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The past few days have been a lot more relaxing than usual with school not completely over yet, but I haevn’t been complaining. The city of Chicago is a bit crazier due to NATO, but it’s not as crazy as people put it out to be. To help with the relaxing, I’ve been spending a lot of nights listening to some soothing music. Lily Allen’s Who’d Have Known is currently on the top of my list. Her unique lyrics, English accent, and calm beet are enough to keep me mesmerized each time I hit the replay button (let’s just say, I wanna lay in bed all day).

I no longer feel alone,

—joy

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Last Saturday, on the 12th, I attended The Party with Marino Formenti and Ensemble dal Niente. The theme of the conert was that it wasn’t a party with music, it was a party for the music, and that’s exactly how it felt. We were able to sit, lay, and lounge wherever we liked as we enjoyed some of the most interesting contemporary music by both world renowned composers and rising Chicago stars. Unlike most concerts, guests were able to talk, drink, eat, and sit together during breaks between the pieces of music making the atmosphere a lot less “concert formal” and a lot more “mingle-worthy”. Never had I been to a concert were I was able to speak and eat with the composers, musicians, and other guests during the event. The Party lasted a bit over 6 hours, but did not drag. Instead of drearily sitting for what usually feels live forever, the average piece lasted about 10 minutes, and there was a break following in which attendees could eat artistic, delectable food inspired by the music and created by Nick Jirasek (the sweet espresso was my personal favorite). And seeing as I’ve acquainted and befriended many guests attending (all people I thought I would never get the chance to shake hands with), I’m glad I was able to attend this experience.

—joy

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{A few much needed fashion books}

The past few days feel like they were years and years ago. With the much anticipated summer holiday inching closer with every sunrise, it’s hard to continue focusing on anything school-related.  Despite the feeling that I’ve already finished my schooling, and the irresistible urge to ignore my homework, I know that I need to continue my studies for the next few weeks. Even so, I’m sure it will be impossible to follow through. On the bright side, this week has  gotten off to an excellent start. My Sunday was spent doing god knows what (I’ve already forgotten…) Yesterday I got out of school to visit the city, then gave a lesson, and went to a late band rehearsal. Today I was lucky enough to enjoy a much needed day off with close friends in the heart of Chicago. It was spent taking the train with some of the most incredible girls in the world, enjoying big breakfasts, walking around the “touristy” parts of the windy city, taking elevators, and thinking about things over a hot cup of tea. Before turning in and facing tomorrow, I thought I’d spend a bit of time sharing a few things that bring smiles to my face.

—joy

{Current worry-remedy: soothing peppermint tea}

{A rather shiny gift: Bulova watch}

{Easily one of the best perfumes I’ve ever laid my hands on}

{A rather cute treat from Panera}

{A new favorite decoration}

{Dangerously good hot chocolate}

{Baking with cinnamon and sugar}

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Most of my Mondays are spent in a building studying whatever my teachers can throw at me, however, today my schedule is a bit different. My morning was spent with my counselor discussing a few plans for next week and right after, I hit the city to visit the Chicago board of trade. Not only is the building gorgeous, but the fact that I can spend a day downtown in business clothes and a Louis tote just made the start of my week a whole lot better.
—joy

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When your week seems to revolve around vintage skirts, toasted croissants, flute practice, and a new pair of prada pumps, it’s easy to forget all the little things in life that can crawl under your skin (how much you’ve been avoiding your reading assignments maybe?). This weekend looks pretty great too. Other than the fact my second audition is coming up (hello, nerves!) I’ve planned a relaxing and fun weekend in the windy city: a tasty breakfast, a trip to the cultural center, and maybe even a stop by the art museum. As well as visiting a few friends and my sister (yoopie!). Here are a few Prada pictures I’ve been dying over. Happy Friday!

—joy

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