This weekend we were supposed to be in France, enjoying an anniversary getaway. I had picked out a cute vacation spot in a small village I had been to once before, on the sea. So much fantasy, indeed. Life is currently so very different from my aspirations when I booked that trip. While I managed … Continue reading Week 5 of self-isolating
Life is messy. I don’t really know how else to put it. This month has been a series of small accomplishments for us and some very big challenges, mistakes, and rebalancing. I thought I would write them out here in case they are useful for you. Net Worth (was is the right number to use?) … Continue reading The good news, the bad news, and the all together news
What I was really hoping to write about this month is how we went from negative net worth to positive net worth. Instead, what I am going to write about is how we are slashing our expenses so that we can hoard cash and try to aggressively pay off debt thanks to coronavirus. The idea … Continue reading Coronavirus Budget Hack
As some of you may know (or not), I made a Brexit closet which is basically a mini version of the preppers guide to a disaster, but with less intensity because it was really about filling possible supply chain gaps, which I expected to last no more than 2 weeks to 1 month. Due to … Continue reading Back by unpopular demand, the Brexit closet. Why Social distancing is vital
This post doesn’t contain affiliate links. All links are to be helpful. If you have been following me, you know that I am constantly confused about whether I should be not buying things or buying things that last. A couple of people that I follow in the FIRE movement have clothing shopping bans. My best … Continue reading My ~500 pound new luxury wardrobe
According to the Tate, For centuries artists used different shades (tones) of brown or black ink to create monochrome pictures on paper. The ink would simply be more or less diluted to achieve the required shades. Shades of grey oil paint were used to create monochrome paintings, a technique known as grisaille, from the French … Continue reading Monochrome Dressing
I read one decorating blog religiously and that is Kate’s Mad about the House blog. A number of weeks (months?) back she has a post on “shopping one’s house” for design inspiration. Here is a similar post from Apartment Therapy. It’s the household equivalent of “shopping one’s closet,” or to put together new outfits that … Continue reading Making new (with things you already own)
Living in a country where your parents do not live is expensive. When both you and your spouse have parents in different continents, and neither lives where you live, it is even more expensive. I was recently at a work conference and was chatting to my taxi driver on the way to the airport. We … Continue reading Family Overseas
I thought that I would do something different and talk about buying clothes that last based on your body type! Rather than having a solution, in this post, I have a problem. I recently had a very poor experience with a new brand of jeans and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact … Continue reading Thigh-rub capsule wardrobe crisis? A chance to rethink and start sewing.
Everyone is talking about neo-mint. I remember being a child and buying a mint jumpsuit to wear to a wedding. I was such a tomboy that I didn’t want to wear a dress. My mother insisted that I had to get something nice. We were standing in Kmart having an argument and finally decided on … Continue reading On trend bedroom re-design ideas for £600: neo-mint or tranquil dawn?