Walden Galleria

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

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I am very excited to announce that we recently opened a new location in Walden Galleria Mall!! We carry dresses there for every occasion from prom, homecoming and sweet 16’s to bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, black tie, and wedding dresses!! With this being the heart of our prom season, we are constantly getting in brand new shipment . The great thing about shopping with TT New York is that we are very flexible. We offer a 30 day layaway plan where you can make weekly payments on your dress! Also, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of sample sizes! We have a full size range in all of our dresses from sizes 0-28 that you can buy right off the rack! And who could forget about our event tracking? We will track your dress for any occasion you are attending from galas, proms, banquets and other events!! And lets face it, no one wants to show up to an event wearing the same dress as someone else. TT New York will make sure to not only make you look amazing on your special day, but also assure you that you will be the only one in your gown.

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I’ve been to the store a couple of times since we have opened and I love everything about being in that mall. It is in a prime location right across from JC Penney’s on the lower level. We are also right in front of the Verizon kiosk and in-between Charlotte Russe and PacSun! Walden Galleria is such an amazing mall with not only the best stores to shop at, but also the best restaurants. You can truly spend hours at this mall and never get bored. Not to mention the new go-cart track they have upstairs near the food court!! You get shopping, dining and entertainment all in one location! They have flat screen tv’s in front of the Microsoft store that you can play live games!! I definitely recommend visiting Walden Galleria to not only get your shopping done, but to experience a lot of different things. You will never want to shop at another mall again!!

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Easy to Learn: Yoga Poses

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

Let’s all face it, everyone has tried yoga at least once in their life, and you’ve either stuck with it or ended up realizing you just aren’t that flexible. It is one of those activities that looks fun but once you actually start to take the classes, you realize how much strength you actually need! I have attempted yoga on more than one occasion and I always end up looking like a pretzel or realizing I have no body strength. Well I am going to share with you 11 Beginner’s Yoga Poses that are simple and anyone can complete! Buzzfeed.com has step by step instructions to help you get comfortable with these beginner poses. Try these out and maybe you’ll find a fancy for yoga like I did! 

 

  1. Mountain Pose- Stand feet hip-width apart, weight spread evenly between both your legs, with your arms at your sides. Then breathe slowly and deeply at an even pace, keeping your neck aligned with the rest of your spine. You can move your hands and arms as you focus, some people take a prayer position (hands folded in front of their chest) or reach up to the sky for a stretch. mountain-pose-400x400
  2. Downward Facing Dog- Get on all fours so that your hands are in-front of your feet, with hands and knees shoulder-and-hips-width apart. Walk your hands forward as much as your can and spread your fingers wide for stability. Curl your toes under and carefully press your hips forward so your body looks like a inverted V with your knees slightly bent. You can get a stronger stretch by keeping your heels on the floor.correct-down-dog-2
  3. Warrior Pose- Stand with your legs three to four feet apart. Turn out your right foot 90 degrees and your left foot in slightly. Keeping your shoulders down, extend your arms to the sides with your palms down. Lunge into your right knee 90 degrees; keep your knee over your foot and don’t let it go past your toes. Aim your focus over your hand for as long as you like then switch sides. enhanced-buzz-5129-1373377363-48
  4. Tree Pose- Take mountain pose (#1). Then shift your weight onto your left leg. Keeping your hips facing forward, place the sole of your right foot inside the left thigh and find your balance. When you’re there, take a prayer position with your hands. To kick it up a notch, reach your arms up as you would in mountain pose. Be sure to repeat on the other side. tree-pose
  5. Bridge Pose- Lie on the floor with your arms at your sides. With your knees bent, press your feet into the floor as you lift your hips. Then clasp your hands under your lower back and press your arms down for support. Lift your hips until they are parallel to the floor as you bring your chest to your chin. Rookie mode: try pillows under your head and/or hips. Bridge-Pose-505x336
  6. Triangle Pose- Take warrior pose on your right side without lunging into your knee. Then touch the inside of your right foot with the outside of your right hand. Reach up to the ceiling with your left hand. Turn your gaze towards and past your left hand to stretch your back. Don’t forget to repeat it on the other side.triangle
  7. Seated Twist- Sit on the floor and extend your legs. Cross your right foot over the outside of your left thigh. Bend your left knee keeping your right knee pointed towards the ceiling. Keep your right hand on the floor behind you to stay stable and place your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Twist to the right as far as you can, moving from your abdomen. Be sure to keep both sides of your butt on the floor. Do this to both sides. Ardha-Matsyendrasana1
  8. Upward Facing Dog- Lie face down on the floor with your thumbs under your shoulders, legs extended with the tops of your feet on the floor. Tuck your hips downward as you squeeze your glutes. Keeping your shoulders down, push up and lift your chest off the ground. Relax and repeat. enhanced-buzz-25387-1373379773-14
  9. Pigeon Pose- Start in a push-up position, your palms under your shoulders. Place your left knee on the floor near your shoulders with your left heel by your right hip. Press your hands to the floor and sit back with your chest lifted. You can also lower your chest closer to the floor for a stretch. Try it on the other side. enhanced-buzz-16111-1373380712-0
  10. Crow Pose- Get into downward facing dog position. Then walk your feet forward until your knees touch your arms. Carefully, bend your elbows and life your knees off the floor. Rest your knees against the outside of your upper arms. Keep your abs engaged and legs pressed against your arms. You can leave your toes on the floor or if you’re a pro, life them off and hover. To do this, try to keep tucked tight, with your heels close to your butt. When you’re ready, push your upper arms against your shins and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis to help you with the lift. enhanced-buzz-27565-1373381035-12
  11. Child’s Pose- Sit upright comfortably on your heels. Roll your torso forward and bring your forehead to rest on the ground in front of you. Extending your arms forward, lower your chest to your knees as close as you comfortably can. Hold the pose and breathe into your torso. Exhale and release to get deeper into your fold. enhanced-buzz-27711-1373381225-22

 

My Favorite Accessories

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

I love to accessorize my everyday outfits with a bunch of different things from jewelry to handbags and so much more! You can get so many uses out of them and most are inexpensive! When it comes to birthdays and special occasions, buying accessories is always the safe and easy way to go. I am going to name a few of my favorite accessories that I both own and use as gifts for my friends and family!

 

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Alex and Ani is a new company that makes bracelets out of items that are manufactures in America. The materials utilized are sustainable and derived from an eco-friendly processes. Their collections are made up of powerful, meaningful pieces that are crafted entirely in the United States. The bracelets come in either silver or gold and each hold a single charm. The charms can be anything from a birthstone to words, saints, symbols, or animals. They also have sports teams, hometowns, and even initials so you can have a arm full of meaningful and memorable things. For example, my family is Irish so for Christmas my grandparents bought each of my 12 cousins the Celtic Knot Alex and Ani bracelet. It is nice to have something meaningful that you can look at everyday! They are not only inexpensive, but the perfect little gift for any occasion.

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Infinity Scarfs are just like normal scarfs only they are a complete circle. I always double wrap mine around my neck to keep them tighter, but you can wear them multiple ways. You can pair them with any outfit and they come in all different types of materials, colors and designs. I am OBSESSED with the knitted ones because they keep you warm while your out driving around but are also comfortable enough to wear indoors. There are also thinner ones with different patters and colors that can make a regular outfit more trendy!! You can buy them practically anywhere and they are the perfect gift for anyone.

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Knuckle Rings are a new trend that is extremely popular. They rest on your knuckles and can come in different colors and designs. They are a fun and different twist on the normal rings you would wear everyday. Pair them with rings you already have or just wear them solo!! You can usually find a pack of them with a couple different sizes together. My favorite ones are the plain silver bands (like in the first picture) they are so simple yet unique.

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Statement Necklaces are something that you can pair to any outfit to either dress it up or make it original. I love to pair a bright colored one with a black blazer for work. Wear a strapless simple black dress and a gorgeous chunky necklace and matching colored heels to look like you just walked off the runway. You can turn a casual look into something more formal with as simple as a beautiful necklace and funky heels. You can find some amazing ones at antique shops or some local stores!

Coolest Places to Get Married in the USA

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Life, Uncategorized, Wedding

Are you planning a wedding and want it to be unique and unforgettable? Anyone can have the traditional wedding at a church with a reception at a hall or ballroom somewhere near by, but what about tying the knot in an unusual place. Not everyone can afford to travel to an exotic island and have all their loved ones travel there as well, so why not find a place just as amazing in the United States! BuzzFeed DIY researched all of the coolest places to get married in the USA and put it together in one article names “22 of the Coolest Places to Get Married in the USA”. Some of these places look like they are out of a movie and you would never know they even existed. I am only going to share my absolute favorite 11 with you because I love the exotic and one of a kind venues! Check out the article for the other beautiful venues and maybe some of them are even in your area and you had no idea about! 

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  1. Union Hill Inn: Sonora, California- Getting married in a castle like setting is such a romantic feeling. Every girl wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day after all! The grounds include pavilions, gazebo, foot bridge, various ponds, and barns.  The Union Hill Inn is one of the best hotels as well as bed n breakfast facilities in Sonora and Columbia. union hill inn
  2. Thorncrown Chapel: Eureka Springs, Arkansas- Nestled in the Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With 48 feet tall and 425 windows all over 6,000 square feet of glass. Chosen 4th on the AIA’s top designs of the 20th century. You will feel like you are hidden away from the world in this magical all glass structure. thorncrown
  3. Cafe Brauer: Chicago, Illinois- If you are having a larger wedding, I highly recommend the Cafe Brauer. The Great Hall demonstrates classic Chicago architecture with beautiful high ceilings and a sunroof stretching the whole ceiling. While set in beautiful landscapes, the structure resides in an urban environment with unique skyline views of Chicago. cafe brauer
  4. Sodo Park: Seattle, Washington- This one-of-a-kind venue blends historical significance with modern day elegance for an ambient charm that can be dressed up or down for any event. Housed in a re-purposed century-old factory, Sodo Park’s urban loft design features 7,500 square feet of floor space, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and mill work.sodo
  5. The Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom: Austin, Texas- Both venues are ecologically advances, energy efficient, consciously designed, and sustainable. The Artisan Ballroom was destroyed in a fire in 2010 and was rebuilt to be bigger and better. With massive 1000 pound metal doors and copper leaves around the cedar posts and door handles. The entry was inspired by a Parisian entry and a tiara, and utilized the charred timbers of the original ballroom’s frame. artisan ballroom
  6. The Franklin Park Conservatory: Columbus, Ohio- The conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Featuring indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork, including a collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly, the Conservatory offers enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year. Outdoors, botanical gardens, art sculptures, open green space and a one-mile walking loop offer respite from everyday life. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island!!franklin park
  7. Big Daddy’s Antiques: San Francisco & Los Angeles, California- If you love antiques then this is the perfect spot for you! Big Daddy’s Antiques is a retailer of one-of-a-kind antiques and reproductions from European, Asian, and North American markets. With nearly 20 years of expertise in the interior decorating and landscaping design fields, their scope reaches beyond simply selling antiques. Each of their showrooms provide a truly unique atmosphere for event and photo-shoot space rental. big daddys
  8. The Indianapolis Artsgarden: Indianapolis, Indiana- The seven-story-tall, glass enclosed structure offers a spectacular view of the city. Formed of painted steel, limestone and tinted glass, the Arts garden was created in 1995.  With such an amazing view and venue, it will make your wedding night that much more magical. artsgarden
  9. Treehouse Point: Issaquah, Washington- Just 30 minutes from Seattle, located in a beautiful forest besides the Raging River. Your wedding includes exclusive use of the entire 4 acres for 22 hours, as well as overnight accommodations for up to 16 people. You can take outrageous weddings photos on the bridge to your own personal treehouse.  You will feel like your getting married in a jungle! treehouse
  10. McNamara Alumni Center: Minneapolis, Minnesota- With its copper and wood walls and a capacity of 400 people, the McNamara Alumni Center is a beautiful venue for your special day. The inside is both unique and breath taking. The inside of the building makes you feel like you’re on the street looking at amazing architecture. main_rotate_1
  11. Under St. John’s Bridge: Portland, Oregon – A beautiful steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland. The adjacent park and neighborhood of Cathedral Park are named after the Gothic Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers. It is a popular wedding destination in Portland for its gorgeous views and architecture. With the waterfront in the distance, you will get some beautiful wedding photos.  grid-cell-20773-1367862965-8

Make a Bucket List!

Written by Nicole Garrity on . Posted in Life, Uncategorized

You constantly hear people sharing their dreams and passions and what they want to do before their time expires on Earth, but do any of them try and accomplish these things? Since my senior year in high school I started creating yearling bucket lists, but then I decided, why not make one for my entire life. It is exciting to sit down and write all your wishes down on a piece of paper. Even if it is just for a year (maybe its the year you’re graduations high school/college or your first year as a married couple) it is exciting to push yourself to new extremes and live your life to the fullest. I will share with you some of my dreams on my bucket list, maybe then you will get encouraged to create your own!!

Travel the world and see wildlife: I have always been that child growing up who said I would be a Marine Biologist, and it is still a passion of mine to this day. When my mother was in college she decided to take a leap of faith and go to Ecuador for a month to live and study in the jungle. Hearing stories about how she got to experience this whole other world made me want to walk in her footsteps. She always told me it was the best thing she ever did and would do it again if able. I am not the female who wants to travel to Paris or Rome, I want to travel to South America or Africa to see the wildlife. Last year I decided that I would take a month out of my life and volunteer at a wildlife reserve in Africa and fulfill my life long dream. Since then I have been saving up my money and counting down the days until I can actually go. (Fun Fact: I have a necklace with a diamond shaped country of Africa that I wear as determination to follow my dream)

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Live in a different state: If you are around me on a daily basis, you will hear me express how I think I was born in the wrong state. Don’t get me wrong, I love Buffalo and would miss my chicken wings like crazy if I ever moved away, but being down south is where I feel at home. For the past 10 years or so, my family and I have been vacationing down in North Carolina. Being there I never wanted to come home, it was not only peaceful but everything I wanted in a home town. I love warmer weather (anyone who lives in Buffalo does) but I couldn’t imagine living in a state like Florida where the humidity can get so high you can’t leave the house. That is why I would love nothing more than to move to North Carolina. Even if it is for a year and then I move back home, at least I can check it off my bucket list! I am a southern belle at heart who would rather live on a ranch then in a loft in NYC.

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Have a big family: With each side of my parent’s family, I get to experience a different family style. My mom’s side of the family is small with only one sister (who moved to Pennsylvania), who then only had one son. My cousin is 10 years older than me and lived in Texas basically my entire life, so I never saw much of my cousin or my aunt. At most gatherings on my mom side, there would only be five of us: My grandparents, mother, sister and myself. It was rather boring not having any play mates growing up. Now, on my dads side of the family he is the middle child of five. I have 10 girl cousins on my dad’s side all ranging in age but I am fifth oldest. Getting my entire family together is always a big party considering there is about 25 of us put together. Being that I had only girl cousins (besides the one male on my moms side) we were and still remain extremely close. That being said, I want to have a big family when I decide the time is right. I would love nothing more than to see my children grow up with their siblings and extended family and just be lavished in love.1486707_10201738974250316_1454041371_n
Become a business woman: I have always been independent and kept myself busy with working. I love to feel like I worked hard to accomplish something. That is why when I am older I would love to continue on my work path and hold a stable and meaningful job. I am not the type of person who wants to stay at home, I like to know that I am working hard to support my family and myself.

Bucket lists are not only fun to make, but even more rewarding when you can actually check something off your list. Even if it is minor stuff like cliff diving, or learning a foreign language. Why not set some goals and achievements for yourself!!

How to: Look Skinny in Pictures

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Lets face it, not every woman can be a super model and look amazing in every photograph taken. Some people shy away from the camera because they hate their smile, or because they fear the saying  “the camera adds 10 pounds”, but that is all about to change. Style Caster tells woman 12 Tips to Look Skinny in Pictures in the Lifestyle sections written by Perrie Samotin. Follow these tips and you will never have an unflattering picture taken of you ever again! (You’ll thank me for this one, xoxo)

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  1. Stick your chin out or use your tongue. As odd as it sounds, sticking your chin or head out slightly will ensure you don’t look like you have a double chin.  Another trick is to put your tongue on the roof on your mouth while smiling.
  2. Say no to below. NEVER allow the photographer to photograph you from below. It is the most unflattering angel there is and can add weight to you. Having the camera slightly above you is the best angel but head-on is okay too.
  3. Dress accordingly. If you know you’re going somewhere where photos will be taken, make sure to dress flattering. Wearing all one color is a good idea, it will translate onto the camera and be more flattering.
  4. Turn your body. Slightly turn your body sideways (towards the camera) planting one foot in front of the other. Then point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot. Looking at the lens head-on usually makes you appear larger.
  5. Position your arms. Notice how celebrities pose with their camera-facing arm on their hip? It ensures that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against their body making it look flattened. If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, try holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.
  6. Make sure your hair isn’t too wild. If you’re wearing your hair up, make sure it’s not too crazy. For example; buns, braids, or ponytails that are too tight can cause your face and torso to look larger.
  7. Sit pretty. If you happen to be sitting when someone walks by with a camera, be sure to cross your legs at your ankles- your thighs and calves will look slimmer.
  8. Fake a tan. Things like spray tans can make your legs, arms, shoulders and neck look slimmer. If you’re only showing your face, a small amount of bronzer will do.
  9. Avoid direct sunlight. If you’re shooting outside, direct sunlight can make you squint, which can plump up your jawline. Not to mention direct sunlight can sometimes make it appear as if you have no nose!
  10. Distance counts. Whatever is closer to the camera will appear larger- its a basic rule.
  11. The old bag trick. If you’re wearing something that’s tight, bulky or detailed around the middle, it could look expanded in photos. Hold your bag directly in front of the area to mask it in pictures (it is the oldest trick in the book)
  12. Don’t yell cheese. It is just lame. And you can end up looking either way too happy or a forced smile. Just smile naturally.

Valentines Day Attire

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

Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away so it is time to start planning your romantic day. From romantic dinners to a quite night in, you should make the evening memorable. I will give you a check list to help you get the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit together! Happy Valentine’s Day to all you love birds out there xoxo.

Dresses– Make sure you look the part! TT New York has a wide selection of cocktail dresses that are perfect for a fancy dinner or night on the town . From casual to fancy, you will look gorgeous in one of our dresses. With sizes from 0-30, we can guarantee you’ll find something you not only love but can wear again! Cocktail dresses start from $99.99 and go up. (Sign up for our email list on our website to receive weekly discounts!!) 

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Nail Styles-  Pair your dress with some cute holiday nails. From the classic white tips with a small heart design, to pink nails with a little sparkle. It is not only nice to pamper yourself, but when you look your best, you feel your best. Spend a day at the spa to get all dolled up and look amazing for your significant other! (Check out my how-to blog on DIY nail designs!)

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Hair Styles- Sexy and simple hair styles that tie the whole entire outfit together. If your dress is more simple, do some tight ringlet curls and maybe a bow to add a little detail. To add a different touch, attempt a waterfall braid (far left picture) to make curls a little different. Take a sparkly headband and tuck hair into the headband to create a nice bob if you wanted a look to keep you hair back. If your hair is naturally curly, try straightening it and french braid your bangs. There are so many different options to do with your hair! (Check out my how-to do easy hair styles blog for tips and ideas!)

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Accessories- Accessories are my best friend, so always accessorize an outfit! Since it can still be cold in February, a fur wrap is a good add on to your attire, especially if you are going out for a fancy dinner. If you’re wearing a simple dress out to dinner, try pairing it with some tights to keep you warm.  Add on your favorite jewelry, grab a clutch and some pumps from your closet and you will be warm and look like a million bucks.

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Superbowl Sunday Snacks

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

Superbowl Sunday is only a few days away, and even if you are not a football fan you will probably still end up watching the game. If you are hosting a Superbowl party or  attending one where you are required to bring a snack, today is your lucky day!  Today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite quick and easy snacks that are perfect for a Superbowl party. You can never have too much snack food at a football party!

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Chicken Wing Dip (my simple and easy way!): A few years back I attended a Superbowl party and while snacks were running low I offered to help whip up some last minute munchies. One of the other house guests began making the easiest chicken wing dip I have ever seen. You only need three ingredients and it takes only minutes to make!

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  • Ingredients: Cream cheese (the whipped kind is easier to spread), shredded cheese (cheddar is the best), and hot sauce (my favorite is Franks Buffalo Hot Sauce)
  1. Take cream cheese and spread a layer on the bottom of the bowl or pan you are using (I like to make about a 1/4 inch layer)
  2. Pour hot sauce over cream cheese and spread until it covers the cream cheese
  3. Add a layer of shredded cheese on top until you can’t see the hot sauce and cream cheese
  4. Microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted
  5. Eat as is or mix up ingredients and wah-la!! You have the worlds easiest chicken wing dip

Bacon Beer Cheese Dip: (Only two quick steps!!!) This mouth watering dip is a must-have at any football party. It is not only delicious, but different than the regular every day dips. Serve with soft pretzel bites or pretzel sticks to get the best flavor!

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  • Ingredients: 2 cups cheddar blend cheese, 1 8oz. block of cream cheese, 1/2 cup crumbled bacon, 1 tps. dry ground mustard, 3/4 cup beer.
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat warm up the  beer, stir in cream cheese and stir until melted, add in bacon pieces, dry mustard,  and shredded cheddar.
  2. Stir frequently until melted and smooth.

Pepperoni Rolls: Delicious little bite sized snacks that aren’t messy and everyone will love! Heat up some pizza sauce for the perfect dipping sauce! Quicker and different than just an ordinary pizza.

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  • Ingredients: 3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits per can), 56 pepperoni slices, block of cheese, 1 beaten egg, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, 1 jar pizza sauce.
  1. Cut the block of cheese into at least 28 squares.
  2. Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
  3. Gather up the edges of the biscuit.
  4. Line the rolls up (seam side down) in a greased 9×13 in. pan.
  5. Brush with beaten egg.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning and Garlic powder.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Serve the rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

 

I hope everyone has a happy Superbowl Sunday!! Remember you can never have too many snacks and munchies to eat during the game. Pinterest has some amazing and delicious ideas that are effortless!! Try the simple recipes I gave you or try some of your own! Xoxo

How to: Care for Every Item in Your Closet

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Did you know that they are different ways to care for every item in your closet? Most people believe if you just machine wash everything and care from them that they will last long, but there are other steps you can take that will help items last even longer. Style Caster has a blog of “101 Tips to Care for Every Item in Your Closet” and they touch base on care tips you never thought of before. I won’t bore everyone with writing out all 101 tips, but I will list a few tips per item that I feel everyone can relate to! I definitely learned some new things I never knew before from this article. For more care tips, click on the picture below to get forwarded to Style Casters site!

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SILK

  1. While dry-cleaning is fine for basic silk pieces, it is even better to hand wash them in order to keep them in good shape.
  2. Never wring out silk to dry! Instead roll the item up in a towel and gently press the water out.
  3. Always store silk in a dry dark place, and never keep it in plastic since the fabric needs to breath.

JEANS

  1. To zap odors: hang jeans in the bathroom before a shower (the damp steam will keep them fresh between washes), or freeze them in a plastic bag for two days.
  2. Add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
  3. Fold jeans like a pro: lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.
  4. Always wash jeans inside out in cold water on the delicate cycle, or by hand with Woolite. (If you actually want denim to fade quickly, wash once in hot water)

CASHMERE

  1. Never hold up a wet cashmere sweater by the shoulders, it’ll stretch it out. In fact, keep your cashmere in a lump when you go to pick it up when wet.
  2. Always fold cashmere sweaters in thirds so you don’t get a fold line running down the front of the sweater.
  3. Always clean cashmere before storing it for the winter, as moths are attracted to our everyday scents, such as perfume, food, deodorant, and smoke.

COTTON

  1. When keeping cotton towels, robes, and washcloths fluffy, use half the amount of detergent and run them through an extra rinse cycle (detergent residue can diminish softness)
  2. For best results, machine wash cotton items in warm water on a normal wash cycle.

VISCOSE/RAYON

  1. Hang wet items totally wet (no wringing or twisting) as this will help remove creasing and ensure the garment doesn’t lost its shape.
  2. Viscose has a silky appearance and feel, it breaths like cotton, can be easily draped, and it’s lightweight. However, it wrinkles very easily, so it’s advised to use an iron’s medium setting with steam.

LEATHER JACKET

  1. Never use a hair blower to dry wet leather.
  2. Before wearing a leather jacket, treat it first with scotch guard or a similar spray to help prevent the ingress of water, stains or grime.
  3. Leather jackets are more prone to water stains when they’re not properly treated, and while you should avoid taking them out in rainy weather, it’s also important to hang your jacket in a dry, well-ventilated closet.

POLYESTER

  1. Polyester is easy to care for, but locks stains. To lift a stain, rub stain remover on the area and allow it to sit for 10-20 minutes before laundering.
  2. If the stained garment is white, consider soaking the fabric for 24 hours in a gallon of water and 1/3 cup of automatic dish washing soap before throwing it in the machine.

SWIMWEAR

  1. You never should use a washing machine for bathing suites, but there is one exception: at the end of summer or your vacation, you can wash swimwear in lingerie bags on the machine’s gentle cycle with a bit of Woolite, but only after many wears.
  2. While your swimsuit doesn’t need to be washed with detergent every time you wear it, it should be rinsed in cool tap water every time you take it off after swimming or sunning to remove most of the sunscreen, dirt, sweat, and chlorine.

DOWN COATS, VESTS, AND BLANKETS

  1. It’s key to use a front-loading washer, as a top-loading machine can damage the down item.
  2. Don’t add more detergent than necessary- residual soap prevents down items from getting fluffy.
  3. If your garment is really dirty, stop the machine mid-wash for an hour or so and simply let it soak.

DELICATE LINGERIE 

  1. Silk, satin and lace lingerie should always be hand-washed and left out to dry, as machines can damage small bits of high-quality fabric.
  2. For bras and camis, don’t throw them in a messy drawer- keep them organized and folded properly to maintain the cups.
  3. Try not to wear the same bra two days in a row, as it needs time to regain its shape after wear. (I am victim to this!!)
  4. For padded or under-wire bras, fold them in half with the straps tucked under the cups.

WORKOUT CLOTHES/SHOES

  1. After working out, always shake two or three tablespoons of baking soda into each sneaker, as this eats up excess moisture and odor.
  2. If your gear is super-sweaty, wash them immediately after wearing. If you don’t have a machine nearby, hand wash them to stop stains and smells from setting.
  3. For sports bras and clothes that still retain the scent of perspiration, soak them in the sink with either one part vinegar to four parts water, or a quarter cup of Borax mixed with water. Let them sit for an hour before running them through the wash.
  4. Air-drying spandex and lycra workout clothes maintains elasticity, but if you decide to use a dryer, make sure it’s on the lowest setting.

WOOL COATS, SWEATERS, AND PANTS

  1. Remove light stains on wool by blotting (not rubbing!) with cold water or club soda using absorbent cloths or paper towels.
  2. To actually hand wash, use a mild detergent and lukewarm water to let the item soak for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing in cool water. To dry, gently squeeze the garment and lay it flat.
  3. Never use scolding hot water or bleach on wool items.
  4. Allow 24 hours between wearing your wool sweaters or pants after washing, as this allows wrinkles to dissipate and the elasticity of the fabric to bounce back.
  5. Wool coats should be dry cleaned at the beginning and at the end of the season.

DRESS SHOES

  1. Maintain the shape of soft leather or suede shoes by loosely packing them with clean tissues.
  2. Leather shoes should have a full day to dry out from natural foot perspiration between wearings.
  3. It pays to condition expensive leather boots and shoes before wearing (and every few months) to avoid drying, cracking, and water damage. Remember, leather is skin.

VELVET

  1. Never iron velvet, as the fibers will get crushed and the iron will leave an imprint.
  2. Never fold velvet when storing. Instead, gently stuff items with tissue paper and lay flat inside garment boxes.

BONUS TIPS AND TRICKS!!

  • Use white wine to remove red wine stains. (Every woman should know this trick!!)
  • Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.
  • The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
  • To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.

 

Plan a Wedding on a Budget

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

Everyone knows that planning a wedding takes not only time but also a lot of money. Bride’s-to-be dream of their perfect wedding day for years and years, but when it is actually time to start planning that special day, you have to be practical. Wedding’s can be extremely expensive, but if you are very determined to keep your special day within a certain budget, there are ways to easily cut down costs and get you that fairy tale wedding. Here are some ways to not only cut down for your wedding, but to actually make it that much more special with your own touch added to it! Click on the pictures for more ideas and instructions!

Choosing a location: If you want to save cost on a wedding location, think about what local options you have. Deciding to go with a friends barn or even your own backyard can save you a ton of money. Renting out a park for the day or even a reception hall in a church will be cheaper than a destination wedding or an upscale venue.

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Don’t plan your wedding for a Saturday: Even though Saturday is the most popular day to walk down the aisle, try doing a Friday or Sunday wedding instead. Since locations and venues are looking to fill up their calendars rather than have empty seats, you can normally get a discount rate.

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Shorten the guest list: If you want to cut down on the guest list, the best place to start is with the kids. You don’t have to invite your friends children, just invite the parents! Also if you cut the “plus-one” out of the invitations, you will save room for more people that you want to attend. If you’re clear on the invitations that there is no ”plus-one” everyone should respect that!

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Choose where you want to splurge: If you want a huge extravagant cake, then go for it! Just cut back on costs by making your own invitations or making your own table arrangements. Look on sites like Pinterest for cheap and tasteful arrangements and “Save the Date” ideas that you can do yourself. If you have a friend who is a great photographer or a DJ, hire him for the evening!

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Don’t spend a huge amount on your wedding dress: When you begin shopping for your wedding dress, try looking at local boutiques first. Shopping at a local store, like TT New York, will save you on the cost of doing a special order (which can be pricey). You can not only try on the dress you’re thinking of buying, but you can be assured that there won’t be hidden charges like rush fees or shipping fees. Most high end boutiques only carry sample sizes that you will have to special order and wait months to come in, but if you shop local you can buy off the rack! TT has everything from bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and mother of the bride/groom dresses in stock. You won’t have to worry about special ordering and the stress of not knowing if the dress you ordered is exactly what you wanted. Some dress boutiques will have seamstresses on site (TT New York always has 2!!) who are both professionals and are use to working with the dresses in stock. You’ll save not only the trouble of having to find a seamstress that you can trust, but they will normally give you some kind of discount for getting alterations done through the store where you bought your dress.

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Borrow something: By borrowing your mothers or grandmothers wedding dress or veil, you will save a bunch of money. It is not only sentimental but classy to have a nice vintage look in your wedding! The saying is: Something Old, Something New; Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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There are many different ways to save money on your wedding day and those were just a few ideas. Remember, there are many little things you can do on your own to make it personal. For more ideas check out our Pinterest board and remember TT New York when you’re looking for that special wedding gown! TT New York also carries Mother of the Bride/Groom and Bridesmaids dresses with alterations available on site. Finish off the look with some of our shoes, purses and genuine Swarvowski crystal jewelry sets! TT is a one-stop shop! You can look at our collections on our website or come visit us at our Boulevard Mall and Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls locations!!