AND SO IT BEGINS

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Winter 2013 has officially moved into Chicago. Monday we had serious snow flurries for the first time. Last year it didn’t really snow until Christmas Day.

I have a feeling this winter (my second winter in Chicago) is going to be a whole different beast than last year.

Day 1 of Winter 2013 I fell. Not a cute slip. A feet in the air, purse flying, on my back fall. BLACK ICE: 1 LIZZIE: 0

But you know what’s crazy? I love it. I’m happy to see you winter!

if you’re lucky enough to enjoy winter in Chicago, you’re lucky enough

A FRIDAY THOUGHT: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER

The weather in Chicago is currently insane. Less than a week ago it was beautiful out, at least 60 degrees and sunny. Yet this week it has been dark, grey and raining non-stop. The city is flooding, streets are caving in, and buses are filling with water. I have fallen in love with Chicago in a serious way, but lately I’ve been craving a change in weather for the better. Or at least that’s what I was letting myself think.

Yesterday morning I went to yoga with my favorite teacher, Allison. She started us off by saying how lucky we were for having such stormy weather. Huh? It was only 6:30am so I assumed I misheard her. But she continued. She explained how energetic lightening and thunder is and how we should use this natural spark to buzz the rest of our body, to exhilarate the rest of our day. First of all, how amazing is Allison? Second of all, what a great reminder that the opportunity to enjoy the weather is completely up to our unique perspective.

I mean just look at these photographs I’ve taken of Chicago over the past 9 months. Isn’t each one of them beautiful in their own way?

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480502_4743822147391_501105169_n IMG_9257_2Sunshine is soothing, rain is refreshing, wind is wonderful, and snow is special. There is no such thing as bad weather, there are only different kinds of good weather. So wherever you are and whatever it looks like outside of your window this morning, I hope you are enjoying it.

if you’re lucky enough to experience different types of good weather, you’re lucky enough

A FEW PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP TO DENVER

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I have hundreds of photos to go through from my trip. It was such a great weekend filled with some of my best friends, some great food, delicious drinks, and a handful of brand new adventures. These pictures are just a tease of what I have to share.

Have you ever been to Denver? Or Breckenridge? I am so smitten with Colorado, I cannot even begin to tell you.

if you’re lucky enough to have too many beautiful photographs to organize, you’re lucky enough

SEVEN THINGS: rain rain don’t ever go away

it rained today. {and in san diego, this is rare. it maybe rains 10 days out of the whole gosh darn year}. and boy did i love it. so much it made me run home and google rain images for over an hour. there is something about rain that has always felt magical and romantic to me. here are seven of my favorites…


1. happy kids dancing in the rain.

2. isn’t this painting magical? i want to recreate something like this.

3. i love everything about this. so precious.

4. do ya see that shadow? it’s a heart! oh how darling.

5. talk about a silver lining. gorgeous umbrellas brighten up a not so gorgeous day.


6. i think i love this 1. because it’s cute and 2. because i know my sister could make this for me. {hint hint sister}.

7. and hello, who doesn’t want a kiss like this one?

oh rain. you make my heart dance.

do you like the rain? has it started raining where you are living yet? let’s all band together and wear our best boots and prettiest umbrellas tomorrow!

if you’re lucky enough to enjoy a day in the rain, you’re lucky enough