5 Dressing Tips To Help You Look Like A Million On A Minimum Wage

Written by Shirley Pierce and Janet Behmer

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If you want movie stars, try Betty Ford. If you want bargains, hit outlet and off-price stores. And don’t think they just getrepparttar items that didn’t make it inrepparttar 131095 big time. They also get items that are overstocked, discontinued or that stores just had to get rid of to make room. It’s like buying retail but withoutrepparttar 131096 cost. Tryrepparttar 131097 following --

Department Store Outlets — 9.9% of your major department stores have one. Just check with your favorite and ask where they’ve stashed theirs.

Factory Outlets — Check your Yellow Pages forrepparttar 131098 one nearest you. Beware: quality can vary widely. Some items are notrepparttar 131099 expensive designer pieces you expect fromrepparttar 131100 manufacturer.

Off-price Stores — TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Dress for Less andrepparttar 131101 mother ship, Loehman’s, to name a few.

Discount Catalogs — There are catalogs that specialize in discount items like Chadwick’s and Bedford Fair. Some established manufacturers like Clifford and Wills puts out several sales catalogs each season.

The Internet — We offer discounted fashions on our site but you can also recommend searching outrepparttar 131102 “clearance” pages onrepparttar 131103 websites of your favorite retail outlet or manufacturer.

Discount Chain Stores — Target, K-Mart etc. They’re stocking great basics these days — like cotton shirts and anything made of denim.

Television Home Shopping — This is a way to shop for basics in your bunny slippers. Often, during late night, they will have fashion close-outs for even better savings.

Resale Boutiques — The very rich clean out their closets and bring their clothes here. They’re a great place to buy honest-to-God real designer labels withoutrepparttar 131104 sticker shock. Check your local Yellow Pages.

Thrift Stores — Check out a thrift store swarming withrepparttar 131105 very young and hip . Find outrepparttar 131106 dayrepparttar 131107 “buyer” is in or whenrepparttar 131108 store gets its deliveries. That way you get first shot at whatever comes in.

And don’t forgetrepparttar 131109 obvious haunts that you just may have overlooked. Garage sales are good bets but go early on Saturday. And if you needrepparttar 131110 right blazer for a job interview or a dress for a one-time only social occasion, there’s alwaysrepparttar 131111 closet of someone you love. And see if there’s something they want to get rid of. One woman’s fashion mistake is another woman’s “find”.


The question you must ask yourself before putting down your hard earned plastic for a bargain is, “Why am I buying this?” If it doesn’t go with two things in your closet, put it back! It is a waste of money. Either you will never wear it or you will have to buy more things to go with it. When it comes to bargain shopping there are two categories: Impulse and Laser Guided. Don’t buy anything you don’t love or need. Don’t let a sales person, friend or well-meaning stranger talk you into buying anything that you’re not comfortable with. They don’t have to wear it in public, you do.

The information in this article comes from decades of personal and professional experience. We are not ashamed to admit that we are card carrying members ofrepparttar 131112 Imelda Marcos Center forrepparttar 131113 shop-a-holic and that our book was a form of occupational therapy. Happy shopping!


Shirley Pierce and Janet Behmer arerepparttar 131114 authors ofrepparttar 131115 book that's changingrepparttar 131116 way women think about clothes and themselves -- Dress Me Now: How to Make Your Wardrobe Behave. http://www.dressmenow.com

Janet Behmer and Shirley Pierce have over 30 years of fashion experience between them. Janet has spent over 13 years as an on-camera host and buyer for home shopping channels and Shirley is the co-founder and president of Dress Me Now!, a company committed to the self-empowerment of women. She's been invited to speak to women's groups and has been featured on radio and telelvision.

What am I doing with YOU, anyway?

Written by Neva Howell

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If you can considerrepparttar idea that relationships are mirrors, and that part ofrepparttar 131093 responsibility of being in one is to clear and heal past hurts, release limiting beliefs based on past experience, and openrepparttar 131094 heart that has been closed by past damage, then it is easy to see why our closest relationships arerepparttar 131095 most challenging. If one ofrepparttar 131096 partners doesn't wantrepparttar 131097 lesson presented, it makes for a tedious path. If both resist, it is an exercise in futility and a choice to walk through life in chaos and conflict. Though it is hard to believe anyone would make that choice,repparttar 131098 reality is that many of us find it easier to argue and defend our position than to get torepparttar 131099 bottom of what is really bothering us.

In our most intimate relationships, many of us are finding that we can no longer insinuate, imply or suggest what we mean. At a certain point, telepathic communication between two people becomes so strong that any dishonesty or hedging will only add fuel torepparttar 131100 fire ofrepparttar 131101 ego and make trust harder to accomplish. If you doubt this, think how many times you complete each other's sentence or know when something is botheringrepparttar 131102 other person, even though they may have said nothing directly.

For healthy relationships, direct and honest communications ultimately become imperative, and no where are they more important than in our most intimate, close relationships. We must begin to say what we mean, and mean what we say.

Of course,repparttar 131103 other side of communication involves listening. For many of us,repparttar 131104 mental activities are so active that we have to re-learn how to hear what someone is saying to us. Listening is a fine art, almost a lost art. To completerepparttar 131105 circle of clear communication, we must be willing to hear what our partner is saying, apart from any immediate response we might wish to insert.

Learning to let someone completely "have their say" without interruption is a challenge in this fast-paced, action-oriented society, but it is crucial to good relationships. It has been my experience that, as long as I am mentally defending my position, I hear very little of whatrepparttar 131106 other person is trying to say.

Neva Howell is a spiritual lecture, workshop facilitator, wellness counselor and visionary writer. To vist her health and spirit portal, go to http://www.healthynewage.com

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