Big Changes Coming Soon!

By Holly

We have a lot of huge changes coming soon to our website, and I want to take the opportunity to explain them to our followers and our customers.

You may notice over the next couple of weeks that our inventory shrinks dramatically. You may also notice that there are far fewer designer brands on our site than we have had in the past. This is because we have decided as a company to make a few changes in how we do business.

Frugal Ella was started on a shoestring budget! Our initial budget was less than $100! (We’ve spent significantly more since then, but that’s where we started.) The only way to stock a store at that price level is to use drop-shippers, and that’s what we did early on. What that means is that we never actually had the inventory on hand at all. A customer would purchase from us and then we would order from the drop-shipper and it would be sent directly to the customer. For example, if you ordered a $30 shirt from us, we would pay $15 to the drop-shipper to have it sent to you.

The problems with drop-shipping are myriad and have been well-documented elsewhere. Shipping is not always timely, and the products (since we have not personally seen them) are sometimes of questionable quality. Here at Frugal Ella, our goal is to provide high quality for a low price, and without having physical inventory, we have no way to ensure that the products we offer are high-quality.

But the other problem with drop-shippers (and this explains why the designer brands have disappeared) is that there are many vendors who do not hesitate to rip off a designer item. We see this a lot with handbags and purses. What we have since learned is that even if a designer “replica” was made in the same factory with the same attention to detail, if it is not sold by an “authorized retailer”, it is legally considered counterfeit.

The problem is that – as we are not in the factories themselves – we have no way of knowing whether the “replica” (which is usually marketed as a legitimate item) is of high quality or not. Relying on drop-shipping for these designer items places us in danger of running afoul of trademark laws, even if we do not realize that the item is not legitimate.

So we are going to make a stand, even though we fear it may cost us dearly in the short term. We will begin working to phase out drop-shipping entirely. This may be a rather lengthy process, so until we are completely phased out, all items that are handled through drop-shipping or other fulfillment means will clearly indicate that fact.

We want to assure you that when you make a purchase from Frugal Ella, you are buying what you think you are buying. We want to conduct our business with integrity and provide an excellent product at an excellent price. So we hope that our loyal followers and customers will be patient with us as we make this transition.

Please check out our website regularly: http://www.frugalella.net

We will list items on our website as they become available.

If you don’t want to keep checking the website constantly, we invite you to sign up for our mailing list (form at the bottom). We will send you a monthly newsletter, a weekly “hot deals” sheet, and a free ebook about how to dress for your body type. I can promise you that we will never spam you (no more than 5-6 messages a month) and that we will never sell your information or give it to any other company.

Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

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Flatteringly Fitting a Post Baby Belly

Note: This post includes affiliate links.

This is a guest post by my darling fashionista friend, Michelle Gaines. She has a one-month old baby girl (her third baby girl!), so she knows what she’s talking about!

When I look in the mirror at myself I can’t believe it’s me. I see this person with a saggy mummy tummy and wonder who she is and why it has to be this way.

Now, a new again mother to baby number number 3, I find myself a once size 3/4 shaped in motherly form in a size 10/12. Any one that knows me well KNOWS how truly hard this is for me. I am now finding myself starring into a closet of beautiful clothes that I can only dream of squeezing into.

A fix for the flab

Baby number one was super lucky and I bounced back quite nicely. Baby number two, I had the flabby saggy mummy tummy and quickly learned the best trick in the book for the belly bulge. Now that I have baby number 3 that saggy flab is back and I’m a pro!

Before clothes shopping, you need to start with your under garments. Find a supportive and well fitting bra. If you are a nursing mother like me this can be quite the challenge. You are going to need several in this case. Find a few comfy ones for around the house and your night feedings. Here is the important part. Whether breast feeding or not, your daily, out of the house bra I call it, needs to keep the “girls” in their proper place.

Holly’s Note: I’ve always found Bravado bras like this to be great for small to moderately-sized breasts. They don’t really give enough support for large-breasted women, but they work great for A-C cups.

Why oh why might you ask is THIS an important part to fashion?? Well, easily and bluntly put, if the girls aren’t in their proper spot then knowing and finding your correct size will be difficult. Also, always always always try on your bra BEFORE buying with a shirt. You be amazed at the difference this makes in the decision process.

Holly’s Note: Styles like this will give better support for larger-breasted women. I still feel that it’s necessary to avoid underwires while nursing – if they don’t fit perfectly they can cause clogged ducts, and that leads to a whole host of problems!

It is important not to skip this step. Why?? Once again, the girls need to be up in their proper spot. When they are it helps give you that extra curve that you want to have and secondly it will define boobs from the belly

Now, on to the undies. Before going on, accept the fact it’s time to put the thongs and cute ones aside for awhile. Spanx Spanx Spanx!!!!  No. I’m not talking about a swat on the toosh lol. If you are a woman of our modern era you know what I’m talking about.

Shape wear is the most important step in this process. What is so wonderful about Spanx is the high waist and, long bottoms. The high waist helps, smooth and support and control your mid section. My personal favorite part of the high waist is it even smooths out the love handles and virtually eliminates the muffin top made by low rise pants!

Next, the short-like bottoms. They smooth the thighs, hide that wonderful cellulite, gives support to the buns. And most importantly keeps the wiggle jiggles to the most possible minimum.

Before I move onto clothing types I want you to reflect on the woman from centuries past and their beautiful dresses. How do you think they looked so wonderful? They didn’t have all the wonderful blended fabrics like we have now and the stretchy yoga pants. They used corsets’  to keep their form and poise.  Like the woman of old we still need the shape wear to slim us.

With our shape wear in place, it’s time to go shopping. For those lucky woman that don’t have much of a pouch, you can now wear basically anything. For woman like me that still have a belly (thank goodness it’s now smoothed out) even with shape wear there are some simple rules to follow when looking for clothing that will minimize the appearance of your belly.

1: DO NOT WEAR CLINGY FABRIC OR OVERLY TIGHT SHIRTS!!!


Holly’s Note: Looser tops also make it much easier to nurse discreetly!

 

 

 

 

2: LOOK FOR STRUCTURED CLOTHING.

Instead of tight tops, opt for looser fitting clothing or something

with structured darker fabrics. Jackets are great way to add structure. Darker hues are slimming and will help the appearance of your silhouette look thinner.


Holly’s Note: Jackets and cardigans are also a great way to help you nurse modestly!

 

3: LOOK FOR RUCHED SHIRTS.

Third, look for shirts with ruching(gathers) on the sides made by elastic. The ruching helps conceal any bulges and it has a rather slimming effect to it.

4: PEPLUMS!!

I love Peplums! They are the BEST at hiding the tummy AND they are so stylish and trendy!

Holly’s Note: Button-down shirts are a snap for nursing! 

Remember, with lots of hard work you CAN lose your mummy tummy. I have twice and working on my third time. Now with all this in mind, HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!!!

 

 

So what do you think? Michelle has graciously agreed to be our first ever guest poster! We’d love to have her back again soon! So please give her some love and a big thank you! 🙂

Becca’s Look of the Week

Fall is here but that’s no reason to turn frumpy! Keep smart outlines and fun color part of your look with this fantastic lace up skirt. The green shine of the blouse gives some light around your face and the jacket, boots, and purse keep the colors from being too over the top. Pair with some natural red stone jewelry and a coral and peridot make up theme!

Autumn Smart

Sonia rykiel skirt
thecorner.com

River Island block heel ankle boots
$120 – riverisland.com

Modalu handbag
$395 – pret-a-beaute.com

Sole Society bracelet
solesociety.com

Ring
$65 – monnierfreres.co.uk

Wallis red stone jewelry
wallisfashion.com

Yves Saint Laurent black mascara
$38 – harrods.com

NARS Cosmetics red blush
$34 – liberty.co.uk

Benefit coral makeup
benefitcosmetics.com

Holly’s Look of the Week

For this week’s LOTW, I decided to feature something that is just about to make it into our catalog! I ordered a stock of these earlier this week and they’re expected to arrive on Friday, so I thought I’d do a LOTW to give you some inspiration for how to wear it!

H & M Blue Shiny Tank

SELECTED tall leather jacket
$300 – nelly.com

Paige Denim legging
my-wardrobe.com

Lancôme bright eyeshadow
lancome-usa.com

Make blush
barneys.com

Curling mascara
sephora.com

Butter London lip shine
$27 – conleys.de

Black nail polish
$14 – modekungen.se

Now the shirt is one of three new ones we’re about to see; the other colors are silver and gold! But I just love this beautiful shimmery blue shade! I paired it with leather pants and a leather jacket to really make it pop and to provide a textural contrast that would help to set it off, and I recommend bright, bold cosmetics to help complete the look.

Polyvore Party!

Last week, we looked at awesome Pinterest stuff. But this week, I have to share some of the awesome finds from Polyvore! I have become totally obsessed with Polyvore lately! Come and follow me and share your sets with me: http://frugalella.polyvore.com/

Oh – and if you want to use some of the beautiful items from Frugal Ella in your own sets, you can find them on my Polyvore page in their own collection!

Mellow Yellow

First day of school

Resort

Colored Stripes

Sparklies!

Okay! So this week I have been all about sweaters as my roommate and I are having a thermostat war. (Grrrr…)

But the advantage to being a fashionista is that I can research great clothes as a stress relief and also pass my finds along to you! Sweaters and jackets are a part of fall. Weather cools down and becomes unpredictable and you know how it goes: it starts out freezing cold and then it’s too hot, and then we go inside and someone has the air down to -57F. Consequently we have to adapt our stylishness to accommodate the temperature fluctuations by doing the ‘sweater on, sweater off’ dance.

A great sweater is a great part of any outfit. Unfortunately, not all sweaters are great. (Hence the ‘ugly sweater’ holiday party games.) The last thing we want to be ‘fashion on, fashion off’ throughout the day. So how do we pick a sweater that is cute, chic, comfy, and yet not bulky, clingy, stringy, or weird? There are 3 major qualifications you should look for when interviewing a sweater. First it needs to look ridiculously, insanely, deliciously, comfy. No, not the slobbing around the house kind of comfy. I mean the kind of comfy that makes us want to hug kittens and teddy bears, or collapse into a bed of silky sheets. Next, a good sweater needs to be interesting. Something that sparkles a bit or has color and movement keeps the eye flowing and integrates more easily into an outfit. Lastly, a good sweater needs a good cut and a good fit and a good style. Because the last thing we need is to looks like a blob of sweater-ness. Check this out:

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This think looks like you are wearing a teddy bear, I swear! And yet it has chic buttons and a good length to emphasize your waist. (I love things that point out my waist as opposed to my lower assets, if you know what I mean ladies!) It also has visible texture; not quite the same as sparkle, but it keep this from being a blank all of blah. And it looks so snuggly! Be prepared to be randomly hugged if you pick this as an addition to your wardrobe.

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Finally, for a great cut, luxe comfortable look, and a touch of shine, look at this one, girls! It’s got just enough sparkle on it to be great for a date, but not so much you can’t comfortably wear it to the office. Also, you can easily pair it up with some great slacks and shirts so that you get to stay warm and still show your curves. This one is a closet staple, believe me! I think I need to buy about 5 of them…

That’s all for today y’all! Much love! Xoxo.

Pretties!

I am just in LOVE with peacocks these days (for some reason I don’t really understand). Maybe it’s because those deep jewel tones work so beautifully for a colorful fall/winter look. Or maybe it’s because I found this beauty:

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(Yeah, that’s kind of a plug for this gorgeous dress I found!)

But these beautiful peacock tones go so wonderfully together! And it’s colorful and pretty and feminine but not “little girly”!

I liked it so much, I even made a Polyvore look based on the peacock colors!

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Oh wait – there’s another!

Here

I love the beautiful purples, the deep greens! Everything is just so pretty and glossy and shiny!

So here are a few more fun Pretties that I’ve found! (Note: These are Amazon affiliate links. Sorry. Girl’s gotta eat!)

Talk Back to Us!

We want to hear what you have to say!

At its heart, Frugal Ella is all about helping you to look great without making costing a fortune! As Holly likes to say, “Great clothes should make your butt smaller; not your wallet!”

But what we need to know from you is:

What will help you to look your best?

Do you need some great deals on clothes? Fashion advice or inspiration? Help with specific fashion dilemmas?

Please let us know! YOU tell us what you want us to do, and we’ll wave our #magicwand and make it happen! If you’re sharing with us on Twitter, please make sure to mention us @FrugalElla1 and use the hashtag #magicwand so that we can hear your responses!