• Plus Size Fashion,  Self-Love

    Princess of Genovia (for the day)

    A few weeks ago, I got a magical little email in my inbox. Someone at Eleven60 had found my instagram page and wanted to work out a partnership/ambassador deal with me for the clothing company. I looked them up, found their social media pages and their website and I WAS PUMPED. First of all, Eleven60 is founded by Kierra Sheard who is a singer and a woman of color. The designs are BEAUTIFUL, a little funky and eclectic, bold, and a whole lot of fun. I love how unique the pieces are and they definitely pushed me to try styling things in different ways and I’m excited to purchase more…

  • Life,  Self-Love

    Pride 2018!

    June may be over, but Pride lasts forever! It’s a little hard for me to believe that we are already halfway through 2018. It’s July people! Summer has somehow FLOWN by and I was not expecting it AT ALL. Normally, my summers sort of dredge forward and by the end of them I’m so eager to start back at school, I can hardly contain myself. This summer is different. While I am excited to get back to COT and start working on our Fall opera, I’m trying so hard to dig my heels in and make summer stay a little while longer. This year, June was a magical month full…

  • Chicago Diaries

    Go Cubs Go!

    I’m finally a true, red-blooded Chicagoan. I went to my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Like any 90’s baby, I’ve kind of had a little obsession with baseball since The Sandlot. There was even a period of time when I was in middle school that I watched baseball games on television (Cubs games) because I wanted to see if the prediction in Back to the Future II was true. And while I was in Rochester for graduate school, I kept up with my Cubbies. Kyle and I would talk about the games that had happened and I even managed to force my friends in Rochester to watch a livestream of the final…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life

    Paintings and Protests in Pilsen

    Art and culture might seem like a luxury at this dark moment, with the Trump administration’s announcement that 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived here legally since 2001 will be forced to leave, and with young Dreamers brought to this country when they were just children left to face an uncertain status after the government reopened without Congress securing protections for them. But when a people see their humanity denied, art is a defense of that humanity. – We Need Protests. And Paintings from the New York Times by Héctor Tobar A few months ago, I went into the neighborhood of Pilsen for a concert at Thalia hall. I had the day…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Self-Love

    Ketchup

    Hidey-ho, Crickets! While it’s only been a month since I last wrote you, it feels like it’s been more like four months. Once upon a time, I thought graduating from school meant that I would have breezy filled spring afternoons of flowers and coffee for fun (not survival). I thought I’d get 8 hours of sleep and never have allergies and that horrible spring time stress would leave me alone for good. Lol. I was so cute. And naïve. Life has been busybusybusy and I’m trying my best to pick my battles, spend my time wisely, take care of me and my lil’ family, meet expectations, and idk just be…