I don’t know about you guys but when I travel I tend to chose comfort over style. I love looking great and trying to chose the nicest outfits for my vacations but in the end I end up wearing the comfiest clothes that I can walk all day in. Casual is my vacation style. On this particular day, I got in a nice mix of both! Comfy and stylish, at least in my opinion.
As you can see, my outfit pictures are not that great. I also can’t link anything exact but my Hollister jeans. No, I didn’t think anyone still shopped at Hollister either but, these were $25 and they fit like a glove. I haven’t done a fashion post in a long time, I need practice. I don’t even have a full body shot. But, I’ve really missed doing outfit posts so I wanted to throw one together for you guys to see what you think of me bringing back the fashion stuff. Yes, no, maybe?
I love fashion and style, heck, my degree is in fashion, but I rarely spend a ton of money on my clothes. Once I buy my house this year and get settled in a big goal of mine is to pare down my closet and start shopping for more timeless pieces. Pieces I can switch up and wear with anything. Pieces that have a bit more quality and durability. Forever 21 and Express are my go-to shopping places right now and I am in need of some serious upgrading.
So, my question to you all is, where should I go, where do you love to shop? I love J.Crew and Banana Republic but i’m not a fan of preppy style all the time. Halp! Maybe i’ll even make my first ever Nordstrom purchase! I don’t even think I can consider myself a blogger unless I own something from Nordstrom. HA!
Anyways, thanks for reading my mostly nonsense post to gauge if you guys want more casual fashion. Please let me know in the comments!
Whenever I’m in a new city I love to check out the street art. As much as I love to visit the art museums, street art has always been my favorite. As soon as I pulled up to my hotel for the weekend I knew that Philly was really into it’s art. The whole front of the Sonesta is a mural, it’s insane. Who would have thought that Philadelphia would have the largest public art program in the United States? Today, i’m giving you a small glimpse of the amazing art in Philadelphia complete with addresses! If you’re on the hunt for amazing art in Philly you need to use the Mural Arts Map, it shows you were all the best works are. You can bet i’ll be back to this amazing city to see as many works as I can. Be sure to save my map at the bottom of this post for your next trip to Philadelphia!
I happened to be walking down the street headed to the below destination when I happened upon this massive mural. Equipped with a giant wheel you’re supposed to think of a question and spin it. Find your answer among the 64 short stories and reflect. If you’re ever in town, give this a spin (mine landed on 20) and tweet me what you got!
Because, why not? Right? This is a 45 foot sculpture of a clothespin. You can tell who’s a local and who is a tourist by who stops and stares at this giant sculpture. Who wouldn’t pause at a large steel sculpture right in front of the historic city hall? To say it stands out is a bit of an understatement. To be fair, I think it’s exceptionally cool.
Your Move – John F. Kennedy Blvd. between 15th and Broad Street
Also sitting right within view of City Hall are the sculptures entitled Your Move. Complete with game pieces from all of your favorite childhood games this site has become the ultimate park for skateboarders. Be mindful of the kids on wheels and take a safe lap around the perimeter instead of strolling straight through.
Come on, how cute is this guy? These artworks were created by the talented students at the University of the Arts. There are about 17 of them throughout the neighborhood and each one is vastly different from the last. These are a great site to see as you’re wandering in between seeing other murals as there is art all around this neighborhood. There are a whole lot of murals in this area (S. Broad street is also known as the Avenue of the Arts) so they are a nice fun extra when you’re walking in between destinations.
This might be my favorite mural of them all. Something about the movement and all of the plant and animal life just makes you feel relaxed. Always be sure to look high and low for street art in Philly, it’s everywhere! Doesn’t this just make you happy to look at?
You need to get closer to really see how amazing this piece was but i’m featuring this far away shot because of everything around it. This is just a normal street, with normal buildings and even a Subway and bam stunning work of art. This is the ultimate definition of street art.
I may have saved the best for last as i’m a huge fan of mosaics. The Magic Gardens is a whole mini concrete jungle of amazing mosaics by Isaiah Zagar. Buy tickets in advance. I didn’t and didn’t want to wait hours to get in so I peered as much as I could through the cracks. If you don’t plan ahead like me make sure you at least walk by and grab a neighborhood mural map (or find it online) and take a stroll. I wandered for over and hour gazing at these beautiful mosaics.
Are you a fan of street art, if so, what about it do you love? What are some of your favorite cities for artwork? For me, Philly has taken the top spot which is pretty hard considering I fell head over heels with the art in Houston and Dallas.
Let me know the cities with the best street art in the comments below!
It’s that time again! Time for the month 2 spending ban update! If you’re looking for why I put myself on a spending ban, you can read the entire post here or just catch the synopsis.
Basically, I plan on buying a house this year. I’m participating in a grant and the money is available to me starting April 1st. While getting a grant is incredibly helpful, I still want to put down some of my own money on the house. I have a set goal that I want to have in my savings so that I can put a certain amount down and still have a safety net. Because I want to have a set dollar amount in my savings by the end of March, I need to put myself on a spending ban to get me up to where I want to be.
How I’m starting and how you can too!
First of all, set a dollar amount that’s doable.
You want to pick a goal that’s difficult but still attainable. Don’t overestimate what you can actually save in a month or you’ll get discouraged. My savings goal for February was to set aside an additional $500 on top of my regular savings into my account.
Go through your budget and decide what is a necessary expense and what isn’t.
Obviously bills are non-negotiable. You may have heard that I went on a vacation this month. How’d I manage that on a spending ban you ask? Well, I have a separate vacation savings account that had some money in it. I didn’t spend over what was in that account and I had miles on my credit card that I was able to use to pay for a hotel room. You can go on vacation on a budget!
Set an allowance.
You can’t just not spend any money for three months. Dinner with friends will be tempting, a car will need an oil change and an ice cream might just be what the doctor ordered on a crappy day. Set up an allowance to account for those things. I already set aside $40 from each of my paychecks to go into a vacation account and I’ve decided that for the next three months i’ll be allowing myself to use that as my allowance. If I need a new toothbrush, a dinner with a friend or just really need to go to happy hour I can use my allowance and not feel guilty. Definitely failed at this one this month. I didn’t give myself an allowance at all and just sort of spent money as needed and deducted as necessary.
Cash is king.
Keeping your allowance in cash helps you to realize just how much you’re spending. I always keep a credit card on hand for emergencies but, leave the debit card at home. It’s too easy to swipe. While I didn’t give myself an allowance I did do most of my spending in cash so that I’d keep better track of what I was spending. On both of my paydays in February I took out some cash, whatever I didn’t spent I used towards my vacation so I could use less from my vacation fund.
Keep the temptations away.
Unsubscribe from emails, uninstall any shopping apps on your phone and don’t clip any coupons! Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you’re saving money. If you weren’t going to buy it in the first place you aren’t saving anything. Use a holiday gift card to shop if it’s an absolute must. I don’t want to go three months without new makeup or clothes but I know I’ve got plenty of both. I’ve been doing a great job of using up tons of products that I’ve had lying around. No new purchases for me so far this year. I’ve still got that Ulta gift card but i’m saving that for a rainy day. The only problem with this is that my skin has not been too happy lately. Let me know what skincare products you’re loving in the comments!
Eye that checking account.
You probably pay all of your bills online. To make things easier, add up what you need to have to pay your bills for the month and transfer the rest out into your savings. If you’re on a bi-weekly pay schedule figure out what bills get paid out of which check and transfer the extra to your savings accordingly. The less extra money you leave in your checking account the less likely you’ll be to spend it. This has really been the most important thing for me. Keeping better track of where my money is actually going.I kept on top of my checking account so much better this month! With transferring money around for vacation and getting my tax refund back I was in and out of my checking account a lot making sure all the extra money I had immediately went into my savings account.
How much did I save? I was able to put away the extra $500 I budgeted for into my savings! That was a huge accomplishment for me.
How much debt did I deduct? I had a debt pay down goal of $200 which I didn’t do, at all. My State refund will be about that much so when it comes in i’ll be transferring it right onto my car loan.
How much did I spend? Less than $200 this month! I checked and double checked my receipts because I couldn’t believe it. Luckily I had no unexpected charges this month. Most of my money went to food, unsurprisingly.
I want to save an additional $500 and be able to put $100 back into my vacation account. Can I do it? I’ll let you know come the end of March!
Hope you enjoyed my spending ban update, it’s really helping to keep me accountable! I hope you all are getting some tips and inspiration out of this little series i’m doing. Please, let me know if you’ve ever been on a spending ban in the comments!