Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Business Dress - OOTD No. 1

I have enjoyed wearing this perfect A-line sheath from Ann Taylor for summer business dress.  The sand pumps with delicate ankle straps and narrow oak heels are from Ellen Tracy.  And ... my favorite drop pearl necklace (I've received SO many compliments - seriously, this is a must have!) from The Limited here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Money Monday No. 1 - How to Retire Early!

This maxim changes everything:

If you save 25 times the income you require to live annually, there is a strong possibility that you may retire no matter what your age.  

The interest on your savings will generally and in most instances (to confirm, consult a financial planning professional), provide you with what you need.  The challenge is to save as much as possible and limit your living expenses to drive down the income you will need to retire but it has been done and at suprisingly young ages (some have even accomplished this in their 30s by mega saving when young).  Well, hop to it - strive towards freedom!

To illustrate, if you require $50,000 annually to live and save $1.25 million dollars ($1,250,000), there is a significant possibility that you will be able to retire and live off the interest from the savings (to be sure based on your circumstances, consult with your financial professional).

Tips regarding how to increase savings will follow!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Casual OOTD No. 1

This perfect summer dress from Bloomingdales by French Connection (available here) and these inspired sandals by Banana Republic have traveled this summer to Georgetown for three days of wedding festivities, Hoboken for a stroll, hunt country in New Jersey, and Long Beach Island for a beach vacation.  They served me well.


"I am mad about water.  I think water is God's tranquilizer - to be in it, to drink it, to look at, to be a surfer."  Diana Vreeland, from the documentary entitled Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel.