I have a soft spot for bumblebees, so this Tiny Bee Crest by LushPrints on Etsy stole my heart. I don’t like to own too many craft items like tape, stickers, or stamps. But every item in a collection should mean something special.
Glasses like these Winston Lunar Fade Glasses from Warby Parker make me wish I still had a valid reason for wearing specs. I found out a year or so ago that my prescription was incorrect, and I technically only need to wear glasses for 20/20 while reading. That’s a good enough excuse to buy these, right? I wish.
With the weather really warming up here in California, my beach bum self is tempted to head out to the beach already. I’m thinking a one-piece bathing suit over a bikini this year. (Work your illusionist magic, baby.)
This allowed me to do some shopping. Let’s just say I went all out with this tray set up from Target I was contemplating over last week. Pictures to come for another post.
Lunch at the park.
Bought some curtains for the office, realized finding a pair for our living room will be a challenge. (I think I’m going to have to hang the curtain bar higher… Anyone have a latter?)
Dorothy Perkins was having an irresistible sale and I snagged a handful of beautiful items for next to nothing. It was my first time ordering from them, so I hope my size works out. Check out their website, they just put new items on sale. (It figures they would do this the day after I place my order.)
Saw Dark Knight Rises on Friday with coworkers and again on Saturday with my fiancé. (Incredibly, stupendously happy with its ending.)
Spent Saturday “re-experiencing” the Friday night PF Chang’s I had post-movie with coworkers. Not. Fun.
My weekend mostly consisted of playing this beauty. It’s been a while since I’ve played anything at all, so I’m excited to be preordering Guild Wars 2 this week. I’ll be playing a humanengineer. I’ll even have a monocle! Very steampunk-esque, I love it. Even my desktop has converted.
In my spare time I started and finished Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, my latest book club read. It was an average book, fun but not exceptional. You can read my full review here. And if you’re also a bookworm, friend me on Goodreads!
This blog entry was posted in Personal on Jul 23 2012.
I also arranged what I hope to one day be my coffee tray. Yes, I take products and arrange them in the store… A girl on a tight budget has to fulfill the need to decorate and organize somehow. I took a picture in hopes of coming back sometime soon to purchase. I wanted to make sure my coffee grounds fit on the right, and I needed time to let the cost of the silver tray set in. ($20 for such a tiny tray, what the heck Target?)
I got home with my newly purchased beauty products and then began what I call the biyearly purge — I had to go through all my beauty supplies and toss out anything older than 2 years. (Have you done this recently? Do it! Save your skin!)
I also had to toss things that didn’t suit my skin tone anymore, or that I knew were breaking me out. (Cue the revelation for why I suddenly had acne issues after using my makeup again.) I figured better safe than sorry.
This lead to a cleaning frenzy in which I organized my entire bathroom cabinets, washed my makeup brushes to death, and wiped everything down.
Look out for a makeup collection this week, in which you can take a look at my tiny collection!
This blog entry was posted in Personal on Jul 16 2012.
I prefer to shop in places where I can walk in the door and already know where everything is. Psychology 101: People like the familiar.
When I shop, I’m a girl on a mission. I’m not looking to spend extra change — I’m looking for a specific type of item, and I want to go home after I purchase it. You may have guessed correctly that I’m not much fun to go shopping with.
When I walk into Loft, Gap, Banana Republic, etc. I like that I know where to get what I want.The new arrivals are all in the front of the store. Jeans are in one section. Essential tops and tanks are in another. Clearance is at the back of the store, along with shoes.
So when I walked into Forever 21 last weekend hoping to get a basic t-shirt and new pants with whatever I had left on my Christmas gift card, I nearly had a heart attack. I easily get sensory overload. Walking into Forever 21 has gone from a teenage, “This is exciting, I don’t even know where to begin!” to an adult, “Holy crap, I need to get out of here.”
Long story short, I left with a basic gray t-shirt (which took me over an hour to find) and three other shirts. Now that my conscious/gift card is cleared, I think my Forever 21 days are coming to an end. The styles are becoming odd and ill fitting, and I can no longer empathize with the teenagers congratulating each other on a “good find.” I prefer not to dig through 50 different tops crammed onto a rack for a “good find.”
My point being that a shopping experience should not be like this because:
If you come for something specific, you usually leave with something you didn’t come for instead.
The prices are low, so you feel you can grab as many as you want and not feel the burn.
If it didn’t come out within the past month or so it’s on a rack and there are a limited number left, making you feel like you have to take anything good you find. After all, what are the chances it’ll still be there next weekend, or that you’ll even find it again?
It’s a type of marketing that tries to put your mind into shopaholic mode.
You’ll pull something off the rack and not be able to cram it back on. We’ve all been there. It’s ridiculous.
Quality of the clothes aren’t the best because everything is overproduced. My Forever 21 clothes last about 3 months.
A shopping experience should be easy, fun, and straightforward. It should not make you feel like you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I’ll take my shopping simple, please.
What are your thoughts on Forever 21 and shopping layouts? Let’s Discuss!