You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Shopping’ category.

Lily, of course.

But hey, maybe when I’m contacted by the lawer of a very rich, dead man that I didn’t know was my uncle to tell me I’ve inherited a large sum of money, this will be hanging in my guest bathroom.   One can only hope.

Advertisements

Hi. Hi. Hey. Hello. Hello? Heelllooo????  Is anyone still there?

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen (if any of you still exist), I’m back.  To be honest, I’m not really sure where I went.  I still haven’t found a new job, but for an unemployed gal like myself, I am very busy!  I originally started this blog to remember the little things in life and at times it makes me sad that while L and I plan a not-so-little thing (ie our WEDDING), I have majorly failed at the blogging thing. 

We’ve wrapped up many major and non-major details of our big day – including finally finding a church that we both agree on and like very much.  The plan is to write a recap post – or maybe series of posts in case any of you are still out there and care to read them.

In the meantime, we’ve been looking at some new houses.  L wants to buy something before the market seesaws back the other way and doing it before we’re married is probably the best idea (since my credit is not so great due to some student loan difficulties a couple years ago).  Anyway, we found one that we love that the builder forclosed on.  What is normally a $350,ooo+ house is on the market for $230,000.  However, that is still waaaaay beyond our price range.  We’re working with a real estate agent that a friend of ours works with who suggested our first offer be significantly lower than the asking price.  Significantly lower.  Basically, if they went for the price, we would be getting a house more than DOUBLE the size of our current house for almost the same price.  Crazy, I know.

But, it’s all dependent on a lot of other things working out.  So fingers crossed, because I’ve sort of fallen in love with this house and we’ve already talked about the different ways we would like to decorate, etc.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high though, because it would be the story of my life to be thinking and talking about this house so much and then not get it.

When out with the agent, we brought her by our house to get her point of view on what things we should change before we put it on the market.  She mentioned a few things here and there, but said that the first things that needed to change were the countertops in the bathrooms.  They are this really ugly dark green/white marble.  They make me want to puke, so I’m not surprised that she mentioned they needed to change.  Luckily, the cabinets are fine so it’s just the top that needs to change.

While searching for different ideas, I perused many different sites for some ideas.  I found some beautiful bathroom vanities at this one site.  They’ve got lots of great stuff, including the Indocraft Atlantis bathroom vanity that would look great in a half bath.  This site is part of the CSN stores (they have more than 200) and I’ve gotten a mirror from them before.  The quality and service is great, so I would expect nothing less from Just Vanities.

Well, off to more day dreaming about the house that may or may not be ours one day and moving on to some more wedding tasks.  I’m going to be bored after our big day!

Actually, it’s more like wardrobe dilemma, but I like alliteration too much.  Back in October, shortly after L and I got engaged, we headed out to Wilmington, NC to look at some potential venues and check out our first bridal show.  As you know, we chose a venue that is in Winston-Salem, no where near Wilmington or any other part of the coast.  But, while we were at the bridal show, we won a free engagement session – no strings attached!  When it’s all said and done, we’ll receive the disc with edited photos and rights to print.  All for free!  How awesome is that?!

The other great part is that we can do it anywhere in the Wilmington area.  Since we were so torn between a beach wedding or not a beach wedding and subsequently ended up with the latter, we love the option of doing our engagement pictures at the beach.  It’s a nice compromise. 🙂  So that’s what we decided to do – and the big day is Thursday.

You know what?  I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!  Thus, I need your help.

We’re able to have a couple of outfit changes and I think we’re going to start the shoot out by some little beach shops and then move on to the actual beach.

L will most likely be wearing nice khaki shorts and a button down shirt in some sort of blue. 

We’re going for casual, but nice.  So I’m thinking of a cute dress and then maybe pants.  Not sure.  Here’s what I came up with after way too much shopping in my closet and at the outlets I went to today.

Shoes are a big concern.  L is taller than me, but when I put shoes on, the difference is very slight.  If he’s wearing dress shoes or winter shoes, it’s not so bad because the slight ‘man heel’ or thicker sole help, but he’ll be wearing Rainbows, so that means I can’t really wear heels.  Especially the heels that go with some of these dresses because they’re about 3.75″ high.  He says it makes him feel short when I stand next to him.  And I feel like a giant.  I just don’t want to look stumpy with flats on.  And I don’t have any heels that aren’t super high that will go with any of the dresses – and I don’t want to buy new ones.

For dresses:


For the longest time, this is the dress I was planning to wear.  I bought it last year to wear to L’s sister’s graduation and our trip to Savannah.  Then I put it on again this year and hated it.  I took the time to iron it today and try it on again and I liked it much better than the other day.  Here, I have it on with beaded green flip flops. 


Same dress with the shoes I wish I could wear.  I love the way my make my calves look better. (Please excuse Shep’s tail in the photo).  Maybe I could bring the shoes for any photos that you won’t be able to tell how tall I am.  I like when photographers cut off the couple’s head.


Then there’s this dress I bought at the end of last summer.  It’s a dark purple color and I’m wearing the same flip flops as above.  (Also, I couldn’t help the sun coming in and this is the only mirror I can take pictures in)


Again, with the amazingly lovely, tall, tall shoes.


I found this one in Target today for $20.  It’s a darker pink and has a little more red in it.  I guess I would go with the same green flip flops.

And now for the second outfit.  This is basically the same outfit with slight variations.


Navy chinos from J. Crew outlet (on sale for $39!), a very light blue tshirt with knotted front and yellow cardigan.  I think the yellow is too bright though – I thought it was more pale when I bought it.


Same, but with a white cardigan.


Same with a slightly off white ruffly cardigan.  I’m just not sure if the ruffles go with the shirt.  Do you think they compete too much with the knot?


Same, but this white cardigan fits a little smaller, which I think I like better if I’m going to keep it open.


Just so you can see what the tshirt looks like on its own.


If I wore this on the beach, I thought it would look cute to roll up the pants and walk through the water.


Here’s the ruffly cardigan with a dark pink shirt. 

So here’s my question – which dress?  Or do they all suck?  I really want to wear pink because it’s my signature color.  Seriously.   But also want to choose what looks best. And what about the pants/cardigan option?  Blue shirt underneath or pink?  White cardigan or ruffly cardigan? (I’m pretty much eliminating the yellow bc I feel like it’s too bright – unless you think it looks fabulous).  You can’t really see it in the photos, but I have pink sandals on – so I still get a hint of pink in there.  Plus, I feel like you can’t get much more beachy than navy and white.

Thoughts?

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Well, hello blog world.  Are you still there?  I’ve somewhat ignored this little space of mine.  I either haven’t had much to say, or I just plain didn’t feel like writing.  How could that be since I have no job?  I don’t know.  It’s weird.  Sometimes I have trouble mustering up the motivation for things.  Like how I’ve looked at the pile of clean laundry grow larger and larger, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to fold it and put it away.  Or all the projects I have come up with to work on now that I have all this free time, yet, I just haven’t done them.  I know that I’ll eventually get a job (I will right?  Because I’m starting to worry) and I won’t have ALL this time anymore and I’ll be mad at myself for not doing it.

So what have I been doing?  Eh, not a whole lot.  I still spend a lot of time taking the puppies to the dog park.  Sometimes we’ll spend 3 hours there.  I know I could spend some of that time doing these projects I’ve come up with, but I just love taking them and watching them play.  Plus it’s so good for them to get the exercise.  We go almost every day.  Not always for three hours, but we do do that often.  It kind of depends on the weather and how many dogs are there and how much they’re playing.  Over the last two weeks though, every single day we go at least one, sometimes more, person has asked me if Shep is a puppy.  I just laugh and tell them that no, he’s not.  He’s almost two years old.  The question usually comes when he “kneels” down on his front two paws with his butt in the air, tail wagging wildly, jumping and twisting around and barking.  He’s quite a site.

We finally spoke with L’s uncle’s vet about Shep’s eye.  He says he thinks we should wait before we take his eye out.  His gut feeling is that the tumor won’t grow beyond his skull, but it might be a good idea to get an ultrasound to use as a baseline for down the road.  Also, he thinks we should have been advised to do that in the very beginning.  I’m not too happy with our opthamologist.  I think that he based a lot of his advice on the fact that we mentioned we didn’t have a lot of money to spend.  But what we met was that, we might not be able to pay for a $2500 treatment that day, but if it’s necessary, we can save our money and do it at a point in the future.  You know what I mean?  Anyway, we may go back or we may go to an opthamologist in Raleigh that works with NC State University’s Vetrinary School that was recommended by L’s uncle’s vet.

In other doggy eye news, he’s got this weird white/greenish gunk coming out of his eye.  I think it might be infected, so we’re trying to get him in this week to be looked at.  My poor puppy.

L surprised me with tickets to A Chorus Line on Saturday night.  I had mentioned that I wanted to go and then I just never bought the tickets, but he did.  It was a great show and a wonderful night together.

We’ve worked on the yard.  A lot!  We spend all day Saturday dethatching, aerating, watering, etc.  Hopefully we’ll actually be able to grow grass this year.  We’ve have a lot more wood to build the fence with and will be working on that too.  It was important to get the grass worked on so L could put seed down before it gets too cold.

Let’s see, what else?

L was at work last night and our friend had to come over when I heard a noise.  It sounded like something fell in the laundry room.  Even though the puppies didn’t budge, it still scared me.  I called L and he stayed on the phone with me while I checked the laundry room, garage and porch and found nothing.  While I was standing in the laundry room, I heard another noise that sounded like it was coming from underneath the house.  It was probably just Shep flopping down on the floor, but then I remembered we never locked the door to the crawl space the day before.  I freaked out so L had our friend come over and check it out.  And he didn’t even make fun of me. 🙂  Not to my face at least.

This same friend lives in a really nice neighborhood around the corner from us.  He and L worked together today in town and I went to lunch with them.  They stopped by his house first and L walked into the house across from him that the developer foreclosed on and told me all about it.  It sounded beautiful (plus I know how nice or friend’s house is, so I figured it had to be similar).  L took me over there after lunch and oh my God, I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is a steal, too.  Still more than we could afford, but both our friend and L said that it would be worth lowballing them for a better price bc they likely just want to get it off their hands.  It would be an awesome investment too since they are selling if for about $120,000 LESS than what it’s worth.

I want it.  No, like, I REALLY want it.  L said that he wants to just throw an offer out to them.  And I hate when he says stuff like that because he never acts on it, but it gets my  hopes up.  I mean, the liklihood of them accepting what we would be able to offer is slim, but it’s still the excitement of doing it. 

The house is unfinished and our friend was suggesting to put in the offer that they could leave things out, like carpeting, etc. to help.  I would love it if we could even look into it more, but I’m trying my best not to get my hopes up, because this is the one thing that L doesn’t really come through on.  He talks a lot of talk about it, but rarely does anything.  Perhaps this is why I’m bad at window shopping in general.

But if we were across the street from our friend – it’s a whole lot closer for him when I hear a strange noise 😉

We’ve got lots of stuff going on this October (also, how is it October already?).  L’s birthday is coming up which means a trip to his parent’s house and the state fair which I’m pretty excited about. 

We’re running two 5ks this month.  My very first.  We were only going to do one, but they just scheduled one on my college campus, so I really want to do that too.

Speaking of running, I’ve run 4 miles.  At one time.  Without stopping.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  It takes me awhile to do it, but I’m not going for time.  I just want to do it.

I booked a hotel room for the Cooper River Bridge Run which is March 27.  They are very expensive that weekend and I’m afraid of them selling out, so I just went ahead and got one.  🙂

I guess that’s it.  I’ll try to post a little more frequently.  As I try to get more motivation for toher stuff in life too!

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a woman who works for a company that sells beautiful mirrors and other home decor.  She told me she was looking for bloggers to review a product from their website – and I happily obliged!

I perused through the site and their is tons of really great stuff.  I finally decided to choose the Chatham Wall Mirror to review.

Chatham+Wall+Mirror
Image courtesy of CSNmirrors.com

So once I recieve the mirror, I’ll do a review and let you guys know what I think!

As you know, I’m on the Support Team now at the volunteer FD that L is with.  Every year, our town has a 4th of July parade and they put a couple of fire trucks in it.  Two years ago, there was a float (I use that term loosely as all the “floats” in this parade are trailers, like the ones landscapers carry their mowers on, and many of them are pulled by tractors.  John Deer, natch.).  At one of our meetings, I suggested having a float again.

They had a sign or banner for the float that someone made the night before the parade that year.  They weren’t even sure where it was or the condition it was in.  I kindly volunteered to make a new one (and get all of the decorations for the float).

We will be having three banners.  Two on either side of the float that will be the same and one on the back.  I wish I could take credit for the idea of the one on the back, but alas I can’t.  The last banner said “[Name of our town] Volunteer Fire Department and Future Firefighters.”

I decided to break it up and am putting one on the back that just says “Future Firefighters.”  It’s cute with the kids sitting on the trailer.

It took me awhile to make it because I am somewhat crazy and critical of my own work.  I started with a sketch on regular paper, then moved on to the foam core board.  It took me two days, but it’s done.  And I think it’s quite pretty if I do say so myself.

poster
Please excuse my poor attempt at blacking out our town name

I’m planning on adding blue glitter to the water.  I just decided that today.  I have sketches of the design for the longer banners for the sides of the trailer and will hopefully start them tonight.

Apparently all my years of dancing, cheerleading, and sorority life paid off.  I mean, I’ve got glitter running through my veins.  Although, I must admit I had to go out and buy new paint when I realized everything I had was only pink or green!

Additionally, I got a bunch of decorations (flags, streamers, bunting) at Party City this week and it was all on sale.  It should have cost $28 and I got if for $15!!  Whoo!

I’ll try to get a picture of the float at the parade next weekend to show.  Let’s hope my other banners are successful as well.

Off to Atlanta for the Braves/Red Sox games starting tomorrow – hope everyone has a great weekend!

I used to really dislike Adirondack chairs and could never understand why they were so expensive and why people would pay that kind of money for them.  But over the last few years, my mind changed and I thought the were so perfect for a porch or nice yard.  I saw an image of 5 white ones lined up in a grassy area overlooking the water and just LOVED them.

Since I moved in with L, I have been wanting two to put on our screen porch, but could never come up with the extra money to buy two at the same time.  I flirted with the idea of getting plastic ones for the time being, but the colors I found were never just right.

Last week, as I was laying in bed watching The Nanny and falling asleep, I saw a commercial for Ace Hardware advertising unfinished Adirondack chairs for $29.99 over the Memorial Day weekend.

WHAT?! 

The next day, I told L that we had to go on Friday and get two.  Well, when he got home from work on Friday, he immediately started doing homework and didn’t finish until long after the store closed and we were about to head out for the evening.  I should have just borrowed his truck and gone myself, but I just figured we could go Sunday (he was working Saturday).  And that’s what we did.  Except they were sold out.  At every store I called.

Our friends said that their neighbors ordered them when their store was out, but I hadn’t thought of that since the promotion said ‘while supplies last.’  But the next day, I called to see if that was possible.  Everywhere said that the warehouse was out, so my idea was a no-go.  Until I got to one last store.  They had two left.  But they did not participate in the sale.  I asked how much they were and although they were more, they were still cheaper than most of the others I found.  I purchased them over the phone and had L pick them up yesterday.

Here’s where you come in…

As I mentioned, they are unfinished, so we have to paint them.  I narrowed it down to either one navy and one dark pink or one navy and one “bright” green.

L likes the navy and green.  I like both options.  What do you think????

There is nothing else on the porch right now, so we don’t have to worry about matching anything. 

When we ran into Home Depot for something last night, I picked up some paint chips.  Here are our choices – sorry for the poor lighting, but you get the idea.

pink

green

both
Side by side for easy comparison

If the lighting throws you off, the colors basically look like this:

pink paint

green paint

Except the green isn’t so ‘neon.’  I dont’ know, I think you get the idea.

Anyway, what do you think?  One navy and one pink or one navy and one green?

We’re at a loss since we’re split.  It was actually L’s suggestion to ask you guys.  “Put it on your blog and ask for opinions,” he said.  Normally the phrase goes, “You’re not going to put this on your blog, are you?”

 

At first I thought it was a dream.  “This can’t be happening, I thought to myself.  “They seriously did not just say that.”

I turned on the news when I woke up, as I always do.  And the first thing I heard the anchor say: “And now we bring you breaking news from [moderately large city in area].  The police & fire departments along with the bomb squad are on scene investigating a suspicious device found along the railroad tracks.”

You’ve got to be f-ing kidding me.  Name of moderatley large city in area=my client.  You know, the one that I am covering on my own for the first time ever bc the main account manager is on maternity leave.  And when did she go on maternity leave?  Yesterday.

Day 1 and I get a freakin bomb scare.

The news anchor went on to explain what the device looked like and mention which of the many streets that were closed as a precaution.  I immediately checked my blackberry and cell phone to make sure I didn’t sleep through any calls or anything.

I didn’t.  Thank goodness that although we provide the city with PIO (public information officer) services, that the police department is really good about handling it on their own.

I was kept abreast of the information throughout the morning until they finally determined that it was fake.  But still.  Day 1 and that’s what I hear when I wake up.  Oy. Freakin. Vey.

*****

In other work related news, I just got a call from a man from Kenya who works for a coffee company and are trying to get into the US market.  He got my name from a press release he saw that was put out for one of my former clients.  He tells me they have very good coffee.  And macadamia nuts.  He will save my contact information and bring me back some macadamia nut cookies (bc I told him that’s the only time I’ve ever had macadamia  nuts) from his next trip to Kenya.

Ooookkk.

*****

We had out monthly Support Team meeting at the fire department last night.  I’m kind of pissed, in a very 5 year old way, because the woman who is the chairperson totally stole my idea and passed it off as her own.

I like this lady, I really do.  In fact, her and her husband came to the steeplechase with us.  She is very nice, but personally I think she has her hand in too many pots at that fire station and likes to take over.  Last night she starts the meeting by saying she had an idea and wanted to know what everyone thought.  We try to have a family dinner once a quarter.  It’s usually potluck, but it always ends up being the same people bringing food and the same people coming that don’t bring food.  Also, we tend to sometimes run out.

Her (my) suggestion was to host a dinner where we bring and prepare everything and charge members to eat.  Moderately priced, $3-4/person.  YOu know a big spaghetti dinner or something of that nature.

I know this seems petty and trivial to be annoyed by this, but really… I’m trying to get more involved and these people always preach about getting people involved, etc.  Yet once again, this was V’s idea (even though it was really mine).  Need I remind her that we spoke about this more than once.  Oh, and it’s in the 7 page rebranding document that I created for the Support Team.

Speaking of that… at the the first meeting we had where they tried to get this group going again, she asked everyone to email her ideas of what they wanted this group to do and she would put them together and we’d talk about it as a group at the next meeting.  That’s where my 7 page document came in.  And since then.  Nothing has been said.  I’m getting ready to write her an email saying we need to revisit some of this stuff.

*****

Tomorrow afternoon L and I are heading to his parent’s house and going to his sister’s graduation Sunday morning.  Apparently about 35 people are going (whoa!). 

Initially I was going to wear the same dress I wore to the steeplechase, but then I wanted something new even though I didn’t really have the money to spend.  But I didn’t really see anythign I liked that I could afford.  Then I saw Ashley D’s post about dresses she was looking at for her graduation.  And umm, yeah.  The first one she bought was EXACTLY what I was looking for!  And it wasn’t too expensive either.  I was unsure what size to order, especially given the brand, but when I got it in the mail, it fit perfectly.

dress2

Actually, I loved it so much, I didn’t want to take it off.  Between the pretty color, nice cut, perfect fit and the awesome new heels I had on, I almost wore it to the store (seriously, I love my new shoes.  I don’t wear heels as much as I used to and I just feel so much prettier when I do.  Especially bc they are so cute and sexy – and I don’t use the term sexy very often).

I’ve mentioned before that I kind of obsessively plan what I’m going to wear for events and it gets kind of stressful when it involves being around his family because I feel like they judge me and I’m afraid that what I have won’t be right for the occasion (you have no idea what I was like when I was trying to pack for our trip to Vegas with them last year).

But. This time I was very happy with my choice.  And confident.

Then L calls me the other day and says he talked to his mom about this weekend.  After the graduation, everyone is coming back to their house for a cookout.  Ok, cool.  She does not want him to wear flip flops at the house.  She says they are too beachy and casual.  Umm, ok.  But it’s a cookout at their house.  And besides, he has Rainbows – they’re not the most casual flip flop out there.  In fact, I think they’re pretty nice.  Also, I’m pretty sure that his Rainbows cost more than the heels I’m planning to wear.  But whatever.  No biggie, this doesn’t affect me.

Yesterday he talked to his sister briefly (a rare occurance).  She told him (I’m not sure if he asked or if she volunteered this information) that she is wearing purple – I’m assuming a dress – to the graduation and then pink something to the cookout.

Panicking, I asked, “pink what?  pink WHAT?!?!?!!”  He didn’t know.  He didn’t have good service and couldn’t hear what she said.

Do I need another outfit, I asked.  Now I’m beginning to stress.  What else would I wear besides this dress if his mom doesn’t even want him to wear flip flops?????  He had no idea.  I asked him a while back and then earlier in the week to find out about the events and get an idea of what I needed to wear.  And now I’m stuck.  I don’t have anything else.  The only thing I can think of is taht I have a navy blue casual sundress from old navy. It’s cute, but i would def wear with flip flops or cute sandals.  Cute sandals that I think would fall into the flip flop category for his mom.

He called his mom last night to ask, but she didn’t answer her phone.  He said he would call her first thing this am, but I haven’t heard anything yet.

Now, I’m stessing.  But, I mean, maybe I’ll just wear the pink dress all day anyway.  And bring the blue one.  Oy vey. I hate this.

 

Check out this giveaway for a Lilly bag that Lauren Nicole Gifts is doing! 

lilly-pulitzer-loose-lilly 

Hurry!  You need to enter by tomorrow (Thursday) at midnight!

I’ve got a question for you.  A preppy question.  I like to consider myself a preppy person.  I love the clean, classic look.  The lovely color combinations and all that jazz.  I don’t necessarily have as many preppy items as I would like, because let’s face it, that stuff is expensive.  But I try.  So I consider myself knowledgable in the preppy world, but there’s something that I just don’t get.

What’s up with the skull and cross bones, people?

I swear that there used to only be a few spots that you saw this. 
1- Halloween related things
2- When walking by the scary Hot Topic store at a mall
and if I’m going to try and be comprehensive…
3- One of Chi Omega’s symbols (I never did get my freshman yr roommate to tell me about that)

But now I see it everywhere.  In preppy spots.  And I just don’t understand it.  Personally, I think it’s a little strange.  But to each their own.

Honestly though.  Why is this preppy all of a sudden?  Or has it been preppy for ages and I’m just not as with it as I thought?

I asked L this the other day when we were walking through Marshall’s and I saw this cute pillow from afar.  When I got closer, I realized that the pink pattern was really a skull and cross bones.  I was really just talking outloud though.  I knew he wouldn’t know.  A nice dresser and very put together, but preppy knowledge he does not have.  But he really loves the VV turtle tie I bought him. 🙂

Anyway…

I was reading TheNortherner today (for the first time – I randomly found her through NotSo Jenny) and saw her posting about Boatman Geller.  Dear Lord do they have cute stuff.  And the sale prices.  Oh, the sale prices!

As I was perusing through (not my first visit there, but it has been awhile) and casually adding things from the tent sale to my shopping cart (which I may or may  not have purchased.  Hint, go with the former.), I saw it again.

skull
Skull notepad by Boatman Geller

It’s taking over the world.  Ok.  Maybe that’s a bit drastic.  But it’s everywhere.  Maybe I’ve just never noticed it before.  Who knows, perhaps this note pad has been a design on BG since it’s inception and it just never popped out.  But now?  Now I see it everywhere.

Since graduating from college, it seems as though summer is such a busy time.  Gone are the relaxing days and nights.  Now you have to jam pack everything into the weekends and soak up all the sunshine and beautiful weather in those two short days each week because dear Lord, you do not have unlimited vacation time available to you.

The busy season is upon us, dear friends.  As I looked at my planner this morning, I realize that I only have seven weekends between now and August available, and three of those are being held for tentative beach trips that may or may not happen.  Seven sounds like a lot, but really, it’s not.

The Steeplechase is this weekend and they are still predicting 80 degrees and sunny (woohoo!).  The following weekend is free and then after that is L’s sister’s college graduation.

Let’s talk about that, shall we?

L and his sister are not very close.  At all.  But when he told me when her graduation was, I obviously assumed that he would be going.  I, however, did not assume that I would be going.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually want to go (I’m weird, I know).  I feel like that’s a big occasion.  Even if it’s not for him, it is for his family.  And it would be the first big occasion I had with them (besides the trip to Vegas last year).

I am not the type of person to invite myself to anything.  But I will not-so-subtly drop hints.  Although, in L’s case, he rarely picks up on them.  For some time now, as we’ve been talking about what we have going on, I would say, “Well, that’s the weekend of your sister’s graduation and I assume you’re going.”  Never did I say, “and we’ll be going.”

Besides not wanting to invite myself,  especially to a function of his family because I’m still not totally convinced that his mom likes me (tolerates me? yes.  Likes me? not so sure.), who knows what kind of crazy rules colleges have for graduations.

For example, at my graduation, I was only allowed 6 tickets.  Granted, I went to a much larger school – she goes to a small, private college.   I didn’t know if her school had a similar ticket policy.  And if they did, I had no idea how many she was allowed.  Their family is very family oriented when it comes to stuff like this.  I assume that both their grandmas and perhaps and aunt or uncle or two will be there as well.  So, I didn’t want to assume that if there were tickets, that one would be used on me.

Last night his mom called him.  His phone is very loud and I can always hear what she is saying.  I heard her talk about the graduation.  When he was finished, I asked what she had to say.  He tells me, then says that we’ll need to be home for Mother’s Day (same day as graduation) and that if we are going to the graduation, we need to be there by 9am.

“I’m invited,” I asked.  “Of course,” he told me.

Well, shit.  Now I have to find something to wear.  I could wear the same pink dress (#2) I’m wearing to the steeplechase this weekend.  Or I could see if that Lilly dress fits any better and have him wear the matching tie.  I proposed that idea to him.  He said “maybe.”  I think that his “maybe” is really more like I’m saying maybe so we don’t have to talk about this, but really the answer is no because you know I hate that tie.

We’ll see if I can wear him down.

So, in fact, I am excited.  I asked him to let me know a run down of what may be going on that day so I can dress appropriately or bring other outfits.  Because, let’s face it, I’m going to start making that list now even though we’ll only be there over night.  I have to allot for perhaps buying a new shirt or accessory (I have still yet to find the perfect “everyday” summer purse).

Now on to your help…

We need to get her a graduation gift.  I told L a few weeks ago that I would make some suggestions for him.  And I came up with some stuff yesterday, but I just don’t know what to do.  We’ll split the cost and are looking to spend no more than $100 total.  I don’t like stuff that is too over the top “graduationy” though.  All the stuff that screams ‘graduate’ of ‘class of 2009’ – it’s just a little much for me.

Here’s my first idea:

This bag from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts . com

bag

And include the following items:

makeup
From Preppy Monogrammed Gifts – I would include her first initial or name instead of the palm tree

towel
Beach towel from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts
I would only do the crab or maybe a palm tree instead – no name or initial

mirror
From Thingsremembered.com
I would have the name of her college and graduation date engraved on the top.  This way it has a little bit of ‘graduation’ to it, but not too much.

 

My other option is one nicer gift.  She seems to be a bit of a “brand lover” and I think she would like something from Tiffany’s.  Unfortunatley, there isn’t a whole lot from that store that is less than $100.  They have the silver bead earrings,  but I think she is too petite for them.  Then they have circle and heartshaped earrings that say “Return to Tiffany”, but I can’t see her wearing them. 

Here is what I chose:

elsa-peretti-crystal-heart-box
Elsa Peretti Open Heart Crystal Box

tiffany-crystal-box
Tiffany Crystal Box

heart-key-chain
Return to Tiffany key ring

oval-key-chain
Tiffany Oval key ring – would engrave with initial or monogram

Here’s my question though… do you think the boxes are dumb?  I would like them, and they are from Tiffany, but what do you think?

Same with the key chains.  They’re kind of small gifts, but we can’t go too much bigger due to cost.

Do you like the beach bag idea or the Tiffany idea better?  Any other suggestions?  She’s hard to shop for and makes it known if she doesn’t like stuff.  And isn’t much into “cheap” jewelry.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

Dear Home Goods (and TJ Maxx and Marshalls),

Easily, you are one of my favorite stores.  You always provide me with great deals and lovely clothes, gifts and house stuff. 

I especially love when you have great stuff on clearance or you save that one special little item that will brighten my day – like those pink and green cocktail napkins I found a few months ago for $2.99.  That made my night when I found them.

Speaking of pink and green – I absolutely adore these lamps you had today.  I have no idea where I would put them, but I can assure you that I NEED them.  Perhaps in the “office” bedroom or our other spare bedroom.  Please give them to me.  I promise to find them a very happy, preppy home.

rando1

Alas, I resisted the urge to purchase them.  As I wandered over to the bedding section, as I always do in search of some pretty twin sized quilts or comforters or blankets at a very reasonable price to put on the bunk beds – you know, so we can replace the football ones L’s mom gave us so it doesn’t look like we have children (yet) – I was met with lots of pretty choices.  And although your prices are much better on quilts than say the department stores or Bed, Bath and Beyond (even with their 20% off coupon), they were just too much since I have to buy two.

But as I was strolling out of the section, what did I see over there?  Pink and green paisley quilted throws.  BEAUTIFUL!  But it’s a throw, not a twin quilt.  However, the quilt is 50×60 – not too much smaller than a twin if you look at measurements.  And you know what?  In the two years since L’s mom brought the bunk beds to the house – only two people have slept there.  So, in an impulse.  I snagged them.  Both.  And I will arrange the throw pillows to hide the fact that it’s a little short at the top.  And if someone comes to sleep over again, we can give them another blanket if it’s too small.

So pretty.  And preppy.  I heart your goods, Home Goods.

But really?  I should not have spent that 19.99 on each of them.  No, no I should not have. 

But since I can’t stay away, because I have to come and browse to kill time on my lunch hour, I think that I will have to check all forms of payment I have at the door.  To avoid the impulse purchases.

Your Biggest Fan,
Kris

PS – L, if you read this before I get home, I promise that they are not too girly and that you will like them… or you will at least be able to pretend to like them.  Ok.  You will be able to pretend you don’t hate them. 🙂

As you may have picked up from my post yesterday mentioning my Lilly Pulitzer dresseS, I’m a big fan.  I was a little late to the game and didn’t really get hooked on Lilly’s designs until about 5 or 6 years ago, but when I did discover them, I fell in L-O-V-E.

I think it’s the constant thought of summer. The bright colors.  And of course, the fact that there is so much pink and green.  Which I am obsessed with in general.

The only thing about Lilly?  It’s so freakin’ expensive!  I drooled over dresses in the store for a long time, but could never bring myself to spend that kind of money on what is essentially a sun dress.  Eventually I bought my first one.  To wear to my A’s bridal shower – and other places of course. 

Not long after that there was some sort of clearance show or something at a local hotel and there was supposed to be a lot of Lilly.  Well, really what it was was a bunch of golf shops liquidating their out of season items.  It was mostly golf and tennis-type clothes, but I got a couple of cute polos and skirts.  While I was there, I heard one of the vendors say that whatever he didn’t sell here, he would throw on eBay.  Which of course meant that I went home and immediately started searching for Lilly up for auction.  I had never thought of that before.

Since then, that’s where I’ve bought several Lilly items.  There is so much stuff on there that is ‘new with tags’ and at some really great prices (like my dress from yesterday – although, that was an exceptional sale).

Over the past several years, the prices in the stores have really gone up.  I’d say when I bought my first dress, I paid about $180 or so.  And the prices seemed to range from about $150 – $250 for the dresses.  Now when I wander into a store or browse the website, they all seem to be more like $280 – $400 depending on what you’re looking at. 

Holy crap, that is a lot of money!

In the frequent Lilly emails I get (because I can’t seem to bring myself to unsubscribe) and in the blogging world, I heard that Martha Stewart was doing an entire show celebrating Lilly Pulitzer.  Oh, how I wish I could have been there.

Instead, I had to settle watching it on DVR last night.  Quite a fun show, saw some cool stuff.  The design director was on for a bit talking about how they come up with the different patterns, etc.  Then they did a mini fashion show showcasing some of the new summer patterns.

At one point Martha turns to the design director and asks, “How reasonable are these clothes?”

She responds, “oh I think they’re very reasonable.”

WTF, are you on drugs?

Martha asks, “about how much would [the dress on the model] cost?”

“Umm, about $300.”

Martha: “Oh, so very reasonable.”

Holy crap.  Not only are you calling them reasonable, but you’re saying they’re very reasonable?!

I guess maybe it is reasonable for the kind of people who spend thousands on a designer dresses and hundreds on designer jeans.

And although I always complain how broke I am, I can at least appreciate what is reasonable for just an average type person even if I don’t have the money to spend on it. 

And also?  When all you hear on the news is about the unemployment rate increasing and people foreclosing and how, on World News Tonight they mentioned that even the world’s billionaires are feeling the pinch – how can you say that a $300 dress is reasonable?

So, Martha and miss Lilly Pulitzer design director, yes the clothes are absolutely freakin gorgeous and I wish my entire closet was filled with all Lilly and only Lilly – but no, they are most certainly NOT reasonable.

But, if you’d like to offer me a shopping spree, I’d be willing to say that they were. 😉

Dear Vineyard Vines,

Why do you have to be so expensive?  I would really, really like to wear this to the steeplechase.

hat1

Unfortunately, $65 for a hat is really not in my budget.

Your Loyal Window Shopper,
Kris