HOW I LEARNED TO EMBRACE MY INNER VERA BRADLEY

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Vera Bradley is not the hippest brand. I don’t know how much you would have to pay Kim Kardashian to carry a Vera Bradley bag. In fact, I don’t know that you could come up with any sum of money that would make Kim Kardashian carry a Vera Bradley bag.

I first realized how uncool Vera Bradley bags are after I bought one secondhand at Housing Works, in keeping with the Fashionmomix philosophy of saving money and recycling goods. I was very happy with the bag; it was inexpensive and the quilting made it comfortable. Then I wore it around a goth friend of mine. “OH, that’s a Vera Bradley bag,” she said. Her tone and demeanor made it clear;  I had committed a major fashion faux pas.

So once that bag fell apart, I forgot about Vera B. Flash forward to this summer. I was looking for a summer handbag, and nothing was the right fit. All the expensive leather bags I coveted were way above my budget. Plus they were heavy and uncomfortable for the summer heat. I kept coming back to Vera. Her bags are soft, light, and colorful, just what I wanted in a summer purse. I decided to stop being a fashion snob and buy two! After all, you’re not cool if you’re worried about being cool, AND if you’re not true to yourself. So I learned to embrace my inner Vera Bradley. Perhaps you can too someday.

HOW TO BUY A MILLY DRESS FOR 15 DOLLARS

MillyWe’re in the midst of a heat wave here in New York City. But I’m staying cool in this Milly dress. My bank balance isn’t feeling the heat either, because I only paid $15 for it! Where did I find it, you may ask? Of all places, at a church secondhand sale. NEVER turn your nose up at a secondhand sale!  You could be missing out on a great bargain and great fashion. Hey, if Milly is good enough for JLo to wear on her birthday, it’s good enough for me, especially at $15.

THIS MAN CAN MAKE YOU MORE BEAUTIFUL

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Well sort of. I follow Consumer Reports’ Tod Marks advice on checking the unit prices on products religiously. Case in point, check out the prices on these two bottles of Cerave lotion.

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I like beauty products like Cerave because there is no fragrance added that could potentially irritate my sensitive skin. Now you would think you’d save money if you bought a bigger bottle. But look closely at the unit prices.

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The smaller 8 ounce bottle actually costs less because it’s priced at $1.37 an ounce, while the 12 ounce bigger bottle is $1.50 an ounce and costs more! Now this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy Cerave – I still do. What it does mean is that you should always check the unit prices, and bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.