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Call to action: Help me gather warmth for those in need!

Call to action: Help me gather warmth for those in need!

Sometimes out of an annoying few days, something good can be born. Right now, I was supposed to be writing from Charleston. My belly was supposed to be full of shrimp, grits, and biscuits. Most importantly, I was supposed to be basked in warmth. Wacky weather happenings are going on right now. Call it polar vortex, call it global warming, or just call it a shitty string of luck, but most of the country is dealing with ice and snow and ridiculous temperatures. The reason I’m not in South Carolina is because they got an ice storm. Commonplace for us jaded New Yorkers, but a pretty rare occurrence for them. It sent them for such a loop that their airport was even shut down for a while. Ultimately, it was shut down while I was in LaGuardia Airport about to board...

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Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

Today’s weird find: A BREAD BED?!

While generally I’m all about any avenue existing that allows me to appreciate the mighty carb WITHOUT gaining weight, sometimes people are just a bit ridiculous. For example, I have discovered Japanese online store named Felissimo is selling beds that resemble different breads. (My desire? The sunflower seed baguette. They, however, did not consult me.) There are tons of beds shaped like everything from toast and rolls to pastries. And, yes, no worries — you can TOTALLY get a red blanket inspired by your favorite type of berry jelly. The pastry-shaped cushions can be found here. The bed breads cost 16,800 yen each, which is about $171 U.S. — quite a value, I suppose, though I’m not exactly sure how long you can cuddle with this before you...

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To everything there is a season

To everything there is a season

To Everything There Is a Season sang Pete Seeger in the late 1950s…and if that is true, I shudder to think of what this is the season. But this week, a lot of really freaky stuff has gone down. Cosmically freaky. Last week, Sarah and I — (begrudging?) fans of The Bachelor, if you may have noticed from Twitter —  were super excited to attend an intimate Herbal Essences lunch in honor of the final episode of the season. It was a lunch full of amazing intel about the makings of the series and quality time with some of my absolute favorite Bachelor men — something I wish I was going into now. But there is something much bigger I need to share. Something that right now, is resonating way deeper within me. By now you all know what happened in...

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Can we make our own bedrooms as luxe as our favorite hotels?

Can we make our own bedrooms as luxe as our favorite hotels?

Greetings, friends! As I write this post, I’m on a flight back to New York City from Milwaukee. I spent the last few days visiting the Fox Cities area as a guest of the Fox Cities, Wisconsin convention and visitors bureau. It was a fun visit, complete with chocolate bar-making, cheese carving and wine tasting – just to name a few – but among my favorite aspects of just about any trip is the super-luxe (super big!) hotel bed. This trip, I was hosted by the Best Western Premier Bridgwood in Neenah, Wisconsin, where my basic room offered a cloud-like king-sized bed with many pillows and a spa robe and chocolates upon my arrival each evening. It’s the little things like that — no matter how exotic or quaint our destination – that...

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Giveaway: Win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card!

Giveaway: Win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card!

We all know the old adage — roses are red, violets are blue. Red roses on Valentines’ Day send a classic message – eternal love. This may or may not be in the cards for some of us – a girl can dream — however, last Valentine’s Day, 29 percent of shoppers chose to purchase other hues, too. Why? There are many types of love to celebrate – puppy love, friendship, family love, self love – and every rose color sends a special message, so choose wisely (look below for ideas)! With a rainbow of roses and sentiments to send “it’s the thought that counts,” takes on a whole new meaning. But what about the farm workers who pick those each stem? Are shoppers thinking about where their roses come from or how their purchases impact farm...

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The hiatus is about to go on hiatus…

The hiatus is about to go on hiatus…

You guys, so sorry for the radio silence at my little Interweb home this week. Straight from Brazil, I went to Utah for Sundance (which was AMAZING — can’t wait to share more about that with you!). Then, as soon as I got home, I got some sad news – my grandma has died, suddenly in her sleep while I was out of town- she hadn’t even been sick. (This damn cold/flu season is DEVASTATING for the elderly – take your flu shot asap!!!) — and that sent my post-travel-arrival into a tailspin of family-activity. I’m trying to get right back on the horse that is my ridiculous life (always good, bad, and a little bit crazy), and actually am en route right now to my very first ever AERIAL YOGA class. When I return, I shall share more...

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The sweet sounds of groceries…

The sweet sounds of groceries…

While jumping between trips the last few weeks, my fridge has been suffering. As in, I own no food that can technically be counted as nutritious. Last night, while in the car home from the airport, it was late, I was tired, and it was very attractive to me to order sushi — then I remembered how dirt poor I am right now (seriously, the life of a freelancer is to spend ALL your time chasing down invoices) – and I nixed it in favor of a pre-bed yogurt. All this information is rather superfluous though, but it’s a roundabout way of sharing something incredibly nifty I’ve learned of via CES – Whirlpool unveiled a music playing refrigerator at CES 2013, called Cool Vox. The Bluetooth enabled fridge has speakers in the door!!! What does...

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Do you look to save (or splurge) during the holidays?

Do you look to save (or splurge) during the holidays?

Last night, I was chatting with Sarah, and — as we are often to do during this (and every) season, we were sharing links of holiday gift must-haves. PSA: You only have 12 shopping days until my birthday. In our browsing, I came across this INCREDIBLE leopard-design KitchenAid mixer, and everything stopped. KitchenAid launched these hand-painted, limited edition stand mixers for the holidays, which were created, numbered and autographed by graphic artist Dean Loucks. They come in this (amazing) Leopard (pictured above), Snow Leopard and Noir Leopard; a zebra-striped Serengeti model; a floral-inspired Golden Petals design; and Shimmer , which features Loucks’ signature blue flowers. The mixers cost $1,899 each and can be found here. Which brings me to...

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Giveaway: Penny for your thoughts (or, like a whole bunch of them)

Giveaway: Penny for your thoughts (or, like a whole bunch of them)

I began penning this post yesterday, as I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for my flight home (you know it’s a quick turnaround when you can check in for your arriving and departing flights at the same time), and I can’t help myself from people watching. I’ve always been something of a “yenta”( as my grandma would have put it )– I love observing from a far and trying to figure out the story going on behind a person’s often paper-thin facade. And the best place to people watch? The airport, obviously. Don’t you wonder what people are thinking? What their fun secret indulgences are? How ironic is it now I’m working on this post, about pennies for our thoughts (and a whole lot of them) — we have...

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Tales of life, loss, and technology (and my new computer!)

Tales of life, loss, and technology (and my new computer!)

No, you guys, this isn’t one of THOSE posts where I wax poetic about the meaning of life and then say something really profound, followed by an association to footwear. Rather, it’s a true story about perseverance in times of adversity. And by adversity, I mean, technology biting me in the arse. I spent last week in Nashville – a tale I totally planned on posting about as soon as I returned, but en route back to New York, my beloved MacBook Pro crapped out on me. Died. KABLOOM. And, so, I cried. I’d like to pretend I realize it’s just a thing and there’s more to life than that — but, lets face it, the Internet is my life. Without it, I do not work. Without work, I do not make money, and without money, I do not live. Is...

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