Friday Favorites: City Love

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Hello there Friday! How are you all doing? Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?
I am continuing to link up for Friday Favorites with the lovely ladies of A Little Big of Everything Blog, Grace and Love Blog, and MomfessionalsFridayFavorites3_zpsea6fc451
Today I’m showing some of my favorite city posters. Chicago is my hometown and will always be home for me. It makes me very nostalgic and sentimental every time I think about it. When my boyfriend I first moved to LA, my best friend bought us a Chicago poster with the famous landmarks and buildings.
New York is such a a large city and is so iconic. It’s in so many movies and tv shows. Having visited NYC for the first time last year, it really did live up to and exceed my expectations. It’s got a real energy there and is so fast paced.
San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge is another famous landmark that I love. San Fran is such a great city and is so unique. The steep hills, Alcatraz, the hikes, the weather, etc. It’s all so great.
City Love

TATTLY I Heart Sparkles temporary tattoo
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Red wall art
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Framing poster
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New york city poster
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Chicago poster
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Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde by Jennie Garth

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Jennie Garth is another actress who grew up in Illinois, so she is a Midwest gal like me. Along with Denise Richards and Jenny McCarthy whose books I also read. I think these actresses have the traits that people from the Midwest embody, friendly, down to earth and relatable. What’s not to love?

I was a little too young when Jennie was on 90210, but I did watch her on Dancing with the Stars, What I Like About You, and her family reality show A Little Bit Country.

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She talks about her upbringing on a farm, how she was a daddy’s girl, and the youngest in her family. For fans of 90210 Jennie chronicles her rise to fame. It is fun to hear behind the scenes and what is was like to be famous at a young age and the relationships she had with the cast.

She also talks about each of those shows and what those experiences were like for her. She has had such a long career in Hollywood and has managed to stay real.

She recently got divorced and talks about the heartbreak of that all and how she never thought she’d be there. She is beginning to date again and is raising 3 girls with her ex Peter Facinelli.

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Joanna Garcia Swisher

I have been a fan of Joanna Garcia Swisher since she was on Reba. She seems like a fun girl and is a great actress. She was a blonde during her years on Reba, but I think she looks much better as a brunette. 56a7f54560c6583f3d7037befd33b1ad

 

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Music Mondays: Taylor Swift – Breathe

Taylor Swift is incredibly popular and with good reason. The lyrics of her songs are so beautiful! She is a great writer and is so talented musically. This song is heartbreaking and talks about a breakup and moving on and remembering to breathe. Since 1931-5

 

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Friday Favorites : My Favorite Quotes

 

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It’s Friday ya’ll and that means linking up to Friday Favorites with the ladies of A Little Bit of Everything Blog, Grace and Love Blog, and Momfessionals. I love a good quote, one that inspires and motivates me. Here are a few of my faves and I’d love to hear some of yours.  fave

 

Being brave is a favorite topic of mine. Life is all about taking risks, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing things that scare you and make you uncomfortable. You learn so much by doing things you didn’t think you could do. Failure is an as important of a lesson as success is. You can’t be afraid to fail and let that stop you from trying.

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Life goes by so fast. The days are long but the years are short (which is another one of my favorite quotes by The Happiness Project author, Gretchen Rubin.) Bucket Lists are super popular these days, with people making life long goals and living life to the fullest. I absolutely love this quote, it’s a great reminder to do what you want and do it now!

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As simple as this quote is, it really speaks to me. (It also happens to be the name of my wifi network at my apartment). So it’s something that my boyfriend and I live by. We love to get outdoors and do things. We love to hike, bike, rock climb, surf, walk, run, play tennis, swim, camp, travel, go off roading, paddle board, kayak, etc. Being outside is so refreshing and wakes up our souls. It’s so easy and comfortable to sit inside and mindlessly watch tv and sit online, but it’s so important to balance that with just simply getting outside and being active one way or another. d7d0fb8b6cd59255ea60710930ff59ba

There is so much possibility in each and every day and that is something that should be embraced. Everyday is another chance to do something amazing, and special. Soak in each day for it will never come back around the exact same way. 2a2ff564ec867bb062a7d0837ce6d138

We tend to put things off into the future. One day I’ll get to it. Someday I’ll buy a ticket and travel the world. Next year I’ll run a marathon. But the clock is ticking and time doesn’t stop for anyone. You really should make immediate plans and start checking things off your bucket list now. What are you waiting for?  62af92737fc1cd0f16b02521377e582f

Fear can be paralyzing. It stops us in our tracks sometimes. But you can’t let fear dictate your life. Feel the fear and do it anyway. (I’m full of cliches and quotes!) 4c28524c79a53971762a9c2261fbb588

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I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman

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Jen Kirkman is a stand up comedian who is most known from being on Chelsea Handler‘s shows Chelsea Lately and After Lately. Her book, ” I Can Barely Take Care of Myself” is about her decision to not have children. She talks about how her friends and strangers all question her decision and have no problem asking personal questions and giving their two cents. People say things like, “You’ll change your mind,” “Don’t you think you’re being selfish by not having children?” “Who will take care of you when you’re old?”

When people ask her if she wants to have kids and she says ,”No” sometimes they follow up with, “Are you able to have children?”And Jen gets offended and thinks to herself, what if I am barren? Do you think that is appropriate to ask casual acquaintance?

She grew up in Boston and tells funny snippets about her mom and her Boston accent. “Jennifah, that just isn’t funny.” I can just hear her mom talking. Throughout the book she also makes a few Kennedy references (which I appreciate because of my love of the Kennedys and understand because of where she’s from), and some pop culture references too which I always like when authors throw those in. For example, when people ask if she wants to give back to the world and help the next generation, and she says that Oprah doesn’t have children either and she’s done so much for society.

Jen says she feels left out especially at birthday parties filled with kids, and feels the pressure from society about not wanting to have children. She constantly has to defend herself and the fact that people without children don’t just party all night, and that she is allowed to be tired. She enjoys her free time and not having to be responsible to another human being.

It’s a very personal decision to have or not have children and it’s somewhat alarming how candid people are and feel the need and the right to judge her.  Having kids isn’t for everyone and I think Jen’s really brave and honest for giving this perspective for women everywhere who don’t want kids either.

 

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September Pin-Spired Linked Up

 

 

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It’s September, can you believe it?! Where did the summer go? I’m having a hard time believing that fall is happening. It probably has something to do with the fact that I live in LA and the weather is always 75 and sunny! Coming from living in Chicago and Washington DC I definitely miss the weather changes, the falling leaves, and crisp cool air.

Today I’m linking up with Shay at Mix and Match Mama, Pinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for getting pin-spired.

I love dresses for all seasons and being able to transition them. With just a few accessories you can change the look of an outfit. A scarf, a blazer, cardigan, and boots, can change an outfit from summer to fall in a breeze. Here are a few of my favorite looks of scarves + dresses.

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