Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Maybe it's leftover brain clog from when I played basketball, but I still use the phrase "go big or go home." I don't change up my cosmetic routine that often, but when I do, I want it to count:
That's red lipstick. Retro Red, actually, from New York Color. I think I bought this around the time of my last birthday, but I forgot I had it until a few weeks ago. When I first wore it in December, I was really pale and looked kind of like a vampire, but now that it's summer and I have a healthy glow, I look like a mortal when I put it on. Which is a plus.
Another plus is the price. Get ready... it's a dollar! I've been happier with this lipstick than others that are much more expensive. It's smooth without being too shiny, and it stays on my lips (as opposed to my teeth, which are not red).
The third and final plus is that N.Y.C. is sold all over the damn place, so you shouldn't have any problems unleashing your inner bombshell. Go forth and enjoy.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I had a post all worked out where I'd talk about how ruffly shirts are the bee's knees right now, and how these are on clearance at Overstock (a site I normally skip, but I'll have to stop that), and then I'd muse about how lovely any of them would look under a nice cardigan.
But in the time it took me to slap the pictures together in Paint, two of them sold out. Fail.
If you move sharpish, you can still get the orange one here.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The aptly named Whimsical Treasures over at Etsy would be a good place to start if you're not sure how to let out your inner fancy. Most things are between $20 and $30.
(P.S. Are you impressed by my advanced skills in Microsoft Paint?)
Sigh. Too bad it's cashmere and $200, because this is the only retro item I've posted that I actually have occasion to wear. It'd be work appropriate with dark jeans, black pants, any of my pencil skirts...
Bummed as I am, I can't hold a grudge against a store with a sweet name like Fast Eddie's Retro Rags, especially when that sweater is at the pricey end of their spectrum. In the spirit of affordability, you could buy a rhinestone cardigan for $55.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"The show that makes history..."
Cut to Oprah hugging Nelson Mandella.
"Over and over..."
Oprah walking down the street with Bono (ugh).
"Will do it again..."
Oprah onstage at the Kodak Theater.
"Whitney Houston: The Exclusive Interview"
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! We have another musician who was on drugs, did a reality show, got divorced, and then recorded some new material. THAT IS NOT NEW OR GROUNDBREAKING, OPRAH. And it's certainly not worth putting in any history books. In fact, I wonder how Nelson Mandella, an actual historical figure, would feel about a ridiculous comparison like that. GAH.
Now, if you want to take interest in something that ACTUALLY matters, let's talk about making the world a better place:
The Hunger Site is something I stumbled upon in college. It, and its sister sites (Literacy, Child Health, Rainforest, Animal Rescue, and Breast Cancer), donate all advertising proceeds to their cause. They share a giant store, too, where you can buy fair trade, organic, recycled, and awareness-raising items. So pick your favorite and do something good today. For my sanity.
It's one thing to respect the craft, because Joaquin Phoenix totally blew everybody else out of the water (and I still CANNOT BELIEVE he didn't win an Oscar for it), but it's another thing entirely to dress like a character in your everyday life. I will be most alarmed if I start seeing gilded armor and togas at the mall.
P.S. If you DO want to wear those, they're from Aldo.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Oh yeah, here's what I wanted to buy:
Cute, but not cute enough to be late for work. Methinks I'll have to make a return trip on the way home.
Well. My rant was closer to the truth than I expected:
She was the guest judge. It was a red carpet challenge and they chose LINDSAY LOHAN (I typed "Lindsassy" on accident), the girl who shows up to red carpet events wearing tights instead of real pants. Nobody should be trusting her judgement.
The show itself wasn't too different, thank god, though Lifetime has an annoying habit of using a crawl that takes up the bottom third of the screen. And I don't think I've ever seen so many commercials for romantic comedies and overactive bladder medicine.
Did you watch? Comment!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
That picture doesn't do it justice. None of my wedding pictures did, either. It was VERY sparkly without looking over-the-top, and had a nice art deco style. Now, I will warn you: Diamonique is more expensive than, say, a rhinestone bracelet, but that's because Diamonique is higher quality. This particular item is part of the Epiphany Platinum line. Not solid platinum (like THAT would ever be a bargain), but sterling silver covered with a layer of the pricey metal. It will set you back $90. (Or zero dollars if you borrow it.)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
1. Macy's. Not only are they having their semi-annual home sale this week, but they're liquidating all of their summer garb. I was at one of their 14 million stores this weekend and it's worth a trip. If you are, for some reason, not near one, Macys.com had a fit of organization and sorted their clearance items by price, including the magical $19.99 and under.
2. Fair Indigo. If you prefer to shop fair trade (which, let's be honest, is unlikely if you read this blog, but JUST IN CASE), then you'll be thrilled to know FI is having another bestseller sale. Items are 50%-70% off.
3. DSW. I was here the other day, too, and I got a pair of boots for $27 from their "last chance" area. The selection varies by store since it's all department store leftovers, but they offer a set collection online. I'm not sure how they manage it, but the sale includes a mixture of summer AND winter footwear, so go on and take a gander.
4. Bed Bath and Beyond. If you need ANYTHING for your house, this is the place to go. Summer stuff is obviously marked down, but so are a lot of other, seasonally-neutral things, like bedding, rugs, and Wii Guitar Hero. As with DSW, the clearance items will vary by store, so for a more complete look check out the web.
Any other suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments. Happy browsing!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Now picture the same thing happening to a foot:
Although... given all the weird things Mr. McQueen designs, do I really want to know what goes on inside his head? Probably not, even if it IS about Harry.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Tooth Fairy freaked me out a little bit, because I couldn't decide how big she was supposed to be. I imagined faries being small, but this one couldn't be too tiny, or she wouldn't be able to hold the teeth AND all those quarters. (Or dollars, if your Tooth Fairy was more generous.) I ended up picturing a large, hairy person in a fairy costume sneaking through my window.
Anyway, that's not my point. All this childhood reminiscing got me thinking about how awesome it would be if adults got to believe in a Shoe Fairy. Instead of leaving teeth under a pillow, we could leave old shoes next to the bed, and when we wake up--poof!--the Shoe Fairy has replaced them with a new pair!
Of course, the downfall with the Shoe Fairy might be that we don't get to pick what we get, so maybe we should stick to buying our own footwear, after all. In that case, PiperLime is one of the better shoe websites I've seen. It falls under the Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic umbrella, but they sell brands other than their own--typical department store fare like Nine West and Bandolino, and a few designers like Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs. You can sort by shoe type, brand, or price. Also featured: shoe sections for men and kids, plus a handbag shop.
If you want, you can always pretend the mailman is your Shoe Fairy when he brings the package. He might be flattered.
If you're not that wild, this might be more your thing:
I picked this up on my way to work, actually. Forever 21 can go a little overboard on the trends, but this one works. And it's only $2.80, so even if you only wear it for a few months, it's not the end of the world. (By comparison, out growing my leopard pants WAS the end of the world, and I mourn them to this day.)
Get the headband and other, more adventurous items here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'll dish about customers, co-workers, and the employers themselves. If you have a horror story of your own, feel free to leave it in the comments. Or, if you follow me on Twitter, you can always direct message me there (unless 140 characters is enough room for your wrath).
Names have been changed to protect the guilty.
On with the show!
My tenure at The Department Store had the misfortune of covering the holidays. The day after Christmas was ugly. I was stationed by the main entrance in a cluster of return-only registers. There was a big sign and--get ready for this--a velvet rope to section off the line. I had just moved a long line of people through the ropes when I paused, waiting for somebody else to walk up. A woman behind me said,
"Are you open?"
There was a register back there and assuming she was speaking to that associate, I didn't respond.
"Excuse me," she said loudly, "ARE YOU OPEN?"
I looked around. "Me? Yes, I'm open."
"Then why am I waiting?" she demanded.
A lot of potential responses went through my mind, including, "Sorry, ma'am, the eyes on the back of my head must be covered by my ponytail!" The only thing that kept me civil was shock; she was next in line at the other register, and the customer in front of her was at the end of his transaction. She would've had to wait ten more seconds, but no, she was too good for that. I stood there for a second, totally thrown by her rudeness, before I said, "Sorry. I can ring you."
On her way over, she shook her head like she couldn't believe this was happening.
That made two of us.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ah, yes. The pencil skirt! Diane von Furstenberg normally makes patterned things, but she's apparently decided to branch out. The damage is typical for her, though, at $218.
Gosh, look at that. IDENTICAL! High waisted? Check. Black? Check. Twenty-five inches long? Check. I'm sure Ms. von Furstenberg makes a lovely skirt, but as long as Victoria's Secret sells the same thing for $58, I'll be shopping with them.
(Express also makes a slightly-less-identical version for $59.50, if you want a little more detail.)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Most people only look at the "fancy" stuff in the cases, but don't forget to check out the rest. Since the brooch, I've found two pairs of sparkly $8 earrings just shoved into boxes, the poor little guys. So help them out.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I didn't find a pearl at a restaurant (and I won't, because I think oysters look like giant boogers and one is never getting anywhere near my face) but we did make a purchase:
I wasn't going to get a ring (since, you know, I just got one during my wedding), but there you are. The ring itself is is of little consequence here, since the way I got it was so cool. The Pearl Factory is a normal-looking jewelry kiosk, with bright lights and a friendly salesperson. And big bowls of oysters! That's right, I picked my own pearl. Well, I picked an oyster. Then the guy opened it, dug out the pearl, and set the jewelry right in front of me. Insta-ring!
You can buy pre-set items either at a store or online, but it's better to go the pick-an-oyster route. An oyster is $14.99 and settings start at either $9.99 online or $20 in-store. The most expensive setting is $800-something. By comparison, they sell some pre-made things that cost a few grand. If you're feeling especially thrifty, you could always wait for one to show up in your food, but I'd rather shell out the $15 and save myself the slime.
More bargains are on the way! Sit tight.