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Planner Girl on a Budget


Every Sunday is my planning time. It's part hobby part having my life together as while planning is a creative release it also helps me go into the week with a clear mind. Last night I unintentionally created a layout that's super budget friendly so I thought I'd take an opportunity to talk about planning and spending.
 
I am what might be referred to as a serial hobbyist - in the time that I've been writing this blog it's gone from spending all my time and money to any social opportunity available to Lilly Pulitzer to Essential Oils to Wedding Planning to now planning - and beauty and fashion but those have been pretty consistent. And when I get into something I have a tendency to go hard which usually equates to big spending. But here's the deal (as I write this I'm speaking just as much to an audience as I am to myself) you can be into a hobby without it costing a fortune. This is of course a generalization - if you want to take up sailboating as your hobby that's going to set you back a little more than other hobbies. I know people who are into yoga and take classes at a pricy studio, only wear lulumon , go through multiple bottles of smart water a day, and wear a top of the line activity tracker - I also know people who do yoga at home and got a refillable water bottle from the dollar spot at target and wear old navy tank tops to work out.
 
But specifically, for planning I want to talk about some of the ways I try to keep myself under control:
 
When I first started decorative planning I got a lot of items from the dollar tree and the target dollar spot, and I still get stuff from those places. The target dollar spot especially seems to have embraced the planner trend and always has goodies such as sticky notes. page flags, pen bags, pens, stamps and stickers. And let's be real y'all - buy one set of sticky notes and page flags and use them until they run out, pick a pen bag and stick with it until the zipper breaks or looks beat up. There's a lot of planners out there that keep their stickers in fancy sticker binders - I keep mine in dollar tree photo albums.   
 

These $1 albums hold a lot of stickers, and the cover can be removed if you want your own design.
 
 
At Michael's and Hobby Lobby (yes, you can be pro -choice and shop at Hobby Lobby) you can always get a coupon online for 40% off a regular priced item. Go everyday for a week if there's several things you want that aren't on sale or bring  a friend / spouse / kids if your local craft store isn't conveniently located. When I go into craft stores I always head to the clearance section first to see what's there that might satisfy my crafting desires. Michael's has also really embraced the planner community and has a whole section of goodies where stickers are $3.99 a pack and can often be purchased on sale on top of that. Some of my favorite washi is from a $10 value set purchased at Michael's.
This entire box of washi is $10 at Michael's!
 
 
When shopping on etsy limit purchases to Tuesdays when a lot of stores do $2 Tuesday for sticker sheets. Follow your favorite shops on instagram and Facebook for discount codes (I always look up a shop on instagram before making a purchase if it's a new to me shop). Lots of etsy shops will also do "opps"grab bags for sheets with minor issues (mis-cuts, one sticker missing or messed up) overstock and discontinued sheets. Yes, etsy shop owners are people supporting themselves and their families so I'm not saying to beat people up on price but look for ones whose pricing fits your budget. Also, try to limit purchases to a few shops rather than buy one or two sheets per shop (this helps control shipping costs, which can really add up) and also builds loyalty which can mean freebies and discounts.
 
 
Stickers from BrandysShop on etsy are $2 a sheet everyday.
 
 
The biggest way to keep spending in control though is perspective. You don't need everything all at once - when I first started decorative planning my supplies fit in a mini craft box I got from the dollar spot at target, it's grown to be more than that by now but it has also been two years. In our consumerism society spending has come to equal success but the reality is there are people who spend $500 a month on a hobby and have large credit card debt and there are people who spend $50 a month on a hobby and have a fat bank account so doing things on a budget doesn't mean someone can't afford to spend more - often it just means that they are very wisely choosing not to spend more.
 
 

Sephora Play February 2017



Last night my Sephora Play! Box arrived and since it seems like I’m one of the last people to get theirs I feel like an unboxing would be pointless since everyone’s box is pretty similar. But since I did get the opportunity to try all the products last night I’ll focus my post on product reviews rather than showing what’s inside. This month’s therem is the soft side and focused on neutral basics.

 
Clinique Pep Start HydroBlur Moisturizer

This one is interesting and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. It has more of a primer feel so on one hand the lazy part of me likes the idea of a two in one product. On the other hand I tried this at night and I could definitely “feel” this on my face and I kept feeling like I needed to wash my face and usually I like a makeup that doesn’t have an I’m wearing makeup feel about it. I’m intrigued enough though to continue to use the sample and make a decision with more uses.

Origins GinZin Refreshing Eye Cream

This eye cream is unique because it has a reflective lightner mixed in making it another 2 for 1 product. I’m terrible about using eye cream on a regular basis but this one might sell me on regular use.

Sephora Collection Mascara

It’s a mascara. I already have long lashes so to me in general there’s nothing super special about mascaras and I feel like it’s such a common sample that its very rare for me to actually need to buy one.

Tarte Quench Lip Rescue

I(f you like fancy lip balms this one is for you. Personally it’s too light for me that I’d ever pay for it – I either want a lipstick with actual color or if I’m going for a nude lip I’ll use a $2.99 lip balm from Target. But there’s nothing wrong with it and since I have it I will toss it in my bag and use it.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy

I’m not one for a glossy lip but sometimes I do like some plumping action and this certainly does that. Like most lip plumpers the fullness does come with a stinging sensation so it’s not a concept for everyone or something I would do everyday but personally I enjoy the look for special occasions.

Prada Candy

I was hoping this would be my perfume sample as I’ve wanted to try it. The scent is a nice sweet and spicy mix but not in a smells like a five year old girl’s cotton candy body splash type of way. The first thing that hit me though when I tested it was the alcohol and for $90 I wouldn’t expect an heavy alcohol base so I’ll pass.

Fashionable in Memphis


I love many things about Memphis but the weather is not one of them. Usually we get winter weather in January, it warms up in February and then gets cold again in March and this year is no exception - today is a cloudy day where the weather can't decide if it should rain or not. With the funky weather and a low amount of social activities I find myself counting the days until spring and for me this year the fun and excitement of things to do begins in April and this year I'll kick off the month with Memphis Fashion Week.
 
Last year I attended Memphis Fashion Week for the first time and wrote a brief post about my experience. And yes I realize my photos suck, this year I have a much better camera on my phone. Last year I attended one show and this year I have decided to spring for the VIP Package - which is a really great price IMO considering what's included for $200 - kickoff party, preview party, two shows with a VIP lounge and front row seats and a goodie bag. I'm not saying that I'm just in it for the swag BUT last year's VIP got a pretty sweet clutch I was very jealous of in addition to lots of other goodies so I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being a little excited to see what this year's bag will hold.
 
The Friday night fashion show will feature designer collections sponsored by different stores in Memphis and the big name designer of the show will be Nicole Miller which I am very excited about! I remember Nicole Miller for her fun quirky prints in the 90s - my first NM items was a umbrella with a cats and dogs print (it's raining cats and dogs . . . clever) and I still have a large tote with a fashion accessory print I'm going to use during the week. But since then although the designs are still fun they've gotten a little more sophisticated.

I've seen a lot of designs that indicate shoulders are the new "it" body part right now and the Nicole Miller line is certainly embracing that trend, here's two looks from the current collection.


 
Sadly though, even if I wanted to spend $265 on a top these particular tops are not available in my size. But then I remembered that there's also a line at JC Penny  - Nicole by Nicole Miller. One thing I really appreciate about this department line is that it keeps similar style elements to the main collection. Here's two tops currently available at JC Penny:
 



Obviously the JCP line is made of different materials and has less attention to detail but the look is very similar. At price points between $35 and $55 and size XS to XXL they are also more accessible and I plan to wear one to the Friday night show. Right now these are the two tops I like the most:
 

 
I'm really looking forward to some fashionable fun and can't wait to see the Spring trends in person. If you're in Memphis I hope I'll see you there!
 

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