Monday, December 19, 2011

Catch-up & other ramblings

The month of December has flown by.

Let's recap, shall we?

  • The past few weeks have been really busy but really fun.  We attended a friend's Christmas party with Tess and Joel.   We did a wine exchange (white elephant type thing) which was fun. TG and I left with two kinds we hadn't tried before.  Tess snapped this picture at the party. (And yep, same dress...different colors. Great minds think alike!)


  • The next week I spent three days laying around with one bad cold. (And watching a lot of Real Housewives of well...you name it)


  • Last weekend, we celebrated Christmas with TG's dad and step mom.   We had reservations for iNG but they called that day to let me know they had a power outage and had to close for the night. Boo. We ended up eating at a new restaurant, Vera.  Vera really exceeded my expectations.  It's tapas and each plate that came out was better than the last.  I think I will do a review of Vera in a separate post. 


  • The family I nanny for gifted me the cutest little Chicago book and this adorable Tory Burch make-up case. Lurve!
  • I leave on Thursday for NC.  I'm so excited to see my family and friends.
  • I still have a significant amount of Christmas shopping left to do.  I've never been this last-minute before.  It makes me really slightly anxious. As much as I love shopping in Chicago, I do not love the Christmastime shopping crowds. Not one bit. 
  • I bought a bag of Christmas peanut butter M&Ms on Sunday.  Well, it's Tuesday and the 3/4 of the bag is gone. You do the math. The holiday season has a way of tossing some extra pounds my way.  
  • So there you have it. A little recap. Hope you all are enjoying the season and have more shopping done than me. 






Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Doggie Dilemma.

It may not be officially winter yet, but it certainly feels like it in Chicago. (I know, I know, it only gets worse.)

Recently, I read on our vet's website that the salt they use to de-ice (defrost?) the roads and sidewalks can be harmful for dog paws. I'm guessing we will be seeing a lot of salt in the next few months.  Am I being ridiculous?

Against TG's wishes, I have started the hunt for dog shoes and coats.  If they need winter gear, you can bet it is going to be cute. I don't really think Barkley needs a coat but I saw Chip shivering the other morning and felt bad for his short-haired self.

Here's what I'm thinking:
....They look silly, but it's really more about function.


At least Barkley & Chip aren't going to be subject to the humiliation that these would surely bring...
Seriously, I can't look at those without laughing. 


They also have disposable ones.  Have you ever tried dog shoes (either kind)?

This coat is from Land's End. I like this option because it's not too frou frou looking but will keep the pups warm and dry when things turn ugly here.

Then of course, there's always this too.  Just kidding.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dear Santa...

It's almost December, people! The older I get, the more I love Christmas and the less I care about the gift-giving part.  I'm most excited to spend a few days with my family.   (I'm sure my mom will still be asking me for ideas though!) Just for kicks...here are some things I'd be excited to find under the tree.



 People swear by these Lululemon leggings. 
 I really need some couch throw pillows. Yes, I keep changing them. I think I have commitment issues.  

I have a greige colored couch (Or stone, as Pottery Barn calls it). Suggestions? (I'm talking to you Jessie the decor guru!)

I'm actually not sure about the lens. I really want a versatile lens for my Canon Rebel. I'm still using the standard one it came with. Suggestions?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Edition

I hope you had a great thanksgiving filled with delicious food, great family & friends, and plenty of blessings.

TG and I will both be heading South for Christmas so we stayed in Chicago for Thanksgiving this year. Wednesday night, we decided to walk down to a restaurant just a hop-skip-and a jump from our building, South Coast Sushi. This restaurant is surely one of our favorite sushi spots. So very yummy.

We ate Thanksgiving dinner with TG's dad and step-mom. Holy deliciousness. I must admit, I sure love holidays and the food that comes with! I feel lucky to actually like spending time with TG's family. I know some people aren't crazy about their significant other/husband/boyfriend's parents.

Friday TG and I ventured over to Christkindlmarket which is a German-Christmas festival. It was super crowded so we didn't stay too long. However, I snapped pictures of one of the big Christmas trees and some of the German goodies. Potato pancakes, beers, strudel, bratwurst, and coo-coo clocks galore. I had a hot-spiced wine to drink and TG had some sort of German beer. We shared a couple of pretzels that were pretty tasty too. All in all, a fun holiday activity to do in Chicago. Bonus points for being free admission!


The market really got me into the Christmas spirit..even if it isn't December yet.

I'm trying to compile a list of fun Christmas activities to do in Chicago. Chicago people: What are some of your favorites?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Graham (The Bull)

I finished up my half day of work Wednesday and practically ran to the L station for my mini commute home. I was all set for an afternoon of leisurely shopping and fun about town until I got a bad news phone call. My brother's sweet 8 month old puppy, Graham, was sick and was going to have to be put down. My heart sank and tears streamed down my face as I talked to my mom on the phone. Unfortunately, he had a congenital kidney defect and was in complete kidney failure. I think the worst part was that it was completely unexpected.

I know not everyone is a dog person but in my family...well...we're big dog people. I mean, our dogs get Christmas presents from Santa. It was a really hard weekend for my family and my heart has been so heavy for my brother. Sweet Graham had a short, but very rich life. My mom and I laughed about just how much of a good time he had in 8 short months. (To the tune of: eating\chewing up an entire bag of granny smith apples, busting through doors, and stealing/treating himself to an entire rotisserie chicken off of the counter, etc.) We nicknamed him "the Bull" because he was always thrashing through doors and had an all around wreckless nature.

He was so very loved and he will be so very missed. We're certain he is having lots of fun in doggy heaven.





Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving & a little bit of gratitude



A list of things I am thankful for this year:
1) HIS plan (& timing)
2) My sweet family. I swear I love these people more and more all the time.
3) TG and the balance he brings to my life. (And his cooking.)
4) Old friends who I talk to on a regular basis
5) New Chicago friends that have welcomed me into their circle
6) Sweet doggy snuggles each morning
7) Having people to count on.
8) Forgiveness
9) My DVR.
10) A cozy bed
11) Our apartment
12) Coffee (and flavored creamers)
13) Blog buddies. (Thanks for reading : )
14) Grandparents I'm close with.
15) Chicago.



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Happy Thanksgiving. May you be surrounded by those you love and really yummy food.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weekend Update

Thank goodness for weekends! I find that weekend plans are what get me through the work week.

Friday was one of those days. I overslept and was late for work. Once I was en route to work, my cab driver told me his credit card machine was down (this is a game cabbies like to play because they prefer cash. This game annoys me to no end. This game often ends with me being snappy with said cabbie). I finally got to work and then fell walking up the stairs. I treated myself to a Starbuck's holiday coffee that afternoon and proceeded to spill it all over my coat and gloves. To top it all off, my new purse BROKE as I was walking from the L stop to Tess' house.

I digress.

SO. Friday night TG and I scooted over to Tess' place for drinks before our sushi date...double date that is! I was so excited that our guys got along so well. After dinner, we kept the party going and headed to a bar to have a few more drinks. My college-self came out and I found myself saying one more drink...and then another. But seriously, we had the best time.

Of course I didn't bring my DSLR out so my picture was crappy quality. I need a new purse big enough to carry my regular purse items as well as my big camera. If you have any suggestions for less than $200 pleeeeasee help a sister out. I may just end up splurging for a good bag.

Saturday was spent being lazy...which just so happens to be one of my favorite activities. Sometimes it's so nice to just do nothing. I drank coffee, caught up on blog reading, spent too much time on Pinterest, cuddled with pups, and cooked a good dinner.

Sunday TG and I headed over to the Randolph Street Market. Let it be known that the RSM is only worth attending (in my opinion) during the summer months. The summer market dates offer much more furniture, antiques, and all around awesomeness.

Afterwards we ate a late lunch at The Southern in Bucktown (review to come!). The Southern was delicious and pretty much a little slice of heaven. They have a really great outdoor space so we will definitely be spending some time there once it gets warm again.


Sunday seems to be my catch all day of the weekend. I find myself having to run errands, do school work and tie up loose ends on most of my Sundays. (I really want to find a church to join in Chicago as well as a small group). The day was pretty much spent by the time we got home. I basically did some work and went to bed. All in all a solid weekend though : )

What did you do this weekend?
And how did you tote your big ass camera?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WILW

I haven't done a WILW in a while so I figured it was due.

I'm loving that sweet TG came home from traveling (work) a day early to surprise me. I walked into the condo to find a dozen white roses, my favorite wine, and a great meal. Between my traveling and his we hadn't seen each other in like 2.5 weeks. Crazy! I really was surprised. He also reminded me that as of yesterday we have been together 4 years. I remembered over the weekend and then forgot. Oopsy daisy.

I'm loving that Thanksgiving is next week. I love this time of year.

I'm loving my Old Navy skinny jeans that came in the mail. I have heard people talk about how great Old Navy jeans are so I decided to order a few pairs. Very pleased with the fit (I ordered the petite since I'm a half pint at only 5"1).

I'm loving that Revenge comes back on tonight. I seriously can't get enough of this show.

I'm loving looking forward to this weekend! We have a double date dinner on Friday night, a quick trip to the lake on Saturday, and then I'm hitting up the Randolph Street Market on Sunday.

What are you loving on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Minneapolis and a Weekend Update

So my first residency is finally over. I spent entirely too much time being stressed/anxious over it. Much to my surprise, I actually had so much fun. I didn't take a single picture. However, I did manage to meet one of Kris Humphries' groomsmen (his best friend since 7th grade). Weirdness! Minneapolis is a pretty cool city...at least from what I saw...which wasn't much. I spent most of my time in conference rooms but did manage to venture out a few times for dinner and such. The Target headquarters is in Minneapolis. I'm assuming they got the motherload shipment of Missoni since every person I passed on the street was wearing something from the Missoni for Target line.

After Minneapolis, I headed straight to North Carolina. I was so glad to see my family even if it was for a short time.

Friday night, I headed down to Topsail beach with Amy and Joslyn. Catching up with friends is seriously the best. Saturday night was my sweet friend Katie's engagement party at the beach. I was a little overwhelmed with all of the love and happiness between friends. Katie asked me to be a bridesmaid (with the cutest card from Etsy!) which brought even more emotions out. So many of my close friends were in one place and my heart was just really...full.




My pictures are sort of weird because I had to use my little camera instead of my DSLR.

Oh, and I snagged a belated birthday present from some of my besties.


Love them : )

I finally got back to Chicago Sunday night. Driving into the city from the airport is one of my favorite views...especially at night.

I was so glad to be reunited with my fur babes. Unfortunately, TG wasn't home from travel yet.

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. Absolutely crazy. I feel like 2011 has been the shortest year of my life. I'll be blogging my holiday bucket list later this week.

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Checking in

Hello from Minneapolis! (More appropriately, Hi Mom! It's going peachy!)

Colloquium week is going really well. I feel like such a nerd but I'm actually having a lot of fun. It's so great to be able to talk about Marriage and Family Therapy with classmates that I have previously only talked to via course room chats. My room mate is so sweet and it feels like we have known each other much longer than we actually have.

My only complaint is that I was unable to watch Real Housewives of Atlanta. I was a little upset when I realized we didn't get Bravo in my hotel room. Boo.

Back to normal postings next week.

P.S. Have you guys seen the SNL Kardashian spoof? Love!
Speaking of Kardashians, my friend Joslyn described the situation best in my comment box. "Kris wasn't drinking the Kardashian Kool-aid." and "Kim wasn't psyched."

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

-Tomorrow morning I leave for Minneapolis. I've never been before so I'm a little excited to see a new city. I'll be there for a week for part of my grad school program. I have a roommate that I've never met so hopefully all goes well on that front.

-After an incredibly mild October, it is starting to get cold in Chicago. This morning made me reconsider my coat purchase. I got a patagonia down filled short coat. I'm probably going to go back and get a long one with a hood as well. The one I got will be great for the in between weather. You know when it's cold but not blizzarding. Not sure that's a word. Hmm.

-I can't not mention Kim Kardashian. Of course, Kris Jenner was all over the morning news shows trying to cover for Kim. She is so terrified that they are going to lose "fans"...or more accurately a paycheck. And everytime Kim says that "it wasn't the fairy tale I hoped for" I feel a little wave of nausea. I've always liked Kourtney and Khloe much more than Kim.

-I digress.

-Next weekend I'm heading south for one of my best friend's engagement party. I'm excited to see my family and some of my favorite girlfriends. Gift ideas?

-I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. While I am a little sad I won't be with my family, I'm also glad to just stay put for a few days and relax.

-That's all for today.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Perennial Virant

Last weekend, TG and I ate at Perennial Virant with some family. This cozy Lincoln Park spot did not disappoint. I especially loved the decor...complete with some amazing mason jar chandeliers. This could be a really great place to have a small party or even a rehearsal dinner. Just an all around good feel.


Chef Paul Virant employs the farm to table concept and creates his menus using seasonal (and mostly local) ingredients. The Chef is also known for his incorporation of pickling into his dishes. The menu is categorized by small, medium, and large plates. Sharing is encouraged.

Our picks:
-Bar Snacks ("deviled farm egg, three sisters spicy corn nuts, & a soft pretzel with smoked cheddar sauce"). This was a fun and more gourmet twist on some traditional bar fare. The deviled egg was my favorite.

-Housemade Charcuterie ("shaved turnips, mustard greens, grilled bread, klug farm blueberry mostarda"). TG enjoyed this more than I did. It wasn't bad or anything, just not my favorite.

-Crispy Barramundi ("with sweet potato puree, brussel sprouts, bacon & cranberry vinaigrette"). I loved this dish. The fish was light and really showcased the seasonal flavors. I would definitely order this again.

-Crispy Prairie fruits farm Gnudi ("marina di chioggia squash puree, brown butter, gremolata"). Let's be honest.. I didn't know what Gnudi was but quickly became a fan. It's like Gnocchi's delicious sister. This was my other favorite dish.

-Cdk angus beef ribeye ("with fried fingerling potatoes, pickled garlic, kale, burgundy snails"). TG had this and I had a little bite. It was really great but the potatoes were a little disappointing...our waiter made them sound better than they were.

The dessert we ordered was the special...frozen yogurt with grapes. (Finally got my frozen yogurt fix!) The Chef also sent out some complimentary sugar cookies that were likely the best I've ever had. Not your average sugar cookie.

We both agreed that we would definitely be returning in the future. Perennial also does a weekend brunch, which I'm sure is every bit as delicious as it's menu sounds.

Perennial Virant
1800 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

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*menu item descriptions in italics taken from website

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Full Circle

While out walking around a few weeks ago, I headed down Ontario and spotted the familiar James Hotel sign. I couldn't help but smile and have one of those moments where I realize life has sort of come full circle.

The first time I ever came to Chicago (for TG's dad's wedding), we stayed at The James. This is one amazing hotel. The decor is chic, modern, and all around fun. The downstairs bar serves up tasty and unique cocktails. (Seriously, delicious.) It's a great hotel for first-time visitors because it's just steps away from all of the Michigan Avenue tourist stuff and provides easy access to the surrounding hot spots/neighborhoods.

That visit to Chicago kind of sealed the deal for me. TG and I both fell in love with Chicago and talked about how much we would like to someday live here. It was all I talked about before we finished college. And it was really all I could talk about while we lived in Tampa. (No offense, Tampa). And here we are. Kind of sappy, I know. I just love this city and I feel so lucky to live here. So I'm thankful. That's all.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Friday!


I came across this picture earlier.
My immediate thought: this is ba-nanas*.
Jon Hamm, I'm overwhelmed with your sexiness.

Happy Friday!
(*signs you may be watching too much Rachel Zoe Project.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paris Club + Dose Market

Friday night, I met up with some girls (Tess, Liz, & Claire) over at Hub 51 for a drink prior to scooting over to Paris Club for more drinks and dinner. We had the best time. We shared stories of subway paranoia and chatted about recent reality t.v. shows. I left feeling so excited to have met some sweet Chicago girlfriends.

Sunday afternoon I headed over to Dose Market. This monthly market has all sorts of fun food/decor/clothing vendors. Think unique jewelry, vintage finds, and foodie items (even gourmet s'mores!) They also change up some of the vendors each month so there is always something new to be found. I picked up some flavored caramels (salted caramel, pistachio & ginger, and chili). I also snagged some bacon bourbon caramel corn from Salted Caramel.

There was also a little pop-up restaurant/soda shop in one area and had I not been alone I would have definitely grabbed a bite to eat. However, I didn't want to sit all alone, so I opted out.

I strolled over to Michigan Avenue to hunt for a birthday present for my sister. I walked away empty handed but did enjoy the alone time walking and snapping pictures along the way. It was nice to just enjoy the quiet (and step on every crunchy leaf I passed on the sidewalk). I have tons of recent pictures to post as soon as I can get into the groove of balancing work-grad school-blogging-playing.

TG gets back from his work travels this week : ) And I'm attending a wine and cheese pairing class with some of my favorite bloggers tomorrow. Details to come!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Commutes and Coats

Thanks for all of your comments. I loved checking out your blogs and getting new reading material : )

The past two weeks have been crazy as I have started back working (as a nanny) and my grad school classes started back. Plus, the Blackberry outage has compounded my unplugged-ness.

I have a little commute to work. This is an adjustment as I have always driven everywhere prior to moving to Chicago. (Sidenote: I did drive to Target/Whole Foods on my own the other day! Three cheers for being brave and driving in the city. I realize this is not a big deal for most people.)

I'm settling into my new routine and have decided I need to make the most of my commute time. Sometimes I read. But sometimes I just can't stop people watching. I have like a little running commentary going through my head during my time on the train. I'd like to start drafting blog posts during this time. I think that would be a better use of my time than scouting out people to be on What Not to Wear.

Speaking of what to wear, I've been searching for a perfect everyday coat. It's about to get seriously cold. I want something longer and down filled but all of the women's long coats are way too long on me. I tried on a girl's patagonia XL and it actually fit perfectly. Would you judge me if I bought a kids coat?

This is the one we're talking about:


OR there's this short women's coat:

And I decided I need this just to hang out in. How cozy does this look?!



What are your go-to commute activities/items? And thoughts on the coat situation?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Outside Looking In (on Blogging)

Hi friends! On Monday, I was part of Johanna's (101 Things I love) fall blog series. She's a fellow Chicago lady : ) Head over to her blog for your daily dose of fashion, fall favorites, and one sweet baby girl!

We spent this past weekend up at the lake. While chatting with TG's stepmom, I was reminded that blogging is...well, a little weird to non bloggers.

Before I started this blog, I would have thought it was a little strange too. I suppose I can still see why people might think it's odd.

Especially when I say things like this on a daily basis:
-"My blog friend ______ went/ate there! It's good."
-"I'm meeting my blog friend _____ for drinks tonight"
-"I'm so excited about this blogger event coming up"

So, yeah. I have friends on the internet. There you have it.

I'm from a small(ish) town where blogging is certainly not the norm. And meeting people on the internet seems creepy and brings thoughts of criminal activity to mind. Let's be honest. 2 years ago I would have thought the same thing. But not anymore.

Blogs make me feel so connected. To people. Places. Restaurants. And to just generally being in the know.

It's quite the community, really. So thank you for reading and leaving kind words of encouragement/support.

Favor: will you leave me a comment and let me know you're a reader? Or just say hi! I'd love to check out your blogs too!

I would appreciate it! Thanks!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Word on Relationships.

I was chatting with one of my best friends the other day and we started talking about relationships. Hers. Mine. And just in general.

When I was younger, I had this idea that when you fall in love everything is perfect all of the time. I think most people in real relationships can confirm that this is simply not the case. Relationships are hard work. People aren't perfect. And it's silly to expect someone else to be perfect when we ourselves are imperfect. No one is happy go lucky every second of every day. People have bad days.

My sister and I joke about what my mom has told me countless times. It goes something like this: "Love and life and marriage aren't a fairy tale everyday. No one wakes up head over heels in love every single day of their life for their entire life. You just have to do the best you can with the person you love."

That being said, I am lucky to have TG. We love each other. But nothing is perfect. I don't want it to ever seem that way. In fact, I find it a little irritating when I read blogs where it's all rainbows and daisies and hearts all the time. Of course, we have arguments. Of course, I can be difficult. Of course, we can get on each other's nerves. But we forgive each other. I think that's what is important.

Relationships are full of ups and downs. Peaks and valleys. I saw this quote recently and I thought it was pretty perfect.

"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to find a person who loves you for exactly who you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That's the kind of person worth sticking with"
-Juno

Thoughts?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend Update

This weekend was a lazy one. TG has had a crazy work schedule lately so we have just been lounging and what not.

Last week, I found a campaign dresser on Craig's list for $50. I have seen some pretty amazing campaign dresser transformations, so I was keeping an eye out for one of my own. TG wasn't exactly onboard with me crashing his Sunday to drive out to the suburbs to pickup a dresser. There was a Bears game in Chicago so the traffic was crazy too. With some whining and pouting, I convinced him to help me go get it.

All it needs is a fresh coat of paint. I have to replace all of the brass pieces too--the ones on this dresser are pretty dingy. I'm hoping make mine look as great as these do.




The last picture is from Jessie's dresser re-vamp. (p.s. Jessie is somewhat of the Craig's List Queen-- Check out her blog! )

Can't wait to post pictures of the finished product : )

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Miscellany!

  • This past Wednesday night, I had my first blog-buddy-date. Tess and I have been reading each other's blogs for a while now. We certainly share a love for Chicago..among other things! I was a little nervous as I cabbed it over to Rock It. Once I sat down and ordered a glass of wine, we started talking like we had known each other for years. Our happy hour meet up turned into a long dinner with plenty of wine. Tess is a doll. If you aren't reading her blog, you should head on over! I'm so grateful for blogging and my first Chicago friend!
  • My Missoni for Target package came a couple of days ago. I ordered a melamine tray and two pairs of the chevron flats (one for me (7.5) and one for my sweet sister(7)). I really like the tray but haven't decided where I will use it yet. I was a little disappointed with the flats. I usually am a pretty standard size 7.5. The 7.5 was HUGE on me. The size 7 were even a little loose on me so I knew they wouldn't fit Sydney. I was also a little disappointed in the quality. I know it's Target but they are a little flimsy. Anyways, I took the 7.5 back and got these black patent flats. Shasta Anne and Annie like them too : )

  • The other day while walking down State street, I walked over a wind grate. I totally had a Marilyn Monroe moment as I swatted my skirt down. The people around me definitely saw my blue hanky pankies. Oopsy.
  • It's no secret that I love television. Have you enjoyed the season premieres this week? I have quite the tv schedule this fall. Modern Family, The Office, & Parks and Recreation are some of my favorites. Has anyone seen Up All Night? Whitney? 2 Broke Girls? I'm trying to decide if I will watch those.
  • I found a campaign dresser that I'm going to pick up this weekend. TG and I are going to paint it and refresh the hardware so I will have a new dresser. Pretty excited. I'm thinking I want to do something like this.
  • TG has been such a saint lately. Putting things together for me, accompanying me on Target trips, and fixing the toilet after I broke it. Not what you think. I'm trying to think of something special to do for him.
  • My Erin Condren planner came last week and I love it. I won't bore you with pictures of my planner because I know everyone has seen it on some blog or another. It's totally worth the $50. Plus, it has tabs, pockets, and fun stickers.
  • Lastly, I stumbled upon this artist/blogger/designer the other day. I'm trying to figure out which of her paintings I would like to order. I may just get her to do something custom to match our living room. Or maybe this one for our bedroom?
  • Check her out. Cocoa and Hearts. I'm completely obsessed.
Happy Friday! : )

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Word about Chicago

I feel so blessed to live in such an amazing city. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with this town.

Upon leaving the South, I thought I would miss the "southern hospitality", yes sir/yes ma'am, sweet tea way of life. Although I do miss sweet tea and Duke's mayonnaise, I have found comfort and ease in being in a big city in the Midwest.

Prior to moving here, I had heard people say that Chicagoans were really nice people. Moving to a big city, I expected to encounter some rude and unfriendly people. I've had several encounters with not-so-nice people in New York and Boston. I mean, obviously, there are rude and mean people in every city in the world.

But I must say, so far I have been pleasantly surprised. I said to TG yesterday: People are so stinking kind here. I sneezed walking down the street and had three people bless me!

The other day at the L station, I must have looked confused. A man walked right over to me, asked if I needed help, and pointed me in the right direction.

I'm just saying-- A little kindness goes a long way. And there is definitely Midwestern Hospitality too.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Wish List

The fall weather is well on it's way to Chicago. I'm excited to finally be able to wear my fall/winter clothes that I missed out on wearing last year. It rarely felt appropriate to wear tights and boots in Florida. I've been thinking about several items I'd like to add to my closet. I'm still searching for the perfect winter coat. I'm a very cold natured person. Seriously. When I go to the movie theater, I rarely look cute or presentable because I'm so bundled up. It's always arctic in the theater.

I'm hoping to find several cotton dresses to wear with leggings and boots. I have a feeling it will be all about comfort and warmth this winter. I'm on the search for some basic cotton dresses (long sleeve/turtleneck). I welcome any and all suggestions blog friends : )

Here are a few things I'm thinking about adding to my closet this fall:







What items are on your fall wish list?

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