I’m a hard person to shop for, or so I’m told. Because of this it has led to me being on the receiving end of a lot of unusual gifts over my lifetime. Now while these were all given with good intentions I can only assume many have led to me only scratching my head wondering what they were thinking. The following is just some of the strange and unusual gifts I have gotten in my life.
1. Socks/Underwear – Once you reach a certain age say when you stop believing in Santa Claus this gift is just weird to get. I either know what I like and already have it or I’m able to go buy it myself. Read the rest of this entry »
As much as I love to wear designer clothes, I had no choice but to find a way to get the same look without spending a fortune on them anymore. I had to take a new job and it has really cut the amount of extra money that I have to spend each month. The new job coupled with the increased rent in my apartment meant that I would have to get creative with my budgeting.
I had to find some cheap designer clothes that I could get for each season. I try to add at least ten outfits to my wardrobe each season. I know that many people do not spend nearly as much in clothes in a year as I normally did in one season.
I have met with my accountant and discussed where I could cut back and he told me that the first place that I needed to start saving money was on my clothes, shoes and accessories. I knew that he was going to tell me that before I even went to meet him.
The clothes that I have in my closet are probably worth more than some people’s cars. I had to find a way to make my old clothes look like they were new. I was going to do that by buying a few different items that I could mix and match with them and accessorize. I managed to find an awesome place to get new cheap designer clothes from. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the quality of the clothes considering how much I was paying for them.
I think that I will be able to continue getting new clothing as long as I continue to shop for the cheaper versions of the things that I like. It is a change, but not necessarily a bad one.
Some of my favorite memories from when I was younger was spending time with my grandmother. My parents both had busy jobs, so often it was just the two of us. She taught me how to knit, and we would spend hours just knitting sweaters, socks and other items when we were together. Now I am the grandmother, and my 11 year old granddaughter wants to learn how to knit too. Knowing she wants to spend time with me instead of video games does my heart good! I found some sock knitting patterns that I knew she would be able to handle since they are for beginners.
She could just watch me, but I knew she would want to be able to reference something online for when she was home and wanted to knit on her own. I found an easy beginner sock pattern that I knew she would like because they are turn down cuff socks, which is the only kind she wears right now. When I showed her a picture of the socks, she fell in love with them. She picked out the color of yarn she wanted, and then I showed her the step by step instructions. I thought that I would have to actually show her how to do the rows with the knitting needles, but she picked it up just by watching a quick video even before I gave her the knitting supplies she would need.
Her first pair of socks are absolutely gorgeous, though they are not the same size at all. She got distracted while making the second one, so I have a feeling she will pay attention from now on. She gave them to one of her dolls, and has since made dozens of other socks. She has them in every color imaginable, and I am even wearing some of them myself!
I pay close attention to the latest fashions and what models are doing on the runway and in the streets. I like to stay on top of the latest trends and do what I can to model my look after those of the women that are known for being beautiful and fashionable. I have been using this hairdresser in Bristol to do my hair for the last year and a half and have had nothing but great experiences with her. She takes so much time to make sure that she cuts every hair just right and that it lies on my head perfectly.
I have had some pretty bad hairdressers work on my hair in years past and I have learned that once you find one that you like, you do what you have to do to keep her. I have gone through several different looks with this lady and she never ceases to amaze me with her natural god given talent.
I have a couple of girlfriends that wanted to know where I go to get my hair done and I told them that she does not except new clients because it is already hard enough to find a timeslot that she can fit me into. I knew that if I had told them where I go that they would go to and then their friends would ask them where they go and they would tell them. It would mean that I would have a much more difficult time getting an appointment with the one beautician in town that I trust with my hair.
I feel a little bad that they cannot go where I go, but I do not feel bad enough to tell them my little secret. My beautician does not need the added business because she is booked solid each and every day that the shop is open.
My daughter wanted one of the tony bowls prom dresses. When I heard a name in front of the words “prom dresses” I started to see dollar signs. However, we were looking around together for the best outlet to get her the prom dress she wanted. I must admit, that it is like the style she chose was made specifically for her. Every girl wants to be the belle of the ball, and my daughter was no exception.
She is tall and athletic, so the dress transformed her into someone my husband and I have never seen before. She went from a jeans and tee shirt wearing girl that is better at sports than her brother to a beautiful young woman. I got teary-eyed, and my husband did not know what to say.