Posted on: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Posted on: Sunday, May 27, 2012
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I had Matthew from work come along — it's his birthday this weekend and I knew that he would be into the market. When we showed up, we were greeted with some yummies from Fritz Pastry and [of course] coffee.
|From the WhatKnots booth! Loved that monkey!|
|The coolest use of industrial mixers: Lights!|
|Matthew is the foxiest!|
My first went to these adorable Kitty Egg Beeswax Candles from Pussies on Parade. The entire booth was cat-related and (dare I say it?) purrrfect. It was hard for me to pick my favorite, but these candles were to die for. You can pick 'em up for only nine dollars here.
The second went to the Orange Peel Chamomile lotion from Lulu Blossom. This vegetarian-friendly hand cream smells like summer and the ladies running it were absolutely adorable. Gotta love it! You can pick up some here for $12.50. My third choice was a wonderful industrial rolling cart. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo, but the maker had replaced the shelving with polished reclaim wood. The contrast of the metal and dark was beautiful!
And last, but certainly not least, this orange dotted dress. It was for sale in the Vertmoderne booth but unfortunately I'm unable to find any link to her wonderful vintage clothing collection!
Naturally, Matthew and I went to get some burritos for lunch. My friend Lou is in town from Philadelphia. He ended up meeting us out at the restaurant, after which Matt parted ways and Lou and I went to explore. I took him down to The Wormhole (which was certainly up his alley given his Star Wars obsession, etc) and we hung out in Wicker Park for a bit before having the grand idea of lying out in the grass.
After some relaxing, we went out to Windy City Soul Night with friends and danced the night away.
Pretty good Saturday, right? (Big thanks to Matthew and Lou for snapping some photos of moi!)
Cutout Dress, Lucca Couture
KB Platform sandals, UO Surplus
Vintage orange leather purse, thrifted
Floral clip, c/o Randolph Street Market
Crystal stone necklace, DIY
Double bar ring, UO
Cone studded bracelet, XXI
Rabbit Ears Ring, c/o Rings & Tings
Posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I want to give a big THANK YOU! to the folks over at Refinery29.com! Yesterday they included me in their post regarding the 10 New Chicago Blogs You Need to Follow. As an avid Refinery29 reader, I'm hugely flattered to be part of this list.
If you get the chance, check out the post — and be sure to have a look at the other nine. It's a great mix of blogs worth checking out.
I don't blog much about issues as heavy as some that I experienced this weekend when the NATO Summit came to Chicago. As someone who has never seen the sense in violence, I felt it a bit natural to bike downtown on Saturday and Sunday to check out what was going on with the protesting.
I didn't create this blog to spout off political opinions or to say who's right and who's wrong regarding issues I feel deeply about. But, at the end of the day, this is a lifestyle blog — and my lifestyle can be a bit broad.
What I experienced on Sunday was nothing like I had ever read or witnessed. It wasn't the protestors. It was the police presence. There was an atmosphere of impending violence. There were CPD officers shoving us along the entire route. There were cops in riot gear attempting to intimidate at every turn.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking of it all happened after I returned home. Someone had mentioned on Instagram that they saw me on the news (in passing, I assume) and I tried to find an online stream from the network that they noted. I haven't watched the "news" in a long while and was genuinely concerned over what I was watching in the broadcast. While aware of how corrupt the large news organizations are, I was shocked at how much of what they were saying was fabricated.
So rather than keep quite about the events, I think maybe it's important to make mention of something that I hold very dear to me — social media and independent news organizations. The most accurate reporting I got over the weekend came from Twitter, Instagram, and independent journalists' LiveSteam pages. Technology is a grand thing when we use it correctly, right?
Searching the #NATO tag on Tumblr will turn up a mix of posts — everything from police brutality to kids from the suburbs complaining about "hippies" who "need jobs."
To those complaining I say this: don't watch the news. Turn on your computer and please, I implore you, to find other resources.
There was something unfamiliar and ominous about the officers this weekend and it was too difficult to trust in the "system."
Stay safe, Chicago! I love ya!
I think it was inevitable upon moving here that I would meet a whole new group of creative, fun, and interesting people. I'm quickly approaching my six month mark in the Windy City — the timeline seems as though it has gone by so quickly and all the while it seems as though I've been here all along.
Back in January, I shared some photos of my best pal, Kelley B, during her stay with me. Last weekend was a double bonus — not only did Kelley return, but she also brought along one of our favorite guys (and incredible tattoo artist), Scott Santee.
So, yes. I've met a multitude of amazing people while exploring my new home. With that being said, I was giddy with excitement when my new friends showed up. And so was Kelley:
The major bonus of her and Scott driving rather than taking the MegaBus was that they were able to bring their bikes (yay!). And so it began...
I got the weekend off of work and we immediately kicked off the weekend by attending a little cookout over at Scott's friends' home. The food was killer AND they had an archery setup! I'd never shot a bow and arrow before and we were nowhere near hesitant about giving it a try.
We all had our go at it multiple times. How very Hunger Games of us, right? But yes. Yes. YES. It was fun!
Aside from the archery, I had a delicious Boca taco concoction and made friends with a neighborhood cat who goes by the name Reptar.
The night evened out nicely as we sat around Scott's DIY campfire and had some good laughs. What a great cookout intro to summer!
The next day started off with some metal music and tasty burgers at Kuma's Corner. This time around I opted for the Goat Snake — vegetarian burger with buttermilk battered red onions, a corn poblano sauce, and goat cheese on a pretzel bun. It. Was. DELICIOUS.
Afterwards, Scott had a tattoo appointment. I took the girl time opportunity to introduce Kelley to my hands-down favorite coffee shop: The Wormhole. Why is it my favorite? For starters, the decor. The place is packed with movie memorabilia and collectibles from some of the known suspects from my childhood — Back to the Future, Star Wars, E.T. and more. Heck, there's even a Delorean and a Nintendo NES. Secondly, the coffee. That's an important factor, right? This time I tried the Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa. Yeah... about that...
It was delish. Oh, and the third reason I go there? The scenery. Every time I'm in the darn place, I fall in love about four and a half times. It's pretty dangerous.
On the same day, we had some rainy bike rides...
... and even met Jennie's bull terrier (!!!) ...
... and showed off our Jeffreys!
On Sunday we picked up Cemitas Puebla for lunch. I know that I talk about this place all the time, but it's seriously some of the best Mexican food I've ever had.
In the evening, I introduced them to Boiler Room. First I stretched (obviously), then we ordered some pizza and whiskey-infused ice cream.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love this city?
And I can't wait for a summer to kick off and be filled with visits from my friends across the country!
Instagram images courtesy of @Chaplinnn and @kelley_b