Happy Friday, loves! We’re getting personal today. We can’t believe our blog has been around for almost a year now! We didn’t officially launch until March, but we started working on it around this time last year. Recently we’ve gained new followers, so we’ve decided to answer some questions and share a little more about ourselves.
Hometown and Current City?
Mikki: I moved around a lot as a child because of my dad’s job. I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; then moved to Mokena, Illinois; next was Battle Creek, Michigan. Right before the start of first grade we moved to Newton, Iowa. To this day, Iowa was my favorite place to live. I still consider Newton my hometown. The summer before high school we had to move to Frankfort, Illinois. My parents still live here today. I now live in New Lenox, Illinois, which is about 10 minutes away from my family as well as Ryan’s family.
Jules: I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Say whatever you want but its the greatest city in the world:) haha okay maybe I’m a little biased but it’s the cutest city, people are overly friendly, not to mention there’s a lot more to do there than people give credit for. I definitely want to return back home when it’s time to settle down and raise kids. I moved to Chicago right after college and have been here for about three years. At first it was a big adjustment, but I have learned to love the city, chaos, and the diversity. My boyfriend and I are moving in with each other come May and I will be relocating to the burbs (we have our sights set on Naperville right now) so my time left as a city gal is limited!
Where did you go to school?
Mikki: I returned back to my beloved Iowa for the start of my college career. I attended the University of Iowa for two years, which is where I met Julianna. I transferred to DePaul University in Chicago to finish my bachelor’s degree. I also received my master’s degree from DePaul.
Jules: I went to the University of Iowa where I received my Bachelors in Marketing. Like Mikki said, we met at Iowa and it was trouble from the beginning! Probably better for our grades that she did end up transferring haha oooh the memories….
Why did you start a blog?
Mikki: To be honest, we really just started the blog for fun one day. My education is in journalism and digital media, but I work in marketing. Since I wasn’t utilizing my creative side as much at work, I wanted a hobby that would allow me to put the years of schooling to use. Julianna has always been a fashionista, and we both have similar tastes in style, not to mention, an obsession with taking pictures – so the choice was really a no-brainer. You’ll notice that we don’t post every single day, and it’s not because we don’t want to… We both work full time, and we try really hard to keep the blog a hobby. We never want the posts to seem forced or disingenuous. Instead, we’d rather create quality content that our readers will actually enjoy and that they can relate to.
Jules: About a little before we started the blog, I was in a funk. I felt like outside of work, I didn’t have a whole lot of hobbies besides working out- don’t get me wrong, working out is a great habit but doesn’t do much to “feed the soul” for the lack of a better term lol. I was feeling pretttty empty, unsatisfied, and quite frankly bored. I have always loved fashion and writing. So when we started this little venture I immediately feel in love with the idea of having a creative outlet that also connected us to people who shared the same interests. In a way, blogging is actually pretty therapeutic! As Mikki mentioned above, life does get in the way at times, as it should (because who wants to miss out on any fun just to snap a pic? ) we see this as a hobby and truly enjoy it as that! We have met some great people in this first year and have learned so much. Thanks for sticking with us and letting us share a peak into our lives with you all!
What do you both do for work?
Mikki: I’m a content specialist for Elkay Manufacturing. I work on the International Marketing team, and create the marketing materials for our sales team and distributors all over the globe.
Jules: I work for Coyote logistics doing Enterprise Operations for Pepsi and Quaker. I went to school for Marketing and never imagined I would be working in the logistics field but here I am! 🙂
What are you looking forward to?
Mikki: Ryan and I have a trip planned to Charleston next weekend. He’ll be traveling for work all next week, and I’ll be flying to Georgia on business as well. We figured we would just meet up in Charleston for the weekend before coming home on Sunday! Neither of us has been to Charleston before, and we’re really excited to check it out. If anyone has any recommendations or places you think we need to see, please comment below! (Be sure to follow us on Instagram, I’ll be posting pictures all next weekend.)
Jules: My older sister is recently engaged and getting married in July so its full on wedding mode for me (again :)). My family is pretty small and its just her and I sibling wise, so this will be our family’s first wedding. We are in the middle of planning her bachelorette party and opted to do an easy getaway to Milwaukee. If anyone once has any restaurant recommendations or fun things to do I would love to hear them! Also on my travel list for this year is San Francisco to visit one of my childhood friends! I’ve been telling her for about a year now that i will visit so I’m thinking its time to make it happen!
Current Clothing Obsessions?
Mikki: I’ve been living in these Zella leggings. They are so incredibly comfortable. During my lunch break the other day, I ran some errands and found this insanely comfy Adidas sweater. I bought it in red, and I’ve literally have worn it the past three nights around the house. I bought it in a large, so it’s super baggy and cozy.
Jules: Lately my wardrobe has been full on althleisure. It’s so hard in the winter months to want to get dressed up and go out. I’ve been living in my Lululemon leggings and wear these new sneaks daily. This sweater from H&M has also been on heavy rotation and I’m thinking I need to pick it up in a few more colors!
How Do You Relax?
Mikki: During the winter months I tend to get really stressed out and moody. I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately to try and boost my mood. I subscribe to the Gaiam TV channel through Xfinity, and I’m obsessed with it. They have so many different workout options, and I love to do a quick 30 minute session when I get home from work. It’s a great way for me to turn off my work brain, and to decompress. When yoga doesn’t work, I pour myself a glass of wine, that usually does the trick ;).
Jules: I’m loling at Mik’s answer, cheers chica! 🙂 I am a huuuuuge CorePower fan. For those of your unfamiliar, CorePower is a yoga studio that offers all different types of workout classes for every skill level. My personal favorite is Power Sculpt which is Yoga with a boot camp type feel. They heat the room to 100+ degrees and you use free hand weights as well. Every time I go I wonder to myself why I sign myself up for the torture because its super intense but afterwards I always feel amazing (after i pick myself up off the floor that is). CorePower can be a bit pricey for monthly memberships so instead I buy a class package and offset them with home workouts on the treadmill at my apartment gym. I have struggled with anxiety most of my adult life and have found that regular exercise, specifically yoga, is a real game changer. I have also been trying to read for just 20 minutes at least 3X a week before bed. It’s a good escape and I have found that I fall asleep so much faster after reading rather than after watching tv. Growing up, my mom didn’t allow us to have TVs in our rooms and I’m fiiiinally learning there was a method to her madness! ha!
What are your other hobbies?
Mikki: Ever since I moved into my house, I’ve been obsessed with decorating. This spring I’m hoping to redesign my closet and find all the furniture for our loft office space. Besides decorating and shopping, I really do enjoy cooking. So far in 2017 I’ve done a pretty good job of cooking at least 5-6 times a week. I’m hoping that I can stick with it. I’ll be sharing my favorite recipes and easy weeknight dinners for two!
Jules: haha my favvvvorite question. Anyone else feel like you never realize that you’re boring until someone asks you this??? As mentioned before I am trying to get better about reading, this is probably my newest hobby. I am currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I’m a huuuge Jodi Picoult fan and currently own every book shes ever written (not an exaggeration). If you have any other recommendations I’m all ears! I also love to cook but find it hard since I live alone! I always end up with way too much food and can never finish it before it goes bad. Mikki just gave me a Tasty cookbook for Christmas. I’m sure you have seen their videos on Facebook. You can create you own cookbook by selecting what kind of recipes you want (for example, light meals, hangover foods, 5 ingredients or less) and then they send you a book in the mail. Such a neat gift idea, Thanks Mik! 🙂