Budget Lexicon

Tips for living a fabulous life on a budget

Day Trip – Santa Barbara September 22, 2008

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Glass of Wine – $8.00

I attended wedding at the Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara this weekend.  While the wedding was not exactly budget, a day or weekend trip to Santa Barbara from L.A. is very reasonable.

I arrived at the wedding early so I had a glass of wine on the outside patio bar of the Biltmore.  While a night at the Biltmore is not exactly in my budget, I will definitely stop by the patio bar again on my next trip up there. Here are the pics.


Budget Fashion Photo August 13, 2008

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Top – Old Navy 24.99

Shorts – H&M 29.99 

I was asked to put together a budget outfit and submit photos for a couple different opportunities.  Here’s my favorite pic.  No details yet, but I will update you guys when I know more.


Budget Face Wash August 12, 2008

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Face Wash – Under $5.00

Since my first break out in Jr. high, I have never settled on a face wash. In an attempt to keep my grocery shopping to just one store – I decided to purchase Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash at Trader Joe’s.

Despite my skepticism about all things vegan, this face wash really works. Overall, its a great product. But it has some drawbacks – it smells like Pine Sol, it feels like Pine Sol if you get it in your eye, and it dries out your skin the first couple times you use it. Other than those issues, I would highly recommend this product as a great budget face wash.


Dinner Wine Review: Brancott 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough July 31, 2008

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About a year ago, in effort to get in better shape, I decided to forgo wine with my weeknight dinner. There are definitely some days where that all goes out the window…yesterday was one of those days.

The events of yesterday, in addition to confirming the fact that boys are stupid, helped me reconsider my stance on wine during the week (at least for a day). Upon returning home after a much needed girls happy hour, I decided to try the Brancott 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough I purchased from T-Joes last weekend.

Lately, I have been totally obsessed with New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlbarough region and this Brancott did not let me down. Actually, the flavors of this wine were a tasty compliment to my sour and firey mood – bell peppers, green apple, and jalapeno.

While I would normally save an $8.99 dinner wine to share with someone else. I wasn’t really interested in budgeting last night. One of the good things about living a fabulous life on a budget is that when you decide to blow your budget/diet, you can’t really do that muck damage!


Turkey Burgers With Tomato Jam, Olives, And Feta July 28, 2008

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I love recipes that utilize things I already have in the fridge. Like a true Greek girl, I had feta, kalamata olives, garlic and all the spices called for in this recipe. For a carb free meal, I omitted the the buns.  

I am really comfortable in kitchen, but I definitely still make mistakes. When I was making this recipe, I misread the measurement on the tomato label and accidently added 4 times the amount of tomatoes.  At least I realized right away and was able to scope out the excess tomatoes.  

I love cooking; it’s always an adventure.


Sexy Single Girl Lounge Wear – The House Dress July 23, 2008

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Old Navy Chemise $11.99-$20.00

In college, my lounge/study wear consisted of various pairs of sweat pants and tanks. Four years after graduation, I still wear my beloved white cotton sweat pants when lounging around the house. The have so many holes and stains that every time I wear them at my parents’ house, my mom puts her best effort into repairing them and pleading with me to throw them away.

A few months ago my friend Krista extended me a much needed introduction to the concept of a house dress. A house dress is a dress that is short and light weight, but a little more substantial than lingerie. It’s the perfect outfit for warm summer nights in. While it’s not something that you would wear outside of the house, you can definitely wear it during movie night with your closest girlfriends.

The house dress is basically the sexy single girl version of ratty sweatpants and a tank. Just because its more sophisticated, doesn’t mean it has to be more expensive. Old Navy has some really cute ones for under $20.


It’s Finally Time To Get A New Handbag July 21, 2008

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I am in the market for a new handbag.  Here are my top two so far.  Any suggestions on inexpensive but quality handbags? 

Urban Outfitters $68.00

Urban Outfitters $58.00