The Opposite of Loneliness

standard March 9, 2017 Leave a response
the opposite of loneliness
the opposite of loneliness“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.” ~ Marina Keegan

I just finished reading a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan and I have to say that knowing she passed away and that her work was published together in book form by those who were close to her made me feel differently while reading this book. I read all her words closely and many of her short stories kind of foreshadowed her death. Obviously, that’s not what she intended, but I couldn’t help but make connections between her works of fiction with reality.

Marina is praised for being such a great author at a such young age and I have to agree. Her stories made me flashback to my college days and relive some of the topics she wrote about. Her most popular story, The Opposite of Loneliness, is really a metaphor on life. She loves the community at Yale and how students are bonded together by this commonality, and that’s she’s fearful of the future outside the security of these walls, but she knows that living in the present and what is to come will be okay. I think that her words can resonant with people of all stages of their lives and it’s important to remember to breathe and to live life to the fullest every day because you never know what might happen.

“The middle of the universe is tonight, is here, And everything behind is a sunk cost.” ~ Marina Keegan, from the poem “Bygones”

Leather Skirt

standard March 7, 2017 4 responses
smiling in a leather skirt

gap leather skirt and madewell side tie cropped shirtIt’s back to wearing leather skirts and tights… Chicago, please make up your mind on who you truly want to be. No more of this back and forth cold to hot all within a day. Anyway, at least I like my leather skirt that I’ve had for almost ten years! The thing about this skirt is that it still looks new and in season. It’s good to invest in a piece like this because as you can see for yourself, it’s timeless. I’m also happy that I can still fit in it – makes me feel young 😉 Are there any pieces in your closet that are timeless? Leave some love below <3laughing portrait of HAMR leather skirt, side tie shirt and clutch details chicago style blogger peggy kollias

Madewell: Shirt (option) // Gap: Leather Skirt (option) // Hue: Tights // ZARA: Shoes (option) // Ray-Ban: Aviators (option) // COACH: Clutch (option)

Photography: Jesi Koci

Secret Garden

standard March 2, 2017 Leave a response
secret garden

chicago blogger peggy kolliasThis ‘lil secret garden is such a great little spot to escape the cold! Now if I told you the location, it wouldn’t be so secret. I’m so sad that winter decided to come back because I loved how I felt when it was 70 degrees out the other week, so I’m giving winter the cold shoulder 😉 Anyway, this is my go-to dress when I have no idea what to wear. It’s simple, yet unique at the same time. Stripes are always in season and depending on the shoes and accessories, it can be worn year round. Take a look back at how I also wore this dress in Military Chic

All the pretty flowers and their bright colors make me feel so peaceful and calm. I don’t have a green thumb, but I can appreciate the beauty of the natural world. I do love taking floral photographs for Limani Designs and this is the perfect place to practice. Now, to find other secret gardens…
cold shoulder black and white stripe dress holly and tanager mini sidekick clutch holly and tanager mini sidekick clutch black and pewter cold shoulder black and white stripe mini dress cold shoulder stripe dress cold shoulder white and black stripe dress cold shoulder black and white stripe mini zara dress stripe dress and catbird lovecats ring stripe dress, otk black suede boots and pewter clutch secret garden

ZARA: Dress (option) // Joie: OTK Boots // Holly & Tanager c/o: Sidekick Mini Clutch Black & Pewter // Catbird: Lovecats Ring // Kate Spade: Lookout Glasses Ring // Forever 21: Earrings (option)

Photography: The talented Monica Modzelewski