11/21/11

Tips For BLACK FRIDAY & Deals!


are you guys excited for black friday as much as I am?! I do have not admit i'm no expert when it comes to black friday shopping since I've only done it once -- last year (terrible experience/time). so basically to make last yr's black friday trip short; it was completely random. we stayed up all night 'til morning just to see what the big hyper was & also to see if we can witness any fights..haha. since it was just a first time thing; we had nothing planned - from stores to items, etc. after last year's horrible experience of a black friday, we've learned A LOT!
so let's jump to the point..
here's a list (that I put together) to get in preparation of this crazy day! :

  • flyers, ads, and store coupons will be sent to your homes as early as 2 wks before thanksgiving week (keep a lookout for these on the day before black friday as well)
  • create a list of the stores you plan on hitting up   *mark #s next to the names in the order of importance or even closest distance
  • keep in mind that stores that are participating in the black friday event typically open as early as that thanksgiving midnight; if not..the other half will be open at 4am!! so ARRIVE EARLY & prepared for any weather! :) rain or hail, people will still be standing in line -- crazy, I know ~
  • if you are stuck deciding which one to get first, go for the bigger difference = better deal! ex.) $1199 hp laptop; going on sale for $700 [VS.] $90 8gb mp3 player; going on sale for $60 ;; go for the HP LAPTOP first!

here are some very helpful websites to find out what deals will be going on: 

[click here for walmart's black friday ad] you will need to change the zip code to view the items/deals at your preferred store
awesome deals at walmart: 
HP DJ-1051 All-in-1 Printer $19
gears of war 3 $28; orig between $49-$59
modern warfare 3 $28; orig $60
xbox 4gb + kinect + controller + adventures game $199.96
ps3 160gb + controller + 2 bonus games $199.96
movie dvds $1.96; and $5 as well

[click here for macy's black friday preview] they are currently sending out additional coupons for sale & clearance items! so be sure to check your mail


** this post was not sponsored by anyone. opinions and advice are my own. picture is not my own**



11/9/11

SALE vs. CLEARANCE



a SALE is a temporary markdown that the store can raise to it’s full price at anytime;; usually for promotional purposes
CLEARANCE is a permanent markdown that won’t be raised back to it’s full price;; the word "clearance" says it all - the store is trying to clear out their old, seasonal inventory in preparation for the new items



....so always remember this :
{{ SALES ARE THE DEALS, BUT CLEARANCES ARE THE STEALS }}

also, something I've noticed is..most stores use the red stickers to symbolize the item is "on sale" and the yellow sticker to represent "clearance".



10/31/11

+UPDATE+

finally an update :] here's my "latest/most recent" video; although...it's like 3 months-most recent.. =/ hopefully i'll be able to get back on track.

6/20/11

Cheap Finds: Nude Pumps ♥


 every grl needs a pair of nude pumps ;)

HEEL 1 (steve madden): tj maxx/marshalss; $25-29 - regular price
HEEL 2 (joey o): ross; $17
HEEL 3 (madden girl): $15 - clearance!!
HEEL 4 (charlotte russe): $20 - christmas special



shoe collection (highly requested) coming soon~

6/18/11

Ru'Sans - place of mediocre sushi

apparently this restaurant has about 8-9 locations around georgia area (?). correct me if i'm wrong. the only location i've gone to a few times is "the tower place", which is located in buckhead. it's right down the street from lenox mall. the price ranges for their food is not even "upper scale" prices for a restaurant in the buckhead area. it's actually cheap compared to its neighbor restaurants. the interior decors are kinda modernized. the music is definitely not japanese at all! they play r&b, hip hop, and pop. moving on to the food. lemme give you a fair warning tho. whatever you order that day....will never be the same. the food here is very inconsistent. i'm not sure if its due to the variety of chefs? also, their ratings are 2 out of 5 stars anyways. 3 stars in certain areas. but anyways...bryant & i love yakiudon (jap stir-fried noodles). the very 1st time we went to ru san's..we ordered exactly that. we had gone with a big group so we kinda ordered lots of dishes just to share with the table. out of the diff. fried rices we ordered, appetizers, & such...we still favored the yakiudon the most. so many months pass by & we decided to go back for more. IT TASTED TOTALLY DIFFERENT! not even close to similar either!also, keep in mind, sushi is average priced; some cheaper than others; but it's MEDIOCRE! so don't get your hopes up.


here are the pics &; my ratings (5 star scale - 5 being the highest, 3 being average):

spicy yakiudon (it wasn't spicy at all!) also, you can choose your meat
★★★★
due to the inconsistancy, 4 stars for the the times they really did try
assorted nigiri &; california roll    ★★★
cucumber salad &; seaweed salad    ★★
was kinda salty =/
rice ball ★★★
can't rmb'er what sauce they poured on top, but it was decent
seafood fried rice
★★★
not dry like other restaurants, but yet still lacked some flavor

chicken fried rice
★★
same as the fried rice above, the chicken was nothing special
tiger beef   ★★★
i've had better, but points for the beef.

was medium rare so it came out soft, also the ponzu sauce might be a bit strong
eel roll; &; (?) can't rmb'er...sorry :(   ★★★
typical..the unagi sauce is just what makes it good
scallop roll   ★
scallops are raw, the scallop is about a dime size;

also, it just tastes awful!
spider roll; &; (?)    ★
not even close to decent tempura
nigiri platter - eel, tuna, salmon, california roll (clockwise)
★★★
typical sushi, wouldn't say it's the freshest seafood
p.s. good quality sashimi pieces are s'posed to melt in your mouth~
teriyaki beef [did not eat - no rating]

katsu pork [did not eat - no rating]

Bishoku - Jap Tapas

you guys kno me, i'm always on the hunt for great bites again when we stumbled onto this hidden restaurant. okay so i kinda exaggerated when i said "hidden"..but it was really in the back of a strip mall tho! when we saw the name, we knew it was a jap joint. so why not try? WE LOVE JAP FOOD anyways! as we walk in to view the menu, we were greeted by the owner, jackie. she shook our hands & welcomed us in. lemme tell you. this place is SMALL! although it does have a nice feel and soothing atmosphere. it wasn't like any typical jap restaurant either. it was a tapas restaurant. for the interior, i would give it a 8.5 out of 10. food quality is 8.5/10 as well. food quantity would be 7/10. i understand it is a tapas place..but the portions a tad smaller than typical tapas. well anyways, i kno you all are wanting to kno what we ordered.


bryant ordered asahi. they served us draft. so thumbs up for that.
as for food, we both love unagi don (bbq eel on top of sushi rice) and agedashi tofu.. so of course, we ordered those 2.. along with rice balls too.
we couldn't try a lot of dishes since the both of us weren't so hungry; but anyways
here are some pictures of the table settings & food:

rice balls
 ehh. not thing special. was disappointed. i've had MUCH better. this one was literally only rice & pan friend or smthing..there was no flavor or anything. 

agedashi tofu
it was decent. this was a very small portion. they basically cut half of a normal portion! the also didn't put enough sauce (which is what makes the flavor!)

unagi don
this was the best out of the 3. although i don't really like restaurants that use the "bone in" unagi. also, bishoku unagi was kind of slimy. too much skin =/ i would have to say their rice was good tho. it wasn't like typical rice that rests. normally serve with this certain dish. it had great flavor to it. i noticed they had dry seaweed or smthin mixed. so perhaps they mix their own seasonings of some sort with the rice.