Birthday On A Budget

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Growing up my birthday almost always fell over Spring Break.  So of course, I grew accustom to a week-long celebration.  Unfortunately as an adult, who is rationing vacation days, I had to come up with a plan that still gave me the same feeling only on a shortened time schedule.  I figured some sort of epic adventure would hold me over until my next vacation.  I planned to go skydiving and even purchased my voucher from LivingSocial (I’m all about a good deal), but when I called to set up my jump; they were booked!  After I stopped crying, I went back to the drawing board.

I sat down and started looking at different activities near Los Angeles that were still budget friendly Continue reading “Birthday On A Budget”

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No Shopping? No Problem!

Challenge Update: I MADE IT!!! 60 days down. ZERO clothes purchased and holy guacamole, it was hard.  Throughout this process I realized that I shop mindlessly.  Walk into a store, find something, buy it, repeat.  I never stopped to take stock of what I actually need to add to my wardrobe.  The result – an average clothing collection with some cute pieces sprinkled in.  Talking to my roommate during a late night chat, I asked “Wouldn’t it be nice to open your closet and love everything in it?” The question actually stopped me in my tracks.  Who says I can’t love everything in my closet?  I buy the clothes!

This challenge has not only changed my view on how I shop, but what I shop for.  My new rule, I must LOVE it to spend my hard earned money on it.  It has also made me start to take inventory of the items I already have.  I gave myself a pass to buy a new outfit for my birthday, but as it turns out, I had a perfectly good jumpsuit in my closet that I hadn’t worn!

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After I finished the challenge, I didn’t have this urge to run out and get my fix.  Actually the opposite happened.  Continue reading “No Shopping? No Problem!”

Old to You, New to ME!

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Now that I am over half way through my 60 day “No Clothes Shopping Challenge”, I have been itching to have the sweet sweet feel of new garbs against my skin.  Glorious cotton, silk, rayon, denim, spandex, mamma misses you! Exaggerating?  Maybe.  However, I have some brilliant friends that helped me find a loop hole.  A Clothing Swap!

Continue reading “Old to You, New to ME!”

Party Time – When You Don’t Have Much Time

Feeling bored with the typical weekend routine of trying to rally your friends into going to some random bar? Feel like you are too short on money and time to host a party? No problem! Remember how much fun you used to have as a kid playing with your friends? Embrace your inner child and have a GAME NIGHT!  I love hosting parties but have a full time job and have a tight budget.  Here are some ways I have found to stretch my pennies, conserve my time, and make a BIG impact.

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The ART of a Happy Home

Spring is in full swing and this is the time for rejuvenation.  The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is cleaning out their closet.  I (having an unhealthy attachment to my clothes) take a very different approach.  Redecorating.  Being on a budget, I have to start with things that give me the biggest change fast.  The number one thing that can completely change the feel of a room is paint.  My apartment was originally ALL white and I felt like I should be in a straight jacket! That is definitely not how you want to feel in your home.  Once you figure out what you want the feeling to be, check out colors that reflect that. There is power in hues and HGTV has a great guide to the psychology of color.

  • Red: Dramatic and Energizing
  • Yellow: Uplifting
  • Cool Blue: Serene
  • Purple: Playful and Creative
  • Green: Growth and Renewal
  • Silver Gray: Romantic Neutral

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Save or Splurge?

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Social media has taught us that if a picture isn’t taken, it didn’t happen – so a lady has to be camera at almost any given point (or have a go to photo filter).   Every girl has to have her bag of tricks to keep her looking fabulous. However, we can’t all afford the top of the line of EVERYTHING.  So where do we draw the line?  These are some of the things that are worth the dough and maybe you can do without:     Continue reading “Save or Splurge?”

Style me Pretty

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Fashion icon DVF speaks to my heart. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” – Diane von Furstenberg.  I believe style can play a huge role in that – dress for the job you want not the job you have right? BUT I have been a little cloudy about what I want to do as a career. I DO know I want to be independent with freedom to travel, have a family, throw a killer party and afford the lifestyle I want.

When I look at women that admire – both in real life and onscreen, (Kate Middleton, Claire Underwood, & Lisa Vanderpump) they have three things in common: Strength, Style and Class. As I turn 30 (in 17 days, but who’s counting), I am trying to find my own personal style.  Let’s not kid ourselves, I love clothes and I have a lot of them.    Being an actress for years, I have what some may call and “eclectic” wardrobe.  Trying to figure out what I want to portray to the rest of the world on a day to day basis has proven a bit of a challenge for me.  I browse online and picture an event or outing I could do in that outfit, but I never get it quiet right.

So I have enlisted some help:  StichFix.  It is a fabulous website where you fill out a style profile and a stylist picks clothes for you. They mail them directly to you and you get to try them on in the convenience of your own home. Plus, any returns are FREE!  I got my first box about a month ago and loved it!  I didn’t keep everything, but the items I did I probably wouldn’t have picked out for myself at the store.  That’s why I love it.  It pushes me to try new things and they give you a style card to help you pair their picks with other items you may already have in your closet.

You can check it out at:

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4614318

(*this is a referral link)

My second box is supposed to arrive this weekend.  Here’s hoping I can pull it all together! Strong, STYLISH, and Classy here I come.

Cultural Crash Course

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This past week I spent cruising the California Coast with my parents.  My dad had training in San Diego and they were departing for a cruise from San Francisco, so I became their PCH chauffeur. This excursion lead us to many places I would not have thought of to go myself, including the USS Midway, Ronald Reagan Library & Museum, and Hearst Castle.

This trip made me realize how much California has to offer that I have not taken advantage of.  I have lived in Los Angeles for almost eight years and have been to exactly one museum of note. I have said many times how important travel is to experience art, culture and other ways of life, but I am not even immersing myself in my own.  LA has more museums than any city in America and I have only been to ONE!

I am on a mission to change that.  After pouring through “must see” lists, I made my own first small list to accomplish.  For you deal seekers like me, I also found when they are free:

  • LACMA – general admission is free to LA County residents with proof of residency after 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Abbot Kinney First Fridays – Free
  • Natural History Museum – Free on the first Tuesday of the month, except in July and August
  • La Brea Tarpits – Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month, except in July and August.
  • Huntington Library and Gardens – Free the first Thursday of every month, but tickets are required in advance

Let’s get cultural!

Xoxo-

Suzanne