please place the tiara on my head

i will do the honors and crown myself as the queen of online shopping, and no, not just online shopping, BARGAIN online shopping. of course, i would love to be able to online shop as if i just won the lotto, but i am not quite at that baller status yet, and a girl has gotta save, so i do quite a bit of online shopping. and by “quite a bit” i do mean every free minute i have. i love going to boutiques around miami and laughing at what they charge for the same shirt i found online. seriously, why would i pay $65 for a skull shirt when i know at least four different online sites (that i visit on the reg.) that are selling them for $24.99 – $32. ugh sorry, i’d rather buy two shirts for the price of one, if ya know what i mean.

but i am real bitchy about telling people where i have found my bargains. i have this theory that if too many people start buying from them, then their prices will go up, and that will totally ruin my game plan! maybe by the end of this post i will develop a soft spot for my followers and share one of them.

tip: best way to save with online shopping is to sign up for their newsletters. yes it sucks getting spammed a million times a day by countless companies, but most of the time, those emails contain lots of beneficial information. for example, one of the new websites i found, i signed up for the newsletter, as i browsed the website, of course had a cart full of items but didn’t actually purchase yet. sure enough i check my email a few hours later and most of the items i had selected had gone on sale, 40% off. that was music to my ears. i literally could have cried from excitement.

tip: lets say you fell in love with a pair of shoes on a website like sam edelmanfind out what the name of the shoe is, go to google, search the shoe (under shopping) and it will show you all the places where you can purchase that shoe, and how much. i do it all the time, and save myself SO MUCH MONEY!

tip: before checkout, google the website you are on, followed by coupons. sometimes you will find awesome coupons, sometimes you won’t, but it doesn’t hurt to check it out.

tip: social media does goes a long way. most companies give you a discount just for liking them on facebook, or following them on twitter.

so today, as i was doing my usual online shopping i came across this super cute tribal sweater. of course i look on all of my websites, since they pretty much carry the same clothes, and here is the perfect example of WHY you should look around before purchasing.

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buuut the best thing about tobi is you get 50% off your first purchase. ugh talk about a deal! – https://www.tobi.com/i/MzY3NTIx%0A

should i answer it?

i was out to dinner recently, and unintentionally while i was “listening” to a story that i probably didn’t care too much about, my eyes started wandering around the restaurant watching individuals around me. have you ever sat down at a restaurant and just people watched? if you haven’t, next time you should. most likely you will see the same thing at every table, regardless if it is a group of friends out, a couple in love or a family out to dinner, everyone is drowned in their cell phones. is this okay? what ever happened to spending quality time with people? technology is seriously taking over every aspect of our lives. and it isn’t just with people my age, my parents are worse than me! my dad, is iphone obsessed. he sits there while we are at dinner and plays with it. then it is like a chain reaction, my mom takes hers out and i take mine out. so the three of us are sitting at a table, not speaking to each other wrapped up in our phones. i think there should be a rule, no one is allowed to text inside of a restaurant. i first noticed the cell phone isolation problem that night i was at dinner with my parents, but it wasn’t until i was being forced to listen to that oh so interesting story, that it hit me and i was in complete shock. that chain reaction i was talking about, i saw it right before my eyes. there were a group of about seven people sitting at a table close to mine. i started listening to their conversation, because mine was boring dragging on, until one girl reached into her purse, pulled out her phone to check it, and then there it went. one by one everyone started getting out their phones. going on facebook, twitter, texting etc. i couldn’t believe it. i didn’t know what i was more upset about, not being able to ease drop or have to continue listening to the shit coming out of this guys mouth in front of me. but in all seriousness, that is so sad. you’re out with friends but instead you would rather talk to people who aren’t there? the leave your cell phone in your purse / pocket embargo has begun!

technology doesn’t just stop there, what happened to a good ol fashion letter? i can’t even remember the last time i got a letter in the mail that wasn’t a bill, UF asking me for money, or the stupid credit cards upping my limit.. and what ever happened to talking on the phone? i miss those days where i would chit chat for hours upon hours on the phone. now, pah.. you should see how many roll over minutes i have! i have grown to hate it. texting is so impersonal.. sending something like “hey i am running late” should be what texting is used for, but instead, now it is used to get to know someone? really? so what are we supposed to do, just succumb to using hangouts on google+ as a way to hangout with our friends from the comfort of our own homes. is it going to get to a point where i can eat lunch and facetime my friend in boston, who is at lunch too. would i consider that eating w. someone? it is great to be able to facetime with boyfriends or girlfriends who live far away, and it is incredible that you can pretty much use technology to your advantage for a lot of long distance relationships, whether it is with a family memeber, friend or significant other. technology closes the gap, and seems to make thousands of miles dissappear. but there is a time and a place for that, and when you are out with people, that should not be the time nor the place.

quack. quack.

before i start bashing, i shall admit… i have done it. i put my head down in shame, but i am guilty of doing the…. duck face. *gasp* i know, how can you continue reading this post after knowing that embarrassing information about me! i will say it was not my proudest moment but after a few drinks my lips cant help but form the duck face. in all honesty, i thought i had started it ;p

for those who don’t know what i am talking about do it with me. push your mouth out, kinda as if you were about to give a kiss buuut not quite. duck face offenders think it gives off the illusion of big luscious lips, an awesome jawline and cheekbones a model would kill for. what you really look like, is a moron. no you don’t look sexy, no you don’t look cute, you look stupid. of course, this face would be perfect if we still thought it was cool / liked  had myspace, but we all use facebook now so we have to be mature and just defualt pictures where we look our absolute best (thankkkk you photoshop).

it cracks me up that there has been a song, numerous websites dedicated to this phenomenon and a vast amount of anti duck face sites.  wait wait wait, us normal folks aren’t the only ones who’ve subjected ourselves to the face, Christina Aguilar has been spotted, as well as Kendra Wilkinson, Beyonce, Kim K. and pretty much any other celebrity between the age of 15 and 59. For more celebs, visit here.

so should this trend continue? or do we need to stop it dead in its tracks? personally, i think it is funny and probably wont stop anytime soon, at least not when you mix a camera and alcohol into the equation.

of course i can’t leave you without showing some of my FAVORITE duck face offenders. please don’t kill me!

yours truely:

dear friends, dont check me in.

i am an avid facebooker, i check it about 430,255,231 times a day, so i will not sit here and bash it… but i will ask my dear friends, please ask before checking me in. this whole “check me in” option can get some of us in serious trouble. you know, your trying to avoid going out with someone, you give your excuse, “oh no i dont feel well” bam… youre checked in somewhere.. and there goes that lie. it has happened, and i am sure it will continue, especially with the friends i have. am i the only one who feels like i need to announce to everyone i am with “dont check me in” so i dont get caught in my web of lies?

so do us all (or just me) a favor, ask before checking someone in.

xoxo.

thou shall not… annoy

Etiquette and Facebook, two words that don’t usually go hand in hand. We all know the importance Facebook plays in our lives now a days. You can deny it if you want, but if you are under the age of 75 you most likely have a Facebook (except for my dad, who i think is the only person on the face of this planet to not have a Facebook) and go on it at least a hundred times a day! Buuuut, are you doing everything in your power to annoy your friends on Facebook? Most likely – so to avoid that, here are the 10 commandments of Facebook (thanks Lindsay for showing me the commandments) … with my own comments.

1.  Thou shall not post or tag friends on embarrassing or incriminating photos.

I can speak from experience… as the photog and the poor victim who’s picture was put on Facebook. Untagging doesn’t do anything.. the pictures are STILL up and people can STILL see them. So from one Facebooker to an other, lets stop putting up these pictures that make you instantly text your friend and say DELETE!

2.  Thou shall not post photo or video updates of thy children’s potty training.

I think this one is cute. DISAGREE.

3.  Thou shall not use Facebook to converse with thine own significant other.

Seriously. BARF! No one wants to see pictures of you making out with your boyfriend/girlfriend, no one wants to read cheesy statuses and NO ONE wants to know how deeply in love you are on an average of 87421 times a day. GET OVER IT. Yes! you did it, you have a significant other, congrats!.. now, go get a life.

4.  Thou shall not endlessly self-promote.

This goes out to all of you who need votes to win a photoshoot or flowers for your wedding. Really? I have better things to do with my life than sit here and vote for you. So PLEASE stop sending mass messages, flooding my inbox and driving me crazy.

5.  Thou shall not propose, ask someone out, or dump anyone via wall messages or status updates.

LMAO. If I was proposed to, or asked out on Facebook I would seriously need to reevaluate the relationship I am in. I mean, I know its not official unless its on Facebook but, cmon! My guy  better get down on one knee, and not do it via the internet. Lets just not even get into dumping someone via Facebook, (which I would have to say is worse than a sticky note or text message). Class people, what happened to that?

6.  Thou shall not IM anyone you haven’t spoken to in over a decade.

Haha, this one is funny. Yes we are Facebook friends, but it really doesn’t go more than that… except for an awkward conversation. You all know what I am talking about, the hey, how are you? followed by the i’m good. we should totally catch up one of these days! You both agree, and then never speak again.

7.  Thou shall not stalk exes and/or ex’s new loves.

We all do it. If you are not friends with them, you know your best friend is. We must stop, put an end to this madness. Just remember, you broke up for a reason.

8.  Thou shall not use Facebook as a diet and workout diary.

YAY! you ran 43.32 miles in 10 minues! WOOT!!! Start a blog, put it on there, but stop posting it on Facebook. And while you are at it, (this is for guys) stop posting pictures of yourself in the bathroom showing off your muscles – you are worse than a chick.

9.  Thou shall not “spoil” TV shows in one’s status update.

YES! Please! God forbid it is a season finale, you better believe your news feed is filled with a play by play of what is happening on the show.

10. Thou shall post clear, updated photos of thyself.

We want to see what you look like NOW not that point in your life when you looked good.

farmville for dummies #fail

For $13.14 you can pre-order your very own FarmVille for Dummies, on Amazon. I don’t know whether to judge the creators of this book, or the people who will end up purchasing it. The book doesn’t hit stands until Februrary 15 of 2011 (which I am in utter disbelief that it is actually hitting stands, and if this book makes it to any best seller list I will need to reevaluate the world as I know it).

FarmVille is a game.. where you create your own farm, have crops and your friends become your neighbors. There isn’t much too it, at least not enough skill behind it to create a book for dummies (literally.. HAHA). According to Amazon, FarmVille For Dummies is aimed at getting novices acquainted with FarmVille rules and regulations, while more savvy players can sharpen their skills and find out how to stay up to date on the latest FarmVille features … SERIOUSLY!

There are currently  55 million active users on Facebook playing FarmVille, which was made by Zynga (thanks Zynga!) which has become the fastest growing franchise to date.