Category archives: Lifestyle

New Tattoo, New Outlook

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I've wanted a tattoo since the day I turned eighteen. While the design has changed over the last five years, the desire never did. I've been in the middle of a season of change (and those closest to me have been changing, too) and recently, it seemed like the right time to get some ink. While the decision to go was something that felt right in my gut, I [...]

Understanding Hygge: the Danish Practice of Being Cozy

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Approximately two weeks ago, my best friend (and oftentimes roommate, even though we don't live together) petitioned me that we spend the upcoming weekend doing nothing. Sure, I thought, don't we always? The weekend is always about relaxing. But she was serious - no going out for dinner or drinks, seeing other friends, or running any errands. She suggested t[...]

The Ultimate Lifestyle Gift Guide

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There are a lot of different gift guides that circulate around the holiday season - but I think my favorite gift guides are lifestyle. They combine a lot of great different genres and different products to add a little bit of luxe to your life in new ways. Check out my current favorite lifestyle products that are making my apartment just a little cozier. [...]

How to Make a New Apartment Feel Like Home with Interior Define

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The last few months have been full of exciting transitions - from graduating university to getting a job and moving into a new place. The biggest struggle with moving into my new place is making it #InstagramWorthy and pulling together an environment that would feel warm coming home to. The problem with any new apartment or home is making it feel like yours.[...]

No, 'Get Married' is Not Next on My List

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For the past four years, my entire life has seemed to revolve around one mantra, "Graduate. Get an apartment. Get a job." It's what made me get my butt out of bed to commute to a 8:30am class and it's what made me spend my summers working internships instead of working on my tan. I'm one of the very lucky few in life who have found that their passion is thei[...]

How to Use Your iPhone Like a Blogger

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Everyone sees photos on Instagram and wonders "how in the hell did they do that?" It isn't much a spoiler alert for me to reveal that those amazing iPhone photos had a little help. Most photos are really taken with a digital camera or go through several rounds of photo editing, but some bloggers still claim that they only use their iPhone for photos. Here's [...]

Why I Hate Blogging (and Why I Do it Anyway)

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What? That's a pretty ironic thing for someone to type in a blog post. Don't worry, I'm aware of the irony here and that's the entire reason this is titled so click-bait-y. I've been blogging for almost two years now and it's become a regular part of my life. I post three times a week (in a perfect world) and I've had the privilege of going to a lot of diffe[...]

Eat Your Way Through Indy

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Restaurants / Bru Burger, Sub Zero Ice Cream, Yolk, Dancing Donut Shop This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my sisters in Indianapolis - where she lives full time. We were only there for 18-hours, but we managed to hit four different restaurants. Indy is a great up-and-coming capital and I spent quite a few weekends there [...]

The 48 Hour Guide to Los Angeles

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If you follow me on Snapchat, then you are more than aware that I ducked out of Chicago a few weeks ago for a whirlwind 48-hours in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of making a fast trip out to the Beverly Hills Hotel to catch up with my friend Danielle Peazer, who I haven't seen since my last stint in London almost two years ago. I had an entire two days (ba[...]

First Time Furniture Shopping With Interior Define

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Every new college graduate is faced with a million different decisions upon their impending doom (I mean, impending graduation). One of these is quite obviously - where the hell am I going to live? Finding your first "adult" apartment is easier in Chicago than in other smaller markets, so luckily you're starting off in a better spot than others. Of course, t[...]