It ain’t easy being fabulous — or at least being the kind of girl who aspires to be. And let’s face it, any girl raised on a steady diet of Sex and the City is going to want a spot at the fabulous feast. After years of thinking independent, successful woman was a phrase synonymous with manolos and manicures, it’s hard to crave anything but caviar wishes and champagne dreams.
Of course, if you happen to be a 20-something today, you know that champagne and caviar are more fantasy than reality. Let’s face it, fabulous these days is more recessionista than fashionista — especially if you’ve got a pricey gadget habit to feed along with that shoe addiction.
But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in the finer things in life too…you just have to master the art of one thing Carrie and the gals were always fabulous at: bargaining. And I don’t just mean haggling your way to a pricy pair of shoes by tapping into the salesman’s foot fetish. No, in this case bargaining means way more than that. It means finding a way to make your money count, stretch your dollar and all those other catchphrases that sell self help books.
It’s an art that requires more effort than just plopping down the nearest American Express card, but also provides way more satisfaction with every purchase. Instead of feeling guilty for spending on something self indulgent, you get to feel smart for spending your money…well…smartly.
It also just so happens to be an art that’s in my blood — thanks Jewish grandmothers!! So, I’m starting a new feature here on my lovely little blog where I share the tips and tricks of the geek chic chick trade. I’ve spent years trying to figure out how to get what I want without hearing my grandmother’s voice in my head, guilting me for spending too much on something “silly.” So, I figure, why not share the wealth?
And, if you appreciate my tips, feel free to send over some caviar. I’ll also take gratitude gifts in champagne form.
Tip: You Only Need One
Us geek chic chicks, we sure do like to type. From our phones to our full size ergonomic keyboards, we spend most of our time typing. Which, not surprisingly, is not conducive to keeping our nails looking their absolute best. I don’t know about anyone else, but I go through manicures more often than I update my facebook status, which is an awful lot of costly nailcare over the course of a year.
Of course, if I don’t get my nails done, I run them ragged biting and picking at them. It ends up being a big ol’ catch 22. Or at least it was — until the night my manicurist let me in on a little secret. Apparently, if you only get one coat of polish, the whole paint job lasts twice as long. I guess the single coat sticks to your nails better, so it’s less likely to chip. Or something. Anyway, the point is, I tried it and it totally works. Now, instead of having to go back for a new nailcare fix every week, I’m up to a mani every month or so.
I’m not gonna lie and say my biting habit doesn’t often land me in the chair more often than that, but during those rare times when I can go a few weeks without biting, I swear my manicures will last up to a whole month. Which saves about $60 a month if you go to my salon (Happy Nails at Santa Monica and La Brea). It’s a grooming godsend, and a total geek chic chick money saving tip.