Closet Makeover on a Budget

By Jamie Taylor

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How many images of beautiful closet arrangements are on your Pinterest board?

I probably have dozens and always wished to have a dream closet of my own, but I never actually put the pins to use. I wanted to organize my closet, but do it on a budget! Closet organizers from IKEA, California Closets and other furniture stores are amazing, but too expensive, so I took matters into my own hands (with some help from my hubby, of course!).

I found closet racks from Home Depot, which were very sturdy and definitely worth the investment. I also had my mom help me go through my clothes and I, must say, “the cleansing process” took a long time. My rule was, if I had not worn it in a year, then off to donation basket it goes. This helped me create more space for new clothing! :)…Read More
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Surviving the Fairy Tale

By Cassie Jung

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As little girls, our fairy tales consisted of being whisked away by Prince Charming and living happily ever after. As women, our dreams become more grandiose. The simple fairy tale is no longer enough. We want the fabulous high power job, the great house/condo, babies, an exciting social life, and of course, our Prince Charming. Simply put, we want it all.

Many women live their fairy tales these days, but unfortunately, they come with a price. High levels of stress, guilt, burnout… Ringing a bell? I know I certainly experience of all these, too. The issue here is not how to have it all, but rather how to manage everything, make it look effortless, and not burnout.


Every blog and article I’ve ever read on this very topic told me that the key is balance. Sure, balance is important, that’s obvious. But, like most things in life, it’s never just one thing that we need to worry about. It’s usually a complex soup of things that we need to work on to achieve what we want…  So how do we have it all and not burnout? I’m still trying to figure that out, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that help me feel a little less stressed out and keep my sanity a bit more in check.

You Have Nothing to Prove: You’ve had your fairy tale come true already, so what are you trying to prove? Perfect example: I would put in a long day at the office and then rush home, clean up the house, and prepare a hot dinner for my husband. Very old school, very traditional wife role, I know… Until one day I just couldn’t do it anymore. Once I had to stay late for work and came home to find that my husband had cooked dinner and was waiting for me. He didn’t even think twice about it. For him, it was no big deal. He wasn’t expecting that of me every day. I was the one putting this expectation onto myself to prove that I could have the big career and be the perfect wife….every….single…day. It was ridiculous…Read More

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How to Make the Most of Your Weekend

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I know we all feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day, especially on weekdays. The work week is a crazy mad dash to get everything done, while the weekends fly by without much accomplished. Before you know it, you are back at work and counting down the days until Friday. This is why we all need to make the most of the precious two days of freedom that we have.

Here are some ideas on how you can make your weekend more enjoyable and relaxing, so you can be better prepared to tackle on a new week.


Become Friends with Breakfast:

Describe breakfast on a regular weekday.
(a) A nice, home-cooked breakfast
(b) Something quick and simple
(c) Nothing (skipping breakfast altogether for 5 more minutes of sleep)

I’m guessing most people don’t fall into category (a). If you don’t eat anything at all during the week then anything semi-nutritious would be an improvement. If you eat a quick and pathetic breakfast during your work week, go out to brunch with friends or make yourself that French Toast recipe you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest…Read More

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Reflections of a New Grad

By Carly Clydesdale

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It’s a strange thing, being a new grad. September is approaching and I would be obsessively organizing my things and packing my life into my car to head back to college for another year. But something isn’t the same here… Suddenly I’m not itching to get away from home and back to my friends, because I’m staying here… FOREVER.

Alright, that was a bit ominous. However, there is truth to be found here. My life—and the lives of many of my friends—are now headed towards a completely different path. Gone are the days of late night studying (and not studying), walks down the street to see good friends, and gorgeous ivy covered buildings (never gets old). Now, I’m in the city and working a big-girl job, which is the natural next step. While my younger sister gears up to head back to school, it would be easy for me to be sad and mopey: curl up on the couch, candles lit, pictures in hand, mourning the loss of my youth. Dramatic.


BUT. I am here to comment on why being a grown-up ISN’T THE END, but just the beginning! Yes, frosh week is approaching and it royally sucks to not be invited. We, the new-grads, are officially the reject friends who don’t get invited anywhere. However, now we have our own cool new party that is even more exclusive and fun.

Let’s review a few reasons why being a functional adult is better than being a student:

1. You can FINALLY start paying off those loans. You’ve (hopefully) got a job and can finally get your parents off your back and start saving. I mean, it isn’t the MOST exciting, but come on, having your own income is obscenely refreshing.

2. Or, alternatively, you can ignore debt all together and TRAVEL! This is the only time in your life when you can pick up your life for 3 months and move it across the world. Responsible? Absolutely not! But at least you’ll have some fun stories to tell 20 years down the road, when you’ve (again, hopefully) gained a job and pulled your life together…Read More

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Can Your Inner Child Come Out and Play?

By Kelly Evanko

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In order to grow as adults, we need to slow down and embrace the children we once were. Our inner child has answers to questions that nobody can answer and, sometimes, we need to let our hair down and behave like a child.


Children tend to live life to the fullest without a care in the world. They laugh often, use their never-ending imagination, chase their dreams, and let go of the weight of the world. As adults, we tend to lose sight of the small wonders and we worry too much about life; our finances, jobs, kids, families, etc. We need to take a step back and listen to our inner child’s voice, encourage it to come out and play even for a couple of hours.

Try and talk to your inner child once in awhile. I know it sounds kind of out there for some of us, but who better to listen to you, than you? Partner up with your inner child when making a big decision. Ask her what he or she thinks about a situation you might be unsure of. When faced with a problem, ask your inner child to come up with solutions. Make your inner child your counselor. No one knows you better than you do. He/she can help you focus on the bigger picture

Play more and worry less. We need to take time to stop and smell the roses… literally relax and enjoy the little things in life. Go outside and play. Sing in the rain, jump in a puddle, have a water fight, play hopscotch. These little things can make you become more in tune with yourself…Read More
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Readers’ Choice: Top 5

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A quick CgCDaily recap of our readers’ favorite articles this week! We love to hear from our readers, so please nominate your favorite articles down in the comments section below.

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Top 10 Blog Posts We Love

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With everything that goes on in our crazy, day to day lives, who has time to keep up with all the different blogs? Well, we decided to make it a little easier on you. The CgC team went ahead and picked out 10 of our favorite blog posts from the past week!

Here you go, ladies! Our top blog posts picks from the past week that will keep you up to date and in the loop. Enjoy!!


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Adding Power to Your Brow

By Katie Morse

The Power Brow

Have you ever thought about dying your eyebrows? Or do you pencil them in? Maybe you’ve dyed them already. Well, for the first time ever, I was pulled into a Benefit store and was convinced by a friend that I should dye my eyebrows. I must confess, I’ve never actually gotten an eyebrow wax before either. I’m blonde, what can I say?

I was pretty nervous going in, but I trusted my friend the girl doing my brows.

It was kind of drastic at first, because I was so used to pretty much not having eyebrows, but the reactions were amazing. People thought it added more dimension to my face and I started to think, wow, maybe it’s worth it.

Would you consider dying your eyebrows? Have you dyed them before? Which way do you prefer?

Here’s a comparison of me side by side. All I can say is that you should try it. Don’t worry if you don’t like it, it fades away with time…Read More

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Changing Careers in a Changing Economy

By Kelly Evanko

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In 2008, the U.S. economy took a huge hit and many of us took a blow professionally, as a result of it. Many either lost their jobs, had their hours cut, or had to take a pay cut somehow, leaving many of us scratching our heads wondering, “What do we do now?” Since then, the corporate world has required us to work longer hours and the low morale has left us feeling generally unhappy or burnt out.
How about you? Maybe you have even gone as far as you can in your current job. Are you yearning to try something different? Well, this begs the question, “Is this a good time to consider changing careers?” Here is some food for thought if you are seriously considering it.

For anyone thinking of transitioning into a totally new career, the very first thing you need to do is make a checklist of all of your strengths and talents. This is a good exercise to get a true read on what you really WANT to do for the rest of your life.

The first step to take once you have made your checklist is to check out multiple resources that can help you to identify what you want to do based on what you are good at. Make a list of potential work options. There are many surveys online that you can take to see what transferrable skills you already have. I also recommend reading the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” This is the holy grail of career information. These resources can help you find the best fit for your particular interests and talents. (It may sound crazy, but it is actually possible that you are already in the right career path that’s best suited for you. You just may need to find a company that better fits your goals and needs)…Read More

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The Real September Issue

By Courtney Parker

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It’s that time of the year again—the September issues of all of the greatest magazines have finally hit the shelves. New York Fashion Week is just around the corner and it’s signaling that fall is almost within reach. It’s time for cooler weather, for the leaves to start changing color, and for you to shift your work wardrobe into the autumn season.
Just because the seasons are changing, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave absolutely all traces of your summer wardrobe behind. Pencil skirts play a pivotal role in every working woman’s wardrobe and they seamlessly transition from season to season creating a feminine and flattering silhouette. Pairing them with a menswear-inspired top to balance out the tone of your ensemble. Also, don’t put away those floral patterns you’ve enjoyed all summer just yet. Incorporate some floral pieces in darker hues, like burgundies, dark blues and deep purples to match the new season.

Tights and stockings are a must-have accessory for the impending autumn weather. They will aid in turning the wrap dresses, sheath dresses, and skirts you have been flaunting all summer into ensembles that will continue to work for you as the temperatures start to drop. Scarves are going to be another go-to accessory for this season given that they’re stylish, available in a multitude of colors and patterns, and warm enough to offset the slightly cooler weather of the season…Read More

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