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WHAT I SPEND IN A WEEK... AS A 27 YR OLD LIVING IN CHICAGO, SAVING FOR A WEDDING









I've seen a bunch of Youtuber's post the video trend 'What I Spend In A Week' videos and I thought it would be... interesting .... to try it out myself! Wedding planning has started and I've been feeling so overwhelmed and anxious about all the costs. I started more seriously saving about a year ago and have been trying to save as much as I can ever since (I'll do a separate post on how I'm saving!).
I thought this would be a fun, scary, and potentially frightening project to find out how much I'm typically spending each week and where I think I can cut back on or if there's any habits I can change.














ALL THE COZY STUFF YOU NEED IN ONE POST


We're 9 days down in Dry January, people. So far so good for me*, although I would be lying if I didn't admit there have been times I've caught myself longingly looked at all the beautiful, full, and delicious wine bottles teasing me from my wine cabinet. Dry January has meant less socialization and more staying in 😅 ...which honestly, the introvert in me is not mad about. Keep reading to see all the stuff keeping me cozy this month.

WHERE I'VE BEEN THE LAST 3 MONTHS....










Hey. Remember me?! I can't believe it's been over three months since I've posted last. I could think of a slew of excuses on why I've been inactive on my blog: busy season at work,  holiday craziness, getting sick, having a badly sprained ankle for 5+ weeks (although this is actually an argument against my point since this resulted in lots of downtime on the couch), and honestly just being plain ol' lazy sometimes. OH.. and because I've been busy celebrating because I got engaged (more posts to come)!

MY FAVORITE TRUE CRIME PODCASTS

I've been obsessed with true crime since a young age. I used to thing it was weird or that something was wrong with for having such a fascination with something so morbid. Not anymore, my friends. The time for true crime is now. There's never been more true crime podcasts, Netflix specials, and HBO documentaries and I am SO HERE FOR IT. I started listening to true crime podcasts when I first moved to the city and was faced with an hour long commute each way. Once I started I just couldn't stop. It's truly 99% of all the podcasts I listen to (😱). Soooo with that: here's a list of my top 10 favorite true crime podcasts in case you were looking for any recommendations!

TOP 10 TRADER JOE'S BEAUTY PRODUCTS UNDER $10... THAT ACTUALLY WORK!

As if my cart wasn't already full to the brim with sweet potato gnocchi, cauliflower pizza, green juice, fresh flowers and my favorite rosé.... I discovered Trader Joe's has beauty/skincare products ?!? I wasn't sure what to expect with the quality of the products but since TJ's can do no wrong in my eyes, I knew I'd have #noragrets by adding pretty much one of everything to my cart. I've implemented several of the products in my every day skincare/beauty routine and have tried all of these products in the post for an extended period of time (I'm even on my seconds on some of these) so I feel like I can give a pretty fair review on the the products. These products are all low in price (ALL UNDER $10, LIKE WHAT) but definitely high in quality! Keep reading for a breakdown of my top ten favorites in no particular order.