Blog Posts by Fabulous & Frugal

  • Vintage Couture from Coast to Coast

    by Alexandra Pauline - April 16, 2012


    A Guide to Second Hand Designer Deals

    Trendsetting is a full time job. So, if you're a bohemian beauty looking for a classic a clutch or a hint of 70's flair, Fab & Fru's 2012 Guide to Vintage Shopping has the TOP nationwide hot spots for finding that one of a kind, diamond in the rough, for a fraction of the original price!

    Resurrection3-451x288Brooklyn or Bust

    While Manhattan may have the monopoly on vintage haute couture, like the selective designer styles found at Resurrection in Soho, Brooklyn is definitely the place for second hand treasures at more affordable prices... Brooklyn local Alexandra Citrin says Greenpoint's hidden Coral Thrift Store is her all time favorite place to shop. Packed with 90's Calvin Klein dresses, Ferragamo heels, and perfectly broken in leather cross body bags, the only thing that could make this place better is the fact that - YES - everything is priced around $20! But don't stop there... nearby Williamsburg is packed Read More »from Vintage Couture from Coast to Coast
  • Understanding Obamacare

    by Brandi Savitt - April 12, 2012


    Preparing for the Changing Healthcare System

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with patient advocate, PhD and former New York State Lieutenant Governor Besty McCaughey about the release of her new eBook, "Decoding the Obama Health Law: What You Need To Know." McCaughey is well known for her often controversial push back on healthcare reform and the current Patient Protection & Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). A Republican, Dr. McCaughey deciphered the whopping 2,572 pages of the new Healthcare Act in an attempt to provide Americans with a bi-partisan summary to help us all prepare for the changes in our healthcare system that will likely go into full effect come 2013-14. And while her book does not consistently achieve a bi-partisan tone, McCaughey's passion about finding a solution that will offer all Americans affordable healthcare is undeniable. The problem: she doesn't believe Obamacare is that solution...

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  • Calling All Procrastinators!

    by Debbie DeVito, CPA, Women & Co.

    Tax Extension Tips You Need to Know

    Hey all you procrastinators! If you're freaking out about needing to file a tax extension - take a deep breath. Our fabulous friends at Women & Co. have 3 easy steps to help you file your tax extension... ON TIME. If you're looking for extra time to file your tax return, you may be able to get an additional six months by filing for an extension. But keep in mind that, while a tax extension may be just the quick fix you need, it won't solve all of your problems. Do you need to buy some extra time to file? Here's what you need to know about filing an extension:

    1. You must file a tax extension on or before the regular tax deadline. Normally, tax returns and extensions are due on April 15 (remember that in 2012 we have an extra two days). An "extension" is a way to ask the IRS for more time to file your tax return. Usually, filing for an automatic extension will extend your filing deadline by six months (making Read More »from Calling All Procrastinators!
  • Advance Your Career - ASAP!

    by Alexandra Pauline - April 9, 2012

    Promote Yourself to the Top

    If you're lucky enough to be working in a field that you love, and you want that promotion, the best way to make sure you're not passed over is by making yourself STAND OUT as an invaluable employee. Fab & Fru is here to help you be your own marketing team, for the best product you have: YOURSELF!

    Brand, Value, Rapport The first step to becoming a star employee is branding - establish who you are as an employee, and where you want to go in the company. Decide how you're hoping to grow beyond your current position, envision it and assert that image - with graceful confidence - to your superiors and colleagues. Establish your value by formulating what makes you indispensable - master that talent and you'll surely be noticed. Focus on building your value by respecting everyone - at all levels - you work with by getting to know a little more about them. By fostering strong relationships with your clients, boss and Read More »from Advance Your Career - ASAP!
  • Women in the Boys Club

    by Stephanie Berenbaum - April 5, 2012

    Is Men-Only Membership a Mistake?

    Even if you find golf to be painfully boring, you've probably been riveted by the controversy surrounding the Augusta National Golf Club this week. Augusta, home to the legendary Masters Tournament, is a "men-only" club. Part of the club's tradition is to give a membership to all of the CEOs of companies that sponsor the Masters. The catch this year? The Master's big time sponsor IBM has a female CEO: Virginia "Ginni" Rometty. And all eyes are on Augusta to see if Rometty will be offered a membership - as her male predecessors have in years past...

    Membership Has Its Privileges

    One of the most fascinating aspects of this debate comes down to money. Exclusive, men- only clubs are as famous for the business deals that get brokered on the golf course as they are for their gorgeous rolling greens. Some observers see the exclusion of women as a way to keep the glass ceiling in place. As Terry O'Neill, the Read More »from Women in the Boys Club
  • The Guy's Perspective on Spending


    Inquiring Minds Want to Know

    Sadly, the number one cause of divorce is MONEY. Crazy, right? But the truth is so many couples have no clue how to approach potentially super awkward topics like finances...and when you leave financial topics to fester, it can lead straight to heartbreak... So, for all of you who ever wished you had a psychic to decipher what your guy may really be thinking about your spending habits - and his own - Fab & Fru has come to your rescue. We have gathered up our own personal advisory board of men to give you the insider scoop on how, when and why you should approach your man about money issues - before it turns into World War Three! So ladies, get your questions ready! From the veteran husband & father - to the newlywed - to the serial boyfriend, we have a panel of guys that want to help give YOU insight into your man's head, heart and wallet. Speaking straight from their experienced guts, none of our Fab & Fru guys are licensed therapists. They're justRead More »from The Guy's Perspective on Spending
  • Decorate with Edible Easter Delights


    Fab & Fru Holiday Yum

    With Easter coming up on Sunday, it's time to get creative and make some delicious snacks that will make your table festive, and WOW your guests' taste buds! Here are our favorite picks for making this holiday fun & yum - on a frugal budget...

    Lollipop Chick & Bunny PlantersYummyEarth Easter pop center piece

    You know we are obsessed with Yummy Earth Organic Candy - we keep their treats on hand all year round. Their products are full of great taste - and NOT full of icky stuff like chemicals and corn syrup. And our friends at Yummy Earth came up with this very Fab & Fru Centerpiece for your Easter gathering - we love it because not only is it a decoration - it is also part of dessert! Check out this week's Organic Coupon Corner for deals on Yummy Earth Organic Candy, and then decorate away! Besides the lollies, all you really need is some construction paper, and an old cup or planter. This is also a great idea to keep kids busy if you have a little craft table set up. Or -if you don't want Read More »from Decorate with Edible Easter Delights
  • Should We Legalize Prostitution?

    by Brandi Savitt - March 29, 2012


    Dollars and Sex

    Former IMF chief/Sex-Scandal Magnet Dominique Strauss Kahn was back in the news again this week. And the fact that he is being investigated for his involvement with sex workers in France wasn't the most intriguing part of the story.... Reading about his latest PR debacle, I realized for the first time that while profiting as a pimp or madam is against the law in France, paying for sex is perfectly legal. In fact this is true of many countries around the world - including Canada! So, that got us wondering: Is the United States' conservative stance protecting women's rights or hurting them? Is it worth the government missing out on multi millions of taxable dollars to uphold a moral code by turning a blind eye on reality? Or, could legalizing the oldest profession bring much needed regulation to those who partake -while increasing the government's profit margin?

    What Happens In Nevada...

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  • Spring into a New Wardrobe

    by Alexandra Pauline - March 28, 2012


    Runway Looks for Less

    Fab & Fru was inspired by Fashion Week - and there are plenty of penny pinching ways to rock Spring's prêt-a-porter looks! - We'll have you runway ready in no time - even if you're just running to work or to pick up your kids...

    6861764The Anorak

    A spring coat is a key item in any wardrobe, and the Anorak is a fresh take on a once masculine style. Though Jason Wu and Tommy Hillfiger made the Anorak a designer breakout on the runway, check out this tan one from Buffalo by David Bitton at Nordstrom for only $98!

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    Interwoven colors, mixed and matched through the beauty of intricate design, are the perfect way to make a statement this spring. So don't be shy - make a tribal printed garment a staple of your new wardrobe! Donna Karan made them the center of her show this year - if you're going for a similar look but want to tone it down, try mixing a printed tribal top with a solid bottom.

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  • Add Some Excitement to Your Bed

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    Create a Headboard without the Price Tag

    I don't know about you, but every year as soon as there is a little inkling of spring, I get the itch to spruce up a room in my house. This year, I have decided to focus on my bedroom - or should I say my bed… Pushed up against a boring white wall, my sleeping sanctuary is screaming for a headboard. The problem? Headboards tend to be pricey and bulky. So - if you don't have extra room - or the extra money - check out these alternative solutions and give your bed a Fab & Fru makeover!

    Sticky Situation

    Stuck on the fact that headboards can easily cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars? No Problem! We love the wall sticker "headboards" from Dali Decals. Daliheadboard-orangebedrm-300x300Ranging from about $35-$65, you can add stylish flair to your room without a lot of money or fuss. Added bonus: they are easy to remove and inexpensive, so next year you don't have to feel guilty about changing your look or buying a different sized bed.

    Paint One Wall

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