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I’m Moving

Ok, so even though I’ve only been a “blogger” for about two weeks, my blog is now moving to http://fabulouslythrifty.blogspot.com/.

 

I just found blogspot easier to use with my google account and such.  Thanks ❤

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September 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Love Tag!

Love you schlong time rules:
1. Write down 5-10 ways your relationship ticks and works for you!
2. Include a brief history of how you and your significant other met or a timeline, whichever you prefer 🙂
Best part? NO WORD LIMIT!

He Makes Me Laugh

Jason is just so dumb sometimes that it makes me laugh.  He says things that no one else I’ve ever met can say.  When I’m down, the first thing he does is try to make me laugh.  He’s not a good joke teller (by any means), but just his stories and mannerisms (he’s from PA, need I say more 🙂 ) keep me laughing all the time.

 

We Can Play

It’s important to remember that we’re 23, not 43.  We play with each other all the time.  As we are both big sports teams (him Pittsburgh, me NY) we get into quite a bit, but it’s fun to take playful jabs at each other.  He reminds me constantly not to take myself too seriously.

He Likes My Friends

Instead of my best friend Anthony running to give me a hug, he runs right passes me and gives Jason a hug.  The best part? Jason hugs him right back.  Even though Jason is my boyfriend, and we weren’t really friends before we started going, I consider him my best friend also.  He fits right in with my friends.  As my friends have been there through thick and thin, it was really important to me that he respect them and vice versa.

 

He Lets Me, Be Me

I consider myself a bit of a contradiction.  I live for over priced hand bags (Coach is my obsession!), but can rattle of baseball facts with the best of them.  I know the rules from Emily Post, but I curse like a sailor.  I getting dressed up, but rarely find an occassion to do it.  Jason lets me do all of this.  He might not understand it all, but he doesn’t judge me for it and I love that.

He Supports Me

After I graduated (with a very expensive degree I might add), I realized that my degree wasn’t going to make me happy.  I took a crappy job, just to get the tuition benefits (I’m going to get my masters in education now).  Instead of thinking that was dumb, or asking me why, he just supported me.  He was happy for me when I got a job, gets mad when they disrespect me here, and stands up for me at all times.

My Family=His Family

Literally, Jason is currently living with my dad to save some cash.  My dad loves him like a son, and Jason loves my dad too.  As my dad is going through a bit of a rough patch right now, Jason is there to save him (and at the same time me).  Oh, he also walks my dog and feeds my cat!

Timeline

Mid October 2004- I actually liked his roomie, Jon.  After getting to know Jon, I realized I only liked his looks and not much else.  While getting to know Jon, I kinda fell for Jason.

Halloween 2004-Me dressed up as a lady bug, and him dressed as God knows what, we met up at Halloween party.  As I was a bit drunk, and a bit frisky, I proceeded to grind on him the entire night.  I look back at it and laugh, because if not I’d be so embarassed!

November 13,2004-After a couple weeks of flirting that took me nowhere, I was ready to give up on Jason.  My roomies left me alone for the weekend so Jason spent the night.  We spent the entire night in each others arms

November 14, 2004-First kiss at last!  We consider that our anniversary, since we haven’t looked back since.

December 2004-The first time we exchange “I love yous”.  They came fast, but we meant it.

September 2005-The begining of our first year at Penn State’s main campus.  We spent every weekend together.

May 2007-We graduate college.  Jason was moving to Atlanta for a job shortly after graduation, I was moving back to New York.  Jason ended up staying in Atlanta for a year.  It was s0o0o hard, and we fought constantly.  We weren’t the best at long distance relationships.

August 2008-Jason moves up to NY and moves in with my dad.  It’s like we’re “newlyweds” again haha.  I love having him here, so far our weekends have been spent being bums and watching baseball/football games.

November 14, 2008- We’ll be celebrating our 4-year anniversary (KNOCK ON WOOD!) in Boston.  Boston is my second fave (behind New York of course) city in the world.  Jason has never been and I’m crossing my fingers that he falls in love with it , as much as I did.

September 11, 2008 at 6:58 pm 1 comment

Giving Thanks

The best things in life are free.  On this day, above all days, this is especially true (at least for me).  I can’t believe it has been 7 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  While my parents answered the question “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?”, my generation will be asked “Where were you when the Towers fell?”

I was in my cooking class (I went to a technical high school) in 11th grade.  A classmates boyfriend called her and told her a plane flew into the WTC.  We all thought it was a fluke, until he called back and said it happened again.  At that moment our class was back on the bus to the main building (we had cooking in another part of my city).  The entire school was on lock down and my friends Ally and Katie tried to do anything we could to find out information.  When I got home with my mom an hour later, all we did was watch the tv in terror.  As someone who knows a victim and a survivor of the 9/11 attacks, this day especially tugs at the heart strings.

So today, do something good.  Whether it be holding the door for someone, complimenting a co-worker, or smiling at a stranger.  Don’t do it for “good karma”, do it just to do it.  And more importantly, next time see you a soldier, thank them.

September 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

BOGO Event of the Week

This is the first in a series of weekly entries for BOGO (buy one, get one) purchases.  When it comes to BOGO purchases, I get a bit greedy.  All though for some, the buy one, get one half off is enough, I really try to scout out the buy one get one free.  This is mostly the case with drugstore beauty purchases. 

This weeks BOGO event of the week is happening at your local Rite Aid.  All L’Oreal eye make up (including HIP!) is buy one get one free.  I am a bit of a HIP addict (especially when the eye shadows are applied wet), so I was happy for this sale.  I bought two Bright Duos.  One in Showy, which is a beautiful blue and aqua color and the other in Flamboyant which has a beautiful, rich purple and a yellow-gold.

 

The other fabulous buy one, get one free going on at Rite Aid, is for any L’Oreal face product (foundation, concealer,blush and bronzer).  I’ve been on the mineral kick lately so I picked up a blush and concealer from their Bare Naturale collection.  The blush is a shimmery pink with some plum undertones (hence the name Sugar Plum) and the concealer is in fairly light since I’m pale as a ghost.  This is the only other mineral concealer I’ve tried other than Everyday Minerals, which I wasn’t thrilled with.  Expect a review quite soon!

September 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

What to Splurge on-Wardrobe Edition

I’m currently on the quest to find my “signature” store.  I feel like I’ve been completely losing my sense of style lately, and need to figure it out.  There are tons of places that I buy my more “trendy” pieces from, but every woman’s wardrobe should have some basics.  These are the areas of our wardrobe that we can splurge on.  They are the building blocks of our wardrobe.

Where to splurge:

1.  A bra-A properly fitting bra can make a $2 t-shirt look fabulous.  It doesn’t matter how expensive of a garment you’re wearing if the girls are pointing the south!  Go to your local Victoria’s Secret and get properly measured.  Try on many different styles of bras and if you find one that fits well, buy it in a few different colors.  If you’re going to splurge on a bra, it pays to take good care of it.  Hand wish any bras with woolite and hang to dry.

 

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy push-up convertible bra

Victoria

2. Seamless Undies-I hate the word panties, so I will use the term undies. This is another under garment that’s necessary to make any garment look good.  Those white pants from Forever 21 won’t look so hot with (ughh i have to say it) panty lines.

3. Jeans- Jeans is something that I normally go a bit cheap on, but I think every woman should splurge on one pair that makes them feel like a bombshell for a hot night out on the town.

4. Shoes- I don’t know about you, but if my feet hurt that rest of my body hurts, so shoes isn’t something you should go cheap on.  Don’t get me wrong, I own about 10 pairs of Old Navy flip flops, but the correct fit and material is very important for shoes.  If you’re going for work shoes, it’s important to buy real leather, as a synthetic material doesn’t let the foot breathe.  No one wants sweaty, smelly feet.  It’s also important to buy the right sneakers.  If you’re going running and don’t have a proper running sneaker, it can really wreak havoc on your feet.

 

5.  A winter coat (not a ski one!)-A classic winter coat can serve two purposes: Keep you warm and keep you stylish in an otherwise unglamourous season.  A lot of people choose either a classic pea coat, which rarely provides enough warmth, or some kind of ski parka, which rarely provides enough style.  It’s important to combine elements of both.  I recommend something a little longer, as no one wants a cold butt!  This coat from the Gap would be a good choice.  The Sherpa lining will keep you nice and toasty and the cinched waist will keep you from looking a marsh mellow.

6. One pair of black pants-A well cut, nice fitting pair of black pants can take you from work to a night out on the town.  The one splurge pair should be hemmed to fit well with your favorite/most comfy pair of heels.  Why only one pair?  Most of us don’t wear the same shoes every day, so we will need different hems on our pants.  Also, black pants can be seen anywhere from Forever 21 prices to high end designer.  This one pair should be your go to pair for an important meeting or an important date.

7. One crisp white oxford (button down)-A white oxford is one of those classic pieces that just seems to transcend time and trends.  This can also be used for that go-to business outfit.  Avoid trendy ruffles or buttons on this one splurge, you can save on the more trendier versions of this classic piece.

8. One totally unnecessary but oh so luxurious splurge-A cashmere anything!  I purchased my first 100% cashmere sweater last winter, and I can’t wait to add more cashmere items to my closet.  When I put it on I instantly feel more glamorous.  If you’re going to splurge on a cashmere item, again get something classic, my piece is a grey cardi.  There’s no use in spending all that money, if the shape or details are only “in” for one season.

 

These are just some basic items that every wardrobe should have.  They are again, the building blocks, of a classic Jackie-O inspired wardrobe.  Many may feel that there are other areas that deserve splurges.  My other area is purses.  I don’t even want to dive in to how many Coach bags I own.  Get items like this, and make them your own by adding inexpensive trendy pieces and accessories.

One warning though, if you’re going to spend the money on these pieces, make sure to take care of them properly and get them tailored if needed.

September 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Every Day Minerals

So to us babes on a budget, there is no sweeter sounding word than the word: FREE!  It’s a word we don’t get to use that often, and that’s a shame, because it’s a lovely word.  Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  Every Day Minerals (everydayminerals.com) offers a FREE sample set.  All you have to do is pay for shipping ($3.98).  The free sample set includes: 3 foundations, one blush and one concealer.  You will find that a lot of online mineral companies offer samples, but this is the only free set I have found.  As mineral make up becomes more and more popular, more and more shades are becoming available.  This is a great way to check out a sampling of shades before ordering the real size thing.  Finding a suitable foundation and conceal color is difficult, this is just a way of making it a lot easier.

Just a warning, the sample sizes are teensy-tiny, but they are soo cute!  Don’t let the size fool you, because you get a big bang for your buck with these mineral products.  To get to the sample set visit the website and click makeup and then custom kits.

August 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm 1 comment

Training Nights

I do not consider myself cheap, only thrifty.  I do not buy poor quality products, nor do I choose quantity over quality, I am simply a sale shopper, drug store maven, trial and error kind of girl.  There is one area however, I think we should all spend an extra couple of bucks on, and that is our haircuts.   A haircut can make or break your look.  It doesn’t matter how flawless your make up is, if you have a bad mop sitting on top of your head.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are plenty of girls who have spent a fortune only to come out with a terrible haircut, but there is usually a reason why hairstylists charge so much. 

  But us thrifty gals are in luck.  We don’t have to be banned to a life of Super Cuts, nor do we have to spend a paycheck on a haircut.  This is where salon “Training Nights” come into play.  A training night is where junior stylists, usually trying to get a job or to build a clientele base, provide cheap haircuts (sometimes color and different treatments) under the keen supervision of their master stylist.  While this is really popular in big cities (check out http://www.allure.com/directory/atlanta/training/training for an awesome list of training nights in the “big cities”), it is also available in salons across the country.  Just give any salon a call and ask them if they have such a thing.  It’s a great way to look fabulous and not break the bank!

August 11, 2008 at 7:10 pm 1 comment

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