I'm gonna need more hangers.

step 1 in my wardrobe reform is a clear budget.

here, i employed the 60/40 principle: 60%  living expenses, 40% leisure/savings. big thanks to wikipedia for informing me; i prefer overarching guidelines that i can tailor over pre-detailed plans, which tend to be overwhelming and impersonal. i’ve tried to scale each item’s size based on its percentage within the categories (ie. fiscal significance).

Budget

L: Utilities, Transportation, Rent, Food, Dry Cleaning, Household, Phone || R: Shopping, Creative Projects, Savings

while i love numbers and lists, visuals are the most effective means of motivation for me.  mapping this out, i realize how easy it is for me to lose sight of what’s important (ex. eating great food). this collage will remind me of what really has prominence and where sacrifices can be made if funds need to be shuffled around, given no extra income.

…which i do get actually; i’ve been working a lot of weekends (not by choice, boo). any extra income will go towards the savings, or irregular expenses, piggy bank first, though i can see creative projects absorbing most of it, which is fine.

creating this visual budget is one thing, maintaining it requires an additional system of checks and balances, puns notwithstanding.

1) weekly receipts are the best way for me to keep track of expenses. every sunday, my boyfriend and i try to divvy out what we owe over groceries, so i can use that time to jointly check-in on my own spending. sometimes this gets delayed, but there’s a noticeable void in productivity if we don’t. this allows for me to piggy-back on an already establishing habit, instead of trying to carve out a new one.

2) setting aside leisure savings on every pay day will be a challenge, but it can be done. in this case, its a matter of setting up a reminder on my phone, which also syncs to my laptop. yay apple!

3) have cushion room in the necessities category. i gave myself some generous leeway so if i do scrimp on something, i’ll feel like i saved extra, but if i don’t, its already accounted for.

positive reinforcement is as necessary as a crackdown i say. budget rewards, which can come out of irregular expenses or extra from the end-week, for myself are often activity or food related–a $5 yoga class, a cheap spa day, a succulent slice of cake–as i try to curb my retail therapy ways.

Source: pinterest, instagram(@perzpective, who beautifully photographed our little loft. yes i live there hehe)

via [lefashion]

how great is that white onesie?  it makes black look better. i love how clean and creamy white on white on white is so much. i don’t think you know, i don’t think you understand.

so i’ve been thinking…should i get a pinterest…thing? i dunno if its big enough to be a proper noun, or if it’s just a blog or some new entity. anyway, i’m thinking i need a place to better visualize and access my inspiration pics. they just sit unsorted on my computer or get lost on this blog to be honest.

christeric

when you find out one of your fav bloggers a) bought the real version of your knockoff, b) is rocking it harder than you, c) in the same month. i don’t know why but i’m freaking out a bit. i think it’s cuz i’ve been living so happily in my casual blogging world, not really trying to copy anyone, just passing by and appreciating… doot-dee-doo…annnnnnnd now it looks like i’m trying too hard. wah. i’m consoling myself by reminding myself that i didn’t like the extra snaps on the original anyway and that we have different styles. repeatedly. and rocking back in forth. somebody hold me please.

lily kwong [vogue china, april 2012]

some people know that i have a minimalist streak. i’ve been looking for a skirt version of my wednesday addams dress. damn you miu miu! and now i’ve also just spent way too long looking at chignon hair tutorial for my fun friday outfit. my school’s new higher ups are a lot more severe, so this is my mild attempt at demonstrating casual(er) friday.

via fgr

vogue nippon [erin wasson, nov 2008]

i keep a lot of images like this in the back of my mind/harddrive when i take photos. i’m never gonna be as natural or as dope of a model as erin or any of the other models i admire. and you know what? i’m kind of ok with that.

i woke up this morning at 4:44 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. i went to sleep at 12ish. so i stayed up and got stuff done. i feel like a bird for once.

via tfs

ella [magical creatures, wildfox couture]

i was thinking about a boy that i may or may not be in love with the other day. and by that i mean yesterday and today. i don’t think there are many days where i don’t think about how i think about him. something inside me swells into a pink smile, but then deflates. he’d think this outfit is cool. i think that’s partially why i can’t not think about him. or candypuff hair.

i have to admit i don’t particularly care for wildfox’s stuff bcuz i’m not a t-shirt fiend, but it was a slow dawning to realize that this latest lookbook was a collab with one of my favorite teen authors, Francesca Lia Block. she wrote about “uncool” but suspiciously pretty girls and dressed the mundane in purple tulle and rose tinted glasses. i wanna read FLBs books all over again, so i can fancy myself as one of her characters. i haven’t read her new books though; i’m a little afraid they won’t make me feel the same way.

capucine

this is my dear friend capucine sara: she’s one of my new photogs,  a vagabond girl, changing names, changing forms, changing spaces, always. i’m trying new settings on my camera and we all know i’m still i’m amateurville, but believe me i’m trying to gfto. instead of focusing (ha!) on my shoddy skills, let’s appreciate sara’s free spirited rendition of pattern mashing. i wanna take more pictures of her because you can definitely see why we’re friends by the way we swag out together.

pre fall 2012 [theyskens theory]

i can’t fight it anymore. i’m a thigh-skins girl. sometimes oversubscribing to fashion feeds will make you sick and tired and always wanting. its nice to come back to a few of my favorites now and then and get reminded of the things i’ve always really wanted but never got because i get magpie sidetracked. leather/hot/silver pants are still very much those things. also, now i wanna dye my cowboy boots silver and wear more sheer maxi dresses when i get back to sweet ole texas. yeah, your baby girl is a lil homesick.

src: tfs

regrettable purchases of 2011

that outburst was to my would-be husband. currently i imagine him to have a rather charming and archaic name and to be very not asian.

anyway, it’s funny how when i want to get rid of things on my hanger/wall of shame that i often think “aw no…didn’t i once love you for a reason? can’t we make this work afterall?”

the answer should always be a resounding no, though its never an easy one.

1) as in love as i am with the faux fur collar, i just never came around to the olive color and it never fails to turn me off.

2) impulse buy, it looked great at the time but i hardly ever know what to pair it with. it’s a little too costume-y and all i do is stare at it. i’ve worn it twice in the past 3 months.

3) impulse buy, out of necessity. the stripes don’t line up. i am so annoyed at myself for not catching it.

4) adore that neckline, but the bow is too wilty and i think it’s too childish now.

5) augh i’m such a heart whore, i buy them fast and easy, and then i’m stuck with cheap ass quality that i can no longer stand. it puckers, it’s not long enough to tuck in, it wrinkles disgustingly around the embroidery. it’s infuriating.

and do you know what these all have in common? they were all cheap or on sale. HMMMMM. the sooner i get rid of these, the better. i can’t believe i won’t be able to ebay for another 6 months. lord help me.

sigh. the war is far from over.

daniel hurlin [hyeres]

i’ve officially started saving for a black leather jacket, as in made a little jar and put change in it, made its picture my wallpaper on my iphone as a reminder. this picture doesn’t really give that away, but the fact that i’m always going back to a silhouette i don’t own but adore goes to show that i really need to stay more focused and buy things i actually really want. also, this jacket is just boss.

actually i’m not really saving for it, i’m trying to get through this month and so i can buy it on my next paycheck. ah young and financially irresponsible. whoooooooo.