guest blogging at beauty bets

Happy Wednesday, my dears!


As you all know, I’m a pretty frugal gal. But sometimes, even the most thrifty shopper, including myself, needs to splurge. Especially when the happiness of one’s hair is at stake. Hop on over to Beauty Bets today to read up on one of my worth-every-penny wise investments, Moroccan Oil. Honestly, it’s an essential product any woman who uses heat style-rs needs in their get-pretty arsenal.



a beautiful new blogging gig


I have exciting news to share!

Elizabeth, over at the fabulous blog Beauty Bets, has asked me to be a weekly contributor. Hurray! My niche? Getting pretty on the cheap, but of course! Please pop over there on Wednesdays to see what I have up my cash-strapped sleeve. Today, I’m talking about the great deals on beautification services to be had via group-buying websites, like Groupon, Crowd Cut and Living Social. Check out here. You can find my older stories about my co-op and drugstore favorites here and here.

Thanks pretties!


P.S. The pic of model Frida Gustavsson enjoying the ever-s0-relaxing combo of reading and getting her hair did is from Souvenirs.

guest post: thrifty tips from Yelp

Today, I’m happy to turn over the blog to super sweetie Annie D’Souza, Twin Cities Community Manager for Yelp, a site that connects real people with local businesses (like thrift stores).

I’d never checked out Yelp until Annie started working there. To me, word-of-mouth recommendations are way more valuable than advice from pretentious critics, and Yelp is basically an online treasure trove of real-people reviews. It also has tons of handy features, including a service that allows you to request reminders for specific events. I’ve found it to be a total lifesaver for a scatterbrain like myself, who’s frequently without her planner but never without her Internets.

The ever-stylish Annie, whose vintage-heavy closet is packed with finds from Savers, B Squad, UpSix and her grandma’s closet, has supplied us with a few tips for achieving vintage shopping success. I hope you enjoy!

Thrifty Tips From Yelp

Photo of Rewind, posted on Yelp! by Annie

Tip #1: Welcome surprises.

When I happened upon a ratty blue dress in St. Paul’s megastore Valu Thrift, it was far from love at first sight. Ripped along the right side seam and hanging at a length I could only describe as matronly, it wasn’t the pretty frock that has become my summer uniform (frankly, I am wearing it right now). Thrifting is about an open mind and a little bit of elbow grease—or more specifically, my crafty mother’s elbow grease.

Tip #2: Even if you think you know all the tricks… you don’t.

The honest-to-goodness truth is that we’ll never run out of places to thrift. For example, Yelper Emily S. loves to shop for vintage furniture and rounded up a couple of her favorites in her list, “Places to Scavenge on a Sunday Mornings.” I like to think of myself as veteran thrifter, but, as it turns out, I had never been to any of her picks (Haupt Antiek Market in Apple Valley, Hunt & Gather in Minneapolis and Swank in St. Paul). My ego was slightly bruised, but you better believe I’ll make the rounds when I move into my new apartment!

Tip #3: Spread the good word.

Nothing is more powerful than a recommendation from someone you trust. Whether share your love for Rewind’s accessories department by reviewing it on Yelp like I did; pop onto High Plains Thrifter to let Meghan know about a garage sale next weekend; or simply tell all your friends about Blacklist Vintage (and their new and improved location), your knowledge is valuable to your community. Support the businesses you love in whatever way works for you!