Is anyone else excited for:
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter ?!
Well, if you’re not, that’s ok. You probably just have better taste than I do. Which, frankly, isn’t difficult because I download Pretty Little Liars every week and sing “Call Me Maybe” with great gusto in the car.
Time for more links of substance! …and funsies.
& Why You Need to Go the Eff to Sleep, a guest post on Yes & Yes by Liz of Being Geeky Chic, is very true! As my bff Alicia and I are both old ladies who sleep from like 12 or 1 to 8 or 9, we whole heartedly agree. Except for this morning, when I woke up at 10 because I’m a wild child sometimes.
& Keiko Lynn’s post on Sole Society is both beautiful and informative. I’m definitely going to check them out and keep an eye open around fall when they will undoubtedly launch some booties. If you love shoes but hate department store prices, you need to get on this, stat.
& How to Be a (Perfect) Girl: Jezebel is probably one of my favorite sites for feminist humor, news, and opinions. (Ok, you can kind of make fun of me for getting news from Jezebel, that’s fine.)
& Sarah of SillyGrrl.com wrote a clear, concise, and practical little guide to saving money in fairly painless ways. As someone looking to beef up her savings account, I can really get on board with this!
What are you loving this Sunday? Anything you’re excited about in the week ahead?
I have excellent news! The wonderful and talented and ocularly stylish (is that how you say “has nice glasses?”) Sarah Von of Yes & Yes was kind enough to let me review her fabulous e-course The Post College Survival Kit!
Full disclosure: I wanted to read the kit, badly, but I was broke, and Sarah was sweet enough to give me a discount in exchange for an honest review. She’s pretty rad. But I am not being paid for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. She didn’t even ask me to say she has nice glasses (she just does).
Now for the fun stuff! If you’ve never seen me post about Sarah before, here’s what you need to know:
She has all of the awesome. All of it. How so?
> She’s furnished her apartment entirely from thrift store and secondhand items, and still managed to make it chic.
> She’s gone on countless solo trips, lived to tell the tale, and never needed Liam Neeson to come save her.
> If you’ve ever spoken with her, you know this already, but if you haven’t, you should… because she’s one of the most interesting, genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of e-meeting.
So what’s the Post College Survival Kit? It’s basically How to Be Awesome After College. It’s all of the life stuff people don’t tell you until after you’re all like, “Hey, mom and dad, I have like $5,000 of credit card debt, my boyfriend deals coke, and he’s not even always in the air never flying coach. I live in a roach infested apartment that costs $1,200. And all of my friends are blood-sucking leeches.” Then, maybe, maybe someone will step in and help you. Maybe. But why not avoid all of that and go straight to Sarah’s collection of awesome advice and life tidbits? Why not indeed.
What will I learn? ALL OF THE THINGS. Memes aside, in just the first installment (of 3! Trifecta of knowledge!) you will learn about apartment hunting, roommate finding and keeping, relationships out of college, moving in with your SO without killing them, and more!
Can you give me some highlights or something? I want to know I’m getting my money’s worth. First of all, the course is $45. Let’s be realistic. What were you going to buy with an extra $45? If you don’t live in a big city, you could probably get a semi decent amount of weed. Which, ok, is going to sort of reduce your stress level, but it’s surely not going to make you better informed, and it’s going to be gone soon anyway. And you’re going to spend even more money on pizza because we all know that you get the munchies. Weed is not a good $45 investment for your future. But yes, I will give you some ballin’ highlights to prove to you how much better than weed Sarah’s e-course is.
& Sarah will teach you how to decorate your first teeny-tiny apartment (that’s not roach infested because you first learned how to apartment hunt in chapter one!) on a mini-bitty budget. That’s right. And if you doubt her design skills, interest, or tastes, check out the design tags on Yes & Yes.
& You know how you probably met the majority of your friends in college because of where you all lived, the classes you took, and your clubs and organizations? The adult world doesn’t have it set up so easily for you. This sometimes throws me into a state of hermit panic. No more! GUYS, SHE TELLS YOU HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS. This is shit we haven’t seriously had to practice since like 3 years old, and we’ve gotten rusty.
& The included dating advice is like the Anti-Cosmo, as in, it makes sense and it’s not sexist or heteronormative. You like to date girls? Sarah’s not going to tell you how to “snag a man” (ew). Why is the course set up this way? Because the focus is on being a YOU that a great other would like to be with! Also included are tips on meeting interesting people you might want to date, date ideas now that you have more choices than the cafeteria or the local $5 pizza joint, how you shouldn’t take shit from any scrub, and…
& How to move in with your SO without killing them or being killed! I love, love, LOVE the points Sarah makes about communication. There are hills to die on, and she addresses the important ones, and the ones on which you should consider waving the white flag to kiss and make up.
Are you convinced? Even if you don’t end up purchasing the Kit, I highly, highly suggest paying Sarah a visit over at Yes & Yes to osmose some of her awesomeness for yourself. You can also find her on Twitter.
I know it’s been like .2 seconds since last I posted, but you’re not sick of me yet, right? I’m covering approximately 12 billion topics in the next seven days. Fasten those proverbial seatbelts.
How the balls do you save money when you’re in college? The legitimate suggestions I’ve received have been along the lines of “find a sugar daddy” or “you know, strippers make bank.” True, very true. Valid points. And while I’d be kind of ok with getting down to undies and pasties, I just can’t do the full nude thing. As far as sugar daddies are concerned, I’m dating a PhD student who’s going to be a professor. I am so not on the track to a one-way ticket to Sugardaddyville.
So, where are all the honeys makin’ money? I would very much appreciate it if you would throw your hands up at me and give me some pointers. I’ll throw back at you what I’ve learned so far:
& Set a budget for the week. Put aside a specific amount for groceries, or buy groceries before buying anything else. It helps me to take a finite amount out of the ATM and remember that this is the cash I have for the day/3 days/week. A $4 latte suddenly doesn’t seem so harmless.
& Have ideas about what you want to save for, and think of those things when you transfer money to your savings account/hide it under your mattress. I want to be able to afford my lovely apartment, maybe buy some furniture, and get my passport before the end of December. Visions of fancy living and jetsetting dance in my head whenever I click that “transfer funds” button! How exciting!
& If you’re not someone who can just window shop, don’t go shopping. I’ve gotten very good at deciding what I need, will wear, and absolutely love. If it’s not at least two of those, I put it back on the rack. And relatedly…
& If you’re jonesing for new clothes and accessories, host a clothes swap with your friends. I just walked out of one with an entire shopping bag stuffed to the brim with stuff that I know I’ll wear, all for free. And when there are leftover clothes no one wants, you can donate them and pat yourself on the back.
& Credit cards aren’t like the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway: the points do matter. You don’t need a credit lecture from me, because you’re a big girl, but please remember that debt follows you. Don’t fall into unsavory habits, and try to only spend what you have or will have in the very near future. My rule of thumb is to only spend what I have right now and maybe, maaaybe one paycheck in advance, but that tends to get me into hot water and I’m a basketcase so then I freak out and avoid it for another six months.
& My favorite tip: know thy local bars, and know thy happy hour. Drink the specials, order the specials, pay at least 50% less than normal menu price. But always, always tip well. Be cheap with your order, but be generous with your tip, because the people you’re tipping have savings goals too!
What do you independent women do to save money?
Oh yeah, Darlings.
I FINALLY WENT TO TRADER JOE’S. That’s right. There’s been one literally five minutes from my apartment for 8 months now and I had no idea because I’m directionally challenged. Luckily, the fella that’s been taking me out recently (also known as NerdyRG if you follow me on Twitter) knows his way around the Pittsburgh neighborhoods better than I do.
What did I get? All things that are good! Goat cheese brie, Joe Joe’s sandwich cookies, almond cocoa spread, fish sticks and chicken strips that aren’t packed with sodium or preservatives, and a buttload of veggies (and hummus!). It was pretty incredible. I piled a plate high with celery and carrots and hummus as soon as I got home, and ran around my apartment handing out Joe Joes like some the Cookiemonster on crack.
Luckily for you, I was still able to rustle up some lazy Sunday linkage to keep your night exciting. I know, you can thank me later.
& Gina has mad smoothie swagger and wants to share her magic with you!
& Kira made some amazing desktop and iPhone wallpapers for May! Is anyone else obsessed with having a calendar on their wallpaper or lock screen? It makes my life 10x easier. If you haven’t tried it yet, grab hers! It’s gawgeous.
& Whether you blog or journal privately, August Empress has some fantastic and unique promptsfor your next entry.
& Batzey shared 3 separate easy-peasy tutorials on how to jazz up a camera strap. Make yours stand out! I’m really dying to try one of these.
& Do you know Sarah Von? Do you love Yes and Yes? You should. You know what else you should do? Check out the Post-College Survival Kit ! If you’re just graduating, or maybe you’re like me and you have a semester or two left, and you feel like you could really use some help figuring out what all this “real world” stuff is about… the masterminds behind the Kit are there for you! I’ll be signing up!
Love, goat cheese, and sandwich cookies to all!
I had a very, very busy Sunday at the cafe! It started innocently enough, with a fresh cinnamon scone and a big cup of whole milk (which you totally can’t beat – sorry, Mom, I know you raised me to drink skim!). I arrived an hour early and spent the hour trying to catch up on all of the lovely blogs I frequent and petting a dog named Anna Nicole who belongs to a rather eccentric regular customer. You know, the usual.
After combing this week’s crop of new blog posts, I’ve found some gems for you!
& Adalou’s Wear Ware Where series is short and sweet and lovely!
& What type are you?
& Moorea Seal’s Paint Your Love series is simply beautiful and inspirational. Some of them are tough to read – she’s very honest and open, but if you want personal and ultimately uplifting posts, you should be heading straight there.
& Elise’s posts on her visual blog Pennyweight are just gorgeous. I love the post she did recently showcasing silk scarves, as I’m a huge scarf fan.
& Shannyn over at Frugal Beautiful has it together. I’m loving her blog right now, especially because I’m trying to get my finances under control without totally killing my social life (or, admittedly, my love for Qdoba).
& Victoria of Batzy (her shop and blog) is a girl after my own heart: she has a whole series of What’s in My Bag? posts!
PS: I have a mini interview tomorrow for a job I think I’d really like. It’s part time and retail but it would be amazing experience. Keep your fingers crossed, wouldya?