The Perfect Summer Drink!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in DIY, Food, How To, Life, Uncategorized

When I think of summer, I think of an ice cold beverage in my hands while I sit outside enjoying the sunshine. I love drinking beverages with cut up fresh fruit to add a little extra flavor. From basic water with lemon, to my personal favorite which is fresh strawberry lemonade. I’m going to share with you the quick and easy way to make the best homemade strawberry lemonade. Put it in a mason jar with a jumbo straw and sit by the pool and enjoy your summer time! Xoxo

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What you’re going to need:

> 1 cup granulated sugar                                                          > 1.5 cups of fresh lemon juice (about 6 medium lemons)

> 1 cup water                                                                            > 6 cups of cold water

> 2 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced                     > 1 cup of chopped strawberries, chopped for toppings

> 1 lemon slice for garnish                                                       > Ice 

 

Steps: 

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Place strawberries into a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth
  3. Pour blended strawberries into the sugar water. Add the lemon juice then stir well.
  4. Pour strawberry lemon mixture and cold water into a large pitcher. Stir well and add ice to keep it cool. Pour into glasses and top with chopped strawberries and a lemon slice. 

 

 

Summer Trends You Need To Own

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

Summer is finally here and that means one thing in my mind, amazing new fashion trends! I am constantly looking on Pinterest and Instagram at all the brand new looks and I am just IN LOVE. The warmer weather means brighter colors, fun patterns, and lots and lots of maxi dresses (my personal favorite). Here are the looks that I am completely obsessed with for Summer 2015.

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Two-piece outfits: We all know what crop tops are, but there is a new trend sweeping the town. I am in love with two piece outfits and it isn’t hard to see why. From high waisted shorts/pants or a sleek skirt with matching tops, they are ah-mazing.

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Body suits: I own a body suit and absolutely love it. There are so many different varieties that you can pair with jeans, a skirt, or shorts. Once you buy one, you will just keep buying more. I personally love to pair my body suit with a pair of high waisted jeans!

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Destroyed boyfriend jeans: Though this style has been around for quite some time, I feel like it is recently making a come back. I love tucking my boyfriend jeans up in a cuff at ankle length and wearing a fun heel with it! Pair it with a fun top and you look like you belong is NYC drinking a Starbucks while hailing a cab (very city chic).

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Clarisse at the Grammy’s Gift Suite!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, Life, Prom, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

I have exciting news to announce! Our newest dress line, Clarisse, was at the 2015 Grammy Gift Suite Sunday night! TT New York is the exclusive retailer for Clarisse in the WNY area, and the styles featured are available at our Boulevard Mall location!   Stop in and snag a red carpet dress to rock at your high school prom or next formal event! Happy shopping, xoxo.

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Order Online Through TT New York!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Prom, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

Welcome to prom 2015! Looking for that perfect gown is  fun and exciting, and it is hard not to fall in love with every single dress we have listed under our “Prom Dress” category. So what happens if you live out of town and you see a dress from our website that is THE ONE? Not to worry, I have you covered with this blog! If making the trip to Buffalo to shop through our in-stock collection isn’t going to work for you, you can simply order your gown through our amazing Customer Service Department! Here are the simple and easy steps to take to order a dress off of our website:

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Step 1: Once you pick out a gown you would like to order, click the picture to get the dress style number. (Once you click on the picture it will enlarge on your computer screen. Underneath the picture will be a text box with the different sizes and colors the dress comes in, the style number will be 4-5 numbers long and located at the very beginning of the text box)

Step 2: Contact our Customer Service Department either online or by telephone.  

1. Online through our website.  You can locate the “CONTACT” button at the top or bottom of our website which will direct you to our “Contact Form”.  Here is where you will fill out your contact information and then in the “message box”, please state the style number, size and the color of the dress you are interested in ordering. One of our customer service representatives will then contact you to complete your order.

2. By telephone. You can call our toll free number at 1-877-369-3438 weekdays from 10AM to 6PM EST. You will be instructed to leave a voice message with your contact information as well as a convenient time for one of our representatives to contact you back at. (Please note that our customer service department is closed on the weekend. All orders placed over the weekend either by phone or email will be reviewed on Monday and contacted back by order of purchase.) 

Step 3: Within 1-3 business days, a Customer Service Representative will contact you to complete your order. This is where the representative will give you all of the information you desire about the specific gown you are looking to order. They will go over all of the ordering details for you and also answer any questions that you may have! (At the very bottom of the blog, I posted some commonly asked questions with answers for you!) Once you are ready to order, our representative will gather your payment information and process the order.

Before your order is shipped out to you, you will be contacted to let you know it is on its way! Once shipped, the dress should arrive to your home between 3-7 business days depending on your location. All of our shipped dresses are tracked to ensure they arrive to you safely. Any questions or concerns during the ordering process can be answered by your customer service representative.

 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: After I place my order how long will it take to be shipped out?

A: Once your order has been completed, we will check and see if your dress is currently in stock. If the dress is available it will be shipped out in 1-3 business days. In the event that the size or color you order is temporarily sold out, unavailable, or back-ordered, we will contact you with further information on an estimated ship date. All orders are guaranteed to be in by your wear date.

Q: How long will it take to arrive to my home once it is shipped?

A: Depending on your location, most shipments take 3-7 business days to arrive. If you are an International customer, it may take a longer due to the possibility of it being held up at customs.

Q: Will I have to pay an additional fee if I order online?

A: No, but you may be required to pay a shipping cost depending on your location. (International shoppers will automatically be required to pay shipping due to customs and international shipping)

Q: What method of payments can I use for online purchases?

A: We happily accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. (We do not keep credit card information on file, your payment information will be shredded after purchase) 

Q: How will I know which size to order?

A: All of our different designers have separate sizing charts with the appropriate bust, waist, and hips measurements. We will go off of your measurements and the designers to get you the best fit gown. (Please remember, you must fit the biggest part of your body. For example, if you have bigger hips and a smaller bust, we will order the correct size to fit your hips. Alterations may be required to make smaller areas fit correctly.)

Q: Can I ask for the tracking number so I can keep track of the gown too?

A: Of course! Once you receive confirmation that your dress is about to be shipped out, ask the representative to please pass along the tracking number so you can keep track as well.

Q: Can I order a dress online and pick it up at your Boulevard Mall location?

A: Absolutely! If you choose to have a your order sent to the Boulevard Mall to pick up just let the representative know you would like to direct the shipment to our store location and not your home. Once your dress arrives on location a sales rep will call you. Your dress will then be put into our Paid-in-Full section and you can pick it up at your convenience.

How To Save Money This Prom Season

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Prom, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

Prom is one of the events that junior and senior girls look forward to most in high school, but it can also get pretty pricey. From the limo, hair and make-up to the actual dress itself, you want to make sure you budget. There are many different and easy ways you can save on your prom dress, so listen up ladies! This blog is dedicated to all the simple ways you can save money on your perfect prom dress this year.

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  • Join our email blast! By joining our email list you are first to get exclusive coupons and also know about future promotions going on in our store. This isn’t a spam list either, you will only receive about one email per week, usually towards the end of the week. Go onto the home page of our website and down at the bottom there is a link that says “Join Our E’mailing List” Simply fill out your information and you’ll being to receive special offers!
  • Bring in your report card! Bringing in your report card will save you $50 off your dress! It doesn’t matter what your grades are, you will still receive the coupon.
  • Receive 25% off accessories when you purchase them the same day as your gown. If you want to wait, you’ll be given a coupon that you can come back at another time and get 25% off ONE accessory. We are a one stop shop! We’ve got shoes, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and purses!

TT New York also offers a payment plan for customers who need some time to pay off their purchase. You have 30 days to pay off your dress and your payments can be as small as $25, there is no minimum requirement! Your dress will still be tracked through our event tracking even though you are making payment, so don’t worry!

Tricks to Make Your Lipstick Stay Put

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in How To, Life, Uncategorized

It is always fun to get dolled up with fierce makeup when you are attending an event or just going out with the girls, but what’s the trickiest part to make perfect? Your lipstick. Sure it looks amazing when you walk out of the house after the first application, but after an hour of talking, eating and drinking you may look in the mirror and realize you’re lipstick is no longer there. How can you assure that your lipstick will stay put all night long? Follow these 3 tricks that I’ve discovered over the year to help my lips stay luscious all night!

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Don’t be flaky: If your lips are dry and chapped, you will never get an even application of lipstick. Exfoliate your lips by brushing them with a wet toothbrush or a lip scrub. After you exfoliate, moisturize your lips quickly after to hydrate them. Having even and smooth lips will ensure an even coat all night.

Layers on layers: To make your lipstick last longer, apply a stain first and then line the lips with lip liner (the lip liner will help reinforce the color), then finish off the process with your lip stick. Matte lips last the longest but if your choosing a hydrating gloss or top coat of gloss, make sure to press the color onto your lips before applying the last coat.

Watch what you eat: Be careful how you eat and drink. Avoid putting both your top and lower lip on the cup, and don’t eat with your lips. Bring the utensils into your mouth and chew with your teeth, it helps to avoid smudging your lips. I also try to drink through a straw as much as possible, and don’t pat your lips after eating!

Always be prepared: Worst case scenario, bring your lipstick with you for quick touch ups in the bathroom!

Female Survival Kit

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Uncategorized

I feel like guys often question why women carry around such big purses, and honestly it’s because I am always prepared for anything. From a hair emergency to a stain on my clothes emergency, my purse holds everything I need to get through any situation. You can find most of these products with any drug store for very cheap and they are small enough to store away without taking up too much room in your purse! Here are just a few items that I always carry around with me for precaution. You can never be too prepared! Xoxo

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  1. Bobby pins, ponytails & headbands: for when you are having a really bad hair day and you just need to do something with your hair.
  2. Dry shampoo: you can buy a little bottle of dry shampoo at Walmart and I always have one in my car. If you wake up in a rush and don’t have time to shower, dry shampoo your roots and then brush your hair and wah-la!
  3. Mini perfume bottle: I love smelling good all the time. I store a small bottle of perfume in my purse for those days where I need a little refreshment.
  4. Gum: bad breath is not a good thing, especially if you had a lunch filled with onions or other stinky foods. Throw a pack of gum in that bag and you’ll never have to worry about bad breath!
  5. Feminine products: Ladies…. always be ready for the worst case scenario. The worst thing that can happen is being out in public when your “monthly friend” decided to pay you an unexpected visit. Any drug store carries small boxes of tampons and pads that you can easily hide away in your purse. Better safe than sorry!
  6. Advil or Tylenol: No one likes going around all day with a headache and no medicine. Carry around a small bottle of aspirin for when a headache randomly strikes.
  7. Wet wipes: From wiping your makeup off your face after a long night out to needing them to clean off your hands, wet wipes are a life savor.
  8. Tide to go pen: This little pen will be your savior when you accidentally drop some food on your pants or shirt. Don’t panic, just use the tide pen to remove the stain!

Where To Score Designer Merchandise For Cheap!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Fashion, How To, Life, Uncategorized

I think I have truly found the Holy Grail of discount designer products. WARNING: you may experience an empty back account after reading this blog. Neiman Marcus has a website called Last Call that has the best and cheapest collection of designer appeal, accessories, fragrances and so much more for both men and women! I did a lot of my Christmas shopping off Last Call and then I could use the money I saved for other gifts! If you have enough self will to not purchase the entire website for yourself, then I highly recommend looking through Last Calls’s collection! Click on the picture to be taken to Last Call and experience a whole new way to shop and save on designer items!

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Last Call has all of the best designers on there. Here are only a select few out of the hundreds of designers on the website:

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  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Free People
  • French Connection
  • Alexander Wang
  • Rachel Zoe
  • McQ Alexander McQueen
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Michael Kors
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Giorgio Armani

And there are also so many different categories to choose from:

  • Men’s & Woman’s appeal
  • Handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Scarves, Hats & Gloves
  • Gifts & Fragrance
  • Kids
  • Clearance

14 Winter Car Tricks!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in DIY, How To, Life, Uncategorized

It doesn’t matter that I’ve lived in Buffalo my entire life, I am still never fully prepared for the snow and cold temperatures. After the surprise snow storm we had last month, everyone should be on their toes for any crazy weather we may be having this winter. The snow is finally coming back again and there are some tricks that I’ve come across that really help me during the winter months. Read and remember these tricks, you’ll thank me later xoxo.

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  1. Fog-proof your windshield. Put a layer on shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe it off. Shaving cream has a lot of the same ingredients that commercial defoggers have, and it leaves a layer on after you wipe it off to help keep the windows fog-proof!
  2. The sock box. Keep a pair of socks in your glove compartment. No, this is not because your mother will worry about you having cold feet. It turns out that putting on some nice wool socks over your shoes will help give you much better traction in case you have to push you car over ice, or if you need to walk i the snow and ice for some reason.
  3. Rear wheel fix. If you are unlucky enough to have rear wheel drive in a snowy, icy area: throw weights in the trunk for extra weight. It will help a bit with the traction to have weight directly over the drive wheels.
  4. Natural defrost. Park facing east in the winter, that way when the sun rises it will naturally defrost your windshield and you (hopefully) won’t be stuck scraping it in the cold.
  5. Gift card stash. Throw a couple gift cards in your car to your favorite local places or a Tim Hortons. That way, if you ever need a quick gift you have one handy! Get stuck and a need help? Grab a gift card and give it to your savior! Get stuck in the snow and have no money? Use a gift card to walk and get some food while you wait for help.
  6. Windshield wiper cover. Remember those socks I mentioned earlier? You could use that pair or a second pair to cover your windshield wipers at night to keep the snow off of them. Raise the wipers off of the windshield and over them up for an easier deicing in the morning.
  7. Defensive Driving. Of course there’s nothing more important than actually making it to your destination in one piece. Accelerate slowly, give yourself enough room to stop in time in case of ice. Don’t rush into a green light if the side roads haven’t stopped yet- they might slide out! Don’t floor it out for a ditch and get yourself more stuck by digging holes with your tires. Don’t tailgate! Don’t slam on the breaks if you start to swerve- adjust slowly, and hopefully you gave yourself enough room to regain control if you weren’t tailgating.
  8. No ice scraper? If you get in a pinch and find your car windows frozen over but no ice scraper is nearby, you have a couple options- get a spatula if you’re at home, or just use any plastic card in your wallet to get under the ice and scrap away. (Those gift cards you stashed away could come in handy here!)
  9. Basic maintenance. There are a few things you definitely need to check on your car as winter approaches. 1) Your tires. Make sure they aren’t smooth so they can actually grip the road in tricky conditions. They’re the only thing between you and the road. 2) Wiper blades. If they don’t work now, they won’t work in the snow. 3) Batteries. The cold makes batteries less effective, so if yours is on the verge of dying now, it will probably fail at some point in the winter. 4) Restock windshield wiper fluid.
  10. Get unstuck. Keep a bag of kitty litter or salt in your trunk at all times. That way if you find yourself stuck with spinning tires in the snow, just throw down some litter or sale and it should help you get traction to get you going again. Alternatively, if you forget to do this, take out a floor mat and use that under the spinning tire. (The litter also doubles as a weight for you rear-wheel-drive folks) 
  11. Prevent fog at all. If you don’t want to put stuff on your windshield, there are steps you can take to simply reduce the moisture in your car to prevent fog in the first place. You could keep those silicone gel absorbers that come with new products sometimes and put them in your car. You could fill a stocking with kitty litter which absorbs water and keep that in your car overnight. Or before you turn your car off each night, right before you arrive at your house, open the windows and let cold air in. That way the moisture you breath in your car will be reset with dryer winter air. Also, the AC is one of the best defoggers around. The compressor takes the humidity out of the air.
  12. Headlight protection. You need your headlights in the winter. So, in order to keep snow from sticking to them and covering them up, rub car wax (normally reserved for the body) on them. It will keep snow and water from sticking to them for weeks!
  13. Deice key holes. Just put some hand sanitizer on your key as your try to use it to unlock your car. The alcohol in the hand sanitzer will melt the ice and shortly allow you to unlock your car. Sometimes putting WD-40 in the keyhole before the winter will keep any ice from forming in there in the first place.
  14. Keep doors unfrozen. Cooking spray in the cracks of your doors and on the rubber will prevent them from freezing shut at night. Water that melts during the day runs in between your doors and freezes, but cooking spray keeps the water from resting in the cracks in the first place.

TT New York Gives Back!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Life, Shopping in Buffalo, Uncategorized

One of the best things about the holiday season is that there are so many ways to make a difference and give back. From volunteering at food drives to donating canned goods or toys, you can always find a way to help! TT New York is giving back this year by collecting toy donations to give to Woman & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. We chose Woman & Children’s to help parents who don’t have enough money to get their children Christmas gifts this year. Nothing is more heartwarming than knowing you made a child’s Christmas by simply donating a toy. A donation bin is inside our Boulevard Mall location where anyone can donate brand new toys (unwrapped please) for boys and girls of all ages. When you donate, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to TT New York towards your next dress purchase. You will also sign a red gift to be displayed on our glass wall behind our counter so everyone can see that you donated!

Help TT New York make a difference to children in need this holiday season! We will be collecting toys now through December 21st and make the donation on December 22nd. Even if it is one gift, you are helping to make one child’s wish come true.

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