I spent all night attempting to get my inbox down from 557 emails to zero, and I wanted SO BADLY to respond to every single one of you. But there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So, for those of you who took the time out of your busy schedules to write me a note or ask me a question – I just wanted to say thank you so much for making me feel so loved. I have some of the coolest, sweetest, most hard working girls reading my blog. I want to help out in any way I can whether it’s career or personal advice, so I’m working on figuring out a system to be better at responding to you guys. But in the meantime, keep following up with me if I haven’t responded yet – that’s the best way to catch me 🙂
I thought it would be different to do a post like this so I don’t just seem like another random person you follow on the internet. Hoping this helps you get to know me a little more personally. If you read something you said ‘omg me too’ about, leave a comment about how you came across my blog & introduce yourself!
I wish I knew how to ______.
Relax. I’m type A, OCD, and need to just learn to chill out sometimes. Oh, and speak Spanish.
Quote to live by?
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” Amy Poehler
Night owl or early bird?
Favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
@beigecardigan, @townandcountrymag, @dametraveler, @dominomag, @juliahengel, @rosielondoner, @tezzamb, @alicelanehome, @thestylebungalow.
Drink of choice?
Champagne with cherries (8 year old trapped in a 26 year old’s body) or an extra dirty martini.
Favorite dinner spot in Chicago?
The Ralph Lauren Restaurant downtown off of Michigan Ave. Romantic, candle lit, sophisticated, great french fries (v important in my book). Order the bananas foster.
A valuable lesson you’ve learned?
Do not take one single moment of your life for granted. Every moment is precious, live your life accordingly.
Last thing you splurged on?
A flight. Memories and experiences are priceless.
What do you have your eye on?
A Michele watch I can wear every day. I’m looking at this gem.
Apps you use every day?
VSCO for picture editing & Evernote for organizing my life.
There’s nothing I love more than a Rink family Christmas party at Nani’s house with jumbo crab legs.
#1 vacation destination on your list?
Favorite way to spend a day off in Chicago?
Wake up and walk the 606 running track in my neighborhood and people watch. Grab coffee and donuts at Stan’s Donuts in Wicker Park. Window shop on Oak Street & Michigan Ave. alone with an iced tea from David’s Tea. Grab a cocktail on top of Cindy’s Rooftop with girlfriends and enjoy the view of the city. Sit out on my back patio in Bucktown with my roommates. Walk to grab a late night burger and fries at Small Cheval in our neighborhood — happily ever after the end!
Best relationship advice?
“Always play hard to get” – my grandma
Chocolate covered strawberries & coconut sorbet.
Best advice when it comes to dealing with people?
Give everyone you meet the benefit of the doubt. Don’t assume, don’t jump to conclusions. Every person you meet is dealing with things you have no idea about.
Favorite Starbuck’s drink?
Monday mornings: blonde roast with cream
5:00 somewhere: unsweetened iced green tea with one pump of peach sweetener
In the summer: a can of the blood orange Pellegrino over ice.
What would you tell your 18 year old self?
Take the risk it’s worth it, dump him if he’s not the one, be more confident in yourself, and start thinking about what you want to do after college the second you begin your freshman year. And pass on that Panama City trip.
What do you miss?
Waking up in the morning when I was living with Nani, my grandma. Coming downstairs and having breakfast and coffee together every morning was like a dream. I wish we could’ve done that every day for the rest of our lives!
If I wasn’t blogging I’d be _____ .
An interior designer.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Anything my mom has ever told me. She has been my guiding light for the past 26 years of my life. She always reminds me that ‘everything is temporary’ and to rely on God for comfort.
Nike or Adidas?
Coolest celebrity moment?
That one time we lost at the final four when I was cheering for Kentucky and Drake whispered in my ear “we’ll get ’em next year baby”……….
Advice for someone dealing with heartbreak?
CS Lewis said it best, “Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Feelings come and go.” He is not the only one for you. You will meet so many other compatible loves. Take this time to explore your life outside of a relationship & fall in love with your work, your friends, your family, your passions. Prepare your heart for your true love down the road.
Weird things about me:
I don’t sleep with a pillow and I like driving in the car in silence.