The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Need new sunglasses

dg sunglasses With summer coming up soon, I need to buy some new sunglasses. The cheap ones I used last year have scratches all over the lenses, so I can’t wear them anymore.

I’m actually thinking of getting a more expensive pair this time around. I figure if I pay for the quality, I’ll end up using them more and they’ll last longer. At least, that’s what usually happens when I buy something expensive.

Anyway, I really like the dolce and gabbana sunglasses pictured here. They’re classic, and they fit my style and budget. And they would look great whether I’m dressed up or down, which is what I really want.

I think I’m going to order these on my next payday!

Kiehl’s Tinted Lip Balm

kiehls lip balm After hearing some good things about a product called Kiehl’s tinted lip balm, I decided to order a tube for myself. I’ve never tried any of their products before, but always suffer from wind- and sunburned lips in the summer, so I want to be prepared.

I read a few reviews about the different shades and ended up ordering Hue 30G. It looks bright red in the tube, but all the reviewers agreed that the color was very subtle when actually on the lips.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to receiving and trying this Kiehl’s Lip Balm!

Theory Clea tee

Although I have a couple of Theory pencil skirts, I’ve never owned a top from this brand. But I recently came across a pretty good deal on a NWT Theory Clea tee and decided to give it a try despite not really knowing my size. The auction was for a Small, which is what I usually wear.

The transaction went just fine, but the shirt is far tighter than I would prefer. I mean, it doesn’t constrict breathing or anything like that and I’m sure I could wear it on select occasions, but this style would not be suitable for the workplace. I think in the future I’ll go with Medium for Theory tops.

Incidentally, I was surprised at how long the sleeves on this shirt were (it’s l/s) compared to the body length. The shirt barely reached down to my waist, but is a good inch-and-a-half too long in the sleeves. I’m small-boned, yet normally proportioned person (I don’t have short, stumpy arms or anything), so the Clea tee just seems weird to me. Now I wonder, is this how all Theory tops are cut or is this particular to the Clea tee?

iPod Touch 5

ipod touch 5

So I’ve been using my iPod Touch 5 for a few weeks now, and as promised, am ready to give a more thorough review of the product.

This is actually the first Touch that I’ve ever purchased, so the only thing I can compare it to is an iPhone. Previously I’ve only purchased iPod Nanos because they were easier to carry while exercising. I almost went with another Nano this time, but the new Touch was so thin and light that the weight difference was negligible. I do not regret my choice.

You can get technical specs of the iPod Touch 5 from Apple or any number of techie websites, so I won’t bother with that here. I’ll just give my impressions as a user.

There’s nothing surprising about the iPod Touch 5 — and that’s a good thing. It works precisely as I’d expect an Apple product to work, which is to say, excellently. The touch screen and voice commands are accurate and responsive, the colors are crisp, and the camera is more than adequate in both video and still capture mode. I’ve already loaded the Touch with my favorite apps, including various reading apps, and everything — games, movies, books — looks spectacular on the screen and they all run smoothly on iOS 6.

The Touch 5 comes with a wrist strap, which I’ve yet to use because it seems so flimsy, and one of those new^fangled firewire cables. The new type of cable means the device is not compatible with old iPhone accessories like external speakers and car chargers and whatnot, but that wasn’t a big issue for me.

Overall, I have zero complaints about the iPod Touch 5. It does everything an iPhone can do except make calls, so if you already have or don’t want a smartphone, then this is a good alternative for all your portable music, books, games, movies, and TV shows. The $300+ price tag might be a bit off-putting to some, but it’s Apple, so you know what you’re going to get in return.

The Wire or The Shield?

I have enough rewards points to get a complete TV series box set for free. After browsing through the TV section, I decided this is the time to start watching either The Wire or The Shield. The Wire ran for 5 seasons (60 episodes) and would cost close to $100 to buy the DVDs. The Shield ran for 7 seasons (88 episodes) and I can get all the DVDs for about $70.

Just looking at this from a cost-per-episode basis, it seems like The Shield would be the clear winner. But to be honest, I’ve heard such awesome things about The Wire that I’m tempted to go with that series despite the higher price tag. After all, I’ll be using rewards points, so the extra pinch wouldn’t bother me as much as paying in cash.

I’ll have to think this over for a bit before making a decision.

Monk Season 7 DVDs

Monk S7 I bought Season 7 of Monk on DVD from Amazon for 12 bucks. At that price, I knew I wasn’t going to be getting much in terms of extras, and in that regard I was correct. This is basically just 4 DVDs inside a single plastic case with no liner notes or anything. The extra features are limited to a couple of video commentaries (basically the writer and/or producer of a particular ep talking about that ep for a few minutes), a promotional ad, and a BTS look at how an episode (“Makes the Playoffs”) gets made. As I said, not great.

But you do get all 16 episodes from Season 7, and the DVDs are cheaper than iTunes or Amazon Prime downloads, so I guess that’s something positive.

As for the episodes themselves, my personal favorites from this season include:

Lotto Fever
Gets Hypnotized
100th Case
On Wheels

The others are mostly entertaining, while a few (Falls in Love, Makes the Playoffs, Takes a Punch) I just skip right past without a second thought.

Until NBC/Universal comes out with a complete box set of this series, this cheesy Season 7 package is necessary just to round out my collection.

Resignation Cake

resignation cake Some guy in the UK resigned from his day job to pursue his dream of running a cake shop. And he did it by writing his resignation letter on his own farewell cake!

All I can say is this thing looks fabulous! I can’t believe how straight and perfect the lettering is. I would totally buy something from Mr. Cake if I lived in England!

Custom Bobbleheads

I want to order a custom bobblehead for my son’s birthday. He likes bobbleheads, and I think he would be thrilled to get one of himself.

From what I’ve seen so far, the process of getting a custom bobble seems easy enough. I would just need to send in a couple head shots of my son (straight on and profile) and then choose a pose for the body (standing, playing soccer, etc). Shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Now I’ve got to find a place that balances quality and cost. The sites I’ve checked out already fall at the extremes: they’re either too expensive or too cheap looking. There’s got to be some middle ground out there — and I’m going to find it!