Surviving the Move Pt 5: Groceries and Meal Planning on a Budget

There is a major expense you can’t really avoid when you move out on your own. More than your rent, more than your internet, and more than your wine budget (I know, bold claim).

Y’all, you need to be able to eat.

Not only do you need to eat, but you probably should be eating more than Toaster Strudel and canned beans. Eating healthy food and eating enough healthy food can seriously depend on your ability to budget.

In this post, I’m going to talk about strategies for going to the grocery store with a great list, a plan for your meals, and not end up leaving with a cart full of crap that will leave you bored and unsatisfied all week.

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Makeup Monday: How to shape and fill your eyebrows

Hey everyone! This week I’m going to be doing a series of how-to posts on a few basic makeup techniques using my favourite products. Keep in mind that these are the techniques and products that I think work best for me, and this is the style that I usually do my makeup. If you’ve seen one of my looks and wanted to know how to replicate it, this is a great series for you!

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How do I keep it professional on “Casual Friday”?

More advice on professional style on Casual Friday from Pencil Skirts and Punctuation! If you’re looking for more work-related posts, this is a great blog to check out.

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When you’re working weekdays in an office, Fridays are awesome.  If your office has a “Casual Friday” policy, Fridays can be even better.  But the words “can be” are key here.  If you’re not careful about planning your Friday outfit, you may find yourself on a slippery slope toward looking like someone who is less professional than he or she truly is.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind as you plan your “Casual Friday” outfit is to ask yourself if you’d still consider it appropriate if you had to attend a last-minute meeting with a client, company president or CEO.

What to Wear:

Today is “Casual Friday” at my office, so check out some of my colleagues’ looks that reflect the more casual nature of the day, and also demonstrate the professionalism required for an office setting.

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I love Renel’s look, above, as the desert-inspired palette of her outfit reflects the hot July weather…

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Professional Style in the Workplace

Making the transition from sleepy 20-something university student to a young professional in Toronto was a huge wake-up call for me. At the time, I had only six weeks between the end of my classes and the start of my new job, and I had to bring myself up to speed with looking and acting the part of an adult in the workplace. This can be particularly difficult when you’ve just finished school, or are coming from another environment that is more relaxed on an every day basis. I wanted to maintain some of my individuality at work, look stylish, but still be seen as a professional.

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