Best of Chicago 2012, a love list, with photos

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

West Loop exploring with Emma

Chicago was a fluke decision in my life (yes, a "fluke" is how I describe my choice of college). I still remember bursting into tears of joy/fear in my parent's car while driving down the Dan Ryan, looking at the skyline getting closer. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Like any good relationship, Chicago and I have had our disagreements over the past eight years. And like any great relationship, I fall more in love with her every day.

Architectural Boat Tour, never gets old

Footprints in the Lurie Garden
Here's a list of places I had fun in 2012.

Whether you live here or you're visiting,
these places are all worth a look.

Opposites Attract
The underside of the el is impossible to NOT photograph, I swear


Belmont Harbor/Skyline
Watching a soccer league in Uptown as the sun goes down


Another boat tour picture, so sue me
Tracks on tracks on tracks

A gazebo

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
Windy City Soul Club at the Empty Bottle
Soul Summit at Double Door
various massive downtown block parties
shows at the Bridgeport Art Center
Movies in the park, including but not limited to An American in Paris and ET
extended walks in Graceland Cemetery 
picnics in Lurie Garden
crazy fourth of July fireworks in Winnemac Park
Reggae night at Subterranean
the view of downtown from the Shedd Aquarium 

Who doesn't love a dingy el station?

And a few non-Chicago highlights....
The entire island of Kauai, Hawaii
Woodhouse, The Red Lion, Blackbird, in San Francisco
The Standard, Misfits, Varnish in Los Angeles

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you!

Cities & Sequins

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coat: Anthropologie
Sweater: J Crew
Shirt: Madewell
Skirt: gift, Macy's (thanks Mom)
Tights: HUE
Booties: Anthropologie
Headscarf: Forever 21
Vest: Anthropologie
Ring: gift, Francesca's (thanks Emma)
Nailpolish: Essie "Borrowed & Blue", OPI "Lucky Lucky Lavender"

I wore this to work and out for a drink a couple of weeks ago.

Like many other city gals, I avoid wearing my puffer coat unless absolutely necessary. So on days when it's cooold, but not COLDCOLDCOLD, I resort to wearing ridiculous amounts of layers underneath something more chic. This fur-lined denim vest has been an excellent addition to my layer arsenal.

I tried on and left this sweater at J. Crew a couple of times before I went back and bought it. Words on clothes have always annoyed me, but there was something about it that I liked. I think it might be the font, or the all-caps, or the fact that it has basically every city I'd like to see splashed across it. I've never really been outside the US before (except once on a cruise in high school, and a couple of trips to Canada when I was really little), so I'm drawn to things that stoke my dreams of getting out and seeing the world.

The longer I own this skirt, the more I like it with the most casual things that I own. I guess this is a trend I'm seeing repeated with all the sequins I own...

If I switched out these boots for a pair of high high magenta heels I would even wear this to a holiday party.

Shirt: here, here, here
Skirt: here, here
Boots: here
Headscarfy band: here, here
Vest: here

Why yes, Jay-Z and I do have the same ring, thanks for noticing.

Have you guys done your holiday shopping yet?
Mine all has to happen this week...gulp!
God help us all.

A Room of One's Own Pt. II - Walls

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Welcome to Part II! 

This post is about what I put on my walls, and how I keep them interesting. The one drawback of moving into this apartment was that we weren't allowed to paint it - which sucked because white walls have always driven me nuts. Policy has changed and we're now allowed to paint, but until I find the right colors, the interest on the walls has to be created with whatever I have around.

All these postcards/pictures/photos have strong memories. I have cards from my sisters and parents, some as old as from 1997. I have photos taken by my awesome older sister (check out her stuff here, she's amazing). I have postcards from my friends from all over the world. I have vintage cards and pictures found in thrift stores all over the country. It's a jumble and there's no rhyme or reason to what gets up here - it's a mix of pretty things that I love, or things that remind me of those I love.

Thrifted candle sconces, framed Paris photo from Urban Outfitters, gold frame from my sister Michelle with a photo of my roommates and I from my 23rd birthday, a spiky plastic...thing...made at my store last year, a thrifted painting.

I have a wall of records behind my bed, that act as an extended headboard. All of them were thrifted, in various cities - Ann Arbor, Chicago, New York, Seattle. 

Huge flowers made of paper mache, wire, and paint. I am not artistically gifted at ALL - these were made by our display coordinator and we all got to take them home when we were done using them. They're in my living room above my black couch.