Thursday, July 31, 2014

#13: Make Something

For today's post, it'd really help if you have been hoarding ideas on Pinterest like I have been. However, If you haven't, you can just click that little link (the one that says "like I have), and it'll take you right to the ones I've been pinning. We can share!

Today's illustration features a simplified version of a glittered sneaker DIY I found on one of my very favorite sites, HonestlyWTF. It's the perfect kind of DIY because it's pretty simple, and afterwards you can wear it around and get all the compliments. And you love that.

Making something that turns out well gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other. On the other hand, it can be really frustrating when it doesn't turn out well at all. So, maybe start small unless you're a seasoned crafter. Adding glitter to things usually does the trick. However, if glitter isn't your thing, and you're looking for a something fun to make, here are some of my favorite sources, other than just perusing pinterest:

1. Honestly WTF 

2. P.S. I made this

3. High on DIY

4. Damask Love

5. Young House Love

There are obviously lots more sites out there, and you can see a lot of them on that pinterest link up there, but have fun today and make something! Make a pact with yourself not to just buy the supplies and then "do it later." DO IT NOW!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#14 Register for China

On the heels of yesterday's post, I thought we should talk about yet another thing a spinster should just go ahead and do if she so chooses. When couples get married, they pick out fine china and everyday china, too. When a spinster moves into her first home, she has a random assortment of college-era plates and dishes, half of which are not microwave safe. And let's be honest, ladies, we do eat a lot of microwavable things, do we not? We do. But I think I just got a little off track.

Fine china is pretty and delicate and decorative, but it's also quite useful. A lot of patterns, like some from Lenox and Noritake, now are even quite microwave and dishwasher safe. However, I like to think you might microwave your meal first and then put it on the plate. That is, when  you're not using these dishes for very sophisticated entertaining.

Choosing a china pattern could probably take a lifetime if you're someone who's very indecisive. There are probably hundreds or thousands of patterns out there. However, they're just so pretty. Imagine, though, picking out fancy plates with a man. Now imagine he's a man who really has an opinion, and he thinks his thoughts (on dishes, no less) are better than yours. Nightmare.

As a single lady, you can choose whatever china you want, and no one else gets a say. If you want Versace's pink Butterfly Garden china, you can get it! If you want Kate Spade's Polka Dotted china, you can have that! Literally, any china your heart desires can be the one for which you register, and exactly zero thoughts have to go toward whether or not this is too feminine or quirky or cutesy or what have you. Now, the price may mean  you get far fewer pieces, but still....while you're a single lady, how many pieces do you need? Well, I guess if you're not washing dishes very regularly...but that's beside the point.

I will refrain from telling which china pattern to pick. However, when you are choosing, think of only yourself and what you like. Get something a little crazy or girly or outrageous. You may not always have the luxury of total lack of compromise.

And, just in case you wanted to do a brief little bit of shopping, below is a box I made on Boxagon with some of the patterns I found most intriguing.

Register For China by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#15: Have Something Monogrammed

Sitting by the pool this weekend, I read an article in InStyle Magazine saying monograms are a trend. My mom would disagree with their trendiness and say they're always in fashion. Whatever your thoughts on monograms are, though, now is definitely a time to get them done.

A lot of you spinsters out there may have been holding off on monogramming your sheets, towels, and/or shower curtains because you think "oh, it'll all go to waste if I get married and change my name." Well, girls, what about if you don't get married? What if the right guy doesn't come around for another 20 years or...ever? You might have harbored this deep love for embroidered initials all your life and for what? No, girl. If you like monograms, then get that done! (And if you live in Sumter, my mom can help you out...).

Now, in case you're new to the monogramming game, here are a few places you could consider if you're a beginner. However, of course everyone likes to quote Reese Witherspoon as saying "if it's not moving, monogram it." I'm not quite of that school of thought, but here are five ways you could start:

1. Your bathrobe:
          This way, you can ease into the wearable monogram game without leaving your house. It's fairly common to buy a bathrobe with some sort of chest embroidery anyway, so this isn't a huge leap.

2. Your Towels:
          This is also not a huge leap. Monogramming a bath towel has been done for...forever. It's great for remembering whose towel is whose. Even better, though, is monogramming a beach towel. That way no one can take it home from the beach or pool and think it's theirs.

3. Shower Curtain:
          Some people have these machines that can do gigantic monograms (like...over 12 inches) and they look great on a shower curtain. I prefer a tonal monogram for this, but a pop color could work...if your'e still saying "pop color."

4. Sheets/Pillow Cases:
          If you live in a house with roommates and you sometimes do your laundry together, this is a great way to differentiate your sheets from one another's. Other than that, it just looks nice.

5. A Tote:
          Unless you have friends who also have the same initials as yours, this could be great for going to the beach or what have you. It's especially great if you're a tailgater and there are lots of things that are the same color...if not exactly the same.

Now, if you happen to be reading this outside of the south or the east coast as a whole, and you're really jonesing for some monogramming, I have good news for you. Companies like Pottery Barn, L.L.Bean, and Land's End also offer limited monogramming services when you purchase something.

So there you have it! You don't have to wait for your "final" last name to get something monogrammed. Just do it...if you want to.

Monday, July 28, 2014

#16: Get a Blowout

No, I'm not talking about a sale! Although, perhaps you should visit a blowout sale while you're at it. Today's illustrations not quite what I mean by "get a blowout," since many of you probably do blow dry your own hair every day. I, for one, try to avoid it as much as possible, but that's another story for another time.

Today's installment in our "31 ways in 31 days" to celebrate your birthday is to go to a salon and have a blowout. Most salons now offer blowouts as part of their menu of services. You can get a blowout without even having a haircut. I must say that I've only had this done a few times, most times in relation to being in a wedding party, but it is always really enjoyable. My hair is naturally wavy to straight, but my friend Alex has very tight curls. One of the crazies and coolest things I've ever seen is when she and her sister went to have blowouts together just for fun. It's crazy how different people look with a different hair texture! Even if your hair is naturally straight, though, it does always feel more glamorous to have a professional style your hair.

So, today, make an appointment to have a blowout! It's cheaper than a haircut or a salon dye job, and it just makes you feel a little bit more fancy. Bonus: if you happen to actually get your blowout today, it may actually make Monday a little more manageable.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

#17: Contribute Something To Your Favorite Publication

One of the coolest things about the internet these days is the ability for everyone to contribute. There are plenty of places to have your own site all on your own, but perhaps you'd like a larger readership. Perhaps you have an idea, but you don't want to have a whole website to yourself. That's what today's post is about!

Today think about something you might like to add to conversation at large. It could be an article, an illustration, a list, anything! Whatever you feel like needs to be said! Below you'll find a list of places you might consider.

1. RookieMag:
          RookieMag is always accepting submissions, but keep in mind it is an online magazine for teenage girls. I have submitted things several times and still have yet to succeed. However, you may have better luck. This month they're taking submissions for the theme, "Enchantment."

2. Buzzfeed:
          I love Buzzfeed, and I'm sure you do, too. Only recently did I realize that they have a "community" section where anyone can submit articles!

3. McSweeney's:
          This is for serious writers, I think. This is a proper literary magazine, and I must say I'm too shy so far. However, if you have the guts, here are the submission guidelines.

4. Illustration Friday:
          You've probably seen me write about this before. I love illustration friday. All you do is submit your illustration on the week's theme, and voila! You've been posted on their website! It's a lot of fun to think about how you can illustrate the week's topic in a fun and creative way.

5. Reader's Digest:
          This is a mainstay. You can submit article proposals, but it looks like they're pretty tight on what they accept. However, they do like a good joke! Here's how to submit.

6. Southern Living:
          If you're from the Southern United States, and you have a store that's specific to our region, then Southern Living might be the place for you! They accept submissions, and here's how you can send them.

7. #MyFriendsAreMarried:
          If you love gifs, this is the place for you! Click "Submit," and add your snarky gif and quote.

So, whether it's a joke, and article, a list, illustration, or gif, submit something today! How fun would it be to see your stuff in print!?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#18: Whiten Your Teeth

Hey hey! It's Saturday! What a day! I tried googling those words to figure out where they came from. There was a song when I was little whose lyrics went something like this "Hey hey it's saturday! What a day, oh what a day! Hey hey! It's Saturday. Sleepin' 'til noon, watching' cartoons. Nothing can go wrong. 'Cause it's Saturday all day long!"  If anyone can help me out with that, I'd be much obliged. I can remember the tune and everything but just not where it came from. But enough of that! On to today's Birthday task!

Today's task is to whiten your teeth. This may, in fact, already be part of your beauty regime, but it's not currently part of mine, so I'm adding it to my birthday list of self-improvement/self-celebration. I drink a lot of dark soda, and I think it would probably be a good idea for me to life my a brother shade during this birthday month.

Now, there are a quite a few ways you tooth whitening can be achieved, as I'm sure you probably know from television. However, just in case, I'm going to lay out a list for you below:

1. Go to your dentist:
          At your dentist, you can have custom bleaching trays made for your teeth, and you are in charge of squirting the syringe of bleach in the trays every day and wearing them. I daresay this is probably the safest and most effective way since it comes from your dentist, but I'm not sure if it's the most  cost-effective.

2. Mall Teeth Whitening Kiosks:
          There are a lot of reasons I'm shy about doing the mall teeth whitening kiosks like White Science. Firstly, you're out there in the middle of the mall having someone work on your teeth. That seems strange. Secondly, they don't have the greatest reviews on Yelp. However, they must be making a lot of money, because I've seen quite a few around.

3. Whitening Strips:
          The ones I've heard of most often are Crest 3D White Strips. I think this may be what I try this time.

4. Paint-on Teeth Whitening:
          This seems like it'd wash off, but its' cheaper than white strips at Wal Mart, so...who can say?

5. Natural Remedies:
          Dr. Oz recommends a baking soda mixture which I'm sure works but probably tastes horrifying. I've also heard about a stawberry and baking soda mixture as well as just straight up hydrogen peroxide...but is that a natural remedy? I'm not sure that counts as natural.

Anyway, if you want to try any of the at-home remedies, and you want more people's opinions, I've discovered that everyone on YouTube is happy to help!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 25, 2014

#19 Make Some Art

We're into the teens, ladies! And might I say, that I think today's illustration is a little funny because it is about making art, but somehow my face went a little awry in the illustration process. Please excuse that blunder. Now, onto the good stuff!

Today's assignment is this: Make some art! Now, I'm sure some of you are thinking, "I can't draw or paint or anything like that so...this is painful for me." Well, I certainly don't want you to do anything that's painful, I assure you. That's why, I'm not specifying what kind of art you should make. It can be a drawing, a painting, a potato cut print, a collage, or whatever else your heart desires! Remember collages? Tavi certainly does. You could even get some glitter Mod Podge! That was my favorite in high school.

I understand that a lot of you may approach artwork with a fair amount of trepidation, but my question to you is 'why.' It doesn't have to be perfect. You're just doing this for your own enjoyment. Take it from me. You have to make a lot of awful art before  you make anything remotely good. In fact, I like to think about what I heard Billy Collins say on NPR one time: "We're All Born with 200 Bad Poems in us." I feel this way about art, though I may have more than 200 bad pieces of art in me. But perhaps you've gotten all of yours out. In any case, don't be self conscious! Just make something.

Once you've made your work of art - be it bad or good - I then challenge you to frame it and hang it on the wall! I did this earlier this week, and it gave me immense enjoyment. The good news if you don't like what you've made, though, is that you can always take it out of the frame after a week or so and put something else in that frame. Voila!

So, get creative! It's friday, after all! I, for one, will be making an illustration sometime today so you can look at it here on the blog!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#20: Get Some Tickets!

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Today for your birthday, you should consider buying yourself a gift, and the gift is a gift of experience. Concert and performance tickets may be a little pricey, but you can't put a price on a really fun experience. My friend Joey and I recently purchased tickets to see Paul McCartney when he's here in Atlanta, and my coworker Aly just saw Katy Perry in concert and said it was great. After I watched Katy Perry's Part of Me, I am convinced that all her concerts are the most fun!

But, you don't necessarily have to buy yourself concert tickets. You could go to a play or the ballet or a broadway show or a sporting event (I guess) or even to Disney World! The choice is yours. Grab a friend and get yourself set for a fun time...because, why not! You're alive, and you should have some fun. Just do me one favor. Don't get a speeding ticket. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#21: Have a Consultation

When you're a spinster, sometimes it feels like everyone thinks they know how to do you better than you do. They have opinions on your hair, your clothes, your makeup, your weight, where you hang out, and countless other aspects of your life that are, frankly, none of their business. And they are really open with their suggestions. Girl, I know.  But the same thing happens to newlyweds, pregnant ladies, and new moms. So we spinsters are not alone in this. When people start making me uncomfortable, though, I like to remind myself to consider the source. What are they basing their "expertise" on? That is why, whenever possible, I like to consult a real expert.

Today's Birthday task is this: have a consultation! There are a few things in my life I only want to hear about from someone with ample qualifications. This list includes but is potentially not limited to the following: My hair, makeup, wardrobe, fitness regime, financial planning, career trajectory, weight, mental health, and (of course) relationships. Things like what movie I should see this weekend, what restaurant I should try, or what's a cool new nail polish are all fair game for lay-people. Otherwise, I will set up a meeting with a professional.

Now, what are the kinds of consultations you could consider for today's task, you ask? (I said that because it rhymes.) Well, whatever you can think of, really. If you need a little help, here are some things I thought of. However, I feel I should say that I am not, in fact, an expert myself on anything but eating talent in my bathrobe in my kitchen. Let's proceed.

1. A Personal Trainer:
          I mean...I'm not gonna lie to you. This doesn't really sound appealing to me. The truth is I just don't really enjoy working out. However, I think it could be worth my time to see a personal trainer to see how I could be working out more efficiently (re: less) while getting better results than my current walking to the kitchen to get a snack.

2. A Hair Stylist:
          Lots of hair salons now actually require new clients to come in for a "consultation" before their first appointment. While I generally don't have time to have two separate hair appointments, they do often allow you to have your consultation at the beginning of the appointment. I like the idea of someone who's really up on hair stuff telling me what's best for my face, my body, and my life. Plus, I assume this involves some relaxing hair brushing and potentially shampooing. Always a bonus.

3. A Personal Stylist/Shopper:
          A very small part of me is glad that What Not To Wear is no longer on the air just because I now know I no longer have to live in fear if Stacy London hopping out of the bushes to rip apart my wardrobe and self esteem. I have heard tell of kinder, gentler versions of Stacy, though, in the form of personal shoppers at stores like Nordstrom. In fact, a quick search for personal stylist/shoppers in my area shoes a plethora of results. So...that's a thing. I'd much rather hear this from someone I'm paying than from someone with whom my relationship might become contentious depending on our levels of differing taste. After all, if you don't like your personal shopper, you can just fire him or her.

4. A Financial Planner:
          This seems like an excellent person to see, especially if you're a single lady. You can't count on there ever begin another person in your life that will strengthen your finances, so while you're makin' that paper, girl, make that paper work for you!

5. A Home Organizer:
          Some people really get off on organization. I, for one, do not. I love it when my home is clean and organized, but I don't really like doing it myself. So, for this one, I'd be more likely to hire a home organizer than take one of their classes. When you get someone to organize your home, though, there is an initial consultation in which you get to tell them what you want. And then they make it happen. And afterward they explain it to you. However, if you are into organization, and you'd like more tips and tricks, most home organizers also offer classes.

So, today, when someone makes a remark they may or may not realize is rude, first consider the source, and then consider having a consultation**. And, if the commenter has especially annoyed you, perhaps you should recommend that they, too, have a consultation.

**Please note, however, that all the advice in this article has not come from an expert know, take it with a grain of salt.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#22: Join A Club

I love to receive a package. In fact, my mom, being one of my very best readers (if not my very best), has caught onto the month-long celebration of my birthday and has been sending me packages at work. This, of course, I think was an excellent idea. I get so excited every time, just seeing a parcel on my desk or in my mailbox.

Packages don't just have to come from someone who's thinking of you, though. I mean, it's great when someone does send you a package, but you can't be guaranteed this will happen on any sort of regular basis. Postage, after all, can be expensive, and that's not to mention the box's contents. One way to remedy this is online shopping. As this pin on pinterest aptly put it, "Online shopping gives me a reason to live for another 3-5 business days." Amen to that. But then, there's no real element of surprise.

Well, enter the monthly club. It's like a magazine subscription in that it's a nice surprise when it shows up in your mailbox, but it's so much more! There are all different sorts of clubs, and I'll detail a few in the list below, but the idea here is that you order your subscription once, and then you can conveniently forget about it. It's not exactly a surprise because you should know it's coming, but if you're anything like me, you will not remember until you little box of goodness shows up in the mail. And voila!

Below you'll see a few popular clubs I've been hearing a little buzz about:

1. BirchBox:
          I know a lot of ladies (and some men) who subscribe to BirchBox. Basically, it's for the lady or fellow who loves a good beauty or grooming product. Aly, who sits behind me at work, recently got some hyper color nail polish in her birch box, and it was definitely worth envying. Birchbox, I think, must be the most popular one of these so far.

2. Must Have by PopSugar:
          Ok, I have to admit I hadn't heard of this one until I was researching for this post. However, I am addicted to PopSugar's website for a lot of my research at work (it has great filters). This box looks to be an assortment of...whatever they like!

3. Sock Panda:
          Now, this one is right up my alley. I once was a very prolific designer of children's socks in a very technical, involved way, and I loved it. I have never quite gotten over my love affair with fun socks, and I think everyone who receives any sort of holiday gifts from me is well aware (sorry guys!) There are just so many cute socks out there, though, and the people making them must be encouraged to make more! Bonus: If you subscribe to this one, that's one more day you can go without doing laundry. Am I right? I am.

4. Papirmasse:
          I recently got my first delivery from this club, and I am quite pleased. In each package you get a piece of artwork with a bit of writing on the back. I have a really hard time choosing and buying artwork (I can't decide if I think that's surprising or not) for my apartment, so this was a great way for me to get a collection going and to clothe my naked walls. Check out previous items here. (Also, at $60 for an entire year, I think that's a steal. That's about $5 per artwork/story.)

5. HauteLegs:
          Oh. My. Have. Mercy. This is a spinster's dream. If you spend a lot of time trying not to wear real pants, three pairs of brand new leggings a month could be just what the doctor ordered. Need further convincing? These were in their boutique.

6. ArtSnacks:
          Le Sigh. THIS is my own personal spinsterly dream. It's a monthly delivery of drawing supplies. Of course, anyone who's been in my apartment could tell you that the last thing I need is more art supplies, but...those pens, though. And those pencils and markers...just...everything.

7. For The Makers and Whimsy Box
          These two aren't the same site. They're different, but they're both for your crafty ladies out there. I say subscribe to both! What have you got to lose? Well, probably a glitter-free apartment, but if you're subscribing to a monthly craft box, you've probably already got the disease that is glitter in your abode anyway.

8. Treatsie:
          It's artisinal candy. What else do you need to know?

9. Purr Packs:
          Until your cat learns to shop online, this  might be a good option for him or her. However, it's really only a matter of tim until that cat learns how to type on the keyboard instead of sitting on it.

10. Panty Post:
          I know, we all hate that word, but this is actually amazing. Especially if you find yourself in a laundry pinch fairly often. And even if you don't, this is a great way to consistently refresh your collection, throwing out an old pair every time you get some new ones!

If you want to check out  more monthly subscription boxes, you can see more at My Subscription Addiction. Otherwise, since you're a spinster, I suggest you do what I've been meaning to do for nearly a month now, and join AAA. (That's three 'A's, not two) If you're a little older than I am, you might also consider AARP.

So join a club today and start waiting for your surprise! You've got 22 days left (if we share a birthday)!

Monday, July 21, 2014

#23: Have a Selfie Photo Shoot

Now, I know you're all completely over the word "selfie," and I understand that. However, I think that's the most efficient way to say what I think you should do today. Now that you've dyed your hair, gotten new glasses, and tried a new beauty staple, it's time to do a little self-celebration by documenting your new look! You don't have to use these as your new Facebook profile photo, but if you do a good job, you might just want to.

Now, here are a few tips avoid your selfie photo shoot looking like a late '90s/early 2000s MySpace profile pic.

1. Don't  hold the camera in your hand.
          This, I think, is probably the most important. To avoid the arm-as-tripod look, you can either use one of an array of iPhone tripods and/or mounts. Get one with a remote control or it's pointless because you still have to press the button if you don't have one of those, defeating the purpose. If you don't want to invest in a remote and tripod, you can always use the webcam on your computer. That is also an excellent choice, though the images won't  be as high in resolution. Both of these options, though, will allow you to get sufficiently far away from your image capture device not to look like you're all nose or forehead or what have you.

2. Choose a day when you think you're looking good.
          You know what I'm talking about here. There are just some days when you think, "I'm looking like a pretty darn good version of myself today." You owe it to yourself to document that day, especially if you're a spinster. Manage your public image, girl. You have the control.

3. Don't wear anything too crazy
          If you do this photo shoot right, you're going to want to use this photo for a while to come. As such, make sure you're wearing something that isn't too crazy or embellished or crazy. Wear something that looks like you and something you would wear. Otherwise, this will all be pointless. Now, if you do the selfie photo shoot once and decide you like it, perhaps you can get crazy with hair, makeup, and costumes the more you do it. As we all know, that is a really good time.

4. Get the lighting right.
          I have many thoughts on lighting, and I, like most of you, don't actually own professional softbox lights, etc. You can google "DIY Softbox," and there are a bunch of tutorials, but I'm not sure you want to put that much effort into this. In my experience, two desk lamps, each with tracing paper taped over their openings to diffuse the light work just fine. Don't put them too close to your face, though, or you'll look blown out, and that's not good. Really, though, the best option is to face an open window when it's daylight outside. this usually works pretty well.

5. Take lots of shots!
          No, not that kind! I mean, take lots of pictures. I mean, if you want to take the other kind, that's your affair, but you want to have a lot of photos to choose from when you're done, just like in a professional photographer's studio!

And voila! You're done! Of course I'm not in any way a professional photographer and therefore have no place telling you how to take your selfie, but you know...I'm not going to lie. I take a lot of computer selfies. I need reference images. Now, if you've done this right, you've got a new Facebook profile photo and/or one for your online dating profile. If your matches are anything like mine were, though, they won't have taken the same time and effort. That, however, is another story for another time.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#24: Try A New Beauty Staple

As I've said many times, I love to shop for makeup. Though Atlanta is certainly leaving much to desire in the makeup sales and service department, they have most of the same excellent cosmetics you can find anywhere else. That is to say, they have department stores and drug stores and Wal Mart and Target. And it is all glorious. That is why, today, in celebration of the birthday month, I am suggesting you try a new beauty staple.

Now, what's a beauty staple, you ask? By  my definition it's a beauty item you use every day. For me, that's foundation, powder, eyeshadow, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick. I know, that's a lot more than some people like to wear, but when I really have time, putting on makeup is fun and calming. The idea in trying a new beauty staple is that you're already using it every day, but you're just trying a new version!

Most recently, I purchased blue eyeliner, but I've also been experimenting lately with new lip colors. For the longest time I have worn Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in #54, Boy. It goes on like butter and feels like chapstick, and I love it. However, it's very neutral. So, recently, on a trip to Perimeter Mall, I purchased a tube of #91, which is a sort of a sheer red. I'm here to tell you, that I feel like a new woman with the new lip color. It's just...something different, something fun.

Now, perhaps you're not ready to purchase all that lipstick. Maybe you're not even a lipstick kind of lady. Maybe you're more into mascara or lip liner or eyeshadow or bronzer. Maybe you're a gloss girl or you prefer tinted Chapstick. Whatever your favorite staple is, try a new version today!

If you are considering a new lip product, though, I've made a box from Boxagon below. Inside are things I've tried and liked, and some of them are incredibly affordable. Just click on the box, and check it out!

Luscious Lips by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#25: Make a Music Video

Growing up, my hometown didn't have all the crazy stuff to do in your spare time, like say...a water park or a huge shopping mall or even a target. As such, we had to make our own fun, and one of the ways my friend Katherine and I enjoyed making our own fun was making videos and then subjecting our parents to marathons of viewing parties. We were probably ten years old, but we thought they were hilarious masterpieces.

Later, in college, my roommate and I decided we should make crazy dance videos in ridiculous costumes. At least once we subjected our friends to watching these, and I'm not sure they liked it any more than Katherine's and my parents liked the ones we made at a younger age. But you know what? It doesn't really matter. We had fun doing it, and it was good, clean fun.

So, since you're a spinster, you may have some time on your hands that you aren't spending with a boyfriend. In fact, you may be spending it with your partner-in-crime of a best friend. These are the perfect conditions to make your own music video. I made the one you'll see here below one night when I couldn't sleep, but it was still a lot of fun. My friend Rebecca made hers in the car on a road trip using a phone mount in her car. Whatever you do, though, you should celebrate your birthday today by making some sort of video. There's no other reason to do it other than the fact that it's fun. That would be all the motivation I'd need (obviously). You don't have to share it on YouTube, but if you do, super bonus points if it goes viral.

Speaking of viral, click the video below. Maybe you can help me with my lifelong goal of meeting Matt Lauer. Now that they have the Orange Room, I feel like there's the perfect venue for me to meet him and subsequently become his best friend....even though he is a hard driving interviewer sometimes.

So, today make a music video! And if you need some inspiration, check out the one I made earlier this week. I hope it makes you giggle.

Friday, July 18, 2014

#26: Dye Your Hair

Now, before you get all bent out of shape here (because I do get bent out of shape when someone suggests I dye my hair), let me first say that you are beautiful just the way you are, and I wouldn't change a thing. This has nothing to do with what I personally think about your hair color. You look great in every way, so don't forget that.

Now that that's settled and you know I'm not sitting here thinking your look horrible with your current hair color (because again, you look magnificent), let's talk about why you should dye it. Basically it comes down to this: sometimes making a drastic change to your personal appearance is just really fun. Dying your hair fortunately does not require any serious lifestyle changes, just a bottle, a shower, or potentially a hair appointment.

A lot of girls I know grew up dying their hair for fun. However, I was always too afraid to do it myself. For the first time, though, this season I have tried it out, and it is, in fact, quite a lot of fun. In high school, I was dying for pink hair like Gwen Stefani, and right about now I wish I was as brave as Nicole Richie with her purple hair, and in all honesty I could do that in my industry without fear of repercussion. This summer, though, I've settled for a little John Frieda Lightening Spray, and I think it's turned out quite nicely.

The thing about dying your hair is this: it's a drastic change you can make that, I think in most cultures, not considered morally wrong. Additionally, it is reversible. You can use color oops, dye over it, or just go to the salon and have a professional take care of it. After all, it's just hair.

Not quite ready for such a big step? I understand. That is why, my friend, I have two suggestions for the faint of heart. The first is that you could buy a wig. To some of you who grew up in less...shall we say...wig-intensive cultures, I can assure you that you can find a pretty good wig for $20 and under. Even if you don't buy one, a trip to a wig shop is an excellent time to play dress up and potentially try out new hair colors before you take the plunge. My second suggestion is hair chalk. This is essentially a way for you to add some fun non-traditional color to your hair without the commitment of actually dying it. This is top on my list of purchases for this weekend. This way I can pretend I'm Nicole Richie without actually having to bleach and dye or have a tramp stamp. Yeah, remember that?

So, get to it, girl! Have some fun with your look. This is a time for reinvention as you celebrate yourself for the whole month of your birthday! (But if you are dying it, I suggest you do it on the case it goes horribly wrong).

...Aaaaand...if you need more shopping inspiration for this, click on the Boxagon Box below! There are all kinds of non-permanent options!

Color Your Hair! by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#27: Change Your Sheets

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There is little in this world that pleases me quite so much as sliding into an envelope of fresh, clean sheets after having had a shower. It is the absolute epitome of relaxation to me. In fact, when I leave for a trip, I like to clean my sheets so that when I come home I'll have a fresh bed waiting for my inevitable collapse. 

Today is Thursday, and I suggest you pop your sheets in the washer before you go to work, so that when you come home, you can dry them and then put them on your bed. The more dryer sheets you use, the more you'll feel like you're in a freshly-laundred wonderland. 

Now, during your month of birthday celebration, I say change your sheets as often as possible. Sunday night, though, may just be the best time of all to change them. At that point you have, no doubt, eaten at least one meal in your bed during the weekend. If you're me, it's at least three...or perhaps six if I didn't eat out at all. By cleaning your sheets on a sunday night, you'll be able to usher in your work week without any sharp and/or potentially dangerous crumbs in your bed.

That being said, I still know it's thursday. I think you should change your sheets today and then again on Sunday night because...why not? This is your birthday month, and you should allow yourself as many of life's pleasures as you can possibly handle. Sleep is one (obviously), and clean sheets is another. So do it up!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#28: Sing Karaoke

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You may think that singing karaoke on a wednesday is a little strange. However, if you, like I, were a devotee of Mr. B's Goodtime Karaoke Explosion in the early 2000's, it seems like the best day of all. Wednesday nights, my friends, were when Karaoke was at Columbia, SC's Art Bar. Sigh, but that was then, and this is now.

I know some may think it's strange that I love karaoke so much. It's not that I'm a particularly gifted vocalist. No, in fact, I just enjoy performing, and the older one gets, the fewer opportunities for appropriate performance arise. That is to say, I'm not going to be singing in your living room because I know I'm not a gifted vocalist.

But enough about me. If you don't love performing in front of a group of strangers, there is always the private room kind of karaoke where you and your friends can liberate the songbirds within your spinsterly hearts together over snacks, etc. In my opinion, there are far too few occasions for singing Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears as it is. You must grasp ever opportunity to remedy this situation. After all, during a birthday month, you must seize the moment. You must sing Lil Mama's "Lip Gloss," or  Fiona Apple's "Criminal," or Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." You absolutely must.

Now, go forth and sing! Sing your spinsterly heart out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#29: Listen to a Book on Tape (or just read one): Featuring a guest post from Alexandra Lubensky!

It's summertime, and therefore, it's time for some summer reading. However, if you're still waiting for your new glasses or find yourself working silently at your desk job, you may want to try listening to a book on tape. I have an account, but I hear you can also procure books on tape from your local library.

Now, most recently I have listened to and loved The Book Thief, but for your summer reading list, I have contacted a lady who does far more reading than I have. I fully intend on taking all of these suggestions for myself. She happens to be one of my very favorite ladies, and so I will give you her full post below! See here from one Ms. Alexandra Lubensky:

As somebody who has been a full-time worker and part-time student for the past two years, I know how vitally important the summer is for catching up on reading. Not the mandated hundreds of pages assigned every semester in school, but the completely self-indulgent kind that makes you stay up way too late or miss your stop on the train.

I’m obsessive about collecting book recommendations. Hopefully you are too and will enjoy some of these suggestions:

1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Best Pal by Christopher Moore
This is one of those books that’s been recommended to me by multiple people and I finally got around to reading it over spring break. It’s a quick and hilarious read. The title tells you everything you need to know. Basically the entirety of what I know about Christianity is now based on this book, which may prove to be a problem in the future.

2. MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Three books rolled into one recommendation and you should read them all. This counts as speculative fiction but the premise does not seem entirely far-fetched. Crazy biotech, corporations controlling the world, environmental disasters, etc. will have you fearing for the future of humanity. Margaret Atwood is an incredible writer and you get entirely lost in the terrifying world she creates.

3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Full disclosure: Neil Gaiman is my absolute favorite and I will gladly devour anything and everything he writes. This is his most recent venture and the first book for adults he’s written in a while. If you’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman, you need to stop and reevaluate your life choices. He is a modern myth maker and his stories are beautiful and dark. This is a shorter book than most that he’s written and a great entry point to his work.

5. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Not a pick for anybody who does not enjoy unconventional prose and sentence structure. It can take a bit of time to settle into Heller’s style, but once I did, I found myself completely entranced. The story is supremely sad and tells of a pilot alone in the world, except for his loyal dog, after most of the population has been wiped out by illness.

6. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Junot Diaz is such a unique voice in literature and his writing always feel very real to me. This collection of short stories about Yunior and his attempts at finding love. Diaz is great at mixing humor and poignancy, and I think these stories will appeal to all of us who are searching for connection but are constantly being tripped up by our own selves.

7. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I don’t generally read historical fiction, but this book was excellent. Miller retells the familiar tales of Achilles from the point of view of his loyal companion, Patroclus. This is a coming of age story, a romance, an epic. The writing is clear and lovely, and I found myself completely committed to the characters and their fates.  

8. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
In this memoir, Gary Shteyngart talks about his move from the Soviet Union to the United States the double burden of being an immigrant and going through adolescence. If you happen to be Russian-American (or an immigrant in general), you will no doubt often nod along as you think of the many times you yourself have experienced the same thing that he writes about. He brings out the humor and ridiculousness in customs and beliefs without ever leaving you in doubt that he loves his cultural heritage. I found the structure of the novel slightly annoying at first, but eventually settled into it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

#30: Get New Glasses

This one may take some doing, so I've added it at the beginning of the countdown so you have plenty of time to get it done! If you wear corrective lenses, you most certainly have to have a yearly eye exam. If you wear contacts, you probably always just get new contact lenses as buying new glasses can be quite cost-prohibitive. Well, I'm here to tell you that this year, for the first time, I got new glasses (and prescription sunglasses!) from Zenni Optical. My glasses were only $30, and the prescription sunglasses were $40. At that rate, I could have bought ten pair and still they wouldn't have been as expensive as my last pair.'re welcome for that tidbit.

If you don't wear corrective lenses, you are quite a lucky duck. However, this shouldn't stop you from getting a fabulous new pair of frames. You can treat yourself to a new pair of sunglasses or even fake eyeglasses just for fun. Of course, they can be fancy and expensive or just something cute and trendy from Target. You decide! A spinster sometimes just needs (or just wants) a little update to her look for her birthday, and glasses are an excellent place to start!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#31: Try A New Drink

Aaaand we're off! To ease us into this countdown, today's suggestion for how to celebrate your birthday is a simple one that's easy to achieve. Your assignment is this: try a new drink!

Now, since I'm a nondrinker, my drink selection is potentially somewhat smaller than yours. However, the percentage by which it is diminished is negligible, as there are probably millions of non alcoholic drinks out there. And you know what? Since I'm a spinster, I'm usually by myself when I get one. So, no one can judge my drink choice or have anything to say about it.

Anyway. I'm guessing you, like I, always get the same thing at Starbucks or with your breakfast or dinner or what have you. So, next time you go to get something to drink, try something new! Below is a list of excellent drinks I've tried and liked this year, though there have also been a few I've thrown away after a few sips. Eh, you win some you lose some. This is about experimentation, not winning.

1. Mango Lassi
2. Bubble Tea
3. Starbucks Black Tea Lemonade (which is effectively an Arnold Palmer, but totally good)
4. Naked Juice Mighty Mango (but wasn't so keen on Green Machine)
5. Sprinkles Milkshake (Pretty Good, but certainly not worth $8.50)

So, today try a new drink! You may just find the next love of your life!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Starting Tomorrow: A Month Long Birthday Celebration

Some of you may remember that for Valentine's Day 2013, I did a series called "31 Ways in 31 Days to Spinster Out Hard Core in the Month Before Valentine's Day." It's a long title, but I had fun doing the series. Since it was so much fun, I've decided to bring it back for my birthday.

Because I'm a spinster with no one to answer to outside of the office but myself, I can celebrate my birthday for a day, a week, a month, or not at all, really. However, of course I'm going to celebrate it, and I think you should celebrate your's too! So, starting tomorrow, I'll be posting a series of ways you, too, can celebrate your birthday in spinsterly style for an entire month. In fact, you can do these things even if it's not your birthday. They're just fun ways to celebrate yourself, which I think we can all agree is often necessary.

So, grab your bathrobes and get yourselves ready, spinster! A month of celebration starts tomorrow!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spinster Love: NYX Liquid Eyeliner

Yes, if I were like Zoella from yesterday's post, I would have made a video about this. Alas, this item is very small  indeed and wouldn't make much of a video. However, before I go into what I actually bought, I'm going to give you a little history.

A couple of years ago, on one of my many trips to the Queens Center Mall, I purchased the first liquid eyeliner I ever really felt like I knew how to use. When it comes to eyeliner, I usually try to stick to drugstore brands. When I'm using a pencil, I actually prefer NYC and Wet'n'wild to any of the other, more expensive drugstore brands. On this day, though, I bought Urban Decay's 24/7 Liquid Liner. At $20, that was pretty steep for me, considering what I usually buy. After using it, though, I was impressed. The Urban Decay liner is waterproof and smudge proof after it dries, and when you get in the shower to take it off, it just sort of peels off.

When I ran out of the Urban Decay eyeliner, I went back to the pencil, and then I started using Maybelline's Master Precise. In Target, though, the other day, I saw that NYX had some very well priced colorful eyeliners, and so I purchased one. At $4.50, this is a little less than a quarter the price of the Urban Decay liner, but it does the same thing in the shower! So, I had to share. I am liking it so far, and I think it's such a bargain you should check it out, too. Don't worry, though. They also make black, brown, charcoal grey, and light grey, so you've got some more neutral choices as well.

Now, if you're wondering what else is in my core beauty bag, I've put together a list of links below. If you need more of a visual, though, I've also made a box on Boxagon, though not all the colors came up in the search there, so it's more for fun than anything else.

Here we go if you want to have the face of a spinster (this spinster), here's what you'll need:

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation


2. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder


3. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finishing Powder

4. Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick
          I think this is supposed to be only for blemishes, but I think it works pretty well under the eye as well.

5. Nars Blush in Desire
          This looks neon pink in the pallet, but it's actually really nice when it gets on your face.

6. Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Cleo
          I bought this on my birthday last year, and it's got a retro barbie feel to it. I like it.

7. Benefit Sugarbomb
          This is a more complex color of blush than the Nars one, and I think some people also use parts of it as a bronzer. I think it's nice.

8. W3ll People Universalist Colorstick 2 in Moonstone Glow
          I almost returned this after I bought it because it was WAY too expensive, but I actually really like it. It's a nice highlighter for the cheekbones and the brow line.

9. Maybelline Falsies Mascara
          Officially my favorite Mascara I've ever had. I also like that it's available pretty much anywhere.

10. Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner
          Suggested to me by my cousin Katie, I like this as a liquid liner-alternative. The only thing I will say that I don't like is that it has the tendency to smudge. I like to solve this by putting it on before I put the eyeshadow on. Powder shadow helps to set the ink liner.

11. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - #54: Boy
          My mom suggested this to me after she read or heard somewhere it was Chanel's #1 best seller. Ladies, it's a best seller for a reason. It's neutral with a little bit of shine, and it feels like chapstick. I have officially finished two tubes of this stuff (thought not in the same color). Actually finishing a tube of lipstick really means something. I rarely do that.

12. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow (33 Prelude)
          I think I've had this eyeshadow palette for three or four years, and two of the squares are almost completely empty. I wear some combination of the three almost every single day. I'm sure there's a cheaper version on the market, but I really do love to be shown how to use what I'm buying, so i stand by this purchase whole heartedly.

13. Dior Addict Extreme (756 Fireworks)
          Every now and then I like to get adventurous with  my lip color. I bought this one because the woman at Nordstrom here in Atlanta actually paid attention to me. It's a little out of my comfort zone, but with a little clear lip liner, it's doable. This is a cool lipstick, too, because the first coat is fairly sheer, but the more you put on, the more opaque it becomes. Pretty cool. case you want to see all of it, check out this box on Boxagon!

The Spinster's Beauty Bag by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spinster Love: Zoella

Over the weekend, I found myself in yet another internet rabbit hole. This one, however, wasn't disgusting and had nothing to do with dermatology. In fact, my coworker Rebecca best described this discovery as, "So Cute!"

So, what, exactly, did I discover? Well, Her name is Zoe, and I think I need to be friends with her. She makes Vlogs (video blogs), and according to the "about" page on her blog, this has been going on since 2009. The first video I watched was of Zoe and her friend exchanging their Christmas gifts. You'd think that was boring, but it's actually incredibly engrossing. And their hair and makeup looks so good. The friend (Sprinkle of Glitter)in the video also has her own Vlogs, and they're pretty cute and fun as well. Plus, she's not quite as twiggy as Zoella, so if you're shaped more like her, that's also excellent.

Before we go any further, here's a video. It's the one Zoella uploaded for this week:

They look like they're having so much fun, right? So, don't be surprised if I start making videos of what I bought at the "grocery store," (aka: Walgreens). I hope you enjoy Zoella as much as I do. If you know her, though, please introduce us!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shopping for a Spinster's Night In

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As  a spinster, on e of my favorite things to do is have an excellent night in. If you're new to spinsterhood, or you're feeling a little worn out from the Fourth of July Weekend, you may want to consider having a day in, too. In fact, even if you're not a spinster, having a night in might be a really excellent idea. It's a great way to get in some relaxation and catch up on your Netflix Queue.

Now in case this is something new to you, I've got some helpful hints for the types of things you might need. So, below you'll find a list.

1. Takeout
          You'll need to go ahead and get this ordered first thing so that all the waiting will happen on the front end of your evening. The point, though, is to make sure you don't do any actual work like, say, cooking, during your night in. Pictured here I have a pizza, but other common takeout options for me on an average night in are Thai Food and Indian Food. It just depends on how I'm feeling. Well, and also the fact that I can't really get gluten free pizza delivered. Sight.

2. Dessert (or snacks)
          Generally, I buy dessert and end up also eating it while I wait for my takeout to arrive, so it's important to purchase a large amount beforehand. In fact, you may want to buy two kinds: one as an appetizer and one as your actual dessert. I recommend peanut butter M&Ms for your appetizer and Telenti Peanut Butter Cup Gelato for dessert.

3. Drinks
          This is not a night for a tall glass of water. I mean, you're allowed to drink that, too, I guess, but  this is the kind of night for a fun kind of drink. Depending on what your snacks are, I suggest chocolate milk, cherry coke, or white grape juice. If you're a drinker, though, you may want something a bit different.

4. Loungewear
          This is pretty much a must any time you're in your spinster lair, but it's particularly important for your night in. I suggest old school sweatpants with the elastic at the ankles. Mine are from the men's department. On the top you'll want a tee shirt (see the "pizza is my date" tee in the boxagon box below)  and then either a sweatshirt or a bathrobe. Bonus points if any and/or/all of it features cat or cat-related designs.

5. Netflix
          This should be obvious by now. Netflix is a spinster's BFF. This way you don't have to stop the watching at just one movie. You can watch a movie, a few episodes of a TV show, and a documentary or any combination of the three. I also highly recommend having a streaming device like Apple TV or the Netgear Neo TV (which is what I have.) The streaming device helps you watch your movies and shows on a larger screen for maximum relaxation.

6. Paper Plates
          Also, paper napkins or paper towels. This is just really important to avoid doing any real work. You want to make sure you don't have to wash any dishes after this excellent night of revelry.

7. A Blanket
          If your'e extra serious about this, you may want to invest in this Cat Snuggie from Grandma's Fleece Creations on Etsy. However, a regular blanket will do. I personally feel more relaxed under a blanket, so I like to just go ahead and turn the thermostat down so that it's necessary to actually be under a blanket. It also may be necessary to get out the foot fan for this.

8. Pillows
          Pictured here I have just one gigantic pillow, also known as a beanbag chair. However, you may want to go a little smaller in scale. I highly recommend having  euro-sized pillow, stuffed with feathers. After all, the best possible ending to this night is that you might fall asleep on the sofa.

9. Magazines and/or crafts
          Some may like, need, or want to spend the evening passively watching Netflix, and I can totally understand that. However, when I'm having a night in, I like to multitask my relaxation. So, I usually make sure I've got some magazines I can thumb through while eating my takeout and then potentially also a coloring book for later before I'm ready to get under that blanket.

10. No Ringtone
          Ok, so this is a lack of something instead of something you need. But, in order to have a parroter night in and really look at your magazine and watch your Netflix, you should silence your ringtone. Maybe you want to notify anyone who might call you that you'll be doing some very important TV watching, or maybe you'll just put it on vibrate. Either way, total peace will come without interruption.

Need more help with your Spinster's Night In checklist? Check out the box I made on Boxagon to help you shop.

Spinster's Night In by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spinster Shopping: Breakup Care Package

When I was in college and later when I moved to New York, my mom was the absolute best about sending care packages. In college she would send them to my mailbox, but when I lived in New York, she would often send them to my office with extra treats for my coworkers. Everyone loved that.

Well, I love to receive a good care package as much as the next girl, and that's why, when a friend of mine told me things between her and her boyfriend were over, I knew I needed to send her a package. The first time it happened, I sent her something via Amazon Prime, but most recently I put together something a little more personalized and crafty.

Today's image is not of all the things I put in my fellow spinster's care package but rather things I think would be great for any girl who's recently gone through a breakup. And behold, I will parse them out below, so you can get a better idea!

Things to Include:

- Beauty Products:
          This shouldn't be anything that would imply that she's not perfect looking the way she is. So, I suggest things like a fun new nail polish, a lipstick or lip gloss, or a facial mask. I definitely vote for the facial mask. Depending on when you send the package, though, lipstick might not make it to its destination without melting. Perhaps it's only for winter breakups.

- Drugs:
          Ok, not real drugs. We're talking Zquil, Tylenol PM, and/or natural stress relievers. The reasons for these should be obvious. This is a stressful time, and there's no need to feel that way 24 hours a day. The girl needs some good sleep.

- Entertainment:
          I suggest magazines, first and foremost, but you should absolutely avoid anything bridal or relationship-related. Gossip, fashion, and scientific magazines, I find, are the best about this. Aside from magazines, there are also coloring books, crayons, stickers, and books, though the books should not be by Nicholas Sparks. Avoid him until she's a little more stable. Think crime novels or something ultra-feminist. Last but not least in this category is a dart board. I think you know what your'e supposed to do with that.

- Snacks:
          This is an obvious inclusion for this and any care package. Home made snacks like cookies or brownies are best, but chocolate and hard candies are also a very good bet. Peanut Butter Snickers is pretty amazing. I'm just saying. You know it's true.

- Loungewear:
          You don't have to go all the way to bathrobe territory for this one as they can be quite expensive. There are also fun socks, sweatpants, yoga pants, oversized tee shirts, and sweatshirts. The possibilities are really endless here. If you send the package soon enough you may catch her while she's still loping about her house, not having done laundry yet. She'll need a fresh pair of sweats or yoga pants for that.

If you need more ideas or links for what to include in your friend's breakup care package, I've also made a box on Boxagon! I've embedded it below. Just click on the box, and it will take you into a treasure trove of items I've picked especially for this.

Breakup Care Package by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Early Fourth and See You Soon!

I'm writing this post earlier than the fourth because I assume we'll all be doing something fun tomorrow. For those of you who are reading this and aren't american, I'll remind you what I'm talking about. The fourth of July is American Independence Day. This is in celebration of our freedom from England, though we all really still like the English and loved seeing Pippa Middleton on the Today Show this week. The fourth is usually celebrated with a bunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks. Oh, and we usually have the day off work.

So, that's what I'm going to be doing this fourth of July. I'm having the day off work, and that's all you need to know until I come back. Happy Early Fourth! I'll be back to the blog on Tuesday...because I'm very patriotic.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spinster Love: Gap's Legging Jeans

Because of the chunk sitch that hates me and keeps ripping my pants, I purchased a pair of jeans a few months ago. Well, the first time I wore them to the office, my coworker Aly loved them so much, she bought a pair. Fast forward to this weekend, and another coworker has purchased the same pair. They were on sale, too, so I had to go back and get a couple more pair.

What are these magical jeans that everyone has to have, you ask. Well, let me tell you. They're the Legging Jeans from The Gap. Now, before you freak out and think I'm talking about jeggings, that's not exactly what these are. They're quite a bit thicker than your average leggings and are, in fact, a twill weave. So, technically, they're not really leggings. They just have a high percentage of spandex. With this thicker fabric combined with a high amount of stretch, these jeans have a nice sculpting quality. 

I've owned these jeans in corduroys before and now I own a whopping three pair of them in different shades of denim. They were on crazy sale. what could I do? They're like attractive, acceptable sweatpants. Well, at least they're acceptable. I can't speak for attractive on everyone. I mean, say if Steve Urkel wore them they probably wouldn't look as good. Maybe Stefan Urquelle, though....

Anyway, if you spinsters are looking for some comfy jeans (many of which happen to be on sale right now), then you should check these out. I'm wearing a pair as I write this, and if I'm actually wearing pants inside my apartment, that's gotta tell you something. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

5 Things I Learned This Weekend

If you are on any sort of social media these days (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), you may have noticed that people are all about some inspirational quotes. My favorite, of course, is one I saw that read “life is more than just quotes about life.” Amen to that. However, one of the ones that keeps resurfacing is “no mistakes, just lessons,” or some permutaion thereof. Of course, I don’t necessarily believe that. I will proudly admit to having made mistakes and to regretting many of them. Say what you like, but those are the facts.

But now let’s just disregard those feelings and admit that I did, in fact, learn some things this weekend, though they weren’t all necessarily because of mistakes I made. You may all actually know the below facts, but I, for one, got a bit of an education this weekend, and I thought I should share.

1. Sopes and Huaraches are very similar but different in shape and size.
           I know, this wasn’t the kind of lesson you were expecting, but it was the result of a mistake. When ordering Lunch during a spinsterly trip to the Pendergrass Flea Market, I tried to order two Huarachas but was informed that I probably meant that I wanted two Sopes, as Huarachas are pretty larget. If I knew that before, I certainly did not remember it, but perhaps I just never realized. Either way, now I’ve had both, and they are both delicious.

2. A movie can be rated ‘R’ without any Nudity.

          I had no idea. Actually, the pastor of my church’s wife told me this while we were discussing how surprised I was that both Chef and Jersey Boys were rated R. Apparently, a movie can be rated ‘R’ based on language alone

3. “Beef Sub” is really fun to say in French. 

          Megan is a fun french tutor, and I'm only sort of pretending to learn french so that I can pretend I'm going to go to France. But you never know. I might actually get off my duff and book a flight.

4. You can learn foreign languages for free on YouTube
          I suppose I should have guessed this, but it’s pretty cool. The Travel Linguist offers quite a few languages taught in a style similar to that used in my high school class. However, Korean unfortunatey is not one of the languages offered via The Travel Linguist.

5. Manicures at Wal Mart are only $10
     That’s right, I had a manicure at my local Wal Mart Supercenter, and it was only $10. This isn’t as cheap as I could get it in Astoria, but it’s only $2 off, so I’ll take it. I figured you’d all want to know so you could take advantage.