Blinding Brights

I never thought I'd see my self in blinding brights, especially paired together. I wouldn't say I'm conservative but I've tended to lean toward either neutrals or black in the past, it's just more simple (and in my head, chic). But when I threw this pairing together it was love at first "bright".

What are you loving?
 Skirt DIY/GoJane, Shirt Thrifted, Belt & Bag Vintage, Shoes Dolce Vita via Rue La La, Jewelry c/o Belina, Jewelmint, H&M, Kohl's
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I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy, see you there ;)

Tied Up Fringe

 Fringe is one of the things I just just can't get enough of, paired with black skinnies it's perfectly chic with a touch of bohemian. 
 Shirt Nordstrom, Jeans Elizabeth Grace, Bag H&M, Shoes Michael Kors

Cheap, Cheaper, Cheapest - Starfish Cuff

Starfish cuffs have become quite the statement trend, spotted on everyone from celebs to bloggers their setting the stage for "statement bracelets" and I'm loving it and of course, them. How fabulous are these finds?
Starfish Cuff, BaubleBar $34
Starfish Cuff Bracelet, Shop Suey Boutique $16 (Avail. In Silver & Gold)

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Spot The Steal - Chloe Sevigny For Opening Ceremony Mary Janes

Heart of Silver

 As of late I've been digging on graphic tees in slouch form, my only current issue is that this was the perfect fit (and longer - which I wanted) until my grandmother washed it during our trip to NC...Oops. But it still works.

How many times have you wrecked something you loved in the Laundry...
(....I can't even tell you the amount of times...)
 Cardigan Old Navy, Tank Ross, Shoes Jessica Simpson, Bag H&M, Shorts c/o Clothes Hound

DIY: Braided Leather Wrap Bracelet

Everyone has jumped on the arm party bus, which has us all DIY-ing like crazy, so of course I had to add my 2 cents in a quickie version of the craze. I opted for braided wrap bracelets because they're a little more feminine than some of the edgier pieces, plus they take maybe 5 minutes to make (which is ideal for my tight schedule between chasing children around and blogging/"working"). My version costs about $2 for 3 bracelets, opposed to the $8 for one.

Here's What You Need
Leather/Suede Cording
Beading (Optional)
 Wrap cord around wrist for desired length, then add an 1'' or 2'' for braiding. Don't cut the cord, measure desired length on same cord 2 more times.
 Take the cord and loop it into knot, and then cut cord on bottom to give "strings" for braiding.
 Knot the bottom of the braid to fit into loop.
 Add to arm party...
Easy Right?
Have fun with it...


Lulu's Winner

Before I announce our giveaway winner, I'd like to thank everyone who entered and of course, Lulu's .

And Now The ....
Didn't Win? Enter Our $20 To Sunglass Warehouse Giveaway

How I Wore It: Sunglass Warehouse & Giveaway

Living in Florida has me spending the majority of my days wearing sunglasses, and I'm the kind of girl who finds a pair and doesn't stray, though every now and then I find a new pair that I love and just can't take off like black retro sunglasses, aviators and of course, my trusty cat eyes. So it's nice to go outside my comfort zone every now and then.

Thus when Sunglass Warehouse sent over their Round "Nerd" Sunglasses, I was quick to try something new. Upon their quick delivery, I found they were well made without looking cheap, and were quite retro indeed, perhaps Annie Hall-esque. The only problem is that they aren't so flattering on my current (post baby) face shape, but I will say after wearing them a couple times my husband noticed them and took them for himself. They look better on him anyways...
Now if you're not familiar with Sunglass Warehouse, they're a great sunglass inexpensive retailer with excellent customer service that provide hip and designer inspired styles to us shade lovers. Not to mention ways to pick the best "shades" based on your skin tone and/or face shape (which I will be doing next time).

Now for the Giveaway - 

Sunglass Warehouse is giving one reader $20 to spend on the product of their choice...

How To Enter (2 entries)
1. Like Sunglass Warehouse on Facebook and/or
2. Follow Sunglass Warehouse on Twitter

Which must be done by September 2nd @ 11am.
Good luck. 

And Happy Weekend :D

Pink Lady

 I feel as if I've been slacking on holding my title as the "maxi queen" so even though I don't necessarily like to do two similar looks back to back I thought a girlish look might just fit the bill, only for title holding purposes ;). 
Skirt Banana Republic (DIY), Shirt Marshall's, Belt & Bag Vintage, Arm Party Kohl's, Vintage & c/o Belina, Shoes Dolce Vita

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Leather Love

With Fall just around the corner it has me craving leather in girlish cuts with a little edge for the cooler weathered months.

What are you craving this coming season?

Wild Lengths

 I was slightly disappointed my mother, grandmother and I slacked on our thrifting this time around in NC but I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this baby up for $4 on our last day during a quick trip into town....There's even feathers involved, but they're hiding until next time ;). 

What's Your Best Thrift Find? 
 Dress Target, Shirt Thrifted, Arm Party BaubleBar, Kohl's & DIY, Bag Target, Shoes Vince Camuto, Lips Ulta's Moroccan Red
& Don't forget more outfit takes on Facebook 

Spot The Steal - Jessica Simpson "Match"

Over the weekend I spotted a Cheapalicious post featuring Jessica Simpson's "Match" Pump and realized I'd seen something like it before and it wasn't the same as she listed, and as I racked my brain I finally remembered that I noticed them while picking out my 5 Dresses to Love from Lulu's. These "Steals" are also under $50 (and I believe are exactly the same, but with different price tags). 

What do you think? 
Jessica Simpson "Match", Nordstrom $97.75

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The Skinny

I've always had a fondness for black skinny pants and could never find the right fit, they always seemed to be a little 'loose' on me and it wasn't until recently when I started fitting back in to "real pants" that I dove into a box full of jeans sent over when I was pregnant and found my long lost pair of perfect black "skinnies".
Jeans c/o Elizabeth Grace, Tank Old Navy, Bed Jacket/Cardigan Love Squared, Necklace Jewelmint (extended), Bracelet Vintage, Bag Target, Shoes Vince Camuto

Black Bean Brownies

Sounds Odd, Right? Turns out they're amazing, my mother in law has gluten allergies so I'm always striving to find new "goodies" to bake her so this was a perfect fit. And though this batch didn't even make it to their visit this weekend. Blame goes to the toddler who sneakily snatched the bag off the counter and indulged, I will say I wasn't extremely mad since I knew he was getting protein and fiber. 

Black Bean Brownies
3 Eggs
3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
3/4 C Sugar ( I used 1/2)
1/2 C Chocolate Chips
1/2 C Chopped Walnuts 
1 Can (15.5 Oz) Black Beans - Rinsed
Preheat oven 350 F and lightly grease 9x9 baking pan.

1. Combine black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar in a blender, blending until smooth. 
2. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts, then pour mixture into baking dish. 
3. Bake for 25 minutes (or until top is "dry"). 
4. Enjoy. I've found them to be very chocolatey and my husband says they resemble "Passover Brownies"....I might be assuming but I'm pretty sure black beans aren't involved in mentioned brownies. 

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And the Winner is...
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5 Dresses To Love From Lulu's & $50 Giveaway

I'll always have a special place in my heart for Lulu's, mainly because they were the first online boutique I'd ever "been to" ( I didn't do much shopping online until I began blogging). I love their quirky yet chic fashions, mostly dresses in my case, and of course shoes. So it only seemed fitting to do a 5 things post for my 'first online boutique' love and....add a $50 Lulu's Giveaway.

First, My 5 Things, I mean Dresses.

1. Creature Comforts Cheetah Maxi Dress, $45
(Leopard & Maxi, Enough Said)
 3. Fringe Tin Tin One Shoulder Teal Dress, $39
4. Lucy Love Gabriella Dress in Red and Blue, $73
(I'd wear this with opaque tights and wedge booties this fall)
And Now The ($50 to Lulu's) Giveaway - 

1.Tell me what your favorite item from Lulu's  is in the comment box and Follow The Frugalista Diaries on Bloglovin' or GFC
(Required to Enter)

More Entries (optional) -
3. Follow @meganfrugalista on Twitter and/or Like TFD on Facebook
4. Tweet "I just entered to win a $50 @lulusdotcom gift certificate from @meganfrugalista "

All of which must be done by 8/26 at 11am. Good luck!