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Beauty dilemmas

January 14th, 2008 at 01:43 pm

Sidestream Income:
$211.93 old total
$480 housesitting
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TOTAL: $701.93

I got paid for the house sitting I did last week. House sitting involves living/sleeping at the house and taking care of the dog, mail, trash etc. The home is ~10 miles from where I live, so I used much more fuel than I typically do in a given week, but it's still a good gig to have.

I wrote a lengthy entry last night about the money I've spent in the beauty/fashion care department in the last week (new jeans, highlights etc), but lost the entry before it was published. Hopefully I'll find the time to re-write it. The post basically told the tale of woe that I've been feeling really frumpy as of late. It's probably not coincidental that I also turned 30 this week. To be honest, I'm happy with my size and shape, I just don't feel like I have the right clothes or take the time to look a little better. I think with turning 3-0 I came to realize I might as well enjoy what I have because it won't be around forever.

Interestingly, other bloggers I read have recently expressed similar feelings. I took a plunge and got highlights last week--but held onto my frugal ways and had them done at the beauty school. I couldn't be happier! They look great and they cost only $30! I wouldn't go to an inexpensive chain salon like Super Cuts for highlights, however. Why? The stylists at the chains are typically inexperienced and they are pressed for time. The beauty school stylists can take all the time they need (note: don't make an appointment at the beauty school if YOU have someplace to be!), and they have an experienced instructor guiding them.

The money saved on the highlights will help to offset the the price of the designer jeans I also splurged for :-) People say having one great pair of jeans is better than 8 pair of ill-fitting jeans. Well, I have 8 pair of ill-fitting jeans, so and the verdict is still out on this purchase. I will say their fit is definitely better, and the store altered the length for no extra cost. I had been contemplating taking the designer denim splurge for some time, but Madame X's musing on the topic helped remind me of this pressing priority! The jeans were originally $175, but on sale for $79.50. Yikes! Frugal? Heck no! But my butt looks good!

3 Responses to “Beauty dilemmas”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    I'd feeling down in the dumps/frumpy as well. Could it be because my brother has a new woman around who has only one child, spends tons of money on herself, and has the time to shop and exercise? Hhmmm ... whatever the reason behind my psychology, I'm taking action to get this old body down from 138.5 to 125 with some regular exercise. Upon my arrival at said destination (goal weight), I shall treat myself to some new clothes that fit (I had a post about resale shop finds that are great on the hanger, but not on me) and some new do (highlights maybe).

    Good idea about the highlights at the beauty school. I had some done for $40 eighteen months ago when last child was baptised.

    Waiting to hear if the jeans were a good buy!

  2. JanH Says:

    Sometimes, we just need to splurge a bit on ourselves! I feel my highlights are a necessity for my kind of hair. Glad you were able to do some things for YOU! Happy Birthday!

  3. michelle Says:

    I think it is worthwhile to splurge once in a while, and now that you know what size you are in the jeans, it'll be so much easier to find them on Ebay!

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