• Chicago Diaries

    Happy Place in Chicago

    In the (second) tale as old as time, life erupted and exploded everywhere and I’m elbow deep in opera rehearsals and performances and things have been happening non-stop.  Things got so busy that I never had the opportunity to sit down and write about my end of summer adventures. Until now! In October! Stick with me!  Back in August, I won an Instagram Giveaway (yeah! it sometimes happens!) from the Happy Place for a free visit to the pop up with a group of my friends.  While the giveaway I won said I would have a “private party” inside the pop-up, it was not private and things were very unorganized…

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  • Self-Love

    Makeup is Self-love

    I have slowly, begrudgingly, and painfully come to accept that mornings are the best time of day. I am by no means a morning person, however, I find that my days are 100% better when I wake up early, make time for myself, and set my day up to be a successful one by taking care of myself. When I take time to eat breakfast, rather than just guzzle coffee, I feel much more prepared to take on my day. When I take time to make my bed in the morning, I feel more productive and accomplished. When I take time to do my makeup, I get an hour or…

  • Self-Love

    Wash Your Face & Love Yourself

    A few weeks ago, Root reached out to me about a possible collaboration project. I did a lil’ research and was stoked that they wanted to work with me! Root is a women owned and operated beauty company that prides themselves on creating natural, cruelty and paraben free products. They also offer affordable prices for their products, which y’all already know I’m about and love. They ended up sending me their Fresh Lavender skincare products and some of their makeup! For this post I’m going to focus on their Fresh Lavender skincare line as well as a surprise product that they sent to me. So, the week after Root sent…

  • 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…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life

    29Rooms with Refinery29!

    Recently Chicago has been one of the lucky cities to house some traveling art installations. The Happy Place, Wndr Museum, and 29Rooms by Refinery29 are three examples of traveling exhibits that have come to Chicago this summer. Somehow we managed to snag a few tickets to the last three hours on the last day that 29Rooms was open. We were so excited to see the art at the exhibit! We loved the idea of interactive art that also connected itself directly to social media. We were hopeful for meaningful interactions with art that would educate us, empower us, and excite us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all of that at 29Rooms.…