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Thursday, December 13, 2012

YAY!

good news! I finally found my vlogging camera. I filmed tonnnnnns of video clips just before I lost it, including the progress of my new apartment and a "typical college day" video. 


and now that I have the camera, I can film some new vlogs as well. anything in particular you guys wanna see?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

BLACK FRIDAY 2012 SALES

Hello all!

now that I am done with midterms, I'm sitting down and researching all the Black Friday sales for you guys! so far, here is the list I've come up with. I mostly only list clothing stores so keep that in mind. I will add more to this list as I come across more sales!

Starting Now!
  • American Eagle / Aerie - 40% everything in stores and online + free shipping w/ code"35787891"
  • Urban Outfitters - 11/21 ONLY - 20% off your entire purchase if you show your college ID
  • PacSun - 40% off select markdowns, 50% off clearance, and free ship 11/21 w/ code "secretship"
  • Express - 50% off everything online including clearance items
  • Victoria's Secret - free Fantasies body care item with your 6/$35 Fantasies purchase
  • Delia's - $20 off your $65 purchase w/ code "2DDT65"
  • Hollister - 25% off your purchase in store and online w/ code "35271"
  • Cherry Culture - 20% off everything in store w/ code "TKGS20"
  • Body Shop - 3 items for $30 sitewide
  • Wet Seal - buy 1 get 1 50% off throughout store
  • Asos - 25% off everything w/ code "25off"
  • Old Navy - buy 1 get 1 50% throughout store
  • H&M - pre Black Friday deals for as low as $7

Starting Black Friday!
  • Solestruck - once signed you, you get 30% off all clearance shoes on 11/23, 40% off all clearance shoes on 11/24, then finally 50% off all clearance shoes on 11/25. Solestruck has a lot of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and these are deeeeeals!
  • Value Village - 50% off all clothing
  • Sephora - $10 value sets from brands like Lorac, Stila, Bite, etc. you can click here to see the exact deals
  • Urban Outfitters - 50% off all clearance items before 10am. you can click here to see what time your local stores open at
  • Victoria's Secret - free tote w/ beauty stuff with your $65 purchase, buy 1 get 1 50% all bras, and $25 VS Pink hoodies or yoga leggings
  • Sigma Beauty - free shipping w/ code "BF2012"

Friday, November 16, 2012

Random Target Haul

Hey All!

Here's some random stuff I got from Target. There's actually a ton more but most of them have been put to use already.

There were Sonia Kashuk sets on clearance! I really wanted the studded headband/clips set when I first saw it come out several months ago. The original price was $9.99 and on clearance it was $2.98! The headband is very nice too, it feels like faux leather with the pyramid studs on it.

The set on the right was $3.88 and the polish seems alright. I do like the colors though!


TimTams are my newest addiction... they're chocolate wafers that are SO good. Nice and creamy w/o being too sweet. Target only sells them seasonally so I've been stocking up. Glade candles were on sale for $2.50 and they smell SO good. As for the gloves, I love them because they're the ones you can use with your smartphone. They were $3 regular price. Then for the random object on the right... I just needed an ice scraper to keep in my car. The temp has been dipping into the 30's at night here in WA! 
 

To see the clothing I bought from Target, just watch my newest haul video!
Hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Current Sales - Nov 11, 2012

Hi All,

here's a list of all the sales I've come across recently! a lot of them are for Veteran's weekend.

  • Forever 21 - extra 50% off sale items
  • Value Village - 50% off all clothes, shoes, accessories on 11/12
  • Delia's - buy 1, get 1 free on clearance items in store. free shipping online w/ code "freenow." they also give you a $10 off $40 card to use later on
  • Victoria's Secret - panty raid 7/$26 and on every $10 purchase, they give you a secret coupon worth AT LEAST $10 guarenteed
  • Jewelmint - $10 off your order (even for returning customers) w/ code "JMTAKE10" until 11/12
  • Old Navy - all outerwear 50% in stores, up to 50% online until 11/12
  • Gilly Hicks - 20% off entire purchase online and in store until 11/12
  • Wet Seal - extra 50% off all clearance items online until 11/15
  • Aerie - free vintage lace panty w/ purchase in-store, 25% off purchase in-store and online, and free shipping online 
  • American Eagle - same as above for Aerie^ but no free panty

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mini Haul Blog - PacSun & Target

Hey all! So I just have a couple things from PacSun and Target that I bought recently. I didn't think it was enough to have a whole video to itself so here it is on my blog. it's also good because I want to use my blog more so maybe I'll do haul-blogs more frequently if I have just a couple things to show (instead of waiting a long time to get more stuff for a video)

PacSun:

they had a huge markdown sale where if you bought 3 or more of their redline clearance items, each item would then be an additional 70% off! 


 each skirt: $2:10
white eagle top: $2:70
pink eagle top: $2.10
belt (separate receipt): $1.20

Target:


3 patterned scarves: $4.48 each (good deal for fall!)
polka dot skinny jeans: $22.99 (not on sale)
yellow mocs: $9.98
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

OOTD + DIY

Hi All!

sorry long time no update! I've been busy busy busy house hunting, working, planning m trip to Chicago to see my friend, and dealing with stuff at home. it's been a month since my dad has been gone and it's like, some days are good... and some just aren't. hope you guys understand!

anyways, after dinner with my boyfriend last night, we went to Target at like... 10:30pm at night (very quiet, very peaceful hahah) so here's a quick OOTD. if you guys wanna see what I got, I just uploaded a haul video this morning so you can watch that now. I'll also show the random school supplies and home decor stuff I got from there in a separate video.


collar top - $9 F21
black shorts - $3 Old Navy
moccasins - $13 American Eagle
Deco Bolo necklace - $9 Jewelmint
tan crossbody - $5ish Thrift Store 


clearance stuff at Target! people always ask me where to find makeup clearance stuff and it's usually on an endcap NEAR but not at the actual beauty aisles. in this Target they had perfumes, nail polishes, and random Pixi brand items on clearance.



and here is my latest project! I spent a good several hours revamping an old pair of Dr Martens I bought for $7 from the thrift store. now they're galaxy printed! I'm actually quite proud of them, considering I kind of blindly attempted it lol. I might do a DIY video on these later. it's a long story but basically I bought these boots to test on since they were so cheap. they're a little too tight on me so I want to replicate this onto a different pair of Docs I have that actually fit.

and lastly, my instagram is: ohhcatherine
in case you guys wanna follow. I post pictures on there that are like little mini daily blog posts :)


Monday, July 30, 2012

Sad Update....


hey guys, 
I have some sad news to share. my father passed away at 11:38am yesterday morning. my mom, auntie, baby cousin, and I were with him and his death happened very peacefully. I mentioned in my last video that he was very ill and that this day was coming soon. 

my dad had a lot of suffering in his life. he fought in the Vietnam War and after that, spent 13yrs in a concentration camp, 3 of which were in solitary confinement. As if that wasn't enough, he suffered a stroke and brain tumor in 2001. he's made several trips to the hospital since then but he always rebounded and came home. for the past 3-4 years though, he was bedridden and required full time care from my mother and I. at least now his suffering has ended and for that, I am thankful. 

I want to thank you guys for your support and understanding this time. I will be back to videos within the next week but as for the next couple days, I'll be busy with family visiting and just grieving in general. 

<3

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Target Clearances! + OOTD

A 2 in 1 post because I've been very very busy lately. I'll tell you guys about what's going on sometime later. for now, here's some pics I snapped at the Target makeup clearance area! there's actually quite a bit on clearance.

 TONS of nail polishes are on clearance including Sally Hansen, Revlon ColorStay, and Sinful Colors. most of them were in the makeup clearance area (at my store, it's at an end cap about 10 aisles down from the makeup. at another store I go to, the makeup clearance end cap is further away, it just depends)

 there's also a whole container of the Sally Hansen salon effects nail strips. I thought it would be only ugly ones but cute ones were on clearance too, even the ombre glitter ones. they're orignally $9 and were marked down to around $5.50. I'm gonna wait another week and see if they go down even more. Other things they had were the Dial Hello Kitty body wash on clearance (I bought one) and lots of makeup bags.

as for actual makeup, L'oreal has a lot of things on clearance but those things are in their normal places in the makeup aisles.

Outfit Time!


coral tube top - $12 Aerie
gray tank - $5 VS Pink
blueish mint denim shorts - $5 Target (got on clearance at the end of summer last year)
tan crossbody - $4 thrift store
tan gladiators - $12 Ross
stud bracelet - $3 Forever 21
snakeprint bracelet - $1 H&M

Thursday, July 5, 2012

OOTD - blue & gold

hey guys! 
so my baby cousin had her 5th birthday a couple days ago and here's a quick OOTD post

(unedited photo)

blue dress - $7.50 Target
black cardigan - $5 Target
criss cross wedges - $15 DSW

the dress I featured in the haul I uploaded today so thought I'd share a pic of it on :)

hope you all had a lovely 4th!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

TIPS FOR SALES

hello!

so I recently got a comment on here asking for tips for shopping July 4th sales but I thought I'd do one in general that would apply to any big sale (Black Friday, Day after Christmas, etc.)

P.S this blog post is for the serious shoppers... yes it may be silly but some of us hold back our shopping throughout the year (or try to) and let loose on a sale!

P.S.S I don't actually know of any huge July 4th sales yet because I'm going to be busy around that time so I haven't done any research yet but when I do I'll make another blog post!

  1. Do research!!! - any time there's a big sale, stores will open earlier. you don't want to be unprepared and show up too early/late. most companies send out special July 4th ads in the mail the day before so read those ads as they'll tell you the start time for sales and when the store opens. also research the actual sales, do you need coupons? is the sale only for cardmembers? does it only apply to certain items? etc. etc.
  2. Have a "game plan" - it'll just make things so much easier if you just plan ahead of time. for example, figure out where you MOST wanna go and go there first. if you go there 2nd or 3rd, you're gonna have less money to shop with which you might regret once you get there. also plan out what you want to buy, that way you don't end up with 15 pairs of shoes for example! those impulse buys can be deadly on your wallet and a hassle if you want to return stuff later.
  3. Better early than late - being early = you can take a breath and relax, finding parking won't be as big of a hassle, and you'll get to the sales early! bring a snack or something so you can chill in your car if you're early. or if it's a sale where you have to wait in line (black friday), just relax and wait in line. it'll be way better than stressing out because you're late for a sale! also if you're late, you might get there and realize that what you wanted to buy is all sold out.
  4. Carry only the essentials - sadly, there's people out there who can take advantage of you if they can. think about, big sales = crowds and crowds of people. they might see your purse unzipped or a shopping back unattended and make their move. I usually carry a crossbody bag with me and only carry a small wallet (w/ cash, cards, ID, coupons) and my phone. it also frees my hands up for actual shopping and carrying shopping bags. leave your big bags at home!
  5. Don't let stores fool you... - this kind of goes along with "research" but this is an important point so here it is separate! if you can, check out sales BEFORE the actual big sale and see if they're already cheap. if they are, make your move then instead of waiting because sometimes stores will advertise big sales... but in reality they're the same prices from before only this time with nice colorful signs designed to lure you in. if it is cheaper on the actual sale date then it's fine, just return your previous purchase. just because they say "SALE" doesn't mean it's actually a good deal.
  6. Relax - honestly, with all the chaos that comes on a big shopping day, it can get stressful. just go with a friend and have some fun! things ALWAYS go on sale so if you miss out on a sale one day, you're sure to find good deals another day.
some of these tips were mentioned in my Black Friday video... I forgot all about this! my boyfriend crashed my video and this is one of the few glimpses you guys have gotten of him in my videos hahah. click here to view it!

& hope this post was somewhat helpful!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Upcoming Videos!


Hey All!

I have a list here I've videos I'm going to be posting in the month of July. some I've already began filming and some I'm just now brainstorming.

  • Jewelry Collection & Storage (as seen in picture above). the majority of my storage was DIY so I thought it might be helpful
  • Room Tour!!!! - this will probably be late July... but better late than never? I'm just never satisfied with my room but I'm almost there!
  • Summer Outfits Under $25 - I did one last year so I thought I'd make it an annual thing. maybe with themes so it's a series not just one video like 1) dresses 2) shorts 3) neon, etc. etc.
  • Neutral Summer Eye Tutorial? - I got a lot of requests from the makeup I wore in my last Drugstore Makeup Haul so maybeeee....
  • Boyfriend Does My Makeup Tag - LOL I got my bf to agree to it. he's a little nervous but I assured him the boyfriends who do the tag aren't makeup artists or anything hahah.
  • Makeup Collection & Storage - I can actually film this anytime, I'm 100% happy with my storage now!
and of course all my normal haul videos mixed in between... and maybe some more vlogs :)
anything else you guys want to see?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recommendations? + OOTD

Hi guys!
so this summer my goal is to do more vlog videos since you guys always have a lot of questions about when I go shopping. instead of trying to type out things, it'd be soooo much easier to just bring my camera along while I shop. right now I have a clunky DSLR (Nikon 3100) which is awesome for normal videos but not for on the go since it's so huge (will only fit in some of my purses).

do you guys know of a good but cheap normal digital camera? I just want one that can record decent quality video, it doesn't have to be amazing or anything since it's just vlogging. I think I just wanna spend $200 max. right now I'm thinking "no" on Kodaks too.... just because my family has owned a couple in the past and I haven't been a fan. I know a lot of you guys probably own a digital camera so let me know if you like yours and think it might work for me!

anddddd, here's yesterday's OOTD. it was in my video and instagram (ohhcatherine) but I'll post it here too with all the details:

sheer gray top - $4 Old Navy
black lace bandeau (underneath) - $6 Aerie
gold collar necklace - $8 F21
pink belt - $1 thrift store
floral printed shorts - $5 PacSun

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sales! Sales! Sales!

This week shall be a very exciting one because semi-annual sales will be starting up!

  1. Victoria's Secret - online now & starts Tuesday June 12 in stores. The sale is going on online now but in-store is usually a lot better. I've never shopped their spring semi-annual sale but I'm hoping the deals are as good as the winter one. Last semi-annual sale of theirs (in the winter), I got yoga pants for $8, full-size perfumes for $13, hoodies for $10, etc. etc. I don't usually shop there because I just wait until they have a huge sale so I can blow my money there and get more bang for my buck. I loveeee their lounge wear because everything's just so comfy and cute. Last time their clearance bras were $15 and undies were $3. I didn't find out about the sale until later so I didn't find any bras in my size but hopefully this time I will!
  2. Bath and Body Works - starts July 12 online & July 13 in stores. Again, in-store usually has better deals. Last time pretty much all of their signature collection was marked down to $3. I'm talking full-size body creams, shower gels, lotions, etc. The large 3-wich candles are usually $10 or less, hand sanitizers last time were like $0.30, etc. etc.
  3. Aerie - online now & starts July 11th in stores. I don't really know what's going to be a part of this sale in stores, I'm guessing just lots of markdowns. I love Aerie stuff but lately their sales have gotten weaker and weaker. I'm hoping this sale will prove me wrong. Online I see that undies are 7/$26 (not that special since they run that promotion every couple weeks) and some of their bras are marked down about $5 cheaper than last week before the sale. I will check it out Tuesday though after Victoria's Secret and let you guys know if Aerie's worth checking out!
  4. Forever 21 bras and panties - online now. I don't own any of F21's bras or panties but it seems like this sale is online only. select bras are buy 1 get 1 free and lots of undies are marked down to $1-$1.50. I wish there were more bras on sale but the undies seem like a good deal for so cheap. 
If you guys know of any other semi-annual sales going on, let me know! In the meantime, happy shopping! ;)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Romper Season - OOTD

Hi guys! Trying out this blogging app on my phone... Hopefully it all works! Anyways, here's a quick test post of an OOTD. I know the accessories are the same as in my last blog post.... Heh.... I guess I just love them so much!

Romper - $5 Macy's
Denim button up - $9 American Eagle
Moccasins - $13 American Eagle

Monday, May 7, 2012

pinstripes - OOTD

hey guys! it was actually pretty warm today so I just threw on some shorts and a button up for school. here's some quick pictures:

 green/white pinstripe button up (Old Navy) - $1 thrift store
white belt - $1 thrift store
distressed shorts - $7 PacSun
moccasins - $13 American Eagle

 left to right: Jewelmint "Soleil", friendship bracelet from Wet Seal, Jewelmint "Rodeo Drive", friendship bracelet from Wet Seal

Minnetonka moccasins on sale for $13, originally $58!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

hot/cold - OOTD

hey all! *this is the ultimate fail ootd post* but I decided to post it anyways since I did like my outfit hahaha. long story short, my camera was running on extremely low battery when I tried to take my pics and I got ONE picture in before it died. that picture happened to be out of focus of course.... and now hours later I got my charger back (left it in my boyfriend's car) but I already changed. I did try to take some iphone pics but uh, those didn't turn out good either :(

anyways, today was cold then warm then cold so I kept switching between my black shorts and black cords.


denim shirt  - $5 Walmart (diff. from yesterday's! hahah)
owl crop tee - $4ish PacSun
pink belt - $1 thrift store
black shorts - $3 Old Navy
black cords - $10 PacSun
black moccasins - $5 American Eagle
yellow scarf - Target



Monday, April 9, 2012

spring time at last...

Hey guys! so lately I've been working on a vlog video so that should go up by the end of the week! also I haven't been feeling good the past couple weeks but now I'm starting to feel better again. I was full out sick for a couple days and was miserableeee but it's all good now. then finally, the weather in the Pacific Northwest has started to warm up. it's been like low fifties for awhile but today hit 64 which I am so happy about, hahah. 

here's some quick pics of today:


midi skirt - $7 Forever 21
black tank - $2.80 Forever 21
denim shirt - $5 Walmart
brown bracelets - $1 for set H&M
cross earrings - $1.50 Forever 21
green flats - $9.99 Urban Outfitters
 
the beautiful cherry blossoms at my school!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Forever 21 Clearance!

hey guys! 

just wanted to do a quick blog post because Forever 21 is having a HUGE clearance online. they have free shipping over $50 so I bought about $50 worth of stuff but trust me, I really had to narrow it down because the sales were so good. I mostly just wanted to stock up on basics for layering in the spring.

here's what I ordered:


and lately you guys have been telling me on formspring about all the sales that are going on right now and that's awesome! keep them coming :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sale Alert! - American Apparel

Hey guys!
I'm about to take my 2nd final in an hour so I'm just making a quick blog post.

last night as I was attempting to study some more... I randomly checked American Apparel's website and they are having a MEGA clearance sale! I loveeee some of their clothing but honestly, it's pretty expensive. I ended up only buying 3 things (believe me, I wanted to buy more), 2 skirts and a pair of leggings. the skirts where normally $44 but on clearance for only $9! some shirts on there were as low as $2 even...

Here's a quick screen cap of the 3 things I got. the leggings may look odd but they will look very different with clothing on top lol. and can you believe the leggings were originally $40?!
photos from shop.americanapparel.net
their clothing is usually flashier with their shiny materials and whatnot but they also have a TON of basics on sale as well like vnecks, pullovers, yoga pants and whatnot.
links to the things I bought in case you're interested:


as always, if you guys know of any other sales going on, please let me know! :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

latest splurge...

Hey guys! long time no update! basically it's finals week for me and once I'm done I have lotttts of videos to edit and things to blog about. I already filmed 2 videos but just haven't had a chance to upload yet.
in the meantime here's a quick blog post about my newest baby... you guys know I don't splurge very often. before this, the most expensive bag I bought for myself was $40 (a used juicy couture bag from ebay... hahah). I've had my eye on this bag since Christmas time and when it went on sale recently... I had to buy it!
Marc Jacobs Hillier Nylon bag:

it was normally $248 and I got it for... $165 at Nordstrom. AHHHHH, still can't believe I bought a bag that expensive but I rareeeely do ever splurge and decided it was my reward for all the hard work I've been doing this quarter!it really is a functional bag and I loveeee it.

and just to clear up some things... people have been asking me a lot lately how I can afford to shop so often and truth is I don't really. I mean I do shop a lot but you guys see my hauls in a collective manner, sometimes over the span of a month+. also, the things I show in my videos are reallyyyy cheap so I don't spend a lot of $$ each time I shop. andddd lastly I did work a lot the past two years and saved up my money since I knew I'd be heading off to college... and now I'm spending that money in college hahah.

I'll be back with some more blog posts soon! :)
and perhaps more detailed pictures soon as these ones were just quick pics I snapped a couple minutes ago heh.

Friday, January 27, 2012

snakeskin - OOTD

hey guys!
I'm filming a roommate tag video today and showing you my dorm room real quick again because it's waaaay different than when I first showed you.

anyways, here's a quick OOTD post. it's actually sort of sunny today so I was able to ditch my sweaters and hoodies.


 

black cardigan - $4 Target
snake print tank top - $8 PacSun
Levi's skinnies - $13 Levi's
patent maryjanes - $10 Urban Outfitters
Le Beau necklace - $12 JewelMint

Monday, January 16, 2012

this past week

I've been sluffing on taking OOTD photos for here but here's some random ones from my past week. I've been obsessed with Instagram as of late so hereeee they are.

my roommates and I :)
me and my boyfriend
some of the things I showed in my latest haul video
view of downtown Seattle! it's always so gorgeous at night
my perfume/fragrance collection after I added in the ones I just bought from the VS sale (showed them in my newest video)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Current Sales for January!

  • Victoria's Secret - 75% off sale, seriously AMAZING. the sale was off clothing, perfumes, body stuff, undies, bras, everything. will do haul video later :)
  • Bath & Body Works - up to 75% off sale in stores & online, ends soon!
  • The Body Shop - up to 70% off sale in stores & online, just bought some stuff today :)
  • Forever 21 - "sale on sale" online with good marked down prices
  • PacSun - "blue tag" sale, buy 1 get 30% off, buy 2 get them 50% off, buy 3 get 70% off in stores. online is a similar deal.
  • Sephora - huge clearance going on IN STORES which is pretty rare for them
  • Charlotte Russe - 10% off online w/ code "STUD2012"
  • Hollister - huge clearance on outerwear & sweaters in stores and online