Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Things I Like In Union City

One of the things I like in Union City is the ability to get a great haircut and highlights.  I've just come back from my go-to guy, Guillermo.  He owns and operates GM Salon (I've already told him he *needs* a website!).

I've been going to Guillermo since I moved to Union City two years ago, and I've left happy every time.  I guess I could have put some lipstick on to take this picture, but he refused to take a picture by himself, so I had to jump in.

Guillermo also does make-up application, eyebrow waxing, and my favorite - eyelash extensions.   Have you ever had eyelash extensions done?  It's usually quite expensive. I know that a friend in Vancouver, BC had them done at the Holt Renfrew salon, and it cost $100.  The extensions last about two weeks if you're careful, but at Guillermo's rates ($30) it's not so expensive that you can't do it for a special night out.  

My husband goes to Guillermo as well, as do a few friends in the 'hood.  In fact, my neighbors on either side go to him too!   I used to have a phenomenal stylist when I lived in Toronto, and since moving to the states, nobody's made me as happy as Jeff (now Jett) made me.

In any case, I wanted to highlight this local business and I hope that next time you need a haircut, you'll go see Guillermo!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Recent purchases

Some already discussed, some not.

1847 Rogers Silver plate. Up for sale on ebay.

Paddington Bear Marmalade Jar

Grey cardigan, has already seen a lot of use.

Burberry skirt, doll size.  Gifted to my AirBNB guest.

Was about to go to JosBanks to get one, but found at Unique.

French cuffed Brooks Brothers.

Lightweight cotton shirt with orangutan length arms for friend

Pretty trifle dish

Star candle sticks? holders? votives?

I like white bowls.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm buying my own shopping cart

I was taking a look through my closets the other day, and realized how much stuff I have from my favorite second hand store.  I have a memory card full of images that I'll post soon, although most of the images are from last weeks 50% off sale. 

I had a few hours to spare last Thursday, and thought I'd go look for a potato masher.   Weird, innit?   I have had my eye out for a good old-fashioned masher for a while, and finally broke down and bought a new one.   Excellent if you're mashing a few spuds, but not up to the heavy duty tasks that I have planned for Thanksgiving dinner.  I want the old school coiled metal one.  Anyhoo - I can tell that something is up as I pull into the parking lot.  Not an empty space anywhere.  Veteran's Day, which by Unique's standards is holiday enough to do their usual 50% off holiday sale.   Not exactly the way I'd normally choose to honor the fallen, but nevertheless, there I was.  

I knew I was in for some trouble fun when I saw people waiting like vultures for shoppers to leave to grab their carts.   I'm totally buying my own shopping cart.  That, or I can steal one from Shoprite and spray paint it pepto-bismal pink.  The reality is most likely a granny cart.  How cool would it be if I could find a granny cart *at* Unique?

The store was packed, and I was pleased to hear the constant loud speaker announcements to "mind your children".  Except nobody was minding their children.  Or rather, they certainly weren't minding that their children were running around the store screaming.  Can you tell that I'm childless?   I must admit, though, that I felt sympathy (for both parties) when I saw an older lady hit a running kid in the head with her cart.  I almost grabbed her cart while she was bent over consoling the crying boy.  Don't worry, I'm not that heartless.

No potato masher.   But I did pick up some star shaped candle holders, a beautiful cut glass bowl that I'll use for trifle, a BURBERRY skirt!!! and a great cardigan.