Thrifty Thursday’s – A ‘Chic’ Giveaway with Fab’rik Boutique!

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Thrifty Thursday’s sometimes means that YOU get to be thrifty by scoring a free pair of jeans!! Let me tell you how. 🙂

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fab’rik Boutique in Homewood, AL.  Fab’rik invited a number of local bloggers to a Denim Dinner Party, and I was one of the lucky ones!   What’s a Denim Dinner Party you ask?  Well, in this case, it turned out that we were invited to check out the store’s well-curated inventory, try on Fab’rik’s selection of designer denim, AND select a pair of jeans to give away on our blogs!  How awesome is that?!  Take a look at the options:

Fabrik Denim Options

From left to right: Flying Monkey, Fab’rik, and Spanx jeans.  One of these pairs could be yours! (Photo: Fab’rik Boutique)

The dinner itself was not only decadent but elegantly displayed.  I was too busy checking out the store’s inventory to take any photos of the food unfortunately, so you get pictures of clothes and accessories instead. Take a look at some of the enticing things I found:


Fab’rik’s main display table, filled with a plethora of affordable goodies! (Photo:


Gorgeous statement necklaces! This one is only $42! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Chunky bracelets and statement rings?  They’ve got them! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


How fab are these bracelets?! Perfect for stacking. (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Very on-trend colored-stone, statement earrings. (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Isn’t this just super chic?! I love this coat.  I may need to go back for it! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


What a deal!  This white Jack coat is only $66!! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


I’m a lover of statement earrings and these were no exception! (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Including this hat I LOVED.  How does it look?? (Photo: Chic in Academia)

The clothing selection was also on point.  Dresses, tops, pants, skirts…all well-known brands and with most things under $100, ranging from as low as $30 for a pair of shoes to $60-ish for a coat or dress.  Check out these booties I scored for just a little over $30:


Qupid Booties, Fab’rik Boutique (Photo: Chic in Academia)


Comfy enough to wear to a weekend play-date! (Photo: Chic in Academia)

IMG_20140929_213906And I also received a pair of Seven for All Mankind jeans (courtesy of Fab’rik, THANK YOU!!), which I LOVE!  Styled here with a red blazer and some leopard print booties.  (Photo: Chic in Academia)

Can you tell this is going to be my new, favorite place to shop?? 😉  You can find more of these items at Fab’rik, 1817 B 29th Avenue South, Homewood  Alabama,  35209, (205) 582-9447.  Fab’rik also has some items available online and can be found on their main website:

Now, for the good stuff!  To be entered to win a pair of these jeans in YOUR size, read the rules below!


A free pair of jeans will be perfect for Fall! (Photo: Fab’rik Boutique)

I will give the winner a voucher that can be used towards a pair of Flying Monkey, Fab’rik, or Spanx jeans (~ $100 retail value) OR, if you live out of state, I will personally select the jeans for you and mail them straight to your home (you pay for shipping)!  Sounds reasonable, right?  And exciting!


I will consult with these lovely ladies, including co-owner and store manager, Melissa Mistrot (middle) to select the pair of jeans that will best suit you!

Here are the rules to enter this giveaway (each method counts as one entry, so you can enter up to 4 times to win):

  1. Leave a comment below telling me why you would love to win a free pair of jeans from Fab’rik.  You must follow this blog via WordPress or via email to be considered.
  2. Repost the giveaway photo on Instagram, tag @chic_in_academia and @fabrikhomewood You must follow both accounts on Instagram, and use the hashtag #ChicFabrikgiveaway to be considered.
  3. Tweet about it!  “Giveaway with ChicInAcademia – Free Jeans! “.  You must follow Chic in Academia on Twitter to be considered.
  4. Pin it on Pinterest!  Pin any of the images above with the caption “Giveaway with ChicInAcademia – Free Jeans! “. Must follow Chic in Academia on Pinterest to be considered.

Good luck to everyone and as always, Stay Chic!

Thrifty Thursday’s – Office Wear

You may recall that I recently wrote a post about my experience while shopping at a thrift store.  In that post, I describe how I managed to get two outfits – including shoes – for under $20!  I was pretty amazed myself!

Well, I’ve since become very excited about thrifting, so when Natasha from Baby T Fashion Diaries approached me about a second thrifting challenge, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to thrift again. 🙂

This time, we wanted to focus on items that a woman would wear to the office.  Office-appropriate outfits, if you will.  We did not set a budget, there weren’t any rules at all, really.  What we did agree to do, was to purchase an outfit that we could each wear to the office..from a thrift store.  Simple enough, right?

Check out what we found:

Thrift Blog Pic 1

Thrift Blog Pic 2

My thrift store finds:

  • Ann Taylor Jacket/Blazer $2.50
  • Banana Republic Wrinkle Free top $2.50
  • Gap pleated midi-skirt $3


All items were purchased at the Salvation Army.

Shoes and necklace were not thrifted, however the necklace is from Forever 21 (old, about $8), earrings are from TJ Maxx (old, $10), and slingback heels are from the Nine West outlet (recent, $15).

My sweet friend Natasha found a fab outfit as well!  See for your self:

Natashas thrift picDoesn’t she look great!  A very office-appropriate outfit indeed.  Check out her blog and Instagram for details on her amazing finds!

What do you think?!  I am personally LOVING these thrifting challenges and hopeful to find some more amazing finds in the future.

Until next time!  Stay chic!

Fab Finds Friday!

Can you believe I haven’t written a Fab Finds Friday post since January?  Well, with the start of a new academic year around the corner, I thought I would share a few staples I thought you might enjoy shopping for:

From left to right: J. Crew Puffed-Sleeve Blazer | Michael Kors Laptop Travel Tote | J. Crew Pleated Pencil Skirt | Kate Spade Agenda/Planner | Chanel USB Drive |

Check out my last post for for some additional favorites!  I’m also participating in a Fab Favorites Link Up today, so be sure to check out other fab favorites on my fellow bloggers’ blogs, The Style Elixir and Stylishly in Love (see below)!

Until then…Stay Chic!

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