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Whether you are moving out on your own, with a partner or friend, or setting off for a few years at college or university, you will be filled with excitement at flying the nest. You finally can fully decide how late you can walk through the door or go to bed, and how messy your room can be before it needs a tidy. However, all too soon you may realize that your many years in school did not prepare for the independence that comes with becoming an adult. Suddenly, you’re also in charge of paying all your bills on time, checking your smoke detector has battery life and doing your own weekly food shopping. It can become intimidating and overwhelming when it gets to moving day, and it dawns on you that you will no longer be living with your parents and are fully in charge of the good, the bad, and the ugly life will inevitably throw at you. Here are a few tips on helping your transition into adulthood be as smooth and hiccup-free as possible.

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Budget

This is one of the most important things you will need to do when you move into your new accommodation. It can be easy to get lost in buying new furniture and trinkets to decorate your new place, and planning the best housewarming party of the year – but you will need to keep track of your finances if you don’t want to be caught short at the end of the month. Making a list of all bills and when they come out of your bank will determine your outgoings. Be sure to include money for petrol, food and other necessities to ensure you have an accurate determination of your disposable income.

It’s also a good idea at this point to include a percentage of your income that will be transferred to savings. This may not seem like a priority at the moment, but future you will be thanking your past self for starting to save early – especially if any surprise bills or car repairs come your way. Once you have an idea of how much money you have left – you will then need to determine what you will need for your new place. If it is unfurnished, you may find your budget doesn’t stretch to how much you need. Unfortunately, this does not mean you can cut into your bill money – this can become a nasty habit that leads to debt you don’t want.

Looking at charity stores, or buy and sell apps like the Dealdash iOS App can give you alternatives to the pricey new items you’ve been lusting over on Pinterest. Essentials are at the top of your priority list – you can always save for an upgrade on certain items as you become accustomed to budgeting and living by yourself.

Prioritize Your Spending

Following on from the last point, it is important to continuing budgeting and make a monthly habit out of it. Spending all your disposable income on the first weekend of the month on a night out will leave you no money for activities for the rest of the month. Life can get quite boring if you can’t afford to see your friends or pay for the budget-friendly hobbies that you love. So ensure you have a weekly budget that will spread your money out over a four week period. This will make sure you don’t have to miss your favorite Zumba class because you can’t afford it. And remember, just because it’s disposable doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. Any money left at the end of the month can be transferred into your savings.

Hopefully, this has helped you to feel a little more prepared for stepping out on your own. It is inevitable that you will make mistakes at first – you are only human – just be sure to learn from them and continue striving forward.

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This post was sponsored by VIIcode and I received free product for review. As always, opinions are my own!

Aside from the skin woes I mentioned yesterday, I have been way better over the past few years about preventative care for my fair skin. SPF is a must, as well as a moisturizer. But I’ve been neglecting my eyes! That is until VIIcode reached out to me asking if I would like to try their oxygen eye cream. And now I’m wondering why I left my eyes alone for so long when I can get what feels like a spa treatment right at home, especially if you try to turn your beauty routine into a ritual, like I do!

Make sure to start with a clean face, then gently massage your under eye with the crescent activation strip. Honestly, I was tempted to skip this step, but whether this was psychosomatic or not, I really did feel like the cells under my eyes were coming alive! It’s sometimes good to follow instructions, no?

After the little message, just dab a tiny bit of the VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream (VII pronounced ‘vee two’) under your eyes. Oh my goodness it smelled and felt so good from first opening. The cream has no greasy feeling to it, but a nice thickness. It makes sense that it smells so good because of the key ingredients:

  • Elderberries: Antioxidant content maintains the skin cells, leaving you with glowing, younger skin
  • Jojoba Oil: Not only firms and keeps your skin hydrated, but also useful in lessening the appearance of skin wrinkles. Rich in antioxidants, which help regenerate the skin cells.
  • Evening Primrose: Boosts blood circulation, which is helpful to treat tired skin and eyes and is especially effective in removing wrinkles.

VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream c/o

Using this stuff is literally giving your skin the royal treatment. Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine, is said to have used this same luxurious formula, developed more than 250 years ago.

History lesson aside, I fully endorse this eye cream. While I’m not seeing a significant difference in dark circles per say, my very sensitive eyes love the stuff, and they feel brighter and tighter. I’m tempted to use it all over my face, but I want to treasure my little bottle of VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream and make it last.

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There’s nothing like a weekend to snuggle into coze clothes (or the best onesie) and getting a whole chunk of blogging done. Saturday afternoon, between our amazing cake tasting at Fluffy Thoughts and our double date with my old roommates, Kendall worked on getting his groomsmen bios on our wedding website and I blogged.

My computer is the heartbeat of my hustle, and I like to dress her as such. I have a great marble case on it, and Caseapp, for the third year in a row, was sweet enough to let me pick out a couple products to pretty up my tech.  I’m obsessed with the case I got last year, so I actually gifted a phone case to my boss, but how cute is my new lion laptop skin?

laptop skin c/o Caseapp

Skins are printed on a thin, unique material and serves as a custom made, protective sticker. We use a four color printing process to ensure the highest quality print possible. Then we use a matte laminate that protects the skin from wear and tear for an extended time.

A skin gives your device a personal and custom look while still protecting it from scratches.

Application is easy, and forgiving if you do not get it right the first time.

Removal is simple and leaves no residue on your device.

The skins are perfect for adding a personal touch to your device, without the bulk of a case.

It really was so easy to put on (and take off and readjust) and it’s just about my favorite shade of pink. Let’s be honest, if I could have a pet pink lion in a one bedroom apartment, I would. It totally goes with my theme of working on my roar.

For your chance to win your own skin or phone case, head over to my Instagram for little giveaway this week! If you happen to naht win, you can use my code CAROLOVE20 for 20% off until 12/27/17!

Thank you Caseapp for the adorable laptop skin!

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This post is so tardy to the party and I apologize. A few weeks ago, for our October meetup, Bubbles & Bloggers hosted and intimate chat at Mission with Ashlee of Cobolt Chronicals and Contracts for Creatives.

Bloggers are told time and time again that they should have a contract when working with brands. This is something I have ignored the teensy-est bit, and I’ve gotten away with it because the brands I work with an myself have been good at delivering our end of the bargain. Plus, I figured that since our terms are outlined in an email, that’s basically a contract, right?

Wrong.

While I was totally stoked to find out that a contract doesn’t have to be created by a lawyer to make it binding, it does need to be signed and dated by both parties.  Ashlee filled us in with what it takes to have a good contract in the blogging world, and I feel confident that I can put together a contract of my own. However, I would probably have her review it to be safe, which is one of the services she offers. Definitely check her out if you need legal help with your blog!

But let’s go back for a second to “I can put together a contract of my own”. This blog, and the ones that came before it (Getting Warped, Case of the Mondays, and Little Bitty City One) has been a total learning and growing experience. Yes, I was inspired by bloggers to start my own, but I’ve done it pretty much solo since then. This is absolutely not to discredit the friends I’ve bounced content with, traded photo-shoots with, and shared resources with, but when it comes down to it, The CaroLøve is all me.

I’ve figured out how to do a little bit of coding, found the plugins to make my blog go my way, played with what works and what doesn’t. When I grew out of Little Bitty City One, I started The CaroLøve as a blank canvas. Even that has evolved. I don’t want my blog or myself to stop growing and I probably spend about 5 hours a week reading articles on blog growth or technology etc.

So hear this, fellow bloggers- when you’re feeling a little slumpy, look back on everything you’ve done, achieved, created. Be proud of it, but don’t become complacent. Thank the friends who have helped you along the way, but don’t discount how much you really have done on your own.

pictures by Sarah

Outfit details:

Earrings: ADMK||The Sari Necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Tote: Macy’s||Top: Loft||Skirt: Forever 21||Booties: Amazon||Jacket: Amazon

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A girl and her pearls: a love story.

I mean, seriously, can you think of a more timeless accessories that can come in all shapes and sizes? I have a nice little collection: a black pearl necklace with matching earrings, my Chunky Pearl Necklace, a few long strands in a rainbow of colors, a couple classic white chokers, and The Sari c/o Pearl & Clasp.

That is to say I’m a huge fan of pearls and I have discovered a new way to rock them: on my sweaters. Now, I do think that if you’re rocking an embellished top, a necklace is not needed, so a pearl sweater may be the perfect way to jazz of  up a pair of jeans effortlessly for a casual brunch or easy date night look now that (I think it’s safe to say) that fall is really here. It’s not fussy, but still creates a look that’s more thank just jeans and a sweater. If this is a look you want to try guilt-free, great! because Shein has them at treat yo’self prices. I’m partial to the grey sweater with the rainbow sprinkle of pearls myself, but what do you think or wearing your jewelry on your clothes rather than around your neck?the carolove pearl sweaters

 

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