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"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world".
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After Xmas sale...

I absolutely love this scarf. Bloomingdales offers a special price - 30% off the original value. It comes in two colors: dark grey and fuchsia. I adore the hot, pink shades which are so refreshing for our dull, fall wardrobe.

  • Pure silk
  • Dry clean
  • 35" x 35"
  • Imported from Italy
  • Web ID: 440154

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Vive les soldes!

This is the season to be jolly and all the stores are full of crazy shoppers looking for the best bargains. But this is the time of the season when I hate going shopping. There are far too many rude people who just barge and push as if you don't exist. The stores are always too hot, sales persons are always too aggressive and by the end of the day my toes are in agony!What I enjoy most is shopping on-line! It is so convenient and practical. You don't have to leave the house, go from one shop to another and make price comparisons or deal with (other) crazy bargain hunters. You can spend the day in front of your computer wearing your pajama and drinking coffee. Now, how good is that! All you need to do is to lift one finger (or two) and wait for the goods to be sent. Bloomingdales for example is having amazing discounts that grabbed my attention immediately. They offer 40-50% reduction on already marked down prices. You can find amazing deals on designer brands like D&G, Michael Kors, DKNY, Juicy Couture and many more. Victoria Secret proposes free shipping on purchases more then $100. I recommend make-up by Christian Siriano which is reduced to 50%. I love his lip gloss and eye shadow.





Despite the many pluses of on-line shopping, there are a few negatives. Not everything is displayed on the websites. DSW for example, the best shoe store in San Francisco (in my opinion), has many deals on Emporio Armani shoes, Prada or Ralf Lauren which you can’t find on their website. You also have to be lucky to find the size you need or color. Sometimes what you see on the screen is not as pretty as in real life. And you have to be aware of on-line fraud!

My wallet didn’t thank me today but my self-esteem began to recover. Ouch..

Sunday, December 13, 2009

All I want for Christmas is....

When it comes to buying presents, we all have problems choosing the right gifts. Getting it right and knowing how delighted your loved ones are with the gifts you've chosen is a fabulous feeling. Think about things your partner buys for themselves, as well as their personal style, hobbies and interests; and what their passions are. People are always unconsciously rambling about stuff they want: all you have to do is listen. Choosing gifts just because you like them is a no-no. Your own taste is irrelevant.

Generally, men are happy with gifts that fill a "need" - something that they no longer have to purchase for themselves (perhaps this is the reason for the "guys like power tools for gifts" stereotype). Note of all of the things he gets excited about in the store or during commercials. When I was dating my husband, the most romantic gift I would receive from him was some electric accessories, while my gifts for him were kitchen equipment. We learned by paying attention to each others needs and desires!

  1. "500 cocktails" book, $16.95
  2. Wine cooler, $79.95
  3. Bar tool set, $50
  4. Cuisinart Sixteen-bottle wine cellar, $199
  5. Speakers for the iPone, $129
  6. Gold charcoal grill, $140
  7. BBQ stainless tool set, $24
  8. A good bottle of wine
  9. Philips Norelco shaver, $190

When buying for a woman, be sure to get her something that is going to send the message "I spent some time thinking about this”. You want to focus on getting something that she would not normally be able to buy for herself - an extravagance! Extravagance does not have to mean ridiculously expensive. You don't have to get the biggest, just aim for the best.

  1. "Joy of cooking", $35
  2. Kitchen aid, $349
  3. 8 piece chocolate fondue set, $16.95
  4. Swarovski necklace, $90 / pen, $24
  5. Tiffany bracelet, $125
  6. Victoria Secret make up set, $10 (on sale)
  7. Spa, beauty salon gift certificates
  8. Nice cashmere sweater or scarf is always a yes-yes

To Bee or not to Bee

I would like to share with you with the book I am currently reading. It's written by John Penberthy and it's called “To Bee or not to Bee”. The book peppered with humor teaches that life is too important to be taken so seriously. No matter what you believe in, I think this book will leave a smile on your face and glow in your heart!

“You mean even unhappiness is perfect?”

“Yep, because it causes us to look deeper. Any time I’m unhappy or angry or whatever, I try to see it as feedback that my consciousness is out of sync with The Way. To me, that’s hell”
“I want to bee just happy and...”

“Never sad,” Bert interrupted.

“Well, yes. What’s wrong with that?”

“I suppose you also want up without down, soft without hard, cold without hot, and good without bad? Don’t you see Buzz? Everything is relative, the instant you define one condition, you’ve created its opposite. How can you have cold unless you know what hot is? How can you have up without down?

How can you bee happy without knowing what sad is?”

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The power of Photoshop

Erik Johansson is a 23-year-old computer engineering student from Sweden. He creates remarkable images by digitally modifying photographs that he takes himself. His photo manipulations are very interesting and give a realistic view of an unreal picture.