Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Five Important Investments For Young Women

When we were kids, all we could think about was how we wanted to grow up. No more bedtime, no one telling us to come home when the street lights come on, nobody telling us what or when to eat; we would be living the life and no one could tell us anything different. But now that we are here, the picture we had has changed ever-so-slightly. It turns out, all of those things are great but there are huge parts of life that our ten-year-old brains did not think of. One of the biggest parts? Money. Being an adult is expensive. Sure no one tells us what we can eat anymore, but that isn’t a problem when you only have a loaf of bread and some stale cookies living in your cupboards.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but overall, living as a twenty-something today requires us to develop a sixth sense of sorts that helps us to decide what is worth spending our hard-earned money on and what have become ~luxury~ items. I have become something of an expert in this category and there are some things that I believe are essential to any young women’s life and deserve our cash.

For My Beauty Sleep
One of the first adult purchases I ever made was a new bed. I had been sleeping on the same bed I’d had since I was old enough to graduate to the “big-girl bed” (a true achievement in every little girl’s life). It would have been easy to just buy a bed on the cheaper side that I would have to replace every couple of years, however, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a more expensive model that is supposed to last me another twenty years. Making this investment was easily one of my best decisions. My bed is my sanctuary and I feel so much more well-rested every morning I wake up in it. When I know something is going to last a long time, paying the extra money is totally worth it! I’ll be sleeping sound without any discomfort for years to come.

For Comfort
As a woman, we have certain fashion and comfort needs that our male counterparts don’t have to worry about. Those fashion needs are namely, our bras. When I was younger, the last thing I wanted to spend my money on was a new bra. And if I did spend the money I earned on a bra, it wasn’t a comfortable or supportive one, it was a bra within my price range and had uncomfortable wires that poked my rib cage. After a while, I gave up on buying new bras and just made due with the ones I had. As I got older, I realized that feeling uncomfortable all day was taking a toll on my mental health. I started to search for bras that would actually last all day without feeling the need to rip it off the second I get home. I found True&Co., a bra company that builds their undergarments based on actual feedback from their customers. They offer a variety of comfortable bras that should give me the all-day-comfort I’m looking for. Their wire-free bras can even impact youroverall breast health!

For my hair
 I know I have raved about my obsessionwith DryBar and their products previously, but let me tell you, this is one of my favorite investments I’ve made as an adult! Realizing the importance of taking care of your skin and hair as you age can be overwhelming because a.) there are so many products to choose from and b.) those products come with a high price tag so you’re not sure what’s actually worth your money. The last thing I’d want would be to shell out tons of money on a bottle shampoo to find that it doesn’t reach my expectations. Intro DryBar. I’ve never been disappointed with their products and Sephora even offers samplesizes in case you have the same anxiety I do about the product not meeting your needs. My hair makes me feel confident and that feeling of confidence allows me to embrace my truest self!

For My Body
Now that I’m in my adult years, I realized how beneficial it is to have a solid workout routine. Growing up, I was able to get away with working out every once in a while and if I was working out, it wasn’t because I had to, it was because I was bored. Once I became a post-grad navigating her twenties, I wanted to find a workout routinethat is easy to stick to. I found that once you find something you love, you’re more motivated to follow-through and see actual results. You’ll notice physical and even mental benefits just after a couple weeks and you won’t even notice the time that has gone by because the fun routine becomes a part of your daily lifestyle!

For The World
Something I always regret about my college experience was the fact I didn’t get to experience studying abroad. However, now that I’m older, I have come to realize the importance of experiencing other cultures, even if it’s just a weekend trip to my favorite city. It’s important to invest your time visiting places that make you feel good. Clearing your head, away from home, is sometimes all the medicine you need to get you back on track. Start by making a bucket list of places you dream to visit. If the destinations are out of your budget, extend the invite to a friend and you can both start a budgeting plan for the trip! I find it’s easier to save up when someone else is holding you accountable!

Although being a grown-up isn’t exactly as magical as 10-year-old me planned, it is still pretty great. I do get to go to bed whenever I want and I can stay out as late as I want (even though I still would rather be in bed early and get a full 8 hours of sleep). Although the picture is a bit different and I do have to actually think about the money aspect of adulting, I have learned a lot about what is worth my hard-earned dollars and what doesn’t exactly fit the bill.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wool Jackets

Is it here, is it actually, really, finally here? Yes, it may have taken a bit longer this year, but fall is finally here! The ushering in of sweater weather season, outerwear, as far as the eye can see, and before you know it, the first snow flake will flutter down from the sky, and it is time to add in those cozy winter wool jackets, complete with a scarf, of course.
Over the years, fall has become my favorite season. I have started to appreciate the winter months {minus February} more and more with each passing year. Starting about the end of August I start looking forward to crisp leaves under my feet, a fall breeze gently blowing my hair, leggings and a cozy sweater. It seems like it took Autumn forever to arrive this year, but when it finally did, it came in with a bang. I kid you not, one weekend I was wearing a sundress, and the next, a sweater, leggings, boots, and even a wool jacket; as crazy as that might sound.

I always get excited when outerwear is officially acceptable {aka, the temp drops below 70}. I am completely loving how popular wool jackets are this year. I credit J. Crew making this style coat so popular with their stadium wool jackets that have become a wardrobe staple. One down side to these coats is they can air on the more expensive side, but a definite plus is that the design is simple enough where, if you are experienced with a sewing machine you could easily recreate the design. But if you’re like me, good news, these wool cats are timeless, so you can always wait to get one on sale without the fear of it ever going out of style!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Guest Post :: 5 Tips For Surviving Wedding Planning As A Couple

From what I hear there are so many emotions one experiences when they are engaged, and unfortunately stress is among those emotions. It seems once the excitement of the engagement has settled the larger picture and all that needs to be done comes into focus, which can understandably be a bit overwhelming and stressful, but hopefully, mostly exciting. Today Harper Reid, a freelance write, is sharing 5 tips to help any couple survive wedding planning.
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If you’re engaged, congratulations! Your wedding will likely be one of the best experiences of your life – and unfortunately, one of the most stressful.
When you and your partner agree to take time to patiently listen to each other and work as a team, you’ll be able to avoid pre-wedding fights and drama and have the happiest, stress-free memories possible from your special day.  Try the following tips to survive wedding planning as a couple:

Start With A Budget
Before you start planning your wedding cake or writing save-the-date cards, sit down together to define your budget. Thanks to the hundreds of tempting venue, decoration, and clothing choices for most modern weddings, the financial side of wedding planning can quickly spiral out of control, so it’s important to decide on a budget together before you get carried away.

It’s wise to establish early on how much you want to spend on each aspect of your wedding, so you won’t argue later down the track if one of you wants to spend a fortune on flowers and the other wants an open bar stocked with the finest spirits.

Define Your Roles and Responsibilities
Planning a wedding should never fall on one partner. While there’s a stereotype that brides are always in control of wedding plans, modern men will just as likely to want to be involved, as it’s their day too. 

Divide your roles before you start planning.  Consider what each partner enjoys and what will come easier to them, and what activities should be allocated to one person rather than do together. For example, the bride will likely to want to decide what her bridesmaids wear, while the groom will likely want to choose where he gets his hair cut before the wedding.
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Don’t Let Too Many People Get Involved
It’s all too easy to give into particular wedding choices to please parents or grandparents, or to appease guests with children. Your relatives might ask you to marry in a church when you’d prefer not to, or to reconsider inviting a certain family member, for example.

These conflicts can be difficult, but remember that your wedding is your own, and you should be able to look back on the day with happiness, knowing that it went exactly as you’d hoped it would. There’s nothing wrong with asking others for advice, but try to make all major decisions as a couple.

Choose A Wedding Venue Early
Choosing a venue can be one of the more stressful areas of wedding planning, but you shouldn’t settle for the first one that has space on the date you prefer. You and your partner should choose a venue that matches the style of your wedding; once you’ve decided on the number of guests you’ll be inviting and chosen your venue, everything else will start to fall into place, and you’ll be able to plan more efficiently. A venue is arguably one of the most important aspects of a wedding, so it should be something you both love.

Look Forward To Your Honeymoon
You must focus on things that’ll keep you sane while you’re planning, and what better way to do this than to daydream about your honeymoon? If you’ve planned a tropical getaway, you can envision white sand, gentle waves, and swimming with tropical fish every time you’re starting to feel a little stressed. Having something to look forward to together directly after the wedding will help to keep your nerves and stress in check, and you’ll be able to mention it to your partner whenever you sense that he or she is getting a little wound up.

There’s no denying that planning a wedding is likely to be a stressful experience, but work together like the team you are, and your big day will be one to remember.

About Author:
Harper absolutely loves attending happy celebrations like weddings, from the romantic atmosphere at the ceremony to the fun, relaxed vibe at the reception (hello dancing!), and most of all the emotional - and often hilarious - wedding speeches! To read more about freelance writer Harper and her published work, visit her Tumblr page.