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Unique Thrift Store Finds for Your Home Office

Lisa Callahan

There’s just something endearing about thrift shopping — something that drives me to want to give more... and buy from traditional stores less often. With that, today I want to showcase some of the coolest home office thrift store finds that make the perfect blank canvas for all your upcycling desires.

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Perfect Pairings: Summer Meets Fall with Tobi

Lisa Callahan

Natasha Choker Top

This faux choker top is remiscient of the babydoll look — a style that filled my preteen closet to the brim. This is a more sophisticated take on the  1960s-esque, flower child flowy blouse. You can't tell by looking at it, but this top is so soft. I would legitimately sleep in this thing. The choker top buttons in the back so that you can pull it over your head easily to put it on. But — and this is an important but — that closure doesn't rub or irritate your neck as you wear it. I can't stand itchy tags, so that's a blessing in my book. A pair of slightly distressed black jeans would make a great complement to this top.

Ceyra One Shoulder Ribbed Crop Top

I never considered myself a "crop top" kind of girl, but this one is really making me rethink it. It's off-the-shoulder on one side and long-sleeved on the other, which I don't think I've ever seen before. It's a unique look, but it truly balances itself out. I also love that it allows you to show just enough collarbone — It's not quite a tube top, but it also deviates enough from the "norm" of crop tops that I'm sure it will turn a few heads. I would definitely wear this out for dinner, with either a pair of high-rise shorts or jeans.

Rise Up Double Zipper Blazer

It's not a secret that I'm obsessed with blazers. A girl can never own enough of them, especially of the black variety. I tend to stock up on heavier ones made of thicker material, though, which has left me lacking a breezy alternative on more than one occasion. This blazer checks everything on my list — It's lightweight yet cozy enough to keep you warm in a chilly office (like the one I work in). It also has these really cool zipper details on both sides, which gives it a moto-jacket feel. I would balance it out with a pair of jeans and classic ankle boots.

Adieu Plunging Romper

Just like I never thought of myself as crop top fan, I also never thought I'd be a fan of rompers — mostly because my proportions make it hard to find one that fits right. I was pleasantly surprised by this little black number, though, and I lounge around in it all the time. The straps don't slip off my shoulders (praise the heavens), it cinches my waist just right, and its short enough to be breezy without showing too much skin. That criteria has become increasingly important to me as I've gone through my early 20s, since it's tough to find clothes that strike a balance between modest, mature and cute. It's the perfect Sunday funday outfit — Just add some funky sandals and you're good to go for a day on the town.

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50 Historic Travel Destinations Every Woman Needs To See

Lisa Callahan

Eleanor Roosevelt once wisely said, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experiences."

I can't imagine the incredible sights the former first lady was able to see during her husband's four terms in office (Mrs. Roosevelt was actually the longest-serving FLOTUS, and President Harry Truman went so far as to call her the "First Lady of the World" in honor of her many achievements in human rights).

While I can only dream of matching Eleanor's great capacity for kindness, intelligence and elegance, I'm happy to say we do share a deep respect for and appreciation of travel. I'm so grateful to have grown up in a family that values exploration the way this legendary female icon did.


I've had the chance to cross some of America's greatest sites off my bucket list: the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Tetons, to name a few. I've dipped my toes into the water at the San Diego pier, Miami's North Beach and Texas' Gulf shore. I've snapped a pic in Times Square, on the white sand dunes of New Mexico and even mid-air on a parasail ride over the sea. Nothing compares to the fulfillment of experiencing new things in totally new places, and if you've got a chronic case of wanderlust like I do, you know exactly what I mean.

That's why I put together a list of 50 historic travel destinations that every women needs to see; Some quite famous, others off-the-beaten-path. Find your state below to read up on my travel pick, or keep the list handy for future travel plans. Whether you're a VIP with flyer miles or a homebody yearning to get away, you're sure to find a site or two that calls your name.


Encouraging Career Advice From 19 Famous Female Writers

Lisa Callahan

Been there, done that, learned the hard way.

Sometimes, the only way to see the big picture of your life and career is to piece it together yourself. It's rare that anyone will lay it out for you (And personally, a predictable path sounds like such a bore).

That said, encouraging career advice is really hard to find – yet desperately sought out by job-seekers, employees and interns alike. When I felt down-and-out after a job rejection... When I spent entire weekends succumbing to anxiety about my future.. When I burned myself out from trying to be the perfect employee... The last thing I wanted to read was insensitive advice.

And that's most of what I found. 

I wish I had a go-to source for career inspiration during those difficult times. I wish I could've found a happy medium between sugarcoated advice and scolding sermons – Neither "You'll get 'em next time!" or "Here's everything you did wrong" are helpful sentiments for the discouraged. But there are some bits of wisdom out there that are.

Without further ado, I'd like to present these 19 encouraging career quotes from some of history's most memorable women. No matter your age, stage, degree or employment status, these ladies – and their way with words – will help ease your career woes.


When you want to switch careers

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

Anais Nin

When you don't feel valued


The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

When you don't like your coworkers

Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.

Jane Austen

When your job bores you

To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe

When you're challenging the status quo


Conventionality is not morality.

Charlotte Bronte

When you lack motivation

A person who has not done one half his day's work by ten o clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.

Emily Bronte

When you feel invisible

They might not need me; but they might. I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.

Emily Dickinson

When work drama is rampant

It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.

Gertrude Stein

When you compare yourself to others

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

Joan Didion

When someone gives you unsolicited advice

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

When your hard work goes unnoticed

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

Anne Frank

When stress is killing you

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.

Sylvia Plath

When you're too hard on yourself

The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.

Agatha Christie

When vacation is calling

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

Virginia Woolf

When someone takes credit for your work

There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott

When you're dying for a promotion

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller

When you experience sexism in the workplace

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.

Willa Cather

When you feel like quitting

My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free.

Mary Shelley

When you lose your job


You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou

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