A Hike in the Swiss Alps

One of my very favorite people had a way with doing crazy things that almost always panned out simply because she never entertained an alternative. It was in the spirit of Naomi that one Friday during the fall of my sophomore year abroad, I left class and went straight to Gare de Lyon. I walked into the […]

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Bobbi Brown Favorites

My mother has worn Bobbi Brown cosmetics almost exclusively for as long as I can remember. My first forays into makeup, scrounging through her bathroom drawers while she was at work, set me up for a lifetime of disappointment. The bar is a little high for my student budget. Still, there are two Bobbi products […]

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Soulmate Scent

My best friend had just arrived home on leave after months of deployment. We ran toward each other and he picked me up and spun me around in a hug. A passerby yelled “kiss her!” He’s gay and happily married; we laughed instead. After we recovered he smiled and said “you smell like you”. Scent creates the strongest […]

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Tangy Apricot Brussels Sprouts

I know, ew, Brussels sprouts. Hear me out. While visiting home this summer, I had a transcendent experience at Merchants (the restaurant formerly known as Teller’s) in Lawrence, Kansas. I can’t even claim responsibility for stellar ordering since someone else at the table chose the appetizers. Like most sane people, I don’t usually jump at […]

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