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    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…

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    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…

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    20 Things to Do in Madison This Summer

    I can’t believe that summer is almost half over already! It honestly feels like it just started getting hot (probably because it was still 55 in June tbf). BUT just because August is on the horizon doesn’t mean there aren’t still a million fun things to do in Madison. That’s actually what I love so much about this city – everyone takes advantage of summer and is always out doing something no matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees or they’ve never heard of the musician or they don’t live nearby, people go all out and have a blast. With only a few short months left of summer,…

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    Snapshots from Dublin

    If you follow me on the gram, you probably noticed that I spent the better part of last week with a beer in my hand. I was visiting Dublin with my best friend, Megan, to celebrate her Masters graduation and we honestly had the best time. If you’re newer to my journey, Dublin is a really special place to me. I lived there for a year after undergrad and did my Masters degree at Trinity. Dublin feels like another home to me, so it was really nice to return for the first time in over 2 years. Megan and I did pretty much all the things one does in Dublin:…

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    My Favorite #SmallBusinessSaturday Places to Shop in Madison

    Happy Small Business Saturday! Some of you may be big Black Friday or Cyber Monday buffs, but this is my favorite of the fake shopping holidays. One of the things I love most about living in Madison is being able to meet and get to know so many amazing local entrepreneurs and business owners. Talk about hard work and hustle! I love shopping local during the holidays because it’s a great feeling to be able to support the people in my community and give gifts that feel really special and unique. So today, in honor of Small Business Saturday, I’m rounding up all the local spots I’ll be shopping at…

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    My Favorite Restaurants to Work From In Madison, WI

    (Coat, Top, and Scarf from Vintage from St. Vinny’s, Earrings from Kendra Scott, Watch from Olivia Burton, Jeans from J Brand, Boots from Vince) In my last job I got the option to work from home a few days a week. At first, I was psyched at the chance to skip my commute to work from the comfort of my own desk. But after a few weeks I was losing my mind alone in my house! Let’s just say this only got worse after I was laid off… I was home every day alone for a month! Honestly, my worst nightmare. So instead of letting myself go totally batshit, I found some…

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    21 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

    Since I’ve been job searching this summer, I’ve been watching my pennies a little more carefully than normal. Luckily, that doesn’t mean I miss out on all the fun, either. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on free and cheap things to do in the city that actually sound legitimately fun, so I thought I’d share with you guys in case you’re looking for something to do! Check it out and let me know if there’s anything missing that’s on your list! Art & Culture Concerts in Millennium Park: Various Dates, FREE. Chicago SummerDance (Dance Lessons and Music): Every Wed – Sunday in Grant Park, FREE. Art Institute…

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    The Official Toast Guide to Madison, Wisconsin

    Best Brunch Heritage Tavern – My go to for a proper brunch. They have a variety of Benedict’s, breakfast cocktails, and really good sides so there’s something for everyone. Where I take my parents and out-of-towners when they come to visit. Get the Heritage Tavern Benedict, the Lobster Scramble, and the ham cinnamon roll. Short Stack Eatery – For a hangover cure or breakfast for dinner. They have all the classics and some fun features like a ‘blind special’ and some pretty insane hours. If you’re looking for a fun and simple brunch place in the morning or the middle of the night, this is it. Get there early, though,…

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    San Francisco Recap + Why I’m Taking More Friends’ Trips

    In the midst of all of the craziness of moving and coming back to Chicago, I treated myself to a little vacation time. I spent a long weekend in San Francisco with some of my oldest friends, Haley and Megan, and we did a whole lot of eating, drinking, touristing, and sitting around watching choreography YouTube videos. It was awesome. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit, but I’ve done most of it with either my family or significant others. Ever since planning this trip to SF, though, my friends and I have been asking ourselves more and more: why don’t we travel with each…

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    My Trip to Japan: Nara and Tokyo

    As much as I want to keep living vicariously through my photos of Japan, this is my last post! This was honestly the trip of a lifetime and it has been such a joy going back through my pictures and reading my journals from it. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but I was actually really nervous to go on this trip – this was the furthest I’d ever travelled on my own, my first trip to Asia, and only the second time I’d travelled alone in a country where I didn’t speak the language. But I knew it would be such an incredible experience and I was ecstatic to…