All About that Money

Alternate title: I should have been born an Heiress

I noticed a trend in my readings/viewings this month and thought I’d share my observations.

Book – If you aren’t familiar with the story of Huguette Clark, its fascinating. I first learned about her story from a feature on the Today Show, since then there has been a book published “Empty Mansions”.

huguette.grid-4x2 Her family and life story are fascinating to me. She chose to live most of her life in solitude while living off a $300 million inheritance from her father’s copper mine fortune.  Spending the last thirty years as a permanent resident of a NY hospital while her Park Avenue apartment and two mansions sat empty.  The book starts with her father’s story and how he built an empire along the west coast in the 1800’s.  It’s interesting to see how much effort her father put into building the empire, and how little happiness it seemed to bring his youngest daughter. She was so cut-off from much of the world and weirdly obsessed with dolls.

Documentary – Independent Lens – Park Avenue: Money, Wealth & the American Dream

A film that examines the wide gap between the rich and poor as illustrated by the NYC elite.  The director does a great job of showing the excessiveness of the super rich compared to those living below the poverty line.

Blogs  – All the self reflection in January and reading the blogging world’s resolutions can make anyone feel unaccomplished.  Especially when it comes to financial bloggers.  This post from one of my favorite blogs Save Spend Splurge really made me think about my career options. In one month she was able to bring home $25,000. While also blogging full time and being mother to a newborn. Makes you want to put your resume out there…..and stop wasting time sleeping.

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Netflix – Black Mirror

A dystopian future where the working class is born into slavery. Spending every day focused on “earning credits” while generating electricity in a never ending spin class.

At first it seems like another world, like it could never happen. Then you realize that its not that different from society today.  We work to build credits in our bank account to buy the latest shiny thing.

Just when I get obsessed with building my bank account, the reality of the more important things in life steps in.  Some of the riches people have also been the most miserable.  I have to focus on what’s important in my life.  For me it’s more about my family, friends, and experiences.  Fame and wealth would be nice, but I won’t be selling my soul to make it happen. But feel free to leave me all your money, I won’t turn it down.

Random thoughts,

Sarah

Back to Reality

Holidays – done

Sadie is still mad I made her wear the gift bow all day.

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First accomplishment of the New Year was taking down the Christmas tree.  This bad boy is straight vintage, I have the original box from when my grandparents bought it in the 1950’s from a department store in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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I didn’t put up a tree last year for fear of the cats attacking it. So this year I found a solution, under that grey wrap that’s serving as a tree skirt is a completely duct taped base.  Yep, used one of my Ikea side tables and made sure that tree could not get knocked off.

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It worked! Aside from a few branches that Max managed to pull out, the tree survived.

So even after I persevered to ignore the Holiday shopping pressure, I’m still a bargain shopper at heart.  Here are some steals I managed to gift myself during the after holiday sale blitz.

I took a quick trip to NYC in mid-December and made it a point to do some shopping.  Usually when I visit the city I’m so focused on not getting lost and losing my luggage that I never really buy anything.  This time there was a full afternoon spent scavenging SoHo for some deals.

Best purchase: Uniqlo HeatTech Leggings, $22

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It’s about 5 degrees outside today, and I was perfectly comfortable commuting in these leggings. I’d seen other bloggers recommend this brand and so far I’ve been impressed. I’ve washed these a couple times and they are not fading or pilling.

Combined with my new leather boots from Target ($75), I’m styling 😉

Nordstrom is killing it with their merchandise and markdowns lately.  Picked up some adorable pajamas: Sleepyhead Thermal Pajamas, $32.16

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And stocked up on some essentials, the Worthington line at JCPenney is now my go to for daily work wear.  Their Modern Trouser Pants, $40, are great quality, come in five different sizing options, can be worn year round, and have a flattering fit.  With over a 1,000 reviews, I’m not the only person sporting them 🙂

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I ordered a couple of their blazers to check out, couldn’t find a lot of deals on suits.

Lastly, I’ll be getting my Olivia Pope on with this dress from Boden: Sixties Wool Shift in Navy ($114)

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What’s not going into my closet? These leggings, a gift from the BF. I couldn’t make this up, spandex leggings with an assortment of cats.  He wonders why I won’t try them on……..

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Find any good deals this week? Please share 🙂

Sarah