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Gift Guide: Part II

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Binge, relax and mask.
To add to her crazy obsession of loafers.
She'll want this coffee table book
She loves every thing that is rose scented.
A new and updated vase for the kitchen. 
For her sweet tooth
Pretty bowls to add to her kitchen collection
She'll love this faux fur coat

Leading Ladies

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Five Things You Need to Know About Layale Chaker
1. With degrees in Musical Studies at Columbia University, The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR, she is currently working towards a doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. 
2. At the age of eight she started training as a pianist and took voice lessons but soon fell in love with the violin.
3. With her partner in 'Sadeem' ( a violin-quanun duet) Christine Zayed, their music explores contemporary music, baroque, Jazz and Arabic Maqam. 
4. Her compositions range in in variety of musical forms like chamber music, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, electronics as well as several pieces for dance and the film industry. 
5. This was the first song I listened too that got me hooked, take a listen and tell me what you think. 
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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ready for Christmas.   absolutely love this series...  fall in palm springs.  a quiet black friday morning... november favorites.
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Quote of the Day

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"Destroy the idea that you have to be constantly working or grinding in order to be successful. Embrace the concept that rest, recovery, and reflection are essential parts of the progress towards a successful and ultimately happy life."
-Thrive
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Guift Guides: Part I

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Are you ready for the holidays?!  Make sure to check back every week for the latest gift guide :) Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!!!

Because self care is important - for candle-litbubble baths
For her vanity or on to go, she'll need this pretty travel size mirror
Masking has become an essential part of her evening routine
For the movie buff - especially for psychological thrillers.

She lives for comfort, she'll love these velour sweatpants
Because she's a boss  and works really hard
She hordes highlighters
A cute weekender she desperately needs . 

30 Things I've Learned

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I really wanted to make this post in video form so that would be a little more personal but with the holidays and work, there was just not enough time. In thirty years of living, these are some of the most important things I've learned along the way. What are the mot valuable lessons you've learned in your life? The most important one on this list that I always try to remember, 'Be nice, even when it's hard.'  

Weekend Wrap Up...

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relax and chill...   let's go ducks! ready for christmas :)
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Quote of the Day

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"Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better." -Flannery O'Connor
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The Librarian Suggests

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Since I've been listening to Hamilton nonstop all week, these are a few of my favorite soundtracks :)

So, I'm Turning 30

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(I wouldn't necessarily say I'm happy, but I'm getting there.)
So I'm turning thirty in three days and even though it is just a number there are so many feelings about turning a year older this year. Not that it's my 'scary age' but I am definitely having a hard time grasping that A. I'll be 30 and B. I'm nowhere near where I thought I'd be at this age. I remember around February of last year I was in the shower contemplating every life choice I'd ever made, which is somewhat normal and regular for me. It usually leads to panic and anxiety but then is usually calmed with a glass of wine. Normally, I have music or the television playing in the background but I was so consumed in all these thoughts that I broke down crying, alone in my shower. I felt alone, unaccomplished and weak, I had just found out I didn't get a job I really wanted. It went to someone who had two masters degrees instead of just one.

 I beat myself to death over thi…

Lately

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Weekend Wrap Up...

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When your family surprises you with tickets to Hamilton!!!
Thank you so very much!
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Quote of the Day

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"Libraries are a statement of our collective priorities."  -NYPL Card Catalog Quotes
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Friday Morning...

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It's been an interesting week, slow and quick at the same time. I've been a little under the weather as you can tell by my absence from the blog over the last week and half or so. I'll be celebrating my birthday a little early this year and by that I mean my family and David are apparently taking me on a little trip to L.A. for a surprise. I'll fill you in next week when we get a little personal on feelings about turning the big 30!! Have a great weekend and we'll catch up next week :)
Nearly every country on earth is named after one of four things
Vulnerability is a strength. 
Paris is installing sparkling water fountains all over the city. 
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this week's favorites...

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Romantic Comedy mood?! Invite a few friends over this Friday evening and have a girls night in with a light pasta dinner, some wine and desert and turn on your favorite  chick flick. What is your favorite rom-com? 

What I'm Into This Week

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I'm always up for a good festival, and it just so happens that Vulture Festis happening this weekend in L.A. They have an incredible line up this year. Are you going?!

  Payne Lindsay is one of the best true crime journalists I've listened too. And believe me, I've listened to many. A film maker turned podcaster, he's not just in it for the fame or entertainment, he's really passionate and will call people out no problem. To learn about about the Tara Grinstead case, start at episode one of Up and Vanished

If you want to treat yourself, I highly recommend these robes and candles.

 I can't even remember how I came across Shine Text, but it came into my life at the right time. For uplifting, empowering and positive daily affirmations, sign up here and you'll get a personal text message every morning.

Need help meditating or interested in learning the basics,Mindful Meditationsis for you!