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How to Organize Your Closet | 7 Things to Ditch in Your Wardrobe

Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks, Video

Do you have a closet FULL of clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Wondering how to organize your closet to make it easier to find the things you love? In this video, I’m sharing the 7 Things You Need to Ditch in your wardrobe! Once you get rid of all the clutter, getting dressed in the morning becomes so much easier and enjoyable. Trust me, I know from experience!

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Weekend Sales Roundup

Fashion

Outfit Ideas for Work - SweaterDress, Chanel Pin, Captoe Mary Janes

Happy Saturday, Peeps!

The weatherman is predicting snow this weekend, so I’m safely tucked away inside with my laptop and hot cocoa to keep me warming. I figured I may as well get some retail therapy in while I’m at it, so below are the sales I’m most excited about right now…

  • Anthropologie — 40% off sale items with code TAGME.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off regular-priced items and 50% off sale items.
    P.S. I got these and these!
  • J.Crew — Extra 40% off final-sale styles with code SHOPNOW.
    P.S. I got this and that!
  • Last Call — Up to 60% off regular-priced items and up to 75% off clearance.
  • Lord & Taylor — Up to 25% off with code LTLOVE.
  • Macy’s – One-Day sale, plus 25% off clearance.
  • Intermix — Up to $250 off markdowns through Jan. 15.
  • NET-A-PORTER — Up to 70% off online.
  • Shopbop — Up to 70% off new sales items.
  • YOOX — Up to an extra 60% off!

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Sweet Little Nothings {October Favorites}

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

I’ts been ages since I’ve done one of these, but I just wanted to share a quick rooundup of all the things that made me smile during the month of Otcober. Enjoy!

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This awesomely tacky faux fur wrap from Zara. It’s a slight departure from my normal style, but saw it as I was leaving the store and couldn’t resist rushing back to the cash register to bring it home with me.

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Exploring my new neighborhood in Washington Heights. Eric and I lived her for a couple of years when we first got married, but we moved back last month after being away for 7 years! We’ve fallen in love with it all over again and continue to discover new things almost every day.

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There’s nothing I love more this time of year than curling up with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa. It’s like PopSugar Must Have read my mind when they sent me this month’s #MustHaveBox to try. And because sharing is caring, here’s $5 off your FIRST Must Have Box with code SHOP5. http://bit.ly/psmusthave1116

Fall Foliage in Upstate New York

Watching the leaves turn this time of year is always a treat. I’m still bummed I missed out on apple picking this season, but this stunning view in Upstate New York more than made up for it.

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And last, but defnitely not least… I celebrated my birthday this month! We kept things pretty low-key this year, but I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Per Se with a cozy table for two overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. And afterwards, we went to the Metropolitan Opera to watch Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

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Free (Or REALLY Low Cost} Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

Because there are plenty of Valentine’s Day Gift Guides out there designed to get you to part with your hard-earned cash, I decided to do something a bit different and offer your guys a list of free Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Each idea is based on one of the Five Love Languages, a book that my husband and I both read before we got married and one that I highly recommend to other couples.

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THE LANGUAGE: Words of Affirmation
THE TRANSLATION: A Homemade Valentine’s Day Card

For some folks, receiving compliments and praise are what they value most. So forget Hallmark, and break out the construction paper and lace doilies to write down those sweet little nothings and profess your love! My husband and I started dating when we were a pair of broke college students. We’ve come a long way since then, but some of my most treasured possessions are a box of handmade notes and cards that he gave to me in the early days of our courtship. The one I’m holding above is probably circa 2001’ish, and it still melts my heart to this day!

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THE LANGUAGE: Receiving Gifts
THE TRANSLATION: Make a Personalized Scrapbook

Now most of us love gifts – but for some folks, gifts can carry a LOT of weight.  Just remember that gifts don’t have to be expensive or over-the-top, so long as they’re meaningful. And what could be more meaningful than a personalized scrapbook filled with your favorite photographs and memories?! And if you want to start planning for next year’s V-Day, how about journaling just one thought each day for an entire year about why you love the other person? It’ll be a guaranteed page-turner – not to mention a potential tear-jerker.

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THE LANGUAGE: Physical Touch
THE TRANSLATION: Give a Candlelit Massage

The physical touch language doesn’t have to be exclusive to the bedroom. As a precursor to other, ahem, extra-curricular activities, spend an extra 30-minutes or so giving an amazing candlelit massage. Better yet, brush up on your technique beforehand by perusing a massage therapy handbook to make sure you’ve got your moves down pat.

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THE LANGUAGE: Acts of Service
THE TRANSLATION: Get Out of Chores Free Card

Sometimes the best way to show how much you care is to lend a helping hand. Since offering to take out the trash or sweep the garage doesn’t really scream romantic, a more pleasant way to extend the offer would be to print up a DIY coupon book custom-tailored with your special one’s least favorite chores.

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THE LANGUAGE: Quality Time
THE TRANSLATION: Do I really have to explain?!

Ok, this one’s a little toungue-in-cheek, but hear me out. Block out an entire evening with NO distractions… yes, that includes cell phones and computers! Dim the lights, pour some wine, lay out your significant other’s favorite snacks, and fire up an old, romantic movie. What happens next is up to you…

And there you have it folks! Five free or low-cost ways to express how much you care this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Forever 21 Workout Gear
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CC Recommends: Forever 21 Workout Gear

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

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Forever 21 Workout Gear

Ok, it’s confession time: I’m a workout video junkie.

I’m the girl who stays up late at night watching infomercials and actually orders the stuff shown on tv. On top of that, I probably own enough workout equipment to start my own small fitness studio. Because my workouts for the past year or two have been done exclusively in the comfort of my living room, my exercise apparel was beginning to look a little pitiful.

In any case, I recently decided to join a gym to switch things up a bit. And of course, I immediately realized that my usual workout attire of Hanes Boy Shorts and ratty college t-shirts weren’t made for public consumption.  And so the quest began for cute, affordable workout gear. Much to my surprise, Forever 21 delivered full-force on stylish and functional designs.

As a woman with an ample bustline, I was particularly stoked to find cute sports bras that held ‘the gals’ in place. Now, I probably wouldn’t wear them for high-impact aerobics, but for things like yoga, weight-lifting, and spin class where’s there’s not much jumping around, their sports bras do the trick just fine. But what got me most excited were the cute warmup jackets and printed leggings.

As far as sizing goes, I find the large tops and bottoms work best on me. But if you’re larger than a C-cup, like me, then I recommend checking out the plus size range of sports bras for a better fit.

Have any of you ever tried Forever 21’s activewear? If so, what were your thoughts? And if not, what brands do you stick by?

Heads up: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post, but the leggings, sports bra and yoga mat were gifted to me by Forever 21. The jacket was purchased by me months ago with my own cash, along with many other pieces from Forever 21’s activewear collection. I’d never lead you guys astray and truly do love these items enough to pay for them out of my own pocket!

 

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