Travel Log: Chicago in Photographs

Lou Malnati’s

Lou Malnati’s

Molly’s Cupcakes

The starting point of Route 66

Milk Duds + Donut Holes at Lou Mitchell’s

“Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger.”

Cloud Gate, or “The Bean.”

Cloud Gate, or “The Bean.”

Dove’s Luncheonette

Dove’s Luncheonette

Dove’s Luncheonette

Dove’s Luncheonette

Portillo’s

Sip ‘N Dip Lounge, Great Falls

A few weekends ago, Jason, Addy, and I spent a few days in Great Falls visiting some of our close friends. While there, we were able to finally cross the Sip ‘n Dip Lounge off of our Montana Bucket List. We did their Mermaid Brunch on a Sunday, so that we would be sure to see the mermaids swimming while we dined.

The Sip ‘n Dip Lounge is a tiki bar in Great Falls, Montana that has been around since 1962. And if you know me, you know that Mid-Century anything is the way to my heart. 😉 We had a really good time and loved the kitsch and atmosphere of the Sip ‘n Dip.

Cloggin’ Around

IMG_3334_verticalRecently, I finally broke down and invested in a pair of clogs from Swedish Hasbeens. I had been eyeing them for a while and when a pair that I was considering was marked to over 75% off, I jumped! Something I have been trying to be better at is not impulse buying, so I considered how often I would wear them, with what, and when. I decided that I would definitely get a lot of wear out of them, so I purchased them. I am honestly enjoying pairing outfits with them, especially unexpected ones. AND, they were so comfortable straight out of the box. 10/10 recommend. 😉

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Finding Joy in Fashion

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This is the first fashion post in a long while and to be honest, I have struggled over the last few months to even find the love and excitement for fashion and styling that I once had. Some of the things that I had been so passionate about and invested in prior to this year were forced to take a backseat to focusing on and working through things that came up during quarantine. 2020 and all that has come with it has been so unexpected, so it is no surprise that things that we normally enjoyed or that typically brought us joy might have shifted a bit or changed entirely. The last couple of months haven’t been without challenges, but I have found joy in many of the things I love again. I hope that you all are finding things and enjoying things that bring you joy in the midst of this unpredictable and difficult year.

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TJ Maxx dress, Charlie 1 Horse hat, Bed\Stü sandals, Levi’s jean jacket, Waxing Poetic fleur de lis necklace, Tiffany & Co lock necklace

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Montana charm, bead, bracelet and compass ring  from James Avery

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Dragonfly earrings from Albuquerque, James Avery unicorn ring, Tiffany & Co silver band, Coronado Beach sand ring from Dune Jewelry

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City Inspiration: Urban Art in Barcelona

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Barcelona is a place whose energy, history, architecture and art inspired me endlessly. One of my favorite things to search for and photograph in Barcelona was the urban art – which was so vivid and vibrant, like the city itself. Many businesses had corresponding artwork on their metal doors, which were welcome surprises when stores were closed down during “siesta,” making the three hour quiet time in the afternoon a great time to explore and photograph the art that would normally be in hiding.

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City Eats: Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago

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Back in October, we visited Chicago for the first time and one of the food joints at the top of our list was Billy Goat Tavern. Jason is a huge SNL fan and he loves this skit, so it was so cool to experience this place! Let me just say, they may not have fries, but the burger was legit! They may not have Pepsi, but I don’t like Pepsi anyway. Seriously though, I wish I had a burger now.

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Travel Log: Venice in Photographs

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I took and edited these photographs in 2012 and never did anything with them – today I am remembering what a vibrant and bustling city Venice was and is. What the people of this beautiful country have endured recently is truly heartbreaking.

Italy, we love you and our hearts break with yours.

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“Plaid” About These Pants

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H&M jacket, Old Navy graphic tee, Abercrombie pants

Back in the fall, I purchased these plaid pants on sale. In the last year or so, I have started taking more risks with my personal style and these pants were definitely not something I would have normally worn. While the flare silhouette has always and will always remain a staple in my closet, the print is definitely out of my comfort zone. I have been so pleasantly surprised with how often I have reached for these pants over the last few months. I have paired them with fitted sweaters and oversized turtlenecks and most recently, a graphic tee and moto jacket. What item in your closet has surprised you with how often you wear it?

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Fashion History: A-Line Silhouette

Today’s post is a bit different than previous posts. Up until last November, I was enrolled in a Fashion Marketing and Retail Management program with the hope of graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. Due to unforeseen circumstances, both in my personal life and at the school I was completing the program through, that is currently on hold. My goal is to absolutely complete my degree at some point. I generally loved the program’s course material, specifically the fashion focused courses. On a recent Saturday morning, while drinking my coffee and reading a book about the history of fashion, I realized how much fashion history inspired me and how much I missed researching and learning about the subject. I have always loved learning about the beginnings of fashion, textile, styles, and silhouettes and it occurred to me that perhaps others might want to learn a bit about the subject as well, so here we are.

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Ensemble. 1955. Photograph. Met Museum, New York City.

One of my absolute favorite silhouettes is the A-line. The A-line was popular in the 1970s, but actually arrived on the fashion scene in the 1950s. “A-line” can be descriptive of several garments of clothing, including dresses, skirts, and coats. The shape is narrow and fitted at the top of a garment and then widens out in a straight line to the hem. For example, in a dress, the bust would be narrow and fitted and then flare out toward the bottom of the skirt in a straight line. Or in more condensed terms, the garment appears to form the shape of the capital letter “A”.

In Spring 1955, the A-line silhouette came into the fashion world via Christian Dior in Paris. The designer created collections in the mid-1950s and named them based upon the silhouettes he used, which were A, H, and Y. From this beginning, the A-line became the essential silhouette of the 1960s-70s. As time has passed, hemlines have changed, but the A-line remains.

HOW I WEAR IT:

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Forever 21 top, Loft skirt, Louise et Cie booties

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Target blazer, Dove’s t-shirt, Old Navy skirt, Splendid boots