Minding My Money: How I Transitioned from Employee to Grad Student

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When I first relocated back to Washington, D.C., I was gung ho about being a frugalista.

And I’ve got to admit, making the transition from a fashion-loving full-time employee to a penny-pinching grad student has been an adventure–and then some!

As I reach my one-year anniversary of living in the nation’s capital, here are five frugal shopping habits that got me through the past twelve months.

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Fab Finds: Five Under 50 at H&M

On Monday, I ventured out into the streets of Washington, DC. I was in full frugalista mode.

Armed with my H&M coupon, I was ready to get my Fall fashion fix. The mission? Not to splurge but to shop smart.

There, from hundreds of racks and two floors of apparel, I came up with Five under 50: fabulous buys for the season that didn’t break the bank.

Here’s what I discovered.

Images: hm.com

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TIP: Although there is no online shopping feature for the U.S. yet, the H&M website is a great way to browse ahead of visiting the store. Happy shopping!

Beauty Buzz :: In Love with Lilacism

Today, I walked the corridors of my local mall in search of a cool, summery nail color. I wasn’t looking for neon, bright or bold. I wanted something cool.

In an unexpected twist–after making stops at several beauty stores–my search came up empty. There were plenty shocking shades, not enough subdued.

Little did I know that Lilacism by Essie was waiting in the aisles of Target. For a small spend of $7.79, I got the end result I was hoping for–an absolutely calming hue to round out Summer!

Tip: Need to shop more colors like this online? Check out the selection at Target.com.