Thursday, November 24, 2016

small business saturday

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all had a great day! I stayed here at school and had dinner with my friend and her sister. I have eaten a ridiculous amount of food, but I regret nothing. Right now I'm just drinking tea and chilling. Honestly, it feels good to just relax after having so much stuff going on all the time.

As some of you might know, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day all about supporting your local small businesses. I recently moved here to Evanston, so while I am still not a connoisseur of all of the small businesses here, I am still pretty excited about it. Small businesses are very valuable to local economies and this is why we should all make a conscious effort to participate on Small Business Saturday!

I was recently having brunch in one of my favorite small businesses here in Evanston, Bagel Art Cafe, and I saw this poster hanging from their wall:


So, Evanston readers, this sounds like a pretty cool opportunity to support some local businesses! I will definitively be going there with some friends.

I definitively recommend brunching at Bagel Art Cafe, because I honestly can't go a day without having a bagel. Another of my other favorite Evanston-based businesses is Alley Gallery because they have really cool posters and an even cooler parrot. I also love Bookends and Beginnings and you will too if, like me, you enjoy spending hours just wondering around cute/cozy bookstores and getting overwhelmed by all of the amazing books you feel like you must read. Finally, of course, shout out to Kafein because all college students need coffee at midnight at some point.

I'll be supporting the local business this Saturday and using the hashtags #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat and you should too! If you guys would like to read more about Small Business Saturday and its economic impact, I recommend reading this article from Fundera, an online resource for small business owners. Fundera helps out small businesses in different ways; for instance, they have small business loans that can help business owners fund seasonal workers and increase inventory during the holidays. Check out their site for more information on the ways they can help out!


Oh and, if you are a reader from back home in Cali, remember to shop in Deganado for all of your pet-related necessities. Check out their Facebook page! Shameless plug for the family biz y'all.

Thanks for reading and remember to shop local!

Maria


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

fall fashion newbie

Hey everyone!

Like some of you may now, I'm originally from Colombia but I recently moved to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern University. One of the biggest changes I've experienced is the weather. I know it's not winter yet so I still can't jump to conclusions, but the weather here has been so amazing compared to the hellish heat of Cali, Colombia. I actually want to wear clothes now! I don't look sweaty and disgusting 24/7 anymore! It's crazy!

I have always been a fan of looking at fall/winter street style pictures and daydreaming about how cool it would be to be able to layer and wear boots and scarfs. Now, finally, I'm beginning to experience this whole fall thing and I have enjoyed it a lot so far. Mind you, Chicago is being very bipolar (for instance, it was over 70 degrees today) but I have had some opportunities to wear some pretty cool fall outfits. Here is a collection of some random selfies I have taken throughout the last month. I am still trying to figure out how to manage my time here in college but I swear I will soon start making more OOTD posts. For now, I've been busy getting used to the way things work here, especially because the freedom is dangerous to someone like me: I use any free time to take long walks and daydream rather than work on productive stuff. I'm getting better at controlling myself but, hey, at least I now know my way around Evanston pretty well after all of those romantic walks with myself.


































Things I have learned about the fall fashion:

1. Long sleeve shirt are a thing that have a purpose and I am obsessed with them. Honestly, I had never actually owned long sleeve shirts until now and I understand why they exists.
2. Turtlenecks are the best thing known to mankind and you always need more of them. Again, I never had one until now and I am loving them so much.
3. Even though I have always worn boots, even in Cali, they now make sense. They aren't just a statement, they actually have a purpose. Like the hoarder I am, I am pretty excited about getting more styles of boots because right now I only have my Doctor Martens. Boots have always been part of my personal style and I'm excited to be able to play more with different styles and outfits. To me, shoes really do make my outfits; they tend to be the most essential part. I keep getting asked questions about my shoes because I'm always wearing funky, unique styles and fall is really the season to get creative with shoes. If you guys are also looking for new boots I recommend you check out King Ranch for really cool cowboy boots for women and durable cowboy boots for men. They also have some amazing styles of handbags, so check that out as well!
4. You will need more than one coat. For some reason this never crossed my mind before it actually got cold. Yeah... rookie mistake I guess. I'm really excited about showing you the ones I got when I actually realized they are a necessity, so stayed tuned for upcoming posts!
5. Socks are your best friend. I have developed a sort of unhealthy obsession with collecting funky socks. You can never have too many.

I hope my learning experience helps other newbies out, or if you do live somewhere with seasons I hope you at least got a good laugh out of this list. Let's see what else I will learn now that it's November! Wish me luck!

Maria