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I’ve always written off cash back sites as not for me.

It’s too much work and it’ll take me forever to make more than just spare change.

Those were the excuses I would tell myself.

But the reason that really kept me way? Cash back sites just didn’t carry the brands I shop often.

Well, that changed when I learned about Jewel (referral link for your first $5) back in September.

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Welcome to a brand spanking new segment here on the blog.

My hope for these “A little Obsessed” posts is that it will give you a glimpse of what I’m loving at the moment.

You might be wondering, how is this different from favorites? Well…I’ve decided to give monthly favorites the ax.

Yup, it just wasn’t working for me. For one, I could never remember everything I liked by the time it came to recapping it at the end of the month.

And more importantly, it’s held to a timeline that just doesn’t work for me. I’d rather write about whatever I’m enjoying sooner than later. So here we are. Now, let me stop explaining and get into it.

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Photo: HBO

When I originally wrote this, I wrote too much.

I went on and on about friends past and present who have hurt me in various ways. It was so cathartic to finally put it all into words and out of my head. But there was a reason why I didn’t hit “publish” and am now starting from scratch. The reality is, talking about how I’ve been hurt isn’t going to help myself or anyone else reading this.

I’m choosing to take a different angle. I’m choosing to take a hard look at how we’ve always defined friendships and coming to my own conclusions.

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I’m back with a favorites post, y’all.

I honestly had nothing new to report about January and most of February. Until I went on vacation. I was mostly trying to survive winter because I truly am a big baby when it comes to the cold. And now that Spring has sprung, so has my list of favorites for quarter one of 2019.

Without further delay and because I’m terrible at intros, let’s dive right in…

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Best photo of the week goes to this carb on carb situation.


How has it been four months since my last money diary post?

I don’t have a good excuse but I am back!

This week I get a little lucky, go out on a Friday night, and sweat it out at an infrared sauna session…among other things.

Let’s dive right in.

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About a month and a half ago, I was minding my own business when an old Elementary school friend DM’d me a screenshot of a Facebook post she found with my photo as the cover image.

I was in shock.

Popsugar used my photo for a fashion post they put up on their site. I repeat, Popsugar used my photo.

Wait. When did this happen?

How come I didn’t know about this?

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Packing for a tropical (resort) vacation in the middle of a very confusing NYC winter made me look at my closet like that “confused math lady” meme.

I mean, do I just throw all my summer clothes into a carry-on and call it a day?

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After overspending on my wardrobe last year, I decided to track my spending. At the beginning of each month, I will review and reflect on the things I bought in the previous month. I hope the insights I gain from doing this will help me accomplish three goals: 1) avoid overspending, 2) shop smarter (quality not quantity), and 3) have a functional closet full of pieces I love to wear.

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Lately, work lunches have been real sad around here.

It’s usually two pieces of bread with turkey, vegan cheese, and as much spinach that I can stuff. Or, it’s leftovers from the night before. Then, once a week, I’ll have a treat yourself moment and buy an overpriced lunch that I have to rush out in the cold to get and then eat at my desk. It’s not worth it, I tell myself. Then next week, I’ll do it again. The worst part? No matter what my lunch is for the day, hunger always strikes two hours later. What gives?

Instagram must have caught on to me because somehow I landed on the Sakara Life Instagram page.

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I’ve never been a fan of wool or cashmere sweaters.

They’ve always been too itchy, too expensive, and too hard to care for. At least, that’s what I thought. It always puzzled me that people willingly wore wool and cashmere in the winter. Were they in on some secret I didn’t know? And why oh why, is cashmere lauded as the most luxe of fabrics when anytime I put it on, it makes me feel like I’m being pricked by a thousand needles? And for these reasons, I’ve avoided wool and cashmere sweaters for the most part. Until now.

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