Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Retro Nina- 2003

 [from here.]

On this day in 2003, I posted the following to my blog:

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and I'm already getting into the Christmas mood...yes, I am listening to Christmas songs.  Do you blame me?  Artists of all sorts of genres united in the mission to spread holiday cheer.  Isn't it wonderful?

Sure is. Almost all of my shopping is done and I'm counting down until we leave for California to celebrate.

What I have noticed since moving to the East Coast is that my love for Thanksgiving has dwindled. I used to get jealous for Thanksgiving when Christmas would push it out of focus even before it happened. Thanksgiving is the best. It's about family and home and warmth.

But I haven't spent Thanksgiving at home since 2002. And I haven't spent Thanksgiving with family (my family) since 2003.

Thanksgiving was the best. Now, it's a gateway holiday to Christmas. When I get to spend time with my family, at home, and feel the warmth.

Christmas is the best.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shopaholic. But not really.

I mentioned a while back that I was going to post monthly spending totals for self accountability.

The reason I haven't done that is pure laziness/forgetfulness. Not that I'm ashamed about how much I spend (because I'm not). So, with that, some things I've purchased over the past couple months:
  • September was a very expensive month for me, mainly because of the big-ticket purchase that was my wedding dress. With alterations, it came to about $300. (Which is a lot for an item of clothing, but practically nothing for a wedding dress.)
  • While at a conference in Philadelphia in the end of September, I stopped in a great resale (not quite consignment or thrift) shop and picked up a cute skirt ($8, originally H&M) and a gorgeous black cocktail dress ($20, Maggy London). I wore the dress to our PA reception:
 [the best shot of the dress I could find, which, admittedly, isn't very good.]
  • I also bought a basic black v-neck shirt to replace an old flame at Gap ($7).
  • As you know, I got that Nine West bag ($35) I had been visiting in October. What a good purchase.
  • When getting my makeup done for the PA reception at the Clarins counter, I fell in love with this concealer/highlighter, and bought that ($30, ouch!).
  • I've been pretty good in November so far: two pairs of black tights (all of the ones in my drawer lost their elasticity) and one pair of black leggings (only to be worn with tunics! I promise!). All three for $23 (Hue, FTW).
But mostly, November has been a month for buying presents for others. But I can't tell about them here, because then my mom will know what I got her for Christmas.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Retro Nina

 [18 year-old Nina. Self portrait.]

The other day, I stumbled upon the blog I kept up from March 2003 to June 2005. In other words, from age 18-20. I spent some time reading it, and let me tell you: I was freakin ' HILARIOUS. And, at times, pretty deep. I was all sass, though, so not much has changed.

So now that I have this amazing trove of high-quality blog posts, I'm going to use it to my advantage. I want to republish some of my early adulthood (yes I know I'm still in it) musings here. Perhaps weekly? We'll see.

One thing I admire about 18-20 Nina is how disciplined she was in her blog posting (and getting almost straight A's in school at the same time!). She posted at least every couple days* which is something I'd like to do, though I'm lucky if I fit in a post every week.

So I'm going to try and post more often. If anything, it will make me a better writer and provide me with a creative outlet that I will soon be lacking at work (more than I have in...maybe ever).

*And most of those posts had things worth reading. Although I realize that's kind of odd to say because she is me, after all, but it almost doesn't feel like I wrote those posts.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Product Review: Maybelline Ultimate Length Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara


The worst thing about this mascara is its long-ass name.

Some background: Remember, a while back, I mentioned a bad haircut? Well I'm pretty sure that the lady didn't just trim the hair on top of my head, if you know what I mean. When I was applying mascara the day after I got my hair cut, I noticed that a few lashes on my right eyelid were MUCH shorter than the others, and they stopped short as if they had been cut in one snip. So I need some serious lengthening mascara (to make the little guys look longer, but also boost all the lashes together).

I asked Richie's cousin* what she wears because, in true dental hygienist fashion, her lashes are always SO LONG (seriously-- dental hygienists must have some sort of pact or secret about how to have the longest lashes ever because every single one I've ever had has had some mondo lashes). She said she recently jumped over to designer mascara, but recommended buying something at the drugstore that boasts lash lengthening because "they actually do work."

So, based on curiosity and price, I went for Maybelline Ultimate Length Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara.

Here's what Maybelline says on their website:

Why You'll Love It: The only mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

  • The Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle
  • Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length
  • Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smoothes for black-patent shine
  • Contact lens safe and Ophthalmologist tested
  • Waterproof

Here's what I say:
  •  It works. I especially love when my lashes on the outside ends are extra long, and this stuff does exactly that.
  • The brush has thinner bristles, which makes it easier to apply. I don't get smudges on my eyelids quite as much as I used to.
  • The waterproof factor is there, but not as much as other brands I've used in the past.
  • Before switching over, I would shed some eyelashes whenever I removed my makeup. Maybe it's the Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula, because I don't shed as much anymore. My lashes feel much stronger. 
So all in all, I'm a believer! When it's time for a new tube in around December, I know I'll be tempted to buy another one, but I think I'll continue my search/experiment and try another lengthening one. Ooh, or maybe a volumizing one!!

Any suggestions??

*I guess she's my cousin now, too. Whoa.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nine West

I just bought the Emily bag from Nine West (see previous post) on my lunch break! I went to the store to return a pair of leggings (that I bought at full price, completely forgetting that I had a $10 off coupon in my wallet). Before going to grab the exact same pair of leggings to then buy with the coupon, I thought, "Let me see if the purse I've been coveting is 1) still here and 2) more on sale than it was last week."

And sure enough, it was 50% off AND I was able to use that $10 off coupon on it!!! That's right. A $90 purse for $35.

I can live without leggings.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"I covet."

So along with fly (and supportive) walking shoes, I've been coveting and searching for some other material possessions lately. Maybe, if I announce them here, some company will decide to send me one of the things below in exchange for a review*....or my mom will know what to get me for Christmas. Hi Mom!

Black pumps.
[Vince Camuto at]

I have a pair of patent leather black pumps that I've had for...ever. I got them from Payless, and I love them. But they're getting scuffed beyond repair, and the lining of one shoe has come up and I can't seem to glue it back down. It sticks to my foot when I don't wear stockings.

A fold-over or convertible handbag.
[Nine West, "Emily"]

My purses are either funny sizes (for every day handbagging), falling apart, or too heavy. My favorite purse is GORGEOUS and has so many compartments, but it is SO HEAVY. Even when there's barely anything in it, my shoulder still gets tired of supporting it.  I fell in love with the bag above, but it's just not on sale enough for me!

Statement necklace.
[ -- they have a "statement necklace" section. This one is $468.00]

I have a couple statement necklaces, but as they, um, make statements, I don't wear them very often. I'd like more so that I can make different statements with my neck more regularly.

*Yes, I know the FTC just posted regulations against that.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vamp President

The other night, I came up with the most brilliant Halloween costume ever:

[photo touched up by ME! ...I don't have photoshop]

Joe Bitin', the vampire Vice President.

That is all.