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Web Wanderings (1) Another whirlwind of a week in the books!

I kicked off the week with a productive day off from work, spent finalizing all my music for recitals and such. It always seems like a never-ending process.

On Wednesday, I spoke to a class at my alma mater for media & communication alumni week. My session was called “Promoting Places,” and I covered a bit of what goes on in my daily routine at work, as well as some tips and tricks for getting a foot in the door after graduation.

But without further adieu, here’s some favorites from around the web this week.

ICYMI, I recorded a video with Lehigh Valley Dancers. I love this project, and was super excited to finally be able to throw something together for a quick video. I’d love it if you’d check it out!

This week on the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail, I published my second city guide for beer lovers. For this round, we take a look at Bethlehem. And, you can have a look at the Allentown list if you missed it before.

Each Friday, Stephanie May Wilson opens up her blog for readers to contribute their ‘Loveliest Things.’ Check out this week’s post, featuring one of my best friends, Kelly! Be sure to follow along on her blog here.

I am typically guilty of falling into the comparison trap, and social media doesn’t do much to aid that. I love this post by Chelsea Fagan about why she’s doing a purge of who she follows. Life’s too short to stress over silly things.

In my perusal of blogs this week, I came across Elle & Company. I’m not sure how I’ve missed out on this in the past, but its packed full of fantastic tips for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. The fact that the site is gorgeous is just an added bonus.

Cheers to a fun weekend, and some spring-like weather on the way (hopefully)!

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This week’s edition of Web Wanderings takes a little different twist. In addition to the Links I Love for the week, I’m also going to be including some favorite blog posts, words of wisdom, and more from around the web. Consider it a glimpse into the craziness of my week! Web Wanderings (1)

Links I Love

  • Behind the Scenes: Sia’s Elastic Heart video shoot. With the release of this beautiful piece from Sia came an awful lot of drama. The video features Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, along with actor Shia LaBeouf. This video gives a bit of insight on what inspired the story and how it all came together. (Bonus: another fantastic performance of this song which aired on Ellen this week)
  • #sleevebucks: Taking Starbucks coffee sleeves and turning them into pretty drawings. My personal favorite is the Hermione Granger sketch- if you know me, you know I love all things Harry Potter!
  • Dancer Freezes Time: Okay, so this is an ad for powdered milk/coffee creamer/something of that sort. But the images the photographer was able to capture are absolutely stunning. Am I crazy for thinking that these would make beautiful wall art?

Favorite Reads & Inspiration

  • Walk on the Wild side: Cheryl Strayed’s 1,000-mile hike: I read Wild cover to cover in one sitting and am absolutely dying to see the film.
  • Are You At War?: Maxie McCoy is one of my favorite writers. It seems that her words always hit home at just the right time.
  • Get Gutsy Week Wrap-Up: I was thrilled to be a part of Jessica Lawlor’s 2nd Annual Get Gutsy essay contest this year. At the end of the contest she brought everyone together for a week full of gutsy-ness, which included an awesome Twitter chat. You can see the summary of the chat here, and be sure to have a look at my contribution to the Get Gutsy essay contest. The full list of entries are available to read on her site as well.

Quote of the Week

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

Cheers to the weekend, even though it’s looking cold & snowy!

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It’s been a while, but we’re back with another edition of Web Wanderings! After some busy times, I’ve gotten back on track and had the chance to pull together a selection of some favorites from around the web this week. Enjoy! Web Wanderings (1)

  • Jimmy Kimmel’s Annual Halloween Prank: I get a kick out of these videos every year. Totally guilty of loving the forgiving kids more than the angry ones though!
  • Chadwick Stokes “Our Lives Our Time”: I’m a big fan of the music this guy puts out (you might know him from a little band called Dispatch), and I’m very excited to catch a very intimate show with him next month at Boot & Saddle in Philly. This is a new release of his, with the video showcasing a number of dancers. I love the way the filming is looped over itself to create the layers of choreography.
  • 50 People, 1 Question: I love campaigns like this that twist the way you think about a simple question. Companies like Dove and Always have been super successful with these in the past. This one, similar to the Like A Girl campaign, shows how kids have view that is untouched by pressures of society. The innocence is charming. Join in on the campaign by tweeting #IAmComfortableBecause.
  • Serial Podcast: If you’re not listening to this, you’re really missing out. I’m a new podcast addict, but this one really takes the cake. Presented by This American Life, Serial is an episodic program that details out the murder case of a teenage girl from 1999. Each week, a new segment is released. If you are a fan of crime shows, you should tune in and see if you can help figure out the real story.

Happy weekend!

 

 

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Here we are again- Friday!

Having Monday off for Labor Day was just what I needed to help clear my mind. I spent the day bouncing about – literally (more on that later). Tuesday was back to work, but I’m closing out the week with a whirlwind of music, just the way I like it.

Web Wanderings (1)Take a second for this week’s highlights from around the web. This week, we take a special back-to-school theme in honor of the start of September!

  • You Won’t Believe What One Artist Can Do With Crayons: Whoa, talk about precision. In my book, Crayola crayons are the only way to go (I promise that has nothing to do with the fact that they’re made here!), but this guy takes it to a whole other level.
  • Notebook Stories: I’m a sucker for pretty notebooks, stationary, notecards, and the like. Marshall’s is my favorite place to hunt for gems- I’ve got a whole drawer to show for it. This guy shares my affinity for all things paper. Just look at his collection of pretty covers!
  • The Day Designer Planner: I battle every year with the decision of a traditional paper planner vs. going only with Google calendar. Even though I live and die with life scheduled out on in my phone, there’s something special about putting a pen to paper. I think that Whitney English’s Day Designer has totally won me over. It’s sold out right now, but I have more than one reminder set so I’m ready to go when they’re back in stock! The to-do priorities and lists on each page are just perfect for getting everything in one place.
  • Lehigh Professors Read from RateMyProfessor.com: This is a spin on those Jimmy Kimmel videos (did you see the NFL version? I love Michael Strahan), and it’s quite fitting for back to school. Some of these reviews are ridiculous! It’s nice to see the professors have some humor over it all.

Happy Friday!

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Oops, a little later than I like to be with these guys. Better late than never, right? Web Wanderings (1)

This week was quiet, but that certainly didn’t make it any less busy. I wrapped up a summer of dance classes, enjoyed some fried foods at the Allentown Fair, and had the chance to do a bit of cooking. I’m more than ready this long weekend (hello, Labor Day!), but I’ve already got my free day planned out with lots of productivity!

Amidst all the things going on this week, I had the chance to pull out a few favorites. Take a look at this week’s highlights from around the web. 

  • Joffery Balley works with JW Marriott Hotels: This is an awesome little collision of worlds from me. I often think that the lessons I learned in dance classes can be applied to tons of real-life events. Okay, so maybe no one will ask you to whip out some pirouettes, but a little poise always is beneficial.
  • Hello Kitty is Not a Cat: What?! This is crazy. I was never really into the whole Hello Kitty thing, but this is an interesting perspective on the character. Reminds me of that list of what the emojis actually are, rather than what people typically use them as. (here, in case you’re curious)
  • Life Lessons From Mr. Feeny: Boy Meets World was always one of my favorite shows (I still love the episodes, no matter how many times I’ve seen them). This time of year is filled to the brim with everything back-to-school, and you’re never too old for a little advice from Mr. Feeny. 

Have a great holiday weekend!

Oh- before I go… If you’re reading this, don’t be shy! Hit the comment section and let me know who you are. I’m hoping to gain some insight from readers to see how I can better tweak posts in the future.