Rules for being a better person in 2014

I saw this list today shared on Facebook and thought it would be great to share. Happy Holidays!

1. Learn to be okay with not being okay.

2. Learn to have conversations that do not consist of lambasting someone else, especially when that someone is you.

3. Give the most kindness to those who seem like they least deserve it.

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4. Learn to define and describe people without initially reaching for their sex or appearance as key adjectives.

5. Realize that perspective determines everything.

6. Understand that when something upsets you, it’s striking a nerve of truth.

7. Understand that when someone upsets you, the best thing to do is understand where they’re coming from.

8. Know that no matter how far you’ve come, there’s no point at which it’s appropriate to remain sedentary.

9. Be radically, sincerely honest. Be shocked at how deeply you can connect with people when you are.

10. Know that if you want to have a conversation about something that upsets you, insulting someone is only the by-product of your own defenses, and will ultimately raise theirs as well, not open lines of understanding and communication.

11. Realize that selflessness is one of the most predominantly wonderful qualities a person can have.

12. Learn to actually feel happy for other people.

13. Go into everything with the knowing that you don’t know it all, and that every experience is valid.

14. Invest in extra linens, donate what you don’t use, and keep extra Tylenol on you because people tend to need it and be without it rather frequently.

15. Call your siblings more.

16. Be present in what’s at hand. You owe it to the people in your life and to the things you’ve built for yourself.

17. Understand that letting go and moving on means very humbly and slowly gesturing in the direction of which you’d like to reach.

18. Get dressed everyday, just for yourself.

19. Give better goodbyes.

20. Carve out time to do nothing but be with yourself.

21. Boldly make yourself your first priority. You’ll do everything better when you do.

22. Stop shaming yourself for doing things that are perfectly, normally human, but happen to be deemed imperfect in society.

23. Read. A lot.

24. Reach out to people, open your heart, and watch how eagerly they jump in and do the same.



Paint-Picking Help and Secrets

Happy Friday! Today, perusing Houzz, I came across a great article posted in regards to choosing paints. This is always a worry for clients (and myself!) and this article provides some great insights to prevent disasters! A great read for anyone looking to re-paint. Do you have any painting tips or secrets?



What To Wear: Holiday Party Edition

From office parties to friend get-togethers, the holiday season is always super busy. I like to have a few outfit sets ready so I don’t have to stress the day of the event. Polyvore is one of my favorite sites to find ensembles and links to where you can purchase the items. Here are a few boards I have been lusting over for holiday outfits. As you can see, gold is my color of the season!



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Rihanna For Balmain – Spring/Summer 2014

On a snowy NYC day like today, I needed a little spring pick me up. Just when I was craving some sun, fashion power house Balmain announced Rihanna will be the face of their label for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. Balmain, the exclusive French fashion house, which was founded in the period after World War II and was lead by the likes of Pierre Balmain and Oscar de la Renta, has quickly risen to the top in the eyes of the fashion elite.

Rihanna, with her riveting gaze and signature tattoos looks absolutely stunning in the new campaign which was shot in New York by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. “In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world,” said Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, characterizing his casting coup as a dream come true. We have to agree.

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Colorful Christmas Decor

Although my personal preference for holiday decor is monochromatic (white and gold!), there is something to be said about bright and cheery colors. Whether you add a few accent pops of color or go all out neon, bright colors can be a fun way to change up the typical look of holiday decor. If you don’t want to go all out, you could simply add a fun accent ribbon to your monochromatic packages or add some fun neon garland on your white mantle. Here are a few decor schemes that I thought work perfectly to exude a dazzling effect without going overboard into tacky land!





Winter White Christmas Decor

Happy Friday! This weekend I am planning to purchase and decorate my Christmas tree so I thought I would share some of my holiday decor inspiration with you. I have always been a fan of white and metallic decor as this color scheme seems very chic and sophisticated. Here are some of my favorite photos. All via Pinterest!














Have a great weekend!





Top 5 Gifts Under $50

As we all know, the holidays can get VERY expensive. Here are my picks for holiday gifts under $50. Cute, unique and won’t break the bank!

1. Neighborhood Map Coasters $38

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2. Universal Travel Adapter. $22.50

It works in over 150 countries, continents and international cities, including Australia, China, Europe, India, UK and Hong Kong. It will keep most dual voltage devices, such as computers, phones and tablets, charged and ready to go.


3. Backup iphone power source $39.50. Never be without your phone again! Everyone can use a extra power boost after a busy day. This cute piece comes in several patterns.

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4. Emergency Kit $24. This cute kit includes everything you might need in a little pouch:

Hair spray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, an emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, a mending kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, a deodorant towelette, pain reliever, a tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, a safety pin and an adhesive bandage.

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5. All in One Leash $24. For the dog lover in your life. Includes a leash, biscuit holder and baggie holder all in one.

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Gift Guide for the Pet Lover

This week I will be posting gift guides for all the people you may have in your life. Being a pet lover, I will start the week off by listing great gifts for pet parents. These are a few of my favorite, quirky gifts that would be purrr-fect gifts this season.

1. BarkBox: For $19 per month, give the dog lover in your life a monthly subscription filled with all types of canine goodies

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2. Dachshund Wine Stopper. $24 from Jonathan Adler stopper_dachshund_img 24 jonathan

3. Kate Spade Cat iphone case. $45


4. Z Gallerie Book “I Could Pee on This” $12.95. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this as would any other cat lover.


5. Halcoa Puppy USB


6. The Canine Twitterer. Available on, the site describes this product a such. “This is the tag that lets a canine share its hijinks and innermost musings with all its followers on the Twitter microblogging site. A motion sensor and microphone in the tag interprets your pet’s activity (or lack thereof) and selects an appropriate canine-centric message from one of 500 pre-loaded tweets.  Messages such as “It might look like I’m just sleeping, but I’m also working on my tan” or “Having my daily workout. Already did 15 leg lifts!” entertain dog lovers while lifting the veil on how a dog passes its time.” Hilarious


Thanks for reading!



Pantone Color of the Year – 2014

Winter may be approaching, but springy hues will rule next year according to color authority Pantone. According to Pantone’s website, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”


Pantone has a profound effect on trends in both fashion and home design. Here are a few ways you may see Radiant Orchid pop up over the next year.

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What are your thoughts on the Color of the Year?