, 2006

Bonnin Designs - Summer Sale

This lady doesn't need too much introduction around here.
Just say Ole' and her flamenco flair will go to your wardrobe rescue :)
South Cali-based Bonnin Designs is where you can find Shari's jewelry & fall in love at first sight. "All designs by Shari Bonnin are meticulously hand-crafted. Many are one of a kind utilizing a colorful mixture of semi-precious beads, glass beads, vintage beads, crystals, and pendants. All findings are sterling silver or gold filled..."
Her art has been featured all over the media, from DIY to HBO shows and it is not secret she is one of the most genuine artists around the net :)

The 'quotables' from Fashion Flair Cards

the "quotables" from Fashion Flair Cards - cute note cards perfect for any occasion. fun graphics paired with a sassy quote!
$12.50/set of 10. All stationery is printed on white card stock and comes with matching white envelopes. Size is 4 1/2" x 5 1/2". This includes our fab signature packaging.
"Julie definitely has a knack for drawing, art and writing. Mandy developed this website, and is in charge of business related matters, while julie is their exclusive designer. What a fabulously fashionable team they are! First best friends, now business partners." FFC

Friday, July 14, 2006

Skinny jeans for the thrifty budget

Who doesn't need another pair of stylish jeans? If you are revamping your denim section, you are in the right place at the right moment:

Old Navy Women's Special Edition Skinny Jeans

Old Navy Women's Special Edition Skinny Jeans
Slim fitting with a tapered leg, this pair is long on style. Classic five-pocket details, with bold stitching throughout. Back pockets feature additional stitching in a unique design. Sits low on waist. $36.50

Old Navy Women's Ultra Low Rise Skinny Jeans

Old Navy Women's Ultra Low Rise Skinny Jeans
Clean styling, with five pockets and standout stitching along the seams and edges. A hint of spandex adds comfy stretch. Sits very low on waist. 32" inseam. 14" opening at tapered leg. Slim fit from hip to hem. $34.50 "I've got me this one! Love the dark blue denim and that it is kinda stretchy" Rosie :)

Old Navy Girls Special Edition Hipster Skinny Jeans

Old Navy Girls Special Edition Hipster Skinny Jeans
Stylish, two-tone stitching details make this pair stand out. Scoop and coin pockets in front, patch pockets in back. Faded wash and permanent creasing for a lived-in look. V-shaped belt loop in back. Dark Blast only: features embroidered butterfly details and abraded edges on back pockets. $29.50

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Extra! Extra!, Inc.

TB introducing Wild Garden - inspired by the environment

Wild Garden is the creative outlet of two accomplished designers and sisters based in Sydney, Australia - Nancy and Jessica Lim. It was born out of a desire to create products featuring simple, yet sophisticated designs produced by hand. Wild Garden isn't about making huge quantities of goods but rather limited runs of designs.

Our love of colour and form is now expressed through the craft of screen printing. This process provides endless fascination for us and we hope to further explore this on a variety of goods in the future. We choose to use ethical American Apparel garments manufactured in Los Angeles from high quality fabrics in sweat-shop free conditions.
OPENING SPECIAL! To celebrate the launch of Wild Garden we will be offering 10% off all goods and free delivery! Don't miss out!

Monday, July 10, 2006

TB friends

Hi-Heeled Designs - Hi-Heeled Designs is your one-stop shop for fashionable, classy, trend-setting stationery, note cards, invitations and other fantastic paper products.
HiHeeled15 code for 15% OFF.
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

'Rebeld & proud' style - for Him

Karmaloop is one of my favorite NEW online spots, offering plenty to accessorize the rebeld side of me. Well, he is covered too. Enjoy it guys! :)

Hell Cat T- Shirt (T-shirts By Drifter) On Sale: $29.70 Was $54.00
Back in the war, we Hell Cats were something to be reckoned with. We’d sweep into town under cover of darkness, infiltrating the enemy’s camps and taking out all the bad guys before they even knew what hit them. Our calling card was a skull in a helmet. People who saw it knew the Hell Cats had been there and the world was safe for another day. Kind of like when you wear the Hell Cat T-Shirt by Drifter.

The Cobra Polo (Polos By 555 Soul) On Sale: $31.49 Was $44.99
The Cobra Polo features: 100% cotton - Two button down - Design on botton right.

Food Chain T-Shirt (T-shirts By Birdhead) On Sale: $19.50 Was $26.00
Nothing says aggressor like this fierce tiger on Birdhead's new "Foodchain" Tee. However, you don't see Great White Sharks running around on stage looking cute with two men in skin-gripping suits making them look live oversized kitty cats. Put a Great White in the proximity of a man in a wet-suit and that dude is chum.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Thrifty & Clever - Craftsbury Kids

Spin-O-Rama Mismatched Socks - $ 24.00

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Gossipaway #27

THE PRIZE: Pink charming necklace from Christi J. Jewelry. $45.00
I (moi) will post a one of the following: A movie quote, a celebrity trivia question or a mystery celebrity sighting. Email your responses to The first correct answer is the winner & will receive an email notification, as well as celebrity red-carpet treatment with mention in the Gossip blog & Thrifty Boutique's fab blog. Good luck hotties!
Winner: Miwa J. from VA. Congratulations!!!
Answer: Melissa Joan Hart's son, Mason
Love from Gossipaway winners:
"I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the prize gift. The earrings are just lovely (from Trunkshop). I love the color and how they dangle! Thanks again!" - Vanna
"I just received the hair clips from My Perennial and they are TOO CUTE! My four year old daughter has already laid claim to them. Thanks again and keep up the great site!!!" - Miwa
--..."thank you for the beautiful earrings! (Happy earrings from Bonnin Designs) I just adore your jewelry so much, it really makes me happy wearing it! Thanks again! Always," - Sandra
--"I just wanted to let you know I received the t-shirt (Ally Moon) yesterday. It's so cute! Thank you for mailing it so quickly, I really appreciate it. Your quizzes are a great idea, and the fact that the prizes are so nice makes it doubly good..." - Kelly
--"I just wanted to let you know that I have received the beautiful necklace (Roots of Art). (And was that a rose scented envelope too? . . . The package even smelled wonderful!) Thanks so much for the fun contest and the great prize." - Belinda
-- "I got my earrings and necklace--they are B E A U T I F U L! Thanks so much and I look forward to wearing them all the time! Even I will find clothes to match them or not! :-) Many thanks!" - Shannon
-- I wanted to let you know that I received my "R.R.R." t-shirt (
The R's Project). It is so cute - thanks! " - Nickie
-- "Thanks. I got it yesterday. It is even cuter in person than the picture on line. (Reality Shoe tank). Thanks again!" - Erica