Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
from Manta Ray Designs
Not a card, but super cute:
from The Craft Pantry
“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”Perusing the paper today, I saw this full-page De Beers ad:
Our lives are full of things. Disposable distractions,
stuff you buy but do not cherish, own yet never love.
Thrown away in weeks rather than passed down for generations.
Perhaps things will be different now. Wiser choices made with greater care.
After all, if the fewer things you own always excite you, would you
really miss the many that never could?
A DIAMOND IS FOREVER
I really dislike the marketing in the diamond industry, and I had forgotten how much we get inundated with jewelry ads once the holiday season rolls around. (I'm a huge hypocrite, as I looked through the Black Friday ads and noticed that without fail, someone is always offering diamond studs at like half price - what's the true markup here, people? - and thought to myself that someday I'd like to upgrade mine.) However, those De Beers ad guys are pretty clever in playing to my desire to get stop acquiring of all of the Things in Life that are quickly Forgotten, to focus on only the Things that I Love and Cherish. Of course, their diamonds are what fit the bill! I am simultaneously annoyed and impressed with this ad. (Here's another commentary on this ad.)
I now have 8 nieces and nephews, which is going to be a lot to buy for this year. Ask them what they want for Christmas, and you will probably hear some plastic, non-inexpensive toys that they will quickly forget about amongst everything else. I remember all that I got as a child, and it was all just too much. I'm trying to think instead of some experience gifts for them. Last year for the youngest niece's birthday, we took her and her sisters to Disney on Ice - I think they enjoyed it, and it gave us (another) reason to all do something together. Any ideas for other things we could do?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
My friend Megan came over to watch the first half of the Texas game tonight and we got to talking about how we are avoiding those J. Crew, et al, email sales in our inboxes. I usually used to go check it out and see if there's anything I had to have (and almost all of the time, it didn't result in a purchase), but lately I've just been deleting them - why be tempted? It's a delicate balance of not buying things you don't truly need and getting a fantastic deal on something you don't truly need (you do, after all, have lots of clothes in your closet already) but would definitely use. Megan had just bought a jacket at Ann Taylor Loft, and it's now on sale and they're having an additional 30% off as well (Megan, I don't see 40%), so she's going tomorrow to get a price adjustment (good girl). Tempted, I went online to check it out.
This corduroy skirt would be $14 after the 30% off
I have actually been wanting a khaki skirt like this ever since I constantly borrowed a sorority sister's Gap khaki skirt back during senior year. Since this was 4 years ago, I think it's safe to say that this would be no impulse buy. Luckily, they don't have my size (although invariably I'd probably buy the wrong size anyway), and corduroy's not my first choice.
This satin clutch would be $14 after the discount as well. I already have a few holiday-festive clutches, so this is definitely not a keeper, but I just wanted to post the pretty picture of it. I'm really liking this shade of pink with a cute LBD.
This embossed croco handheld is now $21 down from $49. Don't need it at all, but I think it's cute.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The original Thanksgiving post I put together yesterday ended up being rather lengthy, as well as somewhat sappy and depressing, so I decided to delete it and just leave it at this:Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, filled with loved ones and good food.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monogram Crystal Stemware, $135 a stem
Seriously, what will they think of next?
You see, this is my cocktail shaker. It has my initial on it. It must mean this drink is just for moi.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Or actually, don't. This looks extremely heavy. Much heavier than the dining room table top we lugged up the stairs today.
Owner of the next house we buy, please have one of these. I'll work out a deal with you.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
(In his defense, he often calls me a shortened version of my maiden name, and I've been unsuccessful at getting him to call me by our newly shared last name. Must train DH to use proper name.)
Monday, November 10, 2008
From West ElmAt only $24 each for the decanter and ice bucket, with an additional $6 for the personalization, these are great! I'd have to see them in person to see how heavy they felt though.
We already received a very nice ice bucket and a decanter as wedding presents, but I'm really wanting these! I'm such a sucker for monogramming.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I also realized that we're probably not ready to handle a puppy right now. But I've got the next best thing - a Puppy Cam! These guys are seriously adorable. I have it open in another window right now, and I just heard some puppy whining, so I clicked over to see one trying to burrow beneath some of the others. Sure, I can't cuddle with them, but I also don't have to take them out!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Anyway, I saw this at an ideeli final sale today. While not The Bag, look at this Gryson Laura Saddle. Originally $725, it was on sale for $180. AND it has a metal "Laura" hangtag. How perfect would that have been (for me)? Lucky for my wallet, it was sold out, because I
Check out this Ostich Embossed Clutch from Jalda for a mere $25, marked down from $235! I need another cute clutch like I need my car to be rear-ended again (oh wait, did I not tell you that the other week I got hit for the 3rd time in a year? I'm quite the lucky gal.), but these would make great Christmas presents. "Oh, I know I shouldn't have splurged on such a luxurious item for you, but you're sooo worth it!"
If you'd like an invite to ideeli, Gilt Groupe, or The Top Secret, let me know!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I saw this Prosciutto tee in an Outblush email and thought it was so cute I had to email it to the hubs. I mean, we totally fell in love with Prosciutto e Melone when we went to Italy 3 years ago. (Picture us, sitting all romantic at an Italian restautant and feeding it to each other. Okay, just kidding, don't picture it. We didn't actually do that.)
A shirt I do regret not buying when we were there was the ubiquitous "Ciao Bella" tee. I bought one for my sister from a vendor on the Rialto in Venice for around 5 euro. (I still remember the vendor making some comment in Italian about getting a smaller size so it would fit tight...oh, Italian men.) I did not buy one for myself, probably because I had already gotten something for me, and I didn't think I *needed* it. Of course, as soon as I was home I really wanted one. And 3 years later, I've got one! My friend Jacque brought me back one from her recent trip to Italy, and I can't wait to see it!
I also just started reading Eat, Pray, Love. She's currently on the Italy leg of her year's journey, and I'm loving the book so far.