Friday, November 21, 2008
I'm always about buying the cheapest tickets and looking around for the best prices. I usually use Kayak, AirfareWatchDog, and all the various usual sites to look for cheap tickets. I ended up buying one from Southwest. It was decent for a one-way, although if I could have gone a week after New Year's, it would have been $50 cheaper, but oh well, can't help that! Also, if you are part of their rapids rewards program, you can get a free flight after 8 RT flights. So, we'll see how much traveling I will be doing to be able to get a free ticket. haha.
I will be in the San Fran area for about 5 months starting right after New Year's, flying in on Jan 2nd, eeks! I can't wait although it'll be totally different since I'm so use to the East Coast life and even being so close to my family and friends. Being only 2.5 hours away from home from Philly isn't really that bad and I've always gone home about every month or so. It'll be a change not seeing my family for 5 months, but luckily I have relatives on the West Coast I'm staying with so it won't be lonely. I have a ton of things that I want to do while I'm over there. One thing is that I need to get better at snowboarding so I can take advantage of Lake Tahoe!
I've been watching a lot of Californication lately. Love that show. It's a little more adult since Hank sleeps around with everything that walks, but its pretty good. He's got a good heart & loves his daughter. I would definitely recommend it, watch a couple episodes to really get into it!
I guess I'm ready to move on! I will update you guys on my travels to the Sunny State!
Everyone is having a Friends & Family sale!! I guess with this slowing economy, stores are really trying to get consumers out there. Enjoy the sales :)
J. Crew - Extra 20% off on markdowns
Ends: Nov 24th
Martin & Osa - 30% off Friends & Family
Code: 20119061 . Print
Ends: Nov 23rd
Urban Outfitters - 25% off
Ends: Nov 30th
Ann Taylor and Loft - 30% off Friends & Family
Code: FRIENDS08 . Print
Ends: Nov 23rd
Aeropostale - 30% off Friends & Family
Code: FRIENDS08 . Print
Ends: Nov 23rd
American Eagle - 20% off
Ralph Lauren - 30% off Friends & Family
Code: HOL2008 . Print
Ends: Dec 08
Sephora - Free Shipping off $25
Arden B. - $10 off $50, $25 off $100
Code: SHIMMER10, SHIMMER25
Ends: Nov 25th
Friday, November 14, 2008
Right now Folica is having a sale with $20 bucks off $100 purchase, which is perfect since I want to spend only around $100 for a new flat iron. There are just so many brands out there, its hard to choose. I want something that is high quality/professional, that will curl/straighten well (that means my hair stays stick straight for most of the day), and something that will last. I've been looking at CHI, SEDU and SOLIA hair straighteners so far. GHD seems like the BEST out there, but its too pricey and out of my range.
The CHI straightener is a very well know hair straightener. Although some of my friends have Chi hair straighteners and had no problems, I've read online that many of them have broken easily, like within a year or less... which makes me a little uneasy about getting one, plus there isn't any temperature adjustment. My hair is fine-medium so I don't really need something that is super heated or anything so I would like the option of using a lesser setting.
SEDU seems like a pretty reputable brand. This one is the specifications that I'm looking for, 1" used to straighten and curl hair with adjustable temperature. The only thing is that it is a little pricer at $140. I wouldn't mind spending more if I knew it was worth it, but I'm not sure if it is. From the reviews I read, it was comparable to the SOLIA hair straightener.
The SOLIA brand is one that I wasn't too familiar with until I started researching what hair straightener to get. This one seemed very similar to the SEDU and from what I was getting, most people online were choosing between either the SEDU or SOLIA. I couldn't really tell much difference between the two except the SEDU is pricer and little more well known (one of their flat iron models was mentioned in numerous magazines such as Allure).
The last one I was deciding between was the Enzo Milano hair straightener. I'm only considering this one because my cousin has the same model and it works really well for her. It is also a professional iron, but I believe this brand is more well known for their curling irons.
All of these irons are tourmaline ceramic and all boast that they don't snag your hair and keeps it healthy (although you are frying your hair on like 350 degrees of heat but thats besides the point..) so I have no idea which flat iron I should go for! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Eyebrow threading originated in Middle East and Asia (sources vary). I first learned of it from my Indian friends. It is a procedure of hair removal, which uses a cotton string (the type you sew with) that is looped around each hair and is pulled from the follicle. Threading is not only used for the eyebrows, but can be used on the entire face, including upper lip, chin, sideburns and cheeks. Threading can define the eyebrows and keep them lasting longer. The lady who did mine said I didn't have to come back for 3 weeks! I could notice some hairs growing slightly by 1 week, but not enough to go back. I figure I would just keep the natural contour of the brows by plucking them myself with my good old tweezers.
I had my eyebrows threaded at a local mall stand, although I hear the Indian ladies who do it at their houses are much better.. but we were already at the mall and the ladies that were doing it seemed pretty good! My friends and I watched a few people go ahead of us, and everyone came out with really nice looking brows! I would recommend you watch a few people first to get a feel of how it is done. Threading takes years of experience so you want to make sure the person who is doing it knows what they are doing as well.
It wasn't really painful, but it did hurt a little bit because they pull out several hairs at once, plus my eyebrows were a little unruly so she probably had more work to do than for others. haha. Overall, I was really satisfied with the procedure and would definitely recommend it for anyone to try it. I really loved how they cleaned up my brows and gave me nice, natural arch. I would definitely recommend it!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Code: FF2008 (online only) Ends: 11/10/08
Free shipping over $50 + 3 free samples
LIMITED - 20% off Friends & Family (in stores and online)
Code: 585 Ends: 11/09/08
Old Navy, Gap, BR - 30% off Friends & Family
+5% donation to your favorite non profit organization
GAP - 25% off SALE items (in stores and online)
Code: EXTRA25 Ends: 11/11/08
Banana Republic - 20% off $125 or more (in stores and online)
Code: CELEBRATE Ends: 11/13/08
Nordstroms - 40% off Half Yearly Sale
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I was thinking of ideas to dress up for the celebrity party, but we decided to go with TMNT. But we did try to do a "Gossip Girl" theme for the other Halloween party we went to... but we pretty much dressed up like ourselves and pretended we were Gossip Girls! haha. I'll post a picture if I can find a good one later.
* CONGRATS to the new President of the United States!! Go Obama!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Not only are you fulfilling your public duty tomorrow by voting, you can also receive some FREE yummy treats!
•FREE Coffee at STARBUCKS! Starbucks expects to hand out "hundreds of thousands" of free 12-ounce drip coffees (valued at about $1.75 each).
•FREE Patriotic Doughnuts at KRISPY KREME. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme's 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts "while supplies last". The chain will give out about 200,000 doughnuts valued at 99 cents each.
•FREE Ice cream at BEN & JERRYS. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value).
•FREE CHICK-FIL-A Chicken Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation's 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to those with proof they voted tomorrow