I've spent several glorious weeks working my way through the autumn issues of my favorite fashion, food, wine and travel magazines. Now that I've been thoroughly seduced by their offerings, I'm ready to shop up a storm. However, until I get my hands on a winning Mega Millions ticket, I won't be able to secure all of the luxuries on my wish list. But darlings, a tight budget is no reason to abstain from life's pleasures. Check out my luxe for less finds!
The Dress: Define Your Shape Dress by Avon ($39.99)
I have been coveting a Stella McCartney hourglass illusion dress ever since they started appearing on curvy celebs like Kate Winslet. However, the $800+ price tag is a bit steep so I was thrilled to learn that Avon (yes Avon!) has created a gorgeous define your shape dress at a fraction of the price. Avon was kind enough to send me a dress to review and I have to say it looks great - this is a figure flaunting frock! The color-blocking with a curvy inset creates an instant hourglass. Not only is the Avon dress a curve enhancer but the matte fabric and dark color give it a very elegant look - no one will know that it was so inexpensive. And, the dress is very travel friendly - the cotton/polyester/spandex blend is washable. This slinky Avon dress is an affordable and fashionable wardrobe essential.
Maximo Tempranillo (under $10)
Don't let the low price fool you - this luscious velvety red wine from the La Mancha region of Spain is muy impressive. Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes that are aged for 6 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, Maximo is a fruit-forward wine with a subtle hint of spice that is a pleasure to sip and easy on the wallet. Wine Enthusiast selected Maximo Tempranillo as a "Top 10 Under $10" for 3 years in a row. This versatile vino pairs well with tapas, paella, and red meat.
The Destination: Find an amazing deal on Budget Travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Budget Travel is one of my favorite publications - they do a great job of rounding up real deals for travelers who don't want to spend a fortune but still desire a great trip. Current deals on the Budget Travel website include a package to Argentina (air, 6 nights hotel & wine tasting from $1,658), New Orleans (air & 4 nights hotel from $519), Hawaii (air and 5 nights hotel from $905), and many more!