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Friday, March 30, 2012

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Friday Bargain Bin: Now That We've All Made Our Beds


Drink Up Carafe and Glass, $19.07 (was a dollar less, but who cares?)
Picture placing this carafe full of fresh, cold water on your nightstand to begin your bedtime ritual. Wait, did you get a bedtime ritual yet?


Bath & Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream, $3.25 (was $14.50)
This goes on before the reading glasses but after the sleeping pill.


Neosporin Lip Healt Overnight Renewal Therapy, $3.99
The problem with this stuff is that it makes you so smoochable you end up needing it more.


High-Flying Pajamas, $59.90 (were $116)
Silk and cotton, silk and cotton, silk and cotton. Here is the top and here are the shorts.


Microwavable Flaxseed Pillow Set, $16
Stop using your pet/partners' body parts as heating pads!


Martha Stewart Pastel Poppies 6-Piece Duvet Cover Set, $77.99 (was $180-$300)
There's also a "completer set" of pillows you can decorate your floor with every night, marked down to $38 from $100!


Juicy Couture Hooded Robe, $35.20 (was $88)
Your first Juicy. Awww...


Conair Soft Curlers for Body & Bounce, $7.99
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce.


The Browser's Book of Endings, $1.99 (out of print; new copies go for $90!)
This is seriously the best nighttime/short attention span/dream-inducing book I've ever read. If there is a lame, light-sensitive bedmate who conks out early in the equation, grab this too:


Lightwedge, $16.84 (usually $24.95 or more)
It only casts light on the page! The future, y'all.


Red Pin-Up Vibe and Bombshell Balm, $24.99 (was $30)
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224 Comments / Post A Comment

redheaded&crazy

ooooooooooooooooooooh that juicy robe

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie but i'm sure i can get more wear out of this fleecey with reindeers on it that i've literally had since grade six ... right?

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie I have one with Scottie dogs!

area@twitter

@redheaded&crazie I have a plaid kimono! Because I Love Plaid as much as Brick Tamland Loves Lamp.

RK Fire

@redheaded&crazie: I am going to get it! Why, when I have two bathrobes already? Uh.. cause summer is coming and I'm moving to an apartment with no central air. That's a good reason, right? Right??

Ahh, I should be thinking about furniture to get for the new place but I think I want this robe too.

missvancity

@RK Fire Also! I am a huge proponent of robes with hoods, because you can totally pretend to be a boxer. Not that I shadow box in my apartment on Saturday mornings while cooking pancakes...

redheaded&crazy

@missvancity well if you don't you should start silly!

If I get paid today ... oh that robe will be mine.

RK Fire

@missvancity: I totally overlooked this bonus feature of the robe BUT I am pleased to say that I purchased it anyway. I can report back on it's quality and loveliness from my new apartment, while I shadowbox my way around.

I will also be humming the Rocky theme song.

missvancity

@redheaded&crazie Trufax, I have been shadow boxing and giggling to myself in my hooded robe for over 10 years now. I really need a new one, but I can never find any that are LOOOONG (my apartment is too hot for a summer robe, so I really just need one during the winter).

carolinaclay

interesting subject@y

allofthecrafts

YAY BARGAIN BIN YAY.
those microwavable pillows always seem like a good idea, until i actually go to microwave them and chicken out because...i'm microwaving a pillow.

werewolfbarmitzvah

@allofthecrafts Nooooooo, just do it! Nothing will catch on fire, and they keep you so toasty warm through the long winter nights (which...have just ended, but whatevs, you can also spoon these in case of period cramps). I have at least 6 of these things because my mom keeps giving them to me over and over, but they are so handy.

frigwiggin

@allofthecrafts My friend made me one that's just a little sack filled with rice (and it has a cute sheepy slipcover for when I'm not using it!) and it is theeee best for cold feet. If you don't buy one, make one!

Youre_mybluesky

@allofthecrafts YES! I have a homemade one (except mine is filled with dried corn)and it's especially awesome for horrible cramp-y-ness that comes with being a woman.

phlox

@figwiggin Yes, they are so easy to make. Take a piece of cotton or other natural fabric (no polyester! no nylon! they melt in heat!), fold it in half with the wrong sides out, sew up two sides and most of the third, turn it right side out, fill it with rice or beans or whatever from the bulk bin, then sew up that last little bit. You can also heat them up in the oven if you don't have a microwave, it just takes a little longer.

iceberg

@allofthecrafts I have one shaped like a bear, my husband calls it Wheaty Bear and it is my saviour during lady times! I microwave the shit out of that little guy. Pro-tip - put a cup of water in the microwave with it, that is supposed to help the inside bits not dry out too much something something safety.

TheDragon

@phlox If you're too lazy to even do this, just buy all-cotton gym socks in the largest size you can find. (And long ones! None of the no shows)
Then fill em with rice, tie a knot in the top and boom. Good to go.

Yes. I'm lazy. Oh well.
They are awesome for sore shoulders, and you can also use them to warm up your bed before you get into it on cold nights.

cherrispryte

@allofthecrafts Yes these pillows are the best. I have horrible stiff neck muscle problems sometimes, and throwing one of these pillows in the microwave and then wrapping it about my neck/shoulders is the best thing in the world.

Verity

@iceberg Although if we're talking about safety, be careful of heating water in the microwave. Superheating sounds scary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superheating#Occurrence_via_microwave

allofthecrafts

@iceberg ahhh that's a great idea! the cup of water sounds like it would help me freak out less about the whole microwaving-a-non-food-item thing.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@figwiggin And if you throw something that smells good (like lavender or even just the contents of an herbal tea bag) in with the rice you get aromatherapy too. Don't do this with a bag filled with field corn though, because it smells, well, pretty corny when heated, and I don't think that scent would mix well with anything else.

plumb-bob

@iceberg I have a wheat bag to warm up my toes on winter nights. It is always referred to in our household as My Wheaty Friend. I used to scoff at my mum for naming her hot water bottle but now I get where the impulse comes from - I love my toasty warm little wheat bag buddy :)

spoondisaster

Ah I love those PJs but it should be said, as they are from Anthro, that the guy who owns Anthropologie is a Rick Santorum supporter! Do with that information what you will.

EpWs

@spoondisaster Yep. Anthro, Urban Outfitters, and, most tragically of all, Jelly Belly Jellybeans. /sob

nevernude cutoffs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher What? jelly belly's too? Ugh add another level to my ethical quandary.

jacqueline
jacqueline

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher You mean I can't eat jelly bellies anymore??
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

noodge

@spoondisaster wellllll, my reading have shown that his donations to santorum were a number of years ago, when he was crazy, but not quite as crazy as he is now. so do with that information what you will.

MilesofMountains

@spoondisaster To be honest, unless I've heard otherwise I kind of assume every large company owner supports some conservative asshat, because isn't appealing to large businesses owners the whole point of conservative asshats?

EpWs

@jacqueline @nevernude cutoffs I KNOW. They are apparently huge supporters of pretty much the entire Far Right. Source. I weep for the loss of Toasted Marshmallow jelly beans from my life, trust.

Marzipan

@spoondisaster Oh my god, did everyone see that video where he has to stop himself from calling Obama the n-word? He's literally half-way through it and he's like "WHOA UH-OH ABORT I am not at the dinner table".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nzyvo8SKa0M#t=2065s

But what the hell? He must say it in private a ton, don't you think? Because that word is never on the tip of my tongue. It sounded so natural! The people who think he wasn't going to say the n-word are delusional. Anyways, YIKES!!

EpWs

@MilesofMountains This is true. But what it means is that my cash goes to people and causes I don't even remotely like (I seem to remember the Anthro/UO guy giving a lot of money to Prop 8?) and I like to avoid doing that when I can. I don't pretend to think that EVERY place I shop at has clean hands and supports causes I support, but I try and avoid the worst ones when I can.
@Marzipan I KNOW WHAT IN THE HELL. Also, as many smart people on Tumblr pointed out, how in the hell is his campaign going to spin this one?

spoondisaster

@teenie Ah, yes, that is an important detail. To me he's always seemed pretty crazy, though, he's just doing it on a bigger platform now.

jacqueline
jacqueline

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I normally am too lazy to boycott companies but Santorum makes me want to rage vomit so hard, and I don't even live in the States.

I smell burnt toast

@Marzipan Oh my godddd, WHAT WHY.

punkrockparkinglot

@spoondisaster He was speaking at the Jelly Belly factory this week...so I guess that means Jelly Belly endorses his crazy ass?

EpWs

@jacqueline "Rage vomit." Perfect.

noodge

@spoondisaster yeah - he was fiscally crazy, but didn't let the social policy cray rule his politics until just a couple years ago. on the social front, he was semi-reasonable until relatively recently.

stonefruit

@Marzipan I KNOW, RIGHT? I was like, I must have misheard that. I MUST HAVE, NO ONE DOES THAT, Rick Santorum who even are you, oh my G-d he did say that, kill him with fire (TM Melis).

I myself am sad about the cinnamon jelly bellies.

EpWs

@punkrockparkinglot Ayep, check the link I posted upthread. I will miss you, Jelly Belly. :(

frigwiggin

@Marzipan Holy shit, there is no mistaking that at all. He doesn't even try to make it into something else, just has a second of gibberish and keeps going. (He also calls him "Ovama" a minute or two beforehand, but that is a far less egregious offense.)

spoondisaster

@Marzipan Oh god, I can't even. WOW. I kind of almost wish he hadn't caught himself, just so he could be revealed as the bigot he is.

bangs
bangs

@MilesofMountains Pretty much. I think if we only shopped at places that upheld OUR high moral/political standards we'd all be wearing sacks.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@spoondisaster I was just about to post that! I love Anthropologie, and I've bought a shitload of stuff from Urban Outfitters (not Free People, though, because fuck me with a chainsaw if I'll pay $120 for acid-washed Daisy dukes), but I've stopped shopping there because I found out that the CEO is a far-right wingnut, and it bums me out that Anthro stuff is featured every week when probably 99% of the people who come to this site would disagree with where he puts his money.

But, like...guys, I dunno, how is it even possible to shop ethically when you don't have unlimited funds, or even a comfortable amount of money? I love Target SO SO SO much, but I sometimes feel grody shopping there because of causes they've (directly or indirectly) supported in the past (although I tell myself that in general, they're pretty good - the HRC gave them a 100 Equality Index Score before that anti-gay-marriage donation). But like, it would take a lot to make me stop shopping there.

spoondisaster

@MoxyCrimeFighter See, yeah, that's the rub. As a poor college student I can't really buy much from those places anyway unless the stuff is on sale, so I won't really miss shopping at urbn/Anthro, but the Target thing is so relevant. It's the Forever 21 conundrum, kind of. Their corporate ethics are kinda fuzzy but also I can't afford more expensive places. So seriously, it is so hard to shop ethically with a limited budget. We can't all shop at the hippie boutiques!

I realize that this totally didn't answer your question, but I definitely sympathize.

wee_ramekin

@teenie Was there really a time when Santorum wasn't rabidly anti-abortion and anti-gay? I'm not being facetious; I'm actually asking.

bowtiesarecool

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher That's why I don't eat at Chik-Fil-A! And lo, the loss of chicken sandwiches with pickles and waffle fries and special sauce from my life makes me sad, but not as sad as bigoted religious zealots make me.

EpWs

@MoxyCrimeFighter I'm also a poor college student! I am fully aware that I can't only shop at places that support the same values that I have, but I try and avoid ones I don't like when I can, and, more importantly (to me), shop at places that DO support good causes. In that vein, I also try and shop locally as much as possible, if only because the money goes to more local causes (whether I support them or not). It is a quandary, seriously. Mostly right now I have Serious Issues with Rick "Frothy" Santorum, and so hearing about people donating to him sets off my red flags quickly.

I'm very glad that we're getting to have this discussion! I <3 The Hairpin.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@bowtiesarecool Ahhh, Chik-Fil-A! I won't eat that, either. I love them so much...but you're right, social justice trumps chicken nuggets.

OxfordComma

@MoxyCrimeFighter : You do the best you can.

If it matters to you, boycott.

If it doesn't, don't, and don't feel guilty about it.

:)

NeverOddOrEven

@Marzipan Noooooo, his brain said, "WHOA UH-OH, ADOPT! This is unfortunate but clearly a blessing from the Lord!"

theharpoon

@wee_ramekin I think she's talking about the UO/Anthro CEO there, not Santorum, the man who makes up "facts" because he "feels them in his heart."

NeverOddOrEven

@MoxyCrimeFighter Target is actually really great with the social causes. They donate TONS of money to schools every year, among plenty of other things, but most importantly they've been the largest sponsor of the Twin Cities Pride celebration for YEARS.
There's really nothing anti-gay about them. A simple oversight, and one they were at least one degree removed from.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@spoondisaster I don't think there's an answer better than that, honestly, and not just as a way of rationalizing our choices. There's only so much a person can do, and as long as that's the best they can do, then that's all anyone can expect of them.

@oxfordcomma Exactly! There are certain issues that trigger me (basically social justice issues) and things that I don't care as much about, even though I should (environmental stuff). If I was living my perfect life, I would buy only from, like, Amish markets and companies using sustainable resources that paid all their workers fairly, etc...but unfortunately, I'm not living that life and it's frustrating not only on micro "this is not the life I want" levels but on macro "am I actively damaging the rest of the world with my choices" level. First world problems, I guess, but if I have the luxury to think about this stuff, then I sort of owe it to the world to do so?

Faintly Macabre

@MoxyCrimeFighter Thrift stores and ebay! Obviously, this approach only works for stuff like clothes and housewares, and only if you have time to spare and access to good thrift stores. I don't like buying new stuff, period, because there's very little that I actually need and I can't help thinking of the environmental impact. At least half my clothes come from Goodwill, and they're much better quality than I'd be able to afford otherwise. When I do buy stuff new, I figure the amount of stuff I buy on clearance also minimizes the amount I'm putting in bad people's pockets. But really, if you're concerned about it, you're already doing a lot more than many people, including most people who have more money than you do.

iceberg

@Marzipan Aggghhh I just saw this, haven't had a chance to actually watch the video but I am 100% sure you are correct.

Rosebudddd

@Marzipan WHOA. No I can't finish my lunch. He's so disgusting.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@NeverOddOrEven That's what I've been telling myself. No organization is perfect, and in general, Target is really good. So yay, more delicious Archer Farms products for Moxy.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@Faintly Macabre Looooove thrift stores! I haven't had as much luck with eBay, except for the Frye boots I bought for approximately 20% of their original price - but that's satisfying enough.

jacqueline
jacqueline

Debating whether I already own too many matryoshkas to buy that carafe. But you can never have too many, right? ...Right?

Anne

@jacqueline I think you should have a kajillion! And they would all nest. And the last one would be the teeny, tiny holy grail.

stonefruit

@jacqueline that is correct. Although I may not be a good source, as I have two actual matryoshki, plus matryoshka measuring cups and juice glasses.

jacqueline
jacqueline

@stonefruit The measuring cups have made my life complete. I never thought I would need a specific one for 2/3 cup until I owned them.

Faintly Macabre

@jacqueline You can't! I'm still regretting not getting the matroyshka nesting glasses I saw at TJMaxx for my sister's birthday.

Jinxie

@jacqueline I got that carafe for a friend for Xmas and I can confirm that, while it is adorable in real life, it is also SUPER fragile. I don't know that I'd advise using it as an actual bed-side carafe if you are anything like me (i.e., prone to knocking stuff off the nightstand when you're half asleep and trying to grab your phone/a kleenex/a glass of water).

violetta

@jacqueline yes the glasses/carafe are cute but terrible! My housemate got the stacking glasses and one of them has got cracks in it already, and the small glass is just too small (unless you use it as an oversized shot glass?) the measuring cups, however are awesome.

nevernude cutoffs

I have to co-sign on the Martha Stewart bedding. I got a great deal on mine last year from Macys, and they're great quality and style. My set came with everything! Including a square pillow cover which is still in the original packaging.

EpWs

@nevernude cutoffs OH MY GOD WHERE DO PEOPLE GET SQUARE PILLOWS? The square pillow shams that came with my duvet set are still in the packaging too.

camanda

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Macy's!! The Martha Stewart AllergyWise twin pack of Euro pillows goes on sale for $19.99. FOR TWO PILLOWS! I have also seen Euro pillows at HomeGoods.

nevernude cutoffs

@camanda Of course. All part of the MS Master Plan.

camanda

@nevernude cutoffs I know, but two pillows! $19.99! All you're gonna do is throw them on the floor, anyway.

Martha is cray-cray. We got her new towels in a while ago, right, and a new cookware set. Then it was her new enameled cast iron casseroles (because the old ones got recalled because the enamel would explode in the oven). Just recently, yet another cookware set. KNOCK IT OFF, MARTHA.

I'm waiting for her to produce her own version of the Keurig with its own pods, since like every company has their own knockoff now.

Dancercise

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher
Fabric stores usually have square pillow forms in many sizes for super cheap.

camanda

@Dancersize Very true. If you go that route, the standard Euro size is 26x26. Protip! So you know what you're shoppin' for.

EpWs

@Dancersize @camanda You people are the best.

punkrockparkinglot

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher They sell them at Kohls, they are called European pillows I think? I imagine Bed Bath and Beyond, as well as Ikea, would have them too.

nevernude cutoffs

@camanda Oh, I fully accept Martha Stewart's Master Plan. You should have seen me when I discovered her pets line ... it was something like this

camanda

@nevernude cutoffs She has a pets line? Oh Lord. Why am I surprised? This is Martha we're talking about.

littlebird

@nevernude cutoffs Gah, me too! And it changes seasonally! Somehow Petsmart became one of those place that I just "check in on."

AniaGosia

@nevernude cutoffs I was just talking about buying bedding yesterday, so this seems like a sign. I like the blue rings one better than these poppies though. I can't decide! Is $78 a good price even though I'm not going to use the bedskirt (our bed is directly on the floor) and probably won't use the European shams either? Indecision ...

TheDragon

@nevernude cutoffs
Yep I work at Petsmart and face turquoise and brown shitbags everyday.
That's right. Martha makes shitbags. And pee pads

curryspice

@The Kendragon -Has Martha started making more cat stuff yet? The last time I checked, it was still mostly dog products. My, um, cats want to know.

DLDC

I bought a Martha bedding set today, and also used this promo code I googled: XJW562A992. It gives you an extra $10 off! Holler!

camanda

@AniaGosia Yes. For that level of quality, definitely. It doesn't come with sheets, though, which I always find annoying about high-end beds-in-a-bag. But it's much easier to deal with at that price, I think.

emb343

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Ikea! Idk if it's the right size, but they totes have plain white square pillows. I have three (four? uh?) right now and this summer when I have more time (or, when I can put off schoolwork with less guilt), I'm gonna march myself over to JoAnn Fabrics, buy something awesome, and be a crafty femme and make me some kickass covers. With zippers and everything. YEAH.

ohgodwhatever

I so want to be the kind of person who has a carafe on her bedside table, instead of the nail polish-bracelets-markers-alarm clock jumble I've got going on right now.

sarah girl

@ohgodwhatever Exactly - if I have a carafe on my nightstand, where will I keep all my bobby pins and hair elastics?!

The Lady of Shalott

@ohgodwhatever Can I ask why you have markers on your bedside table? It sounds like fun. But I can't talk because there's a mess of hair elastics and stuffed animals and crackers and (um) lube and my cell phone charger and...an empty tuna can and a fork on mine.

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott Why are we qualifying lube with an (um)? Lube is great! Lube is a necessary part of life! Everyone should be all about lube! /things I learned from Third Wave Housewife (<3 u Housie!)

The Lady of Shalott

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'm trying! I really am, I am a fan of lube in general, but it just feels weird when it comes in a list after stuffed animals and crackers.

stonefruit

@Sarah H. ... on your bureau? am I the only one who does that?

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott Fair enough! Also tuna?

The Lady of Shalott

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I may or may not have spent the majority of this week moping in bed. Including eating lunch there, like today.

ohgodwhatever

@The Lady of Shalott Markers are there because "maybe I should colour-code my notes!" turned into "maybe I should draw elaborate pictures instead of studying!"

Nina B.@twitter

@Sarah H. ... in the carafe? :)

LauraIngallsWildest

@The Lady of Shalott i was about to say, re: lunch, that my bedside table has my fan, pretty candles, a miniature grandfather clock...and a half eaten pizza/diet coke that i'm hoping desperately will cure this hangover in time for tax this afternoon. bed eating ftw.

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott Girl, I moped in bed ALL WINTER and basically lived there. No hate.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@all "Let's All Make...Lube Carafes!"

EpWs

@MoxyCrimeFighter Giggling MADLY every time I read this. I feel like The Lube Carafes should open for Inexplicable Loafers at Hairpin Prom.

Verity

@The Lady of Shalott My bedside table always has books on. I stopped leaving water there overnight years ago because I always managed to knock it over.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Verity Exactly! Who knows what can happen to a glass of water that you just leave there? Especially if your furniture is maybe made of particleboard, and/or you have cats that would be totally cool with drinking from an unattended glass of water.

camanda

OH MY GOD WILL YOU ALL BUY PASTEL POPPIES SERIOUSLY COME TO MY STORE WE HAVE 900000 OF THEM GET THEM OUT OF MY STOCKROOM

I don't have microwavable pillows BUT I do have an eyemask that is to keep in the freezer and it is filled with lavender and it is awesome. I totally should have bought the pillows while that girl had me trapped at her mall kiosk.

frigwiggin

"Gary, it's cranberry juice! I'm not drinking her blood! Gary, stop screaming."

frigwiggin

@figwiggin "What kind of matryoshka is just filled with blood, anyway."

SuperGogo

@figwiggin "Elaine, I'm screaming because you stole my idea except I was going to put lemonade in it and arrgghh! I have a headache now, please be a dear and microwave my pillow, okay?"

Judith Slutler

@SuperGogo "Gary, did you use the last of my cashmere hand creme to moisturize your backside AGAIN?"

wee_ramekin

@SuperGogo "So instead of drinking blood, Gary, you would be drinking piss? I'm disgusted. You don't get to arrange the moss balls in the foyer for AT LEAST a week."

frigwiggin

@wee_ramekin "But Elaine! Now what will I do while I'm waiting for my hair to soft-curl??"

wee_ramekin

@figwiggin "You can re-arrange the completer set of pillows. But ONLY the ones in the old guestroom."

frigwiggin

@wee_ramekin "Ugh, fine. But I'm borrowing your kite pajamas while I do it!

T.S. Eliot got it wrong, you know. ELAINE-PRIL is the cruelest month."

nyikint

Psh, what do you think we use our dolls' heads for?

Megasus

I love those pyjamas! I wish I could justify spending $60 on them.

nogreeneggs

@Megan Patterson@facebook Me too! Those pajamas are the cutest. Thanks for showing me all the things I never knew I needed but can't have Jane!

It's OK, I'll just buy them tomorrow with my lottery winnings.

Faintly Macabre

@Megan Patterson@facebook Me too! My summer sleep wardrobe is just Gap men's boxers, old t-shirts, and (the one nice thing) a purple silk slip my mom god God-knows-where. Those pajamas are nicer than most of my normal clothes!

Jinxie

@Megan Patterson@facebook I'm usually of the "old tank top/t-shirt and undies" brigade, but I am tempted by those pjs. The problem is...I feel like once I've gone and bought ONE pair of "real" pjs, then I've just got to go get more, right? I mean, I can't sleep in a fancy set for a couple of nights then go back to my ratty old t-shirts.

Megasus

@Jinxie I can't do the ratty t-shirt thing, because I hate getting dressed to take my dog outside to go to the bathroom, lol. I only have winter appropriate pjs right now though!

sharkburp

I want ALL of this. ALL. give it to me, i want it now.

Vicky

I love the themed Bargain Bins! Also I'm wearing the bee flats from last week and they are super cute/comfortable/bee-y.

jules

@Vicky Johnson Bee-y!

yrouttasight

I'd love to think that I'm the kind of person who keeps a carafe and glass of ice cold water by her bedside for late night thirsties, but let's face it- my cat would drink out of the cup, and knock the carafe over. This is why I keep a tightly-sealed Nalgene bottle on my nightstand.

spoondisaster

@yrouttasight Nalgene or bust! I've had the same one for almost 10 years now. They're indestructible.

redheaded&crazy

@spoondisaster read "Nalgene or bush" and I was like hm, are those my options? and how are they related?

BadWolf

@yrouttasight I cannot even keep a sealed Nalgene on my nightstand, because my cat will push it off at 4am, and wake me with the crashing. This morning, he pushed my alarm clock off the desk like half an hour before it was supposed to go off, scared himself, and tried to hide under my feet while biting them. I am tempted to barter my cat for the silent, calm carafe.

MissO

@yrouttasight Yeah my cat does the same thing. 4am. But he's sort of refined his actions and instead of pushing things off he pushes against my lamp shade, back and forth, until I wake up. And in the mornings my lampshade is basically knocked off my lamp. But if that fails then he walks around my side table.
I'm desperately afraid he's going to step on my glasses one night. The worst is when he knocks my glasses off of the table, and because I have the eyes of a no-eyed blind mole, it takes me ages to get on my hands and knees and try to feel them out.

TheDragon

@MissO Nail/glue a clothespin to the wall by your bed and hang your glasses by the...umm...parts that go over your ears in the hollow section of the pin. :)

My sister is also a little blind without her glasses and my cat steals anything small enough to place in a shoe and places it in said shoe, so we came up with this solution

Jinxie

@yrouttasight Last night I left a glass of water on the kitchen table while I was out of the room for a minute. When I came back in Naughty Kitty was on the table with her face in the glass. I couldn't quite tell if she'd managed to drink some or was simply investigating but I was too lazy to get a fresh glass so I just shrugged and drank the catface water. Someone should get rid of me, seriously, I am disgusting.

TheDragon

@Jinxie
When I was little I used to share my apples with my horse.
My mom threw a fit when she found out.

Glee

@The Kendragon What a smart idea! My kitten constantly steals my glasses then says I should pet her since I can't see to work anyway...

nonvolleyball

if anything other than "Ignition" was behind that "bounce" hyperlink, I was going to be SO disappointed. I never should've doubted you, Jane.

bitzyboozer

@nonvolleyball ME TOO. Also that lip stuff is really great.

OxfordComma

@bitzyboozer : Does it maybe stop the horrible flakiness of death and also tears?

Because, yeah.

EpWs

@bitzyboozer I want to hear more about this lip stuff! I just spent $20-something on lip stuff at Sephora in the hopes of stopping the Lip Flakiness And Picking Cycle Of Doom.

OxfordComma

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher : You're a picker, too!

Sister of the High Church of Flaky Lips!

EpWs

@OxfordComma I wouldn't pick if they weren't so damn flaky/they wouldn't be so damn flaky if I didn't pick. (Get a bunch of Gregorian monks to chant it, sounds much more impressive.)

candybeans

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher ugh the Picking Cycle of DOOM! I am such a victim/perpetrator of that, when i'm nervously working on something complicated at my computer. I got a really awesome lip balm for $2 from Sprouts (Also known as Henrys, used to be known as Boneys, RIP Boneys) that's lemongrass-scented, and it is my favorite lip balm ever. The smell doesn't get to me after a while (migraine-getter who's super sensitive to certain smells, here), it's really moisturizing without ever being drying (ahem, Carmex), and is just generally wonderful, esp. for the price.

Judith Slutler

I love that carafe omg. How I wish I had money to spend on it!

angelinha

That Bath & Body shea cashmere hand cream is the best! So great that I don't even feel ashamed to be carrying a Bath & Body product around with me everywhere I go.

meaux

@angelinha. The scent is amaaaaazing.

oh, disaster

Yessss, "bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce" meant exactly what I thought it was.

bouncy castle

@andrea disaster yep, I am about to spend the rest of my day congratulating myself for getting that immediately and brain-singing it in R. Kelly's voice. it's perfect weather for listening to it in the car too.

Rita

I'm a carafe drinker, and let me tell you. It's so worth it. Just do it. Here's mine: http://www.fishseddy.com/browse.cfm/4,3079.html

It's excellent (and is cheaper/looks more stable than the matryoshka. Sorry, matryoshka! I <3 you anyways).

kate.m

@Rita This website!! So many glass things to covet!

EpWs

@Rita Ohhhh Fish's Eddy (Fishs Eddy? that doesn't look right.) So many adorable things, SUCH EXPENSIVE SHIPPING. I am waiting until I go to NYC and then stocking right the fuck up.

maebyfunke

So I'm trying to make my room a more grown up looking place and I need a new duvet cover because the buttons come undone all the time and the blanket comes out. Can anyone recommend a brand that won't do that? (Like, does Martha Stewart do that, to keep it relevant?)

PistolPackinMama

@maebyfunke Five stitches per button hole to make them smaller would also work.

But if you are looking for an excuse... Macy's store brand works for me.

maebyfunke

@PistolPackinMama I am so embarrassingly non domestic that I don't even really know what five stitches per button hole means? Like sewing them shut? (ahh I'm awful)

PistolPackinMama

@maebyfunke yep- you would just put in five really small stitches at one end of the hole that would tighten it up so the button doesn't slip out.

Or, you know. Just go on and get a new one.

You aren't awful. It's just sewing, not a failed attempt at a peace treaty in Syria.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@maebyfunke I've had really good luck with Ikea duvet covers. All of the ones I've had have small snaps instead of buttons. They always manage to stay snapped and the comforter never comes out or really shifts much. I am rocking the Andrea Satin right now in pink/multicolor and it makes me extremely happy every time I look at it.

Nina B.@twitter

Has anyone used those curlers? Thoughts? Tips? Because using soft curlers sounds far more appealing than using a curling iron.

redheaded&crazy

@Nina B.@twitter I am so thinking of buying those curlers. I still don't really understand how they work though!

so i am posting here to see if anybody has answers (I know @thebestjasmine has discussed it before!)

nogreeneggs

@Nina B.@twitter I haven't used those ones but I've used the similar noodle-looking ones and they definitely work. My hair was SO curly the next morning and it stayed they whole day. I didn't use product or anything, just put them in my wet hair and slept on them. And my hair is usually hard to curl.

jules

@Nina B.@twitter I've found that those kinds of curlers can be unpredictable. Most curls come out great but then you have this one dud that's just kinda kinky?

Something I love to use: thermal velcro rollers (they have tons at Ulta). They are so easy and awesome, and the volume is unbelievable.

Put a few in, blast your head with your blowdryer for a minute, let them cool off, and that's it. LOVE.

OxfordComma

@Nina B.@twitter : They work!

They're a bit more slippery than sponge curlers, but they are HELLA easier to sleep on.

You wrap your hair in a spiral around the sponge, and use the inner wire to twist closed.

redheaded&crazy

@jules I'm interested in these velcro rollers! "so easy" always catches my attention. My sister used velcro rollers once that got all tangled in her hair though so i'm terrified and/or skeptical! mostly terrified. that sounds painful

Nina B.@twitter

@OxfordComma Thanks for the instructions! I was getting kind of confused as to how to actually use them.

jules

@redheaded&crazie If anybody would get these babies tangled, it would be me! And I have really long hair, too. Maybe it's just better quality velcro or something, but I haven't had a problem. I've been giving them as gifts to friends, that's how much I love them.

redheaded&crazy

@jules oooooooooooooooooh ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i want

joie

@jules is your hair supposed to be wet or dry? or just kinda wet? or sprayed with something? so many questions! I have weird curly hair, and I always fantasize about having long, big curls instead of my weird wavy/kinky mess that I end up flatironing because ugh it's too much work otherwise.

jules

@heyits Since you are curly, you might want to have slightly damp hair. And yeah, I would put probably some kind of smoothing serum on it. This will, of course, mean you'll blow dry it a little longer. I put a diffuser on my dryer so it's easier on the hair.

Oh, and make sure your hair is alllll the way cool before taking them out. Like, do your makeup and stuff while it's cooling.

megsisbestest

@Nina B.@twitter I use curlers like those all the time. My hair is fine and wavy, so I blow dry it to about 70% dry first. The most import thing when you roll is to not change direction. I start at the end and roll to my scalp, then bend to secure. In the morning I slowly unwind and then pull apart and use a bit of Weldea rosemary hair oil to try and control frizz. You can also use it beforehand.

I love the look. My hair comes out super curly, not frizzy and they are comfortable to sleep on. Plus I just pin my hair up at night and I can always get at least one more day out of the look.

staircases

@Nina B.@twitter I have the most naturally stick-straight hair, but of course, wish I had a wild head of curls instead. Curling irons aren't usually worth it for me, because they fall so fast. These are the only things that will keep the curl in my hair throughout the day and beyond, for about the same time investment as it would take to cool my hair.

I usually do it with dry or barely-damp hair before I go to bed. And because I have mutant hair, I spray each tendril with gel before wrapping it, and when I take it out in the morning, run my fingers through a few times and then spray the heck out of it. Boom.

nogreeneggs

Haha Jane! I was just using my puppy as a heating pad for cramps LAST NIGHT! How did you know?

redheaded&crazy

@nogreeneggs There's something about a warm puppy that a heating pad just cannot substitute for!

You know like the constant need to chew something ... wriggle around ... jump to attention at any sound ...

huh

nogreeneggs

@redheaded&crazie And puppy bed head! When my puppy comes out from underneath the covers and both of her giant ears are flipped back. AHAHA I die.

redheaded&crazy

@nogreeneggs and and and when they're in super snuggle mode and they tuck their head into the crook of your neck and press up into you like how can i get closer to your warmth

frigwiggin

@redheaded&crazie My kitty did this the other night, except then she got an irresistible urge to stretch and started sticking her paws in my face.

MoxyCrimeFighter

@figwiggin My boyfriend's cat is a wee little thing that basically turns boneless if you put her under a blanket - like, literally, pull the blanket over her and she just flops over. He pretends to hate that she likes to lie on his chest, but he'll grab her and stick her under the blanket, so she's always poking me in the nose when we're cuddling and she stretches. It's prettttty adorable.

nogreeneggs

@MoxyCrimeFighter I'd like to somehow train my puppy to stretch her little paws all over my back so that she's giving me a massage instead of just hogging the bed.

wee_ramekin

@MoxyCrimeFighter Hahaha, I love it when guys "pretend to hate" silly things, but then secretly and slyly encourage them. I find it so funny and adorable because I'm like "Why are you putting all this energy into convincing people that you Hate A Thing when you don't? Are you five (in the best way)?".

missvancity

Jane! I have decided that I finally need to grow up and buy a one piece bathing suit, but they are all so expensive! Can we have a "pretend you are rich and going on a beach vacation and need all the things" Bargain Bin soon?

Jane Marie

@missvancity are you kidding me? absolutely.

missvancity

@Jane Marie Huzzah!

good havens

@missvancity I've never ordered from here, but I've been eyeing this one:

missvancity

@Rachel Havens@twitter Ooooh! The one I REALLY want is this one: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/swim/patternsandprints/PRDOVR~63465/63465.jsp

Faintly Macabre

@missvancity TJMaxx! I got my last bathing suit there--a Ralph Lauren halter-tankini-thing for $25, not on sale. Or you could stalk the Lands End sale section?

good havens

@missvancity Have you ever had a J Crew suit? I eye them every year, but then get scared off by the price...

Faintly Macabre

@good havens I had one either from their sale section or their outlet when I was younger, and it was good quality! But I outgrew it in like 6 months, so I didn't really get to test its longevity.

AniaGosia

@good havens Oooh! I like that one! Not enough strap support for me. I've been thinking about this one. It's $100 though! And maybe it's a little gimicky? But it would be so cute!

AniaGosia

@good havens I had one once and it lasted FOREVER. Like, 8 years? But I bought it back in 2001, so I don't know if the quality is still the same.

missvancity

@Faintly Macabre I live in Canada! I should go check out Winners though.

missvancity

@good havens I haven't, but a friend of mine bought one last year and she said it was worth it. I'm just not sure that it's worth $175 (with taxes and shipping) to me.

missvancity

@AniaGosia Haha, I've totally already pinned that one today! (http://pinterest.com/aliinvan/swimsuits/)

good havens

@AniaGosia oooh! That is pretty cutesy! But I am too cheap & wary of those ones that look so smooth across the tummy! I like a pattern or ruching or something...

AniaGosia

@missvancity I just bought it - there were only 4 left in my size! I figure I'll return it if it's not good, but I need a new suit because I live by the beach and my last year's suit was a maternity one! Yay for getting rid of the last vestiges of maternity clothes!

TheDragon

@missvancity
Perfect timing! I am going to go visit a fella in Corpus Christi on April 20th.(eeeek hyperventillate, freak out.)
Yeah. More on this in open thread.

missvancity

@AniaGosia Awesome! Honestly, the only reason I'm hesitating is that they don't have torso measurements on there, and I have this feeling I would get srs camel toe + nip slips with that one.

AniaGosia

@missvancity Oh, good point. I think I have an average torso length though, so hopefully it will be ok.

missvancity

@AniaGosia I am sure you will look nothing but FAB!

missvancity

@The Kendragon After looking up where that is I am very excited to read all about it in the OT!

megsisbestest

@missvancity I got my super cute one piece swimsuit at Walmart for $33. I get tons of compliments and it also comes in plus sizes.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Suddenly-Slim-by-Catalina-Women-s-Shirred-Halter-Swimsuit/17804485

It has a super cute Esther Williams / Marilyn Monroe retro vibe. I'm not sure why there appear to be boy short looking legs in the photo.

literary_hippie

No one's squee-ing about the booklight. I have one. I love it!

missvancity

@literary_hippie The only reason I'm not is because I'm the kind of inconsiderate bedmate who expects you to able to sleep while I read with my bedside light on.

OooYeahAboutThat...

@literary_hippie Oh I just did.

koko

@literary_hippie I have one too, but I don't love it. It's bulky and awkward, and you have to keep moving it around as you turn pages, which is really annoying if you are a fast reader. I have another clip-on book light that I like much better.

MissO

Goodness me, Jane Marie! Are you for real? I LOVE Fred & Friends, especially their line of babushka-themed products. You're the best, Jane. THE BEST!

anachronistique

In other bargain-related news, you can get 25% off at RockLove Jewelry today with the code "27thBDay". Did I get the tentacle necklace I have been lusting over for ages? WHY YES I DID.

EpWs

@anachronistique Oh. Oh dear. There goes ALL MY MONEY FOREVER.

(Would it be terrible if I just bought the Tentacle ornament and then took it off the ribbon and put it on a chain I already own? It's only $30! And with the discount that's, like...$23?)

frigwiggin

@anachronistique Ahhhh tentacle necklace! How I want thee! Their website design is kind of annoying, though.

@e-dubs not even terrible! I'm thinking of doing that myself.

The Lady of Shalott

@anachronistique LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. I love jewelry so much. Do you guys know of any other places that sell similar jewelry? I am particularly keen on poesy rings/charms/tokens/necklaces and pendants and pretty much everything ever. And sparkly things.

Faintly Macabre

@anachronistique Aaaahh I both hate you and want to thank you because there is a necklace perfect for one of my best friends that I can't afford, and earrings almost exactly like my sister's favorite pair that she lost...that I also can't afford. Though I guess I could either show her them or buy them for her birthday in 3 months...

EpWs

@anachronistique BOUGHT. A wee brass tentacle will soon be mine. Thank you? Thank you! There be my Bargain Bin purchase for the day.

EpWs

@frigwiggin I went to a jewelry and such store today looking for a brass chain for the tentacle charm and found one in the bargain bin--$10, and it came with a wee fan charm! Like this one! Bonus! So now I have a chain, a fan, and a tentacle (on its way). I am so pleased.

Disco Sheets

AHHHH I just got an email about the Sephora Beauty Insiders sale! 15% off! All week long! Online AND in stores! No minimum! I AM GOING TO BUY ALL THE MAKEUPS THIS WEEKEND. And then get them all over my pillowcases probably? I don't know/care!

EpWs

@Amies A friend of mine got VIB'd and offered to use her discount to buy me some things, if I wanted. Obviously I refused. (Kidding. Obviously I gave her a shopping list and mailed her a check today.)

OooYeahAboutThat...

Light-Wedge? LIGHT-WEDGE?! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE / last night... the night before...

frigwiggin

Probably everyone who has a Kindle already knows this, but you should keep your eye on the Kindle Daily Deal all day, every day! Sometimes it's boring crap, but sometimes it's gold, like on Wednesday when they had all three of Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking books for $0.99 each, and yesterday, when they had eleven different YA books and I bought My Name Is Not Easy! It's so much easier to take a chance on something I haven't read when it's a buck or less. (As opposed to Naomi Novik's latest book, which is like $13 for the ebook. $13! Highway robbery.)

Lauren Hayden

Oh my god, that lotion is THE BEST LOTION. Jane, this is the second week in a row where you just know exactly what I need! Buying a billion to give to mom/bffs when I visit home in a couple of weeks.

Slutface

I would like to request a post about grown ass ladie's bedtime routines. Thank you Jane. Jane! Can you hear me Jane?

Jane Marie

@Slutface LOUD AND CLEAR :)

Prostitute Robot From The Future

I'm glad I wasn't at work when I clicked the last link. My Screen faces the doorway and my boss always walks in just when I'm looking at something non-work related. Also, why did I think "vibe" was going to be something different?

Statham

@disgruntled co-worker Holy crap. Me too. I thought it was lip balm and some weird applicator until I realized that it wasn't.

Prostitute Robot From The Future

@Statham I very much like the idea of Jason Statham being interested in lip balm.

(Bless our naïvité)

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

You have to be careful about all that bouncing sometimes though, like especially when you have to pee.

sparrow303

You guys! The blue Modcloth dress from last week just came in the mail. It. Is. Amazing!!! It fits so well and it's a little scratchy but it was only $16 for god's sake and I love it!! This may be the beginning of the end (of my bank account).

kingstitcher

Jaaaaaaane you made those curlers sell out! And I wanted some!

thebestjasmine

Jane! I want you to know that I bought the shoes from last week's bargain bin, but in red with little Eiffel Towers (that's what was in my size at the store) and they are adorable and I've worn them twice and love them!

redheaded&crazy

@thebestjasmine with eiffel towers!!!! that is clearly the best of all possible options in my opinion

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

So, is there anything I can put my curly hair in that will straighten it while I sleep, or does it only work the other way around?

Like, I don't know, flat-ironing fairy godmothers or something? Do those exist?

redheaded&crazy

@Rookie hahaha awww there should be flat-ironing fairy godmothers

Feminist Killjoy

@Rookie you CAN! they're these weird velcro thingies. this guy takes the velcro off velcro rollers but they also make them in sheets that you can buy online. check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzWmhe5F0s4

Nicolette Dirks@twitter

Is it bad that I want everything on this list? Even the curlers for which I clearly have don't even have enough hair!

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