Monday, January 25, 2010

BreAnne Sterling Sighting: Little Miss Perfect

On Little Miss Perfect this week, we watched two girls with oddly spelled names battle it out. (Shelbie vs. Destinee, respectively.) That is not the point, though. A contestant on the show was BreAnne Sterling, our favorite underdog from Toddlers & Tiaras. What I also noticed was the lack of her sister, AshLynn Sterling. Maybe I missed her, but it looked like only BreAnne Sterling was competing. Maybe mom Jamie Sterling learned a lesson after the fiasco on Toddlers & Tiaras, and didn't have the sisters compete against each other? If anyone can fill me in, I'd love to know.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Conveyor Belt of Love and Frank the Entertainer: A Basement Affair

Conveyor Belt of Love is the newest mess on TV. Men are carted in one by one on a conveyor belt for a panel of women to ogle and decide whether any of them are dateworthy. In the end, each woman chose one man to date, some of which were successful (the most shallow choice and the least, particularly) and others were not.

That wasn't really the good part, though. The notable parts for me were the format of the man choosing and the women on the show.

The women on panel were generally agreeable, except for Keiko, who sounded and acted like Paris Hilton. However, as much as that wasn't thrilling, she knew what she wanted and went for it.

Megan was a nice girl who considered herself a geek. She was cool.

Dalet kept changing her mind, which leads me to what I consider a major flaw in the show. As the men come down the conveyor belt, the women can say they are interested or not interested. If a woman chooses a man, he stands in her box. If she later chooses another man, the first guy is kicked out. I was hoping they'd all stay and she'd have to make a decision at the end. (Or, for a really screwed up ending, date them all at once and watch them compete for her affection.)

There was also Angelique, who I thought was fantastic. She was a real woman to me - secure in herself, athletic but not super thin body, and very nice. She ended up choosing a guy who was very average in looks, but a great personality fit for her. Props to her for doing that, because that's what it's all about - being happy together.

Now, on to Frank the Entertainer: A Basement Affair. First and foremost, I wonder if the house in question is Frank's family's real house. I wonder if they'd allow their house to be blasted on TV like that since people could probably find it now. In any case, I love how one of the girls commented that she was shocked that they were in a basement, not a mansion, to date Frank. I can totally understand this after the madness of the Flavor of Love and Rock of Love houses, but if you live with Frank, this may be it, so why not start now? (Anyway, MTV's done this before. Remember the 70s House or whatever it was called? Definitely not a mansion. The Jersey Shore house has a great location and rooftop too, but doesn't exactly look like a mansion either.)

I really was floored by Stephanie on this show. She clearly knew nothing about Frank and also wasn't so good at articulating her sentences. I don't doubt that she was a sweet girl, but was there a love connection? I would say no.

The Mom-and-Mandy debate is sure to be a good one throughout this season of Frank the Entertainer, because the fight started early. Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Jersey Shore

I was happy to see Snooki doing much better on this week's episode of Jersey Shore. I was also happy to see Vinny. Mainly because we barely see Vinny. A few episodes ago, I was wondering why there were only three guys in the house. That's because Vinny hasn't been featured. He hasn't been very dramatic, I guess. This week we finally got to see him, which was cool.

I have to give props where props are due, and props are due to JWoww. Not for fighting, of course, but for telling Snooki that the girl that was starting with her that the girl called both of them fat. In reality, the girl called Snooki fat. If JWoww told Snooki that the girls called both of them fat to protect her feelings, credit is definitely due.

It seems like a lot of fights will be happening in the coming episodes of Jersey Shore. Stay tuned!

Designer Clothing, Handbags & Accessories: Sample Sale, Members Only Invitation Websites - I've Got Invitation Codes.

If you love shopping for designer clothing, handbags and accessories (home decor, too), and love to get these items at sale prices, you'll love Ideeli, Hautelook, RueLaLa, Row Nine, Beyond the Rack, One Kings Lane and Gilt Groupe. These sites offer designer items at great prices, but with a catch. Each site offers sales which only last a few days. Invitation codes are below, along with a description of each members only website.

Members only websites such as Ideeli, Hautelook, RueLaLa, Beyond the Rack, One Kings Lane, Billion Dollar Babes and Gilt Groupe feature short sales on designer clothing, handbags, accessories and more at low, discounted prices. These sales typically last around three days. During each sale, a limited number of items are available, so it’s important to shop fast.

Below some information about members only websites, along with their invitation codes. Fashion lovers, prepare to be very, very happy.

Ideeli: Ideeli is amazing because not only does the website have sales where you can buy discounted designer items, but it also has giveaways. Sales start at 11 AM EST for first row members and 12 PM EST for second row members. To join as a first row member, there is a yearly fee, and being a second row member is free. Sales last for 36 hours. This site is highly recommended for people who like high end fashion.

Hautelook: Hautelook has a great mix of items for sale. From women’s clothing, shoes and accessories to menswear and children’s wear, this is a great site for everyone. Even if clothing isn’t your thing, Hautelook is great because it offers deals on coffee makers, home accessories and home décor frequently. Sales begin at 11 AM EST.

RueLaLa: RueLaLa features a variety of great finds, and has a great shipping policy. You can shop all day long (until 10 PM) and only pay for shipping once per day, even if you check out multiple times. This is beneficial because you can only hold items in your cart for a limited amount of time without losing them, so you may need to check out more than once per day. The unlimited shipping allows you to shop multiple sales without losing the items that you want. Boutiques open at 11 AM EST.

Beyond The Rack: Beyond the Rack stands out when it comes to accessories. If you love sunglasses and handbags, you’ll love this website. This site is notable because it features a variety of very popular brands at excellent prices. Notable sales have included Betsey Johnson handbags, Buffalo by David Bitton clothing, and Juicy Couture, Versace and Theory sunglasses. (If you love sunglasses, this site is a must shop for you.)

Gilt Groupe: Gilt Groupe is the total package. Whether you like women’s fashion, men’s fashion, children’s fashion, home fashion, or travel, Gilt has something for you. Gilt’s main site (referenced in the header) features high end women’s fashion at great prices. Gilt Groupe is the only site to feature a sale site exclusively for men, called Gilt Man. If you love to travel, Gilt has you covered with JetSetter. This site offers amazing deals on hotels and things during particular time periods. This is a travel fanatic’s dream.

Billion Dollar Babes: This website features three sales per week, and features prices up to 85% off of retail. Like Ideeli, you can become a premium member. When you do this, you enter to win a $500 shopping spree each month.

Row Nine: If you’re a networker, Row Nine is great for you. Earn $25 for each friend who makes a purchase after signing up with your referral code. Row Nine has great sales, and sometimes has benefits such as free shipping.

Editor’s Closet: This site has been featured in many major publications. It has a wide range of offerings and is great for any fashionista.

Reverse (by Revolve) is a great site which has sales from lots of excellent brands. This is a must see for those who enjoy shopping for many fashion brands at a time. This is an excellent members only fashion site.

One King’s Lane: This site specifically features home décor items. If you love having a beautiful home, this site is for you. From towels to clocks to everything in between, this site is a home decorator's paradise.

While these websites typically focus on designer clothing, handbags and accessories, they also feature other desirable items, like home accessories (bedding and home décor), high end coffee makers and cooking utensils, skin care items, baby clothing, tableware and more.

Websites such as Ideeli, Hautelook, RueLaLa, Beyond the Rack, One Kings Lane, Reverse by Revolve and Gilt Groupe are great because of the great deals that they offer, but also have an element of challenge to them. Since items are limited, sales can sell out quickly. As such, you’ll need to log on right away when sales start to purchase some of the more popular items. When you log in, if you want an item, put it in your cart right away. When you do this, you reserve the item for ten minutes. Watch out, though, because if you don’t check out during that time frame, you may lose your item to another shopper.
Each site allows you to sign up for daily reminders so you know which sales will be starting each day. This is great for fashionistas who want to grab their items immediately when designer sales begin.

Another amazing site is Bluefly. Featuring designer clothing at deeply discounted prices, this website has a lot of affordable, amazing options.

Interested in learning about what brands are offered? Here are some brands that I’ve seen on the websites. Juicy Couture, Splendid, Ed Hardy, Burberry, Buffalo by David Bitton, C&C California, Gucci, Fendi, Romeo & Juliet Couture, Gaggia, Baby Star, Towle Silversmith, Omaha Steaks, Badgley Mischka and more.

A big perk of these websites is that you can refer friends. When each person you invite makes a purchase, you get a credit between $10 and $25 (depending on the site) towards a future purchase of your own. Note that each link I’ve provided is an invitation code, so you can join each of these sites and refer your friends.

Looking for daily sale information? Sign up for Covet Mail by visiting Covet's website. This service will send you daily emails alerting you about sales from your favorite designers. A great thing about this site is that when you sign up, the website analyzes your style and taste in fashion and sends you links to clothing that it thinks that you will like.