White AFTER Labor Day: Breaking an age old Fashion Rule

I am an avid fan of Halloween. In college, my friends and I always had multiple social events to attend and there was no way we were going to be caught wearing the same thing twice. Unfortunately, since graduation there have not been many Halloween parties to attend. When the The Boy informed me of an invitation to attend a Saturday Night Live themed party, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to dress up again. Not having watched SNL in years, I was at a total loss for what we should do. I eventually ran out of time and The Boy didn’t want to dress up anyway so I figured this would be a good excuse to pull out my favorite white jeans. (more…)

Friend or Acquaintance?

For those that have been keeping up with Royalty In Reality, you know that my 26th birthday is just around the corner. I’ve started to get the “so what are the plans for your birthday” texts and it has caused me to deeply consider the people I want to celebrate with. While I’m having trouble deciding exactly what I want to do, I know I don’t want my guests getting hit with high gratuity charges because I’ve invited everyone in my contacts list. Trying to narrow down the guest list really got me thinking about my relationships with people and contemplating the difference between a friend and an acquaintance. (more…)

The Royal Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace

With my 26th birthday just a few weeks away (Hey Scorpios!!) I have been forced to start contemplating what I’m going to do about healthcare coverage. Thanks to the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, we are all allowed to stay on a parent’s health insurance until the age of 26, after that you’re SOL and have to get on your own plan or face a penalty. Being a public health student and future doctor it was an easy decision to seek coverage, as oppose to paying the penalty, but where was I suppose to start? (more…)

Affordable Fashion: J. Crew edition

Helllllllllllo fashionistas! This is my first fashion-related post and I can hardly contain my excitement. Just like most girls I LOVE shopping. Boring days can be brightened up with the perfect outfit or a little online shopping. Now that my internship has started and I’m anticipating getting a public health job this summer, I’ve been trying to build the “work” section of my closet. I’ve most recently been obsessed with J. Crew. The catch is, I’m a royal living in reality, so it is an absolute necessity that I am always budget conscious and let’s be honest J. Crew ain’t cheap. I recently racked up on goodies from J. Crew and EVERYTHING I got was on sale. On this particular trip, I went to the J. Crew Factory Outlet, where things are already discounted. In addition to that, many items in the store were additionally discounted, my 30% off punch card was full (shop three times, get 30% off), and I had my student ID to take advantage of an additional 15% off! Since I started having to be budget conscious, I make it a point to always check the clearance/sale area for any last season steals. Despite the dwindling temperatures here in St. Louis, I have no problem buying cute summer dresses, shorts, or tank tops and saving them for next year. Low-key, because the weather has been so unpredictable (it was in the low 80’s today) I’ve been able to wear some of this stuff layered under sweaters or with a cute jacket. (more…)

My Quest to become a Naturalista

I LOVE HAIR WEAVE! Long weave, short weave, red weave, blonde weave….pretty much anything that even closely resembles a natural hair color I’m all for it (I’m not bold enough to rock blue hair). Unfortunately for me, The Boy does not share my passion for weave and after several months of various protective sew-in styles he asked me to let me hair breath (-__-). Determined not to loose all of the healthy hair gains I’d achieved from months not manipulating my hair, I refused to cause damage to my hair by frequently straightening it. So just like that I decided to become a naturalista! I’d pinned so many cool hair do’s on Pinterest and watched enough Youtube videos to be an expert….or so I thought. My mom and I thought a perm rod set would be super cute, so we gathered our supplies and set off. It took FOREVER to get all the rods in my hair and we couldn’t figure out how to get them tight to my scalp. (more…)