Monday, April 30, 2012


Ok I lied...I am not graduating, I graduated in December but I know a lot of people who are!

Congratulations to those wrapping up school and getting ready to enter the business world in the next few months!!

For those of you still in school I want to share with you my little secret on how I got by on a budget!

Campus Book Rentals

For real that site was my life saver!

Books at my college's book store were outrageously priced, and it seemed they got worse year after year!

So I started looking for an alternative. Renting/Amazon/Ebay they were all good options but me being the Accounting student I made a spreadsheet to see what was the Most cost effective, it was renting by far!!

Here is a screen shot of the spreadsheet I used to use, yes I was a major geek!!

I looked into the price of Renting vs. Buying a Managerial accounting book. {check out the book here to see the price!}

It's a complex theory I came up with but here it is in short.

If you can look up the buyback price of a book and take the difference of the price you purchased it for that would be the "actual price" you are paying for the book. The rental price is almost always cheaper, and who's to say at the end of the semester the buyback price will be the same??

lost ya? Sorry about that!

Last year I was interviewed by a local tv station about how expensive textbooks are: Check it out!

Ha! I'm the first one...soooo funny ;)

Anyways you guys should really check out Campus Book Rentals! Click the link!

Still not convinced? Check out this video explaining it!

Congrats again to all the recent grads, those who are still going make sure you check out Campus Book Rentals, you will thank me!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Summer or Winter?

The weather can't decide here in the mitten state. One day it is nice and warm and sunny. The next it rains. Then it gets windy.
Then freezing.
I never know what to wear!!
It seems weird to wear white jeans when its cold but I went for it.
I paired them with a sweater.
I could pretend it was warm and still dress like spring!

Today the hubs got a fever, not a fan!
On top of that we went house hunting and nothing was great.
House hunting is so stressful, you can see what you want in your head but every house is missing something.
If I am going to spend the money I don't want to settle, am I crazy for that??

 So the hunt continues...

Sweater: Kenzie Girl
Jeans: Express
Shoes: DSW
Necklace: Gift
Earrings: DIY

Thursday, April 26, 2012

May Sponsor Swap!

I am going house hunting again tonight.
I have been super busy house hunting, so I can't wait to see inside some of the houses!
Since I have been so busy the posts have been few and far between, sorry.

So I thought I would write a post for sponsors! I just realized the month is almost over!

I am looking for May sponsors who want to do a sponsor swap!!

I have some spots open so if you are interested drop me a line :)

I am also offering some guest posts if anyone is interested. I am headed on vacation in a few weeks and I would love to have a week of guest bloggers :)


Send me and email or tweet me if your interested!

Email: alissaandcarisa{at}gmail{dot}com
Twitter: @isacar5

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Purple Lovin

It has been beyond windy here lately.
I had to take my pictures inside...which they aren't the best.
My camera is a baby it would have for sure blown away in the wind!!

I love love this purple shirt!
I think it makes me look thing (even if it doesn't show in the pictures)
Lovin the color purple!

Shirt: The Limited
Jeans: Joes
Cardigan: Marshalls (old)
Shoes: Michael Kors
Earrings: F21

Linking up!
pleated poppy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Turquoise Love

My favorite jewelry is anything turquoise!

My friend showed me this necklace she was lusting after, in my favorite color, and I thought "I can make that!"

Sooo I did. I made two, one for me and one for her.

Here is a really quick tutorial!

2 jump hooks
lobster claw

So here is how I did it!

I got the chain at the length i wanted.
Strung the wire double through one side of the chain.
Beaded the chain.
Wrapped the remaining wire through the other side of the chain and wond it closed.
I then found the middle of the chain and cut it.
I attached a loop on one end and the claw on the other.

This is probably the easiest necklace I have ever made and I am in love! Easy statement piece!

What do you think? Have you gotten crafty off an inspiration photo lately?

Ps. Anyone following the house story we lost the bid :( so if I go MIA in the future it is due to the stress of house hunting!! but really I can't wait to post pics and home renovation progress!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crazy Weekend!

So I had a crazy weekend.

House hunting is crazy!

We put in a bid on a house today. We are up against a few bidders so we will see what happens but we have been scrambling to get a bid in for the past two days because the price of the house dropped $30,000!!

That is why this is such a late blog post.

I thought id share two of my polyvore boards with you for kicks!

Anyone who has boughten a house before probably knows the stress me and the hubs have been under. I will be back to normal blogging asap!

Cross your fingers for us that we get our house :)


Spring!! by carisa-muller featuring a feather ring

Juicy Babe

Friday, April 20, 2012

Workday Friday

My pictures are really hit or miss lately. I am still learning the features on my camera.
I got this shirt recently from The Limited.
I love it! It has bat wing arms haha but it is so comfy!
Also I have had these shoes for years, I can't part with them!

Shirt: The Limited
Tank: F21
Jeans: The Limited Thrifted
Shoes: Michael Kors
Bag: Maurizio Taiuti
Arm Candy: Fossil and DIY (tutorial here)

Dude, it's Friday! Have a great weekend girls!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Comfy Casual

I love casual days!
They always go better and faster.
These pants are my favorite.
I never thought I would wear cargo pants but these rock!
$10.00 American Eagle pants from TJ Max rocks!

Tshirt: Calvin Klein
Pants: American Eagle
Sweater: Gift
Shoes: DSW

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