Spending My Allowance . . .

September 19, 2019


Thank you for all of your recommendations yesterday! The comments section was so much fun to follow up on, and I enjoyed spending a chunk of my ‘extras’ fund at Sephora this morning.

For a sheer tinted product, I went with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue with SPF. (Though you all had me VERY tempted by other options — particularly those by NARS, Laura Mercier, The Ordinary, and Juice Beauty). I then went down a skincare rabbit hole and indulged in some Sunday Riley products to try as well as some of my aforementioned favorites.

I will perhaps share my findings in a future post, though clearly I have NO authority to be a beauty blogger. You are all awesome and I love hearing about the beauty routines you have honed over time!

Speaking of $ and my ‘extras’ fund — this is why I love budgeting. Josh and I both get the same finite amount to play with each month (note: we are on a ‘less generous’ frivolous items budget until our house sells, but it’s still decent), and it’s just so freeing. I feel like we work hard and while no one NEEDS a bunch of new cosmetic items, it’s nice to feel like I am truly allowed to splurge sometimes. But I also crave that upper limit so that I know exactly when to stop.

I had been sort of hoarding my allowance but I think I will stop doing that. Planning on getting by the year’s end:

  • a pair of new jeans & 2-3 tees
  • new running shoes (mine are from 2017, gross)
  • new bras & loungewear
  • one ‘fancy’ dress for winter events

And speaking of bounty . . . my Hobonichi haul arrived! Annabel filmed a 7 minute unboxing video but I don’t think it’s quite right for public consumption (and you may get a little ill from her angles & camerawork).

So I will just unveil the cover here 🙂

Hiroshi Hatano’s “Lake View” cover
so calm. so pleasing.
The colors look better in this shot. It really has a glowing sort of look to it!
shown with some accessories

Shown above:

Exactly zero of these items are ‘necessary’ but they bring me joy!

I’m off today. Recording podcast x 3 (will be some good eps in there I think!), going for an easy run, and generally trying not to do too much else.


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 19, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Your planner is so pretty! I think I’d like to upgrade from my bullet journal to your brand of planner down the road when I am doing more planning… my planning is at a bare minimum these days with a busy toddler but I know that will change as he gets older!

    I think it’s important to allow yourself to spend money on frivolous things and to not feel guilty about that. We don’t have a set allowance for things like that but that’s something I might consider down the road. We’ve been looking for a house for 2 years and put an offer on a house this week and it was accepted so we have some expensive months ahead of us between buying the house, moving, painting, getting new furniture, etc. But once things settle down I want to give myself permission to spend money on things I would enjoy, like some nicer meals out with girlfriends, for example. One ‘frivolous’ thing I buy each week is a latte on Fridays. I could buy one every day, but I do enjoy the coffee I make at home. But buying a latte on Fridays puts an extra spring in my step and I enjoy it more because I only have one/week.

  • Reply Lori C September 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I love the cover! Hoping my big UPS box is at home when I get there!

  • Reply Erica S September 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    That planner is gorgeous!
    You definitely need new shoes!
    I think you’ll be happy with the Bare Minerals. I use their serum foundation and it is lovely. I also use a Tarte BB cream with a tiny bit more coverage.
    I want to order another Golden Coil planner, I was very happy with it and I think I’ve figured out what features I do and don’t use. For instance 20 blank pages and 20 pages for ideas and to do lists at the end are still empty 🙂 I only have used it for a paper reading list and notes from meetings with kid doctors and teachers, but not work stuff.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 20, 2019 at 5:36 am

      I know, the shoes situation is kind of funny but I remember getting the ones I have prior to running my last half before I got pregnant with G in early 2017! My mileage is low but they still must have like ~1000+ miles on them.

  • Reply Arden September 19, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I’m going to be sad when Sept ends and we don’t have daily SHU. 🙁

    • Reply Laura Z September 20, 2019 at 12:09 am

      Aren’t we all! It’s so fun to follow along daily!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 20, 2019 at 5:36 am

      wow thank you!

  • Reply Omdg September 19, 2019 at 8:05 pm


    Splurging on yourself is nice from time to time. I know you won’t do it, but I think it would be cool to see a makeup video from you. 😜

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 20, 2019 at 5:34 am

      OMG I think a planner flip through is MUCH more likely than a makeup video. I’d have to get much MUCH better at makeup before I attempted that 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Sbarra September 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Just wondering. do you decide on purchasing skin care products? I am 38 and embarrassed to admit I sporadically use Neutrogena sun screen and retinA creams only. I would like to upgrade but no idea where/how to start.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 20, 2019 at 5:34 am

      Honestly, I mostly learn from a couple of my college BFFs who are beauty gurus, plus the Forever 35 podcast! You could also go to a Sephora or Blue Mercury during a not-crowded time and ask for advice (you will get sold to, but that’s not necessarily a terrible thing if you are already in the mood).

  • Reply Heather September 21, 2019 at 10:43 am

    “Splurging” on new bras has been a huge boost for me this past year. After a lot of trying on, I bought several from Spanx, the quality and fit is tremendous.

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