Category Archives: Shopping

Art for the Walls

This past weekend we made new friends in Memphis and I had to the opportunity to tour the amazing home art collection of a very creative local businessman. It inspired me to start thinking about how we can make our current place a little more comfy by finally putting something on the bare walls of our condo!!

I noticed a home art sale happening on HauteLook.com (the Nordstrom Online “Private Sales” site) and saved a few potential pieces to run by the husband. As much as I joke with him about having too many other women hanging from the walls, I was really drawn to a lot of the beautiful, colorful, emotional images of female faces and silhouettes.

Any recommendations of favorite local artists I should check out?

 

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Shoe Envy

Shopstyle has been giving me some great shoe candy over the past few weeks. Almost makes me want to get a second job for a bigger shoe budget! #daydreams  

    
 

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Komen 60 Mile 3-Day Walk Preparation – Shoe Edition

This year will be my second time participating in the Komen 3-Day 60 Mile walk in Michigan (Metro Detroit area). While many people see the fund raising as the biggest hurdle (you have to raise a minimum of $2300!), there a number of other key preparation items that I probably could have focused more attention on. So for those of you who are also preparing for the 2014 walk in various cities, I will post a few entries with some of my tips, tricks and learnings. Up first – feet preparation.

Shoes are everything!!!

You’re going to be on your feet for HOURS. And not standing still, but actually covering a good amount of ground. It makes sense that you should have some awesome shoes on. I started out in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline that were easily 4+ years old and in “ok” condition. During my training I purchased a pair of super cute gray Nike shoe with pillowy cushioning. Didn’t work, and the biggest problem, not returnable after you try them. First lesson – buy your training shoes from a running store that allows returns. So I logged onto Road Runner Sports and tried:

New Balance – A sponsor for the walk, the sales team was helpful but every recommended style seemed to cut too high up my skinny ankles
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 – the new model of my trusty old shoe was a few versions past the ones I already had and the changes to the style left me “in between sizes”
ASICS Women’s GT-2170 – Many other walkers raved about this shoe but a mile into training I got shin splints. Twice.

After no luck, I decided (sadly 2 weeks before the walk) to go to the original Fleet Feet in Chicago and get “fitted” for a running shoe. There was a small line so I pulled a number and waited my turn. Shortly after, an athletic young lady came by and asked me about the event, what I was looking for, and then had me do some high paced walking on a treadmill and on the floor to analyze my gait. In the end, 6 shoes and 20 or so minutes later, we found a perfect pair, and they were PINK! The Nike LunarEclipse 2+ was the perfect shoe. I bought insoles but found it easier to walk without them. On Days 1 and 3 I wore the Nikes and on Day 2 (the shortest day) I wore my old Brooks.

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**Bonuses
A – I was given a tube of BodyGlide For Her just before the walk. I used it every morning and again at lunch – completely covering my entire foot with a layer of it.
B – I wore double layered socks each day. These Double Layered socks by Wrightsock aren’t cheap at approx. $11/pair, but they were well worth the investment. I bought 2 pair and washed the first pair after Day 1, wearing them again on Day 3. I have a larger foot (Size 10-10.5 in gym shoes) so I found it very helpful to use my fist and stretch the sock out before putting them on, otherwise they would tend to slide. During my training I tried socks by Nike, Puma, Under Armour (my second fav), Adidas and Wigwam. The Wrighsock won the battle on the longer distances.

At the end of 3 days, I had no blisters and my feet felt great!!

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I’m no couponer, but… Shea Moisture is on sale!

I live this conditioner and bubble bath. Great products and they are awesome for keeping natural hair healthy. Currently they are on sale at Walgreens, buy one get one free! (Photo taken at the CVS in Chicago on Armitage near Palaski).

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Home Goods Randomness

We were in Home Goods yesterday and I came across this old leather briefcase in the “vintage decor” section… Pretty cool, if I might say so myself. Do you carry it? Use it for decoration? I have no idea! Either way, it looked pretty cool.

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Waiting for Spring…

The weather is warming up!!! I’m so excited to break out my Spring investment piece – this adorable City Nylon Rain Coat from Cole Haan! I was lucky enough to find it during the huge sale this month so I saved a lot of money on it!!

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A drop of Irish…

Having a drop of Irish blood that I can trace is reason enough to celebrate St Patrick’s Day to the fullest!! Got this awesome “Kiss Me I’m Detroitish” tee from www.inkdetroit.com… Still recovering on Monday…

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Bobbi Brown Party Eye Palette

Just got the “Party Eye” Palette I ordered using a Barney’s gift card that I held onto for WAY too long! So excited to use it this week…. The colors look perfect for a neutral-smoky eye!!

2011 Christmas Wish List

This year has been such a rough year, my Christmas spirit has been less than “cheery”. My parents have been asking for my list for weeks and I just couldn’t seem to come up with anything good. Recently, I looked through the Nordstrom Holiday catalogs and came across the awesome items listed below. Most of them won’t fit in my parent’s ideal shopping budget for me (LOL) but they’re fun items to dream about…

Yves Saint Laurent Large Satchel

Yves Saint Laurent Large Satchel

Prada ‘Baroque’ Round Sunglasses

Prada 'Baroque' Round Sunglasses

Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Open Toe Pump

Valentino 'Rockstud' Open Toe Pump

MICHELE ‘Cloette Fleur’ Diamond & Mother-of-Pearl Watch Case

MICHELE 'Cloette Fleur' Diamond & Mother-of-Pearl Watch Case

Michael Kors ‘Gia’ Ostrich Embossed Clutch

Michael Kors 'Gia' Ostrich Embossed Clutch

Vera Wang Lavender ‘Sammy’ Peep Toe Pump

Vera Wang Lavender 'Sammy' Peep Toe Pump

Lagos Diamond & Caviar™ Station Bracelet

Lagos Diamond & Caviar™ Station Bracelet

MARC JACOBS Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC JACOBS Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Petal to the Metal’ Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Petal to the Metal' Zip Clutch Wallet

Echo ‘Touch’ Tech Gloves

Echo 'Touch' Tech Gloves

Burberry Brit Trench Coat

Burberry Brit Trench Coat

UGG® Australia ‘Ansley’ Slipper (Women)

UGG® Australia 'Ansley' Slipper (Women)

…and last but not least…. this Gilt/Jetsetter week long cooking excursion in Italy would totally make my year!

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That’s about all I can come up with… It’s a sad day when a fashionista isn’t moved by shiny dresses and sparkly heels. I gotta get outta this funk soon! But enough about me… So what’s on your designer Christmas wish list???

The Usual ComeUp – Nordstrom Rack

A few years back I got luck in Nordstrom Rack during a search for a formal gown. Ended up with a beautiful, yellow BCBG number that had been altered from a size 6 to a 4 and never picked up, was 80% off and gained me a number of compliments!
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Well, my luck has struck again…
Found this beauty in Nordstrom Rack – Oak Brook, IL. A beautiful Diane von Furstenberg Kipling dress (my first by the illustrious designed whom I’ve admired for so long). The dress is on sale for only $269.50 at her website… but the “slightly altered” version I got from the Rack cost me only $89 (plus Chicago’s crazy high tax, but even still…) I tried it on with a belt and my black Burberry pumps and it looks amazing!
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I can’t wait to wear it… I just need to find a cool place to go!