From Chicago to Seattle We Go!

Jun 12, 2013

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So about two week ago I threw all my clothes haphazardly into cardboard boxes, tetrised them into a soccer-mom minivan and vamoosed from Chicago and drove West for Seattle. The decisions I’m making this year are spinning me into a somewhat existential identity crisis. What with me trapezing through Asia and then uprooting my life and running West like some panhandler, on paper I sound like some tamberine-shakin’, wander lusting gypsy. But in reality I’m like this suburb kid who wears vintage dresses because I don’t like how scandalous the youth is dressing nowa days. Seriously, WHO AM I?

For now I’ll just settle with the fact that I’m an oxymoron and tinker around with the soul searching later. 

As for my stint with running away from home, do you know how long it takes to drive cross-country from the Midwest to the real West?

Oh, THREE DAYS or so. You know, no big.

I was absolutely convinced I’d be in my own medieval torture box on wheels, stuck for three days passing bored cows with dead eyes that were munching on grass and, I, smelling like a boy whilst eating McDonald breakfast biscuits the whole way through.

The absolute horror.

But three hours into the road I was munching on gluten-free Chex with my feet up on the dashboard, listening to the echoing ethereal strings of Fleet Foxes while the wind from the rolled down window was happily brushing the hair out of my face. And at that given moment I miiiight have been forced to admit that I didn’t hate road trips as much as I vehemently swore I did.

But as the hours slowly ticked by and we started crossing time zones, the novelty wore off and I was forced to retract that statement. It. Sucked.

And I will tell you why tomorrow, muahaha #CLIFFHANGER
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PS- this is me being crazy with prints. I like it. See how I styled this same skirt over HERE!

Shirt- actually a romper, for sale in my shop HERE!
Skirt- borrowed from Ashley of The Southern (California) Belle
Earrings- H&M (recent!)
Sandals- UO

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45 comments :

  1. I am excited to hear the details of your trip! Especially since you turned "tetris" into a verb. You've got me on the edge of my seat.

    Rachel

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  2. Awesome outfit, awesome journey! Are you moving to Seattle or just visiting? Come down to Portland--awesome vintage shopping and lots of GF food. (You have to go to Petunia's, a new GF/dairy free bakery!)

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  3. OH man that is a long drive if road trips ain't your thing. Sounds AMAZING to me. I love long drives. You are going to have a total blast in seattle though, it is such a fun city.

    <3becky
    www.loosefromthezoo.com

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  4. Haha, I know, when you first start off on a roadtrip it can feel like an adventure and you enjoy having that window rolled down. But it wears off FAST.
    Can't wait to hear what happened...haha!
    You and your crazy prints - I swear, you're the only person I know who can pull it off so well :)

    Trendy Teal

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  5. I've been following you for quite a while now and your blog just keeps getting better and better :D I love it! I really like your outfit and this haircut suits you SO WELL! :)

    Valérie ♥ scribblesofvalerie.com

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  6. you are in seattle! i am so jealous. its like we are reversing roles or something... now i am in chicago and you are in the real west!

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  7. LOL You crack me up! I think traveling, especially while you are young and without children, is very important and fun! I am glad you are embracing it!

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  8. Hiiii! loving the skirt sweetie :)

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  9. I'm curious to why you did not like roadtriping across the country. I didn't like when I was driving the whole way there. But I do like it that we tried it with 2 people and 1 car (or more recently 3 people and 1 car and 1 Uhaul truck). I like that we have our favorite snacks and drinks. We take breaks for gas, food, and rest stops. I get to listen to music and the radio all day. I don't have to cook (hello! fast food). But I'll have to wait to hear your story.

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  10. Nooooo! Not a cliffhanger!! I eagerly await your next post!

    Also, you say gluten-free chex mix. Are you gluten intolerant, too? I recently found out I was like a month ago. u ___u shame shame.

    Gosh dangit, I love your pattern mixing. You're always glorious, and so I am going to dub you MARLEN, QUEEN OF PATTERNS.

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  11. it's funny how when you throw yourself into something, you always fear for the absolute worst. But it seems like instead of tearing you apart it helps you verify that you knew who you were all along.

    Love this post, your writing makes me smile and laugh. ^^

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  12. wow! really cool mixed! I love it!

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  13. What a cute outfit! Its so bright and happy.

    Also I want to wish you the best of luck in the beautiful city of Seattle. :)

    Best,
    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  14. Hahah have fun on your roadtrip! I like blasting music and rolling down the windows:) And I also like your shirt/romper... it's so pretty:)
    And unfortunately, I have not been to Nepal. I did go to Australia right before high school. It was such an experience... Like I said, the best part of the trip was meeting all the really cool people. Aussies are so cute-they would randomly come up to me and ask me where I was from, etc. Hugs & Kisses,
    Olivia

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  15. Ah, glad the road trip finally grew on you! Can't beat munchies and the Fleet Foxes ;) Can't wait to hear more about your journey! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  16. I love love love the mix of prints. and that skirt is too cute! cant wait to here more

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  17. Print mixing for the win!!! I love this skirt, it's so gorgeous. Yeah, road trips like that, 3 days....that does sound crappy
    xJennaD

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  18. So you're basically living my dream - I was planning to move to Portland next year but then I visited my brother in Seattle and now all I can think about is quitting my job and heading up there lol. Kudos for making it through the drive. It would take me 24 hours to get there which I don't look forward to so I can imagine 3 days is pretty rough. Also, this skirt looks great on you : )

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  19. First of all, I love that outfit. Second, I love your courage. Keep adventuring. :)
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  20. YOU ARE SO CUTE! The way you mix patterns is amazing. The floral and polkadots?! Obsessed.
    Okay. Way to kill me! I hate cliffhangers!! I'm so excited to hear about your adventures in Seattle. I love love that place and have considered moving there often. I lived there for about a half a year last year and really enjoyed it, but had to move home (home is just 3 hours away). Maybe someday we will share the city :)

    xo Ashley

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  21. What a fun outfit! And I love roadtripping, but the furthest I got from Chicago was Denver so far :) can't wait to see and hear more!

    effiesdress.blogspot.com

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  22. I've been obsessed with mixing prints lately. You did a wonderful job!

    xx Luisa
    Why Don’t You Make Me?

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  23. Love the mixed prints, so fearless!

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  24. You are so wonderful at mixing and matching patterns! I commend you - this look is adorable!

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  25. Your outfit is so lovely. Hope you have a great trip! xoxo

    loveekierramakayla.blogspot.com

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  26. Marlen. You are crazy. I am jealous. You wear stuff I would only dream of wearing (but I think the combo is brilliant!) and travel the world! How exciting! I love road trips, but even after the best road trip moments (like you described) eventually you have to escape from the dang car. Very excited to catch up on all your crazy adventures I have missed!

    perfectly priya

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  27. Loved your style. It's so trendy and easy going. Now those sandals are next on my list. :)

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  28. Love the mix of prints, your skirt is so cute and looks fab on you!

    Christine
    www.trendenvy.com

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  29. I really love this outfit! The shirt is perfect!
    - Charlotte
    http://fashiongirl134.blogspot.com

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  30. This outfit is so quirky and fun, I love the way you've styled it :)

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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  31. Oh my wow, what a fantastic post dear, adore your outfit - both the shirt and the romper are brilliant! <33 Bravo and can't wait to hear more on your trip! ^^

    Thank you so much for your comment from yesterday, really appreciate it! <33 Followed your wonderful blog via Bloglovin!

    Liana x
    Dress Code Chic

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  32. GORGEOUS! I adore you earrings :)

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  33. u look cute as always dear, and im so jealous that ur going to Seattle. I really wanna go there :)

    Have fun <3

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  34. I love your outfit!! Polka dots are one my favs :) thank you for leaving the comment. All of that uprooting would have thrown me into a "existential identity crisis" as well!

    do visit again :)

    tiffany from caressthefro.blogspot.com

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  35. Well, if nothing else your starting off bad but then actually good start to a road trip that actually started to suck will at least give you many memories of travel. I am sure something funny, weird or out of the ordinary will happen that will make you happy you decided to drive such a long way, I have a feeling you will be telling us in your next post. Can't wait to hear all about it. It all sounds pretty exciting!

    As for your question about NY and the cost hmm yes it is definitely costly expensive. Jobs pay more tho, it's all relative. I think the going out too often thing really helps empty the wallet too, so keep that under control. It's not easy but some of my friends live on their own. Best way to make it work is a room-mate or 2 plus maybe live in Queens or Brooklyn. You end up traveling all over when you are there anyway. It would be a great experience if nothing else. Have you been to Brooklyn? I think you would love it and many vintage businesses thrive there. Good Luck with everything!
    Jen
    http://fashionablyfestive.blogspot.com

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  36. WOW! PRETTYYYY! Love that skirt!

    Love,

    Rowan

    Personal Style Blog www.redreidinghood.com
    Hardloop Blog: www.chicksrunningonkicks.com
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  37. What a cool look! I love that skirt and I am excited to hear about your adventure going to Seattle!

    http://www.themirroronthewall.com

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  38. I love how you have mixed the prints, looks great :)

    xx

    http://fashion-nerdette.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. AMAZING polka dot skirt! I want it!

    Thanks for your comment. I don't usually fear the manual setting; I think I got pretty good at it on my trip to Europe (exactly one year ago... So sad). But when I use my tripod manual doesn't work on the self-timer setting (at least not to my knowledge), and when other people take my pictures they're not as good with the manual as I might be. Still, regardless of who's taking the picture, I've noticed that my camera does have a mind of its own in the manual setting. It's so frustrating!

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  40. beautiful :)
    http://metinearbata.blogspot.com/

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  41. That skirt is just amazing!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  42. I have this skirt and I have yet to wear it! Styling block!!!! But I like your version, so maybe I'll break it out soon!

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  43. I love road trips! But you're right there's a certain point where they become no longer fun. Also, I love fleet foxes :) And your crazy pattern mixing.
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  44. ugh Fleet Foxes and mixing patterns with polka dots <3

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