Sunday, November 29, 2009

Deana-Fication Fashion Soap Box: Invest in a Little Black Dress

Coco Chanel was right - every woman needs to have a little black dress (LBD)in her closet. It's the go-to event outfit that can be dressed up or down and let's be honest, black is a girl's best friend when it comes to looking her best.

Last year I bought one and I've worn it to a few events, and guess what, I'm going to wear it to even more. Yes, there are photos of me floating around in the same outfit, but in this recession, I think it shows the mark of a smart fashionista.

So this holiday season before you run to the mall to buy that New Year's dress or the work Christmas party outfit, check your closet. If you have a LBD, pull it out and look at what shoes and jewelry you have. Why spend another $100+ if you don't have to? You'd be amazed how different a dress looks by changing up your shoes or adding a different necklace... or even wearing your hair differently.

If you don't have a LBD, now's the time to get one. Get one in a timeless and flattering cut, but keep it young and fresh. Get something of quality since you'll have it for a long time.

The 2009 Deana-Fication Recession Awards! Pt 1

The First Annual Deana-Fication Recession Awards are awarded to products, places, people, and trends of the Great Recession. To qualify, the award winner must have been a "replacement" for another item or place and cost less but still be comparable to the original. These are products or activities I have switched to in the last year.

Best Shampoo and Conditioner
In the past I was an Aveda junkie. But I recently tried Avon Techniques shampoos and conditioners, and my hair has never looked better!

Best Skin Care Line
In the past, I was a skin care junkie. Dermalogica, anything from a spa, you name it, I tried it. But when my wallet went dry I returned to a tried and true moisturizer that I used back in the day, and it's just as good - if not better - than the more expensive brands.

Olay Complete Moisturizer

and the best cleanser is

Olay Total Effects Anti-blemish, Anti-aging Cleanser

Best Body Lotion
Jergens Skin Firming Body Lotion

Best Foundation
Loreal True Match

Best Mascara
Covergirl Lash Blast

Best Salon
The Mane Event, Ramona, CA - $20 for a cut

Best Clothing Store
New York and Company - with a coupon

Cheapest Drinks
Molly Molones, Ramona, CA - $1.50 Drink Night

Eda-Mami, Del Mar, CA - 5-7 daily happy hour, rolls 50% off

Cheapest Entertainment
Santa Ysabel Casino - Santa Ysabel, CA
$4.95 prime rib dinner, and plenty of $5 black jack tables

Best Place to Live
Parents' house - Ramona, CA
Can't beat the free rent

Stay tuned for more awards as we count down to the end of 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Where Are You?

So I was at cocktail party the other night with my sister and some of her coworkers when I saw my phone was ringing.

I looked and saw it was my mother.

"Hello?" I said.

"Deana, where are you?" my mom said.

"What do you mean?"

"It's 7:00 pm, are you still at work?"

I shake my head. "Uh, no Mom. I told you I was going to a happy hour thing after work."

"Oh, I must've forgot. We've been sitting here waiting for you to come home so we can eat dinner."

When my phone conversation ended, a few people were looking at me.

"Yes, that was my mother wondering why I wasn't home for dinner..."

Blog ReBranding

Wowza - I can't believe the last time I blogged was in September. And now it's November. How time flies!

When you last heard from me, I was single, unemployed and living with my parents. Since then, I'm still single and living with my parents, but I am no longer unemployed. Yes, fans, I got myself a J-O-B. Holla back!

And now, when people ask me why I'm living with my parents, I will no longer say it's because I'm living on the government's dime and can't afford to live anywhere else... now, I can say it's because "I'm saving up to buy a house." Which is true... but in the San Diego market, how long will that take?