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48 Candles & 3 Anti-Aging Creams

24 Aug

Happy birthday to me and slap on the wrinkle cream, here are my “OMG! I’m 2 years away from 50 how did that happen what did I think I’d look like at this age shouldn’t I grow-up, remember to take my mascara off before I go to bed at night or early in the morning and I must remember to moisturize more again this year like I said last year and where is that eighth glass of water” celebratory purchases:

Oh, why these choices? A Good Housekeeping article. Let me repeat those two words: GOOD HOUSEKEEPING!

It’s official.

I am old.

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Spend Your Money….Spend it Wisely

3 Nov

Via Andrew Magill

I’m terrible with money and the more I have of it the worse I am. I just wanted to point out a few great articles I’ve come across recently that speak to the topic of spending wisely.

Breaking the brand loyalty bond and save money. You willingly pay a premium as you return time and time again to the brands you know because you know them. There might be a good reason for it but it might just be because you just failed to consider alternative brand’s offerings. For me, these brands are Always (who wants to risk it with “feminine hygiene”?) and Heinz ketchup (no catsup for me). I’ve become less strident in my loyalty to many brands because I don’t want to be snob about things and just be happy with the stuff I can get my hands on. There’s a catch 22 here: by giving brands less attention and reassessing them constantly I may just be giving them more of my mental energy. What do you think?

Shop for groceries less frequently. I’ve been doing this and IT WORKS. Studies show that more frequent trips to the store mean you tend to spend more. You know how this works: you go out for tomatoes and you come back with higher priced items like cheese and packaged frozen foods that are “for later”. Because they’re convenient or perishable, they tend to be eaten first putting you back on the “there’s nothing to eat” cycle. Again, the art of making dinner just with what’s in the house is frugal and easier than I thought.

Beware products that count on your future dissatisfaction. This article on the software cycle updates on iPhones versus Android, brought this home for me. In a nutshell (and without the geekery), Android phones are built on different “flavours” of operating system software that are only supported (updated) for a window of time. This means your Android phone is likely to feel stale as newer applications don’t work on the phone and it’s still under contract so you’re stuck with an obsolete not-so-smart phone. This is a lesson that applies to phones as to other relatively cyclical goods like clothes. Buy things that will last and you’ll be happy with in the long run. For me, this means avoiding the siren call of H&M.

Lifehacker’s follow up post to the one above on brand loyalty deserves a final mention and a summary here.

Things ALWAYS to buy generic:

  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Cleaning Products
  • Pantry items like flour, sugar, and Spices:
  • Produce
  • Gasoline
  • Batteries
  • Makeup
  • Infant care

Things NEVER to buy generic:

  • Toilet paper and paper towels (!!!)
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paint
  • Diapers
  • ….feminine hygiene products <— I added this one to the list.

 

 

Yes, you DO NEED more black shoes…

18 Oct

Ironically, as I was trying on an incredibly adorable pair of black boots (with buttons!) and was asking myself, “I love these, but I have 5 pairs of black boots, do I really need these?” I walked over to a mirror to see them on at Town Shoes and this was scrawled on the mirror: “Yes, you DO NEED more black shoes…” Ironic! And smart! ;)

I didn’t buy them. But I’m still pining over them.

Hello world!

20 Sep

There are loads of blogs on the web by gorgeous 20-somethings posting makeup tips, daily fashions and product recommendations. That is not this blog.

#1. I am not 20-something.

I am a 38 year-old mother of an adult son. I can’t wear feathers or the latest, greatest leopard print. Not that I think there is anything wrong with being a cougar…I just don’t want to be stereotyped as one. Yes, my boyfriend is younger than me, but only by one year.

Most of my budget goes towards maintenance mode. That means I spend more than my fair share on face creams and masks. Speaking of budgets…

#2. I’m in budget mode

I want to be stylish, but no longer feel the need to re-work my wardrobe with the latest fashions each season. I don’t have the time or money for it. I’ve spent too much money trying overpriced items only to find they don’t work any better than some less expensive alternatives. I want to share them with you here.

#3. I’ve learned that beauty actually DOES come from within

That doesn’t mean I’m super wise and have the whole inner beauty thing down-pat, but I will be sharing stuff I learn along the way. There is actually an amazing site a friend discovered recently that I may be pulling some wisdom for: 40/20 Vision. That being said, sometimes feeling great about yourself also comes from helping the outside bits, too.

#4. This is a fun project for me

I actually run an awesome site called Buyosphere (with my lovely cofounders, Cass and Jerome), so my time is limited. I welcome guest posts and videos and will probably be posting sporadically. Hopefully I can help others while I share what I learn. Sometimes I’ll be off in left field.

All-in-all, I need to figure out exactly what I’m doing with this, but the plan is to produce content in the areas of:

  1. Skincare
  2. Haircare
  3. Fashion
  4. Health & Fitness
  5. Peace of mind
…all focused on this time of my life…approaching my 40’s and watching things change with my body, mind and lifestyle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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