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Gift Guide: Your Sister

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A simple girly sweater to throw on for a sister brunch. 
To pretty up her desk at work but also show everyone she's boss.  
Because she is always cold.
A few things for her trip to Paris
She's been jealous ever since you bought this decor piece.
She may not need more makeup, but she'll love this bronzer palette.
For the office or home.
She'll appreciate this all white catchall/organizer.

City, Cozy Chic

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As I'm nearing my thirties and leaving behind the hoarder and cluttered twenty year old self, there is so much I love about the minimal approach this renter took in her apartment in Brooklyn. Its sophisticated and chic but modern and youthful. As you get older what are some of the things you let go of? How does your style change and evolve as you enter a new decade?! Are you someone who stays with the same interior design and decoration most of your life or do you change your style often? 
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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quick work break calls for a coffee stop...  a few (new) end of the year reads...
an overcast and rainy weekend :)  a gilmore binge.  waiting for thanksgiving dinner. 
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Quote of the Day

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"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one."  -author unknown
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Gift Guide: Your Wishlist

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What's on your list? 
Now that you're out of school, you can start to plan more trips.  (It also makes for an excellent coffee table book)
Stand out and the cutest luggage tags for your next escape.
Winter appropriate mugs for your favorite cold weather drink, wassail. 
Pretty rose gold vase by your favorite brand. 
For colorful and soothing bubble baths.
Black and cool statement coasters.
Only big and ultra chunky scarves are allowed.  
For simple, easy home cooked meals and kitchens to drool over. 
The modern loafer.
You'll love this subscription service.
A classic candle.
An affordable bar-cart that will brighten up any corner.  

Giving Back

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When I think of this holiday it's mostly about food, family, napping, holiday movie nights and going back for seconds. Yes, Thanksgiving is about celebrating a piece of our history and being with family but it is also a holiday about giving. How do you you help out others? This past weekend was my birthday and my family took me to Disneyland to celebrate. The first thing my sister and I did was hurry to was Space Mountain, I hadn't been on the ride in twenty years. As we were trying to figure out the line situation, a stranger gave my sister and I two of her fast pass tickets (it was a little before 10 AM and it was already a forty-five minute wait). My sister and I looked at each other, thinking did that just really happen? We thanked the woman many times and waited five minutes to get on the ride. Because of her kindness, I wanted to continue the act. I entered a holiday swap with people I don't know and gave four bucks I would have spent on a cheap and unhealthy lunch …

Weekend Wrap Up...

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Weekend birthday plans - Disneyland.  Rose infused goodies thanks to Sugarfina :) the perfect ornament for my tree. Slightly channeling Jennifer Garner this birthday (but  in reverse), 29 going on 9.  Equipment to start my podcast I've been working on.  Preparing for an exciting trip next spring... A snowy castle in Pasadena...
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Quote of the Day

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"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."  -Margaret Mead
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Friday Showing

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I've been in a nerd mood for a month now, so all things history and archaeology are on my mind. As I was browsing through the documentary/history library in Netflix, I came across Expedition Unknown, a fairly new show on the Travel Channel starring Josh Gates. A show about archaeology, lost cities and artifacts, it is totally filling the inner nerd in me. I just need to go back to school and get Masters in Archaeology, so I can feel like a boss. What are you watching this week?

Friday Morning...

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Hey guys, what are you up too? Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week, and I have so much to do before next Thursday. The good news is that I'll be reuniting with Lorelai and Rory in almost exactly week. But seriously where did this year go? Life has been crazy to say the least (for almost the entire year) and while it's a good thing to be busy, I also wish life would slow down a bit. I need more days where I have nothing going on so I can be more appreciative and grateful for everything I have in my life. I hope you have an excellent weekend. Wishing everyone safe travels as we all jet off to visit with families and celebrate Thanksgiving. (Also this bedroom - goals)
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this week's favorites...

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Photographer Kei Nomiyama, who is also an environmental science professor took these beautiful shots in a Japanese Forest. The long exposure from his camera was able to capture these fireflies suspended in mid-air. Looking at these beautiful images, I can't help but think of Fern Gully. (images)

Mac and Cheese with a Jalapeno Chipotle Cream Sauce

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LORELAI: What is that?
SOOKIE: It’s macaroni and cheese.
LORELAI: It’s green. Why is it green?
SOOKIE: Because I made it with a jalapeno-chipotle cream sauce. Besides the magic risotto, the homemade twinkie and the beef-a-roni Emily Gilmore made for Rory for a special occasion for the infamous Friday Night Dinners, I'm most excited to try out the Mac and Cheese with a Jalapeno Chipotle Cream Sauce. What is your favorite Gilmore Girl Recipe? My sister plans on making this for Thanksgiving next week and I cannot wait!!!
Ingredients:
12 ounces gluten-free elbows (or 16 ounces regular pasta)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for greasing the pan)
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 large jalapeno, halved and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons white rice or AP gluten-free flour
1 quart whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
16 ounces coarsely grated mild cheddar cheese (about 4 cups)  Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter a large cast-iron skillet, casserole pan, or a…

Eat Like a Gilmore

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I don't know about you but I have been waiting nine years for a proper ending to Gilmore Girls. Well, I don't want an ending at all but I would much prefer the ending to be written by Amy Sherman Palladino, the creator of the show and characters. I've watched the trailer innumerable times and now that it's just around the corner, I can hardly sit still. We're throwing a party for all fans next Friday at the library, we've supplied coffee, coffee, coffee and we're bringing pizza, Chinese food, Loralei's infamous candy sushi recipe and much more. We'll be making hats out of newspaper and handing out lists of all the music ever played and every book that Rory reads or is mentioned in the series all to get ready for the highly anticipated four part series the following week. (We're even giving away a few prizes). When I bough this the cookbook over the weekend, I went through every recipe and could pin-point the scene in the specific episode of eve…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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the last bookstore in downtown l.a.  first stop is always Alfred's...  not even two weeks until Lorelai and Rory return.  the perfect ending... so many cool nooks and crannies... 
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Friday Morning

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I don't know about you but I am wiped. With the election ending up the way it did, I haven't been able to sleep very well because I'm nervous. I'm nervous what the next four years are going to be like. But I'm hopeful and I'm going to try to have a positive attitude about this despite all the horrible things that will probably happen. How are you?! How are you feeling, were you shocked and surprised or did you see this coming?! No matter your opinion or your political affiliation, this space is a safe one and I promise I will never make you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome here. I'm concerned and scared and thinking of everyone in this country. If you're hanging in there, make sure to reach out to those who are upset or possibly in danger and offer them a coffee and a shoulder and maybe even shelter. More than anything let's just be here for each other. Have a good weekend, I'll be celebrating my birthday a little early this year since I have an…

this week's favorites...

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Horizon - Tycho  I Was Wrong - Arizona  First - Somo  Medley - LEJ Source - Tycho
Between the switching of the clocks and the election, my sleep schedule is completely thrown off. So to mellow out, I've been listening to relaxing and soothing music and these are a couple of my favorite tunes. Tycho came out with a new album and I love, love, love it. What have you been listening too? 
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Note to Self

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A few years ago I created a bucket list (of sorts) of items I wanted to reach each year. Some harder than others, I'm still working on older goals like the 5K, yeah - that one may not happen for a while but others like cooking more at home, hosting or participating in book clubs, podcast clubs, creating and attending meetups to meet new people, doing community oriented activities like going to fall festivals/walking for breast cancer and mastering a manageable hair-cut for an almost thirty year old. 
Whereas some of the hardest ones, I'm just now getting to this year. I helped support a Rwandan Woman attend school and over the last year she sent me letters of her family and the progress she was making. She even felt confident enough to show me her grades in school and she was the top student - you go girl. The hardest thing yet, stop being a workaholic and make the effort to see and visit with new/old friends and follow through meeting up with them. I took a few trips to v…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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what I wore this weekend...  what's on my desk.  Working on Harry Potter riddles, craft and experiments.  daily beauty routine. obsessed with these candles. 
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Quote of the Day

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"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe
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