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My Very First Black Friday

I wanted to post about my Deborah Lippman nail polish but in the midst of the move, it got misplaced. It is currently in a box in the garage amongst about 30 other boxes, which I have no desire to look through a week and a half before my final exam at school.

I figured that instead of my nail polish review, Black Friday would be much more fun to blog about. The nail polish will always be there!

I decided about a month and a half ago that I would take a day off from work and make the trek across the border to do some Black Friday deal hunting with some others. We had no idea what to expect since none of us had ever experienced it in person. Of course, we’d heard some horror stories about an employee getting trampled at Walmart last year but surely, that was not the fate of most.

We left on our adventure at about 8:30pm on Thursday night, November 24th. Most stores at Seattle Premium Outlets were planned to open at midnight so we thought had quite a bit of time. The border wait actually breezed by quickly with only a 20 minute wait. We were within sight of Seattle Premium Outlets by 10:45pm. By that time, all the parking lots of the outlets were FULL! We had to park in the “overflow” lots in the Tulalip Casinos. They happen to be a maze without any clear marking of where you were parking. No number or letters to distinguish one lot from another, a maze designed to keep you in the casino forever! This is coming from a person who has spent about 45 minutes looking for their car in that very lot.

Enough of the specifics, here are my goods from Seattle Premium (all prices shown are before taxes):

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Shopping Ban Update: Slip-Up #1

It all started with a hole in my tights…

I thought this was a good reason to head downtown after work. I asked my co-worker to accompany me so that I would be monitored and I didn’t shop. I also enjoy his company. The only setback was that my co-worker ended up having to work late and I ended up shopping alone.

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My Trip to Value Village

The only other times I’ve been inside Value Village was around Halloween while looking for costumes. Looking for everyday clothing is quite the different story. One has to be in the right mind-set and be mentally prepared for being overwhelmed by a lot of unappealing clothing to find a few gems.

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I’ve been very bad…

After my whole month and a half of no shopping, I fell off my wagon and gave in to my inner shopping demons. I went to the mall under the precedent that I was running “Vegas errands”.  In all honesty, I was running errands. I dropped off some shoes to get fixed and dropped off some dry cleaning. I bought some lashes for those nights out. Somewhere in between the cracks, I lost control.

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I am always on the hunt for cute flats because I live in them.  I own more than a few pairs of heels but they sit in my closet more than they see the light of day.  I have to say, it is pretty damn hard to run for the bus in heels.  I would know, I’ve done it.  I’ve always been a fan of the Marc by Marc Jacobs flats for their creative ways to make flats fun but they’re a little out of the price range for me.  I just got a new job so maybe I’ll splurge for these ones… we’ll see.

Available from Browns Shoes for $265 CDN


Okay... last picture. I love shoes... ❤

Fashion is Abloom!

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2010

I remember wearing flower print dresses as a kid but now, they’re a hit on runways for Spring/Summer 2010.  With dresses, skirts, tops, and even shorts in floral print, there’s so many ways to incorporate the floral print.  I got inspired to write this post after my BFF asked me where to find a cute floral print dress.  And now, I find myself wanting to buy one too.  There are too many pretty ones to pick from.

Kite and Butterfly, $297.00 from

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I can’t wait for spring when real flowers start blooming and the weather starts to warm up.  Then I can finally pack away my sweaters and cardigans and take out my summer dresses and shorts.  I can hardly wait!  And my least favourite part of end of winter/beginning of spring?  Stupid daylight savings… slept in again!

Oh yes, and my newest addition to my wardrobe:

$85.00 CDN from Aritzia

Talula Intarsia Sweater in grey (from Aritzia).  Against my BFF’s trusted advice, I bought this sweater.  I am wearing it right now and I don’t regret it.  I am sorry but it was too comfy to pass up.

My Week of Shopping Damage

I went shopping a few times over the last week and I did a lot of damage.  I got some good basics but I find myself already gravitating to the summer clothes.  American Eagle has come out with their spring collection which is filled with great basics and cute shorts.  Aritzia is definitely gearing up for the Olympics and I finally caved and bought one of their 2010 hoodies.  And I ALWAYS have a weakness for Urban Outifitters.  Why can’t they have a bigger store??

Anyways, here’s the damage:

AE cargo short $44.50 CDN

 I know it’s not summer yet but I couldn’t help it.  I accidently wore my Holliste cargo shorts to the point where there was a hole in the crotch and these ones are almost the same but with cuter flower zipper pulls.

AE Shirt Tail Tank in Ebony and Navy 2 for $30 CDN

 I love these tanks!  They’re so soft and so wearable and basic.  And affordable!  They’re not as low cut as advertised on their website so you don’t need to wear it with a bandeau bra.  I may have to go back and buy some more. 

AE Boyfit Cropped Jeans $49.50 CDN

 These boyfriend fit jeans are definitely not as soft as my Current/Elliot jeans but I really liked the way they were destroyed.  I had tried the destroyed Current/Elliots and almost bought them except I didn’t like the position and size of the holes.  Yes, I am picky.  But I saved money.

Fletcher by Lyell Dress from UO $78.00 CDN

Fletcher by Lyell Dress from UO $78.00 CDN

 I just watched 500 Days of Summer and I fell in love with Zooey Deschanel’s (Summer) 50’s inspired wardrobe.  The movie itself wasn’t that good but I loved her clothes and I had to run out and buy this dress the next day.  I will wear it with my Keds this summer.  🙂

Make Up Forever HD Primer, $37 CDN

 I am undecided about this primer as of now.  If I love it or hate it, I will write a review on it but the one plus side is that it is twice as much product as the Benefit one I was using for only $3 more.

Park Life for Aritzia 2010 Hoodie $98 CDN

 Aritzia came out with the same hoody but shorter and in a dark heather grey.  I had to have it.  The last Bachelorette Jillian Harris is a fan of this hoody and wore it on one of the episodes.  Who wouldn’t love the Quatchi in the pocket?  Can’t see it?  Look closely, or go to Aritzia.

Ninewest Flat $34.99 CDN

Just uploading these pictures is making my wallet hurt.  There’s still another dress that I bought at UO that I couldn’t find on their website.  But it is the most beautiful shade of blue.  I will post a picture of it when I find it on their website or if I find the time to take a picture of myself wearing it.