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Friday, September 21, 2012

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Friday Bargain Bin: Screw It


Giles and Brother Silver Screw Studs, $38 (were $75)
Conversation starters, right up there next to your hot face. 


Embroidered Frame Duvet Cover & Shams, $59.99 to $79.99 and $14.99 (were $119-169 and $29)
You're gonna need these to impress your lovers, plural, after a night on the town with those studs.


Bordeaux-Ruffled Oxford Heels, $79.95 (were $168)
You don't need to wear anything else on your feet until spring. How cute would they be with this:


Ribbed Cowlneck Dress, $49.50 (was $69.50)
This is THE color of the approaching season, whether you like it or not. I don't make the rules.


Todd Oldham Perfume, $14.48 (was $35 or $85, depending which decade)
It's a secret that this is the best perfume because they haven't made it in 20 years. My BFF knows why people breathe her in at Starbuck's. Probably?


Saturday Pant, $34.65 with code LOVEIT (were $65)
All final sale items are another 30% off with that code. (Thanks, Heather!)


The Swerve, $11.53 (was $16.95)
I just started reading this and it's immediately great. It won a Pulitzer, so I'm not the first person to notice that. I wish Nicole were writing this instead of my cavewoman thumbs being all "TWO UP. ME THINK GOOD BOOK," but there you have it.


Stila Eyeshadow Collection, $32 (was $48; $144 value)
Man alive, I love Stila eyeshadows. They're just so... normal? And they stay on. And they're pretty. Stila doesn't pay me to have this opinion, but I wish Lot Less, the closeout store where I buy all my makeup, would. Or Big Lots. Or any other closeout store. The other day I went into a Smart & Final for the first time thinking it was a closeout store — because it sounds like one, right? — but it was more like Aldi's. Live and learn.


Four Square Anywhere, $5.49 (was $14)
Go outside, while you still can. *Evil laughter*


Woven Rocker Chair, $99.99 with free shipping (was $249)
According to the reviews, the back of this chair needs to be put on backward in order for it to look right and be comfy. You're the type of person to listen to others' experiences, and not just follow the "rules," you know? So get you a beautiful piece of imperfect-at-first furniture for under $100. Or just keep wearing that groove into the floor.



201 Comments / Post A Comment

The Lady of Shalott

Oh my god everyone stop I GET THOSE EYESHADOWS, I MUST HAVE THEM.

Also guys, here, have a free 10% off code for Pink Cherry: PINK10 at pinkcherry.com for the US and pinkcherry.ca for the Canucks. Go forth and get yourself some really awesome stuff, really fast shipping (like 3 days!!! Regular ground shipping!), and then have some raunchy filthy kinky sex with yourself or someone you love or someone you think is cool.

EpWs

@The Lady of Shalott Oh god, I got Pink Cherry and Pinkberry confused for a minute and then was wondering (a) how you can use a code on frozen yogurt, (b) why it needs to be shipped, and (c) what kind of raunchy filthy kinky sex you can have with yogurt.

My brain.

meganmaria

@The Lady of Shalott I love the Stilas, too. I love, love them. Also, I'm glad I read your post thoroughly enough not to try going to the other site at work. I do not need that trip to HR today. Hooray for mobile internet!

janedonuts

I used to Wear Todd Oldham back in the day. My car smelled like it and cigarette smoke. Ah, memories.

Hellcat

@janedonuts What kind of smell is it? I am intrigued but, you know, I have no idea what to expect.

Jane Marie

@Hellcat it's like spicy and a little musk and vanilla-y? i think? i don't know how to talk about perfume.

Hellcat

@Jane Marie I know--it's hard to do unless it smells close to or exactly like something else (like DKNY Be Delicious or, my favorite, Bobbi Brown Beach). But thanks!

sceps yarx

@Jane Marie Do you guys ever go on basenotes.net? Reading perfume reviews is so fun! I just love seeing what words people use to describe smells. It reminds me of the quote "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" but instead of "music", put "perfume".

Hellcat

@sceps yarx Sounds like a job for all the synesthetes out there!

cuminafterall

That eyeshadow looks like a great deal, but I hardly ever wear eyeshadow! On a person with blue eyes, would those colors look okay or horrendous?

sharkburp

@cuminafterall You should definitely get those, the pale colors and the browns make a great neutral eye for blues, and the grey would be great for nighttime.

meganmaria

@cuminafterall I have blue eyes and Stila makes my favorite neutrals. Well, them and Bare Minerals, but Bare Minerals isn't on sale like this is.

anachronistique

My favorite black flats bit it this week. :( I need ones that are more supportive than ballet flats and not hideously frumpy. Help?

Renleigh

@anachronistique I just got some Dr Scholl's ballet flats and they're WAY more supportive than regular ballet flats.

Here they are! I got them at Famous Footwear and I wear them all the time to work.

lisma

@anachronistique I have some from Seychelles that are cute and comfortable and somewhat supportive.

frigwiggin

@anachronistique My favorite black flats that actually have arch support in them are Born. Sort of like these, but with a ring instead of a bow. (I was lucky, though, I found them for $7 at a thrift store last November and they are by far my most-worn shoes.)

Punk-assBookJockey

@anachronistique This is the age-old problem. And by that I mean one that I have been trying to solve for the last year. I have some lifestride shoes that I like ok. I tried posting the link but it broke. Anyway they are Decatur apparently. They have a few other cute ones but lots of frumpy ones unforch.

cuminafterall

@anachronistique I have some Naturalizers that are pretty comfy, thuogh they don't have a ton of arch support.

VelourFog

@anachronistique I managed to find some Munro flats at Nordstrom Rack recently. I think I paid about $45, saving about $100 off the retail price. They have a tiny (1/2 inch?) heel, like on a man's dress shoe, so it is sturdier than a ballet shoe. They are not very clunky, but not the most delicate shoe ever made. I wouldn't wear them with fancy dresses, but for everyday and most work days they are passable and the comfort factor really helps me love them. I don't understand how people wear shoes like the heels pictured!

Does Axl have a jack?

@anachronistique Theeeeeese! Super comfy, moderately cute.

jilt

@anachronistique I recently got a pair of J Crew's Cece flats, and I love them. They have a hidden 1/2" wedge heel that makes the difference for me, since I have high arches.

the roughest toughest frail

@frigwiggin Seconding the recommendation for Born. I have the exact flats you're talking about and I wore them when I was working retail. Comfy enough to stand in for over 8 hours a day!

snowmentality

@anachronistique I have a pair of black Mary Jane flats from Clarks (got them on clearance at DSW) that I heart. They are super comfortable to walk in, and actually kinda cute. I don't see the specific ones I have on Clarks website now, but they have a bunch of other flats that I think fit the comfortable and cute bill.

mustelid

@abetterfate Thirding Born! They're super comfy, they're cute (at least I think they are), they're affordable and they last way longer than the cheap ones from Target or whatever. Seriously, I've had mine for close to a year and a half and wear them almost every day (I know I know I should switch them out more often); while they're showing some signs of wear, they're still completely suitable even for wearing to work.

Unfortunately they get real stanky. Tip: Buy some Hibiclens and when they start to get fragrant, scrub those insoles with a toothbrush, Hibiclens and a tiiiiny bit of water.

Hellcat

@ EVERYONE: Fellow flats fans: Help! Inexpensive, pointy-toe flats! Where the hell are they? I see them in magazines (well, pointy ones, that is; they're probably not inexpensive) but nowhere I can get my hands on any? What the hell? I like my ballet flats and all, but I really love pointy (with maybe a little bit of embellishment in the form of metal buckles or studs... but not bows).

anachronistique

Y'all are AMAZING, thank you! I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

Queen Elisatits

@Hellcat Urban Outfitters usually has a good selection

Hellcat

@Queen Elisatits Oh, thanks! I will check it out--maybe I've been too hasty in deleting UO's many, many e-mail notifications!

glow bug

Where do the screws go tho?!

Bgwee

@pigforker THIS

BornSecular

@pigforker Ummm, I think they go in your ears? Maybe?

oh! valencia

@pigforker I think they have post studs attached to the back of them, but the picture is not at all clear.

glow bug

@oh! valencia hmmm I guess that makes sense, though it also makes them slightly less cool.

sharkburp

Ooooh, I have something to contribute! There is an incredible sale at urban decay: http://www.urbandecay.com/urban-decay-cosmetics-sale-products/sale,default,sc.html

$22 lipstick is on sale for $3. For the love of god someone thats not as broke as I am should seriously take advantage of this.

sophia_h

@sharkburp Aha, thank you! The lipstick colors that were left were all the wrong colors for me, but $5 mascara is mine! (plus $6 shipping, woof)

olivebee

@sharkburp Welp, there goes my $$, since UD is my favorite cosmetics brand but I never buy it because I am too poor.

LydiaBennett

@sharkburp STOPPPPPPPPP ahh help I'm too broke but buying so much makeuppppp

sceps yarx

@sharkburp oh my gosh, I just bought three lipsticks! Thank you for sharing this! I am obsessed with vampy lipsticks right now so I got the Confession, the Apocolypse, aaaand the Oil Slick for good measure because heck it's three bucks! Oh dear oh dear, I am a compulsive lipstick buyer.

smidge

The dress! Frankly I look awesome in that color, so it's a win-win

wee_ramekin

@smidge Yeah, I love that color. Not sure why it's bad?

She was a retail whore

@wee_ramekin Doesn't that color work on everybody on the planet? I know that I look amazing in it, and I feel like everybody else I see in it looks pretty rad, too.

Lexa Lane

@She was a retail whore I want it in purple, but I am always wary of buying stuff online because everything that is "knee length" on everyone else is halfway up my (not terribly attractive) thighs. Anyone know what Victoria's Secret return policy is? I couldn't find it on the website.

Verity

@She was a retail whore I don't know - I have red hair, and think dark reds make it look weird and faded.

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

@smidge I love love love that dress but I also don't have a life so I have no idea where I'd wear it. I know you guys are gonna be like "Buy it anyway!" but I have dresses that did not get worn at all this summer, including this really cute dress that I figured I could wear Anywhere! But I didn't really have an Anywhere, so it'll wait til next summer or I'll just move to a hot climate.

fondue with cheddar

OMG THOSE SHOES.

hulia

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) I saw some girl wearing them today and they were cuuuuuuuuuute. She was also wearing them with this donkey dress, which is maybe the awesomest dress ever.

Hellcat

@hulia Oh my god, I want that dress. I seem to have adopted some kind of animal-print thing lately--not like the pattern of the animal, like leopard or zebra (though I do have a lot of that too) but actual pictures of animals on the dresses. I don't know what this says about me, but I found the cutest dress with a bird print for $14 at Walmart!

hulia

@Hellcat It says that you are able to find needles in haystacks!

Hellcat

@hulia You give me too much credit! In truth, I just moved and, as is always true for the first week in a new place, I was forced into far too many impromptu household-necessity shopping sprees. On the last one (I hope), the dress caught my eye and I nabbed it! I can't find a picture though, dammit...

fondue with cheddar

@hulia That's adorable!

I'm trying to start wearing nicer clothes (I'm a t-shirt and jeans gal), so I just bought a cute dress online. I like it, but when I put it on I just feel so ridiculous, like I'm wearing a costume. :(

frigwiggin

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325)

Aw. Just own it! I feel weird when I step outside of my clothing comfort zones, but it's like with makeup--you look weird to yourself, but as far as anybody else (who doesn't know you) knows, this is how you always look!

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) As a fellow t-shirt-and-jeans girl at heart, I urge you to push past that feeling! I wear dresses practically every weekday (mostly on the casual side because my job isn't too rigid about what we wear) and it's the best! Getting dressed is so easy--dress, tights (usually black for me), and maybe a cardigan! I don't ever feel like I'm in a costume but I do sometimes have to endure the "Why you so dressed up?" remarks... from people who see me dressed like this every day, no less. And because I am both a clothes-ruiner and a person who shops just for the sake of shopping, I tend to stay on the cheap side with my dresses, which are surprisingly not hard to find.

hulia

@Hellcat Clothes-ruiners of the world unite! I got a snag in my new semi-expensive dress this morning, which reminded me why I usually leave my shopping to F21 and H&M.

And @a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325), an easy way to ramp your way up to cute dresses is to start with blouses instead of t-shirts, but still with jeans. Baby steps! And then eventually all the dresses all the time!

Hellcat

@hulia Yup. I even slowed down on my ModCloth purchases when I discovered the dress selection at F21 was even cheaper! If they're just my work clothes, I don't even care how well-made they are at this point. I figure the more I have, the slower they'll wear out... I think.

My real problem is cardigan sweaters and my elbows! I suck, man, and now don't allow myself to buy any cardigan that's more than $20.

fondue with cheddar

@frigwiggin @Hellcat It wouldn't be so bad if I were among strangers but yeah...I dread those "OMG YOU'RE WEARING A DRESS?!" reactions. This dress (in turquoise) is what I bought. The problem is that it doesn't look on me like it does in the picture. I'm really busty and have wider hips than that, so it poofs out a little more from the waist down. And I stupidly opted for the tie-up sleeves, which look even poofier than they looked in the picture. So basically the dress looks überfeminine on me. I guess my body is kind of exaggerated, which is maybe why I'm drawn to more androgynous clothing. I probably should have bought a dress in a store, but with my proportions that's really difficult. Ugh.

hulia

@Hellcat And more expensive cardis aren't necessarily better! And if your desk chair is like my desk chair, it will positively ruin all of your sweaters by pilling them until they're unrecognizable as sweaters anymore, and the heartbreak from that is much easier to handle when it's a $20 target sweater than when it's a $120 cashmere sweater.

Also, discovering pen/highlighter marks all over the wrists of $20 sweaters is similarly easier to handle than when they're all over the sleeves of expensive sweaters.

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) I think it's cute and I bet you're cute in it (and I hope all these "You're wearing a dress!" people are at least telling you it looks nice). Maybe think of it like frigwiggin said it; it's like makeup... or even when you cut your bangs or recolor your hair and everyone notices and acts like you did some monumental thing. I'd say do it more and more often and it will become less of a Thing for people to mention (and, you know, the mentioners are always going to find something to mention anyway). And browse, browse, browse!

@hulia Yeah, I've given up unless I find something so undeniable at Loehmann's or something. Cheapo Joyce Leslie always has solid-color standard cardigans for $12.99 and I just go there, grab two of each in the colors I want (because, yes, it has come to that), and go home... to throw away the casualties of my murder elbows.

professionalmess

@hulia I definitely did not trust the phrase "donkey dress" but I was wrong.

fondue with cheddar

@hulia I do wear blouses sometimes, but a dress just feels so different.

@Hellcat Yeah, I guess if I do it more often people will get over it. But I have to feel good in it. I guess if I do it more often I'll get over it, too. I'm just so used to dressing androgynously that wearing it makes me feel like I'm trying to be someone else.

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) But you're not, though, because it IS you who wants to wear the dresses (I am making no sense maybe). And when you find the right dress, get it in all colors patterns! And then, if you're like me (and hopefully not the clothes-ruiner part), it will be so easy to transition into all types of stuff--and, WHEE! Dresses for you!

What about a shirt-dress style? Maybe something like that would help bridge the gab between these two worlds?

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat I do get things in multiple colors and patterns when I find something I like because finding things that fit is so difficult. I like shirtdresses, but I've got huge boobs so they're tough because of the buttons. I might try one in the future from eshakti because you can get stuff customized to your measurements for a small fee. My weird (according to clothing designers, at least) body is part of the reason why I've gotten into the habit of "lazy" dressing. I used to be more fashion adventurous when I was younger and thinner and there was a wider variety of stuff out there that fit me.

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) I tend to believe that we're probably all weird according to clothing designers; I'm pretty narrow, and possibly what many people assume fits the bill for designer templates (except for the height) but sometimes I run into the same issues. Like why does the this t-shirt in medium fit tight across my 34Bs? What? Yet that one in small is all boxy and shit. And why is it assumed that if I have a lower size in jeans that my legs are only two feet long and I have no ass? Who decides this nonsense and why can't our things be measured like guys' stuff? Oh, ugh!

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat I was just explaining to my boyfriend the other day about how much women's sizing sucks. He honestly had no idea how bad it was. Our bodies are more varied, yet they're the ones with better sizing. What's up with that?

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) It stinks! But I will tell you that an ex of mine once had the same tirade because, somehow, a 34" inseam varied from store to store and how could that be? 34" is 34". And these were finished hems, so it couldn't even be blamed on the allowance for tailoring! Heh, that was funny--he was usually pretty calm about that kind of shit, but that day he lost his marble.

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat WHAT? That doesn't make any sense!

It's still not as bad as our sizing, though.

Hellcat

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325) I KNOW! It's not like "small," medium," and "large"--it's a very specific thing with no room for varying interpretations!

Current boyfriend doesn't have these issues; he's a jeans and t-shirt unless the situation calls for something else. Also, he thinks having three pairs of jeans is decadent! But he's the best anyway.

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat I have two pairs of jeans, and I alternate them every other day.

Hellcat

@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) I think I could get by on that, actually, but I get crazy when I find really good ones, and I stock up in the case of emergency. I don't know what I think will happen if the perfect jeans are suddenly not available but I can't help it (maybe it's an effect of never until now having my own washer and dryer).

And is your user name inspired by Wet, Hot American Summer? Because yay!

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat It is! I had to change it because there's already somebody named candybeans.

cecil hungry

OMG I want those shoes so badly but $80 for shoes is still too much for me... :( BUT WANT.

lisma

Those pants and I are going to be hot and heavy all fall/winter.

Punk-assBookJockey

@lisma Winter boyfriend?

lisma

@Punk-assBookJockey totally winter boyfriend, since my real-life, human one is going to be in stupid France.

sam.i.am

SATURDAY PANTS ARE THE BEST.

sam.i.am

@sam.i.am Also, Madwell is doing 25% off sale with the code YIPEE.

rimy

@sam.i.am What, for real about Madewell? Hurray :D

EpWs

@sam.i.am Oh...oh dear.

Judith Slutler

@sam.i.am Oh if only I had money to spend! Dammit Madewell!

hulia

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher This was my reaction, too. That is not information that I can be trusted with.

rimy

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher
I went to Madewell last weekend and they had the BEST red sundress on deep clearance at like $25.00 and I didn't get it because I was buying someone a present and couldn't justify it and I am filled with regretttt :( :(

Ellie

@sam.i.am Are these actually good pants? I have long been tempted by them but I have always resisted on the grounds that, how are they better than $20 Target sweatpants. They are just thin sweatpants, right? Or are they like magic and make your ass look great and are also comfortable? I wish J.Crew had on-site reviews.

sam.i.am

@Ellie They are! They're like skinny sweatpants, without being leggings. They're a thick fabric, but they aren't fleecy or bulky. And, yes, they make your ass look great and are also comfortable. And they're not totally embarrassing to wear in public.

Saturday pants EVERY DAY!!

tea tray in the sky.

@sam.i.am It's Saturday now in NZ and I'm literally wearing identical pants at this moment.

sophia_h

Augh I want that rocking chair so much! ...for reasons.

Reginal T. Squirge

Those hips...

ummm... yeah.

frigwiggin

I love that burgundy is a recurring trendy color for fall, they just changed the name so we can pretend it's new. OXBLOOD, BITCHES.

SarahP

@frigwiggin As long as the color keeps coming back, I don't care what they call it. I look AWESOME in burgundy/maroon/the blood of livestock.

Chills

@frigwiggin this is true, but it is a good colour!
I clicked through to look at the website where they have actually called it temptress red!...

frigwiggin

@SarahP Oh, agreed, I love it too, it just makes me laugh. We should try and think of new names for it for future seasons: bittersweet, sanguine, claret, human sacrifice...

sophia_h

@frigwiggin This is the time of year when I have to stock up on clothes because so-called "fall" colors (burgundy, dark teal, forest green, burnt orange, etc.) are the only ones that look good on me, and they don't really sell them at any other time. I was so happy when mustard became trendy this year and I could actually find it in stores in spring.

SarahP

@sophia_h Yes! I do the same thing! No one believes me when I tell them I simply can't find clothes that look good on me in the spring and summer. Pastels make me look awful.

Bittersweet

@SarahP Me too. And it's one of the colors of our local high school (go Grey Ghosts!) so it is everywhere around here.

Tragically Ludicrous

@sophia_h Mustard being trendy makes me so happy! I can finally find the mustard-yellow cardigan of my dreams!

oh! valencia

@frigwiggin It's a little bit less purple-y than burgundy, though, isn't it?

sophia_h

@Tragically Ludicrous Yesss, I got the greatest mustard cardigan at Target last week and have been living in it and everyone gives me compliments!

Question: do the rest of you have pale Causasian skin with both pink AND yellow undertones? That's why I have a hard time wearing most colors. (That and having hazel eyes exactly halfway between brown and green, so nothing matches them.) Also finding foundation is a nightmare, I have given up.

Ophelia

@SarahP ...like that girl with the horse?

siniichulok

@sophia_h I have pale mostly-Caucasian skin that somehow contrives to be both Warm and Cool and baffles makeup experts. My eyes are a Mary Sue-ish dark blue with amber rings around the pupils. I love mustard color and wish I could wear it without looking sort of sick, but I can't (though I compensate by owning mustard-color pants that don't go right near my face). Good for you though! Have you tried shades of green? I bet they would look nice with your eyes.

sophia_h

@siniichulok Dark green is actually my best color, but I don't own enough because I'm a size 16 and finding clothes sucks (too small for plus-size, little selection in straight sizes). I'm always jealous of blue-eyed girls because blue looks so very good on them (and blah on me).

Poodle

@sophia_h Yes! And weird kind-of-red, kind-of-brown light-ish hair that makes my kind-of freckles look like plain old spots. I think I might try to take my hair a shade or two towards darker brown, just so I have SOMETHING solid to hang a color palette on.

sophia_h

@Poodle I have what I call "generic white person hair" -- that dull ash-brown that lurks beneath every blonde or red dye job. Right now it's reddened up a bit with box dye but needs blonde highlights, since I'm going grey early. I too long for a solid color palette, but am forced to create one on myself.

Tragically Ludicrous

@sophia_h I definitely have pale Caucasian skin (the palest!), definitely pink undertones. Not sure about the yellow? I don't know these things, really. My hair is a darkish brown and quite curly.

sceps yarx

@sophia_h ha ha, I was a natural blonde in CA and then I moved to Seattle, never saw the sun again, and my ashey grey hair currently lurks under purple hair dye.

sceps yarx

@oh! valencia Agreed. Oxblood is like burgundy with a touch of brown or orange in it. It's warmer and a bit more neutralized. (color theory nerd!!!)

Scandyhoovian

FOUR SQUARE!! NO CHERRY BOMBS!

NeverOddOrEven

@Scandyhoovian
I was at a huge outdoor beer tasting last weekend and they had four square! It was awesome; drunk people rotating in and out...

elizabeast

Do closeout makeup stores exist in Portland? Please tell me they do.

oh! valencia

@elizabeast as I was skimming this looked like "closet makeout stores"... that is all.

JaneDoe

@oh! valencia
It's closing time everyone feel up your partner quickly, you've only 7 minutes!

frigwiggin

"Gary, I REALLY don't think that's intended to be used as a syringe. I'm pretty sure it's for inflating the kickball. Gary, no, that's not what 'medicine ball' means."

wee_ramekin

@frigwiggin "Oh, Elaine. You're so screwy. Just like your earrings." *fond glance*

frigwiggin

@wee_ramekin "Gary, this is just like the time you took all my eyeshadow to make the lines for foursquare because the dog ate the chalk! I'm going to go sit in the new rocking chair, but I ASSURE you I won't be enjoying myself."

TheBelleWitch

Ooof another Bargain Bin dress I really want!

On that note, if vanillawaif is out there, thank you for your advice of several Bargain Bins ago to go to Anthropologie and try on that one blue dress. Because I totally would have ordered the wrong size online, and instead I got the right size and rocked it at my friend's rehearsal dinner last week and it was PERFECT. And nothing from Anthropologie is ever perfect on me, so I can only assume that Jane Marie is some sort of clothing whisperer.

EpWs

@TheBelleWitch I lusted after that damn dress, but there is no Anthro around here and it was backordered, yada yada, but I'm going to be near one this weekend and even though I already got a dress for the wedding I'm going to in a few weeks, I kind of want to go try it on and possibly buy it anyway. Everyone needs a slinky blue dress, right?

TheBelleWitch

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher YES. Yes they do. (It really is a good dress, very comfy for all its slinkiness.)

slutberry

I want the dress and the booties.

sceps yarx

@slutberry I want the dress and the boobies.

No really, if you're flat-chested and you wear a dress like that, your stomach is the thing sticking out the furthest, which is depresssssinnnnnng.

maybe partying will help

Stephen Greenblatt! Of course I will put that book on my library list posthaste.

Lucienne

So, can I crowdsource eyelash curlers? I have trouble finding a curler that is sufficiently long enough to grab the lashes at the outer corners of my eyes and actually . . . curl them. I guess those lashes are thinner and limper and less likely to curl? This is kind of annoying because I don't like the feeling of my lashes all tangled up together at the edges.

Anyone else have this problem? And managed to fix it? Online reviews don't really address this issue.

HereKitty

@Lucienne Old-school and cheap (like me), but I use and love Revlon. And hear great thing about the crazy-expensive Shu Uemura ones.

muralgirl

@Lucienne Have you tried one like this? It's a little less scary to get right up close to your eye. http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?newdept=&s=frooglesearch&c=google&otc=MiniEyelashCurler&bnd=&pf_id=44713&level1_id=300&level2_id=301&pdept_id=315&dept_id=399&ym_mid=&ym_rid= (Sephora makes a more expensive version too, but this works fine.)

Lu2
Lu2

@HereKitty and Lucienne --it's my understanding that the Shu Uemura curlers aren't sold in the U.S. anymore. Someone at Sephora told me that a year or so ago, but I never checked because I wasn't that interested. By that time I was really tired of hearing how fabulous Shu Uemura's eyelash curler was. ha ha ha. And yes, my corner eyelashes do the same thing, but I never cared that much... wow, don't I sound insultingly languid? I don't mean it that way. Anyway, I think the lack of curling there may have more to do with the physics of the eyelash curler (distribution of pressure; maybe I mean "mechanics"?) than with the lashes themselves.

... And maybe, just maybe, that was the advantage of the Shu Uemura eyelash curler???

HereKitty

@Lu2 @Lucienne They're available directly from the company (maybe Sephora stopped carrying them?):
http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/_us/_en/accessories/eyelash-curlers/eyelash-curler.htm

sceps yarx

@Lucienne USE A SPOON. Ok, imagine an eyelash curler. Now pretend your thumb pad is the spongey part and the edge of the spoon is the pinchy metal part. With the spoon on top of your eyelashes and your thumb below, pinch your eyelashes wherever you need a curl. That way you can just do the outer corners if you want to.

Lucienne

@all Thank you!! This has been helpful.

BornSecular

Oh no! I want to buy that Stila eyeshadow SO bad, even though I don't need any of the colors! I'm pretty sure I have all of those already in the various sets/individual pots I own.

BornSecular

@BornSecular Also, does anyone know how much shipping generally runs? I have 2 Sephoras around me but the site says they don't have it in store. Online only deal, maybe?

mangosara

@BornSecular I think it's a flat $6-$8, but free if you spend $50 or over (I always spend $50 or over. Rationalization: well, it's already $35, so it would be $41, so I might as well just spend the extra $9... it's like I'm getting a discount!)

hulia

@BornSecular Most of the time stuff is on sale at sephora online, it's not on sale at sephora in store. Which is a highly successful marketing ploy, since, like mangosara, I always end up spending the $50 for free shipping.

sceps yarx

@hulia I've decided Sephora is bull. They sell half amazing products and half terrible products, and then when you return the terrible ones you end up spending twice as much on stuff you don't need so that you can use up your store credit. WHERE DID ALL MY MONEY GO???

frigwiggin

Oh hey, since we're talking about clothes already--I'm going to a memorial for a family friend on Saturday (the rest of my family can't go because they're all too far away), and I was discussing with my mom whether I have to wear all black or not. Her opinion is that I don't, but I can't tell if by "not black" she just means "navy is OK" or what. (Her exact words: "Just be slightly sedate, I guess! You know, no masses of cleavage or slits up to the yin yang!!" I love my mom.) I don't actually own much black, so my current idea is: black shirt, dark plum cardigan, dark blue/navy skirt, possibly tights or leggings since it's in Berkeley. I can't help worrying about it a little, though (partially because I haven't seen this family since I was approximately 13).

VelourFog

@frigwiggin That outfit sounds fine to me. In my experience, memorials and such are normally held on a weekday so lots of people are coming from work. There is also a movement away from all black to include more colorful cheerful outfits. This may vary by the culture/religion of the family though. I'm with your mom about not wanting to wear anything sexy though!

frigwiggin

@VelourFog At least I don't really have to worry about the sexy thing. I couldn't do "masses of cleavage" to save my life.

smidge

@frigwiggin My sense is that some of the traditions of funeral-dressing have started to fade, so I think your outfit sounds fine. I think aiming for respectful and somber is good, but I don't think anyone will be clutching their pearls if you show up in a plum sweater.

Terrifying Wife-Avatar

@frigwiggin I think your planned ensemble will be fine. Judging by the last 3 funerals I've been to,* wearing all black, especially in a heavier fall-ish outfit, almost looks TOO conservative/serious.

*Pause for moment of existential despair.

jilt

@frigwiggin That outfit would have fit in fine at a funeral I was at last year, if that helps. There was plenty of black there, to be sure, but very few of the women were completely in black. (The men were mostly in suits, and therefore had it easy.) The lower your heels, though, the better.

Alli525

Maybe it's been a while since I played four-square, but WHY is a syringe included in the kit???

Daisy Razor

@Alli525 To inflate the ball!

allofthewine

@Alli525 to inflate the ball

EpWs

@Alli525 For heroin!

LornaLoo

Pro Tip: Stila eyeshadows are AWESOME wet, and will behave like an eyeliner if applied appropriately. So, if you think some of the colors here might be weird on your whole lid, think about how they might look as a liner. You'll be happy, I promise.

BornSecular

@LornaLoo Grrr. I was trying to talk myself out of them.

LornaLoo

@BornSecular No way. That's a fantastic deal.

BornSecular

@LornaLoo Also I don't wear eyeshadow due to laziness? But so pretty!

BornSecular

@BornSecular Well I bought them. If you use the code YOURGIFT you can get an extra freebie sample.

hulia

@LornaLoo Can we talk about what kind of brush would be used to apply them as an eyeliner? A standard angled eyeliner brush or do they need to be smudged on with some other kind of brush?

LornaLoo

@hulia I use this exact guy... Eco Tools Slanty Brush Guy. But, a smudgy one could be fun as well.

TARDIStime

@LornaLoo I also use EcoTools Slanty Brush Guy. He's great!
Just make sure you quarantine your eyeshadow - keep a corner for wet use and then leave the rest for standard dry application or everything can get claggy/bacterial.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

The dress comes in "feisty fig"

?

I mean, I think a lot of great things are true about figs, but...

Ophelia

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Named by the same people who brought you Silly Dilly Green Beans.

maevemealone

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Hoo boy, I read that as I scrolled the page down and read "feisty pig". Which would also be a great color!

paperbuttons

OH MAN! I ordered that rocking chair last week! But it was $129 then! It's supposed to arrive today and NOW I AM SO MAD!

allofthewine

@paperbuttons Call! Ask if they'll price match!

Hot Doom

@paperbuttons Ask for a refund and reorder?

paperbuttons

@paperbuttons it worked! I called them and they credited me the difference and they were really nice about it. Thanks guys!

Ellie

You know that blouse that everyone is wearing where it's sheer and it has a Peter Pan collar of a different color? I've seen it in nude and black collar and (I think) some combination of blue and white. Where is it from??? At first I thought it was H&M but I combed through many of the H&Ms in Berlin and didn't find it. Zara? Urban Outfitters?

NeverOddOrEven

@Ellie
Ooh! I have one from Forever 21 that sounds exactly like what you're describing, and it's my new favorite non-T shirt!

hotdog

@Ellie Yes, forever 21-they're FULL of peter pan collars which look strange on me. I do not have the face/build for cutesy.

Judith Slutler

@Ellie Wow, I see those on every single girl, but in searching online I'm really not finding one! It isn't American Apparel or Monki, either. Zara might be worth a try.

Did you try Primark or Asos? Sounds like it might be a Primark thing.

hulia

@Ellie Can you get Asos in Berlin? This kind of blouse is what you're talking about, right?

Ellie

Ah, so clearly ALL these shirts are at Forever 21. They have a lot of cute ones that might look good on me. Exciting! Thanks guys!

@hulia @Emmanuelle Cunt I have just returned to the US (Sadly! I really miss Berlin, even though I was very homesick at first!) and it seems like the exact style I was coveting (short sleeve, button down, nude, black collar) really might be a European brand b/c I didn't see it on the F21 site. Hmm.

NeverOddOrEven

@Ellie
Still check a store though. They're PACKED with stuff. The one I got there a couple months back looked just like this but was just a nude color where the print is.

Ellie

@NeverOddOrEven I will look in a store! That's exactly what I want. Thanks for the tip.

bocadelperro

@Ellie I got a pink sheer blouse with a black peter pan collar at zara in Muenster earlier this year (late april). Maybe that's it?

HereKitty

I'm laughing hysterically at "TWO UP. ME THINK GOOD BOOK" but also a little worried about how often that's my response to book-group books.

lora.bee

@HereKitty I was JUST coming to comment on that. I died.

Terrifying Wife-Avatar

May I have some opinions from the 'Pin? O-Pin-ions?

Should I get the iPhone 5? Assume for the sake of argument that I can afford it. I am not a big early adopter but I have loved my iPhone 4 unreservedly for the past 2 years and am interested in the 5 although I haven't actually seen one in person yet. I am also not a big techie, so if you are someone who pays attention to specs, reviews, etc., please share your knowledge!

Now, to the Wirecutter to read the "Cliffnotes to the iPhone reviews" piece.

Megasus

@Nicole Sauvage@twitter Ummm, well I wrote about it and it doesn't sound horribly different --camera is exactly the same, the main difference is that it has a bigger screen and is thinner, and is made out of glass and aluminum, and has a faster chip that is supposedly better on battery life.
Personally, that is not enough difference for me for the price, but if any of that is important to you, and you can afford it, then sure, switch.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Megano! So what you are saying is that if I'm almost up for a new phone and I'm currently using a two-year-old Droid Incredible, I should get the 5, right?

Creature Cheeseman

@Nicole Sauvage@twitter I had the misfortune of dropping my iphone in the toilet on Tuesday, so I bought the new one this morning. I have to say, I love it. It isn't really THAT different but it is noticeably faster and soooo pretty. I got the white/silver and I can't stop staring at it.

Megasus

@HeyThatsMyBike Ummm, I guess? There are lots of perfectly good non-Apple phones out there that cost half as much. With iPhones you're mostly paying for the look at the cachet, there isn't really anything technically special about them anymore.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Megano! Ugh. This means I will have to do research and make real decisions! I have not been particularly happy with my Motorola, but know others really dig their Samsungs, among other brands.

Megasus

@HeyThatsMyBike I have a Samsung, and it's pretty good. My sister also has the really big Samsung one, and she loves it.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Megano! News I can use. Thanks!

Megasus

@HeyThatsMyBike By "the big Samsung one" I mean the Galaxy Note, just to be more specific (couldn't rememember the name).

sceps yarx

@Megano! I have a Windows phone and I love it. It's like an iPhone with better graphic design. Mine is kind of old (LG quantum) but Nokia is making a whole bunch of new pimp ones.

TARDIStime

@Megano! I have a Galaxy S one (soooo outdated now!!!) and while I definitely am kind of jonesing for an upgrade, I can see my phone keeping me sated until Dec/Jan because it still does all the things I need it to.
What I'm basically saying is, expect a Samsung to keep you reasonably happy for the long haul if you're not a total power user.

Megasus

Oh ma, thought I found orthotic-friendly booties last week, BUT IT WAS A LIE

rimy

I would like to report that the gray rainboots from 2 bargain bins ago arrived last week and they're awesome! (and still on sale)

BornSecular

@rimy Except no longer available. :(

rimy

@BornSecular Oh nooo I did not see that. :( Sorry anyone who was interested :( :(

hrdept

happy to help :) -heather

SarahP

OCC rarely has sales, but a few of their soon-to-be discontinued colors are on sale. I have the Red Light color concentrate and really like it.

frigwiggin

I want this dress from Target but it's sold out in my two possible sizes (really, Target? S/M/L for online-only clothing?) in all colors except "cosmo pink." Good idea/great idea?

HeyThatsMyBike

@frigwiggin Ummm that is a Great (capital G) dress. We might have to be twins.

Megasus

@frigwiggin that is actually a nice shade of pink, so I would get it!

frigwiggin

Yessss thank you all for enabling my desire for more dresses. (I only have a few, to be fair, and most of them are very season-specific. I'm hoping this one will be a little more flexible!)

SarcasticFringehead

Ooh, I want those earrings, but I just got this necklace that I've been coveting since it showed up here like six weeks ago, and there went my jewelry budget. No regrets, though.

thenotestaken

@SarcasticFringehead Ooh, I love that! Very into geometric things and statement jewelery..too bad my jewelery budget is nonexistent.

SarcasticFringehead

@thenotestaken I'm trying to do that thing where you get investment pieces that you really love, but I'm finding fewer and fewer fun clothes in my size, so I go for cheap plain t-shirts and try to find jewelry to dress them up.

thenotestaken

@SarcasticFringehead That's wise! I've cut 'fast fashion' from my clothes-buying, but I still don't quite feel like I can afford bigger-ticket items. It would be really nice to have some special, well-made things--I'm going to a local crafts fair this weekend where there's usually pretty nice jewelery, maybe I'll find something as cool as that necklace.

sceps yarx

@thenotestaken Thrift stores sometimes have some 70's-80's jewelry that hits the geometric trend. Congrats on cutting fast fashion! I'm trying to do all clothing swaps and thrift stores right now. We'll see how long I last...i seem to be spending the money I would have spent on makeup instead. :-P

thenotestaken

@sceps yarx Even if you're still spending the money, you're not supporting those awful industries, give yourself a pat on the back! Vintage/thrift/recycled clothing stores are definitely where it's at, and I was having randomly incredible luck with garage sales recently (a pair of new boots and great leather sandals for $20 total! a $3 raincoat!). I haven't done a clothing swap in a while, maybe I should get on that. I have to admit though, I'm also helped by the fact that my roommates have amaaaazing closets!

like a rabid squirrel

One of my favorite things about the bargain bin is trying to guess which store each image is from before clicking the link based on the photo. Totally called the Victoria's Secret one. Also I want it and I don't get paid until Oct 1. Sob.

contrary

@like a rabid squirrel (formerly olliegrace) I do that too! 10pts VICTORIA'S SECRET!

annev6

I can't shop at Sephora anymore because I placed a huge order with them a few weeks ago, a week went by, they hadn't shipped it, so I e-mailed customer service all like "WTF?" and they were like "Oh, computer glitch, we had to cancel your order, you can re-place your order if you like." Meaning I would have to go back through the website and put everything in the cart, etc, etc. I complained on Twitter about how that's stupid and got NO RESPONSE. Hello!?! So now I can't shop there ON PRINCIPLE.

tea tray in the sky.

@annev6 Ugh! As if they didn't even tell you about it!

lora.bee

I GOT FALL BOOTS. My feet are toasty and happy.

manutia

The Swerve is really not very good. I mean, it might be enjoyable if you don't know much about what he's talking about it, but it's not very /accurate/. I'm a Classicist who does a lot of work in Medieval studies, and the whole "evil Catholic Medieval people vs brilliant humanist Renaissance MODERNZ" is getting really, really old to me.

WashPo sums it up better than I: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/stephen-greenblatts-the-swerve-reviewed-by-michael-dirda/2011/09/20/gIQA8WmVmK_story.html

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