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Happy Halloween!!

Which one is better?

A) Aveeno Clear Complexion $7.49 B) St. Ives Apricot Scrub $3.99 C) Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser $7.49
So I've tried all of these products.  They all have typically the same ingredients and all include 2% salicylic acid {which I believe is the cure for nasty pimples}.
Here are my thoughts....
Aveeno - smells nice but it kinda feels like you're washing your face with Noxzema {without the smell and the burn} it just doesn't lather up and when you're done you still feel like you need to wash your face, it does have a few exfoliating beads in it but all in all...it just doesn't get the job done.
St. Ives - it's been around for FOREVER but it lacks modern sophistication - the exfoliating beads are so rough you could use it on your feet to remove calluses.  It also doesn't later up and in the end you just feel like you have sand on your face that you can't get off.  
Biore - hands down the winner!  This stuff works great and because of the warming eff…

It's okay Thursday #2

{click here for Amber's blog}
It's okay... 1) to feel like a complete waste of a blogger for not having a Wednesday post. 2) to feel super unproductive at the same time as super busy. 3) to not care the outcome of the FL/GA game this weekend because college is starting to feel as far away as high school. 4) to buy a Twix to meet that $5 purchase amount and keep it in your desk drawer for "emergencies". 5) to wish for November to be here so you can turn the calendar away from seeing where you had marked your vacation at the beginning of October....wasn't that the best time...too bad I am now sitting at work...ugh stop reminding me! 6) to have NO CLUE when the time falls back until like the day or two before hand....why do we keep doing this? 7) to wake up in the morning and think of how you can get away with not brushing your hair. 8) to already be late for work and then hit up Mickey D's for a chicken biscuit...what's 5 more mins? {oh wait my boss reads this...oh …

J'Adore

{Instyle Look of the Day}
Instyle states, "Anne Hathaway turned heads at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala in a floral Erdem dress, black diamond Dana Rebecca Designs necklace and patent leather peep-toes."  
I love love LOVE Anne Hathaway...I've seen practically all of her movies...yes even Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted...under the guise of watching it with my niece Marissa.  What do you think?  Also, have you seen Becoming Jane?  Should I see it?  Be honest and don't just scream...I LOVE JANE AUSTEN!!  Give me a real SOLID reason why....lol.  I myself could care less about Jane Austen {as you can see from my audiobook list...I am TRYING to make an attempt} but I just sigh and say...I don't care.  So do your best...convince me to become an Austen addict.

More Pics...

I decided that I needed to share a few more....



Again...all of these are from our 2 day trip to Ottawa...the crazy part is I probably have over 1,000 pics from our entire vacation ~ we went somewhere new each day and I filled the camera card each time...yes I was OBSESSED with fall foliage but hey that was what my vacation was for.  Out of this set....my fave is the last one.  I just love the sun peeking through!

Monday Madness

Instead of doing a post where I just complain about all the madness running through my head today...I thought I would share some random pics I took on vacation in Ottawa.  Enjoy!










Which one is your fave?  I think my fave is the dandelions! I never see them here in Florida!

TGIF!!!

YAY!!!  We made it...it's Friday!!
Is it just me or are you thinking FINALLY FRIDAY?!?  Something about this week just seemed to be off, I remember late Tuesday thinking can this week just be over so we can restart.  I sat in a traffic jam EVERY morning this week.  Paul had something planned for us to do EVERY night after work...so I didn't get home until 10 pm each night.  Okay I know you younger peeps are like 10 pm?  That is not late....well for me {old lady in the making} it is...lol.

So what are your plans this weekend?  I'm going to see my sister Debra and my niece Kaelyn...we are going to a Halloween carnival on Saturday and Sunday I plan on sleeping in and doing some writing.  I currently have three websites that I will soon be writing for!!!  Now I just have to um....write stuff...lol.

Well I hope you all have a long weekend and I hope next week is better than this one.

Ask Shia's Advice #1

Dear Shia,
I saw your post where you mentioned you were saving for your wedding and just wondered if you could offer some money saving advice....I don't have a wedding to pay for but I do feel like I live paycheck to paycheck when I know I shouldn't.  How did you start saving up?
Broke-ass in Broke-land


Dear Broke-ass in Broke-land,
Before I start I just want to say a few things....first ~ thanks for being my first advice column; two ~ your incognito name is cracking me up and three ~ I am definitely the girl to your rescue!!
Now ~ down to business.  For me saving money was brought on by the fact that I knew that I was wasting too much money {once I started saving I started to realize that I could pay for my wedding}.  So I can completely relate to what you are feeling.  
Here is how I started.  I have online banking so I logged on and printed out 3 months worth of statements {3 months to get a better view ~ 1 or 2 months might be deceiving...no haircut that month, etc}.  Even thoug…

The Monster at the End of this Book

When I was young...I LOVED this book! I saw that it was Starbucks Pick of the  Week App and had to share. You can download it for free on itunes until December 9, 2011! The Download Code is 4THKMXYN93PN!
I really wanted to download it for my nieces ...but I don't have an iphone, ipad or a ipod touch =( and it doesn't appear to just run through itunes so I guess I'll have to just share it with my nieces old school style...you know....A BOOK!
What was one of your favorite childhood books?

Stop saying the "F" word!!

fat Part of Speech:  adjective Definition:  overweight Synonyms:  beefy, big, blimp, bovine, brawny, broad, bulging, bulky, bull, burly, butterball, chunky, corpulent, distended, dumpy, elephantine, fleshy, gargantuan, gross, heavy, heavyset, hefty, husky, inflated, jellybelly, lard, large, meaty, obese, oversize, paunchy, plump, plumpish, ponderous, porcine, portly, potbellied, pudgy, roly-poly, rotund, solid, stout, swollen, thickset, weighty, whalelike {obtained from Thesaurus.com}
I think the "f" word is pretty evil.  I mean think about all the times we've said it to ourselves and we KNOW we shouldn't but geez some of those synonyms are down right HATEFUL!
I recently saw this at Walmart ... REALLY??
So let's all do ourselves a favor and NEVER call ourselves the "F" word because it's like calling yourselves all of those horrible synonyms!  If you are feeling bad about yourself at that particular moment...saying these evil words won't make you…

Mad about Manicures!!

So on Friday, my work friend asked me if I would want to go with her at lunch to get her nails done so I thought sure...I really need a manicure and then I thought...perhaps I'll get something fun!

This was my inspiration from Nicole - Top to Toe Click {here} to see her FAB blog!!
{Also please know that I had SEVERAL ideas from her blog and when I had the pics EVERYONE in the salon wanted to know who's nails they were...I {of course} passed her info around.}
So here is what I got....
Black, White & Yellow {obviously}
What do you think?  I love it but I will admit it does look a little like Charlie Brown...lol.  Also, don't forget to check out  Nicole - Top to Toe she has some amazing nail polish skillz!!

Tights ARE NOT Skinny Jeans!!

Yes!

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, we are about to have a little heart to heart...gather around...sit in the circle...can I have your attention please...shush now and listen...okay I am here to tell you that...YOU CAN NOT WEAR TIGHTS as PANTS, SKINNY JEANS, OR ANY OTHER LOWER BODY FORM OF COVER UP.  Tights are for UNDER your outfit {wear with a shorter dress THAT COVERS YOUR BUM or with a longer shirt....THAT COVERS YOUR BUM}...they are NOT a stand alone feature....{don't interrupt}....it doesn't matter if you are SKINNY or VOLUPTUOUS...you can SEE THROUGH THEM!!!!  Meaning....EVERYONECAN SEE ALL OF YOUR LADY BITS!!!!!!
Yesterday, as I was walking to lunch, I saw a girl off in the distance.  She appeared to have forgotten to put on her pants {and panties} ... it appeared that she only had a t-shirt on and I gasped and turned to my friend and pointed and said LOOOOOOOK!  As we got closer, I noticed that she did in fact have something "covering&quo…

Check out AHALife

So AHALife, click {here} for the website, have some interesting beauty supplies on sale.  The one that caught my eye is...


this makeup bag...it opens flat and has  storage areas and a pop out mirror. The price is $98 so it's a little steep but  could the convenience be worth the $$?
What do you think is worth it or overpriced? {I'm a cheapskate (I have a wedding to pay for!!)  so I'd love to hear what you think!}
P.S.  While you're at the site...sign up for their daily emails...some of the stuff they sell is HILARIOUS!!!

My first...it's OK Thursday!

So one of my dear followers, Mily of Simply Mily (click {here} for her blog), posts this on Thursdays.  So I thought I would support the cause.  Also, head over to {Brunch with Amber} to link up your blog.  
It's OK...
to secretly despise capitalizing ok. to admit...yes I have issues...lol. if all you want to eat for dinner is Lucky Charms cereal. to wake up EVERY morning and THINK about calling in. to still think of your sisters as your bratty little sisters but love them dearly. to stare at your engagement ring for HOURS I mean that is what it is there for! to check your blog 1000000000 times a day for new followers. to tell EVERYONE {with the excitement of a child on Christmas} your updated follower count! if right after vacation you are thinking...when is my next 3 day weekend? if you had a glob of mascara on your face and no one told you about it. to yell at your friend for NOT telling you about the glob! it's okay if your idea of big plans for the weekend is watching the 4 hour Kim K…

Ask Shia's Advice!

So my friend constantly tells me that I need to become a counselor or a therapist because she tells me something and I always have a solution for her.  So today I joke and said...no I just need an advice column!  Which made me think....why not devote some time to it on my blog.
So if you need advice ON ANYTHING email me at Ask.Shias.Advice@gmail.com and I'll post your problem with like "Desperately Seeking Advice in Atlanta" or whatever as your name...I would never call you out ... then I'll post my reply.
I just have a natural gift of giving advice which I totally get from my mom...she is a great advice giver too!  I can't wait to hear from you.

Seriously no problem is too big or too small...it can be about your relationship, products to by, ways to save money, getting into college, organizing your home, life, etc., family stuff, whatever!!  
I am the quintessential know it all without the stuck up attitude of knowing it all.  Ask me and I'll give you an answ…

J'Adore

Emma Watson!!
I saw this ad in a magazine and I LOVE it.  Emma Watson has turned into a fashion icon overnight.  Sure her mousy character in Harry Potter was a sweet knowledgeable girl power heroine but this witch knows fashion.  I just adore her pixie haircut...it breaks her free from Hogwarts and shows that she has grown up.  I'm usually not one to be tempted to buy something just because a celebrity pimps it out but I really want to know how this perfume smells!  Do any of you wear it?  

What do you think?  Isn't she just absolutely gorgeous?

She just screams quintessential youth you know what all of us girls want ... to grow up and not be little girls anymore but we want to look radiantly young but fiercely sophisticated and Emma is totally rocking it.  What's the British equivalent to "you go girl"?
What do you think?

Do or Don't?

House to Home
A tip from House to Home...use a bright shade of color but don't paint all the way up to the top. I feel like when you look at this room you see all the prettiness and at first you don't notice the undone bit but once you focus on it ... it's all you can see.  What do you think?  Do or don't?
A positive...at least you don't have to put up all that painting tape and worry about edges and straight lines but don't you think you would have to tell anyone that visits you..."No it is SUPPOSED to be that way."
So do you have any undone remodeling around your house?  If so, here's a new spin...it's not undone...it is a new trend that you have done on purpose!

The Best Drugstore Shampoo & Conditioner

So when I was packing for vacation there was that dreaded thought...what am I going to do about shampoo and conditioner.  Face it trial sizes are not adequate for conditoner...sure I could get maybe two uses out of the shampoo....so what am I supposed to do buy like 10 of each of crappy products at $1.00 each...no thanks.  So since I use liters of my normal stuff...there was that dreaded thought of pumping it into travel size containers...again the thought just brought on a big sigh.  So instead I thought...why not try out a drugstore shampoo and conditioner for the trip...plus I could blog about it.  So I decided to get Aveeno Nourish & Moisturize Shampoo & Conditioner.  I think it was priced around $6 each but it had a $1 off coupon attached to each bottle and the shampoo came with a travel sized lotion (more on that later).  
As you have seen on my previous post, I use Redken All Soft and it makes my hair super soft.  Well Aveeno works just as well and maybe even a tad bet…

No Shopping Required!!

Originally Posted 5/10/11
I am really bad at buying items and only wearing them in one particular outfit.  Also, how many times do you buy something new that looks like something you already own?   So I thought enough is enough I am going to do a little "shopping" in my very own closet.  So last night I came up with 5 new outfits in just 20 minutes.
So I started with this skirt which I bought on  clearance at Banana Republic about 3 years ago.


A) Nine West - bought at an outlet on "sale" about a year ago. B) Ann Taylor Loft - bought on clearance about a year ago. C) Worthington - bought on clearance at JCPenneys about 3 year ago. 
This is a great Monday outfit because with minimal  effort it is a cute and polished office outfit. A) Ann Taylor Loft embellished tank- I bought this as part of my "looking at engagement rings outfit" I have never worn it without the sweater I bought for  that outfit and since it is warm out needed a new way to wear it.   B) K…

What's the big deal?

Originally Posted on March 25, 2011
So if you are like me…getting a good deal is your passion in life.  However, when is a deal a deal?  There seems to be so many ways to “save” money but are you actually saving any money? 
Coupons – They are all the rage at the moment.  There are entire blogs and websites devoted to coupons.  However you only save money when you use a coupon for something you need and usually buy.  Coupons are like little cut out advertisements – they entice you to buy items that you don’t normally buy because you’ll say to yourself – “it’s okay I have a coupon for it.”  Of course if you are a coupon queen and you are saving tons on every item you use – than good for you but in reality most people are just getting duped into buying crap they don’t need just because they have a coupon.
Clearance Items – This can be hit or miss.  I’ve found some great deals on clearance of stuff I really needed and I’ve bought a lot of junk just because it was on clearance.  For examp…

My guy's closet...

Originally Posted on January 3, 2011
So how many of you have old clothes in your closet that you're keeping for who knows what reason?...too small - will fit one day...too big - will fit one day, etc. Well since I have cleaned out my closet, I've noticed that Paul has clothes that he is holding on to. People he has STONE WASHED JEANS - and yes they are HIDEOUS as they sound and some of the other pieces of clothing are just as HILARIOUS. There is a vest! YES SHIA SAID VEST!!!! You thought stonewash was hilarious .... I can tell you that he'll NEVER wear any of this stuff but it's just comical that men hold on to old clothes too. But trust me....FUNNY STUFF. Also, it's just amusing to know that those quirky things that women do....MEN DO THEM TOO!  So, next time your guy is giving you a hard time about your wardrobe or hoarding stuff. Look in their closet...it's definitely entertaining to say the least.
What hilarious stuff does your guy hold onto?

Hello from Canada!

Thank you all for your comments while I'm on vacation.  This is literally the first chance I had to actually sit down and really look at my blog {only because it is raining}.  Paul and I have been on the go go GO our entire vacation but you'll have to wait until I come back to see and hear all about it.  I just wanted to jump on and give a quick shout out to all of you reading and enjoying my blog montage.  I really appreciate all your support! Well there's a few days of the montage left and I have tons of entries to read on all of your blogs...but don't worry I'll catch up with all of you when I return.
♥ Shia

Is there a monkey on your back?

Originally Posted on March 23, 2011
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So we all have bad habits….mine as I have said is too much tv and going to Starbucks.  Bad habits can really be anything…nail biting, always saying yes instead of saying no like you want to, always being  5 minutes late, gossiping, facebook & twittering too much, over texting and of course things that are bad for your health like smoking, overeating, drinking and drug use. 
Here are some tips to help break a bad habit: Identify your bad habits:  Compare yourself to your value standards – are you living up to your standards?  Look for the things that you consistently do that don't live up to your own standards – those are your bad habits.Listen up:  There are two sides of us inside – think of it like the cartoons with the character with the little angel and devil on his shoulder questioning which one to listen to.  If you keep listening to the little devil – its voice just gets louder and louder.  Shut it up for good by consistentl…

What's my style?

Originally Posted on September 18, 2010

So, while recuperating from my mini bike adventure (click here to read) I decided to watch Season 1 of Bored to Death. It’s a pretty good series on HBO. It’s about a writer who decides to be an unlicensed private detective on the side. Anyways, I digress. So of course while watching this NYC based show I look at the female characters and see that they have style and I’ve thought…what’s my style and do I have style? 
Okay honestly I’m thinking…no I have no style. I just buy what fits or is on sale. Does that make style? I see these characters and I see that they have planned out outfits down to accessories, etc. I’ve just never been that type of girl who is going to pay $29.99 or MORE for some plastic jewelry to accessorize my outfit. I mean to me jewelry is important not something plastic. 
For our first Christmas Paul bought me a three stone diamond pendant necklace. I wear this EVERYDAY because it means something to me. There’s no way that I’…