Shop on purpose (intro)

If you’re tired of wasting time, energy and MONEY on wardrobe pieces that will end up languishing in your closet, destined for the “donate” pile, read on!

Let’s shop on purpose! 

This is an introduction to a new meme I’ll be doing called “Why I bought that,” where I’ll demonstrate smart shopping habits by

  1. showing you what I bought and
  2. explaining why I bought it.

Look for installment #1 later this week! 

introduction to fantabulous women shop on purpose

Wondering why I bought that? I’ll tell you…soon!


To kick us off, here are some ways to SHOP ON PURPOSE that I’ll be explaining in more detail in the coming months. 

1. Inventory your wardrobe and shop according to a list of what you need.

You may need camisoles so you can wear your sheer blouses or a white skirt to pair with your denim jacket. Shopping with a list means that what you buy will actually fit into your current wardrobe and compliment the pieces you already own and enjoy.

Check these lists for some guidelines–and start making your list!

12 Wardrobe Must-Haves

12 Other Wardrobe Must-Haves

fantabulous women wardrobe basics

2. Embrace a “capsule wardrobe” concept that is focused on a few of your best colors (along with neutrals) that can be mixed and matched.

This is a beautiful example from Capsule Wardrobes using just 15 pieces of clothing!

Spring capsule wardrobe–all the pieces work together.

3. Know your lifestyle–and consider ‘cost per wear.’

How often will you wear a fancy velvet duster (maybe once or twice a year?) vs. a pair of tailored black dress pants? Invest in the pieces you will wear more often and buy your “once-a-year” pieces when they’re on clearance–or borrow them from a friend!

Conversely, if you frequently attend formal evening events, investing in a fabulous cocktail dress makes more sense for you than spending a lot of money on designer jeans.

The more often you wear an item, the more money you can justify spending on it. 

4. Buy pieces that are within your Dominant Color Category.

Don’t know your DCC? Check out my post all about it–with my corresponding Pinterest boards!–here.

Or take Shari Braendel’s Color E-nalysis quiz here.

Knowing your DCC means that you can…

  • buy tops and scarves in your “pop” colors
  • buy bottoms in your best neutrals
  • invest in white vs. cream and black vs. brown with confidence
  • buy shoes, bags and accessories that will work for your coloring and your wardrobe
fantabulous women shop on purpose

I’m a deep DCC.

5. Buy pieces that compliment your body type.

The goal is not necessarily to just draw attention to your best features or downplay your problem areas but to help you look proportionate.

Do you need to create a waistline? Downplay your bust? Extend your leg line? Buying pieces that suit your body type means that you will actually wear what you buy and feel confident wear it! 

fantabulous women shop on purpose dress your body type

Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

What are your biggest shopping frustrations? Leave a comment here or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to keep the conversation going!

Interested in some personal shopping services from me? Contact me!


Five ways to add some holiday WOW to your outfits

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both quickly approaching.

If you’re like me, you can’t go out and buy new outfits for all of the upcoming occasions and photo ops BUT you want to look and feel amazing.

So, here are five ways to add some holiday WOW to our outfits. Shop your closet first, or treat yourself to something new–a lot of these items are deeply discounted this time of year!

1. Embellish your neck.

Any outfit or coat looks letter with a little pizzazz close to your face. You can wear your most basic pants and top but when you add a festive, sparkly or colorful scarf, it’s a WOW.

fantabulous women holiday wow scarf plaid denim boots

A festive red and green plaid, polka dots or a scarf in your pop color are good places to start. Not sure what your pop colors are? Discover your Dominant Color Category to find out!

2. Add some bling.

Pile on the bracelets, wear your chandelier earrings and add an extra ring or two–the bigger the better. Drag out your costume or vintage jewelry and even add a pin to your coat lapel while you’re at it.

Carry a sequined or glittery clutch or purse, too. 

And wear your sequined or glittery shoes! It’s hard to overdo it when it’s the holidays.

3. Wear bright lipstick.

Whether red, plum or bright pink, wear a color that will make you feel fabulous. Almost everyone looks good in true red (with no orange undertones). A blue-based red even makes your teeth look whiter!


Exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth or a gentle sugar scrub so dead skin doesn’t sabotage your look.

Remember: when you go with strong lips, keep your eyes and cheeks toned down.

4. Accessorize your ‘do. 

Headbands, flower clips and feathers are “in” right now, so sweep your hair up or to the side and add a little flourish. You can even apply colored gel (pink! purple!) or tinsel! Fun!

holiday wow vintage rose wraps headband fantabulous women

5. Show off your legs.

Wear patterned tights, your highest heels or apply body lotion with glitter in it. You’ll feel flirty and feminine and might even walk a little taller.

Bonus! 6. Wear anything with feminine details, like ruffles or lace. It’s so pretty–and festive. It’s especially fun to mix in fancy with plain, like jeans with a lace top or black velvet pants with a simple tunic.

A few other tips: 

  • Plan your outfits ahead of time and hang them in your closet to avoid digging for stockings or an errant earring at the last minute.
  • Take care of your skin, particularly when the weather is cold or windy. Drink plenty of water and hydrate, especially over night. Remember to take care of your feet, knees and elbows, too.

Need help taming winter skin? Contact me for a facial with a microdermabrasion treatment included! Your skin will thank you!

What can you add to your outfits for some holiday WOW?

Exfoliate Dry Lips NOW

Are your lips dry? Do you need to exfoliate them…now??

You already have two of the BEST tools for sloughing dead skin from your lips:

This… lip exfoliator washcloth

A damp washcloth!

And this. toothbrush exfoliate lips

A toothbrush!

At night before bed, simply rub your lips with a damp washcloth or toothbrush to gently remove the dead skin, rinse and apply a lip balm to leave on over night. Viola! Soft, kissable lips.

If you have a little more time and really want to pamper your lips, give this a shot. Mix equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil, rub gently onto lips and rinse.

lip exfoliating treatment

via Pinterest

Could your lips use a little TLC? Let me know if you try any of these ideas!

xxx, Tabitha

Summer Strawberry Facial

strawberry facial

Got some strawberries “on their way out?”

Put them to good use! Overly-ripe, mushy (but not rotten) strawberries work best.

This is one of my favorite facials–it leaves your skin tingly and refreshed. It’s FanTABulous after a long day in the heat! You could even make it in the morning then store it in the fridge to apply later in the day. Aaaahhhh. Perfect to pamper yourself or to use for a girls’ night in.

You will need 4 very ripe strawberries and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.

The fruit enzymes will slough way dead skin while the essential oil will refresh and perk up your complexion. The peppermint oil is so invigorating!

Instructions: mash the strawberries and press through a mesh strainer or squeeze through cheesecloth or (clean) panty hose. Catch the juice in a small bowl.  Then add the essential oil to the juice and blend. Apply to face and neck with a saturated cotton square and massage into skin for about 1 minute (avoiding the eyes!). Rinse with cool water. Enjoy!

In Cahoots With…Jen of Thirty-One Gifts

{If you clicked over from the {F}e-mail Newsletter, welcome! This is the first of what I hope will be many interviews with the women I am in cahoots with. Partnering with like-minded women so we can help each other grow in our networks and our businesses is what FanTABulous women is all about! Enjoy!}

jennifer porter with tabitha dumas in cahoots

The smell of freshly baked granola fills the air of Jennifer Porter’s Buckeye, Arizona home when she finally drops down onto the couch across from me with a sigh. She just put a diaper back on her 11-month-old son and turned on Team Umizoomi for her almost-three-year-old son, but only after switching the laundry over to the dryer, sending a text message to a Craig’s List seller and pouring herself another cup of coffee. Jen is obviously a busy woman but her sigh quickly turns into laughter as she surveys the room.

Amidst the controlled chaos of living with five boys that range in age from one to twelve years old, there are Thirty One products everywhere. “See why I need this stuff??” she says.

Jen can relate to the needs of the woman on the go and can recommend a Thirty One product to anyone who has an organizational challenge. Hauling sports equipment? You need the Large Utility Tote. Trying to corral your laundry supplies? The Square Utility Tote does the job (and can prettify your laundry room, too!). Need something portable to stash diaper and wipes in? The All-In-One Organizer is perfect. She’ll tell you to keep a Littles Carry-all Caddy in the car for the kids’ board books and small toys and that Thermal Totes are a necessity for keeping drinks and snacks cool as you run errands in the car this summer.

As you can tell, Jen is always eager to help.

She is the type that offers to hold your baby for you even though she has a baby herself and is known for being on the look-out for what people need, then filling that need. When she dropped groceries off to a friend recently, the friend asked, “How did you know we needed corn and fruit??” Jen just has an intuition about that sort of thing, and the follow-through to really help.

As she’s rattling off all of the products she loves, telling me about all the cute prints they’re available in and reminding me about the monthly specials, I ask her what her favorite product is. “Just one??” she asks. As she looks around, she says, “Must be the Square Utility Tote because I think I have at least one in every room!” She quickly adds that the Retro Metro Bag is her favorite purse. Why? “It’s casual. It has giant pockets on the outside. And it’s like a Mary Poppins bag, it holds more than you think it will.”

Jen has been with Thirty One for almost a year and a half now and has three active consultants on her team. She loves it that the products help people enhance their everyday life. She tells me that she is impressed with Thirty One’s commitment to their company mission: “To celebrate, encourage and reward women.” She enjoys being rewarded with free products, business supplies and incentives for all of her hard work. Her hostesses are rewarded well, too, and are always impressed with what they earn when they host a party. What do her customers rave about? “They love how BIG everything is when they get it,” she tells me. “The products always exceed their expectations. Plus they love how the personalization turns out!”

Jen’s love of helping busy women stay organized fuels her business.

Her favorite organizing tip? Keep items together (like Chapstick and a brush or business supplies like order forms, a calculator and cash) in the Zipper Pouch or Mini Zipper Pouch so that you can use them where they’re needed, refill them, then toss them into your purse or tote bag as you run out the door. And if you’re stumped on a teacher gift, Jen reminds me that 31 has oodles of lovely gifts for teachers, like the Wristlet Key Fob or Fold-and-Go Organizer with Notepad or perhaps a personalized Zipper Pouch for stashing personal items in her desk. For a baby gift, Jen recommends personalizing the Organizing Utility Tote to be used as a diaper bag.

Part of the reason why Jen enjoys having a Thirty One Gifts business so much is because she likes telling people about the tried-and-true products she loves. In fact, Jen dreams of having a blog someday where she can review and report on the products she loves the most, from nursing bras to cleaning products.

Jen is also quite the inventor and has several amazing ideas but needs helps figuring out what steps to take next. Maybe one of our FanTABulous Women can help her?

Jen Porter is a woman who has a lot on her plate but will always drop what she is doing to help someone else. She loves her family, cherishes her faith, takes good care of her friends and has a successful Thirty One Gifts business. Jen is truly FanTABulous.

P.S. Since I conducted this interview, Jen announced that she and her husband, Levi, are expecting their sixth child (her third).  She is due in early February. Congrats, Jen!

Contact information:
Jennifer Porter
Visit Jen’s Thirty-One website
Request to join her private Thirty-One Facebook group
Call: (623) 806-0562

Want my next interview to be about YOU? Leave a comment or e-mail me to be considered!

Secrets of a Savvy Goodwill Shopper

The card my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day this year was a gift card to my favorite local consignment store where I LOVE to shop. Now THAT says ‘I love you.’

I enjoy shopping outside of the mall and the big box retail stores and I am something of an expert Goodwill shopper. FanTABulous Women can and should be bargain shoppers! Newsflash: being a bargain shopper does not mean sacrificing style or quality.

Dressing with flair while on a limited budget just means learning some savvy shopping skills to score quality pieces that you will love adding to your wardrobe.

Navigating your local Goodwill takes ‘having the eye,’ as my mother calls it, and can easily be learned. Consider this your tutorial.

Secrets of a savvy Goodwill shopper from Tabitha Dumas on

Before you go:

1. Familiarize yourself with high quality pieces of clothing. You’ve heard it said about counterfeit money—the experts study the real thing so they can easily spot the phonies. You can scan the racks and easily spot the quality pieces of clothing when you are familiar with their look and feel. If you don’t have many in your closet yet, visit a high-end boutique or department store and familiarize yourself! The goal is that you can go to Goodwill and your eyes will easily pass over the faded t-shirts, dated prints, 80s denim and cheap polyester and land on the finer fabrics with classic cuts and expensive details.

2. Make a list of what you need. Spend some time in your closet to determine what you need. There are probably pieces that you don’t wear because they need a companion piece like white pants, a denim skirt or a white cardigan. Also consider upcoming events that you need a special item for, like boots for a Western-themed party or a red top for a patriotic holiday. Shopping will be less overwhelming and you won’t forget anything.

3. Use the Goodwill store locator. You can bet that the store location dictates the kind of donations it receives, so plan accordingly. Also remember that stores in a nice part of town = nicer donations. Look for stores near swanky, high-end neighborhoods and skip the stores in run-down areas. You don’t want to end up in a store that has nothing but the items left over from nearby garage sales.

4. Sign up to receive their emails so you can receive coupons (usually monthly for 20% off a $10+ purchase) and notifications about new stores opening. It’s on their main page.

5. Be aware that most stores have a half-price tag every day. The store will have a sign—and sometimes even balloons floating (as pictured below)—to indicate the color tag that is half-price that day. It’s a great way to save extra money, especially on more pricey items like designer-name clothes or high-ticket items like coats.

savvy goodwill shopping

6. Also be aware that most stores have half-price Saturdays when EVERY item is half price. You may want to go on that day for extra savings or avoid going that day to avoid the occasional crowds and long lines. For most stores, it’s one Saturday every month.

7. Dress appropriately for the trip. If you make a day of it, you might end up in the fitting room two or three times so wear clothes that are easy to get on and off. Wear neutral undergarments as well. Consider wearing a favorite pair of shorts or pants, too, for trying on tops. Or wear an item that you NEED to find a match for!

At the store:

1. Plan your route. Clothing is arranged by type (sleeveless, short sleeve, skirts, pajamas, etc.) then size (tops are S to XL, bottoms are usually 3/4, 5/6, etc.) then color. Refer to #2 to avoid being overwhelmed. I recommend starting at the ‘Better Brands’ racks (see #2 below) then visiting your favorite color IN your size within each type. End with shoes then bags then accessories.

2. Peruse the ‘Better Brands’ rack first. You’ll be amazed at the brand names you can find! Don’t miss the out-of-season items, too. I once scored a like-new classic black GAP coat in the middle of summer for less than ten bucks. Keep in mind, however, that the ‘better brands’ are often mixed in to the other racks, too.

3. Know your sizes and colors. I always make a point to check the white, black and denim sections in each section. Look for quality, classic pieces like a white blouse, black dress pants or a denim jacket.What colors do you look amazing in—brights? Earth tones? Pastels? You can spend some extra time in those sections to make sure you don’t miss anything. If you haven’t yet, Discover Your Signature Color to narrow down your color palette.

Also keep you sizes in mind, especially if you’re the type who is a different size on the top and bottom. Remember that a size 6 could be in the small or medium sections while a 10 could be medium or large. goodwill shopping secrets

4. Check labels. I look for J. Jill, NY & Co., GAP, Liz Claiborne, Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic, among others. What are YOUR favorite stores or brands? You may know what specific brands you like from department stores or big box retailers so look out for those, too. Also check for ‘dry clean only’ labels. Add the cost of dry-cleaning to the price of the item. This is less of an issue for sweaters and coats that won’t be in direct contact with your skin.

5. Think of roaches: if you see one, there are usually more. If you see one Ann Taylor Loft item in a size medium, chances are that there are more from the same donator. Keep an eye out.

6. Check for stains or required repairs BEFORE trying items on. Chances are that you don’t want to have to repair a zipper or drawstring or replace a button on a $4 or $6 item. Give items a once-over before you get attached to them or take the time to try them on. It almost goes without saying, but…

7. Always try items on! Even if you know that you are always a size large at Forever 21, try it on to make sure it fits and flatters you.

Before you leave the fitting room area…

8. Remember to check the rack of fitting room cast-offs. They are full of items that caught someone’s eye but didn’t work out for whatever reason. They might work perfectly for you, though, plus there will likely be several items in the same size. Speaking of the fitting room…

9. It’s always better to take a friend along. Countless times, I have pulled something off a rack that my shopping partner passed over or vise versa. You might be surprised by what a trusted friend thinks will look good on you! Plus a second opinion is always nice and shopping at Goodwill is a great opportunity to try on items or outfits that you wouldn’t normally wear. Which brings us to…

10. Shop by your list…but feel free to experiment. If you’ve been dying to try a more gypsy-like or vintage vibe or have vowed to start dressing more professionally, the variety and affordability at Goodwill means that you can experiment with little risk. savvy secrets of goodwill shopping

11. Remember accessories and shoes. Belts, hats, shoes and jewelry are definitely worth perusing. You never know what treasure you could discover! You might want to visit these areas last to complete the outfits your just bought.

When you get home:

1. Launder your clothing purchases. Yes, this is a must.

2. Consider taking OUT the same number of items that you bring in and donating them to Goodwill! This will prevent you from overloading your closet and will freshen up your wardrobe.

3. Put a few outfits together with your new items to make getting dressed easier.

4. Enjoy the compliments you will receive—and resist the urge to reveal your secret of where you got it or how much you paid!

If you visit your local Goodwill, I hope you will consider these tips and report back on how you did. Have fun on your treasure hunt!

Have you shopped at Goodwill? Tell us about your experience!

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