Kourtney Kardashian’s Parisian Honeymoon

Picking out new clothes is hard.

It’s a very frustrating and usually fruitless process. If you’re looking to buy more than 2 new items, it’s hard to ensure that everything goes together and matches what’s already in your closet.

A few ways that I’ve managed to find success in shopping is to shop online, shop at one store, shop only a few times a year, and think of myself as buying a collection of clothes. You know, like the type of collection that all the fabu designers are presenting in New York this week at fashion week. Everything looks different, but has an underlying theme.

So, after hours spent on Forever21.com this weekend, I purchased my 2014 Fall/Winter collection and have titled the theme of my collection: Kourtney Kardashian’s Parisian Honeymoon.


While she may be “the boring one,” Kourtney is the least skanky (clothing-wise) and best dressed (sensibility-wise) Kdash sister. She loves Paris and loves Lord Disick and if all my wishes come true, they will elope to and honeymoon in Paris this Fall. And when she does so, she’ll wear these Forever 21 duds (you know, if she were “one of us” and shopped at F21).

Classic Cape Blazer


Woven Surplice Jumpsuit



Turtleneck Dolman Top



Windowpane Pleated Skirt



Sheer Printed Surplice Top



Striped Knit Top



Lily Print Blouse


Queen Graphic Tee


Knotted Loose-Knit Headwrap



Oversized Square Sunglasses



Classic Square Readers



Quilted Knit Sweatshirt



Hopefully you can see my Kdash Parisian vision! The skirt, the Queen tshirt, and the headwrap will look funky and romantic. The jumpsuit, the sweatshirt, and the readers will look effortless and chic. The cape blazer, the striped shirt, and the big sunglasses will look Kdash airport glam. I’m also looking forward to pairing these new items with other pieces currently in my closet  (leather jacket, black booties, chunky gold necklaces).

But the real test will just be if everything fits! Oh the joys of online shopping! And oh the joys of Forever 21’s terrible return policy :)

Weekend Recap

It was a hot, humid, and stormy weekend here in the Midwest, so Adam and I did our best to stay indoors. Of course, having spent the winter in downtown Chicago, we promised ourselves that we wouldn’t stay indoors this summer, but that’s not exactly easy to do with 90% humidity. Here’s what we did to beat the heat.


Friday night we cracked open some cheap Trader Joe’s wine and watched Somm, a documentary on the Master Sommelier exam.  The documentary follows four Master Sommelier hopefuls as they prep for the epic test that spans three days. We learned some wine description gems that we hope to now use. Like, fresh cut garden hose, wet wool, and newly opened can of tennis balls. Oh and I also learned that all the sommeliers say that Sauvignon Blanc, my favorite white wine, smells like cat pee.


Then on Saturday afternoon, we caught an afternoon viewing of The One Hundred Foot Journey. While we were definitely the youngest moviegoers in attendance, we’re always up for a good Dame Helen Mirren flick. Set in a Beauty and the Beast-style French village, the movie follows an Indian family that opens a restaurant across the street from Le Mirren’s fancy pants French restaurant. Delicious (looking) food, festive music, and unexpected romance made for a great Saturday movie.



It’s been awhile (maybe never actually) since I read a book in one sitting, but on Saturday (after going to the movie) I sat down and read through Love Wins by Rob Bell. Yes, this is the controversial book by Rob Bell regarding the reality of hell. I’d definitely recommend it because I personally believe that you should always expose yourself to new and thought-provoking ideas.

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Vacation Planning

With a busy September of business travel ahead of me, Adam and I wanted to plan a last-minute Labor Day trip to spend some extra time together. After hitting the library to pick up Midwest travel books, and researching a million bed and breakfasts, we finally settled on heading up to Traverse City, MI and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. We’re looking forward to nights spent at a country bed and breakfast with our days spent touring wineries and taking snapchats.

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This is what we looked like at Cold Stone (with our travel books from the library) planning our trip.

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All in all, a great summer weekend spent indoors for the most part. Learning about new subjects, reading about new perspectives, and planning new adventures.

God Bless the Gilmore Girls

Seven years after the Gilmore Girls’ finale, there are still new articles published everyday about the show! Like this Gawker article about recasting (err not exactly) the cast for a movie, these episode recaps in Entertainment Weekly, and of course the ever-expanding bevvy of Buzzfeed articles. This TV show resonates with so many people, but why? Here’s why for me.

The Characters

The characters in Stars Hollow and Hartford challenge me. I’m challenged to be more academic like Rory, independent like Lorelai, caring like Sookie, vulnerable like Luke, rebellious like Lane, poised like Emily, outgoing like Kirk, organized like Michelle, controlled like Paris. Each character embodies a humanitarian characteristic that we’re all grasping for. To be relevant. To be loved. To be a part of something.


The Setting

Stars Hollow is what dreams are made of. A small town where you know the pizza delivery man, where you have a funeral for your cat’s neighbor, where you have town hall meetings. Society is so devoid of genuine relational interaction, that it’s special when we see people (or TV characters) engaging in true community. It’s not about the gazebo, or white church, or beauty product boutique. It’s about the people.


The Script

Gilmore Girls scripts are 1.5 times the size of a normal TV script because they are jam packed with literary/historical/pop culture references. The writer and creator of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman Palladino, said that she didn’t write Gilmore Girls for dumb people. She wanted Gilmore Girls to be smart, and clever, and thought-provoking. She wanted us to engage with the characters and their books and their thoughts.


P.S. If you’re like me, and have seen every Gilmore Girls episode 10-20 times (I really don’t think I’m exaggerating), then I’d recommend that you check out Virtual Gilmore Girls where a team of fans has written out episodes for season 8-10. These people are geniuses and you won’t be disappointed!

P.P.S. Enjoy this slightly homoerotic picture of Jess and Dean that I stumbled upon during my blog research :)






Ladies of the OC

Pop a bottle of champs and cheers to another great season of The Real Housewives of OC! Here’s where I stand with the California Girls after season 9.


Call me crazy but I’m #teambrooks this season! Vicki seems happier than ever and I’m attributing that to Brooks fillin up her love tank! He may be a creep, but I think they’re truly in love and she deserves that!



Tamra, Tamra, Tamra. What happened to you this year? You’re a smart businesswoman with a hot hubby, why the drama? Why did you fake cry so much when Ryan said he was getting married? You didn’t even have tears in your eyes. Oh and I fast-forwarded through all of the fake-baby boringness.



Heather, you and Terry can do no wrong. You inspired me to be a stronger woman when you kicked Shannon out of your house. Even if you didn’t actually say that you wanted to “take the Beadors down,” I wish you would have.



Shannon, ohhhh Shannon. I don’t like women who talk about their husbands behind their backs and I don’t like women who live in the OC and don’t have fake boobs when they should.





Bachelor in Paradise Doppelgängers

Bachelor Pad used to be one of my favorite reality shows, but the reincarnation of B Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, is not awesome. What happened to the challenges? What happened to the back-stabbing? Remember that amazing finale where that guy took all the money and left his partner with nothing?! Those were the glory days of Bachelor Pad.

Bachelor in Paradise doesn’t exactly keep my attention in the first place, but last night I was especially distracted because every contestant looks like a celebrity! Check out my Bachelor in Paradise celebrity lookalikes!

Maria Menounos & Michelle Money

Perfect brows, perfect teeth.

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Liam Hemsworth & Robert Graham

Same hair, same stache.

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Caprice (from Ladies of London) & AshLee Frazier

Rosy cheeks, pouty mouth.

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Jake Pavelka & Marcus Grodd

Creeper beard, bedroom eyes.

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Apartment Tour

Adam, Tobias, and I recently packed up our beloved downtown Chicago apartment and headed 10 miles due west to the hamlet of Oak Park to live close to (as in the same apartment building as) my sister and brother-in-law. I’ve always been super close to my sister, but since she’s 7 years older than me, we haven’t lived in the same place at the same time since I was 10.

But last year, my brother-in-law was transferred to a hospital near Oak Park for his medical residency and they finally moved close to us! When the opportunity to live within walking distance to them became available, I jumped at the opportunity! While we miss the city (and we’ll probably be headed back there next year), I know that I’ll never regret having this year to be so close to my sister (especially cause she’s having a baby boy in December!).

Check out the pics of our new apartment! I call it “country-living,” but my Pennsylvania-farm-raised husband assures me that 10 miles outside of a major city cannot be considered “country.”

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Recent Reads

After living in downtown Chicago for three years, and now living in an outlying suburb, I realized that I didn’t know enough about the history of this amazing city. I picked up City of the Century from the Chicago public library and am slowly but surely working my way through the monolith on Chicago. I love learning about Chicago’s founders who not only shaped the economic and societal standards for this Midwestern city, but whose bar-loving, hard-working personalities still epitomize the city today. My mortality is never more present then when I read history books, but I take the realization as a challenge to continue to strive for more purpose each and every day.


Even though I grew up going to church, went to a Christian college, and have a minor in Biblical studies, I still feel like sometimes I just don’t get what being a Christian should look like. I decided that the best way for me gain a better grasp was to read more books on mah peeps, early Christians. I started with Rob Bell’s Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile. Admittedly, it wasn’t the most comprehensive resource on church history (and I’m reading others!), but it was great, quick read that challenged a lot of my Christian values. I learned that the heart of what Jesus stood for is to fight for the justice of the oppressed. I’m not too oppressed living in my air-conditioned apartment, watching QVC, sitting next to a fancy Persian cat. A Christian’s life shouldn’t be boring, or normal, or easy.


My other main reads as of late have been in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal (the local newspaper!). Adam and I moved out to Oak Park (the Stars Hollow of Chicago) to live closer to my sister and brother-in-law. While we definitely miss living in the city (and are already dreaming of city apartments come August 2015), I do love the small town vibes that Oak Park has and I’m really trying to take advantage by learning about the village government (Pawnee, anyone?), frequenting small businesses, and trying out the village composting program (and already failing at it). Oak Park may not be where our future lies, but it’s our present and I want to be engaged!