Sunday, April 29, 2012

Finals, Schimnals.

I have a presentation tomorrow, two finals this week, and lots of studying to do, so naturally I spent this morning shopping. I got an email from Kohl's containing a coupon and a shirt I decided I had to have. I also had an exchange to make at another store.

Well, the shirt didn't work out (so sad), but I ended up browsing clearance racks (of course). As I'm sure I've said before, you can get great deals there for next to nothing. They have quality products and everything is always on sale. Some of my favorite clothing lines found at Kohl's are Hydraulic (capris/shorts), Vera Wang (jewelry, shoes, bags, and some clothing), Jennifer Lopez (clothing), and now Rock & Republic (everything).

I feel so great about my great deals I just have to share. Maybe it will even convince you to check Kohl's out. They redid their email database recently, so if you sign up you get a $5 coupon within 10 days. Pair that with a percentage off coupon and some in-store sales and you can really get a bargain!

1. Rock & Republic spiked flats - on clearance for $13.99 (originally $70), got them for about $11.

2. Vera Wang silver sandals - on clearance for, get this, $6 (originally $60), got them for $4.80 and Vera Wang blue and lime pumps - on clearance for $15 (originally $70), got them for about $12.

I also got a JLo shirt for about $25 (originally $52) and JLo sleeveless cardigan on clearance for about $15 (originally $70). Sorry, no pictures of those, but the shirt is here. I bought it in yellow.

Another nice thing about Kohl's is they offer damage discounts - the cardigan had some snags and I got another 10% off. It doesn't hurt to ask this at ANY store because often times they are happy to just get rid of the stuff.

Those were my awesome Kohl's deals for the day. I ALSO got $10 Kohl's Cash on my next purchase of $10 or more. For every $50 you spend, you get $10 when they're running that deal.

Lastly, a lovely woman I met there and chatted with about shoes and clothes for a while called me a fashionista. I'll take it.

Later on, I exchanged a tank at Express and decided to peek in The Gap. I saw they had 30% off all clearance and wanted to see if I could find a suit jacket. I got a grey one for cheap before at The Gap, and I really wanted a form-fitting black one with long sleeves (I have about 15 but surprisingly none of them fit that description). I'm not a big Gap shopper, but I will shop clearance racks anywhere.

To my extreme happiness, I found a jacket in my size on clearance for about $22! I was so excited about it. I usually wear between a 2 and 6 depending on the brand. This one was a 4, but it fit great! Even though I work at a casual place, I enjoy dressing up when I go in (and in general).

(One thing I do like about The Gap is they have GREAT lighting in their fitting rooms).

So what about crochet? I have a couple crochet projects I plan on finishing as soon as finals are over. I haven't felt much up to it lately - I've been sticking to more mindless activities such as watching old episodes of Steve Wilkos on YouTube (yes, guilty pleasure). I'll probably start posting more varied content on here because let's face it - I love shopping and shoes, and so do a lot of other people. :-)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Updates!

I'm taking a break from studying to update my blog. Espresso Royale has been my second home for the past couple weeks partly because it is never quiet at my apartment, and partly because I'm more productive when I go out someplace and study.

In one week and two days I will be done with this semester. My last final is Wednesday afternoon. It's such a great feeling when semesters are over - well, at least after the grades are posted. I'm always anxious to see those.

I did make some time last week to try crocheting a bikini top. I've heard it's easy, so I searched through free patterns until I found one that looked decent, which is here. It actually didn't take me very long, and I think it turned out pretty alright.

I definitely am going to explore more bikini top patterns in the future. There are some cute ones on Etsy I have my eye on.

Also, I have more Star Wars figures. I made these a while ago, but I am just now getting to uploading them. Darth Vader and an Ewok (cute, I know):

As a fun picture, I picked up these lovely shoes last night at Kohl's. They were on sale for $25 (originally $75) and I had a 30% off coupon plus $5 off. There's nothing to brighten a day like shoe shopping with mom.

For those of you who have never been to Kohl's, or don't go there often, I highly recommend it. I love shopping clearance and everything is ALWAYS on sale. You can get really nice clothes for next to nothing. I got a great pair of bermuda shorts for about $15 and a necklace and earrings set by Vera Wang for ~$15. Can't beat that.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Washcloths Galore!

Another post after a period of silence. I have approximately 14 days and 2 hours before my semester is over. Hallelujah! I have so much to do these next couple weeks, but I am trying to relax and not become overwhelmed. I've scheduled my week so I force myself to do a little a day - I will be all caught up in no time. I even got groceries tonight so I have some fresh food (if only I had more time to cook!).

I haven't been crocheting much, but I did do some easy dishcloths (or washcloths, whatever they will be used for). I needed something mindless and repetitive and I wanted to use up some of the extra yarn I've accumulated. The pattern is the Sandy Shore Washcloth Set from Lion Brand and it includes 4 extremely simple patterns. I'm really happy with the way these turned out.

This is some yarn I picked up over Christmas break at the GoodWill called Flutter. It was super cheap and the colors are quite lovely (my favorites). It's thin, about as thin as Knit Cro-Sheen. I really want to make something pretty with it, I just don't know what yet.

I plan on starting more projects after I graduate. The next couple weeks are going to be insane, but they will be over before I know it. A little over two months remain until I am a college graduate! Can't wait.