About

Welcome, I’m Stephanie!



Here on this blog, I post most often about my personal focus on living an organized, simplified/minimalist, productive, and frugal life, while still celebrating holidays and generally enjoying Chicago.  It's my hope that you’ll find inspiration and encouragement on how to implement some of my ideas into your own life.

A little about me: I grew up just outside of Chicago, an only child with particularly fantastic parents.  They still live in the house I grew up in, which is always comforting.  I was raised a Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs fan, teams I'm still loyal to today.  I spent most of my time organizing my Sanrio stationery supplies and playing with our dogs.  And horses - I almost went to college in Kentucky to be closer to them.

But after a change of heart and a really pretty campus visit, and of course, scholarship money, I spent my four college years at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, which I loved every minute of - even when classes got in the way of tailgates, FACs, sorority dances, and birthday bar crawls.  My love of holidays and hosting parties definitely began here.  I graduated with majors in Political Science and English, which is essentially a straight path to becoming a lawyer.

So after graduation I moved back to Chicago to attend law school for the next three years.  Just before graduating and taking the bar exam, I adopted my little fur baby, Hawkeye.  I consider her a good luck charm because I passed the bar exam on the first try, with, let's be honest, minimal studying.  Hawkeye has been featured prominently on this blog and in my life ever since.


I started a job in the general practice firm I still work at a couple months after receiving my 'you passed!' e-mail in 2010, and Hawkeye and I lived in various apartments all around the city for the next 6 years, so we're well-versed in all the things Chicago has to offer.

I started dating John in early 2013, although we have known each other for more than half our lives.  We grew up together, since I've been friends with his sister since we were 14 years old.  In May, 2016, we bought our first (and hopefully only) house on the north side of Chicago, a mere 3 miles from my parents and only 6 blocks from his.  We had to make sure we had a Chicago address because as of February, 2017, John is officially a full time Chicago Firefighter, which is as impressive and exciting as it is terrifying.


And that brings you up to today!  Some last minute things you should know before you go: I love nachos, cheap champagne, Nicolas Cage, gummy bears, really bad disaster movies on Netflix, Taco Bell, PBR, and Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.  



Oh and the blog name, Not Entirely Perfect, is from my favorite movie of all time, because I have great taste, Empire Records. Which is 1 of only 2 DVDs I own* and I watch it almost weekly.


*in case you're wondering what the other DVD is - Disney's Brink. If you and your hair are still out there, Erik von Detten, call me.

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32 comments:

  1. I didn't know you went to Iowa! (Guess where I go...hint: your worst enemy.) :)

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  2. i dont know what a alcohol cupcake is, but I think I need one...like asap !

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  3. Love your about me! Alcohol cupcakes are the way to go. I love it.

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  4. Representing the Midwestern girls! Woop Woop Iowa ;)

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  5. I love your about me!!! I found you through the blog hop!
    Hawkeye is very cute! Happy Friday!

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  6. PS: I've never done a bar crawl and now I feel lame!

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  7. ALCOHOL CUPCAKES - did we just become best friends?

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  8. Bourbon, cupcakes, glitter, sports, AND you lived in Kentucky .... you're my kind of gal! Where did you live in Kentucky? I'm a Kentucky Girl (born and raised there, go Wildcats!) living in Texas with a handsome cowboy who (thankfully) has a corporate job to pay our bills. I blog at Three 31 and I'm soooooo glad to have found your blog. I'm checking out the drunk cupcake section, or cocktail cupcakes, whatever you call them! Cheers to you, new Friend! Big hugs and blessings.

    Nicole @ Three 31
    http://nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com/

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  9. I make alcohol themed whoopie pies all the time, why would anyone cook out he alcohol?!

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  10. I think you are the closest blogger to me (in distance in real life) so hi! :) ~ Dee@deeconstructed.com

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  11. I. LOVE. THAT. MOVIE!!!!! I really didn't think I could like you any more, but I really really do.

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  12. So nice to meet you!
    I just came across your blog!
    I am super excited to have found it!
    I am now following you!
    Looking forward to getting to know you better!

    xo
    Christina
    pieceitalltogetherx3.blogspot.com

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  13. why am I only reading this about section now? I need to go watch empire records again, obviously.

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  14. Why do I feel like I've never read this before?! What the hell, self! So I've never seen, or heard of, Empire Records. I too love the smell of snow and ice, and the smell of hay and horses.

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  15. Why am I just now reading this bio section?! *insert angry face* I had no idea we had so much in common, specifically the whole lawyer thing & the love of the best movie ever, Brink :)

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    1. Brink is seriously fantastic, I'm just so happy someone even remembers what it is!

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  16. kentucky wildcats, chicago and brink? say hello to another brink loving, chicago living, kentucky wildcat : )

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    1. I LOVE that you all LOVE the Wildcats! Instant connection!

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  17. I LOVE that you own Brink on DVD - classic!

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  18. Our birthdays are a day apart! Love it :)

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  19. I'm a scorpio too! I must agree that is the best zodiac EVER! Your dog is precious! I have a yorkie named, Darth, and he's my heart! Also, your hair is soooo full & gorgeous!!

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  20. I don't know why I haven't read this before, but I'm in Chicago and went to Iowa as well :) I love that your hobby is tailgating, ha! Happy to have found your blog!

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  21. My blog, Facebook, phone, you name it is FILLED with photos of my dog, and I'm not sorry about it! haha :-)

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    1. Zero things wrong with that!! I love pet picture overload. They're too cute not to!

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  22. i haven't seen either of your favourite movies. i need to fix that?

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  23. Enjoyed reading this :) Very funny. I'm also overly attached to my dog.

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  24. So somehow I'm just reading your "about" page for the first time and... HECK YES EMPIRE RECORDS.

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