Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Did you get one too? Does it make you want to sign-up?
Register now for the annual Sporting Life 10k race supporting Camp Oochigeas - Canada's first sleepover camp for children with cancer.
Technorati tags: Camp Oochigeas, sales, shopping, Sporting Life
Friday, February 23, 2007
Podcasts are just a fancy way packaging audio recordings. You can listen to them on iPods, computers, mp3 and CD players; and, subscribe for updates.
Technorati tags: iPod, Lost, mp3, podcamptoronto, podcast, Scotiabank, The Money Clip
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Note: Check the website for the fine print.
Roots - once again don't forget to use the discount code "ENJOY25" and until Feb. 25, buy a leather bag and you can still get a gift card:
Note: Check the website and a store near you for the fine print.
Technorati tags: accessories, American Apparel, clothing, Roots, sales, shopping
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
You may remember my recent shopping trip with Kathryn Lagden in Second Life. I asked if anyone was interested in joining me on my next shopping visit. I thought a night out with the girls would be much more fun than venturing out on my own in this strange but enchanting new world.
Technorati tags: After a Fashion, Kate Trgovac
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
It didn't take long for me to find my favorite one and now I'm hooked. I go for regular manicures and pedicures throughout the year. I used to limit them to sandal season only. Now I can't resist.
During the summer, pedicures are easy. I wear a pair of flip flops so the esthetician can polish my toenails and I can let them dry without getting smudged. In the colder fall and winter months, it's a bit of a challenge. My salon used to provide this nifty little saran wrap and customers put them on before their shoes/boots and socks. Now they use small thin plastic bags to do the trick. Either way, it's a bit awkward and a tad uncomfortable.
That was until now. Toronto esthetician, Liana Provenzano is a genius. She designed a special sock - Toes-eez - life will never be the same again! Toes-eez come in two styles: thong-like and toeless (think fingerless gloves for the foot).
The idea is to put them on just before your toes are polished. Your toenails will be exposed while Toes-eez help moisturisers penetrate your skin and keep your feet warm until your nails have dried.
Sold in select local salons and shops in the city for about $10, Toes-eez are a must-have for those of us gals who insist on pedicures when it's chilly outside. Call Metro Beauty Supplies 905 791-7722.
Available at JC Salons, 2326 & 2316A Bloor St. W., or for a store near you call Metro Beauty Supplies at 905 791 7977.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Where can I buy andouille sausage in Toronto (it's smoked sausage typically used in gumbo recipes)?
Yes, andouille sausages are very hard to find in this city, but there are a few places that offer them.
1. Cajun Corner - Leslieville (map)
They are frozen but are not that bad. It is also a great place to get other stuff for gumbo recipes.
2. Healthy Butcher - Queen West West (map)
Very expensive but worth every cent. Call before going though because it is not a staple.
3. St. Lawrence Market - South Market (map)
Probably the cheapest and most reliable. They have several other varieties of sausages there too.
I know that Thuet serves them in a few dishes in his restaurant. It may be worth calling him (416.603.2777) and seeing where he does his shopping...however, it also wouldn't surprise me if he made them himself ;)
Let me know which ones work best for you. Leave a comment.
Dear Bargainista would love to hear from you too! Have a question about shopping, fashion or food? E-mail us.
Techorati tags: andouille, cajun cooking, food, St. Lawrence Market, Thuet
Saturday, February 17, 2007
via: I want - I got
This week's feature (while quantities last):
• Trestle Dining table S & 6 Cosmo highback chairs at $995 (reg. $2395) in R6 Mocha fabric only
Check for weekly special features on their website and in The Globe & Mail (Thursday Review, Saturday Style sections).
Ikea has up to 50% on selected bedding (and deals on beds) this weekend.
Technorati tags: fashion, furniture, sales, shopping,
Friday, February 16, 2007
When I read about the sale on I want - I got, I e-mailed Sam, the owner. He wants you to know that new clothing from the spring collection is arriving daily.
Today, the number of brands has expanded and the Danforth shop is bigger. Sam added a second location on Queen West a few years ago.
Body Blue's Last Chance Sale
Up to 70% off designer jeans
724 Queen West
201 Danforth Ave.
Now! Whadda waitin' for?
Thanks to geekgirl for sharing.
Technorati tags: Body Blue, denim, fashion, jeans, sales, shopping
• Batik-print bag and matching cosmetic bag
• Re-Nutrive Ultimate Lifting Cream -7ml
• Re-Nutrive Ultimate Lifting Cream -7ml
• Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Sunstone - 3ml
• More than Mascara in Rich Black
• Golden-fluted compact with Pure Colour Eye Shadows
Find a location near you.
Note: the promo runs through Mar. 4 or while supplies last, only one per customer.
Technorati tags: bargains, cosmetics, Estée Lauder, Holt Renfrew, make-up, shopping
Thursday, February 15, 2007
"Kissing the winter goodbye"
• Women's designer fashions
• Entire store on sale
• Sizes xs-xl
Dee.sou clothing gallery inc.
1712 Avenue Rd. (map)
Sat. Feb. 17-Sat. Feb. 25
Technorati tags: fashion, sales, shopping
All sale footwear only $19.99
Including: Keen, Nine West Kids, Umi, Nina Kids, Tsukihoshi!
Now until Feb. 19, 2007
Olly's Canadian Stores
Technorati tags: children's shoes, sales, shopping
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The Colbert Report is a hoot.
Q: What do you get when you mix them together?
Technorati tags: Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The Bay has a sweet Clinique bonus package now through Feb. 25.
Buy $26.50 or more of Clinique products you'll get:
• Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
• Deep Comfort Body Butter
• Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
• Different Lipstick in Think Bronze
• Different Lipstick in A Different Grape
• High Impact Mascara in Black
• Cosmetics Bag
Note: This offer is valid while quantities last. Check with your nearest Bay location for details.
Technorati tags: bargains, beauty, Clinique, cosmetics, The Bay
Monday, February 12, 2007
Last week I received some mail (yes, the real kind not e-mail) from M•A•C. I was so excited when I opened the envelope and saw a compact-shaped fold-out booklet with a hot pink silhouette of Barbie's head beside the M•A•C logo.
Barbie Loves M•A•C is the Barbie-inspired new spring collection available at M•A•C stores and cosmetic counters starting tomorrow. It's full of hot pinks, neutrals and bright eye shadows with names like Playful, Whistle and Springtime Skipper.
M•A•C even built a whole set of looks around Barbie themes. My fav is Malibu Barbie. (See the pic on the right.) What's yours?
For a limited time you can even buy powdered blushes and eye shadows with an etching of Barbie's head. There are special edition items like the M•A•C Barbie and M•A•C Barbie Ts too.
Do you collect Barbies? Would you wear Barbie make-up? Is Barbie still a good role model for girls in 2007 or is she a throwback to the '60s?
Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
Technorati tags: Barbie, cosmetics, dolls, M•A•C, make-up
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Note: It would take several posts to explain Second Life and I'm a newbie. If this is all new to you, here's a summary.
Although Second Life is entirely an online community, I first learned about it several months ago in the newspaper. The article was about a stay-at-home mom from Vancouver who created an entire virtual existence.
Technorati tags: American Apparel, bargains, fashion shows, Kate Trgovac, Kathryn Lagden, Second Life, shopping
Saturday, February 10, 2007
When it comes to Hugh Grant playing a romantic lead, I'm a bit of a sucker. I've seen all his romantic comedies. And you have to admit, Drew is just as cute as a button. I may not see Music and Lyrics in the theatre but I will definitely rent the DVD release.
So what does all this have to do with Roots? It's a bit complicated, please bare with me while I explain it to you.
Roots on Bloor is having a Karaoke kinda Valentine's Day event this weekend promoting Music and Lyrics - the new Hugh/Drew romantic comedy opening on Valentine's Day - among other things.
I think you're supposed to show up during a 2-hour window and sing Music and Lyrics Karaoke to win a prize. I'm not sure if everyone wins a prize (in-store discounts, movie passes) but the "best singer of the day" will win something special. Sorry, I couldn't find any details on their website, read what Mike Sage had to say.
Did you know Roots sells coffee now too? Well as part of the VD promo, you can bring your special someone to the Roots Organic Coffee House for a complimentary coffee. Who knew?
It won't be able to make it today - it's my son's b-day - and I'm curious to see how this turns out. So, if you go please share your story and leave a comment.
Roots Get Ready for Valentine's Day Event
100 Bloor St. W. (map)
Sat. Feb. 10 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 11 - 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
• Music and Lyrics
• Roots' Valentine collection (I'm a sucker for their bags, love the heart tags too) and,
• Roots Organic Coffee House
Update - watch the movie trailer:
Technorati tags: coffee, Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Karaoke, Music and Lyrics, Roots, Valentine's Day
Friday, February 09, 2007
Toronto Fashion Bloggers Brunch (TFBB)
1150 Queen St. W.
Feb. 25, 2007
Special shout-out to Danielle for the inspiration, Anita for carrying the ball and Adrian for the wonderful, Warhol-inspired graphic.
RSVP by logging on to http://tfbb.eventbrite.com
Technorati tags: blogging, fashion, social media, TFBB, The Drake
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Technorati tags: clothing, fashion, jeans, sales, shopping
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Another mom in the neighbourhood died of breast cancer on Monday. She left behind her three young children. The last time I saw her was at a school concert in December. She'd just received bad news but nothing was going to get in the way of her watching her sons perform. She spent the evening smiling from ear-to-ear.
Her obituary was in the paper today - I knew she was a fighter but hadn't realized how much of one she'd been. I'm going to her memorial tomorrow.
A close friend of mine is fighting breast cancer now. Tonight we shared some tears.
Another friend just had surgery to prevent it from coming back.
My mom died of breast cancer when she was only 37 - I was 15; my sister was 12.
Help me help make a difference and together we can make breast cancer history!
I'm participating in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital. I will be walking 79,200 steps (60 km). I did it in 2004 and I'm determined to do it again but I can't do it alone.
Please support my journey and together we'll have fewer sad days. : )
Technorati tags: breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fundraising, Princess Margaret Hospital, Weekend to End Breast Cancer, walking
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Myfashionistas present Temptation by Fashion & Chocolate
Enjoy an evening of Belgian chocolate tasting, Negra Modelo Beer sampling and a fashion show preview of new 2007 lingerie and swimwear collections from SHAN
Fire & Ice Lounge - at C Lounge (map)
456 Wellington Street West
Thursday February 8, 2007
8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
'Cause chocolate is divine. What a better way to spend an evening that chocolate tasting, chocolate infused cocktails and a chocolate fountain with plenty of fresh fruit for dipping.
February is the hottest time for buying lingerie - always a Valentine's treat!
Technorati tags: beer, chocolate, fashion shows, lingerie, swimwear, Valentine's Day
Monday, February 05, 2007
All sale footwear only $24.99
Including: Keen, Nine West Kids, Umi, Nina Kids, Tsukihoshi!
Feb. 3-Feb. 11, 2007
Olly's Canadian Stores
Technorati tags: children's shoes, sales, shopping
Sunday, February 04, 2007
From now through Feb. 14 get an extra 10%-20% off any sale purchase.
Note: This is an in-store offer.
Technorati tags: Deal or No Deal Canada, marketing, sales, shoes
I needed a gift and wanted a new book so I went to Indigo yesterday. I chose a couple of birthday cards too so I could “win” a Valentine’s gift.
I picked up a book from the Dummies’ series. I saw a print ad on the back page of the Globe’s book section – all Dummies’ books were supposed to be 30% off through April (and another 10% off for iRewards members.) Pretty straightforward, right? Wrong!
The cashier was a bit flustered. She didn’t think I could use my iRewards card and receive the Valentine promo. (Odd since I received an e-mail notification of the promo because I was an iRewards member.) She checked and sure enough, the two promos could be used together. I also had a $5 off coupon from my iRewards renewal package.
The charge seemed too high, about $10 more than I thought. I asked to see the itemized bill (I don’t know about you but I hate how the new cash registers print out a signature slip before the itemized bill when you’re paying by credit card.) The Dummies’ book was regular price. I promptly and politely told the cashier the book was on sale.
Cashier: “But it’s not coming up on sale on the machine”.
I told her about the ad in the paper. She called another sales associate for help. A surly man came over to help out. Service-oriented he was not.
Surly guy: “Not all Dummies books are on sale!”
Me: “But there was a full-page add in today’s Globe.”
Surly guy: “If they make a mistake, we’re not responsible.”
Me: “What!, isn’t that an issue between Indigo and the Globe? Shouldn’t you be honoring it?” (C’mon, someone at head office approves all print ads before they go to press. I know how press approvals work.)
Surly guy: “Do you have a copy of the ad?”
Me: “No.” (I don’t make a habit of carrying a newspaper around when I go shopping. Do you?)
Staffer #3 was called in. (Let's call her Janie)
Surly guy: “Oh Janie, have you seen a copy of the ad?”
Surly guy: Is that the Books’ section of the Globe in your hand?
Surly guy: Is there an ad on the back cover?”
Janie: “Let’s see.”
Surly guy: “Yes, it does say ALL Dummies books are on sale. Okay, we’ll give you a refund then.”
I breathed a sigh of relief.
Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. Surly guy insisted on some funny cash register gymnastics. He was explaining how he was doing this and that and I’d actually end up getting some extra cash back because he couldn’t do something on the machine. Huh!
I pleaded with him to refund the original sale and start over so I could understand what he was doing. He refused. Several minutes later, after he turned at least as many other customers away from the cash, his cash register gymnastics failed, so he refunded the sale and started from scratch. Duh!
Boy, was my patience tested? It took me about 20 minutes to pay for a couple books and cards.
This whole situation could have been easily avoided:
• I could have shopped online helped cancer patients and skipped the movie passes – I never see movies on Monday nights anyway.
• Indigo employees (especially cashiers) should have been briefed on all promotions and customers should be given the benefit of the doubt – why weren't copies of print/online ads available by the cash registers and the staff rooms?
And for those of you wondering about the Valentine gifts for purchases, I couldn’t get a list of the prize odds but it seemed like everyone was getting a 2-for-1 Monday night Cineplex movie pass.
Technorati tags: books, customer service, marketing, Valentine's Day
Saturday, February 03, 2007
• diamond earrings
• a book a month for a year
• Godiva chocolates
• Cineplex movie passes
I can't tell if every iRewards member who spends $25 bucks + buys a card wins something, or is eligible to win. Can you? If you go, let us know what happens.
Note: This offer is good for in-store shopping only. I have no idea of the availability of each prize or how they determine what you win. Shop online.
Technorati tags: books, cards, Chapters, Indigo, iRewards, Valentines
Friday, February 02, 2007
Check out their Valentine's packages of undies for women and men, or get 15% selected items if you shop online:
Are you buying?
Note: Free shipping is for purchases $50+, conditions apply
Technorati tags: American Apparel, online shopping, panties, sales
Thursday, February 01, 2007
image credit: choosemyname.com on flickr
Technorati tags: charities, choosemyname.com, Im Jai House, marketing, One Red Paper Clip, social media
Kathryn Lagden, Doug Walker, Michael Seaton and Mitch Joel have already blogged about this informal gathering of people passionate for social media. Curious? Read what they had to say.
Why would you care?
• I attended my first Geek Dinner last September. I met some great people who inspired me to start blogging, so I started Bargainista.
• I wanted to show you that girls go to Geek Dinners too. Pictures from past dinners just show the guys. Look closely, that's me on the left, Ken Schafer (OneDegree and Tucows) is in the middle and that's Michelle Tampoya on the right.
Why the iPod?
This Geek Dinner followed a fabulous AIMS event, Should Your Company be Podcasting. Get it?
Photo credit: Kathryn Lagden :)
Technorati tags: AIMS Canada, Geek Dinner
Bijoux Fantasy 3-Day Jewelry and Accessory Sale
Feb. 1 - Feb. 3
Thursday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
The Bead Cafe
970 Eglinton Ave. W. (map)
Technorati tags: accessories, jewellery, sales, shopping