Friday, February 26, 2010

A Couple of Quirks & Pet Peeves


Do you have quirks & pet peeves? I am sure you do. I don't think there is a person alive that can say they do not have anything that doesn't make them cringe or that makes you itch to correct the offense. I am no different. My family actually thinks some of mine are quite comical. Here are a couple of mine.....

Cabinet doors & closets must be in the closed position....No IF, ANDS, or BUTS

This has to be one of my biggest issues for as long as I can remember. Did I once think the Boogey Man was peeking at me through the crack of the door, who knows...but I do know, whether I am in my home or am a guest at someones house, if I spy doors open, I have the intense impulse to get up and close them.

Funny story....last year my sister came to visit me from Florida. One day, she thought it would be really funny to pull a prank on me. While I was in the garage, she ran to the kitchen and opened every single one of my cabinet doors. She also decided to open the pantry door as a bonus. I walk back in, take a look to my right as I closed the door and saw the horrible offense. My sister, meanwhile, sat at my dinette table, holding my niece and hiding her face behind her to suppress the laughter. She said the look on my face was for the record books. She compared to the look of shock someone would have when witnessing a bad accident happen before my eyes. "I can't believe you did that!" I shouted. To which she responded "Sit....leave them alone. Don't close them. You can do it. Beat this illness!" I sat across from her for a whole 10 seconds. The sight of the cabinet doors open in my peripheral vision was too much for me to handle. I spran up and closed every single door in probably 5 seconds flat. I just can't stand seeing it open, not even for 2 seconds.

Must have clean and clear countertops

This is one that bothers my man beyond measure. I can not see anything on top of my counters....ever. Countless times hubby has left ads or papers he needs for the next morning on top of the kitchen counter, and I have just as quickly picked them up and put them away, or placed them on our entry table. "WHY! Why can't you just not touch it." he'd ask emphatically. I really and truly don't know why, but it just irks me to see anything on there. Love me as I am....don't try to change me.

What are your pet peeves or quirks? How does it affect those around you?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Bang For Your Buck

I love shopping. In particular, I love shopping for clothes & shoes.

Of course, I have not won the lottery yet, so this means I can not do it as often as I'd like to. But when I do have the cash, I like to stretch it as far as it can go. So on a recent trip to CT, I had $50 burning a hole in my pocketbook.

There were two things I was in the market for..... a nice pair of black skinny jeans and a casual dress.

I consider shopping an art form. And I have to say, I take shopping very seriously. Normally, $50 can get the average shopper either a black pair of skinny jeans or a dress, if you're lucky. But, me, I like to challenge myself. I was on a mission to find both items for $50.

Did I accomplish the mission? YES, and then some. Here is what I bought and how I accomplished it.

NY&Co Black Skinny Jeans $9.95


These jeans were originally priced at $46.95. I knew they were being clearanced, but I didn't know for how much. I thought the most they can be were 50% off, which still would have been a great deal. Imagine my surprise when I discovered they were priced at $9.95!

Express Dreamweight Flutter Sleeve Dress $31.15


I went into Express with the intentions of finding a nice sweater or blouse I can dress up and pair with my skinny jeans I would wear to a bridal shower luncheon. This beauty was inconspicuously hanging on a rack at the back of the store. The color caught my eye...I pulled it out and thought, Hmmmm, pretty....lets see what it looks like on. Into the fitting room I went, and was so excited to see this dress fit like a dream. Very figure flattering. I took a look at the price tag...$44.50. This would take me a little over my budget, but then I remembered I had a coupon for 30% off! This brought the total price on this darling at $31.15!

Along my way to the checkout counter I spied this:


Triple Bow Beaded Leather Bracelet......
Originally priced at $12.00, but with 30% off this made it $8.40.

My grand total for the day $49.50.....Mission Accomplished and then some!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day


Hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day with those they hold near and dear to their hearts! <3

Thursday, February 11, 2010

R.I.P. Alexander McQueen


We have lost a fashion great...my deepest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Decisions, Decisions



In late March, my brother will be getting married. I am really happy for him. After searching for so long, he met his soul mate. All of us are extremely excited for him.

Getting married means there will be a wedding. This usually throws me into full blown preparation mode. Luckily for me, everyone in my house, except me, are part of the bridal party. (No, no hard feelings on being left out. I actually am quite happy....blue is definitely not my color). Tuxedos rented...check. Junior bridesmaid dress purchased...check. This means I can calmly search for my own attire. I managed to find a black halter dress back in October for a song! Only thing I needed to search for were the shoes and accessories. Of course, I had my dream shoes. But due to monetary constraints I had to do the adult thing (stick my tongue out at having to act like an adult) and refrain from purchasing the $200 pair of dream shoes and pick out a more sensibly priced pair. Today I finally found them. And of course, moi, who is always hunting for a bargain found the above $92.99 Nina "Electra" shoes on Piperlime.com for $49.99. I think they will go perfect with the dress.

That leaves me with the task of finding accessories to complete the outfit. Any suggestions on where to find beautiful costume jewelery for less?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Day In & Day Out


Sometimes, when you are bored and take those quirky quizzes online, you are faced with this one question I'd say 90% of the time. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you had the option to have one of your favorite foods forever, what would it be? My answer?

SUSHI!

Even though it isn't exactly inexpensive, I feel the need to eat it at least twice a month. Today is one of those days. My friend and I make it a point to meet for lunch and dine at our favorite award winning Japanese Hibachi restaurant. It's fun, we catch up on what we have been up to and have our salad, miso soup and our sushi rolls. My all time favorite are Spicy Tuna, Spicy Yellowtail, and Eel. They simply melt in your mouth! We always leave delightfully stuffed and bid the host, who knows us both by name, adieu. Till next time, which is sure to be soon....