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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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How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals {My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions}

Tips & Tricks, Video

On this first day of 2017, I have a little confession to make…

I used to HATE setting New Year’s Resolutions! They just always seemed so contrived, and I’d usually abandon them before the month of January was even out. In any case, I must be getting soft in my old age because I’ve recently had a change of heart and have decided to make a few resolutions for the first time in many years.

In this video, I share with you my Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions, plus my action plan for making them happen. I’m applying the philosophy of S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting which stands for Smart, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and learn more about how to set your own S.M.A.R.T. goals and kick@$$ in 2017!

 

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Selfie Game So Strong (4 Tips for Better Self-Portraits)

Business Casual, My Style, Tips & Tricks

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Recently, I found myself on the road for a business trip with my photographer (aka husband) left behind. Rather than skip a few days of outfit post, I decided to bring along my tripod and remote and get back to early blogging roots. Way back when, I used to sneak out during my lunch break to find a secluded corner in Manhattan’s financial district to take take my own blog photos. Those were fun times, and it definitely helped me develop a high threshold for embarrassment. But I digress…

For this particular session, I decided to challenge myself by shooting indoors. Luckily, my hotel room was flooded by afteroon sunlight which made my job a lot easier. Which brings me to the first of my Top 4 Tips for Better Self-Portaits:

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{Nifty-Thrifty} CC’s Guide to Thrift Store Shopping In Manhattan

Tips & Tricks

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I’m definitely a lady who enjoys the finer things in life… However, that doesn’t mean I like to break the bank.  Au contraire!  In fact, most of my best finds have been procured from one of three places: the clearance rack, eBay, or the thrift store.  Over the years, I’ve gotten a few emails from inquiring minds who’d like to know my favorite shopping destinations in NYC.  And since thrift stores are ALWAYS at the top of my lists of recommendations, I thought I’d share the wealth with the rest of you readers should you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods.

I find thrift store shopping in Manhattan to be somewhat of a sport, so I’ll usually spend an entire afternoon pounding the pavement and bouncing around to half a dozen shops or more all in one go. Below are my two favorite thrift store shopping routes to follow when I feel the urge NOT to splurge!

ROUTE 1: Chelsea & East Village


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ROUTE 2: UPPER EAST SIDE


View Closet Confections Vintage/Thrift Store Route (Upper East Side) in a larger map

And if you’re up for venturing off the beaten paths I’ve shared above, here are a few more spots I recommend:

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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!

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