Friday, November 2, 2012


Friday Bargain Bin: Twelve Dollar Booties

Piece of Cake Bottle Opener, $7.95 (was $16)
Sure, that's a lot to pay for a bottle opener, but one you could also use during a cake emergency? Ah-HA! 

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Body-Conscious Tank Dress, $16.71 (was $28.14)
DO NOT wear this as a dress. It cannot be trusted as a dress. It can, however, be a "long tank" over some leggin's and under something like this:

Pippin Luxe Cashmere Blend Cardigan, $77.40 (was $187.20)
That color is super grody and wonderful.

Owl & Pheasant Salad Plates & Mugs, $6.99 (were $14.95)
You know you've always wanted Thanksgiving dishes. You KNOW I've you've always wanted Thanksgiving dishes!

Mossimo Wedges, $12.24 (were $34.99)
These should not be on sale. First off, they also come in what I'd call "BONE." Second-off, everyone in the reviews is changing their last names to "Booties" and making baby booties with these booties.

Blu Bijou Vine Heart Earrings, $11 (were $22)
Never stop collecting heart earrings, because when you lose one, you can just mismatch it with another one from your heart earring collection.

Illamasqua Rubber Nail Varnish, $11 (was $14, but honestly finding out WTF THIS STUFF EVEN IS IS PRICELESS. What is it? Seriously, what? What are they talking about?)

Elf Candleholders, $1.95 (were $6.95)
Oh, my word.

Okay, I'll quit fuckin' around now. If you have some extra bucks, share them?

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New Hoarder

The last item! I like it.

New Hoarder

@nonvolleyball Yes! You're on to me. Best part of that movie!

That scene is good to try with stuffed animals/ throw pillows, etc. Some people's spouses are not impressed when it is imitated with a real cup and liquid, even if said cup is plastic (and not at all satisfying).


Thanks for sharing.@t


I'm staring at the ill-fitting but adorable wedges I have to return to 6pm.com and wondering if I dare take the leap of faith again for those booties...

Jane Marie

@frigwiggin srsly read the reviews.


@Jane Marie The more I look at them, the more I want them! Is it possible to own faux suede and not ruin it in three days? Hmmm...


@Jane Marie I just made my first Friday Bargain Bin purchase. Hooray!

Lily Rowan

I totally just ordered the booties, and I'm not even sure I like the way they look! But they are so cheap, and...I think I want to change something about myself?


@Lily Rowan This has been the Year Of Learning to Wear Heels for me, so, I'm all for fun changes.


I bought 'em! I'll just skip happy hour tonight and consider it a money-making endeavor. (Haha, no I won't.)


That bottle opener=bargain bin win!

(is anyone else severely creeped out by the elves?!?!?!)

New Hoarder

@martinipie What is that one RL Stine Goosebumps book/ episode with the lawn gnomes? Yeah, I watched that episode a few weeks ago. Like I am really going to invite that terror, even in miniature form, into MY home.


The candles burned down steadily and the remaining wax grew warm to the touch. One of the other elves nearby began whimpering - at this early stage, more from fright than pain, though that didn't stop the bile from rising in Kevin's throat. "Hold your positions," he said in what he hoped was a steady voice. "Remember your oaths. We do not leave our posts."

A drop of hot wax splashed onto his forehead, searing itself into his skin. He closed his eyes. "We do not leave our posts -"


@melis Best thing I've read all week.


@martinipie Well I just bought three of them so I'll report back if they try to kill me. They're CAST IRON and weigh a pound a piece. In an emergency: weapons.

New Hoarder

@melis Oh my God I am absolutely misty-eyed. Goodbye, eyeliner!

New Hoarder

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher CAST IRON?! Oh shit!

That is a bargain for $1.95.


@New Hoarder I know, right? And because CB2 is amazing, they do flat rate shipping, so I got three of them AND shipping and it was like $11. GO NOW.

New Hoarder

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Whoa! I am totally doing it. Those would be an excellent addition to my Extreme Weather Survival Generic Camelbaks. "The elves shall see us through this squall!"


It could triple as an absinthe spoon.


Is this a good place to remind people that now is the time to start following Angry Santa Elf? He usually wakes up around this time of year.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@melis I liked that you named an elf Kevin.


@melis Oh, great. My parents were given silver versions of these little guys my SIL for the holidays a couple of years ago. They hide among the mini poinsettias on the holiday table.

Aaaaand now I will hear little elf/gnome cries of pain and despair all the way through Christmas dinner.


@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose You know, they can't all be Treeborn and Falfangor or whatever. Sometimes they're just Kevin, and they can see death dripping down on them, and they can't move, and they're frightened.


@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose "Where are you keeping Kevin? Let me go!" "Scream all you want, small mailman."


@martinipie MY FIRST THOUGHT.


Are there any other good Sandy-related causes to donate to, or is Red Cross truly the best?


@frigwiggin The New York City Marathon?

Nah, I'm messin'. Give to the Red Cross.


@frigwiggin there are some more locally-based recovery funds that are starting for some of the harder hit areas (like Rockaway Beach in Queens, and some of the Jersey areas like Beach Haven West and LBI) Pro: they're more often run by local people who have maybe a better feel for where the money should go. Con: I'd be a bit concerned at the integrity of these since they may be less thoroughly transparent than the Red Cross.


@Emby Yeah, that question sounds weird now that I'm reading it again, but oh well!


@frigwiggin There's also a collection through the NYC Mayor's fund (the link also has some info on volunteer organizing), but again, it's hard to know. I wish I could beam myself from the Midwest to Staten Island ASAP :(


@frigwiggin No, wasn't meant to poke any fun at you! It was a very good question. I'm just piling onto the marathon's decision to keep on keepin' on when the world around them has gone to hell.


@frigwiggin also the Red Hook Initiative: http://www.rhicenter.org/donate.html


@frigwiggin Depending on where you live, etc., Brooklyn Kitchen is collecting donations. (From a reposted FB post: Rippers may have washed away in the storm but their owners, The Brooklyn Kitchen and Meat Hook, are out there distributing hot food and helping Rockaways hurricane victims sign up for FEMA aid. You can help too. They are collecting canned goods, nonperishable food, blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, socks, plates, cups, bowls, utensils, cleaning supplies, brooms, mops, sponges, garbage bags, water, tarps at the store at 100 Frost Street. Please help out our neighbors who lost everything. Repost!)


@frigwiggin: If you want to help animals, petfinder has a list of relevant charities.


@frigwiggin Also, if you don't have the extra funds but are of the lawyerly sort, you can give in-kind: http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&C



In general, if you live way outside of a disaster zone but want to help, donating cash to the Red Cross is a great idea. If donations keep pouring in after a relief effort concludes... well, there is always going to be another disaster sometime, unfortunately.

(I'm a Red Cross volunteer who cannot say enough good things about the very comprehensive training I've received)


@frigwiggin The Mayor's Fund and the Red Hook Initiative (which someone else mentioned) are both good options AFAIK. I'm in NY and donated to the Red Cross. Now off to donate my time to Red Hook!


@frigwiggin I found news reports today saying a new fund was set up at www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org that will include relief for Staten Island (where apparently the response has not been so good). It's a foundation created in memory of a firefighter from Staten Island who died on September 11. I just donated online using a MasterCard and it worked, though it rejected my Visa for reasons unknown. Just FYI in case anyone else is having problems with the website!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@frigwiggin Red Cross is a good one, and you should also consider giving blood (if you're up for that sort of thing). Apparently the hurricane took out some blood drives and there is a dire need for it.


@frigwiggin DonorsChoose has a page set up highlighting projects for classrooms affected by Sandy (projects already in the system before Sandy, apparently they are going to add post-Sandy projects as they get them), if you want to donate to a specific need. www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-sandy


@sprayfaint Hey, does RHI have a way to sign up to volunteer? I didn't see it on their website, and didn't want to just show up and bug them (but they're great, and in walking distance of me, so...)


@Ophelia I think you can just show up. For the first few days I made the mistake of signing up and waiting for someone to contact me; today I just showed up in Red Hook and spent the afternoon cleaning out basements. I stopped by RHI before I left this evening and they told me to come back tomorrow any time starting at 10am. If you want to do some cleaning, there's another project going at 402 Van Brunt, also starting at 10am tomorrow.


@frigwiggin Direct Relief (www.directrelief.org) is a highly rated medical aid charity that is providing services and supplies not only on the East Coast of the US, but also in Haiti and other Caribbean islands affected by the storm.


@Ophelia FYI for people who want to volunteer on SI: https://statenisland.recovers.org/


I've had this rubber nail polish stuff in my Sephora online "basket" for weeks, but I'm scared. Seconding Jane - please, someone who has this, TELL US MORE.


@thisisunclear I was told by a manicurist that the rubber-based stuff sticks to your nails better. I think she was full of shit though because my mani started chipping the next day - unfortunately I am decidedly NOT a lady of leisure.

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@iceberg Just make sure you don't write any checks while you're wearing it.

Ladies Who Punch

@thisisunclear It's really great & I have it in grey. I feel like it stays better than other nailpolishes. BUT BUT BUT!!! I believe it has formaldehyde in it so don't use it if you're pregnant or shove your fingers in your mouth lots.


@thisisunclear Here's a review that talks about it. It basically has a slightly but not entirely matte finish, other than that there's nothing really special about it.


@thisisunclear Hm. I want to get some, because I am so hard on nail polish (like seriously, it chips immediately so matter what I do) that I could for sure tell you if it's any better. Hey nail polish companies, if you want to hire my hands for quality control, we are up for it!


@thisisunclear I have it (in Prosperity, the purple color). It is not made of rubber. It's a matte nail polish with a rubbery looking finish. I think the name is misleading, unfortunately, because if you look at the reviews, there's a lot of confusion and people complaining that "it's regular nail polish!" Yup, it is, and it's AWESOME.


@HitchedUpKids I like that blog, but her nail polish swatches are so awful. Those are particularly bad.

Ladies Who Punch

@iceberg et al: I know this has been discussed elsewhere on this here blog, but here goes again. Seche Vitae top coat is wonderful. I'll use it to make the manicure last a couple of extra days with an extra layer around day 2-3. I think you have to get it from the smaller beauty stores.



@Brewing Mischief They sell Seche Vite just about everywhere, but Sally has the best price (for brick & mortar, that is). I wouldn't top the Illamasqua rubber polishes with it, though. It would ruin the finish. I have mixed success with it otherwise—some three-free polishes really do not play well with SV, but when it works, it WORKS.


@pinecone what about in Canada? Does anyone know if you can get it somewhere here?
Chips on the first day.

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

@Megano! I haven't checked Sephora for actual rubber nail polish but I did just buy a rubberized base coat at Pharmaprix (aka Shoppers, for the rest of Canada), from the Quo by Orly line. I've used it twice and I like it so far, but I'm still getting used to how it works - I think you're supposed to apply polish onto it at the exact right time, because it dries just a bit tacky and the polish will stick to it better. I have a polish that chips if you look at it wrong, but it made it through the entire day on Halloween without any damage! Other than that, I don't know yet how well it prevents chips. But I CAN tell you that removing polish with this as your base coat is a dream. If you have trouble with staining or leftover glitter after you remove polish, a rubberized base coat might fix it.


@pinecone : Aaaaactually... the best way to buy SV (if you're really committed to it, which I so am), is to get it from a *real* nail supply shop (nailsupplies.us, victorianailsupply.com). The Seche Vite "Pro Kit" contains a regular .5 oz bottle of SV, plus a 4oz bottle you refill the little one from. Basically it's the equivalent of NINE BOTTLES for like $19.

Also definitely get a little bottle of Seche Restore, to fix up your SV when it gets all thick and stringy -- which it will ALWAYS do once the bottle gets like half empty.


@Rookie : INTERESTING. I shall investigate this! I've been back and forth between Nubar's Foundation and Zoya's Anchor for the last couple years, as those two seem to work best of everything I've tried. But a rubbery one! Grippy! And easy-glitter-polish-removal! This sounds like A Thing I Need...


@collier I am not committed enough to SV for that to make sense—yet. I think for the average civilian who wants to try it out, Sally is the best bet. I wish we had a good nail supply place locally that you could visit without a license, but alas, that doesn't seem to be the case. I make do.

About base coats, I will say this: what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. Some people swear by Orly Bonder (the "rubberized" basecoat); others hate it. My current favorites are the Beauty Secrets one from Sally (store brand) and the Revlon Colorstay base (the only drawback i the weird lingering smell).


@Megano! I know you can get it in Canada, but I don't know exactly where. In the US, it's available at regular drug stores at a bit of a markup as compared to regular beauty supply stores, so you might try Shoppers, etc. and see how you fare.


I love the alt text! Perhaps the missing tag on the elves could be NSFW???


the bone booties are the only reason i've ever wished my feet were bigger than they already are. which is pretty darn big.

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@wearitcounts Big Bone Booties sounds like something entirely different than the item pictured.


@fondue with cheddar it sounds like something you'd buy on pay-per-view.

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@wearitcounts Not me.

I've got the whole series on DVD.


@fondue with cheddar
Big Bone Booties
Big Bone Booties 2: Electric Bootaloo
Big Bone Booties R Back
Bouncing Big Bone Booties
Bodacious Big Bone Booties
Big Bone Bootylicious

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@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Don't forget the classic black and white film, Bedtime for Big Bone Booties.


@fondue with cheddar Big Bone Booties Go To Washington


@fondue with cheddar @The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Big Bone Booties 3: Bigger, Bonier, Bootier

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@wearitcounts Seven Big Bones for Seven Booties


@fondue with cheddar Big Bone Booties and the Beast

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@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Can I thumbs-up this multiple times?


@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Big Bones in Bootyland

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@wearitcounts Buckaro Big Bone Booty Banzai

Buckaroo Big Bone Bootzai?
Big Bone Bootaroo Banzai?
Big Bone Buckarooty Banzai?


@fondue with cheddar Big Bones & the Booty Factory

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@wearitcounts The Bold and the Big Bone Bootiful


@wearitcounts *snorts*


@fondue with cheddar @The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Four Big Bones and a Booty


@wearitcounts Big Bones and the Seven Booties

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@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher The Big, the Bone, and the Booty


@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Big Bones and the Quest for the Holy Booty


@wearitcounts Mutiny on the Big Bone Booty

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@wearitcounts The Best Big Bone Booty in Texas


@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher All Quiet on the Big Bone Booty


@wearitcounts Das Big Bone Booty.


I have Ms. New Booty stuck in my head now.


@klaus I've FOUND you... (please tell me you've seen this?)


"No, Gary, you're only supposed to eat the bird in question off the matching plate! Gary, you--I DON'T KNOW, Gary, those are just the rules! And no, I don't know where you're supposed to find fresh owl at this time of night!"


@frigwiggin I've actually eaten owl. It's not particularly nice.




we have too many dishes


Those booties are perfect - thanks for sharing. I would have ordered the bone too if they hadn't run out of my size.

Also, Friday Bargain Bin is the shit.


I'll show YOU a twelve-dollar booty, ifyouknowwhatimean.

(and if you do, tell me because WHAT did I just type?)

New Hoarder

@iceberg I dunno who/ what/ where/ why this song is, but now I have a song in my head that goes, "Bootybooty bootybootybooty bounce, bootybooty bootybootybooty bounce, bounce bounce bounce, buh-buh-bouncebouncebounce!" I have no idea how this techno song made it's way onto my iPod but I am grateful for it during my "working girl going to work in the morning" montages.

The Lady of Shalott

@New Hoarder Is it Booty Bounce by DEV? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDfUjM-vygI

New Hoarder

@New Hoarder Oh! It's from the "Bring It On" soundtrack! "Booty" by DJ Funk. Let's all buy those booties and let them absorb the shock of our BOUNCE.


New Hoarder

@The Lady of Shalott No, but I LOVE that song! I think to need to finally embrace my ass and make it an iPod playlist.

log lady

@New Hoarder don't forget to include Big Sean's "Dance (ASS)" and Sir Mix A-Lot! Maybe Beyonce's "Bootylicious"?!


@log lady And my favorite K-Pop song of the moment, "Bubble Pop." I don't speak Korean, but from the choreography I'm assuming it's about butts. Plus, it's from the Gangnam Style "hey sexy lady" lady!


Does the mannequin look odd to anyone else? Or is it just the sweater? "Her" chest...? o.O


The elves! My first official Hairpin Bargain Bin purchase.


I feel like that bottle-opener could pull triple duty as an absinthe spoon.


@leon s
Aw, shit. You beat me to it.


@leon s That would be one big glass of absinthe.


@anachronistique - That's the best kind.


I tried that rubber nail polish at Sephora a few weeks ago! It was...ok. The effect is cool and matte and rubbery, but it gets shiny after a few day's wear. The colors are gorgeous and highly pigmented though. I ended up buying a regular, non rubbery Llamasqua color and it stays on my nails with tenacity and one coat is full coverage. On a related note, I have the rubberized bonder from Orly, and while it keeps the polish on the nails (...or else it gets the hose...;) ), my nails got super dry and peely so I had to stop using it.


Why can't we trust that dress?


@RNL My guess is that it rides up

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@RNL watch the runway video. It does disgusting clumpy/clingy things, and also looks at least slightly sheer.

Kim Weisberg@twitter

No joke, I bought those candleholders for my Uncle-In-Law a few years ago...in red. Now I want to buy them for myself. BUT IN WHAT COLOR!?!


@Kim Weisberg@twitter ALL OF THEM, they're $2 each and shipping is $5. GET THEM ALL!


Jane! I've never heard anyone else use the word grody. But my definition is that it's a synonym for gross. I can't tell if yours is the same?

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@cmonster I'm guessing it's the same. I can't believe you've never heard anyone else use it, though! I use it! It's a good word. And that color is indeed grody. It reminds me of a mid-seventies velour sofa.

The Hyperbolic Julia Set

@cmonster Grody/grotty like grotesque or gross. I use it too. Maybe a regional thing? I've only heard George Harrison use 'grotty' in Hard Days Night tho....but that's enough to make it a thing in my book.


@cmonster Considering the hover text is "baby poop" I think it's safe to assume you both have the same definition of "grody".


@Jinxie Aww, I love the "baby poop" color!


@Hellcat I do too! In fact, I've got a cardigan in almost that exact same shade hanging over the back of my chair right now. But there's no denying that baby poop itself is kind of gross, so in this case I think we can safely assume that "grody" does, in fact, mean "gross".

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@Jinxie Jane made me LOL alone in a quiet room because of that alt text.


@Jinxie et al: Holy cow, everyone on this thread has never lived through the 80s or seen Valley Girl. I'm, like, completely ancient. *sob*

Barry Grant


"Grody to the max!" -- Moon Zappa


I'm thinking the owl mug and plate might be my first FBB purchase! Please still be in stock when I get home, owl dishware.


So, can anybody explain to me what "body-conscious" means in fashion terms? Shouldn't all clothing be conscious of the fact that it is on a body? It also kind of sounds like it should describe something you wear when you're feeling self-conscious, but that dress is clearly not a muumuu, so I don't understand at all.


@Renleigh It means *TIGHT*! Cause everybody will be conscious of your lumps and body shape (not really, but yeah).

Dr. Iris Puffybush

Aw jeez, I just paid my credit card today, and you had to go and post those damn adorable, cheap elves. So now I've officially made my first Friday Bargain Bin purchase. I bought one of each color. To justify buying them, I also bought a second set to give to a friend for Christmas. So that's good, right? And it's the second Christmas present I took care of today, so I'm on my way to my annual goal of finishing all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. I'm trying not to freak out about that goal, since Thanksgiving is so early this year, but I think I'll manage. I know if sounds crazy, but I reduces me holiday stress so much if I get the shopping part over early.
Did anyone else notice the "Woman Graffiti Plate" also on sale for $1.95 on CB2? I almost bought that too, but I resisted. I also love the "See Ya Suckahs Rug," but it's $100.

ghost with the most

maybe not even on sale, buuuut: http://foodbeast.com/content/2012/11/01/louis-vuitton-waffle-maker/


I totally just ordered those booties. At first I thought, "What would I wear them with?" And then I thought, "You fool, what WOULDN'T you wear those with?"

When they arrive, I will get my summer dresses out of storage and wear them with all the long cardigans and tights and my FABULOUS $13 BLACK FAUX SUEDE BOOTIES!


I am now also in the booties club! Darn you the hairpin!


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