Monday, November 30, 2009
Affair-having golf pros aside, today is a big day for shopping. It's Cyber Monday! Unlike Black Friday where all the sales are in stores, Cyber Monday is for online markdowns. As I do here, I've complied a list:
1. AnnTaylor.com is offering 40% off your entire order, plus free shipping if you spend $100.
2. JCPenny.com has done it up right, and they have sales in just about every category starting at 30% off. Home decor and menswear have some stuff at 70% off.
3. The Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy/Piper Lime umbrella has 20% off everything, plus free shipping.
4. For the teenagers or hipsters in your life, HotTopic.com has their band t-shirts BOGO half-off.
5. Borders.com has an all-inclusive BOGO 60% off.
6. Socially conscious buyers can hit Fair Indigo for employee pricing (between 50% and 60% savings) on their bestsellers.
Other places having sales that I noticed were: QVC, HSN, Amazon, NFLshop.com, and--for you, Tiger--Zales.com.
I'll let you get started. Happy bargain hunting!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Baby squiiiiiiiiiiid! I'm shrieking like a 14 year old who's just seen the Jonas Brothers! I think any child would also shriek at the sight of this adorable stuffed sea creature. From Etsy, it's $15.50.
I know most kids don't like getting clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah, but these might be cool enough. Also from Etsy, they're screen printed by hand and ring in at $16.
Where are you in your holiday shopping? Have you started? Are you going on Black Friday?
Monday, November 23, 2009
The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out now. It was actually more subdued than usual (that pesky recession!) but it's still outlandish. And expensive. And just plain weird. There were a lot of things I could've featured on here, but to give you the full scope of how ridiculous this company is, I present the Customized Cupcake Car:
No, you're not seeing things: those are motorized cupcakes... with matching hats! What does one do with such a "wonderful" piece of machinery? Why, take it to work! Crash a parade! Make the neighborhood kids jealous! With a top speed of 7 mph, it would be perfect for any of those activities. But you haven't heard it all yet--each cupcake car is a mere $25,000! Why waste your money on actual transportation when you can have one of THESE?
If you want to see Neiman's description for this, read it here. Prepare yourself for phrases like "double-infinity forever cool." And they're being completely serious.
Friday, November 20, 2009
If you missed the show, Irina is responsible for that super exciting diszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. It's funny because all season, Irina complained that the other designers were stealing her ideas, and yet, for fashion week, SHE ripped off another winner, Christian Siriano, who ALSO did a mostly black collection. Except he did it better.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Macy's is kind enough to have this at 50% off right now. It was originally $200, now it's $99.
I believe these are technically called "charging valets." As you can see, it has spots for a cell phone, an iPod, perhaps a camera, and a nice drawer for that stupid Xbox remote (that has no forseeable purpose because you can just use the CONTROLLER). From JCPenny, this one is currently on sale for $29.99, but its original price of $50 isn't bad either.
Manly coasters. From Etsy, they're an easy $10.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I did stumble upon an even more cost-friendly version, but it's not as dramatic (though that could be what you're after):From Macy's, it rings in at $48. This one, to me, is also the most overtly Christmas-y (probably because the sequin blobs look like little ornaments), so it's fitting for this time of year.
And speaking of the holidays, has anybody started their shopping yet? What are you buying this year? None of those pricess J. Crew heirlooms, I hope.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
ME: Yay, my entry is done!
BLOGGER: Oh, did you want to post that?
BLOGGER: Too bad. Error!
ME: Whoopsies! I'll try it again.
BLOGGER: You fail, n00b. Error!
BLOGGER: Your mother is a whore. ERROR.
So, yeah. I'm working on it.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
In the spirit of saving money, I'm making affordable wedding jewelry. Getting married is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, so I'm trying to do my little part to buck the trend. (And, of course, you can wear this stuff even if you're not getting married: it's versatile enough for everyday wear.)
Ta da! So far, the most expensive piece is the pearl necklace at $18. The earrings range between $10 and $12.50. Most of the shop will be items handmade by me, but I plan on adding some vintage into the mix.
I'm also considering doing a giveaway in the not too distant future, to say tuned for that! In the meantime, my lunch beckons. Happy Monday.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Then I remembered: Duh, my husband is a card-holder. Perhaps that's how they interpret "friend." But then I got perplexed again because the card is only in my husband's name, so why am I getting the email? I feel a bit like Big Brother is watching.
Anyhoodle, this does have a point. Express is having a sale this weekend, and apparently they're being pretty loosey-goosey about who gets a coupon. "Friends and Family" get 20% off, plus party dresses are marked down, and you can make a wish list online for a chance to win a $250 gift card. I also recieved a little notice telling me that if I sign up for Express emails, I get 15% off my next purchase. (Thanks, Express, but you apparently have mine already.) But maybe you, my sweet readers, could sign up and save some cash.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I dubbed myself the Happy Housewife, while my husband was essentially Don Draper. This wasn't one of my most cost-effective getups. The dress was from an antique mall and I can't remember exactly how much it cost. Maybe $30? $35? At least that's all I bought: the apron was a wedding gift from my sister, those are my actual wedding shoes, the brooch I already had, and the earrings I made.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
HMMM! What am I going to be? The world's fanciest inmate? A dowdy candy striper from hell? A normal, respectable girl from days gone by?
He's the ghost with the most! Just add the fried blonde hair and zombie makeup and I'll be set. (Perhaps I should clarify something before my poor mother has a heart attack. The LAST time I went balls out for Halloween, I dyed my hair two different colors to be Cruella DeVille. I'm not going anywhere near bleach again. I'll get a wig.)
That dress might end up as a springboard for this idea, since it's already $47 on Ebay and the reserve isn't met, but at least I have something to work toward.
By the way, I keep meaning to post pictures of this year's costume but I always forget. Just in case I never do: what did YOU wear for Halloween? Do you plan in advance, or does it just happen? Comments, y'all.