Happy 4th!

I really dislike waking up any time past 10:30. I think I woke up at ~11-11:30 today. But I also went to bed at like 3:30 in the morning. Thankfully, it was a pretty productive day.

I went shopping with my mom (she bought me the Nike shoes I wanted as my early birthday present!) and then came home and helped her cook by making the salad. Then I dyed fabric, and attempted to dye a semi-gray dress dark red. It didn’t work. I think it needs a bleach bath first.

Then I decided it was finally time to clean out my little bookcase full of books and spray paint. I was going to spray paint the inside gold and the outside white, but I decided it looked legit as all gold. I’m waiting for that to dry overnight in the garage and then I’ll be able to put my books back and have more room for reorganization. I’ve got a huge bag full of books to donate.

I also went to Chili’s for the first time ever with Krista and Jordyn. It was pretty good. We went up to Lamphere Hill after to watch fireworks and that was kinda cool. We had a literal 360 view of fireworks from our city and surrounding cities. Bugs kept flying at my face.

Overall, not a bad 4th of July.

4th of July = Shopping

I’ve been laying here perusing the internet, trying to think of what I should write about today, when I realized shopping is always something to be talked about.

While I feel like stores should be closed on the 4th of July, I am simultaneously happy and satiated that they are not. I went to Somerset to use my birthday coupons from Anthropologie and Victoria’s Secret. I hadn’t been to Somerset in a few months, so it was time for a visit anyway.

Last time I was there, Victoria’s Secret was under construction, as they expanded and moved across the hall into a mega space. I feel like it got slightly smaller, but at the same time, they have a lot of merchandise, including a whole activewear section. I ended up using my $10 off on underwear – YEAH I KNOW. I don’t need it. I probably should’ve use it on yoga pants, but the undies I got are incredibly comfy. I couldn’t pass them up.

Over at Anthropologie, I planned on using my 15% off (really lame coupon, TBH) to get one of their candles, Illume Boulangerie Whipped Cream & Pear since I passed that one up for Coconut Macaroon last time I was in. I did end up getting that, but I had a lot of internal conflict as to whether to just get the candle, or add THIS clearance blouse to it (in emerald green), which was 25% off extra. I didn’t. But I wanted to.

I shopped around to other places, including Madewell, Banana Republic, Lucky Brand, Swarovski, and the very depressing Betsey Johnson store. I almost bought a skirt at Madewell, but decided it wasn’t worth $42.

Lastly, I stopped at GAP because they’ve always got some kind of sale going on and I love them. Turns out they had the best sale of everyone (and by everyone I mean most stores were having an extra 25-30% off clearance items) with 40% off clearance. I ended up getting a GAP + Threadless limited edition t-shirt and G-Flex yoga pants that ended up coming to $12! (For the pants, not total.)

I also went shopping with my mom in the evening and didn’t end up getting anything, though I did find a really nice ombre blouse and a rather short dress that looked quite nice on me. I should be given a gold star for not spending all the money I could have spent today…