Friday, May 31, 2019

My Month in Photos // May

It's officially time for May's installment of My Month in Photos! This month, I traveled to Connecticut for work, tried out some fun spring nail colors, and had lots of doggy snuggles. I also started looking for a new apartment, which was so fun! Check out some of the views below!

MAY 2: FRESH SPRING NAILS

MAY 3: VIEWS WALKING BACK FROM LUNCH WITH MY DAD

MAY 4: AFTERNOONS WITH KINCHIE

MAY 5: BRIGHT TULIPS IN MY PARENTS' NEIGHBORHOOD

MAY 5: DRINKS IN NAPERVILLE WITH DANA

MAY 6: SMIRNOFF INFUSIONS TASTING AT WORK

MAY 7: WHINNIE IS THE COZIEST DOG

MAY 9: WORK VIEWS IN CHICAGO

MAY 10: PARTICIPATING IN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S WOMEN'S BUILD

MAY 10: A TIRED NIGHT SPENT DOING A PUZZLE

MAY 11: SPRING BLOOMS

MAY 11: CELEBRATING MY ROOMMATES' DOG'S BIRTHDAYS (YES REALLY)

MAY 12: APARTMENT HUNTING COFFEE BREAK

MAY 12: MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

MAY 13: DRIVING THROUGH THE CITY

MAY 14: DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE AT CHOPSTICKS

MAY 15: FRESH NAILS

MAY 16: LATE NIGHT AT THE OFFICE

MAY 17: BATHROOM SELFIES AT WORK (BECAUSE I WAS FEELING MY OUTFIT)

MAY 17: WALKING THE DOGS IN BUCKTOWN

MAY 18: AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL DAY IN CHICAGO APARTMENT HUNTING

MAY 18: NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE BREAK

MAY 19: VIEWS FROM A POTENTIAL APARTMENT

MAY 19: OPENING WHITE WALKER FOR THE GAME OF THRONES FINALE

MAY 21: WORK ATTIRE AT HEADQUARTERS

MAY 21: WORK DINNER ESPRESSO MARTINI

MAY 22: A SUNNY DAY AT HEADQUARTERS IN CONNECTICUT

MAY 22: WEARING MY NEW SHIRT FOR WORK MEETINGS

MAY 23: SNACKS BEFORE MY FLIGHT HOME

MAY 24: DINNER WITH FRIENDS AT SMALL CHEVAL

MAY 24: SHUFFLEBOARD AT ROYAL PALMS

MAY 24: VERY UNIQUE WALLPAPER AT ROYAL PALMS

MAY 25: CASUAL DAY WATCHING ALADDIN

MAY 26: THE MOST COMFORTABLE OF DOGS

MAY 26: A 6 MILE BIKE RIDE IN THE SUNSHINE

MAY 27: MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

MAY 28: FEELING LOVED WITH WHINNIE'S CUDDLES

MAY 30: PATIO WEATHER AT BAR TAKITO

MAY 30: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WITH THE GIRLS

MAY 31: SHOPPING FOR MY NEW PLACE

I hope you had a fantastic month of May!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

My Mental Health Journey

Mental Health: a person's condition with regards to their emotional, psychological, and social well-being.


With May being National Mental Health Month, I wanted to share a little bit about my own personal journey with mental health. My depression first emerged my freshmen year of high school, when I was just 14; however, it took until my first year of university to really understand what it was and how it affected me.

Over the course of the past ten years, I've dealt with varying levels of depression. I've had times where I feel so helpless, crying all the time and feeling very alone. I've also had times where it's just hiding under the surface, popping out occasionally. Over the years, I've learned how my depression shows itself. When I'm having a flare-up, I can feel my whole mindset shut down. I get into this kind of funk where I don't want to do anything and start feeling poorly about myself.

I've been on antidepressants for 9 years.

It used to bother me that I needed to be on something to feel like myself, but now, I embrace it. I recognize that there's a chemical imbalance that I need to fix. I've tried being off my medication for a three-day period, which showed me how crucial it is that I take my prescription. On day three, my mind set changed drastically. In the future, I may be able to decrease my dosage, but for now, it's something my body needs.

Depression is scary.

It's hard knowing your body has the capacity to put your mindset into a hole. You can lose hope, stop going out, and really see your world change. I've been through it all, but thankfully, am stronger for it. I can recognize my mood start to change and can try to proactively readjust. I've also found ways to cope.

My Coping Mechanisms:
1. Take a drive. Going on a long drive always helps. I can enjoy pretty landscapes, sing to my favorite songs, and put my focus on something else.
2. Talk to God. Sharing my feelings with God gives me a chance to share what's really in my heart. It puts my mind at ease knowing He's there, listening. 
3. Force myself to get out. As much as I never want to, forcing myself to get out of my house does wonders. Whether it's getting outside or grabbing coffee with a friend, it lifts my spirits.

Depression will forever be something in my life.

It's a chronic illness, in a sense. Thankfully, I've learned a lot about myself through the process. Last year, I wrote a letter to my depression which really helped put things into perspective for me. I recommend doing something similar if you're struggling with your mental health.

Thirteen years later and I'm toasting to the journey I've been on with my mental health and to another year embracing it.

If you struggle with your mental health, please reach out or visit mentalhealth.gov.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My Favorite Ways to Style Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are the best. As much as I love my skinny jeans, there's something so nice about a loose fit. I discovered my love for them when I found these ones at Old Navy. They have slight distressing, but can easily be styled for a business casual look. Last weekend, I wore mine with a striped shirt, blazer, and a short heel. It was the perfect brunch outfit!

Below, I'm sharing six of my favorite ways to style boyfriend jeans, from relaxed to business casual.


CASUAL STYLE


Leopard Print

T-Shirt

Slouchy Shirts

BUSINESS CASUAL


Blazers

Striped Shirt
Pink / Navy

White Button-Up

Casual Styling
Leopard Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Watch / Shoes
T-Shirt Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Clutch / Shoes
Slouchy Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Bracelets / Sandals

Business Casual Styling
Blazer Outfit: Blazer / Jeans / Belt / Shoes
Striped Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Purse / Shoes
Button-up Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Necklace / Shoes

What's your favorite way to style boyfriend jeans?