Monday, August 31, 2009

shopping pic and a few reviews

Ok, I'll start off by saying that if I sounded slightly more chirpy than normal last post, well- I was under the influence of Advil PM. I have moderate-severe knee pain and I find that Advil PM works wonders when taken before bed when you're in pain. Unfortunately, when given enough time to take effect and at a high enough dosage... well sometimes I end up talking kinda silly. I won't say that I was "buzzed"- no not at all, but once the sedative? kicks in, I get sleepy, and when I get sleepy I can sometimes act slightly different than normal- we all do really- when we get tired enough.

Having said all that- onto what you really came for my nonexistent readers! These are a few of the pictures that I promised you, as well as a few reviews of products that I use to keep me looking my best.

Thigh high socks from Target. I would have rather they were knee high, but at only $1.50, I can can deal with it. They also match the new shirt that I got perfectly!
My boots! I loves them!!!! I can't believe that I found them in Target, of all places. I would have expected it if I found them in Charlotte Rouse, but never Target!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I am a shopaholic!

hehe... I have shopped almost nonstop this week! With the order from Asia fashion wholesale, sweater off eBay, found new boots last night, andddd I got two new tops tonight too! I am going to be set for fall in no time! Winter is still shaping up, but I think that this year is going to end in super cute style!!!!! YAY!

Yeah, so... I went into Target yesterday and found the exact style of boots that I wanted! I bought them, of course even though I really shouldn't be spending any money right now. I'm getting a refund from a pair of jeans that I had gotten, so that helps some. When I got home, my order from strapya had arived. The moogle strap is so cute in person! It really big too, I knew it was going to be big, but its the same size as my phone!

I'm going to have to post up pictures soon on all the stuff that I've bought recently.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

School has started!

So the school year has started off with a bang! I was almost late to my first class on Tuesday due to all the rush on the first day and road work/ poor planning. Thankfully I made it to class on time, though I was late to my next class. I started walking int the direction of were I thought I was supposed to be going, and then realized that I had no clue were the building was! Called my sister who also was a pirate (before she graduated a YEAR early- not fair!), she had no clue where it was, random stranger had no clue where the building was... I was starting to give up hope, and thinking that I was going to have to find one of those sign/maps that are on campus for the visitors when I though about the lady that works in the little convenience stand in one of the buildings. This lady knows everything, I'm convinced! She knew almost right away which building I was talking about, and was able to give me good general directions that took straight where I needed to be (thank goodness)! I only arrived like 10 minuets late, and the professor was very kind about it.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Way too much happening...

I spent like, the entire day online, choosing clothes to order. I spent ~$130.00!!!!!!! *0* HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe I did that that! Holy shit! BUT! If everything fits right and looks good, I will have almost all the clothes that I need for fall! There is light at the end of the tunnel! Ok so the haul is this : (I'll post pics are soon as I get them!)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday night

Well, I had a really blah day yesterday, so I didn't feel like boring you all to death and thus no update.

Today, however, my family and my aunt and uncle all went out to eat Mexican for dinner, and it was very good! I had a seafood burrito with rice and beans that was divine! We all had a great time, and I'm sure we will be going back. The salsa wasn't as good as I would have hoped, but that was my only complaint. For deseart, my mom and I split fried ice cream and my aunt and uncle got something that was fried and sweet and delicious- I had a bit of that too.
I was bidding on a furisode, but the auction ended last night. I lost. T_T One of these days I will buy a furisode!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Betta fish are like chips...

Today I got two new fish! I have always enjoyed Betta fish, and kept males before, but when my last one died about a year and a half ago, I never did replace it. When I moved back into my parent's house at the start of the summer, I restarted my tank with one female Betta and four new neon tetras to accompany my sole move-surviving one. They have all thrived, and today I went to get another female, as when I got the first one I was unsure if I would like the females as well as I did the males. I found a female immediately, but got sidetracked by the males, and yep, left with one of them too. The new female (Cloud) took to the tank immediately, she seems to approve of her new home. Pearl, the "older" female, isn't too sure if she likes having another of her own kind around. Probably because Pearl is an attention whore, she loves to come to the front of the tank when I'm nearby and chase my finger or just say hi.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another boring day...

Didn't do to much today. I did go to Greenville to pick up my text books (ouch!), but other than that I just kinda moped around.

You know, there was a time when I didn't care what I wore, but now a days, I'm something of a clothes whore. I don't have tons of clothes- no way! but my closet is definitely getting the proper attention it deserves. I guess you could say that when I got to college and saw all the "glamorous" people around campus, I wanted to look like them. It started off slow, a few new outfits, and trying to work on my makeup, and then by the time I was a sophomore, I was well on my way to looking like a proper pretty girl. I'm still not 100% there, but I am working on it very hard! My skills in the makeup department have definitely improved. I'm no artist yet, but I can put on a pretty face with the rest of 'em.

In high school, I was ugly- no questions there. I cut all my hair off so I didn't have to worry with it, and I never wore anything but jeans and t-shirts. I look back on that time and grimace. I was a few pounds lighter back then too- what I wouldn't give to have my 26 inch waist back! I'm trying hard to lose the weight that college has given me, but its proving to be rather stubborn. I had smaller breasts back then too- I started my freshman year (hs) with a B cup- and I would trade that for my "new" D cup any day! (of course back then, I thought that I would never grow and that I was never going to get any attention from boys, what a difference seven years makes!)

I don't know why I'm posting any of this, but that's just what my fingers felt like typing tonight. I guess its just my way of saying that times change, and we never know whats coming up... or maybe I just felt like talking about my clothes obsession... I don't know.

7 days until school starts!

Monday, August 17, 2009


One of my hobbies is collecting and occasionally wearing Japanese kimono. There are many different types of kimono, but the one worn by unmarried women in formal situations is called a furisode. Furisode have long sleeves that mark them different from any other type of kimono. They are also usually brightly patterned, to attract attention to the wearer.

So far, my collection is with out any furisode, as I am very chosey about finding just the right one. Recently, I though that I had found "the one," but it ended up slipping through my fingers when I wasn't careful, and somebody else bought it. I have found quite a few others that may fit my wants since then, so hopefully in the coming weeks I will be able to post that I have bought one.

On another note, I did end up buying the moogle phone strap from strapya, along with a Christmas one. I didn't get the Kiba one, but its still in my wish-list, so I may buy when I have more money.

P.S.- I noticed that almost every post in the blog so far has been about shopping. That's going to change once school starts, but right now there isn't that much going on in my life! T_T

8 days until the first day of class!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sorry for not posting anything yesterday, but it was kinda a sad day for me, and I didn't feel like putting anything up.
We had a cat, Lucky, who was 10 1/2 years old who died yesterday. Lucky had been battling kidney failure for about 10 months, and yesterday he just couldn't fight it anymore, so we let him go from his pain. As my dad put it, he and Otis (our 13 year old cat who also died from kidney failure) are chasing butterflies together.

Lucky was a solid black cat, with a no nonsense personality. Having said that, he was also likely to do very silly things and dare you to laugh at him. He could curl up in the strangest places, and just look at you as if to say " so you've never seen a cat who wants to curl up (insert place here) before, doesn't mean I'm any less dignified for being here."

We found Lucky as a kitten, he had been hit by a car and left for dead. We though he was dead, but then my mom saw him move and she just couldn't leave him there. In the next year, Lucky would prove himself to be apply named. He survived the hit and run, an infection that set in after that, being allergic to his shots, swallowing a needle and thread, and then, in latter years, running full speed into a bed and knocking himself out. (I still laugh over that, even as I'm typing this.)

Lucky was part of a four cat household, Otis, who left us just over a year before Lucky was the oldest; Patches is seven now, and Bandit the baby of the group at 5 1/2 (she has a birthday coming up on labor day). Patches is the oddball of the group, she came from Wilson county SPCA, all the others were local rescues. Bandit was probably the closest to home to rescue- she was found hanging onto the brick foundation of our house after the lawnmower scared her away from her mother, she had just opened her eyes, and we had to feed her milk for quite a few weeks. Bandit was Lucky's relative somehow, they both come from the same half wild/ half tame local black cat colony.

I wasn't home yesterday when my parents took Lucky to the vet, but my mom told my that my dog, Breer, seemed to know what was going on. I'm told she whined and whimpered as they loaded Lucky up and left. At the vet's they gave Lucky a seditive before letting him go, and my mom said he stuck his tongue out as he went to sleep- my dad says he was sticking his tongue out at the world. Knowing Lucky, he probibly was.

Lucky will be missed, but I know what we did was for the best. He's happy again now, somewhere accost the rainbow bridge, chasing butterflies with Odie. In this world he and Otis are buried side by side, brothers until the last.

Friday, August 14, 2009


So my sister and I went to Raleigh to go shopping today, and boy did I ever! I really spoiled myself, but with school starting in just over a week, how could I not do a little back to school shopping?

We headed off around 10:30 and got there a little before 12:00, so we had plenty of time!

From Charlotte Rouse I got this grey top:
and this one a well! Its pretty sad, but true!

I got this super cute skirt and top from Silvina, a store I had never heard of or been in before, but I had been waiting an overall skirt for a while, so I was supper excited when we went in and they had two different styles to chose from.

These next two both came from Macy's I'm planning to wear the black and plaid dress with some funky colored tights to give it some added pizazz.

and a more dressy top that I fell in love with as soon as I got it on!

We also went in Barnes & Noble, and I decided to get a manga that I've heard a lot about, but never got around to reading. This book has the first three releases all in one, so its pretty thick!

I also got a really cute brightly colored wallet, but its already in use, and so I didn't get any pictures of it yet.

After we were done shopping we went to a Korean place. Seoul Garden, and had a late lunch. We where so late to lunch we had to order as soon as we sat down to get the lunch price! My sister got a kimchi soup, and I got bimbap? I think- she ordered for us, so I can't really remember. They brough so much food out to us with our meal and it was all so good! The lady asked me when I was done if I hadn't liked it because there was so much food left, but it was really because I had so much I couldn't eat it all! I don't know if I'm going to eat any supper I'm so full!

We had a small adventure trying to find our way back to the highway to get home, but once my GPS started working we were able to get right where we needed to be.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Not much going on...

Didn't really do anything today. I got up really late this morning, around 12:30! I didn't even get into the shower until almost 4:00. My family did go out to dinner tonight, we usually go to the same place every Thursday and Friday night, and then again on Sunday morning. The best/ worst part about this is that I also work at the same place, and sometimes I'm the waitress for my family and sometimes I get to take the night off and eat with them. My work is kinda weird, we are one of those tiny restaurants out in the middle of nowhere, so there's only about six people who work there and run the place. My younger cousin and I both waitress, except for recently the "full time" waitress has come back from maternity leave, and now I mostly just run the cash register on Saturday mornings. Hopefully she'll leave pretty soon and I'll get to work more hours, if she doesn't I may have to find another job...

The only other thing that really happened today was that I decided to go to Raleigh tomorrow and do some back to school shopping. My sister and I are planning to leave our house around 10am and probably stay until mid afternoon or so, we'll see. My closet is almost full of summer clothes, and with fall fast approaching, I need some new things! I even made a list of things that I really want to look for while we're there, so hopefully some of it will get crossed off.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to: make a rose cell phone strap

I've been eying cell phone straps lately, and today I decided that I would finally get around to making one that I've had on my to-do list forever!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I'm such a geek...

My inner geek is trying to over throw my money saving resolve! Strapya has sent out a new email showing off their latest additions to the store, and the Final Fantasy Moglie strap is calling my name!!! I've been in love with them ever since I saw Advent Children and that little girl had one, not to mention they are just so cute! But at $9.88, its a stretch for my pathetically small budget.

Also tempting me at Strapya is the Kamen Rider Kiba strap, which has finally come back into stock (I'm such a geek T_T). Maybe I'll be a bad girl and get both.... I need to reorder more lame lacquer anyways.

Isn't it too cute?

Monday, August 10, 2009

So I love to shop...

I really do love to shop, so what better way to start off my blog than by talking about that? I shop anywhere and everywhere- almost. I'll shop at goodwill, but not Kmart, and consignment shops rather than Walmart, eBay and Target are my best friends. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against Walmart, except that their clothes are ugly, and I haven't actually been in a Kmart in the last six months, and that was only to buy a Christmas gift for someone. I don't like Kmart at all, the ones near me all make me feel like I'm about to get robbed.

I love consignment shops- most people don't like to even think about buying second hand clothes, but to me, whats better than buying a like new Ann Taylor dress for $20? Consignment stores are a step above second hand clothing shops, and almost in another class from Goodwill. Consignment store usually carry brand name and designer goods, so they have "better" stuff, but at higher prices. I used to work in one, and while my boss was a total jerk, I did like my job, not to mention all the great clothes that I bought!

I actually went to Goodwill today, looking for something cute, and managed to find a cute new skirt! The pleats need to be ironed back into shape, and there is one tiny stain I'm going to put Shout on, but other than that its in perfect condition! I really love that it will transition to fall nicely, and I already have the perfect shoes to match it!

I really love flower prints in the fall, they give a happy aspect to my closet! I'm hoping to be able to post even more new additions here shortly, eBay has been very good for finding clothes here lately, and I need new fall clothes! I'm on the hunt for a new wool coat especially. Since the stores haven't started putting those out yet, eBay and other online stores have been my targets, but once the coats are out in stores I may go up to Raleigh and see if I can't find something.
Hello there!
My name is Sydney, and this is my attempt to start a blog. I lead a pretty uneventful life, but maybe somebody out there will get a kick out of reading my adventures. As for me, I like shopping, laying in the pool, reading, eating,and being slightly thrifty.

I am 21 years old and am a senior at East Carolina University in North Carolina, majoring in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business management. If that sounds boring, its because it is, but I had to chose something to study; and I thought business seemed a widespread safe thing. My heart however, lies in learning about other cultures, especially Japan. I have taken approximately two years of Japanese classes, and find the language a challenge, but worth it. I hope to apply for the JET program in a few months and with any luck, I will be on my way to teach English in Japan in about a year.

I have two dogs, three cats and a handful of fish that share my home and yard with me, my parents, and my twin sister. Despite all those feet running around, we still manage to keep a orderly house, mainly because my mother is the queen of organization!

I might wish some parts of my life were different, but in the big picture of things, I'm pretty happy.

So here goes- wish me luck, and have fun reading!