Shopping

Levis are a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. It’s always difficult to find those jeans that fit nice, flatter you, and don’t cost an arm and a leg. There is nothing more comfortable than a worn in pair of jeans with an old tee and baseball hat.

My girlfriend just loves that I wear the same pair of jeans day in and day out. JK she’s not a fan. She thinks they don’t get washed enough, her opinion. But, I can tell you one thing when, and if, these Levis ever get to worn out I will be devastated. You know that feeling when your favorite pair of jeans gets a whole in the crotch or are just ruined. Life just isn’t the same.

I recently ordered a new wireless mouse and keyboard for work off Amazon. I spent hours going through the hundreds of offers available and picked out just the one I wanted. I’ll be honest I was swayed by the one that came with Super Saver Shipping because who really wants to pay for shipping? So I order with Amazon “One-click”, which is always dangerous, and bam it was on its way.

Only problem was my “One-click” settings do not add the Super Saver Shipping automatically so I stuck paying about ten bucks to ship the package out to me. I tried to cancel the next morning (literally 9 hours late) and the order had already been processed and moved to shipping and Amazon informed me via e-mail that cancelation was not possible. Usually I am very pleased with this kind of speed but now I was put in a tough spot. So I said screw it and eat the ten dollar fee…

However when I got the package it was not really what I was looking for (despite all the research you just never know) and I decided I wanted to return it. I followed all the easy steps out of my order window and printed out the UPS return label in a matter of minutes, which again was speedy and convenient, but it also informed me that ten bucks might be taken out of my return to ship it back.

Now I didn’t think this was fair, although I  was the one who didn’t go through the motions correctly and didn’t want the product anyways, I still felt I deserved my full refund.

So I called up the Amazon costumer service line and got on the phone with some chick most likely on the other side of the country and explained the story just as I did above stating I thought I deserved a full refund. To which she replied:

“We’ll yeah, that is our policy, sir.”

Amazon is great.

Wedding bands are kind of a serious deal. How do you tell someone you will love them forever with a little ring?

Picking out the perfect wedding band can be a stressful for deal for most engaged couples leading up to the big date. I know I have experienced the conversations and even gone out to a couple jewelry store with some of my friends that have recently tied the knot. Their are so many choices out there and so many different stores it can sometimes get overwelming.

The key with wedding band shopping, just as with anything else, is research. You got to get to out there to see what is out there. You have to know what you like before you make the big decision. There could be nothing worst than buying a ring you have to wear for the rest of your life on an impulse and then not liking it later on.

In my experiences (and I am by no means and expert) I have found Titanium-Jewelry.com to be a wealth of excellent information on all things jewelry. Personally I like their selection of tungsten rings, but that’s just me… feel free to take a look for yourself.

So not sure if any of you are in the marriage stage yet, but I surprisingly am. However, with engagement rings costing an average of $3,500 according to Ken Gassman, founder of the Jewelry Industry Research Institute. I’m not sure I can afford the typical “bling” for my blushing-soon-to-be-bride.

My lady, unlike many women, isn’t into materialistic items and I think she would be happy with just a simple titanium ring. One huge benefit about titanium rings is the price, with the range being more around $500-2,000, which is a lot more doable on my budget. But is it to cheap and chinsy as an engagement ring?  Don’t get me wrong, I want to give her the best but I think we could both agree that it’s not worth spending a month’s paycheck on one ring. Yes, it is the most important ring of her life but it’s not everything. Anyone have tips on engagement saving for this guy?

Managing a house hold can be super hard and stressful. With five family members constantly in and out and four pets our house gets a lot of traffic and a lot of mess. This can really pile up and the leave the house looking like a dump. While assigned chores and routine clean up can make a major dent in the task of keeping a house hold tidy, something it’s the little unnoticeable things that make a big difference.

I got my mother a Lampe Berger Fragrance Lamp this year to help add a fresh scent to our family room. My mother just loves how it blends into our decor and more like a room accent than an air freshener. Their fragrance lamps come in a variety of shapes an sizes for any home or budget and also make great gifts! Make sure to check out thelampstand.com these and more great home ideas.

 

Last night I found out Circa Survive will be making their way back to the Cabooze in Minneapolis for their fall headlining tour. Actually I was told they were coming this Friday by my friend Laina, who turned my on to Circa Survive in the first place, thus my trust in her word. However, I was quite disappointed to find out the show isn’t until after my birthday in October. Oh well, something to look forward to.

Another thing I found out, Circa is releasing a new record next month!

I just finished pre-ordering it off their website. The record is called “Violent Waves” and I got the first single ‘Suitcase’ for free with the purchase (although I think they’re giving it out for free anyways). I’m a cheap ass and bought the digital version for five bucks but the CD is only $10. I guess they dropped the label thing and put the whole record together themselves, which means less money out of your pocket and more money in theirs: brilliant!

I also had to throw in this rad t-shirt with the cover of the new album on it.

 

 

It’s weird to think that in the next five to ten years or so all my friends are going to be settling down and getting married. I’m only twenty-three and I’ve been to five weddings of my peers already this year and still have a few more to go before years end. My friends Kayla and Doug just got engaged and they have been on the topic of wedding bands for that last couple of weeks.

Lately I’ve been learning way more than I ever thought about different types of Jewelry. I seriously thought there was just classic gold and silver bands and thats all people bothered with. Yesterday Kayla told me about tungsten carbide and material that is becoming more and more popular for rings and other types of jewelry.

I guess Tungsten is a heavy stone material that is ranked as one of the hardest of metals and has been being used for over a hundred years now to make jewelry topped mostly with diamonds.

We all know diamonds are a girls best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After June 12th’s post about buying a new Nixon watch I’m sure all you followers out there want to know which watch I settled on. Well since no one left any comments to sway my opinion I went with, well, neither of them. Well that’s kind of a lie. I went with the white one on the left but in black and gold with chocolate pin stripes instead.

The gold is just so much sexier; it’s screams “bam! gold watch!” Theres no better way to make yourself feel better from getting something stolen than to buy a big better sexier something to replace it. I really think this is the move I’m making here. It’s a baller in progress kind of watch; it looks pricey but not really at only $150. I picked it up on Amazon with my Amazon Store Card which I also just paid off, maybe the best feeling ever. Now I just have to wait for it to ship here before I’m on cloud nine.

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I recently got an iPhone for my graduation from college and I just got it up and running and I couldn’t be more happy. I have always been a huge supporter of apple products my entire life. My first iPod was literally attached to my hip twenty-four hours a day, something my good friend Andy will never let me live down. I’ve been through more than a dozen iPods now and am currently typing this on my iPad; there is just something so sexy about owning a Mac product. I love it.

The sexy coat of glass this new iPhone sports worries me a little though so like any geek with a new gadget I started browsing for accessories. Amazon is always my favorite place to start; I even like to jump on Amazon before I go shopping at the mall now. You get a good sense of what is out there quick and about how much you’re going to end up forking over.

So I search for a few minutes and found cases of all shapes and sizes (well mostly iPhone shaped but you know what I mean). I’ve many of my friends shatter screens and back plates over the last couple years so I knew I had to have a case, but the phones design is so sleek I’d hate to hide it. I knew I couldn’t get a giant otter box even though it would give the best protection; they’re just too bulky and I couldn’t see myself pulling a brick in and out of my pocket. Nothing rubbery or glittery again for the pocket reason. I needed something that would represent me. Finally I found the Zagg leather skins and more importantly the NBA leather series. What’s better than a phone that looks like a basketball?

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Good Afternoon All,

Just got back from the Mall of America and picking up my new kicks for the summer. I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of VANS shoes, and usually I get a new pair of all white VANS for the summer. What I really enjoy is watching them turn from a crisp white at the beginning of summer to a beat up grey by summers end. Reminds me all things I’ve put myself through during the summer; the dirtier the kicks the better summer in my eyes.

This year though I was talked into a different route by my buddy Matt Honsa who works at the VANS store in the mall. I was all ready to check out with another pair of all whites when he showed me the new OTW Native American Ludlow, Men and I fell in love. It’s been a long time since I’ve spent more than fifty or sixty bucks on a pair of shoes but the $85 price tag was well worth it in my eyes.