soapstone board [$10]

I literally love a good find. I thrive off of it. Specifically when the quality far surpasses the price.

My favorite not so secret store, where 9 times out of ten I can count on stylish, affordable home decor pieces – can you guess? Marshalls. Sure, sometimes it’s hit and miss, other times the shelves house cheesy decor, but with a little patience and some digging, look at what you can uncover.

On my most recent shopping trip, which was originally for a housewarming gift, I of course found an item I could not live without.

Meet my soapstone board.

Original price [$45]. I paid [$10]. Totally worth it.

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  • meats and cheese platter
  • fruits and veggies board
  • sushi
  • chocolate
  • wine and bottle holder

Other than the obvious, it’s also versatile for a home decor piece. Use it as a tray to showcase your jewelry, display your favorite glassware, use it in a vignette grouped with other frames or art pieces.

Can you tell I absolutely love this soapstone board?

Best of all (besides the price) it’s such a pretty marbled gray with green crystal like accents. The perfect thing to hide my ugly laminate kitchen countertops.

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a la lovely labels

To say that I love organization is an understatement.

I am slightly OCD, a compulsive Goodwill frequenter, and shamelessly proud of it. My hubbs says I have issues with getting rid of things meaning I err on the side of tossing it. I have the unique ability to get rid of almost anything and lack a sentimental bone in my body.

Our condo downsize continually teaches me to truly love everything around me and choose quality. Be content with less.

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In my effort to simplify and compartmentalize our life into 600 sq. feet, organization is key. I can devote an entire shopping trip to organization – containers, boxes, compartmentalizers, trays, files, folders, etc. Anyone else completely on the same page as me?

Look at these lovely OCD pics as I like to call them…

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…now tell me you don’t like order.

My most recent finds entail a few simple items:

[The Goods]

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I simply added the labels to my World Market makeshift bar cart and used my label maker to write cool words. It adds a whole new custom look for less than $5. I’m loving the brass and metal combo too!

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As for the magazine files, they are amazing quality (a bit pricey) but at least they come with labels. For these puppies simply type away on your label maker and adhere. Voila!

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Thanks Martha for creating lovely labels and pretty organizers.

Reason 7839567123 why I love labels. and organization.

It just takes a little but mighty magical label maker.

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

I learned how to dress up before I could read. I used to wake up early with a bottle of nail polish in hand, and wait by my auntie’s bed until she awoke so she could paint my nails. Fast forward to present day and my passion for fashion continues!

I firmly believe you don’t need to spend a lot to have great style. The style files captures my bargain finds, shopping adventures, styled looks, vignettes and the likes. (side note: I don’t rarely pay full price for anything. Call me cheap, call me Asian – I just live for a good bargain!)

My first installment of the style files includes my newest bargain find from Anthropologie – mustard skinnies at just [$39.95] originally $128.00. Love the color and velour detailing down the side. The beautiful, rich mustard can be read as either a neutral or color depending on how you style them.

And best of all, the looks below are all under $100!

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

look 1: western meets city

  • Bella Dahl chambray [$24.95]
  • Francesca’s snakeskin, open back blouse [$12.00]
  • accents | Gap metallic belt, Skagen men’s watch, assorted bangles

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look 2: feminine with a bit of edge

  • Olivia Moon floral blouse [$34.95]
  • Pure Sugar vest [$22.95]
  • accents | Gap studded belt, handmade carnelian bracelets, Nordstrom brushed silver hoops, Forever 21 geometric rings

look 2: feminine with a bit of edgelook 2: accents

look 3: daytime drama mama – favorite look!

  • Cynthia Rowley top via Marshalls [$16.99]
  • Free Hug leopard blazer via Nordstrom Rack [$19.99]
  • accents | Forever 21 white stud cuff, Aldo chunky white ring, vintage fur collar courtesy of my amazingly stylish grams!

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I’m totally digging look 3. Partly because I’m rocking my gram’s fabulous fur collar straight out of the 40s, and partly because I’m channeling Macklemore. Macklemore be like heyyy girl hey.

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This is the perfect outfit to lift me out of my winter neutral mood. Hellooooo polka dots, leopard, color and fur – you never looked more fabulous together. You either love it or hate it. You decide.

What’s your favorite look on a dime? How do you put together a polished look with amazing bargain purchases?

Proof that fashion need not hollow out your pocketbook!