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January, 2011

  1. Fatigued

    January 31, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    Was offsite today at a jeans-acceptable training, so I felt comfortable dressing a little more casual/funky than I usually do at the office.

    I was also fortunate enough to get home before it got dark today. I use the word "fortunate" lightly because this also meant I was visible to neighbors… After a few jumps through the air, I heard, "Katy – want some help with those pictures? Looks kind of difficult to capture yourself jumping through the air."

    That was my across-the-street neighbor, Ray. I blushed and told him I was playing with new tripod for my camera, and trying to take a few photos for the ole blog. Then I tucked my tail in between my legs and went back inside. 

    This is a pretty reasonably priced outfit, with 4 of my 6 items being thrift store finds.

    – GAP men's shirt (reminds me of military fatigues) — brand new from Goodwill (Lavista Road) for $4
    – Kenar comfy black dress with gold zippers and gold rivets (also from Goodwill, but in Holland, Michigan) – $5
    – Sam & Libby grey suede slouch boots (care of the 'rents for Christmas)
    – Footless lace tights (Tar-jay for $10)
    – Lightweight scarf from my fave affordable jewelry/accessory place in Atlanta: Hurs. See more about my lurve for Hurs here. $6
    – Stretchy/art-deco belt — $2 at Salvation Army ions ago and I still love it

    On my to do list:

    – Figure out this wacky weather (70 degrees one day, 40 the next? That makes for tough wardrobe choices!))
    – Look less goofy in front of neighbors


    (If you haven't entered for my $100 giveaway, you totally should! Read all the deets here.)

  2. Excitement: New Domain… and a GIVEAWAY!

    January 25, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    A lot of exciting things going on around here!

    I've moved to a new domain — and I'm doing several giveaways in the coming weeks to celebrate!

    I picked the name of my last blog (A Life Fulfilled: Atlanta) on a whim and since decided that 1) it would be helpful to have a shorter and catchier domain 2) I could rename my blog something that better described my content. Having "Atlanta" in the name may have deterred non Atlantans from reading — and after all, only about a third of my posts are Atlanta centric. Savvy in the City will still be a place for Atlanta finds (restaurants, consignment stores, thrift stores and more), smart places to shop online, closet remixing and inspiration cool bloggers I've found on the interwebs.

    Now let's get to the good stuff!

    CSN Stores is giving away a $100 gift certificate to celebrate my move to the new domain. (CSN Stores is comprised of over 250 specialized online stores that offer a wide variety of home goods including tools, office furniture, bedding, lighting and more.) 

    Do you ever visit luggage stores only to find a limited selection of overpriced rolling bags and overnight bags? CSN Stores has a great selection — my search for suitcase yielded nearly 2,000 results, like these: 

    (Zebra Print Hard-case Carry-on – $99. Way fun!)

    This London Fog 25-inch Suitcase speaks to the classic/traditional side of me. And it's expandable! $110.

    Luggage is just the tip of the iceberg. I've also been checking out fan gear, home decor, shoes and more:

    This Tiffany-style lamp would look great in our basement (when it's finished… one day…). $130. Go Packers!

    Because we still have a few "naked" walls in our house, I'm eyeballing this sunburst mirror:

    Ashton Sutton Sunburst Mirror. $65.75

    I'm regretting my decision to get cheap steak knives… so I may buy these reasonably priced Henkel ones:

    Under $30 for a set of 8!

    To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post with how you would spend your CSN Stores gift certificate and your e-mail address (so I can contact the winner). I will randomly draw a comment on Super Bowl Sunday (February 6) at 10pm. I will e-mail the winner directly with a promo code. Good luck!

    p.s. I lost some formatting and tags in my old posts when I transferred over to the new site. So, please pardon the progress!

  3. Got the Tools… Should Learn How to Use ‘Em

    January 23, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    The husband gifted me with a way fab Canon T1i Rebel for Christmas. I've wanted a "fancy" camera for a while (because I like to take photos, because of this blog, because I covet my friends' fancy cameras).

    Thing is… I have no idea how to use it beyond as a "point and shoot."

    Lucky for me, the hubs is incredibly thoughtful and perceptive, so he also gifted me with six photography lessons at the Showcase School of Photography. Classes are small (10 people) and very reasonably priced ($160 for 6 classes that each last an hour-and-a-half).

    Dan signed me up for DSLR (digital single lens reflex) Photography 101, which is appropriate since it covers the basic functions of your camera and how to adjust things like ISO, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, exposure and more. Even the first lesson taught me a few new things; for example, I didn't realize you are supposed to format your memory card every time (or nearly every time) you download photos so it doesn't fry.

    Our first homework assignment was to take two sets of photos — one inside and one outside — using several different white balance settings. (see a video on how to adjust white balance settings on your Canon EOS camera here.) We were also not supposed to use the built-in flash because it was implied that the built-in flash pretty much sucks.

    I chose to photograph a roll of toilet paper. Because TP is white, I thought it would help me see what WB settings capture it the most "true" color-wise:



    Looks like inside "tungsten" was the best setting to accurately capture the colors. Tungsten was way the wrong choice outside (made everything look blue – or "cool"). The "shade" setting captured the pavement colors, pale yellow of the sticky note and just-off-white color the TP.  It's good to know now that different environments can really impact what white balance settings you need to use: inside the office versus a gymnasium versus outside on a cloudy day, etc.

    In a week or two we'll start having class critiques of our homework assignments — wish me luck!

  4. What I Wore: New Year’s Eve

    January 10, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    The inspiration

    My take (with my fab friend Lauren)

    Blazer – Limited via Goodwill ($5)
    Cuffed shorts – H&M ($25)
    Black tank – Old Navy ($5)
    Art deco stretch belt – ?? from Salvation Army eons ago ($2)
    Faux suede pumps – Payless (manufacturer is Karma) ($25)