...a blog about fashion and photography rolled into one...

...a blog about fashion and photography rolled into one...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Wish Granted!

The 2nd laptop that my husband bought me in 2009 got broken a few months ago and that really left a bad taste in his mouth which is completely understandable! He vows not to buy me another one again, not because he doesn't want me to have one, but because he thinks laptop is a waste of money and will just have to be replaced after a few years. 

He believes laptops are not really built to last a lifetime like desktop computers where you can replace parts if they wear out which I can totally agree! But I am so used to using a laptop that I would rather have one than a desktop computer which I already but I'm always in agony every time I use it for it is as slow as Christmas! LOL!

Anyway, my husband knew that I wanted a new laptop and I voiced that I would get one, one way or another, with or without his help! That had been on top of my wishlist for Christmas but since we were having hard time financially, I kind of told myself to just forget about it, it's not happening this time and it's not really important! I will get it eventually! So I didn't think anymore of it!

Anyhow, sometimes things works out in a mysterious way! My husband gave me a $100 Amazon and a $5 Starbucks gift cards for Christmas and I remembered that I also have a $40 gift code on Amazon. So I checked if I will be able to get a laptop for that price! Lo and behold, I found an Acer Chromebook laptop for $149.99 on Amazon! It's not brand new but it is certified refurbished, so I am fine with it! I bought it and I'm so happy that my wish was granted in the forms of gift card, thanks to my husband! LOL!

Before I bought the laptop, I informed him about my plan, he wasn't vey thrilled about it but he said I can do whatever I pleased to use the gidt card on! So that was my go signal and I bought the laptop which is what it looks like in the picture below! I can't hardly wait to get it in the mail!






Friday, December 12, 2014

I Got A $50 Secret Reward Card!

I am really pleased that out of 8 VS Secret Reward cards, I got one that is worth $50! I feel really lucky because most of the time you only get $10. Secret reward cards can be worth $10 or up to $500! 

Last year or so, I was also lucky enough to get $100 one! I tell you, it feels awesome to be able to get stuff at VS without costing anything or less than their shipping fee! Next time I hope I'll get the $500 one! Nah, just kidding! I feel so lucky especially now that we are having hard time financially! These cards will help us pay for Christmas presents to be given to family and close friends! 

I am really excited to redeem my cards to the mall. Hopefully they will have good deals for me to buy using those cards. I can get them for free or I will only have to pay tax! Good thing I am getting a free ride to the mall, thanks to my friend and her husband!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Can't Wait To Redeem My Secret Reward Cards

I can't hardly wait for December the 4th to come for it is the first day to redeem the secret reward cards and I happen to have 7 of them! That's guaranteed $70 worth. Each secret reward card is guaranteed worth $10 which is the least amount. If you're fortunate enough, it could worth $25, $25, $100 or even $500! Ahhh that would be a very nice Christmas present to somebody whoever gets the $500 SRC! I wish I would be one of them! Haha! Well, it's free to dream! LOL!

Anyway, these secret reward cards would really come in handy. Especially now that we're having hard time financially! I can get Christmas presents for free to give to a few of my friends! It may not be much, but it is always the thought that counts and I am very confident that my friends will appreciate any gift no matter how small or big it is!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Boys On Halloween

These were my boys' Halloween costumes this year, my oldest son as Steve of Minecraft and my youngest son as Woody of Toy Story!

We had to go to the mall to trick or treat for there were no trick or treating event at our neighborhood or nearby town! 

It was at least 45 minutes drive but good thing I wasn't the designated driver! It was so nice of my friend to invite us ride along with them because they were going there as well, so we did!

My oldest son was kind of popular at the mall, everybody was calling for Steve and there was even a little boy who was a big Minecraft fan like himself wanted to take picture with him! I thought that was cute!

Anyway, it was a lot of walking as usual but definitely fun for my boys, they had a blast! Definitely doing it again next year!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crown Power Amp

Sometimes it is hard to find something that you really want bad, especially if you need it NOW! I know all of us have experienced it at one point. It is funny sometimes how easily you can find it when you didn't need right then and it will be nowhere to be found when you need it now!

Anyway, if you are on a hunt for a Crown Power Amp, this may be the time to get it. Because right now, it is a top rated product on this website which means it can get out of stock soon. To place your order, call us toll-free at 800-449-9128 or you can just order it directly online!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Simple Way Of Adding More Curls to My Hair

I have to say that I am lucky to have a naturally curl hair. A lot of women here in America pay a lot of money every month just to have their hair perm! I do not want to sound so conceited but I have received many compliments of how pretty my hair is and to be honest, it's a little overwhelming to me because I am not use of getting compliments like that!

Anyway, there are days that I like to have my hair straight so I use straightening iron but it is a lot of work especially now that my hair is a lot longer!

There are also days that I like for my hair to be curlier than usual and my simplest way of doing it is by french braiding my hair the night before! The result looks like it's been curled by a curling iron just like in the picture below...


When I take braid the next morning, I do not brush or comb my hair because it'll make it fuzzy, instead, I used hairspray so the curls will hold longer!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bundling Insurance To Save Money

Bundling insurance can save a lot of money compare to buying them individually from different agency! At don allred insurance burlington nc, they make sure that you can compare  home and auto insurance quotes online from different carriers to ensure it suits your financial needs saving you a lot of time and most importantly money! Because nowadays every penny counts!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beautiful View Right In Our Backyard

I am so glad that I live where I live for I get to enjoy one of the most beautiful views (in my opinion) that I have ever seen!

We live way out in the country surrounded by beautiful mountains. My mother-in-law's property is mostly mountain which I love very much for it reminds me of my own homeland!

Picture above is what my MIL's backyard looks right now. Although it is not technically our own backyard, I consider it as ours too because she just lives about 300 yards aways and our yards are connecting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Home Improvement Project

I have been busy lately doing some minor home improvement. One of the things that I got finished the other day is this floating shelf in the kitchen. This floating shelf serves a lot of purpose but mainly for extra storage! I love the way it looks! Now I can move on to my next project which is to look for affordable new table linens, napkins and such. But this won't be hard for I found some best priced napkins from this site that I stumbled upon browsing online! There are so many to choose from and the prices are just about right!

Monday, September 8, 2014

$10 Angel Reward + Free Panty + $10 Off Bra + Free Shipping = $avings

I just love it when I get a good deal on any of my favorite stores online! Victoria's Secret sent me several coupons in the mail which one is a $10 Angel Reward card. The others were free stuff but unfortunately only good to redeem in-store which to me are not worth getting into trouble of driving 45 minutes to the mall. I didn't really like the free thong undie anyway!

So I waited to use my $10 reward card. I know they will have some kind of promotion that I can combined it with. Sure enough, a few days later, I received another catalog from them and as I was browsing through it, I noticed this offer of a free panty worth $10.50 + $10 off a bra! I knew this was the offer I have been waiting for!


I went online to use my coupons. When I was at the checkout, I wasn't very happy with the total of $16+ including shipping and tax. So I decided to wait a little longer hoping they'll offer a free shipping with a bra purchase and today is the day! I am so glad I waited. When i checked out with my bra and free undie, my total was a little over $10 including tax! That is not bad at all considering the bra itself was almost $30!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Name Brand You Can Trust

If you are into music and  are familiar with a lot of musical instrument or equipment, chances are, you've heard of Hughes & Kettner brand before.

This brand carry a wide variety of musical equipments from hughes & kettner tubemeister 5 combo to pedals and recording stations. With its quality and affordability, you can be assured that this is a name brand you can trust!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Great Buys At The Mall



I am always up for finding good deals wether it is online or in-store! With that being said, above are some of the great buys that I found at the mall the other day.

First picture are shoes from Charlotte Russe (red slip-on shoes) and Wetseal (mint green sandals). The shoes from CR were on clearance for only $4.75 and I tell you, they are very comfy! The sandals were on clearance at Wetseal for $12.99 but after additional 60% off, I paid a little over $5 for them! Same goes to the cute neclaces in the second picture. Those were also on clearance at Wetseal and after 60% off, I paid $1.60 each!

Another great things that I found was at TJ Maxx. My friend got me a gift card for my birthday and I used it to buy this very cute crossbody bag by Shiraleah Chicago and a pair of jeans for my oldest son. Although the bag wasn't on sale, I thought the price was reasonable enough which was only $14.99 and I have been looking for this color for a while to match with my new sandals! This bag is just too cute and I coudn't wait to use it very soon!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eventide TimeFactor Guitar Effects Pedal

My husband knows how to play a guitar. He used to be in a band when he was a lot younger. So I asked him if he knows what an eventide timefactor is. He told me he never heard of it. So I showed him the picture and he immediately recognized the musical equipment which he identified as a guitar effect pedal! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful Firework Display!

This is kind of a late post since 4th of July was last Friday but it doesn't realy matter. I just want to post some photos of beautiful fireworks that I took during the said event!

What's even amazing about these photos is, they were shot using my samsung galaxy s5 cellphone! I really, really love my cellphone! It takes an amazing high-quality picture as good as my DSLR but without the bulkiness and extra weight to carry around!

Anyway, here are the photos below..


Friday, June 27, 2014

Final Cut Sale At Coach Factory Online

Picture Above Is Borrowed from coachfactory.com
Coach Factory online is having a Final Cut sale since the other day. Last time I check was just a few hours ago and there's not much time left actually. I am so thrilled that I got to check the other day for I have found and purchased a SIGNATURE STRIPE ZEBRA PRINT TOTE which pictured above and yes the price is less than $50! This was really such an amazing deal! So even though I wasn't planning on purchasing anything, I went ahead and bought the bag because deals like this is hard to come by at the said store!

I actually bought 2 bags, the other one is much more expensive than this one but I like its style better because it can be used as crossbody bag. I love the zebra-print and the size of this one. I actually have a zebra-print but in orange color just like the color shown in the thumbnail below the picture but it's a lot smaller bag and a crossbody that I bought not too long ago!

Anyway, these handbags would be a birthday presents for myself since my birthday is coming up in less than a week! My husband already asked what I want for my birthday and I simply told him that I just want cash. My mother-in-law told me she'll be giving me cash too. So I just hope I will have enough cash to pay back for these handbags! LOL!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Expired Coupons For Free Stuff At Victoria's Secret!

I just hate that I wasted these coupons for a panty and a full size mist at Victoria's Secret that I would have gotten for free with no purchase necessary! I was aware that they were about to expire but I still ignored the fact because I didn't really feel like driving to the mall.

Too bad that we live way out in the country that redeeming a free stuff is not even worth driving sometimes! Oh well, maybe VS will send me another free stuff now that my birthday is next month, and this time, I will make sure that it won't go to waste!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NC Health Agency

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


This is a very special day dedicated to all BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL MOTHERS all over the world! Happy Mother's Day! A very special thanks to my very own mother who's always been there every time I need her! I love you so much dear MAMA!

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Beautiful Coach Handbag For Less Than $70

{IMAGE NOT MINE!}
This Coach handbag above is by far the best purchase I ever made buying handbags! This was on clearance last week for 70% off from its original price which made it down to $51! I paid less than $70 including shipping and tax! This is the best deal hands down on Coach handbags that I've seen in those times that I was a member on this site!

What caught my attention first was the color of this handbag. I think it is just beautiful and the perfect color for spring and summer. When I saw the price I thought for sure that this handbag would be very small but when I clicked and read the measurements, I was shocked that it was actually much bigger than what I expected! So without any hesitation, I added it to my cart and checked out right away for fear that it will be out of stock pretty soon!

I will be receiving this handbag tomorrow! Hopefully UPS will come during the daytime so I can personally accept the package and don't have to leave it on the porch while we're not home. If he comes in the afternoon, I won't be able to get it right away for my second grader has another ballgame tomorrow! I am just so getting excited to get this handbag and I am so looking forward on using it very soon! ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Magnetic Bracelet Benefits

I am pretty sure that most of you have heard about the health benefits of magnetic bracelets like made out of hematite. I don't know exactly what specific health benefit that is but I heard that it balance something inside you. Anyway if you really want to find out, you can click magnetic bracelet benefits to find out for yourself. In my opinion, this is something worth checking for!

Friday, April 11, 2014

What I Got For $45 At Victoria's Secret After Using Secret Reward Cards


 The stuff in the picture above are what I got at Victoria's Secret using 4 $10 Secret Reward Cards and $45+ out of pocket. I don't consider this purchase the best deal but I still saved some money considering the items that I got are almost $100 worth. I bought 2 PINK hand and body creams and 2 PINK Mists for $8 dollars each, 1 VS mist for $12.50 and 1 Lipstick for $14. Since Victoria's Secret only allow 1 Secret Reward Card per transaction, I had to break down these items in 4 and did 4 transactions using 4 Secret Reward Cards.

Evidently, Victoria's Secret does not combine a $10 off a bra coupon and Secret Reward Card which I didn't understand since the Secret Reward Card is considered a gift card. But anyway, my 5th transaction would be the PINK bra which was $32.50 but after using $10 off coupon, it only cost me $23+ after tax plus I got a free lacy hiphugger underwear worth $9.50!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Seven Secret Reward Cards Are Waiting To Be Redeemed!


I am really getting excited for I have SEVEN Secret Reward Cards from Victoria's Secret that are waiting to be redeemed! Last time, I had 5 Secret Reward Cards and one of them was worth $100. I am hoping that I'll get lucky again to get another $100 but it'll still be okay even if they're all worth $10 for I already figured out how to use all seven! It would be a lot easier if VS accepts multiple Secret Reward Cards per transaction but it just couldn't be that easy!

Anyway, for those of you who doesn't know what it is, it is basically a gift card that could be worth $10, $25, $100 and up to $500. This promotion is only available for a limited time which I think today is the last day to get one. It is very easy to get it, all you have to do is buy anything from VS in-store or online totaling of $10 (not including shipping) and they will include your Secret Reward Card with your order if you bought online or they'll hand it to you in store. The reason why it is called "Secret Reward Card" is because nobody knows the value of the card until you redeem it at checkout on the designated dates which this time will be on March 31st to April 29th!

As you can see in the picture above, I only have 3 Secret Reward Cards in my possession as of this moment. The other 4 are on its way here. Probably in the middle of next week they'll come in the mail just the perfect time to be redeemed!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring-Like Weather

I am loving this Spring-like weather that we've been having for several days! I can only wish that it'll stay this way until Spring officially starts but of course it's not going to be! Last night, I heard on the news that we will be having some snow days again pretty soon, I don't know when exactly but the thought of having to deal with another freezing temperature wants to make me pack up my things and move back to my native land! If only it's that easy!

Anyway, speaking of Spring, I stumble upon this Spring picture on my Instagram profile which I took over 2 years ago. I thought it is so pretty that I want to share it on this post! Seeing this picture reminds me of why I love Spring so much. I cannot wait for it to come and take more beautiful photos of insects, flower blooms and more!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Secret Reward Card Is Back At Victoria's Secret!

For those who didn't know, the famous Secret Reward Card is back at Victoria's Secret. All you have to do is spend $10 and you will get one, it could be worth $10-$500! Last time, one of my cards was worth $100! How awesome is that??? I would love to get a hold of another $100 but I don't think I am that lucky to get it twice in a row, but then, you'll never know right?

Anyway, I am waiting for the promotion when they'll offer two Secret Reward Cards. That's when I will find something to buy on their site and try my luck again! How about you guys, have you got one yet? :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Eye Candy!

Image NOT MINE!
I have been eying this Dooney & Bourke handbag pictured above for days. I don't know why I keep doing it but I guess it's out of habit. I always check every store I can think of to see if they have some kind of promotions going on. Then I saw this handbag and fell in love with it! It wouldn't be a problem if only I had $198 (not including tax) to spend!

Urgh! I always fall in love with the expensive handbags! To some people, this price tag may not be much, but for a stay at home mom like me who is depending on her husband's fixed income, that is a lot to spend! And although I have some sideline jobs that could probably pay for it, buying a $200 handbag is just not in my vocabulary! I might consider it if the price go down in half but I don't see that happening anytime soon!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

People Are Getting Smarter When It Comes To Shopping

A lot of people are getting smarter when it comes to shopping by using coupon wether online or in-store. I prefer shopping online for the fact that the nearest mall is about 45 minutes drive from where I live. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages when shopping online. One of that advantages aside from shopping in the comfort of your own home, is the ease of access of finding coupon codes which you may be able to combine with other existing coupons or discounts the store is offering at the moment! When I shop online, I always wait for the free shipping and then combine it with whatever coupon codes that I can find!

Anyway, below is an interesting infographic showing an increase number of consumers getting smarter by using coupons since 2012! I know I always feel good and smart whenever I use coupons! Because as hard as our economy these days, every penny should count!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Instant Photo Editor

There are so many instant photo editor apps that you can install on your mobile devices. But of all the apps that I tried out, it is the Aviary that I liked most! Since I do not know how to completely use photoshop yet, Aviary is my easy access and most convenient for me to give dramatic effects to my pictures. I love how I can combine the filters and give my pictures an instant special effects!

Below are the most recent pictures that I took when we had the last winter storm! I used Aviary to make my photos look the way they are and I love it! 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hiring A DJ To Your Party

A real party is not complete without a DJ! Although I have not been to a party who have a DJ, I am most certain of how entertaining and lively that party must be! Speaking of, if you are planning on having a party very soon and in need of a DJ, you may want to check out DJ Joe Bunn. They specialized in  weddings, private parties, and corporate events and have performed in over 1,000 events in the past 2 years! This DJ company is the real deal and will for sure entertain your guests and give them the most fun they'll have in a party!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I am Loving My New Arm Candy!

Finally! I got to buy the watch that I have been wanting to own for so long. My last post on here was about the Guess watch with interchangeable straps that I missed out on buying because I hesitated. I thought for sure I would never see the set ever again on their site. Like I mentioned on my last post, I found some sets on ebay and sent my best offer to one seller but she declined it. Good thing that she did because a couple of days after that, I checked Guess website again and couldn't believed that the set was back in stock!

So without any hesitation, I added it in my cart and checked out right away and paid less than it's original price including shipping and tax. My watch came yesterday and it is even prettier in person! I love Guess watches, I own three of their watches now and so far, I have not been disappointed with the qualities and therefore I will continue to buy from them. Next on my list would be an animal print! They have a very pretty collections of animal print watches but I got to save first because they pricey! ;)

Anyway, below is the newest addition to the Guess family! LOL!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guess Interchangeable Straps Watch

[Image NOT MINE!]
I have been wanting to buy a Guess watch that have interchangeable straps but I couldn't find one that is affordable enough. The ones that I've checked out were almost a hundred bucks which I am not willing to pay at all! Well a few days ago, I could've ended my search. I found this set which is pictured above at Guess Factory online. I so love the design on the actual watch itself and having 4 interchangeable straps is a big plus since most of the ones that I checked only had 3 straps.

Anyway, I could've bought this set for less than $80 including shipping and tax but I thought it was still a lot of money so I took some time to think about it really hard and when I knew for sure that I wasn't going to regret it later, I decided to buy it the next day! But when I went online to buy it, the dang thing is not available anymore! How lucky is that?!

Anyhow, I couldn't keep myself from thinking about the freaking watch, my mind keep saying that I have to have it. So I been searching online for the same set and found several on ebay. But they are way more expensive than what I could've paid for it. One seller was offering best offer. I made my best offer but unfortunately it wasn't enough so I guess I am just gonna forget this watch and continue on my search! Another lesson learned for me that if I want something that bad and found it to just go ahead and buy it and not contemplate it!!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thinking Of Using My $10 Reward Card From VS

I just received my $10 Reward card from VS yesterday and I am thinking of using it online since today is the last day of their semi-annual sale plus they are offering free shipping with $25 minimum purchase. I already added some stuff in my card and wasn't really thrilled of the total after the entering the free shipping code and $10 Reward card. It would still cost me a little over $17 for a top and 4 lotions! Still a bit expensive but I don't think I'll be able to get something lesser than $15!

I would prefer going to their store but it's not gonna happen today since it snowed last night. The sun is shining right now and snow is melting but it's just too freaking cold to get out! And I don't feel comfortable driving when the weather is like this. So I guess I'll just have to look around some more and try to come up as cheaply as possible!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Am So Ready For Spring!

It is snowing again tonight! We are supposed to be getting 2 t0 4 inches of snow. I am really fed up with all the snow and below freezing temperatures. I am so ready for Spring! My second grader didn't have school today and so is tomorrow. They've missed so much school days this year and they'll probably have to make it up some other days like Saturdays or when there is a Holiday. Just like Monday, it was Martin Luther King Day but they had school to make up for the days they've missed. I wish Spring would hurry up already!

Anyway, speaking of Spring, I came across one of the pictures that I took on Spring of 2012 if I am not mistaken. Seeing the picture just made me want for the Spring to come even more! Such a beautiful season Spring is. Don't get me wrong, Winter can be beautiful too and so as the other seasons but Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons of all!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Photo Of The Day!

I am so glad that I decided to go outside and take photos although it was below 20 degrees! Photo above is one of the photos that I captured and I am in love with it! I would say that this is one of the best SOOC photos that I ever captured! This would be the photo of the day for me! I do not know much about photography but I know a beautiful picture when I see one and I consider this photo above beautiful, not because it's mine but because, well, judge it for yourself! I am proud of it!

Anyway, I uploaded this on facebook and one of my friends suggested that I should paint it and I think I will! This would be a great picture to paint! I just hope that I would know how! It has been 7 long years since the last time I did oil painting and I haven't practiced since then. I hope that I still remember the technique! Only one way to find out and that is to do it but first, I have to buy a canvas!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What I Got At Victoria's Secret For Less Than $100

A hundred bucks is actually not that much if you are shopping at Victoria's Secret! But if you are patient enough and wait for the right time to spend that money, you will be amazed of how far you can stretch that amount and how much stuff you can get! Below are what I got from Victoria's Secret for less than $100.

A Dolce Vita boots which originally priced at $99 but were on sale for $39.00, a make-up kit originally cost $50 but with their Semi-Annual sale, it only cost $24.99. Same goes to Lip Sheen and two mascaras on sale for $3.99 and 2 lipsticks for $7 each originally cost $14 each! All of these could have easily cost me over $200 without the tax and shipping but thanks to the semi-annual sale and the Secret reward cards, I only had to pay less than $5 out of pocket and that's including tax and shipping! It is such a wonderful feeling when you get goodies like these but without having to pay high price! Don't you agree? ;)

Friday, January 3, 2014

First Snowfall Of The New Year!

This is what I captured last night as the first snowfall of the New Year went on last night. The wind was very strong that I almost froze my butt off when I opened the door. The snowflakes were not that big but they look really big in the picture because of the flash of the camera. I think it looks very pretty! It actually looks like orbs!

Anyway, we accumulated about 2 to 3 inches until the snowfall stopped this morning. But the sun is shining brightly outside so all that snow is almost melted which is good. We always get stuck in the house when there is a lot of snow outside. So I am really glad that the snow is melting away, thanks to Mr. Sun!

Repairing The Things That Are Broken

We have several things here in the house that needs repairing. They've been like that who knows for how many months. Now that the New Year is here, it is about time to repair them. One of that is replacing the broken catches on several cabinets, so my husband bought catches online the other night. I will be very glad once they arrive for it gets annoying sometimes when cabinet doors won't stay close!