The Importance of Doing Nothing

My apartment smells like an Anthropologie candle. A steaming Disney princess mug filled with vanilla-flavored coffee beckons. Turkey bacon sizzles on the stove.

I move into reclined bound angle pose on my artificial blue yoga mat, careful not to smudge my drying tea tree oil face mask or nick my fresh coat of nude nail polish on the wall of my closet-sized apartment.

It’s Sunday morning and I have absolutely nothing to do. No managers to impress, no events to host and no homework due Monday. Read More

The Misguided Robot Army & The Few That Got It Right at the 2016 Met Gala

I have a thing for themes—events, birthdays, dinner parties, holidays, etc. But, themes are only fun if everyone sticks to them. No one wants to be the only person in costume at a Halloween party. The same goes for the Met Gala, or Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Held on May 2 in New York City and co-chaired by Anna Wintour, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, was themed, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

When the cameras started flashing on the first Monday in May, a couture silver robot army charged the red carpet, and we were all a little confused. Fashion and celebrity culture fanatics around the world quickly realized either no one knew what Manus or Machina meant, or no one cared to dress in theme. I saw parts of Madonna I never wanted to see. Taylor Swift looked like Jenny Humphrey at prom. The event was one giant missed opportunity. I for one, expected more from Lady Gaga.
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Call Me Coco

Though spring technically starts March 20, most Chicagoans don’t expect it to feel like spring until late April or early May. Winters are long and cold, but we greet the piercing wind and freezing temperatures with faux fur and open arms. Currently we’re in that awkward stretch of 45-60 degree days that demand both jackets and short sleeves at various times. So, I put together a Coco Chanel inspired ensemble with layer upon layer of fabulousness that is perfect for those warmer afternoons and equally appropriate for cooler evenings. Read More

A Weekend In Edinburgh, Scotland

I’ve been across the globe, from South Africa to Ireland, and a bunch of pin drops in between, but no venture compares to the three days I spent in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was my first solo trip and almost nothing went according to plan. But somehow I managed to see everything on my list and even made a few unexpected sides trips, complete with surprising new friendships and a plethora of unnecessary facts about the long-held Scottish/English feud. Sorry, Majesty. I side with the Scots.

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To Chop or Not to Chop?

On the coffee table in front of me, a peroxide blonde model stares up from of latest issue of Short Hair as if she might leap up from the glossy book, throw back her Megyn Kelly cut with a hearty laugh and say, “You’re really going to cut off five inches? Your boyfriend is going to hate it.” Read More