Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jewelry Galore!

Before coming to Shanghai one thing I was really excited about was jewelry! It seemed every necklace I picked out at home said Made In China so I was like, WAHOO!!  Bring on the deals!!! I didn't find the deals.. Fake markets had tones of the stuff but it was all over-priced and you had to haggle for everything.  No thanks. 

Enter Taobao. 
Actually enter Taobao iPhone app... 

If you search something it remembers. (Enter spooky music)
So I search pens, next thing I know 50 different listings for pens pop up. 
Necklace? .... Jackpot! 

Seriously amazing deals... Check it out: 















As my brother says, "GUESS HOW MUCH?!?!" 

None of these pieces cost more than $4, and one necklace even cost $0.80!! lol
See anything you like? 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Long Time No See!

I will admit to feeling guilty for not posting an update for many months but the truth is our lives haven't been that exciting! Everything that used to surprise us no longer does, and our day-to-day lives are much like they were at home: wake up, school, after-school activities, dinner, bed, and repeat! 
One thing that has livened up my life is the addition of musical theatre to my schedule and being able to sing and play music with kids again is so much fun. Chinese kids bring special challenges to a theatre production, but they are all giving their best and it's going to be a great show.. 

So we haven't been to Shanghai for a while (saving up for summer) but we have a week off so Phoenix and I headed for the fake market today to pick up some goodies... Here's what we found:


Phoenix needed a pair or two of shorts and we found these at a sports store. They're golf shorts so they have a lot of stretch which will hopefully survive all of the sports he's in.. 



Which brings me to the purchase that accompanied the shorts. Do you know what this is? We are in China so I shouldn't be surprised, but Phoenix has turned into a badminton addict.. I got him a good racket from Taobao (search Taobao on Google and look around.. You can buy everything on there from milk to shoes to makeup to scooters... Cheap!) so this is a racket bag.. It's holding three rackets, birdies, and extra grips. 
So the shorts, bag and thing of birdies for $60. 



Then I visited my makeup lady. I got this set of MAC brushes and case because some of my brushes are getting old and damaged. 
There are a couple of brushes in this set that I already own, so some people at home are going to get a present *wink wink*


Too Faced - eyeshadow primer
Dior Addict lipstick
Dior Eyeshadow palette
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners in brown and black
MAC lip pencil 

All makeup stuff for $80


And finally, Phoenix and I both got new pairs of Rayban prescription glasses.. 
$40 each!