Wednesday, March 28, 2012

DISH: Quotable

-Chicago Magazine

Coming this Fall to a TV near you.

It's happening...


The Carrie Diaries - Coming this Fall to  Television Set near you. Based on a book, I've CLEARLY read. The book is set in the 80s and follows Carrie Bradshaw from high school through the time she moves to the city. Even then though, she explores family, friendship and love. Everything that made her into the Carrie Bradshaw we came to know and love. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To Die For Tuesdays

We haven't had one of these in awhile and I just had to share these with you.

Jessica Simpson Heels

I also read that Jessica Simpson admittedly has been eating Buttered Pop Tarts during her pregnancy. So there's that.

5 things



While it did get colder here in Chicago, we did have a beautiful Sunday. I had two friends in town so we played tourists! 


After my friends left, it was time to get ready for the work week. So I hit the gym and then did my weekly grocery shopping trip. And got my toes did.


P.S. Any nail where I can peacefully read The Hunger Games while I get my toes done and watch Sex and the City while I get my nails done is OK with me.

Monday, March 26, 2012

ABCD E

A B C D E - that's where we're at now: E


My other favorite E's - 
Productive early mornings after working out at Equinox
Growing up on the east coast, the better coast, if you ask me
and eating all sorts of delicious food

Friday, March 23, 2012

Link Love

You should all be very honored to be hearing from me this week. Work was a week from hell, my upcoming move got a bit complicated. But frankly, I just can't believe I even pulled myself away from The Hunger Games Trilogy for long enough to blog.

Let alone read anyone else's blog, but I did!

I learned I'm realllly into girly rooms right now

I found someone else who's just as into the J.Crew Tilliary as me.

And someone as into mason jars.

And I found two (one, two) new need to do crafts.




Thursday, March 22, 2012

The letter D

The letter D wasn't as hard at all...
I immediately thought of Dunkin, not that that should surprise you. I also thought of the other D's in my life like big brother Dave and Dani and last, but certainly not least, my DAD, he's the best : )

Then I went to my closet and found denim and DV heels. Plus all sorts of dresses, from springy and flowy to casual and business appropriate.

Then the things I wish I had, Diane Von Furstenberg and Diptyque Candles, and any other fantastic looking decor.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DISH: Quotable

I'm bombarding you with blog posts today, hope you're LOVING rather than hating!

-Chicago Magazine

Also, apologies to my father, who hates eggs, I don't write 'em just post 'em!

A girl's got needs

Restaurant Review: Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN

Belle Meade Plantation
I need a vacation, REAL BAD. So last weekend, I took a trip down to the South. Nashville, Tennessee, that is. I went to visit my dear college friend and spend some time with her. Seeing the South was just a perk. I got to see Vanderbilt, which my badgers beat last week : ), visit downtown Nashville, walk around enjoying the Honky Tonks and shops and long walks with Britt.

Yes people, REAL slave Cabins. 




Most importantly though, I got to go to a place I've heard about for more than 5 years: Loveless Cafe. Loveless Cafe is a diner outside of Nashville on route to Memphis. They are known for their Southern Classics like Fried Chicken and Biscuits, Country Ham, Fresh-made jams and delectable pies. It's Britt's favorite place to show just what Nashville has to offer, so obviously we had to hit it. 

We ordered Fried Chicken and two sides to share. Selecting the two sides was quite hard, there were so many great options: Vegetable or Beans of the Day, Fried Okra, French Fries, Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Greens with Pot Liquor, Stone-Ground Grits, Hashbrown Casserole, Creamy Cole Slaw, Marinated Cucumbers and Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Caramel Sweet Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Slow Cooked Green Beans, Homemade Creamed Corn or Fresh Fruit Cup. How were we to decide?

We narrowed it down to a few: Fried Green Tomatoes, Grits, Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Corn or Mac & Cheese. Then we heard the sides of the day. The Vegetable of the Day was the game changer: Green Bean Casserole. You know how i feel about it. So decided on that plus mac & cheese, obvious choice. 

Before long the first part of our meal arrived: Biscuits and Jam. Three kinds of jams arrived: Peach, Strawberry & Blackberry. They biscuits were so delicious, perfectly buttery, perfectly salty with a little bit of sweetness to them. And the jams, they were so good I could have eaten them with a spoon. Don't worry, Eric, there are 2 jars on their way to you.  


Soon after, before I had even stopped chowing down on my second biscuit, our food arrived. (Yes, they accidently gave us beans but need not to worry, they brought the correct side to us. This was just as good as it looks. Hell, I'd say it was even better.




So my suggestion? When in Nashville, be sure to trek out to Loveless. Better yet, get on a plane now. Loveless is worth the trip.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

101 Reasons I LOVE:

spring*

Normally, I plan ahead. I look up when the first day of the next month is and start the list ahead of time. 101 is a big number after all. But today, it came up on me. I got an email this morning from Equinox about the Vernal Equinox and realized I hadn't even started and spring was only a day away...kind of snuck up on me, all of us, I think!

I will say, spring is not my favorite season. But I do have reasons for loving it, of course. I think New Year's should be celebrated in spring. The start of spring is like a new start when everything/everyone is starting to wake up again. So without further ado, the 101 reasons why I love spring.

  1. warm but not too hot temperatures
  2. waking up to the sounds of birds chirping
  3. happy people
  4. flowers
  5. cold air in the morning
  6. bright colors
  7. brightness in general
  8. sap on trees for maple syrup
  9. spring scarves
  10. street fairs
  11. lakes unfreezing
  12. wearing sunglasses without being judged
  13. raining days = cozy days
  14. retiring my boots
  15. ice cream stands opening or staying open later
  16. justifying a trip to the ice cream store
  17. baseball season, go sox
  18. april fools
  19. new nail polish colors
  20. people watching
  21. farmer's markets
  22. running outside without getting too hot
  23. flowers
  24. pitchers at the union terrace
  25. spring scents
  26. fire pits
  27. being outside
  28. raincoats
  29. leaves returning to the trees
  30. making smoothies
  31. picnics
  32. sorbet
  33. union chairs on the terrace
  34. april showers
  35. may flowers
  36. tulips
  37. people watching outside
  38. spring fashions
  39. easter eggs
  40. iced tea
  41. march madness
  42. anticipation in the air
  43. sandals
  44. spring cleaning
  45. my impending move to lincoln park
  46. capris
  47. baseball games
  48. grilling out
  49. not needing a jacket
  50. peeps
  51. the return of some seasonal beers
  52. finding all the clothes you forgot about
  53. taking dunkin for walks
  54. craving salads
  55. shedding layers
  56. passover
  57. ...more specifically my favorite passover dish, chicken marrakech
  58. and also matzoh bark
  59. and matzoh ball soup
  60. and making meringues with my mom & aunt
  61. the best season for vintage shopping
  62. lacrosse players
  63. daisies
  64. not needing to bring chapstick & lotion everywhere
  65. trench coats
  66. new music
  67. summer movie previews
  68. no socks
  69. bowls of fresh strawberries
  70. riding with my windows & sunroof open
  71. making merengues with my mom & aunt
  72. gardens
  73. fresh fruit
  74. no more snow
  75. passion fruit iced tea
  76. not needing heat or a/c
  77. spring break...rip
  78. it's easier to eat healthy
  79. not needing a jacket
  80. patterns
  81. cardigans
  82. sleeping with the window open
  83. time for my spring hair appointment
  84. the feeling of grass between my feet
  85. having an actual need for a pedicure
  86. flip flops
  87. longer days
  88. the smell of freshly cut grass
  89. baseball players
  90. long walks outside
  91. cheaper electricity bills
  92. restaurant patios opening
  93. fresh herbs
  94. beer gardens
  95. casual hair
  96. arnold palmers
  97. not feeling like the days over when work ends at 6pm
  98. cute umbrellas
  99. diet peach snapple iced tea
  100. starting to get a tan
  101. fresh air
P.S. Thank you to all my friends, family and co-workers who helped me pull together this list. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

5 things

Fresh Tulips in a Mason Jar on my dresser

It's been beautiful here in Chicago. High 70s, Low 80s, even the wind has been warm and wonderful. So I've been outside enjoying the weather! Here's what I'm loving right now.

My new Kicks

My Ipod Nano with Watch Attachment. No this was not intended to be a Nike ad, I'm kind of boycotting Nike watches because they refuse to replace my old watch battery.

April Magazines

 
My new cookbook finally arrived. 

...I need to figure out how to rotate images on here. TECH SUPPORT?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Work Out Review

I cheated on Equinox. Yes, you heard me. I decided to give a new spin studio in town a try: Real Ryder.

Real Ryder may be a spin studio but it's not your typical ride, or as they say ryde. They also like to say, We don't spin, we ryde. The bike they use is a little different and the class is intended to simulate a real bike ride! How you ask? Well to quote their website, which also quotes Lance Armstrong: "It's all about the bike" They are the only stationary bikes in the world that move laterally, allowing you to bank (lean) into a turn.


video

See? Excuse my co-workers, we all went together, they're great : )

So what did I think? It was hard! Now I'm a spinner. I spin 3x a week when I can actually drag my sorry butt out of bed at 630am in the morning. But with daylights saving this week, it's been pretty hard to get up, but this class was challenging in different ways. It was more of a full body work out. With the leaning function of the bike, you can do crunches on it as well as work your hards while you're biking. And a lot of times, the instructor tells you to keep the bike still, which I found nearly impossible, seriously IMPOSSIBLE aka a HUGE core work out. 

I'm going again next Tuesday and I can't wait!


P.S. Uncle Steven, I think you read this, or I hope you do. This blog made me think of you and that if you ever decide to come to Chicago, I say we go try a class, you'll LOVE it.

P.P.S. my closet is taking donations in the form of Lululemon Apparel.

DISH: Quotable

-Chicago Magazine

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

C is for... [Part 2]


  1. Chanel
  2. Chicago
  3. Clinique 1-2-3 Facial Line
  4. Chevron Prints
  5. Coffee Table Books
  6. C Wonder
  7. Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks, perfect bit of pepper
and last but not least...

     8. Cupcakes and Cashmere, my daily read 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Smile for the Camera

I take a lot of photos when I'm home. My parents have a brand new house, a beautiful backyard and my puppy lives there. So he's gotten very used to me snapping photos. So much so that he even knows how to pose.

And, this afternoon, I received an email from my best friends dad, saying somebody misses me, : ( , and a photo shoot with the little man.








Thanks Steve! This email made my day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another Restaurant Review


Last week, a few co-workers and I ventured up to Evanston to try out some of Koi's new China Town menu. Great idea, in theory. But then we got there and took a look at the menu.












Scary right?? So we ordered what our waiter suggested and a whole feast of the regular menu.  A feast. I had to write it all down, so here goes the list -

  • Spicy Beef & Hog Maw - which only 2 of us ate, if you didn't think about what you were eating and the texture, it would be great BUT it was served cold, which we didn't love.
  • Edamame, which SHOCKINGLY one of my co-workers had never tried
  • Chicago Roll 
  • Dragon Fire Maki
  • Taiwan Style Duck
  • Walnut Shrimp
  • Pad Thai with Chicken
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
and I think that's it. It being a lot. Oh right, one of my co-workers ordered Sweet & Sour Chicken with Sauce on the side...how weird is that?

Overall: I love Koi, the foods fantastic, the sushi is innovative and fresh and delicious. The Chinatown Menu, however, scares me. I might steer away from that, unless you're SUPER daring, or don't care about the textures of foods.

C is for... [Part 1]

This letter wasn't exactllllyy a difficult letter. If anything, I had too many Cs to think of. But I thought one C, need very special attention. What you ask? Better yet, who?

Ms. Carrie Bradshaw, that's who. 



So, what is there to tell you about Carrie Brandshaw? Who is she? The fictional narrator and lead character of the HBO sitcom/drama Sex and the City, portrayed by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. On the series, Bradshaw is a New York newspaper columnist, fashionista and, later, freelance writer for Vogue and a published author. Her weekly column, "Sex and the City," provides the title, storylines and narration for each episode. Ring a bell?

So why is she getting her own post, because there's just so much she's taught me. About life, love, fashion and Manolo Blahnik, of course. Her's some of her, and her friends's, gems:

“Don’t play hard to get with a man who’s hard to get.”

“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”


“That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore.”

“I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet."

- “No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.”

- “The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t. But, in the end, they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”

- " 
If you are single there is always one thing you should take out with you on a Saturday night... your friends."

- "Sometimes you gotta quit thinking so much. If it feels right, it probably is. So just go with it."

- "Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with."

- "Maybe mistakes are what make our fate... without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart... and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away."

- "Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe, you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be."

- "Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous."

- "I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love."


Better question, what hasn't this woman taught me?


Friday, March 9, 2012

Confession: I broke lent

I decided to give up shopping for lent. No, I don't celebrate Easter, or Good Friday, or Ash Wednesday or any of the related holidays.

BUT: my January credit card bill was a bit high. Not a bit, very high. So I decided to draw the line and stop shopping, but online and in store, for the holiday.

Then, I saw this on Jcrew.com


And, I just couldn't resist. I need bathing suits. No, my definition of need is not often right but in this case, it wasn't that I didn't need them, it was somewhere in between need and want on the spectrum. I mean, look at these, wouldn't you agree?


hello, Liberty!

in black

PLUS: I figure buying bathing suits is a great motivation for working out and eating healthy!