Monday, December 12, 2011

First snow!

{Our backyard}
We had our first snow of this winter! The night it snowed Anna and I were hanging out with two of our friends and when it was time to go we came up from the basement to see the beautiful flurries coming down outside! We were hanging out at home so needless to say our friends were not as excited about the slight snow on the ground because they were going to have to drive home in it, but I walked them out to their cars and I kid you not it looked like it was glittering out. It was so beautiful. :] It's kind of sad that the first snow of this year's winter was so late though. We're in December and this is our first snow?? Seems like global warming is real. 

Global warming or not the first snow fall means it's officially time to bring out my winter jacket! Well, one of them at least. This is actually one of Anna's old jackets but I am seriously in love with it and have adopted it unofficially. 

This outfit I wore to lunch with Max and his family including his aunt Chris and uncle Paul visiting from Texas and their niece who we spent 16 hours in a car with once when we all took a road trip to Chris and Paul's home in Texas. She's super sweet and really cool too so it was very nice to see her again. We went to this Polish restaurant in Harwood heights, which is right by Chicago. It's called Old Warsaw Buffet and is seriously decked out. The Polish really know how to accessorize a restaurant. :D I've been there a couple times before with his family. It's sort of a tradition to celebrate Christmas there with members of the family that they won't see on Christmas. It's always nice to be with the O'Neill's. They are the best. 
I have finals this week but I can honestly say that I'm not stressing out too much. It might be because I don't really have much of a heavy load this semester with only 3 classes but I like to think that it's because I really did learn a lot. haha Two finals down already and one more to go on Thursday and then I'll finally be on break! I'm very excited. 

{Jean jacket and dress: thrifted, belt: borrowed from Anna, tights: Forever 21, shoes: Payless}

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Movin' Right Along

I am pleased to announce that I have lived 23 years as of this past Monday!!! And to be honest, it doesn't feel much different than 22. Or 21.. they all seem to blend together after awhile. Sometimes I feel like I'm old, and I think I'm cool. And then other times, I think about the things I haven't accomplished yet. I'm a recent college graduate and I'm living with my parents. I want to leave for South Korea this February, but the process is excruciatingly long. So in the meantime, I'm substitute teacher. But after Korea? I don't know what I'm going to do...

And then sometimes I remember that I'm young. I'm still so young, and I have my whole life ahead of my still. I have plenty of time to enjoy life while I'm living it. It can be exhausting just counting down deadlines; always anticipating the future, without focusing on the present. I am so grateful for everything I have. Or at least, I strive to be. I'm at my parents house while I transition from the academic life to adulthood. The best part is, we actually get along (most of the time). I love my family. A lot of other people aren't as fortunate as that. I try not to take for granted the things I have now. I can only imagine how tough it will be once I'm actually on my own: living dirt cheap in a small apartment with leaky pipes having only my cat to keep me company. And even then, I'll do my best to consider the bright side: independence, sustainability, adventure, home decorating..

So here's to enjoying your life!

shirt, shoes: thrifted, sweater: American Eagle, skirt: borrowed from Marybeth (also thrifted), necklace: handmade! tights: I don't remember.
I made this scarf/necklace out of an old t-shirt! I have a bunch in different colors. They're so versatile!

my winter look (it was cooold out today!) coat: thirfted H&M, knit hat: we've had it forever, it seems.

Until next time!

p.s. I've been listening to my new Muppets covers album I got from my boyfriend, Cole, for my birthday. I love it! I especially like My Morning Jacket's rendition of "Our World". I also saw the movie this past weekend, and I really enjoyed it. The Muppets definitely haven't lost their touch!