Dillon & I went to Navy Pier yesterday and walked around Buckingham Fountain, too. The weather was a complete dream and we even ate a churro sundae and had photo-booth photos taken at Navy Pier. Successful day off! Of course it wouldn't be spring without me taking tons of photos with the flowering trees, now would it? :)
The Chicago Lincoln Park Conservatory Flower Show was amazing! I can't believe admission into this gem of a greenhouse is FREE! Easily one of my favorite places in Chicago by a landslide! I highly recommend visiting here if you're in Chicago ♥.
Dillon & I visited Marguerite Gardens in Andersonville, Chicago a few weeks ago after having breakfast at The Bongo Room across the street! This is one of my VERY most favorite flower shops I've ever been to! The selection and the color coating made it absolutely magical- I don't think I've ever seen so many varieties in one flower shop at one time! I was thrilled to stumble upon this gem. They charge $20 a stem for King Proteas- OH HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE! Would you enjoy visiting a huge flower shop like this one? It smells so fresh and fragrant in there!! xo
Succulents & Madagascar Palm
naturally colored Hydrangeas (!!!)
Pink Pincushion Proteas
Normally I am a very conservative person who dresses to often cover up my body. I have embraced my body as of recently and I had these photos taken so I can look back when I'm very old. Has anyone ever wanted to do that but they've been scared? I'm interested in hearing stories about your body image. Who's perfect, anyway? I don't have defined abs or ripped arms or legs, but I'm doing okay. It's pretty empowering to put yourself out there and feel good about it. Be thankful for who you are and what you've accomplished. While I will not be sharing any nude photos, I think a little skin is becoming more acceptable for me. Honestly, these white platforms are an attempt to channel Brooke Candy and I might spray paint them pink or blue when they wear down, ha! Thank you for reading. My love goes out to you all. Feel free to share your stories in the comments! ♥.
Outfit Details: Kimono: Vintage, Church Rummage sale
Pink Girdle: Vintage, Carrie's Antique Shop in Champaign, IL
Platform Sneakers: c/o Karmaloop
Hat: American Apparel
Lately I've really been inspired by becoming a different person. It's almost like the person in these photos isn't even me- and I like it that way because it shows how diverse my skills are when making myself up to look like a fantasy person rather than reality. It's a sort of escape from every day life and I truly feel beautiful when I dress up in my wigs and eyelashes. I feel like no one can judge me regardless of what I'm wearing- I'm in my comfort zone when I'm wearing a wig. I certainly don't wear them to work, though... they are just for fun. I think it's also really thrilling when people actually think it's my real hair! I love fooling people, haha! It's all good intentions, though. I can't help but feel I am practicing for something bigger and more elaborate in the future, though.... That is still what I am trying to figure out. This is my favorite wig as of late- and I bought it in Uptown at a huge warehouse there where they are more than happy to let me try on all the wigs my heart desires. I went to Nathan Adhikari's studio for these photos. He's always an amazing friend up for anything. Thank you, Nathan! As for the weather- it's turning to Spring around here... I can feel it. I can't wait to get out of the studio and back on the streets of Chicago for my shoots! Happy (soon to be) Spring! Is it turning to Spring where you are? Which photo is your favorite? XO
Outfit Details: Dress- American Apparel
Shoes- Vintage, Adrienne Weber's personal collection
Hat- Vintage, Adrienne Weber's personal collection
Make-up Details: foundation: Amazonian Clay by Tarte
Lipstick: Red Velvet Velveteen by Lime Crime
Eyebrow powder: Anastasia brow Powder
Blush: Sephora Triple Blush Palette
I really enjoy wearing these Firmoo glasses around even though they are clear lenses and I actually have 20/20 vision- but who doesn't like to act like a different person or at least change up their look once in a while? Maybe when I actually need glasses one day, I'll put prescription lenses in these. I really do see myself wearing them in the future when I actually need them! Naturally, I was curious what I would look like wearing reading glasses, now I know! These glasses came with their own polishing cloth and protective case, as well! They are so fun! Thank you, Firmoo ♥.
Photos taken by Nathan Adhikari
Photos taken by Nathan Adhikari
Anna & Hannah visited Chicago last week and we had such a great time. I am so happy we could all come together again and laugh and catch up on each other's lives. We walked out to frozen Montrose Beach, went to Julius Meinl for coffee and crepes, flower shopping in Uptown and also coffee at the new Heritage Bicycles & Coffee in Uptown. I love you guys! Many more adventures to come!