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27 May, 2015

REBECCA ASKS | Live with clutter or live to get rid of it?

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Hope you're doing well. Excuse my (relative) absence this week—been a bit preoccupied by other projects.  I have some fun stuff coming up here though, so y'know, stay tuned and such.

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This week's question was inspired my by recent efforts to declutter my apartment a little bit. (It's a slow, painful process. Some of you may have gotten little glimpses of it on Snapchat lately. There is still more crap to be dealt with.) Anyway, I ask you:

Do you generally keep your desk tidy, or are you the sort of person to let mountains of paper and other stuff pile up? If you don't work at a desk, the question applies to other types of work spaces too—your vanity, craft room, kitchen counters, etc.

If it wasn't obvious from the lead-in to the question, I'm pretty bad about letting clutter accumulate. I'm one of those people who's organized enough to always be able to find what they need, but there may or may not be a bit of playing Tetris with my crap to get to it. Once in a while I'll go through a phase where I want the extra stuff gone (like now), but for the most part, I have clutter-blindness and just work around it without even really thinking about it. Is that weird? I don't know.

So, how about you? Do you live with clutter or live to get rid of it?

24 May, 2015

Join me at SoFabU On the Road in NYC - 6/20

I don't attend a lot of blogging conferences, but when I found out that Social Fabric would be doing an event in New York City this summer, I knew I had to get a ticket straight away.

Social Fabric, for those of you who don't know, is a blogging network that connects bloggers with sponsored post opportunities. I've been a member for a little over a year now, and it's one of my favorite networks because they put a really strong emphasis on community and educating their bloggers. One of the resources available to their members is a website called Social Fabric University, which is a hub for free online courses on subjects like monetization, photography, social media and more. The SoFabU events are sort of like an extension of that, but with a very cool twist—you don't have to be a Social Fabric member to attend! Ticketing information and more can be found here.

22 May, 2015

Unboxing | Wet Shave Club Women's Starter Box: May 2015

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So a while back Stan helped me review a unique shaving subscription box: Wet Shave Club. They've been sending out shaving goodies since 2013, but this month they finally launched a special version of their monthly box geared towards ladies—woo! I'm one of those. So how does the Ladies' Box differ from the original version of Wet Shave Club's box, you might be wondering? Read on to find out!

Wet Shave Club Women's Starter Box: May 2015

20 May, 2015

Share a Coke with friends (and your legs): A DIY Cola Body Scrub Tutorial

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CokeHappyHour #CollectiveBias

One of my favorite things about summer is being able to spend time with friends outside. Things like picnics, barbecues, or even just lazy days hanging around the beach at Coney Island. Of course warmer weather means showing a bit more skin—and sometimes I feel like I'm still not prepared for that. I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about post-winter grooming rituals and exfoliation, and she complained that her legs were still super-dry and scaly because she hadn't had a chance to really pay attention to them lately. So what to do? Make her a delicious-smelling, summer-themed moisturizing body scrub, of course!

#CokeHappyHour #CollectiveBias  Share A coke DIY cola body scrub tutorial and recipe

When I think of iconic summer scents and flavors, one of the first things that comes to mind is Cola-Cola. Refreshing Coke to wash down tasty food at family cookouts,  to cool off after nearly sweating to death on the boardwalk, or to perk you up in the midst of a slightly-too-long family road trip. So naturally I wanted to share those memories with my friend—both as a body scrub and in the form of an actual Coke!

REBECCA ASKS | Do you keep a beauty (or style) budget?

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

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This week's question was actually inspired by fellow blogger adordee, who posted an article earlier this week called How to Beauty Haul responsibly. Speaking as someone who usually plans out beauty purchases instead of just impulse-buying everything in sight, I can relate to a lot of what she says—but it got me wondering:

Do you keep a specific budget just for beauty or style purchases? If so, how do you ensure that you stick with it? If not, do you wish you did have a budget?

I do keep a budget, mostly out of necessity (hellooooo student loans that I will be paying off until after the end of time). I'll admit that some months I don't stick to it to the cent, but for the most part I'm keeping my spending within a certain range. I also try to keep a list of what I've bought recently on a spreadsheet so I'm not like "Oops, forgot about that $50 I spent on squirrel nail decals last week."

I actually got in the habit of keeping separate budgets for separate spending categories a few years ago when I had a "normal" job with regular paychecks—a friend recommended some budgeting software to me called You Need A Budget. It's a bit trickier when you have freelancer income (not the same from month to month), but I still think is an excellent resource if you're trying to pay off debt or save up.

Anyway, this post is not meant to be judgmental towards folks who don't keep a beauty budget—there are plenty of reasons why it might not be necessary. Either way, let me know in the comments!
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