Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Friday Haul!

1. Feather Tshit from American Eagle
I can never have too make feather themed shirts (shh, this is my third one!) and, bonus, this one has sparkles!

2. Blue V-neck Cabled Sweater from American Eagle
I really wanted something is cobalt blue. I wouldn't say this is a perfect cobalt blue, its a little subdued from true cobalt blue, but its super comfy, quite blue and fits so cutely! Move over old dingle white cabled sweater from Hollister that don't fit right, there is a new sweater in town!

3. Garage Bow Belts
Woo! I love these. The buckles have adorable little gold bows on them and they are 100% real leather. Can't wait to wear these

4. Yellow Knit Sweater from The Gap
Me and this sweater have been having a long distance love affair for a few weeks. This first time I ever saw it in Gap on the maniquin it spoke me. In fact, it professed its love for me but I tried to ignore its call by not trying it on because I knew I probably shouldn't buy a $50 sweater so I gave it the "if you are still thinking about it later then buy it" test. Well I've been still thinking about, and when I saw that it was 40% off I did not hesitate to purchase it. Finally we are together! :P

And get this: This entire purchase, at all three stores, was 40% off! Black friday is totally worth it if you can get things on sale that you were planing to buy at full price! :)

Did you get anything fabulous this Black Friday that you are just DYING to brag about? Let me know in the comments below :P

Friday, November 25, 2011

Madden Girl Shoes!

Eeek! I'm so proud to report my new pair of shoes! I first learned of these from Elle Fowler on Youtube because she had the black pair of these a good while back. I thought about buying a pair then but then waited too long and no longer had them so I admitted defeat. THEN! Oh yes, then, I unespectadly stumbled upon them at DSW today! And some how miraculously convinced my mother to buy them for me. Woo hoo new shoes! woo hoo free shoes! Happy early christmas to me! :)

My favorite part is how they can be buckled down when you fold them down! Something the knock offs never seemed to have and would annoy me. And BONUS, they have a zipper in the back so you don't have to tie them every time you wear them! I think I'm going to have a long love affair with these shoes. And I added insoles to them so they are going to be even more comfy and amazing.

What do you guys think? Does anyone else own them? Ideas for how to style them? Comment below! :P

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Purge 6

1. Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink
I loved that this sample size was easy to use up, haha. If I were into lip gloss I think I would feel less regret about buying this kind because I would actually feel like I am getting my moneys worth since I would be able to finish them before they got funky. I probably won't repurchase though because I'm not wild and crazy about lip glosses and if this is worn without a balm underneath it is super stick (though quite delightful with a balm!). I would enjoy receiving this as a gift or as a gift with purchase though! Also... go me for finishing another lip gloss!

2. Victoria's Secret Sheer Fragrance Mist in At First Sight
Click here to see my review for this product.

3. Josie Maran Argan Oil 15ml
When I first bought this product last Christmas in a set last year I wasn't too keen on the idea of this product. Thus, it sat in my cabinet for quite some time. Once I decided to use this daily as a moisturizer it was used up in no time and I learned that I kind of love the product! You would think an oil would be too much as a moisturizer but my skin just soaked it up and loved it. It's expensive as a full size so I am going to hold off buying it for a while, but I'll keep my eye out for sets that come with this!

4. Boots Extracts Almost Body Scrub
Not that scrub-y. Easy to overuse. Scrub-ers were always left on the bottom of the tub afterwards which was annoying. Won't buy again.

5. Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 4
I liked this but didn't love it. I was happy to see it go because I had a suspicion that this balm was actually drying my lips a little bit.

6. Pangea Organics Facial Cream for Normal to Combination Skin: Nigerian Ginger with Lavender & Thyme
I HATED this product. Hated the smell, didn't like the consistency, and I didn't feel like it really moisturized at all. I actually started using this as a hand and foot cream just to use it up.

7. Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
I actually loved this. At first I was suspicious because it was a cream scrub and it kinda left a kind of film after I washed it off. But I actually liked that about it because it seemed to moisturize my skin. I think I might actually buy this or the Ahava cream cleanser I tried before.

8. Calvin Klein Shock for Her Perfume Sample
Liked it, didn't love it. Would buy this if it came in a cheaper body spray version. I loved how it smelled refreshing but sweet and feminine. However because it was refreshing I wanted to spray it multiple times, which can be accidentally overpowering since this is a perfume, haha.

9. Dior Miss Dior Cherie Perfume Sample
I like this, and maybe kind of love it. However I smelled a drugstore dupe of this perfume that I like better because it takes out the musk that is in the Dior perfume so I think I am going to buy that one after I use up my other body sprays.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do you Pinterest?

You probably noticed my "Follow Me on Pinterest" button in my "About Me!" side bar. I just discovered the site through one of BentlyBlonde's videos and I've gotta say, I am just as hooked as she is! Its kind of like Tumblr except more visually appealing and you can categorize your posts. The way that it is visually set up is also amazing: like scrapbook, except you don't have to organize it yourself. I supposed the best way to describe it is kind of like a visual "feed" because you can also look at other Pinterest
"pins" and "boards" through your own feed.

It only took about a day to be approved for the cite so don't worry if you sign up and it says you are on the waiting list, because I didn't have to wait long!

The only draw back, which I can appreciate as a lawyer, is that sometimes your "pins" may not always post your picture if you are trying to post it from certain sites. I assume this is because those website do not allow hyper-linking of their pictures, and there for are trying to protect their copyrights. While Pinterest can arguable be "fair use" I'd say it dances on either side of the line depending on how users use their pins. So, smart on Pinterest's part if they are trying to stay out of legal trouble with this!

Also, are you a Google Chrome user? And you can't use that quick and easy book mark Pinterest offers to make "pinning" easy? Search Pinterest in the Google app store, there is a free Pinterest button! I've been using it and it makes "pinning" even easier and fun!

Do you Pinterest? Comment below with your Pinterest link and I'll check out your boards! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lust List

If I magically came into some money here is what I would buy:

2. T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers
3. Fossil Purse
4. A new digital camera. I currently like the idea of this one: here
5. New computer (Macbook Air?)
6. New Ipod Touch (mine has a cracked screen but still works)
7. HTC Rhyme Phone
8. A fabulous wool overcoat
9. Something/Anything by Vivienne Westwood
10. Walk In Closet

What would you buy if money were no object?

Monday, November 14, 2011

November Birchbox

Yay my November Birchbox! Happy birthday to meeee!
Don't know what Birchbox is? Or wanna join? Click Here

1. Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Cornflower
I'm not one to use makeup remover often as I only really need it if I wear eyeliner and that is a rare occasion. However, I did test this out on my regular makeup and it seems to be quite nice! No really residue left over after that I noticed; eyes didn't feel dry or anything either. I did find that while this product claims to be sensitive safe, if you over use the product it can still sting your eyes. And by over use I mean knocking the container over on the counter so feeling I had to use what I had knocked over which was way too much. haha. If I were an everyday eye makeup remover user I think I would definitely consider purchasing this. And I dunno what the birchbox people are talking about, I think it smells weird haha.

2. LaROCCA Skincare Champagne & Shimmer Body Polish
Hardly has any scrub too it. Feels like sugar and petroleum jelly. It reminds me of the body scrubs from The Body Shop but even oilier. I like the body show scrubs because it has a good scrub to it but at the same time leaves you quite moisturized because it is as if there is a layer of oil oil left over after you are done. This LaROCCA though was just TOO moisturizing and I just didn't feel clean afterwards. Plus I didn't like the champagne smell at all and didn't notice anything shimmery about this product. Not worth the price of the gold inside.

3. Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist
I like the smell of this product but that is about it. I don't really think this product does much. I have been using it as a pre-blowdrying spray and I don't notice any result different than my regular Heat Tamer spray. Wouldn't repurchase. I do enjoy how forceful the spray is though!

4. Zoya Nail Polish in Noel
A lovely mermaid-y color. I don't consider this a holiday color at all but I do enjoy it. Some how the shimmer is silver without detracting from the teal base. Much more interesting than a predictable blue reflect. I dunno if I would repurchase it because I have never repurchased any nail polish, but I wouldn't be against the idea at this point if I were to run out some how. Looks adorable on toes! :P

5. TREAT Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker Chocopod
I loved the idea of this. The sensations were quite interesting but I don't think I would like to repeat it. The chipotle feature was what turned me off. It was an interesting zing and I appreciate the creativity. However I think I would have enjoyed trying their potato chip one better.

6. PRIZE BaubleBar Black Wood Pop Bracelet
I'm not really sure how I feel about this yet. I like it. I might wear it every now and then. However I feel like the price is steep given that as long as I could track down the sparkle-y bead, I could make these myself. If I could sell mine for $20 and people bought them I'd be rich!

As I get an opinion/use up these products I will update this post with reviews of them.

Also, I appologize for not posting an October Birchbox blog. I was super busy (lame excuse I know). However, as I use up each product you can check out my review of them in the Purge Posts that they fall in. Click Here, and Here for reviews of October Birchbox items. I will update this post when I review the last two items from that box.

What did you get? Leave a comment below and let me know! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Free Haul!

Here is a small haul for you guys! Don't worry. I didn't break my spending ban because I got all this stuff free as either gifts, or a gift from a store for my birthday :)

1. Vera Bradly Large Cosmetic Bag in Happy Snails. Normally $29.00, got it free because Smyth Jewelers sent me a $25 of a $25 purchase voucher for my birthday, yippie! And then today, and today only, was the Vera Bradly "trunk show" at Smyth Jewelers (which I didn't even know til I got there) so it was 20% off! Cha-ching!

2. Vera Bradly Tape Measure in Tea Garden. Normally $7.50, got it free because I was one of the first 75 customers to make a VB purchase so I got it free!

3. Philosophy 3 in 1 in Vanilla Birthday Cake. Free because it is the Sephora  Beauty Insider birthday gift this year.

4. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream samples in #13 and #15. Free because a super nice associate at Sephora said I could have samples. Yay! I have always wanted to try these but $22 is expensive and I didn't realize you could ask for samples of cream eye shadows until I saw this youtube video.

6. Two adorable Neiman Marcus Polo Shirts. Normally $75.00 each, free for me because my Grandmother sent them to me! She bought them for herself and then decided she didn't like them because the sleeves are cap sleeves which are, apparently, not her style. Normally my Grandmother's fashion is outrageous and NOT my style at all, but miraculously these are ADORABLE and fit me perfectly! Super Cha-ching!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Purge 5

1. Secret Smooth Effects Deodorant in Smooth Powder
Hated the smell! I usually get the wildflower one but when I was out of deodorant this was the only scent they had! I like that it is a "conditioning solid" so it isn't the normal stick. This kind dispenses like gel deodorants. Didn't really have many white streaks problems except when I put on shirts right after applying this, then I got the classic white streak on the bottom of my shirt. My next deodorant that I am using is a Mineral Solid, so its supposed to help with your odors better some how. It isn't natural in any way because it still has aluminum. If anyone has any tips for deodorants that don't give you white streaks when putting on shirts I would love the recommendation!

2. Blistex Five Star Lip Protection SPF 30
Hated this! Hated every second of the damn thing! I bought this because it sounded amazing, but it turned out to be just aweful. It made my lips look pale and gross, if my lips were actually chapped this made it sting,  it went on thick in a bad way, and the smell annoyed me. Won't repurchase, ever.

3. Living Proof Straight Styling Spray
I LOVE THIS! If I didn't have so many hair products to work though, I'd go out and buy this right now! This is the smaller size, but when I re-buy I will be going all out for the big one without regrets! This spray, while not making my hair pin straight (which I don't want anyway), make blow drying so much easier because I got the look of a full straight style without having to use a round brush. SCORE! It does smell awful when you are using it and can make you cough, but I love it so much it is so worth it. (Hopefully inhaling it isn't giving me cancer or something though...) Plus, even for a little bottle this lasted me quite a while (a few months).

4. Sephora Lip Gloss in Bronzed Beauty
See this previous post for a review of this product

5. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream
Kinda greasy for something that is supposed to be "fast absorbing." I also feel that it didn't really moisturize that well. I used a different version of this hand cream before and didn't have any problems so maybe I'll try that other one again some time after I used up the giant bottle of lotion I am working through.

6. Bath and Body Works Secret Wonderland Bubble Bath
I love B&B bubble baths because they are always the right amount of bubbles and scent. Wish they were a little cheaper, but I'm willing to deal with the price. I did enjoy this scent even though it isn't one I would normally reach for based on description alone, but I'm glad I bought it. Probably won't be in the market for bubble bath for a while but when I am, I'll likely turn to B&B works, and maybe this scent (though Country Chic is pretty amazing!)

7. Burberry Body Eau de Parfum Sample
For something that got a lot of marketing, this is rather generic and ordinary smelling to me. It kinda smells like a cliche "adult" perfume with no real personality to it. It was nice, but didn't have remarkable staying power and, really I just expected more out of it. Won't repurchase, won't even repurchase a dupe. Did appreciate that it was a spray vial though!

8. Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner Sample
Hated this. Made my hair feel dirty and just gross after using. Maybe I used to much of the product due to the influence of the size of the sample, but I also didn't notice anything different moisture-wise even with possible over-use of the product. Won't buy, and makes me think less of Ouidad

9. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Eau De Parfum Sample
What can I say, I love peony perfume and this is practically straight up peony so of course I loved it. I dunno if I'll buy the product if only because I have 1/3 of my Victoria's Secret Girl's Night body spray left as well as a back up one. Maybe when I used that up, and if L'Occitane's perfume is still on the market, I will buy it. I would LOVE receiving it as a gift though! I know there is just the loveliest bar of soap made with this perfume too.

10. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Eau De Parfum Sample
Eh. It was nice. Maybe it was because this sample was pretty dried out by the time I used it (have had it sitting around in my drawers for quite some time), but it didn't wow me. But I also did like it. If I came across this product in a set, or in another form like soap or lotion I think I would enjoy it more. But, as a perfume I don't think I'd buy it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stash Insurance

I got to thinking... if there was such a thing as stash insurance and I therefore had to declare the worth of my beauty stash... what would it be actually worth? So I decided to create a list of everything and their prices (excluding sample things and things so old I have no idea how to figure out their prices). When I make additions to my stash (after my Kill It Quest of course) or use up things I will update this list and its value.

NOTE! This Policy has been updated! Check out the Spring Policy Update HERE

Make Up

Palettes and Tools
$20.00 Large Z Palette in Black
$7.00 Inglot 3 Shadow Palette
$34.00 Kat Von D Beethoven Palette
$2.00 Stila Eyeshadow Pan Holder
$10.00 Urban Decay Grind House Sharpener
$5.00 Boscia Peppermint Blotting Linens
$14.00 Sephora Collection Purifying Brush Shampoo 6.75oz
$10.00 Fragrance Atomizer
$10.00 Travalo-Style Sephora Fragrance Atomizer
$8.00 Sephora Pop Up Brush
Total: $120.00

$18.00 Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Matte 390
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Pearl 402
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Pearl 422
$19.50 Too Faced Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Magenta Moon
$19.50 Too Faced Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Amber Asteroid
$3.75 Maybelline Eyeshadow Single in Tasteful Taupe
$3.75 Maybelline Eyeshadow Single in Pumped Up Peach (limited edition color)
$12.00 Flirt! Cosmetics Dreamy Eyes Eyeshadow in Chocoholic
$1.99 Wet n Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brule
Total: $93.49

Foundation & Concealer
$11.99 Cover Girl Natureluxe Silk Foundation
$45.00 Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
$7.99 Cover Girl Aquasmooth Make-Up
$28.00 Bare Essentials Matte Foundation
$1.99 Wet n Wild Cover All Concealer
Total:  $94.97

$29.50 Bare Essentials Brilliant Gold Duo (with brush)
$3.00 E.L.F. Complexion Perfection Powder
$8.99 CoverGirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder (old packaging)
$20.00 Bare Escentuals Try. Believe. Love Set (Foundation x2, Mineral Veil, Bronzer)
$7.49 Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Powder in Translucent Light
Total: $68.98

Blush and Bronzer
$15.00 Too Faced Mini Pink Leopard Bronzer
$5.69 Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones in Refined Rose
Total: $19.69

$18.00 Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Total: $18.00

None. All Sample Sizes.
Total: $0.00

$18.00 Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion
$16.00 Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Love Metal
$23.00 NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte
Total: $57.00

Lip Products
$16.00 Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss in I Know You Want
$20.00 Too Faced Lipstick in Free Love
$11.00 Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink Mini (approximate)
$5.79 Cover Girl Wetslicks Lipgloss in Peachs N Gleam
$8.29 Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain in 415
$8.99 Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor in 860
$9.49 L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolor in Diane's Tuberose
$6.99 Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Soulmate
$14.50 Clinique Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Natural Frost
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Smokey Rose
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in It's Your Mauve
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Bronzed Peach
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Pure Gloss
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Classic Red
$5.70 Covergirl Wetshine in Crystal Clear
$6.49 Revlon Lipstick in Soft Rose
Total: $147.44

$32.00 Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Airbrush #56: Face
$34.00 Sephora Collection Pro Natural Powder Brush #40: Face
$28.00 Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
$28.00 Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush
$3.99 Eco Tools Bamboo Eye Shadow Brush
$5.99 Revlon Covered Lip Brush
$20.00 Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Total: $151.98

$12.00 Victoria's Secret Sheer Fragrance Mist in Girls Night
$12.00 Victoria's Secret Sheer Fragrance Mist in Girls Night
$12.00 Bath and Body Works Body Spray in Cherry Blossom
$5.00 Bath and Body Works Body Spray Travel Sized in Forever Sunshine
$10.95 Victoria's Secret: Sexy Little Things Love Rocks Scented Mist 75ml (approximate)
$3.99 Secret Natural Mineral Invisible Solid in Eucalyptus Blossom
$7.64 Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion Unscented 24.5 fl. oz
$10.50 Bath and Body Works Carried Away Shower Gel
$5.66 Skintimate Signature Scents Moisturizing Shave Gel in Strawberry Tangerine
$6.34 Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover
$18.00 The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Scrub
Total: $104.10

$3.99 CVS Purifying Mint Masque
$3.99 Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask Cucumber
$7.99 Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
$7.99 Garnier Nutriniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight Lotion
$16.99 Garnier Nutriniste Skin Renue Dark Spot Corrector Clinical
$5.99 Garnier The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes
$5.99 Garnier The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes
$6.99 Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Daily Exfoliating Gel Cleanser
Total: $60.00

$6.99 Goody Spin Pins
$6.99 Goody Modern Updo
$2.99 Conair Bobby Pins with Case
$18.00 Sephora Mini Super Clamp Set in Black and Bling Black
$3.50 Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics
$5.99 Got 2B Fat-tastic Mega-Lift Root-Boosting Spray
$5.49 Tresemme No Frizz Shine Spray
$5.99 Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
$16.99 Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
$16.99 Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse
$4.99 Tresemme Instant Heat Tamer Spray
$6.29 Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Weightless Anit-Frizz Serum
$4.49 Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk
$3.99 Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Styling Cream
$3.99 Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo
$3.99 Aussie Aussome Volume Conditioner
$3.99 Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
$3.29 Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Leave-In Split End Mender
$3.29 Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse
$4.99 Sunsilk Anit-Poof 24/7 Cream (approximate/guess since not sold anymore)
$3.99 Alberto V05 Whipped! Volume Styling Mousse
$7.95 Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged
$8.95 Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Hair Texturizing Balm
Total: $142.11

$7.99 Incoco Nail Polish Applique in Sparkly Blue
$0.99 Sally Girl Polish Glow in the Dark
$7.99 Revlon Calcium Gel
$7.00 Orly Nail Lacquer in Rage
$7.99 Orly Magnifique French Manicure Topcoat
$4.29 Nina Ultra Pro in a Matte Pink
$4.99 Sally Hansen French Manicure Pen
$4.99 Revlon Polish in Minted
$4.99 Revlon Polish in Sheer Petal
$5.99 Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in 08 Glossy
$3.99 Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Champagne Toast
$2.99 Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Gunmetal
Total: $64.19

Bare Minerals Warmth Starter Set Size
Bare Minerals Mini Full Flawless Face Brush
Random Blush Brush
Random Bronzer Brush
Random Pencil/Blender Brush
Laura Geller Spackle Primer in Bronze
Random Blush and Highlighter Duo
Sephora Eyeshadow Deluxe Sample in Peach Beige
Sephora Eyeshadow Deluxe Sample in Aspen Summit
Sephora Advanced Lash Booster Mascara Sample
Clinique Almost Bronzer Sample
Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyz Sample
Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencils in Bouron
Benfit Coralista Blush Deluxe Sample
Creste 3D Whitestrip Advaced Vivid Sample (one set)
Sephora Lip Gloss Deluxe Samples x2 Unknown Colors
Lorac Multiplex Lipgloss Sample in 3D
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in unknown color

GRAND TOTAL: $1141.95
(This value does not reflect the currently crossed off items)

All I can say is WOW. Who knew it was worth THAT much!! Of course a lot of things were bought on sale, or came free with things, or I had a coupon so I didn't spend the total amount, but I probably did spend  around that much over time. Crazy!!

What is your makeup worth? Comment below! :)

New Watch

I finally got a new watch after months of watch browsing with a Boy who is a watch nerd. During the summer I was lusting over a Kennith Cole Watch because I loved how it reminded me of Cadillac's. Then I liked the idea of a rose gold watch but Michael Kors watches, while fabulous, where just too big and boyfriend-y. There was a beautiful little Rolex that I LOVED but it was way out of my price range (one day little Rolex we will be reunited!). I also adore the idea of a red gold watch but the only ones I liked we Mont Blanc ones that were also way out of price range.

But this weekend I finally settled and actually bought a watch, AND it was 25% off! My coupon-er heart sang because for the price of the watch at full price I was able to get the watch plus some damage insurance. Yippie! Good deals and insurance against my clumsiness! Also, it has "Eco Drive" which means no batteries AND no real maintenance because there are hardly any moving parts (aka Winding Movement). Plus, and I find this fascinating  while it is solar, it can actually charge with artificial lighting, cool huh? Now to just get a solar cell phone and I'd be super happy :)

Here is what I came home with: The Citizen Ladies Eco-Drive Dress Watch Stainless Steel Black Face

My favorite feature? The hour markers are metal and cut such a way so it reflects light! All the glitz of diamonds or CZs without the price or gaudiness! (though, of course, I love gaudiness just not in a watch)

Sorry the picture isn't the greatest, my camera is biting the dust, and as you might tell, it didn't start off as a super duper camera because I got it in 2006! It was so cutting edge this its pixel count then though!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"It" Boots!

I have two pairs of fall/spring boots that adore. They are short as I do not like the riding boot trend (and don't get me started on "Chelsea" boots) or really the Ugg-y trend.

The first pair I bought my 1L year after a long boot quest. I had never owned heeled boots before then and I was on a hunt for a pair that "spoke to me." After must despair at not being able to find a pair I liked I wandered into Payless because I figured it couldn't hurt and there these boots were! The moment I saw them I knew I had to have them! It was amazing how drawn to these boots I was because I had never felt this way about a pair of shoes before. I could have bought them without trying them on I loved them so much (but of course I tried them on and then fell even more in love because they were comfortable!). You know what else is amazing? I STILL get compliments on these boots 2 seasons later and people are always surprised when I say I got them from Payless! The price was also good too because I think they were even on sale at the time. It was a match made in heaven!

I bought this pair of Fossil boots at TJ Maxx, so they were a super good deal! I payed $30-$40 dollars for them and Fossil boots tend to run about $150-$200!! I couldn't believe it when I saw them, it was also love at first sight like my Payless Boots. I remember finding the boots, debating on whether the splurge was worth it, and decide that they world could decide because the first pair that I found were a half size off of what I usually wear so I made a deal with the world: if there was another pair in the size that I wanted I would buy them, no hesitation. Well, around the corner there was a second pair in the size that I wanted! They were the only two in the whole store. It was destiny, I bought them without hesitation.

After these two loves I have vowed that the rest of my shoe buying should be of the same degree of love for the shoe because then I won't regret the purchase. So far this has resulted in my not buying any new shoes since the Fossil boots (which super helps the wallet!) but seem to have given my style a sense of refinement as now I want to buy things that are truly my style, not what I think will "look good" or is "in."

Do you have any shoes that just "spoke to you" when you set eyes on them and have been in love with them ever since?