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I'm not one who is super into astronomy, but visiting the Swiss Alps is definitely on my list of things to see. The Sphinx Observatory was built in 1931 and is located 11,716 feet high up in the Alps. Inside it's research station there are laboratories for meteorology, astronomy and medicine. Underneath the protective dome there is a massive telescope that researches can use to look out into the vastness of the universe. Visitors can take a high speed elevator to an observation deck and enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. 
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Things I'm Into This Week

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podcast I can't stop listening too even though I cry every single episode. 

Tales of a bando addict, also for the traveler.
Summer Goals.  

My dear Kate, this is how I will always remember you.

Between high school and college, I was totally a nerd for environmental science. And ever since, I've become very eco-conscious. The simplicity of this newsletter is the perfect way to start your day. 
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Lifestyle Changes

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One of the biggest challenges I intend to work on over the summer is trying to work out a little more. I've never really a been a gym person, I prefer being outside and in the pool. With the intention of moving my body a little more, I'm also tackling my diet and weight. Not that I have a horrible diet, but carbs have become a staple in my daily eating habits and it's time to change that. Now that I'm entering my thirties, I'm trying to make my health more of a priority. After a solid week of researching and reading up on Ketosis, I'm cutting off carbs and sugar for eight weeks and focusing more healthy fats, proteins and veggies. Have you tried the Keto Diet? Would you consider it? What are some of your healthy habits, tips and tricks? I would love to hear your thoughts on how you balance work, food and exercise! 
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this week's favorites...

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Where are you off to this summer?! I'm dreaming of Iguazu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil it's the widest waterfall in the world stretching over 1.7 miles across. 
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Let's Be Classy

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It's only been a few days but I'm still peeved by a particular scene from the documentary, Always at the Carlyle. Honestly, it's disheartening, Dwight Owsley who had been the head concierge for more thirty years retired in 2014 and his reason for leaving was a sad one. He spoke of Old New York. A time where dignity, class, modesty and kindness were very much apart of our culture. In the end, I couldn't help but think why are these ideals no longer apart of our society? I once received a rose and a letter from the maintenance staff at my apartment complex all because I smiled and said good morning to him. If common courtesies are no longer apart of our day to day life, then we have a serious problem! These are ten old but updated ways of being a classy and a decent person!   
Strong and Confident Posture -Good posture shows respect to others. 
Define Your Sense of Style - a black slack and white blouse go a long way. If you're not really sure what your style is stick…

Lately

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I finally ordered this summery dress after months of it just sitting in the cart. 
A shimmery contour/bronzer set and more Stila liquid eye shadow.  
I've been wearing these shoes for four years and I still love them!
A podcast I can't stop listening too even though I cry every single episode. 
This ballerina
I have been waiting for this book forever, finally it came in! 
The cutest bed sheets I can't wait to put on my bed tonight. 
The cheese I use on everything from sandwiches to cheese plates. 
My favorite hole in the wall Italian restaurant

Always at The Carlyle

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A few months ago one of the New Yorker bloggers I follow on social media was raving about a documentary about The Carlylehotel in Manhattan. It seemed like it was only getting a limited release so I was saddened I would have to wait until it was available as a dvd. So when my mom called a week ago saying it was playing in Palm Springs, I jumped at her invitation to see it. With all it's elegance, class and history, I was most fascinated with the architectural design, art and most especially the staff's stories. Looking up Dwight Owsley right now, you should do the same!  
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Quote of the Day

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"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if shes late? Nobody." -Holden Caufield 

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Self Care Friday

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What a week! On top of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, it's been an emotional week - two high profile deaths, one being near and dear to my heart and a few personal struggles I've been dealing with. What everyone needs is to hug and kiss someone and have a night in.  
What I'm Reading: Why We Need to Talk About Suicide
What I'm Buying: The Important Book
What I'm Doing: Girls Night In
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The Daily Escape

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5 Reason to Visit Kansas City, Missouri:

1. Hands down, Kansas City has the coolest library exterior and interior in the entire country. Make sure to make that a part of your visit!

2. Barbecue can be a sensitive subject but I have to say I prefer Kansas City Barbecue. Joe's Kansas City, was voted the best southern barbecue in the country by readers of USA Today.


3. Hit up the Country Club Plaza for some shopping! It opened in 1923 and was the world's first drive in shopping center.

4. Despite Kansas City sharing two states, Kansas and Missouri have not always been on friendly terms. During the Civil War, violence erupted across Kansas between abolitionists and fighters from slave state Missouri over whether or not Kansas would allow slavery. The state during this time became known as "Bleeding Kansas."

5. Kansas City is home to roughly 200 fountains and claims that only Rome has more. Early architects of the city said they wanted to create an urban landscape with &…

Leading Ladies

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This morning one of the most influential designers in my life has passed and I am beyond words. One of my earliest memories of a Kate Spade accessory was this very 90s bag my mom had. It was simple but bold, it was a huge moment for my tween self because that's when I started developing my own sense of style.I like what her brand stood for - simple, bold, adventurous but modest at the same time. It was the first bag I ever owned. My brother bought me a millennial pink clutch for my high school graduation, I felt cool and sophisticated and I still have it!
At this point most of my purse collection and home decor is Kate Spade and her style is the inspiration for my home. When I started this blog eight years ago, it was originally titled The Life of a Kate Spade Addict, and as you know I've written several posts about the brand, lifestyle and woman. This is a huge loss and I will never forget the woman who helped me define my fashion sense and lifestyle.   
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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more time out & about, exploring new restaurants.  babysitting this little munchkin. binging wild wild country. 
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Quote of the Day

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"Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you've seen that truth, really seen it, you can't look away." Elizabeth Kostova

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Friday Evenings

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It's been a long and packed week, a lot has been on my mind. Lots of good things like working on my short list of goals and challenges for this summer, researching for my first trip to Ireland for next year's trip, podcast and side project updates, becoming and aunt, starting a woman's club in my hometown and becoming more involved in committees with other children's librarians. Oh yea, I'm becoming an aunt. I've kept that under wraps to respect my brother and his wife but she's due any minute and I'm beyond excited to meet their little one. I'm thinking of just sending them the library of children's books I've collected over the years and I'm even considering moving closer to them, I want this baby to know I'm the cool aunt. What's everyone up too this weekend? 
Why I Love Trader Joes
Burlesque Redefined
This Shirt
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