This is the ultimate weekend guide to Chicago. Where to stay, where to eat, what to drink, and what to see.

When I was a teenager, up until I was about 21, I was in an abusive, codependent relationship. He was my first serious boyfriend, so I guess I didn’t know any better; I thought that’s just how guys behaved. He slowly chipped away at my self-esteem and everything I did for him and for us was taken for granted. He was extremely controlling and gave me absolutely no respect. I felt like I had to hide things that made me happy, lose weight before I would visit him, and just sit there and accept when he would get drunk and yell at me, call me nasty names, or brag about cheating.

After that relationship ended I was devastated, but I was also extremely relieved. I had alienated a lot of my friends and I was away at college, my family was two hours away. So I didn’t have a very strong support...

Lately, foundation and I have not been on good terms. Either my skin is misbehaving or new formulas are just shit. So in a final attempt of reconciliation, I went into Sephora looking for a foundation that would restore my faith in makeup. Welp...as you would have it, I left with a whole lot more than just the holy grail of foundation. But, the way I see it is, I've been working very hard the past few months, so I think I deserve to splurge on a few luxury items AND my self-justification says every item I purchased, have had nothing but rave reviews, so my life is about to change for the better. So if you want to see what I bought and all the dirty deets, then just scroll your little booty on down below.

The Short version

It's sheer, it's beautiful, it smells like ol...

In the past year, I have gotten engaged, become a home owner, dealt with a death of a childhood pet, gotten married, managed the contractor with our home remodels, temporarily moved out of my home due to black mold, fought with the insurance company who wrongfully terminated our insurance and didn’t tell us about it until we tried to put in a claim, and struggled with the contractor who abandoned the job after he was paid in full. I have absolutely had the most stressful year of my life, I think the only thing that could possibly make it more stressful is finding out that I’m pregnant. These are the things I've done during my peak stress times to keep my composure.

"I could not get enough of this book! Every free moment I had,

my eyes spent glued to the pages of The Perfect Neighbors"

Susan - Mother of 1, still pining over the loss of ex-husband Randall. Who just happened to fall in love with her new neighbor and so-called friend, Daphne. 

Business owner, Susan was left after so years of marriage, by her husband Randall when they came to a stalemate on having a second child. One night, Randall was out with friends when he met the oh so charming Daphne, who seemed to charm the pants off of Susan just weeks before when she moved into the neighborhood. Susan spends her nights sitting in her car in front of Daphne's house where Randall now lives, just watching the home. When one day, she is confronted with the fact the Daphne is now pre...

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