bliss&belle Boutique

Chicagoans and visitors to the Windy City need to check out the new boutique, bliss&belle in Lincoln Park! Owned by fellow Hoosier alumnus, Blake Bell, this women's apparel store located at 1011 West Armitage Avenue is beyond charming. The atmosphere is friendly, colorful, upbeat and trendy; a wonderful, summery respite from the gray skies of… Continue reading bliss&belle Boutique

An Interview with Kindergarten Teacher, Zoe Ardito

  I'm thrilled today to share my interview with Zoe Ardito, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, who also happens to be one of my best friends in the world and former roommate! One of the coolest things about Zoe is that being a teacher just seems to make sense if you know her, like it was meant… Continue reading An Interview with Kindergarten Teacher, Zoe Ardito

Marge

Instead of effusing about my mom, who I affectionately call "Marge" of "Ma", I thought I'd create a tangible list of the value she has brought to my life and the lessons she has taught me. Brace yourselves; it's a long list. Be polite. Respect yourself and others. Read. Put butter on the outside of the bread when… Continue reading Marge

Single in The Windy City: Part II

I don't know what the experience is like for single males these days, but I find myself experiencing a general lack of traction, options, and meaning in my efforts to meet someone. I'm hearing this from a few of my fabulous, beautiful, and successful single girlfriends as well. As someone that is proactive, I'm suprised… Continue reading Single in The Windy City: Part II

Friends & Babies!

Normally, I don't wake up before 6am on a Saturday morning. Today, for great reason! I'll be heading to Indiana for one of my dearest friend's baby showers! I've had many friends have beautiful, lovely babies, but Britt would be my first best friend that is my age going through the process. I love hearing her… Continue reading Friends & Babies!

S-Town

S-Town. A podcast from Serial and This American Life. Hosted by Brian Reed. Seven chapters that I finished listening to yesterday with each episode lasting an hour, give or take. Midway through, I was already raving to anyone that would listen that this was the next investigative journalism triumph and I couldn't wait for the… Continue reading S-Town

Staying in Touch via Social Media

Growing up, social success to me was tantamount to having as many friends as possible. I went to an exceptionally large high school, with a graduating class of over 1400. I knew a lot of people and I thought that was important; more important than the relatively frequent turnover that was occurring in my friend… Continue reading Staying in Touch via Social Media

An Interview with Hairstylist, Sandra Kliciute

When you find a hairstylist that you like, it's a wonderful feeling. When you discover that hairstylist is also an infinitely kind and interesting person with a very positive outlook and welcoming demeanor; it's pure joy! I genuinely look forward to my monthly visits to the salon, because since I began seeing Sandra at Milios Hair… Continue reading An Interview with Hairstylist, Sandra Kliciute

Whimsically Volatile

New podcast alert! And surprise; it isn't true crime related. "Whimsically Volatile" is a podcast hosted by one of my favorite drag queens, Katya Zamolodchikova (Brian McCook) and Craig MacNeil, his longtime friend from Boston as well as director, producer, DJ, etc. I discovered Katya not from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 or All Stars 2, which made… Continue reading Whimsically Volatile