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One Of A Kind Mom Jeans

“Debbie, do you own anything but mom jeans?”

“ew, no.”

Yes, that was a question directed at me. Recently, a friend mentioned I remind him of his childhood neighbor’s mom, Debbie Daddio. I’m not really sure my feelings on it yet, but I definitely only rock with mom jeans, so shout out to Debbie.

I read about The Vintage Twin a few weeks ago on Bedford & Bowery. Not only was the pop-up location close to where I was meeting a girlfriend for drinks, they were open until 10pm. Dangerously, convenient, I had to stop by. I walked into the mecca of vintage cutoffs, thankfully, as I was struggling to find some new ones well into June. Even more amazing, a lot of their stuff was “reworked” or custom. Check these one of a kind cutoffs I picked up for only $36.

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Perfect for this road trip, I wore them with this not so mom-ish, very 90s inspired, snap up, crop from Urban Outfitters. You can follow @TheVintageTwin on their social outlets and see where they will pop-up next.

xo Debbie


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2013 Kickoff, January Inventory

I am super pleased with The Discount Diary in it’s initial month of 2013.  We’ve got a new look.  A lot of you submitted your buys.  I had my first contributor.  My first travel tip is in the books.  Quite a collection of selfies have accumulated.  Everyone and their mother got or should be able to find a pair of perfect boots.  The ManRepeller FAVORITED my tweet on Twitter and read a post.  I like it.

But you know what time it is, the close of the first month.  So, without further adieu, here’s the damage.

Purchase Original Actual
Men’s Prada Stamped Python Drivers $480 $280
American Apparel black body suit and dress $72 $47
Sprarkle and Fade black dress $69.99 $13.49
BCBG long sleeve ribbed dress $88 $24.99
H&M yoga pants $34.95 $14.95
DIY denim cutoff shorts $40 $3.99
Men’s All Saints boots $300 $88
Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses $169.99 $108
Stuart Weitzman double zip black boots  $450 $78
American Apparel black bikini $50 $13
BCBG Kanye sweater $198 $95.04
JetBlue flight, FLL to JFK $242 $170
bar III shirt dress $79.99 $35
Franco Sarto boots $80 $39
Vince Camuto boots $129 $39

Together, everyone’s purchases totaled $2,484.  It’s great to see everyone shopping smart and stimulating the economy after the holidays but acquiring all of this for only $1,049.  Go ahead, take a look back, check out the posts and see how we saved 58% all together.

So thank you to all those who offered their input and read some posts.  February surely has some exciting things coming.  I appreciate your interest and (hopefully) your continued support.

xo Rae

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jasmine's DIY destroyed denim

sincerest form of flattery

One of my oldest friends texted me a little over a week ago about my favorite shorts, referenced in yesterday’s MVP post, the Levi’s high-waisted, destroyed denim from UO.   Jasmine and I often shared clothing woes and shopping strategies as she is also very tall.  She saw them in the pics from the ‘all black everything’ post.  I explained to her I wrote about them awhile ago and had two pairs, but her best bet would probably be to check online.  She thought otherwise.

Upon hearing that the UO shorts were listed as “one size” and that I literally tried on 10 pairs in store because they are not even remotely close to one size fits all, she decided to take matters into her own hands.  After her questions and some examination of the shorts on my part, I told her that they are literally old Levi’s mom jeans that are perfectly cut into shorts.  By the end of the day Jasmine triumphantly texted me and had picked up exactly that, mom jeans.  For only $3.99 at the local thrift shop she got a pair of old Levi’s.

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She took it to YouTube, checked out a couple tutorials and went to work.  The original price of my first pair of shorts was $44.  At $3.99,  she saved $40.01 or about 90% and they are definitely from the IDENTICAL Levi’s mine are made from.  She totally one-upped me and now you have plenty of options to find the perfect pair for yourself.

xo Rae