Saturday, December 31, 2011

Seventeen Magazine Freebie Codes January 2012

The holidays are over! Now it's time to think of yourself! Enter these contests everyday for the chance to win something awesome!

1/1: cell
1/2: digits
1/3: contacts
1/4: phone
1/5: facebook
1/6: slide
1/7: sleek
1/8: game
1/9: race
1/10: sports
1/11: action
1/12: disney
1/13: cowboy
1/14: dance
1/15: mouse
1/16: speakers
1/17: case
1/18: listen
1/19: earbuds
1/20: pattern
1/21: leopard
1/22: book
1/23: read
1/24: story
1/25: words
1/26: fiction
1/27: series
1/28: download
1/29: click
1/30: frame
1/31: cam
Grand Prize: bundle
Make Me Chic Scarf: 17MMC

Good luck everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Everyone here at Shopping Girl vs the World (just me) would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!!! The shopping is all done and now it's time to relax for a day.
Thanks for all of your support!
Merry Christmas again!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: To Groupon or Not to Groupon?

During the Holiday Season group buying sites like Groupon become more popular, helping people save money at the places where they buy their gifts. But is it okay to give someone a coupon as a gift without seeming cheap? To answer this question you have to first answer three different questions:

1. Is it a cheap or unexciting gift?
Group buying sites offer amazing discounts on expensive things, but they also offer discounts on smaller things. For example, the other day I recieved a notification from LivingSocial for 50% off on 5 Big Macs and 5 large fries from McDonald's. Although it's a good deal (and a bulk buy), it might not be the best gift for some people because they can go to a McDonald's whenever they want. The answer to giving coupons like this would normally be a "No". All in all it depends on the person. I'm sure Don Gorske would appreciate a McDonald's coupon like this very much.

2. Is it something they have to participate in?
Many times a week, group buying sites offer deals on activities like bowling, whale cruises, and trips to the spa. These types of coupons are usually okay to give as gifts because it can be something your gift recipient has always wanted to do or the activities are normally expensive. For example Groupon San Diego is currenlty offering $25 for a $65 ticket to the Poinsettia Bowl football game, $39 for a $110 fitness class, and $32 for $80 worth of hair treatments and wine at a salon. These are all examples of acceptable gifts and each group buying site has something for every budget. The answer to this question would be a "Yes".

3. Is it something you can do yourself?
Gift buying sites sometimes offer deals for merchandise at stores.  Such as $48 for an $80 curling iron. While it would be acceptable to give the coupin directly to the gift recipient, it would be more courteous to use the coupon to buy the curling iron yourself and directly give the person their gift. The answer to this question could go both ways but it would be safer to go with "No".

Any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: The Little Things

When buying gifts, we may feel obligated to buy expensive extravagant items especially for family members and close friends but what we don't realize is that little inexpensive items, depending on what they are, may have an even greater impact.

1. Handmade things:
There are times when you need to take it back to elementary school days when your gifts included pine cone ornaments and popsicle stick action figures.
Use one of your talents/hobbies or create something based on the interests of your "gift reciever". Bake some cookies for the foodie in your life, make a quilt for the sleepyheads you know, or paint a vase for the flower child next door.
Homemade Gifts Ideas

2. Gifted Memories:
Use items from memories that you share with someone.
For example, create a scrapbook from all of the pictures you have with each other, make a pillow out of your old baby blanket for your mom, or create a custom CD for your friend of your favorite songs from when you were younger.

3. Inside Jokes and Gifts for a Laugh:
Got a funny memory or know your friend's favorite childhood toy? Buy a fun gift for everyone you know. Does your dad keep talking about his favorite childhood cartoon? Buy him an action figure of the main character. Got a friend who loves bacon? Buy them some soap that smells like bacon.Your co-worker has never seen snow? How about snow in a can?
Perpetual Kid
Fred Flare

Any questions, comments, or other ideas? Leave them below!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Seventeen Magazine Freebie Codes December 2011

12/1: photo
12/2: snap
12/3: pics
12/4: tablet
12/5: ultra
12/6: thrive
12/7: desktop
12/8: portable
12/9: laptop
12/10: tv
12/11: orange
12/12: red
12/13: purple
12/14: blue
12/15: black
12/16: gray
12/17: white
12/18: surf
12/19: text
12/20: eco
12/21: chat
12/22: touch
12/23: dial
12/24: call
12/25: play
12/26: pause
12/27: movie
12/28: screen
12/29: watch
12/30: dvd
12/31: twilight

Grand Prize: Computer

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: Etsy

Hi everyone!
After a loooong break I have finally come back to you!

It is now the holiday season and everyday for the next few weeks we will be looking for gifts for everyone. After a lot of looking, it can be so frustrating! For the next few weeks I will posting new ways to get through your holiday shopping whether it's gifts for others, items for holiday parties, or pampering for yourself.

First on the list: Etsy's Facebook Gift Ideas.

Etsy has created a gift guide based on pages your Facebook friends have liked. After a few seconds of going through your friends, it pulls up a list of products related to each interest.

You have the option of viewing every match or filtering the results by price range.
This gift finder makes it so much easier to not only buy gifts, but to get a start on all holiday shopping.

Any questions or comments? Leave them below!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Apoligies to my Dear Followers!

I want to apoligize to all of my followers for the lack of posts lately. Homework and college apps are taking every bit of time from me right now!
But good news! Next week is Thanksgiving break and I will be posting like crazy! In the meantime, continue to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and I will continue to post deals, contests, and mini-posts about interesting things!

Thank you sooooo much!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Seventeen Freebie Codes November 2011

11/01- heat
11/02- wave
11/03- flat
11/04- curl
11/05- sleek
11/06- edward
11/07- bella
11/08- jacob
11/09- cullen
11/10- swan
11/11- alice
11/12- rosalie
11/13- romance
11/14- drama
11/15- glamour
11/16- flush
11/17- kiss
11/18- bloom
11/19- glow
11/20- jasper
11/21- carlise
11/22- emmet
11/23- esme
11/24- renesmee
11/26- wolf
11/27- forbidden
11/28- forever
11/29- soulmate
11/30- wedding

Grand Prize: sparkle

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Group Buying Sites

If you haven't had the chance to sign up for a group buying site, it's never too late to start.
Group buying websites such as Groupon, Yipit or Living Social allow discounts of crazy amounts (usually over 50% off) for stores, restaurants or activities in your city. Signing up is amazingly easy, all you do is enter your email and your city and right away you'll start recieving daily emails with deals.
When you see a deal you like, just buy it and print the voucher to bring to the store, salon, or wherever it's for.
But here's the catch, the deal is only valid if enough people also buy the deal i.e. the group buying part.
My first buy off of a group buying site was 50% off from the GAP. I paid $25 for $50 worth of stuff and instantly fell in love. So what are you waiting for?
Here a few sites to get you started:

Any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Inspired by Pan Am

Fall's Must See TV: Pan Am

TopShop peter pan collar shirt
$24 -

Miss Selfridge blue jacket
£30 -

Jersey skirt
$50 -

Valentino patent leather pumps
$525 -

Thin glove
$35 -

A new show on my fall TV list. I absolutely had to make a set inspired by it! Costume party anyone?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Seventeen Freebie Codes October 2011

10/01- fierce
10/02- country
10/03- choir
10/04- pop
10/05- beat
10/06- scratch
10/07- tickets
10/08- party
10/09- diva
10/10- robot
10/11- club
10/12- crowd
10/13- pink
10/14- popcorn
10/15- dance
10/16- rock
10/17- twin
10/18- arts
10/19- seats
10/20- watch
10/21- screen
10/22- blast
10/23- play
10/24- fun
10/25- golden
10/26- live
10/27- sound
10/28- theater
10/29- concert
10/30- move
10/31- wide

Grand Prize: music

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nails- Newspaper

Hi everyone! I know it has been a long time since I last posted, school work has got me beat!

This time I tried my own versoin of the newspaper nail art design by CutePolish; a YouTuber who has the cutest and easiest nail art designs!

The polish I used is NYC in Taxi Yellow. This had to be the easiest art I have ever done! The only problem I had was nail polish coming off when I applied the newspaper. You have to make sure, you let the polish dry completely before using the newspaper or else it will smudge or come off.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nails- Magazine Designers

For my newest nail art attempt, I tried magazine nails. It had to be one of the easiest designs I have ever tried and I love it for that.
All you have to do is cut words out of magazines (I chose some of my favorite designers and brands) and stick them onto your nails.

Before starting on my nails, I went through some old magazines and found all of the names I was looking for. I tried to keep all of the words on white backgrounds so the look would be uniform. Next I started with a base coat and once it dried I applied one thick coat of "Terracotta" nail lacquer by ORLY. As soon as I finished one hand, I used tweezers to gently press the words onto my nails. To make sure the ends stuck, I had to press the ends down for about 30 seconds.
To finish it all off and to make sure the words didn't come off, I topped it off with a clear coat by OPI.
This look lasted the longest out of any manicure I've ever done. It lasted 6 days with only minor chips near the top. The only problem was that after a shower, the words would sometimes lift off of my nails at the ends, so I had to add another top coat to the nails that had messed up, but other than that the maintenance was fairly easy.

Any questions of comments? Leave them below!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Movie Makeovers: "Sabrina"- After

Movie Makeovers: "Sabrina"- After

When Sabrina returns from Paris she is a more mature, sophisticated young woman. She finds that not only has David fallen for her but so has his brother Linus... (Spoiler Alert! Click here to read a synopsis of Sabrina)

Party dress
$72 -

Olsenboye high heel pumps
$40 -

Oasis evening handbag
£20 -

Worthington silver earrings
$13 -

All Saints long leather glove
$85 -

Any Questions or Comments? Leave them below!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Five Little Ways to Get Moving in a Busy Life for Free!

As we go further into the school year, between homework, jobs, and a social life, there are few oppurtunities for exercise (and let's admit it, working out only on the weekends isn't enough).
Here are a few simple ways to add a little movement in your everyday life.

1. Dance around a little- Take a little break from studying and dance around to your favorite song or create an upbeat playlist that you can dance to while cleaning. Not only will it get you moving, but it will put you in a better mood. When homework is frustrating you, taking a short dancing break will give you a small "Runner's High" which will help you stay focused on your work.

2. Tap it out- While reading, on the computer, or other activities that involve sitting for a while, fidget a little. Tap your foot, wiggle a little to some music, bounce your leg anything that involves small movements. Just make sure they are natural enough not to make you look like a crazy person! Research shows that fidgeters burn about 350 more calories a day than those who don't fidget.

3. Step to it- This is a workout that many people have used for many years: The step stool! I didn't think of the idea until using the step workout on the Wii Fit.
Think of how much time you spend watching TV; instead of sitting through the whole show or movie, take steps on and off the stool and if you're great at multi-tasking, do it while reading. (80s leotard not required)

4. Do it yourself- If you have younger siblings or cousins, then you may sometimes have them get things for you ("Can you go upstairs and get my phone?"). Get moving by getting things yourself; your family members will thank you.

5. Go the extra mile- Not literally of course, but this one's a no brainer. If you've got the time, walk to your destination instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Park farther away in the parking lot.

Staying healthy with a busy schedule can be difficult, but staying active can involve simple and short steps!

Any Questions or Comments? Leave them below!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Get the Look: J Crew Fall 2011 Lookbook

Get the Look: J Crew Fall 2011 Lookbook- Trench

Happy September! It's time to prepare for cooler weather and where can you get inspiration for new fall outfits? Lookbooks! The problem is, you can't always afford the pieces used in the lookbook.
Here's how to recreate one look from J Crew. The original outfit price is about $920, the recreated outfit price is $292

TFNC draped top
£19 -

Dorothy Perkins double breasted coat
£45 -

ASOS reversible pants
$37 -

BCBGeneration wood shoes
$75 -

Satchel bag
$76 -

Any Questions or Comments? Or are there are any lookbook, runway, or celebrity looks you would like me to recreate for less, leave a link to the picture below!

Seventeen Freebie Codes September 2011

09/01- classic
09/02- aztec
09/03- distressed
09/04- shiny
09/05- wave
09/06- buckle
09/07- sparkle
09/08- boho
09/09- flirty
09/10- pretty
09/11- pattern
09/12- flare
09/13- striped
09/14- maxi
09/15- trim
09/16- snowflake
09/17- cozy
09/18- fitted
09/19- sculpted
09/20- leopard
09/21- zipper
09/22- bright
09/23- loop
09/24- girly
09/25- floaty
09/26- stretch
09/27- ruffle
09/28- loop
09/29- studs
09/30- drape

Grand Prize- blazer

Click here to enter

Good luck!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Campus Visit: UC Santa Barbara

Looks on Campus: UC Santa Barbara

Quiksilver shirt
$38 -

Miss selfridge
£35 -

Pepe leather jeans
£39 -

Vans rubber shoes
$99 -

Schwinn Women's Paisley Cruiser Bike - Teal (26") : Target
$200 -

This is the second college we visited on our trip. This first thing we noticed about this campus is the millions of bike racks, the second thing we noticed explained it: it was absolutely HUGE! It was it's own city in itself and even had it's own private beach! This is a really good school for science based majors, but be careful (or not) because it's one of the top five party schools in the country!
And of course we went shopping afterwards (three cheers for the three stories Forever21)!

Visit the UC Santa Barbara website here
Any Questions or Comments? Leave them below!