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August 31, 2004

Remembering college...

journalsWhen I started my time in college, I was absolutely terrified! It felt like the overwhelming campus would swallow me whole. But as I got myself into a groove, I started to realize how much I was learning about myself. After that epiphany struck, I began writing...writing in my notebook before class, writing on my computer, and writing in journals. In fact, I was never a big diary girl until I went to college. If you are starting college, everything they say is will be the best time of your life and probably, at times, the worst. You will be stressed to the gills, and participate in things you'll remember for the rest of your life. And after it's all over, you'll look back at a blur of four (or five) years; the highlights will be difficult to recall. A journal is an amazing way to keep track. True, pictures are great, but they rarely capture your thoughts as eloquently as you do with your own words. A little advice to the freshman: take a little time every week or even every month and write in a journal...and when you're done with school you'll find yourself smiling through those pages full of memories for years to come.

For some laughs!! (but EMERALDS is not responsible for any responses other than laughter...)

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August 31, 2004 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (0)

Survey Winner!!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Candice Schwab and Cynthia Smith, both are Emeralds Customer Survey Winners! Spend your 50 bucks wisely, ladies!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

August 31, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 30, 2004

The Freshman 20 (% off, that is!!)

sweettoothHopefully some of you took advantage of our 15% off sale last week. If you didn't, never fear...there's always something new!!
This week, everyone is jumping back into the daily grind. Dragging yourself out of bed, driving, walking or riding the bus to school and then making the trek in August's heat to your classes--Ugh, school can be such a bummer!! Maybe you're experiencing the excitement (or trauma, depending on how you see it) of college for the first time! Just for you, there's a special sale going on this week at EMERALDS. Come in this week, mention that you're a CANDY reader (you've given us your email), show us a valid college ID and you'll get 20% off your purchase. You know there'll be a plethora of new college activities for you these next few months so you'll want to prepare your wardrobe...not to mention trying to make that tiny dorm room livable; and all that on a college student's budget, are you kidding?! Hence the 20% off!! Every little bit will help you out. And I must say, looking great for the rush parties is well worth a trip over to EMERALDS!! Come see us, bring your ID and save money--that's all there is too it!

August 30, 2004 in Sweet Tooth | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 27, 2004

How to talk back!

blogging101WELCOME TO CANDY!! Before you dive into the blog, I just wanted to give you a bit of info on some of the buttons--especially the comment button. Anytime, on any entry, you can click on the button directly below the paragraph that says 'comment.' This immediatly links you to a page in which you can type a short (or a long if you prefer) comment. The best part is, your comment will then publish directly on the blog--you can read it by clicking on it in the left hand column under the list of entry titles. There will always be a group of recently posted comments located in that part of the page so feel free to read what others have to say--this blog is all that means chat as much or as little as you like; but don't be afraid to share your ideas! Openness is the name of the game!

An exclusive offer for Candy readers (those of you who have subscribed to the Newsletter) are the Sweet Tooth sales! We'll be posting them periodically, so make sure you check back here regularly. If you're curious you can dig through past sales by clicking on the Candy Wrappers graphic--some sales last longer than others and checking there is a fast way to keep yourself up to date!

Other than that, the rest is there for you to discover! Explore, chat, BLOG!!

August 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 26, 2004

Sweet tooth reminder!

sweettoothsalesJust a quick reminder for all you CANDY readers...a special treat this week! You know that sinking feeling you get when you find a new dress that fits you perfect, flattens your stomach and makes you feel beautiful, BUT you just can't spend the money for it?...Well, remember that this week at Emeralds CANDY readers (those of you who have given us your email) will get an extra 15% off!! And you know what that means...that sexy dress is as good as yours because--well, frankly, you deserve it and you can certainly get it with extra money to spare!! Give us your email address and mention CANDY and 15% of the cost stays in your pocket. Hmmm...You know what you'll be wearing this weekend!

August 26, 2004 in Sweet Tooth | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 25, 2004

Decorating 101

zodax-candlefinalAfter watching several episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, you may begin to think: 'Hey, I've got taste! I can decorate my own home!' I mean, who needs an expensive designer when you've got the Fab Five!! BUT--beware of over- zealous decorating! There is nothing wrong with an eccentric candle holder, a groovy mirror or a wild piece of art BUT--only to be used sparingly. Take this candle holder for example...cast iron, clear glass beads, not too big; it's a good purchase. However, it also happens to come with similarly designed vases and candle holders. If you were to buy the entire collection your house could start looking like a Tim Burton movie real quick. Of course you want to put your personality into your home; you want everyone to know that it's truly YOUR living space, but you certainly don't need to beat them over the head with it. Find idiosyncratic decorations that you love, but balance them with solid conventional pieces. Before you know it, you're on your way to living in the unique modern space that you deserve!

Decorating tips...straight from the guys! (no pun intended)

August 25, 2004 in Home Accents | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 24, 2004

The easiest flower garden!

flower-candlesFlowery, cheerful, colorful--not in everyone's personality BUT--surely some of you out there dot your "i's" with a smiley face and catch yourself doodling flowers all over your notebook. And those of you that do may find these flower candle holders especially tempting. And even if flowers aren't your favorite thing, these are still subtle enough to spark some interest. Standing about 5 inches tall, a simple silver stem and a translucent flower will hold a tea light or a votive candle. The warm glow through the petals of the flower created by the candle is the best part of the bloom. Several of them across a window sill and there grows a lovely low-maintenance tulip garden that glows in the dark!! Martha Stewart, eat your heart out!

August 24, 2004 in Home Accents | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 23, 2004

The pictures of life!

dolcemiaThere is a saying in Italy: "La vita e' bella"...Life is beautiful. And it truly is. From moment to moment life tends to have a force behind it that, at the simplest times, shines through just as a little reminder. Whether it is in the smile of a dear friend, or your son's first steps; it is the diversity of life's sweet moments and the distinct emotions they elicit that find you thinking my life is beautiful. Unfortunately, those moments come and go staying just long enough to tickle our hearts. But there are those you capture and keep close. It's amazing how a picture suddenly picks you up and carrys you off to a time in the past that made you feel alive. Or how it brings someone you love, someone you miss right to your living room. The pictures that you surround you are snapshots of the moments you love. They make you laugh, they make you cry and they even bring you hope. You want to display them with the same endearment with which you reflect on that specific instant. With designs that enhance every elated feeling, these frames will give your favorite pics just the right emphasis--just enough to help whisk you off to that particular time when you knew la vita e' bella...

Here are some tips for keeping your camera up this summer so you don't miss anything!

August 23, 2004 in Home Accents | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 22, 2004

Sweet tooth sale!!

sweettoothHere's yet another special treat for all CANDY readers. Head over to Emeralds this week, do some shopping and then mention CANDY at the register and you'll get 15% off your entire purchase. Give them your email and you're good to go with 15% worth of savings! Now that is truly a sweet deal!! Be sure to check back with CANDY periodically because you just never know when you'll find an extra sweet deal!

August 22, 2004 in Sweet Tooth | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 21, 2004

Ten reasons to buy black!!

blackshoes3Black shoes are just about the best fashion has to offer. In fact, here are ten reasons black shoes are the bomb!!

1. Black will match anything.
2. The color black isn't seasonal.
3. Black is dressy.
4. Ah, but black is casual too!
5. You could probably still wear the black heels your mother wore when she was your age. (That is, if she took really really good care of them)
6. Even if they're cheap, black shoes rarely show it.
7. Depending on the outfit, they can either highlight or downplay certain features.
8. Black is slimming. (yes, even for your feet!)
9. Black shoes are incredibly easy to find.
10. You will almost always get your money's worth from any pair of black shoes.

In short, black shoes are timeless, versatile and fashionable. In fact, you can fill your closet with a rainbow of shoes, but three pairs of black shoes will most likely get you by. But of course, there's nothing fun about that! Black is so great, why stop at three??

August 21, 2004 in Shoes | Permalink | Comments (1)