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Happy Thanksgiving!

My sister is cooking the turkey this year, so Shawn and I are headed over there later today. My contribution is dessert, of course! Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and key lime pie. I only wish I could have made the key lime pie look better, but it's hard to make meringue look good without a piping bag. Oh well- as long as it tastes good!

I hope everyone celebrating today has an awesome Thanksgiving filled with either tasty treats, close family, or hopefully both! Lets all be thankful to be where we are today, wherever that is and whatever it means to you.

A Little Lloyd for Your Wednesday

When I was working at the bakery I would wake up at 6am every morning and Lloyd would proceed to spend the next few hours bugging Shawn until he woke up. Shawn really enjoyed those morning wake-ups, since Lloyd would fall asleep on his chest and give him little kisses with his wet nose. Well, since I've been home the past few mornings Lloyd has taken to bugging me instead, because he knows I'll get out of bed sooner to feed him! Poor Shawn - no more morning kisses for him from Lloyd.

Autumn Afternoon in Lititz

Two weeks ago I had lunch with Katherine of Of Corgis & Cocktails in the quaint little town of Lititz, PA. We actually met while I was working at Anthropologie! We went to Tomato Pie Cafe for lunch and then wandered around for a bit. Found some ducks and bought some chocolate at the chocolate factory in town - the whole block smelled like chocolate! It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for an afternoon stroll. I'm happy we ran into each other, considering I still don't know very many people in Philadelphia and I certainly don't know any other bloggers in the area! All of these photos were taken by Katherine, whose camera seems to be on the fritz but still takes better photos than my little point-and-shoot nonetheless.

coat: Modcloth / dress: vintage (When Decades Collide) / cardigan: Knitted & Knotted (Anthropologie) / boots: Dolce Vita (Anthropologie)

Fun Finds Friday #39

So many fun drawings using everyday items on cintascotch's instagram feed!

Writing with milk.

I love these satirical illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski.

Photographs of fallen Disney princesses; the real happily-ever-afters.

+ 13 more fun finds on Messy Nessy Chic.
+ Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky wrote a great post about self doubt and blogging.
+ Reflections on life lessons at 35.

Happy Friday!

On Happiness & Doing What You Like

Preface: This is a long and wordy post, so if you're not up for a novel reading session then I totally won't hold it against you if you decide to just skip this post. But those of you who are interested, read on!

I don't often talk about work here, and when I do it's usually fairly positive stuff. But the truth is, what I do is a pretty big part of my life because it's how I spend 85% of my time when I'm not sleeping. (That percentage is a rough estimate, but you get the picture... I work a lot.) For those of you who are newer to this blog, let me give you a little background on what it is, exactly, that I do.

I'm a baker. At least that's what I've been responding for the past five years whenever someone asks me "What do you do for a living?". My passion for baking developed in college and in 2008 I was given an opportunity to be a pastry apprentice at a fine dining restaurant in New Jersey, so I took it. That position led to a pastry cook…

Warm November Wear

shirt: Left of Center (Anthropologie) / pants: Lucky Brand / shoes: Merrell / scarf: Anthropologie
The weather was unseasonably warm here for a few days last week so I thoroughly enjoyed not having to wear a heavy coat and layers. And sandals! When was the last time we were able to wear sandals in November? (I guess I should specify: on the East coast...) I love this scarf - bought it as soon as it came in store. The other side of it is just the black and white pattern, if I'm not feeling colorful that day. But when am I not feeling colorful?!

Also, I feel as though I should point out Lloyd's new favorite spot. Yeah, that's a Christmas tree skirt around our chair. We're waiting another week or two before getting our tree. He loves laying on there though, which makes me think we probably shouldn't hang any low ornaments this year... (And yes, Mom, I borrowed one of your tree skirts. Shawn loves it though, and I know you haven't used that one in a very long time!…

Last Week's Adventures

Last week was a well-traveled week! I had more afternoons off than usual so I made the best of it by putting an extra 169 miles on my car. On Monday I drove to Lititz, PA to meet up with Katherine of Of Corgis and Cocktails for lunch. We actually met while I was at work at Anthropologie a few weeks ago; I said hello and introduced myself and after chatting for a bit we made plans to get lunch sometime. We ate at Tomato Pie Cafe and it was delicious! On Thursday I drove to New Jersey to have brunch with a friend, get my hairs cut, and to pick up our christmas decorations from my parents' house. (Side note: I can't wait until we get our tree!!) And on Friday Shawn and I went to Doylestown, PA and had an awesome lunch at Maxwell's on Main; I had fried green tomatoes for the first time ever!

The Anthropologie holiday meeting/potluck was last Sunday and I made three different types of cookies to share: chocolate chip, double chocolate, and oatmeal raisin.

There were so many duc…

Calling All Philly-area Folk!

One of my coworkers at the bakery is looking for a loving home for this 6-month old female cat named Mittens (yes, despite the lack of mittens). Mittens was a stray rescued from the streets of northern Philadelphia. She's super cuddly and playful and gets along really well with other animals and people. My coworker can't keep her because her living situation is too small for all the animals she currently has, but she would really love to find a good home for Mittens.

Please let me know if you'd be interested in taking in this beautiful cat. I'd love to take her in but Shawn and I are a little concerned about the size of our space and also how she and Lloyd would get along. I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask my blog readers though!

Cat Nap

I love this little guy.

Fun Finds Friday #38

I only had fun article finds this week, so for the sake of having some images in this post too, here are a few of my recent Etsy finds:

Such an awesome sweatshirt by sewmoe!

Love this awkward thinking of you card by emilymcdowelldraws.

Fantastically realistic temporary tattoos by BurrowingHome.

These fat fat totems by leanimal are so cute!
+ The best time of day to drink coffee.
+ Being late is a new social norm.
+ Who are these people who say they don't like to read?
+ Advice on feeling like a failure.

Happy Friday!

B.Read List: August - October 2013

Hm. Looks like I haven't really read much since July... I mostly read during my lunch breaks at Anthropologie now, which aren't frequent enough to get through a book quickly. Here's a look at what I've read the last three months though. Standing total for the year so far: 16 books read! (My goal was to read at least one book a month, so I've already surpassed it!)

Lets talk about Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way first. I was hesitant to keep reading past the first few chapters because there was initially a whole lot of mention of God and religion. (For the record, I am not religious, was not raised in a religious way, but I tolerate all religions despite being personally skeptical of the mention of anything associated with God; so this book was a first for me on that end.) But I decided to stick with it because I hate to put down a book, and I'm really happy that I kept reading. Religious beliefs aside, this book had a great phi…

Life Happens

I can't believe it's already November. The temperatures outside have dropped along with the leaves and the moon is fully out by 5:30pm. The holiday music has started playing in stores, and this morning at Anthropologie they were working on the holiday displays; there have been Christmas trees in the back room for a few days now. I actually really enjoy this time of year! A lot of people harp on the holidays, but once you get past the consumerism that masks the true nature of the season, you can see that most people are genuinely happier. There's something about being able to share moments with family and friends, and finding ways to keep the cold air at bay; the holidays bring us all just a little bit more together. I'm so excited to get another Christmas tree this year - our first Christmas with Lloyd! My apologies... lets make it to Thanksgiving at least before I start any more Christmas talk.

Watching: I've been having marathon couch sessions watching New Girl. I…

Camouflage Safari

shirt: Gap / pants: Sanctuary (Anthropologie) / boots: Blowfish / glasses: Firmoo / necklace: Love Culture
This outfit is from two weeks ago, when it was still semi-warm out. I never ever thought I'd be the sort of girl to rock camo-print in any form, but I absolutely love the way these pants fit. Plus, the print isn't obnoxious, so I've been getting a good amount of wear out of them. It's just tough to figure out what to wear on top without keeping it too simple or over-doing it with the prints. Working at Anthropologie has really allowed me to expand my wardrobe with pieces I wouldn't even have previously considered.

My sister was supposed to come visit me today for a fun afternoon in the city but she's having car trouble, so it looks like I'm going to spend my afternoon at home instead. That's not so bad though, considering I have a ton of things I've been putting off doing and Mondays are my only day off every week... so here's to being prod…

Fun Finds Friday #37

This series demonstrating forced perspective is really neat!

I love this travel etiquette series.

+ The real reason why we need sleep.
+ 9 reasons to boycott slutty costumes on Halloween. (It's a day late, but still.)
+ 12 strategies to create space in our daily lives.

Happy Friday!