Month: November 2016

October Favorites

October has come and gone and I feel like I missed out on my big dose of Fall this year (what with the uber warm weather and exams crammed down my throat). There were still lots of caramel apples eaten and Wizard of Oz pumpkin carvings, but this month just…lacked magic for me. It’s okay, though, because I plan on getting super into the Christmas spirit to make up for it! READING… Money Diaries: Refinery29 has a really interesting series that I find myself checking each week for new posts. Basically, they take women at different salary levels, in different industries, and living in different cities and document every purchase they make over a period of time. One of my favorite articles chronicles one woman’s purchases for an entire month. Responsible spenders or not, it’s fascinating to see what these women choose to spend their money on and the trends between high/low income earners. Definitely worth browsing a few. The Winner’s Trilogy: I listened to this series on Audible because I don’t have a lot of …

5 Steps to Furnishing Your First Apartment

I’ve spent the three weeks scouring different apartments in my college town, going to showing after showing and trading emails with tenant-hungry leasing agents. I have spreadsheets and pro/con lists and am spinning in a cyclone of paperwork. Earlier this week, however, I went to see an apartment that didn’t make me feel sad and claustrophobic walking in. I could almost see myself cooking in the little kitchen tucked away in the corner and playing with my kitten in the sunny living room. The price was reasonable for a studio and, after chatting with the agent for an hour, I got a lease agreement that I’m returning in a few days. Now comes the fun part–furnishing it! The apartment comes with a few key basics (fridge, stove, bed, couch) but the list pretty much ends there. I’m on a part-time job, college student budget so scrimping is high on my list of priorities. Of course, the first thing I did was start looking at stoneware plate sets on Urban Outfitters ($89) but lucky my boyfriend talked me …