I thought that I would share some artwork that I really enjoy doing - I've been doing these pen and ink drawings for friends as gifts for a few years now, and I especially like doing them for the many couple friends I have that get married. I try to put in personal quotes, phrases, and inside jokes that are meaningful to the couple to make it more special for them. Here are 3 that I've done in the last year or two -- these were all for some really special friends and I hope they enjoy having them as much as I enjoyed making them. I've done several others, but some of the images for those ended up on a computer that crashed (yay) so I still need to go back and try to regather those images. I think these ones were all about 10x13 and then I have them frame and matted, so these images are just the scans of the artwork. I also posted about one that I did two years ago here.
The scan cut the sides of this one off a little bit but I still love it.
Here's this one, framed
I love doing these, so if you're ever interested in having a custom gift made, let me know!
I went to Chicago with a few friends over the week of 4th of July, and it was a total blast. I'd been there a few times before, but not for this long so we really got to do a lot. Chicago is a really fun city, and it's hard not to compare it to New York, but I would say it's definitely a little slower-paced and has a certain Midwestern charm.
Luckily we got there right in time for the (last) USA World Cup game, and Soldier Field (where da Bears play) was having a watch party. It was a really cool venue and basically a free for all for the hundreds (thousands?) of people that showed up.
Big Star in Wicker Park was definitely a highlight. Amazing outdoor patio and amazing tacos. They didn't take reservations so we had to wait a little bit but it was definitely worth it.
Homeslice in Lincoln Park was another adorable restaurant. We went there for lunch for some really great pizza and a lovely patio atmosphere.
After wandering around Wrigleyville for a bit, we popped into a place called Cheesie's - where the menu almost exclusively consists of grilled cheese. I got the Mac which had mac and cheese inside and came with tomato soup dipping sauce... needless to say, it was dope.
I'm a sucker for adorable coffeehouses, and Heritage General Store, which specializes in amazing coffee and custom bicycles was certainly adorable. Loved their aesthetic.
Made it over to Jayson Home which was a true delight. I could honestly just hole up in that store and be happy forever. Everything in there is just lovely.
Baby angel vintage staffordshire dogs. I wanted all of them.
Went on down to Millennium Park which is always fun.
After Millennium Park we stopped at Bridge House Tavern on the north side of the river. They had good food and a fantastic view of the river and downtown - highly recommend.
I make a new playlist at the beginning of every month, and also one that sums up the entire season. I love being able to go back and listen to an old playlist from a specific time and remember what was happening in my life at the time when those were my favorite songs. Here's my playlist for Summer 2014, and cheers to the good memories that will be made while listening to it. Listen to it on spotify here.
1. You can seriously never go wrong with a Kate Spade watch - and this 'metro' geo print leather strap watch is no exception.
2. This 'Dope' framed art from Furbish studio is just really, well, dope.
3. Not really sure how I've made it this far in life without this beautiful carry-on STELA 9 bag by Isabel Sunday.
4. I pretty much exclusively wear stud earrings, but sometimes they can be a bit plain. These Montezuma studs from Bauble Bar stay true to that style but add a little extra interest.
5. Sometimes I need just a little more motivation than what coffee can give me, and this 'time to get stuff done' mug from click & blossom would be pretty helpful in the mornings.
So I'm finally attempting to transition my bedroom from 'college' to 'post-grad' ... 3 years later. Better late than never. My first project is to switch out my bedding. I currently have a colorful Anthropologie quilt that I still really like, but it's time for something a little more sophisticated. Check out a few of my inspiration images for what I want to do with my bedding below - as you can see I'm moving towards all white sheets + duvet with a punch of colorful or patterned pillows. Hopefully I'll have some photos of my actual new bedding in a couple of weeks.
1. For whatever reason, I currently have an Academic calendar Maybooks planner.. and they don't make an academic planner anymore.. but I'm pretty much married to having an academic planner now because that's what I currently use (drama). Luckily Kate Spade has this pretty 17-month agenda so problem solved.
2. I've been looking for a new eyeshadow palette, and this NARSissist palette might just take the cake. Yeah, it's pretty pricey, but it's NARS so you know it's good.
3. I had a similar pair to these sunglasses last year from C.Wonder, and they pretty much broke before summer was over. I'm hoping these Top-Bar Aviator Shades from Madewell will hold up a little better.
4. Loving this Shabba Toothbrush Holder from NastyGal to add a little bling and humor to my bathroom.
5. Excited for this new book on denim by designer duo Emily Current and Meritt Elliott - perfect addition to any coffee table book collection.
It's no secret that I think Michelle Adams, editor-in-chief of Domino magazine, is pretty freaking cool. I've professed my love for her here and here, and she's also the reason I was featured in Lonny that one time. Last week, she and her drop-dead-gorgeous closet were featured on another favorite blog, The Coveteur. Check out a few of my favorite shots from her beautifully curated bedroom and wardrobe.