Drinking Cocktails for Research: Parisian Night Out "Sherry Butt & Serpent A Plume"

There are two ways to escape the winter cold of Parisian life: stay huddled in your chambre du bonne or strap on your coat for a night out on the town. Okay, well more like a casual bar hop within a few blocks radius.. but you get the gist. Checking off the list of top rated bars in Paris, we headed to the Marais neighborhood in the 4th arrondissement to check out Sherry Butt and Serpent A Plume.

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I Don’t Want to Live on the Internet

I started writing this piece a while back, with intention of distinguishing our media obsessed culture and my place within such a world. But once I began, I stopped writing after a few sentences. I couldn’t really write a piece, if I was still engaging actively online for several hours a day — talk about not practicing what I preached.

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What I Learned by Moving in With My Parents

At twenty-four, the idea of moving home wasn’t quite what I had in mind. The thought of returning to my hometown, a place I tried hard to escape, and reverting back to the sheer adolescence of living under my parents roof made me anxious. Yet, sometimes we have to accept the harsher realities of existence, that life doesn’t always give you a choice.

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HBO’s “Swiped” — The Demise of Romance through Online Hook Ups

A documentary look at how our dating lives are essentially screwed.

Last night I watched the documentary, Swiped: Hooking up in the Digital Age by director Nancy Jo Sales. A film that was previously mentioned in last week’s U Up? Podcast — the New York based auditory bible on all things dating - when Nancy Jo appeared as a featured guest to discuss her opinions and research on what it means to be searching for love via the Internet.

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Shannon Ciricillo
How We Sabotage the Unknown

I remember as a child being asked the daunting question of:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

In fact, this inquiry was a reoccurring topic that plagued most of my classroom exercises from elementary age well into young adulthood. Yet, as the years passed and the inevitably of life continued, the question transitioned from “What do you want to be” to “What do you want to do with your life.” A type of accusation that echoed — we need an answer and we need it now — cuing feelings of anxiety and panic.

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On Top of the Nordic World

Latest travel trip to the serene, untouched country of Norway. We spent 5 days exploring cities such as Bergen, Gerinagerfjord, Alesund and the area of Jostedalsbreen National Park. Traveling to Norway was the most peaceful experience I have had while visiting a country.

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Shannon Ciricillo
Paris, A Spring Awakening

Spring has arrived in Paris & everything truly feels anew. The grey, dismal clouds and cold rain have receded, allowing the sunshine to finally show its projections of what I like to call happy blue. And so, I did what any cooped up gal would do and spent the entire weekend walking around Paris -- a city that is stunning in any season -- but really brings out all the flairs for its spring awakening.

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Thoughts // Afternoon in Le Marais

The arrival of spring in Paris has been marked with nights huddled in bed listening to raindrops fall along white rooftops, roaming the desolate streets as grey skies peak overhead and small ounces of blossoms preparing to bloom. It is the halfway point: my sixth month of living in this inspiring city. 

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Skiing the Swiss Alps in Skinny Jeans

A few weeks ago my friend and I took a trip to Annecy, a small mountain village on the border of France and Switzerland. Prior to arriving, we had little knowledge of the town, except for its geographical proximity to the Alps, which peaked over the rooftops of this quaint city. We found ourselves walking through the streets filled with vibrant buildings and along the town's central lake -- scenery so incredibly breathtaking with hues of winter blues. 

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You Are Where You Need to Be

I often hear people say that they feel their life is unsatisfying. Whether this discontentment stems from a job, a relationship, financial stress or the yearning to pursue their dreams without knowing where to begin, everyone seems to have something that is holding them back.

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A Year in Paris

It's been three weeks since I arrived in Paris. I boarded a plane, moved to a country to which I had never been before, unpacked my bags and settled into my little studio, my home for the next eleven months. I spent the summer preparing for this move to the other side of the world, anticipating what would happen once I arrived, thinking about how I would feel living in a place that is completely different from the standard normalcy that I knew.

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