The thirties are a time of moving into your “grown woman-hood”. It means letting go of some of those bad habits built during the twenties. We’re sure all of our Vyne readers are “grown women” <wink wink> but just in case you want to be sure you’re manifesting your “grown woman-hood”, we’ve compiled a few essential “grown woman-isms” and tips:
- Cleanliness is Next to Godliness – Growing up means your house is in order and ready for company at all times. When your friends ask to come over do you find yourself searching for an excuse to tell them why they can’t because you know your house is a wreck? Unless you’re college age, this is no longer acceptable ladies. Tip: If you find you don’t have time to clean regularly, invest in a cleaning service once a month. It’s not as expensive as you may think.
- Stock Your Fridge and Pantry – Do you ever remember a time when you were younger and your Mom/Dad didn’t have groceries to make you dinner? Probably not. Growing up means you always have enough food in your fridge or pantry to make yourself and a guest (maybe even a man!) a good meal. Tip: Learn how to make at least one three course meal really well. Then always keep those ingredients on hand so you can make it at a moments notice.
- Bills, Bills, Bills – If you’re one of those people whose bills don’t get paid on time (for whatever reason) it’s time to put a period to that behavior. Besides the fact that it screws up your credit, do you ever remember your parents’ cable or phone having to get turned off before they paid the bill? Again, probably not. Tip: Most all banks have an online portal that will allow you to pay all your bills on line, from the same place, with just a few clicks.
- Retirement Saving – Okay so even though 30 is the new 20, you still need to be on top of your retirement savings. So it goes without saying that your 401K should be set up and you should be contributing at least the same amount that your job will match dollar for dollar. Tip: To learn more about retirement savings check out Personal Finance for Dummies.
- Nip/Tuck – And we don’t mean surgery, we mean tailoring. Every grown woman should have the name and number of a good tailor. No more jeans or pants dragging on the ground, no safety pining or rolling up. Tip: Ask a friend who lives nearby for the name of their tailor. This way you know you can trust their recommendation before you hand over your favorite pants.
- Pay for Quality – We’re all for a bargain, but when it comes to clothes it’s important not to sacrifice quality for the bargain price. Trust us, once you start to wear quality clothes you’ll wonder how you ever wore anything else. Tip: Start by upgrading your work wear to a few quality staple pieces (e.g. an Ellen Tracy black pants suit, pencil skirt, work dress). And if you don’t have $1K to spend on a dress (given the economy) try using sites like “Rent the Runway” to try out designers before you commit.
- Edit Your Closet –You probably have a ton of clothes from your last age decade that you’re still hanging on to for no reason. Chances are you don’t even wear these clothes anymore. Tip: Grown women have well edited closets so try going through your closet and getting it down to 100 items.
Do you have more “grown woman-isms” to add to the list? Feel free to share!