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Author, philosopher and dog magnet Alexandria Blaelock advises embracing things that matter, like beauty, friendship and wisdom.
Drawing on a career in project and event management, she is the author of three personal development books describing how rational thought about activities like getting dressed and feeding your friends can lead to the kind of pleasure that makes life worthwhile.
She lives in Melbourne (Australia) with her husband and two Labradors where she is pursuing a little Famous Five adventure. While she likes ginger beer and ham rolls you are more likely to find her drinking red wine with antipasto.
Holistic Personal Finance
Too often, advice about managing money is all about sacrificing the things that make life worthwhile. You get fewer lattes, fewer lunches with friends, and less overall happiness. But you might end up with more money in the bank. That you’re not allowed to spend. When you use business techniques like setting goals, making plans, and monitoring progress, you can focus on what’s important to you. You decide your spending priorities and what you are willing to sacrifice to pay for the life you want.
Build Your Signature Wardrobe
Had you been alive in 1935, you would have spent a fixed proportion of your annual income on a nine piece wardrobe consisting of two day dresses, an afternoon dress, evening dress, suit, coat and ski-suit or overcoat. But if you followed one magazine’s 2007 fashion advice you would have paid $216,000 for 240 items of clothing, 72 pairs of shoes plus accessories and hosiery.Drawing on purchasing advice and statistics from the early twentieth-century, including the Great Depression and two World Wars, Build Your Signature Wardrobe explains how to shop strategically with a three to five-year wardrobe plan. It describes how to develop a signature look, choose good quality clothes that fit properly and take care of them so they last.
Stress Free Dinner Parties
Named one of PARTYSLATE‘s 10 Best New Books For The Event Lover On Your Gift List
Does the prospect of inviting a few friends over for a meal fill you with as much terror as being asked to organise an international peace summit in a country in a different timezone that speaks a different language? If so, you need a simple, step-by-step guide that gives you the confidence you need to relax and enjoy your stress free dinner party. Professional event and wedding planners use the same method to organise all their events, no matter their size. Stress Free Dinner Parties shares this approach to advise you on selecting guests, food and drinks, as well as prepare your home and bring it all together on time and budget.