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Hello there, and thanks for swinging by! I’m happy you’re here and flattered you want to know more about my blog.

I started imperfect idealist as a wee little middle schooler who wore way too many colors and layers (see this instagram post for reference). Back then, the blog was actually called “a burst of color,” and I mainly posted outfit shots.

In high school, I started sharing more personal stories in my posts (crush stories and all LOL), and changed my blog title to imperfect idealist. The blog has followed me ever since, through college in Western Mass, study abroad in Bordeaux and Oxford, and my post-grad teaching fellowship in Dijon.

Imperfect idealist has never really been a niche blog (the blog strategists would gasp!). I’ll post about anything from dumpster diving to banning myself from speaking English. It’s really a synthesis of my latest adventures and what I took away from them. What you’ll see most often are race recaps, active travel guides, and sustainability tips.

Below, I’ve compiled some of my favorite posts, organized by category–take a gander and feel free to follow along!

Sustainable Fashion & Living

wearing the Scooter One shoes with a vintage outfit in a vintage store

Sustainable or Greenwashing? How to Evaluate Fashion Brands

9 Common Misconceptions about Sustainable Fashion

Is it “Okay” to Buy Fast Fashion?



Race Review: Paris Marathon 2019 + Breaking 4 Hours!

Race Review: Philly Marathon 2021

10 Common Running Mistakes to Avoid (Especially Beginners)

Travel Guides

3 Days in Bordeaux, France: Most Instagrammable Places

Croatia Travel Guide: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Where to Visit in England: Jurassic Coast

Life in France

On Being Asian in France: My Experience

A Guide to French Healthcare for American Expats

What I’m Going to Miss (or Not) About France

About Me

About Me

I'm Lily, and I run races and go places (& blog about it). I also try to advocate for the planet & its people.
Here is where I document my (mis)adventures and try to offer some helpful advice. Feel free to join me for the ride. Read More

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