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Friday Morning

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Hey everyone, how are you?! If I could describe this week in one word, it would be obsessive. Tuesday was by far the best day of the week since it was the day that Serial Productions released their newest project, S-Town. A reporting endeavor that centers on one man and what exactly the point of the story is about; because there's a lot to take in in just seven episodes. The show was released in it's entirety which meant I binged the show in about two days. Believe me, I tried to justify a reason to take a day off just so I could listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I would love to hear your thoughts if you've finished the show. Find me here or here, so we can dissect every character and detail about the show. Oh, and about how interesting, John B. Mclemore really is. The librarian in me decided to start researching several things that are mentioned within the show. Without spoiling it, I'll leave it at that, but it has been an exhaustive week trying to find John…

this week's favorites...

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Hiplet: A Hip Hop Ballet Dance Fusion.
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What I'm Wearing to Paris

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I'm really into pleated skirts this season, so I plan on taking my two favorite skirts on my trip abroad and styling around them. Since I typically pack way more than I need, I'm sticking to the basics and focusing my outfits around a few pairs of jeans, (my favorite flats and heels) and my skirts. Oh and neutrals, which is really no surprise since I tend to wear a lot of black, grey, navy and pink. What are some of your tips when it comes to packing when traveling?
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The Traveler's Book List

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In the last five months I've been doing a lot reading for my upcoming trip. Now, I've spent the majority of my time reading books about French living, so now it's time to start reading up on Spain. I did just pick up The Angels Game (the audio-book) by Carlos Ruiz Zafan read by Dan Steven that I'm really excited to listen too, that should count for one! But in the meantime, here's what I've been reading if you want to follow along. 
500 Hidden Secrets of Paris  Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs  The Bonjour Effect Bright Lights Paris How to be Parisian The Hunt Markets of Paris Mastering the Art of French Eating Parisian Chic Parisienne French The Paris Apartment Paris Street Style The Paris Style Guide  Shakespeare and Co We'll Always have Paris

Crostini Recipes

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In an effort to eat healthier and a little more Mediterranean (and learning a few French recipes), I have been indulging in a lot of different crostini recipes, my current favorite being a Caprese like one,  which I eat in on the regular. I cam across this peach bruschetta recipe and it looks all sorts of delicious. 
Ingredients:
 For the goat cheese:
10 oz. goat cheese
2 oz. whipped cream cheese
salt and pepper

Bruschetta:
1 crunchy french baguette, sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 peaches, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped.


Directions:
1. Crumble goat cheese into the bowl of a food processor and add cream cheese, salt and pepper. Pulse until everything has combined and you have a smooth, creamy cheese. Put whipped cheese in a airtight container and store in fridge until you're ready to use it.

Lay baguette slice in a single laye ron a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees F for 5-8 m…

The Art of French Cooking

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Whenever I introduce myself, most people assume that I'm entirely Irish. We tend to celebrate and embrace our Irish ethnicity more but my mom is actually French. Now my dad's family is very prideful of our ancestry and we're fortunate we know a lot about our family's history. My mother's family, not so much. Not that they didn't care but we really don't know much about my mom's family when they came from Europe. With my trip coming up soon, I've spent a lot of time reading about French culture and cuisine. And as I'm approaching my thirties, I'm finally embracing my French background and that includes reexamining my diet. Now, I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner at cooking so mastering the art of french cooking will take quite a bit of time. I figure I'll get started on appetizers and easy recipes first; but also look through these cookbooks as I get started. Have any easy recipes to recommend, please share :)

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Weekend Wrap Up...

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tending to the jungle of weeds on the patio...  dinner plans.  that patio life...  new hairdo. lunch in the park...
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Quote of the Day

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"She believed she could, so she did."
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Friday Showing

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If there were two things I was obsessive about as a child it was the world of Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast. Let's pause for just a second, Emma Watson has been both Hermione and Belle, what a millennial girl's dream!!! So as you may assume, I went to the first showing of the highly anticipated live action featureof Beauty and the Beast and it succeeded all of my expectations. Besides the dress which is infinitely better in the animated classic and the wannabe 90's R&B version ofthe single, Beauty and the Beast performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, the film was so worth every penny. Which, I've seen twice and will be going for a third time. Also, I'm watching Legion, noticing a theme here? I'm totally swooning over Dan Stevens right now. Did you know he's narrated over a hundred books? I recently ordered all of the books in the Shadow of the Wind series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon on audio because fate would have it that Stevens narrated on…

Friday Morning

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Happy Friday!!! How was everyone's week? For the first time in months, I had an entire week to myself (besides the usual programming) and it was so nice to get a lot of work done without interruptions. I'm also over the moon that the temperature has dropped and I can now sleep under my sheets without sweating, seriously I don't need triple digits in March! And with my trip in less than a month, I'm getting a new hairdo because, well it was just time and I'm walking again so hopefully I will have shed a little bit of weight by then. Oh, and perhaps the best news besides putting all my energy into our local silent book club, my coworkers and I have a date tonight to start putting together our newest project. I'll keep you posted :)

You should be watching Hiplet (Pronounced hip-lay) 
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this week's favorites...

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Billie Dove, Ida Lupino, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Jane Russell, what do all these women have in common? One notorious womanizer, Howard Hughes. Listening to the most fascinating mini series on The Many Loves of Howard Hughes.
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Top Five

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Most all of high school and going into college, I stuck to wearing mostly Benefit products. And until my sister became my makeup guru, I only wore Dandelion, which if I'm being honest is still my favorite blush. My sister recently introduced me to Becca products a few months ago and I've been wearing this light pink shade which has a slight undertone of highlight in it and it is gorgeous. It goes  so naturally with my skin color. I recently ordered a few Canmake blushes, they're really fun and reasonably priced compared to the other four choices. 
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Morning Routines

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When it comes to my morning routine, I'm not exactly thrilled to say it's a little chaotic. Lately, I find it hard getting out of bed. In fact I'm waking up only to have enough time to get ready for work, brush my teeth and head out the door. Translation: go to sleep earlier so you can wake up earlier. Are you an early bird or would you rather sleep in.
1. Actually make breakfast and sit at the kitchen table and eat. This pretty much only happens on weekends now.  Although, I set my alarm for six in the morning I actually get up closer to seven now, therefore I'm rushed for breakfast. Even if it's just yogurt or oatmeal give yourself fifteen or twenty minutes to sit down, eat your breakfast and read the paper or whatever book you're reading.
2. A little bit of movement. If you can get up early enough to add a walk or run to your morning routine, you are awesome. However if you only have a few minutes, add a little bit of stretching/yoga to your morning routine…

London: 3 Spots

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The first stop on the itinerary for our trip to Europe next month starts in London. My sister and I have a friend living and studying at a university in London, so we'll be staying and visiting with her for a few days and I'm determined to eat good food (my last trip abroad, I ended up losing weight mostly because I was eating at Americanized restaurants), especially loading up on pastries.  Since I mostly follow travel and traveler's instagram accounts, these are are few places on my radar. Don't worry I've provided a link to each of their pages so you can swoon over the gorgeous interiors as well. Have any other recommendations, they would be greatly appreciated.
Milk: A quaint but popular brunch place, it's famous for it's minimalist but chic style. I hear the pancakes are out of this world. Hello Belham...
Sketch: So I definitely saved these restaurants on my phone mostly because of the design. This place is entirely pink with some quirky looking bathr…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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a relaxing and cozy weekend.  snacking lately consists of caprese like crostinis.  this soundtrack on repeat literally all weekend.  currently reading this beautifully illustrated book. finally in bloom...
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Quote of the Day

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"Love doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be true." -Anonymous
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this week's favorites...

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In loving memory of one fantastic children's author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 
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Friday Morning

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Seriously, how often do you need to have a sore throat in order to get your tonsils removed? This whole swollen throat, congestion problem and ears being plugged business is extremely draining, especially when you have a full plate at work. However, I'll be celebrating Beauty and the Beast literally all weekend long. I'm going to the movies with a group of people, probably watching the animated classic for the thousandth time and will be enjoying a few Belle approved reads like this classic, this new one and her own little library book. If I wasn't turning thirty this year, I probably would have showed up dressed up as Belle because I've been in love with her character and the story since I was like four or five.
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Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
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Life, Lately

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Mostly because of Pinterest and fashion crush Jenny Walton, I am all about the pleated skirt look. And it just so happens that H&M has a gorgeous Paris pink midi one that I spotted earlier this week. What fashion trends are you into this season?

If you didn't know or notice, I've been a bando girl for a few years now and with the sidekick finally out, it's just one more purse for me to take on my trip abroad next month. Can you tell I hate pink this month?!

Snack breaks includes these new blueberry almond bites and lunch breaks are for small family owned Chinese restaurants where they know me by name. Which kind of reminds me when I lived at Six Happiness while living in Manhattan. And for all rose drinkers, you may want this stemless glass

Only five years late but I've finally gotten around the watching the web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. If you're a fan of Seinfeld and pretty much nothingness, this show is for you. With episodes ranging fro…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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pink pleats for paris...  in the mood for homemade chocolate mousse.   less time for being a workaholic, more time for planning trips and traveling...  when you find your favorite candy, stock up  and stumble across must have rose glasses. lots and lots of reading to do.
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