Currently Craving: Shoes

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With fall just around the corner, I’ve been hit with a massive wave of shoe cravings. I kind of have smelly/sweaty feet #TMI, so being able to contain them in boots,slip ons, and tennies really helps haha. There are so many fall trends I am dying to try, as well as some classics I need to replace (cheap riding boots woes).

1. Platform sneakers are HUGE in Europe (where I lived last year). I’m lusting after these chic faux snake leather pair.

2. One of the latest shoe trends I’ve noticed are lace up flats. Talk about adding a dash of glam to a simple shoe.

3. I need to get my hands on a pair of classic, simple booties that I can wear on the daily.

4. Always a sucker for cognac colored riding boots. I should invest in a good pair this year because I always have to replace them.

5. Going with the athletic wear chic, these pair of nikes would pair well with anything.

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Thoughts & Feelings: Anxiety

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I don’t know if this is considered “too personal” for an internet post, maybe this better belongs in a secret real-life journal that I can keep tucked away in a safe drawer, but I think a lot of people feel this way. And who doesn’t like a healthy dose of honesty?

I’ve had a lot of experience with anxiety in my life. I don’t know if it’s some predisposition I have, or if my anxious feelings are a result of the driven/perfectionist/all-or-nothing culture the US seems to radiate. Or maybe I’m simply a bit of a worry wart. Regardless, I wanted to share what some of my anxious feelings actually feel like to me.

1. A bit of a pessimist 

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I don’t like admitting that I see the glass half empty, but it’s true. I often find myself expecting the worst, and worrying about the thousands of ways everything can go wrong. When I have these feelings I do have to consciously remind myself to think more like an optimist, and imagine some positive outcomes as well (those exist right?).

2. Constant doubt

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Did I lock the door? Did I pay my bill? Did I put my phone/wallet/keys back in my purse? I have these almost crushing feelings of doubt a lot. Thankfully they’re usually about really minuscule things, because I’m super confident about my intelligence, skills, relationships, and big life choices.

3. Nerve nerve about the new

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Meeting new people, starting a new job, adopting a new pet. I think a lot of people can relate to this point, because new experiences are kind of naturally fear-inducing. When I feel really nervous about something new I always try to bring it back in to perspective and remind myself of the grand scheme of things. New things are kinda scary, but mostly really exciting.

I know a lot of people deal with these feelings. While life can seem a little overwhelming at times I’m going to try and take some deep breaths and dive right in.

Weekend Recap Vol 7

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This past weekend the boyfriend and I went to Kansas City to visit some family. I don’t think KC gets enough credit for how awesome of a city it is, so here are some pics to convince you.

* We had some amazing Chinese food at Blue Koi. I ordered the ginger chicken with noodles. YUM

* Quality cat snuggles with the boyfriends brother’s kitty cat

* Seeing the boyfriend with his family makes me fall in love with him all over again

* We went to a flea market in the meat packing district. All the stores were in old warehouses so I basically felt like I was on the set of Rent.

* They had these candles made from old alcohol (miller lite, absolut, makers mark) bottles. I totally felt like I was inside of an Etsy store.

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* I’m seriously obsessed with Kansas City beer. Specifically Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat!

* Looking for a tasty breakfast sammy? Check out Opera House

* Tapas at Bodega, obviously not as good as Spain, but it’ll do.

* Now that we’re all over 21 we could finally enjoy a night out on the town. I was happily surprised that like every bar had a rooftop. AMAZING

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* Some evidence of our night out, so much fun!

We had a great Labor Day Weekend in KC, I can’t wait to go back!

Thoughts & Feelings: Missing Spain

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This time last year the boyfriend and I were settling into our new lives in Madrid, Spain. When I say settling I actually mean we were panicking about finding a place to call home, what our jobs as ESL teachers would be like, and your other typical culture shock feelings. I’m super happy that we are back home now, but I do miss some things about the land of tapas and vino.

Eating tapas every weekend

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Ok, so this is a really superficial point, but the food there is just so delicious! I still daydream about cured meats and cheeses served with warm bread. Not to mention how cheap it all was. Menu del Dia was the daily restaurant deal where you got 3 courses, a bottle of wine, and a loaf of bread for 10 EUROS!

Feeling brave all the time

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I went to Spain without a very high level of Spanish proficiency, so every time I talked to anyone in Spanish I felt really really brave. The smallest tasks I accomplished (successfully understanding a cashier, asking for directions, or figuring out how to order) left me feeling so proud of myself.

New experiences galore

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Living abroad almost feels like being a baby again where every experience you go through is something new. Traveling to new places every weekend, or going to stores I had never heard of – everything was so interesting and different from what I was used to.

I don’t regret not going back to Spain to teach again, but there are definitely some things I really miss.

Currently Craving: Autumn Accessories

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Fall is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be happier about it. We had a bit of an autumn weather preview in Chicago last week, but the temps are soaring in the 90s again this week, talk about a total tease. There are so many items I’m dying to add to my wardrobe. Since I was living abroad last year, I wasn’t really able to shop a lot because I knew I’d have to bring everything back with me in a 50 lbs suitcase.

  1. Need this basic blanket scarf that I know would look great with a long sleeve tee, jeans, and some tall boots
  2. I’ve been seeing these massive statement necklaces all over the place: instagram, bloglovin’, street style.
  3. Little booties! How cute are these guys?! I’m positive they’d look great with everything + the little heel makes for easy walking.
  4. Desperate for a lightweight cross-body, and I’m basically obsessed with this deep purple color. All of the ones I have now are old and super beat up.
  5. I really loved seeing these wide brimmed hats last year, and this one is only $17!