Reasons to Use the Library

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

prodigal summer on sale

Books in every color of the rainbow. Photo by candiedwomanire on Flickr

Guess what? I utilize the library a whole heck of a lot. Seriously. I mean, I buy books (when I know I’ll want them and want to reread them) and DVDs (ditto) and a whole slew of things. I also have Netflix. But sometimes it’s great to just order a bunch of things and then have them all there for you when you go to the library. (I’m pretty sure every library has that function now.) Also, it always encourages me to be diverse in the things I pick. I get self-concious, and I don’t want a librarian judging me if I’m only getting a ton of DVDs to watch. So I always make a point to get a variety of things. And libraries offer lots of things. Music, Movies, Magazines, Books, Books on tape…

Reasons to use the library: You save money, you’ll try new things in terms of what you’ll watch and read, you’ll encourage yourself to read more, you’ll possibly m ... Read More

Billie Piper “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” Styles to Steal

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Max Studio on sale for $50

Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Billie Piper is someone I loved on Doctor Who, and now I love her on Secret Diary of a Call Girl. The show is NOT as dirty as it sounds. It’s not PG, of course. It’s like Sex and the City, and who didn’t love that show? Well some people didn’t. And I didn’t like the Sex and the City movie.. but I digress!

Showtime put together a cute website for Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which included a style section. They show stuff Billie Piper’s character actually wore on the show. And I went through it to show you what stuff on the list is affordable in some way. Most of it is way too much, but you might be surprise ... Read More

Jewelry Under $100

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

diamond stud earrings on sale

Women (including girls of all ages – even preteens!) love to get jewelry as a Christmas present. But, what do you get them? Well, as a female with incredible taste (I’m so modest!) I will tell you what out there is cute. You can thank me later. First, thank someone else by getting them something worth wearing. Jewelry can be expensive, but I’ve round up some jewelry under $100. You need a jewelry present? Stop stressing. Seriously, your stress is stressing ME out!

Diamond Stud Earrings on Sale List Price: $295.00 Price: $89.99 You Save: $205.01 (69%). These diamond studs have just enough extra flair to make them unique, but still classy. Apparently tiny, these still have great Amazon reviews. Just a nice ... Read More

Plaid Shirts for Women

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Plaid Shirts for Women

Plaid patterns by mukluk on Flickr

Fall makes me think about lots of great things… new school notebooks, apple crisp (which I make myself!) and plaid. When I was younger I had little plaid skirts and wore actual knee socks. During the 90’s, flannel and plaid was popular with the entire 90’s grunge thing – and I remember I had one flannel shirt that I loooved. It was peachy with turquoise and if I knew where it was I swear I would still wear it.

But it’s okay, because right now plaid is so trendy for fall 09 that it’s impossible to find a store that isn’t stocking it. So the chances of me finding a new favorite plaid shirt is good. Plaid shirts for women are major right now. MAJOR!

There are lots of plaid shirts online to shop through. They’re virtual racks that let you think about what color combination for the shirt you might like while walking barefoot to your kitchen to get a bowl of Lucky Charms and think about what it’d be like to kiss Jude Law ... Read More

Books for Christmas (2009) The Best Books as Gifts!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

transformation soup

Books for Christmas make great gifts. This, of course, depends on the book. I’m going to share with you a list of the best books as gifts according to my list of books I’ve read and enjoyed, as well as what Amazon readers suggest. Because we’re always searching for good gift ideas, books seem like an easy solution. Keep in mind that a book you give as a Christmas gift should be a book that will be cherished and want to be re-read.

My personal book list recommendations:

Keeping the House by Ellen Baker. I think this is a wickedly compelling novel steeped in nostalgia and a little bit of mystery. ... Read More

Urban Outfitters Sale Items Worth Buying

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Kimchi Blue Pieced Herringbone Dress

Cute little Tater Pots at Urban Outfitters, photo by maveric2003 on Flickr

Urban Outfitters is a great, hip, store. But it’s pricey, too. Ergo, we shop the Urban Outfitters sales! What do I look for when I see the rows of items with an urban outfit discount? That’s easy! Items you can still incorporate to your wardrobe right now, items you’ll wear next season, items drastically marked down, things you’ll always need (you wear a bra daily, yes?) – stuff like that. Good ol’ Urban outfit stocks plenty of great things – like the tater pots you see above! If there’s an Urban Outfit outlet near you, I highly suggest you get thee to it. Make sure you check out ... Read More

Best Christmas Gifts for 2009 : Electronic Gifts

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

kindle pictures

Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6″ Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation) @ Amazon $259. The Amazon kindle is great because it’s as thin as a magazine but it can hold 1,5000 books (which is more than my bookcases hold). Apparently the kindle has no glare like most screens have, and it even has a super long battery life. Still, wouldn’t you miss holding the weight of a book? This has to be great for tech people or people who travel a lot.

Moon in my Room @ Amazon $18.69. This is a great Christmas gift for kids or teens. It comes with a remote control, an audio CD that gives you ... Read More

Jewelry Contests! Win Jewelry from Anique Michelle

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

jewelry contests

The online boutique Anique Michelle is generously sponsoring a jewelry contest for our She’s Smart readers! You can enter to win earrings or a necklace from Anique Michelle, so read on below! I know you guys like to win jewelry.

Goldie Earrings from Anique Michelle. “Casual or formal? Your choice with these lovelies you can do both! These earrings have gorgeous details of coiled wire and small white beads.”

I say: These have a great boho chic vibe.

Coco Necklace from Anique Michelle. “A nod to the stylish Coco Chanel. This multi-layer fabric and silver chain necklace goes perfectly with a LBD- Little Black Dress or can be casual with a cute tank and your favorite pair of jeans.”

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Fall Hats & Winter Hats – Stylishly Sneaking Under the Radar With Picks under $40

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

felt hat

Lucky Magazine recommends the above Wool Felt Hat from Macys, which costs $44. Well, I say NO to that. We can find a good fall that that is stylish and less expensive. I’ve worked hard to find you other hat suggestions, all under $40, but mostly under $20. Floppy hats are great, but cloche hats are something I think that will be even more popular. The pro to a floppy hat? You can kind of hide your face under them more – but are you a celebrity who needs to hide? I don’t know. The con to a floppy hat? They will lose their shape more easily. You have to treat it like a newborn puppy and give it a spot of its own to live – no flopping it in with a stack of winter scarves.

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How to Wear Kimono Sleeve Sweaters

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

kimono sleeve sweaters

Kimono Sleeve Sweaters have caught my eye. As it gets colder you might think you’d have to rule them out of your wardrobe, huh? Wrong. For one, they’re great to wear to places where you know you’ll be getting overheated (or even at home if you’re always too hot). For two, if you pair a fitted henley shirt or long sleeved shirt under them, you can wear them through all of fall and winter.

Jewelry for kimono sweaters? Aside from pairing a kimono sleeve sweater with a henley top I believe you can totally go overboard with jewelry. It can be boho chic or boho luxe. Wear earrings for sure – the bigger the better. Bracelets are great if you’re not wearing the top under the kimono sweater, but otherwise I’d go without bracelets and focus on rings and then either statement necklaces or a bundle of tiny necklaces piled onto your neck.

What else do you wear with a kimono sweater? Right now skinny jeans and leggings are hot, and if you pair those with a kimono sweater those look great because it’s such a great balance of proportions. But you can wear jeans or pants of any kind, really. If you go for the skinny leg look you can show off your newest winter boots or shoebooties.

Why wear a kimono sweater? What I like about kimono sleeve sweaters is how comfy they are – theyR ... Read More

 

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