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Girl Talk

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Back in late July, I hinted at a possible new series centered on topics and discussions that would be inviting, comfortable, casual and hopefully interesting enough for any and all women to gather around and share each other's experiences. So that is exactly where we will begin, I know it may be early in the day for most people, but for every "Girl Talk," I hope to hear how your day went (on a personal level and about your job), all the accomplishments and positive outcomes of your workday as well as the challenges you faced. 
When I graduated from college back in 2011, I left full of ambition, independence and ready to take on whatever the world had in store for me. I moved to New York and spent my mornings in Bryant Park watching women in suits walking the streets with tunnel vision of success and empowerment. In those moments I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life but I knew I wanted to make a difference and listen to all the greats on how to be career dr…

You + Me

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1.  Madeline or Eloise?  While both literary characters are favorite heroines of mine, Madeline and I have a history. She's the original little girl bad-ass. She lives in a boarding school in Paris and stands up to tigers, she climbs on the ledge of canal bridges and sneaks dogs into school against the headmaster's wishes. Her bravery and curiosity fueled a love for children's literature, girl power, ambition and independence. Every girl most own this classic children's book :)  
2. Shoes or Purse?  I started carrying a purse by the time I was seven years old. Having a plaid trunk full of clothes to play dress up, my grandma had it all to share with my sister and I. She supplied gloves, pearls, hats and a great selection of purses. Twenty years later, you can now refer to me as a bag lady. My mother has a terrific display of fantastic purses. Once high school hit, I would sneak and throw one of her purses over my shoulder and look in the mirror and think I was so extr…

Weekend Wrap Up

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overflow book shelving in closet.   getting lost in a corn maze on the perfect fall day.   pulled pork sandwiches and apple pie to end the day.   enjoying a beautiful day in the mountains.   getting my juice on at the new whole foods market. freshly picked apples and arugula and quinoa salad.
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Quote of the Day

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"The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker
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Saturday Happy

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In anticipation of her debut book (which is coming out this coming Friday, I pre-ordered it months ago!), Not That Kind of Girl do yourself a favor and find the fantastic #AskLena videos right now. What is making you happy this weekend?

Friday Showing

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I remember the first time I watched the Dead Poet Society was in the fifth grade. One of my favorite Robin Williams performances, this has to be one of the greatest movies I've ever seen, possibly because I have a soft spot for literature/poetry and extraordinary teachers (I also like to rank schools based on how pretty the physical campus is). The campus itself, I only dreamed of walking across a quad that beautiful and to be surrounded by the caliber of students at Welton Academy would have been quite an experience. Throw on a blanket, get comfy on the couch with a hot drink and enjoy a classic film. 

Friday Morning...

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I can't believe it's already Friday?! With so many things on my mind, this week certainly flew by quickly. I am seriously jumping up and down that I have two consecutive days off to just relax and doing nothing. Well, that's not so much the case. My sister spontaneously came home for a break from work and while I've been enjoying her being home, my mind is in a million places at once. So make sure to give yourself a break, try to not think about work too much and have a little fun. I'll just be spending my weekend perusing the aisles at the newly opened Whole Foods in town, sipping wine and dozing off throughout the weekend :) What are your plans for the weekend?
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this week's favorites...

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After a long career in the fashion industry, Linda Rodin founded her skincare line in 2008 and has recently been seen modeling for Mary-Kate and Ashley's clothing line, The Row. A natural beauty and style queen, I'm loving everything about her being in front of the camera. Her style is pure inspiration to revamp the inside of my closet! 
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Fridge Basics

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So not in the mood to even go shopping for food or wanting to use my brain after work, my fall  magazines have been helping me out a little by suggesting a few of these as basics to keep around the house. Lemon goes perfect with everything from chicken to salad dressing and in my water (tip: lemon and mint in water adds a little punch of flavor and is a nice refresher during a work break) and an assortment of nuts, pomegranate seeds,trying new kinds of yogurt and my favorite kalamata olives is plenty to keep me satisfied without feeling disgusted from quick and cheap junk food. 
(images via trader joes and whole foods market)

Finding Balance

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All my mind can think about at the moment is getting into that comfy spot in the bed and passing out. With the combination of a new job, lots of projects, excitement, putting together and organizing my senior portfolio for school, all I want to do is sleep for four days straight. Trying to keep a little balance between work and my other projects is key and important for a healthy lifestyle. Keeping a clean home, finding time for exercise and shopping for healthier groceries has taken a back seat since I've been coming home, tending to school and literally going straight to bed. How do you keep balance in your day to day routine?
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What Are You Reading?

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In an effort to be in the know with children's literature with my soon to be degree specializing in Library Children's Services, I recently came across the novel Chasing Vermeer written by Blue Balliett. A story about mysteries in a museum and missing art, I was immediately hooked. A charming quick read, I already want to know what else this author has written. Browsing through the constantly growing home library, I decided to pull this Jonathan Franzen book that was recommended by a friend titled How to be Alone. I'm just now starting it but have only heard excellent reviews. What are you thoughts on this book if you're read it? What are you reading? 
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The Rules of Fall [Part Two]

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Although the official first day of fall was yesterday, the leaves are not changing colors and I'm still sporting shorts and the last of my summer dresses. And while my sister talks of dressing in scarves and tights in New York, I'm waiting for the season to settle here in the desert. While I sit here and wait, I'll just start making my list of things I want to do and places I want to see when Autumn finally comes around. 
1. Now that I'm on my own and have full reign of the kitchen, I am more than excited to get to know my pots and pans and try my hand at a few recipes, number one an apple pie. I'm not a big apples for desert kind of girl, but something about apple pie and vanilla bean ice cream just sounds so perfect for this time of year.
2. Ever since I can remember, I've always enjoyed getting ready for the annual marathon of my favorite show once it hits mid August.  A bowl of peppered popcorn, a bag of Peanut Butter M&M's my favorite slippers and…

American Horror Story

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After my sister encouraged me to try out Netflix streaming straight from my tablet, the first show recommended to me was American Horror Story. I was immediately hooked to the plot and the characters of the first season. I quickly dove into the second season as soon as it went live on Netflix and tuned in for the premier for Coven (which I still need to finish). So with Freak Show coming out this October, I should have plenty of time to catch up on the third season before the current one starts up. If you're a fan of this series, what season is your favorite?!

Fall TV

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Being someone who finds comfort in dvd collections (specifically one show) of favorite television shows, popcorn and in pajamas is a regular weeknight in my home. With so many choices and endless channels, choosing just seems impossible; give me HGTV and Travel Channel and I'm a happy camper. I've just never been one of those people who have a show for every night of the week. Being the big fan I am of Zooey Deschanel, I couldn't help but watch her show, then I fell hopelessly for Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson. Which of course then led to The Mindy Project (which is currently number one on my list of tv shows right now). Mindy Kaling is simply hysterical, her screen writing is superb and I can't recommend her book enough. And while I love the comedy and romance of these two shows my guy introduce me to the greatness that is The Big Bang Theory, I seriously have been waiting all summer. What's on your list of must see shows to watch this season, what are some of …

Weekend Wrap Up

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started my new job and enjoying our new tees.  enjoying blogger/target collaboration goodies :) training all day and networking with great people.  enjoying a homemade dinner with my guy.   bits and pieces of the new space.  nights out and getting ready for the season :)
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Quote of the Day

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
-John Quincy Adams
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Saturday Happy

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Over this past weekend I packed up my stuff and moved out of my childhood home and about twenty minutes away to Palm Springs, CA. And having since moved I figured with my OCD I'd have the place in order in about a day or two, that did not happen! A week later and starting a new job, I'm barely getting the place in order and already too exhausted to do anything this weekend. I am definitely excited to share all the details and all the love I'll put into my home over time but for now I'm getting back in bed, enjoying a Gilmore Girl marathon and being lazy for the day off I have this week. What's making you happy this week?

Friday Showings

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For all you R.L. Stine fans, I'm beyond excited for the upcoming movie of Goosebumps starring Jack Black as the beloved author himself, I seriously cannot wait!!!! I grew up devouring the hit book series and watched the show whenever I went over to friends house when we were in the mood for scary movies. What was your favorite book? The Haunted Mask was my favorite :)

Friday Mornings...

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TGIF, right?! I definitely dove right into the work week with finishing my move into a new home, plenty of training and shadowing at the new job, on the desk time and already waking up at three in the morning to head to training classes out of town. So while my nose is literally in school books and sitting in lectures, you won't be seeing me at all this weekend except for under the sheets of my bed. With information overload and exhaustion from excitement and work, I'm sending you on your way to enjoy a good and relaxing weekend. (image via keep)

this week's favorites...

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Hoping for a little down time to browse and shop for a few things around the house, checking the windows of my favorite boutiques for some new knit sweaters and other fall trends, time out with friends and enjoying what's left of summer. What's on your mind or to do list this weekend? (1,2,3,4,5)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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One of my absolute favorite shows on television is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A combination of a bunch of random experiences and situations, eccentric and egotistic characters, the cast of this show is beyond epic. I can't help by die from laughter. So for now, I will leave you with your tour guide and host, Frank Reynolds. Enjoy :)

The Daily Escape

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One of the earliest memories I have concerning my obsession and fascination with history was when I was introduced to a set of children encyclopedias my parents had acquired. As I got older and use to using the internet as the new encyclopedia, Wikipedia would become my friend when I fell into a mood of wanting to nerd out. As a ten year old, my curiosity was fueled by the awesome volume set my parents bought perhaps when my older brother was toddler. Reading each volume cover to cover and being entertained with history themed coloring books and computer games, I was quick to love certain time periods like the revolutionary and civil wars and major cities that held such historical significance. Having never been to Philadelphia, I'm dying to get there. Standing in a place where our founding fathers walked, talked and held meetings with each other to create this nation, is one thing I'd like to check off my bucket list. Have you ever been, what was your favorite thing about th…

Sweater Weather

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I love the Autumn season for many reasons, one being the fashion. With trench coats and wool being a staple during these months, I wish I could stock my closet with some of my favorite fall trends. Due to living in an area where fall and winter mean 60 degrees outside, I'm stuck with lighter layers, sporting plum hats and thin scarves, what are some of your favorite fashion trends this season? 
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Working Girl

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When it comes to work attire what is your go to outfit? Do you embrace a somewhat casual but classy style, a timeless black and white look (or black on black) or a modern take with an arm party of jewels and lots of color and pattern? I tend to stick to solid colors like black and navy, you can never go wrong with either. I'd like to work on expanding my work wardrobe and incorporate a little more style to the daily grind.
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Wit and Delight for Target

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I've been a long time fan of Kate Arends, founder of the fantastic blog Wit and Delight. Her style and blog is a constant inspiration to help me find my own voice and style. I'm more than excited to buy the entire line she created in collaboration with Target. By the way, I'm totally into the other bloggers who have worked with Target like Oh Joy! and Poppytalk. Go and check out what Kate has come up with at your local target :)
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Old and New Faces

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When it comes to finding new bloggers, I immediately head for the archives and start reading and following from the very beginning. I want to know their story and see how they have evolved from the very first post. It's been almost four years in the world of blogs and I will always love coming across a new face and a new story, here is one I've followed from the beginning and a few new ladies I just can't wait until a new post goes live. I've been a long time follower of Christine Cameron from My Style Pill and continue to love her constantly evolving style and find inspiration with her fashion picks. Chelsea Lankford from Zipped and Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely are women I'm just now catching up with. Who are some of your favorite bloggers, any good ones you've stumbled upon lately?! Please share :)
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