Reality Check Monday…these posts are meant to assist us in navigating our ever-changing 2020 world, because right now, we don’t know if we will see the “normal” we once knew. Many of us need a little more inspiration for coping through the days as well as ideas of how to stretch our budgets right now.
So, hang on…here we go!
BUDGET STRETCHING IDEAS FOR BEAUTY AND FASHION
I am happy to be the CEO of my own little business, but so glad I am not a CEO of a major company during 2020. Many are struggling with ways to keep their businesses alive and keep the customers coming. This is one of the reasons why we are seeing tons of discontinued products. Brands must retire what isn’t working and bring forth new ideas quickly in order to motivate buyers. In the long run, a favorite discontinued product might make us sad, in the present, they are great budget stretchers.
I have shared before that this purple, (Yes, Purple) is my favorite mascara because it enhances my hazel eyes and brings out the green. I was sad to see it marked discontinued recently yet, was able to buy a hand full at $2 each! My favorite Kerastase hair conditioning treatment was also being discontinued at my salon, and I purchased a new jar at a $20 savings.
TIP: Pay attention and check your favorites often to see if you can save on them and, also, so you know if they are on the list and you may need an alternative.
While it is sad that some of our favorite retailers are closing locations or going out of business, watch their sales to see if you can benefit from the lower pricing during this time. H & M is a fast fashion store which expanded out of New York, and now is faced with scaling back. I know many women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who purchase fashion trends at H & M so they can participate in a trend for less and not feel bad if they only wear it a couple of times. If you are looking for a specific trend item, you might watch this retailer. (I have them in the slideshow below).
SHOPPING MY CLOSET
Now that Mr. B Is the overseer of my budget, I am really trying hard to shop my closet. Recently I saw this topper at Chico’s. It is beautiful and I would love to own this exact one.
I observed the Chico’s stylists paired a color of top underneath that I had not considered wearing with an old kimono I own which is very similar in style. That is the outfit at the top of the post. While it is not as lovely as the Chico’s outfit. I like it! I have paired the older kimono with an Eileen Fisher long tunic tank I already owned in a similar color to their top.
TIP: When you see garments, which are similar to ones you already own, but styled differently, then save the look in a file. You may be able to use those images as inspiration to do something different.
I think it is just now hitting me that I am not going back to an office building ever again. For most of my adult life, I have worked more than one job and been on a fast- paced routine. Suddenly, I can breathe. My schedule has completely changed from what it was…because there is no longer a need to structure it around what someone else needs me to do.
A friend recently asked me why I continue to work…from home now. The most obvious answer is that Mr. B and I need to supplement our incomes as long as we possibly can. We did not come from wealth and there is no golden nest egg out there waiting for us to retire.
However, this work I am now doing is my passion. It fuels me to write this blog and to think of other ways I can contribute with writing. I have been writing since I was eleven and it is who I am. I believe it is important for all of us to know what our passions are and to pursue them during all stages of life.
Allow me to share a story. When we moved to our neighborhood, almost 20 years ago, we met a joyful servant. Gerald was literally the “mayor” of our street (as another neighbor refers to him). He knew everything about everybody and was the man we called when we needed help…of any kind. He was there immediately.
When my cat cornered a rather large snake in my bedroom years ago, I jumped on top of my bed, and sent my son for Gerald. He walked in laughing and said, “Well now, what do we have here!” As a father figure, he taught my Mr. B many things about home care.
Gerald left our neighborhood last week and passed on from a serious heart condition. This is a significant loss on our street. But I know he died a content man. He was serving neighbors and family up until the day he couldn’t. This neighborhood was his passion. Perhaps there is someone here who needed encouragement to reach out to neighbors and foster those relationships. Please avoid the Next Door App and meet them face to face…everyone loves a home baked cookie or cake. There are ways to serve and build friendships.
TIP: Today I want to encourage you to think about what your passions are…the things that make you smile brightly and feel deeply. Make sure you are pursuing them…now, more than ever before. Our new reality is a challenge, but it also presents many opportunities.
Thanks for being here…the slideshow today is from the most affordable fashion lines. Enjoy, and as always…….
JUST A NOTE:
There are several ways that I generate income through this blog in order to cover business expenses and give myself much needed income. Purchases through the slideshow links is one way, ads on the page is one way and a new way is through ordering or re-ordering Juice Plus+ whole food capsules. Please read my story and information HERE.
ADD SOME APPLE CIDER!
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MY COMPLEXION LOVES CHAMONIX…KEEPING ME YOUTHFUL!
By Pamela Lutrell