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I Like Art Type of Girl

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The first style post of the year and I am already frontin’- I do not like art that much but the title was a bit catchy to me. I do love this beautiful piece of work that I was able to capture during my trip home though. I wanted to do a fun shoot to kick off 2015 so I went to the Art District and got a ton (literally) of photos in my first fit of the new year.

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Altuzarra for Target- How I Saved Money

I have shopped almost every designer target collection. The marketing build up is perfectly executed and the pieces are awesome. The designs are unique, fun, and SOON TO BE OUT OF STYLE. Considering that this month is all about budgeting I figured the Altuzarra for Target collection would be a good one to chime in on.

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I got smart this time around and slept in rather than going up to Target at the crack of dawn. Why? These collections, which are again very beautiful and chic, are just like boutique fashion* with better quality and a name brand. Think about it before you kill me (lol). The same pieces are going to be worn by so many women all across the world. You could say personal style will come into play to differentiate one woman’s look from the other but only to a certain extent. I do not see enough personal style put into the wearing of these pieces overall and I think this reason plays a huge role into my opinion. Everyone looks just like the models in the ads, 100 women down my timeline wearing the same thing the same way. In the past, I did not want to wear my Peter Pilotto set because I had seen it so many times. When you have very little variation things go out of style because we are inclined to seek more, something new, the next thing. With quick dismissal comes wasted money just like you see with boutique fashion*. You can’t get a ton of wears out of what you bought so your left with something in your closet you will probably give away in a year.

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Ballin’ on a Budget

I’ll be writing about everything budget related this month and I am super excited to share. To start, I will give a quick guide on how to set-up and maintain your budget.

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Why Have a Budget

I created a budget to keep track of my funds. I like to shop, a lot, and this is a bad habit when you also want to save for a house, car, or whatever. I needed something I could visually see that captured the big picture and just looking at your bank account doesn’t cut it. The best thing you can do to start your road to financial success is understand where every dollar goes. Like the cliché saying, when you know better you do better, and this applies to your money management as well. I did not create a budget to restrict myself from buying what I wanted. I created a budget to better align my spending with my goals. With a budget I can see, and it has helped me with my money management tremendously.

What to Use
I created my budget using Google Doc’s spreadsheets (see here) and example below. I used this tool instead excel or word because I could easily update my budget at any time and not have to go to my email/computer to pull a copy. There is also a Google sheets app (download here) that you can have on your phone or iPad which features an offline mode option for editing on the go. The tool is just like excel and pretty easy to use on all devices.

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How I Set-up a Budget

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Own How Your Known- ‘the Work Brand’

I’m the nice girl who is always smiling, does SOX work, and usually wearing something interesting. This is how I’m known at my current company and even in my earlier company. I’ve come to this conclusion by just aggregating what people know me as and these were always mentioned. Now if you ask my boss he would say the smart girl, the hard worker who he can always depend on to get the job done. How would you rather be known by the people in your company?

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Me personally I would like a few of both; online and offline skills that are key to climbing the success latter. Currently, I’m caught in a flow that started in the beginning of my career that is slowing this progression. I come in and make friends while quietly getting my work done to the best of my ability. I’m not running to the front of the line saying look at this or constantly asking questions. I’m not claiming I am the best or taking on way to much work just to please everyone. I’m not saying any of these traits are bad, do not get me wrong, but for me they have never been a path option. My thoughts are the right people know what I can do, and this has gotten me where I want to be. So there you have it, I’m known for what I show, but a question is what about what I didn’t show? What if I could be way further in my career if everyone knew how hard I worked? How many other projects would have been offered to me?

So I’m pretty sure there are other emerging young women in my shoes who want to be known for that mix of everything great. I’ve gathered thoughts from my peers, managers, mentors, and personal thoughts to put together this list. This list is a get starter kit to develop the identity (work brand) you want while making yourself known in your workplace.

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