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all that glitters is…silver?

Lately, I’ve been trying to step up my accessory game. My closet is literally overflowing with clothes, so instead of adding to that inventory, I’m making an effort to style forgotten pieces of clothing with new jewelry.

That’s why I was PUMPED when I learned more about Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription that lets you try out all kinds of designer jewelry before you commit to buying it. I’m always hesitant to order earrings online because it’s hard to tell how big they are, and whether or not they’ll be too heavy for my ears…so this experience has been amazing so far.

I almost exclusively wear silver jewelry, so I listed that as a preference when I took the initial style quiz. They have products from some of my favorite labels like Kate Spade, Gorjana, Kendra Scott, and House of Harlow 1960, so there was tons of stuff I immediately added to my wish list. Can you tell I’m a sucker for statement earrings?

I’m not a salesperson, but this is a subscription box that I’d seen on Instagram and heard good things about…so it’s been super exciting for me to be a part of Rocksbox.

You can also apply the $21 monthly fee as a credit towards a purchase from your box, so it’s a win-win situation. Not to mention that they have a ton of insanely cute stuff that’s up to 40% off the retail price.

If you wanna check it out, click here and get a free month! You can be an #RBItGirl, too.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Rocksbox.

Unlimited Jewelry? Yes Please!

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spring cleaning, wallet-style

Spring is finally here! (Knock on wood). It’s almost time to swap out my 8,000 pairs of boots for their open-toe counterparts, swear off hot coffee until October, and retire my (faux) fur coat until next season. Spring is also a great time for…cleaning! Especially cleaning up your finances, now that the holidays are long gone and spring break trips have been paid for. As a college student rapidly approaching graduation, I’ve definitely started feeling pressure to be frugal until I get a job squared away. In the meantime, here are some of my tips for keeping your wallet as full as possible!

1. Turn off auto-reload on your Starbucks card. It sounds brutal, I know, but when things like spending are set to autopilot they become super easy to ignore. Make the most of your Starbucks membership and take advantage of their frequent promotions. My office has a decent coffee machine, so I’ve officially run out of excuses for spending $5 on a latte.

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2. Clean out your closet. Spring is a great time to get rid of shoes, clothes, purses, etc. since you’re probably already swapping winter wear for springtime clothing in your closet. My favorite place to get rid of stuff is eBay, but I’ve heard great things about sites like Tradesy and Poshmark. You can literally post stuff for sale through your iPhone, and drop it in a mailbox once it sells. I’m the laziest person ever and eBay gets my approval for the easiest way to make money.

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3. Cancel any & all magazine subscriptions. As someone who works in the magazine/digital publishing industry, this is a bit painful, but I can’t remember the last time I had a magazine subscription, let alone time to read one. Transition yourself into online content, which is way more fun to read anyway, and take advantage of student access on sites like the New York Times. If you’re a magazine aficionado, or travel a lot and find yourself spending $5 a pop on mags at the airport, definitely look into Texture, an amazing app that has the digital version of (basically) every magazine, every month. It’s $10/month, but could totally be worth it.

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4. Make your credit card work for you. I get the most points back on my credit card for groceries, so that’s primarily what I swipe that baby for. Large credit card companies always have great promotions going on…I know I’ve gotten cash back for registering my Amex in programs like Small Business Saturday and Restaurant Week. If you’re traveling, definitely look into hotel add-on offers, deals on car rentals, and flight promotions. Companies like Credit Card Insider have tons of information on how to get the most out of your credit cards!

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What are your suggestions for financial spring cleaning? I’d love to hear!

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a faux-photographer’s fave photos

I know you’ve probably had enough with the nostalgic 2015 posts, but someone recently reached out to me about posting my favorite photo from 2015. Well, I take WAY too many pictures to pick just one, so I went through my Instagram and picked my top three!

1. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Ok, so since I’m in the picture, somebody else (my sister) took it, but I love how this photo came out. 2015 was a great year for traveling…any suggestions where I should go this year?

2. Amsterdam

This photo just makes me teary-eyed. The city is so stunning, and it’s hard to capture Amsterdam’s beauty in a single picture. Everything from the afternoon lighting, bicycle-filled rush hour, and houseboat-lined canals makes it perfect.

3. NYC

I love this picture because it represents the start of a happy chapter in my life…I finally got to work in my dream industry, and would walk through Columbus Circle almost everyday. Realizing my goals were within grasp was huge for me, and it made 2015 was an incredibly happy year.

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fomo no mo’

Anyone who has been in a room with me for longer than fifteen minutes probably knows that I suffer from FOMO. If you didn’t know, this acronym stands for “fear of missing out.” I’m afraid of missing out on a lot of things, whether it’s not getting to try a limited edition Starbucks drink, or finding out about an awesome concert a day too late.

In my daily life, I consistently check social media throughout the day so I don’t miss anything important (read: waiting on Kim K’s first Instagram of baby Saint), and always know what my friends are up to via Snapchat and Twitter. So, yes…I love social media and prefer to call myself an enthusiast rather than an addict.

One of my favorite ways to keep up to date on cool happenings in NYC is a website called The Skint. They send a roundup almost daily of cheap and free goings on in all five boroughs, whether it’s a wine tasting or a university lecture open to the public. This is such an easy way to simultaneously stay in the know and prevent FOMO.

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Another way is to use Twitter for something besides complaining about your job is to follow celebs, brands, and venues to get the latest info on events. This year, I won two contests using Twitter because I was already following two of my favorite brands. And hashtags are for more than getting likes on Instagram…searching key words on Twitter will give you local results on the latest happenings in your neighborhood.

Some other great ways to help you stay up to date are this mailing list (NYC only) and this ticketing website. How do you avoid FOMO? I’d love your advice!

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