WARNING: The is a very lengthy post (but worth it)
Occupation: Doctor of Physical Therapy (9 years) & Fashion, Lifestyle & Travel Blogger (8 years)
Salary: 100K+ (Physical Therapist + Blog Salary)
I’ve always wanted to do one of those Refinery 29 Money Diaries. I find those articles to be incredibly interesting. Perhaps it’s because I’m nosy and I’m the type of person that looks into apartments while walking down the street just to see how people decorate. I like reading about how people choose to spend their money. So for the past week, I’ve been documenting my own spending habits. What I’ve learned from this experiment is that I’m willing to sacrifice basic necessities like food for the finer things in life, such as a bulk buy from the Zara Sale or an $85 dress from the Reformation Sample Sale. In all fairness, I did budget to spend an exorbitant amount of money this weekend because I hosted my BFFs bachelorette party! So I knew I had a couple hundreds that I’d blow on that alone. But here’s how I spent my money in the past week. I’ve actually done this before in Paris. I spent 6 Day’s in Paris and wrote down every single thing I spent my money on, so if you’re interested head on over to this post. Please note…this is a judgement free zone. I am also not looking for financial guidance at this point in my life. I’m already manifesting my millions and my Hamptons vacation home.
I make my coffee at home and stop at Whole Foods for some breakfast before work. I get eggs, bacon, a cream cheese biscuit and a coconut water $8.37. I barely have time to eat my breakfast before patients are spilling through the door. I finally get to eat my breakfast at lunch, so I didn’t have to spend any money for lunch today. I decide to take a Via car home because I’m tired (today is a 10 hour day) and I don’t wanna deal with people: $7.67. I get dropped off at the grocery store and buy my favorite Hazelnut Creamer, 2 Bars of Belgium Hazelnut Milk Chocolate (also my favorite), a bag of sea salt kettle popcorn and toilet paper totaling $15.96. I’m hungry so I hit up my local soul food restaurant and make myself a to-go plate of roasted chicken, rice and peas, mac and cheese, collard greens and sweet potatoes for $16.70. While back at home eating while simultaneously instagraming, I decide to purchase an upgrade for my Unfold App for $3, It’s one of the many apps I use for Instastories. TOTAL SPENT: $51.70
Today is the day! My friend Jen is coming in for her bachelorette party weekend and my house is sparkling clean. I get off early today too so that’s great. I take my coffee to work and buy a plain chicken tamale for breakfast $1.50. After work I take the train home to await Jen’s arrival. She arrives later than expected and we only have about 30 minutes before my friend Rose picks us up and we head to dinner at Public Kitchen. The service and food are STELLAR. We each get a different cocktail and we order a smorgasbord of foods: The Black Truffle 3 Cheese Pizza, The Spiced Chicken Samosas, Grilled Octopus, Soft Shelled Crab and for dessert Dark Chocolate Cake and Pistachio ice-cream. I decided to pay the bill as a gift: $165. We then went up to the rooftop and danced the night away. Afterward we headed to Hayaty Hookah Lounge and had another round of drinks and dancing before heading home to met up with the soon to be brides sister who’d just flown in: $30. Also every other Friday my account is Auto-Debited for $59.99 for Blue Apron. TOTAL SPENT: $256.49
I wake up with a slight headache and down an Alleve. I’m the first one awake so I shower and make myself a Nespresso coffee before editing a few photos for the blog. We have brunch reservations for 11am at Public Kitchen again (we liked it that much!). This time the reservations are for 5 people. I make everyone a coffee and play my favorite playlist of Soca, Reggae and Afrobeats while we all get ready. Rose picks us up right on time and we head down to Public Kitchen for brunch. I did a quick Insastories while there for a brand collaboration while we waited for our table. We ended up splitting brunch 4 ways this time for a total of $56 each. We have a reservation to look at dresses as Kleinfeld’s so I order an Uber XL to take us all there so we wouldn’t have to move the car and risk searching forever for parking: $19.87. After hitting up 2 dress venues we decide to head back to Harlem for some rest and relaxation. Rose has a date so makes her way back to her car while I Uber the rest of us back to Harlem $34.32. We rest for a few hours before going out for a low key dinner at Harlem Tavern and end up splitting the bill 2 ways: $65.32. Afterward we Uber back to my place. I lay in bed and write up half a blog post before falling asleep. TOTAL SPENT: $175.51
Photography by Rose Lazard || Editing by Monroe Steele
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I wake up pretty early and finish writing a blog post before putting a few outfits together. I have a shoot today with Rose after brunch. For brunch we head to a cool local spot for the best huevos rancheros and in impromptu business meeting between Rose and I who have to finalize a few upcoming projects for Fashion Steele NYC. We split the bill 3 ways: $18.88 After brunch we head downtown to drop off the soon to be bride so she can head home and the rest of us continue to Soho. Rose and I shoot two outfits in about 20 minutes. After shooting we head to Chiobani where I buy a $4 lemonade followed by buying 2 $8 cookies at Vesuvio Bakery. Then against my better judgement we walked to the Reformation Sample Sale where I bought the most amazing off the shoulder white linen dress for $85. We then popped into the Zara Sale but popped right out because of the chaos. We decided to stop in Mango and I ended up buying this skirt I’d been eyeing for months that was finally on sale for $39.99 (I got the XS and it fits perfectly). Rose needed to split so the rest of us took the train back to Harlem. It’s now 9:59pm on Sunday June 24th and I’m sitting on my couch typing this up. I still have another post to write that I’ll post in the morning (well it’s already up now). This one won’t go live till Thursday (ie. Today! I post every Monday and Thursday). TOTAL SPENT: $155.87
TOTAL SPENT FOR THE WEEK: $2377.84
I’d like to note that this week was pretty extravagant. LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much in a week. But there ya have it. I also budgeted and had saved $1000 specifically for this weekend. Also note most of my money from blogging comes from brand collaborations, template sales and affiliate links.