Author: Candice Schaffer

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Candice Schaffer is a young professional who resides in Manhattan. She absolutely loves to travel, meet new people and go on adventures. Candice has a passion for giving back and enjoys volunteer work and taking part in philanthropy in New York City.

Home is where you spend most of your time, so it’s important that you put your mark on the space. From attic to the kitchen to the basement, how you decorate says a lot about your style and personality that are always evolving. This change means that you have to make room (no pun intended) for upgrades and remodels so your casa is au courant.

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Over the past 40-odd years, there’s been a single Manhattan neighborhood that’s remained the epicenter of cool, no matter what’s changed around it: The West Village. This downtown enclave has long had artsy appeal, and in recent years, it’s become even more desirable than ever, thanks to the convergence of culture and convenience you’ll find here. So, what exactly makes this neighborhood so desirable?

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California has long been considered one of the epicenters of cool in the United States, an entire state dedicated to the laid-back living, spending time in the great outdoors, and the pursuit of the American dream, whether in Hollywood or San Francisco’s booming tech sector. However, while California’s population has grown a staggering six percent since 2010, many people eager to call the Golden State home have one question: Where to live? The good news? No matter what your passions in life, your style, or where in the state you choose to live, there’s a gorgeous home waiting for you.…

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Homes are typically the largest purchases any individual will ever make, making it of the utmost importance to put some serious legwork in before you decide to buy. And while getting a good inspection, making sure you like the neighborhood and getting to know the local school district can all serve you well in the long run, the best thing you can do when you’re getting ready to buy a home is getting your finances in order.

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Getting the year-round sun-kissed glow you’ve always wanted doesn’t have to mean baking on the beach or using a tanning bed to get a little color. Considering that the American Academy of Dermatology reports that tanning beds can increase your risk of melanoma by up to 59 percent, spray tans are clearly the wiser alternative to risky traditional tanning. However, for many people, the potential downsides of getting a spray tan, like streaky color, outweigh the benefits. Fortunately, exfoliating properly before applying your spray tan can make it easy to achieve the even, golden color you want, making you look…

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Anxiety disorder is the single most common form of mental illness in the United States, with over 40 million adults living with the condition. Major depression isn’t far behind, with 16.1 million individuals diagnosed with the ailment in the U.S. alone, and millions more living with the persistent depressive disorder. Unfortunately, for many people, therapy and medication alone aren’t enough to provide consistent relief. And while many attempt other non-traditional forms of therapy to combat their symptoms, from acupuncture to cupping, there’s a simpler all-natural way to ease your plight: music. That’s right: music is a great way to soothe…

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While architects like Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are known throughout the world, interior designers rarely enjoy the same fame. However, when it comes to creating elegant homes, much of the legwork is the result of the hard work of these talented design professionals. Around the United States and throughout the world, some of the world’s most talented designers are showing off their remarkable skill for transforming homes. If you’re eager to know the next big thing in interior design, here are the designers to watch:

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From the white-hot nightlife of South Beach to the bustling business center of Brickell on Biscayne Bay, Miami has always been an in-demand getaway for the world’s rich, famous, and powerful. But did you know that over the past two decades, much of the look of this cosmopolitan seaside city has been shaped by just one man. Those who love looking at the gleaming skyline set against azure waters have Ugo Colombo to thank for the Magic City’s magic.

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There are tons of things to love about summer: summer Fridays where work ends at noon, the sun setting at 8, and glasses of frosé being offered up at virtually every restaurant, just to name a few. However, there’s one thing that can put an end to your summer fun in seconds: a sunburn. According to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, just 14.3 percent of men and 29.9 percent of women admitted to using sunscreen on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this not only contributes to the 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed…

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Whether you’ve just closed on your new NoMad luxury condo or are looking to give your prewar apartment a new look, buying furniture in Manhattan can seem daunting. Fortunately, NoMad is one of the prime shopping neighborhoods for furnishing a luxury condo in New York City. Here are our picks for the five best luxury furniture stores to visit when decorating your NoMad apartment:

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The Astor family has been an American institution for more than two centuries, since patriarch John Jacob Astor first came to the United States from Germany in 1763. The first American multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor acquired his first real estate at the tender age of 26, continually expanding his real estate portfolio until his death at 84. Impressively,  just 14 years after his collection  began, Astor acquired his first parcel of Manhattan real estate, a four-block stretch spanning from the Hudson River to Broadway between 42nd and 46th Streets.

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For people living in areas with frequent seismic activity, earthquakes are a constant threat, representing an almost certain “when” rather than an “if.” However, just because you live in an earthquake-prone area doesn’t mean that destruction is simply a foregone conclusion. While you can’t prevent earthquakes from happening, a few simple tips can minimize their impact on your life, keeping you safer along the way. Before you start looking for a new home far from the fault lines, make sure you know these tips for effectively keeping your home safe in an earthquake.

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When the summer starts to wind down, our to-do lists start to get longer. We treat our sunburns, start getting our fall wardrobes ready, and mentally prepare for the end of the long days and warm weather. However, there’s one crucial summer wrap-up task that vacationers often forget about: closing up their summer home. The good news? With just a few simple steps, you can keep your home and possessions safe until you’re ready to head back next summer.

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Los Angeles is a city full of incredible sights, but it’s sometimes the ones in your own backyard that go overlooked. In fact, one of the city’s most beautiful, intimate green spaces just so happens to be in the center of the city. In the city’s South Park neighborhood, Grand Hope Park is a shining jewel, offering a quiet, contemplative space for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a little calm.

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Finding the right Los Angeles beach to catch some waves can be a challenge even for natives — the coastline from Dana Point to Santa Monica is 75 miles long! While overwhelming at first, this famous stretch of coast is home to breaks and beaches for surfers of all experience levels. Here’s our quick and easy guide to the top five surfing beaches near Los Angeles:

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For those who love art, a trip to an art museum can be a life-changing experience. However, for those who don’t find art as inspirational, finding reason to head to a museum can be hard. In fact, whether or not you find art inspiring has little to do with your upbringing, education, or how often you’ve been exposed to it: there are just as many people living in a farmhouse in rural America with a passion for art as there are people living in a luxury condo in New York City who can’t stand the stuff. Just because you don’t…

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