Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: The Cheap Chicas Guide to Style by Lilliana Vazuez

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Avery and Gotham Books  for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

the Cheap Chicas Guide to Style cover

Lilliana Vazquez is on a mission to give new meaning to the word “cheap,” by proving that shopping smart and looking your best are not mutually exclusive.  As the blogger behind, the go-to destination for fashionistas on a budget, Lilliana is revealing her tips, tricks, and secrets for saving without sacrificing an ounce of style in her new book, coming out this month! And she out to help moms, too.

Among other fabulous finds, the book includes:

·         How to make one outfit work all day – home, work, play date, mommy/daddy date

·         Seasonless shopping. Us moms only have so much room and so much time. Make every piece work all yr long.

·         How to break bad spending habits forever – know your weaknesses, and use Lilliana's tips (like going cash only!) to overcome them

·         How to “make cents” of your closet – how to organize your closet, what to toss and what to keep, and how to work with a consignment shop for your discards

·         Spend vs. save – which items you should drop the big bucks on, and which you can be thriftier with

·         Building your shopping IQ – the best time of year to shop, the best places to shop, and a game plan for navigating the store and the internet for the best deals

·         The art of the steal – how to make the online sites work for you

You can download a sample chapter on Lilliana's website!

Review:  This book is for every woman who wants to dress better, be more fashionable and not comprise her budget. in fact, I think it would be PERFECT for a Christmas gift for teens and coeds. If you start on the right foot, so to speak, then good shopping habits can be set for life! There are SO many topics in this book, that would be great for younger women to learn- how to accessorize (love the section where Lilliana show's how to tie a scarf different ways), to how to assemble a wardrobe for a weekend away, to what classics you should have in your closet! 

Many of the tips you may have heard before, life turning all your hangers one way and when you wear an item, turn that hanger the opposite way, and then after 6 months/year, get rid of anything you haven't worn, or about shopping vintage stores for classic silhouettes in basic colors, that never go out of style. But she also has great placed to shop on the web, how to rework what you already have in your closet, and how to better organize your closet, so that you DO wear the items you have. And she's honest- you aren't going to get into those smaller clothes from 4 years ago. And if by chance you do in a year, then you need to CELEBRATE and go buy new clothes that fit YOU and your lifestyle now! 

About the AuthorLilliana Vazquez, founder and creative director of, is one of the most sought-after style experts in the fashion industry. With regular appearances on Today, Rachael Ray, and E! News, she has become the authority on frugal fashion. This summer she’ll be making over America one teen at a time on MTV’s new show, Girl Get Your Mind Right.

Two Lucky BTHM Readers will each win a copy of this wonderful book!

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  1. I think I would share this with my daughter. Thanks!

  2. This would be for my grandaughter. Thrift tip - use coupons and when discounted items even better. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com. Anne

  3. I would keep this book. I think it would be a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

  4. My best thrifty tip is to only buy what you love. If you buy what might work, or you can figure out later it'll just sit in your closet, and be a waste of money.

  5. My best thrifty fashion tip is to buy several of something basic, if they're on sale.

  6. This would be for my granddaughter.. I love sales, always sales

  7. I would give this to my beautiful daughter-in-law

  8. I would read it. I might give it to my mom, later.

  9. I don't buy anything that is not on a really good sale or clearance.


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