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July 31, 2011 / Danielle

Day 197 (yes, I had to go back and count)

Guys, first of all, thanks for bearing with me. It’s going to be a bunch of change and turmoil for the next few days (movers arrive in T-minus 23-to-25 hours) (and . . . ummm . . . there are definitely bags left to be packed.)  I’ve been wearing the same three dresses in rotation, essentially. (And one of them you haven’t seen.) (But trust me, you’re gonna.)

But all that aside – yesterday I snuck in a little time for fun.

So you have to understand; Chicago and I have a relationship dating back for almost a decade now. I moved here fresh from Nebraska to go to college, fell in love, and never really planned to leave. Now that this grand opportunity for change/growth/awesome work has fallen into my lap (yay San Diego!), I’m wildly excited. But I’m also mourning the suspension of the wonderful life I built here.

I’ve made some great friends and done some work I’m proud of, and more than anything? I’ve become a devotee of Chicago itself, and the rough-and-tumble nitty gritty pride  we have in the art we make.

There’s a alley a few blocks from my house whose wall I’ve delighted in on many occasions, and as soon as I knew I was leaving town for a while? I knew I wanted to do this:

anthro blouse, swapped dress-worn-as-skirt, katie & kelly heels, handmade belt

I love you so much, Chicago.

(Many thanks to my awesome friend Austin of Austin D. Oie Photography. You’re pretty great, darling.)



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  1. Erica Hawkinson / Aug 1 2011 6:40 pm

    1: This needs to be a facebook profile pic. (Also, which alley, I want my own photo shoot there!)
    2: Chicago loves and will miss you too. Can’t wait to see you at work in San Diego!


    • Danielle / Aug 2 2011 5:45 pm

      it’s a facebook album, hurray! And it’s behind the 7-11 on Lawrence just east of Western/Lincoln. (How’s that for a Chicagoan address?)

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