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How to Survive The City in the Fall: What to Wear

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It’s one thing to gear up and brave the outdoors on purpose, but fall and wintertime means a whole other animal to city dwellers. The streets can get pretty precarious as the temperature drops, which means the winter weather gear has to surface. Choosing clothes that are warm, sturdy and can handle almost any conditions for those who often commute by foot or brave the elements on a daily basis is essential. Layer, Layer, Layer If you’re a public transport warrior, you know how it can be breezy on your…

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What the Heck Do You Need for a House?!

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I feel like life hands you opportunities backwards. At least, when it comes to dealing with buying your first home. I rented for the better part of a decade after college, gathering bits and pieces of kitchen items and furniture as I went along. Then before getting married, I drooled over all the dumb things we could add to a registry – from garlic presses to a zillion small spice bowls. Newsflash new home buyers – you don’t need all that crap. Or the three French presses currently sitting on…

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Five Short Stories.

I had no desire to go here today, but with all these jokers flapping their yaps lately, I have to say something. I thought my fellow college peers and old co-workers and even men close to me were smarter and more aware than this, but here we are. I’m going into some detail about my past sexual assaults, harassments and encounters. Feel free to skip down to my reasons for sharing below though. Friends and family, I’m sorry, but I am done being quiet and want everyone to make sure…

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An Escape on Captiva Island, Florida

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Winds threw the ocean around while we tried to have a conversation over the noise. It was the first day of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands trip off the gulf coast of Florida, and I’m being hit with a storm. There’s a riptide advisory against swimming, but it went ignored as my husband was determined to get in the water. We has endured months of freezing London weather, then an additional two snowy weeks in Boston. It was time to vacation no matter what. Growing up, my family often migrated…

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Best Things to Eat Along Spain’s Costa del Sol

Spain has so many wonderful destinations on the Mediterranean coastline and in the south, it’d be a shame not to see all of them! A good place to start is the Costa del Sol and Andalucia, which makes for a great road trip route for you and your travel crew. Grab some beautiful seaside places to stay, sip some sangria and just relax. And what’s the most perfect part about exploring Spain’s sunny spots? The FOOD. Now some of Spain’s cuisine can be wonderfully complex and beautifully presented, but I…

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Planning a Giant Flight Abroad – You Can Do It!

I’ve endured some long, long flights. Six hours, ten hours, a dozen and more. Some of these were brutal, especially if you throw in a nasty layover in an airport with less-than-clean bathrooms. For me, the flight endurance challenge is just what come with the territory when you want to see far-off places. Due to competing airlines, great backup compensation services (like SkyRefund) and point incentives, these types of long-haul trips are within reach more than ever before. So you want to take a wild trip. How do you start?…

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Should you live in NYC or London?

London Skyline via Flickr by Gabriel Calderon

When my husband and I were debating on a move out of Boston, we narrowed it down to three key places. I wasn’t cray about heading to the West coast, so we then were choosing between New York City or London. While both cities are massive urban sprawls bursting with a cultural melting pot of magic, London did eventually win us over in the end. But what if we did pick NYC? The debate over whether New York or London reigns supreme is one that has been raging for decades….

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Three Perfect Destinations: Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond

While living outside the U.S., I’ve fielded tons of questions on how to have the best vacation in America. People all over the world come far and wide to take trips across the U.S., usually hitting the big, iconic hotspots. Many people I meet in London and throughout Europe have been to New York City, Orlando, or even Los Angeles. But the rest of the country is often lost on them. Photo via Flickr by raphael.chekroun I get it. For two decades I’ve road tripped and flown all over the…

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How Do YOU Get Fit? I Want to Know!

I might huff and puff my way through workouts, but I never regret a single time I get my tush off the couch. After lots of life changes lately, keeping active is even more essential to my well-being. Last week I shared a bit about how I get fit – which is usually a lot of stretching, yoga and walking in nature. As the weather warms, I’m hoping to add some jogging and additional cardio into the mix. I never regret a workout, but I have been flailing around a…

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Why Education for Girls Matters in Morocco

After bumping along a dirt road mile away from Marrakech, Morocco, all I wanted was a cold bottle of water. We had enjoyed an indulgent stay at the Kasbah du Toukal the night before in the Atlas Mountains and were on our way back into the city. Although I was ready to tuck into the next riad for a mint tea and nap, we have a very important stop to make first. In the hills of rural Morocco is a small groups of schools, just for girls. An initiative called…

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