Friday, December 17, 2010

A bit loquacious

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I am wearing all natural fibers EXCEPT for my slip. Man it feels good.
Cotton Denim Dress Target. See below for picture of dress on it's own
Track jackety thing with princess sleeves and removable hood Forever 21 (from last year)
Leggings

I dig my polish today. Jade is the new black.



Boots Marc Jacobs Retail $595 I got them for 70% off,  $178  which is tied for the most expensive item of clothing I have ever purchased (this does not include purses but that is another can of worms). (A close second would be the Bastad steel toed wood clogs I wore until they exploded.)
I have had some comments and emails about expensive things (edited to say: LET ME CLARIFY. People have been awesome, they just were curious/nosy and that is OK with me. No one was judge towards me at all, that was until the commenter below whom ASSUMED people were rude which they weren't). I have said this before but for the newish readers who don't know I will reiterate. I am not "lucky". Luck has nothing to do with it. I work hardish for my money and I save up for fancy things. I decided close to two years ago I would rather have a few nice things I loved instead of more cheaper things I just liked. I have a ladies nice things account. Weekly I have $20 taken out of my paycheck and put into that account. I save up f just for occasions like the 2 times a year Marc Jacobs 70% off sale! I don't have a well paying job. In fact I am sure people in the same position as me make more money than I do. But I have great health insurance. (Which with a husband with a serious illness is CRUCIAL.) So saving is key. I can't just buy things weekly. It makes me appreciate it all the more when I do get it too!

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Earrings from Marc Jacobs. They appear to no longer be available. Rhinestone Giraffes. Nuff said.
Scarf from Affordable Scarves. I got this one for $14.49! I ordered some Christmas presents from them. I saw this scarf on Surely Sonsy the other day and I had to have it. Once I went there I saw some great Christmas presents so I placed an order! 100% cotton too.

OK now that I just said luck has nothing to do with some of my designer things I am going to completely contradict that and say.... I won a Marc Jacobs purse! NO not Marc by Marc Jacobs the "cheaper" but still expensive line, the EXPENSIVE line! I never ever enter contest because I hate the let down. But a month ago Dave and I were walking thru Saks and they had a fish bowl with a sign "put your name in to win a Marc Jacobs bag" so I did then promptly forgot about it until they called to tell me I won. I couldn't pick it up right away and it drove me crazy because I couldn't remember what it looked like! I finally got it. It's an uber sparkly sequin bag. Great for people who got to parties. Which I don't. We are major homebodies. But I will invent occassions! First one I invent is Dave's graduation that he still says he isn't going to. HE IS.



Another blogger wrote a great post the other day about how she only shares a part of her life online. I have to say this stands true for me as well. I tend to share the sparkly fluffy stuff. Partly because I am boring in real life and partly because.... well it is private. So for as well as you may think you know me, take it with a grain of salt. And as much as you are seeing you are seeing what I want you to see. I don't talk about work, I don't talk about people in my daily life. I don't really talk too much about my family or Dave's. (Mostly because I have people no longer in my life who use my blog to snoop. **Waves** hiiiii!) Sometimes I do use my blog as an outlet to melt down but hey I AM HUMAN. (hear me roar?)

On a personal note. (man this post is epic today)
For our anniversary Dave sent me flowers at work. (we can't have them at home because SOMEONE eats them. Not who you would assume either)




He also surprised me with a YSL gloss! It is the most gorgeous milky pink with no shimmer at all. He and his family (aw look at that I just said I don't talk about them much) they hold the belief that holidays are for buying small luxuries that you would never buy yourself (Every holiday my MIL gets me fancy tissues.Things like that). A YSL is totally not something I would blow half my allowance on! It is twice the price of MAC! It is scented with mangoes. I kid you not. I love the damn thing so much.



My family is a bit more practical in their gift giving so I have a lovely balance in my life of the two. I give more practical gifts to Dave because I tend to buy him luxuries randomly and then I kick myself come holidays when I already got him all the fun stuff. doh! I love surprising him on a random Tuesday though! It's fun but makes xmas hard. He is prepared for sock for Christmas this year.

For the actual day we rented a car WITH HEAT and went to our favorite place an hour away. We also got cupcakes and I forgot to take a picture. We ended the night at Target. Talk about a perfect anniversary. We are easy to please. I think they knew it was a special day they gave us an extra order of the most perfect fries on the planet. All crispy. No gross smooshy ones, I hate the smooshy ones.



Whew you deserve a pat on the back if you got this far!

Any plans for this weekend?
I am done my shopping so I will be wrapping presents and packing them up for shipment this weekend. Dave's thesis is due Sunday night so he will be in a thesis haze until then.

I even got some great wrapping paper to wrap eveything in! It matches my little tree.

36 comments:

hillary said...

I love the festive outfit! Congrats on winning the bag, I hope some of your luckiness rubs off on me :)

hillary said...

I just waved my hands to pass on good mojo

hillary said...

Happy anniversary!

I have an entire collection of hello kitty ornaments! We just haven't pulled them out. My mil gives new ornaments yearly and mine have been hello kitty the past 14 years. I loooooove them also that I have a husband who loves them too!

hillary said...

there's only so much credit you can put in the opinion of an "executive member" of an online tightwads message board. apparently trips to spain and italy are on the tightwad list of approved expenses and lip gloss is not. for shame.

hillary said...

"I have people no longer in my life who use my blog to snoop."

I have those creepy crawly losers too. I wish there was a way to block a particular ISP address, UGH!

Gorgeous flowers, have a lovely weekend! : )

hillary said...

You totally can! You have to know their ISP though. There is a service called toolerator? That is part of the reason I moved over to the new comment system. it gives me ISP of commenters so if they comment again. BLOCK

hillary said...

If you have problems with my "spending habits" and "having fun with my disposable income" then do yourself a favor and unfollow my blog.

I don't need nor want another perspective from someone who knows NOTHING about my financial situation and there for can't give an sort of accurate assumptions. Thanks. Have you seen my savings account? My 401lk? Yeah I don't think so.

hillary said...

You know what? I deleted it. I don't need to post it just because I always want to be nice. I don't need INACCURATE comments from people who know nothing about my finances.

If you have a problem with what you read please do yourself a favor and unfollow my blog.

hillary said...

/* leaves discussion of finances to whoever knows more than me */

This really is an epic entry. But all of it is timely and perhaps overdo, and is appreciated. However, so so much is lost on me because I don't know squat about squat.

I love the flowers, and getting them at the office is the best. Let the other women envy you, I say. I send flowers to my wife, just to make it clear that I love her more than any of her co-workers are loved. Do THEY get flowers? No? All the better. I would have totally guess Waffle, but now I suspect Daisy. I think flowers are off a celiac's diet.

Those boots struck me as weird before. Why have lace holes if they are not laced. But in my Christmas shopping this year, I came across a fetish leatherware site (*blush*) that had similar boots. So now I think I have more insight into your marriage and will pretend I don't. *wink*

I love the lil Santa on your braid. Details like that are what make you special and super sparkly.

Good luck to Dave on his thesis. Crunch time is tough, but at least it provides a conclusion. It's not my place, but he has my esteem.

hillary said...

It's YOUR blog, and this is not First Amendment territory. Thank for deleting the comment; I was annoyed on your behalf.

hillary said...

Dude you are a good friend. I think we are proof you can be two very different people with vastly different lives and beliefs and you know what we RESPECT one another like people should And you are right there is no freedom of speech in MY space. I always try to be polite and post those comments because I don't want to hurt people's feelings. But my friend said
"start with the physical deleting and the mental deleting will follow."

hillary said...

I totally get what you're getting at, with the whole public/private parts of your life. But you know what? You're very honest about the parts you do show us. I love reading your blog because you seem both super cool and very "normal" at the same time, like you're my long lost friend or something, and you have some awesome clothes but you also shop at H&M, and can put together some amazing outfits. Too often when blog writers focus on just certain parts of their lives they come off as too perfect to me, and that gets me down sometimes. But you come off as attainable perfection. Like that last picture of wrapping and tree, it isn't super carefully planned like some bloggers, right down to eliminating all traces that humans actually live there, and just keeping perfectly chosen accessories with a plain white background and perfect lighting. Instead of thinking about how long that person took to plan the picture, I look at your wrapping and think "that's pretty rad".

Ok, enough rambling, I think you get my point.

hillary said...

Ha it is a design element! You nut. The barrette is a little red bow with white polka dots. It is meant for babies with not much hair but I think it looks nice on a pony tail.

hillary said...

I know those bloggers. I so am not one and they get me down as well. They always seem so together and with it. I do have my mental meltdowns in posts. I have my bad days often. I have a horrible post from the other day I haven't hit post on. 99% of my wardrobe cost under $30. I have been fortunate to be gifted a lot of nice things lately. But I worked hard for it. (I do a LOT of freelancing. but my name isn't attached to some it and in return they gift me nice things sometimes)


Ha I just noticed you so can see the traces of "me" human in that photo. My monkey tea, my gram's xmas present, a friends baby photo, my messy kitchen and the bent branches on the tree from my demon child.

and thank you. :)

hillary said...

Dude, I hear you. This is YOUR space. You don't need haters or nuffers or naysayers. It's up to you how you spend your money. Fast-fashion is all well and fun, but quality pieces and quality make up are going to make you so much happier and last you longer than stuff that falls apart after two washes or breaks you out.

Ohh and that "Luck".. I hear that a lot on my blog. Especially when I find thrifted piece. There's a small amount of luck, but a lot of it has to do with digging, waiting, stalking those markdowns, saving the funds for shopping. Those hard won pieces mean a lot.

Major congrats on the bag, it's gorgeous. Mango flavored lipgloss? Sounds heavenly.

hillary said...

Dave did a great job with the anniversary...my husband only does practical gifts...last year I got a slingbox for the TV.
I am drooling over those amazing boots and that great nail polish!

hillary said...

It's a kick in the pants that I hadnt received any negative comments just a lot of nosy ones which I can appreciate as a nosy person myself. But minutes after I post this I get an extremely rude comment that actually started out saying "this might piss you off but I'll take my chances" didn't your mama tech you manners? If you don't like it don't follow me!!! I've in te past always been the nice guy and posted the rude comments and only deleted once when someone had a meltdown and it was sad. But as Dave H a friend above says this ain't no freedom of speech issue where I have to allow people to be rude. This is my blog. My rules.
So I took it down.
I also didn't post comments of people replying To her because it was just stupid. I know myself and I dont have to answer or live up to anyone I was posting this being NICE and answering some questions.
So thank you :)

hillary said...

Ha I'm so like your husband. I wasn't kidding genus getting socks!

hillary said...

How are you liking the new comment system? I was hoping Blogger would figure out a way to do this as I feel like such a nerd when I respond to several comments all in one. No one REALLY wants to read through all those mini-comments to comments, so this is awesome.

Happy Anniversary! We try to do the nice things for holidays too. Its not like we get to try to spoil each other often, so when we have an excuse we do nice things.

hillary said...

I'm liking it for the exact reason you mentioned. It neatens it all up.

hillary said...

That wrapping paper is exceptionally cute. I'm still using some creepy gnome paper that I bought at Ikea two years ago! Need to upgrade!

hillary said...

I don't know what kind of comments or emails you've been getting, but I have something to say that might shed some light on them...or it might just piss you off, I don't know, but I'm going to take that chance.

It isn't about $178 boots. When I read your blog entries, the things that stand out to me as expensive splurges are the cosmetics, dining out, things you see on etsy and just have to have, etc. All those little things add up.

We all work hard for our money, make no mistake about that. But I wouldn't be comfortable with your day to day spending patterns. I think it's sweet that your husband sent you flowers and surprises you with Chanel nail polish and stuff, but there is no place for that kind of spending in my life. It's not a matter of what we can afford. It's just not who we are. I think this is probably an age thing. You're young, you don't have kids or a mortgage, and you are having fun with your disposable income. But you might reach a point some day when you realize you don't have to spend it just because you have it.

I'm sorry if this comment offends you. I know it's your money to spend as you see fit, etc. I just wanted to give another perspective.

hillary said...

1. I adore your nail polish.
2. I love the "ladies nice things" account and am seriously considering stealing that idea from you . . . maybe your nail polish too.
3. The Marc Jacobs bag is awesome.
4. Your flowers are beautiful.
5. This weekend I am knitting like crazy to finish presents and going to see the Nutcracker!
6. I want that pink tree.
7. Hope you have a good weekend!

hillary said...

8. I love lists
9. Dave's coworkers little girl is the nutcracker! Parents have to pay full price to see their own kids perform!

hillary said...

The paper is from target! In the birtday aisle!

hillary said...

Hi Hillary--

Love your blog! I especially liked this post. I do not know the exact nature of the rude comment and don't really care to...rude comments need to go away. I have to say that Iwish I had some of the sense that you do when I was your age. (I am guessing that I am about ten years older than you). Whenever I wanted something nice, I bought it. I did not shop sales, I did not have a ladies nice things account. I maxed out every card that I had and was in debt for years--It took me almost ten years to pay off all of my debts. You are so smart in your shopping habits. You buy nice things that you can wear/carry for years as opposed to succumbing to trendy crap which I did--(although I did have a weakness for Coach and therefore own numerous vintage Coach handbags!)

Love the fabulous score of the Marc Jacobs handbag!
Tell Dave good luck on his thesis--been there---it's rough.

hillary said...

Teena thanks! I'm 32 ;) I have gone through tough times financially and we've lost jobs and struggled etc etc... I didn't grow up with much but my parents did instill a within my means mentality and I don't have debt and I do have plenty squirreled away along with a great retirement I'm building. And I do have a second job just for fun things. The person continued to email me last night! But I dont HAVE to explain to her or anyone. I do because I started this blog to show people that fashiOn could be affordable and attainable with some work.

hillary said...

Hey Hillary! Congrats on that LOOOVELY bag. I know u are going to think I am nuts, but I think you should rock that whenever you want, instead of waiting for a fancy event. Sometimes I carry a little sequin clutch I have when I am wearing denim, I think its cute. Anyways, just one vote for "diamonds and denim" ;-)

hillary said...

I totally want that pink tree. I bought a silver tinsel one for my desk in my classroom. It has Hello Kitty ornaments on it. I revel in my dorkdom! :)

I have that Jade polish. Heck, I think I bought it because I saw it posted by you once.

Happy Anniversary by the way. My husband and I celebrated our 4th on the 16th. Yay for awesome husbands!

hillary said...

by the way, those boots ROCK.

hillary said...

Thanks!

hillary said...

Not crazy at all. I had thought the same thing. :)

hillary said...

My family is more practical about presents too - long underwear, anyone?

I love your wrapping paper! I'm pretty sure my Target doesn't have it - boo! I was just in the wrapping/party aisle the other day and I'm sure I would've snapped that up if I saw it.

hillary said...

ah yes I've totally gotten the long johns as xmas present.

The paper was in the girlie section of the birthday aisle and it was in the back of the bin. I just zeroed in on it. Maybe it was a leftover style they no longer are going to carry?

hillary said...

10. I love lists too, but that's obvious by now.
11. What? That's ridiculous! I was absolutely amazed by how talented the children were.

hillary said...

I want to see it it's been 22 years since I went.