Excuse my French but I’m in France: A weekend in Paris

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First stop on the grand European city trip tour of September: Paris! Last weekend marked 2 days filled with walks down the Champs Elysées, visits to Shakespeare & Company, shopping trips to Sephora, lounging in front of the Eiffel Tower, and of course: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour at Stade de France, including a surprise act by Nicki Minaj. As Kanye said it best: excuse my French but I’m in France.

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Oui oui, Beyoncé à Paris

Paris, hon hon hon!

As my summer has been relatively boring on the level of globetrotting, I’ve settled for a few rather exciting weekend trips within Europe this month. First up: Paris! But not just any boring old trip to Paris. No no no, my dear friends and I are heading to the city of love for On The Run, one of the two only concerts that Mr. & Mrs. President of the World aka Beyoncé and Jay Z are doing in Europe.

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The 5 books that left a hole in my heart

Some books are just a wild roller coaster ride from start to finish – they reach inside of you and mess with your soul. Others have a massive plot twist at the ending that comes out of nowhere and hits you like a freight train and leaves you shattered. There have been many books that left me dazed, confused and frankly just plain upset. Here are 5 of them.

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23 going on 24: another spectacular year

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Ever since I became a One Tree Hill addict when I was 14 (yes, I was that kind of a girl in high school) and first heard Jimmy Eat World play their song 23 , I’ve been obsessed with being 23. I always expected it to be the most spectacular year of my life, a year when incredible things would happen. And on the eve of my 24th birthday I’m sitting here thinking – it actually was. Wonderful. Filled with surprises. Amazing. Unexpected. Hectic. My own kind of spectacular.

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Never forget: Michael Jackson

There are certain historic events that will be ingrained in your memory forever. You will always remember where you were when you first heard the news. The press storm that happened the following days. The incredulous reactions from people around you.

Today, it has been exactly 5 years since Michael Jackson left this world. And I will always remember where I was when I heard the terrible news.

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Beating the Monday blues: BBC Live Lounge’s best covers

BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge holds a special place in my heart. It’s the place where the world’s hottest, most talented artists come together to create the most inspired, original, and creative covers on British radio. Over the years, Live Lounge has had Arctic Monkeys covering a Drake song, Queens of the Stone Age messing around with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, and Ed Sheeran taking a stab at Kanye and Jay Z’s modern classic No Church in the Wild.

And just because Monday is always a tough day (don’t pretend like you haven’t been desperately sipping at your cup of coffee all day long), I’ve rounded up my 7 favorite Live Lounge covers.

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Words to live by

We all need a little motivation from time to time. I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes, but not the girly Tumblr kind of “every day is a second chance” thing. Give me a good quote from Parks & Recreation or Kanye West and I’m on my way to world domination. Here are a few that have done the trick for me lately.

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