As the bitter wind of winter subsides to make way for the healing rays of the sun, the Trina&Friends team is looking forward to selecting the vendors for our restructure.

The past few months, we've been thinking about ways to promote and support
talented craftsters, designers and artists in this current economic landscape.

We believe the new approach will create a sense of community, deepen relationships
and meet the needs of all involved. Stay tuned.

In the interim, here are some ways Fashionistas-turned-Recessionistas can stay
afloat during these times.

The Fashionista- turned- Recessionista

1. Start a garden. You can grow your own vegetables and herbs in your back yard.
If you are an urban gal, you're probably surrounded by concrete. If so, we suggest
contacting a family member that has land. If you find you have a green thumb, you
might consider selling some of your fruits/vegetables as well to bring in additional income.

2. Start clipping coupons and buy items when they are on sale. Yes, it is time to be more frugal and cost-conscious. Clip those coupons for your groceries and beauty/hygiene products. Also, you will be surprised at the great finds in the 99 cent store.

3. Shop at vintage and thrift stores. Most recessionistas do this; also, if you need to jazz up
pieces from your closet you can go to craft stores.

4. Shop Trina&Friends when we relaunch. Our craftsters/artists/jewelers will offer
handmade pieces that are cost-friendly and stylish to boot.

5. Learn to Barter. Back in the olden days, before the crispy dollar bill, people would
trade/barter to survive. One man would offer wood to his neighbor, who would then offer
him fruits/vegetables. So, here is a mental reset-- the goal is to get your needs met while meeting the needs of the other person. This can be done without the exchange of money.

6. Identify extra sources of income. There are some industries that are "recession-proof" like helping the elderly, accounting or babysitting part-time.

7. Keep your costs down. Get a roommate to split the cost of your mortgage/rent and utilities. Budget your money. You and your friends can buy basic items in bulk (e.g. toilet paper, soap, light bulbs, etc.) and share the items while splitting the cost. The cost per item is much cheaper this way.

8. Pay off all debt and save at least 10% of every check you receive.

9. Maintain a positive outlook on life and keep your spirit healthy. Remember to tithe and to give to charities, help those in need, and deepen relationships with loved ones. By giving back, we maintain a healthy balance and, in turn, our needs will be met.

10. Trina&Friends recommends for more budget-friendly tips.

By keeping your costs down while identifying new revenue streams, you will be able to maintain your Fashionista status. Adapting these resourceful habits now will keep your head above the water.