Kimberlee of I have A Degree In This! shares her holiday wish list

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Good morning! I am still on vacation in San Diego (cuddling with Onyx as I type), so Kimberlee of I Have A Degree In This! is here to show you what she’s yearning for this holiday season. After you’re done reading her fab guest post, click on over to her blog for more on fashion and beauty!


My Christmas Wish List
Hi there! So happy to guest post for Christina while she travels the world. I’m Kimberlee of I Have A Degree In This! and I thought I’d share what’s on my wish list this holiday season (take note Santa!). Most of these items are aspirational (i.e. could never afford) which is why it’s more of a wish list.
  • I’m a nail polish addict so I could always use more nail polishes. These Dream Boxes are such a cute idea that you can pick 3 polishes of your choice or chose a mystery box. I think this is a great gift to give!
  • My compact digital camera broke so I’m in need of a new digital camera. I need to step up my game and invest in a DSLR camera. I’m doing my research trying to find the best deal for what I need.
  • A big trend I love right now are wedge sneakers. These sneakers are so badass and my style! I love anything studded or with spikes. I’m hoping to unwrap these this holiday.
  • I adore J.Crew’s cafe capri pants… they come in cute prints. I could get anything from J.Crew and be happy. These are a bit pricey so perhaps I can snag them on sale after the holiday.
  • Yes, the one that supposedly smells like blood and semen. It actually smells really good (I don’t know what that says about me… lol). It’s the type of perfume I like, floral top notes and very light and sweet. I picked up some samples from Sephora but hopefully will get a full size bottle under the Christmas tree.
What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

Sample Sales: Don’t put your wallet away yet!

Jordanna of The Fassionisette

Hi loves! I am still in San Diego, so Jordanna of The Fashionisette is dropping by to give you an update on some awesome holiday sales. After you get the sale scoop, hop on over to her blog to see what else is going on, or follow her on twitter for daily updates!


I am thrilled to be guest posting on Christina Does today! If you were shopping this past holiday weekend, I hope you all got everything off of your list. For those that weren’t able to partake or missed out, there are still some pretty fabulous sales going. Don’t you just love the holidays?

Looking for clothes, shoes, or accessories? Check out these sample sales!

Be&D: Up to 70% off handbags, footwear, and belts!

Gucci’s sale is starting today. You can get 50% off women and men’s clothing and accessories. (here is the link to shop: http://private.gucci.com/us/)

Helmut Lang sample sale starts December 2nd. All sizes tees, knits, dresses, outerwear, blazers, pants, and more will be sold. For more information on this upcoming sale, check out: http://www.clothingline.com/sales/current/

Botkier: enjoy 40%-75% off! Prices start $75 for wallets, $100 for handbags, and $100 for boots. Event ends today (9am-7pm). Location: 525 Broadway (at Spring St), 5th floor, New York, NY 10012.

 ECHO: get an assortment of women’s, men’s, and kids’ accessories and handbags for up to 60 percent off.

The event began yesterday, and runs through December 1.
Event times: Thu-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm
Location: 75 Oxford Dr.
Moonachie, NJ 07074

Lafayette 148: grab designer pieces starting at 75% off retail. Petite and plus-sizes available.

Event ends today, and is open 9am-6pm.
Location: 148 Lafayette St
(btwn. Howard & Grand)
New York, NY 10013

Looking to decorate your home? Check out these sales!

This is an exclusive Christofle sample sale. Up to 70% off select flatware, hollowware, jewelry, and more.

Event begins: December 6
Event ends: December 9
Times: Thu 8am-7pm; Fr & Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm
Location: 225 5th Ave.
(Btwn 26th & 27th St)
New York, NY 10010

NEST: stock up on luxurious fragrances and personal care items pricing up to 75% below retail.

Event begins: December 4
Event ends: December 6
Times: Tue 9:30am-8pm; Wed 9:30am-7pm; Thu 9:30am-6pm
Location: 601 W.26th St.
(btwn. 11th & 12th Ave.)
(No. 1500)
New York, NY 10001

Happy shopping!

Awkward & Awesome Thursday: The Travel Edition

AWKWARD

  • Everything going right, for once. I am writing this post from a terminal in the airport, where I am, oh, about THREE hours early for my flight to San Diego. Who shows up at the airport three hours before a domestic flight? Someone who knows that anything that can go wrong while traveling will. Well, the powers that be are challenging my pessimism, and I can’t say I mind being early.
  • The man sitting next to me at the airport bar (where I was eating breakfast, not drinking, at 10:30 a.m.) tipped the bartender .18 cents. No dollars, not even a quarter of a dollar – .18 cents. I know, because the bartender laughed and made a big deal of it after he left the establishment. I get it, the food is over-priced, but really man? C’mon.
  • Traveling to San Diego in late November is tough. When I get off the plane, nothing that I’m wearing will make sense. I pretty much had to pack 1.5 wardrobes for the next five days.

AWESOME

  • VACATION! Goodbye New York (I won’t miss you) and Jamie (I will miss you). I’m off to spend five very feminine days with my sister. Wedding prepping, brunching, shopping, etc. Sorry readers, the blog posts may be sparse—we will see! I’m extra psyched to see Sly (sister’s fiance) and Onyx too! 

This is Onyx

Anticipation is the Enemy

Waiting, waiting, WAITING. I am a very patient person on the regular day-to-day things, like dealing with difficult people, slow public transportation, etc. But, when it comes to waiting for something new, I am admittedly the worst. I find that anticipation is most jarring when you know that something is right around the corner, just about to happen. It can be agonizing.

Today that “something” is a UPS truck, and on it is my shiny new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 Digital Camera.

Image courtesy of B&H

I have been researching compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC), along with DSLRs for a couple of weeks now, and I finally landed on this guy. I’ve wanted to upgrade to something more professional than my iPhone or a point and shoot camera, and MILCs sit right in between point and shoots and DSLRs. Opinions on this vary with each person you talk to, and some pro photographers may scoff if they read this, but the GXL is just what I need. It is compact, and has all of the capabilities of a DSLR, it even takes the same lenses.

I am so excited to have this camera for my upcoming trip to Europe. At first I felt guilty buying myself such an expensive Christmas gift, but now I am just excited that I will be able to share my memories in a higher resolution…if only it would get here!

Did you buy yourself anything for the holidays? Leave me comments, I need  distractions while I wait for the man in brown! 

Today is Small Business Saturday

American Express has deemed today dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Show your support for the mom & pop shops and restaurants by getting out today to shop.

American Express is offering a $25 statement credit for $25 spent at one of their qualifying small businesses. You can see a list of your local qualifying businesses here.

Happy shopping!

Ebates: Cash Back for Shopping Online

As shoppers everywhere prepare for battle, a.k.a. Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I feel a public service announcement is in order.

If you shop online, and you do not use Ebates, you are committing an enormous disservice to yourself!

No joke, Ebates is amazing. I know I’ve written about this gem before, but if you’re not familiar, allow me to explain. Ebates is a referrer website, where you can receive cash back for your online shopping.

Here is what you do:

  1. Go to the Ebates website
  2.  Log in and go to the search box in the top right part of the screen; type in the online retailer you would like to shop. I searched Sephora.
  3. Ebates will show you how much cash back you can receive, and will also share any deals and discount codes that are available. Eight percent is pretty high, so it looks like it’s time to shop!
  4. Click the orange button that says “Shop Now,” and Ebates will bring you to the retailer’s site, tracking what you buy so that they can award you cash back.

Ebates send you a check every quarter with the cash back you’ve earned. You can also receive the money via Paypal, or you can designate the money to a friend or charity. I have earned $170 cash back since joining Ebates in 2010, and this number would be much higher if I could remember to use Ebates every time I shop online. Cash back is even available for sites like Amazon.com, Ebay and Groupon.

For sitting through my soapbox speech, here is a little reward from Ebates and Smashbox:

 

After you sign up for Ebates, search for Smashbox and use code EBATES2012 to receive six percent cash back and an extra 25 percent off. Happy shopping!

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market and Other NYC Holiday Shopping

Sing with me, “It’s the most wonderful timmmeee, of the yeeaarr…”

Yesterday I shot down to Williamsburg for some best friend time at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market. My normal plan of attack for such events is to collect business cards of the shops I like and check out their websites or Etsy shops later. This is mostly because I hate carrying cash, so I was excited to see many vendors using Square to accept credit cards this year.  I, of course, still collected cards. Here are some of my favorite vendors from the event:

  • Gneiss Spice: Magnetic spice racks. Absolutely in love with these.
  • YardSale Press: Creative prints for your home.
  • T-WE: Amazing loose tea from San Francisco. I’m sipping some Madame Morocco right now.
  • A.HEIRLOOM: State-shaped wooden cutting boards. Can you imagine serving up hunks of cheese on a Wisconsin-shaped board? Love.
  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry: Very unique pieces, I really want it all.
  • Jamie Lau Designs: Jamie said she sources her fabrics from Japan – the dresses are amazing, and she offers custom work.
  • Docksmith: Driftwood iPhone dock, anyone?

Unfortunately, the Renegade Craft Fair was this past weekend only, but you can find a full list of vendors on their website.

If you didn’t make it out, fret not – here are other NYC holiday markets you can check out:

Bust Holiday Craftacular
When:
December 1-2
Where: 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St, between Broome and Spring Streets

Union Square Holiday Market
When:
Starting today through December 24
Where: Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South

Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
When:
November 25 through December 9
Where: Artists & Fleas 70 North 7th St, between Wythe and Kent Streets

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
When:
Starts today through December 31
Where: Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St 

Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market
When:
November 24 through December 23
Where: One Hanson Place, 1 Hanson Pl, at Ashland Pl

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
When:
November 28 through December 24
Where: Columbus Circle Central Park South, at Central Park West

Grand Central Holiday Fair
When:
Now through December 24
Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
When:
November 28 through January 6
Where: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Astoria Market Holiday Markets
When:
December 1 through December 23
Where: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria

For more details on any of these markets you can visit Time Out New York.