• 5 Fun Couples Costume Ideas
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    5 Fun Couples Costume Ideas

    Guess who’s back, back again?! With spooky szn officially under way, I wanted to make my triumphant return to my regular blogging schedule with a fun, light read on some potential couples costumes for Halloween. Last year, Mike and I went as Westley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride, which is far and away my favorite movie of all time. It was fun, but I’m looking to switch it up this year with a funny, matchy-matchy costume. Being one half of a relationship, it can sometimes be tough to agree on a matching theme- but I always say it’s better to go cute and quirky than weirdly suggestive. (there are…

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    Career,  Personal

    10 Things Marketing Teaches You About Life

    I kind of fell into marketing by accident. As a kid, I was always fascinated with art in general: music, poetry, dance, theatre, sculpture, all of it spoke strongly to a kid that was hyper-sensitive to the feelings of others, as well as hyper-aware of how their thoughts and feelings were being perceived by peers in the real world. But the joke of it was- I had (and have) very little in the way of artistic talent. I can’t carry a tune, definitely don’t have any rhythm, and have had only a modicum of success writing fiction as a hobby (no manuscript ever completed, nothing has seen the light of…

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    Food

    8 Cozy Recipes For Fall

    Today is the official first day of fall, and actually the back half of this week marks the first time all month it’s been cold enough to need a sweater or light jacket out to the car in the mornings. No matter how much I whine about snow, I love this time of year best- the cool weather, the changing leaves, apples and pumpkin being in full season- something about the whole vibe just makes you want to curl up in a cozy sweater and watch the epic fall streaming lineup with a warm meal and the ones you love. I’m a pretty picky eater, but the one thing I’ve…

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    Travel

    Top 5 CNY Hiking Spots

    I used to really resent being uprooted from Boston and getting unceremoniously plunked in the middle of Central New York. Like, ok cool there are a ton of cows, guys in head to toe camo riding around in lifted trucks with Confederate flag decals (P.S.A, New York fought for the Union in the Civil War), and so much corn it boggled the mind. At least, that was my prejudgement of this region. Sure some of those things are true to a certain degree, but what I’ve also learned after a good ten years living in the area is that the quality and cost of life out here is amazing, and every…

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    Moving To Syracuse!

    So yesterday, I found out that someone stole my credit card information and used it to purchase fish food at a pet store in Detroit, Michigan. I was shopping at the mall and my card got declined at H&M, it was all very embarrassing. And frustrating, since this is the second time someone’s managed to siphon money from an account of mine. That being said, I wanted to take the time today to reflect more on the positives of the last two weeks, because Mike and I actually have achieved a milestone we’ve been talking about practically the entire time we’ve been dating: We moved to Syracuse! We’ve been living…

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    What I’ve Learned From A Year Of Full-Time Work

    Hey, everyone. This is gonna be a short one. I just wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on my one year work anniversary. This one is significant since it also marks the first full year of full-time work in my career field. I’ve mentioned before that since my junior year of college, I have always held some sort of job relating to public relations, communications or marketing. But it was a part-time gig I held working the music festival, and it didn’t approach full-time hours until a month or two prior to the festival. I used to feel insecure about the term “part-time” work, but I’m truly grateful for…

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    Career

    How To Ace A Phone Interview

    Ah, the dreaded phone interview. It seems like these days, most jobs are requiring at least a preliminary phone screening. Even some retail jobs are adding it to their qualification process. It makes sense- an employer wants to get a better sense of your general background and emotional IQ before expending resources on an in-person interview. This doesn’t make it any more nerve-wracking for you and I, especially without the chance to make a face-to-face impression. I’ve been in the professional world only a few years, and had at least a dozen phone interviews. Some I received an in-person interview from, and some I did not. I wanted to share…

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    Beauty,  Travel

    15 Travel Sized Beauty Products You Need In Your Life

    If you’re a gal on the go like me, then you probably don’t have the time or the patience to be lugging around a ton of palettes, brushes, and compact cases. Doubly so if you happen to be extremely (lazy) low maintenance- also guilty. I recently moved pretty close to the mall, and eyeing the daily deals at Sephora and Ulta got me inspired to write a list of my top faves. Whether you’re packing for a trip and need to conserve space, touching up your look at work, or just want to save money on mini and trial sized makeup- I got you! Image credit via HaySparkle 1. A…

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    Travel

    Minimalist Packing Tips

    If it seems like it’s been awhile since you read a new post on CoM, that’s because it has- but this time I have a really good excuse! Mike and I officially moved into our new place in Syracuse, and while I’m excited to share my new adventures with you all as they happen, it did get me thinking about packing. Boy, was I thinking about packing this past weekend. Post-traumatic moving stress aside, being able to pack efficiently is a valuable life skill. A buzzword I’ve been seeing a lot lately, though, surrounding packing is the term “minimalist”. To me, minimalism has two meanings: one being anti-materialistic, and the…

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    Career,  Personal

    What Being A Woman In Today’s Workforce Means To Me

    Sunday was National Women’s Equality Day, and it really got me thinking about how the nebulous landscape of the working world has shifted in recent years to accommodate-and in certain cases hinder- the efforts of women to be heard and to stand in their own power as the professional, whip-smart badasses we know we are. We’ve come a really long way since the days of 9-5, but with the all the news surrounding the Me Too movement and others that are highlighting the plight women still face, I wanted to highlight some of the ways I feel empowered in the workplace, and certain areas I desperately hope improve, as our societal…