Tag Two, courtesy of Mer

Accent – always.  so southern that i hate to hear recordings of myself talking. when i say the word “paw” it sounds like “pauuuse.”

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
maybe jamie lee curtis.

or at least, according to my dad.

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
i’m an emoter, so i cry a lot. i cried this weekend after having to stay an hour and a half late at work.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING ?
Well, i wish people could read it.

i don’t drink? – rum. it’s disgusting.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I don’t wear shoes that need tying.  I really, really hate that.  When i was a tiny little kid, i was obsessed with velcro shoes and told my teacher i would never need to learn to tie my shoes, b/c there was no need.  I also said the same thing about learning to tell time, b/c of my pink digital barbie watch. i was an efficient child.

Red or pink
pink.  in every shad.

Pets – I would like a puppy. And someone to take care of it.

DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Yes. So often, that sometimes people don’t realize that i’m being serious.  Like my roommate julian still doesn’t believe that i meant it the other day when i said, “nice hat.”

Gold or silver – Silver.

Insomnia – I like to think of it as amazing resistance to sleep.

Job Title – Irritated Sales Girl

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No.  I don’t even enjoy flying, so i think if someone asked me to jump out of the plane i’d be extra pissed.

Kids – will be nice, one day. like when i’m 35.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Lucky Charms, the chocolate ones.

Religion – recovering Baptist, current agnostic.

Time I wake up -If let be, about ten.

Unusual talent/skill – I have an amazing memory, and will remember random things you have told me FOR YEARS. This comes in handy for arguments.

Vegetable I refuse to eat – none.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
that depends on boy people or girl people.

 boys, i’m checking out height and shoulders.  when it comes to other girls, i’m checking out their outfit : )

Worst habit – Whining.

WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I wish i was more independent, and a little more practical.  I’m a pretty impulse driven, romantic fool, usually.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
my granddaddy Knox

and a certain boy…

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Chik fil a.

Why is there not more food close to PC?

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
my air conditioner, my roommates

IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE
Magenta

FAVORITE SMELLS?
fresh laundry, my $3 body wash from Kroger (it’s so yummy! i will post the name later, as it is such a bargain!)

Last person you talked to on the phone
my mom

FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?
NONE

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Love Actually at 3am

SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer

HUGS OR KISSES?
Kisses.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Possible Side Effects

FAVORITE SOUND
i agree with mer. the ocean and rain are the best.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
the ability to appear perky and cheerful while secretly plotting world domination.

September 4, 2007. about me. 2 comments.

Tagged again.

The cheap chica has graciously added me and tagged me, so here’s seven more random facts about moi

1. i live with five guys in a loft, and we only have one bathroom.  Life is interesting, to say the least…

2. my hair is naturally really curly, but i straighten it religiously.  it also acts as an excellent barometer for when it’s going to rain ; )

3.  Before working in retail, i was a barista all through undergrad.  i make a damn good cappucinno.

4.  I love old black and white movies and secretly wish i lived in one, b/c they always had great clothes. favorite: Bringing up Baby.

5.  I eat ice cream or chocolate every day, without fail.  i had an ice cream two seconds after i got out of bed this morning.

6. i hate winter.  my perfect temperature is eighty degrees.

7. i’m a total obsessive neurotic. i worry whether i have left the stove on, or if i locked the door.

8. i kind of want to get a tattoo.

August 19, 2007. about me. 6 comments.

i was tagged

and now a break from my regularly scheduled fashion blogging, thanks to tagging by Meredith : )

here are 8 things you may not know about me

1. i grew up in a really, really small town, with like 400-500 people in the whole high school, for the first 18 years of my life.  Literally, my entire extended family, second and third cousins and all, lived within thirty minutes of each other.

2. i love small dogs, more than any other animal on the planet.

3. I can drink more tequila than you can ever imagine.

4. i am obsessed with the color pink.

5. i love all things Elvis Presley, b/c it reminds me of my dad (he died when i was about 14).  My friends and i even had a legendary roadtrip to Graceland.

6.  sometimes, when i’m really happy, i skip if no one’s looking…

7.  Halloween is my favorite holiday of all time.  I will spend the entire month of October working out what to wear.

8. When i was little, i wanted to be either Oprah or Katie Couric.

I’m tagging Ty!

August 7, 2007. about me. 6 comments.

Just where the Hell do you shop, anyways?

The question was posed this week of where do i spend my precious and limited dollahs, when i’m not looking for new and fabulous places for you guys.

Here is this week’s post-it, a mini post of my long-term online shopping faves:

1. Forever 21–the website is updated constantly and once you order a couple of things from there, you know what your size will roughly be in any item. Bonus: you can make returns online for your money back, BUT NOT IN THE STORE.

Their dresses oft times look just as good as those at more expensive stores and hold up surprisingly well. The tops are also really cute, although i’m getting sick of everything having a babydoll waist, but i digress. Skirts are good here, with a wide variety and some with really pretty detail. The purses are bright and fun, and the lingirie online is often victoria’s secret pretty for half the price. I enjoy the chill, california vibe their stuff has (hey, their headquarters is in LA). Overall, your best bet if you want to look expensive and be cheap.

2. Wet Seal–horrid name, great stuff.

Again, dresses that look surprisingly good for their price ($20!!! wear it once and it has paid itself off!). Fun tops, but the skirts veer towards the hoochie side. Clothes run smaller here, so size up. Not as good a quality as Forever 21, but plenty of good stuff without having to dig too hard. The undies are cute too, for when you’re in the mood for a leopard print thong…

3. Delias.

There will never be another store that understands my need for cute hoodies and message tees more than delias.

although Walmart (damn you, evil empire!) is starting to follow suite. i guiltily snagged a cropped blue hoodie with hearts all over it for eight dollars last night.

4. Alloy. Only online, so you know no one else has it. I usually get just tops from here. Like Delias, they cater to the teen crowd mostly, so bottoms run small.

5. Charlotte Russe.

They just started selling online! This is big, people! They have been taunting me for months with only teasers of what is in the store on the web page but not allowing me to shop online. Now, thanks to my powerful thought vibes, they have caved and made online shopping possible. It is not long before H&M gives in too…

Anyways, CR is excellent for anything with bright, crazy prints, the ones that look like what you wore when you were eight but are now retro hipster chic. i enjoy their tops/dresses, but have never been that wild for any of their bottoms. Good accessories, while admittedly not that high quality looking. oh well, like you were going to wear that $8 daisy yellow clutch for the next ten years..

So those are my top five, but i want to know yours! Gimme comments!

Meanwhile, mission new dress continues. With the party tomorrow night, is it possible to find a winner on such short notice? Look for results on my shoutfit profile around saturday-ish.

Happy Shopping,

BB

August 4, 2007. about me, Discount Stores. 2 comments.

A little background

I wasn’t always a bargain shopper.

It was born of experience, not in my genes. 

I  spent my childhood rarely having to worry about how much things cost; what my parents didn’t give enough money for in my allowance, i could easily persuade one of my incredibly doting (and competitive) grandparents to purchase. 

Yes, there’s always plenty of money when you don’t want anything more expensive than a new barbie.  But then puberty hit and i hit the mall.  I was a tomboy emerging into a fashionista, and i everything i owned was WRONG and needed replacing.

I’ll never forget that first mother/daughter serious shopping expedition.  I was piling up tops, pants, skirts, and dresses for the dressing room, and my mother calls to me through the dressing room door,” Remember, you only have $100 to spend.”   I rolled my eyes and responded that that was a ton of money and for god’s sake, surely enough to cover this and new shoes too.  Then my mother uttered the hateful phrase that would ring in my ears for decades, “Look at the price tag, honey.”

I had never looked.  Mom had always budgeted for our clothing growing up, and i had never paid any attention.   Well, it had my attention from then on. 

At first, i thought i could just learn to be happy with a few nice things, quality over quantity.

But for me, less is never more.  I get bored easily, and plus i really do appreciate trying new things: creating five different outfits using just one new top,  turning a long top into a mini dress over leggings, redecorating my room to create a different environment.  I wanted quality, i wanted quantity, i just plain wanted.   I couldn’t accept that i had to give up either.   

And thus the bargain shopper in me was born.

I scour discount stores, thrift stores, and malls in search of the best stuff for the best deals, for the most cool with the least cash.

In stark contrast with my own shopping habits, i work in a high-end women’s clothing boutique here in atlanta.  we carry great stuff, from Cameron Diaz’s favorite dress line to funky jewlery made by local atlanta designers.  A lot of my wardrobe inspirations come from working there, so i’ll probably be making a lot of references to stuff i found for cheap that resembles their inventory (i really don’t want to name the store on the internet, just in case that could somehow get me in trouble…).

And hey, don’t think this is just about clothes.  I seek for fabu-less in all things, from clothes to accessories to home items to cosmetics.  And should anyone out there in the wide world web have a store in Atlanta to recommend, i’m up for checking it out.  And if anybody would like to give me free stuff to bribe me into blogging about their products, all the better.  BargainBabe can be bought, for a price : )

July 16, 2007. about me. Leave a comment.