Holiday DIY

December 9th, 2012 at 12:14 am by under The Rhode Show

Yesterday on the show, my guest was Professional Organizer Stasia Steele and she showed us ways to get organized around the holidays. Missed it? Watch it here.

Something Stasia didn’t get a chance to touch on was how important she believes it is to keep your entry way clean and clear during the holidays and why. So, I got the scoop for you!

With all the hustle and bustle, get a table top organizer that keeps the following things compartmentalized: incoming mail and catalogs (which you’re getting a lot of this time of year!), outgoing mail, keys, loose change, and cell phone. Sometimes the littlest things make a big difference!

Also, to make returning or exchanging items easier, keep things in separate bags with the receipt. Then store them in a container that lives in your entry way. That way, whenever you’re on your way out to do various errands, you’ll never forget to bring those items.

Lastly, around this time of year, you typically get a lot more traffic coming in/out of the house. De-clutter the entry way to give friends and family a nice first impression of your home as soon as they enter.  Also, have a place for them to hang their coats and take off their boots.

Stasia brings up good points and offers helpful ideas. Even if you’re not planning to host a party at your home, you’re still likely to have some kind of company during the holidays. So whether you have a few colleagues over before the work party or your neighbor drops by with a tray of cookies to wish you happy holidays, you want your place to look clean.

Not only that, a festive home tends to make a nice impression and it can be easy, inexpensive, and fun to add some holiday decor this holiday season.

Near the entry way, I transformed a space into a holiday display area for my visitors to “ooh” and “aah” at! Check out my quick and budget friendly ideas on how to do this by watching my


Gift of Giving

November 25th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under The Rhode Show

Throughout my Rhode Show journey, I’ve had various opportunities to give back and get involved in my home state of RI.

For my first assignment, I filmed and edited a package about something that represents “Living Life” in RI to me.  I covered The Thanksgiving Home Makeover, an annual program that a local painting company, DMP, conceptualized in an an effort to help families in need of home repairs during the holiday season. It showcased an example of the true spirit of giving that Rhode Islanders live by.

The program’s 2nd annual winner was Adam Aref, a young boy from SK with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He had difficulty getting around his own home in his wheel chair, but DMP changed all of that.

Adam is a friend of my friend, Courtney, so Adam and his mom, Maria generously opened their doors to me and my camera crew (again, me) one evening. I’ve spent time with Adam before, but not like how I did that night. So not only did I highlight Adam’s story as part of mine about Rhode Islander’s giving spirit, I also have a special memory of hanging out in Adam’s new suite, sharing laughs and stories with Adam, Maria, and Courtney.

This journey has also afforded me the opportunity to spend more time at home. Not only have I visited with friends and family during some times in need, I was also able to lend a helping hand to my old boss at FlowerThyme, raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts (w/ The Rhode Show & Dunkin’ Donuts), and volunteer on Thanksgiving.

It’s so important to give the gift of giving and I’m so fortunate for my experiences throughout this entire Rhode Show journey.  So what’s next you ask? Collecting toys for Toys for Tots. And you can help!

Watch my short (under 2 min) vlog!  See where I served Thanksgiving Day meals and find out details on where to meet me and drop off a toy for a great cause!


ANSWERS to my game from my blog post: How Well Do You Know RI

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How Well Do YOU Know RI?

November 18th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by under The Rhode Show

Last week, my knowledge of good ‘ol Rhody was put to the test when Michaela and Will hosted a Trivia Game and the Top 5 were the contestants.

Each of us were given a chance to answer questions about Rhode Island. The hosts read each question from a card and they made sure we knew they were shuffled!  I’m not going to give anything away, but what I will say is once the questions started, I hoped there was no slowing down.

Maybe it’s my pride for how much RI knowledge I think I have or the rush I get when participating in trivia games (at a bar event or when Jeopardy is on!). But one thing is for sure, with a little competitiveness and a lot of fun came the desire for more!

I know I can’t be the only one who can get into a game that puts my familiarity with my home state to the test.  So, inspired by this (tRIvia) experience, I thought it’d be fun to create my own RI-themed game and put others in the hot seat!

Below, find a collection of personal photos I took around RI from the start of my SFAS journey.  I also included a list of places that match up to these photos (some are cropped to make it more of a challenge!). The photos are numbered 1-16, while the names of places are listed A-P. Match each number with a letter and have fun!























Do you love going to these places, too? Or maybe you discovered a cool new spot to check out?  Tell us about it!











And now you can watch the SFAS Trivia segment on Click on the photo.





Dressing The Part

November 11th, 2012 at 5:37 pm by under The Rhode Show

Before my initial interview for The Rhode Show’s SFAS contest, I’d been educated on how to dress for on-camera — don’t wear small patterns, white or all black. Instead, wear bright colors and simple jewelry. So, I’ve been taking that into consideration this whole time, but I’ve also still been wearing what you might find me in on any given day.

I felt confident in what I wore because after all, I work in the world of fashion, I get complimented on my outfits, and I’m following what I know already about on-camera dressing. Well, after watching myself on-camera a few times, those credentials quickly went out the window and instead of compliments, I received suggestions on what I could wear next time! The reason being, I wasn’t truly dressing the part of an on-camera co-host. I needed to shift gears and think about it from the perspective of The Rhode Show viewers. They should be less distracted by what I’m wearing and more interested in what I’m saying.

So, it was perfect timing meeting with stylist Jill Marinelli last week at the new Nordstrom Rack at the Warwick Mall.  I learned a lot from Jill as she put her own spin on what I thought I knew all about already in regards to dressing for on-camera. But the big take away was that she emphasized the importance of dressing by body type.

After determining I am an hourglass shape, Jill reminded me that I needed to wear clothes that accentuate my natural waist and enhance my curvy figure. Now, for someone who finds flowy and blousy looks far more attractive than fitted, figure flattering looks, I knew I had my work cut out for me! Not only that, I love experimenting with ever-changing fashion trends.

My outfits are a reflection of my personal style, and to me, style is about enhancing who I am, not trying to be someone I’m not. For instance, I’m most confident when my curves aren’t on full display and I’m so attracted to chunky fabrics, eye grabbing patterns, and fun accessories.

But like I said, I’ve got work ahead of me because not only am I serious about dressing the part, I also want an on-camera style that’s in keeping with who I am.

WATCH my short video to see how I took an outfit I’d wear normally and made it more appealing for on-camera. What do you think? What would you wear if you were in my shoes (no pun intended!)?

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