I follow handful of blogs on a daily basis and I find myself being envious of them. I’m envious of their sartorial roundups, their newsletters, their product reviews, and their audience engagement. I’m envious of all the things I used to have here—with you—on this blog. So get back to it. What’s stopping you. Just post.
Between the decade of do-it-yourself coding/template/general clusterf*ckery happening on the back end of this site and the impending rebrand I’d been mapping out in my mind since leaving DC, a fair amount of writer’s block had taken place. Living amidst a global pandemic, a reinvigorated race war, an assault on women’s rights in 1 of 50 states (for now), and having a front row seat to a crumbling democracy didn’t help to inspire posts about the latest in skincare or the styles I thought best suited working from home.
But I missed this space. Yes, I’ve been lively on Instagram stories but we both know that’s not the same. And then one day, not too long ago, I got the itch to write again. Which meant sifting through nearly 10 years of mayhem I’d created on the back of this site, migrating all existing pieces to one platform (why were they ever in multiple places to begin with?), and initiating my rebrand. Truthfully, this may have been the hardest part of it all: Letting go of a part of me that’s been so much of my identity over the past decade. Ultimately, it was a huge part of why I felt stuck. I was evolving and District Sparkle wasn’t evolving with me.
So, I rebranded.
I wrote a love letter to District Sparkle.
I spent the last week learning everything there is to know about the new WordPress.org interface and made a decent amount of new, very helpful friends over at GoDaddy.
And now we’re here. So, let’s dive right in.
We moved. Again.
But I think you knew that. We (Wendell and I) moved to Chicago from Door County in June 2020. I found an apartment on Craigslist that I wasn’t able to view in person due to pandemic restrictions so I signed the lease, sight unseen. 10/10 do not recommend this course of action. Needless to say, I did not resign. So when our year lease was up in June 2021, we moved again. We stayed in Bucktown, only moving about 6 blocks (as the crow flies) and we will never be moving again. Ever. Remember the moving fiasco I shared on Instagram stories? If not, have no fear: I’m finally posting that horror story along with the story of that nightmare apartment next week. In the meantime, check out “the move” highlight.
Regularly scheduled content is back.
It’s true. In an effort to get this space back to being a space you love coming to, regularly scheduled content is coming back to the blog. This, each one of the following posts will be published:
5 Day Trips from Chicago
Dating Questions (Part 2)
My First Chicago Apartment (A Horror Story)
Fall Wedding Looks
Triathlon season is here.
I’ve gotten a few inquiries into my triathlon journey. Some about training but it’s mostly, “What the hell are you thinking?”
I grew up swimming competitively and coaching. Cycling was limited to riding my mountain bike to swim practice and I hated running with a fiery passion (fun fact: still do). My mom competed in triathlons when I was younger so I was no stranger to the sport. I competed in the swimming portion of relay tris back in the day and always really enjoyed the event as a whole.
After moving to Door County in 2017, I got back into swimming, which turned into co-coaching a local team, which turned into buying my first competition bike. Things escalated quickly. And I set a goal of completing the Door County Sprint Triathlon in June 2019. Two years, one pandemic, and 7 tris later (just competed in Chicago!), I’m gearing up for my first 70.3 Triathlon (aka Half Ironman) in Door County, July 2022.
The much anticipated ‘beach waves’ tutorial.
Are you ready for this? I filmed it last weekend when I got my new flat iron. Depending on how long it takes me to learn how to edit, this will go live the last week of September.
What else is there?
I’ll share the new apartment once I’ve finished the gym/office/guest room.
I recently joined a local gym for the BodyPump classes and couldn’t be happier. I first got hooked on Les Mills’ BodyPump at my gym in Door County. By far, my favorite workout class.
Dating in Chicago has been…interesting. A different kind of interesting than DC. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I finally started growing that library I had my heart set on. Right now, it’s just piles and piles of books on either side of my fireplace (hi, there’s a fireplace in my new apartment) until I figure out how to best display them. But they might stay in their rainbow-colored piles. Only time will tell.
Wendell and I took professional photos together last Fall. We’re doing it again this Fall. If you’re new here, my dog is my child. Normalize it.
It feels great to be back and I’m incredibly thankful to have you here.