Welcome to my little piece of the web, I'm Ariana Neala. I'm a 20-something recent college grad, photographer, graphic designer, prop designer and business owner. I live in Northern California, and no: I don't live anywhere near a beach, I don't ski/snowboard, I'm not blonde, I don't surf, and I probably don't fit any other California stereotypes either. I'm a thrifter at heart. I'm eco-conscious, I love fashion (yes my Barbies looked fabulous!) but I also love writing. When I was four I day dreamed about writing novels, not tiara's or rocket rides (although I wouldn't object to the tiara...). When I found photography, I found a new way of capturing life around me that I felt my writing couldn't do. I've been a professional photographer for seven years now and wouldn't change it for the world (and yes I realize I look 12 in pictures...please ignore that!). Though I've dabbled in many things, writing and photography is a way of life and a habit I don't intend to kick.

Here on Dear Wallet, I am able to use both of these addictions obsessions with my third favorite thing, teaching. With this blog I intend to not only teach about being frugal and thrifty, but inspire and motivate others to do the same, being frugal doesn't mean giving up the things you love, it means being creative and motivated to try new things. Dear Wallet, is for the frugal individual, people who care about the environment, those trendy and fashionable, the DIYers of the world, the thrifters, and the decorators. Here we have something for everyone: shopping excursions, outfit ideas, home decor, DIY projects, budget projects, videos and tips, recipes and articles.

So if you like any of the aforementioned things, or just need your thrift fix [shh, we won't tell!] then stick around, and join us on facebook and twitter and pinterest!

I'm passionate about passion, and if I set my sights at the top: that's where I intend to go. If you feel the same, feel free to share! I love emails, I love comments and questions. Send me a picture, send me your website, let's chat. I can't wait to meet you!
-ariana neala
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