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7 Fabulous Fall Wrap Dresses For Under $100

Not only is the wrap dress a universally flattering silhouette, but it’s also the perfect year-round ensemble! By simply adding or subtracting a cardigan, a pair of tights, sandals or a knee-high boot…you always look pulled together and chic in a wrap dress.

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Why It’s Time to Think About the Holidays

I’m one of those people who hates to walk into a store in September and see holiday decorations and wrapping paper. So why would I suggest someone think about holiday planning now, when many of us have just finished shopping for school supplies? It’s a simple matter of the early bird saving a whole lot of money…and avoiding a credit card hangover in the New Year.

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Throw Pillow Round Up

I’ve been on the hunt for throw pillow inspiration lately. I’m planning on sewing my own for my sofa, but I wanted to do something a little bit more exciting than just a plain pillow cover.

Here are some of the pillows I’ve found so far that I like. Next step, off to the fabric stores.

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Monogrammed Recycled Felt Applique Pillow, $65 Alexandra Ferguson on Etsy

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Seven Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothes

Parents are cutting back on back-to-school clothing – recycling last year’s duds and wresting back control of spending decisions from their kids.

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Have You Checked out the Ikea 2011 Catalog Yet?

Last week, I got my copy of the 2011 IKEA catalog in the mail. Along with tax rebates and new shoes, the annual catalog is probably on my top 20 list of things I like to get in the mail. And I especially like to look for the NEW! and LOWER PRICE! call outs.

I just did a quick flip through, but here are some of the things that I’m loving:

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Buying a Car: The Upshot

First of all, many thanks to those of you who offered advice to get me through the hideous car buying journey of last week. The bad news is that Immature Kristin (IK) is still mad at the first dealer, despite the efforts of Mature Kristin (MK) to get her to forgive, let it go, release the anger, drop that rock, […]

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CB2: Fresh Finds

CB2 has some great new products for spring – fresh, fresh, fresh! Would you like to see 8 of my picks for outside and in? I can guess that you’ll find at least one that fits your taste and budget.

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Does Buying Furniture Stress You Out?

I bought my first couch over the weekend. In previous apartments, I'd had hand-me-down furniture or furniture that I purchased with my roommate. So this was a major purchase for me, and I have to say, it kind of stressed me out. I was worried about making the wrong decision when it came to spending such a large amount of […]

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How do You Search for Furniture on Craigslist?

As I mentioned on Monday, I have a new apartment. (I promise I won't bore you with too many posts about it, but it's on my mind this week.) And because it's larger than my old space, and I'm moving in with a new person, we have to get a lot of new furniture with out spending all of our […]

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Open or Closed Storage in the Kitchen?

I recently signed the lease for a new apartment, and I'm thrilled that it has an enormous kitchen (by New York standards anyway). But for all the space it has, there is very little storage. It has too tiny cabinets over the sink, which will be for everyday dishes, and a cabinet that has the sink in it (not exactly […]

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