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Caitlin Rutkay Designs' Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs’ Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs has been in love with British style for years ever since their first trip to London to buy antiques for a client.

“I love the traditional grand family house look of layers, lamps, plump cushions and the likenesses of ancestors hanging on the walls. It exudes a sense of warmth and history!” Exclaims founder Caitlin Rutkay.

Enjoy this walk through Sussex and its English charm:

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A great place to stay is by the water, there’s the Grand Brighton, an opulent Victorian-Italianate dating from 1864 built by architect John Whichcord Jr.

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Aside from some place to stay, theirs lots to do! History geeks and war buffs will marvel at Battle Abbey, the 13th-century Benedictine ruins on the southern coast where the Battle of Hastings took place.

Sussex Food

And when you’re hungry, theirs millions of great dining restaurants. Restaurant Tristan delivers uncomplicated, field-to-fork British-French cuisine under the original oak beams of a 16th-century cottage in Horsham.

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Want to go shopping? Shopping in Sussex is very extravagant and unique! Charleston House is now a museum and art gallery set in their rustic 16th-century farmhouse. The space also includes a shop where visitors can buy handmade items including fabrics and prints by Grant and Bell, ceramic pottery and jewelry. It also includes books by and about the celebrated Bloomsbury Group members who frequented the home.

Want to know more about Sussex? Click here to learn more!

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Author Joan Ramirez

Author Joan Ramirez sat down with Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss two of her books, Let It Go, Let It Flow Leadership and Jamie Is Autistic: Learning In a Special Way

Although the topics of the two books are most definitely different, both are equally as important to Ramirez.  

First, she discusses Let It go, Let It Flow Leadership.  Ramirez stresses the importance of building a path to leadership immediately after college and explains that her book is a useful tool in doing so! Her books shares perspectives from, “people from all walks of life” and she believes this difference in opinion gives readers a holistic approach to becoming a professional leader! 

Next, Ramirez discusses how her work with autistic children inspired her to write Jamie Is Autistic: Learning In a Special Way.  Ramirez shares a touching moment with the girl her book is based upon, “Mrs. Ramirez, I want you to tell other children that it is important to understand more about autistic children, that they’re special.”

Ramirez didn’t stop there! She wanted the reach of both her books to extend to help as many people as possible, so she asked the White House for help. Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wrote back and added both Ramirez’s books to the White House’s Press Office! 

Ramirez goes on to explain that her and her husband, who helped in the in the wreckage on September 11th,  found themselves at a crossroads.  She found that inspiring people through writing helped her find her way again! 

For more, visit JoansBookshelf.com.

#HipNJ Celebrates National Happiness Happens Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is National Happiness Happens Day, and #HipNJ is here to send some happiness your way. Don’t worry, be happy, and enjoy these quotes about the beautiful thing that is happiness.
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Life can be tough sometimes, but it is important to remember that there is always something to smile about. Happiness is contagious, so celebrate today by walking with a proud smile on your face!