If you are like me, you might not quite be ready to take that leap into the lovely summer uniform we have all come to know and dread as the bathing suit! Or even worse, the BIKINI! However, these suits will have you doing back handsprings as you swan dive ever so elegantly into this years pool of amazing choices!
Yesterday, my brother and I traveled to one of LA’s most fun places- “The Grove.” It boasts a 14-screen movie theatre, my fav department stores, a giant fresh farmers market open year-round, and restaurants & boutiques galore.
One place I had never stepped foot inside, was not so surprisingly, The Nike Runners’ Store at The Grove. Let me just start out with the fact that I absolutely HATE to run- so this would explain why I never wanted to explore the Nike Town world. I have really been missing out! I love that place! The staff are so incredibly knowledgeable.
Amazing how a simple search for a sock could yield such valuable information! The Nike employee/Marathon runner informed us of the importance of wearing “safe” socks when running. After watching his lips move for a while, I decided to start listening and here is what I basically got out of our ten minute convo about socks: they are really important to runners! Their safest sock to go with comes with a pre-assigned “left” and “right” foot. They are more supportive than a girdle, with full built in support, keeping your foot in the “neutral” position through out the entirety of your run lessening the impact on your joints. The marathon runner/Nike employee told me that the sock should only rub against the shoe, never your foot. If it is rubbing against your foot, it is basically stopping you “dead in your tracks” causing blisters and friction between the movement of your foot and the shoe. So, bottom line, buy the freaking socks if you invest in a shoe over $100.00- the socks are $8.00 a pair and they have all kinds of different heights and cuts.
Thanks to Mathis, my brother, an avid runner, I have learned about a little running motivational high-tech piece of equipment- The Nike Plus+. It syncs to your iphone 4, ipod Touch, Polar Nike Plus heart rate monitor, and 5th generation Nano and tracks your progress as you run. Imagine the most fancy pedometer on the planet. You can download the data directly onto Nike’s website to keep “track” of every step you take. Just be sure you purchase the extra attachment to plug in to the nano. I also fell in love with the wrist band- so cute in hot pink and black and white.
Drawback: You have to wear the Nike Plus shoe with the little insert to get an exact reading of your running progress- no pun intended. Being that I recently had foot surgery, I am not exactly sure how this works out, so I will have to “run” it by my MD.
Check out this really cool app called “Style Book.” It is the closest thing you will get to having “Cher’s” computerized closet in Clueless. You take pictures of your shoes, pants, jewelry, belts, ect., and then the app allows you to erase the background leaving only the garment. It categorizes each item and stores it in the phone for all future wardrobe inventory. You can create outfits and keep a running inventory of what you actually have in your closet. Also gives you a great excuse to clean your closet out!
Another great app for guys:
Bespeak is the personal stylist for men. It totally helps guys to learn what cuts, colors, and patterns work for their body type, height, skin tone, hair color, and eye color. I downloaded it thinking it was for women and was so impressed I pretended to be a guy just to see how it worked. That sounded a little weird. I mean I just filled in my info as if I were a guy using the app. It is so easy to use and immediately after entering your data, the app produces suits, shirts, trouser options and the list goes on and on. Best part; it’s FREE!
This is a site for die-hard fashionistas looking for daily inspiration for new wardrobe ideas. I just love it. Millions of men and women post their “looks” of the day and you can vote on it and follow them if you like their style. It is awesome because you are kept up-to-date on the street styles all over the world! Check it out for yourself!
This brit has figured it out. Give us a book we will actually finish and tell us we can eat whatever we want as long as we do it slowly, thoughtfully, only when hungry, and stop when we are full! I love him already!!! It takes about two hours to finish the book and his hypnotic CD is included. You listen to it everyday for two weeks and practice the four golden rules. It is really great and makes complete sense. I know it takes will power to give up dieting, but if you try really hard, you can do it!!
I just love the dailyworth low-down! I subscribed and everyday I learn something really easy and applicable to my financial life. It is for regular people with all of the common personal financial problems and challenges. Check it out then send me some of the money I helped you save by telling you about this great little blog!
Hey y’all! Just thought I would let you in on a little secret. Next time you are in the car and listening to the radio, if you hear an ad for Folger’s coffee, it is me! Just landed my very first Folger’s jingle and although I never drink coffee, for me it is still “the best part of waking up!” Take a listen here or in the car. Also, check out the cool coffee products I found!
Bodum Mousse Electric Milk Frother
Create smooth, delicious foamed milk with the Mousse Electric Milk Frother from Bodum. This stylish, compact milk frother is designed to quickly foam milk without heating it. It features a push button on the top to give you full control, and the 5 oz glass beaker provides a clear view of your milk. The Mousse Electric Milk Frother uses a built-in spiral wand to thicken the milk, which can be adjusted to deliver the best foam for different quantities of milk. Simply move it up or down depending on how much milk you’re foaming, and the spiral frothing wand will deliver fast, consistent froth in about 20 seconds. The Bodum Mousse Electric Milk Frother not only froths milk, but it’s also great for dressings, whipped toppings and light mixing. Requires 2 AA batteries, not included.
Bodum Calorius Electric Water Kettle
The hassle of heating water on the stove is over with the Calorius electric water kettle. Just plug it in and 48 oz. of water will be heated in no time. The gorgeous brushed stainless steel finish and elegant lines make this kettle as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful. The transparent polycarbonate cover is extremely durable and features a whistle indicating when the water has reached boiling temperature. The Calorius also comes in a stovetop version for those who like the old fashioned process. Available with two different polycarbonate lids: clear and orange.
Bodum Eileen Coffee Press
Price $59.99 – $69.99
I love this particular item because it is just so cute. Why not have great coffee and be stylish at the same time? With the Eileen Coffee Press you can!
Keurig B30 Mini Brewer White
The Keurig Mini B30 single-serve brewing system lets you enjoy brewing away from home. With The Keurig B30 Mini and their patented K-Cups, you can brew fresh, great tasting coffee at your desk, in your dorm room, in your hotel room, in your boat, or just about anywhere. The Mini only takes 3 minutes to heat the water and brew the perfect cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot cocoa. To enjoy a great cup of freshly brewed coffee, all you have to do is plug in the Mini, pour in 8 oz of water, insert a K-Cup and push a button. K-cups are pre-measured single-servings of coffee that eliminate the hassle of grinding, tamping, measuring and messy clean-up. And you can choose from over 200 different coffee, tea and hot cocoa varieties from 13 gourmet partners. Better than coffee to go, it’s the coffee machine to go. Also available in black.
Just wanted to let you know that I went, I saw, and I purchased! You will too, once you see the amazing deals I found at Ellen Lee’s, Dazzle Boutique. She not too far from the Rose Bowl entrance- just take a right and get the goods!
Have fun saving money and your back!!
Abby Fender- Your Bargain Buddy and Personal Shopping Material Girl!
The life altering solution for home maintenance planning. Includes: Pen and 50-sheet pad for project planning, common conversions chart, frequently called numbers for quick reference, handy 30 inch ruler and more.
He changes your oil every 3,000 miles and your light bulbs every three months. It’s obvious he’s nuts about you. Now, let him know the feeling is mutual. Comes in a gift box hot stamped with the saying I’m nuts about you!
Here’s a clever way to display your favorite photos from that once-in-a-lifetime trip or that special vacation spot you return to year after year. We laser engrave any location, up to 9 characters, in a white mat.
Small, portable, affordable, and so practical you’ll wonder how you lived without it. Perfect for hand washables and travel, this easy to use mini-washer sits on a table or floor and holds about 2 1/2 gallons.
It’s amazing what our technicians can do. It’s now possible to take old photos that are cracked, faded, torn and damaged and repair them before we print.
PoGo Instant Mobile PrinterPolaroid
Snap a picture with your Bluetooth camera phone, then print it out on the spot using the new portable wireless photo printer. It uses an inkless process to rapidly print your images on adhesive-backed 2″ x 3″ photographs.
Water Purifier Bottle
Purify tap water on the go! Save money on bottled water. Portable water bottle filters tap water as you drink. Patented, replaceable filter removes chlorine, odors, lead and mercury and lasts for 300 uses.
If your weak battery needs a jump, just plug the auto jumper into your car’s cigarette lighter. It also doubles as a portable back-up for cell phones, laptops or any other device that can be powered by a cigarette lighter.
Cobra XRS 9340 Radar/Laser Detector
The XRS 9340 is designed to provide total protection and peace-of-mind in a value-priced radar/laser detector. This powerful unit features road-proven Xtreme Range Superheterodyne technology that detects 12 radar/laser bands.
Hydrofoil Water Scooter
Lightweight hydrofoil frame allows you to skim across water by hopping gently up and down, propelling you as fast as 17 mph.
Accidents happen, even to the best drivers. Don’t be caught unprepared! Kit has a safety guide, accident forms, one-use camera with flash, pen, pockets for papers and a flashlight that doubles as a warning signal.
The Slider Maker plugs in for fast and easy grilling anywhere. Four molds are included for perfectly shaping four mini burgers, with a drip pan built into the surface for fat to drain off. Includes a burger recipe book!
Make a personalized life size standee of yourself or someone you know for the ultimate realistic, life size portrait! A 2-person personalized standup is ideal way to celebrate an anniversary, weddings, or any occasion!
Our selection of Singing Bowls are hand picked to be sure that the dominant tone is in the Ohm frequency. The Antique “Master Tested” Tibetan Singing Bowls are located in the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet.
Record critical evidence and capture those incredible moments without ever being suspected. This spy cam is the worlds smallest digital video camera with high resolution image & high speed recording.
SeaLife Reefmaster CL Land & Sea Camera
The Reefmaster CL is a fully automatic 35mm camera with built in flash that’s perfect for capturing the beauty and mystery of the underwater world. Easy-to-use, compact and lightweight, it is great for land and water shots.
This incredible little machine makes hot cocoa, cappuccino, Chai and other warm winter drinks like you’ve never tasted before, without the trouble or mess of boiling water or milk! Includes a recipe booklet.
Our serving platters are crafted in Vermont of local hardwoods. These steak platters are the perfect size to fit on your lap outside or use at the table. Serving platters measure 13″L x 9″W x 3/4″H. Hand wash.
1 Acre of Planet Mars land – $29.99 it is true. You can purchase land on the Mars. 100% real! Mars property is: a great gift, potential prudent investment and an interesting conversation piece. 3 gift packages to choose from.
We have the perfect digital age gift for the woman who has everything – an icon email signature that looks just like her! Her icon is hand drawn & digitally colored based on a photo & can include personalization items.
This Personalized Suedecloth Covered Metal Oval Waste Can adds an elegant touch to any home. Measures 13″ high, trimmed with matching no-shrink grosgrain ribbon. Available in 10 assorted colors with diamond style monogram.
Fully illustrated 24 page manual written by a locksmith is simple to understand. Includes a beginner’s lockpick set containing 4 picks (hook, diamond, basic and ball rake), plus tension wrench in a leather snap pouch.
Make a playful statement in your wall! Set of three Stainless steel darts with a special wall fixing. A unique hook for hanging your favorite hat or jacket. These are an original design by Anthony Chrisp.