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Friday, March 23, 2012

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Friday Bargain Bin: What to Do With Your Allowance This Week


Geraniums in a Can, $2.99 (were $15)
Open the can, add water, watch life happen. The basil and parsley versions of this are in full bloom on my kitchen windowsill and every watering feels like a real accomplishment. Do yourself the favor — it's SPRING!


Pleated Knit Dress, $54.98 (was $168)
A flattering BD that doesn't need an "L" in front of it. Just pretend it's still March and not 85 degrees in Chicago right now.

Perfume Atomizer, $3 (was $10)
Make your own imps!


Trinket Flats, $29.95 (were $98)
These look to have just the right amount of toe cleavage and they come in teal too.


Luxury Travel Set, $29.99 (was $59)
How hard would it be to bump that $8,500 travel savings up to $8,529.99 and GTFO in style?


Falke OTK Socks, $11.70 (were $39)
I know it feels like we're leaving OTK sock season, but picture this: You. On a boat. Bikini. Oversized linen sweater. Dusk. A chill in the air. OTK socks. Baby bump?


Intrinsic Cami, $19.95 (was $38)
You can never have too many extra-long, delicately embellished camisole/tank top type things. If nothing else, it's cute sleepwear. Ooh, and perfect with those OTKs!


Constanza Linear Earrings,$16.99 (were $39)
Chico's! When it comes to giant but wearable jewelry, it's good to know we can always count on you.


100 Dresses, $16.42 (was $24.95)
Best. Book. Ever.


A Day in The Life Dress, $16.99 (was $54.99)
Speaking of solid dresses, here's one. But, according to the reviews, it is not for girls with any junk in the trunk. *cranes left, cranes right*


Nails Inc. Wyndham Collection, $10 (was $20)
Werk dem galaxy nails.


This bottle of dish soap was on sale at Anthropologie last week but this week it's gone. Which is great; you should not spend $14.99 on dish soap, BUT! You should copy this idea for free with your next empty bottle of whatever.


Maison Close Garter Belt, $26.95 (was $35)
If Edith weren't such a prude, I'd show you the real selling point for this number: the back. Poke around on the site for a few more Maison Close items on sale — a rare occurence. Then wear them under this (but take it easy on the necklaces, yeesh):


The Victoria Bridal Gown, $299.99 (was $598)
Half off a wedding dress and you they take returns? You do! I do. We all do.

253 Comments / Post A Comment

coldheartedcitytheycalltheNo

*refreshrefreshrefresh* THERE YOU ARE, BARGAIN BIN!

olivebee

I like that shirt dress, but I have a couple other dresses that button down the whole front like that, and inevitably, the lower buttons will pop open from sitting down or riding my bike or whatever, and I won't notice, and no one in my office will tell me that I'm flashing either my upper thigh or crotchal region.

missvancity

@olivebee This happens to me, also. My solution is to saftety pin the very bottom, which I need to do anyways, because I'm tall enough that I really need those extra few inches of coverage.

Jinxie

@olivebee I have a couple of dresses like that, and my plan was to go at them with a needle and thread and stitch the opening shut from the waist down (cause I don't need to open them all the way to get them on), which would be a great solution if I actually did it. Reality is the dresses have been sitting in my mending pile for about a year now.

phlox

@Jinxie I started sewing myself a navy shirt-dress a while ago - I will take this as a reminder to finish it and to just sew it up and do fake buttons on the bottom half.

olivebee

@phlox Yeah, I wish they used fake buttons on the bottom half! I am not sure why you would need to unbutton the bottom half of a dress unless you are using it as a sexy-time come-on.

missvancity

@olivebee ...... I have totally done that!

tea tray in the sky.

@olivebee I have a dress that unbuttons all the way. When it's cooler I like to wear it over boots and skinnies and leave it open and belted, like an oversized vest sort of thing. SUPER cute! Everyone should try this, then they won't feel guilty about leaving these dresses in their mending piles forever.

Sea Ermine

@phlox @olivebee @Jinxie If you want the option of unbuttoning it all the way but don't want the buttons popping open you can sew little snaps in between each of the buttons on the lower half to keep it together more securely. This also works great on button down shirts to prevent gaping!

Xanthophyllippa

@Jinxie You could also just add a few stitches to close both ends of the buttonholes so that the buttons can't come out -- much quicker than doing the entire placket if you don't have a sewing machine.

The Lady of Shalott

Wait, I want SO MANY of these things! I WANT GERANIUMS IN A CAN!!! I want that shirt-dress! I want that black dress! I want that book about dresses! I NEED THAT GARTER BELT.

Ohhhhh I sound so materialistic but THESE THINGS ARE SO CUTE.

bangs
bangs

@The Lady of Shalott Do you think if I ordered a bunch of the geraniums for random future gifts, that they would keep in the can for a while? I don't know a lot about plants.

The Lady of Shalott

@bangs Oh geez. I have no idea! I love the idea for gifts, but what I know about plants could fill a thimble, so unfortunately I have no idea.

Green thumbs? Teach us!

Roxanne Rholes

@bangs Seeds are magical! They can stay dormant for years.

SarahP

@bangs Most seed packs (like for gardening) have a shelf life of about a year. Not that they go bad, but the seeds might not sprout. I should imagine it'd be the same for these cans. So I'd say it should be fine for a while, but try not to keep them for more than a year, or flowers may not happen.

bangs
bangs

@SarahP Do you think they'd make it to Christmas?

SarahP

@bangs I think it's a tough call, but I'd say yes. Like Roxanne said, (some) seeds can last a while. There might not be as many geraniums that far out, but I'm sure there'd be at least some flowers.

Judith Slutler

@bangs This Christmas? Oh for sure. Buy em and sock em away.

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott @everyone TRAGEDY, EVERYONE, the geraniums (gerania? That's not right.) are sold out!

bangs
bangs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher :( shouldn't have hesitated I guess.

atipofthehat

@SarahP

There's a lot of pressure on seeds.

thisisunclear

Is it insanity that half the reason I am about the buy the flats is the striped lining?

Judith Slutler

@thisisunclear No, that is sane as FUCK. I love things with cute linings, it's like a secret feature just for me.

EpWs

@Emmanuelle Cunt It's like pretty lingerie for your feet!

(That sounds weird, does it make sense? My brain is not functioning today.)

Judith Slutler

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher No that makes total sense, it's why I love wearing stripey socks all the time!

CrescentMelissa

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher It makes perfect sense. I love feet lingerie.

wallsdonotfall

Star Wars cookie cutters are on sale at Williams-Sonoma.

anachronistique

@wallsdonotfall brb, coercing my friends who bake all the time to get those!

maevemealone

@anachronistique Ahem, those are pancake molds. And I have a set in my desk right now to pass on to a friend, from another friend, I'm acting as go between. I'm sure there's a character for that.

wallsdonotfall

@maevemealone Nope, these are cookie cutters--but the pancake molds are ALSO on sale. I think you're a smuggler in this situation.

Hellcat

@wallsdonotfall I've got a Darth Vader and a stormtrooper spatula at home from WS. I never really use a spatula for anything beyond grilled cheese but I display them proudly and prominently! I also have some Han Solo in carbonite ice-cube trays but they make me too sad...

maevemealone

@wallsdonotfall Ah, leave it to WS to cover all bases in cases such as these. I'm going to go see if that individual pie making machine is on sale yet... Or, fingers crossed, easter cuteness.

SarahP

White House Black Market has the same favicon as Wikipedia (on my browser, anyway)! I don't know why this amuses me as much as it does.

mathlete

@SarahP i was hoping someone else had noticed this. i was confused at first. "wait, this sent me a link to a wikipedia article about pleated knit dresses?"

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

Geraniums smell like metallic death. I will take the dress book for $100, Alex.

Verity

@Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy) No, geraniums smell lovely! I really love them.

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

@Verity Ugh, I cannot...I used to go to a church that had a lot of geraniums, and now I associate the smell with sadness and failure and (literally) death. Please take all the geraniums!

parallel-lines

Jane, will you pretty please do a bridal edition for one Friday? I desperately need lots of prettying-up stuff and am tired of spending money on this fucking wedding.

(apologies in advance to the wedding haterz)

Daisy Razor

@parallel-lines What do you need? I love looking for cheap, prettifying bridal stuff.

olivebee

@parallel-lines Like Daisy Razor, I would love to help! I am A Poor who got married in August on the cheap, so I may be able to offer some advice/suggestions.

parallel-lines

@Daisy Razor I really need a veil and a reception dress and I don't want to spend a lot of $$$ on either. I also need cute decoration-y kind of things. And I need my sanity to return.

tortietabbie

@parallel-lines http://apracticalwedding.com/2012/03/how-to-make-wedding-veil/ ??

noodge

@parallel-lines I've been scouring pinterest for cute decoration-y kinds of things... I've decided my bridesmaids and I will be crafting them together in the weekends prior to the wedding (with the help of COPIOUS amounts of champagne and sushi or any other delicious treat). They're not ALL totally twee - have you looked there? Is this something you and your bridal party/family would be willing to do?

(PS: I started following you in the last couple weeks, if you want to check out my stuff feel free to! coco mcgraw)

parallel-lines

@tortietabbie I saw that, it's such a lovely idea. I'm so technically inept and frankly exhausted from DIY stuff that taking anything else on makes me wanna cry. I wish I had some type A friends who love planning shit and had lots of free time.

parallel-lines

@teenie I tried to find you and got confused. I am so bad at the Pinterest!

noodge

@parallel-lines haha, it is a little confusing. when you search for my name, it will probably come up with nothing, then you click on "people" right next to where it says "search results for coco mcgraw" and then you'll see meeeeeee!!!! click on me and you'll see my boards.

Hot Doom

@parallel-lines Ever consider a fascinator with a short veil? I guess it's sort of a specific look but my friends and I have had this company, Bedford Falls make custom fascinators for weddings (or in my case, every day, because I'm FLASHY like that) and Abigail, the owner, is super receptive and awesome. Anyway, they're New Orleans based, and these are a hullabaloo to wear. Just a suggestion!

noodge

@LolaLaBalc whoah, those are awesome... bookmarking to return to once i finally decide on a dress.

PistolPackinMama

@parallel-lines are you in the US? When are you getting married? Simple veils take all of an hour $20.00 and 2 hours to make, if you just want a comb-and-flowers-pearls-simple-headband kind of thing.

What I am saying is, this would be a fun craft project for me if it's feasable for you to have an internet stranger friend make your veil.

Lucienne

@LolaLaBalc I want to get married (no) right now just so I can buy one called Victoria Woodhull.

redheaded&crazy

that is a HOT LOVELY WEDDING DRESS.

Jane are you telling us something. TELL US SOMETHING JANE.

pixx plz

Jinxie

@redheaded&crazie Gurl! She already told us!
http://thehairpin.com/2012/02/the-sound-of-indecision

thebestjasmine

@Jinxie She hasn't shown us HER dress. Which, okay fine, she doesn't have to, since she might not want the world to see it before her wedding day, but don't you always show your besties? Jane, are you saying we're not your besties?

redheaded&crazy

@thebestjasmine haha YES! that's what I meant. I'm not SO out of the loop I didn't know jane was getting maaaaaaarried~!

anyways I'm sure Jane would not put up her wedding dress on friday bargain bin BUT I do really like that one. Is all I'm sayin.

Jinxie

@redheaded&crazie I shouldn't have doubted you! I was thinking it was odd that you didn't know (but apparently the odd one is meeee).

Jane Marie

@redheaded&crazie @thebestjasmine All I want in the world is to show everyone everything from this party but I also want it to all be a surprise. :/ Maybe after it's over?

redheaded&crazy

@Jinxie like guys I loooooove that dress.

HOW premature would it be for me to buy it?!

(answer: SO. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. SO premature.)

redheaded&crazy

@Jane Marie I think you hopefully mean DEFINITELY after it's over! But I totally understand the surprise factor. In fact I love the surprise factor! we're gonna build it up so much in our heads though, you understand i'm sure!

thebestjasmine

@Jane Marie WHAT SHE SAID, definitely after it's over. Can we just have a planned JANE'S WEDDING PICTURE day like the Monday after your wedding? Not that I'm impatient. Clothes, shoes, fascinator, veil (if you have one), jewels, makeup, flowers, bridemaids dresses, cake, etc. Each one of those can have their very own post.

Jinxie

@redheaded&crazie You should buy it! It's such a good deal - think of all the money you're saving by getting it on sale. :D

Jane Marie

@thebestjasmine (psst, sneak peak at the place card holders slash favors. however, the theme is not "beach." can you guess what else it might be?

thebestjasmine

@Jane Marie Desert? Green? Also, omg darling.

I smell burnt toast

@Jane Marie A tiny plant in a barnacle-thing. Lovely! A place with beaches-theme? Malta? Sicily? Prince Edward Island?

candybeans

@Jane Marie Sea creatures? Giant squid? Mermaids?
oooh, dr. seuss???

redheaded&crazy

@Jane Marie I thought maybe either super mario bros or nipples

yep those were my two thoughts

Jinxie

Thoughts!
1) YAY Bargain Bin! I am especially enjoying this after being BBLess last week.
2) I'm tempted by the can o'flowers but I kill all plants. Always. All of them, without fail.
3) The atomizer thing is brill, but my favorite perfume comes with the spray thingy built in to the bottle already? So I don't think I could get this to work.
4) I love a good cami and I have a loooong torso so whenever I see a cami that's long enough for me I HAVE to buy it.
5) I was really disappointed when I scrolled down and saw that bottle of wine was actually soap. :(

bangs
bangs

I've been looking for sleeved dresses! But none in my size :(

Jinxie

@bangs I for one am looking forward to the day the sleeveless/strapless dress trend dies out entirely. Sleeves forever!

Daisy Razor

Oh god, the shoes have BEES on them. Must. Have.

Reginal T. Squirge

@Daisy Razor BEADS!?

Daisy Razor

@ReginalTSquirge@twitter BEE BEADS (or charms, whatever)

cashmere velvet candy cane

@Daisy Razor They don't allow bees in here.

MilesofMountains

@Daisy Razor I want the teal ones with bees, but the teal ones just have lame little tennis rackets :(

anachronistique

@Daisy Razor I'm so disappointed that the teal ones have tennis rackets instead.

Daisy Razor

@anachronistique I am too, because I don't like tennis and I feel like wearing shoes with rackets on them would invite all sorts of unwelcome tennis-related small talk.

frigwiggin

@MilesofMountains @anachronistique @Daisy Razor Meeeee toooooo. Ugh. Teal + bees would be insta-buy.

Does Axl have a jack?

@MilesofMountains Yes, this. It makes me want to stop by Anthro on the way home tonight and investigate the feasibility of removing the rackets from the teal ones (if they still have them).

SuperGogo

@MilesofMountains SAME! Total wa-wa trombone moment when I clicked on the teal ones.

Vicky

@armyofskanks Me too! I love bees and welcome the possibility of convertible bee-shoes. But it looks like even if you can't switch around the charms you can permanently remove the rackets and loop in whatever through the leather holes, which is nice.

EpWs

@Daisy Razor Beeds.

VolcanoMouse

@Vicky Johnson My brain is afire with all the extracurricular whimsy a lady could add to her teal shoes via charm replacement. Curses.

Does Axl have a jack?

@Vicky Johnson Ooh, so they're, like, reusable holes? If they still have them, I am so getting them and then making all the weird shoe charms.

Eta: @VolcanoMouse Great minds and all, heh.

MrsLlama

@ReginalTSquirge@twitter aaaand I just died.

KeLynn

@MilesofMountains Seriously what is that shit.

Does Axl have a jack?

@VolcanoMouse So I visited the shoes this evening, and the charms do indeed look to be very replaceable. Also, they were still 50 bucks at my store. *grumble*

(However, this skirt that I have been stalking forever finally went on adequate sale, and it is mine now.)

@serenityfound

Long camis with thigh highs = LOVE

olivebee

Man, I wish I could have plants in my home. They make everything prettier and cheerier and spring-ier. But my cat knows no bounds when it comes to climbing (or eating), so she will eat any plant no matter how high I put it. We had a cactus, thinking that would deter her, aaaaand nope. She comes running up to us with little spikeys sticking out of her chin and paws and a destroyed cactus lying on the floor.

wallsdonotfall

@olivebee Hanging pots?

bangs
bangs

@wallsdonotfall Growing up my cat's favourite nap spot was a hanging spider plant.

charlottecat

@olivebee What is it with cats and eating plants, anyway? My cats do the same thing. I can put them on the top of a really tall bookshelf but then I can barely see them myself. Someone must have invented a solution to this dilemma by now. Right?

Does Axl have a jack?

@charlottecat There is exactly one place in my house that I can have cut flowers or plants or whatever without them becoming a kitty salad bar: the top couple of shelves in a very narrow bookcase. Narrow enough that there is no room for said kitty and foliage to occupy the same shelf.

olivebee

@charlottecat I bet there is a spray out there that you spritz on the plant and it tastes bad to pets or something, but I can almost guarantee that would not deter my little gremlin. It also makes no sense to me because if I drop spinach or other leafy veggies on the floor while cooking, she won't even move toward them. But put a damn plant in the room? Nom nom nom.

Nutria

@olivebee I have this problem with my cat too. I ended up buying these things with a motion sensor on them that make a loud noise and spray canned air, and positioning them so she can't approach the plants without setting them off. It works, BUT I often forget to turn it off before watering plants and set them off on myself...

chapstick

Speaking of it being glorious weather-wise (I mean, nothing's better than summer in Chicago, except summer in Chicago in MARCH), some climate scientists postulate that this is because of all the really big earthquakes last year shifting the jet streams around.

frigwiggin

"No, Gary, I did NOT replace your Coke with geraniums. Did you leave your glasses on the dog again?"

SuperGogo

@figwiggin "I was testing out my luxury eye mask, Elaine, so excuuuuse me. At least I didn't drink dish soap thinking it was wine like somebody I know!"

frigwiggin

@SuperGogo "Ugh, Gary, don't even get me started. WHOOOOO was it that thought my perfume atomizer was Banaca?"

noodge

"picture this: You. On a boat. Bikini. Oversized linen sweater. Dusk. A chill in the air. OTK socks. Baby bump?"

Jane. Jane? JANE!

redheaded&crazy

@teenie I KNOW! HOW DID SHE KNOW?!

oh wait you're implying something else ...

JANE?!

automaticdoor

@teenie I KNOW RIGHT?! Jaaane?

Jane Marie

@automaticdoor *CHUGS WINE*

automaticdoor

@Jane Marie <333333

Burly-Q

Hmmm DIY for all these wine bottles I have lying around... AND I've been trying to find a recyclable container to pour some of my HUGE gallon of dish soap into. Only downside I can see: I have wet hands, a dish in one hand and the wine/soap bottle slipping from my other hand into oblivion. Wait, am I over-thinking this craft suggestion?

nevernude cutoffs

Yowza! If I'm wearing that garter belt under a wedding dress you better believe it'll be half off! (rimshot)

EpWs

@nevernude cutoffs Perfect.

I'm buying the long cami! I'm doing it! LONG CAMI IN NAVY. I would get the OTK socks, but I have big thighs and somehow they're not as cute when they look like wooly sausage casing.

Is it bad that I think the long cami is going to become my new yoga top?

thebestjasmine

@S. Elizabeth NO, that's a great idea. My yoga pants always slip down a little while doing downward dog, because I am short but have a large ass and have yet to find yoga pants that accomodate both things, so having a long cami would be awesome for that.

Bonnie_Irene

@S. Elizabeth Hahaa, ohhhhh over the knee socks for girls with big thighs.

In high school, one of my waifish friends got me a pair for a Christmas gift or something. I was so excited to be a cute chick with cute OTK socks and cute shorts, just cuteing around all over the place. And the socks went mid-calf, like grandpa socks. NOT the intended effect!

atipofthehat

@S. Elizabeth

I'm sure they'd be as cute on bigger thighs. Are you kidding?

NOTHING WRONG WITH THIGHS

thebestjasmine

@atipofthehat Oh Tip, I love your love for bigger thighs, but you do not understand the mechanics of trying to put socks made for skinny thighs on big thighs. Think about putting a rubber band tightly on your finger and then looking to see what happens around the rubber band, and you will understand. (Also, likely you may not even get there, because they may only stretch to the top of your knee and not even get to the thigh because of the whole calf situation).

chrysopoeia

@atipofthehat aaaand you've just become my favorite.

frigwiggin

@S. Elizabeth It definitely depends on the OTK socks! I have some thigh-highs that fit my larger thighs, and I sometimes cuff them down to OTK for ease/cuteness.

joie

@figwiggin where are these OTK socks that actually go thigh high??? I have such a yen for knit OTK tights that will actually work as they're intended and not just go to my knees. Help me! My giant thighs will thank you.

frigwiggin

@heyits They're from Sock Dreams, like many good socks. I did a product review on my blog about four pairs they advertise as plus-size. Found them all quite satisfactory, although the Extraordinarily Longer Thigh-High was the winner. Now YMMV, but my upper thigh measurement is 24.5" and they were all good!

joie

@figwiggin I love your blog! I added you to my Google reader a few months ago, but I think this review was before I started following you. The teal ones are freaking gorgeous, and they look really good, too! Thanks for this. I'll have to spring for a pair next month when my budget allows it.

camanda

Flowers in a can! I've been wanting flowers, for a splash of color and a little variety (the lone resident plant in my apartment is a large bamboo). I was thinking about chrymanthesums but geraniums would do nicely, especially at that price.

Aaaand the bee flats only go up to 9. FANTASTIC. /sob

thebestjasmine

@camanda Girl, I wish I'd seen this comment before mine, I just got all excited about the shoes and then cried when I saw the size. I have to go into the store and look for them this afternoon.

camanda

@thebestjasmine They have the tennis ones in a 10, but but but BEES! There isn't a planet on which I'm sporty enough to rock tennis rackets.

@camanda AND MY HILARIOUS LINK WENT AWAY. Why does formatting get eaten when I edit comments? D.P. Gumby would like to educate you on arranging flowers. How dare you.

thebestjasmine

@camanda I have a desperate need for orange flats! So I am totally looking for them at the store today, even though I'm kind of scared of bees (mostly because there's a yellow jacket hive/nest somewhere around my apartment and they keep coming in and giving me nightmares).

ohmy

Ordered the modcloth dress. Too cheap to pass up, but also modcloth makes me nervous sometimes. Some stuff fits great, some is awful.

Hellcat

@ohmy I'm a frequent ModCloth-er and I agree. Some stuff even has the nerve to shrink even when you handwash in cold and hang dry! What is that?

30 Helens Agree

@ohmy So many dresses I would have bought from ModCloth, if they weren't so dang short.

MeghanElizabeth

Jane, I didn't know I wanted the OTK socks until you painted that lovely picture. Where is my yacht? And I can still wear my oversize sunglasses at dusk, yes? And why is my champagne hand empty?

Judith Slutler

@MeghanElizabeth Because of the baby bump, duh

MeghanElizabeth

@Emmanuelle Cunt Touché. I'm going to leave that part out of the fantasy. Stupid babies ruining everything.

Jinxie

@Emmanuelle Cunt My baby bump is actually made of alcohol, so I am keeping my champagne glass full thank you very much.

Judith Slutler

@Jinxie Cheers!

Slutface

That's still expensive for a long-cami. I gotta make my allowance stretch this week. H&M cami's for me I guess.

thebestjasmine

OMG Jane. First of all, I have been scouring the internet all week for cute and affordable orange ballet flats, and you found them for me! Second, I desperately need that perfume thing so I can keep my perfume at work with me for those days where I forget or am going out after work.

OH NO, THE SHOES ARE SOLD OUT IN MY SIZE. BRB, LEAVING WORK AT 9:42 AND GOING TO ANTHROPOLOGIE.

Oh, and also, if anyone is planning a baby shower around this time, when some of us planned a shower for a friend a few years ago we gave out herbs in a bag for the favors, and they were a hit, the flowers in a can would be a cute idea, and cheap!

New Hoarder

@thebestjasmine Ahhhh! I ordered those orange Anthro flats on Tuesday and should receive them by Monday! If you find yours before I receive mine, tell me how much you love them! I've been wanting orange shoes (I have flip-flops with orange in them, not the same) and was eyeing the Jessica Simpson Madisen ballet flats in pink and orange, but could not bring myself to order them because a) pink and b) Jessica Simpson.

ALSO Nails Inc. nail polish is just meh for the price and how little you receive, though I am impressed with Belgrave Place.

thebestjasmine

@New Hoarder Hahh, I thought of ordering those same Jessica Simpson shoes (but her shoes are pretty cute and well made, so I try to forget that they're hers). The price was my issue. I will update!

New Hoarder

@thebestjasmine To be honest, I'll probably still buy them at some point. I had another pair of Jessica Simpson flats that I liked quite a bit (but eventually wound up selling on eBay- for a *profit*?!) and whenever I am in DSW or where-ever I gravitate towards the JS shoes, but then get very angry with myself. So, on Shoebuy, they are $47.45 but I have a $10 coupon PLUS my "member discount" (I don't know how this started?) so they'd only be $35 then? I just got freaked out by people on Zappos saying the Madisen sizing has issues.

But I need more orange shoes, period.

thebestjasmine

@New Hoarder UPDATE to you and all bee shoe seekers: so I just left Anthro and have a bag with shoes in it on my arm, but they aren't the bee shoes -- the shoes seem to be sized generously, so the 9.5 was too big for me. But they had the red ones in size 9 with Eiffel Towers on them, so I got those! Also, in the stores it LOOKS like they're $49, but they rang up as $28.

New Hoarder

@thebestjasmine Mine come today- can't wait! Now I want the red ones too. =-/

Inkling

Ooh, my sister got in a bar fight last night and her nice flats completely filled up with blood. Perfect replacement :)

atipofthehat

@Inkcrafter

Hope it was the other woman's blood, at least.

Inkling

@atipofthehat
Ugh no, but it ended with US chasing HIM into the night, so I think we are still the winners? Even though stitches?

redheaded&crazy

@Inkcrafter I have assigned you +50 badass points in my hairpin EXP rankings. 25 for you and 25 for having an awesome sister

frigwiggin

@Inkcrafter Is she at least going to have a cool scar that she can legit tell people she got in a bar fight?

Judith Slutler

@Inkcrafter A dude beat up on your sister? She definitely needs new flats with bees on them. Jeez

Jinxie

@Emmanuelle Cunt At the very least. Maybe even TWO pairs of flats.

EpWs

@Inkcrafter Uh, yeah, we're gonna need a full story on this asap.

Daisy Razor

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Seconding that motion.

PistolPackinMama

@Daisy Razor signing on because I want the follow up.

Inkling

@all
Ahh, thank you so much for the points! I am sure that will make her feel better. And yeah, this scar is gonna be nuts!
Be warned, this story is super nonsensical.
My sister and I were in the parkinglot of Sassy Ann's with an acquaintance/friend, who is a short, skinny man (this is possibly relevant). The friend was having an innocent if drunk conversation with an apparently sober dude, asking him his last name. The sober dude was starts getting crazy eyes, so my sister and I begin walking over about two seconds before the dude punches our friend really hard in the jaw. My sister and I run bellowing at him, causing him to turn tail--she catches him in a chokehold, he shoves her against a car and to the gravel, splitting her knee open. (Ten stitches!) I chased him all the way out of the parkinglot, but ARGH! I lost him once we got out of the streetlights!
My sister is a bartender at another bar, so there's a chance she might see him while working to exact her revenge. That dude had to have been sober to outrun me, so it's like he just wanted to pick a fight with whatever physically nonthreatening man that says hi to him first.

Inkling

@Inkcrafter
"The sober dude was starts gettin' crazy eyes!"
Fantastic to read in a redneck dialect. We had to fourwheeler-ride home from Sassy's before blood soaked her Good house slippers, as they's thems what not got the cheeto dust on 'em. Fixed her up real good in the doctorin' shed and etc.

EpWs

@Inkcrafter WOW.

tea tray in the sky.

@Inkcrafter A good excuse to bail on a guy at Romy and Michele's high school reunion.

atipofthehat

A prude? I knew it.

WaityKatie

Ahhh you made me buy the geraniums AND the pansies AND A giant gummi bear on a stick.

automaticdoor

@WaityKatie So *you're* why they sold out before I got to them. But I would have been such a good plant mom! I guess I'll have to get up off my ass and go to the hardware store one of these days.

WaityKatie

@automaticdoor They made me panic and checkout quickly by saying "act fast! Only 5 left!" (I didn't buy all 5, though).

automaticdoor

@WaityKatie That reminds me of how I panic-bought dinner the other night because the Chopt website told me that they were going to stop accepting orders for delivery in three minutes. ACT FAST!!1! Seriously, the boy was like "...what are you doing?" "I NEED YOUR LAPTOP MINE IS FREEZING UP WE HAVE TO ORDER IT RIGHT NOW" "We could order from somewhere else?" "BUT WE AGREED ON CHOPT AND IT'S A WEEKNIGHT AND BY THE TIME WE AGREE ON ANYTHING ELSE NOTHING ELSE WILL BE OPEN" I yelled as I snatched his laptop and logged into their website...

WaityKatie

@automaticdoor Haha, that is awesome.

automaticdoor

@WaityKatie This is compounded by my paralyzing fear of speaking to people on the phone for any reason but especially to order food, so I could probably have fudged it on the phone but had we not met the deadline online, the website wouldn't have worked. (I would have just made him call, of course, had his inaction forced us to that point.)

Jinxie

@automaticdoor I'm not going to lie, the discovery of grubhub.com changed my life.

WaityKatie

@automaticdoor We are officially twins. I, too, hate and fear the phone! I will only order from restaurants on seamlessweb, despite the fact that most of the good ones in my neighborhood are not on there. I would rather eat mediocre Thai food than the good Thai food plus having to talk on the phone.

automaticdoor

@WaityKatie Topical: in my mailbox last night I just got two $5 off coupons for a seamless APP!! YOU CAN ORDER FROM THE APP. I didn't know they had one! I'm only allowed to use one code per their rules and I don't know anyone else who needs one, so if you want the other code (good for the app on iPhone, iPad, Android), email me at doorautomatica at the gmail!

charlesbois

I just got out the 100 Dresses at the library...so, free!

Lily Rowan

I want that knit dress so bad! (And maybe in red? That's even cheaper! But... dolman sleeves. I think they are not my friend. Do we think the sale is the same in stores? Because I have a convenient WH/BM...

Fodforever

Geranium-in-a-can has $10 shipping...

Teal flats sold out in size 7.5...

This has been such a tease!

nyikint

@Fodforever Yes, I was fully willing to buy the geraniums, but effectively it ends up being 15 bucks...which defeats the purpose.

What is teleportation for if not instant, free shipping?

WaityKatie

@nyikin Then you just have to buy more stuff to "justify" the exorbitant shipping cost. Um, not that I have ever done this or just did it an hour ago or anything...

nyikint

@WaityKatie *righteously* That would be a ludicrous thing to do and not something someone of my moral strength could ever relate to.

Definitely not.

Marzipan

OTK socks, yes, buying them! In two colors! (this is my first bb purchase (I'm cheap/unstylish/indecisive)!)

Also, question: I got these garter-panties from VS, sort of accidentally/incidentally. Anyways, so now that I have them, I realize I can't really pull them off BUT ALSO I don't understand how to use them? Do I need to be wearing tights or pantyhose or what to clip them onto? What's the deal, fancy underswear?

redheaded&crazy

@Marzipan you gotta get some pull up thigh high tights kinda things.

I would try to explain but it is confusing but it makes way more sense when you have a pair of thigh highs that you are wearing. the garters have this little unhooky snap that you fasten around the thigh high.

also on my VS corset thing, the little hooks come off of the corset so I keep them attached to the thigh highs rather than the corset, way easier to put on that way.

Does Axl have a jack?

@redheaded&crazie Attach them to the stockings first...then to the corset. Holy shit, I think you just blew my mind.

atipofthehat

Coming up next on Hairpin Delicates...

@redheaded&crazie demonstrates how to pull on opera-length black satin gloves.

redheaded&crazy

@atipofthehat darling, you don't pull on opera-length black satin gloves, you have your personal attendant fasten the buttons all the way up.

I mean really, have you even BEEN to the opera before?

contrary

I have that nail polish! I paid full price a while ago though, unfortunately. You should all buy it though, it makes your nails look like space. SPACEE NAILS.

Jinxie

@contrary Does that include the zero gravity thing too? Cause if so, I am SOLD.

Hellcat

@contrary I have that brand in the magnet kind. It's pretty.

contrary

@Hellcat I like the magnet effect one a lot but can never decide on a color and it's $16; I wish there was some kind of magnetic top coat (though now china glaze has come out with a magnetic effect polish that is only $10 and can have Ulta coupons thrown at it, so there is hope for the cheapies).

Emma Peel

I have the winter version of those Anthro flats and I've worn the heck out of them. They're beautiful, very minimal toe cleavage and reasonably comfortable (I mean, they're ballet flats). Well-made, too. I walk a lot and so far they're holding up. Buying the spring version now.

Her???

gah! I was too late for the Geraniums in a Can...was going to be a perfect (cheap) b-day gift for a sister-in-law who is hard to please and whom I don't care all that much about pleasing. Maybe I'll splurge for one of the $15 ones. I want that cami bad, but no shelf bra in the history of shelf bras has been able to corral the girls in an attractive manner. How do y'all do it?

Judith Slutler

@luckylulu Eh, Plant In A Can is so easy to craft, there is really no need to buy. Get a cute mason jar / tin / whatevs, put active charcoal at the very bottom, then some sand & pebbles on top (those layers are for drainage) then potting soil, then plant the seeds. Wrap it up all cute with a bow and VOILA!

Also, re: shelf tops, I only wear shelf camis ever and I manage it by having small boobs *shrug*

SarahP

@luckylulu I almost always wear an actual bra under my shelf-bra camis.

WaityKatie

@Emmanuelle Cunt I am so jealous of and slightly angry at people who can wear shelf bras. And, manufacturers, could we stop putting them in everything, please? Some of us can't wear them but also need shirts.

Judith Slutler

@WaityKatie Hey now, I have to import shelf camis from the US because apparently German women prefer grown-up lady bras!

WaityKatie

@Emmanuelle Cunt THIS MAKES ALL THE SENSE because I am, in fact, German! (genetically). I need to move there now.

Bitterblue

@WaityKatie Yesssss. I concur. I have actually ripped the shelf out of camis in a fit of pique. DO. NOT. WANT.

WaityKatie

@Bitterblue The worst is when you accidentally try one on, and it's, "What the hell is this? Elastic? What? Oh." *rage*

frigwiggin

@WaityKatie My boobs fit in a shelf bra, but I still get major headlights like, all the time, so the regular bra goes on underneath. If not for headlights, I would basically be braless 24/7.

KeLynn

@WaityKatie I just cut them out.

EpWs

WHERE WAS THIS BARGAIN BIN LAST WEEK? You know, when I got paid? Those flats AND that garter would be mine. But alas, I just spent the last of my money this week (not just the spending money, but pretty much All The Money) on stupid groceries. And a comic book.

redheaded&crazy

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher wouldn't it be great to learn how not to spend all my spending money in week 1 of getting paid and instead draw it out over to the next week or so?

THAT WOULD BE SO GREAT!!!

but would it be as great as all those beers i drank last week? it's a toughie, that's for sure.

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie GUH, GIRL, TELL ME ABOUT IT. Also, when did your Y decide to upgrade to an IE?

redheaded&crazy

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher that would be this morning! I WAS PEER PRESSURED.

EpWs

@redheaded&crazie It is fancie! I think it looks charming for spring. LIKE THE BEE FLATS THAT EVERYONE SHOLD GET.

TheCheesemanCometh

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Which comic book?

EpWs

@TheCheesemanCometh Walking Dead volume 11!

TheCheesemanCometh

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Well, that's totally worth blowing you budget as far as I'm concerned!

EpWs

@TheCheesemanCometh True story: I got home and started reading it and realized that I already own 11. Returned to comic shop, sheepishly explained myself to clerk, returned home with 12. Gyah I was tired Friday.

TheCheesemanCometh

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Ahem. I may have passed along a volume of Yotsuba to my daughter because I forgot I already owned it, so no judgement here. I hate when Amazon doesn't remind me that I've already purchased something - how am I supposed to remember??

muralgirl

Have any of you bought something from Bauble Bar? It's perfect for the Friday Bargain Bin, because every Friday they mark something down to $10 (and send you on a sort of treasure hunt to find it). Last week I bought an amazing fox-shaped bracelet. And they had those turtle earrings too! Though my purchase from last Friday still hasn't shipped . . . and this week's bargain was "crafted from acrylic". That just means plastic, right? I didn't buy it.

EpWs

@muralgirl Oh, that site is going to be A Problem for me, I can see it already.

frigwiggin

@muralgirl Oh jeez, ditto @The Everpresent Wordsnatcher. Fox bracelet??? Ahhh.

nevernude cutoffs

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Awwww man. Hairpin is killing me this week with things I want to buy and shouldn't. Bauble Bar and the perfume website from yesterday are on my to-do list.

thebestjasmine

@muralgirl Ahh, so now I'm on the site trying to figure out what the $10 thing is and am so confused, do you know?

muralgirl

@thebestjasmine Oh, yeah, it's in the earrings and it's called stalactite studs or something. Came up on the first page of earrings for me. Looks like amethyst crystals with a gold frame around them. (But they are acrylic.)

frigwiggin

Guys! Guuuuuys. I want the orange bee flats so bad (I love that they're apparently way brighter than in the pictures), but I put myself on a shopping ban for the last two months because I bought a pair of Duo boots in January that blew out my self-assigned monthly clothing budget until April. Buuuut the budget is more assigned to keep myself from amassing more stuff than I really need (I'm kind of a hoarder), and I've done really well at sticking to it. Should I get them? Should I not? I don't knowww.

EpWs

@figwiggin Okay, so on the "DO IT" side of things, April is only like a week away. Also, BEE FLATS. On the "DON'T DO IT" side of things, I got nothin.

Judith Slutler

@figwiggin Just cut that amount out of your April budget imo, and buy them.

VolcanoMouse

@figwiggin Uggh, I do not know. Could you... extend the shopping ban if you buy them? Donate something to make room for 'em?

These are weak excuses, because I not-so-secretly want orange bee flats for everyone.

maevemealone

@figwiggin The blossoms bloomed early! So should your shopping. Plus, it's BEES, the bees are needed for the blooms that are out. But, if you get them you have to wear them around a bunch of cherry blossoms or other gorgeous type things. Wear them for us size 10's who can't buy them.

frigwiggin

@all Thanks, guys! My town doesn't have an Anthro, but I'm going to be in Berkeley tomorrow so I'm gonna see if I can't squeeze in a stop by to see if I can look at them in person. I promise I will put my feet in some of the stinky blossoming trees around here if I get them!

thebestjasmine

@figwiggin YOU ARE? DUDE. I will be at the Berkeley store tomorrow because I just called them and they are holding the 9.5s for meeee. Impromptu Pinup?

frigwiggin

@thebestjasmine Ahh, yes, we should! I don't know yet when I'm going to stop by, though--I'm coming in tonight and staying at my friend's house because we have a book club brunch get-together at 11:00 Saturday morning, and thennnn all the book club peoples want to go see The Hunger Games, but I don't know when. So I will be at Anthro either at like 10am or sometime in the afternoon? I am so popular this weekend, apparently.

thebestjasmine

@figwiggin Ahhh, I am in Berkeley right now and just left anthro and am about to eat, I don't know why I did not see this earlier!

frigwiggin

@thebestjasmine Ahh, I ended up going this morning because the clothes I packed were too light for Berkeley weather anyway. The shoes didn't fit me, though. Sadsies. Did you get yours?!?

Xanthophyllippa

@figwiggin Buy them, but throw out or donate a pair of shoes you don't like/don't wear/think are too old. My way of dealing with having latent hoarder potential is to have a one in, one out policy for whatever I buy. Books and music are exempt because I'll use them more than once.

thebestjasmine

@figwiggin I did! I posted below: they actually seem sized pretty generously, so the 9 fit me (which almost never happens). I couldn't get the orange bees, (only in 7 or 9.5) got the red Eiffel towers. So cute & comfy!

frigwiggin

@thebestjasmine Great! I couldn't find any that fit me comfortably in any color, but I ended up buying a completely different sweater because the clothing I'd packed in my overnight bag wasn't warm enough for a rainy Bay Area Day. Herp derp.

dinos

Added bonus: The first Sephora review for the atomizer is about how it's the perfect size for carrying a supply of Poo-pourri.

hallelujah

Why did I not think of pairing OTK socks with a baby bump & short shorts before??? I'm gonna be so goddamn cute it will be painful to look at me!

werewolfbarmitzvah

Ya know what'd be the best, would be if ModCloth had a STORE. Like a store that's not on the internet, and preferably one relatively close to my job or apartment. I constantly see these glorious, GLORIOUS things on their website, but I have no idea if the stuff will fit, and then I read the reviews and people sometimes say "the fabric is too cheap!" or "the dress is too short!" or something to that effect, and I don't know whether the reviewers have trustworthy opinions (because you know some people just like to complain! Maybe the dresses have perfect fabric after all, and are the perfect length!). And I know that if I order clothing online and it doesn't fit, it'll be a big hassle to do a return and I'll probably never get around to it. So yeah, a ModCloth STORE! That would be marvelous.

Hot Doom

@werewolfbarmitzvah Word. After ordering a few things that weren't perfect for my body on that site, I ended up hunting down the actual garments or shoes they were selling on other sites (like the company actually making the clothes) and sometimes found better fit guides AND lower prices (such as the beach blanket bingo bathing suit that I loooove, by Esther Williams). It's extra internet legwork, but sometimes it's helpful!

But yes, you are right. Bitches need a shop.

Hellcat

@werewolfbarmitzvah It's weird but they carry a lot of brands (as opposed to stuff being specifically theirs). I'm assuming the item descriptions that don't have the manufacturer or brand might be the crappier stuff... though I am just brainstorming, so I could be wrong on that...

I was kind of mad at ModCloth last night. I found some shoes I liked except for the color, but the brand wasn't named in the description. So being the detective that I am, I enlarged the photo and was able to read the name on the inside of the shoe, and did some Googling to see if there were other colors. Well, there are... and they're also about $10.00 cheaper everywhere else. What gives, ModCloth?

SarahP

@werewolfbarmitzvah Yesssss. I'd even settle for them posting the brand names a little more often (they do it sometimes but not a lot); if I know a certain company fits me well, I'll stick with them, and if a company makes clothing for people who don't have my shape, I'll avoid them. But you can't tell!

@Hellcat I've heard that's one of the reasons they DON'T post brands very often.

automaticdoor

@werewolfbarmitzvah All the thumbs-up in the world. I have ordered clothing from there that was nowhere near what a reasonable person would expect that size to be when it showed up, of course on the items with no reviews. D:

Hellcat

@SarahP Oh man! Then I will continue my "browse a lot but do the research before hitting the 'Buy' button" strategy!

sparrow303

YOU GUYS! I just broke my Modcloth cherry and ordered that dress. The only size left was mine!! It was meant to be. I'm gonna tramp all over town in that dress and tan wedges and break all the boys' hearts.

SarahP

@fishiefishfish Be careful: once you start, it's hard to stop.

nevernude cutoffs

@fishiefishfish "I'm gonna tramp all over town in that dress and tan wedges and break all the boys' hearts." One of my favorite sentences ever.

@SarahP - Modcloth or breaking hearts?

SarahP

@nevernude cutoffs Boooooooooooooooth

Redheads have even more fun

OMG, flats in teal and yellow - my favorite colors. After a most embarassing tumble down the ski slopes (note to self, don't ski past your level just to impress the cute Australilan boys you met on the gondola) and a sprained ankle, I'm off heels for awhile. And I need some fun new flats, and well, here they are. And ON SALE. It's a sign.

sovereignann@twitter

Canned flowers. Mother's Day gift...check!

marisaissleepy

does anyone remember when Jane linked to some lingerie that was basically 3 elastic bands that you wear as if its the outline of underwear? And everyone was like "COMEON" and she was like "TRUST." Um... does anyone remember where those were? Because I can't find it anywhere and I am ~ready~.

Jane Marie

@marisaissleepy http://shop.azaleasnyc.com/products/maisonclose-leculnupanty

marisaissleepy

@Jane Marie yessssss thank you OMG matching bra gonna get fRiSkY

EpWs

@marisaissleepy Please report back re: your results with said undies?

MissO

Toe cleavage.......
Jane you are GENIUS! TOTALLY GENIUS! You put words to things I didn't even know could have words put to!
Needless to say, you are my hero.

sophia_h

I want those shoes... but a review from a high-arched person says they cut into her feet! And I can almost never wear ballet flats because I have high arches and wide side-bumps right beneath my toes (basically ballerina-looking feet which is not helpful because a) I am not a ballerina and b) they paradoxically make me unable to wear BALLET flats, wtf). Should I buy them anyhow? Should I drive 45 minutes tomorrow to go to Anthro? Should I just get the orange ballet flats I saw on sale at Macy's yesterday which aren't as cute?

(Which reminds me, if you are a six 6 and looking for awesome boots, you should totally buy American Rag Kandice boots at Macy's website for $35, they are fabulous and a steal.)

pointy

OK, you clever people. What are these shoes that I'm seeing everywhere now that it is summer in NYC? They have cloth uppers and a thinnish flat rubber sole, usually white I think, and look sort of like a cross between Vans slipons and a particular flavor of espadrille. Anyone know what I am talking about from that eloquent description?

nevernude cutoffs

@pointy bensimons? or toms?

pointy

@nevernude cutoffs Ah, I think it might be Toms, although I don't remember noticing that label on the back of them.

nevernude cutoffs

@pointy A lot of companies make Toms knock-offs, which would probably account for the missing label. Although Tom's are great! They donate to charity! (And they're really comfy)

queenieliz

Does anyone know if Sephora.com sale prices are honored in-store? I've been tempted by that stupid nail polish all week (but I just bought an essie version of the flakie thing and don't NEED it, but the price is so good, and I think this one is more blue green where the one I have is more gold orange....) And I don't want to pay shipping and I can't afford to spend $50 at Sephora right now...also, that shirt dress is PERFECT (but Jane scared me right off it with the junk in the trunk commment)

marisaissleepy

@queenieliz I think they are in store and online, but call the store first to make sure they have it in stock!

contrary

@queenieliz 2nding@marisaissleepy, usually the stores run out of sale items fast unless it's something weird like blue Tokidoki lip gloss. Also just a heads up, there are 2 nails inc. sets at sephora with that topcoat and one is gold/orange and the other is blue/green (the gold one comes with a dark reddish polish and the blue one comes with a navy polish). Zoya also makes a similar effect top coat with different color bases and they run free shipping promos off facebook every so often.

queenieliz

@contrary I know! I was looking at the Zoya ones a week or so ago when they were having a buy3 get3 free sale...but I couldn't choose 6 polishes and now I feel stupid for not buying them?! (I got the essie at 20% off at CVS then the next time I went to CVS I got a coupon for a free essie nail treatment, so I feel like it only cost like $3.50 not $8?) Damn, I shoulda ordered the Zoya ones, I guess missing out on that sale is making these look more NECESSARY! But really, how many flakies does one girl need? I can't even wear nail polish to work!

Elleohelle

Just totally bought those bee flats. When do they EVER have sale shoes left in size 9? I had to, guys. I had to.

candybeans

@Elleohelle ooh, they had 9s??? brb.

Elleohelle

@candybeans Did you get them!? I want everyone to have BEE FLATS!

candybeans

@Elleohelle no, sadly; I realized how much of A Poor I am and restrained myself. HAVING NO M

smartastic

So, I got the "tribal" (can we come up with a better word for this?) patterned pants from Chico's a few weeks ago and ... TOTAL SCORE. Thanks Jane!

Megasus

@smartastic let's also ban the word "ethnic" while we're at it.

cindyistickledpink

I feel like if I see any women wearing bee flats or the teal flats with random not-tennis-racket charms on them, I'm going to assume they are 'Pinners! I bought the teal ones but I actually like the original charms haha

Lauren Hayden

Oh my god, marked down Falke anything!? So glad that these didn't sell out like everything else on Bargain Bin! Thank you, Jane. <3<3<3

Feminist Killjoy

i have that nail polish, i paid full price, and it was STILL worth it!

also, yo, my butt does not look like that.

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