Weekend Links / / Budgets, Books and Braids


I’ve been on a reading frenzy the last couple of weeks, all thanks to recommendations found on blogs. I love round-up or “best of” posts — I always come away with new things to read, hear, and watch! Last month, I read The Nightingale per Marla’s suggestion and this week I finished The Girl on the Train, which I first heard about from Chelsea. What are you reading this summer?

I recently purchased #GIRLBOSS (written by the founder and creative director of Nasty Gal) and I’m rather excited to start. My favorite thing to do is switch back and forth between reading fiction and non fiction books. I’ll need to find another novel to sink in to!

Even though my week was cut short by travel, I still wanted to share my favorite posts from the past few days!

/ / Earlier this week, I walked into work with a side braid (instead of my usual topknot) and the shocked looks were abundant! It was funny to hear customers and co-workers comment on the change. It reminded me that my hair is at a length where I really should begin experimenting with new styles. So, the next day I walked in with milkmaid braids, which stayed in place for hours!

/ / I loved the dress Amy styled for her date night look. I have a fuchsia dress that has a similar sheer overlay, but having it in black to would be so versatile!

/ / Kelsey regular shares her budget and yearly/monthly personal finance goals. Seeing how Kelsey and her husband set their budget has been extremely helpful for me. Kelsey and Erica also discussed finances on a recent episode of their podcast. Jordan and I recently revamped our budget — the effort resulted in a more effective budget for our two flex incomes. New goals were sent and we are taking active steps towards making them a reality. Yay!

/ / I gotta be honest, my unread emails are starting to pile up. My email inbox doesn’t give me anxiety, but it is a part of my life I know needs to be addressed. I’m excited to use Nina’s tips!

/ / Exploring new cities on bike! When we were in Paris and again in NYC, Jordan and I considered renting bikes and taking a bike tour. We had a lot of fun using Divvy bikes in Chicago, but I’m a little bit chicken riding a bike on busy streets when I don’t know where I’m going. Next time though, I’m going to be all about it!

Happy Weekend, all!

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22 thoughts on “Weekend Links / / Budgets, Books and Braids”

  1. Ok, everyone is blogging about Girlboss, so I think that means I need to read it. I finished The Girl On the Train a while ago and am now reading Dark Places (because the movie comes out next month). I’ve also been trying to read more non-fiction. I finished a book called “French Kids Eat Everything” about the differences between the French food culture and American food culture and how French children are not picky eaters. The author was slightly annoying and a little repetitive, but the concepts were pretty interesting.

    1. #GIRLBOSS so far has been a really easy read. I’m enjoying it.

      Have you read Bringing up Bebe? It sounds similar to “French Kids Eat Everything”, except not only about food. It’s written from the perspective of two parents raising kids in a culture that is different than theirs (an american & brit living in Paris). It’s part parenting book/part memoir.

      I would highly recommend it. Jordan even enjoyed it!

  2. Thanks for including my post! I just read your Chicago post and loved it. Makes me really wish I was headed there this weekend. I have yet to get to try their Divvy system but it’s at the top of my list for things to do next time I’m there.

  3. We live near DC and bike rental is super popular, although we haven’t actually done it yet. It’s definitely a great way to see more of a city without your legs falling off walking! 🙂

  4. Budgeting is so good to do – every time I rejuggle our budget I find ways to save!
    I adore your braids but I never learned how to do them…going to have to figure it out with 2 little girls ha.
    Exploring by bike is *awesome*! I rented the city bikes in Paris my first day there and tooled up and down the Seine, over to the Eiffel Tower, back to the hotel etc. It was a gorgeous way to get a really good understanding of the city’s layout, see some sights and determine which ones to actually go explore the following days, and I got loads of fresh air! Paris is definitely a city to do it in – their bike lanes are separate from car lanes with bollards! Safety first. 😉

    1. I don’t know how I completely missed those bollards in Paris. The traffic was so intimidating I didn’t even consider biking! Haha.

      I learned how to braid on my American Girl Dolls!!

  5. I love all these fun things! I can completely relate on the whole hairstyle change up thing. I chopped my hair last year and couldn’t do alot with it. But now that it has nearly all grown back I keep forgetting I can do fun styles again lol. Love this!

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