Tips to Achieve Financial Stability

 

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The hardest part of trying to stay financially-fit: saying no. We’ve all been there. Your friends want to go shopping or maybe you decide that you are right by Target, so why not stop in? Then you get in, and you want EVERYTHING! I could make a whole post about how bad Target is when trying to stay financially-fit 🙂 My point is, it’s hard to say no in the moment, but I am going to share some of my tips that allow me to remain financially-smart.


1. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you can’t say no!

For me, when I go shopping I want to try on all of the cute clothes, and if I find something I like, I don’t want to say no. I’m not saying you can never go out shopping again, because you won’t want to resist all of the cute clothes, etc. that you found. However, I try to limit the times that I go to Target, or go out shopping with my friends. The few times that I do go out then, I don’t feel as guilty when I buy myself a few things that I want.

2. Keep track of your finances

You should always, always, always keep track of how much money you are spending. Chances are, if you check up on how much money is coming out of your bank account after now looking in a while, it will scare you. I try to check every few days to get a feel for how much I am spending, and on what, compared to what I am making.

3. Use helpful resources 

There are resources all over the internet that can help you make smart financial decisions. Some help with saving money, some give credit card resources, and some give overall tips and tricks. Use these resources to help guide you to a good financial future!

P.s. don’t keep yourself from having fun!

–this one isn’t really a tip to remain financially-smart, it’s more like a tip to keep yourself sane. It’s important to stay financially-stable in your young adult years to set a good foundation for the rest of your adult life. It is also important to have fun and spend a little of your hard-earned money every once in a while. As long as you don’t go overboard, and keep track of your finances, it’s okay to go out and enjoy time with friends, which will probably result in you spending money.


I hope my experiences trying to stay financially-smart were helpful in some way to you! Let me know your tips and tricks to a happy financial life! 🙂

Lindsey

 

 

What Do You Like?

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Hey! How are you?? It’s been a while. Although I haven’t posted in a looong while, I haven’t forgotten about Lulabelle Lately. I feel lost. I knew what I wanted for this blog when I started, and then I got busy, and wasn’t feeling motivated. I am going to try my absolute best to be back for good now! I’m looking for your help though:

What are your favorite types of posts to read? For anybody that has seen my blog before, what are your favorite posts from me?

I would LOVE to get your feedback, and I hope that you continue to follow me in whatever I decide for Lulabelle Lately!

Lindsey ❤

I have “Bra-blems”, Do you?

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Why is it that bras are typically an embarrassing topic? Whether it be shopping for your very first bra or having problems finding the right one for you, it is usually not something that women are open to talk about. This doesn’t have to be the case, but there is help for all of your “bra-blems”. I personally have three main “bra-blems” that I want to share with you:

  1. Straps that are too big. No matter how many times I tighten my bra straps, they fall down. This is SO annoying when I am constantly readjusting and pulling up my straps all. day. long.
  2. Cups that don’t stay in place. “Cup gaping” (from your bra not fitting right) is a problem that is obviously annoying, and potentially embarrassing.
  3. Squeaky bra. This is a problem that I have the most often and is a result of wearing cheap bras. I have been getting my bras from Kohl’s since I started wearing them, and the squeaky bra problem is one that I know I can get rid of once I upgrade to newer, nicer bras.

While these “bra-blems” are extremely annoying, there are solutions! The guide above is from ThirdLove and it provides you with the proper way to put your bra on, and multiple problems that you might deal with when it comes to your bras AND solutions to those frustrating “bra-blems”! I hope this post and guide provides you with the help that you have been waiting for. Be sure to check out ThirdLove and try out the perfect bra for you! Below is a promo code to help you out 🙂

**Use the promo code “BRABELMS” for 15% off your order on your Thirdlove purchase!

Lindsey ❤

Ready for Spring!

Ready for Spring

 


River Island v neck tank top
$14 – riverisland.com

M&Co pink pants
$34 – mandco.com


I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for Spring! It’s getting a little warmer here now, but I’m not holding my breath thinking that it will last. Winter is nice for a little while, and I enjoy winter fashion, but I can’t help getting excited for Spring fashion now! The focus of this outfit is the light pink pants. I feel like this color is going to be really popular this spring, and I’m loving it. The floral necklace adds a fresh spring touch to it, while the white top doesn’t take anything away from the pants. I love these white and gold gladiator sandals as well. I have to get myself a pair this spring! Lastly, the rose gold nail polish adds a subtle touch to complete the look.

What are you most excited to wear this Spring??
Lindsey

Pro/Con: Forever 21

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I have a few go-to stores when I need a new outfit, or just want to go shopping. Forever 21 is definitely one of them, but with any store, there are pros and cons to shopping at Forever 21. This post will list a few of each, and then I will give my overall opinion about the store in general. Be sure to leave you’re thoughts in the comments!

 

Pros:

1. Prices!

You simply can’t beat the prices at Forever 21. You can find a great selection of clothing, jewelry, and shoes at amazing prices. Granted, sometimes you get what you paid for and sometimes the item doesn’t last as long as you would like it to, but I generally don’t have that problem too often.

2. Online Selection

One of my favorite websites to online shop at is Forever 21. The selection is great, and the website is easy to navigate. I get enjoyment out of just looking through the website and not even buying anything! Although, I must say, buying things is a little more fun than just looking..

3. Number of Locations

At least where I live, no matter what mall I go to there will be a Forever 21. Some stores are better than others, but I never have a problem finding a Forever 21 in my area. There are a little over 700 locations in total!

 

Cons:

1. In-store Cleanliness

One thing that I always find, and people that I talk to agree, is that Forever 21 tends to be fairly messy in-person. I understand that it’s probably because a lot of people like the store and they are very busy so it’s hard to clean up, but shopping at a cluttered and messy store isn’t very enjoyable most of the time. This might be a reason why I prefer to online shop at Forever 21 rather than in-store.

2. Overwhelming/Crammed

Along the same lines of in-store cleanliness is how overwhelming it is to shop at Forever 21. A pro and a con of this store is the huge selection of items in the store. It’s great because there are so many options, but I almost find it’s harder to shop in a store with SO much stuff.


 

Overall, I am a fan of Forever 21. I don’t mind shopping in-store every once in a while, preferably on a not-so-busy day. I do, however, absolutely LOVE shopping Forever 21 online. I have no complaints there! If you don’t mind shopping in a busy store, with a huge selection, then Forever 21 is perfect for you. After all, there is no denying the amazing prices that you get!

What are your thoughts on Forever 21? Do you agree with any of my pros/cons?

Lindsey

 

 

 

February Favorites

So…I’m a little late with this but I told myself that I would make a February Favorites so that’s just what I’m doing 🙂 I picked my top 5 favorites from the month of February. I think everybody reading will love them just as much as I do! Enjoy!

 

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Nivea Lip Butter

I have been using Nivea lip butter for years now and it has been my favorite lip product since the first day I put it on my lips 🙂 It’s moisturizing, all of the scents I have tried smell amazing, and a little goes a long way.

Price: It ranges from $2.99-$3.99

Where to buy: I have gotten mine at either Target or Ulta, but I’m sure that any drugstore carries it.

 

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Neutrogena Primer

For the longest time I didn’t use a primer when I wore makeup, I just put my foundation or concealer on by itself. I have tried a few different primers, but after trying the Neutrogena shine control primer I haven’t used any other. My face tends to get oily after a few hours if I just wear foundation, but with this primer it never gets to that point.

Price: Between $12 and $14

Where to buy: Again, Target and Ulta definitely carry this product, but any drugstore should have it.

 

 

 

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Wet n dry Brush

This brush is amazing. I have fairly thin hair that breaks easily, so not ideal. My hair is always extremely knotted after I wash it, and this brush gets through those knots like no other brush has. It doesn’t feel like it’s breaking my hair off and harsh on my hair like some other brushes do.

Price: Surprisingly, this brush is only $4-$7

Where to buy: I bought my brush from Marshalls, but I found it on Amazon as well.

 

 

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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

I have tried my share of foundations and bb creams, and the Maybelline dream liquid mousse is one of my favorites. I’m not usually picky when it comes to foundation, but this one is definitely one the best best. I use my hands to apply my foundation and this one blends very easily and it’s not too dewy and it doesn’t leave my face dry either.

Price: Between $8 and $10, so very affordable!

Where to buy: I get mine at either Shopko or Target usually, but again, it’s available at most drugstores.

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CoconutOil

 

This was definitely a random purchase, but I certainly don’t regret buying it one bit! I feel like I’m always on the hunt for a great product that doesn’t weigh my hair down, that smells nice, and really benefits my hair overall. This coconut oil is a leave-in conditioner, split-end treatment, the list goes on! I love it.

Price: I don’t remember! I know that I paid less than $10 for it!

Where to buy: I bought mine at Marshalls for cheap, but it’s hard to find online unfortunately.


 

What are your favorite products that you think I should give a try? I would love to know!

Lindsey 

Cute & Cozy


Knit cardigan
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Aéropostale white tee
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Sole Society suede boots
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Bridal jewelry
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It is so hard (for me at least) to wear anything but pullover sweatshirts and jeans when the weather outside is less than pleasant. I created this outfit in hopes of getting myself to actually want to look nice in these last winter months (where I live I will be lucky if it’s warm outside again by April). While this outfit looks put together, with booties and a cute statement necklace, it’s also fairly simple and cozy and not to mention affordable. Cardigans are a great way to look cute, but also stay warm and feel comfortable. I chose a plain t-shirt so that it didn’t take away from the navy blue shoes and the mint green necklace, but another color would work too! I hope you like this outfit as much as I do!

What is your favorite item of clothing to wear when it’s cold outside?

Lindsey

Balancing Life.

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First, I need to address the title of this post. I am not claiming to be good at balancing everything that comes with a busy life (I was gone from my blog for 6 months after all..) This post is as much for me as it is for anybody else reading it 🙂 With that being said, this is a list of 3 tips helping you (and me) through the craziness of life. Enjoy!

 

Prioritize.

As hard as it is to pass up opportunities that come our way, sometimes now is just not the right time. If you are struggling with balancing school, work, a social life, sleep, and more then it’s time to say no occasionally. You have to realize that just because you say no this one time, doesn’t mean that you won’t get that same opportunity again at a more convenient time. If you have 3 hours of studying to do along with 5 hours of work and your friend asks if you want to meet up for lunch, you have to figure out what’s most important. In this case, you should probably tell your friend that you would love to meet up, but today is just not a good day for you. Make sure to reschedule for a more convenient time so they know you are interested though! Certain things in life just need to wait so you can focus on the ones that can’t.

 

To do list.

Take one minute of your time in the morning or the night before and make a list of things that you need to accomplish the next day. If you are anything like me, you will forget half of the things that you set out to do (I have WAY too many reminders in my phone it’s actually embarrassing). This way, you can check back with this list multiple times a day to make sure you are accomplishing the things that needed to get done.

 

Stay Focused. 

This is a struggle that I go through on a daily basis. If you have a busy schedule, I believe that the number one most important thing that can help you keep your sanity is staying focused. I HATED it when my parents told me to “focus” when I would get off track when I was supposed to be doing homework. As much as I hate to say it, they were right. In the end, the only way to make sure that they wouldn’t say that dreaded word was to actually stay focused without them telling me to. If you only have an hour and a half to do homework/study after class and before work, use that time wisely. Come home, grab a snack, and get to work with no distractions!


 

I would love to know what some of your tips are for managing a busy life, because I could certainly still use some help!

Lindsey 

 

What to Expect..

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It’s been a while. I started this blog at the end of summer and I fell in love with creating content and interacting with fellow bloggers! Then summer ended and I got busier than I imagined I would be, so I just stopped blogging. Now I feel like it’s time to start up again and I have so many ideas for posts that will be coming soon! Feel free to take a look at my blog and let me know if there is something that you would like to see from me.

Bye for now!

Lindsey 

 

 

Sisterhood Blogger Award

I am so honored to have been nominated for this award by Allirae21! Thank you so much! It took me forever to get to writing this post, but I’m finally doing it.

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What inspired your blog? I have been obsessed with Youtube for years now, and I could never get the courage to start my own channel, so I went to blogging. I have come to love reading other blogs and I really found a love for writing and creating my own content.

What is your favorite post? My favorite post is probably Places to Go: NYC because I absolutely love NYC, and it was almost like visiting the city again when I was writing the post.

What kind of job/career do you have? I currently have a part-time job in retail (it’s definitely not a good career for me I have come to realize…)

What do you feel is that “next step” in your life? My next step is definitely continuing my education and figuring out what I want for the rest of my life…no big deal 🙂

Favorite T.V. Show? Friends (I know typical answer, but it’s true)

Talking on the phone or texting? I hate talking on the phone. I don’t know what it is, or why I hate it so much, but I will almost always choose texting over talking on the phone.

How did you meet one of your best friends? My best friends are twins actually, and I met them in 6th grade. I had a class with one of them and we became friends, and the other one just kind of came with her, but I love them both equally 🙂

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? My dad always says if you aren’t happy, you should do something to change it. It seems like obvious advice, but sometimes it’s easier to be unhappy than put effort into changing. It used to annoy me when he told me this all the time, but it really has been advice that I try to remember everyday (don’t tell him I said that 🙂 )

What kind of tips have you learned or picked up from blogging that you want to share with other bloggers? If you are only worrying about the numbers, blogging probably isn’t right for you. I will admit, recently I have been thinking more about the numbers (how many views I have, how many followers I have, etc.) and I realized that I need to focus on blogging about things that I love, and forget the numbers.

What do you like about my blog and what should I blog more about? I love how you blog about tips, and things that can really help people in their lives, not just reviews and products (not that their is anything wrong with that either, it’s basically what I do 🙂 ) Your blog just seems very organized and you can tell the purpose of it, which is really nice.

The bloggers that I nominate are:

Here are my questions:

  1. What ultimately made you decide to start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite type of blog post to read?
  3. Favorite type of blog post to write yourself?
  4. Your dream place to travel to?
  5. Best tip for blogging?
  6. Favorite board game to play?
  7. Best memory as a child?
  8. Favorite flavor of ice cream (or dessert if you aren’t an ice cream fan)?
  9. Favorite season?
  10. What would you like to see me blog about more?

Lindsey