Friday, June 27, 2008

Weekly Wishes!

Aah, it's finally Friday! But that doesn't mean a relaxing weekend lies ahead for me! Tomorrow I will practicing driving and going to a theme park with my best friend. On Sunday, my family will be leaving to go to the coast, and on Monday I have orientation at my college! Ahh, there is no rest for the wicked.
This week, I'm wishing it was my birthday! It's tradition for my mom and I to spend the whole day shopping, and at the end of the day, I have a family dinner with whatever I want! This year, I want fried chicken, potato salad, fried rice, and watermelon, mmm. This is similar to what I'll wear:

So what are you wishing for this week? Leave a comment & I'll post it here!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Barbie Fashion How To: Shop

As you may recall, I recently said that I came into quite a bit of money. And as you may or may not know...I have a shopping problem. Not wanting to run through my money on stuff that would be worn only once or twice, I found the following tips to be helpful! Reader tips are also posted, in bold.

Take a list and stick to it!
Decide how much you're willing to spend beforehand, and try to stick to your budget.
Take an honest friend!
Try on everything.
Don't buy something just because it's on sale.

From condiment:
Don't take your bank card if you have a lot of money in your account.
Never take your credit card.
Keep clothing for week before cutting off the tags and wearing if you change your mind easily.

From LifeAccordingToMe:
Always try stuff on.
Always keep the receipt.

From FlamingoQueen:
Wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Ditto with shoes. (No lace-ups!)
Bring resusable shopping bags.
Stay hydrated all day by drinking water. Soda tends to make me feel gross if I'm shopping.

From PartnerInCrime:
Wear a cami underneath your shirt in case there is something you're trying on that you want to see how it looks with something underneath.

From Purple.Haze:
Wear comfortable shoes.
Try the clearance section for cute cheap clothes.

From Crayola:
Wear a simple outfit that's easy to take on and off.
Check the clearance section in every store!
Never try on jeans with friends -- there often impatient.
Bring an honest friend that will tell you if a shirt looks wonky on you.
Try on everything!
Before you buy something, think of three different outfits you could wear it with, that you already have in your closet.
If you're not sure about something, don't buy it. If your wishing you had bought it in the following days, go back and buy it!

From Fleur:
Always check for rips, tears, or stains before you buy the item.
Go to multiple stores...sometimes they have similar if not identical items but for cheaper.

From electricxLOVE:
Don't buy things that you think are just okay. Look for things you love!

From plastICFudge:
Don't go when you're on your period.
Never go hungry or too full.
Bring water with you.
Bring extra money...just in case.
Only spend a set amount in a certain store.

From GummiBears&Airheads:
Wear hair how you're going to wear it when you wear the clothes. Trust me, it can change your mind.

From Abby_Hayes:
Wear a strapless bra if your going to be trying clothes on. I say that because if you're trying on a strapless dress or somthing of the like it's hard to tell if you like it if a sports bra is clouding your vision.
Don't do your hair to nicely because your going to take off your shirt and putting a different one on a million times. Your hair might get messy.

From Seventeen & CosmoGIRL!:
Surf for savings.
Avoid impulse buys.
Divide the cost of the item by how many times you think you'll wear it.
Know sale schedules.
Go seasonless.
Buy Monday-Friday.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

From Frumpy to Fashionable: Undergarments

It may not be a well-known fact, but the following piece of information is, indeed, a cold, hard fact: Your undergarments do matter. Sure, you may say, nobody but me is going to see them! Who cares?!
The fact of the matter is, my friend, that not only can nice undergarments make you feel prettier, they make your clothes look better! (And by not wearing any undergarments, you run the risk of looking like an Americal Apparel model.) For instance, the right size bra will make your shirts fit you nicer, and the correct underwear insures that you avoid the dreaded VPL. Case in point? Today, after our tanning session, my mom surprised me with a trip to Kohl's. (I got the cutest winter jacket ever - for $12!) I decided to try on a few tops, however...I was in my swimsuit. I quickly learned that there was no way to tell how the shirt would fit me once I was wearing the proper undergarment, so no tops for me. (Only one fabulous coat!)
Plus, pretty underthings make you feel, well, pretty! And the plus side is, they don't have to cost an arm and a leg! I recently threw out all of my ill-fitting undergarments and holey socks, and bought entirely new ones! My favorites included the Fruit of the Loom Incredible Push-Up Bra and Hanes For Her bikini panties. (The FOTL come in sets, as well, so you can match!)I feel so much prettier with my new items, and I feel like my clothes fit me better! Now that I know the power of pretty, proper underthings, I'm always on the look for pretty thing on the cheap! (Right now, I'm looking at Charlotte Russe's bras - does anybody know about the quality?)

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