Shoe Feign: Aztec Scrappy Heels

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I’ve come up with an amazing challenge for myself not only will this give you a look into my shoe hoarded tendencies but it will also help me ensure that I am wearing all the shoes I have. I’m going to post frequently a different pair of shoes that I own. Yes shoe lovers I’m going to feed your addiction, hopefully in can remember how much they all costs and where I got them so I can give you an idea of my limit that I will pay and how I acquired so many.

So why not kick it off with the very shoes I wore today to work. Paired with black pants and a mustard over-sized sweater I took advantage of dressy down Fridays while still sticking pretty close to my business casual attire at work. These scrappy beauties came from wet seal straight off the clearance rack from a few years ago. You can date them from the bulky heel but the bulky heel also makes them extremely comfortable. The platform in the front eases the amount of arch in my foot giving me free range to walk around all day as if I was in flats. I believe I paid around $8, for these making them affordable, trendy and most of all comfortable. Wet seal has some of the best deals but short supply, check recently on their website for crazy clearance deals.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: What Is It All For?

confessionsThis has got to be one of the rarest occasions I’ve had in a while…..a day off. Thanks to some much-needed sleep I am ready to type away and bring more deals and spills of my crazy life. I woke up and realized that I had my necklace and earrings from yesterday spewed all over my bed. After ruffling through the covers and finding everything, I thought I really do dream fashion. I stared at my dirty room from endless work days that needed cleaning and decided on a sex and the city marathon and online shopping instead. Now I realize that I shop a lot more than most people…okay maybe more than 90% but that’s as far as I’ll admit. I’m still in the twelve step program. But this was the one thing I promised myself when I was sixteen, it was that I would always treat myself as long as I worked. See what some people don’t know about me is that since I was sixteen I have always had two jobs. The only time I have ever had one job was when I was fifteen and a half and just starting my first job. It seems that after that it was full speed ahead, I juggled high school and two jobs, then college and two jobs and now bills, student loans, credit cards and two jobs. But my promise to myself has still survived through all of this. You don’t have to max out your credit cards or decide between eating and that pair of shoes that you want. You just have to be determined.

We want things, there’s nothing wrong with that. But don’t forget your responsibilities. I haven’t always did it right but when I did it wrong I paid for it. Literally. I don’t know what your promise is to yourself or why you work hard day-to-day, but it has to be worth it to struggle from lack of sleep and too many work hours. If you’re not sane and functioning than you can’t expect to get anything done. If that takes you going out and getting a pedi or trying out that new restaurant with your girls or seeing that new movie all by yourself, then do it. This isn’t about being around others or trying to find something you all agree on, it’s about you. I made that promise to myself when I was sixteen because it was during a time that I worked to help someone close to me. I wanted to play volleyball, I wanted to go to prom, I wanted a lot of things and never did or got it. I had to learn to be selfish and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you ever find yourself ever being left out with nothing after constantly giving almost everything for everyone else then my friend you are not selfish enough. You will find it easier to help others once YOU are taken care of.

So back to my promise. What exactly has it done for me? Besides made me a non stop workaholic who is now a shopaholic. It has made me look out for myself. I sometimes go weeks without a day off due to my two jobs, but you would never know it. My promise to myself has made me never want for anything. Don’t get so wrapped up in life that you forget about yourself. I get my nails done every two weeks, even if I’m running from work before the place closes. I subscribe to shoedazzle.com and justfab.com which causes the constant packages to my house and everything else in between comes from me further rewarding myself. Hey if you don’t love yourself then who will? Now my friend remember do not dig yourself into a hole that even a rescue team couldn’t save you from. I had to learn the hard way that it can become an addiction if done for all the wrong reasons. In the beginning it was just simply me not liking who I was. I didn’t have a lot growing up but my mom made sure my siblings and I had everything we needed and everything else we just couldn’t afford. I bought things hoping it would make up for everything I didn’t have and wanting it to change who I was. Of course non of that worked. Now its a reward, if I don’t have my bills paid and I have other obligations that I haven’t handled first then I don’t get it. You will be surprised how much overtime I have put in just to make sure I can see Bruno Mars in Vegas in May. The moral of the story here is you can’t forget about you! I can only tell you from personal experience that if you take a little bit of time out for yourself it will make all the difference on all your endeavors. Seeing your hard work pay off is great…seeing your hard work pay off while keeping your sanity is even better. Now if you don’t mind I have a day off to enjoy.

Sincerely Elle

Grouponing and No More Racks 101

If you have yet to discover the internet world of Groupons and No More Racks, then you are truly missing out on, well everything. Both sites offer everything from clothing to packaged food and from furniture to electronics. We love stores like this for being the one-stop shop on the internet. The big BUT in the room of course is that there is bad and good with everything that seems perfect. And as perfect as Groupon.com and Nomoreracks.com sound there are a few things to remember:

Limited Quantity: This goes for both. They have some awesome deals but if you don’t catch it in time then that is it. You have to wait for it to cycle back on the website or that might be the only time you see it on the site at all. You also find items here that you didn’t find anywhere else, with them having a large variety of items there are several things that may no longer be sold in stores that these sites will pick up. With some electronics and other items we know that they can be found everywhere but in most cases these sites have good deals pop up and when they do, and it sounds too good to be true, then grab it before its gone.

Shipping and Fees: I love that Nomoreracks.com ships any and everything for under $3. Yes! UNDER $3, and if you sign up then every other day you get an email that gives you a window of three hours of free shipping. You can put as much as you want in the cart and have it ship for free. That’s a pretty good deal. Groupon.com is also pretty competitive with their shipping but the con to these sites is that as you add more items each item ships at the rate individually. For example, Groupon.com has phone cases for your phone. They come in different colors and designs and you want more than one. The issue you’ll face is that each phone case is going to be on individual orders. Meaning you could pay more in shipping and on tax (each order also has tax), so low quantity is the best route for these sites.

The One-Stop Shop: Groupon.com offers vouchers for restaurants, spas, photography, hotel stays, and concerts; basically whatever is going on in your city. It has partners with many different businesses and uses your location to search them out. When you use the tab “Nearby” you will see those options and find out really quickly that you can save on a lot of day-to-day activities. That special night out at the local sushi place can be half off of what you usually pay. That vacation to Las Vegas can be less stressful to save up for or if you want a staycation you can always search up your local spa and treat yourself to a mani and pedi for under $40. The next time you go out, check Groupon.com and see if there is a deal for that activity and compare it to the price you would have paid there without it.

You can take these as all cons or just the best kept secret since chocolate but I am giving you the warning label that these sites have been known to turn even the sanest people into shopaholics. Different deals are added daily and unlike any of the many other sites similar to these two; I actually find good deals. Okay so maybe I would prefer a few things such as the shipping to change but nothings perfect. They have a few kinks in the road like everything else, but nine times out of ten when you ask me where I got my tablet, camera, small furniture, photo canvas, magazines, watches, vacuum, and so much more, I am going to tell you Groupon.com or Nomoreracks.com. Finding you everything, including the kitchen sink all on your dime with Elle Woods.