On Everything About Being An Assistant Is Awful

I used to feel so conflicted about becoming a "career assistant" but moving up in assistant-ness can actually command quite a bit of money. Most senior assistants in the large midwest city where I live make around $50-60K, the title "executive" assistant will get you just under 6 figures (but your time will never be your own in that sort of position usually). It's also the sort of gig that can travel anywhere (I've moved cities without having a solid job and have gotten something within weeks). Sure it's glorified secretary to a point, but most of us have other talents or specialties which can allow for moving outside of that. I've actually turned down more career-forwarding opportunities because they paid less and I like my current work/life balance (which I wouldn't get if I were working designing presentations with the marketing team - they work 10 hour days minimum and i leave at 5pm every day).

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm 1

On The Costs (and Potential Costs) of Flying to NYC During a Blizzard

Any decent hotel will not charge you if you let them know it's because of weather and show them your canceled flight details

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm 1

On 5 Ways the Wedding Industry Is Plotting to Destroy Us

I got married 6 months ago and I still am recovering. It's funny that people suggest "a backyard BBQ" as a way to have a cheap affair. I did that and my event still cost over 10k (actually probably closer to $15k) when all was said and done. And I know in wedding terms that is on the budget side of things, but it was still a huge expense for us, especially with minimal family assistance.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:04 am 0

On Getting Cold Feet About Your Wedding ... Dress

I bought a dress from a big wedding shop 8 months before my wedding and when it arrived 2 months before my wedding, I tried it on and I HATED IT. like it made me so mad just to look at it. I ended up buying a dress I loved from Modcloth for a fraction of the price of the first one. It was so much better for me on so many levels - and I was able to sell the first dress on ebay a few months later (I lost a little - but that's fine). frankly i would recommend buying second-hand or rent-the-runway or one of the many sites out there that will buy your old dress and let you buy another one: http://racked.com/archives/2013/06/12/where-to-resale-your-wedding-dress.php

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm 0

On Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You're Black

See also: Austin Tx

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm 0

On The Cost of Fixing Up a Free Bike

My peugeot mixtie bike has lasted me 10 years at this point. it's an amazing ride and I throw money at it when needed because it's such a great bike. For what it's worth, in any major city there's no way you could have gotten a tuned-up peugeot on CL for less than $300.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 11:21 am 1

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

I often think of expensive things as cost-per-use. If I buy a $3600 quilted chanel bag and I use it once a month for the rest of my life, the cost-per-use is nearly nothing. And a Chanel bag would last that long, whereas a $50 gap bag will not.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm 2

On An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a 'Hunger for Marketing'

I hope this author learns to do a better job interviewing next time around. The interview process is the time to get information like daily tasks and a good sense of work environment. This could have all likely been avoided if author had really done his homework and interviewed them. It goes both ways. And author - if you want to update social media account for companies, the field you want is PR

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:16 am 0

On How Much Do You Spend on Tattoos

I have probably spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $2K for my ink over 10 years. I have 2 big (about hand-size) pieces - one of which is part of an in-progress half-sleeve. I thankfully was sort of "grandfathered in" with my tattoo artist, who basically doesn't even take new clients unless she's traveling. She charges a drawing fee now, which she didn't before and her rates are in the $200/hr range, but also she's great about adding extra time to long-term clients. I also buy actual art too, which might be a topic worth discussing at some point. It helps to be friends with a lot of artists, but there is probably close to $30K worth of art in my house.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm 0

On Living Together to Save Money

splitwise saved me and my partner when we first started cohabitating. It's a great app and we have a section for rent and bills and a section for all other shit (dinners out, target, home depot, etc). Actually it's great to this day - we use it constantly, but it really helped us get on track those first few months. The first year we dated, I still maintained my apartment, but we rented it out on airbnb because I was staying at his place so much. after that first year, we officially moved in together. The airbnb money we made paid for a trip to europe and some moving costs. it was a nice way to ease into officially cohabitating.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:32 am 0