New wardrobe=new outlook

92106_SueAndKris_HP_2014_0701_LF4_1403901736As simple as this sounds, buying a whole new wardrobe does lay a “sparkle” on things.  Getting up every morning to go to work sometimes can be quite “routinish” boring. That’s where online shopping steps in.  😉 I have noticed a wonderful pick-me-up within myself and continuous compliments from the ladies here at work.


Zulily offers a plethora of items from clothing to household goods.  Perusing through their many colorful selections, you can easily become addicted to it.  (Just don’t tell my husband). :p

In all seriousness though, when you feel that you need a little extra boost to your work routine, don’t pull your hair out. Figure out what you are able to change and if it’s bringing in a brand new wardrobe so be it. Splurge a little. But of course in a responsible way (i.e. don’t let your mortgage fall behind).  89321_fig_HP_2014_0701_AMS1_1403721941🙂

 

Shop Therapy

Am pretty psyched about developing my new wardrobe.  Am seeking to present a more professional (and at times “fun”) side of myself.

 

I tend to come off as unapproachable if am not smiling.  This has been a problem since I can remember.

 

The curse of the introvert!

Shop therapy helps me at least (and probably a few of the ladies out there) deal with current stress.  Yeah, I know it’s not the panacea cure-all but it does help.  KNOWING that I am trying to better myself professionally and slowly changing my habitual ways will get me off my duff and hopefully into a better mindset.

 

According to the following article: Retail Therapy, 1 in 3 stressed Americans shop when stressed. Guess am included in that number. (Uh-oh):

 

 

Forget meditation and yoga: For many stressed-out Americans, the best remedy for a stressful day at work or the sting of a painful breakup is the smell of brand-new clothing, the feel of a silk dress and the sound of a credit card being swiped. If you turn to retail therapy in times of anxiety, you’re not alone — according to a recent survey, nearly one in three recently stressed Americans (which accounts for 91 percent of the general population) shops to deal with stress.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey — an online poll of over 1,000 U.S. adults commissioned by the Huffington Post — found that women were twice as likely as men to use retail therapy as a way to cope with stress (40 percent vs. 19 percent). And in turn, men were more than twice as likely as women (34 percent vs. 16 percent) to say that they had never shopped out of stress and would never consider doing so in the future.

But gender aside, there is one trait many “stress-shoppers” have in common: They tend to seek distracting, temporary fixes to alleviate their stress. HuffPost’s survey found that those who shop to deal with anxiety (versus those who do not) were also…

  • 46 percent more likely to exercise to cope with stress
  • 86 percent more likely to eat to cope with stress
  • 76 percent more likely to worry about their weight

In other words, the stress-shoppers are also “stress-eaters” and “stress-exercisers.” Those who used retail therapy tend toward the “flight” side of fight vs. flight, distancing themselves from the stress with an unrelated activity rather than facing it head-on. In contrast, the respondents who said they never shop to deal with stress were more likely to cope by finding the root of their anxiety and confronting it.

And yet stress-shopping is still an appealing coping mechanism — and it helps that it’s super convenient. Many of us shop online using our iPads, laptops and even cell phones. “It was so easy to lose track of how much I was spending,” Darleen Meier, a self-described “Gilt addict,” told HuffPost Women in 2011. “At the high point, I was getting boxes delivered to my doorstep every single day of the week. It was time to stage an intervention.”

 

(read more here)


One of my favorite online shopping outlets is Zulily.

Of course, the best thing is to shop when NOT stressed, and when your pocketbook can handle it.  If you are trying to create a new look, or update your wardrobe, do it a piece at a time and always ensure your most important bills that canNOT wait (mortgage, car note, insurance, utilities etc) are taken care of 1st.                           😉

 

Shopping Bags Show Retail Store and Buying

Shopping for freedom

If I had the connections and the extra time a part of me would love to participate in such an organization as the Emancipation Network, which  rescues women from the sex trade.

Sarah Symons tells her story of how one film changed her life.

The Day My God Died  chronicles the story of several young girls who were rescued from this despicable act against women and humanity.  Sarah was so moved by what she saw she flew to Nepal after joining Friends of Maiti Nepal and experienced first hand the destruction against souls and bodies.  She also saw the tender care given to these unfortunate girls whose choices and control over their destinies were wiped away. They began to come out of their shells and celebrate life.

While there Sarah discovered these women had created colorful and poignant crafts and ultimately these began to quickly sell, profits going back to these women to restructure their lives.

Please visit Made By Survivors to learn more about what you can do to help women like those discussed in Redbook’s following article

Clipping those coupons

A lot of Americans are tightening their belts. Gas prices are high (when you remember filling up your tank for $12.00)–it’s high…consumer goods are on the rise, as a federal employee my salary is frozen…so as you can see someone like myself can become a little frustrated at the turn of events.

I never have been one to clip coupons. I find it time consuming and frankly boring but a friend of mine introduced me to this website which contains massive amounts of deals I simply could not pass up. I also passed this along to my coworkers because we all are struggling to keep our head above water, and now I have passed on the savings to my readers.

I know that my country/society consumes a lot of natural ressources, along with goods and services.  It shows in our lifestyle and overall health.  We need to really do an overhaul on how we live our lives and one of them is where we spend our money and what we put in our mouths.  Me, I want cleaner living (stress free would be nice) and simply appreciating the salary I make working for Uncle Sam.

I used to keep a blackboard regarding my monthly expenses and that’s how I was able to buy my home…now with the knowlege that for the next year or so I won’t receive a cost of living raise I will have to become creative with my $$$$.

The Litter Robot

My daughter told me about this product so I decided to check out the website, needless to say after dealing with manually cleaning out the litter having this device is going to save me $$$ and lots of aggravation (and nausea) in the long run. Am excited waiting for it to come in the mail. They have a 3 month payment plan, which I chose, and decided on the color black….so it fits in with my “decor.”

Yes, can you tell I am a long running pet owner?

"salvation!"

Besides, I will do anything not to have to continuously pick up clumpy smelly litter every day. Yeah baby!

Diary of a frustrated head of hair

I don’t know about other people out there who suffer from “curly hairittis” but I know I do.

Stand in front of a mirror and it’s either “yeah baby!” or “oh F%&#k!”

Frizzy or the perfect curl…or frizzy and more frizzy and the more you play with your hair the more it gets all screwed up.

Watching Tyra today I found out about Strawllers.  Well, I broke down (and you would when you lived with curly screwed up hair all your life..well…after puberty it went all crazy %*&^ with me).  I will keep the blog updated with my trails with this product and see how it ends up because frankly I am ready to go all Britney with this hair.

Thinking about getting an MSI

Rebellious Arab girl blogged about this Netbook and at a reasonable price of $298.00 how can I NOT pass this up!

 

 MSI Wind Black 10″ Mini Laptop Netbook with Intel Atom Processor, 160GB

Hard Drive, 3 Call Battery and Windows XP

 

LOVE it in pink!
 
 
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• 6 Dazzling Color Choices
• 10″ Widescreen Display
• Convenient Magnifying Capability
• Ergonomic Big-Size Keyboard and Touch Pad
• Hard Drive with Massive Capacity
• Built-in High 1.3M Webcam
• Built-in High-Performance 2 Channel Stereo Speakers, and Microphone
• 802.11b / g / n Wireless Lan with Bluetooth
• Comprehensive Multi-Media Application Interface
 
"yummy!"

"yummy!"

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