2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

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What are you wearing at your next holiday party?

The time is upon us where we are invited to seasonal soirees to celebrate the holidays. There is often so many, a work party, outing with friends and even family gatherings, what is a frugal fashionista to do?

When thinking of what to wear for this year’s party, I was going to pull out the classic LBD and jazz it up with some accessories to save money until something caught my eye at the mall recently. H&M, a favorite of mine, is selling dresses for under $20. At that price you can buy a new dress for each event!

Check out these steals online or at your local H&M.

From h&m.com

From h&m.com

$14.95 – Straight cut black chiffon dress with beading detail around the collar. Pair with some booties and a blazer. Go easy on accessories as the dress is so busy itself around the neckline.

From h&m.com

From h&m.com

$14.95 – Fitted black cotton dress with sheer side panels and high/low skirt. Go glam with this dress and pair with metallic pumps and jewelry.

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

$14.95 – Fitted sequin dress with back cut out. Also comes in white. All this dress needs is nude heels. Can you say New Years Eve dress?

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

$12.95 – Fitted cotton black dress with 3/4 lace sleeves. Add sheer black tights, because it tends to ride up. Wear black heels or booties, add a clutch for a splash of color.

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

The splurge – $99 – Galaxy print, full length dress with synched waist and snap back. This print is so in right now, I see it on jeans, legging and shirts. Such a stand out as a dress. The price is high but it will sure turn heads at your next holiday party.

Shop Smart, Save More

While in my senior year of college I spend my time keeping up with my classes, interning at a magazine and keeping up on current events in my field. With so much going on, I cannot work as much as I could of in the summer, which means I am on a limited budget. However, shopping and clothes are not only my hobby, its my passion. Over the last few years, I have taught myself how to manage my wallet and still enjoy the things I love. Here are a few tips I use when it comes to shopping at he mall or just shopping in my own closet.

1.)  There’s an app for that: Use your smart phone to your shopping advantage! Download apps like Shopkick, Coupons App and individual store apps. Companies offer special promotions and coupons through these apps and you can even start a profile on what your favorite store are and the application will notify you for secret sales.

2.)  Don’t be afraid to haggle: Before hitting the mall, I make stops at thrift stores and flea markets. Often times, I never get to the mall because I scored at the flea market. These are great places to find vintage, unusual items. However, sellers price their items high in order to be to able to work the customer. As a buyer, don’t be afraid to haggle a little bit, chances are they will back down and lower the price.

3.)  Stop the impulse purchases: I know all to well the impulse purchase, I have done it many times and mostly regretted each one. To help stop this, I gave myself a rule; the item must go with five other things in my closet. When I see an item I think I “need”, I stop before I run to the cashier and think “Will I wear it more than once?” “Can I wear it in multiple way?” “Will it stay in style for the next few seasons?”

4.)  Get ahead: To keep a step above the rest, try making friends with the sales associate so you know when the next sale is starting, so maybe when your shopping and you have your heart set on a pair of jeans that is just a bit too expensive, ask your new friend what the next store special is. Who knows, maybe next week the jeans will be BOGO.

5.)  Pin it: Looking for new fashion inspiration? Before buying a new wardrobe see how the look in being styled on Pinterst first. Use the site for association shopping – just search for a accessory or clothing item and see how others have Pinned it. 

Frugal Find: GorJess and LoveLee

Picture this: It’s the weekend. You are getting together with friends either for dinner or going out for a night on the town. You want a new outfit for the special occasion or your closet just needs some sprucing up.
Where is a college girl from Glassboro supposed to go for unique pieces and a hip wardrobe? There is always the Deptford Mall, but that has limited stores. You could take the hike to the Cherry Hill Mall, fight for a parking spot and wait in long check-out lines. You could try to shop online, which means you could overpay for clothing you can’t try on beforehand, pay for shipping and wait for it to get to you.

What if I told you there was a fashion boutique right here in Glassboro? No drive, no waiting, no hassle. Too good to be true? Not since late November when the new store GorJess and LoveLee made its way to East High Street in downtown Glassboro.

GorJess and LoveLee is truly a gift to the fashionistas of Glassboro. This cute shop, opened by two sisters, Jessica and Leah, is the young entrepreneurs’ second store. After a year of booming business at their first store in Hammonton, the girls needed to expand.

They offer one-of-a-kind clothing for a great price. Isn’t that just music to your ears? It is no wonder the girls run such a successful business.

While meeting with Leah and learning more about the shop and the business side of things, I had to control myself from going on a shopping spree. The clothes are adorable and the accessories are a must-have. Leah said she looks for weird and different jewelry for the shop. The girls are constantly searching for things you wouldn’t be able to find in other stores.

Everything in the store is under $30, which is the best part. This is a place that can fit into a college girl’s budget.

The shop has clothing for all types of occasions, whether you’re looking for some new clothes for your day-to-day life or are in need of some “going out” attire.

The new shop is still in its early stages and will eventually carry more clothing, shoes and even nail polish.

If you are shopping for your holiday party outfit or simply want to update your wardrobe, be sure to check out GorJess and LoveLee first. You will not be disappointed.

The store will be holding a second location celebration on Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The girls will be celebrating a year of success along with the opening of a second location. Come out for refreshments and shopping.

Find the shop on Facebook, share their promotional flier about the party and be entered to win $100 towards a shopping spree at GorJess and LoveLee. Winners will be announced the night of the celebration.

GorJess and LoveLee is located at 9 East High Street right here in Glassboro. Check for the store hours at GorJessandLoveLee.com

GorJess & LoveLee open in Glassboro

A new fashion boutique called GorJess and LoveLee has just opened in downtown Glassboro. The business is owned by young entrepreneurial sisters, Jess and Leah Rodio. Glassboro’s GorJess and LoveLee is the second location for this clothing store. Originally from Hammonton, the girls opened the store just a year ago at the young ages of 25 and 21.
“It was something I wanted to do since I was in middle school,” said Leah, now 22.

“Our first boutique did well and we figured, ‘Hey, we’re young, might as well go for it now because if not now, then when?’ We have faith the economy will pick up, and even if we just get by in a bad economy, we know our business will thrive when things turn around,” said Jess, now 26.

When the Hammonton business started growing quickly, the sisters knew they needed to open up a second shop. Though downtown Glassboro was not their first choice, it was the developing Rowan Boulevard project that brought them here.
“We shopped around in locations like Collingswood and Pitman and learned about all the work going into Rowan Boulevard through a friend,” Leah said. “We knew the project would be done by 2014 and thought we would be stupid not to get in here now because we will already be established by then.”

Leah attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for fashion and accessory design for two years, while Jess worked as a hairdresser. When the opportunity came for them to open the shop, they jumped at the chance.

“We always wanted to open a shop,” Leah said. “We are both creative in the appearance way, she [Jess] does the hair and I went to school for fashion. We joked about it when we were little. It was something we thought would be great but could never do.”

That was until a storefront opened in Hammonton while Leah was still in school. She had her eye on it for a while but did not want to make any moves until she was out of college. Before she knew it, another boutique had opened.
“It was upsetting because we wanted to be the first boutique in Hammonton,” Leah said.

However, after Leah had graduated, the shop moved and this was the sisters’ chance. With quick phone calls to family members and the landlord, before the girls knew it, they were signing a lease.
“It all happened so fast,” Leah said. “We literally blinked, signed a lease and opened two weeks later.”

Now, a year later, the girls have two shops to call their own. The Glassboro location has been open since late November and has already been building a clientele with the Rowan students.
Jess explained that is it a lot of fun being a young business owner.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s stressful, too, but I really love being my own boss,” Jess said.

With any new business venture, there are challenges to overcome, such as how other people would react to the young entrepreneurs.

“Not many people take us seriously,” Jess said. “It takes longer to earn the respect of others as a business person.”

The shop is filled with unique women’s clothing and accessories.

“When purchasing clothes for the store, we are always looking for something different and stuff you wouldn’t see anywhere else,” Leah said.
GorJess and LoveLee have reasonable prices, too, ranging from $5 to $30.

The girls are focused on maintaining a successful business. What’s next for these young entrepreneurs? Possibly a third store.

“Our goal is to have three shops, with hopes of the next being in Philly,” Leah said. “But we won’t make any moves for another two years.”