Friday, March 20, 2009


Soooo, I haven't had higlights in 6 months due to the price I had been paying for a few years. I was paying $125 just for partial highlights! What was I thinking!? I finally came to my senses and realized that is just outrageous. So my co-worker Kelly and I decided to try our other co-worker Erica's more reasonably priced salon in Watertown.

A couple of months ago Kelly and I went into Salon Sama for a haircut for $30. We both loved our haircuts and for $30 how can you go wrong! We decided to go back in the spring for highlights which were going to be about $80.

This past week I decided it was time for me to get some highlights and I was just about to call Salon Sama for an appointment but Kelly showed me an article she found on It talked about a salon called Plan B Salon in Harvard Square that was doing a special on Friday nights. They were doing partial highlights for $49! So I went on their website and they seemed like a decent place. I made an appointment for the following Friday night which was tonight.

The place is TINY but the people were really nice and the owner was great. My stylist who's name I don't know b/c she didn't introduce herself or ask for my name was great! She talked me into an auburn-ish color so I went for it. While I had the bleach in my hair the owner offered me wine, woohoo! :)

Anyways, she added the color and even trimmed my bangs for free and dried them a bit to make sure they came out ok. The rest of my hair I had to dry myself, which was part of the deal.

I love my hair! I'm almost a red-head! It's subtle yet noticeable and I don't look like a skunky freakshow. Hooray for Plan B Salon!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Negative Shopping"

I have to dedicate this post to my good friend Lucy who coined the term "negative shopping". Negative shopping refers to returning things. I have to say that I really truly feel like I make money when I return things! When shopping I usually don't feel the guilt of the money I spend until I get home and try everything on again and realize that I spent $40 or $50 on a short sleeve cotton top.
Often I get stressed out in the dressing room when trying to figure out what items to purchase so what I usually do is buy everything and figure it out at home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking those rejected items back to the store and getting that money back onto my credit card, even if it's on a bill I haven't received yet. I know I'll see a bill with a big charge and then most of that charge credited back. What a feeling! What's sad is that today I was returning some super ugly jeans at Old Navy and accidentally said out loud, "I love returning, I just made $20!" and the teenage cashier boy laughed at me. Oh well, I'm glad I put a smile on his face b/c he looked pretty miserable before that! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


So I recently bought a pair of 7 jeans at Macy's. With discounts and coupons and opening a new Macy's charge card, they went down from $198 to $126. Not too shabby! Anyways, I brought them home and started to feel guilty about the price (note that these are NOT my first pair of designer jeans so I'm not quite sure where the guilt is coming from!). Anyways, since I bought these I've been on a quest to find comparably flattering jeans for much cheaper.
First stop...Old Navy. With a 30% coupon and a sale that day I bought 2 pairs of jeans for $20 each. I really truly believe that when it comes to denim, you get what you pay for. Of course they looked alright in the store, but when I tried them on at home they were hideous. Well, the lighter ones were terrible and are definitely going back. The darker ones don't look too bad. Being 5'2", I bought the "short" style. These are so short even on me that I wouldn't be able to wear them w/ any sort of a heel, however they would be great for the summer w/ flip flops or ballet flats. I shall keep the dark Old Navy jeans for $20.
Next up...Gap. With the 30% coupon I found a pair of jeans that came to around $27. They felt good at the store and when I tried them on at home and compared them to the 7's they looked almost as flattering. How is that possible?!?! I was shocked. I DO have to get the Gap jeans hemmed but still that will bring them to only about $37. Going to keep these ones too.
Last...Banana Republic. I tried on a bunch of jeans b/c their demin was 30% off in addition to my 30% coupon. There was only one pair that weren't hideous and not only were these not hideous, they were beautiful! They were a gorgeous dark indigo color and had a trouser type fit to them. I got these for around $47. I tried them on again when I got home and wow, they look great if I do say so myself! I have to get these hemmed too.
In conclusion, I'm returning the 7 jeans for $126 and keeping 3 other pairs for a grand total of $114. Not too bad!

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