Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays (Ya Filthy Animal)!

Ok, ok, that is not the line that Kevin McCallister says in Home Alone (it's "Keep the change, ya filthy animal" ...but I'm sure you knew that), but we will make do.

Since it's the holidays and I'm all for nostalgia, I'll share some of my favorite holiday commercials from the past.

Honey Nut Cheerios (1989):

I remember seeing this commercial as a kid. It features the Honey Nut Cheerio bee (does he have a name??) who offers Scrooge some of the namesake cereal. Good times.

Also, this commercial is 25 years old. TWENTY-FIVE.YEARS.OLD. I feel like this commercial is only 10 years old, but I forget that the 90's are now twenty years ago.

Folgers (1988)
Another 80's gem. I feel like I saw this on TV as well, but I don't know how long they (Folgers) aired this spot*, so I could have possibly seen it on a (home recorded) VHS tape.

When I see this spot, it feels so 80's, hah.

* EDIT: apparently they ran it for 13 years!

Hershey Kisses (1989)
I saw this commercial last year, and I remember thinking "they are still airing this?" You can tell it was made in the 80's/early 90's (it's got that "look") so it definitely contrasted with all the HD created and emotion-driven ads of today. I did some googling and Hershey has apparently run this spot every holiday season since it was created.

Lastly, I am not original, as someone else has already written a 2013 post about these (and 9 other) 'classic' holiday commercials.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Embarrassing Story

Let me preface this story by letting you all know that I am the kind of person that needs to air my "dirty laundry" when embarrassed, aka tell everyone and their mom.

So this story JUST happened:

I was browsing GILT on my iPhone this evening, since they sent me a 40% off code that was expiring soon (let me add that I am a sucker for promo codes and will browse sites because of them). For some reason about a week ago I had added in my shopping cart a Kitchen Aid mixer (I think to see how much it would cost with the discount). I do not need a mixer and have no intentions of buying one, so I kind of forgot that it was in my cart (I tend to put things in my virtual cart, even when I don't intend to buy anything).

Anywho, I was pretty sleepy, so I closed my eyes...and next thing I know I had dozed off! And had somehow ordered the $300 Kitchen Aid mixer. That was final sale. That I did not want to buy!!! I immediately searched their website to see if there was a way to cancel the order myself. I didn't find anything, so I called customer service next. Since it was after business hours, all I got was an automated message. I then quickly sent out an email noting my stupid mistake, and also tweeted at their customer service handle.

For a few minutes I was slightly panicking, in case I was stuck was a mixer I don't really need in my life. That was also being shipped to Carlos' house (the last saved address, I guess).

Then, a Christmas miracle happened (jk, jk) - I received a customer service email just a few minutes after mine, and they informed me that they were able to successfully cancel my order.

So, thank you GILT customer service.

 PSA: don't browse/"window shop" while tired, because you might accidentally buy something (this applies if you have items in your cart and your information is saved).