Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

I didn’t even know this was a thing until yesterday afternoon, when I was checking out My So-Called Chaos, a great blog you should check out. I’ve been looking for a way to connect to more bloggers other than yet another social network (sue me, I’m not on Facebook), and this is the ticket.

From April 5th – 12th, Janice and Susan over at 5 Minutes for Mom are hosting their 7th Annual Ultimate Blog Party!

They want everyone to think of this as a blogger conference of sorts, with a focus  on not having to leave your couch, desk, etc. to participate. They are having two live events this week you can join in. So head over to their blog to read all about this party.

The first step to join this party is by doing exactly what I am, writing a post about it and linking up at their website, which is party headquarters. I’m so excited to do some blog hopping and Twitter following. I’m always looking for new and inspiring blogs to read.

The second step is to introduce your blog to new readers so they know what to expect if they keep reading.

What A Chicago-Style Girl is all about…

This blog is all about my life as a twenty-something being a born and raised Chicagoan.

I Doooooo, Cherish Yooooouuuu

I Doooooo, Cherish Yooooouuuu

Say cheese

Say cheese

I talk about the husband a lot. We’ve been married for just shy of 14 months. He’s amazing and probably way too emotionally mature for me. But he’s my best friend and my partner in music, TV, and avoiding getting pregnant. He’s a full-time musician (primarily jazz), and we do some pretty amazing things together. Also, he’s funny as hell. I’m hoping our future children have his chin, my eyes, and either smile.

Donate LifeI talk about work more than I should. Donation is 24/7 and sometimes it feels like I work exactly that much. I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’m that chick who’s out at a famous fancy restaurant in Manhattan, calling work to check in because her gut told her to. I suppose when I get an ulcer, I’ll calm all this down, but for now, I’m all in at work.

Love me and my cat tricks

Love me and my cat tricks

I talk about my friends and family. They are amazing and the husband and I are just as likely to double date with our parents as one of our couple friends. I also talk about our cats. Belle and Jasmine (Jazz for short, the husband named her) are crazy cats who act like people, dogs, and cats all rolled together.

I make surprisingly human facial expressions

I make surprisingly human facial expressions

I share tales of my attempts at being healthy, unpacking my apartment, and traveling the world. So basically that means I rant about Tracy Anderson trying to kill me, I admit to the world I’ve been living with boxes for almost two years, and every couple of months I cross another state of  my list after a trip purely for food purposes.

And, every now and again, I talk about amazing places I’ve been that you need to go to as well. I’d like to think I can tell you what’s hot in Chicago, as long as you’re not looking for a great dance club. For that, you should see this guy.


Full disclosure, most of my posts never have this many pictures. And most of my posts have much more cursing. And also–



Now, please comment and let me know you stopped by, and I’ll return the favor!

24 responses

  1. Stopping by from the UBP13. Hubby and I are in the NW suburbs (Chicagoland). And we have 2 cats as well (plus a lot of other pets lol). Your fur kids are so adorable. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    April 7, 2013 at 11:26

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m intrigued by your blog title. Are forgetful or on a weight loss journey or do things in your life drive you crazy? Can’t wait to find out!

      April 8, 2013 at 11:47

  2. Visiting from the UBP and stopping for a moment to link up and say hi!

    April 7, 2013 at 15:24

    • Hi! Empty nest? I think that means you can give my parents tips on how to finally make their nest completely empty. I can’t wait to read your blog.

      April 8, 2013 at 11:48

  3. MJstillhoping

    I already follow you, but saw your post in my reader and thought I’d pop in to say “hi”! I always enjoy reading your blog.

    April 7, 2013 at 16:02

  4. I’ve missed you! Then BAM! multiple blogs this week! Awesome!

    April 7, 2013 at 19:12

    • I’m trying. Having the inspiration to write so I don’t feel like I’m taking on a second job is sometimes easier said than done. Thanks for keeping up with me even when I go incognito.

      April 8, 2013 at 11:57

  5. yul

    hye..nice to meet you ~ my handsome Panther went MIA 😦 he hasn’t came back home for 5 days . Its a heartbreak. I still hope he’ll find his way home and back to me. Miss my black DLH cat

    anywhoo hope you enjoy your first UBP ~

    April 8, 2013 at 21:14

    • That’s why my cats aren’t outdoor cats. Well that an we live in an urban apartment. They attempt jail breaks, but so far, they’re still with me. Thanks for stopping by!

      April 9, 2013 at 14:55

  6. Stopping by from UPB. You guys looks so cute together. You are a girl after my own heart I love cats although I currently have a Chocolate Lab but so badly want to get a rag doll kitty.

    April 9, 2013 at 00:23

    • I love dogs too, but cats are where my heart is. Thanks for stopping by!

      April 9, 2013 at 14:55

  7. danielledesigns

    Okay one more comment because I just noticed your ticker for MyFitnessPal I am on there as well. I am still looking for friends on there and would love to have an actual fitness pal. My name on there is msvip213

    April 9, 2013 at 00:25

    • I looked you up on MyFitnessPal. I hope it works without an e-mail!

      April 9, 2013 at 14:57

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  9. Lis

    Loved this post. Beautiful family! Pleased to meet you :). Visiting by way of UBP!

    April 10, 2013 at 02:57

  10. Being in love is just beautiful! Enjoy your life together! You look so happy!

    I’m visiting from the ubp and I hope you are having a fun time hopping!

    April 11, 2013 at 09:53

  11. I love cats who act like dogs!

    April 16, 2013 at 08:41

    • Me too. I love it when the little one hops up on my legs so I can pet her.

      April 20, 2013 at 09:15

  12. Very cute post! I added you to my blog roll! I’m sad I missed the blog blockparty though!

    April 23, 2013 at 08:41

    • Aw shucks, thanks! This was my first year doing this blog party. It was fun to participate in, even though I was in the small minority of participants with no kids.

      April 24, 2013 at 07:47

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