Born on the Fourth of July

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Back in action. Dress from Missguided, shoes are Keds and sunnies are Ray Ban. SO it’s been years since I have blogged and a lot has gone down! I am in the middle of two novels, have graduated with another degree, this time in Creative Writing from Columbia College (why I have been on such a hiatus) and have gotten married! I can’t wait to share all of the pictures and even some of my writing with you guys, so please stay tuned and follow me if you aren’t already so you can stay in the loop! Check out my post on and new Instagram @mrsrogers_hood – XX




I have been trying to grasp onto the last summer nights here in the city. I never want to let go of something good while I have it, but really who does? We hug on tight and never let go. I wish I had learned to do that a long time ago, it seems like our generation takes advantage of every minute we can, whether its on our mobile devices, always tuned in or watching mindless TV. We went out for drinks and I am sipping on a pineapple sangria while sitting on printers row. 

Romper :

Aviators : Ray Ban

Wedges : Nasty Gal

Vegan Leather Clutch : Free People

Tropical Winter Days


What better ways to spend the chilly summer nights in the city than in a summer dress and fur coat. We try to stay happy by eating out. These days hold joyful minutes and the next you find yourself depressed. It seems like every two steps I take I can one and half back. Feeling like I am moving through molasses.. I am also made friends who I consider my family, people who love and support me no matter what. I have learned that life is too short to keep negative people in your life and one day you wake up and don’t want them there anymore. 

Finding myself going back to school and reevaluating my finances I am finding free or affordable events through out the city. Jazz music resonates through out Grant Park every Thursday night, I run down Michigan Ave., through the Lakefront, around the Planetarium and up to the pier. Every night after 5pm its free to enter the Chicago Art Institute until close at 8pm. I have been reading a book based on Ernest Hemingway’s life and first wife. The beginning  taking place exactly where I live today, right next to the old Dearborn Station on Printers Row.

Dress : Missguided

Shoes : Missguided

Aviators : Ray Ban

Shoulder Bag : Coach

Little Flower Child in the Big City

 in the land of milk and honey, concrete buildings and hydrangeas. the hibiscus make me feel like home in this town. i miss my parents and the smell of the sea. the feeling that comes over you after a swim in the ocean, a feeling of being cleansed. i don’t think that this is my permanent home but it was where i needed to return. we all have that feeling, like when you leave a lover without closer… i needed closure from the city, saying goodbye to a former life. i fear the fall and cold to come, it makes me yearn for more warmth, so i sunbathe hoping i am taking in as much as i can. i eat seafood and moscato, all tan, feeling like i am on the beach in this concrete jungle. 
top : gypsy warrior
pants : shop akira
purse : vintage lv
jewels : collected on adventures 

Little Black Dress

It is truly summer in the city. Muggy days and chilled nights with free music in Grant Park, Moscow Mules to keep oneself cool. Summer is all about blues music, fresh flowers, sipping on moscato and getting tan on roof decks. The city is my playground and I’m here to have fun…

These photos are shot with my new Canon G16 that I purchased for Lollapalooza and mostly because I needed something that was easily accessible and small enough to fit in a clutch for dinners… I am still getting used to it and as an avid Nikon user for the last fifteen years, it was difficult to make the switchover but I am pleased with my purchase. 

Dress : Shop Akira Chicago

Aviators : Ray Ban

Lace Up Sandals :

Watch : Nixon


Turkey burgers and garlic truffle cauliflower! Delish!

All a girl needs…

New vogue, blue hydrangeas and sexy lingerie… 

I admit I am one of the obsessive lovers of For Love and Lemons… I usually wear this number by itself or paired with jeans and an Oxford with pointed heels.. Very Paris chic! 



Mondays = steak tacos and $3.50 margaritas (and you can really only drink two and walk strait after) at Flaco’s Taco’s right down the street from me. The city is hot and muggy right now, but I fear how much time we have left until it chills out and freezes over… School will also be in session in a just a few weeks and I am trying to soak in the rest of the summer that is left, soon it will be big boots and even larger fur coats. I’ve picked up a few canvases and new paints and am hoping to have some new paintings up soon!

Shorts : H&M

Hand Bag : Paul’s Boutique

Shoes : Zara

Sunnies : Ray Ban

Lollapalooza Day 1

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Hat : Minnetonka

Booties : HM

Bucket Bag : HM

Fake Tattoos : Shop Akira

Living in the city is a special type of witchcraft in its own, but when you experience something as spectacular as a music festival set in the middle of skyscrapers you remember how lucky you are to be alive. This was my second time seeing Paul McCartney live and having grown up with parents who were blasted The Beatles every Sunday as if it was the iconic way to begin a day off, I understand how this night is unforgettable for so many “Loozers” (as I learned we were called)… My parents never even had the opportunity to see The Beatles, let alone Paul McCartney.

The Alabama shakes opened for Sir Paul, and even though they experienced some technical issues in mid set they still were able to “shake” the crowd silly. Lead singer and guitarist, Brittany Howard has a booming voice that penetrates as she sings. Her music consists of an essense of rock, jazz, blues and a little bit of simething that makes you feel like you want to throw on your best boots and kiss the dance stage with them all night long. Howard also preformed “Get Back” with McCartney during his set nearing the end of the first night.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and description of my first day at Lolla!

XOXO -Kara Lolla Day 1 (Click pic to HYPE!)

Last Shots From My Instagram From My Trip