One of my fav spot to get a quick, cheap mani-pedi is called City Beauty Salon on Polk Street.
It’s hard to beat $25 ?!! Don’t expect for a fancy place though! But they will do a great job, my pedi can last more than 5 weeks. Keep this address: 1610 Polk Street (between Sacramento & Clay)
Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30 AM – 7 PM
No appointment needed
You probably understood I love fashion when it rhymes with bargains!
But I can’t pass on these high-end styles brands because I do believe it makes your outfit looks like a million bucks. Especially with shoes and handbags. If there is something I’ll spend more money is on these two categories.
Then everybody is able to find a great skinny jean, trendy blouse, blazer, sweater, tees, dress with low-end brands like H&M, Forever 21, Target or mid-end brands like Zara, J. Crew/Factory, Banana Republic, Club Monaco (ladies, always go on sales for these brands, when I know the margin they take, it’s not allowed for the sake of our wallet to buy at full prices).
The question is: where to find high-end styles at reasonable price?
- Jeremy’s stores: San Francisco: Two South Park and Berkeley: 2967 College Avenue – their merchandise is coming from department stores, items that have been used in advertisements and window displays. Other items they receive are damages and customer returns.
They also get merchandise from clothing designers who sell their production, sale samples and past season’s stocks.
- Crossroads: it’s a buy-sell-trade store. I love it, it’s so cheap and I always find something that will give a “wowww”. You need to be patient and look everywhere, on the aisles, etc… There are many stores but my fav ones are on Fillmore & Market St.
- Seek online when you have a designer piece in mind like Ebay, Threadflip, Poshmark… Trust me, you get amazing deals there! I will write more details about these 2 companies in a different post :Apps/Services…
Look what I’ve got for $130 on POSHMARK: the seller was allowing Bundle Discount meaning that if I was buying more than one item from her, I was able to negotiate the price.
But let me tell you the full story of this purchase, I went to the 7 for All Mankind outlet store few months ago in Gilroy and I was trying jeans on but I wanted to try them with high heels (as I was wearing my running shoes) so my Love grabbed me a random pair of heels but too big for me. And I became obsessed with them, they didn’t have my size in store. So I went online to find them and the winner was POSHMARK I found them totally BRAND NEW along with a skinny snake print jean I wanted last winter.
The original price of the jean was around $200 and for the shoes $225. I’ll let you make the calculation on how much I have saved!
- Nordstrom Rack, I can get lost and go crazy in the Palo Alto store ;). I got the cutest camel bag from Vince Camuto there – pix will come!
Going to get anything from any of these mentionned stores? I’d love to see what you’ve got! Do not hesitate to share it with me, get a selfie pic on Instagram and tag me @marjosf.
I hope you are enjoying these tips. Xoxo
There are for sure some basic, casual pieces we can’t miss in our wardrobe. We will wear them seasons after seasons. You might think it’s easy to get them at a cheap price and it’s true. But while you will spend $15 every season to renew your basic, you might spend $60 after 4 seasons for a basic tee shirt.
For some casual pieces, I believe we should invest a little bit more first to last longer. And I can’t pass talking about this brand I have discovered few months ago when I first moved to San Francisco.
It’s called Marine Layer, there are 3 stores in the Bay Area: Marina, Hayes Valley & the most recent store opened in Burlingame. It’s purely made in San Francisco!
The founder and his products have a really interesting story:
“The day his girlfriend threw away his favorite shirt, Mike started working on Marine Layer…that was perfectly soft and great fitting right out of the gates. It took a couple of big credit card bills and over a year of development to make the first run of shirts, but they were worth the wait. Mike set up “shop” in his living room in San Francisco and sold the first hundred shirts in just a few weeks.
Every step of the production process happens in California. This minimizes the environmental footprint and supports three American factories that have been in business for over 25 years. The custom fabric is a blend of two yarns, Pima Cotton and MicroModal, produced by Lensiz AG. Modal is a bio-based fabric that comes from recycled Beech Wood”My favorie basic: the tri blend V-neck tee in grey, $35
Visit their website: http://www.marinelayer.com/
I love to pair this tee with the Midnight Bloom or Painted Zebra scarves from Stella & Dot.
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