New iPhone

Oh January, Oh.

What I did in January

What did I do in January? Not a whole lot. I’ve been trying to save money so I haven’t been going out much. Plus I still have a huge to-do list full of things I didn’t accomplish on my Christmas break. But, I have been blogging! I’m really proud that in January I consistently posted two posts a week. I now just have to keep that up…

And, even though I haven’t really done much, I’m truly starting to feel more on top of things again. Let’s hope that keeps up too.

In January I…

New iPhone

Bought a new phone.
OK OK, I know I said I needed to save money and was trying not to spend much. But, I did say trying. My old phone was over two years old and, since I now use it as my primary camera I’ve been itching for something new. Plus I totally had a gift certificate from Christmas that covered 1/16th of the cost… And now I get to use my old phone as my catfishing phone, so there’s that… 😉


Lobster Roll at Luke's Lobster

Wings and Poutine at Mash Kitchen in Lincoln Square, Chicago


Celebrated my birthday!
I shared some photos from my birthday party with you this month (and recipes for my AMAZING pudding shots), but I didn’t share what I did on my actual birthday. I wasn’t really up for doing much though, so I celebrated by taking myself out for all the food. At lunch I got one of my favorite meals ever: a lobster roll (from Luke’s Lobster). And for dinner I just went to a bar down the block from me that I had never been to and got…everything. I had a lemony cocktail and poutine…and wings…and then the wings ended up being on special so I got a double order for the price of a single. There’s nothing like celebrating your birthday in complete and total gluttony!





Celebrated Heather’s Birthday!
My friend Heather had a birthday too! So we went to a bar near our old apartment that we used to hang out at all the time, had some meatloaf, had some drinks, and had some cupcakes…


January Blog Posts

In case you missed it, here’s what I blogged about this month:

Time for first big change for the new year was dying my hair red.
And I resolve.
My New Years Resolutions for 2016.


East Meets West (Elm) - a teal, aqua, and gold mid-century modern meets global-inspired living room.
East Meets West (Elm) — My Living Room
My mid-century modern/boho/global/totally teal living room.


Ten Lessons from Ten Years of Blogging.
Ten Lessons from Ten Years of Blogging
I’ve been blogging for ten years! Here’s a list of everything I know about blogging…


Pillows from India.
My Boho Bedroom in Blue
My teal and white boho-inspired bedroom in coming together!


Artifact Uprising square prints of travel photos hanging from Urban Outfitters Henna Medallion Photo Clip Set.
A Wall of Travel Photos
Here’s how I am displaying my travel photos around my apartment.


Shanna Cakes cupcakes.
A very good year for blue-blooded girls of independent means.
On my thirty-fifth birthday I shared photos from my party and reflected on some of the amazing things going on in my life.


40x40: Forty things to do before forty.
40×40: Forty things to do before forty.
Because I’m almost as old as Patty Chase, here are forty things I want to accomplish in the next five years. (So far I’ve, umm, taken one yoga class and painted my nails…).


Horchata, Mudslide, and Buttery Nipple (Slippery Nipple) pudding shots in my fridge.
Because you need pudding shot recipes in your life.
You should probably make pudding shots for your next party.
RumChata pudding shots.
Mudslide pudding shots.
Buttery Nipple pudding shots.


Miniature metal souvenir buildings from around the world.
Collected: Miniature Metal Souvenir Buildings
A small collection of small things.


January Around the Web

Here are a few things from around the web that I was obsessed with this month:

I couldn’t stop watching this raccoon. The struggle is real.

I made it through about 45 minutes of Of Oz the Wizard (The Wizard of Oz…in alphabetical order…) leading me to wonder who has more time to waste on their hands: whoever put this together or me…

Can Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard adopt me and take me on vacation? I’ll totally hold the camera.

Artist Humorously Illustrates the Events of His Flight That Every Traveler Can Relate To. I was kind of waiting for him to regret the chicken.

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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