Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Travel Diary: Bavaria

Location: Bavaria, Germany
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Willkommen to Part 2 of my Germany travel diary. I'm focusing on Bavaria in this post, so prepare yourself for pictures of beer, quaint medieval towns, and all the German fare your stomach can handle. Onward!

About a year and a half ago my husband’s aunt had a stellar idea: taking a Viking River Cruise together as a family. After some research, we landed on the Danube Waltz cruise, which travels between Passau, Germany and Budapest, Hungary in May of 2017. My husband and I are maximizers, and so we decided… View Article

Travel Diary: Bacharach and the Rhine River Valley

Location: Bacharach, Germany
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jacket The North Face
pants Betabrand
loafers Vionic
handbag Longchamp
I grew up in a tiny rural town in Northern Michigan, and while I’ve lived in Chicago for almost ten years, there’s still a small town girl inside of me that continually marvels at the panoply of events and opportunities available on any given night in the city. The Lyric Opera has always held a… View Article

An Evening at the Lyric Opera’s Carmen

Season: Winter
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I grew up in a tiny rural town in Northern Michigan, and while I've lived in Chicago for almost ten years, there's still a small town girl inside of me that continually marvels at the panoply of events and opportunities available on any given night in the city. The Lyric Opera has always held a particular allure for me. Perhaps its because of the all the Romantic Era novels I read in college in which the opera always seemed the focal point of the social world--a place to see and be seen--that I've always thought of the opera as the pinnacle of a fancy evening out.

I've always wanted to see a well-known, well-loved opera, so when we heard that the Lyric Opera was staging Carmen this winter we jumped at the chance to see the show.

dress thrifted (H&M, similar)
heels BCBGeneration
earrings Charming Charlie (similar)
bracelet Charming Charlie
ring Charming Charlie
watch Kate Spade
clutch Kate Spade
lip Burt’s Bees (Sunset Cruise)
nails Essie (Fairy Tailor)
Aloha, and welcome back for part two of my Hawaii Travel Diary! Haven’t read part one? Head there first. Did I just say aloha? I guess I’m in a tropical mood. Onward! Day 5 We woke up bright and early on day five and sped off in the family mini-van to tour Kuaiwi Farm. I… View Article

Hawaii Travel Diary – Part 2

Location: Kona, Hawaii
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Part two of our travels on Hawaii's Big Island, featuring Kuaiwi Farm, Volcanoes National Park, and lots of local eats.

Like most Midwesterners, I love to escape the brutality of our winters. This January marked my sister-in-law’s 40th, and, happily, she was game to celebrate in a big way. The whole family decided a trip somewhere spectacular was in order, so we chose Hawaii. In mid-January we packed our bags with bikinis and sundresses (well,… View Article

Hawaii Travel Diary – Part 1

Location: Kona, Hawaii
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Like most Midwesterners, I love to escape the brutality of our winters. This winter marked my sister-in-law's 40th, and, happily, she was in to celebrate in a big way. The whole family decided a trip somewhere spectacular was in order, so we chose Hawaii.

In mid-January we packed our bags with bikinis and sundresses (well, I did, at least) and jetted halway across the world to the Big Island.

You may recall that the last time I featured this dress I emphatically declared that it was the perfect dress to wear to a nice, big dinner. I’m happy to report that I was right. A few weeks ago this dress got its chance for a night out, and what a night out it was. I… View Article

Winter Evening Wear + El Ideas Review

Season: Winter
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You may recall that the last time I featured this dress I emphatically declared that it was the perfect dress to wear to a nice, big dinner. I'm happy to report that I was right. A few weeks ago this dress got its chance for a night out, and what a night out it was. I took it to El Ideas, a Michelin starred restaurant in Chicago's Douglas Park neighborhood, for a night of decadence.

dress Zara (similar)
ruffle cardigan Bebe (similar)
tights Hue
pumps Sole Society
clutch Etsy (similar)
bracelet The Limited (similar)
ring family heirloom (similar)
earrings Nordstrom Rack (similar)
necklace The Limited (similar)
Hi, there, and welcome back! If you haven’t read part one of my Traverse City travel diary, head here before continuing on. All caught up? Let’s go! Chateau Chantal dress – New York and Company scarf – Aldo (similar) ankle boots – New York and Company handbag – StyleWe (c/o) trench – Banana Republic (current… View Article

Travel Diary: Traverse City, Michigan — Part 2

Location: Traverse City, Michigan
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More adventures in Traverse City! If you haven't read Part 1, start there!

All caught up? Let's go!