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**



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 :

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".



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.


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~


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. 

Brio Tuscan Grille - best f'n lamb ever

brio tuscan grille is an italian restaurant. i've drove past it & noticed its' exterior. looks nice. they have a nice outdoor patio that overlooks their very own little pond/lake (which i did not have the chance to take a pic of, but the pic i have of the front will do). i finally decided to give them a try one day for a friend's bday. all i have to say is.. beware of portions & it might be a bit pricey for a typical, casual dine out. other than that, the dishes we ordered were DELISH! :) they have several many locations around the U.S btw~

they give you this flat bread tray (taste kinda like pita chips) when you dine in; it taste great! even better with the dip below!

roasted garlic, spinach & artichoke dip

calamari fritto misto; it was so tasteful. the calamari was seasoned very well. it was crispy & NOT oily! thumbs up for that. also, this aptzr came with 2 choice of sauces; i believe it was tartar & some sort of marinara/tomato sauce? correct me if i'm wrong.






last but not least...when you're finished with your meal, the waiter/tress comes out with a tray of all the desserts they have to offer. i don't have a pic of all of them, but we did order 3 of them. they're very similar to little dessert shots, minus the alcohol..that is. i apologize that i cannot rmb'er all the flvrs that we tried, but the one with the raspberry is the ny cheesecake shot.

What I Order At Starbucks

one of the best damn frappes you can order @ starbucks!! (besides the mocha). i personally believe that the best made green tea frappes you can get in atlanta area is @ perimeter mall. they make it so rich & creamy tasting. you can def. taste the green tea flvr. (tastes almost just like häagen-dazs's version). the more whip cream they put; the better it tastes!!

also the passion lemonade is great. you have the options of doing passion with green tea or black tea, but the passion flavor's a bit tarty. you can pay a few cents more & get it w/ lemonade! yum~

it's also very easy to make at the convenience of your own home! the recipe are as follows:

> tazo passion tea (you can get it @Target, online, etc.)
> lemonade
> sugar syrup (boiled sugar + water)
> ice
> cocktail shaker (not really required but the bubbles make any drink taste better than stirred!)


OOTD: Simple&Funny

super casual outfit for grabbing some quick things @walmart & the grocery store. it was an extremely hot day (5/29/11) where I live, so this outfit was great for the weather..sorta lol..& plus I don't like to dress up if it's just walmart :]

oh yeah! & I got a new camera; can you guys tell?! :D hope you like the qualityy~~

disclaimer: all clothes (&shoes) were purchased by me. no sponsorship or affiliations. honest opinions ftw! look it up ;P

-- music's by goodnight argent - "the sky is the limit". it's a cover by them but originally by jason derulo.

** no copyright infringement intended**


Water Color Nails (perfect for summer!)

I learned this neat water + polish trick wayyy back when I was 10. my cousin used to work in a nail salon & she would teach me cool nail stuff every now & then and yep -- this is one of them;; now, I kno there are other ways of doing this concept, but this is just MY way.

these water color nails are great for spring (or summer)! especially if you choose very bright colors ;)

I apologize for the terrible camera quality; I'm hoping to save enough money to invest in an actual camcorder rather than using my casio or canon digicam. this video was shot was a canon cam. I thought canon made excellent quality cams - but this proves otherwise =/

other than that..hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial
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p.s. I do kno the tape trick, but I prefer not to go with that technique;; it doesn't block out the polish 100%

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special thanks to my hand model - jessica :]]

--DISCLAIMER: all nail polishes were purchased by me or given to me by family & friends. no company affiliations or sponsorship. these are my honest opinions.


Birthday OOTD ♥

april 27, 2011 was my bday. I am now 20 years young :]
I filmed this all under 3 mins & in one take -- LOL pretty darn decent ;P

-- FACE --
» 88 palette (purples)
» victoria's secret shimmer palette
» nyx jumbo eye pencil "milk"
» elf concealer
» physicians formula pressed foundation & bronzer
» maybelline lipstick "born with it"

-- OUTFIT --
» charlotte russe hoops
» charlotte russe flower necklace
» f21 flower ring
» tjmaxx/marshalls lace top
» h&m pleather/cotton skirt
» max studio leopard heels

-- NAILS --
» OPI "irish I was thinner"

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-- spring giveaway is still open: http://tinyurl.com/3djvrb2

disclaimer: all apparel were purchased by me except the top (which was a gift) from bf's mom. video was not sponsored or affiliated with any companies. honest opinions as always.


CVS&Walgreens Weekly Deals (4/24-4/30)

** please remember that these offers may vary on location

 Blink Tears (0.5 oz.) or Gel Tears (0.34 oz.), $7.99

Get $7.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 Blink Tears or GelTears Eye Drops, exp. 5-9-11 (SS 04/03/11)
or use $4/1 Blink GelTears (blinkie)
= Money maker FREE after coupon and ECBs!

Honest Tea Beverage, $0.99
$1/1 Honest Tea printable (from Recyclebank )
= FREE after coupon!

Dove Men+Care Deodorant (2.7-3 oz.), $0.99 (Limit 5)
Use $1/1 Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant/Deodorant, exp. 4-24-11 (RP 03/27/11)
= FREE after coupon!


All Clean & Clear Products, psa $5.49
Get $5 ECBs wyb $15 (Limit 1)
Buy (4) Clean & Clear Body Washes at $5.99
Use (2) B1G1 Clean & Clear Body Wash, exp. 5-15-11 (SS 03/27/11)
= $0.75 ea. after coupons and ECBs!

Nair Hair Remover (excl shower power max) $3.99
= $0.99

Splenda No Calorie Sweetener 100 packets or granulated 3.8 oz $2.99
Use the $3/1 regional coupon found in the 4/17 SS

Nexcare waterproof 20 pk, Active or Soft n’ Flex 30 pk $2.99
Use the $0.55/1 coupon found in the 4/3 SS
Pay $2.44
Submit the $2.99 Mail-in Rebate found on the package
=$0.55 Moneymaker Free

Stayfree maxi pads 14, 16, or 24 pk $2.99 = $2.99 RR
Use the $1/1 coupon found in the 3/27 RP or here
Pay $1.99
Get back a $2.99 RR
= $1 Moneymaker Free!

Splenda Unadvertised Monthly RR Deal
Buy 2 Splenda products = $3 RR 
Buy 3 or more Splenda products = $4 RR 
Deal Scenario:
Buy 3 Splenda with Fiber 80 ct boxes $2.99
Total = $8.97

Use 2 $3/1 Splenda Sweetener product regional coupons found in the 4/17 SS (expires 5/2)
Use 1 $2/1 Spenda with Fiber coupon found here
Pay $0.97
Get back a $4 RR
=$3.03 moneymaker Free

Luster White 7 toothpaste 2.6 oz $4.99 = $4 RR
Use the $1.50/1 regional coupon found in the 4/3 SS
Pay $3.49
Get back a $4 RR
=$0.51 Moneymaker Free!


Wonderful Pistachios 8 oz, Jack Links 3.25 oz, Emerald Almonds 11 oz, whole cashews 10 oz $2.99
**Use the $2/1 coupon available on Recyclebank (50 points) to get a package for $0.99!
OR Use the $1/1 Wonderful coupon found in the 3/20 SS or here for $1.99!

Pringles Super Stack 5.71-6.73 oz 3/$4
Use the $1/3 coupon found in the 4/3 PG
= $1 each!

Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick antiperspirant/deodorant Buy 1 get 1 Free
Buy 2 deodorants 3 oz $2.99 each (based on online price)
Minus Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $2.99 for both
Use 2 $0.50/1 coupons found here
= $0.99 each

Fixodent tablets or cream 2-2.4 oz 78 pk or Scope mouthwash 24-33 oz $3.99 = $1 RR
Buy Fixodent tablets or cream $3.99
Use the Buy 1 get 1 Free Fixodent coupon found in the 4/10 RP
lus, use the $1/1 coupon found in the 3/13 RP (some regions received $0.50/1 coupons)
Pay $2.99
Get back a $1 RR
= $1 each!

Werther’s candy Buy 1 at $2.29 get 1 Free
Use 2 $0.75/1 coupon found in the 3/13 SS
Final cost $0.39 each!

Nestle Candy 1.28 to 2.1 oz only $0.39
Buy 3 Butterfinger Snackerz $0.39 each
Total = $1.17
Use the $1/2 coupon found here
= $0.17 for 3 bags and no coupon beepage!

Colgate toothpaste 8.2 oz, total toothpaste 4.2 oz, or toothbrush Buy 1 get 1 Free
Buy 2 Colgate Total 4.2 oz $3.49 each (based on online price)
Minus Buy get 1 Free sale = $3.49 for both
Use 2 $1/1 coupon found in the 4/10 SS
= $0.74 each

Schick Hydro razor system, shave gel 8.4 oz, cartridges 4 pk buy 1 get 1 Free
Buy 2 Hydro shave gel 8.4 oz $3.79 each (based on online price)
Minus Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $3.79 for both
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found here
(Must “like” on Facebook, then click on the “Have a Blast” tab, then scroll down to click on “Get Coupons)
= $0.90 each

Nature Made vitamins and supplements Buy 1 get 1 Free

Buy 2 Fish Oil 100 ct $8.99 each (based on online price)
Minus the Buy 1 get 1 Free sale = $8.99 for both
Use 2 $4/1 coupons found in the Feb issue of All You mag
=$0.49 each!

Tilex 32 oz 2/$5
Use 2 $1/1 Tilex coupons found here (bottom left corner)
Plus, use the $2/2 Walgreens coupon found in the April Coupon Booklet
= 50 cents each

Palmolive dish liquid 10 oz $0.89 with in ad coupon
Use the $0.25/1 regional Walgreens coupon found in the 4/17 SS

Renuzit adjustables 7.5 oz $0.79 with in ad coupon
Use the $0.55/3 coupon found here
= $0.61 each!


Free Cup of Starbucks Coffee OR Tea on 4/22

Just bring a reusable travel mug to the Starbucks of your choice between 7am-10am on April 22, 2011! How eco-friendly is that..lol :)


Spring Giveaway #1! (OPEN)

time for my first giveaway!! wooo~

[[ R U L E S : ]]
(1) MUST be a subscriber of my channel; new subbies are welcomed :D;; & yes I will be checking.
(2) must be 13 or older (if below 18, pls ask parents' consent before entering)
(3) leave a comment below answering this question -- what's your fave. song to jam to in the spring or summer?
** you may enter as many times as you like (just not consecutively); also you CANNOT enter the same song TWICE **
(4) US ONLY for this giveaway; intl subbies -- pls stay tuned for other upcoming giveaways :]
(5) **giveaway closes MAY 3, 2011 at 11:59:59 EST!!**
-- winner will be chosen via classtools.net

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disclaimer: all prizes were bought by my own money. this video was not sponsored or affiliated with any companies. honest opinions as always :)