Friday, June 29, 2012

Discuss amongst yourselves

I'm on vacation till July 9, pause for your jealousy, and will trying to blog as much as possible but bare with me, friends. And if I'm not back before then...

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Hello...I live here"

I always keep a matter how long it takes me to make good on it. This promise is going on about 3 months but here they are - photos of the living room!

P.S. Name that quote!

P.P.S. We are seeking an Illinois Plate and a Celtics hat if anyone has!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Friday!

If you're not watching HBO's Girls, this is why you should be, and this one too, def the second one too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deep thoughts on pickles.

-Chicago Magazine

P.S. I get these quotes from Chicago Magazine's Weekly Food Newsletter. If you like the gossip rag on who's who and what's coming in the Chicago restaurant scene, you should subscribe

100 Reasons I Love:

take II - I can't believe I've been writing for over a year...I also love to see that some of this year's ideas were totally different than last year's!
  1. Fourth of July Fireworks on the lake
  2. the lake in general
  3. the feeling of air conditioning when you walk in from outside
  4. cool summer nights
  5. roasting s'mores, or just marshmallows in general
  6. dining al fresco, both at home and at restaurants
  7. wearing fancy shorts
  8. homemade mojitos
  9. the smell of sunscreen
  10. eating lobster in New England
  11. outdoor farmer's markets
  12. going out for ice cream after dinner
  13. longer days
  14. cold breezes in the morning
  15. waterskiing
  16. dipping my toes in the water
  17. simple fruit salads for dessert
  18. playing with sparklers at night
  19. going for bike rides in general and around the lake
  20. berries
  21. watching the sunsets from my apartment window over the West Side of Chicago and on the lake
  22. indulging in fried clams, whole belly that i
  23. grilling
  24. days spent at home on Arlington Pond
  25. the idea of summer Fridays, I don't actually get them
  26. fun work events
  27. attending outdoor concerts, especially when they are on the Pavilion in Boston
  28. Lake Mendota & Lake Monona, in Madison, WI
  29. my best friend moving to Chicago in August
  30. boat rides
  31. painting my nails bright colors
  32. doing outdoor workouts- kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, walking, running
  33. the smell of fresh air
  34. making smoothies with whatever is in the fridge
  35. delicious lobster rolls from Maine
  36. laying out
  37. watching everyone else on the rope swing, maybe I'll do it this summer 
  38. my moms trifle to finish off a meal
  39. fresh, and refreshing, salads
  40. boys in bathing suits
  41. the way my hair dries with perfectly beachy waves, double large font there!
  42. lazy rivers
  43. memories from summer camp, 03841 love
  44. driving with my sunroof open
  45. sunglasses
  46. cheering on the boston red sox at baseball games
  47. walking and running along Lake Michigan
  48. summer dresses
  49. having a whole week off from work in July
  50. taking a cold shower to cool off
  51. jet skiing
  52. going to Martha's Vineyard each year
  53. to be nostalgic, schools out 
  54. boys in bright shorts
  55. memories of spending days at The Guy's Pool
  56. getting under the covers to keep warm from the A/C
  57. the feeling of jumping into refreshingly cold water
  58. flip flops
  59. getting a break from make up
  60. the natural blond highlights that appear from a day in the sun
  61. mixing lemonade and ice team to make Arnold Palmers
  62. drinking pitchers of Strongbow and Spotted Cow at the Terrace
  63. BudLight Lime
  64. the songs of the ice cream trucks driving by
  65. being able to swim laps outside
  66. hanging out around the fire pit
  67. outdoor festivals, shopping, art fairs, food fairs, etc
  68. the way Dunkin looks in a life jacket
  69. family BBQs
  70. outlet shopping, for some reason I always go in the summer
  71. running in the sprinklers, and watching Dunk run through them
  72. iced tea
  73. eating watermelon, Dunkin even likes eating it off the rind
  74. the smell of fresh cut grass
  75. recreational sports leagues
  76. my nana's rhubarb, which I haven't had in years, hint hint!
  77. the beginning of back to school shopping
  78. fall is on its way
  79. hydrangeas and other pretty flowers
  80. picking fruits, like blueberries and strawberries
  81. diving to catch pool toys 
  82. Sam Summer Ale
  83. driving around in the beautiful weather
  84. eating stone fruit - peaches and plums are my favorite
  85. knowing NCAA/Badger football is on it's way
  86. pink lemonade, especially when it's from a cute kid's stand
  87. having surprise water balloon fights, which sadly cell phones have ruined
  88. Frozen Yogurt with all sorts of fixin's
  89. lifeguards, I'll always have a soft spot for them
  90. my mom's pasta salad with cheese, olives and edamame
  91. rainy days, especially when I have absolutely nothing to do
  92. hot dogs and hambugers, steak tips and grilled chicken
  93. wearing sunglasses so no one can see where you're looking 
  94. which may be at boys without their shirts on, wink wink ; )
  95. visiting friends
  96. Corona with lime
  97. taking plenty of vacations and stay-cations
  98. the return of shows like Suits and Necessary Roughness
  99. all the new songs of summer, which tend to stay with you through the other 3 seasons
  100. having nothing to do
*You'll notice the beach did not make the list. I do not like sand. Sue me.

Why do you love summer?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

aNother letter, come aNd goNe

You know, this a-z series posts are actually the hardest blog posts to start. I'd like to be more witty than  "Well here are my favorite N things" but it's a little bit difficult with 26 different posts. So bare with me here.

Thus without further ado, and hopefully with your patience, my favorite N things:

one of my favorite cities, NYC

my favorite blogging accessory, my Nikon Camera

my comfy running shoes, Nike Pegagus & Free+

my favorite department store, Nordstrom
and let's not forget their counterpart, which I love just as much, if not more, Nordstrom Rack

that stuff that makes my hands and toes extra pretty, nail polish, I'm partial to Essie & Butter London.

and inspired by yesterday's post, nudes, neutrals and neons, whether its in the form of shoes, clothing or accessories. Gotta have 'em all. 

P.S. I'd love a pair of the L.K. Bennett Nude Heels (pictured on the far left above), if you're in a buying mood.

P.P.S. I forgot. I love naps. See here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Have you shopped House of Harlow?

So I actually began my online shopping adventure today looking at shoes. I swear. My roommate was sporting some fantastic hot blue Jeffrey Campbell heels and, well frankly, I don't like to be showed up when it comes to shoes. Just kiddding.

But the shoes did make me think about the fact that I don't have any bright solid colored shoes. So I went on a hunt but to no avail was just not that interested in anything I saw.

But then I got off track and was playing around on zappos and found myself yet again admiring the house of harlow jewelry. Have you shopped it yet? I'm in need of the necklace...debating on black or khaki leather anddd debating how I can justify spending the money for no reason. Hello half birthday coming up?

also, how cool is that ring?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

To the man who can do it all...

and would do it all, just for me. Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Link Love

So I may not have been blogging this week but I was certainly reading.

....I've also experimenting to perfect the top liner look. Do you have a product you love? 
[photo from my favorite blogger]

I absolutely loved wedding week here.

I think this girl deserves some metal for her courage and her honesty.

I'd like one of these in my apartment, which yes, I will be photographing soon - I'm waiting till the next time I clean it and buy flowers, hydrangeas most likely.

I'm digging this blog's new look.

If I was creative, I'd do this.

And one day, I will live here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Mmmm. There were a lot of Ms.

Yes, my favorite heartthrob, Mr. Darcy, came to mind first. For he truly bewitched me, body and soul.

Then, there were some of my favorite brands - Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Michael Kors.

I'm a big fan of Moet and always keep champagne in the fridge. I'm a strong believe that there is always something to celebrate....even celebrating the fact that you have a chilled bottle of champagne in the fridge.

And one day, my apartment will be filled the delicious scents of Molton Brown soaps and lotions.

I'm awaiting the day Madewell finally opens their Rush Street store. I know they acquired the space last summer.

And among all others, I cannot deny my embarrassing love for movies based on history.

Then last but certainly not least, in fact the opposite of least, my mom.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I apologize. I've been MIA this week...I will be back.

Chew on this till then...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dear MacBookPro

Dear MacBookPro -

Like ours, every relationship is a unique and special snowflake. It restores our faith in humanity, makes us believe that dreams really do come true, that happy ever after does exist.

Until it dissolves.

Then, its contents are reduced to cliche-riddled proclamations and accusations, even Maroon5 lyrics. Did you catch that one?

So, MacBookPro - We need to talk. I'm so sorry but I'm just trying to do what's right for the both of us. This is hard for me too. We've been through so much together - summers in Massachusetts, college, late night movies in bed, the last year in Chicago and so much more. But I just can't do this -

this - 

and this - 

anymore. It's just gotten too hard and I think I deserve better.

Please know, a part of me will always love you. This just isn't working anymore.

Disclaimer: Let's give credit where credit is due, many if not all of the lines on this page were garnered from this site.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Product Review: Stay Put

DISCLAIMER: Dad, this blog post will not interest you at all.

I have a problem. No matter what I do, my eye make up runs. NO MATTER WHAT. So I've tried my fair share of products: primers, sprays, you name it.

Then I decided to stick to what I know works and try the Benefit solution to eye make up running:

Stay Put Primer

This stuff is FANTASTIC. You just dot it on and blend it into your eye lids and I put it underneath as well. It holds my under-eye concealer, eye liner, mascara AND eye shadow perfectly. No running at all. 

I love it. That is all. Over & out. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Two Buy

Me: "What's it called when a sound has different spellings and meanings like there, their and they're?"
Amy: "A Pain in the Ass"

I have no idea what it's called. If you do, please leave a comment.

Today, I give you two things I'd like to buy, as soon as possible...and yes, it's only two, believe it or not. I also like the colors they brought to today's post.

Flower Bomb, a perfume I often steal from my roommate, love ya trac.

Essie "Action" - Walgreen's here I come.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Anyone other than me used to sing the ABCs as if L M N O were actually just one weird word: Elemeno? Okkk now that I've revealed another odd bit about myself...I had a point: We're at L. 

So yes, TYPICAL ME. I thought of leopard print and beautiful, lust-worthy, Christian Louboutins.

Then I thought of Lululemon. Yes, I am still accepting donations in the form of crop pants, tanks and more. 

You already know how I feel about lipstain and I have a growing taste for lipstick.

But did you know how much I loveeee layering? Don't ask me how many cardigans I own. I've recently started cutting back on buying them.

And right now, I could really go for a macaroon from Laduree.

And last, but certainly not least, my favorite city. Which one you ask?

DUH (for all you who are obviously not a good reader - London)

So, what do you L-ove?