• Personal

    How I Get the Most Out of Therapy

    When I posted on Instagram last month that I was going back to therapy, I was totally blown away by the response – it was my most liked photo almost immediately and y’all shared such honest and insightful comments. So, I wanted to continue the conversation and share a little bit more about my journey with therapy, since I really think it needs to be talked about and normalized a lot more! I started going to therapy when I was 19. I had just gone through my first real breakup and was struggling with disordered eating, feelings of depression, and just generally didn’t feel like myself. At first I felt…

  • Style

    12 Basket Bags for Fall and Winter

    Over the last year I’ve unintentionally become obsessed with basket bags. They were super trendy in the summer of 2018 and I thought they were so fun, so I caved and bought my first one vintage on a trip to Philadelphia. Ever since then, though, I’ve started to collect basket bags even though I’m pretty sure that trend is officially over lol. I love their whimsical vibe and the ability to add texture to an outfit in unexpected ways. I knew when I went to Vietnam in the fall that I would be coming home with a basket bag because we passed these huge shops full of whicker and woven…

  • Personal

    Happy 2020! Here’s a lil’ life update!

    It’s 2020, y’all! I have to say it feels pretty weird because I remember the night it turned 2000 like it was yesterday (anyone remember these glasses very distinctly?). But here we are and honestly, I’m actually really excited about 2020. Not in a ‘Thank God 2019 is Over’ kind of way, although there are quite a few things I don’t mind leaving in the past, but because I have a renewed energy for 2020 that I thought I’d never have. Ever since I got out of school in 2016, I’ve been looking for The Thing. You know – the dream, the ambition, the career. To me this is especially…

  • Style

    A Sleeveless Trench Two Ways for Thanksgiving

    Trench from Anthropologie (bought on 40% off sale price), Snakeskin Mules from Lulu’s (still available in a couple small sizes), Kendra Scott Connor Earrings on sale, Wicker Bag from Vietnam Jeans by J Brand (old), Sweater from J Crew (old), Trench from Anthropologie, Mules from Target (under $30), Vintage Wicker Bag With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m sharing a piece I’ve been obsessed with all fall that would also make a perfect holiday outfit. Whether you’re spending it in the cold like me (I’m heading home to Chicago) or somewhere a bit warmer (jealous!), this sleeveless trench from Anthropologie is a festive addition to your Turkey Day wardrobe. I love…

  • Style

    An Autumnal All-Vintage Look

    A few weeks ago, I was home in Chicago for my mom’s birthday and was invited to join a fun photoshoot with some bloggers. I love meeting people through Instagram (which sounds weird, but it’s actually how I’ve met so many of my friends in Madison!) so I happily agreed. On a ridiculously cold Saturday morning, I met up with Ashley from Safe Haven in the City, Kaitlin of Windy City Thrifter, Zhenya of Being Zhenya, and our wonderful photographer Maddie (I love meeting other Maddie’s lol) and we had the best time getting to know each other and taking some fun photos. I always forget that we don’t have…

  • Travel

    Four Days in Singapore

    After our trip to Vietnam, I got the chance to spend a few days in Singapore, where my friend Anna now lives full-time. I was only there for a few days, but I tried to pack in as much exploring and eating as possible. Here’s what I got up to when I was in town: We got in on Sunday night from Vietnam and had about half a day to settle back in. Anna had to return to work the next day, so we kept things pretty low key. We took the MRT into town from the airport (this was super easy, but make sure you have cash or a…

  • Personal

    What I Learned Training for (and Not Running) a Marathon

    The last time I checked in on here about my marathon training I was just starting out and so excited about it, but a lot has changed since then! I still love running, I’m excited by the prospect of running a marathon, but unfortunately that won’t be happening this year. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of my training that I wasn’t going to let the excitement of one race ruin my longterm health – if I got injured, I was done. I love running way too much to risk a major injury. So when I pulled my left hamstring as a result of overcompensation, it was…

  • Travel

    Our Vietnam Itinerary

    Last week I got home from a whirlwind trip to South East Asia with my friend, Anna. We spent 8 days in Vietnam and then headed to Singapore, where Anna lives, for another 4 days. The whole trip was incredible and was totally the change in perspective I’ve needed after a long bought of anxiety and depression. I shared some snapshots of the trip on Instagram, but I wanted to go a little more in-depth about what we did and what I recommend here on the blog. We basically created our whole itinerary based on a series of recommendations so I thought I’d pay it forward to anyone else looking…

  • Style

    My Favorite Fall Looks from St. Vinny’s Madison

    Happy Second Hand September! It’s no secret that I’m a big thrifter. I’ve always loved bargain hunting and thrift shopping – there’s just something so satisfying about finding an incredible deal that makes me love my clothes that much more. My love for thrifting started when I lived in Dublin because there were so many amazing spots and it’s really just taken off from there. I love that my clothes have these fun stories associated with them and that I can say I truly have a wardrobe that is totally unique. Since I moved to Madison a few years ago, my favorite thrift store has hands down been St. Vinny’s.…

  • Career,  Style

    Two Fun Events From This Week

    I’m not gonna lie. It’s Thursday and I’m sooo ready for this week to be over. It has been a long week of events and networking, but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s doing events like I did this week that keep me motivated and make me feel really proud of myself and the community I’m building. What events you ask? On Tuesday I spoke on my first ever professional panel for the Madison chapter of The Rising Tide Society. They do monthly Tuesday’s Together events which aim to help enrich creative small businesses and this month the topic was social media. The other panelists, Kyla and Laura,…