Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Weekend findings and savings, getting in the holiday spirit and other randoms...

After much thought and consideration, I splurged. =/ I told myself I needed it because I was running low in the fragrance arena and since I had owned it before and LOVED it, I just knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I have such a difficult time spending $80.00 on perfume!! For a bottle of liquid, $80.00?!? It's just crazy. So, I was on a hunt to find my all time favorite fragrance for a good deal because I am all about a bargain and yes, I will hunt all day until I get my deal! After trying all of the department stores and being sorely disappointed by their prices I remembered that our mall contained a "Perfumania"! I waltzed over there and sure enough, they had it! I asked the price for the big bottle and the medium bottle in which she responded, "$79.99 for the big bottle and $59.99 for the medium sized bottle". Wow, a whole .01 cent cheaper! So, I of course played the "I'm not interested, it was the same price at Dillards" card and attempted to walk off when she abruptly stopped me and offered me the BIG bottle for $59.99! How could I resist or turn that down. She was offering me the big bottle for the same price as the small bottle. I took it and I basically smell amazing now. I'm happy to say that "Envy Me" By Gucci is my signature scent, again! =)

Can I just say that I love Uggs?! I never thought I'd actually say that. I never tried a pair and I found a knock off camel and dark brown pair at Ross for $14.99. Of course, they were NOT the real Uggs. I wanted to see if I really liked them before I went out and spent $150.00 on boots! I still don't know if I can bring myself to spend $150.00 on them actually. As much as I love them and having the "real" brand would be cool, I'm stark happy with my off-brands and they are just as cute! =) It's the little things in life. I'm really not high maintenence and I don't necessarily need name brand apparel although I'm not completely opposed either. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I like my name brand perfume but I can stand to wear the off brand Uggs, there you have it!

Now you know that I am pretty frugal but do feel the need to splurge every once in a great while. ;)

Now, to all of you on your "spending freezes", please let me in on your secret because I assure you, this would be VERY difficult for me! I'm not a big spender but I do spend money on a lot of little things and I am most definitely a bargain shopper thus resulting in me spending money on useless material or things simply because it's only $3.00!! RIDICULOUS! I did pretty good this weekend though.

The holidays are QUICKLY approaching and this cold weather is a nice usher in! Last night my parents and I went out for dinner and then went around to some stores and looked at the Christmas displays as we sipped on starbucks. I know, it's a little early for that right now but I was SO in the mood! This is the absolute best time of year in my opinion! I love Thanksgiving and Christmas and looking forward to it all is so exciting. Of course, I was raised in a very loving home where we have silly, yet meaningful traditions, we decorate nearly everything, cook and bake until our hearts are content or our stomachs are full, have numerous parties, shop together and still never stop going until it's Jan 1. We're pretty crazy fanatics and we have so much fun! I love it. I bought a Frank Sinatra christmas cd for $4.00 last night. I love Frank! Who doesn't love Frank??

I've neglected to talk much about Halloween simply because I don't really celebrate it. I don't particularly like what it stands for but have nothing against those who do celebrate it. I love pumpkin carving, dressing up and candy but I just don't like the feeling that the word "Halloween" gives me. Call me crazy. We're having a masquerade ball at The Red Door on October 31 and I have yet to find out what I am going to dress up as. I can't bring myself to spend money on a costume and I really don't have much to work with. I suppose I could serve the punch in black and white attire should that be my last resort.

Well, I suppose I should get back to work now. Did I mention that it was 35 degrees this morning??! For those of you who don't know, I live in Florida! We're not used to it being that cold in October. I love it though, oddly! We're going to have a fire tonight, carve pumpkins and drink coffee! Oh and my mom promised to make me a pumpkin pie! Could it get any better?

Hope you're all having a wonderful week and all you northerners are staying warm as I can imagine how cold it must be up there considering our unlikely conditions down here!!


Danya said...

Weird - we're always on the same track, even in the silliest of things. I just "splurged" on my fav winter perfume (Call me insane, but I wear my perfumes seasonally) - and I found the same problem, it was so darn expensive! My fav "Light Blue" by Dolce & Gabbana is $80.00 for a 1.something oz in all department stores. But I did my shopping on ebay and found an authentic 3 oz bottle of "Light Blue" for $30.00 PLUS FREE SHIPPING! It's great, it just arrived yesterday - I pranced around my house all evening making everyone smell me. :) Needless to say, I'm a happy girl!

AmberDenae said...

That is so funny!! We are always on the same track...great minds think alike ;) I bet it smells great! I like to wear my perfumes seasonally too, so you're definitely not insane! WOW, I never even thought of checking on ebay!! I am going to do that next time, for sure! Yay for your great deal!! Haha, I did the same thing when I got mine, made everyone in my house smell me. I was like a little kid, haha. Hope you're having a great week and staying warm!!! :)

Sarah said...

I love those boots too, but like you, can't seem to spend that much money on the "real" ones.

I know what you mean about Thanksgiving and Christmas..i love the holidays! We even have a radio station here that is playing Christmas music.

Karen said...

I love love LOVE the holidays. I'm getting so excited! I'm not super into Halloween either. I'm glad that I'll be out of town this weekend so I don't have to celebrate it!

It was 39 degrees in Austin this morning! There must be a cold front coming through!! :)

Hope you have a splendid day!

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abby said...

I'm in need of a new perfume so I'll have to check out your scent! I also never thought I'd fall for the whole Ugg trend but I did end up buying some last year and they are fabulous - I usually get sweaty feet (gross I know) but not with the Uggs!

I LOVE Christmas and can't wait for October to be over!

Elizabeth said...

Awesome deal on the purfume! There is no way I would have passed that up either. I'm basically out of my fave perfume too! Ugh.. I hope I can find a deal that good!!
And yeah isn't this cold weather unreal for this time of the year!?? I was so happy though b/c it means a trip to the mall for HOODIES!!! :D

Mitzy said...

Sounds like you found some good deals this weekend!

Money freezing secrets?, and how do we do it??.. well for me personally, its a matter of having a husband, and 3 growing boys to take care of,.. so for the moment, when it comes to new stuff for me, OR diapers, food, mortgage payment, car paymnt, new shoes, coats, clothes etc for the kids.. I have to put" me spending" on

Now,.. I Do splurge on myself once in awhile, which consists of getting my hair done,a Starbucks coffee, or little things like that..

You are young, single, and fanci free, so you SHOULD be living it up a little, because when you get married and have a family.. it gets a little harder :-)

SO I say go for it girl!!

As for Holidays, I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!.. we have been having some cold days here , and even a tiny bit of flurry snow, so I caved in and actually turned on some christmas music.. Im such a sap, when it comes to Christamas!! haha

That Fire, and pumpkin carving sounds like fun!! ENJOY!!

and congrats on mom making a pumpkin pie!!!..
My mom will be making a couple for me on Thanksgiving!.. I cant wait!!!!!!!

mrs.leah.maria said...

A splurge is okay, now and again. :)

Ton and I actually just enacted a spending freeze and well, wouldn't you know, I haven't spent a penny so far and he's already $27 in the hole . . . I told him it's not much of a competition if he isn't going to be a competitor. :)

I'm also over Halloween, we always went to church to play games and did dress up, but I never once went trick or treating and I can't say that I feel deprived.

mrs.leah.maria said...

Oh and I can't comment on your video posts? Weird.