Today, I finished crocheting my first hat!

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YAYYY! Thanks to an awesome YouTube tutorial, my noggin will be kept warm this winter! Now I’m gonna start making a whole buncha stuff!

It took me roughly two days…I could’ve done it in one if I was very diligent about it. So that makes crocheting soooo much faster than knitting (at least for this hat).

What shall I make next? An infinity scarf? What color yarn should I use? The possibilities are endless!!!

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Todaycommai’s Blogiversary Giveaway – Part 2 (Dress + Bracelet)

Hello! And we’re back to celebrate our blogiversary… with another giveaway! This time, it’s a SomethingNavy dress and a Jewelmint bracelet. Both were goodies that Jarkie bought (this giveaway is not sponsored by any third party)… both items are new/unused/unworn. See photo for what goodies you can win. And no worries, if you can’t enter this one, we have another giveaway coming within the next few days! 🙂

SomethingNavy One Shoulder Sequin Dress with Chiffon Skirt (list price $160)

  • Black Glittering Sequins (top)
  • Light White Chiffon (bottom)
  • 95% rayon, 5% spandex
  • Size: M (6-8)

**Sorry, we only have this dress in size M.

Jewelmint CityScape Bracelet valued at $29.99

The total value of this giveaway comes to $189.99 (estimated to the best of Jarkie’s abilities). 

Follow the directions below to enter. If you are have trouble seeing the giveaway in this post, you can also enter here (rafflecopter).  The giveaway ends on August 31 at 11:59 EST. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions. Giveaway ends August 31 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only. Prize cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. One (1) winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winners have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. In the event the grand prize winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random.org. This will continue under the prizes are claimed. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and any third parties are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Online Shopping and the “Kate Middleton Effect”

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Yesterday, after the British Monarchy released this photo of Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their totally adorable newborn baby, the dress she was wearing in the photo sold out in two hours. Isn’t that crazy? Customers are even calling the maternity brand and begging them to check their stock again and again to see if all the dresses are really gone. (I’m covering this story today, and I’m flabbergasted by it, so I thought I’d pop by to share.)

For all of you out there who want this dress (and I don’t blame you, it’s beautiful!), they will be available again on September 16th.

Image Courtesy: British Monarchy Facebook page

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Today, I bring you my ZARA finds and happy panda umbrella (strange instructions!)…

Sales are the best. They are my best friend. Do I mind that I’m a bit “behind” with the seasons? Nope. Not really. Today’s topic: ZARA. I first found out about ZARA (along with MANGO and UNIQLO) while I was studying/living in Udaipur & Beijing. Haha. In fact, my first Zara item was purchased in Udaipur… from a man who brought western brand  clothing and accessories from Mumbai (???) to Udaipur and sold it at a ridiculously cheap price in a shop somewhere I can’t remember. One of my the many ways Western culture crept into India’s way of life… at least for some.

I had to get my car fixed this past weekend. That process took about 5-6 hours. “Unluckily” ( 😛 ) for me, there was a mall across the street. What a bummer, guess I just had to spend that much time in the mall 😛 My eyes were drawn to ZARA’s Spring-Summer Sale. Of course. Regarding some of their clothing… I just have the following thoughts: What? What? Why? How? Why? But there are many items that I just love and so I stocked up on some nice finds. Take a look… we’ll call this business chic 🙂 It’s what I’m wearing to work. Whoot whoot! HAHA… for you young (physically and/or young at heart) folks out there 🙂

The Finds

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I was very excited when I spotted this EVERYDAY SHOPPER handbag in the sale section! It’s not leather (sad… but tis okay… I’m too clumsy for fancy leather bags right now)… Pros: It’s pretty spacious and can fit an iPad (as long as you have a cover). It’s very simple but sophisticated. I was looking for something that I could hold, but also swing on my shoulder if I got tired of holding it so this was the perfect find! Disadvantage? Besides the zipper that’s on the front (see photo above), there are no other zippers! Not even the little pouch on the inside. I don’t really mind, because at work, I don’t need to worry about having a bag that zips… but as long as you’re not in a crowded place where you have to worry about people reaching into your bag, this is good! 🙂

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ZARA flats from Udaipur … I honestly have no clue what they’re called but I like them 🙂 The polka dotted blouse was part of the Zara sale section. They nice to wear over leggings if you’re looking for a casual look around the house. At work, I tuck it in under a nice pencil-ish skirt or business-esque pants.

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I also got this comfy sweater to wear at home: Basic Knit Sweater yipee!

Extra find – my roomie just got back from San Fran and look what she got me! She knows my fascination for pandas… and I’m always losing umbrellas so this was perfect! Please do not ask me why there is a serving suggestion on my umbrella. Why do I need to add “hot watter” and why must I bring it to a boil and simmer? What am I consuming??!! 🙂

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The Look

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Items – A day in the life of Jarkie’s work fashion lololol

1. Handbag: Everyday Shopper (Black), $29.99   2. Polka dotted printed blouse (Red/Coral), $35.99    3. EXPRESS skirt    4. Zara Trafaluc flats   5. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy(1.7 oz), $70.00   6. Juicy Couture Starter Charm Link Bracelet (gold tone), $48.00 

At a first glance, those items might look pricey… but ain’t nobody got that kinda money (at least not us young ones just outta college trying to save up for more school!)… look for outlets in your area! Since I’m a AAA (triple A) member, I was able to get a VIP coupon book at the particular outlet I went to. Helped me save a tone of some of the Juicy items 🙂

What are your favorite finds? Are there any sales going on that you’re crazy about? Please do share!

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