Life Lately

a new year

2011 has come and gone & what a year it’s been. I started + ended the year in Chicago, became a vegetarian [again], changed the name of my business, booked a few photo shoots, made some wonderful new friends, discovered a love of sparkly nail polish, finally had my entry painted [I will share photos of my apartment next month — promise!], traveled to New York and am in the process of launching a new website with Alaina. The last part of that sentence makes me so unbelievably happy + still feels a little surreal.

I am sure most of you can relate to this, but I struggled with where I want my career and life to go this past year. I know I haven’t really mentioned this, but I have been in a long distance relationship for an entire year now. It isn’t easy but is definitely worth it. I have become a lot more independent and am learning more and more about who I am.

And here it is. My recap of 2011.


Went sledding for the first time.
Got the flu for the first time. Was sick 1/2 the month.


My first blizzard.
Started my color POP series.
Photographed my first event at Kenmore Studios.


Got my Canon 7D!
Renamed my business & redid my site
First newborn photo shoot.


Flew to LA to say goodbye to my sweet little Dex. Lost him to FIP.
Jodee came to Chicago.
J came to Chicago.
Weekend trip to LA. Visited my favorite beach town family.
Arranged a blogger meet up with 16 blog girls at Rockit.


Met Jenna Lyons.
Flew to LA on the 13th for 10 days + stayed for a month!
2 trips to Santa Barbara.


My sis came to Chicago!
Architectural tour
Drinks + fireworks at Trump
Green City Market
Found a pre-cancerous mole on my back. Wrote this very important post.
Launched Sun Savvy with Alison!
First engagement photo shoot.


Another trip to LA.
Taste of River North.
Concert in the park with Sarah.
Randolph Street Market.
Celebrated 1 year in Chicago with friends at Citizen.


Another trip to LA! J + I drove to Summerland + SB.Visited my favorite beach town family.
Glitter Guide photo shoot with Alaina.
Randolph Street Market with Lesley
Met Alaina at a coffee shop to discuss a project on Sunday the 13th. Lasted 4 hours.
30+ hours of meetings over the next 3 weeks. And so it begins…


Rented bikes with Sarah
J came to Chicago for my 29th birthday
Won the Randolph Street Market Vintage Vernacular contest!
Jess LC Photo Shoot with Alaina and Liz.
Styled + photographed our first feature for The Everygirl
Randolph Street Market [again]
Weekend trip to LA


Bought our domain for The Everygirl!
Another photo shoot for Jess LC.
Photographed Alex’s condo. Alaina styled the shoot.
Cut my hair. Again!
Another weekend trip to LA.
My friend Jess came to Chicago.


NYC with Alaina to shoot a few features for The Everygirl
Finished the design of our website
More photo shoots
First snow
J came to Chicago for Thanksgiving


One last trip to LA for the year
FINALLY Painted my entry
Photo shoot on the 8th
Announced the upcoming launch of The Everygirl!
Threw a last minute holiday party.
J came to Chicago for Christmas.
Redesigned my blog + website
The pup was featured on People Magazine’s website
Alaina & I were hired to style + shoot a new pillow line

While I do not usually have any crazy resolutions, my goal has been to make it to Paris + London by the time I turn 30. Yes. 30. Who wants to meet me in Paris for my birthday this September? Other than that, I would obviously love to see The Everygirl become my full time job this year, and more than anything want it to inspire all of you! Do you have any goals for the new year?

For anyone who might be interested, here are my recaps for 2009 + 2010.  

Wishing you all the very best in the new year! Your support & friendship mean so much to me. I hope you know how thankful I am for each & every one of you. xx