Happy Monday morning my friends! It was a wet, dreary weekend but I still found little things to make me happy, such as a hot coffee and my dad’s homemade fried chicken. As a new day begins, one of my favorite things to do is sit outside on my balcony and sip my coffee while browsing through some of your blogs. I hope my blog offers the same kind of happiness that many of yours do!
In other news of mine, I’m moving back to my mom and dad’s next week. I moved out 5 months ago after I got my first job and unfortunately, the contract on it expires in November. My roommate and I signed a lease for 5 months only because neither of us had strong job security. While I’m happy that I have a place to go and a few kitty cats waiting for my return, it’s a little difficult to go from having tons of freedom to having a tighter schedule. This isn’t the first time I’ve moved back home. Summer breaks during college and in between internships have brought me back several times.
Four Tips for Moving Home
I’ve learned several things about this process that I’d like to share with you. In a world where more and more college graduates have to move back home because they can’t find a job, I feel as though there’s a few things they (or we) should know.
- Have no expectations– “It’s going to be awful. My parents are going to drive me crazy. It’ll be like being a child again.” No, not necessarily. My dad used to say “expect the worst and you won’t be disappointed”. He’s absolutely right. If you have a bad attitude going into it, then you can’t expect everything to go swimmingly. In fact, don’t expect anything. Having a vision in your head (whether good or bad) about what it’s going to be like is the fastest way to be shocked when your vision wasn’t realistic.
- Remember it’s temporary– Living at home won’t last forever. It just won’t unless you sit in your basement all day playing video games. Looking for a job is a full time job in itself! You’re moving home because you can’t find work and the goal is to find work. What do you think you’re going to do all day? Apply for jobs so this living situation is in fact, temporary.
- Create a routine– You need a sense of normalcy in your life or you will go crazy. Living at home is the new ‘normal’ and the faster you embrace it, the better off you’ll be. Humans crave familiarity, so having a schedule to work off of daily will really help you be comfortable with your life. My routine will probably be somewhere along the lines of wake up, have coffee, shower, clean room, apply to jobs, get lunch, go to gym, apply to jobs, blog, dinner, and relax. Create one that works for you.
- Find ways to make extra cash– As a way to pay down my credit card, I started selling unwanted clothes on eBay and believe me it works. Are you going to become a millionaire? No. However, an extra $200 or even more a month really helps so you have a bit of spending money to go get dinner with friends or catch a movie.
Feel free to comment with your own tips! I really love hearing what you all have to say! ‘Like’ my Facebook page too for updates!
July is almost over pretty people and I for one am glad. Every single day has been filled with humidity, bad hair, and 90 degree heat. I love the summer, no really I do, but when I’m not near a beach and I’m sitting inside my apartment listening to the AC pump out air all day, I get sick of it. August will breeze by as it usually does and then we can all welcome the start of Autumn.
I’ve kept my eyes on the runways and on Instagram for what’s going to be stylish this season (and hopefully for years to come). Let’s start with the brown leather jacket– cute, edgy, and radiates warmth. It’s a staple in every woman’s closet and it just never goes out of style. This year, I think you’ll see more people sporting a lighter leather than the traditional biker jacket though.
Moving right along, I predict denim jackets will be in again! Flashback to Lizzie McGuire days on the Disney Channel (just no bedazzling our jackets please). I’m actually selling a denim jacket on eBay right now and it’s up for auction!
Up next on my fall finds is the military pant. They were trendy for spring but I couldn’t bring myself to wear olive drab when traditionally it’s pastel season. I’m saving this look for October when I can have my Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand and wear deep shades of greens, reds, and blues.
My next find I saw on the runway and I’m really in love- Velvet tops! Who knew, right? The last time I wore anything velvet-y was when I was 10. I saw a few people wearing it over the winter and thought it looked nice but designers are really embracing it this year. I’m hoping the likes of H&M will embrace it too for a less expensive look.
Finally, mules and felt floppy hats will be making a return this fall! See a previous post for cheap mules. The hat was really popular last year too and I think its here to stay! I didn’t jump on the bandwagon last year because I thought it was a little too hipster for me, but do I like it now? Guilty as charged.
Let me know what fall trends you’re noticing!
I posted yesterday about my Lilly for Target finds and the adventure I had finding them. Today, I wanted to talk about the problems myself and others encountered with the coveted line. As much as I loved this collaboration and as great as the prints were, there were some things that could have been improved upon. It’s been dubbed the Preppy Girl’s Hunger Games for a reason!
The first thing that should have been better prepared for is the product demand. We were told before the store opened that there was only one dress per size and style available. For example, I’m a size 8 and I got the shift dress in “Upstream” print. I got the only size 8 in stock in that print. That’s insane. I’m not the only size 8 in line wanting a dress. Didn’t they perceive this as being a problem?
The second big issue was the website. It crashed around 3am Sunday morning from so many people trying to access it. The same thing happened in 2011 for their collaboration with Missoni. I totally understand that sometimes websites just crash. However, since Target has already dealt with this problem in the past shouldn’t they have prepared for this?
Waiting in line!
The final major problem were the Ebayers. Target really can’t do too much about this except for limiting how much you can buy of a certain thing. There were quite a few people that I know were planning on hoarding whatever they could find (I see you lady with white knee socks and orthopedic shoes!) and then reselling it on Ebay for double or even triple the original price. It’s entrepreneurship at it’s finest, but it really sucks for the rest of us who just want to wear something colorful for the spring and summer months.
I’m still glad I was able to get my shift and maxi dress. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on the shift that I wore to work yesterday.