Not spending Eighty dollars on something you didn’t even mean to buy: BIG BARGAIN

For the love of God people, check your bank statements religiously.

So, remember the infamous order to Fredricks of Hollywood?  Well, the online ordering was down, and i ended up doing it over the phone.  Well, the creep who took my order said that he was going to be putting in information about a FOH membership card, and if didn’t want it i could just return it.  I said, yeah, sure, whatever, thinking it was just some usual card offer and i would toss it when i got it.  Well, that cretin charged me $80 without telling me, signing me up for membership.  By saying that i would allow him to put the offer in my order, it apparently amounted to agreeing to a charge that he NEVER mentioned.   So i called, deathly politely giving FOH’s customer service line my ten cents on why this was the CRAPPIEST SCAM OF ALL TIME.  If you’re going to charge me $80 for something, tell me that’s what i’m agreeing to.  Don’t just make some vague statement like, “we’d like to give you information on a membership card…” No, no, tell me outright or consider yourself to be a big fat liar who tried to steal your customer’s hard-earned money. 

So the lesson, everyone, is

a.  Do not agree to any promotional offer, as benign as it sounds, without asking if there is a charge of ANY kind.

b. Check your statements for any random charges that are unaccounted for.

c.  Don’t screw with my money, b/c i got tons to pay in student loans and i work damn hard for every penny i earn. 

 On a happier note, i’m going shopping for the entire day tomorrow to celebrate being on break, so hopefully i’ll find some good stuff to share!

Happy (and careful) shopping

BB

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September 14, 2007. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Critique on a budget

I wish i had fashion finds to offer you guys this week.

But all i’ve been wearing are these. That’s right, I’ve pretty much been sitting around in my pj’s, trying to get work done for end of the quarter critiques at my school, Portfolio Center.

But when i do get done, i can tell you where i’ll be ordering from. Delias has such cute fall dresses:. I’m in love with all of them, and after walking around looking like a troll for a week, I’m ready to look like a girl again.

But, should you too find yourself as an artsy school student in Atlanta, go to Sam Flax for supplies as much as possible. They always give a discount, always. Even if you forget your ID and have to get Catherine in admissions to print out a roll sheet with your picture on it, they will still give you a discount (not that i did that, noo…).

Oh and stay tuned, as i gear up for 4th quarter at Portfolio Center and begin my quest for a lower interest for my next student loan.  Myrichuncle.com promises bargain rates…so we’ll see.

Happy shopping,
BB

September 13, 2007. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Shoutfit is back!

And to celebrate, an excellent Shoutfit of the week.

After paging through tons of fall fashion spreads with ladylike looks (satin, cinched waists, pencil skirts), i wanted to find  you a Shoutfit to match.

Cue Miss Kitty.

Kitty is a perfect example of how flattering this look can be.

Cinching a belt around your waist gives even just an average waist tons of definition.

Knee lengths skirts show just enough leg to be sexy but hides any thigh insecurities.

Layering with cropped jackets and cardis keeps you warm without looking bulky.

 sexy shoes make even a ladylike outfit hot.

And you’re always put together in a dress.

September 6, 2007. shoutfit, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Special Mac Deal!

So, apparently this happens every year, but nobody ever told me about it before ‘cept for Megan Kibby during ad concepting class, so just a reminder to the other clueless people like me

if you are a student or faculty in college and buy a mac before Sept. 16, you get a free Ipod Nano!

If you are like me, and have neither a mac or an ipod, this sounds like such a great deal, especially if i can find someone to pawn my PC (lovingly nicknamed PC Dunderhead) off on.

For info click here http://www.apple.com/backtoschool/?cid=WWW-NAUS-BTS20070525-LYZ8N&cp=BTS07-APL&sr=apl/ (i’ll make the link pretty later, i still can’t figure out how to do that on macs…which is why i need one!)

*Sadly, most of my craving for a mac is so i can get the pretty hot pink covers, ala Becca and Tracie.

September 4, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Cheap weekend

My friend Eric was in town this weekend.

 Eric is a force to be reckoned with; his powers of distraction are so strong that it kept me from blogging.

However, we did do the two things that he loves most: look at vintage clothes and books.

If you are going to do these two things for a reasonable price in the ATL, may i suggest you go to McLendon Ave?

First, you’ll want to have brunch at the Flying Biscuit.  For under $15, you can have yummy green salad and a ginormous biscuit (made by angels, i swear to god) and the delicious southern treat of your choice. Breakfast all day, but if you really want delicious order the oven fried herb chicken with macaroni and collards, or my favorite, the barbeque chicken burrito (cheese, chicken, collards, and sweet onions).

But since the line at the Biscuit will be out the door (thirty minute wait, any weekend day, any time), you’ll want to give the darling boy that works there your name (and hey, why not your  number, he’s cute) and then go to Frock of Ages, like we did. 

Eric was meant to be born in the forties.  He believes people really aren’t dressed without a button-up shirt, shoes that match, and preferably, a jacket (even in 1000 degree heat).  He believes that is a damn shame that hats aren’t in style, fedoras for men and those little veiled numbers for women.  So Frock of Ages was right up his alley.  The store is filled with dresses and coats from the forties and fifties, from the casual and flowered to evening gowns.  Antique lockets and other elaborate costume jewelry festoon the walls.  Little dainty purses (from a time before it was stylish to have a bag so big you could fit your pet in it, Nicole Richie…) are displayed on shelves.  It feels like your grandmother’s closet, before the mothballs set in.

Now, in actuality, you will have no real need for any of this stuff.  A lot of it is too dated to wear now, but for the experimental out there, you could have a lot of fun.  As mainstream as i am, even i had moments in there of wishing i could wear a crazy print shirt-dress or a flapper-esque cocktail dress.  However, the coats could still be worn today, and some of them are really, really unique, which i think is the whole point of a coat in georgia. it doesn’t get that damn cold, so it’s just another accessory ; )  Speaking of coats, the store where i work just got in the most amazing winter coats, all under or around $100, which is a bargain for a great, quality, unique coat.  Apparently, the trend is super girly: we have one a-line, three quarter sleeve number that’s textured black; it looks like Grace Kelly should be wearing it holding a clutch.  Then, we have a wrap coat, with swishy black ruffles down the front.  Seriously, somebody needs to win the contest just so i can start telling you guys about when we get in great new stuff ; )

After you finish at Frock of Ages, you’ll be feeling kinda surreal anyways, so walk next door to Doctor Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.

This is a great coffee shop.  Doc Bombay’s feels like someone’s living room, with dim lighting and old comfy antique armchairs.  You can get coffee, lattes, ice cream (really, really, good ice cream), pastries, and some sandwich type food.  But the big selling point is this: there are books everywhere, and they only cost .50. 

They cover the walls, and they’re even in the bathroom (don’t buy those).  They’re all donated by residents of the neighborhood, so it’s a regular grab bag.  You can find a “test your creativity” book (that was hours of hilarity..), a book on leadership and Star Trek (“Make it So”). You can find best sellers that just came out a year ago.  You can find books on religion, music, politics. Yesterday, i found a book written on women’s etiquette in the 16-1700s (How a princess should behave…).

For .50, you really can’t go wrong, you’ll at least read it while you stand in line at the Biscuit.

And you’ll realize when you’re full that you’ve wasted hours, just looking at clothes you’ll never wear in this lifetime and books you didn’t really need.

But you’ll have had a good time.

And we all need that some Saturdays.

September 2, 2007. Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Shoutfit is down, temporarily

I was going to do my Shoutfit of the week, but it’s down, temporarily.

 Probably a little minor maintenance.

But while we’re on the topic, i’d love to know if any of you have joined Shoutfit.  It’s so much fun if you’re into clothes, and much more low maintenance than say, keeping a blog about your clothes : )

It’s a great way to show your friends what you just bought, and to just show-off to other girls period.

Plus, unlike fashion magazines, these are real women, with real bodies.  They are not air-brushed, they do not have a team of stylists helping. It’s real world fashion, not some conceptual crazy idea that only works on the catwalk.

 A lot of this plug stems from the fact that, while i’ve only talked to Chris once or twice, i really loved his enthusiasm for the site.  He has a lot of great ideas, but to execute ideas you need users.  That’s where you come in.

 So wait a day or two, check back in with Shoutfit, and join.  Friend me, dammit, b/c i have only two friends currently.

Bonus: Shoutfit friends are far more likely to become my Shoutfit of the week ; )

 BB

August 30, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

RIP Jane Magazine and Bras for Fabulous Small Breasts

Jane is dead.

She is not the first fashion magazine i loved and lost.

When i was younger (early college), it was Mademoiselle.  She was smart, sassy, and had the most amazingly fun fashion layouts.  She was like the cool older sister that i never had (the rebellious, sophisticated kind that would smoke in the bathroom and sneak boyfriends in, then eventually move to NY to live in a loft in the Village).  But, my sophmore year, Conde Naste didn’t feel the need to publish her anymore, and let Glamour take her over.

I never felt that kind of connection with a magazine again, until last year when i got really into Jane.  Jane was like the laid-back hipster girl that  worked in your favorite coffee shop in college–the one you wanted to hang out with, she was just THAT cool. 

And may i add, the one thing that both of these magazines had in common: They both were aimed at the twenty-thirty something woman with a limited budget but a need for awesome clothes.  Unlike Vogue and Elle, the clothes in the spreads were actually within my reach.

They also enouraged women to think, to have an opinion, to do things that made people nervous.  Instead of encouraging us to spend all our time worrying about our thighs/frizzy hair/noncommital boyfriend, they wanted us to spare a couple of brain cells on politics, women’s rights, the environment, and our careers.   Try finding that in Cosmo (Cosmo deserves to DIE…how is that being published, but not Jane???).

To contribute to the losses of the weekend, it turns out Victoria’s Secret doesn’t feel the need to carry a variety of A-sized bras anymore.  Oh, sure, they have a couple here and there, but as i scoured the website and store this weekend for a little something something for quarter break, there was hardly anything to choose from.  Oh sure, if i was a B and above, i could choose from any collection they have.  But apparently, if you have A cups, you’re only going to get a nice sensible cotton number.  News flash, Vicki!!:  Listen, for A cups, a bra is purely an accessory.   We don’t need support, we need something that looks bad-ass.  So give me lace, give me details–but don’t give me something that looks like a thirteen year old’s training bra.

One of my friends recommended Fredrick’s of Hollywood as being cheaper and having a better range of sizes.  I personally have always had a bad view of that company…they just have always seemed like the trailer trashy version of Victoria’s Secret.  But i gave it a look this weekend, and i actually found one or two bras that were really cute and CRAZY cheap ($20!!!).  I would share what i bought, but hey, i have to see some of you in class tomorrow, so let’s just let you look for yourself, k?

Sorry for more weekend ranting, and as soon as i find an awesome replacement for Jane mag, i promise to share : )

happy shopping!

bb

August 27, 2007. Uncategorized. 7 comments.

I take it back, Sugar…

Sugar Britches got in new stuff, and a lot of it was awesome.

There is a great pale blue silky little slip dress that i crave, at only $32.

And may i add that the entire PC blogging class all found something to ooh and ah over in there… although they loved Pieces of Adrene too. 

So my apologies to Sugar Britches, and seriously, go check out East Atlanta!

 P.S.

i meant to post this last week, but here’s my new “pretty pink princess” topdscn08500001.jpg from Rag-a-Rama.  More proof that yes, you may have to dig through a lot, but there are great, barely worn tops from places like Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 just waiting to be found.  This shirt looks as new as if i just bought it fresh, and it was $8.

Oh, and they’re having their annual $1 sale on sept. 1 and 2….even i have to wonder what a $1 gets you : )>

August 24, 2007. east atlanta shopping, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Shoutfit of the Week

This week, may i present Raych.

 I loved her style so much, i’m posting her even though she has her own fashion blog that is quite entertaining (check it out on her profile).  But it’s all about solidarity right? 

The thing i love about her style is that she rocks her Gucci with a little old navy, her Chanel with a little Forever 21.  Sure, she obviously has a higher credit card limit than me : ) , but she’s an equal opportunity fashionista, trying both the expensive and the cheap.

Plus, her style is just so cheekily elegant.  Everything is perfectly put together and lady-like, but with just enough of a twist to make it fun and young (i.e. a long pearl necklace with sassy tailored shorts, or a punky tee with sweet straight leg jeans and pretty flats).

Oh, and speaking of straight leg jeans, i finally found the perfect pair at Target.  Yeah, i’m not shopping in the same price bracket as Raych.  But i can still take pointers : )

August 22, 2007. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Post-it, on my t-shirt

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Ty said my t-shirt had to go in the blog, when he saw it in class.

 And it’s true, i “will work for shoes”, or dresses, or skirts, or really good jeans that give good ass, or maybe purses (little known fact, i’m not really a “bag” girl).

Now who’s going to pay me??? ; )

BB

August 17, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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