Friday, February 28, 2014

Swooning over SJP

You guys, I'm swooning over SJP.

Yes, my brief mention of Carrie Bradshaw and Sarah Jessica Parker this morning weren't enough, I'm in lust with the line that she launched with Nordstrom this morning, I just had to post twice in one day.

And, they have the cutest names like Maud, Fawn, and, of course, Carrie. As Liz put it, "it's like filling your closet with a bunch of friends."

Here are my personal favorites.

For more SJP, Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw related posts, visit here.

Link Love

Another week and, believe it or not, another Link Love. This week was a good one, and productive again too. And I suppose I did a lot of reading.

Food & Wine Magazine launched a new site for Millenials, called FWx. It's pretty great, and I loved this article about everything you need to know about your date can be learned over Sushi. I guess this means I can continue to always be down for sushi, and according to it, I'm a keeper!

This video, about a little boy in the freezing cold without a jacket, not only warms up the little boy but also warms up my heart.

Remember when I said I wanted to redecorate my bedroom? Rachel Zoe's bedroom is pretty on glam.

I am way more than 100% in agreement with this article: Carrie Bradshaw > Hannah Horvath. HANDS DOWN. I said it. Because "The Manolo-and-Prada filled closet and copious cosmopolitans were secondary to the themes that mattered — friendship, adventure, and always believing in love." Because "Sex and the City was fiction; my friends and I were smart enough to know that. And yet, the over-the-top outfits, the gilded clubs, and the gorgeous real estate gave us a glimpse into Manhattan at its most magical...Sex and the City made us imagine how it could be."

Speaking of Throwback TV, one of my favorites The OC, and the list of the most attractive guys to grace it. Be still my heart, Ryan Atwood. And Welcome to the OC, bitch. This is how it's done in Orange County"

For a girl who sends a lot of mail, i.e. birthday cards, don't be surprised when the next one you get looks like this.

When you want to be jealous, party of one, check out this list of adorably in love couples. Also, couple number 6 is currently inspiring the bridesmaid "dresses" of a future wedding I'll be in. 

Lastly, I have to tell you about the 20% off at J.Crew for Cardholders. Now I know I'm not "shopping" but I did snag this shirt for $2 with the discount and my cardholder quarterly gift card. $2 doesn't count right?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On Trend: Gallery Wall

In the next couple of weeks, we'll be finding out if we can stay in our apartment for another year. And once we know, I'll either be looking for new apartments to rent, or maybe even a condo to buy, OR I'll be rearranging my room. Need to switch it up.

Don't worry, I've enlisted Mr. Bennett to help with the heavy lifting.

With that being said, I want to move my dresser against the wall where my bed currently is, i.e. my gallery wall. So, there may be some readjusting for my mirror.

But that's always fun. Maybe I'll even throw in a few new prints.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Michael and Courtney Adamo

Like I said last week, when Lauren Bryan Knight announced that she would be contributing for Houzz, I knew we were in for some good stuff.

This time, she visited the adorable Adamo family, and could their children's names be any cuter: Easton, Quin, Ivy and Marlow? Not to worry, their bedrooms may be even cuter.

Photos courtesy of Lauren Bryan Knight and full article can be found here.

Monday, February 24, 2014


The 10 day forecast, woof. It's going to cold again and I'm blaming mother nature's indecisiveness on the cold I've got going on right now. What'a bitch.

What I can say is this, March could not come soon enough, hellloooo Saturday.

This week, I don't have a to do list. Let's chalk it up to last week being so productive.

xo xo xo

Currently -
 it's been a songs I know all the words to kind of day :listening
all the yummy food I picked up at Whole Foods yesterday :eating:
homemade arnold palmers, yah I went there :drinking:
 for the second week in a row, spring :wanting:
to renew my SELF and Bon App subscriptions :needing:
of new blog posts, I know how boring this one is :thinking:
Benedryl :enjoying:
 how many days this week I can get away with wearing Lululemon :wondering:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Link Love

You guys, I had no idea how long it had been since my last Link Love post. Each week, as I find new articles I open them up in my browser on my phone and store them till Friday and I've been doing it for so long and didn't even realize I hadn't shared in quite some time!

My Uniform for the past week: Hunter Boots, Lululemon, Puffer Vest

I know I'm a bit late on this one but for Valentine's Day Style Me Pretty shared 25 homes to fall in love with. And I just about fell hard for every single one. I especially love how they categorized them all. Don't be surprised when you see all of these in Apartment Love.

Remember last week when I talked about the Ikea Expedit Shelving unit from Ikea? Well the big, okay really big, box store announced today that they would be discontinuing the popular shelving unit. Hysterics ensued.

Speaking of Ikea, here are 5 people who are way more talented than me, and really good at DIY.

10 Interior Design Trends, 30 Rooms that show them off, realistically. Here you go.

I've full on caught the olympic fever and succombed to hours of watching Bobsledding, Curling, you name it. And when I saw this article, I could not agree more with Carly and her NYC Winter Olympics. Chicago's facing the same olympics. I'm looking at you giant puddles from 8 inches of snow fall followed by 40 degree weather days.

Remember how I'm always quoting Sleepless in Seattle when Rosie O'Donnell's character tells Megan Ryan's character that she doesn't want to be in love, she wants to be in love in a movie. Well here's some other things that Romantic Comedies lied to us about, yes, I recognize the irony in that correlation.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New York: I Love You.

I'm not sure if I've said this but not this past weekend but the weekend before I jet set to New York City not for fashion week but to visit one of my best friends and just have one of those perfect weekends. You know what I'm talking about: relaxing and fun, delicious food, shopping and more. It was filled with just enough activities and of course, great friends.

Every time I visit New York, however, I'm reminded of three things:

  1. How much I appreciate living in Chicago
  2. How much I love New York
  3. How much I wish Chicago had some of the things I love about New York
These things you ask?


Not only are they, obviously, INSANELY convenient but you can pretty much find anything in them, and usually things of good quality while also inexpensive. They really are an anomaly.

They have
+ beautiful flowers
+ a serious collection of magazines
+ everything you MAY need at home i.e. toilet paper, bottles of water, etc
+ obscure candy
+ fresh fruit and vegetables...seriously, the freshest.
+ and more!

Please, Chicago, open some, preferably on my corner.


I'm really quite shocked they haven't opened a Chicago studio and I'm fairly certain it's only a matter of time. I'm also fairly certain that I'd happily buy and run a franchise.

Have you tried it yet? As an avid spinner, I absolutely loved it.

I'm also thinking this will be my next candle purchase.

A Subway that you can actually use to get around the whole city.

The El, is needless to say, pretty limited. If you don't live near or on it, or are trying to go somewhere near or on it, you're pretty much restricted to cabbing or taking at least one bus route. Just try getting from my apartment in Lincoln Park to Wicker Park!

Cheap Nail Salons

New York is a far cry from cheap but when it comes to nail salons there's just so much competition they all have to lower their prices. If i could get a manicure in Chicago for $12, I'd probably spend a lot less money on Essie Nail Polishes at Walgreens.

Side note: This is not always something I experience in New York. Whenever I go to Rachel's nail salon, my manicure typically mumbles something under her breath, which I obviously don't understand and just nod and say okay. There goes one add on, then another. I've learned to just say no.

Duane Reade

Speaking of Walgreens, they are CLEARLY the ugly step mother of Duane Reade. I love that place, it's really fantastic. What can't you get there?

Prepared Food Stores on every corner

I'm really looking forward to that Whole Foods opening up less than a mile way next year.

Arnold Palmers

You can get fresh made ones everywhere.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Sascha and Sabrina Kolmakov

When Lauren Bryan Knight announced she was going to be contributing for Houzz, I just knew there was going to be some Apartment LOVE. Not only does this girl have great taste but also she just happens to call good ole London, England home so you can imagine my excitement.

And her first home tour...did not disappoint.

Photo credits Lauren Bryan Knight, who on a side note made me fall head over heels for a holiday card.

Monday, February 17, 2014


...I wish I had a pink tutu.

I know it's been awhile since we've had one of these, between my brief hiatus and my trip to New York, things have been pretty hectic around here and I haven't really gotten back into the swing of things. Hello swing of things, nice to see you.

This week...

+ Ill be back at the gym: Spinning classes, wishing they were Soul Cycle, Yoga Classes, and more.

+ I'm going to register for a 5K this summer. Let's hope my feet will allow it. I'm going to start taking calcium as i heard not having enough can lead to foot cramps. 

+ I want to rearrange my room: move my bed against the back wall. It sounds like a lot of heavy lifting, especially since I may be moving this spring.

+ Speaking of spring, I am SO SO SO sick of winter. The cold temps and the snow. I've had enough. This past weekend, Amy and I were laying around the apartment really struggling. We didn't want to spend the day doing nothing but there's only so much to do when you're couped up in a small apartment. We really just wanted to go for a walk.

+ But being in side so much, I'm doing a fairly decent number of the Oscar Nominations. I watched Philomena and Dallas Buyers Club this past weekend. I'm hoping to finish it up by March 2's show.

+ I'm also doing a good number on Harry Potter and fully immersed in book four. Yes, it is my first time reading the series, I read books 1 - 3 in elementary school and didn't get pulled in enough to continue, let's just say, I'm pulled in now. And the amount of things that were not featured in the movies is BLOWING my mind.

+ Free activities have been good as well as I'm trying not to shop, outside of necessities. Let's see how this goes. March 13 would be one month. 

xo Ox xO xo xo Ox xO xo xo Ox xO xo xo Ox xO xo xo Ox xO xo 

Currently -
Listening: Say Something - A Great Big World & Xtina
Eating: paleo, duh.
Drinking: I really want a fresh Arnold Palmer. Rachel got me hooked.
Wanting: Spring
Needing: to watch Seth Meyer's last SNL, and add the Tonight Show to this week's DVR. Love me some good Jimmy Fallon.
Thinking: Chicago, or my company, should celebrate President's Day
Wondering: if I can make it a month without shopping #ihaveaproblem

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Paleo Crockpot Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork

Another week, another recipe. Ladies and gents, grab your crock pots again.

Please pardon my paper plate, we're not EXACTLY a pork eating apartment. In fact, we're keep it pretty kosher around here, literally.

This dish, however, was yummy and worth the blasphemy of cooking pork in my apartment. And lucky for my roommates, the smell of delicious cinnamon, honey and apples was more reminiscent of the Jewish New Year than your average pig roast.

But, for those pig eaters, I say dive into this dish.

Paleo Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork
From PaleOMG

2 lb pork shoulder roast
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 apples, cored & sliced
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp ginger, freshly grated
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled & smashed
1 bay leaf

1. Add all ingredients to crock pot and allow spiced and ingredients to coat roast
2. Cover
3. Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low or 6 - 8 hours on high
4. Using a fork, shred your pork.
5. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Cassandra Lavalle

As if Coco + Kelley weren't already stylish inspiration enough, Style Me Pretty Living recently shared editor Cassandra Lavalle's Seattle home and all I'm going to say is holla.

Photos from Katie Parra