Lifestyle Investments

Early adulthood is the land of difficult choices, less money than we would like, and a whole lot of confusion. Most of us flounder in some way or another, but you can set yourself up for a solid future by making some key investments. This isn’t about monetary investments- see a professional financial advisor for those- but rather investment items that worth the time and money of picking the right one. As I come to my late twenties, I’ve learned over the years where to spend and where to save, and I’m passing that knowledge on!

Lifestyle Investments

A quick note- I personally don’t believe that electronics are investments in most cases. While it is nice to have an iPad mini or the newest Samsung Galaxy, most of us don’t need them. (Yes, we all try to justify that they help with work or it’s a necessity, but it’s not for 98% of us, myself included. If you do need it for work, they are probably paying for it, not you.) I know that at 21, 22, it seems sooooo important but from personal experience, they are nice but not crucial. Onto the recs!

Artisan Stand Mixer with BONUS | Hudson's Bay: Via The Bay

Small Kitchenware and Appliances

Once you are not a college student, you really can’t get away with eating the same three meals and an array of junk food. (And if you can, you shouldn’t. You won’t thank yourself in the future.) You will quickly find that many recipes require appliances and kitchenware that you don’t own. While you can certainly grab some things the dollar store/Walmart/Target/Insert cheap store here, when you are looking at things like baking sheets, mixers, and baking dishes, it does pay to invest in quality items. Poor quality items don’t last for any length of time (meaning you will be paying to continually re-purchase) and your food can actually leach harmful chemicals from it. A good kitchen appliance will serve you for decades!

Clinique Spring Pink Set

Skincare and Make-Up 

The draw of cheap make up sucks all of us in at some point- $2 eyeshadow, $7 foundation, $4 toner. While occasionally you will find a gem hidden in the rough, overall it’s not terribly wonderful. I’ve found that high levels of cheap talc (common in drugstore eyeshadows) will make me breakout and just leave me with generally unhappy skin. Pay attention to what you are putting on your skin and into your body (because it will enter your blood stream in typically 30 seconds to 5 minutes), as that can have consequences down the road. You don’t need to spend $200 for a full Shiseido skincare line, but don’t opt for the cheapest simply because it is. Be conscientious and thoughtful with your purchases- make up doesn’t seem like a lot when you grab it here and there, but if you totalled your entire make up bag, you would see a different story.


Professional Clothing

When you enter you career and professional life, you will most likely not have a ton of extra money kicking around and everyone will understand that you are just starting out. However, I would recommend investing in a high quality complete outfit for work- it doesn’t have to a brand name or cost you thousands, but quality fabrics and well cut pieces will go a long way to presenting a polished and professional look. It might not seem like it, but it will serve you well when you have a conference, a large meeting, or even presenting a large project!

I’m not trying to be a jerk, but an entire wardrobe from Forever21 and H&M is not going to do you any favours- it is cheap clothing that is typically identified as very young, and most likely won’t last for more than a year of continuous wear. A mix of price points is perfect to maintain a polished look without bankrupting you!

While making the adult choice isn’t necessarily “fun”, it will pay off and help you in the short and long term. What is your best lifestyle investment advice? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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9 thoughts on “Lifestyle Investments

  1. Hannah June 4, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I remember when I got my job last year, I had no “work clothes”. I was torn, go to primark and get cheap stuff that invariably I’d end up having to replace regularly or go to M&S knowing I’d get the quality. In the end I bought most of my work trousers from Marks and got tops from Fat Face/H&M/Sainsburys etc. Because I wasn’t so worried about them. But yes, quality work clothes!

    Also a good suitcase! They may be expensive, but you want one where you know the wheels aren’t going to fall off/the whole thing fall apart on you!


    • anhistorianabouttown June 6, 2017 / 8:02 am

      I certainly have a mix of price points but I have a handful of well-made dresses, a few tailored blazers, and quality trousers and skirts. I used them throughout grad school for conferences and interviews, and they are crucial now for work! I miss M&S 😓

      Yes, a good suitcase is important!!! My Swiss Air suitcases aren’t cheap by any means but I travel so often and they make my life so much easier. Plus, cheap luggage will die at the most inopportune moment- it’s a law of nature 😂

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      • Hannah June 6, 2017 / 8:57 am

        I know! One of my friends had a suitcase she bought from Sports Direct for really cheap and the wheels fell off while she was walking back to the house from the train station XD


  2. QuirkyVictorian June 4, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    This is great advice! I agree with the small appliances and especially the clothes. I used to have a ton of fairly cheap clothing, but now I focus on having just a few really good pieces. It makes it easier to get dressed, and things last a lot longer. Which is great for me because I love putting together polished outfits and looking nice, but I HATE clothes shopping. The less I have to do it, the better! The makeup thing isn’t something I put that much thought into. I’ve been buying the exact same stuff for years, but I think that’s good advice too.


  3. tahenryauthoress June 4, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    The right accessories and a decent hair cut can a long way towards appearing more grown up in the work place.


  4. Meghan July 26, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    This is all great advice! I actually just purchased my first set of “work clothes” for my upcoming internships as well as after I graduate!


  5. taylorbateson August 15, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Love love love this post! It is so true, electronics can’t be looked at as investments but good clothing, makeup that lasts and home appliances can be ❤


    • anhistorianabouttown August 16, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Electronics aren’t made to last- that’s not an investment by definition!! And while we all love them (as I listen to my phone and type on my Chromebook), they aren’t crucial to our lives… It took me a while to come around on the makeup front, but now that I have felt that difference on my skin, it’s got to be the worthwhile stuff for me!! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


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