Posted in Money

Ways I Make Extra $$$

Money is often a taboo subject. But why? The more we talk about finances, the more educated our peers will be. The one thing that does make me hesitant is the fact that I might be judged. Judged for not making enough or have too much debt. I’m slowly learning not to give a shit and I feel so much more confident about my financial situation. With that said, I will openly share my finances in hopes you will start to feel confident about talking about yours.

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Degree: N/A
Field: Finance
Pay: $25/hr + overtime + benefits
Monthly Expenses: $500 (rent) + $160 (cellphone bill) + $160 (gas) + Prescription
Debt: 35k in student loans, 1k in credit cards

With my finance job, I am able to pay my bills, save 10%, and do some light traveling. I’ve come to learn that I am not satisfied. I want to boost my savings and my travel fund so I decided to figure out all the ways I can make extra income. The extra income provides more flexibility with my main income. My goal for my side job is to make enough to cover gas and everyday shenanigans (eating out, happy hour, & rounds) leaving my main source of income for bills, savings, & travel 🙂

1. Rosie’s Boudoir SF
With some research, I scoped about wholesale clothing stores throughout the country. I found that many are in Los Angeles, CA. Everyone has their own style but if you have a keen eye for fashion. This might be with you! You often have to buy products in bulk so there is some investing before you see profit. As for distribution, I relied on Instagram over Facebook and used Storenvy as my store front. The site is extremely easy to use and the funds are directed to your Paypal account. Once I signed up for a Paypal debit card, the funds were IMMEDIATELY available to me. Currently, the profits I make from Rosie’s Boudoir pays for my gas and I am beyond grateful. I am satisfied with Rosie’s Boudoir and will kicking it up a notch with WEDDING attire. Stay tuned!

2. Event Planning & Etsy
I’ve always had an interest in event planning and I definitely have a knack for it. I just didn’t think I could do it for a living until recently! Out of nowhere, I was inquired to help with a baby’s 1st birthday, a first communion/confirmation, a graduation/18th birthday, a bridal shower, and a wedding! And because of that, I was able to really tap into my creative side. Etsy and Pinterest are full of inspirations but the products can be really expensive! I found a cute fabric banner on Etsy for $35 that I could easily make myself for $10. I can easily be that person selling $35 fabric banners! After all the events I’m assisting with and all the crafting, I will then decide if I want to open an Etsy to sell home made party/wedding goods. Stay tuned!

3. DoorDash
An online boutique and event planning can be inconsistent when you first start out. I stumbled upon a DoorDash advertisement on Facebook and decided to check it out. The advertisement read “Make up to $25” an hour. It is possible and I haven’t accomplished that yet. To break it down, DoorDash allows customers to order from their favorite restaurants in Downtown San Jose, Santana Row, and Willow Glen. They are wildly successful in Palo Alto near Stanford University. There is no minimum and a flat rate delivery fee of $7. You can see why this service is so popular. On the driver side, you are paid $7 for every delivery you successfully make plus tips. Tips are an average of $3 per delivery. The goal is to make 2 deliveries an hour. That is possible if you have back to back deliveries in an area. I once received to jobs at the same time that were 5 miles apart from each other so it is definitely possible. So far, my average is $10-12 an hour. It’s barely half of what I usually make but something is better than nothing. I could sit at home for 4 hours and make $0 or work and make $50-60. Scheduling is extremely flexible and I use a little less than a quarter tank when I deliver. Gas comes out of your own pocked BUT you can keep all the receipts as tax write offs 🙂 As a delivery driver, you are an Independent Contractor. Meaning you work for yourself. So in order to work for yourself, you need $ for gas to make money. BAM. Business expense. I would also keep any car maintenance receipts and see what my accountant can do with it.

For all those who are interested and want to apply, please email kevin@doordash.com and say Lisa Nguyen of San Jose referred you 🙂

Those are currently the ways I’m making extra cash. What are yours? Sound off below in the comment box!

Posted in DIY Party

Top Reception Songs

As my first dabble into event planning, I was approached to prepare dancing music for a traditional yet modern Vietnamese wedding. The playlist had to set the tone for the dance floor as well as please the conservative parents and young hipsters alike. With some help, here is the a list of songs that are family friendly and Lisa of All Trades approved! It is mostly Top 40 with sprinkles of oldies and EDM. Enjoy and happy planning!

In no particular order:

1. 50 Cent – In Da Club

2. Beyonce – Crazy in Love

3. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

4. Britney Spears – Toxic

5. Chris Brown – Yeah 3x

6. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott – 1, 2, Step

7. Cupid – Cupid Shuffle

8. David Guetta –  Sexy Chick (Ft. Akon)

9. Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

10. Enrique Iglesias – I Like It

11. Flo Rida – In The Ayer ft Will.I.AM.

12. Flo Rida ft. T-Pain – Apple Bottom Jeans (LOW)

13. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

14. Jagged Edge – Let’s Get Married ft. Reverend Run

15. Jay Sean – Do You Remember ft. Sean Paul, Lil Jon

16. Jay Sean – Down ft. Lil Wayne

17. Jennifer Lopez – On the Floor ft. Pitbull

18. Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned (Tiesto)

19. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack ft. Timbaland

20. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie ft. Jay Z

21. Justin Timberlake – Senorita

22. Katy Perry – California Gurls ft. Snoop Dog

21. Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

22. Ke$ha – TiK ToK

23. Ke$ha – Your Love is My Drug

24. Lady Gaga – Poker Face

25. Lady Gaga – Just Dance

26. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

27. LMFAO – Sexy and I know It

28. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

29. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA

30. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

31. Nelly – Hot in Here

32. Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous ft. Timbaland

33. OutKast – Hey Ya!

34. P!nk – Raise Your Glass

35. P!nk  – Get the Party Started

36. Jennifer Lopez – Dance Again

37. Pitbull – Give Me Everything ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer

38. Pitbull – Hey Baby (Drop It To the Floor) ft. T-Pain

39. Rihanna – We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris

40. Sean Kingston – Fire Burning

41. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It

42. Selena Gomez – Slow Down

43. Selena Gomez & the Scene – Love You Like a Love Song

44. Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie ft. Wyclef

45. Sir Mix A Lot – Baby Got Back

46. Taio Cruz – Dynamite

47. Tatyana Ali – Day Dreaming

48. The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

49. The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

50. The Black Eyed Peas – My Humps

51. Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love ft. Pitbull

52. Usher – OMG ft. Will.I.AM

53. Usher ft. Ludacrus & Lil’ Jon – Yeah!!!

54. Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – Stay the Night (Tiesto Remix)

55. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

56. Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love ft. Ellie Goulding

57. Calvin Harris – Summer

58. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love

59. Tiesto – John Legend – All of Me

60. Tiesto – Red Lights

61. Yolando Be Cool Vrs DCup – We No Speak Americano

62. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun

63. Daft Punk – One More Time

64. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff

65. Earth, Wind, & Fire – September

66. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – The Grease Mega-Mix

67. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

68. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

69. Los del Rio – Macarena

70. Michael Jackson – Thriller

71. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

72. Montell Jordon – This is How We Do It

74. The Temptations – My Girl

75. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

76. Sister Sledge – We Are Family

77. The Beatles – Twist and Shout

78. DJ Casper – The Cha Cha Slide

79. Chubby Checker – The Twist

80. The Village People – YMCA

81. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

82. Backstreet Boys – Everybody

83. 90 Degrees – Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)

84. Dada Life – Born to Rage

85. Avicii – Levels

86. Daft Punk – Get Lucy ft. Pharrell Williams

87. Flo Rida – Good Feeling

88. Flo Rida – Wild Ones

89. Psy – Gangnam Style

90. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

91. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

92. The Wanted – Glad You Came

93. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey bunch)

94. Foster The People – Pumped up Kicks

95. Jackson 5 – ABC

96. Robin Thicke ft. T.I. – Blurred Lines

97. Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven

98. Pitbull ft. Chris Brown – International Love

99. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

100. Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor

101. Zedd ft. Selena – I Want You to Know

102. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

103. The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face

 

Posted in Adventures

How I Survived Coachella 2014

Coachella 2014
Coachella 2014

COACHELLA 2014. It will definitely go down in history as one of the best years ever! The line up was amazing and the surprise guest performances blew my mind! It was my first time going and I can’t wait to go again next year! Don’t know what to expect? Here is the breakdown on Coachella through fresh virgin eyes.

Tickets go on sale around May BEFORE the line up is released. My friends and I took a chance and bought 3 day passes anyways. There were no single day passes this year and I don’t expect that to change. Tickets sold out VERY QUICKLY so act fast!! If I remembered correctly, round 2 sold out in 15 minutes! I bought my weekend pass for $350. By the week of the event, people were purchasing wristbands for $500-600!! Don’t be one of those people!

In theory, you cannot buy a weekend pass and sell it as single day. The pass came in a form of a wristband with a chip that you scan it and out at the entrance every day. However, employees did not check out tight the wristbands were on our wrists. I believe I could have gotten away with leaving the wristbands a loose enough to remove and sell. (Just an opinion 🙂 ) The wristband is registered under your name so that could be a problem. A friend of mine had trouble getting in because of a bad scanner. She had to try three different scanners until she got the green light. If that didn’t work, I believe they would have checked her ID to match the registration profile and serial number of the wrist band.

Coachella 2014 Wristband
Coachella 2014 Wristband
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Coachella 2014 Wristband

Shuttle passes ($60) are highly recommended because parking at the event is limited and it’s madness! Also, no one has to be DD (designated driver)!! We took the shuttle at a stop near our hotel the 1st day. It was a 40 minute ride BUT perfect time for pre-gaming and applying sunblock. The shuttle lines can get long so we brought along water and snacks for the ride. We finished everything by the time we got to the entrance. There are plenty of trash cans (and bathrooms) along the way from the shuttle and the entrance (10 minute walk) so don’t feel like you have to throw anything away until the VERY LAST SECOND. On the 2nd and 3rd day, we drove to the Indian Wells parking lot (free) and took the shuttle (20 min ride). We just had to pregame a little faster lol.

Accommodation should be booked quickly after tickets! They sell out quick and rates skyrocket as the date nears! Condos are a great option for big groups. Many include a pool which is nice way to beat the day heat. I had a small group of 4 people. We stayed in a quaint villa style hotel, Tuscany Manor, 40 minutes from the site and 2 blocks from our shuttle. I really liked our place and would stay there again. It was a 1 bedroom suite with a queen bed, a queen pull out sofa bed, 1 bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, dining table, living room, pool, free wifi, and free parking ($400-500 for 4 nights). We saved a lot of money cooking breakfast everyday! The kitchen is also great for late night snacking 🙂

Recommend groceries: WATER, coconut juice, eggs, sausages, toast, yogurt, milk, orange juice, fruit, & snacks.

Tuscany Manor, Pal Springs
queen master bedroom
Tuscany Manor, Pal Springs
full sized closet
Tuscany Manor, Pal Springs
fully stocked kitchen
Tuscany Manor, Pal Springs
living room w/ queen pull out sofa

Pool parties are available to beat the heat during the day. The LED Day Club at the Hard Rock Hotel included Dirty South, A-Trak, Disclosure, & David Guetta for Weekend 1. And for Weekend 2, the guests are Skrillex, Marin Garrix, Tiesto, and Showtek. Tickets are sold in advance starting at $40 so buy them quickly! To be real, our group was too hungover/exhausted to do ANYTHING except relax during the day so we skipped on these events.

Security seemed like it was going to be strict but I got away with a LOT of stuff 🙂 Security did not frisk me but did check my bag. However, they did not go through all the compartments. They just do a general overview. The security did however check my sunblock bottle for alcohol. So that risk is yours to take! The booklet included with your wristband clearly outlines what you can and can’t bring into the grounds. Camel packs were listed on the restricted list but my friend still was able to bring hers in. It just had to be empty. No outside food was allowed but I still sneaked in fruits & snacks. My theory is to hide what you can in your backpack and hope for the best. Some people also brought in empty water bottles to use at the water refill stations (free). I kicked it up a notch and brought in a frozen water bottle. My tactic was to flirt my way out of it. And also point out that alcohol can’t freeze so obviously the clear liquid is water!

the essentials
the essentials

Along with the obvious (ID, money, chapstick, etc), I recommend to pack allergy medicine, energy powder (to add to water), eye drops, hand sanitizer, travel baby wipes, toilet paper (YES, THEY RUN OUT), phone charger (free charging stations), bandana (sand storms), and a light sweater (high winds). There are people who pick pocket but I had a small combo lock on my backpack. I brought a beach towel to sit on the first day. It was nice to have but heavy to carry! We just sat in the grass for the rest of the weekend. Who the hell cares! ALSO, bring 2 pairs of sunglasses. By the end of the weekend, I lost both.

The weather is another factor you have to fight during the event. It reached 100 degrees Friday and two of my friends started to feel light headed and had blurred visions. It is highly important to stay hydrated!! I drank 1-3 water bottles every morning before leaving the hotel (not all at once) and took multivitamins just to get a leg up on the heat and drinking. A hat, cool and comfy outfit, and sunblock goes a long way! Saturday night produced high winds and a sand storm! It was super chilly and everytime I moved my mouth, I was literally chewing sand. My eyes were extremely irritated as well. The boys in our group were so prepared! Sure they may look silly, but those goggles and scarves were life savers! Be sure to pack a light sweater to beat the late night chills!

genius
genius

Fashion at Coachella is an animal of it’s own. I saw people with nothing but pasties on their nipples and people in full animal suits. Nothing is written off at Coachella! On the other hand, my friends and I decided to go for comfy chic. Cotton and chiffon are breathable and comfortable fabrics. I also used one of my bikini tops as a crop top. Dresses and skirts are recommended to keep cool and easy to adjust when using the bathroom! I saw a lot of girls wearing body suits and high-waisted shorts. Super cute but it must have been annoying to go to the bathroom! In a portable potty out of all things! That is just an accident waiting to happen! Also be sure to wear comfy shoes! I tried to be cute the 1st day and wore my friend’s boots. They weren’t broken into my shape so I ended up getting sore feet and blisters! I wore my running shoes the rest of the weekend and it was amazing! I reached dance level 100 that weekend lol.

I am literally wearing pajama shorts :)
I am literally wearing pajama shorts 🙂

Jean jacket – Savers Thrift Store ($5-7)

Coral PJ shorts – Banana Republic ($5)

far right
far right

Mint lace top – Walmart ($6)

Floral shorts – Target ($15)

the chiffon skirt was comfy and kept me cool!
the chiffon skirt was comfy and kept me cool!

Fringe Top – Rosie’s Boudoir SF ($27 a bikini set)

Yellow chiffon skirt – Rosie’s Boudoir SF ($12.99)

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Food & drinks are available for purchase at Coachella. Water bottles are $2 and you can recycle 10 empty bottles for a free water bottle! I recycled 120 bottles all together 🙂 It’s fun to recycle and even more fun to get free stuff! There is a large variety of on food. I spent $10 a dish on pad thai and bacon nacho seasoned fries. Just a hint of what to expect 🙂 Beer is purchased and consumed in the beer gardens. Wristbands change colors every day and are put on for you by employees. No luck passing off wrist bands here :/

The musical performances were off the hook (do people still use this phrase?) this year! I was fortunate to enjoy:

*outstanding performances

Friday: Aloe Blacc*, Bastille (Guest: Angel Haze), Ellie Goulding*, Chromeo*, Zedd*, Outkast (Guest: Janelle Monae). I heard Nas set but missed Jay Z and Diddy as surprised guests! I also missed E-40 and Too Short during Girl Talk and ASAP Rocky during ASAP ferg!

Saturday: Julian Casablancas, Kid Cudi, Capital Cities, Lorde, Sleigh Bells, Pharrell Williams (Guest: Snoop Dog, Tyler the Creator, Busta, Diplo, Gwen Stefani, Nelly), Muse. So sad I missed Beyonce during Solange’s set!!

Sunday: Chance the Rapper (Guest: Justin Beiber), Krewella*, Calvin Harris*, Lana, Adventure Club* (Guest: Diplo & Krewella), Disclosure (Guest: Mary J. Blidge), Duck Sauce. Wish I got to see Drake as a surprise guest during Jhene Aiko’s set!

In summary, I had AN AMAZING time and am hoping to go again next year! Tickets are predicted to available May 2014 for the April 2015 show! Get those tickets asap and get ready to dance your heart out!

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Posted in Beauty

Broke w/ Acne – DIY Avocado Lemon w/ Coconut Oil & Salt Mask/Scrub

The acne demon hit me when I was 16 and still plagues me to this day (almost a decade)! I’ve tried everything under the planet and noticed the only thing that has worked over time was exfoliating.

This time around,  I got a mild case of cystic acne. I wad so embarrased in social situations and would wear extra foundation to cover it 😦

Turns out, my hormones were out of whack! My birth control has greatly calmed down my skin’s redness & the acne has become less noticeable.

To quicken the healing process and treat scars, I’ve come up with this regime. Avocado & coconut oil moisturize the skin without clogging pores. Lemon works as a toner and lightens dark spots. Lastly, the salt effoliates dead skin cells to prevent pores from clogging. I’ve been using this face/mask for a week now and I love it!!! Lust sells a similar product for $40. Ain’t nobody got $$ fo datttt!!!!

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Ingredients ($10)
1/2 of a large avocado
1/8 cup of coconut oil
1/4 of a lemon, juiced
1/16 cup of salt (dead sea salt works best but table salt will do)

Puree avocado, coconut, & lemon juice until it is a smooth paste. Then fold in salt in a mixing bowl. Add more salt if you want the paste to be thicker. It needs to feek grainy. You want the paste to hold on your skin while you wear it as a mask. Store in a glass container. Plastic containers absorb moisture.

I like to use this daily while my acne us still severe & will decrease usage to 1-2 times a week. Slather on that bad boy like a mask and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. When you rinse, use circular motions so you’re exfoliating with the salt. Your skin will feel like a baby’s bottom!!

Enjoy & let me know how it turns out!!