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Happy Three Years

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Today marks the three year anniversary of Sit and Stay A While. It seems like it was only yesterday I was up until two in the morning sitting at my desk staring at a half written essay that needed to be turned in by Friday when I decided I wanted to create a blog. A professor encouraged me to turn to the blogosphere and dive into the Anthropology/Archaeology community; while that was fun and full of debate I started checking out fashion, cultural and lifestyle blogs and decided to start my own 365 photography project. Three years later, I've continued to post twice a day on what's making me happy, what is currently inspiring me and what keeps me motivated during the nine to five job and through school to keep a healthy balance in my life. This has been an outlet that has shown me creativity and artistry comes in many forms and to embrace it all. It has been an atmosphere where I am constantly learning about the technology driven world and what the future holds for the bloggin…

Saturday Happy

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It's officially Christmas season and I can't wait to start decorating. It's only two day after Thanksgiving and I'm already listening to holiday tunes, putting up wreaths and laying out festive rugs and other winter appropriate foliage/decor around the household. The advent calendar will be up tomorrow, a new playlist is in the works and I can't wait to start attending parties and dressing up for the season. What do you look forward to around the holiday season and what's making you happy this week? 
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Friday Morning

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Good morning readers, are you lucky enough to have the day off today. I have the day off but I'm not so lucky in that all my professors have assigned the final project for each class. So for the next five days I'll be buried in books and writing away at least sixty pages of stuff while my bedroom is in disarray and surrounded by a heaping mess of papers and such. I'm hoping and wishing by the end of this weekend my room will look as neat, clean and pretty as this one. So I hope you enjoy your lovely weekend and are still huddled around a fire with family and friends from the holiday. 

Friday Movies

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I first learned about Vivian Maier after listening to an NPR podcast last week and I immediately fell in love with this reclusive hoarder who had a secret life as a photograph extraordinaire. After watching a preview of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier,  I anxiously googled this woman that was known as the Mary Poppins of nannies in Chicago however it seems people didn't know much about her other than she was a pack-rat and unusually introverted. Hours of research later, I'm excited to say I'm looking forward to the documentary coming out and learning more about this curious creature that escaped history as one of the 20th century's greatest photographers.  

this week's favorites

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In the last few months I've been a busy little bee but in the few minutes I'm on my computer before I hit the sack, I've recently come across new sites that have simply become a part of my winding down routine. From blogs, Pinterest and the vastness of the world wide web, I've stumbled across some new favorites, two in particular I look at the moment they post new material. Jessica Mericle is genius at putting together an awesome outfit, a truly beautiful writer and a master with a camera in her travel log thread and bones, Shini Park's glossy pictures of her travels, fashion choices, food adventures and her constant work and collaborations are a delight to wind down to over at Park and Cube. As the for the others, these blogs are simply a must for the wedding obsessed, the do-it-yourselfers, and those who like me never tire of interior design and decoration. Make sure to check out, Style Me PrettyDomaine and Camille Styles.
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Gobble Up and Be Thankful

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Make sure to eat lots of pie and remember to share what you're thankful for at the table before you feast. So lets share, what are you thankful for this year? Instead of listing twenty items, what are some things that have stuck out for you this year, what are some big and defining moments that made this year a little bit more special. For me, I feel comforted in the fact that I have so much support from family and friends no matter where they are. I'm currently in school and this semester has been a trying one, I was also recently promoted to an awesome position at the library where I work and I can't say thank you or be grateful enough to the people where I work, to my friends and family who have been there for me and have helped me along the way. Having that is more than need and I'm so thankful to have those people in my life. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! 
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Thanksgiving Day

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Where are you spending your holidays this year? Are you heading out of town to visit family or hanging out with friends and relatives close to home, maybe you're helping and giving back to your community for the Thanksgiving holiday this season? Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you're having a wonderful, cool and hopefully safe holiday not spent at the airport! 
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Giving Back

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Top Ten Bucket List Items:  Spend Thanksgiving giving back and serving at a local soup kitchen. I was first introduced to the idea of community service while attending catholic school in elementary and middle school. This idea of giving back stayed with me well into high school, college and beyond. During my collegiate years it took me a while to figure out what it was I was in search of, who could I personally help and how could I make a difference in someone's life (because really I wanted to save the world, who doesn't?) It wasn't until I began my degree in anthropology and focused on world hunger when I started learning and hearing about the FEED organization started by Lauren Bush Lauren and her mission to feed the less fortunate, a cause I've become a big advocate of. Once I finished school and made my way back to California, I decided I wanted to spend my Thanksgiving giving back to those who need a warm meal most, Martha's Kitchen. How are you spending you…

Be Kind and Generous

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A part of being human means considering the impact will you make in the world, your community, in your place of work and even in our social groups.  How will you influence the lives of others around you, what impression will you leave behind?! If there's one thing I've learned as a young adult you will leave a foot print everywhere you go from school to work, a new city and even within a group of friends. It will show your kindness, your selfishness, your work ethic and the attitude you carry with you in every move you make in life. So no matter where you are at the moment, whether it's in a transition of moving from one job to another, making new friends, finishing school and settling into a new home in a different and unfamiliar place, or giving back to your local community, approach your next endeavor with love, kindness and generosity. Remember, people notice and they'll be paying attention to the foot print you'll leave with them, so don't forget to do al…

Stocking Treats

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There's nothing better than treating yourself, your girlfriends, sisters and mothers with stocking of beauty products and supplies. As a weakness of my own these are just a few of my favorite items and brands, what's on your list this season?!
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Dream Cream and More

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A man and a woman met in an nail and hair salon, one loved hair and the other beauty products. After having spent a decade working with The Body Shop, it took Mark and Liz fifteen years to get their brand LUSH off the ground. Forty years in the business of creating quality and environmentally friendly products, LUSH is all that and more! It is quickly becoming my personal favorite, so I hope you introduce yourself to their brand. Have you heard of their dream line, buy it now and you'll be in heaven. Thanks to my sweet sis for surprising me with a few lush things for my birthday! 
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Weekend Wrap Up

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rockin phillip lim skirt with cut off hunter boots.   cozy evenings with lush products,  dark chocolate, pedicures and sara bareilles.  cool weekends call for afternoons at the park.  ready for stormy weather.   enjoying a few birthday treats from laduree.  every once in a while a burger and fries sounds just right. 
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Quote of the Day

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"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Saturday Happy

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I have a serious addiction when it comes to macaroons. It's becoming somewhat of a weekend routine, after running my morning errands I'll head into one of my favorite french cafes just to grab a few (and to me a few means at least six) to keep for snacks and after meal desserts. So when my mom came back from visiting my sister in New York, she surprised me with a green bag from Laduree on my birthday this past tuesday. It was kind of the best gift, so a big thank you to my mom for treating me to these delectable little desserts, they fill my heart with such joy. What's making you happy this week?
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Friday Movies

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After my sister followed me to college and we decided to room together, our nightly rituals of winding down included ending the evening with a movie. And for a good two or three months I'm pretty sure the dvd of Wedding Crashers never came out of the player, that's how often we'd watch the epicness that this movie is. I'm almost sure I haven't seen this since college, it's time to haul it out and have a good laugh. What are you watching this weekend?  

Friday Morning

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How are you this lovely friday my readers? With the arrival of my birthday starts the madness of the end of the year; school is wrapping up which means it's down to business these last few weeks, the holidays and parties are about to be in full swing, family will be flying in and travel will become routine throughout the month, gift shopping has started and if that weren't enough everyone in my immediate family will be celebrating birthdays during all this craziness!!! So I hope you remember as you're gearing up for the holiday season to slow down and appreciate the chaos the end of the year brings. I'll be working, enjoying the leftover balloons and cake from my birthday and sleeping in a little over the weekend (the simplicity and minimalism in this bedroom just works and quite frankly calling my name right about now), I hope you have a fun filled weekend. I'll see you monday morning!!
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this week's favorites...

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Heavy knits, chunky hats, reverse french manicure, any and everything leopard, an obsession with layering jewelry and dreaming of far away places, what are you day dreaming about this week? 
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Goodnight Moon

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Goodnight Moon seriously has to be at least one of your favorite books when you were a child. If there's one story I remember growing up with, it was Goodnight Moon. Before my mother would go on to turn each page she'd always ask my sister and I to point to the mouse on the page. Although that may be her best work to date (and if you haven't heard, make sure to check out the parody Goodnight iPad, I can't help but laugh at this little jokester of a book), these are a few of my personal favorite Margaret Wise Brown books, what was your favorite growing up?


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Leading Ladies

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Five Thing You Must Know About Margaret Wise Brown: 
1. Graduated with a degree in English literature from Hollins College in Virginia. 
2. There remains at least seventy unpublished works by Brown that sit in a trunk in her sister's attic.
3. Had a long term relationship with Blanche Oelrichs, actress and former wife of the infamous John Barrymore before her engagement to John Stillman Rockefeller.
4. Her first published book was titled When the Wind Blew.
5. With over a 100 children's book published and becoming an important juvenile literary icon,  Brown died at the young age of 42.
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Glittery Treats

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I absolutely love Emi Jay hair products, wear them around your wrist as bracelets (this way you'll never leave your hair bands at home or waste time digging through your purse) or in your hair, these hair ties and headbands are fashionable, in every color imaginable and oh so fun. Established by two teenage girls, their line is feminine, full of glitz and glamour and don't pull pieces of hair out of your head when removing them, which is a major plus. So treat yourself and indulge is some pretty hair accessories this week!!!  
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Pretty + Simple

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Now that my hair is beginning to grow out from the major chop a few months ago, I'm excited to finally start playing with my hair again. Don't get me wrong I'm still loving the short A-line cut but there's very little you can do with short hair. Being able to braid and french braid it, put it into a bun (whether a top knot or a low bun) without stuffing at least ten bobbi pins into my head to keep the wispy pieces of hair out of my face, I'm looking forward to giving some oomph and style to my locks. What are some of your go to styles?! 
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On Turning Twenty-Six

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Rather than discussing my views on getting older and what I've learned in twenty six years of being alive, I actually thought about everything I've been able to accomplish in my life thus far. I feel I can say I've seen, done and been to many places most people don't have the chance to pursue or accomplish in the first half of their lives. So here are in fact twenty-six things about me and what I have accomplished so far... Childhood:  1. I'm left handed and I actually used to be really embarrassed about it; so I taught myself how to write with my right hand. My mom gave me this white board and before dinner I'd practice writing sentences with my right hand.  2.  I was two the first time I got on a plane. 3. It was my grandfathers dream to have someone play the piano in the family, I started at six.  3. I'm the middle child between an older brother and a younger sister.  4. Growing up, everyone thought my sister and I were twins, we're twenty five months apa…

Weekend Wrap Up

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oversized sweaters with pretty tutu details, chunky  necklaces and soaking up the november sunlight.  dozing off to mrs. robinson's disgrace. (I secretly love scandalous victorian novels.)  quite ready for the holidays.   this cold I have requires a bit of fresh air, card  games and chocolate covered pomegranate seeds.   early saturday evening treats: pesto pizza and  some desserty treats.  my moral support through the end of the semester.
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Quote of the Day

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"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." -Albert Einstein 
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Saturday Happy

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Public Library Blowout Book Sales are possibly the best thing that could ever happen-books, music and movies for a buck each, well it makes for a perfect Saturday morning. I've been waiting for the November Book Sale for about two months and finally with ten dollars in hand I was on a mission to find some good reads to add to my constantly growing library. As much as it's about finding your next read, it's about the conversation you make with your fellow bookies, suggesting favorites and talking to new and familiar faces, it certainly brings a smile to my face talking about favorite characters and recommending something amazing to a fellow book nerd. Five books and five movies later, I was quite happy with the turn out. What's making you happy this week?!  

Friday Movies

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Martin Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street looks like big money to me! Can we just all agree Leo looks amazing as always and  that you'll promise me you'll check this out this weekend?! Have a good one ya'll!

Friday Mornings

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A long and blurry week comes to an end and I can't wait to jump into bed and sink into the pillows and covers for a relaxing weekend, has your week wrapped up nicely? Some time to myself and time to recoup; ever have the feeling of not wanting to leave the bed for the weekend, well that's exactly what I'm doing this for the next few days, praying I get over this congestedness and one annoying sore throat. Ice cream and Bridget Jone's Diary is calling my name, enjoy your weekend (oh and go see About Time, it's awesome I can't stop talking about it) and see you Monday!!!
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