Glamour, Non-Consumer Style

by Katy on October 25, 2011 · 18 comments

It's ever so dreary to live a glamorous lifestyle.

I know I’ve said it in the past, but I’m going to say it again —  I love my neighborhood. It’s central, it’s walkable and it’s actually comprised of useful businesses. Businesses that help support my glamorous, movie star-like lifestyle.

Just yesterday I set out to run a few errands on foot. First I dropped off my plastics recycling, (like Gwyneth Paltrow) then I walked over to get my hair cut. (Like Bridget Bardot.)  Luckily, my favorite stylist was available, so I sat down and got yet another fantastic $11 haircut. (I then tipped $9, as I’m pretty sure that my sons usually forget to add a tip when they go for their haircuts.)

Feeling rather attractive, I sashayed my way down the boulevard and stopped into the optical shop. This stop was necessary, as the screw had come out of my rather fabulous $1.99 Goodwill sunglasses, rendering them pretty much useless. The clerk was happy to hunt down the prefect size screw, and of course she refused any money for the job. (Us movie stars often get free services as a thank you for our contributions to the world.)

My next stop was Ben and Jerry’s, where I spent a $24 Groupon on five pints of ice cream plus a nice big chocolatey brownie. (We’ll be hosting two 14-year-old Japanese exchange students later in the week, so I thought it would nice to stock the freezer with treats.) I then took the brownie over to the optical shop as a thank you for fixing my Goodwill sunglasses. Needless to say, it was received with rapturous appreciation. Now keep in mind, I always have Groupon credit to spend, so all these goodies were free!

A quick stop into Fred Meyer for lettuce, (bringing my own eco-friendly produce bag —  just like Alicia Silverstone!) and my errands were complete.

Glamorously, and please no autographs. I’m just trying to live a normal life.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Thrifty Household October 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

I wholeheartedly approve ( & I bet the recipient of the chocolate brownie did too!)


Mary October 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

You’re not only glamorous but nice – like Audrey Hepburn!


Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land October 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

Love! Is there a movie star who Dumpster dives? That’s the last thing I did in my neighborhood business district (which is also full of useful businesses–and a premium Dumpster).


Christina October 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great post. You know how to have fun!


MindyG October 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

This was so cute. 🙂 I love it. It’s a nice way to spin things when being less consumery gets difficult. (Is consumery a word? If not, I totally call dibs on it!! OED Here I come!)


Katy October 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

You bet it is!



Barb @ 1 Sentence Diary October 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

Katy, you have been glamorous for as long as I’ve known you. Thanks for finally letting us “little people” be part of your movie star life. 🙂


Katy October 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm




Jinger October 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love it…I had such a day myself…but did have to drive…. to the resale shop to pick up a check, then to the library for some fantabulous good reads, and finally to a very high end lifestyle center where I picked up a free 5 oz hand cream from L’Occitane and windows hoped in Tiffany’s, Barney’s and the Apple store.

Living large on little…the good life!


Jinger October 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm

OOOps…window shopped


Diane October 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Actually, I thought windows “hoped” was pretty funny!


E Murphy October 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Sounds like a nice day. The only thing I’m confused about is the ice cream purchase. Don’t you have to buy Groupons? How is the ice cream free?


Katy October 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Because I have Groupon as an advertiser, I end up getting free Groupon credit. I save these up until good deals come along.



Kathleen Harris October 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Dahling, I love it!!


Christina October 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Faaaabulous. Of course sunglasses are a must for rolling incognito. Maybe for your next contest the winner should get autographed 8×10’s of you sorting recyclables.


Linda October 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

very entertaining post today. Thanks.


Susan C October 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Made me smile. Thanks!


sarah October 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

This made me laugh so hard! 🙂 Adorable!


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