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My Latest Style Obsession: Backpacks

I'm late to the game. Like soooooo late to the game; but please take me seriously when I say that I bought a backpack from Marshall's and now my life is forever changed.   The backpack is the key to #ThatFreelancerLife, I've decided. It all started when I decided I wanted to delve deeper into my vegetarian/vegan-esque lifestyle and phase out the leather in my life. For the past two years, been relying on a Madewell brown leather tote bag (and matching wallet) to tote — ahaha, it all...

How to Style a Guest Room

Styling the perfect guest room is an art. It takes a special hand to create a space that lends itself to your guests, both creatively and physically.   I still remember the first guest room I stayed in that was impactful; it was my first solo trip down to Florida and I spent the week with my great aunt and uncle in Fort Lauderdale. I was 17 years old, had just traveled unchaperoned for the first time ever, and was greeted by the cutest little purple guest...

Love Goodly Subscription Review June/July 2017

Another two months have gone by and I'm back with a review on the vegan beauty and lifestyle subscription box Love Goodly. If you're interested in seeing other subscription box reviews for this brand, please check out my review of the April/May 2017 box here.   Let me just reiterate that everything in the Love Goodly subscription box is cruelty-free and vegan, whether it's a beauty, style, or wellness product. Recently, I've been making the switch to not only caring about what goes in my mouth (and...

It’s Time to Up Your Smoothie Game

Are you getting what you actually need from your smoothie? Let me rephrase: Is your body getting what it actually needs from your smoothie?   Though smoothies and acai bowls have seen a recent resurgence as of late, I sometimes wonder if your typical fruit smoothie is enough. That's why it's time to up your smoothie game. If you're using morning (or noon-time smoothies) as an excuse to pack in the fruit (and in turn, pack in the sugar!), then you're going about your smoothie all wrong.   Smoothies can be an...

A Guide to Traveling in West Hampton, NY

It's been a minute since I traveled and even more minutes since I actually did it for pleasure. Recently, I took a four-day vacation and ventured to the Hamptons to live out my summer days writing, reading, enjoying good company, and reveling in the beach scenery. This mini-staycation is something I would recommend to anyone, most especially if you're overwhelmed, creatively stifled, or looking for a release.   The Hamptons are just a 40-minute drive from my permanent (current!) residence on Long Island but until this year,...

How to Take Control of Your Finances

FMoney isn't important but it does equal freedom. Being financially unburdened is like turning 16 again when you're finally able to hop in a car and go anywhere. Having security in your finances means options and options are power.   The first rule of money, at least in my eyes, is that you're not allowed to compare your financial situation to someone else's. For a long time, this was my fiscal hamartia; I always wanted to compare bank accounts, salaries, allowances, and it ended up hindering me more than it...

Are You Truly Happy? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you happy with your life — with who you are as a person and where you are in your life? I've been giving my happiness an exorbitant amount of thought lately. Actually, I've been giving it exorbitant amounts of thought ever since my boyfriend Matthew passed away in December. I want to ensure that I am happy and if I'm not, I'm taking the necessary steps to arrive at happiness. Don't you think everyone deserves it — true, actual happiness? I definitely do.   But for reasons elusive...