My Clothes Shopping Ban Broken

So I couldn’t keep a year long ban on clothes shopping.  I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to try and not spend money on clothes until beginning of next year, but unfortunately, I didn’t make it.  I did however make it to June, which was my initial goal to begin with, and my downfall was a denim jacket.  I just couldn’t resist a sale on one because they are so classic and will get lots of use that cost per wear will be worth it to break a shopping ban.  I don’t intend to go crazy and start buying a whole summer wardrobe.  I still have a perfectly curated closet that I’m happy with, and if I’m going to be shopping for anything, it’ll probably be hats, costume jewelry, shoes, and lounge wear.

I find that as I grow a year wiser, I’m going back to basics.  I’m no longer looking to buy the latest trends because I find they go out of style fairly quickly thanks to fast fashion, and I realize it’s a money drain.  With classic and basic wardrobe staples, I can get so much more wear from them that I don’t have to shop so often and can divert my money to other things like skincare or beauty products.  I also find that accessories help elevate a basic outfit.  Throw on a necklace, a bracelet, and some earrings and an outfit has been transformed.  Nowadays I like using accessories and makeup to spruce up my look instead of buying trendy clothing pieces that scream, “Hey look at me!”  In the past that was my thing to buy statement outfits, but as my personality is changing with age, I’m becoming more subdued.  Not sure where this change is from, but regardless, my style and taste have evolved to basic.

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Venting – Reliability and Trust

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Disclaimer: this post is by no means about beauty, skincare, fashion, or makeup.  It’s just me venting about life.

I love having a routine.  I don’t operate on a strict schedule, but instead have in mind a task list (or to-do list) for myself.  There are things in a day that we all routinize, like getting ready, having a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, washing dishes, cooking, etc.  For me, when any part of my routine gets interrupted, it often causes a disturbance.  Sure every once in a while we need a change.  A little bit of adventure here and there doesn’t hurt like going on a nice vacation.  However, when car trouble or a lost wallet or cellphone occurs, the adventure suddenly stops.  These types of life hiccups are an annoyance that no one really likes, but does happen from time to time, which is why I’m so ecstatic to find eligibility for online or mail-in driver’s license renewal!  My license expires in two months and I was not looking forward to going to the DMV and wait for hours at a time only to deal with a jaded employee.  It’s one of those simple joys that makes me so happy because it doesn’t interrupt my daily routine.  More importantly, it doesn’t interrupt my working hours because to me, it’s so important to be a reliable co-worker.  No one wants to pick up the slack of another person who can’t hold their own, especially a person who’s never in the office for personal matters.  Yes we all have personal matters to attend to, but it’s important to show reliability as well.  Reliability equates to trust.  If you’re constantly gone, what makes you think your co-worker will trust you with work?  Just saying.

 

A Travel Tote – What I Carry

I never caught onto the hype that the Louis Vuitton Neverfull makes for a good travel bag.  Some Youtubers rave that this is a good travel bag, but I’m not so sure.  I mean yeah if you’re going on a day trip and driving then I guess the Neverfull makes for a great stylish bag.  However, when flying this bag would drive me crazy since there’s no zipper to it.  I like my tote bag to be stowed under the seat in front of me so I can have access to my stuff without being subject to the seat belt sign.  That’s why I prefer traveling with my Longchamp Le Pliage tote in size large because it has a zipper which prevents things from falling out should random turbulence occur.  I also like that the bag is nylon so there’s no need to baby it especially if caught under a downpour or if accidental spills happen inside the bag.

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So what do I like to keep in my tote and why I want it to be zippered and secure for most of the time?  A bunch of things:

  1. A bottle of water or sweet tea in case I feel the need to drink more fluids on the plane.
  2. Since discovering skincare, I now pack travel skincare.  I like to keep these items close to me in case of spillage.  More importantly, I like having a face mist easily accessible.
  3. Passport (if traveling abroad)
  4. Wallet
  5. Keys
  6. Makeup bag
  7. Scarf  (after the flight I like to put my scarf away)
  8. Snacks

In my opinion and generally speaking, zippered totes provide a layer of defense against theft.  With the Neverfull, thieves can easily bump into you and who knows maybe reach into your unsecured bag and take something.

Recently, I found this bag from Henri Bendel called the Jetsetter Soft Tote that’s just as stylish as the Longchamp Le Pliage bag.  There’s also the possibility of putting a monogram on this bag, so this would make for a great grad gift for the wanderlust.  Right now there’s a sale happening on their website and the deal is a free monogram in addition to 20-25% off.

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If a more leather look suits your style, then Madewell has a vegan leather zippered tote option with a crossbody handle for arms free carrying. This can also be monogrammed.

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And if totes are not your style, there’s a backpack alternative from Dagne Dover pictured below.

There’s also this Longchamp backpack that’s really cute, but definitely not as big as the items shown above.  I’m thinking of getting this backpack in the near future because it looks perfect for day trips to the amusement park, for sightseeing, and also great for running errands around town don’t you think?

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For travelers out there, what stylish bags do you like to carry with you?

 

 

 

Finding a Balance to Accumulating Stuff

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Ever since I read that article, from Allure.com, on “How Much the Average Woman Spends on Makeup in Her Life,” I want to change my own situation so I don’t end up spending a bunch of money on makeup or mindlessly shop for things I think I need but really don’t.  I definitely have goals to invest, to fund my retirement, to travel, and to be licensed in my profession.  All these things cost money, and thus, I should keep my spending in line with my goals.

Thankfully, makeup, skincare, and hair care can last for up to 1-2 years. This year will be a high buying year for said items and at some point will stop once I figure out what I like and what will work for summer and winter months.  Then I can just stock up on refills. This happened to me with clothing and shoes where I just bought a bunch of stuff in the last few years.  I experimented with my style, regretted quite a bit of purchases, purged a lot of clothing from my closet, and eventually found my style.  At the beginning of this year, I gave myself a goal to not buy clothes until June of this year.  Well I’m happy to report that I’ve kept to my word.  I’m stoked for my discipline that I thought to extend my ban until September.  However, I think I can extend my ‘no clothing’ ban until January of 2019, because really, my closet doesn’t need anything new at the moment.  I also think I’ve reached a satisfactory point with my beauty collection except I’ve gotten into eye shadow palettes lately, and I’m sort of obsessed with them.  I’m still playing around with makeup and at some point I’ll get to a stopping point.  But I’m glad I can keep my shopping aligned with my goals so I’m not frivolously throwing money to the wind.

Thus, with all said and done, finding a balance is important to achieving goals.  We’re not all well off to just buy what we please.  We need to budget, sacrifice, and have patience until we can afford our purchases.  Don’t you think?  So I say rotate spending so one year is all about clothes and shoes, and then the next on makeup.

My Progress with Korean Skincare

I still love Korean skincare. I’m addicted and I just want to try everything. Ok, maybe not everything, but at least enough to know what my favorite brands are and be able to explain why. Currently, I get a few breakouts here and there, but regardless of my breakouts along my chin, the rest of my skin looks great.

My goal is to prevent early signs of aging and with diligence comes benefits of great makeup application. I think I used to stray from wearing too much because I like a more natural everyday look. Then again I didn’t know any better about skincare, which I’ve realized is an important base for a natural look. With how Korean skincare transformed my skin, I’m actually more curious than ever about makeup. Who knew it was all about a good base for natural application?

Currently with the change in weather, I’m not using as much products as when I first started. I still wash my face twice a day, and it’s not really so much of a wash, but more the use of micellar water to remove makeup or other impurities from my face. That or makeup remover wipes. I still use a toner and on rare occasions I skip that step when I’m feeling super lazy. It’s been many days of feeling this way, since coming back from vacation, so lately it’s been cleanse, toner, and Innisfree’s green tea moisture serum. At night, I’ll put on a moisturizer but that’s really been it. In the morning after applying the green tea moisture serum, I follow up with sunscreen. I guess I’m lucky with Bay Area weather not being so desert dry. With that being said, TGIF folks! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! It’s finally starting to warm up over here, and finally starting to feel like spring!

A Budget Spa Day at Home

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How to have a budget friendly spa day at home you ask?  It’s simple.  Pick up a few items from the store if you don’t already have them, and set a future date for your spa day either alone or with your girls.

The goods:

  1. Nail polish.  Pick your color and don’t forget to have nail polish remover with cotton balls at the ready.
  2. Hair mask.  Pick up a hair mask if you don’t already have one or make your own.
  3. Sheet masks.  These babies are everywhere now.  CVS, Target, Bath and Body, etc.
  4. Bath bomb. Take a bath.  You probably want to do this on your own and not with your girls.

There are no instructions for this budget friendly spa day.  You choose what to do first and when to move on.  I hope some of you find these ideas useful to start your own budget friendly spa day at home.  Forget about wasting hundreds of dollars on a mud bath or on a facial.  You can get the same thing for a fraction of the cost in the comforts of your own home.  Enjoy!

Ready to Start Vacation

We finally arrived to our timeshare safe and sound. We went to Wholefoods because it’s less than a 5 minute drive from our place. So in addition to grocery shopping for the week and eating a very late lunch, I decided to pick up a bath bomb and try it out. That little round ball in my picture was $5.99. Let’s see how this goes.