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Oh January, Oh.

What I did in January What did I do in January? Not a whole lot. I've been trying to save money so I haven't been going out much. Plus I still have a huge to-do list full of things I didn't accomplish on my Christmas break. But, I have been blogging! I'm really proud that in January I consistently posted two posts a week. I now just have to keep that up...

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Miniature metal souvenir buildings from around the world.

Collected: Miniature Metal Souvenir Buildings

It was my first time in Europe. My first time out of the country. I'd tagged along on my friends' three-week backpacking trip - eight cities in six countries- a pace that now has my quivering. Paris was our last stop. And, like many American girls who had never traveled before, Paris was my dream. The Eiffel Tower was my dream. Seeing the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of romance and beauty and all things European,...

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Horchata, Mudslide, and Buttery Nipple (Slippery Nipple) pudding shots in my fridge.

Because you need pudding shot recipes in your life.

I "invented" pudding shots five years ago for my thirtieth birthday. I believe the conversation, in my head, at the time, probably went something like this: Val 1: "What should we have at my birthday party?" Val 2: "Jello shots?" Val 1: "But we don't like Jello." Val 2: "We like Jello pudding." Val 1: "So...

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40x40: Forty things to do before forty.

40×40: Forty things to do before forty.

It came to me while doing my yearly binge watch of My So-Called Life: I'm almost as old as Patty Chase. Let's let this sink in for a moment. I'm almost as old as Patty Chase. Have you never seen My So-Called Life? I don't know if we can be friends. Buy the box set from Amazon or stream it on Hulu. Go binge watch it now — I'll see you back here in 15 hours...

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Shanna Cakes cupcakes.

A very good year for blue-blooded girls of independent means.

Today I turn 35. There's something about birthdays that reminds me of how good my life is. I tend to focus, to write, about the thing going wrong in my life, the things I want to improve on, the goals I'm striving towards. And, don't get me wrong, I'm thinking of those things now too: thirty-five has me seeing forty in the future and taking stock. But, on birthdays, it's easy to remember all those great...

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Pillows from India.

My boho bedroom in blue.

I spend way too much time in my bedroom. But there's really nothing more comforting than crawling onto a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, covering yourself in a thick comforter, propping up a million pillows and reading a good book...

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Ten Lessons from Ten Years of Blogging.

Ten Lessons from Ten Years of Blogging.

Ten years ago I posted my first blog post. I'm not even going to bother to link to it because all it said was "this is my first blog post!!!" and then I announced that I was going to teach myself Movable Type because Movable Type was totally a thing and kind of like Wordpress but not Wordpress and I'm not even sure anyone uses it anymore. (Whatever, here it is if you really want...

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East Meets West (Elm) - a teal, aqua, and gold mid-century modern meets global-inspired living room.

East Meets West (Elm) – My Living Room

East Meets West (Elm) — my teal, aqua, and gold mid-century modern meets global-inspired living room.   Over the holidays I had seven extra days off from work, everything from Christmas Eve through New Years. Combined with the weekends, that was eleven days off in a row. Eleven days where I didn't have to think about work. I thought about maybe traveling somewhere over the break, but I couldn't afford a trip and have had so many...

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