The Pressure of a New Year


Happy Saturday, y’all! We woke up to snow this morning and I couldn’t help but go out and play in it it for a second! The “feels like 13 degrees” really gets to you after a good 7 seconds. 

I love the weekend for the sole fact of recharging, taking a slow second to rethink some things or even just do absolutely nothing. With the start of the new year I’ve been really trying to look within on things I want to better, develop or stop this year. There can be a lot of pressure behind this from society, your inner goals and fears and just the thought that January 1st means your life has to change in some way. One of the things I discovered as I was reflecting was that I wanted to rediscover my creativity. If you know me then you know that I work in a creative field, paint on the side and typically like to express myself in various ways. However, the last year or so I’ve been finding that side of myself fade and I wanted to get back in touch. As life gets in the way, your schedule gets crazy and curveballs find their way into the lineup, it can begin to be tough to truly know where you’re at. I’ve been feeling this way and knew that my creativity was a place I needed to find again.  I found a book called The Artist’s Way and it walks you through a 12 week process of recovering your inner creative. Through writing exercises, readings and challenges of your inner fears, this book gives you the tools to break down the creative walls and just let it all go.

Immediately intrigued, but hesitant to start, I finally put pen to paper today and did my first assignment. It was enlightening and felt great, but since it’s day one I’m sure there’s more to come. One of the assignments is to schedule a weekly artist date. This means scheduling time do something creative or that inspires you. As a way to break from the stress of life and just get out and do something, Kollin and I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody tonight. It. Was. Amazing. 

I completely recommend if you haven’t already seen it! Full of Queen’s fantastic music, comedy and true heartfelt emotion, it was an extension on tapping into the creativity I’ve been craving lately.  

While getting ready I reached for this Shein  Bubble Sleeve Sweater and my new favorite snake skin booties, a gift from Kollin’s mom that I can’t take off! We parked the car and as we were walking to the elevator got this overwhelming feeling of having to walk in snow that hadn’t been touched yet and voilá Kollin captured the moment. 

This sweater is soft, perfectly oversized and goes with just about anything. You can shop it with an extra 15% off using code “Q1thecreativebriefblog15” at checkout! I paired it with some black skinny jeans and booties and my new favorite Chloé dupe handbag. It’s on amazon for less than $60 🙃

I hope everyone’s weekend is a wonderful one and thank you so much for reading! xx  



The Teddy Coat


It was above 40 degrees today in Chicago, which means I could put the puffer coat back in the closet! It’s funny how going on our fourth year living in #chiberia we think 40+ degrees is warm 😂 but it was a gorgeous day and we were so excited to spend some time in the city! 

We met our friends for a surprise birthday brunch for my good friend Chelsea and this was the perfect cozy, but chic look! I’ve been on the lookout for teddy coat for a while that didn’t break the bank and this one is a great color, super soft and basically is like having a blanket around at all times! 

I paired it with my favorite boyfriend jeans, a cream sweater and casual black booties for an oversized, but still sophisticated look. This coat comes in five colors and is only $33! Use my discount code “4creativebriefblog20” for 20% off and it’s only $26! I’m wearing a small here and it still has an oversized fit so I think it would be true to size for most people, but definitely check the sizing guide if you’re unsure! You can always size up if you want to layer underneath with sweaters or scarves. Happy weekend loves! xx