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My Addiction to Drugs(tores)

My Addiction to Drugs(tores) by shabbychicstyle

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HOT BLOG! - Destruction in the Windows

A Word From Sally: Today I want to feature a terrific post from one of my favorite fellow bloggers: MaryAnne, the fashion-infatuated wordsmith behind the site Destruction in the Windows. In her post "Raiding the Closet" MaryAnne tackles the age old dilemma: What do you do with those you don't know what to do with?

Raiding the Closet - from Destruction in the Windows, May 31, 2012

Finding new outfits from the a free store in my own home called My Closet. A few of the outfits shown below will be seen again in the near future, done all pretty like, outside with nice light and better quality. I thought it'd be fun to do a post on my evening's adventure of finding new things to wear out of what I already own.

I need to find a better backdrop for indoor pictures, instead of the pink towel that clearly looks just like a towel. Darn. Consider it more like a color, than a towel.

The first outfit is a long-sleeved shirt. It's something I got a year or so ago along with oth…

How to Stretch Your Beauty Bucks: My Fave Five for Around $5

Please read disclaimer at the bottom of this post before proceeding.*
Whilst compiling a list of my top 5 favorite CHEAP beauty products I realized there is a common theme: MOISTURE! Yes, in addition to possessing a dry, subtle wit I also unfortunately have not-so-subtly dry skin & hair. So this is indeed the post for readers of the parched persuasion.

Without further ado, I give you my most beloved penny-pinching products --all prices quoted are in USD & may vary slightly (less than a buck) depending on where you buy them:

#1 St. Ives Body Wash ($4.49)
I love St. Ives products period, but I especially love St Ives' line of body washes. They feel silky, rinse clean and smell wonderful --not perfumy I might add. They are also paraben-free! While I can't always find what I'm looking for sans-parabens it is a definite plus and I eschew them when I can. In a nutshell, St. Ives is just as good as those washes double the price, if not better. And once again I must mention…

Why I Admire Whoopi Goldberg's Style: She Doesn't Give A Fig (What? You were expecting another word that begins with F? Ok, that too.)

Now over the years Ms. Goldberg has gotten a lot of flack for her sartorial choices, but so what? She stays true to herself. She doesn't care what the fashion establishment thinks. She doesn't have eyebrows. That's right, no eyebrows. And on her it works! Surely you've observed this. Don't we all eventually have that Aha! moment where we realize, "OMG, Whoopi Goldberg doesn't have eyebrows!!!!" I reiterate, she doesn't need eyebrows, she only needs Whoopi. In other words, she just needs to express who she is through her style and forget everyone else --and that's exactly what she does! The same goes for you and me. That's what fashion's really about: defining fashion on your own terms. Too often I dwell on lack and all the clothes I want but can't afford --and Whoopi Goldberg is one of those people who reminds me that style is not about the price tag but about the individual.

So Whoopi Cushion, Shoestring News salutes you!


Hey there Shoestringers, whilst perusing my past posts today I noticed this snazzy animated Gif. I made for last February's piece The Economics of Vanity, or, The First White Hairis no longer...well, Giffing! It just sits there at the first image. Anyone know why? Is it just me or has it stopped full-stop? Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions. It will be most appreciated.
xoxo Sally

Shoestring Review: Kara Kulpa's "The Water's Edge"

It's high time we took a break from my financial kvetching and once again throw the spotlight on a musician who, in true "Shoestring Style" is making her own way on the club circuit: Kara Kulpa. Our regulars readers will recall that Kulpa is also a member of the group Kristen Ford Band, whose CD The Grindstone I reviewed on this blog in January. Recently I got my hands on a copy of her solo turn The Water's Edge, a solid set that proves Kulpa's fine work with KFB is no fluke.

Don't expect the rollicking, rock-infused tunes characteristic of Ford's group on The Water's Edge however. A softer vibe dominates this playlist: intensely contemplative and lyrically precise, Kulpa's music merits close listening but also is perfectly suited for those moments when you just need some sounds that you don't have to think about --just experience. It's what you want to hear when driving down the open road to who knows where or on those lazy Sunday mornin…