New Shoes + African American Cultural Festival

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Happy Money Monday – I don’t know about you, but this long holiday weekend was absolutely needed. 

In case this is your first time reading my weekend recap, check out the first one I shared here. This is a new series I started on my blog to keep myself accountable for my spending.


I’m feeling extra lucky because I had an extended holiday weekend. I was off on Friday and the only thing I had planned was a 12:00 p.m. spin class at Cycle Bar

I woke up early and couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to be productive. I’ve been needing to get my real I.D. and since it was still early, I thought I had a good chance of getting it done quickly.

I was so wrong…I spent three hours at the DMV and barely made it to my spin class. Thankfully I was on time and the studio had new stage bikes which were nice. The seats were noticeably more comfortable.

I still had half of my day left, so I enjoyed the afternoon by strolling around downtown. Afterward, I ordered food and had an early dinner with family.

Saturday: Shopping for new shoes 

On Saturday, I didn’t have anything planned. After I read for a little bit, I decided it was too nice of a day to spend it inside. 

I headed into town to do some light shopping. I only planned to buy a new face wash. I’ve been wanting to try a cleanser from Youth to the People.

I spent $39 on a new cleanser so if it isn’t worth it, I’ll let you all know. 

After leaving Sephora, I wanted to find a new pair of shoes. One of the benefits of where I work is the wellness credit I get towards athletic shoes, equipment, electronics and devices. 

At the end of this month, that credit expires. I’m not one to let free money go to waste, so I applied the credit to a new pair of shoes. 

I’ve been wanting a pair of fall sneakers. These New Balance shoes are perfect especially as I rebuild my wardrobe. 

I think the price point is more than reasonable too. I paid $89 for these and they’re very comfortable. I’ll be packing these for an upcoming trip to New York later this month.

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Sunday: African American Cultural Festival with Family 

I had a fun Sunday out with my parents and the pups. We went to the African American Cultural Festival downtown.

We mostly walked around but we did support a Black owned business. Tu Shea creates affordable vegan, all-natural beauty and body care products. 

This cultural festival has been happening annually for 14 years. However, it was the first time I’d ever been. I love being out in the community and shopping local, something I want to do more. 

I made cheeseburger sliders for dinner and spent the evening relaxing and watching movies on Tubi. 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s weekend recap. Have a beautiful week…I’ll catch you next time!


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