From my posts thus far you may think that I spend all of my time flat on my back with my hoofs in the air….well- not so! I have a very full life that includes; dining, shopping, beauty/spa treatments, reading, hanging with friends and caring for a fashionable filly and energetic colt. It is my deepest desire to impart hard-won Unicorn wisdom on all fronts and today I had a wonderful visit with an old friend, Target. I left with armfuls of stuff and a renewed joy for the ultimate in fashion frivolity! A few built-in bra cami’s ($8) with matching thin-knit boyfriend cardi’s ($19.99); a long flowing floral scarf in a soft, silk-like material ($14.99); an emerald-colored skinny belt ($12.99) and my spring is off to a bloomingly frugal start. Target is smart enough to rip-off runway trends then merchandise them to you in a coordinated way. Think “adult Garanamals”.
Now, please don’t be silly enough to think that I look like I shop at Target, because THAT is the trick. You must mix and match all of your Hi-Lo items in a way that people are amazed when you tell them that this or that is from Target or JCP (yes, I do JCP too!!!) You need to know your body and what looks good as well as colors that work. There are so many articles to read if you don’t, but that is the beginning of getting a style that you and your pocketbook will be proud of.
Here is the nutshell of Hi-Lo living; some things are worth the investment, others are definitely not. When you mix them well, all eyes go to the fab handbag and faultless shades…no one even thinks about the flip-flops.
|Jeans– The right ones make your ass look awesome and people tend to look at or ask about the label. Get a couple of great pairs, they will last and you can rely on them.||Patterned Jeans/Floral Jeans/Colored Jeans– Basically any trendy jeans that will last only a season…get the cheapies that look good enough.|
|Handbags– People will notice a quality handbag and generally assume that you have your shit together. As long as it is not a knock off LV from Chinatown…you are not fooling anyone that would be worth fooling.||Cami, T-Shirt, Tank Top– If they fit and are not cheesy, they’re good! If your friends only wear James Perse, get new friends. For graphics I love All Saints, the cuts are fantastic and they are always on sale online.|
|Exercise Pants– Get ones that make you feel like leaving the house. Lululemon; expensive but worth it.||Exercise Tops– Whichever holds down the girls is good…it’s the pants that matter! If the gut is not good, please don’t show the gut.|
|Face Makeup– Take the time to get the perfect match for your skin with your BB cream or foundation. If you want to look flawless in bright light go to a good department store (or Naime’s) and have one applied to your face. Try a few different samples and wear them around for a day before you decide. I am also putting blush on this side- spend the $30, it will last a year.||Mascara, Eye Shadow, Bronzer– Drugstore is the way to go. As for lip stuff (I am truly obsessed) and don’t find a huge difference between fancy and economical. I can say that there is a deep-down girly satisfaction from taking out a gorgeous designer tube at dinner to reapply…|
|Fine Jewelry– My only rule for this is that it makes you feel special when you wear it, then it is worth it. Jewels can also be reset and handed-down.||Fashion Jewelry– Urban Outfitters has cool, edgy pieces and sometimes Banana Rebublic. If you are spending more that $50 on some fake thing rethink how much use you get out of it before it turns color.|
|Hair– It’s not about the money, it’s the quality. They definitely do not go hand-in-hand but don’t cheap out. Ask around for a great person and pay what they are worth. Try to avoid Beverly Hills.||Shoes– If shoes look good then they are good. If they look good and are comfortable, then they are great!!! Sure, get a pair of Louboutins or Manolos if that is your thing but I would rather have 5 pairs of eye-catching stilettos than one with a red sole.|
|Really Good Belt/Scarf/Sunglasses– Think Hermes, Gucci or Chanel and you should have a few go-to great accessories.||Any other Belt/Scarf/Sunglasses: Think Target, Banana Rebublic (on sale), or my all time favorite-Loehmanns.|