Shyscout365

Hi guys! How's it going? I have been meaning to share this post since February 1st - whoops! For those of you who follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I started using the hashtag #shyscout365 without any explanation - so I am here today to finally tell you all about it.

When coming up with resolutions for the new year, I decided that I wanted to work on my creativity and improve my photography skills in the process. When I say "photography skills" - I mean very basic skills that could use some MAJOR improvement. While I really enjoyed my photography class in college, my crammed schedule prevented me from exploring it further in the classroom - so that's where the 365 project comes in. 365 projects (something you do every day for an entire year) is not new or revolutionary by any means (especially in the world of blogging), but I thought it would be a fun way to challenge myself daily. 

Since February 1st I have photographed something every day and hope to continue this for an entire year. I have been posting the images on instagram to hold myself accountable. Some days I may not post them due to a hectic schedule, but other days I will post multiple images in order to catch up. Right now I have posted more than 29 images, simply because I am having too much fun!

I hope that by the 365th day I will be able to look back and see the progress i've (hopefully) made, and have a visual journal of the year. Currently toys and Sweetpea are dominating the project, but they are what I love most so I guess it is fitting. It will be fun to see what other trends pop up - I have a feeling there will be a lot of home and decor photos come July. Can't wait!

These are the most popular images of the #shyscout365 series so far.

Have any of you completed a 365 project - or are you in the midst of one? I would love to hear all about it!!

I am excited to see where this project takes me. From here on out I will do weekly posts of the photos from that week with background info. I thought it would have been a bit overwhelming at this point, but if you have any questions about the images above - please don't hesitate to ask!

Have a great weekend everyone!

CH-CH-Changes

Hi all, happy March! This year is flying by, yeesh!! Honestly, I am sort of glad it is flying by - but only due to recent events. Dan and I bought a condo!!!!! The radio silence on my end has been due to us hunting for the perfect place, which is a job in itself. We put an offer on one condo a few weeks back, which we lost - the market is insane right now. Everyone who has been waiting all winter for a place decided to get a jump on things the same time we did because both places we put offers on had multiple bids - with "best offer" show downs. I swear - it was a roller coaster ride of emotions, however, the second place we put an offer on we won! It is a million times better than the first (I swear, I am not just saying that), so I am convinced it was really just the universe making sure we ended up where we needed to be. 

I haven't talked about it much outside of family and friends because we were afraid to jinx everything. There are so many steps to purchasing a home and we wanted to make sure we got far enough along before sharing. I am still going to hold off on sharing photos and any additional details - but keep an eye out for an endless amount of decorating posts come July! Since we heard the good news I have been pinning up a storm.

Outfit: Cardigan - ModCloth, Top - Kohls, Skirt - H&M, Boots - Carson Pririe Scott.

Can't beat $10 brand spankin new suede boots!

We were visiting the Willis (*Ahem* SEARS) Tower the night we got the good news that our offer was accepted. It couldn't have been been more perfect! We giddily rode the train home, quietly squealing and giggling over the fact that we were finally homeowners - we must have looked real crazy - but we have been dreaming up this home for months now and it was finally ours.

Sorry guys, this is another gushy post, but I can't wait to make a home with Dan. Sure, we will miss his current rooftop view (where all of these photos were taken), but having a place in the world that we own and is solely ours is pretty darn magical. I can't wait for all the adventures to come!

What is new in your worlds? Anything big and exciting planned?

S.W.A.K.

Happy Valentines Day, lovies! I am back from the dead, wahoo!! I had to take a mini break from the interwebs after the inauguration - my heart just couldn't handle it. I have also deactivated my personal Facebook account for the time being, I feel so much better after having done so. In addition to the mini break, last week I also had the flu - no fun, soooo I am beyond excited to be back in action here today!

To be honest I have been feeling extra lovey dovey lately and had grand ideas for a Valentine's Day series, but I guess they will just have to wait until next year...

Do you have any fun plans for the big day?

Dan and I are hitting up Homeslice - a pizza joint where we had our first date. It's a cute restaurant with an airstream you can sit in out back - their sister location has tire swings to sit on at the bar - pretty fun! We have only been back once since our first date (for our 6 month anniversary), so it holds a special lil place in our heart. In terms of gifts we didn't do anything over the top, a few weekends back we bought each other our vday gifts - jacks bookends and a cold brew press - items for our new home together. Sometimes practical stuff is sexier.

*Warning - tune out now if you hate the mushy gushy stuff*

This is Dan and I's first Valentine's Day - so I get a pass to gush - right? My Valentine couldn't be any sweeter! I try to avoid getting too mushy gushy or sentimental on here, but Dan is my person. When we first met I was pretty skeptical of the whole dating scene, falling in love and giving your heart to another (especially since I had mine stomped all over not too soon before), but I am so glad I took a chance on him. Dan is the kindest and most thoughtful man I have ever known. To be honest, we have never even fought - I know that sounds bad, don't get me wrong, we disagree on things - but I have never felt more on the same page with anyone else. I couldn't imagine my world without him. It's so crazy how some people stumble in to your life and change it so substantially instantly - in this case for the better. I can't wait for all the adventures to come! I couldn't have hoped for a better Valentine if I tried.

Outfit: Dress - Alice + Olivia, Coat - Thrifted, Tights & Shoes - Target.

*End nauseating transmission* 

Whether you are celebrating today with your special someone, best friends, pet - or anti the whole notion of a holiday created specifically to sell cards, candy, and what not - I hope you are having a good day regardless.

While I may not have managed to get a Valentine's Day series up and running as planned - I did manage to get dolled up for the occasion. This dress may be seasons old, but it is one of my personal favorites to wear when I want to wear something romantic with a pop of fun. I waited over a year to score it off of Ebay and it was well worth the wait.

Stay tuned! Wednesday I am going to finally debut the Shyscout365 project. If you follow along on Instagram you already have an idea, but more details are to come. In the mean time, take care  - and stock up on that clearance candy ;)

Feeling Fired Up

Hi all! How's your week going? I wish I had some fun stories to share in terms of my week, but it has been fairly average. At least it is nearly over!! Anyone else dreading tomorrow? I typically refrain from voicing my political views on social media, but I am really nervous (*coughs* terrified...) for what's to come - and honestly, I have been feeling a little fired up about it all - especially today. Our country is so divided - more so now than ever, and it is breaking my heart! I hate that I have to walk on egg shells around people I know who have opposing views simply because people seem too on edge that they can't have a calm discussion about what they think and feel. We are all doomed if we can't calm down, work together, and most importantly listen. I won't get much more in to it than that, but Saturday my family and I will be marching in Chicago's Women's March and I couldn't be more excited to stand in solidarity with people of all religions, color, backgrounds and politics to help protect our basic rights and civil liberties.

Phew! I just had to get that off my chest. I took a Myers - Briggs test earlier this week and found out that I am an INFP - aka a "Mediator." It said that I am an "idealist, always looking for a hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better." And that couldn't be more true - even to a fault! I just wish we could all try harder to work together and get along. I know life doesn't work that way, but it sure doesn't hurt to try. This is another reason why I have been taking the elections outcome - and all the hatred it has stirred up in this country - even more to heart.

If you haven't taken a Myers - Briggs personality exam I highly recommend it! It is very spot on. I had a few friends and family give it a go - and we were all amazed at how accurately it seemed to describe them. It is good to revaluate yourself from time to time and reflect on both your strengths and weaknesses. Thank you Mona from Curls & Cakes for suggesting taking the survey.

Off topic - but how neat is this pin? I have become quite the pin junkie lately.

Outfit: Dress - Belle Poque, Cardigan - Modcloth, Tights - Target, Shoes - Mel Shoes, Pin - Tigersheep Friends.

I thought this red dress helped visualize my firey feelings as of late. Isn't this dress cute? My dad knows I love all things vintage/vintage inspired and picked this dress out all by himself for my Christmas present - I think he did a great job! I love the scalloped neckline, and the skirt length is just right for twirling. A girls got to twirl!

Until next time - take care!

A little about me...

Hi all! I hope your week is running smoothly. Today I thought I would shake things up a bit and share a mini vlog with you all in order to help re-introduce myself, give you some background on how and why I started blogging in the first place, and fill you in on where I see this blog headed. (Plus, I always think it is fun to hear how blogger friends sound. I usually am pretty far off in guessing.) I haven't vlogged since 2012, so please bear with me...

A brief run down of the video if you don't have time:
My name is Allison and I am a graphic designer from Chicago. The name Shyscout came from my college roommate Angela who thought it fit my shy personality - as soon as she said it, it stuck. I began blogging at the end of college in 2011 to document myself navigating the real world, finding a new job - etc. - in addition to wanting to meet new people. Fast forward a year - I found my first job, was coping with my first true heart break and was looking to move to the city - I had wayyyy too much on my plate at the time to keep blogging consistently, so I put it on the back burner.

Fast forward (through a few more years of ups and downs - shake ups and break ups)... and here we are today! I feel like I have finally found some stable ground and am able to start back up where I left off - and I am excited to share it all with you here.


My goals for 2017:

I know I am a few weeks behind in sharing goals for this year, but better late than never - right?

Be kind to myself - body and mind. I want to work on improving my overall health in terms of being mindful of what I consume in order to properly nourish my body and become more active overall. In addition need to work equally hard on my mental health and well being. I am my worst critic sometimes and I need to actively work on calming those negative thoughts and feelings through meditation, relaxation - etc. Working to improve oneself is great, but if you're not kind to yourself along the way - any bumps you encounter will really derail you. 

Learn new skills - become handy around the house. This year I want to learn how to tile a bathroom floor, fix the kitchen sink - etc. Dan and I are purchasing our first condo together and we have been excitedly pinning diy projects to help make the new place our home. Instead of hiring someone to fix or update the small things, I want to take the time to learn how it is done and do it myself so that I can teach or help out family and friends down the road.

Be more creative - completing my 365 project. I have always loved photography, and this year I want to push myself creatively. I plan to take a photo(s) every day for an entire year. This will be a fun way to document the day to day as well as improving my skills in the process - and hopefully help open myself up to being more creative in other areas of my life as well. Stay tuned - this project will start in February! I also plan to share it on instagram, so feel free to follow along!

Quality over quantity - cutting the *ahem* crap. My blogger friend, Rowena - aka Rolala Loves -  wrote a lovely post a few weeks back about quality over quantity and it really resonated with me. I have been striving for awhile to make more mindful decisions about what I consume as well as create. Our society seems to have a "more is more" mentality, and I definitely have found myself caught up in it - but this year I want to be more mindful and selective in all aspects of my life. Eating cleaner, decluttering my home, creating more thoughtful blog posts, improving design aesthetic, purchasing higher quality items that last...

Pause - be in the moment. I feel that everything really ties in with my quality over quantity goal, but especially this one. I need to be more mindful of the moments I share with others - unplug and tune in to what is happening around me and soak it all in. It is so easy to get caught up in documenting events, but it is important to pause and just revel in the moment before it is gone for good.

I have a handful more goals, but these are the highlights. I am so excited to see what this year has in store and I look forward to learning new lessons (and repeating some) along the way. What are you looking forward to most this year?

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Until next time, take care!

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