What to Plan & Save for When Living On Your Own

Ever since I graduated, I’ve been compiling a list of items that I know I want to have when I eventually move out. I never thought about the basic items that one needs! Thankfully, my parents are currently in the process of building a home and when they move in they’ll be replacing some of their older items, so I’m hoping some of them will go to me (if I’m being honest). But I definitely believe that there are some items that are important to plan and save money for. While there will always be a cheaper alternative to something, I believe that when it comes to an item that you’ll have for a long time, it’s important to splurge a little. You don’t have to have to buy a new item every couple months or years to replace one that broke, went bad, etc.!

If you have any items in addition to my (short) list, please leave them down below! I am always looking for items that would make great additions to my home.

+ Electronics
I know that once I live on my own I want to have an AppleTV, some version of an Amazon Alexa, etc. These are things that will last a very long time. Yes, they are additional pieces to your home, but they are items that I’ve come to love during my time at school and being around my family. Once I figure out my job situation and settle in, I also may be looking to replace my laptop or get a desktop computer. Something about having a clean slate with a new item like that when you’re starting a career or new aspect of your life really stands out to me.

+ Bedroom Basics
I don’t know about you guys, but I have been researching several companies that ship mattresses to you! While I love going to a mattress store and test out all the different types they may have, it can definitely put a major hole in your wallet. Companies like Casper make it easy when it comes to your bedroom basics. Since teaming up with Target stores across the US and Canada, Casper has brought their sleep accessories and demo mattresses closer than ever before. Target is currently selling their sheets and pillows in store, but you’ll still need to purchase the mattress online! I typically sleep on a queen size mattress and theirs sells for $950 and ships for free within twenty-four hours. How awesome is that? If you’re moving somewhere on a tight schedule and don’t have time to go to a mattress store, test out the types they have, wait for it to get delivered, etc. then I would highly recommend checking the mattress out online and in your local Target!

+ Kitchen Supplies
This may be a weird thing that I love shopping for, but I find a joy in shopping for new things to deck out my kitchen with. For my birthday my parents actually purchased a really nice and cute silverware set for me, and safe to say I’m super excited to use them! Aside from pots, pans, bowls, etc. I definitely want to look into food delivery services such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. At the moment, I’m thinking about Hello Fresh because of it being a little healthier, so let me know if you’ve tried them out!

At the end of the day, when it comes to moving, less is more!

I believe that with some of these mentioned products, you’ll save more money in the long run because you’re purchasing higher quality items that won’t wear and tear as easily! I understand some people may have opposing views of this, but it’s something my family has always lived by so it’s something I’ve learned from them.


My Current Reading List

Ever since I graduated from college, I’ve tried to get back into doing things that I couldn’t do during school. I used to love reading, I could stay up for hours doing it before bed. At the moment, I’ve only read one book since being home. I have started to accumulate quite the stack of books on my desk just waiting to be read.

My mom is a huge reader herself, but she prefers listening to them, so she’ll tell me about a book that she loved and that’s where I get most of my recommendations. In fact, all of these books were gifted by her this past Christmas (I think). Thank you, mom, for these books!

I don’t want to explain any of these books poorly so I’m actually going to go ahead and put in a short description of each book in addition to linking the book for you guys to check out if you’re interested! If you’ve read any of them let me know what you thought of it. But of course, no spoilers, please!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Side note, yes I know I’m late to the wagon on this one. I actually haven’t seen the movie yet… so I thought I would read the book first! This is the first book I’m going to read in this stack and will definitely let you guys know what I thought of it over on my Twitter.

“The Girl on the Train” is a mystery and suspense novel by Paula Hawkins. It follows the lives of three women – Rachel, Anna, and Megan – and the events surrounding Megan’s murder, ultimately bringing the lives of the three women together.

The One & Only by Emily Giffin
I’m excited to read this book because I’m a sucker for a good love story. Emily also wrote Something Borrowed which I believe is now a series (of course, aside from the movie). I’ve seen the movie several times and think it’s a great chick flick, so I have high hopes for this!

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I’m excited to read this book because my mom couldn’t stop raving about it! After she listened to it, she told me that I absolutely had to read it. Mystery-thriller type of books are my absolute favorite so this seems right up my alley.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret.

I would love to hear what books are on your current reading list! Of course, leave any book recommendations too.


July Goals | 2017

Happy July!! I hope you guys are having a good start to the month so far. In case you guys didn’t know, July is actually my birthday month! I turn 22 on the 24th of the month, and can’t believe that it’s already almost here. It feels like yesterday that I was celebrating my 21st in New York City. As of right now, I have no clue what my plans are, but I’m sure they’ll start to unfold as it approaches.

I also thought I would give a little job update, as some of you may be curious (or if not, sorry!). As of right now I am still actively searching and applying for jobs, so keep your fingers crossed for good news and something exciting coming soon. I’m so excited to share my moving experience and share with you all my plans.

Aside from the job search, I have so many fun things planned for this blog. I know that I haven’t been as active as I’ve hoped, but I’m trying to plan all of my content for this month now! That way I don’t have to sit and stare at my computer screen and try to think of what to post.

Anywho, without further ado, here are my July goals!

+ Stay organized!
This ties into what I was saying above, but I want to make more of an effort with staying on top of things. I recently got a new planner, and can’t wait to write in it. Since I’m no longer in school, I find it harder to write down my to-do lists. But once I start working, I think I’ll get back into a groove of writing in a planner. They say it takes (around) 26 days to get into a habit of doing something, so hopefully, I can get that rolling!

+ Try to start meditating
I am someone who is definitely a worrier. I let my anxiety get the best of me sometimes, and can’t help but have my emotions explode. One way to try and combat this is meditating. Now, I don’t mean meditating with crystals and all those things, but more of using an app to help control my breathing, etc. I’ve used the Calm app in the past, as well as Headspace, and want to get in a habit of doing one of them either in the morning or night. If you use these apps or meditate overall, let me know what your favorite is and what you do!

+ Wake up earlier
This is something I’ve been trying to do all summer. I want to get into a routine of waking up at a set time every day. With my Fitbit I have alarms that go off at set times in the morning, to help me wake up earlier, but I never actually get up at those times. Now that I’m actively applying to jobs and that whole thing, I want to already be on a schedule of getting up (relatively) early so when that time comes around, I’m not struggling. Let me know if you guys have any tips for this!

That’s it for my July goals! What are your goals for the month?


What I Use on My Hair | My Hair Care Routine

I don’t know about you guys, but I take my hair very seriously… (I feel like it’s a girl thing, maybe?). Throughout the years I’ve tried several different styles, but seem to always go between an ombré or a dark brown. For the past year, I’ve had more of a balayage look with cool-toned blond ends. Aside from dying and bleaching my hair, I like to think that I have pretty thick hair. It also grows pretty quickly. I’m always switching around the products that I use, such as shampoo and conditioners, but have recently found a duo that I absolutely love, and doesn’t break the bank! I have also recently started putting *some* product in my hair to help it look healthier and shinier (without looking too greasy). Here is my haircare routine!

In the Shower

While I’m in the shower, I like to use a purple shampoo/conditioner combination. These two products are from Joico. I get this duo from Amazon and it’s much cheaper than buying it at a store! As I mentioned above, my hair tends to get brassy fairly quickly. For me, I like to use this shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair, but I know some people tend to use it just once a week (you do you).

One thing I love about these two products is that you can use the shampoo as a toning mask! I do this maybe once a month, but if I’m being honest, I don’t even know if it’s that often. Sometimes, for some reason, my hair will look brassier than normal. For example, if I go swimming, or switch up my haircare products. All I have to do is run the shampoo through my hair and leave it there for about thirty minutes and voila! My hair is all toned and silver-ish.

If you’re in the market for a good (and affordable) purple shampoo/conditioner, definitely check out this Joico combination from Amazon!

Out of the Shower

More recently, I’ve been trying to use products on my hair post-shower. I recently got this Not Your Mother’s Repair + Protect Leave-In Conditioner courtesy of Influenster and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since! I spray it all over my hair after getting out of the shower and it really helps detangle any knots I may have post-shower.

Once my hair is semi-dry, I use this OGX Coconut Oil on the ends of my hair to help hydrate them a tad bit more. I absolutely love coconut oil for my hair and recommend it to anyone who has dry ends! Especially if you have bleached hair or ends, it works wonders.

What is your hair care routine? I’d love to hear your favorite products and tricks!


My Top 3 Perfumes | Summer 2017

I don’t know about you guys, but I seem to have an obsession with perfumes and fragrances. But once I find a scent that I love, I wear it constantly. I wear it so much that people will call me out if I change it… I’m not even kidding. I once had someone tell me, “You smell different… not like you” when I ran out of my signature scent at the time and used a different perfume.

I like to switch up my perfumes depending on the season, for the most part. Since I’ve been home at my parents’ house, I have all of my perfumes in one place so I’m reaching for ones I didn’t necessarily bring with me to college. Because of this, I’ve rediscovered my favorites for the summer! On a personal note, I tend to like scents that are sweeter and cleaner, so if you like the opposite with perfumes, you might not want to try these.

+ Prada Candy
For the longest time, I was a fan of Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume fanatic. I had the lotion, hair spray, etc. I was so obsessed with it that I think I went through (at least) four of the huge bottles. But when I got a little older, I realized that I might want to look for a more ‘mature’ version of it, as you will. I soon discovered Prada Candy, thanks to my mom! I actually didn’t even know they now make new versions of it, Florale, Kiss, and Gloss (mental note to try those out). It is a similar sweetness to Pink Sugar, but definitely a more grown up version.

Here is how Prada describes the scent: Prada Candy is a fragrance with a novel olfactory balance combining exceptionally high-quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Magnified by White Musks, noble Benzoin comes together with a modern Caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature.

+ Bond No. 9 Astor Place
This is one of the most expensive perfumes in my collection (I have one other Bond No. 9 one that I completely went through), but they are definitely worth the price. I got this on my sixteenth birthday when my family visited the Bond store, that’s five years! I’ve only made a tiny dent in the bottle. The oils in the perfume are very concentrated so you only need two sprays and you’re good to go! It also lasts all day on me.

Here is how Bond describes the scent: Our Mesmerizing Eau de Parfum, Inspired by New York’s Most Vibrant Arts-and-Style Intersection.The scent, an intoxicatingly fresh spring floral. Notes: Violet Leaf, Mandarin Zest, Freesia, Red poppy buds, Orris (iris root), teakwood, Musk and Amber

+ Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
This is a perfume that I only use during the summer! It reminds me of the beach and has hits of a ‘clean’ scent if that makes sense. I will say, it is a very light scent. It’s perfect for those who may not want to be doused in perfume but instead, want just a hint of something. It’s definitely not overpowering.

Here is how D&G describes the scent: Invigorating Sicilian cedar melds with the crisp vibrancy of apple and the guileless charm of the bluebell, to evoke the essence of a South Italian summer. The freshness of bamboo nestles amid a glorious feminine bouquet of decadent jasmine and delicate white rose. Redolent citron wood is entwined with voluptuous amber and a suggestive caress of musk.

Apologies for this being a super text-heavy post, but I wanted to include the summary of each fragrance given by the companies! I can’t describe scents all that well, so I wanted to make sure I did them justice.

What are your go-to perfumes and fragrances for the summer? I’d love to hear your suggestions!