Weathered Leather

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Look: Top – GAP // Bottom – GAP // Coat – LOFT // Shoes – Vince Camuto // Scarf – LOFT


Despite the harsh and snowy winter, my leather boots never get a rest. These have been a top player for the last three or four years and they are clearly beaten up. The soft leather doesn’t help my cause, because it’s wrinkling and falling. Regardless, I’ll still be wearing these until the day they fall apart. I absolutely love to pair my brown boots with maroon, which in my opinion is the most flattering color. While darker and more subtle than red, it beats black by a long shot. Everyone seems to claim that black is the most flattering color, but I often find it too dark to accentuate anything in particular. That’s not to say that I don’t love my fair share of black. When it comes to a dark color palette, maroon is just a fun and brighter option (that I own way too much of).

I actually wear maroon because sometimes red is too hard. 

New Year, Fresher Snow


DSC02455-1Look: Top – Express // Bottom – LC Lauren Conrad // Coat – J. Crew // Shoes – L.L. Bean // Scarf – Knitted by yours truly

Welcome to 2015!

 I’ve been away on what I’ll call a “winter sabbatical.” Now here I am in 2015, trying to makeup for all of the lost time and lost posts. Winter in Chicago is like a black hole taking away every opportunity for a blogger to continue to explore, grow, and flourish. Nonetheless, I’ve got so many things I intend of sharing with all of you this next year!

New Year’s Resolution as a blogger: Use and abuse every inch of sunlight that touches the face of Chicago. I want to be able to explore new places and experience new opportunities to share with readers, friends, and family.

New Year’s Resolution for my personal self: Become more outgoing and smile more. I hope to eventually become a great conversationalist among everyone at some point in my life, so 2015 will be the start. I don’t think that becoming a well-rounded conversationalist is an easy feat, but who actually finishes their resolutions on time anyways?

Things can only go up from here. 


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Fall is upon us.

Stepping on crunchy leaves in tall, fall boots and my favorite over sized sweater. That is fall, my favorite season and the most beautiful time of year. Any opportunity to wear boots should be seized! I have an unhealthy collection of fall boots and fall coats, but I really can’t help myself. I think that once fall comes, the only outfit people really see is shoes and outwear, so I like to pick out the cutest boots and coats for the season. I’ve been searching for a trench coat for a long time, but it’s so hard to find the perfect style and fit, especially when all you need the perfect petite size and really only want a ‘bank-breaking’ Burberry Trench. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed trench coat wearing season, but that’s not stopping me from sporting my new coat. If you’re looking for a new coat this season, find something stylish and warm! I always gravitate towards the subtle, yet unique colored coats because sometimes black is just too boring.

Splurge on something fun. 

Coral Affiliation

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Undefeated Appreciation

MIA for one month and I’ve felt lost. It’s hard to become so detached to what you come to consider a “job”. On the flipside, at least school is going well! I think that a majority of the time, everyone is having their own ups and downs, and I’ve had my fair share while I’ve stepped away from the computer and put down my camera. Midterms are coming to an end, thankfully, and I’m getting a schedule pretty down pat. I’ve learned something extremely important to me, though. It’s so easy to feel defeated with stress, and life in general. I guess I’m making this post mostly to thank the people around me. A thank you to everyone who keeps me smiling from ear to ear. A thank you to everyone who keeps me standing on my feet. A thank you to everyone who gives me the opportunities to see the glass half full. A thank you to everyone in my life, from the daily “hello!” to the hugs goodbye. It may come off like I’m writing this because something bad has happened, and nothing has. I just think I, and maybe a lot of others, should show my appreciation more and thank the people who make me who I am. I hope that I’m the backbone to all my friends on their gloomy days or even just the smile to start off their day! Thank you everyone!

Smile so hard that your cheeks begin to hurt. 

Life on the Lake

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Here’s a view from my humble abode and apartment for the year! THE LAKE! Coming home to the sight of beach waves and sounds everyday after class is all I need to get through the year, until winter freezes over of course. As for now, workload is light and spirits are high. My professors have already shared their passions and interesting articles with us and I must admit, some have been truly inspiring. It’s amazing to see someone so in love with their jobs and passionate about what they’re doing. I hope that I can find myself at that point somewhere down the line in my life. I really hope it’s going to be a medium between my love for blogging/fashion and the business world. I wish more people fueled their passions and chased their dreams on a regular basis. Success should never be a factor in this chase because I’ve learned through my blogging experience that whether I’m successful or not, I love doing what I do and I’m having fun–the golden recipe to happiness. If you’re not doing what you love or studying what you love, I beg you do something that will keep you smiling until you’re old and gray!

Find your fire and fuel it to no end.