Posts Tagged ‘smart shopping tips’

The Hair Accessories to Buy Now and Wear for Halloween

Monday, March 8th, 2010

flower hairpiece

Etoiles De Mer in gold

Etsy shop makers are creating the most wonderful hair accessories for women. Some are a bit eccentric for everyday wear, but some walk the line. I would recommend buying something now that you can also wear for Halloween. There’s a giant star if you’d like to wear it to a late night party as well as being a mermaid at some point. There’s a flower fascinator to wear everyday or be a fairy later on. And there’s even a giant red bow a la Minnie Mouse or Snow White. You don’t need to invest in something tacky at the last minute in October, buy something you’ll wear much more often than just once a year.

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You DESERVE a Silk Robe, You Know You Do

Friday, February 19th, 2010

fleur crush kimono

If you ever wondered where Belle on Secret Diary of a Call Girl buys her fabulous attire – the likes of which go beyond what Victoria’s Secret makes – I think I may have found a couple of the shops. Faire Frou Frou has  “intimate apparel and indulgences” all with a feminine and flirty flair (there is also the: Faire Frou Frou blog), and Madame V is a UK store that  has luxury collections that include “Femme Fatale” and “Viva”. It’s all very luxe.

I really love the “Crush” Kimono by Fleur of England, but it’s $325.00 which is above our price range  of items under $100 (not to mention my personal price range). But the idea of a silk robe doesn’t have to be lost on us. We’ve mentioned silk robes before, because they evoke a wonderful feeling of being a starlet, perched ... Read More

Steal her Style: Evangeline Lilly is LOST Lovely

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

evangeline lilly lost 6

Evangeline Lilly plays the tough-as- Dolly-Parton’s-Nails Kate Austin on Lost, and for a premiere party (aka the LOST Sunset on the Beach premiere screening in Honolulu, Hawaii) she wore an outfit that I think would be perfect for casual Spring/Summer weddings. Now, part of me thinks this is a halter jumpsuit, which — nonononono. So, pretend those aren’t pants, just a long dress.

What are the elements? A pretty dress in a breezy fabric, a long necklace, and wooden sandals with maybe a little bit of shine. Keep your makeup soft – just some brown eyeshadow and a bit of blush, maybe some clear/pinky gloss.

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GIVEAWAY! The Princess and the Frog DVD

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

princess and frog

Disney’s latest amazing movie “The Princess and the Frog” will be released on DVD on 3/16, and some lovely readers will get the chance to win a copy! Yesterday we had a post in honor of this giveaway, full of blue dresses under 100.

Disney celebrates a modern-day classic from the directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world’s most famous kiss. This hilarious adventure leaps off the screen with stunning animation, irresistible music and an unforgettable cast of characters. Enter Princess Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little ... Read More

Dress Like Princess Tiana for Under $100

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

princess dresses

Tomorrow we’re hosting a giveaway for The Princess and the Frog on DVD, so in honor of that, here’s a post of blue dresses (and accessories)  like the princess in the movie! As always, everything is under $100. These are all casual, summer dresses. Even princesses need to enjoy the summer in a cute sun dress now and again. Given the season, it seems more appropriate to use summer dresses rather than ball gowns.

Matix Clothing Company Brynn Dress ON SALE $32 Hurley Griffith YC Maxi Dress $54 Hurley Griffith YC Strappy Dress $44 Volcom Dot Your I’s Dress ON SALE $40 Gabriella Rocha Carben $69 Annie Tucson Sandals $35 Matisse Wicker Sandals ON SALE $80 ... Read More

Reasons to Like Winter

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

winter painting

"The Quiet Time" by Kim Zarney

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell

I suspect I’m not alone in having trouble enduring the winter months with a constant smile. These months of January, February, and March can seem truly bleak at times. We forget how often our surroundings affect us. The first snow we get seems magical, it’s clean and new. But then it mixes with dirt and turns to hopeless gray slush, leaving car windows and new winter boots spattered with salt and ice.

We really need a way to appreciate winter. Some sort of…mantra, to remind ourselves when we’re cleaning off cars in below 30 temperatures. Artist Kim Zarney seems beauty in these months. He told the Cleveland Botanical Garden that, “For me, the most interesting time of year is the quiet time —late fall, the dead of winter, and the very early days of spring. The time when the trees are bare, the underbrush is tangled, and the landscape finally opens up to reveal shapes and patterns hidden all summer.”

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How to Incorporate More Genuine Nature into your Bedroom

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The Green Chef Moss Terrarium-Free Stocking Stuffer

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I love nature, even though I’m not particular a big fan of dirt. It’s a weird sort of conflict within myself. For instance , I’d love to kneel down and play in a garden – but as soon as I get a chance I’ll run to wash my hands and get the dirt out from under my nails. But I really did grow up alongside nature: spending weeks at nature camps where we slept in cabins or on a giant hillside under the stars (which was a great idea in theory, but it made us wake up cold and covered with dew), enjoying reading and watching stories about flower fairies and gnomes, and spending all of my time in the backyard with the trees, marigold flowers, and ginkgo trees.

For all of my nature love, I don’t spend enough time outside these days. And now with Winter…well, who wants to stand in the snow? I’d fix the problem simply by buying a plant…sure, that sounds easy…but I’m not good at keeping them, er…alive. Now, I can keep Shopcat alive jus ... Read More

Readers Suggest Easy, Inexpensive Recipes!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Looks healthy to me - fresh pesto, grilled chicken and whole wheat pasta by on flickr

Comfort food for the winter. Photo by quinnanya on Flickr. asked entrants of our recent “Cook or Be Cooked” Wii game giveaway what food they liked to make. We’ve selected some of our favorite suggested recipes that seem easy and delish. We thank you all for your recommendations!

Potatoes! Reader Jennifer from Ohio suggested the recipe Company’s Coming Make-Ahead Potatoes to us. With all of this snow, it seems like a good time for such a indulgent and hot dish. It reminds us of twice-baked potatoes.

Looks healthy to me - fresh pesto, grilled chicken and whole wheat pasta by on flickr

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Be a Woman with Golden Mystique

Friday, December 18th, 2009

short gold dress

I saw the below image on Vintage Aphrodite, and loved it as immediately as I love any cat that I see. Part of why I love this photo is because I have already crafted a back-story to this girl in the picture. For instance, she definitely owns a cat. Probably a short-furred black kitty that snubs everyone except her. She wears wing-ed out black eyeliner every day, and doesn’t own a single lipstick. She washes her hair every other day to both be eco-conscious and eliminate the amount of time she spends on perfecting her coif. People often see her in unusual vintage dresses with high collars. She keeps a tin of mints in her purse, and has a dollar bill clip from her Grandpa Otis. Of course, this is all just my guess – just an idea of a person from this picture.  The site just calls her “The Woman with the Golden Dress“.

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Smart Tips from Kristen Bell

Monday, November 30th, 2009


Kristen Bell was recently spotted out and about shopping for flowers. Can you spot all of the SMART elements in this candid photo?

#1 Bend it like Bell: She’s bending at the knee’s! Seriously, it’s so much less strain than if she’d just bent down over at waist.

#2 Work with children and pets:  Bell is taking time to talk to strangers – and she gets bonus points for taking time to interact with a kid. Talking and spending time with kids, pets or babies can brighten the outlook on your day. And that smile looks genuine to me!

#3 Block the glare:  Sunglasses help if you’re an A-list celebrity who doesn’t want to draw too much attention to yourself, admittedly we may not have this same problem.

#4 Be green: Like any responsible shopper, Bell is using an eco-friendly reusable bag for her shopping.

#5 Versatile jewelry: Notice her statement necklace? That’s something she can wear with fancier stuff, too. Adding it to her simple outfit dresses it up a bit.

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