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Scarf Swap

The really cool Jess at JustExpressive, hosts a scarf swap each year in honor of her birthday. I didn’t meet her until last year at the Blathering and then since she lives near-ish to my parents, we got together brunch around Thanksgiving, and ended up chatting for 4 hours. She’s pretty great!

The gist of the scarf swap is that you are assigned a swap partner, and you buy each other something you think the other person would like. My swap partner was Kristabella. I’ve never met her in real life, but we’ve gotten to know each other online over the past few years. If 2012 isn’t the year we meet up, I guess it’s not meant to be.

She and I discussed our scarf preferences and went our separate directions to buy. Here’s what I chose for her. Something she could wear in cold-ish winters, but also fashionably.

And a few days after I sent that scarf off to her, I found a package at my door. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be so crazy if we bought each other the same scarf!” Then I thought realistically, “Overstock.com has lots of scarves, so just because the package looks similar, doesn’t mean it’s the same.”

But y’all! Look what I got!


We picked the SAME SCARF! I got her the one that’s more purple, and she got me the one that’s more red! And we both love them!

I’m really excited about this because I really liked the scarf I picked for her, and strongly considered buying one for myself. Now I don’t have to!

How crazy is that!!!

(If you like the scarf enough to get one for yourself, it’s called the Cotton Bina Scarf in the Worldstock section of Overstock.com. Kristin and I even helped support education in Nepal with our scarf swap purchases.)


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This is probably going to be one of the worst descriptions of a product I love, but I really think you’ll like it. Anyhow, this weekend I was shopping at Antropologie. While I don’t usually find clothes I just can’t live without, their fragrances and bath stuff usually manages to catch  my eye (or nose).


When I travel for work, I occasionally get to stay at a nice hotel for conferences. So when I smelled this hand creme, it instantly reminded me of the fresh, non-offensive floral smell that nice hotels pump through the air vents. (Told you it was a terrible description.)

 But honestly, this stuff smells SO GOOD.


It the scent is called Meyer Blooms and when I picked it up I thought it would smell like lemons, but it doesn’t. The Anthropologie site describes it as “a sweet mix of hyacinth, lily of the valley, vanilla and fresh Meyer lemons”. My nose isn’t really tuned to what all that means, but like I said before, it’s fresh, but floral. And definitely non-offensive. The scent lasts for hours, unlike most lotions. It’s rich and creamy, so you don’ t need to use too much. At $20 for the tube, it is a bit pricey, but definitely worth it. (But, considering that they sell also $200 dresses, you’ll actually come out cheap.)

So if you find yourself near Anthropologie soon, wander in and see what you think.

Also, I totally bought this myself. No one at Anthropologie knows me and most certainly, no one gives me free stuff.  

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I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or just my recently discovered interest in shopping that has me ready for the Christmas season. I’ve already ordered two Christmas gifts, and have a couple more I’ll probably order in the next day or so. At this rate I’ll be finished by Thanksgiving.

If you have trouble picking the right presents, I recommend checking out Gifts.com. They pull gift suggestions from tons of stores. The coolest part is the personality quiz. You answer some questions about the age, personality and interests of the person you are buying a gift for, and the Gift Guru makes gift suggestions.

You should try it out.

Note: I definitely don’t have enough of a following for Gifts.com to compensate me in any way to say this stuff. I just like using their site for gift ideas.

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What’s up

So much is going on lately, so I figured I’d let you in on what I’ve been up to.

A trip to Chicago and DC.
Chicago was way back in May, but I still have good stuff to tell you about that trip.  

DC was for my sorority convention. I had such a great time. And I promise a post of its own, even though I was too busy for sight-seeing the majority of the time.

It’s totally not like me to be a shopping fool, but lately I’ve been shopping like there’s no tomorrow. During my DC trip, I went to Georgetown and I bought two pairs of shorts like these at H&M…dark khaki and black, I really wanted the white ones, but they didn’t have my size.

I also bought this top in the same color as the model (a tomato-y,  reddish-orange color) and also black. If I see something I love, I’ll usually buy it in several colors.

I also bought a dress, I can’t find it on the H&M website though. I guess you’d call it a shirt dress; it’s black, short-sleeved and hits just above the knee. It buttons halfway down and has a belt that ties at the waist. Unfortunately, right now I am too lazy to get up and take a picture of the actual dress. Sorry, perhaps when I wear it I’ll take a photo and post it for you.  Since I couldn’t find online pics of the shoes I bought, I just had to get up and get pictures. Here’s the dress. Sorry the pic of it hanging on my shower rod doesn’t really do it justice.

And here are the two pairs of shoes I bought DSW. One, a pair of flats, Michael by Michael Kors and the other, a pair of beaded flip-flop/sandals, Reaction by Kenneth Cole.

Can any of you ladies give me some advice about wearing shoes without socks? I bought some Kiwi Smiling Feet gel heel liners to help with the ballet flats cutting into my heels. And I also have some of the BandAid Blister Block too, but it still doesn’t keep the shoes from rubbing my toes a little raw. 

Admittedly, I’ve also spent a fair amount of hours at Kohl’s this summer too.

Thank goodness a new XBox game came out for Taylor to play.

So, what have you been up to?

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Shoes, Check!

While I still have several things to mark off the list, I’m glad to have shoes taken care of. 

Aren’t they sassy? 


And they are very comfortable with plenty of cushioning in the ball of the foot.  (I’ve been breaking them in around the house!)

One thing I very highly recommend is searching around for discount and coupon codes when you’re searching for any wedding (or non-wedding!) related purchase.  I got these babies for aroud $40 including free shipping.  That’s about half off regular price!

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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

In addition to their standing offer of “free shipping both ways”,  Zappos.com makes it easy to blog about their stuff with a code block you just cut and paste.  I was browsing and stumbled upon these beauties.

I may have to order a few pairs to try on for my wedding shoes!

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