The 6 things I wish I could buy this fall.

I’m not particularly proud of this, but I have to admit, the hardest part about my newly reorganized money priorities has been not shopping. Fall is my favorite season, and, as I’ve said before, a lot of this has to do with how much I love fall clothes. Now, I’m not cracking (I swear), but for whatever reason, I decided it would be helpful for me to just put down everything I wish I could buy ....more

I’m going to read this whenever I feel bad about myself.

“Justine and I grew up down the street from one another in Johnston (where the grass is always greener) and we were in choir and show choir together at school. After attending Drake University, she went on to wow Martha Stewart (among tons of others) with her writing, editing and all-around-awesome life skills. She lives in NYC and is someone you want to have on your side in any battle against a messy apartment, poor grammar, lacking money management skills, and unruly hair ....more

Help me choose my Warby Parker glasses. (Please.)

Ladies and gents, I need a favor. Don’t worry — I’m not hitting you up for money or anything that requires actual effort on your part. (I wouldn’t do that to you on a Monday.) What I need are your opinions ....more

Try something new: FOCUS Integrated Fitness

Recently, my pal Ashli invited me to attend a gym she does PR for called FOCUS Integrated Fitness. I’m always up for a new gym adventure (gymventure?), so I readily accepted. It also didn’t hurt that she told me this gym had also trained Beyonce ....more

All grown up.

I turned 27 last week. I don’t celebrate birthdays, so there was predictably little fanfare around this one (plus, I had an ear infection, so I was a bit more preoccupied with taking antibiotics and drinking fluids than anything else that day). Don’t worry, I’m not going to throw a list of 27 things you have to do by 27 (I could never top this one anyway) ....more

Summer Simplification: My Shopping

{I want it all.} As per my money simplification goals, I’ve been trying to not only be stricter about what I spend money on, but also more aware of the areas where I tend to overspend. My Mint account has been really useful for identifying the areas of life where this happens. The biggest offender to my budget? ...more

What I Learned When I Was Miserable

You may have noticed it was all crickets and tumbleweeds on the blog last week. I never apologize for not posting anymore (hey, how am I supposed to have anything to write about if I never have a life, right?), but last week actually has a good explanation: I was horribly sick. {my nurse) After what I thought was allergies evolved into what I thought was a cold into what I think was a flu into what was diagnosed as a throat and ear infection, I’m now on antibiotics for the next six days and feeling much better ....more

How to: 4 Ways to Decorate with Books

So…notice anything new? The blog got an update! (If you are not actually on my site right now, you might not be able to tell ....more

Summer Simplification: My Closet

As a textbook Type-A individual, I can tell you (in excruciating detail) the exact areas of my home that are not organized in a satisfactory way. In no specific order: 1. The wooden trunk at the foot of our bed. 2 ....more

Summer Simplification: My Money

Gosh there has been a lot of my face on the blog lately. That’s awkward. And annoying ....more