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Portland Snow Day 2017

For the first time in my working life I called out from work because of snow. Portland got over a foot of snow and Oregon Department of Transportation said chains were required for any state roads. I have had my car less than a year so I do not have chains. The buses were all messed up from the snow as well, so I got to have a snow day as an adult.

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Annie’s Donuts was open today, and they had plenty of room to park you skis. Also, they make the best classic donuts in town.

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The snow makes everything so pretty. I just wish it wasn’t so dangerous. Portland is not equipped to deal with this much snow. Hopefully everyone stays safe and finds a way to enjoy the snow.

Boots for Snow

Every year I buy myself a pair of boots. This year I decided to buy a pair of boots that are waterproof, and it was also my first pair of Sorel boots. At first I was not sure about the purchase because they were $100 (any purchase over $50 requires serious thought for me).sorel1

After the first time wearing them I was in love.

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Recently Portland has gotten snow and ice, which I do not like. However the wedge heel on these boots it perfect for cracking through the top layer of ice on snow.

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The boots make me feel extra sassy because of the wedge. They are also extremely comfortable. I am very impressed with Sorel’s quality so far.

24 Hours in San Francisco

Finding a balance between work and regular life has been a struggle for me for quite some time. After taking a management position my work/life balance only became worse. 6 weeks ago a friend of mine invited me to a Giant’s game in San Francisco. After realizing there is a serious lack of fun in my life I said yes and bought a plane ticket. For me flying to another state with only 6 weeks notice is super spontaneous. As it turns out, my 24 hour trip was super fun.

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Taking chances is important in life, and sometimes they work out even better than planned.

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I was blessed with beautiful weather on my 24 hour vacation.

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This trip made me realize I need to embrace fun, and enjoy life a little more.

If I Lived A Fancy Life

Sometimes I day dream about what it would be like to live a fancy life, where you had reasons and occasions to wear beautiful clothing and make up . If I lived a fancy life  I would definitely buy this dress.

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The dress is part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from Michael Costello shown at New York Fashion week

Summer Without A Budget

I love summer clothing. Normally I don’t spend much on these items because I don’t get to wear them often in Oregon. If I didn’t have a strict budget my summer wardrobe would consist of the items below.

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Young Fabulous and Broke Noel maxi dress $116.

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Young Fabulous and Broke Carla jumpsuit $99.

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Young Fabulous and Broke Alva maxi dress $202.

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Gingham J. Crew sundress $138.

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J. Crew stripe maxi dress $110.

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Sabo Skirt Botanical dress $79.

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Free People play suit $290.

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Stone Fox Banana Leaf Bikini $188.

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Seafolly Boyleg one piece $148.

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Citizens of Humanity shorts $168

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Frye Rachel T-Strap sandal $188.

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Jimmy Choo Pallis Wedges $329.

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Alexandre Birman Sandal $595.

Ties- The Underloved Accessory

Men’s accessories are not talked about enough. They can make a man’s outfit more individualized, and look much better. Living in Oregon has made me really appreciate men’s ties, because unfortunately lots of men are opposed to them.

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I pulled this image of Andre 3000 from Pintrest because he has very bold style, and he is one of my only celebrity crushes. His tie choice here is bold, but the pattern is a different enough size from the pattern on his shirt that it works.

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I pulled this from the GQ website, the article was best shirt and tie combos of the week. This entire combo looks great, and it shows how good it looks when your tie and pocket square perfectly match.

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People seem to be afraid of patterned ties, don’t be. This black floral one is from tie bar. They offer a huge selection and at reasonable prices, most I found (including the above) are $19.

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Emerald green is my favorite color, so unsurprisingly I love it as a tie color. This option from Tie Bar is only $19.

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This is the perfect alternative to a novelty neck tie, especially in our technology obsessed society. The circuit board tie above is $39. Scatterbrained Ties is an Etsy shop with very unique and beautiful ties.

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Paisley is seen as old fashioned by many, but I love it. In a world of people that want to blend in with the crowd this pattern will stand out. This John W. Nordstrom tie would go great with a charcoal suit.

Ties are a great way to have fun with men’s fashion.They make a man look better, and more put together. I hope some day they become vastly popular again.

Saving Money When You Are A Shopaholic

Money is a very taboo subject in the United States. It is important to talk about sometimes even if it makes people uncomfortable. A friend of mine asked me to write a post about saving, so hopefully others find this helpful as well.

I love to shop and even though I have self control now, I am a shopaholic. I mostly window shop now, but in my early 20’s I spent far too much. In spite of this I have always been a saver. Ever since I was a kid I have had a savings account. As an adult I have two savings account (one is strictly travel). Last year I put 10% of my income into my personal savings accounts, I have my retirement savings taken directly out of my paycheck. I like the feeling of safety that comes with having money in savings.

If you constantly feel tempted to shop and spend money here area few tips.

1.) Evaluate your wardrobe

Knowing exactly what is in your closet can help you shop less.  Ask yourself when you are about to buy something “Do I really need this? Do I have something similar already?” Some people might argue about needing clothes, a certain amount is necessary for work and everyday life. Another reason to evaluate your closet is if you have too much or things you have not worn in a long time you can sell it at a resale shop. Normally that wont make you much, but it is nice to have extra pocket money.

2.) Make a list with a budget

It is important to set spending limits on your wardrobe. When I realize there are things missing from my wardrobe I make a list of the items and next to them write the maximum price I will pay for it. I also limit myself to one article of clothing or pair of shoes per paycheck, unless its a special occasion like a holiday or tax return season.

3.) Don’t go places with shopping temptation

Not spending money on clothing and accessories is so much easier if they are not right in front of you. Avoid places you know will tempt you, like pedestrian shopping districts or malls. Also try not to look at websites that tempt you to online shop. I used to have Revolve Clothing, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Sports Authority, and Victoria’s Secret on browser so I wouldn’t even have to type anything to go to their sites. Once I got serious about saving and paying off college I deleted them and removed them from my bookmarked pages as well.

4.) Save money every month before bills

This tip can make the biggest difference. I know so many people who spend excessively the first 3 or 4 days after they get paid because there is extra in their bank account. To avoid doing that I started the practice of transferring money to my savings account the moment my paycheck was in my account. The amount you save varies of course, but if you put it in savings before you pay anything else you won’t miss it as much.

5.) Set a 24 hour rule

If you a re shopping and unsure of an item, don’t buy it. Wait on it for 24 hours. If you are still thinking about and want that item 24 hours later, it is probably worth getting.  Often times however, after 24 hours I don’t feel like I need the item or anything would be missing from my life without it.

Saving money is a very personal thing, but if you area shopaholic like me this tips could help you save money. Saving money with a purpose always makes it easier, so have a goal in mind. Paying off my student loan is a constant thought, and the bachelor’s degree on my wall reminds me. I also have pictures of places around the world I want to go, so it encourages me to save. Hopefully this helps some of you save money and reach new financial goals.