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I’m a big online shopper and it’s been gaining steadily in popularity with retailers, much to my glee. So, holiday sales and boxing day/boxing week sales are aplenty these days, even online. Which means you don’t have to brave the crammed malls to score some good deals. And, since I live in a fairly large city, I’m usually lucky enough to get my orders in 2-3 days.

I bought some work clothes online at Cleo (www.cleo.ca), all for $97 with free shipping. Normally (i.e. not on sale), it would have amounted to about $250, so score one for moi.

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So I went on an online shopping spree yesterday. I had some work to do and in between gaps (times where I was waiting for processes to run while sitting in front of my computer), I shopped. Put me in front of a computer with time to spare and it’s a dangerous, dangerous thing. But – I hadn’t gone fall shopping yet (I know – so late!!) so figured now was a good a time as any.

The loot below is en route as we speak! This time I shopped at stores I don’t normally shop at so it’ll be interesting to see the fabric/fit/quality once they arrive. ‘Cause I’m adventurous like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once you find your right size at a new store, it’s super-easy to shop online going forward.ย I have yet to return anything I’ve bought online. Tip – use their measurement charts – they’re there for a reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

From Banana Republic:

Cute top - under a black cardigan in fall/winter and sleeveless in the warmer months. I love ruffles.

Fall trends: Tie-neck blouse and animal print (2 for 1!!)

From the Gap:

The only thing I’ve ever bought from the Gap previously were jeans… But they have some very cute stuff these days.

I got both the blouse and the sweater. Cozy.

From Old Navy (I love this store for basics/layering but found a couple of cuties this time):

Chiffon blouse will go perfect underneath my raspberry-coloured wrap cardigan from VS..

Who doesn't love a winter sweater? Picture it paired with jeans, a cami and a mug of hot chocolate. Need I say more?

From Talbots:

I needed a pair of good, simple black pants. I got these (but in black). I like that Julianne Moore is the new face for Talbots and I saw her in a magazine ad so I checked out the site.

I also spent my egiftย card at VS (received for my bday – thanks Christina!!) but I won’t be posting my purchase details on the internet.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

There are some other stores I’m curious about and will eventually buy from. Like White House Black Market – they have some great clothes for work. The reviews from other shoppers are on the site and are positive – that’s always a good sign. Club Monacoย is another. I used to be a Reitmans fan back in the day (and they have a new online store now) but I lean more towards their sister stores Cassis and RW-Coย lately – but those don’t have online shopping (yet!). And H&M is always good for trends (no online option). So, when I hit the mall I make sure to visit the stores with no online shopping option first. ๐Ÿ™‚

You may have noticed that I have yet to buy a fall/winter 2011 bag. I’m still on the hunt…nothing has called out to me yet. what can you do?!

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Loving these faux-fur trim booties from VS:

This cardigan from VS:

Another cardi from VS – gorgeous colour:

Loving the loafer pumps for fall, with skinny or stacked heel.

 

Still no developments on any fall/winter bags that have caught my eye. I’m actually leaning towards black this year – maybe try something different. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I just ordered these.

Since there will be plenty of walking during our vacation, and my old ones are getting pretty worn, I decided to get new ones.

Skechers “Bikers Proposal” Mary Jane style shoes:

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So I caved and bought 4 of these babies. Instead of paying almost $85 for a set of 2, Amazon.com had them for $55 (set of 2). So I got 4.

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So I want to buy icewine glasses. Like these from Riedel.

Not sure I want to spend $66 for 2 glasses though… If I can find any in the same style (I prefer the angular look instead of the rounded ones), that would be great. Suggestions on where they would sell these are welcome!

I’ll see if I can find any online…

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PJs from VS. Comfy cozy. Blue leopard print.

Still need this year’s new slippers.

Stay tuned.

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There are some good deals on the VS site these days. Go…see…shop!ย Here are some Happy Summer gifts to me from me (the best kind):

Denim shirt

Ruffle bikini

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always liked things with buttons, things that simplify ordinary tasks and doing things in the most efficient manner. So living in a time where technological discoveries and inventions have improved by leaps and bounds, I find myself striving to always find ways to do something faster, better and with the least amount of effort.

Here are the ways I have improved my life with technology:

Blackberry: In the palm of my hand, I have a device with which I can communicate with anyone I want, anytime I want. Via phone, text or email. I can surf the net to find out any information I want, from movie times, phone numbers or addresses, directions. I have access to maps, a gps, my calendar, all my contact info, an alarm clock and even a calculator.

Online shopping: Surf the net in the comfort of your own home, find the product you want, have them ship it to you. Many sites (like Amazon) have free shipping so it’s even cheaper than wasting the gas to drive to the store! I’ve bought everything online from Dominos pizza and Swiss Chalet (much faster then ordering over the phone), clothes/shoes, books/dvds, trips, patio furniture, you name it. If I can find it online, I’ll buy it online.

GPS: This is like having your own personal navigator in the car with you. It tells you exactly how to get to where you’re going. Fantastic. People used to by paper maps to figure out how to get somewhere…

Internet: The best school supply ever. ๐Ÿ™‚ Information about anything at all, just a few keystrokes away. Having access to the answers to all of my questions is awesome. People who know me also know that I question things. A lot. (why does it do that? why is it like that? how? why? where?) So being able to look up all those answers is fabulous. People used to look in encyclopedias, books and watch the news to learn information. So limiting.

Facebook: How I keep in touch with friends and family, anytime I want.

Online banking: Can you believe people used to stand in line at the bank and wait for people to give over their own money?

Digital: This includes everything from digital cameras/photos, music, movies, TV shows you can record. TV shows you can pause/replay in real time. It’s about time. Remember VCR tapes? And having to rewind movies before bringing them back to the video store? Teehee

Online gaming: Play games with people from all over the world, who are in various time zones. No more looking for people to play with – there are millions online all the time!

Few of my fave sites:
maps.google.ca – where things are
http://www.webmd.com – use the symptom checker to figure out what ails you
http://www.foodnetwork.com – look for recipes, can check user reviews for best results
http://www.amazon.ca – know when books from your favorite authors are coming out
http://www.apple.com/trailers – all the movie trailers

Deep thought of the day:
When filling out application forms and putting who to contact in an emergency, why does no one think of ambulance or police. What the hell’s your mom gonna do!?!

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Yep, snow is finally on the way. We’re supposed to get 5-10cm between 10pm and 3am. I’ll believe it when I see it…this elusive snow people keep talking about. Then the storm is heading to Montreal where it’ll likely double. teehee ๐Ÿ˜€ Be warned!!

So we were driving back home from the train station and I casually asked Chris when was the last time he saw a pothole. We looked at each other and said, eerily simultaneously, “in Montreal”. Then we started looking at the road we were driving on to see what looked different – why are there none here in TO and yet tons in Mtl. The roads looked the same to me but Chris was convinced that they looked different. I explained that the difference was just that there were no big gaping craters in them here. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a pretty obvious distinction to me but he’s still not convinced. We’ll see what happens come springtime.

Anyhoo

I received part of my xmas online shopping packages today – very cool. Gone were the days when online shopping meant waiting 2 weeks for your order. With today’s demand for convenience and speed, 2-3 days has been the norm for my purchases. Then again, maybe that’s because no one else is shopping due to these weird financial times. Imagine – I might be the sole supporter of the Canadian economy. Little ole me. Well, me and my best friend whose name also starts with V. Yep, my long-time relationship with Visa has prospered over the years and it grows stronger every day. We shop a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although at times I feel like it’s a one-way relationship and I do most of the talking, she’s always there when I need her. Never complains about benig at the mall too long. Never says I look fat in them jeans. Always ready to bail me out if I don’t have a 5 dollar bill on me to pay for a Starbucks non-fat grande latte (yes it’s worth every penny). She even gets me presents (with RBC points). Yep, diamonds aren’t a girls best friend – Visa is!!! AND she can get me diamonds TOO, so there!

And yes, I know her number by heart. Ask me for a friend’s cell phone number and I couldn’t tell you for the life of me without checking my cell but ask me for those 16 magical numbers and I have those down pat. Expiry date and 3-digit security code on the back too! Now THAT’s true love. ๐Ÿ™‚

Deep thought of the day – Yes, it’s another religious one but I swear on the bible I’m an atheist ๐Ÿ™‚

I once prayed to God for a bike, but quickly found out he didn’t work that wayโ€ฆso I stole a bike and prayed for his forgiveness.

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P.S. Guess that guy doesn’t have a best friend. V does bikes too.

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