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August 12, 2014


GiGi New York Madison crossbody  //  Vince Camuto studded gladiators // Old Navy pineapple shorts  //  Topshop chambray shirt

Well, I made it! :) I think I may be running on fumes and lots of coffee, but I’m finally getting settled. The past week has been quite the whirlwind! Maybe one of the craziest I’ve ever had if that’s even possible. I thought I’d give you guys a quick update on what has been going on and because so many sweet people have been asking! :). More to come soon and I promise I’ll have some outfit posts again this week!


I waited until the last minute to pack and only had 2 nights to do it (because that wasn’t going to be stressful.. ) so I had to fuel up with my favorite bibimbap from Del Seoul and writing some Thank You’s before the madness began


Who knew my entire life could fit into one little pod! I sold almost all of my furniture and only took a chair, lamp, my mattress and a lot of boxes


I was able to escape the packing/moving madness for a night and go to one day of Lollapalooza, the absolute best summer weekend in Chicago!

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With my roommate Melanie enjoying the festival and our last weekend together for a while


Switching gears and getting fancy for a wedding at the W downtown for a good friend from high school — this Zara number is my go-to wedding dress

Zara peplum dress // Kendra Scott Skylen ring //  Vince Camuto stingray clutch c/o  //  Steve Madden ankle strap sandals


Went to a beautiful bridal shower for one of my first Chicago friends who will be getting married this month!


We had dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club one night as a farewell evening with my closest friends who were all going out of town before my move


They surprised me with a bunch of hilarious and embarrassing pictures of me from the past few years and claimed they were “table decor” … we were cracking up, my friends know I have a goofy side that I’m not ashamed of :)


A night under the Chicago stars on the lake


Packing up the remainder of my stuff and re-reading some of the cards my friends gave me again just feeling so thankful.. my friend Val got me these adorable luggage tags and my friend Andrea got me a “giving key” of Courage (it’s such a cool concept you should check it out)


I left my Lincoln Park apartment at 4:00 a.m. and took off on my one way flight to New York!


Landed and picking up my keys!

Nastygal spring floral blouse (sold out, similar)  //  Vince Camuto studded gladiators  //  Free People cutoff shorts (most similar)


The smallest path to get to my room.. the place was filled with boxes because that’s pretty much all I had! It took me a full 36 hours straight of unpacking and 11 hours of crashing sleep later, but I got through them all! I thought it was funny that I left Chicago with exactly 1/2 the boxes I had when I got there.. #downsizing


Taking in the scenery on maybe my 5th trip to the Container Store in 24 hours..


The miracle that they helped me design — it’s a closet, desk, half vanity, and storage area all in one (because there is literally no other option in my room)


And 4.5 hours later it was on the wall and filled! :)

Thank you all SO much for your sweet words about the move and leaving Chicago. I’ve been very touched and really overwhelmed with gratitude for your thoughts and messages! Starting the new job, moving in and getting acclimated has been much easier thanks to all of the love. I’m looking forward to sharing more with  you as I have updates! I am going to eventually (if I have time) explain what and how I dealt with a 90 square foot room (yea, take that in.. ) and how I ended up organizing everything because I’ve gotten a few questions already! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, share what you did with me so I can live through you since I was unpacking!

So crazy proud of you Bella xoxo

Let’s pick out the weekend asap.. late September? October? You tell me! xx

OMG Christine! Did you turn a wall into an exposed closet? Flipping genius!!! I love it! Your hard work is paying off! Chicago misses you, friend! So glad the move is going well.

Ahhh I did! :) Thank you lady, missing Chicago already!

omg… you live in new york.

omg… I miss you a lot.

AH! Congrats on the move! Your last weekend in Chicago looked amazing :)

I’m actually moving to Chicago in a month and I am scared/excited. I can’t wait to hear how you dealt with the size of your room. Our apartment is 700 square feet. Yikes!

xo, Jen

Thanks Jen! You will LOVE Chicago! I’ll definitely try to post soon about the apartment.. there are so many options. Pinterest is your friend! :)

Welcome to NYC! I’ve followed your blog for awhile and am so inspired by your stories, as well as outfits. I would love it if we were able to meet one day :)
PS – I go to that container store often. Trader joe’s too!

Aww thank you so much! That makes me so happy :) thank you for following and I hope you enjoy my NY journey!

Love this!! Your place looks SO cute! I’m already missing the city a little bit – when I come down there, we’ll have to get together! Xx

Thanks Brooke!! We will definitely have to get together, let me know when you’re around and we can meet up! Let’s get Meggan back up here too :)

Your closet is ahhhmazing! Good luck girl!

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