What’s in your handbag?

what's in your bagLook at this. A bag of mystery. What’s inside it?

Apparently, women posting about the contents of their handbag (or “purse”)(it’s not a purse, it’s a handbag) on the internet is a thing. And I’m okay with that, as trivial as it seems. I lug this thing around with me everywhere, every day, and it’s full of everything from essential items to utter crap. There’s a small part of me that is curious to know what other women are lugging around with them.

So to kick start a new year of bloggistry, I figured why not pick something completely pointless to talk about, yet one that’s strangely voyeuristic? Something other equally curious types might find interesting? Continue reading

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What it’s like writing personal stuff on the Internet

cat at computer

A little over a month ago, I pitched a feature story to a website that I’m a fan of, Hello Giggles. It’s a women’s lifestyle website with plenty of interesting, first-person stories about the highs and lows of life for women of my general demographic, mixed with op-ed style pieces about current affairs that relate to women, and lighter, fun, humorous articles reminiscent of Buzzfeed (but with more depth). Anyway, I really like the site, and as an aspiring writer seeking a little bit of exposure, I was over the moon when they agreed to publish it.

Despite my impending Internet fame and glory, however, I couldn’t really tell many people about it – because I didn’t want them to read it. The story I sent to Hello Giggles was about what it’s like to have your first kiss in your twenties. Continue reading

10 tips for hosting a fantastic engagement party

hosting engagement partyWe had our engagement party recently, and it was a blast. My fiance and I both agreed afterwards that it was the most successful party either of us have ever had. Admittedly, we both had somewhat poor track records in this regard. But this time, it seemed our guests had a good time, everything went smoothly, and we were able to enjoy the afternoon.

It wasn’t anything too over the top – just a nice, casual relaxed afternoon with good food and good company. So what’s the secret to hosting an engagement party that everyone can enjoy? Continue reading

A month of frugal living

frugal living moneyLike most other people, I have savings goals. For me, these will be especially important this year and the next few years to come, since I’ll be getting married in December. That means we have a wedding to finance, as well as furnishing our home together and squirreling away as much as we can for our future plans. I intend for these future plans to involve travel. Travel is expensive. Continue reading