Suede Coat

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a ton of fun in Minnesota with my family. I usually go shopping there because it's not only fun to do with my mom and sister, but there is no sale tax. I went to the Mall of America with them which can be a bit overwhelming, but you always end up finding a new store you love and great deals. I especially love the Forever 21 there because it's literally a huge warehouse. I found some amazing deals including this spring coat for under $30! It's a great addition to your wardrobe because it's timeless and minimal.

Flare Jeans

Happy Easter weekend. I hope everyone has a great time with their families, regardless if you celebrate the holiday or not! I'm traveling to go and visit my family in Minnesota which I've been looking forward to for weeks now. :)

I'm loving the flare trend because who isn't sick of skinny jeans by now? These flare jeans are easy to dress up and perfect for the transition from work to going out to dinner or drinks. I found this pair at Shop Akira for under $15, if you are interested here are the exact same pair. This is such a flattering look, it's definitely worth a try!

Cold Shoulder Top

Happy Wednesday! I've been reading Garance Dore's book Life Style Life. Besides having amazing quotes and a cool French girl dialect, she also forces you to take a deeper look into your own style. In the book she mentions that you should always stay true to your style, but if you like a trend add it in a little here and there. I love this advice because you can get so caught up in trying to pull something off rather than considering if it's flattering to yourself and true to your style. I know that off the off the shoulder trend or cold shoulder trend is something that everyone can look great doing! Garance also mentions being obsessed with Zara and ironically enough, that's where I found this amazing shirt.

How to Style Leather in the Spring

Happy Friday! Sunday is the first day of Spring! I got a great deal on these leather leggings at Akira so I wanted to find a way to style them for the warmer weather. I love leather because you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.

I've been finding great deals at Akira lately, especially on Fridays because of their "Pika" promotion. On Friday's only, you find Pika (a little dog) hidden in their products with one clue for example "lace." Once you find Pika and the promo code hidden with him, you receive $25 off no minimum purchase. My coworkers and I have been doing this for the past three weeks and I've gotten so many great deals in the sale section (such as the leather leggings and hat pictured above). Look for Pika next week from 11 am to 12 pm!

Winter Sales

Happy Wednesday! Spring has been on everyone's mind lately. It's tempting to buy all of your summer/spring clothes right now, but don't forget that winter clothes are super cheap! I bought this coat for half price at Missguided. They are still having a ton of sales and most of their winter coats are half off. If anyone was like me and didn't want to splurge on a winter coat, you can find one for a great deal.

Why I'm Not American When I Travel

Don't get me wrong I love being an American. This post is meant to open the eyes of my fellow travelers and to get rid of the blinders we all wear. When I travel, I don't deem myself as an "American" Minnesotan" or a "Chicagoan." After this summer, I will have traveled to 16 countries and all over the US. I wanted to give a little background on my experiences as a seasoned traveler, and no I'm not Anthony Bourdain but a girl can try. I wouldn't have the stories and memories to date if I didn't have the unparalleled desire to understand and embrace places other than home.

I'm going to Europe this summer with my boyfriend and I couldn't be more excited! We are going to Amsterdam, Croatia and Bosnia. If you couldn't already tell traveling is my passion. I know how hard it is to book that ticket because it seems that we never have enough time, money or patience for travel. Trust me- book the ticket a few months in advance and GO. Here are a few pictures of where I'll be heading in June- can you guess which place is which?

Even with all of the beauty and adventure of traveling it also brings a lot of sleep deprivation and moments of intolerance. Sometimes even during the best times of our trip, comes a time when we can't stop comparing the cultures to those of where we live. I'm not saying that you should embrace every custom that isn't your own, but once we obsessively compare our own cultures to those of where we are visiting, it makes it impossible to immerse ourselves in our surroundings.

It's easy to think "that's not how we do it back at home" or "why do they do things this way." People have cultural norms, customs, and languages far different from ours, but isn't the point of traveling to look outside of ourselves and learn? I believe that this is what really differentiates tourists from travelers. I'm not saying that when you see a McDonald's you don't stop in because you miss that greasy hamburger, but try something you'd never order off the menu at the next restaurant.

I truly believe that traveling helps you grow as a person. These memories you make last a lifetime and gives you deeper insight into the world. Every person I've met that can immerse themselves in other cultures other than their own is a more well-rounded, mature and interesting person.

The next time you travel take every opportunity and the possibility to embrace the changes you see, let's stop being so judgmental and pigeonholed to our own culture, whether that's where we live or where we were born.

Put down your map, don't plan every minute, forget the wait in the long tourist lines because it's the hottest attraction and stop taking a picture of everything you see. Instead- talk to strangers, meet the locals, wake up early, get to know the language even if it's just "hello", sit down in a local coffee shop and people watch. Immerse, immerse, immerse. If you're a good traveler you will feel the change once you get back to your everyday life.

Spring Shoe Trends 2016

Happy Saturday! You'll never guess where I found both pairs of shoes for under $12... Old Navy! I usually shop at Old Navy for the basics... jeans, plain t-shirts and workout gear, but I've realized they also have a great sales section on shoes. Even when these sandals aren't on sale they aren't too expensive- around $20-30. I've been trying to add to my summer wardrobe before the weather gets warmer so that I don't have to pay extra for the things that are trending during the actual season. Here is a list of shoes that I've seen everywhere and are currently trending for the spring/ summer season.

Open Toed Shoes

Laceup Flats

Pointed Flats

Fringe Sandals