Monday, May 31, 2010

Aruba, Jamaica, oooh I wanna take ya..........

There once was a mom who did love
those bikinis that fit like a glove
But the birth of her twins
Put her belly in a spin
So the tank is what she wore most of.

Put Kokomo on the Ipod, make yourself a Skinny Girl Margarita, and dive in to the great sales going on right now on swimwear.































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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The party's over.

Facebook is many things:
A way of reconnecting with old friends
An outlet for self expression
A huge waste of time, thank you Betty White

But one unexpected result of being on FB, you get to see what happened to that old boyfriend from high school/college.
If you ever had any lingering thoughts about the road not taken, well odds are that that road is now closed, bulldozed, demolished.
Some memories from the past are best left there.

I bring this up because SATC 2 opens today. (If you do not know what the initials stand for then I must ask you to leave my blog immediately.)

And the reviews ain't good.

Oh, I will see it. Definitely not on opening night, maybe I'll even wait until it's on Dish on demand.
After all, back in 1998 when we first met Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, I too was a single gal in a big city looking for my Mr Big.
By the time it finished it's run in 2004 I was happily married, opening a business, and like Charlotte, trying to conceive.
But through the magic of TBS these four are still frozen in time, still searching for love, hitting the latest hotspots, and wearing the clothing that was half the reason we tuned in.

I always forgave Carrie for this:

Because I knew she would reward us with a stunner like this:

I still cry when Carrie tells Aidan she cheated on him, even though I've seen her make this speech at least 10 times.
And I still feel her triumph when she magnificently walks away from Big outside the Plaza, his engagement party just ended.
What about "the new Yankee"?  Dandy Warhols playing in the background, she turns around at the bar and there's Big.
My favorite?  Fashion roadkill.
She gets up off the floor of the runway after falling on her face, and completes her stroll down the catwalk, high-fiving Heidi on the way back.

So thank you to TBS for letting me revisit my favorite episodes over and over.
But just like that old boyfriend who was gonna change the world and instead is changing tires at the local Jiffy Lube, sometimes it's best to not reacquaint ourselves with certain old friends from the past.
Let's remember these four the way they were in their prime, and not now, still partying long after the party has ended.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hot Child in the City

 I've been told by certain somebodies ( you know who you are sister dearest ) that I sure know how to stretch a dollar. In other words, I'm cheap.
Okay, I confess to a certain frugality.
But when you've owned a clothing store and have bought wholesale, all bets are off.
I never shop full price.
You have better odds of seeing ABBA reunited and singing at next year's Super Bowl then seeing me purchase an item at regular price.
The problem here is I LOVE clothes.
So I get my fashion jones off by shopping for my girls. On sale.
Luckily there are a lot of summer sales going on right now for the little darlings. And not just at the usual shopping sites.
So break your Gymboree habit, leave The Children's Place, and check out some not so obvious choices.








Dark slim denim $21.59

In addition to being the discount doyenne,  
I'm also quite the queen of the online browsing scene.
          So here's a great online fashion magazine for children.

Lunchbox magazine
For those days when even 70% off isn't enough
to get you to break open the piggybank. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm on my way, I'm on my way, Home Sweet Home.

When you live in a big big city there is a certain way of life you have that might surprise someone living in the suburbs or  a smaller town. Probably the biggest thing is many people don't drive or even own a car.
I myself didn't drive from-- brace yourself-- 1991 to 2004.
Another big difference is the lack of so called “big box” stores, aka, Walmart.
When we decided we needed new bikes, we found the ones we wanted at Super Walmart. So we looked up the nearest location, Indiana.
Needless to say, we chose other bikes.
The first Walmart to open in Chicago wasn't until 2006 and that was only after a very long protracted political fight. I won't get into the specifics of the various pros and cons presented for opening/not opening the Walmart. After all, this is a fashion blog and I don't want to delve into such distasteful subjects as paying people a living wage, mass importation from China, corporate censorship, etc.
But I digress.
So when we moved to the suburbs there was a whole plethora of stores I had heard of but never actually been in: Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Meijer's, Michael's.

And Home Goods.

I had heard of Home Goods but I imagined it to be an off shoot of Marshall's, kind of a poor relation. They are indeed owned by the same corporation, TJX Companies, but that is where the similarities end, at least in regards to MY Home Goods.
Walk into my Home Goods, which is a convenient 5 minute drive from my house, (thank God for driving in the burbs) and you will see an array of dishware, crystal, glassware, rugs, decorative decor, and way more.

I decorated my girls' bedroom and bathroom solely from Home Goods, I bought my All Clad pots and pans from Home Goods, and I bought the cushions for my couch and rug for my dining room all at Home Goods. The best part is the turnover in merchandise. They get new arrivals weekly and sometimes twice weekly. If you see something you like then I advise you to snatch it up.
I am still lamenting the beautiful carved wood sculpture from Thailand that would have been perfect in my alcove. I suppose I can always pick one up in Bangkok, after all it's been 11 years since I've visited and I'm due. I hear right now is a particularly “exciting” time to be there.
Whoops, stay focused Jacquie, fashion blog, fashion blog.

Check out the Home Goods website
for the location nearest you.