Diploma Diaries: Avoiding ‘Leaving the Nest’ Syndrome

I graduated with a master’s degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. I had come from an incredibly small town in Wisconsin and was in my late 30's and single. My family thought I was crazy, but I had always dreamed of living in NYC, and I was determined to make it happen. Once I found out I was accepted, I worked harder than I ever had to save money, even to the point of selling my possessions.

While getting to New York was hard, staying in New York after graduation was much harder.

New Year, New Chic: Easy Lifestyle Changes

Let’s face it, keeping New Year’s resolutions can be a bit of a challenge. Whether your goal is to lose a few extra pounds, make better grades or something as simple as just exercising more, it is easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and let those resolutions fall to the wayside.

Instead of focusing on diet plans, exercise routines and just improving your grades, why not focus on a lifestyle change that will help you accomplish all of the above and help you in the future?

Must-Haves to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

Decorations are coming down, stores are selling out of last year's clothing and your friends are filling your Facebook feed with resolutions. The new year is officially here, and like myself and many other chicsters, you are most likely setting a few goals of your own.

Do your resolutions revolve around fitness? If so, check out these must-have items that are sure to keep you motivated!

New Year, New Chic: Getting Motivated to Get to the Gym

It’s one thing to say you’re going to the gym and another to actually go to the gym. Why is it that some of us read exercise articles and pin countless workout pins to our Pinterest boards but fail to actually apply them?

I’m here to tell you that 2013 is your year to stop making excuses and to start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

New Year, New Chic: Trying to Eat Healthier

The start of a new year always sparks thoughts of resolutions, better decisions and thoughts of a more healthy you. The start of a new year is also a difficult time to start thinking about becoming more active and getting healthier because a lot of us spent November and December in various stages of holiday food comas.

In all reality, though, right now is the best time to get a head start on a healthier diet for a healthier new year.

New Year, New Chic: Starting Off 2013 with a Positive Mindset

And 2013 is finally here! What better way to start it off then by feeling your best and becoming your best self?

A new year is a perfect time to start a clean slate in your life and plan all your hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. Here are some tips on how to do just that!

Conquering End-of-the-Year Stress

With the holiday season comes a ton of stress. Not only is December one of the most expensive months of the year ... but stores are packed and winter weather creates chaos for the airports.

Of course, there are also the family gatherings and holiday parties to attend, food to prepare and new resolutions to be made.

It is easy to let all of the holiday stress wear you down, so take a few minutes to try out these few techniques to help you relax and clear your mind.

Diploma Diaries: Bills, Bills, Bills

Currently, there is exactly $7.99 in my bank account. Broke doesn’t even begin to describe it. I can’t go shopping. I can’t go to the movies. I can’t even buy dinner on my way home from work tonight. As frustrating as it all is, though, I try to look at the positives. And one good thing is that for this month and the beginning of next month, I don’t have to worry about paying my bills.

Getting Ready to Vote

In case you haven’t noticed the fall color scheme change to red, white and blue ... it’s time for the 2012 presidential election! This is the first time many of us will be able to express our political ideals in an election that only happens every four years. While knee-high boots and infinity scarves are still in style, nothing screams confident more than a chicster who is ready to vote. Will you be prepared come November?

U Chic Approved: Mod Cloth

According to the Mod Cloth website, “ModCloth.com is an online clothing, accessories, and decor retailer that aims to provide a fun and engaging shopping atmosphere for our customer.” But according to me, they’re so much more!