Friday, September 16, 2011

Outfit Post

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DSC_0411 DSC_0409 DSC_0406 Wearing my fake me out isabel marant pink shorts from topshop. Love the bubble gum color, oh how will I survive winter w/o you? shirt thrifted; boots, jeffrey campbell

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ribbon wall

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Thinking about stealing this idea for a baby shower coming up!
Photo from
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I'm in love with Narciso Rodriguez!  The spring collection is light and ethereal with sheer panels and flowing fabrics.  The color pallet is amazing too, light blues and creams with accents of black.  Everything draped beautifully with deep square necklines and geometric designs.  The dress above is my favorite, but everything in the collection is just breathtaking. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

crochet madness in black

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Love the entire look...maybe that's what I'll do with the crochet bikini cover up I've been eying but couldn't think of any ways to wear.
photo from stockholmstreetstyle via styledbyjanet

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rag & Bone Newbury Boots

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Rag & Bone Newbury Dupes

Rag & Bone high heel shoes
$495 -

Dolce Vita mid heels
$198 -

Some Rag & Bone Newbury inspired options. There's also these boots by Steve Madden that are a pretty good match. I'm still uncertain about these boots though. They look like a good basic, but the ankle height might be too tall for my legs.

Friday, September 9, 2011

just another doily shorts outfit post...

Pin It Now! DSC_0402 Running around in one of the white incarnations of my crochet shorts. shorts, ebay; shirt, h&m; headband, f21; shoes, gap

Thursday, September 8, 2011

just a little bit irritated...

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(Picture from the NYTimes)

I love to peruse Bloglovin just to see what's new out there and I came across this post from  The recipe itself for home made bubble tea seems fine, but the author claims that this is a "thai" drink "recently popular."  Really this is not the case.  This is not a Thai drink, it did not originate in Thailand.  I actually did not see this drink anywhere I went when I was in Thailand about 2 years ago.  Bubble tea is of Taiwanese decent served in little cafes.  There are even Taiwanese chains that have expanded to the US serving bubble tea, namely Ten Ren. 

I'd say it's been popular for about 10 years now with new incarnations incorporating jelly, pudding and other pretty standard Taiwanese dessert ingredients. 

I know Thailand, Taiwan, they sound very similar, but are two completely different countries.  And do I expect normal people to know this?  Actually yes, I do.  It irritates me that people don't know the difference and it becomes like a sickness spreading to more people not knowing that Thailand and Taiwan are two different countries.

I did leave a comment as I saw someone else did too about the origins of bubble tea, but my comment conveniently never got posted.  I can't say if it's a computer glitch or not.  But at least correct your original entry!!!  And not spread the ignorance!! 

It's small and I shouldn't bash people, but incorrect facts annoy me, especially when they can be easily corrected.

I'm actually not a huge fan of bubble tea, I prefer jelly and my favorite flavor is taro.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Alexander Wang inspired asymmetrical pullover

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Remember that Alexander Wang Pullover sweater I lusted after last year. Well free people have knocked it off. Almost identical at a quarter of the price! Available here.

still loving doily shorts

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I've always been fascinated with crochet things (mostly bikinis)...lucky for me this summer it was all the rage!  Some holey shorts topped off by an airy and sheer tee.  Complementing my unusually black clothes are gold eye shadow and a warm brown zipper belt.

shorts,; belt, madewell; wedges, jeffrey campbell

Monday, September 5, 2011


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

bargaining...the perfect example of microeconomics

Pin It Now! Needless to say I love shopping, but sometimes I love the bargaining part even more.  I know haggling isn't in everyone's blood, some are willing to just pay the first price offered by a vendor.  Which is why vendors like to jack up the initial offer price.

Many websites with tips on bargaining will tell you to rebut with half the initial offer from the vendor and work up from there as the vendor works down.  I disagree with this approach.  This is where the microeconomics comes in, as in your willingness to pay and the willingness of the vendor to sell.  This relationship is at the heart of microeconomics and creates an efficient market place in which the buyer gets the item at the price she wants and the seller makes the amount of money on the item he wants.  Both leave the transaction having accomplished their goal.

Which brings me back to rebutting with half the offered price, this is usually not the price I am willing to pay.  I think in many third world countries that have a thriving tourist economy most sellers have inflated their prices because they have found easy fodder in those tourists that don't know how to bargain.  Therefore half the price really is no longer a good starting point. 

Now I go back to microeconomics, I always offer a price of which I am willing to pay, or in other words what I think the item is worth to me personally.  I've found this is usually anywhere from 5% to 15% of what the seller initiates the price at.  From this price I'll go up maybe a buck or two depending on how badly I want the item and the perceived rarity (as in I won't be able to find it from another seller).  I also always buy in bulk, 2 or 3 items at the same time.  And I stand firm with my price, I never waiver. This actually has worked pretty well considering I've had sellers chase me down 30 minutes later to tell me they will sell it for the price I stated.

The only place in which this bargaining has failed was at Chatachuk Market (aka JJ Market or the weekend market) in Bangkok Thailand.  This method only failed because the sellers here were already offering the lowest price they possibly could and were no longer willing to go lower.  There were a few sellers that did go lower on some lovely leather cuffs I bought. We later learned that Chatachuk vendors were already giving us the lowest price possible.  Similar if not the same items in Phuket were much more expensive with sellers not willing to go down to the prices found in Chatachuk.  Goes to show you there's an exception in every rule!

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