Tuesday, April 14, 2009


In my line of work, I often find myself swimming in scrap paper.  Scripts, sides (portions of scripts you print out to prepare for an audition), sheet music, old resumes, and even pads of understudy inserts seem to pile up quickly.  
But there's another side...  Literally!  Don't just throw it into the recycle bin.  Yet.  
First, create a place to drop these documents of communications past.  Then use it to print up your next mapquest directions, etc.  We're talking a lot of dollars saved each years.  
We're talking a lot of trees (and energy) saved each year.
Then, of course, when both sides have been used, RECYCLE!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leenya's Secret

Okay, I don't mean to keep bringing up Conway, but they have the cutest lingerie right now!  Matching bras and panties for so much less than Vickie's Secrets and about the same quality (Sorry, Vicky!).  
While you're at the one on Broadway just above 34th Street and Macy's (West Side),  keep going around corners and up and down stairs for bargains on bedding, kids and babies clothes, beauty products, and cute tops for under $10.  
Tips before you go:
  • There are no dressing rooms.  Know your size and when in doubt, buy a size larger.  Unlike Gap and Banana Republic, sizes run SMALL in this store. 
  • Don't go when you're in a hurry.  Lines are long.
  • With the exception of lingerie, you CAN exchange and return if you keep the receipt.
  • Stay Zen.  This is not the palace of pleasant customer service.  By any stretch.
  • Look for inexpensive T-Shirts for design and painting projects.  Buy two so you can mess up.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Maya and Leenya's Potluck Bitch and Swap

In a cozy New York apartment, combine a dozen great friends and coworkers,

...delicious homemade baked goods and nosh, a great mix of wines under $10 (see earlier post),

...bags and bags of gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories, 

...one kooky host who LOVES putting together new outfits for no money,

...one fuzzy cohost,

...and mix! 

  • closet purged of never-worn-clothes
  • fabulous new items to spruce up wardrobe
  • new friends
  • donations to the Salvation Army or Goodwill
  • lots and lots of fun and laughs

money spent:  $10 for the wine + a few dollars for snacks
Write about yours!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No Foolin!

No straps!
Just in time for spring and summer backless styles, Conway has a version of the backless silicone adhesive bra on sale right now (Secret Style brand) for $6.99!  I was prepared to spend upwards of $30 to be able to wear the cute backless tops my cousin gave me for my birthday and found this bra on a recent trip to one of my favorite midtown bargain stores.  Simply buy the letter that corresponds to your cup size and follow the instructions to stick it on!
I admit I did spend $30, but it included three cute ruffle tops and a pair of leggings as well!

Stay tuned for a new post about my recent Bitch and Swap...