Don't forget!

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Sorry for my lack of blogging, but I've been crazy busy lately.

Gonna make this a short one, but don't forget today's tax day, which means not only are your taxes due, but many retailers want you to spend your tax rebates in their stores, so, can we say "Sales galore"?

Also found out today that if you join ebates, you can make a certain percent of your online purchases back! If only I'd heard about this sooner. . . . .

Sorry for the short post. Will post more when things die down!!

Money money money!!!

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So, I'm already kind of freaking out because I have a ton of schoolwork to do this week, and I have to somehow find time before Saturday to buy a lingerie present for my friend's bachelorette party in Austin (where I'm going to be driving the 3.5 hours RIGHT AFTER my morning class. At least I'll be drinkin' later that night!!). Then of course we have the actual bachelorette weekend where I'm sure a ton of money will be spent.

Of course, it gets worse. . . .

Last night my mom told me that since my dad is going back to Taiwan on the 21st of this month (i.e. in 9 days), I should probably get some gifts for my family and give some cash to my grandparents, since I'm the oldest grandchild and the only one who has a job (my parents wasted no time to have kids, whereas my aunts and uncles took awhile). Which I should, since my family saves me a BUNCH of money every Christmas/birthdays by not living in America (aren't I a grateful little bitch?).

Only thing is. . . . I have both sets of grandparents, 7 aunts, 7 uncles, and 17 cousins. I already know that I have to give my grandparents cash (as a sign of respect), so that's probably $100-$200 already taken out of my "gifts for relatives" budget. Then if I only spend at most $10 on each family member, that's about $300 on gifts. So much for trying to save money this month!!!!!!

I need to just suck it up and start shopping.
So for my girl cousins (I have 12 girl cousins) I've decided to get this clutch wallet. I figured that this was probably a good gift, since all of my girl cousins are in their mid teens to early 20s. Taiwanese fashion is very different from American fashion, but I figured you can never go wrong with sequins, right? AND it's only $7.50. Whahoo!!Now, I have 5 boy cousins, and they range from 6 to late teens. That might be a little trickier. . . . Any suggestions??

For my aunts, some are really fashionable, and some are not, so I figured a scarf would work both ways? What do you guys think about this scarf from Target? It's a little over my $10 budget ($14.99), but I saved some money from the clutches and there's only 7 aunts (vs 12 girl cousins) so hopefully it'll cancel each other out?

Now, if I could afford it, I would totally have gotten my uncles this money clip. Obviously at $35 a pop I can't afford it, but I thought one of you guys might find it usable as a gift if you're not buying gifts in mass, like me.
I have no idea what to get my uncles otherwise. All of my uncles are pretty conservative and I can't find any money clips that are less than $10 and don't have sports memorabilia!! (seriously doubt my uncles from Taiwan know who the Cowboys are, or how to even play football) You'd think it would be easier to find a glorified paperclip!

Opinions? Suggestions? Leave a comment and let me know!

date night

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Yesterday The Boyfriend took me to a country restaurant. Which is all nice and good, except . . . there goes my diet. I tried to be good!! I ate smoked chicken, instead of fries, and mostly veggies. . . . that were bathed in butter. Oh well, I tried.

A dieter's nightmare.
So the restaurant was in Carrollton square. It's a really cute tiny square in downtown Carrollton. I love it because it's a totally cute place in the middle of . . . . . seediness. Not necessarily ghetto-ness, but there's a lot of unkempt hispanic and asian restaurants and grocery stores, complete with a ton of construction and bars on the windows. Then, hidden in the middle of it all, is the town from Gilmore Girls. Very. Weird. But cool.

Toothpickin' it on the back of a pickup. . . .
There's a gazebo in downtown Carrollton?
white cardigan: Zara
pink lace dress: vintage from Volenska Vintage
Skirt under dress: Banana Republic
White tank: Target
Chuck Taylor wannabes: found in Taiwan
Belt: taken off a dress from Dillards (I bought that dress too, but that's another blog entry)
3 chain necklace: Forever 21

Personal Style

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Because of my expanding waist line, and the fact that I almost have to start shopping in the maternity section, despite my lack of bun, I decided to start training with a coworker who's trying to start up a personal training business on the side. A personal trainer who can calculate your pension benefits as well . . . . . interesting.

Anyway, I was seriously terrified because I HATE WORKING OUT. Once I went back to grad school, I wiped my hands clean of it and used the whole, "I'm too busy/stressed out to work out" excuse. Which means that I have not worked out for almost 2 years (not straight, I dabbled, but it never lasted more than 2 weeks per dabble).

Recently I decided my lack of working out wasn't such a great idea and reluctantly signed up with my overly eager coworker.

Surprise, surprise, my coworker/personal trainer told me I was way stronger than his other female clients. Okay, okay, I'm only one of 3 female clients, but one of them is the "unofficial" hottie of my office. Doesn't that mean anything???

'Course, now that means that I'm sweaty and my arms and legs feel like spaghetti, and all I want to wear is my pj's. So, forget a "what I wore" entry today. Then I have a ton of homework/defensive driving crap/catching up on my recorded shows that I need to do today, so no spending hours on the internet looking up fun outfits. A blog-less evening??? BOO!!
Never fear, my girlfriends always come to the rescue!

My friend Lindsay, who you may remember from another entry decided to prove to me that she's become less of a t-shirt and shorts/jeans kinda gal (hey, there's nothing wrong with t shirts and shorts/jeans) and emailed me this very cute outfit that she put together. I decided that it would be pretty boring if I ONLY blogged about MY personal style, because eventually, it would get kind of repetitive and boring, not to mention kind of narcissistic, so I'm gonna switch it up when I feel the need arises. Like now.

Isn't the background pretty (as well as the girl)? I can't wait to visit Lindsay in Australia this year.
Dress: ModCloth
Black Patent Belt: Steve Madden
Navy Tights: We Love Colors (I might have to get me a pair now cause of you Linds!)
Shoes: Lipstik by Windsor Smith
Necklace: Lia Sophia

I love how this is an outfit I probably would not have thought of, but it's totally fashionable. I love having so many friend who are equally fabulous, but completely different from each other!

I'm a nerd, and proud of it.

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I had work all day, and then class all night, so I wasn't planning on blogging at 10 at night, but . . .

Oh, what the hell.

Nothing special about my outfit, other than stripes are awesome. And I was too lazy this morning to put in my contacts.
I went back to the parents' place over the weekend to find this top waiting for me from my momma. She had raided a sale at Dillards (I believe). It's fun having a shopaholic mom.

My favorite part of this top is that the stripes go diagonal around the tummy area. Cause I have a tummy that I'm not that so proud of. Horizontal stripes = BAD!
I am goofy.
My favorite part of my outfit? My Rosalie necklace, duh.
Top: Kenneth Cole (Bought at Dillards? Macy's? One of those)
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Don't remember :(
Hoop Earrings: Forever 21
Glasses: Taiwan
Necklace: Gift from my friend Jade!