Checking in

I haven’t posted in forever! I know! I’m sorry! I’ve been very busy. I went to a film festival, I turned 21, I went out dancing, I’ve done a lot of things at work, I’ve been taking midterms, I’ve been watching a lot of college basketball. I’m also leaving for Europe in 3 days. It’s a busy time! But give me two weeks and I’ll be on Spring Break, and I have plenty of fun posts I’ve been saving up for you. I promise.

To hold you over, here’s a very pretty picture of some redwood trees I saw near Santa Cruz, Calif. this summer.


Yes, I still exist.

Hi everyone!

Sorry I had to put this blog on lockdown for a few weeks. I had a minor security breach (meaning, I accidentally almost gave an entire class — faculty included — access to this site), but it’s been a few weeks now and no one has called me out on it yet, so I think we’re good.

It’s made me think about how much enjoy being part of this blogging community, and how yes, it would be embarrassing for all of my friends and instructors to know about it, but they’d get over it. I’m toying with the idea of “going public” on here — this experience taught me that inevitably one of my friends is going to find out about this, and I might as well save myself a “scandal” and spread it myself. We’ll see how that plays out.

A lot of my outfits have been boring over the past few weeks, anyway, because I’ve been settling into a new semester and staying too busy to do more than put on the first nice sweater I pull off the shelf. But I want to keep this up, so I’m going to get moving again! Stay tuned. Cheers.


By the Book

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been preoccupied with events including foot injury, friends visiting from out of town and, most importantly, this: a new book by my favorite author.

Look, I even left half my face un-blurred so you can see my joy.

The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green, came out Tuesday, after much anticipation. I read it in about six hours, and in the final hour I cried no fewer than five times. It’s a sad but beautiful book; a book about teens facing cancer, but also a love story between teens facing cancer, and a book about family, and heroism and courage, and so much more. John’s been my favorite author for about four years now, and he has never disappointed. I strongly encourage you to read this book, or any of his other ones.

I grew up dressing up for Harry Potter release parties, Gryffindor robe and all, so I felt like I needed to dress up for “The Fault in Our Stars.” Lame, right? But there you go. Blue and black and white. If I had planned better, I would have accessorized yellow or gold, too, but this is as far as I went.

Also, I’ve totally dressed to match a John Green book before. His first book, “Looking for Alaska,” is my favorite book, hands down. When I spotted a shirt on American Eagle’s website that reminded me of its cover, I bought it without a moment’s hesitation.

Oh, and if you’ve ever noticed that my toenails are nearly always painted blue? That’s a nod to “Looking for Alaska,” too. The “Alaska” in the title is a character, not the state, and one of the few physical descriptors of her included in the book is of her electric blue toenails. Yes, I’m a nerd, but I’m a proud one. Cheers, and, as John often says, thanks for being awesome.

Style Resolutions for 2012

Because, why not? I saw my personal style and style habits grow and change a bit in 2011, and I’d like to continue that into 2012.

  1. Continue learning how to dress like a grown-up. I’m still in the school-and-internships phase of my life, but I need to start dressing for real jobs, too. I’ve gotten good at dressing up my jeans, with blazers and heels and the like, but I want to get more into pencil skirts and other more mature options.
  2. Branch away from jeans. On a related note, I’m wayyyy too dependent on jeans. Too often, I find myself wearing the same two pairs of jeans every other day. I’d like to experiment with dresses/skirts and tights, khakis, corduroy, dress pants, even just colored denim. Variety is good.
  3. Accessorize more. I own a lot of necklaces and earrings and scarves, but, like my jeans, I wear the same few items every day. Mix it up! (This includes nail polish, too!)
  4. Wear more color. I love color, but I’ve developed the lazy habit of wearing black or gray with everything. Gotta break out of that!
  5. Shop smarter. I’ve got some questionable spending habits. “This isn’t really what I want, but it fits, so good enough.” “I don’t know if I’ll wear this, but it’s trendy, so I should own it.” “This is kind of weird, but it’s on sale, so I can’t pass it up.” Stop that! You know better.

So, those are my resolutions. Any advice to help me on my way toward them? What are some of yours?

Happy New Year!

No big New Year’s Bash for me this year — just a night of baking and quality time with my friends, which is pretty much better, anyway.

The cookie on the right is a “Cranberry Garcia” cookie — we used the Cherry Garcia cookie recipe from, but with dried cranberries instead of dried cherries, and without the macadamia nuts. Delicious.

The monstrosity on the left is one of my new favorite treats: a very minorly adjusted version of the “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar,” by Amanda of Kevin & Amanda. I follow Amanda’s directions for layering and baking, but I use my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, the Nestle Tollhouse one (with some extra baking soda!). I’ve made these three times now, and they never fail to amaze everyone I share them with. I’ve decided to nickname them “Behind Bars,” because when I brought them to work one of my bosses told me they should be illegal. They’re just that good.

2011 was one of my best years so far, and I have high hopes for 2012. Can’t wait to see what it holds. Cheers.

Sweet Home Chicago! Skating in the City.

I’ve been to a lot of cities in the past year, and lived in a few states, but today, my first day in the city since May, made it clear to me that I am forever a Chicago girl. I grew up in the suburbs, but my parents have taken me downtown from a very young age, and I worked there a few summers ago, so I feel like it’s my city.

I didn’t get many good pics today, because I was with a friend and we were mostly just walking and talking, and we didn’t really get out by the lake, which is where the best pictures are taken. Next time.

Millennium Park's Cloud Gate, commonly known as "The Bean."

Millennium Park Amphitheatre

Awkward corner of the Skyline, taken from Buckingham Fountain. The tall, silver-blue, roundish one in the middle-back is Trump Tower.

Our main activity today: Ice skating! I’m a terrible skater; I think the last time I skated was at least four years ago, and I only went a few times before then. You’d think that the ten years of ballet I took in grade school would have given me good enough balance to skate well, but nope. Not good. Today wasn’t all my fault, though — it was a bit too warm, so the ice didn’t hold up well. Even my friend, who played ice hockey growing up and actually could skate, had trouble. Oh well. It was still a fun day! Cheers.

Sweater: Gap (old). Scarf: My university bookstore, oddly enough. Jeans: L.E.I. (old). Skates: Chicago Park District 🙂

Shoe repairman appreciation post

Remember how I was so happy to get my Missoni for Target flats, but sad to find that the soles had nearly worn through after three days of wear?

There’s a shoe repair place right across from where I work, and the man there is probably one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He fixed a pair of sandals for me last spring and did a great job for a low price, and I guessed he could do the same for my flats. And he totally did! For $20, he replaced the “leather,” aka cardboard, sole with a new rubber one. He also replaced the half-cardboard-half-rubber heel with a full rubber one, for free. They look so much better, and I know they’ll last.

I read a lot of fashion blogs, and I see a lot of posts in which people express their appreciation for their tailors, but I’ve never seen anyone give their shoe repairman any love. Part of this could be because people don’t get their shoes repaired often; I’ve only done it twice. But seriously, if you can find someone who does good work, it’s definitely worth it.

And if you find one as nice as mine, bonus. I dropped off the shoes last Friday and was told they’d be ready a week later, but I was already in the area so stopped in today to see if they were done. I didn’t even have to tell the guy behind the counter what my name was — “my” man had seen me walk in and came over with my shoes! He remembered who I was after meeting me only once or twice before. People like that are special. Treasure them. Cheers.

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