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Dress: Thrifted // Belt: TJ Maxx // Drink: Orange Juice

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Check out my fellow thrift style Thursday-ers to see what they came up with this week:

Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista

Aligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya

Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali

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An 8-year-old Nebraska boy battling a rare disease dreams of flying like his favorite superhero, Iron Man. And for one shining moment, that dream came true. Max Vertin, now known as “Iron Max,” was given a chance to ride the air at an indoor skydiving facility in Colorado, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Watch the adorable video here.

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This past weekend once of my best friends (and favorite people of all time) was in town for a fundraiser for her organization, Montaña de Luz. This year, the fundraiser was held at The Darby House, a beautiful location at which another of my friends will actually be married at in a few weeks..

20140411-192230Montaña de Luz (MdL) is a non-profit organization that provides hope for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit last year, and after doing so, I can truly say it is an incredible place.

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Dress: c/o 10 Dollar Mall // Headband: Claires // Clutch: Vintage // Cuff: Free People

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Every now and then, I force Paul to take my pictures. And every now and then, even he is excited about the outcome. This was one of those times, we were lucky enough to catch the ‘magic hour’ during hors d’oeuvres, resulting in some pretty amazing lighting and lens flares..

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Today marks one year since the Boston Marathon bombing. So to reflect on the events of April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon survivors returned to the finish line with uplifting messages painted on their skin. Photographer Robert X. Fogarty of Dear World, a message-on-skin photography project, prepared the portraits of the survivors. See the beautiful photos here.

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The world can be a pretty hateful, mean place sometimes. We aren’t just mean to people we don’t know, we’re mean to people close to us; to our neighbors, even to our friends. Why is this? It seems that as a society it’s more acceptable to say something mean about someone, than to say something nice to them.

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I met a girl once when I was in grad school who said:

‘If you see someone and you like something about them; their hair, smile, outfit, whatever, you should tell them’

For some reason this really resonated with me. I guess it’s because I have thoughts like that all the time, but I don’t usually say them out loud to the person. I don’t know why I don’t, but I am actively working on it. When someone says something nice to me, even if it’s about something trivial like my earrings, I feel happier, I smile more, and happiness/smiles are contagious..

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I’m not saying this is the cure to all that ails the world, but I do think it would be a slightly better place if we expressed the nice thoughts we have about people even half as much as we express the negative thoughts we have about them..

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So I challenge you: If one of those thoughts comes into your mind today, and you have the opportunity – say it!

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Anne Hathaway took a break from acting to pay the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., a visit on Thursday. But her presence wasn’t the only gift she gave the kids that day. The Oscar-winning actress also showed them an advanced screening of her new animated movie, “Rio 2,” which opens in theaters Friday.

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