Well, I'm back from Chicago and back to the daily grind. It was a fantastic trip, but far too short for my liking. I'm fortunate to to work with a staff of my close friends, so every time we get to go on a trip like this is loads of fun. It was just three days straight of us making fun of each other and telling jokes, which is my kind of trip. Plus, there was plenty of Starbucks and deep dish pizza involved (we did Giordano's this time. I'm not from Chicago so I can't comment as to which pizza place is best, but I can say that I've pretty much loved every pizza place I've gone to in the city). We also all spent the afternoon in Lincoln Park our first day, where a few friends and I scoured the Urban Outfitters surplus store and where I picked up this dress for $10. I'll forever for be grateful to Marlen for introducing it to me a year or so ago, and I feel awful that I had to bail on meeting up with her. That just means I'll have to go back.
In case you missed my last post, I was in the Chicago for the Illinois College Press Association Conference with my university newspaper staff. The conference itself was great, but after you've been to a couple of these things, it's difficult to feel like you're learning new information at the sessions. I did really enjoy listening to Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune speak, though, and it was pretty insightful to attend a panel of students talking about how their newspapers utilize social media. The best part of the trip though? Our paper won eight awards. I'll be honest, I was pretty bummed that a feature I wrote and was really proud of didn't win anything, but an editorial I helped write took home an award and I was just over the moon for my staff. I was especially excited for Mary (blog photographer extraordinaire), who won first place in a photography competition that took place at the conference, and three of my friends who put hours of work into creating a basketball insert and won second place for sports layout for it. I work with some pretty damn talented people.
I'm really happy that I ended up getting this dress because it's different than anything else I own. I always feel like this sweater looks slightly overwhelming on my small frame whenever I see it in photos, but I love it regardless. My only problem with this outfit, however, is the boots. Don't get me wrong, I love them. I love boots, I really do. I'm just tired of being forced to wear them every day. My flats and my oxfords are starting to get jealous. The snow and the cold just need to stop so I can quit boring you all with my shoe choices in every outfit post.
Dress: UO (surplus store)
Necklace: c/o eFoxcity