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{What I Wore: Thursday, October 9, 2014}
I had an info session at work that night for our prehealth program (the one I used to be the adviser for/still am until my replacement is hired). Normally I just talk a bit about advising services but I ended up hosting the whole thing since the dean who normally does it was leading another session simultaneously. It was actually kind of fun, and because I didn’t know that I was leading it until I got to the session, I didn’t have time to freak myself out about it all day. I wore the skull scarf because it’s thematic (most of the students will take our anatomy class), but I might have scared some people off since I was in all black too haha. Whatever, I love it.
Also, I’m OBSESSED with this faux-leather trim top. Love. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what my “style” and aesthetic is, and I haven’t nailed it down yet but I’m pretty sure it includes this top and scarf. And these nude heels. I’ve been looking for a pair for awhile and most of the ones out there are pinkish, and I don’t have pink undertones so it does not work for me. I’m too pale for most other nude shades, so these have been a lovely find.
Scarf (H&M) | Top (Old Navy) | Black denim (Old Navy) | Heels (Target)

{What I Wore: Thursday, October 9, 2014}

I had an info session at work that night for our prehealth program (the one I used to be the adviser for/still am until my replacement is hired). Normally I just talk a bit about advising services but I ended up hosting the whole thing since the dean who normally does it was leading another session simultaneously. It was actually kind of fun, and because I didn’t know that I was leading it until I got to the session, I didn’t have time to freak myself out about it all day. I wore the skull scarf because it’s thematic (most of the students will take our anatomy class), but I might have scared some people off since I was in all black too haha. Whatever, I love it.

Also, I’m OBSESSED with this faux-leather trim top. Love. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what my “style” and aesthetic is, and I haven’t nailed it down yet but I’m pretty sure it includes this top and scarf. And these nude heels. I’ve been looking for a pair for awhile and most of the ones out there are pinkish, and I don’t have pink undertones so it does not work for me. I’m too pale for most other nude shades, so these have been a lovely find.

Scarf (H&M) | Top (Old Navy) | Black denim (Old Navy) | Heels (Target)


{City Life: September/October 2014}

My new job is based more in downtown Chicago than my previous one was, which means I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some lovely fall weather and badass views of the city. The commute from my condo on the Northwest side kind of blows, but I can’t be mad about it when this is what I look at all day (plus my boss is awesome so I work 10-6 and avoid rush hour so it makes it much better). There’s always something so magical to me about downtown Chicago, maybe because I grew up an hour away with parents who hated the city and wouldn’t ever take me.

  • The old Playboy building
  • People watching at the MCA farmer’s market
  • The view from the roof of the parking garage. My car had a better view than my office does.
  • A random open gate at the NU Law school
  • The Drake
  • Fog covering up part of the Hancock
I bought Calliecakes a $3 skeleton costume at Target. She was NOT a fan. But I appreciated forcing her into sharing my love of anatomy, albeit briefly.

I bought Calliecakes a $3 skeleton costume at Target. She was NOT a fan. But I appreciated forcing her into sharing my love of anatomy, albeit briefly.

{What I wore: Monday, October 6, 2014}
Have I mentioned I love fall weather? I <3 layers, boots, vests, all of it.
I only own one “statement necklace”, but that seems to be plenty. This one was a gift from my aunt back when I was super into bellydancing circa 2005/2006. It has matching earrings (but they’re a bit over the top).
Grey shirt (Gap) | Mint green tank (Old Navy) | Red pants (Old Navy - color no longer available, similar) | Booties (Old Navy) | Vest (Old Navy) | Necklace (gift) | Watch (c/o Timex).

{What I wore: Monday, October 6, 2014}

Have I mentioned I love fall weather? I <3 layers, boots, vests, all of it.

I only own one “statement necklace”, but that seems to be plenty. This one was a gift from my aunt back when I was super into bellydancing circa 2005/2006. It has matching earrings (but they’re a bit over the top).

Grey shirt (Gap) | Mint green tank (Old Navy) | Red pants (Old Navy - color no longer available, similar) | Booties (Old Navy) | Vest (Old Navy) | Necklace (gift) | Watch (c/o Timex).

{What I Cooked: Saturday, October 4, 2014} Veggie Miso Ginger Soup with Sriracha Tofu
I thought I felt a cold coming on, so I made this as a preemptive strike against it. It seemed to help fight it off; but, I may need to make it again, because this morning I have a full-fledged cold.
Anyway, this soup is a miracle worker for vegetarians who miss the comfort of chicken noodle soup. I’ve been making this for the past year or so after I found the recipe on a box of miso broth at Whole Foods. However, they recently jacked up the cost of their miso, so I’ve switched to Trader Joe’s ginger miso broth, which is even tastier (and cheaper!)
The recipe can be found here. Of course, I made some modifications. I leave out butternut squash because that seems weird in this dish, and I hate mushrooms so no thanks on that one. I also leave out the ginger since the broth has ginger already. I throw in some extra veggies (frozen peas, corn, carrots), and add some extra greens (in this iteration spinach and Swiss chard in addition to the called-for kale.) I also fried up some tofu in sriracha to add extra spice. Everything else is pretty much as the recipe states.
Normally I’ll throw in rice noodles, but I had some egg noodles on hand. I made those separately and scooped them into the bowl. So good.

{What I Cooked: Saturday, October 4, 2014}
Veggie Miso Ginger Soup with Sriracha Tofu

I thought I felt a cold coming on, so I made this as a preemptive strike against it. It seemed to help fight it off; but, I may need to make it again, because this morning I have a full-fledged cold.

Anyway, this soup is a miracle worker for vegetarians who miss the comfort of chicken noodle soup. I’ve been making this for the past year or so after I found the recipe on a box of miso broth at Whole Foods. However, they recently jacked up the cost of their miso, so I’ve switched to Trader Joe’s ginger miso broth, which is even tastier (and cheaper!)

The recipe can be found here. Of course, I made some modifications. I leave out butternut squash because that seems weird in this dish, and I hate mushrooms so no thanks on that one. I also leave out the ginger since the broth has ginger already. I throw in some extra veggies (frozen peas, corn, carrots), and add some extra greens (in this iteration spinach and Swiss chard in addition to the called-for kale.) I also fried up some tofu in sriracha to add extra spice. Everything else is pretty much as the recipe states.

Normally I’ll throw in rice noodles, but I had some egg noodles on hand. I made those separately and scooped them into the bowl. So good.


{My Weekend in Photos: October 5-6, 2014}

  • Watching Gilmore Girls for the first time to see what all the hype is about.
  • The epitome of fall weather.
  • New dining room chairs. Finally.
  • Back at the barre after a week off.
  • Calliecakes being her adorable self.
  • Finally figured out how to hang her bird mobile from my ceiling.

{What I wore: Friday, October 3, 2014}

I’m trying to learn how to like oxford shirts, as I love the look on other people but when I wear them I feel like I’m trying too hard or something. Nonetheless, I like this one I bought last year from Old Navy. (The denim is also ON, as is the belt that I scored on clearance for $1.47 a few months back and the booties that aren’t really visible in the photo).

Part two is what I like to deem “fall lingerie”*, which I immediately changed into upon returning home from work. In this particular instance, it includes a cut up t shirt from college, flannel leggings from Target, and a glass of red wine. Perfect ensemble for an enthralling night of Netflix and kitty snuggles.

* Normally my fall lingerie includes a hoodie and mukluks, but they’ve turned on the radiant heated flooring in my building and my condo is too hot for that. I’ve been opening the windows when it’s 40 degrees outside to cool down my place, because holy crap it’s hot. Until it gets below freezing outside, I’ll be lucky if I can comfortably wear any pants or sleeves in my place. But, it’s better than my previous apartment where the heat didn’t work at all and I’d always have on 4 pairs of pants and multiple hoodies.


bigbangtheory-fan:

Season 8 episode 3

So am I! But that doesn’t stop me from eating it. I just sometimes have really unfortunate reactions. It’s worth the risk, though.

{What I Wore: Wednesday, October 1, 2014}
I bought this blazer at Old Navy 4 months ago but couldn&#8217;t decide if I liked it. When I decided I wanted to return it, it was way too late so I was stuck with it. I finally decided to wear it last week, and it took me several tried to find something that it worked with (in this case a striped dress also from Old Navy). It definitely didn&#8217;t work with a red dress I had planned to wear, because it made me feel like a realtor.

I need to learn how to wear clothes without feeling like a phony. I love blazers but I always feel like I&#8217;m playing dress up.

(The shoes are from Sketchers back in high school. I found them in my shoe container and totally had forgotten about them. Sometimes hoarding clothing has its benefits.)
{What I Wore: Wednesday, October 1, 2014}

I bought this blazer at Old Navy 4 months ago but couldn’t decide if I liked it. When I decided I wanted to return it, it was way too late so I was stuck with it. I finally decided to wear it last week, and it took me several tried to find something that it worked with (in this case a striped dress also from Old Navy). It definitely didn’t work with a red dress I had planned to wear, because it made me feel like a realtor.

I need to learn how to wear clothes without feeling like a phony. I love blazers but I always feel like I’m playing dress up.

(The shoes are from Sketchers back in high school. I found them in my shoe container and totally had forgotten about them. Sometimes hoarding clothing has its benefits.)


{Thursday, October 2, 2014}

Sometimes Obama comes to your alma mater. The lines of people waiting to get inside were ridiculously long, and they had buses set up to obstruct the view of the building where he was speaking, yet it didn’t really work. I managed to be yelled at by two cops while I was crossing the street for a meeting less than a block away, so that was exciting. The motorcade was pretty awesome too (photocredit to my friend Jen for those, as I was inside that victorian house in photo 2 and just caught the tail end).


{My Weekend in Photos: September 27-28, 2014}

  • Fresh flowers on my table.
  • A kitty getting a bit too adventurous
  • A trip to the Evanston brewery with my college roommate.
  • …So much delicious beer
  • Repurposing my bar cart into a plant stand
  • Enjoying the lovely weather on my hammock on a Sunday afternoon. And puppy slippers.
{What I Wore: Tuesday, September 16, 2014}

I realize I’m almost a month late in posting this, but better late than never! There was a special “coffee with the Dean” meeting at work so I got a little more dressed up than I usually do. I recently bought this blue houndstooth(?) dress at Target and I love it. The shoes are from Payless 7 years ago.

{What I Wore: Tuesday, September 16, 2014}


I realize I’m almost a month late in posting this, but better late than never! There was a special “coffee with the Dean” meeting at work so I got a little more dressed up than I usually do. I recently bought this blue houndstooth(?) dress at Target and I love it. The shoes are from Payless 7 years ago.

Closet Cleanout

I cleaned out my closet at my parents’ house last spring and my condo in late summer. I gave away a fair amount of clothing that’s out of style, really doesn’t fit, or not in the best shape. Most of it, though, ended up in a large IKEA bag that I carry around in my trunk and take to various Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor stores hoping they’ll buy it. Then I take the same bag back a few weeks later to try to see if they’ll take some of the rejects from last time.

I really should just donate the rest and be done with it, but I have a hard time parting with it. I either think “I paid so much for that and it’s really nice, so I really don’t want to get rid of it unless someone gives me a little something for it” or “well I don’t really wear it so I’ll see if they’ll buy it but if not I’ll hang on to it.” The latter items end up back in my closet, while the former stay in a bag that will end up in storage until I decide to make the resale rounds again, most likely never to be bought.

Does anyone have any suggestions for parting with meaningless clothing items? I keep finding reasons to hang on to things that I probably won’t ever wear again. My goal is to finally develop a minimal but versatile wardrobe, but I don’t know where to start and these random resale rejects keep clogging up my space.

I’m seriously thinking I might just go through my Pinterest board and throw out anything in my closet that doesn’t appear on there, because that seems like a solid strategy.

Advice appreciated. This is so overwhelming.


{Throwback Thursday: College Dance Major Nostalgia Edition - October 2, 2014}

I don’t normally do the whole #tbt over here, but I’ve really enjoyed going through my senior year dance majors Facebook album and posting some of my favorites on Instagram today. Recently I’ve really missed the days where I’d spend most of the day in dance classes and my nights in rehearsals. The other day I really was feeling nostalgic for the contact improv class I had senior year twice a week at 9am with these lovely people so I spent a few hours watching contact improv videos on YouTube. I didn’t join the dance program until halfway through my sophomore year; I’m sad I didn’t find these people sooner, but I’m glad I had the time I did with them and the rest of the crew.

(The first 3 photos are from the fall dance concert cast party, and I don’t remember the context of the one photo but it was too hilarious to pass over; the last is the senior dancers from the main stage Danceworks show at the cast party doing our traditional “deer in headlights” photo.)


I missed “graituesday” yesterday, but since today is October 1st this will still work: I’m very grateful for the amazing sunrises and foliage we’ve been experiencing in Chicago. I took my morning coffee to my balcony hammock last week because the sunrise was so incredible. Then, I went running through an arboretum up in Evanston on Sunday for no other reason than I had driven by it earlier in the week and wanted a picture of that tree.

Bravo, Mother Nature. I approve.


College academics manager.
(formerly an academic advisor).
Dancer. Pescetarian. INTJ.
Mother to an adorable bengal-like tabby cat known as Calliecakes.

Northwestern Double Alumna:
B.A. in Communication
M.S. in Higher Education

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