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A Glamorous New Beginning

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Last summer, I found the apartment of my dreams. Spacious but cozy, with high ceilings, big windows and lot’s of natural light, it was almost perfect. Why almost? Well, the apartment needs a complete renovation. With a gutted kitchen, uneven floors, doors with cut out holes for (I suspect) cats, and a bathroom that looks like it’s housing several diseases,  this is no “move-in” ready deal. With a little imagination though, you can definitely see its beautiful potential. Plus, it’s  in the same neighborhood that I already live in and have grown to love, and even after doing a full-renovation, it will still be way under the price of other “move-in” ready apartments I had seen in the same area. So, after months of struggling with a co-op board to be able to begin remodeling the place, we’re finally on our way. Of course, this means the hard part has begun.Continue reading

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The Old Navy Sweetheart Jean: Best Ever?

As a thirty year old suburbanite, I need something to entertain myself while I wait in the long checkout lines in the grocery store after a long day at work. Frankly, I don’t care who wore it better or who is dating who in Hollywood. My sex life is fine thank you. So I usually flip through Marie Claire because, despite thinking Nina is the worst judge on Project Runway, I enjoy the how-tos and the product reviews. Every fall, many magazines do a piece on how to pick the perfect jeans for your body type. Many women don’t know how to buy the proper pair of pants; upstate NY might be the world’s capital for muffin-top. There’s nothing worse than body-spillage to make a person look misshapen and larger than they truly are.

I have my own personal interest in the matter. Sir Mix A lot raps that some girls have an L.A face, but an Oakland bootie. This is my fate. It’s called having an hour-glass figure – narrow, high waist and a full hip, thigh and, well, you know. The junk in the trunk. No matter how much weight I lose, I cannot lose my caboose.Continue reading

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5 Tips For Achieving A Vacation State Of Mind All Year Long

Cabo San Lucas aka Paradise

Whenever I leave NYC, whether it’s for a weekend trip or a two week long European adventure,  everything just clicks into place and I feel f*cking great about myself. After arriving at my hotel and freshening up, my hair is perfect, my make up is gorgeous and everything fits as it should. Once I come back home, my hair gets frizzy, my make-up runs, and everything fits like a one year old’s onesie. Being on vacation just makes me feel amazing in general, and about myself. I tend to pack things I would never wear at home; that blazer that always seems too tight, those heels that are just a little too pointy, that dress that’s a little short and that lipstick that is so blindingly red it hurts to look at it.

It’s a strange phenomenon, how good I feel and feel about myself,  but I can’t be the only one experiencing it. Being in a different place just gives you a confidence that you don’t have at home, but that you should. I’ve been thinking a lot  about how to achieve this and I’ve come up with 5 ways to feel good inside and out and continue that “vacation” state of mind all year long.Continue reading

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