Imperfect Idealist is a blog documenting the ponderings and personal style of a girl with outlandish dreams, too many clothes, and an insatiable hunger for adventure.

Hello, friends! I'm Lily, a 20-year-old college student originally from the good old Midwest. I am a math and French major at Amherst College, endurance athlete, violinist, non-denominational Christian, cheesy metaphor enthusiast, and of course, imperfect idealist.

What began as a fashion blog in 2010 has become so much more. Imperfect Idealist has become a place where I bare my soul, my deepest thoughts, and the life puzzles that plague me late at night. By writing, I seek not answers, but instead resonance and awakening. Through my photos, I strive to curate a clearer portrayal of the crazy girl behind these equally crazy ideas. 

Sometimes my words don't match my photos, and I'm okay with that. Sometimes my outfits don't match either, and I'm okay with that too. I am a maelstrom of juxtapositions and oddities. I am extremely type A, but the one exception--my mess of a dorm room--says otherwise. 

If the real world is the mystical land beyond the step of a doorway, then I stand in the threshold. Behind me are the sheltered confines of suburban Ohio, a middle-class Chinese family, and a pretty run-of-the-mill childhood. Before me? Well, I’m still figuring that out. I predict blood, sweat, tears, and--I hope--ultimately triumph, in the form of a fulfilling lifestyle. Will you join me for the ride?

If you think it's a good idea to chop off 13 inches of your hair, set your morning alarm so that the minute is an integer multiple of the hour, tackle endurance races despite a history of injury, brush your teeth each night in a routine bordering obsessive, speak in French spontaneously with friends, wear polkadots with stripes, then you've found a kindred soul.

Long story short, I'm just another girl trying to figure things out.

So browse about, and let's be friends.

Fast Facts:

Camera: Nikon D3100 with 50mm f1.8g lens
Photographer: Unless otherwise noted, tripod and self-timer
Location: Massachusetts (school year); Ohio (breaks)
**Studying abroad in Bordeaux, France (Fall 2016) and Oxford, England (Spring 2017)**


5k--21:52 (Fall 2013)
Half marathon--1:44:03 (Fall 2015)
Marathon--4:08:23 (Spring 2016)

Fun Tidbits:

--While I'm not vegetarian or vegan, I eat very little meat or dairy
--Stroopwafels and rom-coms are my guilty pleasures
--Boston is my soul city, but California is my soul state
--Sara Bareilles is hands-down my favorite singer-songwriter
--I'm certified to teach indoor cycling classes
--Hot tea, clean eats, a good read, and a long run would be my ideal day


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