Monday, December 14, 2009

The Getaway

Good evening lovelies! I hope you all are taking the Dexter's season finale better than my boyfriend and I are. We started out watching it in a happy mood and by the end we were in tears.

But, on to the good news! I have lots and lots of goodies for you all!

Also, I hope you all are having a marvelous Channukah filled with lots of latkes, sour cream and applesauce. That's what's rumbling around in my belly.

HOT Online Deals!!!

First and foremost, is having an amazing deal right now: $5 flat shipping on any purchase. I do recommend taking the utmost advantage of this; it won't be forever.

I must say, I am deeply in love with Ralph Lauren's latest collection. In the deals for $50 and less, I found this amazing little piece for you all! Ralph Lauren is also offering $5 flat shipping.

Skull Chino Miniskirt: $34.99

I have a weakness for anything with hardware and skulls, and this skirt is no exception, it's absolutely adorable. This skirt is fun, flirty, funky, and will flatter most any body type. Wear it higher up like this model, or lower down at the natural waist if you don't want to show too much leg but still add a fun spin to your outfit. This skirt ROCKS! is having free shipping right now as well as major markdowns. I've been watching this item for weeks and I am finally ready to purchase now that there's no shipping.

Necessary Objects Racerback Tank: $12.99

This tank top is an amazing deal. I am unfortunately not an hourglass figure. I am very drastically an inverted triangle (AKA- All curves on the top, none on the bottom). This tank top is perfect for those of you like me, or just those who want to emphasize their waist and lower half. This will add fullness and give the appearance of hips as well as hiding the tummy if that's your problem area. This is a major steal and the perfect gift for any woman who needs some color!

HOT In Store Deals

Loco Lindo

There is a fantastic little boutique in Ventura called Loco Lindo. It's nestled in a corner in downtown by the Starbucks and the Truffle Hound chocolate shop. Thankfully the owner also has a fantastic interactive website for the store.

My mother had to run in at one point to pick up something, so my boyfriend and I decided to check out the store while we were waiting. She has EVERYTHING in the store 50% off. I got a fantastic black scarf for my boyfriend for only $5!!!!!

Here are some other goodies for you guys that I found while there.

Double Fish Happiness Belt: $17.50

From the second I saw this belt, I flipped. It looks amazing with anything. Use it to belt a fancy dress or just use it with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt; it looks AMAZING! My amazing boyfriend bought it for me as one of my Channukah presents. I can't tell you how many amazing things were in that store. She also had very unique, one of a kind vintage button rings. I will get a picture up here on Wednesday for you all to see, but if you happen into that store beforehand, just ask for them. You won't be disappointed!

Things Remembered

This amazing antique store has some of the most interesting things I've ever seen in an antique store before. Their store seems like it goes on forever and it has everything you could ever hope to find, and some things you didn't think existed either. This time around I was only able to look in for a moment while we were in between errands, but I found treasure in that moment.

Gone with the Wind clock: $18

Ok, so this isn't clothing, but I have a major Gone with the Wind obsession. Anything Gone with the Wind that I find at a great price will go into this blog. This was my other Channukah present, and let me tell you, I now get to wake up to this amazing clock rather some dull black and white thing. Things Remembered also had pictures and posters and lunch boxes galore of Gone with the Wind. It's the biggest selection of collectibles of this movie I have ever seen, anywhere. If you are as obsessed as I am, RUN, do not walk to this store before everything's all sold out.

Soul Tonic

Ok, this is by far one of my favorite places in downtown Ventura. They have the most amazing and unusual things. I'm so thankful I decided to take an extra 5 minutes and stop in while heading home from the Menorah lighting. I recommend stopping in with some time set aside for shopping. They have several $20 racks, a $5 bin and a great table with everything 50% off.

Black Widow Ring: $2

Yes, you read correctly, $2. It was $4, but it was 50% off. I know it may seem a bit gaudy, but honestly, this ring with a black turtleneck, some skinnies and a pair of kick ass black boots would be the hottest outfit! They still had lots of rings like these and with other designs left when I was there earlier, so hurry on over! These rings will make excellent stocking stuffers.

Tips for the Holidays

Alright now lovelies, I hope you all have an amazing next few days getting ready for the holidays.

1.) Remember; if you're going to leave for the malls DO NOT try to get parking close to the mall or store. Park as far away as possible. Reasons being:
A.) You won't waste gas going through the rows trying to find a spot.
B.) You won't waste time going through the rows trying to find a spot.
C.) The extra 5 minute walk will help you burn off the latkes and sour cream from last night.

2.) When leaving for the mall, give yourself an extra hour on top of the time you're expecting to spend: an extra half an hour getting there and an extra half an hour back. Trust me, the traffic and parking will be worse than you expect, and if not you now have extra time to shop.

3.) Ties and underwear make excellent little side gifts, but not gifts as themselves. If you're not sure what to get a guy, look at the colognes he uses. If he doesn't use one, get one for him. Try TJ Maxx, Nordstrom's Rack or Loehmann's. They also have the lowest prices on colognes and scents and they usually have testers so you can smell before you buy to determine what the best scent is for your man or that guy you need to buy for without breaking the bank.

4.) Shop around. Honestly. It takes an extra 10-15 minutes of internet surfing or calling another store to see what the price is for you're looking for. I know that you're tired and you have a lot to do, but the little extra effort could save you soooo much money.

5.) Last but not least: GIFT RECEIPTS PEOPLE! I am honestly one of those people who if I am given a gift that I know I will not wear or put to use or just don't like, I will ask my friend or family member (in the nicest way of course) "Is there a receipt with this?". The last thing I want for that person is to have spent all that money just to have it go to waste on something that I don't like, doesn't fit, or i'll just never wear.

I know it seems rude or tactless, but honestly, it's the polite thing to do. Gift receipts are a necessity. Write it on your hand, write it on your forehead, tattoo on your butt, however you want to do it to remind yourself to get a gift receipt when you buy a gift because you never know how that person will react to that gift.

Happy shopping! =)

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