I love being a tourist in my own city and Chicago is truly one of those places where you can almost always find something new and discover places you’ve never been, simply by turning a corner. The city is always changing and buzzing with activity. My roommate {and wonderful photographer} Ola and I took a trip downtown to shoot for the blog and we ended up at the Chicago Cultural Center. This place is absolutely stunning… I’m talking fancy wedding reception stunning. There are two different glass domes {one by Tiffany}, grand staircases, and the absolutely gorgeous hall that we shot most of these pictures in. The molding on the ceiling is so incredible and I actually set my recent Instagram of it as my lock screen because it’s just so beautiful and interesting to look at.
One thing I’ve thought a lot about in the past few weeks is perspective.
This past semester was a whirlwind for me and there’s just been a lot going on in my life in general in the last few months. Thanks to the break from school, I’ve had the chance to get to a place now where I have a better perspective on what my priorities are, what I want to accomplish, and how exactly I plan to accomplish those things. I consider myself incredibly driven when I put my mind to something, but sometimes being so intent on doing everything can {majorly} stress me out and take the fun out of things. So, if you’re like me, it’s important to step back from time to time, give yourself some perspective, and reevaluate what’s important to you.
 I always put a huge emphasis on silver linings, but sometimes the best thing to do, rather than finding a silver lining to everything, is just flat out accepting a situation for exactly what it is. Accept it and then find the right perspective for the situation. By looking at things from the right perspective you can react more efficiently and effectively which will help you succeed in the long run.
Now you might be asking, how exactly does perspective relate to this outfit of the day post? 
Answer: the location we shot at is a relatively large building and each of the bigger features can be looked at from a number of perspectives. Simply by moving your point of view just a little, you can see a different part of something bigger. Or by moving completely, to another room for example, you can see something brand new. It’s all about your perspective and how you look at things. 
I love how our pictures turned out from the shoot and if this is how 2015 is starting out, I can’t wait to see what else is in store! Here’s to many more fun and successful blog shoots throughout the year and to using perspective to help out along the way.
photos by Ola Wysocki
What I Wore
sweater  –  jeans  –  boots  –  earrings  –  necklace ℅   –  watch  –  vintage ring {similar}  –  bracelet  –  nails
  • Hi Megan! I absolutely agree that it is so important to step back and look at the bigger picture. It's easy to get so caught up with all the little things happening in our lives and sometimes, you simply need to take some time to reflect and reevaluate. Also, I just wanted to say that I know your sorority sister, Kelly Deininger 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

    Bashful and Bubbly

  • I'm from the Chicago area too, and I know what you mean about feeling like a tourist in your own city! I've never been to the Chicago Cultural Center, but from your pictures it looks beautiful! I also like your message about perspective. I had sort of a rough first semester of college, and during winter break I tried to put things in perspective so that I can move on and have a better 2nd semester. I think taking a step back and putting things in perspective will really help me in the long run!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Megan, The Cultural Center is my FAVORITE building in Chicago. It is the first place I take visiting friends. Your blog today was lovely. I LOVE the bracelet! And the Sweater, too. Jody

  • I've never been to Chicago, but it's definitely on my list of places I would ~love~ to visit! Also, this is my first time reading your blog and I think your voice has incredibly unique authenticity, something a lot of blogs don't really have. I just started my own blog last month and I definitely believe in the importance of maintaining that level of genuine-ness!!

    -Brooke ( )