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Subscription Beauty Boxes: Frugal or Frivolous?

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Subscription beauty boxes seem to be all the rage right now, and I’ve become curious whether they really have a lot to offer at a great price or if they’re just a new way to spend money needlessly. As a general rule, I prefer online shopping to shopping in a store. I like the convenience of it (using it to kill 10mins between writing projects) and the simplicity (add to basket, checkout, wait for arrival!). I almost never do any shopping the “traditional” way, which is browsing stores in a mall. Except for beauty products. Typically make-up and other products I buy as they run out. Usually in passing, stopping by Sephora on my way home from work. I don’t have time to wait 5 to 7 days for the mascara I selected to come in the mail, so the brick & mortar store has always been my go-to choice. […]

Frugal Fashion: bundle up on a budget considering cost-per-use

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I think technically the first day of winter is December 21st, but if you live as far north as me, you know that the cold has already been here for awhile. I make a concerted effort not to break out my winter jacket until November 1st — it’s a mental game I play so the season feels shorter than it really is — and I kind of love that moment when I finally put it on and get to be so toasty and warm again. This happiness last through the holidays until about the second week for January, at which point I kind of feel done with winter and want the cold to stop (4-5 months later, I get my wish). This year I’m happy to report my Burton snowboard jacket I purchased 6 years ago is still going strong. I did, however, buy some winter boots this year. I thought […]

Frugal Fashion: just say no to Polyester

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I browse ModCloth every day. E v e r y day. You already know that if you follow me on twitter. It’s especially easy on the iPhone app where I can just flick through gorgeous dresses to kill time while waiting for the bus or in line at the grocery store. I’d probably be racking up $300 clothing shopping bills every day if it wasn’t for one simple tactic of avoidance: I don’t buy clothing made of polyester. My hatred of polyester has been a long time coming, and it’s only recently have I been able to commit to vanquishing it from my life entirely. It started out innocently enough — a dress from Jacob felt incredibly hot and uncomfortable whenever I wore it in the summer. What’s it made of? 100% polyester. I wishfully believed it was just that dress, but as soon as I started paying attention to […]

Is local the new luxury? Why handmade might be the new haute couture

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If you follow me on Goodreads (a fabulous site to keep track of every book you’ve read and want to read!) you might have seen I’m on a book reading frenzy these days. Last month I foolishly set the goal to read 100 books in 2013 — without taking a moment to consider the year is already nearly half over. Consequently, I’ve been visiting the public library so frequently the staff may think I’m stalking them. But more importantly, I’m reading a lot. My latest find: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre (that’s right, I changed “luster” to “lustre” because I’m Canadian. Sadly I cannot modify the book’s cover) This is a fabulously written book about the fall of haute couture and the rise of common luxury brands. After reading Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom and Buyology: Truth and […]

Branded: When to pay extra for a name and when to not

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I’d like to introduce you to my favorite song of 2013. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard it, but it never gets old and neither does the video: Despite what you’ve just witnessed, this post isn’t about thrift shopping (like most PF bloggers, I’m an advocate of buying things secondhand), but my favorite part of this song is actually the criticism of buying brand name clothing: I hit the party and they stop in that motherf@#$%& They be like, “Oh, that Gucci – that’s hella tight.” I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.” Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant b@#$% I call that getting swindled and pimped I call that getting tricked by a business That shirt’s hella dough And having the same one as six other people in this club is […]