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March 18th, 2015
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Tips For Finding Your New Apartment

Since becoming a full-fledged adult (or at least playing one on the Internet) I’ve been a homeowner, a renter and a landlord.  Basically, I’ve been scattered all over the real estate map. Currently, the calendar is marching towards the expiration date on my lease, but I’m not feeling keen on renewing. So, I’m on the prowl for a new space. I’ve weighed the whole buying versus renting debate, but I think I’m going to stick with renting for the immediate future. In my experience, looking at apartment, condos and rental homes is a vastly different experience than examining a home that’s for sale.

by Anne Middleton

March 18th, 2015
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The Most Memorable Cars From The Silver Screen

Americans love our cars.  Nowhere is this love affair more evident than in Hollywood.  On the big screen, automobiles are often characters in their own right and just as important to the plot as the actors. From super hero worthy sports cars to tatters family station wagons these are the most famous cars to come out of Hollywood, so buckle up and let’s take a road trip down memory lane. The Oldsmobile Truck from The Beverly Hillbillies:  Whether you saw the black and white television show or the newer movie, who can forget the topless trunk that the Beverly Hillbillies drove from the Ozarks to Hollywood.

by Anne Middleton

March 17th, 2015
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Making the Most of Your Mobile Workspace

Whether you are a freelancer trying to squeeze in client phone calls and emails while waiting for the kids to get out of soccer practice or an employee with a job that send you scurrying between job sites, most of us are working out of our cars more than we would like to admit. Without a cubicle to call home, being productive on the go requires the right set of tools and skills. After all, the goal is to make clients think you are a polished professional, not a lunatic balancing your laptop on the passenger seat of your Prius.

by Anne Middleton

March 16th, 2015
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11 Shoes Every Fashionista Needs

Whether you buy a pair for every new outfit, or you just love the thrill of shoe shopping, it’s not hard to amass a footwear collection that would make Carrie Bradshaw green with envy. But, devoting the majority of your clothing budget to sky high heels and pumps in every hue can leave with a crowed closet and nothing to wear with your daily outfits. There’s no need for your closet to look like a Zappos warehouse. Every fashionable lady can complete her shoe collection with just 11 pairs.  Black Pumps Like an LBD for your feet, black pumps are the go-to choice that will pair perfectly with your entire wardrobe.

by Anne Middleton

March 16th, 2015
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Prom Dress Shopping Tips

Once spring break is over it always feels like someone presses the fast-forward button on the school year, sending high school students and parents screeching towards summer vacation. But before we all get embroiled in final exams and graduation ceremonies, there’s one more big moment awaiting our teens.  Prom. The annual formal fete may be one of the most memorable occasions of the high school years, but it also takes weeks of planning, especially for young ladies who need to shop for that every special dress. As for moms, we are just there for the ride, and our bank account.

by Anne Middleton

March 13th, 2015

Easter Surprise!

It was almost exactly a year ago that the most disgusting odor known to mankind emanated from your downstairs fireplace. The aroma was so repulsive, that you and your family became nauseated just walking up from the basement to the living room. It seemed like an eternity until you were able to add up the clues and discover the culprit of this repelling stench. And when you did unearth the cause of the repugnant stink, you were utterly embarrassed. The Background
From the time when your three kids were no bigger than knee-high, the traditional Easter party has been held at your humble abode.

by Anne Middleton

March 12th, 2015
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Beyond The Gown: What To Wear For Your Wedding

As the calendar marches toward your nuptials, the only garment you really care about is your wedding dress. You could show up at the office in your yoga pants and sports bra for all you care; the entire fashion center of your brain is flooded with thoughts of ball gowns, mermaid silhouettes, Chantilly lace, tulle and sweetheart necklines. But, you can’t get through your wedding, and all the events that surround it, with just a white (or maybe ivory?  Cream?) gown. So forget about the great charmeuse versus dupioni for just a minute and lets go shopping for everything else you will need for your celebration.

by Anne Middleton

March 12th, 2015
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Work From Home Chic

Recently, I started working from home.  I went into the new adventure picturing myself commuting the 50 feet from my bedroom to my home office still in my pajamas and slippers with a cup of coffee in hand. After years of getting gussied up in pencil skirts, blazers and pumps every day, advancing my career without the fancy wardrobe seemed like heaven. But I quickly learned a very important lesson; nothing productive happens in a bathrobe. While I was still ecstatic to send my mountain of business wear to Goodwill, I have a new dress code that maximizes productivity while keeping comfort in mind.

by Anne Middleton

March 10th, 2015
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Coachella Survival Guide: Vehicle Edition

The impending pounding of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is about to erupt.  This extraordinary 2 weekend sight and sound sensation, known as “Coachella,” explodes every April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, just outside of Palm Springs, CA and features a plethora of musical genres.  What started as a two day affair back in 1999 has blossomed into one of the most prodigious festivals in the United States.  Last year 579,000 people were in attendance and the event reaped $78.3 million.  The general admission tickets for this year sold out in a mere 20 minutes.

by Anne Middleton

March 10th, 2015

3 Quintessential Reasons Not to Click

For numerous folks, this has been a daunting and challenging couple of months, even years, struggling with their finances.  Car and home insurance payments must be disbursed, gas prices are escalating, the California drought led to the mounting costs of produce, heating oil expenses soared …even the fast food chains prices skyrocketed. When an email with an enticing subject line materializes in your in-box advising that you are now the lucky winner of thousands of dollars, you can barely resist the impulse to seize your mouse and click to unseal the contents.

by Anne Middleton