Here’s a few things that made my busy week:
We’re taking a minute from my regularly scheduled post to let you know J.Crew is having 40% off sale and FREE economy shipping! THIS is the best way to save at J.Crew. I’ll cover exactly how in my tips later, but take minute and browse the sale section there today. Final Sale means no returns or exchanges, but not all these items are final sale. There are some fantastic closet staples in the mix right now. These are my picks:
Here’s the next tip in my “How to save at J.Crew” series:
This is my very first Five on Friday link up with The Good Life blog. It won’t be my last either! Here’s the excitement from this past week:
It’s my first week of blogging! What’s more exciting than that? Well… these other four things that kept me away from the keyboard Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The 7th was Corey’s and my 4th wedding anniversary! We are old folks and like to be in bed early so we swapped presents on Wednesday so we could enjoy dinner at Carrabba’s on Thursday. As creatures of habit, we went to our place, ate the same thing we get every year, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. He hit a home run with the presents this year, as always. Can’t wait to sport these in January!
My childhood (and adulthood… well foreverhood) best friend surprised us all with a visit this week. The reason this is a big deal is that he lives in Taiwan. With almost 3 years between visits and 10,000 miles between us, it’s funny to see that we still ride the same mental wave length. I was out until 2:30 AM on Sunday night. The exhaustion this week was totally worth it.
Capturingmagic.me is one of my favorite Disney resource websites. Steph was having a writers call last week, so, of course, I applied. The surprise was that I was selected! I can’t wait to be a part of the magic over there!
Work has been a bear this week, so the fact that this will be my last day here this week makes me happy happy happy.
What’s been making you happy happy happy this week? Share!
Growing up, my house was full of catalogs. My mom is very much the creative type. She never knew when she was going to need to reach for one for inspiration or reference.
As a result of this, I was familiar with one of my favorite brands early on in life: J.Crew. I can remember my first purchase. It was 2002. Mom took me to Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, there were only two or three locations in Atlanta, compared to the six now. I had saved my own money for this trip. I purchased black wedge flip flops and a pink ribbed tank top. You know that feeling you get when you walk out of a store with great stuff and it’s yours? This was the first of many of those times.
The flip flops are sadly no longer with us, but the tank top is! It is not my size anymore, but is still being worn by a friend. That tank top is a testament to why J.Crew is still so popular: quality and style. Though a tank top may not be the screaming style statement piece that a jeweled collar necklace is, that tank top is going to continue to contribute to the wearer’s style for years to come as a closet staple. Combining quality and style makes it a no brainer to shop there. The biggest hold up for most is pricing. When you have champagne taste, you figure out how to get it on a beer budget.
Many people ask me how I get great deals on my J.Crew items. I decided to start a series of the main avenues I use to save. Here is number five of five tips I’ve used to save money at J.Crew that I hope help you stay on budget (and in style) while shopping J.Crew:
Tip #5: Decide if the J.Crew credit card is right for you.
Over on Pinterest, I have a whole board dedicated to fantastic looking master suite retreats. I collected several ideas. Our home is small and was finished right before Corey (my husband) and I got married, so there wasn’t any time (or money) to customize and decorate when we first got married. Instead of actually getting to build and install my ideas, I pinned ideas for the house. Last month, one the ideas I fell in love with immediately was built and finished. Corey did all the step-by-step handiwork to bring my idea to life!
I was allured by this picture after I saw it on Design*Sponge:
There’s nothing wrong with it, so it didn’t need replacing. I decided I would have to modify the ornate frame around the “pinspiration” for our space and add a storage ledge onto the frame, like a chalkboard ledge, for things like toothpaste and toothbrushes. I got to work taking measurements and sketching what I thought it should look like. This is what I took with me to the big box hardware store to pick out wood with.
The big box store had precut pieces of Birch in various sizes, so we compared the measurements and picked out wood. I learned something new in the lumber isle that day. A 2×4 is not actually a 2×4, but rather it’s really more like a 1.5×3.5. The “2×4” is just a rough dimension and the whole numbers are easier to add and subtract. He did all the math in his head (crazy talk!) and we bought the lumber for the frame and bought a piece for the shelf. In order to make sure that the cuts were straight, he had an employee in the lumber department cut the lumber for us. We also picked up some “L” shaped brackets, washers, wood nails, mirror mastic, and wood pegs.
This is where something happened with my pictures. When I updated to iOS 7, the majority of my pictures of steps disappeared, so now this becomes the story of a do it yourself project.
After he assembled the ledge pieces together, he drilled holes into the back of the ledge for the wood pegs and into the bottom part of the frame for the mirror. (Dimensions are in the next step for the frame pieces.) Using wood glue and clamps, Corey attached the ledge to the bottom piece of the frame. He let that set for at least an hour so that the wood glue dried and it would be sturdy enough to hold what we wanted to put on it.
In the meantime, he installed the new shelf. This was much easier than the frame, at least from my point of view. I picked the height I wanted it at, Corey screwed the “L” brackets into the legs of the vanity and the back, and boom! the shelf was installed.