Bullish On: August

Rabbit rabbit! Happy September! I cannot believe it’s officially fall (a.k.a. when our summer starts in San Francisco). This month is gonna be a crazy one for us, but it’s all fun stuff so lots to celebrate! We’ve got a couple weddings (we’re in D.C. and Baltimore for one right now) and my mom and I are doing a girls weekend in NYC later this month! So much to look forward to.

Here’s a roundup of everything I loved in the month of August:

How I Built This

Roberto and I have gotten really into this podcast the last few weeks. We’ll put it on while we cook on Sundays and it’s an inspiring way to get ready for the week. Each episode highlights an entrepreneur who tells the story of how they started their business and made it to where they are today. I’ve started with the stories of brands I love myself (many of which were founded by womenūüí™ūüŹľ): Spanx, Drybar, Rent the Runway, Dermalogica, Kate Spade, etc. I also loved Barbara Corcoran’s story… real estate tycoon #goals. Highly recommend a listen!

Ozark

Don’t get me wrong, I am still loving the Americans (hello real life the Russian embassy is burning intel… at least that’s my theory after a¬†lot of spy TV), but Ozark has been the show Roberto and I can’t get enough of this past month. It’s a dark drama about a financial planner who gets caught up in a money laundering scheme. Highly entertaining on your television, but as charming as Jason Bateman is, a criminal advisor is likely not what you’re looking for in real life.

Slice

I.love.this.app. I use TripIt for travel since it organizes my itinerary without any action needed on my part, and Slice is the same thing for tracking packages. It scans your email for shipping notifications and organizes all the information so you can see what is coming and when. It will also let you know if the price drops on something that you’ve ordered so you can request a price adjustment. I just bought these earrings¬†and Slice let me know the price had dropped days later. Requesting a refund was pretty much as easy as pressing a button… they draft the email for you with all the pertinent information so all you have to do is hit send. Brilliant.

Blue Belle Headband

I’ve been trying to stay on my skincare routine and got this cute lil¬†thing to replace the old headbands I used for keeping my hair dry and out of my face while I wash my face and do my makeup. It has Belle in the name and is blue like my site… how could I not? Cheap thrills and it makes my nighttime routine feel a little less like a chore. Comes in pink¬†too if that’s more your style.

Stop Counting Other People’s Money

Love this article from Liz Weston with a message that’s essentially what we all learned in kindergarten: worry about yourself. You should be focused on your own money and not what your peers are doing with theirs. It’s where I pulled my “You can have anything you want. You just can’t have everything.” quote in my post on budgeting last week. She also references a behavioral economics professor at my alma mater, USC’s Marshall School of Business so double points right there ‚úĆūüŹľ

Bullish On: July

Rabbit,¬†rabbit ūüźáūüźá! Happy August! I’m bringing back these ‘Bullish¬†On’ posts to round up everything I loved in July:

The Americans

I’m definitely late on this one, but it feels extra relevant given the constant news about Russia lately (at least this version is pretend). The show is set in the early 80s and revolves around two married KGB agents living the suburban life with their two children right outside of Washington D.C. It was actually partially based on real life spies that were discovered living in New Jersey in 2010. It’s a constant thriller and Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys make a great team (on the show and in real life!).

Bluetooth Headphones

In my imaginary life I have these awesome rose gold wireless headphones, but in my real life where I have a budget (and most likely can’t pull off such fancy pants headphones), I have these. I finally gave up the battle of charging vs. listening to music & podcasts (thanks¬†for nothin’ Apple!) and decided I needed to get a pair of wireless headphones. These were highly rated on Amazon and under $40 and they’ve been perfect for everything from my commute to runs.

Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial

I shared my skincare favorites back in April and I’m still using all the same goodies, but I recently added this face wash/treatment to my routine. I picked it up on a whim since it was so cheap and I’m long overdue for a visit to Amanda. This definitely isn’t a replacement for a traditional facial, but it’s a nice pick me up a couple times a week. I’ll use it if I’ve slacked on my skincare routine for a night or two or if I want a refresh and don’t have time for a 15-minute mask. I convinced work wife to try it too and she’s equally addicted.

Hidden Bodies

Okay, this is technically the sequel so obviously read You first, but this series is so creepy and delightful. I read ‘You’ on our trip to Ireland last year and I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up the sequel. I couldn’t put it down and as soon as I finished I started looking for details on a third book. At first, I was disappointed that it didn’t sound like Joe Goldberg was headed for a trilogy, but they are making the series into a Lifetime drama so you know I’ll be there for that. Let me know your sushi order and I’ll save you a seat ūüėĀ

Scraping by on $500k a Year

This isn’t a new story, but it’s new to me. It takes a look at a couple making $500,000 in New York and how it’s possible that they’re only ending up with an annual ‘excess’ of $7,300 after all of their expenses. Given the high cost of living in the Bay Area, this definitely feels like a story you could read about locally. So, what are your thoughts? Do you feel sympathy for these young professionals who are making a half million dollars a year and still feel average? Roberto and I are currently working on analyzing our budget for the first half of the year to give ourselves a reality check on where our money is going and this was definitely a good reminder that it’s not how much you make, but how much you save…

Bullish On

It feels like we just got back from Colorado, but¬†we headed out of town¬†again this weekend for our friends’ wedding! They tied¬†the knot¬†up in Healdsburg, and we had so much fun celebrating with them… the day could not have been more gorgeous. Roberto grew up in Petaluma, a small¬†town in Sonoma¬†county, so we’ve spent lots of time in the area, but we haven’t actually explored Healdsburg at all. I fell in love with the town, and I’m¬†dying to head up for another weekend out of the city soon!

Here’s what I’m into¬†this week:

Don’t Stop BeliEVEN

Our San Francisco Giants clinched a spot in the post-season this weekend! We’ve got a weird even year thing going on, but I’m not complaining. We swept our SoCal rivals, the Dodgers, in the last regular season series of the year. Making it extra special was that it was¬†Vin Scully‘s last day announcing. What a way to ring¬†in October!

The Power of Habit

I just finished this book and I loved it! Admittedly, this was the first non-fiction book I have read in a while, but there are¬†so many interesting anecdotes that I couldn’t put it down. It has definitely made me think about my bad habits and how I can re-engineer them. I convinced my team at work to read this for our quarterly book club too,¬†and we’re all agreeing to quit our afternoon coffee habit this month… baby steps!

6 Times Drinking White Wine with Ice Is Totally OK

We had¬†a crazy heat wave last week and in my desperation to keep cool I ended up throwing an ice cube in my chardonnay (even though I knew deep down it was wrong). I scoured the internet for some kind of proof that this was acceptable over a certain temperature, but couldn’t find anything reassuring on this list. I think white wine ice cubes are in my future.

This Is What Millennials Actually Use Venmo For

Spoiler alert: it’s pizza and beer. And octopuses on Wednesday? Venmo is basically the greatest thing since sliced bread as far as I’m concerned. I was that friend in college who painstakingly calculated what each person owed so we could (unintentionally) torture our waiter by splitting the bill between twelve credit cards for slightly different amounts.¬†Now I’m more than happy to throw down my card (and get the points!), knowing I’ll be reimbursed before we even leave the table. This article is basically a study in emojis and I can get behind that.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Cult

Speaking of credit card points… Roberto and I could easily pass for the creepy blue-eyed people in this Bloomberg article… total credit card point junkies. We upgraded from Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Reserve card last month, and this piece¬†is a¬†great¬†look at the cultish following this card has amassed. We put just about everything on a credit card (paid in-full and on-time each month), and the points we’ve earned have¬†enabled us to cover¬†some really great travel.¬†Look for a more in-depth post about how we choose and use our credit cards in the future!

Bullish On

This week has been an especially fun one with the start of the Olympics. It’s hard to believe we’re not even halfway through the Games, but I can’t wait to keep¬†the patriotism going for another week.¬†Roberto is out of town for a bachelor party this weekend so I’m planning on a little extra ‘me’ time and a dinner date with some girlfriends. Here are a few of the things that kept me going this week…

The Final Five

I think this goes without saying, but watching The Final Five compete (and win!) was the highlight of my week! After watching Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman in the 2012 Games in London, I was thrilled to see them¬†back this year. Newcomers Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian all seem like natural additions to the team, and I love seeing how supportive all the women have been of each other. Simone proved that she’s in a realm of her own with her signature move and¬†unprecedented win.¬†Congratulations ladies!!!

Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’

Ok, I will admit that I binge watched ‘Stranger Things’ with the rest of the world, but I’m already ready to move on to another Netflix Original.

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