the thom to my jerry

Really, do I even need to say anything in this post? Well, besides giving a thumbs up to the sheer sweetness of this tune/those dance moves. I suppose that's more of a gesture, anyways.


drift away

When I visit my dad I love wandering the beach in search of driftwood. To me, each piece has a story of why it ended up on the sands of a particular cove. Beautiful already, Karen Miller takes these remains of trees and makes them into something more. She makes driftwood decor in the form of tables, lamps, and sculptures. People from all over the world collect nature's good stuff and send it to her, which makes the pieces even more unique. If I ever make it back to England, which I cross my fingers I do, I want to make it to South Devon to visit her gallery.

To take a peek at more of her work, visit her website.

girl crush

I've developed a whopping crush on Gillian Zinser. Her laid back attitude is partly the reason, but her killer style really seals the deal. I would give almost anything to peek in her eclectic wardrobe and snag a few items, with permission of course. I also wouldn't mind having that killer bikini body, or looking that adorable with a bun atop my head.

Her free-spirited style, humor, which I've only read and seen in interviews, and her love for Ryan Gosling are all reasons I think she could easily be my new best friend. Until we actually meet and fall head over heels in friendship, I will tune in on Monday nights to catch her on 90210.

oscar-worthy wear

I am a little behind in cinematic viewing these days, and by behind I mean behind. I just barely saw The Social Network this past weekend, and still have yet to see Blue Valentine or Black Swan. I did see The Fighter, though. Congratulations to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, who completely deserved their Oscars.

Since I didn't know much about the movies up for those little gold men, the best part of the Academy Awards was the red carpet. There were a few lovely ladies that had me applauding...

Mila Kunis

This Elie Saab lavender dress looks stunning on this beauty. I love the lace details. While it is low-cut, it's still classy. She has the perfect petite frame to show off this dress.
Michelle Williams

 Always looking so timeless. This pixie-headed actress doesn't need a whole lot. Her shimmery white dress is simple, yet beautiful. Chanel does her body good.
Hilary Swank

Reese Witherspoon

This karate kid always looks so ravishing. She went all out tonight in shimmer and feathers, but kept everything else simple. This Gucci Premiere gown found a gorgeous gal to adorn.

 I surprisingly loved this simple, black and white ensemble on our beloved blondie. She effortlessly made this Armani Privé dress a winner. That fit bod sure helped. I especially like her bouffant ponytail.
Camila Alves


I thought this black Kaufman Franco dress was extremely elegant. The plunging neckline, cinched waist, and skirt made this bombshell stand out even more. Mr. McConaughey is a lucky, lucky man.

Rhea Durham

Towering over her handsome hubby, I actually really liked her funky Naeem Khan dress. The sparkly daisy top and red skirt were a good combo in my book. I will take a shorter version, please. Oh, and your man as well.

 ...there were also a few ladies that had me questioning their vision (cough, Nicole Kidman, cough). You might ask why I didn't slyly say Helena Bonham Carter's name while clearing my throat. Well, I don't even raise a brow to that rad kook of a woman. She is who she is, does what she does, and wears what she wears, while not giving a rat's behind about anyone's opinion. I admire that.


quinoa, please

Pondering what to cook for dinner tonight, I scoured the fridge and pantry. Looking for something healthy, I noticed my box of quinoa was begging to be taken out of and cooked up. So I granted its wish with an easy, tasty recipe.

1 tbsp of butter (or olive oil)
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 cups of vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

  • In a medium sauce pan, sautee the onion and garlic in butter (or olive oil) over medium-high for 3-5 minutes, until onions are just soft and the garlic is golden brown. Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add the vegetable broth and quinoa. Cover, and allow to simmer until liquid is mostly absorbed and quinoa is cooked. This takes about fifteen minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Gently stir quinoa. Season with salt to taste, and top with Parmesan cheese.
This recipe makes about three servings, at 318 calories per serving.

The meal filled me up, and it didn't take a huge portion to do so. I had one helping, plus some chicken to add a little protein to the mix. Now I have some healthy left-overs that I can pop in the microwave in the next coming days. I think I will add some steamed broccoli for next time.

you sound like you're from london

There are far few better things then warming up my chilly fingers with a mug of hot tea, and watching the rain leave little wet freckles on the ground outside my window. In today's rare Arizona storms, I am lucky enough to do just that. For me, it's not just the heavy, gray clouds or the smell of rain that gets me. It's more of the way it reminds me of London. The summer before last I ventured on a plane that took me 5,278 miles away from anything and anyone remotely familiar, where I settled down in the beautiful city. I was fortunate enough to call it my home for two months.

On days like these, which were much more common there, I would crack open the window in my flat, replace this tea with cider, and scribble down thoughts in my leather-bound journal. There was a lot to say when exploring a new place, especially when you made dear friends to roam it with.

On chilly days we warmed up in pubs with our scarves and Strongbow, spent our pounds at Topshop, and often crammed around our little dining sets to sip glasses of wine, chat, and sometimes even have impromptu karaoke. On sunnier days we would lay blankets out in the park to soak up some warmth and color in our skin, and spend our pounds outdoors at the Portobello and Camden markets. On late nights we'd go dancing, and afterward venture to find a McDonalds to get our fast food fix.

It was such a perfect period in my life, minus missing my loved ones back home. Skype is a wonderful technology, and I adore its inventor. I hope to visit again soon, perhaps with the friends I made along my little journey. Those girls kept the homesickness at bay, kept the laughs coming, and kept a piece of my heart.

sunday spark

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings."
-Elizabeth Gilbert


obsessin' over essie

I can't seem to keep nail polish on my nails longer than a day. It's not that they chip, or peel, or break. It's more so the fact that I get bored. Polish, to me, is the same as clothing. I wouldn't wear the same thing two days in a row, so why would I put my fingertips through that? My friends typically poke fun at me because I match my polish to my outfits. It's a bit extravagant, but we all have our silly quirks.

It's fun carefully taking out my little trunk of treasures and choosing what suits my mood for the day. I tend to get comfy on the couch, turn on the TV, and paint away. I need a show to keep me from getting bored because I tend to squabble about my apartment, leaving little paint smudges on my cabinets or on my laptop. While it's a fun pop of color, it's not a fun clean-up.

One brand I can always count on to have the perfect colors is Essie. Something about those tiny square bottles, adorned with the white cap brings a teensy bit of joy into my life. I'm taking quite a fancy to pastel shades as of late. It's not time to dye Easter eggs just yet, but I will definitely wear these these shades until then...

Lapis of Luxury, Nude Beach, Turquoise and Caicos, Sew Psyched, Splash of Grenadine, and Guchi Muchi Puchi.

calculate those calories

After receiving a surprisingly big response to my i used to be fat post, I wanted to start posting helpful tips. One being, calories are crucial, but remember everyone is different. You may be standing tall at six feet, or you may be on the shorter side. You might have an active job, or you might sit at your desk all day. There are men and there are women. All of these factors contribute to how many calories you should chow down on each day. I never paid attention to calories before, until I read up and realized how much they contribute to that number blinking on my scale.

First off, use a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you need each day. If you're trying to lose, gain, or maintain weight, this calculator will be incredibly helpful. It's easy. Just plug in a few numbers and answers, and it spits out your ideal number. I use this calculator off of the Mayo Clinic site. After learning how much I am supposed to be eating, little by little I was able to knock off a couple hundred cals each day, whether through diet or work outs. Soon enough, I saw results.

Don't rush it. Go slow, and never ever starve yourself. Typically, women should not dip below 1200, and men should not dip below 1800. This is all about moderation, and becoming familiar with your body and what you are putting in it. A little smidgen of adjustment in your life can make a huge difference in the long run.

If ever in need of support, like overcoming a cookie-dough craving or needing motivation to hit the gym, I'm here!

nugget and charlie's adventure

My dearest friend, Sarah, and I decided to take an adventurous little hike with our pups. Charlie and Nugget were thrilled to get some fresh air. With their tongues flopping about and tails wagging, we all ventured up Hayden Butte for a little exercise. Nugget wanted to prove how rebellious he was by refusing to stick to the trails, while Charlie pranced about. Tangled leashes, chit-chats, and a gorgeous view on an over-cast day made for a wonderful Saturday afternoon.

For those who don't know, Charlie is the Jack Russell. She is all mine. Nugget is Sarah's adorable little Corgi. Those ears are a hoot. They've officially began dating. Nugget popped the question this afternoon at the scenic point.


daddy's little girl

As mentioned in my reaping rewards, the support I receive from my family and friends is an incredible feeling, one that encourages me every day. I am so fortunate to have the people in my life that hold me and my goals together, especially my daddy. I barely told him about Shine or Set just yesterday, as I wanted it to be perfect. Receiving this e-mail today made me realize I don't need to strive for perfection, I just need to strive, and he will be ever so proud.

"Hi Sweetheart. You really surprised me when you told me about your new project. I took the time today to look at the wonderful website you created and was filled with enormous feelings of pride.Your creative writings on so many different subjects were amazing to me, and in-between-the lines I could not help but to feel your love, honesty, and most of all your determination to continue to create your dreams on becoming a creative writer, even against all the ups and downs you have had to endure since graduation. All you wrote about was powerfully positive, and in these times with so much happening in the world that we all find our selves in, it's very inspirational and we all need to be inspired. Personally, you've touched my spirit in such ways that words could not come close to expressing the gratitude I have for being so blessed to be your father.Your loving kindness and your compassion are extremely evident in all you do and all that you have done. You've created such great karma in your life that I know you will reach all that you have dreamed. Thank you for inspiring me and for making me so very happy to be your dad. Through all ups and downs, I'm always at your side.

Always all my love,
Our favorite spot.

my muses

I dare say that I have a case of style schizophrenia. I can go from boho chic, to classic, to grunge all in just one day, or I will mix them all together. The next day I will be on to three or four other styles. It may confuse some, but I like my different sides. It's too much fun playing dress-up to be limited to certain pieces. I thought this way as a little girl too. My trunk of play things had everything from folklorico dresses, to hula skirts, to sequin ballgowns. Thankfully, I don't wear any of those things today. Unless, there is a theme party and I miraculously still fit in my kindergarten threads.

Now days, my 22-year-old self likes to dabble in more grown up clothing. I draw inspiration from everything, which makes my closet question why it contains such a colorful medley of items. When my inspiration has run out, I resort to these lovely ladies to pull ideas from. They are my muses, and the reason I am a schizo when it comes to looks.

Edie Sedgwick
Sadly taken away from us too soon, she left her mark. I adore her simple, sartorial style because it allowed her vibrant personality to be the center of attention. I go to her for tailored pieces, false lashes, winged eyeliner, statement jewelry, and simple pieces.

Jane Birkin
Bless her heart for the Birkin bag, which I hope to afford someday. It's more than that, though. I love how she was carefree in her dress, yet sexy at the same time. The epitome of understated bohème. I go to her for mini dresses, comfy jeans, white tees, untouched hair, and high boots.

Chloë Sevigny
She is so funky and so polished. I am green with envy over her wardrobe. It's eclectic, eccentric, vintage. There are too many words to describe her style, so let's just go with fab. I go to her for floral dresses, shorts, over-sized tees, killer shoes, and red lips.

hang on my walls, please

My apartment would be a lot whole lot prettier if it had a frame collage of Louise Dahl-Wolfe's photographs. An eclectic group of frames holding little black and white treasures would be a perfect accent wall or shelf. I feel a project coming on...

I may meander on down to Tucson to take a peek at her full archive of work. The University of Arizona has her entire body of work at their Center for Creative Photography. Lucky, Wildcats.


i used to be fat

Lately I've been such a homebody. I'm not complaining, as it's been a nice change of pace from the typical hectic schedule of two jobs, mixed with my social life. I've grown pretty fond of cooking at home, lounging in my favorite PJ pants, and vegging out on my sofa, with my only company being a little Jack Russell Terrier. I know, I know. I've mentioned her several times in my posts, but get used to it because I sure can't help the warm fuzzies I have for her.

While Sex and the City really gets me giggling (bless E! for adding it to their lineup), I became an instant fan of another show, MTV's I Used to Be Fat. I suppose I am a new viewer of these "healthy living" shows, although I was a fan of Losing it with Jillian Michaels on NBC. I think what I really admire most is showing people in our horrifyingly overweight society, that change is possible. It's not easy, but it's possible. While these shows exploit the sweat, diets, and personal struggles of these individuals, in the end it shows how much their lives actually change, along with their bodies.

Based on comments on last night's episode found on MTV.com, I think others find the show inspiring too...
  • "This was one of the best episodes. Kelly was so focused and determined about what she wanted to achieve and she did...You go girl show them how its done."
  • "Well, the trainer did know that this was her approach to everything, which it's why he made a point of pushing it. I'm a lot like her in a lot of ways (for similar reasons). I consciously know what I should do, or what's better for me to do, but most times I still don't do it. We do need the encouragement and the shown interest in order to open up and break that barrier. He did a great job at it, gaining her trust bit by bit. And you go, Kelly! It's a struggle, but just keep at it! :)"
I was sad to see the season finale of I Used to Be Fat air last night, but I'm hoping MTV picks it back up for another season. For someone who hit a low point last spring, the show kept me motivated. That low point was when I looked in the mirror one day to see a rounder version of myself. Never owning a scale, I rushed to the store to buy one, only to see a disappointing number. For being just over five feet, I was scarily thirty pounds overweight. I hadn't even realized it, but others had. Comments like "hefty" and "fat" trickled into my ears, crushing any sort of self-esteem.

While I could have used every excuse in the book, like alcoholic beverages consumed with my girlfriends, or the boyfriend who treated me to dinner almost every night, I had to realize the real reason behind my so-called "heftiness." That reason was me. I had let myself become so unhealthy, and it was up to me to change it.

So, I did. I eased myself into cardio, which then led to six to seven days a week of intense runs. I subscribed to fitness and health magazines and bought cook books, which led to eating healthier. It was hard, and sometimes there were jumps in the scale, but I didn't let myself get defeated. It's taken nine months, but I have finally shed those gruesome thirty pounds and feel better than ever.

Perhaps, some will judge me for being all "woe is me," when others have it worse off, but I am proud of my feat. I think celebrating any and all accomplishments, no matter how big or how small, make them so much more worthwhile. I'm happy to be more confident in my skin.

words to live by

I am a firm believer that there are oodles of wonderful things to experience in this life. Those things might be careers, relationships, or moments that will leave your insides smiling for all your years. I believe these oodles of wonderful things are due to a smidgen of fate. You get what you need at the right time. Perhaps it smacks you in the face, or maybe it inches up on you. Either way, that "you know, when you know" feeling is anchored somewhere in your head and heart. The binding between both of these tricky parts of the body is a beautiful thing.

While this occurrence may be a rare one, it doesn't mean you should stop looking for it. Don't waste your time with something you know isn't right for you, especially if it makes you unhappy. Mold your life to what you want, and never settle for anything less.

I painted my daily reminder on a 4' x 6' canvas that hangs in my apartment...

Water color, acrylic, spray paint

viva la dolce vita

I have fallen in love. The object of my affection is my new pair of Dolce Vita wedges that came to my door yesterday afternoon. That UPS man had never seen a girl more thrilled. After letting out a squeal, I quickly snatched the box from his hands. After he left with a confused shake of his head, I threw on the red, wondrous shoes and refused to take them off. I dusted my apartment in them, made lunch, and even debated about going on the elliptical with them. I reluctantly traded them in for sneakers instead, solely for the safety of my ankles.

I also have a new adoration for NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday. It is the perfect pinkest of pinks. I had an excuse to wear both to a delicious dinner with my girlfriends.
Skirt and tank: Free People
Blazer: Kimchi Blue
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Hair bow: American Apparel
Necklace: Enspire
Ring: Gifted from my wonderful mother
Lipstick: NARS Roman Holiday

adore my fp girls

I was pleasantly surprised to see such kind words posted on Free People Scottsdale's Facebook. The store is filled with such genuine, beautiful (inside and out), intelligent, hilarious, and of course, fashionable girls. I can't tell you how lucky I am to know each and every one of them. What's better than working with your best friends?

Thank you for the mention, my lovelies..

"One of our FP girls at the store, Brianna, has a cute little blog I would love for you all to check out! It's called shine or set and she writes about many lovely things such as fashion, food, creativity, love, and all of the best things in life! She's such a positive person and an amazing writer! A true FP girl through and through! We love you Brianna!! xoxo"

And I love you. Your support means more than you will ever know.

On that note, come shop with us. We have loads of goodies to dress you from head to toe.


grilled cheese with a twist

After grocery shopping today, I was excited to get home and whip up some lunch. Craving a grilled cheese, I wanted to make it in a less conventional way. Adding apples and bacon gives this childhood favorite some new flavors.
  • 2 slices of whole-grain bread (I have come to love Food for Life 100% Whole Grain Ezekial 4:9 Bread. So healthy, filling, and only 80 calories a slice. Yum.)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup of reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of a Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
Heat butter in a nonstick pan over low heat. Smooth mustard over one slice. Add cheese, apples, and bacon. Top with other slice of bread. Add to pan and cook slowly, so the cheese melts completely and you get that pretty golden brown color. This yummy sandwich is just under 300 calories. Sounds good to me, especially with some pickles and popcorn chips.

supermarket savers

Today is shopping day. No, not for a new pair of wedges or a pair of skinny jeans, but for groceries. This is not a chore for me, as it is for some. I like scouring the shelves, while typically riding my cart down the aisles with freeing abandon, wind in my hair, while getting disapproving looks from the produce guy. Hey! Whatever makes it fun, right?

What's not so fun is when my eyes are glued to the register, watching those little green numbers flash higher and higher. Yes, it means I will have a stocked fridge, but my wallet will be left with an empty stomach. After quite a few shopping trips that left me broke, I have learned how to save some money and stretch my food budget a little more.

NEVER go to the store hungry. This is common knowledge, but I have to reinforce it. I am typically a healthy eater, but when my stomach is growling, it somehow convinces my hands to grab unnecessary snacks. Those greasy chips and sweet cookies go uneaten, and there goes the ten dollars I spent on them.

Make a list. Taking a quick look through my cabinets and fridge gives me a better idea of what I need. Nothing is worse than coming home from the store to see I already had an item that I just purchased. Those tuna cans really know how to tuck themselves away behind the soups. Tricky, tricky fish. Making a list also stops me from making an impulse buy. When I see what I need written down on paper, I want to stick to it because I know it will save me the other kind of paper, money. It's a little reminder to save!

Bad bargains. Not all bargains are good, even though the colorful ads placed around the store make them seem like they are. I know I don't really need ten boxes of cereal for ten dollars. I'm not feeding an army. I'm feeding myself. My pup doesn't sit with me at the breakfast table with a spoon in hand, reading the morning paper. So, I tend to stay away from those "bargains." Same goes for coupons, I make my list first so I'm not tempted to cut out a coupon I don't need. Some impulsed buys are just disguised by a low price.

Look up and down. Popular brands, which are typically more expensive are placed at eye level. They are paid a good amount to be there and you pay a good amount for them. So stand on those tippy toes of yours, or do some squats to find some cheaper items placed on the higher and lower shelves. They still taste just as good without the cool name brand. If you prefer the taste of your favorite brand, then buy it, but if there is no difference then don't.

Watch that register. No, it's not fun watching the cost of everything add up, but shielding my eyes from the damage is not the best idea. I read the numbers and items carefully. Sometimes, I catch the sale items ringing up at full price, or produce was keyed in wrong. Those are mistakes I would not want to miss. Items go on sale every day and they aren't always updated in the system right away, and different veggies can have quite a range in price. I'd rather be that knit-picky customer if it saves me some dough.
So, here I go with a content belly and a list in hand...

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Just Kids
Only a few pages in, and I am addicted to this book. A little look into the life of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorp. There is so much wonder in the pages of this book. Thank you, BLDG 25 Blog, for the suggestion.

2. Oatmeal
I feel as though I have come down with a serious condition. It's all I want to eat. Mix in a dollop of peanut butter and a handful of berries, and YUMMMMMY. Thank you, Quaker man for giving me such a yummy treat/addiction.

3. Maxi Skirts
Never thought I could pull off, let alone walk, in these floor length skirts with my short, little limbs. However, after putting one on, it's safe to say I think I am in love. They are so comfortable! I have to tie a little knot so as not to trip, but I think it adds a little character.
This gem is from none other than Free People.


that boy can dance

My nephew can really break it down. 

Hope this brightens your day as much as it brightens mine.
Thanks, Katy Perry, for getting him to groove.

a dress fit for a tomboy

Something borrowed and something blue aren't really items that are necessarily in my near future. Yet, walking down the aisle isn't something that hasn't been dreamed up in my head. Just because I rushed home from school as a kid to watch Ninja Turtles, there were those days I would beg to play at my best friend, Sarah's house because she had Pretty Ponies. Of course, I enjoyed her company too. Bless her heart for letting me brush those pink and purple manes while trotting them around her room. She's still my very dear friend to this day. I think the plastic ponies really formed a bond between us.

The point being, there is a girly side to every tomboy. And with a girly side comes a romantic side. Let's just say the ponies fell in love, which led to watching movies capturing the idea of fate, finding the one, losing the one, finding them again, and then marriage (Sounds so simple, right?). This led to countless attempts at "true" love, and when that failed, at least there was TLC's Say Yes to the Dress and a cookie to keep me company. This all leads up to amusingly reading bridal magazines with my mom in Barnes and Noble this evening. All of this is leading up to a point, which is my really frilly adoration with Anthropologie's bridal line, BHLDN. A tomboy, turned hopeless romantic, got weak in the knees over the mere sight of their dresses.

While I won't be slipping into one of these any time soon, at least there are a few to choose from if I go to a ceremony...as a guest. Hint, hint coupled up friends. I want to wear one of these.

So yes, this Lego-lovin' child does have some rather whimsical fantasies floating up in her head, the groom's face is just blurred out...for now.


I wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous support I have received since launching this site. The feedback through e-mails, phone calls, tweets, and comments has been so motivating and encouraging. It's just a reminder of how worth pursuing my life goal is.

I came home this evening to find so many wonderful surprises. Finally, the site gained enough recognition to come up on Google search under "Shine or Set", which is so thrilling. Now it won't be so hard to find. Also, the Twitter page has received such fabulous responses along with re-tweets, most recently from Free People. I'm smiling so big, I just may burst.

To get my words and ideas out there has been something I merely imagined as a little girl. Never without a book in hand or without a pen and paper, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, which is write. This site allows me to do so, while reaching out to those willing to read.

So, thank you for being a part of this little girl's dream becoming a reality.

More grateful than you will ever know,
Brianna Sky


up to our old tricks

Every now and then we are graced with those lucky days that are miraculously filled with our favorite people. For me, yesterday was one of those days.

What started out with an early work morning, led to a yummy brunch with one of my best girlfriends, also one of the most sarcastically funny people you will encounter. It's been awhile since we've spent some time together due to our busy schedules. And, boy do I mean busy on her part. She's in nursing school, which I'm in incredible awe over the things she's capable of doing/learning.

Absence couldn't have stopped us from falling back into our patterns. Our meal was filled with chit-chat, and giggles that brought tears to our eyes and just about made it impossible to keep from spitting out our drinks. I am sure our mimosas and bloody marys played a small part in that equation. I couldn't have asked for a better lunch date. Or a better meal for that matter. An odd smorgasbord of doughy banana nut muffins, chilaquiles, chips and salsa, and sorbet entered our tummy's that afternoon.

The evening brought even more dear friends into my life. Cozied up in sweaters at our favorite bar, we ordered glasses of our favorite brewskies, shuffled up some cards, and played some childhood games...and then some not-so-PG games. Either way, it brought out the kids in our twenty-something selves.

I realized while snuggled up in our dimly lit booth where plenty of others have made their own memories, whether chowing down on burritos, spilling drinks, or dancing on the tables, that we ingrained a memory of our own. While it may not be a wild one, I remember sitting there looking at those around me whom I adore with all my heart, and thinking this is something I will not forget. It's not what you do, it's more so who you're with. My dearest friends, some Kilt Lifter, and a deck of 52 little pieces of paper sounds just perfect to me.
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