Retail Theralympics – The eBay Cleanse

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I have recently discovered that when I actually have money I can afford to spend and then go out to spend it, it seems as if I have the intent of purchasing but fail miserably every time. I’ve bought a few handfuls of things off of eBay before and with amazing savings. This has got me pondering and I’ve come to realization that whenever I find something that I want and then look at the price tag and nearly vomit, I usually mutter to myself something to the tune of “oh I could find that cheaper… oh I can make that sheiit myself”, but then I never do. I go home even more depressed than when I started and then I never seem to follow through with finding a better price or actually buying anything at all..

So after my last post and a quickie chat with my girl, I got to thinking… With the Olympics on right now and everyone in the mindset of going for gold, why don’t I challenge myself to go for the RETAIL Gold for unbeatable prices? Why don’t we call it THE RETAIL THERALYMPICS? (get it? Retail Therapy? Olympics?….haha genius!!!) And the first game can be the  eBay “cleanse”, because any time you try to change old habits you should start it with some type of cleanse right?

shoppingolympicsSo here are The eBay Cleanse rules:

1. I have to purchase one COMPLETE outfit (clothes, purse, shoes & accessories) – this is to prove to you (well and myself) that great style can be found for CHEAP.

2. Only new items – just to showcase that brand new things can be bought for sale prices (unless it’s a really  FRICKEN-AWESOME-MUST-HAVE-ONE-OF-A-KIND, kind of item that’s used then this rule doesn’t count.)

3. Shipping fees don’t count.

4. eBay ONLY purchases – I should hope that this is self-explanatory.

Once I receive the items I will post pictures with info on each item such as price, brand, material etc so that you can get a better idea of what it is that I’m paying for. The point of all this is to prove that I don’t have to stop dining out to be able to look great (refer to my previous post) and that if you have a little bit of patience and tenacity you can have pretty much anything you want. And after this challenge is completed I will devise another challenge to do with retail therapy and savvy shopping. So, are you ready for this?

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Let the Retail Theralympics begin!

– A.

ermagaad, am I crazy? nah, this one’s in the bag……….

……….okay, I might be freaking out juuuuust a teeensy bit… wish me luck..

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move over, diamonds.

Ok, so I was re-reading some of my old posts from a few years back and had to share this one… Let me know if you agree… It’s an oldie but a goodie…Enjoy!

February 9, 2011

Alright, so they say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, that may have been true 50 years ago but let’s step into the times of today. Back then, more often then not a diamond symbolized commitment & love between a man and woman. Whether it be a necklace, bracelet or even an engagement ring it meant they were together and sealing their love, if you will, with an indestructible token. Whatever happened to the days when women would dress up just to go grocery shopping? Or put on their diamonds just to greet their husbands after they came home from work? Yes, our times have changed, we [women] no longer are confined to the career of house wives or even just a entry level job. We have become empowered, liberated and more in control of our lives and futures. Now don’t get me wrong, this is an amazing transformation however sadly enough, the era of women appreciating the true symbolism of a diamond is gone. We now have careers, we make our own salaries and we can buy our own damn diamonds whenever we please, which I can also appreciate.  However in a way it also says that we kind of don’t need a man to give us one of most prized possessions he can give us. I mean doesn’t always make you feel good to show off a gift that someone else bought you? Particularly, your man? Therefore I propose a new diamond era.

Instead of buying diamonds let’s take a look at another woman’s prized possession; her shoes. Yes, we all know how much women love shoes but why? Well, it can be for many different reasons such as they can improve our posture, they’ll still fit you when you get fat (well as long as you don’t get so ridiculously large you can’t get out of bed or fit through a door frame) and lastly because they make one of the most awkward body pieces look sexy. I mean if you really think about it, shoes are a girls best friend. They are with you for almost all the most important moments in your life; your first job or best job, your first date, graduation, or your last date (depending on how you look at marriage) and of course all the other things in between and after. Now of course you have to wear shoes, everyday might I add, but for those kind of events you always pick your best shoes…you even tend to buy a new pair for every and any occasion, ladies am I right?  If we bought a diamond every time we had a special occasion or memorable event I’m pretty sure we’d be broke somewhere right around graduation, no? Or seeing as most of us don’t have jobs that make more than 8 bucks an hour during high school, you probably wouldn’t be able to buy yourself your first diamond till after graduation, but you get the point.

We also have to take a look at the process we go through in finding a man. What man is going to come up to you and compliment you on your diamond necklace or diamond ring? First off he’ll automatically think it’s probably from another man (cause that’s what men do, give expensive gifts and that’s because they bloody well should, I mean we should be treated like queens and any man who doesn’t isn’t worth your time TRUST ME) Second, if he doesn’t think about the first thing first then chances are he won’t see your jewelery because he’ll be too busy looking at well let’s face it your ass or tits…but during that process of checking you out, he will do a quick scan of those shoes you’re wearing and believe me 9 times out of 10 if he doesn’t mention how hot they are he’s most likely saying “DAYMN!” in his head.

*Side note* – ladies, if you’re out with the girls or at a function that requires you to look good, your shoes better be smoking and if they’re not, you should probably be forced to wax one eyebrow and walk around your neighborhood topless, cause that’s the message you’ll send, that you like to wear incomplete outfits… annnnd the eyebrow thing was just to add a little bit more drama to that effect…)

Alright, so this bring me to my closing point and the purpose of this blog. If women shouldn’t buy diamonds for themselves and instead buy shoes, then what shoe is going to equate the value of a diamond? I’m glad you asked. You see there’s a little designer who was born in France and grew up fascinated by showgirls and their costumes, particularly their movement. He cites this as his main inspiration for becoming a shoe designer: “[The showgirls] influenced me a lot. If you like high heels, it’s really the ultimate high heel – it’s all about the legs, how they carry themselves, the embellishment of the body. They are the ultimate icons.” His name? Christian Louboutin. Now, if you want a shoe that is exquisitely designed and expertly crafted, the “Rolls Royce” of shoes then Louboutin is your man. He states that his professed goal is to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can.”

Now, I would venture to say that about the same amount of time and skill goes into making both diamonds and shoes however the designs, colors and styles shoes can be made in, far outweigh a diamonds potential. The best part about a Louboutin shoe? It’s beautiful sole. The one noticeable thing that sets it apart from the rest of the shoe world, just like a diamonds shine. I don’t know about you ladies but the days of buying diamonds for ourselves should be over. I’m leaving the diamonds to the men, and starting an RLS Fund – Red Lacquered Shoe Fund. It’s time I own one of these darling beauties and if I just so happen to find a man that can appreciate these shoes just as much as I, well then he’s definitely a keeper… or maybe gay, hehe! In which case I’d have to keep looking but in any event, I’d rather save all my money for the RLS Fund and in return I’ll eventually get the diamond from the man who’s going to be there to appreciate all my shoes for the rest of our lives!

– A.