Category: Budget

5 Things Every Woman Should be Able to Do

#Adulting is hard as we all know and since there are no clear cut guidelines that define what it is to be a successful full fledge adult here is a list of a few things that I believe it is important that every women be able to do for herself in no particular order but all equally important despite your income, where you live or relationship status.

  1. Know how to be okay, being by yourself…

Knowing that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely and knowing what that difference is- can be difficult and takes a good bit of self reflection but it is worth the effort  and should not be discredited. Taking time to be along you realize that the world is bigger than you ever imagined and that your actual needs in life and the people you choose to fill yours with may be completely different. That is why I have always been a big believer in traveling solo. Without the opinions and desires of your crew/girls, discovering a new place alone, you get the opportunity to form your own experiences and discoveries about this new place and yourself as well! At the end of the day it comes down to this, if you can’t stand to be in your own company, why would anybody else?

 

2. Manage Your Money

Hey I get it, sometimes it isn’t about managing your money- it is about having money to manage! I remember my first couple of years out of college, probably during college as well, standing at check-out counters praying that my purchases would be able to clear my meager bank balance, “You will not return unto me void!” it was  kind of funny at that time, not really, but you know what isn’t funny -at all? Reaching the end of your twenties, thirties, forties and still having to pray over your purchases! Successfully managing your money is to; know how much you bring in, prioritizing your expenditures and a healthy indulgence in self-denial. Let us start really living within our means and get to a place where you can start saving money and then getting your savings to start working to make you  more money! Now that is sexy…

 

3. Feed Your Yourself

No one expects you to cook at a level to be a contestant for Top Chef but you also shouldn’t be a shoe in for America’s Worst Cook either. Having a few simple meals under your culinary belt will make a world of difference in your confidence and ability to function in life plus bonus points if these meals you can cook are well balanced and nutritional (sorry, box mac’ n cheese but this isn’t the place for you…) Listen, you don’t have to love cooking but you should be able to! Cooking is a life skill for a reason and you never know you might discover a new passion while learning!

 

4. Know Your Mind….

And know how to speak your truth (Let the church say AMEN!) This is a principle that affects every aspect of your life from your career, friendships to your relationship with family and romantic entanglements because knowing your mind is really knowing yourself, your desires, your limits, your worth and your needs. Healthy relationships can not be created or maintained if you have no sense of self. Not knowing where you stand is more than a being people pleaser we are talking about being a doormat and if you are willing to lay down your own opinions and feelings or you don’t even know what they might be– people will just walk right over you.

 

5. Care for Your Sister..

We are our sisters keepers and nothing exemplifies this more than one woman’s ability to uplift or support her fellow woman. There are enough forces in this world that want nothing more than to tear us down, so why should we do it to one another? In realizing that we are the standard by which the world operates we as women can change generations to come; with a smile, a kind word, an outstretched hand and a warm embrace. A woman who knows her own worth, her value and how to handle her business has no need to cut down others by shaming them for their choices.

 

Until Next Time!

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Claiming My Skin with THE SKIN TYPE SOLUTION by Leslie Baumann

I don’t know how many different products I have encountered, purchased, used, hated and loved then hated after a couple of months; trying to get beautiful and clear skin. I have tried over the counter creams and lotions to high-end scrubs and infomercial washes but nothing seemed to work and if it did work not for very long. Don’t even get me started on what the dermatologist prescribed me; I didn’t know my skin to look that color and burn so much. I have even tried changing my diet all for the sake of my skin but that just led to frustrations of a different sort.

So I will admit I became lazy about my skin; sleeping with make-up on, not sticking to my cleansing routine morning and night and even added caffeine back to my diet and as expected I BROKE OUT! Worse than ever before, I can’t even begin to explain what was going on with my skin. Not only where there pimples dotted across my face but they were red and angry. I just had to tell myself one day, I said, “Sabrina, you getting to old for this shit.” excuse my french but “Really skin? You going to have me looking like that?”

That is when I came across The Skin Type Solution by Leslie Baumann M.D.. Now when I say “came across” I mean that in the loosest of terms, it was more like I saw it on my sister’s bookshelf and stole it but you get what I mean. (Thanks Shelly!)

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In her book, Dr. Baumann takes you through the process of learning first; the type of skin you have by answering a series of questions you will be able to define your skin type; Dry/Oily, Sensitive/Resistant, Non-Pigmented/Pigmented and Wrinkled/Tight. My skin type happens to be an OSNT combination, just in case you were curious. Once you have defined your skin type, you move on to your particular skin type’s chapter and learn more about what are the best ingredients, practices and products in regards to YOUR skin. Dr. Baumann makes product suggestions for you includes items at different price points for different budgets. Which is awesome since not every person can throw down $300 a month on skin care and would rather have the acne (I don’t blame you because what is the point of having pretty skin and can only afford to sit in your house!).

It has been about a month since I have been using the products suggested in her books and can I just say I am finally starting to love my skin. Although, I will tell you sometimes I am skin not as good as I should be about taking off my make-up and using all the products when I’m supposed (Hey, I’m trying!) to but there is definite improvement and well worth a try!

But don’t believe me, take a look at the book yourself and start reclaiming your beautiful and clear skin!

What are your tips/reads for great skin care? Leave a comment and let’s help each other out!

Until next time!
Sabrina

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Weekend Rx: Treat Your Self

Today I want to make another confession to you my dear readers. I struggle with spending money. It isn’t that I am a complete Scrooge but somehow over the course of my post-college years trying to turn a dime into a dollar. I seem to have turned into a squirrel securing nuts before winter sets in.

Don’t for one second tell your self that I must be sitting on a boat load of money, because if you did believe that then you would be severely mistaken. For as much money as I can squirrel away in hopes of starting a business, taking some time off to travel, buy the things that I want and need; life, as we all know, has a funny way of stepping in and redirecting all of our plans.

And can I just say that I am tired of never being comfortable with where my account balance? Of having to triple-guess myself if that super awesome dress is really worth the money? Click the link you will see, TOTALLY worth it!

But what is a young millennial to do with champagne dreams on a Kool-aid budget?

As Donna from Parks and Recreation says:

That’s right, TREAT YO’ SELF! And doesn’t have to be anything big maybe you just take a day off from work in the middle of the week just to get your mind right or instead of scrimping for a vacation bag-packing across Europe you and your best mates take a smaller weekend trip to one of the Adult Camps, or a different city nearby.

Life is too long and too short to spend it keeping your nose to the ground slaving away to one day live the dream. Stop worrying about loosing one day’s pay (because really, who gets PTO anymore?) and go on an adventure, get a massage, have a drink or three, or take a mental holiday. Little breaks like these not only keep from cursing out your co-workers but can also aid in getting the creativity, help you re-focus/establish your own personal goals but also boost productivity.

Take it from me after 5 or so years planning and saving for that elusive “tomorrow” does leave much time to enjoy the pleasures that today may have in store for you.

So there you go a weekend prescription! TREAT YOUR SELF!

This prescription is not to be combined with any other medications you may be taking, avoid overuse as it may cause extended feelings of elation and euphoria which may lead to more serious sides effects such as; irresponsible spending, quitting your job, entrepreneurship and/or creative genius. Please consult with your local bartender if feelings persists for longer than 72 hours.

Until next time!
Sabrina

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Frump Girl Confessional; Lust Lists

Here is just a really quick post about what I am currently working on for the blog and gearing up for a summer of adventure! As I previously posted in the first Frump Girl Confessional I am changing my frumpish ways, not due to thoughts and feelings of others but because I want to and I feel like making some changes.

And when it comes to changes, I believe it is best to start doing a little research, in the case of a wardrobe change, Window shopping! which I will admit is something that I normally hate to do seeing as I am a broke New Yorker who doesn’t really care for; walking around looking at things I can’t possibly afford to have and as a full-figured woman couldn’t possibly fit. But thanks to the internet I can do it from the comfort of home and choices aren’t relegated to what they have at the local mall, Kings Plaza, which is really more suited for the pre-teens who aren’t allowed to go into the city by themselves or for a quick run to the COOKIE HOUSE!(OMG YUM I swear that place is the only thing keeping KP open!)

Anyway, thanks to amazing bloggers like GabiFresh, Hanna, Kelli B, and many many others there is always news about brands that are expanding their ranges and the awesome items that are being offered!

Which brings me to….

Introducing the FGC’s LUST LISTS!
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So how did I do? Not totally hopeless when it comes to fashion right? Now if only they would magically find themselves in my closet….Oh What a Day of Rejoicing that would be!

For information on the items featured on the Lust Lists (until I figure out how to work this dang thing, curse you html!) feel free to click on the image and check out my Polyvore page for pricing and order information as well as other sets that I am putting together!

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Satisfy Your Style Cravings

Now that a warmer season is upon us (not really here in NYC but you get the point!) and as we begin to shed those heavy layers of winter and catch up on all of the runways hottest new looks in anticipation of fabulous rooftop parties and splashing away at the shore.

If you are feeling the urge to start rocking crop tops and floral prints or you’re feeling bold in blue this season; no matter what your body type there are many options for the budget conscious as well as the generously built (you like that huh? LOL!).

Take advantage of holiday sales!
Major retailers like ASOS.com from the UK, which offers great deals for all they have just launched ASOS Tall as well as having a Plus and Curve line! (No flood hemlines or popping buttons!) AND they have free shipping BOTH ways! AND (I’m running out of breath here…whew) they are offering a 20% off on the ASOS label! (YAY!) So you don’t need to feel guilty about purchases like these:
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H&M, also (not to exculde Forever21 and Macys in-store and online just to name a few) has an awesome online sale going on this weekend with items up to 50% off, so in between the Easter festivities with the family be sure to make time to check out these and other sales for Easter weekend and Satisfy Your Style Cravings!

What items do you have your eye on this weekend? Leave a comment below about where you looking to indulge!

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