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Biggest Bang For Your Buck {Beauty Secret}

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{Skinny Jeans!}

When it comes to “SkiNnY JeAnS” on people there are two categories (in my opinion).

Those who look great in them and those who don’t.  I’m not being negative, just ReAliStiC.  You find out what looks good on you and then go with it and when I initially tried on skinny jeans a couple of years ago I realized that I fell into the second category.

That all changed on a recent shopping trip with Lara.  She tried on a pair of “JeGgiNgS” (a combination of jeans and leggings).  They were so flattering on her I just had to try them myself.  And when I did, I loved them.  My first response was, “I JuSt LoSt 10 PoUnDs!”

Now, I still don’t like the way I look in skinny jeans, that is, before I put the boots on, but once you put the boots on it changes everything.  In fact, I can’t believe I’ve been trying to tuck my regular jeans into my boots.  Uncomfortable!!  But with skinny jeans or jeggings that problem is alleviated.

If you still aren’t sure you will like the way you look in skinny jeans (they do fit snug) then a tunic or long sweater is the answer.  If you have never tried them, but are looking for a new, FaShiOnabLe look give them a try!  Just remember you need to buy them snug.  Lose fit does not work with these guys!

By the way, if you’re wondering where Lara and I got our “jeggings”, we picked them up at Maurices for $29.  Hard to find a $29 pair of jeans these days!

Thanks Lara!




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{Coach $100 Voucher – 1st Come 1st Served!!}

Hey SuEde SoFa VieWerS!!  I have a $100 CoAcH PuRsE voucher to give away to the first person who answers this question:  “One item on my “LiVe-It LiSt” is _______________”.

The voucher expires on NoVemBer 6th.  Sorry for the short notice.  I had meant to put it on the blog when I got it a week or so ago but forgot!  Oops!!

Here are some more details printed on the voucher:

“…enjoy $100 toward your purchase of $300 or more from October 27 through November 6, 2011.”

The voucher can be redeemed either in a CoAcH FuLL PriCe StoRe or online at

I would like to get this in the mail tomorrow to ensure the winner receives it by the 6th, so don’t DeLaY!! 

If you are the first person to leave your answer on the Suede Sofa blog, please private message me your address on Facebook.  (Robynn Coates)

By the way, if you don’t feel comfortable using your real name, please feel free to use a moniker.

ThAnKs and BeSt WiShEs!!




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Only Skin Deep

This year has been an eye-opening one when it comes to taking BeTTeR CaRe of my skin.  Shortly after my 27th birthday I had 4 pre-cancerous moles, which involved having them surgically removed and  unfortunately leaving me with 2 scars on my stomach, one on my face and 1 on my arm.  I don’t spend much time in the sun but have had occasional sunburns in my life.  Skin cancer is serious stuff, but nothing to be afraid of as long as you keep a close eye on your skin changes.  I now wear makeup (or moisturizer) that has SPF 18 daily, get full body exams from my dermatologist every 6-12 months and MONITOR my skin REGULARLY.  This requires minimal effort, and as a result, keeps me healthy and worry free.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month.  Please watch and pass this video on to anyone you can.


(*Although this scar on my arm is an obvious one, it serves as a great ReMinDeR to protect my skin on a daily basis.)


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Biggest Bang For Your Buck — BE the BARBER

One of my best investments was a $25-$30 haircut kit from Target.  I bought it shortly after my husband and I got married 5 ½ years ago and I’ve cut his hair ever since!  Owning a hair clipper has not only  saved us money, but it also SAVES my husband a lot of TIME if we can cut it in the evenings or weekends instead of having to schedule an appointment or wait in line at a barber shop. Now that we have a son we can save money on his haircuts as well!  

I’m obviously not comfortable cutting my own hair (although there was about 6 months that I had my husband cut mine!), so my daughter and I get ours professionally cut.  Keep in mind that there are many salons that give you cheaper rates if you come with your hair already washed and wet.  It SAVES them time and MONEY if they don’t have to wash and style it for you.  The women in your family can save a few dollars too!

Does the thought of cutting a guy’s hair make you cringe?  Don’t worry! It is not as hard as it looks. There are haircut kits that come with an instructional DVD which can be helpful. My best AdvicE is to always start with the thickest blade guard and then go down from there (until you get the hang of it).  Even if you do make a mistake (which I have made a time or two), it isn’t the end of the world.  The guys just get a shorter-than-normal hair style for the next 4 weeks  Ü



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