Week of July 20th – 26th Welcome to episode two of Saturday Style!
We all know I love fashion and I love my finances too. Sadly, both are not a notable combination.
Rock n Roll, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, fitted Dior dresses, Audrey Hepburn and today’s representation in Don Draper takes me back to a time when fashion was fab to me. Nothing is more iconic than Audrey Hepburn. It was an era of cinched in waistlines and pure femininity in clothing. Not that I lived in the 50’s by any means but the clothing was awesome.
This week I received an email from Etsy, you know, one of those tempting little emails to persuade you to spend your hard-earned money on shit you don’t need. I used to get gads of those emails until finally I unsubscribed to most of them as it was hindering my debt repayment progress. This week I fell in love with a $550 dress. Not to worry, my senses stayed with me and I did not purchase it. I just drooled for a good twenty minutes trying to figure out how to get the money to pay for it.
The detailing and artistry are stunning on these dresses, you can tell there’s a lot of love put into them. If you can eeek it out of your budget, you can have a custom-made silk/cotton dress like this for $550 from Russia.
These beautiful dresses are made by Dasha Pomeranzev, who operates a sewing studio in Moscow, Russia with several other tailors. Their vision for the styling of their garments: “We are a group of artists and dress-makers who create beautiful dresses and skirts based on a classical 50’s silhouette.”
Mad men lovers worldwide, you now have another go to for your fashion besides Banana Republic.
Financial wisdom I learned this week:
The McDonalds debate still rages on with MarketWatch of the Wall Street Journal offering up a challenge for McDonalds CEO, Don Thompson to try to live on the $25K a year budget. “Last year, McDonald’s gave Thompson a compensation package worth $13.8 million, or more than 558 times what McDonald’s expects employees to make — from two jobs.”
The post is a direct hit on the McDonalds CEO and the lack of leadership in the face of media turmoil on the unrealistic McBudget.
As a previous work/life balance blogger, this post from Debt Roundup has significant meaning for me. Even though I do not have kids to juggle in the balance mix, I have found that even singles need work/life balance. Many people think that singles are just there to pick up the slack for everyone else but not so. Just like a family oriented individual, we need balance too.
Grayson has an interesting Infographic he located on the web and discusses the advantages of work from home priviledges while his son is sick. Speaking with some of my co-workers with kids, I couldn’t believe that parents are fined $5 a minute if they are late picking their kids up from Daycare. Guess what the pickup time is? 4:30! Realistically, how can any individual manage that?
I’ve mentioned that I plan to embrace minimalism in its entirety in August. I have grown tired of all the “stuff” I have. Ironically, I have for the most part, been living a minimalist life already and have been for the past 3 years. I was divorced in 2010, packed up all my stuff and moved in with my parents, as I could not afford anything else. Most of my belongings have been stored in the basement for the past three years and I’ve been surviving fine without them. I’ve reached the point where I think I’m just going to throw it all away. I am tired of trying to sell stuff on EBay and Kijiji. Did you read my post where I had someone treat my ad to sell an item on Kijiji as a free dating service? I was not too thrilled about that prospect. Can you say creepy?
What’s not creepy is this great post from my name buddy, Michelle, at Making Sense of Cents. Give it a read! You may want to try this minimalism thing to get some balance back!
Fight Club and the PF Connection
I haven’t seen Fight Club in ages! Strange that it happened to be on AMC right after I read this post. Lots of great quotes from the movie that deal directly with consumerism and minimalism. Who knew Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were the minimalists of 1999?
Carrie at Careful Cents offers up some tips to keep you and your finances on track!