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Fashionably Femme | Gracey | Librarian Chic

Welcome to Fashionably Femme. Fashionably Femme is a blog series featuring femmes from all nooks of the LGBTQIA community. These rocking folks are girl bosses, moms, entrepreneurs, and all sorts of amazing human beings. Today’s feature is particularly special for me. Gracey and I met studying libraries abroad in London in 2013 (oh gosh has it been that long already?!). You know those people who you meet them and you’re just ...
Lifestyle

National Coming Out Day, My Story

It’s National Coming Out Day! A day where the community is united in support of those who have not been able to come out. I’m obviously out and proud – very much so – but I’ve never shared my story. So, for National Coming Out Day, read on. This is my story: I didn’t come out until I was 23 years old. Yes, you read that right. I did not come out to anyone until I was 23. Sure, I’d dated before then, but I had always dated dudes ...
Style

Light Fall Jacket and Floral Embroidery

When I initially started writing this, I wanted to have you close your eyes and imagine a scenario. And then I remembered that this is the internet and if you close your eyes, you can’t read my post! Silly me. So let’s go with an eyes-open imagination exercise instead. It’s a crisp fall day. Chilly — but not too chilly — and you’re meandering down your favorite nature-lined path. The leaves are turning, soft sunlight is trickling ...
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How to Make a Tee Shirt and Jeans Look Chic

With fall temps officially here in Chicago and the promise of chill in the air, it’s getting to be that time of year where all I want is to be cozy, style be damned. And yet every time I end up in public, I constantly hear “How do you always look cute?” even if I’m only wearing a tee shirt and jeans. For real guys, half the time I literally did wake up like this. But some of that is careful planning and shopping: I always intentionally buy ...
Style

New York Fashion Week Recap

New York Fashion Week Recap I’m finally getting the chance to sit and look back on everything going on with Fashion Week! I attended a few shows but also kept an eye on presentations going on around me. After sharing a full itinerary of how to to NYFW on a budget, I figured it’s high time for a New York Fashion Week recap. From the shows I attended to my favorite NYFW designers, this was such an amazing time. I’m thrilled I got ...
Lifestyle

Impostor Syndrome | Being proud of being femme

In conjunction with the release of my episode of the Becoming Fearless Style Collective Podcast, I’m talking about Impostor Syndrome and how it applies to being femme. Impostor Syndrome is the inability to acknowledge one’s accomplishments without a fear of being exposed as a “fraud” of sorts. So often within our lives, we get conflicting messages from different communities and, as a femme, this can be incredibly damaging. For me, this came ...
Travel

How to do New York Fashion Week on a Budget – Less than $1,000!

I’m still working on my recap of New York Fashion Week – it was such a whirlwind I’m still processing! But I’m dropping my guide on how to do NYFW for less than $1,000. When you’re attending shows, prepping outfits, traveling, eating, and more, the costs can add up quickly. Fashion Week is EXPENSIVE! Add in being a blogger and needing to find photographers and you’re set to easily blow your travel budget for the year. Fear not! I’m ...
Lifestyle

The Dressing Room of My Dreams

If you follow along on my Instagram, you know that I recently moved. Yes, again. But with that comes the chance to create some amazing new spaces. So when I stumbled across Arhaus, you know I needed to come up with a way to craft my own. After all, while I don’t have a room to dedicate to a dressing room/closet space, a girl can dream, right? Thus, I took to Pinterest! Even just searching “closets” I got an overwhelming number of options to ...
Style, Travel

Comfortable booties for fall | JBU by Jambu

Jambu and travel seem to just go so well together when it comes to my lifestyle. I always find myself enjoying a new pair of JBU by Jambu shoes right when I’m about to travel somewhere. Last season, I rocked the Riviera sandal and now this season, the Parker accompanied me to New York Fashion Week. Talk about a great combination! These boots are so spectacular that I’ve been referring to them by name. Instead of saying “Where are my boots?” ...
Travel

Best Places for Fall Foliage in and around the Midwest

  How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. -John Burroughs Waking up this week and finally feeling properly crisp fall air got me instantly excited for all of my favorite autumn activities. Apple picking, the subsequent apple baking day which follows, carving pumpkins, drinking hot cider, putting the dogs in hoodies, and so much more. I know everyone says fall is their favorite,but, come on! It’s ...