• Chicago Diaries,  Chicago Neighborhoods,  Life,  Travel Diaries

    Chicago Diaries: Rogers Park

    You know how there are some truths that have just always been true? I’ve always been more of a cat person. I have never been a morning person.Judge Judy is always right about everything.  You know, things that are said or pointed out that you just realize you’ve always known to be true? Facts. No fake news ™. One of the universal truths of my life has been that I would live in Chicago. It’s been my dream since I was probably about 10 years old, coming into the biiiiiiig city on the South Shore Line train with my family, walking to the museums, and holding my breath as I looked…

  • Travel Diaries

    The Santa Barbara Diaries

    It’s been a while, dear readers! I’ve had some time to acclimate into the fast paced life on the Chicago pavement for about a month (post about life laterz) and I’ve been meaning to share lots of pictures from my 8 week adventure that I had this summer. As y’all know, it was not all rainbows and sunshine at the program I did this summer. However, I’m pretty sure I lived in paradise for the summer. The entire city of Santa Barbara is like one huge beach resort, full of bright colored skies, flowers, and architecture. Everything from the cobblestone streets to the always beautiful 70 degree weather seemed to…

  • Self-Love,  Travel Diaries

    I’ll always have Paris…

    A big part of my self-love and acceptance journey was found through clothes. I think every plus size woman can tell you a story of being in a dressing room, fighting to shove their thighs into too small pants, or skirts, and as they look into the mirror to see their body overflowing from waistbands, they can’t help but feel a self loathing so strong it lingers for weeks after. However, sometimes, you’d find one dress, or shirt that flowed so elegantly against your body, or fit your broad shoulders just right. When you tried it on you’d spin and spin in the dressing room out of pure joy and…