Monday, October 31, 2011

{Save or Splurge} The Knit Mini

Charlotte Russe: Ponte Knit Mini Skirt $9.99

Victoria's Secret: Mini Skirt $24.50

T by Alexander Wang: Was $120 Now $83.99

Donna Karan: Mini Tube Skirt $450

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{Tutorial} The Perfect Bun

When I was in the military I learned how to sport an inspection perfect bun.  
The trick? a sock!
It's pretty simple to achieve by following the tutorial below.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

{Product Review} JustFabulous 'Alibi'


I received my second order from JustFabulous today.  I was much more excited about this bag over the last I received.  I really liked the style of the bag but it was poorly constructed.  I first received the 'Detective' and just like it, they both look like purses you would get from cheap stores like Rainbow, Easy Pickings, Square One, etc. - which I could have overlooked.  The deal breaker was it not closing right.  It was frumpy and wouldn't hold it's shape.  Not worth the price paid for. I'm planning to return it and exchange it for another item, yet again

Monday, October 17, 2011

{Halloween} DIY Costume: Bubble Bottle & Wand

Another cute DIY costume...

Using a large bucket, poster board, a styrofoam wreath, pipe cleaners, a couple obviously in love, become a bottle of bubbles and a wand! 

Originally featured on: Real Simple

{Halloween} DIY Costume: Calculator

How cute is this?!

A math teacher turned to her TI-83 plus calculator as inspiration for a costume. 

She was featured on: Real Simple 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

{Our World} Save Money by Legalizing Domestic Violence?

What is the City Council of Topeka, Kansas thinking?! 

They are considering legalizing Domestic Violence in order to save money.  Obsurd, right?!
They have reported that approximately $200,000 is needed in order to continue prosecuting domestic cases.  They believe that no longer prosecuting misdemeanors, which include domestic violence, will be part of the solution to their 10% budget cut.  The mayor of Topeka, Bill Bunten, made a comment stating that the proposal wouldn't mean domestic violence isn't taken seriously.  He said the question is not whether domestic violence offenders should be prosecuted, but rather who should pay for it.  Should the city or the county pay for it? 

Read the entire article posted by the International Business Times here

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Product Review} JustFabulous

Detective, $39.95

I received my first order from JustFabulous today.  The 'Detective' bag arrived in a gorgeous fuchsia color BUT the quality isn't what I expected at all.  It's what you would get at a store such as 'Rainbow', 'Easy Pickins', '$10 Spot', etc.  I'm planning to return it and exchange it for another item. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

{Events} Get A Day of Beauty FREE

October 16
11:00 am - 6:00 pm 

FREE Shampoo, Cut & Style 

{Tribute} Steve Jobs

The media is buzzing.... Steve Jobs is everywhere! Online, in the news, on the radio. 
I wondered who is this Mr. Jobs? 
He's the man who brought us the iPad, iPod, iPhone.  He's the Apple King
Steve Jobs was such an innovative individual.  He died Wednesday, at age 56, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. 
Everyone who knows me knows how much in love I am with both my iPhone and MacBook (Thanks Robbie!). So I was quite embarrassed not to have known who he was.  The world has seen many drastic changes throughout time. Without any doubt Steve Jobs will forever be a legend. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

{diy} Sparkling Sequins

Transform an everyday thing into 
an extra-special element..

 .. decorate the trim of a 
cardigan with sequins.

How cute! 

  Originally featured September 16, 2010
Darcy's Idea of the Day

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Invitations to Member Only Shopping Sites

Online private sales are one of the hottest pockets of the fashion business right now.  We have to thank, a French company, for pioneering the concept of online private sales in Europe.  Fret not, for there's quite a few similar sites available to us here acrsos the pond.  

~ Sale Events: limited-time, limited-quantity events that are open exclusively to members. 

~ Membership: is free but a few companies let you choose to purchase a membership which gives you access before regular members. 

~ Exclusive: some sites are open to anyone while others are by invitation only. (Click on each 'Join Now' link to accept my invitation for you to join!)

~ Notification: updates via email are sent to members in advance of each event.
One of the hottest private shopping clubs for women and men who want designer brand apparel, accessories, beauty, luxury travel and home decor at prices up to 70% off retail. Go Beyond the Rack Now! 

Gilt Groupe provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. There's something new every day for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences, and one-of-a-kind travel packages. Sign up and see what inspires you today!

As the "hottest thing to hit the fashion business in years" HauteLook provides an exclusive platform where premium brands reach their customers directly, all from the comfort of their home or office. Each day at 8 AM Pacific, shop new sale events featuring the best names in women's and men's fashion and accessories, beauty, kids' apparel and toys, home d├ęcor, and travel getaways at up to 75% off. Membership is free and everyone is welcome! Join Hautelook Now!

  ideeli provides its members with the "ideel" shopping experience:
access to not only the most sought-after products (often at privileged prices up to 80% off), but also true lifestyle experiences (ranging from tickets to fashion shows to VIP seating at sold-out concerts). With a hand-picked offering of luxury fashion,
home and beauty brands and a commitment to bring that lifestyle to life beyond your closet walls, ideeli has quickly become the go-to destination for the savviest shoppers. Begin your 'ideel' journey now!

Plum District is a daily deal site geared towards smart, savvy moms. What makes Plum District unique? besides their deals for just moms and kids, their deals are sourced by real moms! You can find everything from spa treatments and restaurants to family outings and kids’ activities. Discover what's in your Plum District!

Rue La La is an exclusive, invitation-only online destination where Members discover premier-brand, private sale Boutiques. Our focus is a well-edited collection of sought-after offerings from the best brand names in the world - combined with helpful service.  Members shape the community by inviting new Members - and getting a $10 Rue La La Credit when each new friend places their first order.
Totsy offers moms on-the-go and moms-to-be access to brand-specific sales, up to 90% off retail, just for them and the kids, ages 0-8. Membership is by invitation or request only. But the sooner you join, the sooner you can shop for prenatal care products, baby gear, travel accessories, bedding and bath, children's clothing, toys, DVDs, and educational materials.  What makes them even greater? They're 100% eco-friendly! Totsy is the first company in private sales to take on sustainable and socially responsible initiatives in all areas of business. Totsy plants one tree in honor of your child when you make your first purchase. Now that's a great new excuse for shopping! Go tot on over to Totsy!

zulily is fabulous for top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids. Members enjoy savings of up to 90% off retail prices. Find deals on favorite styles, and get introduced to exciting new brands. Join Zulily!

{Just to Laugh} Thank You America

Everyone gets them.  Those annoying forwarded emails that overcrowd our inbox and we rarely read. Well here's one I actually read and wanted to share: 

Dear American Taxpayer

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country.  I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars for my vacation in Spain.  My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time.  Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel.  Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.  By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol, I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant in Marbella; great lobster with rice and oysters!  I'm ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha's Vineyard were not quite as tasty, but what can you do if you're not in Europe, you have to just grin and bear it?  Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate according to Government Accounting Office reports) only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2.  These are only rough estimates, but they are close.  That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.  I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet.  So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you find work soon.  I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago.  I just had to get away for a few days.

Michelle (Moochelle) Obama

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION dollar trip to Indiafrom which we just returned!  

P.SS. Thank you, too, for that vacation trip to Martha's Vineyard; it was fabulous. And thanks for that second smaller jet that took our dog Bo to Martha's Vineyard so we and the children could have him with us while we were away from the White House for eleven days. After all, we couldn't take him on Air Force One because he might pee on some wires or something.

P.SSS. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for our two-week trip to Hawaii at Christmas. That 7,000 square foot house was great!

P.SSSs don't forget my ski trip to Vail this winter and now the girls and I are in Africa with my mom.  All this while Barack golf’s and campaigns to keep my trips coming for the next 4 years!

Love ya!

Remember,  we all have to share the pain of these economic times equally!

{Shop} for a Cause!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
begins today! 

Think Pink and shop for your kitchen at ideeli 
Proceeds from every purchase will be donated to charity. 
KitchenAid Pink Colander $7.99
Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Blushing Beauty Set $8.99

KitchenAid Sangria 12"x18" Nonslip Poly Board $14.99
Cuisinart Pink Electric Cookie Press & Smart Stick Hand Blender, $24.99 each

Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor $34.99 

KitchenAid Pink Food Chopper $39.99
Cuisinart Pink 7 Speed Blender $49.99
Cuisinart Pink 12-Cup Prog Coffee Maker $49.99

Cuisinart Pink Mix It in Ice Cream Maker $89.99

KitchenAid Pink Blender $99.99


{Halloween} Trick-O-Treat

Cute Candy Alternative:

Fill small baggies with loose coins and attach a note reading,

“Spend it any witch-a-way you want.”

The kiddies will love it!