All posts filed under: BUDGET FASHION

Latest Find: Snowman Motif

As many people know, my favorite humorous holiday character is the snowman, so I often add snowman-related Christmas things to my collection. I often purchase things from the website That is where I found a sweatshirt, an apron, a pillowcase and a shower curtain all with the same motif.


Latest Find: Spoon and Fork Fashion

I recently attended a holiday craft fair in Oxford at The Jefferson, an event venue that welcomed craftspeople from all over the state who offered many interesting creations, from paintings to jewelry and ornaments.

My jewelry box

I collect vintage and costume jewelry, and I recently ran across these two statement necklaces that I thought would be great additions. They both cost about $7 each, and I liked their vintage-style look. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

New video: How to get that Great Gatsby style

When I started researching style from the 1920s because of this weekend’s release of “The Great Gatsby,” I ran across a few fashion terms I’d never heard of before like “hobble skirt,” “Eton crop” and “deerstalker.” Check out the video above to see what a “hobble skirt” is if you’re not familiar with it. An Eton crop is apparently a slicked down hairstyle worn by ladies at the time that helped show off their cloche hats. And a deerstalker is a hat worn by hunters. Think Sherlock Holmes-style, even though the character originated before the 1920s. This week, we ran a story about Gatsby style that you can read here. In it, you’ll learn how you, in 2013, can create the 1920s flapper look. Here are a few suggestions from Stephanie Jo Abby, a third-year MFA costume design candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi who just won the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Award for Design Excellence in Costumes. Suggestions to get the “Gatsby” look: • A vintage store can be …

Cuckoo for tutus

Raymond resident, Hope Campbell, is the reigning Mrs. Mississippi United States of America. Her 3-year-old daughter Emma Addison also digs the glitz and glam of the pageant circuit. The little beauty queen will appear on the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 p.m. May 30. Winning a sparkly, rhinestone crown isn’t Emma’s only motivation. She loves fancy, frilly costumes, whether she’s competing or not. “Emma is a fan of wearing tutus around the house,” said Campbell, a mother of three and Mississippi College graduate student. While the classic ballet tutu has been around since the 1800s, it’s lately become a mainstream fashion must for little girls who want to emulate fairies, ballerinas and princesses. A quick Internet search reveals many companies that specialize in tutu sales, such as Sunny Girl Tutus, Miss Priss Tutus, Little Diva Tutus and Cutie Pa Tutus. Etsy craft sellers are also touting the trend by sewing layers of tulle to make an extra buck. Tutus have also become a favorite for photographers who use them as props. “It’s just …

Things you can find for $1

I have been a thrift shopper all of my life. I love finding discarded treasures, saving things with a story and upcycling because it’s a good way to be economically conservative and green. I was tickled to find a few things this weekend for a cool dollar. That’s right 1 buck. My first score was this pair of black Moda boots. At this point, I have become a boot collector, so I was excited to find this pair in my size that look as well or better than some I recently thought of ordering at full price, which would have cost at least 99 more bucks than I paid. I also collect vintage aprons and spotted this one with a pretty little umbrella design. It needs a little love, but lucky for me, I sew, so stitching a tie sash at the waist won’t take long to repair. I keep wishing that someone would discover a trendy way to wear vintage aprons. I have about 10 of them so far, and some are so beautiful, …

My $3 Mad Men Dress

I recently became addicted to the AMC show “Mad Men,” partially because I love the retrospective of ’50s and ’60s fashion. A couple of weeks ago, I found this “Mad Men” dress. Luckily, I recently purchased a tulle slip that makes dresses stand out when worn underneath, and it was a perfect match for my dress. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Vintage fashion on the rise

At 16, Libby Story McRight began working at a ladies boutique in Greenville called Gail’s. It was her job through high school and college at Mississippi State University. She later transferred to Delta State in Cleveland to complete her marketing degree so she could manage and be a buyer for the store. “I knew, by this time, that I would own my own store one day, so I planned to learn as much as I possibly could about how to make it work,” she said. When Gail’s closed in 2004, the 26-year-old new mom opened her own business in the same location a few months later. “I carried clothing geared to a slightly younger crowd, as well as my own jewelry line and vintage goods,” she said. “It all just seemed to work. ” McRight now owns LibbyStory stores in Greenville, Starkville and Ridgeland that sell both new and vintage clothing. The store outgrew its original location in Ridgeland on Jackson Street and is now part of the city’s Renaissance shopping center. “I got to …

Modern vintage

Found these two-tone NaturalSoul by Naturalizer Vakle Mary Janes for $27.99 at Kohl’s. They were originally $70. I like their vintage leather look, and they have padding that’s great if you have foot problems like I do. The heel is also under 3 inches, something I always have to look for to avoid foot pain. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Budget Fashion – Romance

I recently discovered these inexpensive finds on the site, and I’m sensing that romantic, feminine designs may be one of the evolving classic trends that we see prominently in months to come. Think ruffles and flowers. 1. You can get this Sarah Ruffle Woven top for $20. 2. The Jewel-studded Flower ring retails for $5.80. 3. This Jewel Trim Flower Ring sells for $4.80. 4. And this Metal Rose Bouquet Ring can also be purchased for $4.80. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Brass and glass earrings

If you’re looking for a place to find unique and affordable gifts for those you care about, Etsy has some really great items at low prices, including this pair of vintage-style glass and brass earrings by Grenada, Miss., seller beauxbijoux for $12. Her store is called Beau Bijoux Jewelry. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Who gives a hoot?

I am a fan of cute things, and sometimes you see something too cute not to get. Today, while looking around Target, I stumbled across this sleepshirt and decided that its level of cuteness was worthy of $16.99. Target carries a line of pajamas called Nick & Nora that features many whimsical, fun designs. This Nick & Nora style featuring funny owls is called “It’s a Hoot.” For a while now, I’ve noticed a reappearance of the owl motif that was popular in the ’60s and ’70s. I predict we’ll see more of it. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save