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Health Risk Assessment, And A Few Thrift Finds

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A couple of times a year, I have to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. It gives my insurance company a better understanding of what care I might need.
It starts out with :"In general what would you say your health is?"
Excellent...Very Good...Good...Fair...Poor.
July 2014, Very good.
July 2009, POOR

Compared o a year ago:
Much better...Slightly better...About the same...Slightly worse..much worse.?
July 2014, Slightly better
July 2009, MUCH WORSE.

Here are some common activities I might do during a normal day.
Do you need assistance in any of the following. Answer YES or NO.
1. Shopping, preparing meals..NO.
2. Cleaning home? NO
3. Showering or dressing yourself/ NO
4. Getting up or down or in, out of chair or bed? NO
5. Eating or drinking? NO.

Back in 2009, the answer would have been YES on 1 through 4. Eating came too often. I could still eat, But I was starting to choke on food. My throat was getting too fat.

I have to answer questions about my stability, My activities. Am I able to exercise? YES. Do I exercise. YES. Do I maintain a healthy weight. YES. If not am I trying to have a healthy weight. YES.
Do I smoke, NO. Quit 24 years ago.
Have diabetes, NO. In 2009, YES.
Have an annual blood sugar test. YES. It's Normal. In 2009, it was HIGH.
High Cholesterol, NO. In 2009, YES
Hypertension, high blood pressure, NO. It's 110/75 . In 2009, 150/95

In comparing my health after losing 189 lbs, it's changed my life. FOR THE BETTER. How many women are in better health and fitness at 72 than they were at 66. The truth is I'm in better shape now at 72 than i was at 55. That's saying something.
Everyday I get up in the morning, from grooming myself to walking outside, getting in my van. I feel and move like a different women from the crippled, obese one I was back in 2009.
I do want to thank all my Spark friends for the support you give me on my exercise minutes. In the way I take time, make the time to exercise in some way or fashion everyday, I am able too. Which is almost 99.9% of the year. Smile!!

There's no secret to doing it. You just have to make up your mind that it's important. Let nothing deter you from doing it. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. You feel like something is off if you haven't walked or exercised ..
I used to go to the gym five and six days a week. Sometimes twice a day. I don't do that as much anymore. I love going for walks, hikes. Sometimes by myself. If I want to make good time. Then It's Titan's time to walk , He likes to sniff and stop, smell the trees. It's more exercise for me and time for us to inter act with others, who are also walking their dogs.
Sometimes I think having a dog, is a good way to get you up and out. Just a stroll around the neighborhood is better than laying around the house.

Throughout my obese years, with numerous aches and pains, I knew every excuse NOT to exercise. Now I know that even if I do have some aches , there is something that I can do. Maybe not as vigorous , but there is no more excuses.

Have discovered that many times some exercise, moving around will reduce the stiffness and pain. I'm not saying there is never a time that I could be in so much pain, any movement would be too much. Never say Never.!!

I do have a bad back. But the doctor encourages me to exercise. Last time it went out, I was moaning around here, and thinking of just laying in bed or the couch and taking it easy. But I knew that wasn't what was called for. So took a deep breath and went through the movements, the therapist had set up for me. It hurt for a few minutes, but gradually felt better. All in all, the recovery time was shorter than when I used to let the pain rule.

I have been working on some new jewelry pieces for a Art fair later this month.
I spent a few months, not doing any designing. Just didn't feel it. Then I started to have dreams of new pieces. It's fun to have an idea and see the end results.
Later this week will post some pictures of what I have been making.

It's been a few weeks since I went thrift shopping. I really don't need anything.
Had a couple of customers who had me redo their closets, weed out unwanted, unworn clothes and find pieces that they could add to what they had.
I just got a call from one of the women asking me to get some fall/winter things.
So that's something to look forward to.

I have bought a few nice pieces for myself. More tops ,skirts, and leather beige jacket. I love leather too.
What I do love shopping for is shoes and handbags. I guess you could say I collect them.
After spending 5 to 6 yeas wearing these two ugly pair of shoes during my obese years, I wasted no time getting get back into fashion.
Here a photo of the UGLY shoes.

The following photo shows some of the latest heels and hand bags. Also a couple of belts. love belts. Never wore them when my waist was 58 in. But now at 33 in. belts look good.

These are some of my latest finds. love the high heel suede boots and snake skin blue print heels.
The four black leather NEW Men's jackets, got for $2.00 each. Very lucky day.
The item that cost the most is the red/black snakeskin D&G handbag. $12.00
Everything else was mostly $2.00 , couple of $4.00 items. The New Nike's $8.99
The baby blue bike was FREE. Am I lucky or what???? Got it from Trash area.
Well it's time for more unique designs to emerge from my creative mind. Back to work.
Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer. Even when things don't go as we like, it all evens out in the end.
Take care,
Love and Peace.

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JUDYAMK 7/22/2014 7:55PM

    What was your defining moment into losing weight? My friend told me hers was when she looked at herself in a store front window, she stopped & could not really believe it was her, my other friend is when her Mom passed away from obesity at a young age , and it scared her that she did not want to leave her children . You can be so very proud of yourself,thank you for posting

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CANNIE50 7/21/2014 3:41PM

    Just like you, this blog is FABULOUS! So, so happy for you.

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CIERAPOET 7/12/2014 4:36PM

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What a blessing to be an example of what you can do when you put your mind to it. That weight does cause a lot of health issues. Some people really don't realize that. I know I feel so much MORE energized since the weight came off. I also changed my way of thinking. I used to think there was no hope for me. Yes this Christian thought about my body like that. I'm SO glad He led me here to Spark. Now I can glean on successes like You Tisha. You are always an inspiration and I thank God for putting you in my life. You always make me smile. I definitely have to check out these resale shops while I'm in Bay area in CA. They are all around. Thanks for sharing your GREAT health with us and your finds. You ROCK!
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IOWAGRAMMA 7/11/2014 4:25PM

    Tisha, you are the world's best thrift shopper. But, where do you put all your stuff? I can't imagine where I'd put everything. Great work and comparison on your risk assessment!! It's a wonderful way to track your progress! emoticon

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BEATRIZ269 7/11/2014 3:34PM

    Hi Trisha. Thank you for posting this. You are a great source of inspiration for me and I wish you all the best with your health and happiness. Thank you so much, you have no idea how much you help me and I am sure many others.

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LOLAJO54 7/10/2014 8:22PM

    omg I needed this

with having the heart attack last month I was told to get eating healthy and exercising .
but I was not getting at it like I needed to.
Your words struck true
--- so thank you
' There's no secret to doing it. You just have to make up your mind that it's important. Let nothing deter you from doing it. After a while it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. You feel like something is off if you haven't walked or exercised .. '

I am at it ..

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CRISSYP2U 7/10/2014 4:58PM

    Tisha you rock!! I'm still trying to figure out how to keep everything going in the right direction. Every time I think "What's the use?" I come to your page and get revitalized. Love your commitment and hope I can find mine on this go around.

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QTEALADY20031 7/10/2014 11:52AM

    Tisha, sorry I missed this blog. Great health report for you.....love your finds at the thrift store! Looking forward to seeing your jewelry! emoticon emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/10/2014 12:25AM

    Great health report Tisha! emoticon

Great finds at the thrift store, too!

Do you have freecycle.org up there? I've gotten some great treasures for free...and gotten rid of some, too. Just recently got a free elliptical from someone who was moving and couldn't take it with him...

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    I love hearing your story . It is so inspiring and gives us all hope. Love your new finds. You are a fashionista now. LOL.

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TMW54812 7/9/2014 6:54PM

You have set a whole new standard for growing old gracefully! May you have many, many more "graceful" years.

Ps....love the shoes!

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What do you think is the healthiest food to eat?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"I think the healthiest food is a humongous, homemade sandwich because it's healthy and delicious. Mostly because it's good." Grade 5.

The question ,"What do you think is the heathiest food", was asked to grade school children , Pre-K through 6th grade.
One wonders if it reflects what they eat or just think is healthy.

"I think chicken nuggets because you dip it into sweet and sour sauce." Pre-K.

"Cantaloupe" Grade 4.

"Broccoli, cabbage,veggies, fruit." Grade 3.

"Meat, it has lots of vitamins and oranges because they have vitamin C and that's good for you." Kindergarten

""Jelly beans, Every kid can last on jelly beans," Grade 3.

"Green food." Grade 3.

"I think it's broccoli." Grade 1.

" Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.

" I think the healthiest food is the one that tastes the worst. I'm not sure what it is because I haven't had all the foods there are. But I wish it was ice cream." Grade 4.

"I think the healthiest food is fatty bacon because it has protein." Grade 4.

"Pickles because they are juicy, green and healthy." Grade 4.

"Banana cake. Bananas are good and healthy." Grade 4.

"Spam and eggs. They keep my body ready for the next thing that happens in life." Grade 6.

The healthiest food is ribs." Kindergarten

"Grilled cheese sandwich." Grade 4.

"Vegetables are healthy because they give you strength." Kindergarten.

"I think the healthiest food to eat is bugs, but I would never eat them." Grade 4.

"Healthiest food is a salad." Grade 4.

"French fries and ketchup because you get two healthy vegetables in one." Grade 6.

"A salad or some Mexican food because it has many vitamins. Or a sandwich made with organic foods." Grade 5.

"Candy because I can run three miles." Grade 3.

" An apple, because an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Grade 4.

"Apples and fish." Grade 4.

"Fruit, vegetables, meat and V8." Grade 6

"Carrots are the healthiest food because they help your eyesight so you can see through walls." Grade 4.

" I think it's cucumbers with lime and salt because lime is a fruit and cucumber is a vegetable." Grade 5.

" Taco salad because it has meat, fruit and vegetables." Grade 4.

" The healthiest food to eat is everything from the food pyramid because no one food is healthy alone." Grade 6.

Some of the children mentioned strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries , rutabagas, and celery.

All in all they expressed what they felt was healthiest and most of them got it right. Even the ones who thought fatty bacon or fries and ketchup didn't have to be totally wrong,
A little bit of all food groups can be OK. Even the occasional piece of candy. The child who answered "candy" knew it gave him a boost of energy. Just didn't realize what happens when that boost wares out.

Hopefully getting the children talking and thinking about what are healthy foods will continue to motivate them into healthy choices.

Hope you enjoyed reading what's in the minds of young children,


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CANNIE50 7/2/2014 12:51AM

    Cute blog - I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I ALWAYS enjoy reading your perspective. PS I tried to come visit you when I was in Eugene in the Spring but that was the week that the horrible ice storm/power outage hit Eugene and it was all I could do to get home, after being with my sister while she endured chemotherapy. I was disappointed but have not given up coming to meet you, live and in person!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/9/2014 11:17AM

    This was fun to read! I agree with you, we all should get to enjoy what we like as long as we keep it's impact in mind:)

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KITT52 6/7/2014 4:50AM

    thanks for sharing, very interesting comment..

have ahealthy week end

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/6/2014 3:04PM

    Pickles for me, too! LOL! Great answers some of them have, don't you think? Love it! emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/5/2014 4:27PM

    Sounds like most of the kids have listened to someone discussing this... emoticon

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JOANNS4 6/5/2014 8:47AM

    A great blog! Thank you.

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JILL313 6/5/2014 12:22AM

    Tisha, Cute Blog and here I thought you were going to give us your secret food that helps you be healthy & lose weight emoticon Loved the kids answers and it sure brings back the cute Art Linkletter show-- Kids say the Darndest things. I used to watch that show every time it was on and loved Art and the funny kids answers. Thank you Tisha for some chuckles. I'm with you I kind of shocked that not one child said Pizza. It's still definitely one of my favorite foods but never tasted any as a child, but times sure have changed. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 6/4/2014 11:33PM

    What surprised me was no child said "pizza'. For me that is a total food group. You get a little of everything.
Maybe pizza has became an adult food.
I really think the kids put a lot of thought into their answers and tried to mention a food they really thought was healthy.
Of course there are always those "Kids say the darndest things." The Art Linkletter's show.
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QTEALADY20031 6/4/2014 11:27PM

    Love those kids......out of the mouth of babs! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 6/4/2014 10:57PM

    Thank you!
I loved this...

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KSNANA2 6/4/2014 10:01PM

    That was fun! Thanks!

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LOLAJO54 6/4/2014 9:03PM


Awesome lists

My GS is JK.. you ask him --he will say lasagna -- that is his favorite -LOL

Thanks this was great reading

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    I am pretty impressed by a lot of the answers. Way to go for the children!

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SPEEDY143 6/4/2014 6:24PM

    emoticon pickles and ice cream... just ask my daughter who is 7 months pregnant emoticonNot really but I am going to serve it at her baby shower emoticon

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    I loved the children's responses. They can always give us a smile and a laugh. I would eat most of the suggestion except for the Spam, V8, and bugs. LOL. Thanks for posting this.

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JAOTAO 6/4/2014 12:24PM

    Love it - and if you've seen my posts on the Over 60 Group ... I'm with PICKLES!

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Dress For LESS and Have FUN!!!!!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

With age comes wisdom. Or at least that's what we hear.
I have come to believe it's true in how much I spend on fashion.
Or maybe it's the fact that I can't afford to spend thousands like I once did.

I really believe it's because I have come to realize that you don't need to dress in designer clothes. Most people can't tell, after all the label is on the inside.
Unless its a designer handbag, and then it could be a fake.
Women feel the need to ware designer clothes for their own insecurities.

From my own experience, designer clothes or having more clothes than I could ware gave me a sense of being important. Of having arrived, never being looked upon as the little girl in the hand made dress.
What we carry with us from childhood to our adult life can shape how we feel and live our lives.
We know that from many of us struggling with being over weight.
Obesity that we started out with, or that we developed . Usually brought on by feeling of loneliness or depression. A feeling of not being worthy.
I don't want to knock our families, but many of us carry baggage that started with someone or some event from our formative years.

So now you want to know where am I going with this?

My life in a nut shell.
Country girl, not much money, poor. But did have all the elements I needed to achieve.
Broken home, raised by Grandparents.
Smart but naive. Felt my back ground , where I lived wasn't as good as the rich city girls..
Worked hard to over come. Got top grades, always trying to be the best. Wanting to be the one that fitted in.
Cheer leading, modeling, still didn't fill the void.

In a miss guided way thought material wealth would be the answer.
After two failed marriages, knew all the material wealth would not give me the inner peace and confidence I desired.
I had to find my own way. Couldn't rely on someone else or some article of expensive clothing to give me happiness.

Ditched the corporate job , expensive clothes.
Started my own business. Moved to a relaxed , laid back beach lifestyle. Found I was comfortable in shorts, flats, jeans and t shirts.
Maybe I was just a country girl at heart.
I still enjoyed fashion, but it wasn't as important. Gradually I came to enjoy the fact that I didn't have to dress to impress. When the occasion arose, I knew I could pull it together.
My daughter and I found the outlet stores. Some of the consignment shops. looking for pieces that could enhance our wardrobe.
The fact that I could find a $300.00 dress for under $100.00 was thrilling..
Of course today for me to spend #100.00 for one item would be outrageous.
But back then I had handbags that cost over #1,500.00. I probably had a small house sitting on the selves of my closet.

Jump ahead to early 2000, weight was piling on like long lost relatives after you win the lottery.
I had no interest in clothes. While wearing 1X all the way to 5X, I dressed just to be covered. It might has well have been a blanket. fashion was the last thing on my mind.
That changed in 2010. I embarked on a weight loss journey.

By the fall I had to buy smaller sized clothes. These were to be transition clothes, until I reached my goal weight. I then planned a huge shopping trip.

I went to the Goodwill, found some lovely clothes. As I continued to lose, I would need a smaller size. I would return the ones I no longer needed.
I started to wonder why I would want to spend department store prices for clothes when I could dress in the fantastic items I was finding?

In some of my earlier blogs I have pictured some pieces, believe
me they are very nice. Some items I find, still have new tags on the,. By buying most of my major pieces at thrift stores, I am able to shop Victoria Secret and a few other places to buy something the thrift store doesn't have.

In early February this year, I started to think Spring fashion. as much as I love the fall season, I had had enough boots, sweaters, bundled up in coats, hats, scarves. I wanted bright colors, light fabric's. New styles.

I started to look through my fashion magazines, check the designers for what te Spring/Summer colors and looks were trending.
Here's what I read:

The top 10 fashion trends,

1. Pretty in Pink. Number one color for Spring 2014 is pink., blush, radiant orchid , all shades of pink, but no neon pink. Unless you are a small child, or it's a stripe on your athletic shoe.
Seems there is a shade of pink flattering for everyone. Whatever the age, skin tone, hair color, when in doubt go pink.
But there is also orange, pale blue, green even yellow, the usual pastel colors.

2. Everything coming up floral; The flower trend is everywhere. dresses , shoes, tops, pants.

3. Mix patterns. just stay in the same color range.

4. Mules rule. Open toed mules freshen up a summer look. Gladiator sandal's, canvas espadrilles, any wrap ankle or buckle shoe, hot.

5. Go sideways. Horizontal stripes are hotter than ever.

6. Sparkle, shine. Metallic are major. mixing metals , like gold,silver, very in.

7.Fringe, used on purses. Some trim on clothes, but don't over do.

8. Black and white . Never gets old. spice it up with bold accessories. Zebra is hot.

9. Animal prints, still trending. but more subtle. one piece, blouse, pants, shoes. not an entire outfit.

10. Maxi skirts, dress. Angle hemmed, or straight. Not too full, no broomstick skirts.

I did an inventory of what I had for Spring/Summer 2014, quite a lot. But tired of some pieces, so donated back to Value Village.

Here are some fashion trends :

The maxi skits. Black white tops. Pink clutch bag, cost $695.00 Blush pink heels, cost $165.00 .Orange pants, yellow,pink,orange sheer top. carves, hats, bags, in Spring pastel colors, of blush, pink. green. blue.

Here are some of my thrift fashion buys.

Pink Orchid leather jacket. Cost was $359.00, I paid $15.00.
Pink bag, $.99, blush wedges, $2.00. hot pink sandal's, $2.00. pink shoes, $3.49
Jewelry , Designs by Tisha.

Pink leather vest, $3.99
Pink floral dress, $5.99
Dark pink top.,$2.00 worn with skirt I already had bought 2 years ago for $3.99

maxi blk/wh skirt, has polka dot edge at bottom, found a polka dot top to ware.
Skirt $3.49, top $2.00. Of course can ware a multitude of tops with skirt.
Skirt with a print top. Mixing prints, stay in same color's.
A group of black and white items . Bag was new, original cost over $100.00, I got it for $2.00. Shoes anywhere from $2.00 to $4.99. My jewelry.
Mules, 2.00, orange, #5.99, Kenneth Cole metallic wedges, $2.00. Chinese laundry brown heels, $2.00, red Guess heels, $2.00, bright red wedges, $2.00.
I posted the red high heels and bag before but here a better photo

Black with blue/green floral is lovely at $4.99. Paired it with a white Dress Barn jacket, $3.99. To change it up paired it with a black jacket I had.

The black white zebra print top.

Orange denim skinny jeans, brand new, $3.99, tee, $1.99, jean jacket had cost me $ 4.99
lands End swimsuit, still had tag, really nice, $5.99
Sketchers, shape ups, Fantastic to walk in. $4.49
Animal print tops, anywhere from $2.00 to $4.49. Green clutch, $2.00.
White heels, $2.00.
Gorgeous sheer coverup. $2.00. Can also be worn over a tank with jeans, to go out. Make great resort wear.

And last but not least the beautiful red Jones of New York leather jacket that had a tag of $399.00. I got it for $15.99.

It's nice to have a good choice of clothes to choose from. Nice to separate the seasons so when you do want an item it's easy to find.
You can dress in the best of clothes but you have to feel comfortable in what you ware. .
Find a style, build on it. Keep items in good condition.
Nothing looks worst than ripped seams, pins holding something together.
Keep all your accessories in good shape. no run down heels, scuffed toes.
Don't have to match handbags with shoes, so get adventurous.
Clothes don't make the person but how you present yourself says it all.

I am wearing the maxi skirt tonight to a ladies night out dinner at Outback.
The floral dress will wear on Easter. If cool. black jacket. Warm day , white.
I hope you all have as much fun as i do shopping and experimenting with fashion.
Most of all my fantastic thrifty buys are found at Value Village. They have a colored 50% off tag every week. on Thursday the color of tag changes. Any items that was 50% off and still not sold can be bought for $2.00. On every Wednesday there is 40% seniors discount. Sometime it pays to be 72. Smile!!
Peace and Love.

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FRUM_SCRATCH 6/11/2014 11:49PM

    I have bought probably 98% of the clothes I have bought in the last 2 years at goodwill and I can't imagine it any other way, I love the things i find and i am lucky to live in an area right now that has several goodwills. I used to live in the Portland area and the goodwills here are much more reasonably priced too! I love it. Great finds!

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REXTINE1 5/8/2014 11:19AM

    Massive blog - and fantastic story. Good work. emoticon

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LOLAJO54 5/1/2014 8:44PM

    hello fashion lady
go girl go

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/27/2014 3:15AM

    P.S. Thank you,too, for sharing your story...yes, I so agree we are all have baggage and so many from someone or thing in our formative years! I know I do! We need to remember this when we want to judge others...you never know what they might be "carrying" around! Hugs!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/27/2014 3:11AM

What a fashion show and terrific advice!
This is such a great service to everyone...I do not think people realize what is possible at thrift shops! Helps you, helps others and for those losing weight it helps for transition clothes!
And that pink leather jacket is YOU....wow!
Thank you, and I can't wait til the Fall Show!!!
Love you,
P.S. Did Titan get a new T-shirt or raincoat?

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CRISSYP2U 4/24/2014 12:47PM

    I've never known how to "dress". Envious of others who do. My fault though....overweight all my life (save 1 year). Someday I hope I can wear whatever I want. My goal is to be able to wear a very classy long skirted suit. Love your blogs!!!!

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DGFOWLER 4/21/2014 5:23PM

    Tisha you always find the most amazing buys. And your hair..darlin' it's marvelous. emoticon Donna

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COOKWITHME65 4/21/2014 12:43PM

    Love it Tisha!!!!!! You know me and my Mom thrify shop but we havent done our spring fling yet. Loving the orange sandals, zebra top and the denim jeans in orange. Just wonderful. That leather coat was a buy!!!

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JAZABEE 4/17/2014 7:37AM

    Trish, you have some beautiful pieces, you don't need to wear designer label it's all about choosing the right styles for you and how you carry your clothes, one can wear a flour sack and still look beautiful....I admire you beautiful , classy lady!!!!
Ahh too bad I live in Australia otherwise I would go shopping with you.


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NANCYPAT1 4/16/2014 5:29AM

    Great ideas for dressing for less and having fun doing it.

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JILL313 4/15/2014 11:38PM

    Tisha, Loved your honest blog with all your interesting background information. I would never have guessed you had issues as a result of or during your childhood. To me, if anyone has it all together you seem to. I appreciate all the fashion information and I bet no matter where you shop you are the best dressed Lady there. You've been blessed with a fantastic sense of fashion and know what's good for you to wear. I loved all the pictures you so kindly shared with us. You sure purchases your clothes & accessories at a small fraction of their original purchase price. You're going to look great in your pink Easter dress as it's so pretty and stylish & it'll show off your great figure. I'd love to be out of the plus sizes as my fashion choices wouldn't be so limited & I would look so much better in regular sizes. I've not given up on myself being a normal/healthy weight in the near futre. The last few months due to circumstances I lost my focus but I'm gearing up slowly to start losing weight again with more exercise and eating healthy with fewer carbs, sugar & junk food. Thank you for writing such a terrific fun blog.

Thank you for my lovely Easter Basket & "Girl Scout's Honor" I didn't eat the chocolate Easter Bunny all by myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/15/2014 6:03PM

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☻/.... Just stopping by to cheer you onward!!!
/▌...... Thanks for the blog
Dr. Oz Show Fans Team

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JAOTAO 4/15/2014 4:49PM

    From one Diva to another, Tish - YOU ROCK! I love your finds. I go a lot to those stores, but hardly find anything my size. Maybe that will change as I drop. I do take my clothes to the Plus Size Resale shoppe though. Things fly out of there faster than she can put them on the racks.

Thanks for the ideas and pictures. I just love what you do fashion-wise. If you lived around here we could go shopping together! Hugs, Jackie O

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RDEE22 4/15/2014 5:18AM

    Looking good Tisha. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/15/2014 2:15AM

    Beautiful clothes! You look lovely

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GODS_TEMPLE 4/15/2014 1:55AM

    Everything I've been wearing lately either came from a thrift store or friends who out grew them...except my shoes (of which I only have a few pairs), and undies (Walmart).

I'm a long time thrift shopper, but now I can fit into so many nice things. emoticon

GREAT blog!

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KICK-SS 4/14/2014 9:50PM

    My favorite places to shop!!!!

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MOTHERBEAR4 4/14/2014 8:59PM

    I am just in AWE of you!

As a child we often shopped Goodwill and Salvation Army. I also learned to sew from my mother and was way more advanced than the High School economic classes of 1970s.

Most of the clothes hanging up on my clothes rack were given to me by someone.

I so need to find my sense of style again, LOL emoticon

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ERINLINDSAY83 4/14/2014 7:21PM

    awesome! I LOVE thirft shopping! I actuallly have a Low-Budget Fashionista blog! www.erinlindsay83.blogspot.com if you're interested!

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CIERAPOET 4/14/2014 6:53PM

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Tisha this is marvelous! Thanks for all of your hard work! You have some beautiful clothing. I live very close to a Goodwill store and have NEVER been there. Walking distance and I believe I'm going to venture out one weekend and check it out. Such lovely pieces. I'm ready to go SHOPPING!!!
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HEALTHY4ME 4/14/2014 6:02PM

    wow love your clothes and the choices you bought. Most of our thrift stores are not tidy and I honestly cant be bothered to go through bins. If it is hanging then sure.
But have to say love the necklace you made in the picture with the white purse. the one in the center that has the round pc at the bottom.

I have never wanted to really shop even as a teen, I wasn't into clothes and if I ever have money to spend I just wouldn't ever let myself buy anything costly. Most expensive item I own is a leather jacket tthat hubby insisted I buy for myself, and was on sale for 199. lol. Guess it is a good thing I don't want expensive stuff as sure cant do it now! LOL

love your wardrobe and I just may go bargain hunting soon.

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QTEALADY20031 4/14/2014 3:39PM

    WOW Tisha, I have been waiting on this blog. What a fantastic wardrobe you have put together. I need to come shopping where you live LOL I just can't seem to find many items as great as yours. Of course I am in a larger size too so that is going to account for it. Tisha, I love everything especially the pink dress at the top, all your outfits look fantastic. I know the Maxi dresses and skirts are in style, you see them everywhere and so is lace, cotton, nylon, all kinds of lace. You know I am jealous of those heels you are wearing especially those red shoes!! I hope you have an enjoyable evening. You will be the talk of Outback tonight! Have fun tonight! emoticon emoticon June

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KITT52 4/14/2014 3:34PM


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    Due to your excellent shopping skills you have a beautiful wardrobe for a minimal price!

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A to Z , What it Means to ME.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ever so often the A to Z blogs are posted .. I always like to read them,for it gives me more insight to the member.
After reading Tina's a few days ago I though I'd see just what the letters meant to me.
Here Goes:

A, Apples (have to be cold, crisp, sweet, juicy)

B. Beaches. ( Hot, sunny or cool, windy, both have charm.)

C. Clothes. (No brainier, I am a clothes horse.)

D. Dogs. ( Have had a dog or multi dogs most of my life.)

E. Exercise. (Maybe wasn't always as important as it is now.)

F. Food. ( Have a Love- Hate relationship with food.)

G. Grapes. ( Prefer Black, red second choice. Snack on them daily.)

H. High Heels. Love Red, but have all colors , never want to give up)

I. Italy. Love the country, people, foods, ancestral country.)

J. Jewelry. (Real or Faux, love the Bling.)

K. Knit. ( Yes, I knit, scarves,hats, sweaters.,NO socks.)

L. Leticia. ( That's my first name.)

M. Movies ( Mystery, suspense, action,some comedy.)

N. No. ( Having to learn to say NO).

O. Overachiever. ( I like to do well. Like to win. )

P. Pilates. ( I do 15 to 30 minutes of Pilates every day. Sometimes add Yoga.).

Q. Quietness . ( Have to have some quite time daily, usually I meditate.)

R. Read. ( I am a prolific reader. Prefer books to e-readers.)

S. Spark. ( I credit Spark with being a lifeline to my weight loss success..)

T. Time. ( Managing my time and accepting there is only so much.)

U. Ugg's. ( My favorite warm, lined boots.)

V. Volunteer. ( I volunteer my time for causes I believe in.)

W. Walking. ( So grateful to have my knees replaced so I can continue walking.)

X. X-Factor. ( A Talent TV Show, first seen in England).

Y. Yorkshire Dogs. ( I have a Yorkie, Titan, love of my life.)

Z. Zumba. ( It was a happy day when i was able to be in a Zumba class.)

There, that's the alphabet, A to Z.
There are some letters that could have had more than one answer,but the ones
I listed mean the most to me. .

I posted a blog last week about my love of Bling. I want to Thank all the Friends and Members who commented. I am going to try and get back to all of you.

I'm going to spend some of that precious time I value to color my hair and finish my daily workouts.
Looks like the sun is trying to break through the clouds. That means Titan and i can get out for our walk.

Have a great week. Be strong, stay positive.
Peace and Love .
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/19/2014 11:35AM

    Loved this blog Tish. And I learned new things about you, like your first name is actually Leticia. Lovely name for a lovely lady! I may do this kind of blog in the future, although I could probably just repost yours as my own, since our likes are so similar!!!

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REXTINE1 2/18/2014 9:45AM

    Great blog. I had a problem with both N and O myself, so most of the thing resonates.

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/18/2014 3:26AM

    I didn't know you colored your hair emoticon !!!

You and my DD would go together very well for Christmas...hers has been green in the front for a while. She dyes the back black (normal color is brown). She is planning to go purple right after St. Patrick's and Mardi Gras... emoticon

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JILL313 2/17/2014 10:55PM

    Hi Tisha, I loved reading your ABC Blog and do feel like I know you a little better and know more about your life. You always continue to be an inspiring woman that I would love to be more like. I hope you and Titan got a good walk in today. Take good care and continue to enjoy life.

Hugs & Love,


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RDEE22 2/17/2014 7:16PM

    Love your alphabet! Have a good day!

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JAZABEE 2/17/2014 6:48PM

    Thank you for sharing I enjoyed reading your likes

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QTEALADY20031 2/17/2014 3:11PM

    Enjoyed reading your A to Z and loved your answers of which many would have been mine! I hope the rest of the week is a good one and that you get some sun! emoticon June

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    Loved your answers. It's always wonderful to get to know more about you.

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GEORGE815 2/17/2014 1:42PM

    Great alphabet!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bling , Bling
1. expensive and flashy jewelry, clothing, or other possessions.
2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated.

3. Flashy;ostentatious.

Verb: (used without object)
4. to flaunt one's material wealth; live in a flashy lifestyle.

verb (used with object)
5. to dress or adorn in a flashy way; Bling up your wardrobe!

Word Origin and History.
Bling also Bling Bling. by 1997, US rap slang, "wealth, expensive accessories, glitter of jewels and other precious metals.

In German: blinken, to gleam, sparkle.

Now that I have explained what bling-bling is let me tell you I love me some bling.
I didn't start out as a little girl, wanting things that glimmered or sparkled.
I grew up in a different era. But once I was in my teens I loved to gaze at the pretty sparkly jewelry at the 5 & 10 store. Do any of you remember Woolworth's?
I spent many dollars of my babysitting money buying that cheap jewelry. It always turned my skin green, and the stones would fall out after a few months. But for a short time that sparkly bracelet or ring were like diamonds to me.
As far as real good jewelry I had a gold cross. What Catholic girl didn't have a cross? I also had a gold locket.
My first engagement ring was a diamond. You had to have a magnify glass to see it, but it was real.
By the time I got my second engagement ring, you couldn't miss it. It was three karats set in platinum with baguettes on the side. That was some bling-bling.
Over the years I added to my bling.
I loved it all. It could be real or faux, or costume , i couldn't have enough.
Then the fabulous 80's came. And sparkle, shine, stones, studs were showing up on clothes. Oh, happy days. What fun.
And to top it off, you could create your own look by the amazing "Bedazzle".
Oh, did I go crazy. I started designing tops, jackets, jeans. Some of the pieces got noticed, before I knew it I was selling at Miami Beach stores. There wasn't anything that couldn't be blinged up. Belts, hats, purses.
By the time the early 90's rolled around it started to die out. Along with shoulder pads and big hair, it was over.
The next couple of decades was not as flashy or flamboyant.
Bling was limited to mostly jewelry.
But by 2013 the studs, crystals on clothing and accessories started to show up on the runways. Designers were bring them back in a more refined way.
For many of the clothing styles, they didn't suit my present fashion style.
I wasn't living in Miami Beach, I wasn't hitting te clubs at night, I wasn't the same person. Many of the hot trendy style don't fit into my present lifestyle.
But I am still attracted to bling. And a dew weeks ago, my eyes lit up when I saw
a glittering red handbag hanging on a rack.
It was like the commercial, I walked up and said"Hello beautiful". I didn't have to ask my insurance agent how much I saved to see if could afford it, for it was at my favorite thrift store. Priced $19.99.
I looked it over , it was perfect. A gorgeous woven red leather with crystal studs on one side, chain on the leather handle. lined in small leopard print. I fell in love, . It was a statement bag. An attention grabber. It was just the bag I would buy, should buy, but I walked away. I didn't buy it.
I came home, thinking about the bag. In a few days there was a 50% off day to shop, I wondered would it still be there. . I am so cheap. Why can't I spend $19.99. I had a $3.00 off coupon. It would only cost $16,99. It was something I wanted, I always save so much, I can afford to spend more. I spent the night thinking about the bag.
I decided to look the designer up to see if I could find out anything about it..
I found the web site, Luxcessories, and low and behold the bag is listed. And it sells for $70.00.
I'm not sure that helped make up my mind to get it, but it probably did. knowing it was a present style and still available.
I went back to the store the next morning. My eyes went directly to the handbag rack, it was still there. I walked straight over, took it off the hanger and not looking at anything else, paid for my "new" bag. Told the clerk about my indecisiveness, glad I was still there.. . She told me she had her eye on it but they can't buy merchandise until it has been on the floor for a couple of days. Otherwise she would have bought it. So here's a picture of the bling bling bag. A description from the web site and a close up photo of the crystal side taken from my scanner.

After I got home with my bag I saw it matched my new Guess red high heels. I had bought them the day before. I love shoes, and have a thing for red. I put them in my scanner and attempted to take a photo, you can see they are very high heel, 4 1/2 inches. But I ware them very well. The nice thing about the heels they only cost me $2.00. Also bought a pair of Chinese Laundry black heels and a pair of Unlisted gunmetal gray wedge strap shoes, both $2.00 each.
Picked up a nice Dress Barn red blazer. plan to ware it on valentine's Day.

Still having problems getting my photo from printer/scanner to computer. So can't show you my latest buys, maybe soon.

It's about that time of day I would open a diet Coke and sit back and enjoy. But I am weaning myself off the habit so will have a cup of soothing tea instead.

I am making some other changes in my eating habits. Trying to be more aware of what, and the correct amount of what I consume. It's too easy to think one more of something won't matter or if it does, I can exercise it off. I want to stop the up and down on the scales. even though it's not too much, I want to stay at a steady weight.

I have told my friend NO candy for Valentines Day. I'm sweet enough. Smile!

Take care Spark friends.
You are the one in control, you make the choices, make good ones.
Peace, and Love,

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QTEALADY20031 2/17/2014 3:07PM

    Hi Tisha, I don't know how I missed these two blogs of yours, must have been running around and was not on Spark! When you told me you were going out Valentine's night with your Bling bag, I thought that must be fancy and it is. That's a really good deal and I love your high heels. I am hoping I can get back in high heels but I need to have the ankle be better and I need the rest of the weight off. I LOVE high heels.!!! I do remember Woolworth's as I worked there in downtown Philly when I was a teenager and then took a job at G.C. Murphy nearer to my home and finally back in town to Bell Telephone. I remember those days! I worked after high school. Those were the good ole days for sure!! You always find the best deals!
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RUBYTWOSDAY 2/17/2014 9:47AM

    Tisha, Woolworths! What memories! My sister and I would go to the show on Saturday afternoons. We had enough money to do the show and take the bus home or do the show and stop at the Woolworth's counter and have a coke and walk home. Guess what we chose? Always!
Love the purse and the shoes. Don't you just love it when you walk away from something, think about it and go back and its still there waiting for you?

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REXTINE1 2/16/2014 1:10PM

    My wife got a dual crystal solar powered rotation furnishing for valentine's Day. She didn't want candy, but did want the decoration.

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CHEROKEE1946 2/13/2014 9:48AM


What a great blog! Loved Woolworth's and until last year a manager from woolworths took over the store when Woolworth's went out and just made it into a five and dime store, and after all that time decided to retire last year. But it was great and still had great deals and Evening in Paris perfume. I don't know whether they were old or just some bought up things, but got one for a gag for my daughter.

Love your bling bling. Purse and shoes great. Hugs Colleen

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/12/2014 10:38PM

    I loved Woolworths when I was a young. My aunt worked in the bulk candy department so I got free candy. I loved the Ben Hur cologne and the evening In Paris. I would still love them if they were around.

Love the shoes and purse. Great buys! I love a bargain!

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EDDYMEESE 2/12/2014 9:25PM

    I love this, I love great deals and I love bling!

I, too, have a very hard time spending money, especially on myself. Good for you, you deserved it!

Hey, I see you're in Salem :) I'm just south of you in Albany!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/12/2014 5:51PM

    I like bling also!
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GINILEE4 2/12/2014 1:24PM

    We are twins at heart!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag. I am a bling-bling girl all the way. My sister made me a beaded crystal evening bag with a pink flamingo on it. I love flamingos too. It is so over the top that it is for sure, my all time fav.
I used to wear those stunning heels too but with weight gain, have not been able to even think about them for years. You have given me the inspiration to add to my list of reasons I want to be thin. I want to wear high heels again. I used to have gorgeous legs and can get back there, I just know it. Sparkle all the way on Valentines day but truly SHine EVERY day.


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JAOTAO 2/12/2014 11:48AM

    Love how you shop! Great Finds... Since being in Sweet Adeline's .. I've found some great bling tops and jewelry at the thrift stores as well! Good for you, but HOW IN THE WORLD can you stand on the heels!? Wow, I can't do anything over 1 3/4"! Keep embracing your inner Diva!

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PATTYCAKE17 2/12/2014 10:24AM

    What a FUN blog!! I totally enjoyed reading it and the chase that ensued as you pursued fashion at bargain prices. All the more fun. I love fashion too, but unfortunately with the way the years have treated my body, I can't wear the heels, and a blinged-out bag would get lost on the back of my wheelchair. BUT...like any good Fashionista, I have a huge assortment of scarves, and they're my fashion statement these days. All in the name of fashion , bling, bling. Happy valentines day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 2/12/2014 9:54AM

    How fun!! What a great job! I don't go in for bling too much, but maybe I should! Enjoy your new find(s)!!! Love, Jeannie

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/12/2014 2:38AM

    You're a very smart shopper...NOT cheap!

I go to the thrift store and only buy the things with the 75% off colored tag! That way we can buy more for our money! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 2/12/2014 12:33AM

    Very nice deals!! You can have those shoes I could never wear heals again because of the arthritis in the one and is limited in motion

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JOANOFSPARK 2/11/2014 11:47PM

    Love that bag.......gorgeous.......good for you that you went back and got it....it was definitely meant for you. Now I could not wear even a mini version of those high heels but they are gorgeous as well.....I love red as well, but do not wear it.....it always makes me feel like I am so huge....probably because some have told me so when I wore it......ahh, well, there are other colors that I love even more..*grin* Happy Valentine's Day.:) emoticon emoticon emoticon on your steal of a deal....*grin* :)

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RDEE22 2/11/2014 8:14PM

    Great deal. I have a favourite thrift shop. You were lucky the bag was there the next day. It must have been meant for you.
Love Bling!!

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PHEBESS 2/11/2014 8:11PM

    Way to go on those purchases!!!!!

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DEE1221 2/11/2014 7:27PM

    Good Deals!! Where the heck do you find shoes for $2? I've never been able to wear heels and wow......those are some HIGH heels you got there, Girl!!
Keep On Blinging!!

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