On That One Gray Crewneck Sweatshirt

Whoa! Give a girl a warning before you throw Gene Kelly making eyes at ya right under the jump! Anyway, I feel like these sweatshirts are a good example of something that make sense as an "investment" piece, because you're probably not going to get the "classic casual cool" Paul Newman effect unless it's good quality and fits you really well. I don't know about $200, but at least with a little more fanfare than the $5 Kmart ones I used to wear all the time...

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm 4

On Who Knows One [Thing]? I Know One [Thing]

@Allison Eeeek I've been rewatching the previous entries all week and getting weepy about all of them, so now I'm really anticipating being a huge mess in the theater tonight!

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm 0

On What's Your Limit When Waiting for a Table?

@Lily Rowan HA I was totally about to comment that I'd *never* wait more than 15 minutes for a restaurant, but I've DEFINITELY waited 30 minutes in the Shake Shack line. I guess I do have my priorities.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

Ooooh that purse is awesome!! I love it. My last strategy was searching through ebay for old ("vintage") Coach purses. I got a really nice crossbody one in the exact shade of chocolate brown I'd been searching for for about $40... way cheaper than a new Coach purse, but with their nice quality and construction PLUS without all the logo patterns and decorative buckles and whatnot that seems to be their current style.

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

On A (Freezing) Day in the Life of a Background Actor

It was definitely strategic to dismiss you all right before the meal, but if it helps, everyone they chose to feed was probably going to be working at least another six hours out in the cold! @garli SAG won't do anything automatically on your behalf, but you can apply for membership (which involves a $3000 initiation fee + annual fees) after you've worked a certain number of background jobs.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm 0

On The Gift Card Is The Hardest Part

I am a Maximizer by nature, BUT I recently had a really fun day where I gathered all the random gift cards (mostly remainders) I had lying around and made it my MISSION to spend them all in a single day. I found an area that had all the stores I needed, and wandered around just trying to find the best thing that cost around $3.56 or $10 or $7.82, satisficer-style. I ended up with a pretty decent haul at the end of the day, and I only spent about $7 of my actual money.

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

On the rare occasions I have TRIED to be an Ester and just ~go with the flow~, I end up with five days of black undershirts, black shirts, black cardigans, black pants, and black shoes. My inner goth totally breaks free unless I consciously plan out my outfits for each day.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

@Lily YES I've been proselytizing this book to anyone who will listen/can't escape from me!! It's so good. I got it right before Christmas—luckily I had mostly asked for things that sparked joy for me...

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm 0

On Tax Season

The humblest brag: One time I took my self-prepared taxes to H&R Block (for their free "double-check" thing) and the lady was so impressed with my work and so disheartened with my meager income that she said I should quit my current job and get licensed as an accountant instead.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm 1

On One Is The Loneliest Number But Also An Okay Number Maybe

@muggles Annnnnd I just recognized the (non)irony of that response paired with my literal Malfoy icon

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm 2