Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SJP

Yesterday I received an Instyle : Look of the Day email which stated....

Sarah Jessica Parker
WHAT SHE WORESarah Jessica Parker styled a wool Prabal Gurung sheath with cap-toe pumps for a Moscow I Don't Know How She Does Itpress event.

WHY WE LOVE ITFrom Russia with love! The fashion-forward star worked her curves in another bold design.

If you are shaped like a twig...YOU DON'T HAVE CURVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Okay I loved Sex and the City and loved her character Carrie but sometimes with her don't you just want to yell...ENOUGH already...I mean she gets dubbed SJP for Chr*st sakes!  I just think it's getting a little ridiculous.  What do you think?

P.S.  I do love the dress though =)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beauty Crafts!

Body Scrub
I used Greek yogurt since it's thicker.  I got the bath salts from Whole Foods - they have bins were you can purchase the amount you need in the fragrance you like best.  I picked lavender.  This is also why I went with Bath Salts over Epsom Salt...you have to buy a HUGE box of Epsom Salt and sometimes it comes without a fragrance.  Luckily, Paul had made coffee the morning I made this...if you don't have brewed coffee grounds just let some sit in water a bit before you mix it with the bath salts.

It works great as an exfoliant and leaves your skin smooth and silky.  Plus the caffeine in the mix makes you feel a little tingly...if you don't like it try decaf the next time =)  Let me know if you try it and how you like it!  

It makes enough for about 3 showers...also...I have a detachable shower head which came in handy to wash this stuff off the walls and the floor of the shower...so keep that in mind...it gets a little messy and the coffee grounds are stubborn to go down the drain!

Hair Mask - Super Simple
 
So to use - apply evenly throughout hair (BEFORE SHAMPOOING) - let it sit for about 20 mins with a shower cap (I just use a grocery bag).  After 20 mins (or longer if you want) rinse it out and then shampoo normally.  After the shampoo you will see that your hair is super soft.  I went ahead and used conditioner just to get out tangles and to be on the "safe side" since I have naturally curly dry hair!  My hair was SUPER soft and shiny!  Let me know if you try it and if you like it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Does TJMaxx live up to the commercials?

So I have been putting off this post for awhile, not sure why, I guess I just knew before doing the research what I would share.  So, I went to TJMaxx.  When I first walked in my initial impression was…well it SEEMS to be clean as you can see from the photo above.

So I headed over to the purses first for two reasons, (i) they were right up front and (ii) hello shialovesherpurses!  My mission was to find something designer that I felt was a steal.  This is what I found:
A) Nicole Miller - The tag states $29.99 compared at $60.00 ~ aren't these sold at JCPenneys?  If so, I'm pretty sure you could get it there for $29.99.

B) Michael Kors - The tag states $179.99 compared at $348.  I think...the reason it is at TJMaxx is because it is ugly.  Also, this bag would have gone on clearance at Saks online and you could have bought it from them for the same price AND it wouldn't have gotten kicked around at TJMaxx.

C) Coach - The tag states $159.99 compared at $328.  I really love this bag...but something about giving TJMaxx $160 doesn't feel right.  I guess if I was going to splurg on a Coach bag that was marked down I would at least head over to the outlet...seems a little more official...right?

D) Michael Kors - The tag states $199.99 compared at $398.  Okay first, I don't do gold and second, I recently found similar or cuter MK purses from Saks online for $159.  

Am I being overly harsh?  I just really can't see spending that kind of money just because it is a designer bag from a store that has no problem letting stuff fall onto the floor and thousands of people touch and prod.  Also, I think if you want a designer bag you should invest in it or see if you can catch a deal.  I have tons of purses and I have bought them all on sale from department stores.
So clothing was next…I felt like how I always feel at TJMaxx...as if I was looking through someone’s unorganized closet which they haven’t gotten rid of anything since like 1980.  There were clothes on the floor.  Clothes looped over the top of the racks.  Makeup on shirts.  However, I did see some Cynthia Rowley tops and a Cynthia Rowley dress – but you know it was because the stuff never sold because it was not quite the right color or pattern and because it was hideous!
So next came the shoes…I didn’t really see any shoes I liked however I looked through to see if there were any great deals.  The majority of the shoes looked like they had been previously worn.  The soles were scuffed and dirty – shoes don’t get this dirty just from trying them on.  If there was a cute shoe it had some sort of defect...again...why should I give you $40 for a worn shoe or a defective one just because the good ones at the department store are $100!?!?

So on to Home Goods/Beauty…
E) I saw a damask chair which was priced for $89 compared at $180 which seemed like what it would be priced $89 or less anywhere..so where’s the mad savings?  

F) Bling Stapler - $9.99 compared at $18.00 - if you were in the market for a bling stapler maybe you would get this from TJMaxx but I don't think $18 is really the regular price.

G) Travel Mug - $5.99 compared at $12.99 - Finally a deal!!!  This travel ceramic mug with a rubber lid is def a steal...at Starbucks it would be $20 at least and I've seen them at World Market and Target for $12.99 and up.  If I already didn't have a million ... I probably would have bought one!

H) ELF makeup set - $4.99 compared at $8.00 - LIE!!!  It is $5 online and you don't have to worry about someone's nasty finger in your stuff!!!

I) Bed Head Shampoos and Conditoners - $14.99 compared at $32.00 - You can get this at Ulta for $9.99 during their sales.  Also, I've seen these at Target and Publix (grocery store) for between $15.99 and $28.

Other than that it was just a bunch of junk that was scratch, broken, etc.  They did have comforter sets for $99 but again…there’s no real savings there.  Also, they had tons of perfume but it was like Brittany Spears and Curve (which I didn't even know they still made).  So not only were the fragrances nothing to write home about they wanted $19.99.  Drugstore perfume for $20 is NOT a steal people!

So maybe some TJMaxx’s closer to NYC or LA get better stuff but in everyday USA – TJMaxx is crap!  Don’t waste your time or your money because chances are you are paying full price for something out of style and/or used and broken.

I know what you are thinking....Shia don't you like a deal?  Yes but I honestly don't think that TJMaxx is the best place for it.  I totally love Ross and I'll do a post soon about how you can actually find good deal there!  Stay tuned!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!!


So what are your weekend plans?  I'm going to go see my sister Debra tomorrow...it is her birthday on Tuesday so I am going to make her ... her fave cake...Funfetti (yeah the one with sprinkles...lol) and surprise her.  Also, Sunday is Paul's birthday so I plan on making a great Sunday dinner and picking up this awesome chocolate cake from Whole Foods called Chocolate Seduction ... if you have not tried it...run now to Whole Foods and get it...it is SOOOO good.

This week has been crazy ... the neck pain and changes at work ... so I feel like my blog this week has suffered the consequences.  Next week will be awesome so stay tuned.

Also, I love to give shout outs to my new followers...so thanks to all of you that have followed me this week...I have 21 followers!!!  WOOHOO!!!

Have a great weekend ~ See you on Monday!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Do or Don't?


Guess what is back...the Crop Top!  
What do you think...do or don't?
I personally see this and think REALLY
we needed to bring back the crop top?!?
What's next the hideous jean shorts overalls...
where you only fasten one side...because your just 
way too cool to fasten both sides.  Sigh!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Fall Line Up

So with back to school comes new seasons of shows...but if you are geering up for Mad Men...forget it.  It's not coming back this fall.  There is talks of early 2012...but doesn't that seem so far away!?!?  But Mad Men is in the news....apparently little Bobby Draper is moving on and there will be a new Draper kid in the bunch.  He has been reported stating to watch out for January Jones...."she is unapproachable."


Some other cast members have come to her defense stating that it is her just her character...maybe but maybe not.  Other stars report her as plain rude.  I just question why she continues to pick these types of cold roles....has she been type casted?  Is she really just cold?  For example, X-Men First Class and Unknown - she's just the same icy character.  (Granted in X-Men First Class I think her character is made of ice or something but still...does the shoe fit?)  So what do you think of Betty Draper?  Misunderstood housewife or just a snooty well you know?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pain in the Neck!


I literally have the worst pain in my neck!
Sadly, I think it is from switching to my new fab damask tote
and toting all my blog stuff around instead of using the book bag
I switched to MONTHS ago because of this same problem.

So since I just want to crawl into bed and sleep away the pain...
I have nothing to blog about and no comments to make about other blogs...
Sorry...hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.


Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School

Today was my niece Marissa's first day of kindergarten!

My sister Nicole sent this to me this morning.  
Notice her cute damask bookbag.  Last year I bought her a black and white damask book bag...this year she picked out brown and purple but she still picked damask...she is indeed mini Shia!

Super Cute & Cheap!


Ann Taylor Loft $3.88!!
I just love when I find something practical for cheap.
Have you found a great deal lately??

Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekend Madness


So I have a list that I made last Friday of stuff I would like to get done over the weekend.  Unfortunately, most of it didn't even get touched because the list is LONG!  Do you do this?  I constantly either have too much to do on weekends or nothing to do.  Where is the happy middle?  Perhaps I just need to tear my list in half.  Do half of it this weekend and half next weekend so then it will all get done instead of pushing it off.  

What's your trick to managing your "free time"?

I often think...thank goodness I don't have kids or I would NEVER get anything done!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The most clever traveling tip...

Kids' floaties around a wine bottle

In case you are one of the few people in the world to not know I am going on vacation soon...I am!!  Paul and I have tons of stuff planned out and one of our activities is... hitting up some wineries.  Last time we went to a winery it was at Biltmore in NC (if you have never gone...it is a must see).  Anyways we always kick ourselves for not buying wine to bring home so this time...I am going to pack Marissa's floaties and use them to save guard our wine on the trip home!

Do you have a clever traveling/packing tip?  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pink Equal?

So I was in one of our coffee nooks here at work when I glance over and saw a pink packet and thought AWESOME we have Sweet N Low!  After another glance I noticed that it said Equal on the packet and thought...tricky bastards trying to get me to drink equal but then the back side stated it contained saccharin...which is what Sweet N Low is.  

So after some googling, I found that not only has equal decided to go pink they have gone yellow and green!! Equal is now making ALL artificial sweeteners!  I wonder how the prices will compare?  Have you seen any of the new equals at the grocery store?  How much were they?

And yes I know I should probably drink the green one (stevia) since it is "natural" but Sweet N Low is my addiction...I once gave it up for MONTHS...but sadly I am back to using it and find it sometimes amusing that I put it in my organic decaf black (or green) tea.  Which one do you drink?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Weirdest Calendar ....


I receive daily emails from AHALife with unique items.  
Today's item is this unraveling calendar (click here for more details).
First things first...TOO EXPENSIVE!  $98 are you kidding me?!?
Also, doesn't it seem kinda morbid to watch time (i.e. your life) unravel
each day.  I guess the same happens when you flip the calendar 
each month but I don't think it is as much of a visual image 
as actual fabric unraveling.  What are your thoughts? 
Also, I totally recommend signing up for the daily AHALife 
emails...even though chances are you will NEVER buy anything
some of the items they are selling are hilarious!

Follow Me...But Where?

Are you trying to follow me but the follower box is blank?  Hit refresh a couple of times and it will appear...NO CLUE what bloggers' problem is...I've tried 100 things to get it to stop doing that.  Have any of you had this problem?  How did you fix it?

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Celebrity" Sighting

So after my daily trip to the library I stop in this Used Book Store to get a coffee.  Well today when I went in there was this girl at the counter and I thought to myself..."this chick totally looks like Jeena's (from the Real Housewives of Orange County) daughter (Kara Keough)."  But I kept thinking...no way...why the heck would she be in Jacksonville.  So I get back to my desk...google it...and find out...SHE IS IN JACKSONVILLE!  It was totally her...she's dating some Jacksonville Jaguar!


So anyways, I totally suck when it comes to celebrity sightings.  When I was in NYC, I saw numerous celebrities, I mean I walked right by them on the street, and I never said ANYTHING!  I just think to myself...why the heck would they want to talk to anyone so I just leave them alone.  So maybe this chick would have been flattered that I knew who she was but I didn't want to risk her telling me to leave her alone or worse...it not being her and some stranger thinks I am a psycho!   

Have you ever seen anyone famous?  Did you talk to them?  How did you start the conversation?

The Best Covergirl Ad Ever...


This photo of Drew Barrymore is gorgeous.  
Every time I see this in a magazine I want to run out 
and buy this blue eyeshadow but something tells me that 
(a) I wouldn't quite look the same on me and 
(b) pretty sure the old geezers at work wouldn't appreciate my hip retro look.  

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Best Mineral Makeup

So I have been tormenting myself over this blog post for months.  I really wanted to give this product review with complete honesty but then I felt guilty for what I needed to say in order to be honest.  Then this morning I realized enough is enough so here it goes....

I saw a "Beauty Steals" article on Self magazine's website and it featured an ELF makeup kit.  When I went to the ELF website I found that they sell mineral makeup and their foundation is $5!  So I thought I would give it a try and put it up against Bareminerals which I currently wear (click here to see my last post about Bareminerals).  To be completely fair, I decided to have my sister (who wears BM too) and two friends (who have never worn BM) to try it.  The results were split.  Those who had never tried BMs loved it and my sister and I agreed ...eh!  So I kept on trying...determined that I would like it...I tried a different shade of foundation, several eyeshadows ($3 each), eye brightener ($3) and blush ($5).  All of these products I have the equivalent in Bareminerals which admittedly costs a lot more.  For example, one eyeshadow from Bareminerals costs $12!  So if I could find products I liked and worked the same I would also be saving lots of money.  Right?

Well here is the hard part.  ELF is not the best mineral makeup.  Bareminerals is!  ELF just doesn't work as well.  The foundation is not as smooth.  The eyeshadows are too sparkly.  The blush doesn't really show up on your skin without several applications.  The eye brightener is too white. However, it is inexpensive and it is wearable....it's just slightly off.  So I finally realized this morning that this was my problem with all makeup BEFORE I tried Bareminerals.  All the foundations I ever wore were slightly off the color of my skin, eyeshadows were a hit or miss, I never even tried to wear blush for fear of looking like a clown and don't get me started about the reverse coon eyes (white circles instead of black...lol) then it hit me...THAT THIS WAS THE REASON I WENT AND GOT BAREMINERALS!!!!!!!!!!  I was tired of it not being just right.  I wanted flawless natural makeup and that is truly what you get with Bareminerals.  Yes the start up cost in purchasing it is very high but once you buy it ... it lasts a long time.  The starter kit for Bareminerals is $49 at Sephora.  Granted it doesn't come with eyeshadows or mascara but I've never used Bareminerals mascara and maybe you like your current eyeshadows but seriously you can ease into it with baby steps and they also sell eye kits where you get brushes, eyeshadows, eyeliner and possibly even mascara in one box.  So anyways, $49 for Baremineral starter kit...I spent $50 on ELF stuff and it doesn't even work as well!  

So here is my point ... I had went back to my old ways of purchasing makeup...buying and buying hoping it would work and it didn't!  So maybe the inital price tag is a bit scary but it works and the searching and pouring money down the drain on bad products stops!  

Also, the cheaper products don't last as long because you have to use more of them because they wear off faster.  So you keep caking the makeup on...that doesn't sound like smooth flawless skin to me...does it to you?

So in my opinion Bareminerals is the best mineral makeup and I can finally give up on the ELF stuff and not feel guilty.  I'm so glad to finally get this off of my chest...big sigh of relief.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Does it Work?


So awhile back I did a blog post about a Clinique product (click here to see the original post).  So I tried the product and I'll have to say it burned every time I used it and really didn't seem to be doing anything so I started googling ingredients listed on the product and ended up finding this....


AMBI Fade Cream 2oz - $4.99 at Walgreens
or buy it at Drugstore.com!

So I headed over to Walgreens and bought some.  This product works A LOT faster than Clinique Dark Spot Corrector!  The sunspot I originally was trying to get rid of has faded and I had a red little freckle on my cheek and now it is a light brown.  Plus, it smells awesome and doesn't burn when you put it on and it only took about a two days to notice the change.

Also, now I am super concerned about not getting more sunspots on my face so I have been wearing sunscreen...sounds simple enough right...so why wasn't I doing it all along?  Last Sunday was a pool day and I wore baby sunscreen (Coppertone Water Babies) on my face and body and I didn't get burned or get any more nasty sun spots!  Also, the sunscreen I bought came with a bonus application stick which I used around my eyes.  I noticed that the baby sunscreen stayed on longer than other sunscreen I have tried so even if you don't have little ones to spray buy it anyway!


I bought this....


 and got this....



FREE!!

This sunscreen stick went on smooth and didn't leave thick greasy spots.  Also, it was easy to glide on and then rub around my entire face.  

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vacation Prep ~ The Peak and the Pit!

So I am gearing up for my vacation in September.  Paul and I are going to upstate NY and into Canada.  I have tons of things I want/need to get.

1) Passport - the pit - it has been so difficult to get a passport.  There aren't that many places around town and tomorrow I am taking a half day to wait in line in a completely different county in order to get this show on the road.

2) Tote - the peak - so I have been wanting a tote bag to carry on the plane and in the car (while we are traveling around Canada) so I can have my laptop and work on my blog and upload photos, etc.  I've looked into Vera Bradley but I just can't see myself paying that much for something kinda ugly.  So you all might remember when I bought matching bags for Marissa and I (click here to remember).  Well I found the matching tote on eBay....

Plus wait until you see my passport cover I am making!!  So now I only have to have/need ... cute fall outfit ideas, jacket and hiking/rough outdoor shoes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Does anyone use this?


You know me...I am big on products but this is something that I have never sought out to buy or used regularly if I somehow wound up with some.  

The couple of times I tried to "curl" my lashes they just seemed weird afterwards.  Should I care enough to curl my lashes?  Right now I do not.  Is there something spectacular that I am missing out on?  Or is it just a big lie that you can actually curl your lashes?  

So I just googled...curling your eyelashes...and found youtube videos where people are using spoons!  LOL  I can just imagine what Paul would think if he saw me using a spoon to curl my lashes.  I think my eyelashes look fine with just mascara...so maybe since I have naturally curly hair..I have naturally curled lashes...LOL!

So what are your thoughts?  Do you curl your lashes?  Am I missing out?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Am I "country"?

Floral country bedroom | Country-house bedroom | Guest bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome

I absolutely love this white/cream/tan furniture with the yellow and black/blue accents.  This bedroom is described as "country bedroom" on this website.  Even though this style is called country...I love it!  I think I just have to free myself of what I think when I hear the word country...country doesn't necessarily mean cracker...I mean this bedroom idea is from a UK website.  Last time I checked...they don't have crackers there.  (anyways they call them biscuits...lol...good one Shia)

Also, I love cabinets that look like these....
Shaker Style

I really love white shaker kitchen cabinets however the white can make them look a little builder grade so when Paul and I build our house...we will have shaker but they will be a darker color.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dear Followers and Readers,


I want to thank all the people that read my blog and follow it on a daily basis.  I really appreciate your support and I try to make every post something that you would enjoy.  I put real time and effort into every post.  I hate to just slap something up to just have a post for that particular day.  I constantly have tons of blogs in the works and nothing ever gets posted until I give it a 100% seal of approval.

I really try to make my blog random and about things that we would all find in any women's magazines and stop and read.  I don't try to amp up my numbers with celebrity news and that such.  I really just write from my heart and try to give the best possible knowledge I have about what I am writing about.  Recently, I have been charting what I write about or want to write about by category so I don't write about the same categories in a row and I have even made a schedule for each category.  

I know I only have 16 followers but each of you matter to me as if you were a million.  I really do appreciate you for following me.  My blog gets about 850 hits a month and I appreciate every single one of them.  I love to give shout outs and thanks every time I get a new follower.

Also, if you read my blog and follow or comment....I will show you the same appreciation.  I'll follow your blog and read your stuff.  

So with all of that said...I really do love writing and I am really trying to get my writing out there so thanks for reading!  Feel free to comment, suggest and follow ~ all will be appreciated!

♥ Shia

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Light Weight


So I rarely drink anymore.  It's even become a joke around the office that it is against my religion.  Which seems odd because if someone says they don't drink don't you automatically think...recovering alcoholic?  Well neither are in my case, I just feel like I have outgrown drinking.  It seems like something I did when I was in that appropriate time of my life which now seems extremely stupid.

So anyways, last Saturday I helped a friend move and she gave me a bottle of champagne that she was just going to toss out.  So Saturday night, Paul and I popped open the bubbly.  He immediately gasped and commented on how horrible it was and I thought...eh...not too bad.  Needless to say, I drank the entire bottle minus a couple of sips from Paul. 

Sunday morning, I woke up and felt fine.  I was shocked.  I thought for sure I would be sick from drinking that much and not being used to it.  Hangovers are the worst and definitely time wasters!

So perhaps you haven't gave up the sauce and need some tips on how to cure a hangover or heck...even avoid one....

1) Eat before you drink!  Seems pretty simple right?  Well apparently digesting closes a valve in your small intestine which is where alcohol gets absorbed too quickly.  

2) Don't use Diet Coke as a mixer!  Apparently Diet drinks empties out your stomach faster and then you'll feel woozy faster!  OMG I just thought of all of those Crown & DCs I drank way back when....

3) Don't use energy drinks as a mixer!  The caffeine makes you feel less tipsy than you are and you'll end up consuming too much.  Besides no one should EVER drink redbull...that stuff is like battery acid!

4) Drink water!  Have a glass or two before you go to sleep.  Alcohol causes dehydration which causes the headaches, nausea and dizziness you feel from a hangover.  So replenish with water.

5) Don't set your alarm.  After drinking, you sleep in more of a light sleep mode so let your body wake up naturally since it's not getting fully rested. 

6) Eat a banana.  It will help you gain back some of the potassium and sodium you lost from drinking!

7) Drink peppermint tea with honey.  The peppermint helps ease your stomach and the honey helps break down the alcohol.

8) Don't force yourself to be sick.  It might sound like the best thing to do is to try to get the alcohol out of your system but forcing yourself to be sick only causes more problems ~ loss of electrolytes, dehydration, malnutrition  etc.  Drink the tea and rest!

I hope these tips come in handy for you and I just know now that my blog will put up ads for AA...and if you need it ... click on the links...LOL

Monday, August 1, 2011

One Shoulder?

One Shoulder?

I found this on missguided & Fashion (UK website).  It's probably about $70 after converting to $$ and adding shipping ... I love the color but I'm not too excited over the one shoulder.  However, this makes me think...maybe I CAN find a great blue wedding dress without it really being "a wedding dress".  Thoughts on the dress?
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