Affordable Jewelry Tips and Tricks

Guide to Affordable Jewelry and Accessories - Think Like a Boss Lady

A couple girlfriends of mine insisted on today’s topic because even though our styles are different the one thing we agree on is that accessories have the power to set the tone for your entire look. And let’s face it, I like to consider myself something of a budget fashion Fairy Godmother, turning pumpkins into stagecoaches and whatnot.

Whether you’re dressing for an important moment in a boardroom, a first Tinder date, or a Sunday brunch with friends, the way you choose to accessorize your outfit communicates more than words ever could. The message you’re sending is another matter altogether, and for some guidance on that you might enjoy my earlier post regarding high-risk work attire or these helpful style insights from stylist Catherine Cassidy.

That doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money on expensive jewelry and accessories, though. As always, I’m here to help you look like a million bucks without having to sabotage your financial goals. Let’s do this, Cinderella…


Tip #1  Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray is your best friend. I apply a very light coating to all of my non-precious metal jewelry and it does a great job of preserving it. No more green skin and it will extend the life of your metal rings, necklaces, and bracelets by creating a protective barrier against water and even the oils from your skin.

Tip #2  Don’t be fooled by luxury labels and photography. I love the vibe and style of Free People but their prices often give me total sticker shock. For example, Free People sold an Antalya Coin Collar necklace last summer for $98, and that exact same tribal necklace design is still on sale from Windsor for just $22.90. Why pay a premium for the same look? Here are a few of my favorite affordable jewelry retailers:

Windsor Store | BaubleBar | Purple Peridot


Tip #3  Sample gorgeous accessories from Rocksbox without having to buy them! This is my favorite affordable jewelry tip, and the concept was developed by two boss ladies named Meaghan Rose and Maia Bittner. They co-founded Rocksbox so that frugal fashionistas could wear “new jewelry all the time with zero effort and without the excessive consumption that comes with it.”

If you love Birchbox or ipsy beauty samples, then you’ll be head over heels for the jewelry equivalent from Rocksbox.

When you subscribe to Rocksbox for $19/month, you create a wish list of jewelry from their inventory and then they mail out 3 loaner items from your wish list for you to enjoy. You can swap out the borrowed items for new ones as often as you like during the month. This program is genius because you get to enjoy the latest style trends without having to commit to owning the pieces forever. And if you absolutely fall in love with a piece of loaner jewelry, you have the option of buying it (at a discount, of course) and keeping it.

If you sign up using my Rocksbox referral link you’ll even receive your first month FREE.

Lisa Tufano's Rocksbox Wish list

National Dog Day + a Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 0 ,

Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers


1. They will be tickled pink… and blue and orange and yellow when you present them with a custom pet portrait created by Etsy shop owner Matea of mateasinkovec.

2. Every time they wash their hands, Dachshund lovers and dog lovers in general will get a kick out of putting their rings and other jewelry into this adorable ceramic Dachshund Jewelry Dish for temporary safekeeping.

3. Do you know a diva with a doggy? If she loves to shop, she’ll be thrilled when you gift her this plush Chewnel quilted purse and Sniffany & Co. jewelry box toy for her purse-sized pup to enjoy.

4. For a dog owner or the distinguished pup with an flair for fashion, you can’t go wrong with a posh collar by Silly Buddy. The bow tie is removable for your convenience!

5. For the sweet tooth who loves sugar as much as their fur baby, a Zippy Paws Donutz “Donut” Squeaky Toy should do the trick.

6. See #3 above.

7. Sign them up for BarkBox delivery. They’ll automatically receive a monthly box of 4-6 full sized healthy treats and innovative toys for their pup, delivered right to their doggie door! All treats are sourced from the USA and Canada, and toys are sourced from American vendors – Plus 10% of all proceeds go back to shelters and rescues to support pups across the US and Canada.

8. Your friend is an art lover and/or former circus clown who loves dogs? This Metallic Balloon Dog Figurine comes in a few different colors, and will look super chic on a desk, shelf, or coffee table.

9. Pampered pooches will love a snuggly Sherpa Puff Ball by Carolina Pet Co. It’s perfect for napping and the cozy cream cover is removable and machine washable.

Want more affordable gift ideas and inspiration? I’ve got dozens more  themed gift guides for your viewing pleasure.

Extreme Couponing for Online Shopping

Shopping online like a boss lady
Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone! Today I wanted to revisit a topic from last year: coupon combining for online shopping. With my recent move back into my own apartment, I’ve been perfecting my savings strategy and wanted to share that success with you.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the shows on television with frugal fanatics that clip coupons and rebates and combine them with such skill that they end up leaving a grocery store with a cart full of items that the store ends up actually paying them to take home. It still blows my mind how that happens, and that type of outcome is unlikely with online shopping. I can, however, show you how to very easily knock an extra 10-20% off your online shopping bill. And I’m not talking about promo codes from, either.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide created by Lisa Tufano, THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

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(click numbers above to get detail on the corresponding gift idea)

Father’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve put together a list of gift ideas to help you prep for a special June 21st celebration honoring the father figures in your life. Everything in this guide is under $100 with the exception of the industrial-inspired wooden watch from JORD, which is the fashionable splurge item on this gift guide.