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The most important time in my life when decor mattered to me was when I moved to college. When I came college I moved six hours away from everyone and everything I knew. I was dropped off and had to quickly settle in before classes started and I was left by myself. My parents were here for two days to help me get settled. My mom put away my clothes and organized them with my guidance. My dad played with my two younger sisters and kept our adventure updated on Facebook. I did all the decorating. I wanted to make sure that since this was going to be my new home I wanted it to feel like my home.

Before coming to college during my planning and packing time I had to think about what I wanted my dorm to look like. I didn’t think it would be very important, but I still wanted it to look nice. Of course, my instinct was to look on Pinterest for some ideas. After finding what colors I wanted to do and a general idea what I wanted it to look like I started gathering items. I found tons of pillows and blankets for my bed so it look nice. Then I started to look for stuff to go on the walls. I had pictures of quotes and saying that made me smile or challenged me to live my life to the fullest. I also brought with me decor that I already had so I could have something I recognized and made me feel at home. There were also things that I wanted in my dorm but didn’t have exactly, so in the spirit of trying to save money, I repurposed some of the things I already owed to fit the theme of my dorm.

After the first week of classes and coming back to my dorm to study or after work I am so happy with how it looks. Because it is decorated how I wanted it and it looks like home, it feels home. My transition was much easier because my room was decorated and it felt like home.

 

Is it possible? Could it be? #Girlboss a series? Netflix Orders Sophia Amoruso’s ‘#Girlboss’ to Series!

Variety states that sources tell them Netflix is teaming up with Kay Cannon and Charlize Theron to turn Sophia Amoruso’s popular autobiography into a comedy series. Can we say, What!!! There is nothing funny about a bipolar, thieving, vintage clothing seller, turned #GIRLBOSS. Yet then again….

As per Variety: “#Girlboss” series is about Amoruso’s rags-to-riches story from dumpster-diving and selling vintage clothes on eBay through her Nasty Gal Vintage label to building a L.A.-headquartered multi-million dollar fashion empire by the age of 27. Read more here.

#TTF is kinda feeling this idea…I hope Amoruso is 100% involved.…

Wellness tips by New York Times best-selling author, speaker Gabrielle Bernstien

We know the New Year can feel like it’s bringing hope right when the ball drops. Then the next day comes and it is back to same ole same ole. Trust me we get it. After meeting Gabrielle Bernstien, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and now Brand Ambassador for Philosophy, we felt it necessary to share with you her top tips to making this year work which she shared with our Editors.

Tip 1:

Take a ME break! Commit to a ME break at least once a week. Take time out to focus on yourself. This is a powerful habit to create early in the year. Need some suggestions? Take a long yoga class or prepare a nice meal for yourself.

Tip 2:

Get creative. This year, I commit to spending more time painting. This creative hobby takes me out of my daily patterns and ignites my inner spirit. Pledge to engage in a creative project or even take a trip to the museum. You’ll find that time spent in creativity heightens your happiness and gives you more energy for the other areas of your life.

Tip 3:

Sit back and receive. I work hard to balance my go-getter mentality with my “sit back and RECEIVE” approach to life. This year, welcome stillness and receptivity. Begin a meditation practice. Take these steps into your daily practices and enjoy the positive results. Trust the Universe has your back, expect miracles, and be happy!

Tip 4:

Be less irritable in the New Year. How to calm down when people irritate you Let’s face it; no matter how happy or serene we may be there are always those friends, family members or co-workers who can get under our skin. This technique offers you a very quick solution for releasing stress when people piss you off. You can practice this meditation anytime and anywhere. You can begin right now.

Get Calm How-To:

Gently press your thumb against your pointer finger, then your middle finger then your index finger then your pinky finger.

  • When you touch your pointer finger say: PEACE
  • When you touch your middle finger say: BEGINS
  • When you touch your index finger say: WITH
  • When you touch your pinky finger say: ME

Breathe deeply as you say each word. Go as slow or as fast as you’d like. Use this technique on line at the bank, under the desk in an office meeting, or in the middle of a fight with your lover. This technique will get you through all kinds of crazy emotions and help you release resentment fast.

Tip 4 Continued:

Choose a new thought and move with it! Saying positive affirmations can be a great way to shift your mood and release stress. But there’s nothing more effective than combining your new thoughts with physical activity. I like to use a trampoline. This is an awesome stress buster! I jump on the trampoline while reciting an affirmation.

So if I’m feeling stressed, I’ll jump on the trampoline and say, “I am calm, I am balanced.” Ten minutes a day with this activity can help me release all of my stress and move through my day with grace. You can bring your affirmations to any kind of physical activity. Swim, run, walk, dance and repeat your affirmation, “I am calm, I am balanced.

Tip 5:

Laugh It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of life, negativity on the news, or the self-inflicted stress that takes over at any given moment. The key to quickly getting out of these anxious moments is to laugh. By simply laughing we can detach from stress and choose to see a better perspective. If something silly is bothering you, this tool can help you let go of littleness and center back into your happy reality. Let laughter melt away the petty fears that consume you. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is.

Tip 6.

Talk less, listen more!

Ever walk away from a conversation feeling hungover from all that you spewed? Do you ever lose track of your filter and overshare? Or are you someone who is totally unable to listen to other people and instead only ramble on about yourself? Let’s get honest here. If we want to keep our private life private then it’s important to use today’s tool. Whenever you notice yourself oversharing simply say to yourself: W.A.I.T: Why am I talking? This simple acronym will take you out of the ego behavior and center you back into your truth. Even if you’re mid-sentence it’s okay to W.A.I.T. Use this tool as often as possible and soon you’ll become a great listener!

Designerlebrities Decorate the 8th Annual Holiday House NYC Showhouse Benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation

#TTF IN THE CITY

On November 10th I attended the 8th Annual Holiday House Gala located on 2 East 63rd Street in New York. This year there were over 20 Designerlebrities all creating original designs in their designated rooms throughout the mansion. #TTF Mag got an exclusive VIP showing hours before the gala event started. All highlights from the event were captured LIVE on our Instagram. Plus I’ve added a few “not seen” shots for your design viewing pleasure below.

The showhouse will be open to the public daily from November 11 – December 2, 2015 from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00 pm. General admission is just $35 and all proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Foundation. Mr. Leonard Lauder once again served as Honorary Chair. Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are Co-Chairs. Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, Geoffrey Bradfield and Mario Buatta are Design Chairs. A big round of applause needs to be heard for the above mentioned.

There is a lot of hard work and love that goes into producing such a fine event year after year. It takes a village so you can’t enjoy beautiful interiors without saluting the interior designers who created them as well:

Ally Coulter Designs | Antonino Buzzetta | Ashley Darryl Interiors | Archives ID | Bjorn Bjornsson | Buckingham ID | Calder Design Group | Campion Platt | Darrin Varden Design | Drew McGukin Interiors | James Rixner | JDK Interiors | Kathleen Walsh Interiors | Katie By Design | Lonni Paul Design | Marks & Frantz | Paris Forino Design | Robert Passal | Stacy Garcia | Vicente Wolf | White Webb

I had a blast sipping on champagne, schmoozing with a few of my Designerlebrity friends and taking in some pretty stylish and out of the box design work. So have your five senses come experience what I did. Visit Holiday House and share your thoughts using hashtag #HHNYC2015. Trust me Designerlebrities do read the comments. Cheers!