Black Friday Haul!

You've seen the hit list, now you can see what I grabbed on Black Friday! I hit up Target, JC Penney, Kate Spade, and Too Faced.

Want to see what I got on Small Business Saturday? Check out my Instagram Story @harperyi

What'd you grab on Black Friday?

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Black Friday Hit List 2016

As you all know, I love me some Black Friday Action. I've done some serious scouting of Black Friday for my holiday and general shopping needs. Here's a peek at what's on my hit list.

Holiday Cards. I'm a well-known stationery nut and sending holiday cards to close friends is a deeply comforting ritual to me so I'm excited to order holiday cards. I'll be ordering from Minted, a fantastic place to order stationery-- customized or otherwise. You can get $25 off your Minted order if you shop through this link!

Gifts. I've got a few gifts left on my list to get done. I will likely grab them from a combination of Sephora, Kate Spade, Target, JC Penney, and Etsy.

Wardrobe. I've cleaned out my closet and now I'm updating it with more basics (I have too few), newer tights (mine have definitely seen better days), and a few key pieces I keep putting off grabbing. On my list:

  • 2 - 4 Skirts
  • 2 - 3 Blazers
  • 1 New Statement Necklace
  • 4 Sweaters
  • 5 Pairs of Tights
  • 2 - 4 Leggings
  • more underwear (literally never too much underwear)
  • Athletic Socks
  • Casual Socks
  • 2 Plain White Tees
  • 1 - 4 Colored Tees
  • 2 Pairs of Mid-to-High Waist Jeans (I don't own any? This is a mistake.)

I don't know if I'll be able to grab all of the above, but I'm hoping to grab most of it.

Goodies. Lastly there are a few items going on sale I'm hoping to grab for fun.

  • iTunes Gift Cards. Whether I use these as gifts or grab them for myself to use later, these are a great investment when Target is selling them as buy one get on 30% off. 
  • Kate Spade Statement Purse. I'm hoping I can grab either one of the bee bags or the banana bags or the grapefruit bags... They came out with a lot of prints I love this year and I don't have a fancy statement bag. Most of my statement bags are like, definitely from a kid or teens store, and I really am trying to make my garish personality a little more adulty. 

For those who are online shopping this year, be sure to get Honey, a chrome extension that scours the internet for the best coupons for your online carts at check out. It's easy, free, and will save you hella money. 

Stay tuned for my Black Friday Haul video which will go up on my Youtube channel

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Self-Care & Next Steps || Aftermath 2016

I don't think I'm the only one thoroughly upset about the results of the election. We have enjoyed a lot of progress in this country in terms of better visibility for the problems that have always been here, and we've even made some strides toward improving some of those things, and now all of that is being threatened. We can still continue to work fiercely for progress, but we also need to heal. You have to take care of yourself if you are going to make change.

My roommate and one of my best buddies, Emily, and I made a couple videos to help if you are feeling lost. We were totally devastated on Tuesday, but we are going to keep going.

Welcome to Aftermath 2016. 

Part 1: Self Care Tips

In this video we talk about why self care is important, give tips on how to do it, remind you why it's important, and we even go beyond the fluffy bubble bath parts-- not to knock glitter (NEVER TO KNOCK GLITTER) but it's important to remember that it's not just the "pinteresty" things that are critical to self care.

Part 2: Next Steps

In this video, we talk about how to make change. How do we make elections better? How do we reconcile what happened? How can we push for the progress and defend the things we care about after the election?

Here are some additional resources:

Find out who represents you! and then contact them.

Suicidal? Self-Harm-y?
  • Call 911
  • Online Chat suicide/crisis site:
  • Suicide talk lines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
  • LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

This is something that brings me a lot of comfort and empowerment in times when I see injustice and evil being done by people who aren't necessarily evil. It also reminds me that we can be heroes. Philip Zimbardo's TED Talk on the psychology of evil and the importance of everyday heroism.


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November Goals

Before we jump into this month's goals, let's see how I did on last month's goals!

Be outside more. Check! I got out of the house at least once every weekend for non-errand related reasons. I got in some walks, grabbed some coffee, and chilled out outside of my house. There were even snaps to prove it!

Get a better sleep cycle. I don't think I succeeded here, but I did get a lot of sleep. I've been staying late at work recently so I think it's making me extra tired. Maybe next month!

Drink more water. Check! I have been trying to hydrate more. It's doing wonders for my skin and for lessening the frequency of headaches.

Post once a week. Didn't do great but didn't do terrible. I think I averaged out at one post a week. I wante to be more regimented though, which means I have to write more and netflix less.

So for this month, I have some new goals! This month marks a full-year of being an adult with a "real" job. I even got my Disney one-year pin! Between this milestone and the holidays, there's a lot on my to-do list. So let's get to it!

Save $1000 for holiday spending. This should carry me through the holidays. There's a lot to do and a lot to buy this holiday season and I am so excited to celebrate the holidays here in New York now that I live in a space that has the capacity to deal with my decorating whims.

Take new inventory of my closet. Having done my spring/summer clean out, and now swapping to my cold-weather wardrobe, I want to clean out my fall/winter wardrobe. I want to get rid of dingy or worn out clothes and figure out the weak spots in my wardrobe. I also need to do my annual fall coat button-reinforcement (where I resecure all the buttons on my coats by hand). I may even begin de-underwiring my bras-- a tip I read on a minimalist fashion blog and tried out today for the first time. It's definitely a game changer in terms of comfort and durability. I also want to cycle out clothes that don't fit me right. As much as I intend to get healthier in such a way that my size will likely change, I cannot live present lies in the hopes of future truths.

Start investing money. Right now I save money, but I need to start investing it. I'm starting up with ElleVest. It's a site dedicated to helping women invest that takes into account the particular nature of women's investing needs rather than assuming they're the same as men's. Our our salary arcs are different, and we need more for retirement since we live longer. Things like that. You can customize it based on your goals and they give you financial advice to match. No minimum investment and a low fee.

Create and start my holiday to-do list. Is it stupid to have making a to-do list on what is essentially a to-do list? Probably. But I'm doing it anyway because my holiday to-do list is a doozy! I have so many tasks bouncing around my head and I really need to get them down, on paper.

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Life Update 011

I bailed on a lot of plans. Part of me feels bad about this, but a bigger, stronger part of me is really proud of this. I have a good handle on when I need to be somewhere, and when it's something "extra" that shouldn't be forced on me at the expense of my mental health. The honest truth is that sometimes the idea of going places on the weekend really, truly, freaks me out between how long it takes me to get places now that I am no longer centrally located and knowing how dark it'll be when I finally get out of the train to talk back home. If I'm not going to have fun, or if I'm going to be upset the whole time, there is no point in me going out and it has nothing to do with how "fun" I am or how much I care about my friends. As long as you give notice and find other ways/opportunities to bond with other people, it's not a big deal.

I fell really behind on my mail. It's so unlike me, I know.  I usually send out 1-3 pieces of mail per week but I really fell behind between having company over and my body thinking it's time to hibernate. I'm trying to make sure I send out everything I need to and then I can start back on writing more mail.

I was Vanellope Von Schweetz for Halloween! I made the skirt and hairclips and customized the hoodie myself. I'd been wanting to dress as her for a long time. Too bad only a handful of people at the office knew who I was. Honestly, I'm more sorry for them because Wreck It Ralph is a phenomenal movie.

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I watched Supergirl on Netflix. It's much less sappy than I thought it was going to be, but a very far cry from the whole "dark, gritty superhero" that has honestly oversaturated pop culture superheroes of late. I really liked it and I think I'll try to get caught all the way up.

Speaking of Netflix: Black Mirror. I watched Season 3 and god, did I love it. I've always been a fan of The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror has consistently impressed me with its ruminations on the state of humanity as told through self-contained sci-fi thought experiments. Every episode has impressed me. But of course, my absolute favorite is San Junipero. Even if you don't watch that show, please watch that episode. For those who have seen it, please enjoy reliving that roller coaster of 80s stylized emotion with this video (spoilers!). San Junipero is everything to me.

I bought some more candles at TJ Maxx. A good candle makes a space much cozier. Their symbolism is also really nice to have around. I find that symbols are incredible important to me, which is what draws me to both my career in media and my interest in witchcraft.

I am getting so excited for the Holidays. As someone who loves "occasions" because I am both emotional and ostentatious by nature, I am absolutely thrilled for the holidays. This is also the first year I live in a space that is spacious enough for actual decorating. Between decorating, cards, and gifts, I'm absolutely thrilled for both crafting and shopping.

What's new with you?

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