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J-Crew Sample Sale Time Again!

Jun 25, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Cheap Thrills, Sample Sales

It’s time for another J.Crew Sample Sale!


Jcrew's summer sale featuring men’s and women’s stock and sample merchandise begins next week   


June Sample Sale Details


Dates:  Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1


Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM every day


Sample Sale Address


261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY  10018


For more information please visit


Wanna Floss with Us? Flossing Yet Again Linked to Your Health

Jun 24, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty, Health

B.I.G. be Flossing… Remember that song? Amazingness. I love you 90's rap. Anyway…

This article basically is telling y'all to get flossing pronto! When you don't floss you're leaving tons of bacteria in between your teeth to rot! Ick!! So do yourself (and probably your partner) a favor and floss! It'll keep you looking younger too. I mean having rotting bacteria in your mouth can't be good!

When Life Hands You Lemons: Make Acne Medicine, House Cleaners and Feet Rejuvenators!

Jun 24, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty, Health, Home

Lemons are full of amazing magical powers! Even better? They're super cheap!

Lately I've been using them as acne medicine and just putting lemon juice on my face after I wash it before bed. I swear this has been keeping my skin impeccable. I also made a sugar/lemon scrub last week that I used in the shower. It was a little sticky but my skin was so smooth after.

After I use lemons for my green detox smoothies in the morning I pour a little baking soda on the used squeezed up fruit and scrub the counter down. Not only does it leave the counters sparkling, but it smells amazing and I don't have to worry about hazardous fragrance fumes.

Then I read this ingenius article by Cheap Jap that lemon juice fixed up her ailing soles! I'm going to have to try this one STAT!

Amika Home Styling with Professional Quality: Get Olivia Palermo’s Hair at Home!

Jun 21, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty, Hair Stylin'

OMGGGGGGGGG!!! I'm sorry, look at my hair. So this pic above is when the amika stylist did it for me but amika home styling tools are where it's at. amika's focus is on letting girls do their own hair at home.  I don't know about you guys but I usually watch the Hills and the City and drool over Olivia and Audrina's big beautiful waves that look natural but that we know are the product of some serious styling behind the scenes.

The stylers come in a range of bold, high-design patterns from giraffe print to tatoos. 

If you're like me you thought that the Chi was the highest level of quality you could get.  I learned, however, not so! amika's flat irons and curlers use professional-grade technology.  Their stylers are made with 10% ceramic plates-not just athin coating like most others (and don't even try to go to the drug store you'll get straight up metal, which will really damage your precious locks). amika stylers feature infared heat, which seals moiture into your hair and protects the cuticle and also softens your strands. I'm telling you, I haven't seen my hair shine like this even after leaving the salon last weekend. My favorite part though is that the heat gets right to the root of your hair so you don't even need hairspray (which is my nemesis).

The curlers are clip free and are ready to use in 15 seconds.  And the curler is tourmaline, which provides a natural source of frizz-eliminating ions.

Let's talk girl talk. Remember the game girl talk growing up? Uch so amazing.  I digress. So check out the pic below. This is a pic of me attempting to curl my hair after being inspired by Olivia Palermo's perfect locks on the city.

Me(to myself): Wow, O's hair is so gorge. *Lightbulb* la la la! I own a super awesome curling iron after attending the amika event that is just dying to get out of its adorable little giraffe covered box. 

So, while Rossy-poo was in the bedroom on the phone with his friend I decided to attempt to do my hair super quick so I could surprise him when he came out. Now for those of you who dont know me, I have a massive amount of hair. Like, hairstylists can't even believe it. It's thick. That's just to give some street cred to how quickly amika got the job done. In 14 minutes flat I had styled my entire head into curls. Yes, they're not perfect. It is a learning experience. I did learn that you need to make sure to hold the hair up to the very tip otherwise the ends are straightened out. I also learned that I don't need to go all the way up to the roots because I look a lil Shirley Temple-esque. That aside, I mean it doesn't get much better than that.

Ross was also thoroughly impressed as was I.
Oh yeah and the iron comes with a glove so you don't burn your fingers holding the hair up to the iron (since it is clip free! so it can be crimp free too. Don't you just hate those little crimpies you get when you close the thingy down on it?)

Okay, so here comes the damage: The Curling irons start at $105 and go up from there.  They're not cheap but they actually work. Like I would actually wear my hair out even the first try I had at curling my hair. My Conair iron is literally going in the trashh!!


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PS: The curls lasted all the way until I went to the gym the next day and even after–WITHOUT any hairspray!! And hairspray is terrible for you so I eliminated all those toxins from my life and lungs!

Disclosure: Please be advised that Smartypanties attended an event for and received samples of this product for review. Our reviews are always honest, which is why we always want you to know all the facts!

Tory Burch Sample Sale New York City! Starts today! Surprise Opening!

Jun 21, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Sample Sales

261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

 Wovens:  shirts, tunics, skirts, pants, dresses, jackets, outerwear and more
              Knits:  sweaters, tops, dresses and more
              Bags:  handbags, satchels, totes, clutches and more
              Shoes:  sandals, thongs, flats, pumps, wedges, & more


Monday June 21 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday June 22 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday June 23 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday June 24 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday June 25 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Dressing room is open, but closes 1/2 hour prior to close of store.
* Our entrance & selling floor closes 10 minutes prior to close of store.
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Simon Showroom Sample Sale: Citizens of Humanity, C&C California and More!

Jun 19, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Cheap Thrills

Ta-Ta-Toos! A Fun and Non-Permanent Way to Have Fun!

Jun 19, 2010 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Fashion

Tattoos have never been something I got into. They're just way too permanent and I don't want them to be all faded and stretched when I'm 60. Don't people worry about that? And they turn that crazy green color when you get older. Anyway, I digress.

Tons of celebrities have tattoos like Kelly Ripa who recently got her husband’s last name inked on her inner wrist, or even 16 year old Miley Cyrus who imprinted “just breathe” under her left breast.  There is a common perception that “tramp stamp” chicks are more promiscuous then others, thinkg: Jersey Shore. But really they are fun for a summer night when you're wearing a backless top.   With more people making the move to indulge in some sexy body art but not quite ready to make the permanent move, Ta-Ta-Toos let you “fake it ‘til you make it” in an stylishly intelligent and intimate way. 

Treated like a personal greeting card, ta•ta•toos are temporary tattoos, worn on your “ta•tas,” that relay sentiments in a fun, intimate and original way.  With collections covering a multitude of occasions, ta•ta•toos send a message that may be temporary fun, but will undeniably create permanent memories.

Collections include bridal/anniversary/weddings, special occasions, risqué, just for fun and birthdays, with messages such as “Feeling Lucky,”  “Naughty/Nice” and more traditional options including “Let’s Celebrate”, “Guess What I am Pregnant” and “Happy Birthday”.

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