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25 Things To Declutter Right Now!

A new year is upon us and there is no need to wait for spring to clear out clutter. I find it incredibly gratifying to…

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How To Get Your Life Back On Track In Three Days

I’ve had a busy couple of months with work, travel, and end of the year projects. I can get overwhelmed sometimes when things pile up…

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How To Survive Brimfield Flea (or Any Antiques Fair or Flea Market)

Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusettes is considered to be the oldest outdoor flea market in the U.S. going back 50 years.  It runs…

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Latest Blog

A Quick & Fun Decluttering Challenge

Inspired by the Messy Minimalist’s Clutter-free Christmas Challenge, I spent my Sunday decluttering items from her creative 10 categories. This challenge can be done once as a quick and fun way to rid yourself of a minimum of 10 items, or continued throughout the month of December and beyond. The 10 categories are listed below. In just one day, I got rid of 19 items because I found multiples in

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Haircare Favorites & A Few Duds

I keep a running list of haircare winners and losers on a post called Haircare Graveyard. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years searching for the best products for my hair in every haircare category imaginable. The Haircare Graveyard helps me remember which products worked, and which were complete duds and a total waste of money. Below are some newly discovered favorites as well as some of my

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Shopping My Vintage Wardrobe for AW19 Trends: 70s Bourgeois – Argyle – Suits – Quilting

Last week I put up a blog post of some vintage outfits that I pulled together inspired by current Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion trends. This week, I went back into my vintage collection and put together some outfits following more AW19 fashion trends such as 70’s Bourgeois: 1970’s middle-class, smart attire, Argyle, Suiting, and Quilted fabrics conceptualized as bedding, and bedclothes turned into day clothes. The 70s is one of my

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10 Beautiful Things

How To Network When You’re An Introvert These Are the Words Smart People Can’t Spell Eating With Digestive Issues: 10 Tips To Make Dining Out Bearable How To Travel With Friends On Different Budgets Top Dating App Profile Tips From A Professional Matchmaker These Harry Potter Recipes Look So Scrumptious Perfect Vegan Pie Crust Vintage Photos of How Glamorous Flying Used to Be The Most Haunted Graveyard In The World

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Shopping My Vintage Wardrobe for AW19 Trends: Bad Romance Leather & Lace

Proof that all fashion trends come back around, I dug into my own vintage wardrobe to put together some looks inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2019 runway shows. I adore some of the themes this year such as 1970s Bourgeois with all the check patterns and argyle prints. The Bad Romance theme which Vogue describes as “beauty with a bite.” It combines leather and lace, dark florals, animal prints, and shades

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Makeup Favorites: November 2019

This is the 11th month of my no-buy makeup year. It has been the most effective challenge forcing me to 1. be grateful for, and 2. use up the makeup I already own before buying anything new. This year, I have allowed myself to purchase replacements only or if I have completely run out of a particular kind of makeup. So far the only things I have purchased are mascara

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Death Valley Photo Essay

This past summer, I took a trip to Death Valley National park with my family. The suffocating 116-degree temperature may not for sissies but one cannot deny the beauty and quiet serenity of the place. The Oasis at Death Valley with its gorgeous grounds was our hotel of choice. It’s truly an oasis in the desert. We spent the day photographing the magnificent landscape and stargazing at night. I’ve never

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Brand Spotlight: No7 Top 3

One of the best affordable skincare brands available at the drugstore today is No7 Skincare. This UK company has been in the skincare business since 1935 and fortunately is now readily available to us in the US. Their serums, arguably their most popular products, are packed with the same active and potent ingredients found in high-end (expensive) skincare brands where you are likely paying for a luxury name and fancy

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