Home Decorating Tips for the Winter

Hey friends. I’m going to be honest. I don’t know how much more of winter I can take. This cold and snow is just disrespectful, and it should be illegal. Ya feel me?! But alas, I can’t change the weather, so I’m just changing my scenery instead.

Life with sun and sand is a little bit down the road, so in the meantime, I’m changing my indoor scenery. I decided I wanted to come home to more bright colors to make life feel a little warmer, so I’m in the process of redecorating. This is a great way to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re in a winter slump.

Not only will brightening your decor make you feel happier, it will open up your space to give a homier, warmer feeling. I’ve been living in the same apartment for almost 4 years now. I love it and I love the location, so there’s really no need to move just yet. So I figured a little bit of redecorating would be a great way to make it feel new and fresh, and also have something to look forward to coming home to after walking several blocks in the cold daily.

When I first moved in, I wanted everything to play off of Turquoise. Although I am still fond of the color, I decided to play with pinks and gold for this stage of redecorating. There’s still more to be done, but I’ve had a great start so far.

Decorating Tips:

  • Find a base color and one or two accent colors. For example: Turquoise – base color. Nude and gold – accent colors.
  • Play on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Before you know it, you’ll be getting ads on your timelines for everything you’re dreaming of!
  • Where to shop? HomeGoods, At Home, and Wayfair. Fun story – I took a friend to At Home and she is now obsessed. Really though, if you have the chance to go any At Home location, do yourself a favor and just do it!
  • Add live plants and flowers to your living space. Always have at least one fake arrangement, but live plants and flowers add life and depth.
  • Don’t purchase everything at once. Find a good starting off point like pillows and work your way through the space. Pick up something here and there until you feel the decor is complete.

Happy redecorating!

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How to Make a Bit of Cash from Fashion

Maybe you just want to save some money creatively using your knowledge of fashion, or maybe you have your eye on certain item that you need to have, whatever the reason, you can make some cash from your knowledge of fashion. This can be much easier than you think, and could even do it from the comfort of your own home. There comes a time in everyone’s life then realise they need to wake up and get their hustle on. There are lots of ways you can make money from selling your clothes, to getting discounts on certain retailers, to making a move into the fashion industry. Whatever your reason, you can make some money with your fashion wisdom you have gained over the years. Read on to find out how you can make some cash, all through fashion and style.

Sell Old Stuff 

The internet is a beautiful thing that has opened up so many opportunities, and so many businesses up to loads of customers too. This is something you can use to your advantage as well. Selling your old shoes, that old prom dress you only wore once, or even stuff from when you are younger that you have totally grown out of. How about them ice skates that you swore you would use every week? There are plenty of things in your wardrobe, and in your home, that you can sell online. It might seem like a lot of effort to take pictures, and put everything online, then post the items, but it is money just waiting to be made.

Many people make a good living from doing exactly this: buying wanted items then upping the price and selling them on. If you have an eye for a bargain, and know when something is good, then you could do this to earn some extra money on the side. This is not only limited to clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry, but anything you can get your hands on. If you have an eye for style, this could be a fantastic side hustle that really suits you.

Work at a Retailer

There are loads of retailers in cities that hire staff, especially young staff too. Working in a retailers is a great way to earn some extra money, and it comes with benefits as well. Many fashion retailers offer discounts on clothes, so it can save you money on things that you have your eye on. If you’re really struggling for cash, check out signature loans. Working at a fashion retailers can be a great option, as working for your favorite fashion retailers can save you money on your next purchase too.
There are lots of ways that fashion can earn you an extra bit of cash on the side. Anything from selling on old items, to getting a job at a retailers or in the fashion industry. If you have an eye for style and a passion for fashion, why not use it to make you some cash on the side?

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Girl Power with Shop J&G

I love finding new stores online to shop, and I was super excited to find out about Shop J&G. This online boutique was created by Jerusha Greenwald in 2015. With her lifelong love of fashion and love for empowering other women, she decided to combine them both into creating products that every woman could enjoy.

We share the same goals in life as I aspire to empower women (and men) through this blog, so I was more than happy to share my newfound knowledge of J&G with you all.

J&G offers clothes, jewelry and accessories. I was immediately drawn to the jewelry and chose this layered necklace. It pretty much goes with everything and have even had friends borrow it for a night out. It’s sassy yet classy and the perfect hue of gold.

Along with jewelry, J&G offers fun handbags and clutches. Shop the site here and my coupon code FAB20 at checkout. 😘

“Girls compete with each other, women empower one another” #GirlPower

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8 Reasons to Embrace Online Shopping

When purchasing clothes, most of us would just head out to a store, try something on for size and then buy it. However, with the internet growing to become such a popular platform for shopping, more and more people are turning to web stores for the sake of finding their new styles and saving money on clothes. To help convince you that this is the new frontier for online fashion, here’s 8 brilliant reasons for why you too should embrace online shopping.

  1. Browse in the comfort of your home at any time

One of the most convenient things about online clothes shopping is the ability to shop online at your own discretion and being given 24/7 access to all the stores. It could be 3 AM  and you could still shop for clothes that can potentially arrive the next evening! No matter what time it is, online clothing stores are always open for business.

  1. Access to a wider range of styles

Another fantastic advantage of buying your clothes online is the access you get to a huge number of different styles. You’ll find that the selection of dresses on a website will far exceed the choice you get from a mall, and you can even dive into international styles. The fashion scenes in places like Italy or Japan are probably far from what you’d expect, and learning about overseas styles is a great way to augment your own. If you want to learn more about online styles, then it’s a good idea to take a look at some fashion blogs that specialize in the clothes that you can find in different parts of the world. You’ll usually come across communities that have the same interests as you and you’ll find even more websites on the internet that sell international fashion pieces. Just remember that shipping can sometimes be expensive if you’re buying something from across the world and you’ll likely have to pay customs depending on where you live and where you’re ordering from.

  1. Plenty of discounts, deals and other savings

If you want to be frugal about your fashion then look no further than buying online. There are plenty of discounts to be had and you’ll find that your loyalty is rewarded constantly with discount coupons and special deals. The best way to keep up with these deals is to follow clothing stores and brands on social media. They’ll occasionally tease upcoming sales and discount codes, so it’s never a bad idea to browse their Twitter account or Instagram now and then. You can also register for their newsletter on their website to get the latest news and offers sent directly to your inbox.

  1. Great return policies to make buying more secure

One of the biggest problems with online shopping is the fact that many people feel it’s difficult to return clothes. Thankfully, returns are now easy to process for most online retailers so there’s no fear if you accidentally buy the wrong size or if the colour they sent was incorrect. It’s usually the well-known retailers that have comprehensive returns systems. You should be wary of buying from websites like eBay because trying to process a return is usually a headache. Unless absolutely necessary, you generally want to avoid buying from online auction websites because there’s a good chance there will be scams and fakes floating around the listings.

  1. Online model images to help you picture the clothes

Clothes shopping is time-consuming because you need to try on everything that piques your interest. Before you know it, you’ll have spent several hours in the mall and you might not even walk out with something new to wear. With online stores, there are plenty of images on every online website that will help you decide if something is right for you or not. Just keep in mind that they’re usually worn by models and the images are often processed with Photoshop to make them look a little more pleasing to the eye.

  1. Quick shipping from most popular retailers

Shipping times are relatively quick now thanks to improved logistics systems. It’s possible to get your clothes within 24 hours from many major retailers, so you don’t have to wait around at all! Some retailers even offer same-day delivery or collection at the nearest local store if you’re buying from a well-known retailer that also has physical stores around. Collection options are usually subject to availability but can be handy for people that are busy and might not be at home to accept a delivery.

  1. Build confidence in your clothing without heading out

If the last thing you want to hear is the snickering of a clerk behind your back as you walk out of the store with a new dress, then online clothes shopping is a fantastic way to shop in confidence without being judged. Let’s face it, building a personal style is difficult and having the attitude to go with it is just as hard, which is why online clothes shopping is a safe way to shield yourself from judgemental staff members at a fashion boutique.

  1. Extremely convenient for those with busy lifestyles

Let’s face it, when’s the last time you really had time for shopping? If you’re a busy person, then online clothes shopping is a brilliant way to get yourself the latest trends without spending too much money or time. Simply log on when you have time (you can even shop for clothes on your phone!), browse around the latest styles, add to cart then they’ll arrive the next day.

As you can see, purchasing your clothes online is simple, convenient and a lot of fun. It’s definitely the prefered way to find your next outfit and can save you plenty of time.

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Kitty Cat Pie Bites

If there’s one thing that can bring people together, it’s food! Who doesn’t love food, right? Because of our love of food and cooking/baking, my coworkers and I decided that on Mondays we’ll all bring a dish to share with the team. Each week we pick a different theme or food group and this week, the lucky winner was PIE!

Scrolling through Pinterest for ideas, my creative juices got flowing and I decided to make pie bites. But how would I kick it up a notch? Well, with none other than a cat shaped cookie cutter.

For those who don’t know, I’m the Recruiting Manager for BarFly-HopCat (our logo is a black cat) and I also adopted a black cat named Paisley. So how perfect are these?!

To make your own:

**I wasn’t feeling ambitious enough to make homemade pie crust but go for it if you have the time!**

Unroll thawed pie crust and use cookie cutter to make cat shapes. Of course, any cookie cutter shape will work. I picked mine up at Michaels for 99 cents.

Fill with a fruit jam and seal the edges with a fork. These cat pie bites are filled with Raspberry Jam. Glaze with a dab of egg wash, then pop into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 15mins or until lightly brown.

Let cool and outline in cookie icing. I chose black cookie icing, also from Michales. Let the icing harden and enjoy!!

The jam coupled with the icing makes for a perfect treat reminiscent of Toaster Strudels.

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Santa Snacks

I grew up not believing in Santa. It was kind of an unspoken fact in my household that he isn’t real. I even ruined Christmas for a girl name Jennifer Kudson in 4th grade by breaking the news to her that there’s no such thing as Santa Clause. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry!

Whether you believe in the big jolly guy or not, you have to admit Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with cookies. Cookies are allegedly Santa’s favorite, so I decided to whip up a treat for the make believe fella (but really for myself because I totally have a sweet tooth). You may have seen in a previous post, I made Unicorn Breakfast aka Funfetti dip; so without making a trip to the store, I used what I had at home and finished up the box of Funfetti mix to make Funfetti Cookies!

These cookies are like a fluffy party in your mouth. So yummy and so easy to bake.

What you’ll need:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs

I didn’t want a full batch of cookies so I cut the recipe in half, but here are the instructions to bake 2 dozen cookies:

Mix 1 box of Funfetti cake mix with 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1tsp of vanilla extract. Form cookie-like circles on cookie sheet and cook until light golden. I baked my cookies at 375 for about 18 mins. The vegetable oil gives the cookies a cake-like consistency so they are perfectly moist and fluffy.

Let cool and enjoy!

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Fashion Lessons to be Learned from the Effortless Italian

A bucket list destination of mine is Italy! So until then, I’ll follow their fashion.  There is no doubt that Italians have a flair for fashion, and an aspiring trendsetter should turn to the country for inspiration. But, what are the main lessons to take away from the eternally effortless Azzurri? The following are the ones to keep in mind.

Color Is Key

Now that the winter is here, it’s tempting to get in a rut no thanks to the likes of the Starks. Is it the end of the world, Jon?! The bad weather and the lack of sunlight lead lots of women to opt for neutral colors. The likes of blacks and white and creams are everywhere in the winter, and they can look the part. However, the Italians are always colorful and always stand out from the crowd as a result. Sure, it may not be seasonal but no one cares. The key is to use a neutral base layer and to add elements of color on top. A dark top and jeans combo, for instance, goes well with vivid shoes.

Buy Quality Materials

Italian women, and men for that fact, never look tired or outdated. Their clothes are always on point and in season, which is the reason they are appealing. How they do it is simple: invest in high-quality items. Rather than shop little and often, they would rather go big and then go home. Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana may be expensive, yet the material lasts forever and stays in fashion. Regardless of the year, you can dress to impress without updating the wardrobe.


This has to be one of the worst-kept secrets in fashion, but it’s one the Italians take to the next level. You can do it with almost any accessory, as the following paragraph will highlight, but jewelry is the gold standard. For starters, rings and bracelets add elegance to a part of the body that is pretty basic. Let’s face it – a manicure only goes so far. And, in keeping with the buying quality theory, it’s usually Roma designer jewelry or Marco Bicego. Aside from the obvious, pendants are a terrific way to add originality as necklaces are common.

Keep The Sunglasses On

Winter, it may be, but the sun still shines. At least, it does in Italy! Winter sunlight is one of the joys of an otherwise stressful and cold season. However, it too comes with pitfalls, such as blinding light which causes the retinas to take cover. And, if you are in a car, it’s not just annoying but dangerous. The Italians have a solution, and it’s called never taking off the sunnies. Not only is accessorizing essential, but it also adds a sense of glamour. Plus, it’s an original move in the winter.


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