One of the most challenging parts about being an adult in general is money management. In the world of the internet, there is always something being promoted as an "investment" or "holy grail item." As I have become financially independent, value has become the key when deciding between something getting something cheaper, or spending a little bit more money. Here are the things I swear by and use nearly if not every day, that live up to the hype. Some are cheaper than others and some are more obvious, but I really like to get recommendations from friends, and wanted to throw my two cents in. (Thanks to Bailey for inspiring this post!) 

Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | I've had mine since high school and always come back to it- it's classic, sleek and easy to travel with and stores a lot on top of being easy to clean. 

Apple Podcast | Listening to NYT's The Daily is my favorite part of my commute. 

Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream | As someone with dry skin (especially this time of year), this is an amazing moisturizer that soaks in immediately and smells nice too!

Wet Brush | It's one of the cheapest brushes on the market and is amazing for brushing wet and dry hair. 

Drybar Hair Straightener | A little bit of an investment, but worth every penny (and a cute color!).

S'well Water Bottle | Its price will keep you from misplacing it- promise. 

Trader Joe's Greek Style Yogurt | I eat one every single day, so had to include it. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | One of the few  items that I really would consider essential in my makeup look.

Kate Spade Darci Laurel Way Wallet | A great wallet at a great price- love the outer pocket for my ID and subway card. 

Pilot G7 Rollerball Pen | The best pens of all time. 

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