So, I’m a former Carrie Bradshaw.
For years, I would invest in one designer piece per paycheck, which I justified by telling myself that by age 25 I would have the most amazing closet, brimming with Manolo Blahniks and Herve Leger dresses. Needless to say, my wardrobe grew very slowly– and I had literally nothing to wear to a casual dinner except for a Marchesa dress.
I was constantly baffled by the amount of times I was asked “Where did you get that?”– only to find that people were usually pointing at literally the most inexpensive piece on my body. It made me realize that great style is great style– and no brand name item will make you more or less fabulous.
When I first decided to be a budget fashionista, I was amazed at how many shopping bags I would come home with for the same amount I would spend on one piece in my Carrie Bradshaw days. But shopping on a budget proved to be a challenge. For years, I loyally followed my favorite fashion blogs that claimed to showcase budget-friendly style. The problem, I found, was that most of my favorite bloggers were heavy thrifters. Now, don’t get me wrong here– I love a good thrift. But let’s be honest; no two thrift stores are the same, and great finds are one in a million.
It was clear to me there was a gap in the style blogging world, where shopaholics like me could come to find affordable style that was also easy to find. And so, Cotton and Cabernet was born.
My inspiration for the name Cotton and Cabernet stemmed from two of my favorite things; fashion and red wine. They also both happen to be two things in life that are fabulous, affordable, and readily available. Cotton (come on, sing the song) is the fabric of our lives, and it’s never going to break the bank. Similarly, there’s so many awesome cheap Cabernet options these days, some nights I’m the proud owner of aisle six.
Cotton and Cabernet is a place to share my fabulous finds from my favorite affordable retailers.
No Marchesa, and no thrift stores… I promise!