Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday 2012

Hope you all had a family&friends and turkey (tofurkey -- this is my attempt at a joke) tummy-filling Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Cyber Monday. I emailed my supervisor letting him know I will be in the office a hour late. I am going to spend that extra time checking off a few things off my wish list.

I do 99% of my online shopping via Ebates. It's the best way to shop since I get a percentage back on my order (before tax). Some of you may think it's a waste of time, but the "up to 5% cash back" may sound measly, but I assure you that it does add up!

Some of my favorite stores in no particular order are:
Amazon                                    Express                                       Nordstrom
Old Navy                                 Ebay                                            Sephora
Banana Republic                   Macys                                          Piperlime

What's in it for YOU:
1. You will get $5 cashback for signing up after you place your first order.
     (Yes, you get x% cash back on that order too!)
2. Invite your FIRST referral with your referral link and will earn $25 cashback. 
3. Every friend referral after the first, you will get $5 cashback credited to you.
    (refer 5 friends get $50 bonus (on top of the $5 per friend))

What's in it for me: 
I will get $5 for each person referred. Just simply click my referral link and sign up!

Readers -- How do you do your online shopping? What's on your wishlist?

*This is NOT a sponsored post.*

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Neck and Feet

PacSun sweater, Mee Too Kaden flats and Vigoss jeans via Nordstrom, Express cowl

And they're back! The scarves. I always felt weird wearing scarves in the Spring and Summer even though San Francisco doesn't really have a distinct season. As the winds get sharper and icier, I pretty much have to wear them out. I usually grab my favorite scarf (here). Since it's almost winter, I'm leaning more towards the chunkier and knitted stuff. This express infinity/cowl/circle scarf is one of my favorites!

Say hello to my new Mee Too flats. They cover more than I'm used to, but I'm sure I'll adapt. They're plain, but super comfortable. I never felt so much cushion in the arch before. I felt like I was walking on a pillow the first time I wore them out of the house.  However, I would be lying if I didn't say they DO need breaking into. The back (I'm in denial) digs into the back of my ankle and it hurts! (Oh please, I hope I don't have to return them...)

Readers -- Which pieces do you turn to during the winter? Do you have any tips on how to break in shoes?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November Budget Reality

This month I went on a little closet splurge after not buying much throughout the summer. I am shocked at how much I spent! This is the damage done in less than two weeks and Black Friday is not even here yet! I feel that if I made this public, it's more real and keeps me honest on how much I spend. This way I cannot hide the reality and will be prepared when the bills come floating in, not that I am a shopaholic. 
(I totally love Kimmie's $600/year clothing budget, but I don't know how discipline I am to stick to it.)
  1.  H&M blazer $30
  2. 2 basic cotton tanks from H&M in black and white $5.95/each = $11.90
  3. American Rag black and white striped peplum top via Macy's $6.50 
  4. Bloom (not Kendi's Bloom) black peplum top with a lace back panel $11.80
  5. H&M maroon skinnies $gifted +10 hem
  6. Forever 21 blouse with front-tie bow $17.80 
  7. Macy's statement necklace $9.80 Returned
  8. Sam Edelman Maddox Booties $75.99 (after store credit + exchange)
  9. Mee Too Kaden black capped toe flats $69.95 Returned after 3 months of "break-in" I still got blisters.
November 2012 total: $163.99 as of 01/28/2013
*does not include 8.5% tax

H&M blazer - I've been wanting a structured casual/semi-formal blazer for quite some time and this fit the bill making it resistible. I didn't need to size up since the sleeve length hit me right at the wrists.

H&M basic cotton tanks - I decided to invest a bit more in my "under clothes" as I noticed that the camis I usually get for $2.80 just do not hold up as well. The straps stretch out and before I know it, I'm pulling up the straps that are sliding down my arm. How annoying is that? I figured with the amount of money I spend on the camis I can get a couple stretchy and non-strap sliding undershirts that will cost less in the long run.

The two peplum tops was an impulse buy. I've been wanting a peplum top so I thought why not. It's a super reason price for this fashion phase.

H&M Maroon Skinnies - I've been wanting a pair of color jeans for the.longest.time.ever for what seems like years and I finally found a shade I absolutely adore for a very reasonable price! (Then again, anything that is a"gift" is of course reasonable, but I'd still get them even if they weren't.) H&M answered my skinny pants wish. I've been on the hunt for a maroon and/or olive pair of skinnies. I've tried on multiple pairs of Old Navy Rockstar jeans and other H&M colored pants (the one with the side zipper and no butt pockets), but unfortunately they did not complement my body at all. I did not want to sacrifice look and feel for a trend and I am glad I waited.

Forever 21 Blouse - Honestly, I've been really frustrated with many companies because of their blouse designs. Often times I'd find the "perfect" blouse in the correct shade and price range but it is the high-low cut or too sheer in which I automatically chuck it back to the racks. This F21 blouse is the perfect length and thick enough to just wear a nude bra without any problems.

Macy's statement necklace - After much deliberation, I gave in. I wanted a statement necklace. Now I want more statement necklaces!!

Sam Edelman Maddox Booties - I've been thinking about purchasing a pair of booties since September and when I saw them at Nordstrom I tried them on and fell in love. I didn't buy them that day. Instead I went home and thought about it for two weeks. Then conveniently, I returned a pair of flats to Zappos after receiving painful blisters and opted to order these. These booties are the perfect height for heel-beginners (2 inches) and are very comfortable. I was able to walk all over downtown San Francisco without prior break-ins.

Mee Too Kaden Flat - I am always on the hunt for new black flats. Last year I bought four pairs of black flats in less than two weeks (here) but ended up returning two pairs a few weeks later (Macy's and Marc Fisher). I wore the Report flats down to almost the ground. Black flats are my everyday staple and since I'm on my feet more often than before, I needed a pair with more support and comfort than what my previous flats provided. Yes it costs a bit more, but I figured I would get my money's worth in the long run and possibly minimize future back problems.

Readers -- Do you have monthly/year spending shopping budget? If so, how do you keep yourself honest?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Back to Black

Talbots sweater, Vigoss jeans (altered to skinnies),Report flats, Bulova watch
How was your Halloween? 
Just wanted to make a shout out to the San Francisco Giants! I am proud to be a San Franciscan! 
And of course, my heart goes out to all those who was affected by Hurrican Sandy. 
The end of the semester is approaching and I am beginning to freak out. Midterms, reports, and finals are approaching! Let the stressful month begin! However, my friends and I are in the midst of planning a trip to SoCal so that's always fun. I can't wait! 
 Readers -- How are you doing today?