Friday, July 23, 2010

Don't Miss...

The bright side of this abysmal economy (how long have I been unemployed again?!) is the amazing deals retailers are willing to give us to win over our dollars. Creative deals, sales, and clearance events abound. Take Target for example. Today only they are having a black Friday sale. "But Tiffany, isn't black Friday in November?" you ask. Why yes, you are correct. However times must be tough at the Red retail giant because this year black Friday is in July. Click here for awesome online deals, today only!

Happy shopping!




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lost in the Blogosphere...

You would think that since I run a blog I'd know just how dangerous the blogosphere is...but I am only just now discovering it. I mean, I've blog surfed before, but this time, I can't stop. It started with my looking for ideas for Genevieve's first birthday party (that's right...the one that's 4 1/2 months away). Well I basically am falling down the rabbit hole. falling...falling...falling. Every blog links me to a new blog. And that one links me to a new blog. And that one links me to a new blog PLUS a cool etsy site PLUS an online boutique. And that links me to the next blog. You get my point. I can't say that I mind. Besides feeling a bit, I don't know...addicted?! I'm discovering all sorts of cool design, decoration, and party planning ideas. On a deeper level, I've also read several very painful (as in you better be wearing water proof mascara) stories. I mean stories of horrendous loss. These stories make me grateful for my own story...and inspired by those who get back up when they've been knocked down. once. or twice. or three times (Read the what's in a name part 1 through 7 post of Joy's Hope Handmade). I'm also being inspired to make this blog the best it can be. I owe that to you (and to me). But anyway, I'm totally digressing.

So I can't share every cool post, tip, idea, or story with you. But I wanted to share this one because it's something I read about myself on cnn.com (or some news site) but couldn't quite articulate how I felt about it. Well Kristin did it much better than I could. Here's an excerpt of her post.
Post Racial Barbie [from Rage Against the Minivan]:

Mark and I had a much-anticipated date night tonight, to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. We went dinner at our favorite Cuban spot, and then we decided to get crazy and spontaneous, so we went to Target to buy a new rice cooker.


HOT DATE. I know.


We were cutting through the toy aisle on our way to look at the kitchen wares, and noticed a row of multiracial Barbies. Okay, cool. Barbie has got the diversity thing going on. Only, do you notice anything a little off? The red and white clearance sticker on some of the dolls?




We stood there looking at this line of Barbies, and of course I whipped out my camera, because seriously . . . it was just so blatant. The three shades of clearly African American Barbies were on clearance. Every other Barbie was full price.


Then we scanned the rest of the aisle. We found Mermaid Story Barbie. White version, full price. Black version, CLEARANCE....


Click here for the rest of this thought provoking post.

Click here for the P.S. to this post.

After reading her post script, I'm almost afraid to ask: What do YOU think?!


Friday, July 16, 2010

DIY Tiered Trays & My New Favorite DIY Blog

Oh. My. Gosh. I want to make tons of these. The possible uses are endless. And I want a sewing machine. And a room full of cool fabrics. And more time. A lot of time. These are just a few of the thoughts running through my [creative] mind. Megan and I posted on DIY cake stands a while ago.  Well if you liked that project, you'll love this one.  Head over to Joy's Hope Handmade for detailed (and witty) instructions on assembling these amazing tiered carnival trays. It looks super cheap and super easy. My kinda DIY project for sure. I promise I'll do this myself and when I do, I'll post pictures. 



 

**images courtesy of Joy's Hope Handmade.**

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Luxe for Less Online

Inspired by Lucky's Luxe for Less issue, I decided to put a few links up of affordable online shopping sites. I'm sure many of you have heard of some of these sites, but it's easy to get 'stuck' visiting the same sites and purchasing from the same store over and over...and when that happens you end up showing up in church dressed exactly like someone else (oh wait, is that just Megan and me?!).  Lucky issue reminded me of a few sites I hadn't visited in a long time and clued me in on a few new ones. Now that I have a kid, shopping online has become even more convenient so I'm all for expanding my choices.  Because there were so many, I decided to include a handful today and I'll post another segment later (I know better than to promise "tomorrow").  So stay tuned for that one.  In the meantime, feast your fingertips on these great sites!

This site (and many others listed in the post) seems very "junior" at first.  That's the price you pay for not paying an exorbitant price (did that make sense?!).  But it's all in how you style and wear an item that makes it appear young-ish or more grown up.  And if you are really tall or plus sized this site is for you!  They have inseams up to 37 inches (as in I have to wear 4 inch heels to wear some of them!) and sizes up to XXXL.  They often offer free shipping with a $75 purchase and if you search online there's almost always a 15% off coupon.  Beware that it is 'junior' sizing so if you wear a 6 misses you're more likely to wear a 9 (or so) on this site. 

angel blouse. 34.90.
I don't have lots of tips and tricks for this site because I've never purchased from it--just oohed and ahhed over the selection.  It was beyond difficult to only choose one item to include in this post and even more difficult not to click "add to cart" on every item I viewed!  It's a UK site (think topshop) but shipping to the US is only $6!! 

2 in 1 drapey skirt dress. 30.32 (from 78.00)

I've been intrigued by their makeup (their youthful link "mark." seems cool right?!) and skin care for some time but who knew they had a fashion section?! 


I love that this site shows the stock remaining on each item.  Usually super cheap prices like these aren't available online.  I said usually...

smocked tank. 6.00 (from 18.00)

I typically see accessories from this site in fashion/shopping magazines.  I'm not sure why I never visited it until now.  They have all kinds of cool stuff but I was enamored with their sunglasses selection. 


To me this site is all about buying something cheap and fun when you just feel like buying something cheap and fun.  Free shipping with a 9.95 purchase definitely increases the likelihood of a future purchase!
Cameo Ring. 7.99.

Kind of a cheesy forever 21 but I included it because you can definitely find some cute basics at cute prices.


I love this site!  It's like a mega shoe store online.  There is free shipping with no minimum purchase and the prices are great...great enough to try out uber trendy styles like this one...
carlsen summer boot.  17.98 (from 49.99).

Amazing accessories at very affordable prices and free shipping over $40...which I could very easily spend on headbands alone.


Okay, while you add these sites to your favorites and fill up your shopping carts, I'll finish part II and bring you 10 more affordable sites tomorrow!  er, I mean within a few days.  Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Taste{full} Deal Alert!

Take an additional 20% off of J. Crew's sale items. Use code EXTRA20. Ends tomorrow.  Perhaps you need a new bathing suit...like this classy one piece (that I've been lusting after for at least a year) for instance! 


Take an additional 20% off Shopbop's sale items.  Use code EXTRA20.  Ends today.  Perhaps you want to try the denim legging trend (or jeggings as they are so cleverly called) but don't want to spend a fortune.  Now's your chance to check out this cool William Rast pair...


 
Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Design with a Conscience



Ok so I know I've been a bit baby and kid obsessed lately...and I promise
that will stop soon. But not today. Today I was made aware of a new partnership. Target has joined "Baby Buggy"--founded by Jessica Seinfeld.  This line of designer baby products helps families in need. Petunia Picklebottom and Maira Kalman have designed baby essentials for the average consumer. The best part (besides adorably fashionable baby stuff at prices I can afford)? 10% of each purchase goes toward families in need. This includes those affected by domestic violence, impoverished families, families in homeless shelters, and court child centers. As if I needed another reason to buy adorable stuff for Genevieve! I wasn't even going to blog about this for fear of our childless followers being disinterested, BUT I went to Target today and after standing at the end cap admiring (and by that I mean, trying on, and trying to convince myself that I need a 3rd diaper bag) the Petunia Picklebottom diaper bag, I decided I just HAD to share this news. The stuff is way cuter in person and it's such a good cause I can't remember why I wanted to keep it to myself. So head on over to Target and get something for the little love of your life or for that baby shower that's on your calendar. Not only will you be helping a family who needs it but you'll also be one stylish mama with one fashion forward baby.






MORE Reasons to Love Amy Butler...

For a long time now I have loved the designer Amy Butler's incredible fabric designs and her sewing pattern creations.  The designs are everything I love... boldly colorful, full of playful elements, and you just CAN'T not feel happy looking at them.  For a while I've been loving this gorgeous raincoat... and of course I'd want to also make the mini version for Grace so we could coordinate.


If you've never had a chance to view Amy's patterns, click here to instantly fall in love. You'll instantly be plotting some way to score a sewing machine if you don't already own one.  Some of my other favorites:
  
All of Amy's patterns aren't available on her site, though there is a small section of free downloadable patterns available.  Just google the name of the pattern you'd like to purchase to find the most competitive price online.

And take a peek at her latest fabric collection by clicking below!



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Juicy Baby


Brought to me by my twice weekly shop-it-to-me e-mail.  

Oh. My. Word.  Is it wrong that I think these pieces are adorable?  Is it wrong to plaster a huge logo across my baby's chest or bum or sleeve or feet (I feel like I'm stamping "uber consumer" on her)?  Something about it feels wrong.  But a tiny part of me doesn't care...










[sigh]

Thursday, July 1, 2010

High Chair High Hopes

So I have been hitting a huge brick wall when it comes to posting. I'm not sure if that's against the blogger code to admit, but I'm pretty sure you've already figured it out based on the lack of posts. Uh yeah, sorry for that by the way. In any case any time I'm lacking creativity on posting subjects, I always ask myself what am I obsessing over at the moment. Sometimes it's a pair of jeans, other times it's a delicious recipe or a fun party planning idea. But lately it's been a bit more practical...I've been searching for the cutest, yet inexpensive high chair! (sorry to all of you who aren't mommas but maybe you'll be able to use this information one day!).

So the deal was that I didn't want to spend (ok let's be honest--my mom was buying so I didn't want her to spend) over $100. I also was really torn between getting a girly one and just getting a high chair cover for the next baby (is it wrong to really want a boy next?!) or just getting a unisex one that I can use for all 7 kids. Just checking to see if you are paying attention

Now I have to admit, I didn't research what to look for in a high chair. I knew I didn't want something with toys on it. I wanted something small-ish. I also wanted a tray I could lift out and wash. I wanted an easy to wash fabric. After speaking with Megan I also realized I should probably look for one that folds. I didn't want anything too modern (now that I have a baby I realize practicality sometimes beats all other attributes). I'm sure there are extensive lists out there with way more criteria than these, but this was my wish list. Oh and I forgot one-- I wanted it to be cute. surprise. surprise.

Here are some of the options I found that I really liked (all under $110):

These girly options really tested my practicality.  Doesn't my princess deserve a PINK chair?! Graco Ally High Chair. Mia Moda High Chair.





But these gender neutral chairs are really cute right?!  I'm usually not a fan of baby animals but baby owls and baby giraffes?  What's not to love?! Graco Little Hoot High Chair. Graco Cozy Dinette High Chair in Zarafa. 

If you do want to be gender specific for now but change your mind later, here are some high chair covers I found.  I chose boyish ones since I have a girl now but there are girly options also. They are not very easy to find.  These are all $39 and under.






In order-- Nojo reversible high chair cover. Zuma high chair cover. Sewingsilly (etsy store) high chair cover. And if all else fails, head over to Make it and Love it blog and follow her instructions to make your own.  I doubt I could come up with something as ADORABLE as the one pictured here but maybe you are more talented than I am!
Guess which high chair I chose!  ;)
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