Friday, March 22, 2013


Happy Weekend from Sunny Florida. Last night I flew down to Miami with mom and dad a la first class. It was my first time, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I plan to for the next 4 days. I'm taking today and Monday off to see family and for some much needed relaxation and fun. Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Warning: This is a VERY Chicago-centric post

Warning: This post is almost guaranteed to make you jealous, unless of course you are within driving distance of Woodbury Commons. In which case, I'm jealous.

It's long been established that a large mall was being built in Rosemont, IL. It was also long ago established that this mall was to be in the outlet variety. Then, this past week, Fashion Outlets of Chicago unveiled their retail line up.

The stores, you ask? Including, but not limited to:
  • AllSaints
  • Andrew Marc
  • Barney's
  • BCBG Maxazria
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Brunello Cucinelli
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Gucci
  • Halston
  • Herve Leger
  • Hugo Boss
  • J.Crew
  • Janie and Jack
  • Kenneth Cole
  • L.K. Bennett London
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Longchamp
  • Michael Kors
  • Original Penguin
  • Ports 1961
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Sperry
  • Theory
  • Tory Burch
  • True Religion
  • Vince
  • Vince Camuto

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!

There comes a time each winter when I've had enough. Which is saying a lot because a.) i like winter b.) snow and cold are kind of second nature to me and 3.) spring is probably my least favorite season. And, if you haven't already figured this out by my yearning for spring in my recent blog posts, I've hit my limit. I am sick of winter, sick of cold, sick of coats, sick of boots, sick of scarves, hats and gloves, sick of socks and sick of dry skin. I'm ready for it.

...and according to the date, although not the weather outside, spring is here. [rude, mother nature, rude]

Are you ready?

Bet now you are.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Apartment LOVE: Erin Gates

Blogger and Interior Designer, Erin Gates, has been slowly revealing tidbits of her new home. And I'll admit, I'm going gah-gah, especially when last week, she revealed her brand spanking new, did I mention to die for, kitchen? I dieeee.

For the past few months, Erin's been updating her readers, myself included, about her new home.

Anyway, before you all delve into her beautiful new home, I thought it might be fun to take a look at her old home, as it was featured on TheEveryGirl, with an address I love: Boston, MA.

Monday, March 18, 2013

This Week


I have a feeling this week has the potential to be either a really long or really short week. I just haven't determined which yet. 

+ My mom and dad are coming to Chicago tonight for a few days. Dad has a conference here so I'm excited to be able to spend time with them

+ And on Thursday night, the three of us are going to fly to Florida to visit my grandparents

+...dear old Dad even splurged and purchased first class tickets, yesss.

+ and mom's bringing me a new book to read.

+ I have A LOT of meetings this week. Some have been moved around, some are new and some are their regular standing days and times. But somehow, they all seem to be occurring this week. It's going to be a busy day confirming them today. 

+ As indicated by bullet number two, I'm taking a few days off and headed to where it's sunny and warm. There will most likely be some delicious food, relaxing, swimming, shopping, chatting, hanging with family, etc. while down there.

+ March Madness BEGINS. After spending the weekend at the UC, I've come to know these boys: Mike, Sam, Trevan, Jared, Ben, Frank, George and even Ryan [Yes, I did just refer to the Wisconsin basketball team by their first names. Judge me, I also refer to a certain former Forward as my boyfriend sometimes, okay, all the time.] and I cannot wait to see them kick some butt in the tournament.

+ I'm in the process of spring cleaning and redecorating. I'm loving some of the details so far like our re-styled bookshelves, including a bar shelf!

Currently -
Listening: Les Mis soundtrack, there's been so many commercials and its just so good
Eating: maple brown sugar oatmeal
Drinking: water with a splash of lemon juice
Feeling: well rested, believe it or not, it was one of those weekends
Needing: a trip home to see my puppy
Thinking: About my bracket, who to pick, who to chose.
Enjoying: that it's only a four day work week, for the next two weeks
Wondering: how Red Panda, yesterday's halftime entertainment, can throw bowls from her feet and catch them on her head while simultaneously riding a unicycle.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

DVF Loves Roxy

Last week, J.Crew finally began revealing their new bathing suits for summer 2013. Color me excited. I'm currently lusting after this and this and this. [Confession: i like liberty]

So, when I stumbled upon Diane Von Furstenberg's line for Roxy. You can imagine my excitement. Diane's fantastic prints in affordable bathing suit form? YES. Why. Eee. Ess.

And watch out. It's selling out FAST.






Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Things I Learned from Nora Ephron

Last Wednesday in the New York Times Magazine, Jacob Bernstein, son of Carl Bernstein, yes that Carl Bernstein, and Nora Ephron, wrote about his mother in her final years.

He wrote, "At 10 p.m. on a Friday night in a private room on the 14th Floor of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on 68th and York Avenue, my mother was lying in her bed hallucinating, in that dream space people go on their way to being gone....All her life, she subscribed to the belief that “everything is copy,” a phrase her mother, Phoebe, used to say. In fact, when Phoebe was on her deathbed, she told my mother, “Take notes.” She did. What both of them believed was that writing has the power to turn the bad things that happen to you into art."

The article was beautiful. He told the story of his mother, her life and her legacy. And he told the story of how she died, gracefully and on her own terms. [She even dictated who would speak at her funeral and how much time they would be given.]

The article, got me thinking about the many things that I learned from her work. Because yes, she did write, produce and even direct almost all of my favorite movies: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and Julie & Julia. There are so many great quotes I love and live by because of her. And so many great characters, too. 

"You're going to have to try and find a way of not expressing every feeling that you have, every moment that you have them" - Sally Albright to Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - Harry Burns to Sally Albright, When Harry Met Sally

"Why are you getting so upset? This is not about you." - Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

"It's so nice when you can set with someone and not have to talk" - Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally

"Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens in accidental" - Annie Reed, Sleepless in Seattle 

"I'm gonna get out of bed every morning...breath in and out all day long. Then, after awhile I won't have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breath in and out...and then after awhile, I won't have to think about how I had it great and perfect for awhile." - Sam Baldwin to Dr. Marcia Fieldstone, Sleepless in Seattle

"It was a million tiny things that when you added them all up they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I'd ever known... t was like magic." - Sam Baldwin to Dr. Marcia Fieldstone, Sleepless in Seattle

"You don't want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie" - Becky to Annie Reed, Sleepless in Seattle

"When you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match" - Dennis Reed to Annie Reed, Sleepless in Seattle

"The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? 'Leave the gun, take the cannoli.' What day of the week is it? 'Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.' - Joe Fox to ShopGirl, You've Got Mail

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well valuable, but small, and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I Just want to send this cosmic question into the void. So good night, dear void" - Kathleen Kelly to NY152, You've Got Mail

"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino." - Joe Fox to ShopGirl, You've Got Mail

"People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened." - Kathleen Kelly to NY152, You've Got Mail

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms." - Joe Fox to ShopGirl, You've Got Mail

"When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." - Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail

"The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings." - Kathleen Kelly to NY152, You've Got Mail

"If no one's in the kitchen, who's to see?" - Julia Child, Julie & Julia

"You are the butter to my bread, the breath to my life" - Paul Child to Julia Child, Julie & Julia

"I could write a blog. I have thoughts." Julie Powell, Julie & Julia

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Apartment LOVE: Nikki Rappaport

Nikki's a relatively new blogger that I've added to my blogroll. And, I'll admit, her apartment was what landed her on my daily reads list. Besides her apartment, these are a few other adorable things about her.

She still obsesses over Hanson like a 13 year old (who isn't excited for Mmmmhop, their soon to be released beer??) and wears pearls that are 4 times her age.

She considers the pink-tree filled city of DC home, but also Paris streets, Nantucket Beaches and NJ Farm stands her home.

Her favorite color: is sparkle a color?

And like me, she truly understands how food can make people happy and feeding others is what love means to her.

Oh, and she does on occasion eat cupcakes for breakfast. In her words, "They're better than cereal."

p.s. sources can be found here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

This week...

I have a confession. I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon from my bed. Today, was one of those rainy days where it committed to being rainy, which when it comes to rainy days are my favorite. It's also one of those rainy days where its not too cold and the rain feels good as you walk on the streets. It's one of those rainy days that I truly look forward to, one of those days why I love spring. And believe it or not, spring is almost upon us. You can feel a definite change in the air. Chicago's beautiful tulips will soon bloom, winter coats and boots will soon be put away. I'm not a spring person, but today, I'm looking forward to it.

This week...

+ My life is coming back together. As I mentioned last week, I lost a few items, i.e. my computer and my wallet, and slowly each day, I open the mail to find a something new to replace the old.

+ Speaking of making room for new things, this week begins spring cleaning and I plan to purge myself of unnecessary items: clothes, food, old magazines, etc. I'm quite looking forward to the new process.

+ I'm going to print photos. I've lost a lot of photos in the past week. Which reminds me of all the great photos I do have and want to share.

+ Traci, my roommate, is leaving us for greener pastures i.e. a job with Disney and sunny LA. As I write this, she and her mother pack up her stuff. It's quite bittersweet. What an adventure me, amy and her have had this past year.

+ Our new roommate will be moving in a few weeks. She's a pastry chef, so get ready for delicious goodies on instagram.

+ I have a lot of activities: Traci's Goodbye Dinner, Book of Morman, RJ Grunts and St. Patty's Day. As I said before, you can tell spring is coming and the return of many weekday activities will be back before we know it.

Currently -
Listening: Currently re-downloading spotify as we speak
Eating: I finally went grocery shopping today but tonight, we're ordering Hema's Kitchen
Drinking: A glass of water, a bottle of snapple and about to make some tea
Feeling: gloriously lazy yet productive
Needing: absolutely nothing
Thinking: apparently a lot about spring
Enjoying: movies in bed
Wondering: Why they picked 2 a.m for Daylight Saving Time?

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Time

If you could see me right now, I may or may not be jumping for joy. Why? Because it's Friday. The Weekend, which means:
  • No more work
  • Catching up on sleep
  • Oz is coming out!
  • Trying a new restaurant
  • Celebrating a friend's birthday
  • Toasting Traci off to LA with a great goodbye

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Do I get...

The little Gucci dress or the little Gucci dress?

[Confession: I'm not sure I knew what she meant by Gucci years ago. To me, Gucci was an adjective describing how short and revealing the dress was, not a brand. Oh how naive.]

But today, I ask you, should I get, the big Kate Spade bag?

Originally $248, now on Ebay for $300 

Or the big Kate Spade bag?

Originally $248, Now on sale for $173

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Then it blew up

Yes, ladies and gentleman. Things were going quite well.

Work and the rest of my life were ebbing and flowing in harmony.

Shit was bound to hit the fan.

And oh boy did it hit.

First, after dressing like spring on Monday and preparing myself for what I thought was the world finally coming out from under winter's covers, we got right back in a snow storm bringing 10 inches of snow to downtown Chicago.

Then, it wasn't bad enough for a snow day, slash cancelled meetings.

So, as I trekked my way, some jerk decided to sneak in and steal my laptop and wallet.

Some Jerk.

It was weird though. A year ago this incident would have brought me to irrational, i-want-my-mom tears. However, a year later, I must be growing as I, in completely shock, mentally prepared myself for the tasks at hand: call all banks, call all credit card companies, call insurance, call police. I even started the process without the guidance of dear old mom and dad.

Perhaps I'm growing up. (Remember these freak outs?) Perhaps my anxiety meds are reallllly working. Perhaps we'll never know.

But what we do know is that life goes on. You get a new computer, after having to illegally park because you have no way to pay for said parking, you even recover a majority of your files and eventually new credit cards will appear in the mail. You go back to blogging per usual.

And, you even get a brand spanking new toy...

...a back up drive.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Apartment LOVE: Bradley Agather

I always tell people that I write my blog for my mother. So she knows I'm alive. And each day, I am both shocked and humbled to find than others have stumbled upon this. I'm grateful for all of you, whomever you are.

Another reason I write my blog is for myself. It's a source for me to write and journal. It's a place for to share things I love. And also, to save things I love. I know they say the biggest thing about a blog is original content, which I do like to share. But often times, my original content is regurgitated content from other sites and blogs. 

For instance, these apartments. They've been featured elsewhere. But I've regurgitated it in my own way. These apartments, I share with you because they are things I love but I also share them as a way to save them. So one day, when I move or get married, or decide to take on a craft, or a recipe, or whatever they may be, they are saved somewhere. 

This apartment is the apartment of Bradley Agather courtesy of GlitterGuide. And lucky for me, and my someday apartment, she's even shared the sources for much of it. 

So I hope you enjoy, and allow me to share some of my savings for someday.

p.s. regurgitated is a really gross word.