• Life,  Self-Love

    Simple Joys

    I have been/am/will probably always be STRESSED. Things like planning a wedding, juggling school and work, bundling up and surviving the Chicago winter, and paying my bills–all have piled UP and probably taken a solid two years off of my life due to the stress they’ve brought me. With all things firing at all cylinders recently, I’ve had to fight to find things that ground me, bring me warmth and joy, and comfort me. For the past month, I’ve tried to celebrate all of the simple joys that I surround myself with. And I thought, maybe you, dear readers, needed a little reminder of the small joys we can sprinkle…

  • Life,  Plus Size Fashion,  Self-Love


    Happy New Year, Crickets! 2019 has started off with a spark and I’m excited by that fresh New Year smell in the air. Every year I try to write a post about the things I do to prepare for the New Year because I liiiive for a fresh start kind of moment. I buy a new planner, set new goals for myself, Kyle and I clean like our home is going to be inspected by Mary Poppins herself and then we throw a party and all our hard work gets covered in confetti. Wouldn’t have it any other way. We threw our NYE party again this year and it was…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Plus Size Fashion

    Merry & Bright

    City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style….. I could go on, but I won’t because that song is god awful and will get stuck in your head till July 24th, 2019. Continuing on with our game of Blog Catch Up™, allow me to share some of the best Christmastime moments I had from this year. If you don’t know, Chicago is unbelievable during the holiday season. There are markets, lights, and a palpable joy in the air that is so all encompassing it’s like the entire city vibrates with it. Without further ado, here’s some tinsel, twinkly lights, and big ol’ Christmas smiles for you to enjoy! Overnight, Chicago…

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  • Life,  Plus Size Fashion

    Fall Af!

    Listen, it’s January and your girl is playing BLOG CATCH UP. We all love Fall. Don’t play. You love it too, even if we’re talking about it in JANUARY. My fall was CUTE AF and I can’t help but GUSH about it. My fall was also CRAZY AF, which is why I’m writing about it in JANUARYYYY. You get the idea. Here, shhhhhhh, look at some cute pics of pumpkins. It’ll be Fall again before we know it. My favorite Fall tradition that Kyle and I have is that we go to the Jonamac orchard near Kyle’s hometown. It’s a cute little farm with pumpkins, a cider house (they make…

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  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Opera

    Theatre in Chicago!

    Yes, I know. It’s been approx. 45 years since I sat down and wrote a blog post and I’ve been behind and I’ve been lazy and [insert apology I don’t really mean here]. I’ve been BUSY!  Busy creating, busy working, busy crying, busy trying, busy writing other things, busy reading, busy busy busy.  Just busy living life. And that’s something that I’m trying to stop apologizing for.  I’ve been busy, but right now, I’m not. Right now I have some time to share a little bit about what my life has been consumed with for the past two months.  So if you’re interested, here are a few pieces of my heart. …

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