7.28.2011

Obsessing: Supernatural

So.....over the past few months, Netflix has been rocking my world. Like most, I am not happy about how they are jacking up their prices but when you do the math and see what other sites are offering, Netflix still has the best deal.


One of the best things about Netflix is that it allows you to discover new series that you have never seen before. For me, it's Supernatural.


Actually, I heard about Supernatural when it was premieirng but I didn't give it a chance. Everytime I saw the promotions the show came off as if two brothers were put into some random predicament to fight off the supernatural and found it cool therefore they decided to persue it.

As a hardcore horror fan, that turned me off. I just want to say...bad advertising for the show!!! It is nothing like that. Here's the sypnosis:

Dean and Sam Winchester are brothers that were trained to fight off evil by their father once they lost their mother in a suspicious house fire (we later learn it's a demon). They were taught to believe in the boogeyman and be afraid of the dark because, guess what? There are things that do go bump in the night. Dean (the older brother, played by Jensen Ackles) continues on with the life as a hunter but Sam (played by Jared Padelecki) decides to go to college and put that life behind him.  When their father goes missing, they go out on a job to try to find them. They do not find their father but they do finish the job by defeating the supernatural being. When Sam returns back to his apartment, he sees his girlfriend go up in the flames. The same way his mother did when he was a baby. This sparks Sam to embrace the hunter lifestyle and hit the road with his brother. The first season focuses on Sam and Dean trying to find their father. While trying to find their father, they are also following up other clues that lead them to towns that may be experiencing something of the supernatural force. Throughout the season, you get to meet other "hunters" and learn that each one of them has gotten into lifestyle for personal reasons. And none their stories/reasons have happy endings. 


I am hooked on this show! The creator worked on the concept for this show for ten years. You can tell he did his research. This isn't some hokey BS. He has thrown in some Urban Legend Classics and Folklore: The Woman in White (or The Weeping Woman) and The Grimm's Brother Fairytales (you know, the ones in which Hansel and Gretel get eaten); vampires, ghosts haunting abandoned hospitals, demons possessing bodies and the never ending struggle of Good vs. Evil.


If you are a fan of horror, urban legends, or folklore then you must watch this show.

 If anything, watch it for the eye candy. 


Especially Dean:

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Book Review: Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis -14

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This is the fifth novel in the Sophie Katz Series written by Kyra Davis and just like the other novels, this one did not disappoint!! I am not a huge fan (or a fan at all) of mystery CSI-type books . When I was in a book club, the majority of the group chose a book like that and the furthest I got was to page 14.
I just couldn’t do it.

The Sophie Katz Series gives me just what I need out of a not-so-serious Chick Lit Mystery Novel. For those that may not be familiar with the series, let me give you a  recap:

Sophie Katz is a novelist living in San Francisco (just like Kyra Davis). She is a bi-racial (half-Black and half-Jewish; just like Kyra), has some serious love for coffee (and Starbucks) and has an eclectic circle of friends and family: Leah, her Type-A sister whose hair is always slicked in a low ponytail and never has a strand out of place and also has a son named Jack; Dena, Sophie’s best friend, a Sicilian firecracker that’s into sex, liberation, and S&M and happens to own her own sex shop. Marcus, hairstylist and Sophie's gay best friend; Mary Ann, Dena’s cousin who is completely clueless but wears her heart on her sleeve; and last, but certainly not least, Anatoly Darinsky, Sophie’s hot new, Russian-Israeli born neighbor who she's seriously lusting after. At first Sophie thinks Anatoly is a murderer (and is gunning for Sophie) since he keeps to himself, comes in and out at the most random times of the day, and pretty much has the word “SUSPICIOUS” plastered across his forehead. We find out that Anatoly is a private investigator, hence the crazy schedule. Once that little blurb is taken care of, the relationship between Anatoly and Sophie gets hot and heavy!

Throw in someone trying to kill Sophie, Leah’s husband getting murdered, run-in’s with Sophie’s ex-husband (uh-oh!), humor, wit, and coffee (lots of it), you have the makings of a Sophie Katz Mystery.

In Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress, Sophie is on a mission to settle a score with whomever shot her friend Dena; leaving her to deal with the fact that she may never be able to walk on her own again and even worse....losing her sex drive! Finding Dena's potential shooter is no easy fete. Dena has unintentionally upset some people with her, ahem, lifestyle choices; especially as a sex shop owner. While trying to find Dena's shooter, Sophie also has to deal with Mary Ann's plans for a fairytale wedding at Disneyland, Leah being, well Leah, and Anatoly continuing to stay secretive about his life, past and present. BUT! Dena was shot in Mary Ann's apartment so was the bullet meant for Dena, Mary Ann, or Sophie?

I really enjoyed this book! I love this series. Kyra Davis does Chick Lit Mystery the right way. Her writing is so witty! I couldn't get pass one part of the book because I was laughing so hard. I have read some other Chick Lit Mystery books where the author's go off on a tangent and you forget that you are reading a mystery book until the last chapter. Kyra keeps you enaged until the very end....literally. This book ends with a cliffhanger that anxiously keeps you waiting for the next book. There will be a next book Kyra, right?

My only gripe? The book cover. Yes, I judge books by their cover (metaphorically and physically). 

Here are the first four books in the Sophie Katz Series:

I love these covers! So girly, so fun, so quirky!! One of the main reasons why I read the book!


Now, go back and look at the latest cover up top. I'll wait.


Yeah. Disappointment.

So I have two requests from you Kyra, hurry up with the next book and please, PUH-LEASE go back to the original covers!!

Are there any other fun Chick Lit Mystery authors out there I need to know about? Let me know!


7.22.2011

Thrifty Finds with Adena

Adena joined us on "I Love Thrifting" Day and did pretty well for herself! Take a look at what she scored.




Um...when you are finished with that blazer can I have first dibs, please??




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7.21.2011

Nom Nom Nom: Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

Sliced cucumber and watermelon have been two of my daily snacks for the summer. One day I was getting bored of eating the cucumber all by it's lonesome. I decided to "marry" both of them together and realized I had created something very NOM-licious! Um, I am definitely late to the Cucumber-Watermelon party. One quick Google search resulted in hundreds of recipes. I'm sharing one of them with you today!

Image and Recipe via All Recipes
I don't add Balsamic Vinegar to mine. I keep it simple with only cucumbers and watermelon. I saw some different variations in which feta cheese(yum!) or mint was added. I would suggest not adding the sugar. Personally, I feel watermelon is sweet enough. This is a very yummy and filling meal and is very low in calories (if you follow the servings of this recipe, each one is only 48 calories!). 


Have you ever tried this before? Do you have any variations?? 



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7.20.2011

Book Review: Last Night at the Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger - 13

Your spouse gets the big break they've worked so hard for (and deserve) and instantly becomes famous overnight. Performances on late night talk shows, charity parties that are over saturated with celebrities, tours, and money. Lots of it. Everything is absolutely perfect, right? Yeah.....if it was perfect, then there would be no book to read (or review).

Brooke and Julian Alter have been married for 5 years. Brooke is a nutritionist working two jobs to help support her husband, Julian, who is working hard to make it big in the music industry by singing in one hole in the wall bar night after night. Finally, Julian catches his big break and everything starts to fall into place.....a little too quickly. While Julian is traveling back and forth cross country doing interviews and performances, Brooke is trying her hardest to be the happy, supportive wife while trying hold down both of her jobs.

This book shows the not-so-nice side of being a celebrity. I have read other books in which someone becomes famous and it's all rainbows and lollipops. Here, we see how ugly the paparazzi and gossip magazines can be. You also learn that you have to make sure the people inside your circle are truly genuine and trustworthy.

What I like about Brooke is that she never changes. Well, physically she changes after the pressure from her husband(somewhat) and his management team. Luckily, it's nothing too drastic. She is trying her hardest to continue being the supportive wife and still working both jobs while chasing her own dream of opening up her own practice. She doesn't like how the fame is changing Julian and rightfully so.

Sadly, Julian does get caught up in all the fame. He starts to change the way he dresses (his signature outfit has always been jeans, white t-shirt, and a knit cap), hints at Brooke that she may need to start watching her weight so she doesn't feel "uncomfortable" while around other celebrities and press, and he wants her to put her dream on hold and follow him around everywhere. Throw in some groupies and you have a formula for disaster.

All the pressure and lack of trust puts a strain on their relationship and they both have to decide whether or not their marriage is worth fighting for.

I have read all of of Lauren Weisberger's other books: The Devil Wears Prada, Everybody Worth Knowing, and Chasing Harry Winston. I would say after this one I am 2 and 2 (Liked 2, didn't care for 2).

I loved The Devil Wears Prada! The book was so good! The movie? Eh. If it was a movie that wasn't based off a book, I would enjoy it more. Does that make sense? Everybody Worth Knowing was a fun name dropping book and a very quick, easy read. Chasing Harry Winston, I put that book down for a few months and read it when I had nothing else good to read.

I had a hard time getting into this last book. It takes about 150 pages before the good stuff starts to happen and for me that is way too long. Once the book starts going, you find yourself getting sucked into the whirlwind that becomes their life. Although most of it was predictable, it was still enjoyable. OK, so I might take back being 2 and 2 and say that I am 3 an d 1. Next time don't wait too long to get to the good stuff. OK, Lauren??

Have you read any of Lauren Weisberger's books? What are your thoughts? I've heard that many people think she is a one trick pony but why mess with a formula if it's working for you?

7.15.2011

We Interrupt This Program......

To bring lots and lots of beautiful eye candy! I first saw some of these pieces on Softspoken, which prompted me to click here, which now has my inner-hippie doing backflips. Enjoy.....

Images via Thrifted and Modern


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7.14.2011

Music Themed Birthday Party


After reading about how Jai of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion scored 15 record albums at a great price on "I <3 Thrifting" Day, it reminded me that I need to get into serious planning mode for my son's 3rd birthday. His birthday is in March. Why am I planning so early? Because that's what I do. I don't like to wait and leave things to last minute. I feel scrambled. Plus, the earlier I start, the longer I have to find exactly what I need. This year (technically, next year) we are going with a music themed birthday party. My son loves music. Put any song on and he will start breaking it down! .

All Images via Pinterest

I might keep it classic with black and white records or I may take it colorful. I still have a lot of things left over from his first birthday (Carnival/Circus theme. Very colorful) and I always like to use what I already have so....color may be the winner.


The decor will be records. LOTS OF THEM! Record cake stand, record table runner, record mobile, record place mats....you get the point! I also love the colorful swirl straws I have seen lately and I think adding labels to them would be so cute!









Pretzel rods found here.

I am going to keep the food simple this year: chicken fingers, burgers, fries....

But I will make sure some things are "music themed"




How can you have a music themed party and not play Musical Chairs?!?! Well, I guess you can but it just wouldn't be right! It will be pretty interesting to see how well three year olds listen to instructions. I saw a DIY Musical Instrument Tutorial on Skip to My Lou a few weeks ago and thought this would be the perfect activity for a child's birthday party. Once the instruments are completed, the little ones can have in impromptu "concert!"



Planning is almost complete. Now it's time to gather materials. Off to thrift stores and Craigslist to find records......





Unless otherwise noted, all images via Pinterest.


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7.13.2011

Thrifty Find

Jenifer, better known as Deltapurl on Twitter, scored a great dress for her sister! It has been said over and over again, "Every woman needs an LBD (Little Black Dress)." Now, her sister is covered!
TAGS WERE STILL ON! So, for those of you that think it's skeevy to wear used clothing....still head to the thrift stores! You never know what you may find. Plus, most places, such as Goodwill, usually have racks specified for never worn items that been brought in from other stores.

Not only does Jenifer have a great eye when it comes to thrifting, she also makes great of jewelry.
 This piece is my favorite. 
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Oh! She also knits. Like a mad woman! She is fast. AND GOOD! Make sure to check out her Etsy page. 

If you were part of the Columbia Chapter for "I <3 Thrifting" Day and want your "Thrifty Finds" featured, please send me an e-mail at lifeispichey@gmail.com.  


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7.12.2011

"I Heart Thrifting" Recap

Whew! OK! I think I am rested enough (yeah, right!) to give you guys a recap:

We started at Goodwill on Garner's Ferry Road and stayed there for about 2.5 hours. It didn't feel like we were there that long but that's what happens when you are having fun, right? I don't think anyone left empty handed. Matter of fact, I think one or two left with carts full (The reusable bags had no chance! We needed back up!). It was a great group and everyone instantly click! But I guess when we all share a passion for shopping and finding great deals there isn't much reason to be catty. 

Goodwill Stores give you a little bit of everything: clothes, shoes, furniture, electronics....and Bobby Brown records(see above)! I did like some of the furniture they had (see above, again) but I wasn't happy with the prices. I think they were just a bit too expensive. I think the stores are catching on to the fact that people like to buy these pieces and refinish them therefore they are more popular which allows them to jack up the prices. Not cool. Not cool at all. 
The whole event could have been held at the Old Mill Antique Mall in West Columbia. Seriously. This place is HUGE! There is so much to see! The things that stuck out to me the most was the China and teacup sets. I got some great jewelry(will show in another post) from a seller's whose whole booth was 66% off! It's always interesting to see what people are selling. There was a beer keg that was repurposed into a lamp, a scary display of clowns (I'm sorry, clowns scare me. Have you ever seen IT?? Killer Klowns From Outer Space?? I don't do clowns), and a Cabbage Patch Kid phone that made the little kid in us come out. But not for too long. 

After the second stop, it was time to Nom Nom NOM! Originally, we were going to eat at the Riverfront in Cayce/West Columbia but Mother Nature's rays were beating a little too hard. Instead, we headed to Cafe Strudel and sat in the patio area. Coincidentally all of the girls sitting at one table, including myself, were vegetarians and the dead-carcass eaters (I kid! I kid!) were at the other ones!

After refueling, we were ready to go!
We received THE BEST greeting from Pets Inc. Thrift Avenue!! I had called all the stores in advance to let them know a bunch of thrifters would be coming through on 7/9 and as soon as the manager saw us coming in she knew who we were. She was peppy, loud, and fun. She totally fit in with us!  She gave us some great deals: Every item that was marked $4 was slashed to $2 and every item marked $5 was slashed to $3. We cleaned the racks. And mannequins (right Aprill?). I definitely scored some great things. Such as a Trina Turk tank top for $2!! 

Another perk of Thrift Avenue: over 90% of their proceeds go towards the caring of
 pets(including Lil' Bit, shown above)


I had an absolute blast and so did everyone else! We are definitely looking into making this a quarterly event. Possibly hitting the road and traveling to other places. Speaking of traveling, I am going to work on getting us a party bus for the next event! 

Besides having a great time shopping and meeting new (and fabulous!) people, I have learned that a bunch of women can get together and not be catty:
(Group Photo!)

Well, unless you both want the same item. Then it can get.....well.....



Be sure to check out April Blake's recap. As well as Carissa's from Mahogany Me.

I will be back with more from this fun thrifting day that will include inspiration photo outfits and what was purchased(by myself and others).

Thanks to everyone that came and thrifted their hearts out! Hope to see you all again!



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7.11.2011

I " Heart Thrifting Day" on our Local News!

I am still working on the recap for "I heart thrifting"
Actually, there will be several recaps but until then, here is a news segment done by our local station, WLTX. (Side note: My last name is pronounced " PEE SHEE")





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7.07.2011

No Wonder I'm Always Hungry.....

85% of the food I consume on a daily basis are fruits and vegetables; which is a good thing. In fact, its a GREAT THING! The only problem, I am always hungry! I know that most fruits and vegetables are made up of water and fiber which are two components that tend to break down and run through the body quicker so I assumed this was the reason for my always growling tummy. I've recently discovered it may be my caloric intake that is the issue. I was on FitSugar's site and they showed how many pieces of one fruit or vegetable you would have to eat to equal 100 calories.


For more information and pictures, visit FitSugar

There is NO WAY I would be able to eat all of that! 60 green beans? 2 1/4 cucumbers?? Fruit would be easier for me to consume 100 carlories but you can bet your last dollar that I will NOT be munching on 18 stalks of celery in one sitting.

On another note: This goes to show that is so much better for you to eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want and stay away from those disgusting 100 Calorie Snack Packs that have NO nutritional value

What about you? Were you shocked to see hot much you would have to consume in order to reach 100?



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7.01.2011

Creativity and an Open Mind goes a Long Way!

I saw this video posted on Facebook last week. The speaker is Jessi Arrington and she is at a Tedx event. The comments I have read about the video are about 50/50. You can take what you want from it but I decided to post it because "I <3 Thrifting" Day is almost upon us and I wanted to show you guys that all you need to have is an open mind and creativity when you go to thrifting and the results can be amazing! You may see a shirt you like but it's too big. Cinch it with a belt. If you or someone you know is like a ninja with the sewing machine, tailor it! Found a sweater but don't like the buttons? Change 'em!
Remember: OPEN MIND! 




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