(actually good) financial advice for 20-somethings

Actually Good Financial Advice for 20-Somethings gibbsongirl.com If you’re a young person today (Millennial, Gen Y, whatever you decide to call it), you’ve probably received your fair share of (awful) financial advice. Whether it was too vague (“Save more), too optimistic (“Just do what you love.”), or too darn accusatory (“Why don’t you kids move out of your parents’ basements, get a real job, and buy a house?!” Well…two words: student debt), we’ve seen ’em all. So it was a breath of fresh air to read a decent article on financial and life advice for people in our generation. To be fair, the article, posted by Time, is a tad bit vague and bit “inspirational,” but the advice is more valuable coming from folks who have actually proven their way financially and professionally. Here are some of my favorite quotations from the piece (read the whole thing here).

“Almost nothing you’re worried about today will define your tomorrow.”

-George Stephanopoulos

“There has never been an easier time to start a business…just start, and if you fail you can always go and get a normal job, but you will learn so much along the way it will be a great experience.”

-Hermione Way

“If only I knew then, as I know now, that there is wisdom in uncertainty — it opens a door to the unknown, and only from the unknown can life be renewed constantly,”

-Deepak Chopra

“Arianna, your performance will actually improve if you can commit to not only working hard but also unplugging, recharging, and renewing yourself.”

-Arianna Huffington

When a hiring manager turns the tables at the end of an interview and asks, “do you have any questions for me?” David Melancon, CEO of btr. says these three questions are important for you ask:

The questions are:

1. What qualities will a person in this role need to be successful in your company culture — as an individual and as a worker?

2. What’s the company’s position on education and development, including student-loan reimbursement and tuition assistance?

3. How does the company keep employees excited, innovative, and motivated?

-David Melancon

What’s the most valuable financial or career advice you’ve ever received?

Cheers,

Sarah

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waffles, beer, + chocolate: antwerp, belgium

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite Dutch foods (stroopwafels and cookie butter included). So today, here’s a look at some of the delicacies I enjoyed on a recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium. The day trip into Belgium was one of the last trips I took in Europe this summer, so I knew from the start I wanted to savor it. Thankfully, Belgian chocolate, beer, and waffles made the savoring very easy.

Waffles with Cherries in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrima Waffles in Antwer, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian Waffles. 

Mas Museum in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaView of the Mas Museum

Frites with Curry Sauce in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaFrites with mayo, curry sauce, and onions. 

Coffee in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaAntwerp, Belgium Street View #100DaysofMiaPrimaThe beautiful Belgian city of Antwerp.

Coffee in Antwerp, Belgium  #100DaysofMiaPrimaAntwerp, Belgium Coffee Shop #100DaysofMiaPrimaCoffee in the city.

Chocolate Hedgehog Candy in Antwerp, Belgium x#100DaysofMiaPrimaThe Belgian server: “It’s filled with alcohol. Is that okay”

Me: “Um, yes, totally.”

Server: “Because most people do not expect a hedgehog to be filled with alcohol.”

True enough.

Beer in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian beer, of course.


Antwerp, Belgium Skyline #100DaysofMiaPrimaPanoramic views from the Mas Museum.


Antwerp, Belgium Candies #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian cuberdon. Sweet cones filled with gushy deliciousness. 

Antwerp, Belgium Bike Sign #100DaysofMiaPrimaMaybe cycling is just a way to burn off all the Belgian calorie goodness…

One day, I’ll be back in Belgium to enjoy theses delicious treats again. Until then, I’ll have to make due savoring the stroopwafels I brought back with me from Holland.

au revoir!

Sarah

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a new look for mia prima casa

I founded the Mia Prima Casa (which means “my new house” in Italian) blog three years ago as a way to keep family and friends updated on everything I was up to post-college. This usually meant updates on how I was decorating my new (first!) apartment, what I was I was eating (usually plants), and what I was wearing.

Gibbson Girl: Vintage, travel, and style for the adventurous woman.

Today, Mia Prima Casa has a whole new look. I like to think the blog now more closely represents the woman I am today: well traveled, well dressed (or at least trying to be!), and beginning a whole new chapter (business school).

The Gibbson Girl in ActionAntwerp, Belgium Bike Sign #100DaysofMiaPrimaGibbson Girl Vintage Clothing & Accessories

Mia Prima Casa is far from gone, but she goes by a new name now. The Gibbson Girl, which is based off the 1910s fashion icon, evokes a sense of adventure, travel, and boldness. She has a vintage flare. Wears a crazy hat with confidence. Runs marathons. Travels to London. And most of all loves a night in with her cat, watching Downton Abbey and sneaking looks at her old travel diary pages.

Gibbson Girl Vintage Style on EtsyTour de France Utrecht #100DaysofMiaPrima 1European Style Brunch Breakfast Tea #100DaysofMiaPrima

I am so ready for this new chapter. And I hope you all are ready to meet the Gibbson Girl.

Cheers!

Sarah

p.s. The Gibbson Girl has a vintage shop, too!

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#ootd in berlin, germany

Parisians are effortlessly stylish. Londoners are on top of the trends. And Italians always have the chicest leather jackets. But Berliners have a style that is, in my opinion, truly the most unique. I loved how so much of the street fashion I saw was vintage or retro inspired. And a fashion “uniform” of any kinda (think, for example: skinny jeans, white tee, leather jacket) seems nonexistent.

Below, I’ve tried my best to distill the street fashion of Berlin into one photograph. But what you should really take away from it is not the exact outfit but the spirit of the German city’s style: individual, colorful, and retro. And most importantly, really freaking cool.

#OOTD Berlin #100DaysofMIaprimaShorts: Vintage, Shoes: Saucony, Crop Top: H&M, Scrunchie: Vintage, Magazine: Vogue Germany

Bis später!

Sarah

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It’s difficult for me to pinpoint Londoners’ style in one photograph. While I was visiting, I saw a huge variety of chic outfits (no surprise). But they did have some common threads: pretty darn stylish…and lots of crop tops.

So, in the photograph below, I have distilled what I’ve seen of London street fashion into a single outfit. What do you think? Does it capture the essence of the city’s style?

#OOTD London #100DaysofMiaPrimaPants: America Today; Crop Top: H&M; Sandals: Zara; Umbrella: Totes; Magazine: Vogue London

Cheers!

Sarah

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#OOTD in dubrovnik, croatia

While it’s true that I saw many fashion blunders (think: tourists) in the coastal city of Dubrovnik, I also twice as many outfits that captured the essence of the seaside city perfectly and stylishly.  In the photography below, I have distilled what I’ve seen of Dubrovnik street (and sea) fashion into a single outfit. Inspired by locals and style-conscious tourists alike. What do you think? Does it capture the spirit of this medieval town?

#OOTD Dubrovnik, Croatia Outfit Inspiration #!00DaysofMiaPrima

Cheers!

Sarah

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In the photograph below, I have distilled what I’ve seen of Paris street fashion into a single outfit. What do you think? Does it capture the essence of the city?

#OOTD Paris Outfit Parisienne Style #100DaysofMiaprimaShoes: Converse, Chambray Shirt:Liz Claiborne, Bag: Kate Spade Saturday, High-Waisted Jeans: Monki, Sunglasses: Vintage, Magazine, Vogue Paris

A plus tard!

Sarah

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