Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fun Friday

I took yesterday off of work. First time in several months and I lived it up! I got up with Ryan and Paul at the lovely time of 6 AM, dropped Ryan with my mom at 7 and my day of fun began! I swung by my all time favorite donut shop, Shipley's and got a blueberry cake and a chocolate filled donut. I went home, sipped my coffee and ate my donuts. Then I started on the things I needed to get gone. I started the laundry, loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, washed bottles, and showered. Then I went grocery shopping. And then the things I absolutely had to get done were all done. Then I went to Macy's!

Now, I haven't always been a Macy's fan. While living in Chicago, Macy's bought out the famed Marshall Fields and every good Chicagoan is trained to hate Macy's. Even after I moved here, I couldn't see the appeal. The Macy's nearest me had poor selection and I never could find the awesome deals that my step mom always got. However, recently, I've become a total Macy's addict. A couple weeks ago, I made the drive (10 minutes's not some trek or anything) to The Good Macy's. I had forgotten that I had a merchandise credit gift card. I was like freaking Mary Tyler Moore. I just wanted to throw my proverbial hat in the air. I bought a pair of work pants, a necklace, and a handbag and spent $2 out of my own pocket. So yesterday I decided to head to the crappy Macy's close by my house because it was the one day sale and I had a $10 off coupon to use if I spent $25 (surely I'd spend $25).

I initially went to look for some Stride Rites for Ryan, but when I quickly figured out that this crappy Macy's doesn't carry shoes, I moved on to the women's department. There I found lots of awesome stuff. I picked out a pair of Levi's Boyfriend Jeans, a pair of Inc black skinny jeans and a nice pair of pinstriped pants for work. I had also decided that it was high time that I got a Macy's card since I was becoming a regular shopper there and they have mad coupons for their card members. Anyways, as the lady is ringing me up, she is gasping and saying what a great deal I got. I guessed so..I mean, I didn't think it was anything to write home about. And then she tells me my total is $20. $20?!!! What?! I looked and I paid 1/10th of the regular full price for each item. Seriously...those Levi Boyfriend Jeans? I paid $4.80! FOR A PAIR OF LEVI'S! Hell, for any pair of jeans, no matter what brand, that's a great deal. The Inc jeans were $7.90. I'm excited about those because I do recall looking at that exact pair of pants a few months ago and walking away in horror from the $79 price tag. Anyways, I love Macy's. I love how it smells. I love their awesome deals. I just like how it makes me feel when I walk into their store. Their employees are so nice and helpful and I know it sounds crazy, but shopping there reminds me of a department store I went to once in Paris. I bought a pair of shoes there. I just love Macy's.

After Macy's, I headed over to Ross where I bought a pair of super cute black sandals with silver accents. Then I went to the Cuban bakery where I bought Cuban bread and guava and cream cheese pastries. I came home, made a sandwich, and rested. Then I went and got my hair done.

Now...I'm cheap. Honestly. I'll say it. I don't like to spend money on things that aren't important to me. My hair is one of those things. The last time I got my hair cut, I liked the cut but hated the stylist. I've never found the one person who can cut my hair and is affordable that I love. So back to The Paul Mitchell School I went. Their services are all done by students but they're supervised and it's affordable. My appointment was at 2. The sweet girl who ended up with me was named Morgan and she was nice and very patient and while she had to ask quite a few questions, she did an excellent job. So good, in fact, that I'm going back in 7 weeks. My hair was a hot mess. I hadn't had it cut in at least 6 months. The last time I had colored it was from a box in my mom's kitchen. She sat me down and we picked out a lighter, summery color and cut. Here is the before:

Not terrible...just ratty and with no shape. I got what's known as a swing bob. It's longer than a bob and the back is shorter than the front. Here is the after:

Since it was at a school and since I opted to get a special color stripping treatment on my hair, I was there for 3 hours. I love The Paul Mitchell School, though. The people there are all just so...hip. And nice. And they genuinely love hair. And they better for what it costs to go there. After I got out of there, I picked Paul up and we went out to dinner. It was just at BJ's and we had a great time just the two of us.

It was what I'd describe as the perfect day off work. I shopped, got awesome deals, got my hair done, and had dinner with my best friend. Today was another great day too, but that's another story..

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