• Style

    The Target Jumpsuit I’ve Been Wearing All Summer

    I found this amazing jumpsuit while on a swimsuit shopping expedition to Target and I mostly bought it because I needed a win out of that shopping experience lol. But it’s actually turned into one of my most worn pieces all summer. It’s a linen blend so it’s light and breezy but it doesn’t get insane creases like linen-only pieces do. It’s just super flattering and perfect for a casual work setting, like my office. To be totally transparent, my only beef is that it isn’t the most amazingly made product of all time (this is Target, after all). After a few wears I did find a hole in one…

  • Personal

    A Little Wine-Induced Essay About Adult Friendship

    Psychologists say that if a friendship lasts longer than 7 years it will last for a lifetime and I especially believe that if those years are in your 20’s. Priorities, personalities, and lifestyles all change so much in these years and it can be tough to navigate all of those changes and stay close. That’s why as I get older, I appreciate my friendships more and more. I feel really lucky to have a couple core groups of lifelong friends that have ridden the seas of change with me and show no signs of drifting away any time soon. In fact, I feel like our friendships are even stronger now…

  • Personal

    I’m Training for a Marathon!

    Guys! I’m finally doing it! I’ve been talking about running a marathon for years and I’m equal parts excited, terrified, and somehow already exhausted. This is a huge step for me on my running journey and I can’t wait to share all the ups and downs (oh so many downs lol) of my marathon training process. I thought I’d start with the basics, so read on to learn about which marathon I’m running, how I plan on training for it, and why I got myself into this mess in the first place. Wish me luck! Which One: I’m running the Madison Marathon on November 10th! I chose this one for…

  • Travel

    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,…

  • Style

    My Review of the Hilldale Sidewalk Sale

    Last night, my friend Sarah and I met up at Hilldale Mall to check out their Sidewalk Sale! I love a good bargain and a lot of my favorite stores were participating, so I was excited to scope it out. We had so much fun stopping by my go-to spots at Hilldale and I’m here to report back on the best deals we took advantage of. Overall impression: It’s a fun sale, but there wasn’t anything included in it that felt essential to me. Lots of summer stuff on sale, if you’re like me and accidentally Marie Kondo’d every piece of summer clothing you own. The highlight for me price-wise…

  • Pop Culture

    The Power of Hannah B.’s Power Suits

    This season’s Bachelorette, Hannah B., has surprised us in a lot of ways: she’s gotten way better at toasts, she’s stopped saying Roll Tide every 12 seconds, and she’s actually revealed herself to be more of a feminist than I think any of us originally thought. But the surprise my friends and I can’t stop talking about is Hannah’s kick-ass power suit wardrobe. While she’s certainly had her share of pageant gowns and high-slit cocktail dresses (she had one of my favorite first-night dresses ever), her suits and jumpsuits are what have really caught our attention this season and I don’t think that’s an accident. As I mentioned, this season…

  • Travel

    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:…

  • Style

    Pastels for Spring? Groundbreaking.

    If you’re in the Madison area you know it’s been a long, cold Spring. I think yesterday it finally got over 80 for the first time! I’m a hot weather lover, so it’s been tough dealing with weeks of rainy and chilly days. Despite the dismal weather, though, I’ve tried to keep things Springy in the wardrobe department and these pants have been my go-to piece. I got them in a recent Anthropologie sale for $40 (originally like $130!) and they have been the perfect cold Spring wear. I love the vibrant color, the flattering fit, and the fact that they’re surprisingly wearable. They pair well with a lot more…

  • Pop Culture

    Why I Can’t Stop Thinking About Robbie Tripp’s Chubby Sexy Music Video

    If you follow Instagram power couple Robbie (@tripp) and Sarah Tripp (@sassyredlipstick) you know that Robbie just released a self-proclaimed summer anthem for plus-sized women called Chubby Sexy. I’ll let you watch the whole thing yourself, but it’s brought up some interesting questions for me about representation and who we’re ready to tell our stories. Overall the reactions to the video have been super positive – the song and video are clearly light-heartened and fun and intended to celebrate the bodies of curvy women that aren’t typically celebrated in mainstream media. To me, this is part of the power of social media – counter cultures can be created and shared…

  • Style

    A Little Red Vintage Dress

    I love this dress. This dress brings me joy. It makes me feel powerful and fun and like I stepped out of the 80s. It’s a vintage, double-breasted suit dress from Rethreads on State Street in Madison. The vintage there can be kind of hit or miss, so I was super pleasantly surprised to find something authentically vintage there (there consignment is excellent, though, just to clarify!). Anyway, I sent a photo of this dress to my mom who appropriately replied that I look like a young Republican and that someone definitely voted for the first Bush in this exact dress. And she’s probably not wrong. It’s definitely one of…