Sunday, March 16, 2014

Custom Furniture At Target!! What?!!

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Have I been living under a retail rock? I am generally on Target's website pretty much every day, and if I am not, I am in our neighborhood store. I was checking an order I placed just days ago and saw a sidebar that Target has custom furniture. After a few clicks, I found a whole assortment of furniture choices included accent chairs, benches, headboards, ottomans, love seats, settees, and arm chairs.

I always enjoyed that Target had brought in decorative furniture pieces in the last few years. Some of their former pieces were usually a little too modern for my tastes and the scale wasn't always right. Now they seem to have pieces for all tastes and decor and feature gorgeous patterns and fabrics to choose from. Sure, it's probably not "high-end" custom but they do seem to have quite a lot of fabrics to choose from.

The prices seem reasonable to other furniture companies. And the delivery times aren't very long at all. One day, I would love to furnish an entire house or apartment using Target and items only. I remember an Oprah episode where Nate Berkus did just that with pieces from Walmart. Now that would be quite a challenge!

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After years of high end furniture, I vow never to spend that kind of money again. While it's very beautiful, no one knows or cares that your tush is on a Baker couch or a piece from Barbara Barry. At least I don't anymore! Tell me what you think of Target's new "custom" furniture options.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

How Not To Ruin Date Night - Night Trip To LA

Whether your single and dating, married, playing the field or whatever, a great date night out is needed every now and then. (More now than then!) A few weeks ago Mr. Challenge and I ventured out of our comfort zone, zip code and county. Our date nights basically consist of dinner somewhere, a movie or even a day date to the next major city south of us. We are basically creatures of habit until one Saturday I pitched an idea to go beyond our normal routine and try something different.

Our first stop was somewhere we haven't been since Big and Little Challenge came along; The Getty Museum. I initially wanted to go up to Los Angeles during the day but noticed that the museum was open until 9pm on a Saturday. To go up to LA and not to San Diego turns into more of a day trip with LOTS of patience. I wanted to also visit one of our favorite sandwich shops/delis, Bayside Deli in Santa Monica and get the Godmother. It's truly a gourmand's delight. With the idea planted in Mr. Challenge's head, we began prepping for the night. Generally, after a week of running the grind, the last thing we want to do is primp and prep, and sweatpants are oh so comfy. But I made an effort. I showered, put on my best trendy outfit AND make-up. In the meantime, Mr. Challenge was plotting our next stops. And really cool ones at that.
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After museum we headed to Phillipe's the Original French Dip. This is an LA institution dishing up beef, lamb and turkey dip sandwiches for decades along with delicious salads and desserts. After enjoying our beef dip sandwiches, .80 lemonades and a side of slaw, we ventured to our next stop, the One-Eyed Gypsy. Now before you get your tarot cards all up in a bunch, this cool hipster place was so far out of our element but worth the try. While they no longer have the infamous skee-ball, they do have some interesting drinks and live music. Nothing says classy like a cold, tall Pabst Blue Ribbon. Oh, and don't forget your hairy beard. It's the hipster thing to do.
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Onward and downtown-ward. Our last and final stop was for dessert. No, not that kind of dessert. Yummy, delicious flaky goodness known as pie. I am talking about The Pie Hole. Yea, I said it. And genius name, I know. This non-descript pie palace located across from another new place Wurstkuche (we will try soon) in LA's Arts District. There was a small line at the door but not out the door. We waited patiently and noticed the menu board and bakery case were rather sparse. Many of the popular flavors were already gone. And this was at 9pm on a Saturday. We chose their signature item, the maple cream pie, grabbed some forks and headed outside to the few patio tables. The pie  was amazing, as was the night, and the company. It was a perfect way to finish the evening.

As we got back into our challenging sedan and drove back to the 'burbs where we came from, I realized date night was over. No one got mad. We did everything we wanted to see. It could have gone on for a few hours more, but it was time to go home. I challenge you to try a new type of date whether it's during the night or day, near or far. Venture out of your neighborhood and into a whole new experience!

Drugstore On The Cheap - The Best Concealer. Ever!

I'm not one who usually wears make up let alone an entire full face of make-up which includes layers of primer, concealer, foundation, powder, etc. I am lucky to get on some mascara, lips and maybe a dust of powder. Because of this, I am lax in trying expensive products that I will only use once or even a few times. It will just end up sitting in my vanity drawer forever.
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Recently I stumbled across a blog that showed short and easy make up application steps that were right up my alley. One of the products recommended was Hard Candy's Glam Concealer or Glamoflage. The writer mentioned it was at Walmart which is where I picked up my tube. Priced at $6, this was something I was willing to try even if it was the wrong color. It even came with a small sample concealer pencil. There were various of shades available. Again, I am completely stupid when it comes to extra products like concealer and even less knowledgeable about all this "contouring" business I keep reading about. As I get older and the challenges keep coming, I figured my face could use a little help.

A little help, indeed! This might be the greatest drugstore cheapy I have found recently. And all you need is a little. Literally. Like a pin drop for your eyes, blemishes, uneven skin tone, etc. Again, not being familiar with tools of the trade, I wasn't sure how to really apply it. Do I use my finger? A sponge? A brush? I found a smaller brush and dabbed a tiny bit on. It went on smooth and blended well even for this beginner. My eyes looked brighter and less tired and it really did cover up any imperfections. I think I would incorporate this into my everyday routine or even just a quick routine to cover up flaws, add some mascara, blush and lips and hit the road. Give it a try! It won't erase all your problems in life, but those on your face will be less visible!

I am not a paid blogger for this product. The opinions are my own and strictly for informational purposes only.