Friday, January 30, 2009

Laura Letinsky

I love all of Laura Letinsky's photography encompassing food. It makes me yearn to live in a house overlooking a lake-any lake. I don't know why, maybe the colors?

Monday, January 26, 2009

In honor of bubble wrap appreciation day...

Check out this sweet bubble wrap game. Just guide your mouse over to the bubbles and click on them to pop 'em. Sorry about the google advertising, it's the only way I could embed it on here. Now pop away! xo

I'm a survivor...

If you are a fabulous single gal and dreading Valentine's Day, check out this fun slideshow on Glamour Magazine's website titled, The Single Girl's Guide to Surviving Valentine's Day. I was more than happy to share how I plan to spend the day. Also featured is one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Chelsea. Check us out!

{Photo by Craig Klein via flickr)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Top of the world...

I've been tagged by the always awesome Allison and the instructions are as follows:

* Go to the fourth folder on your computer where you keep your photographs.
* Choose the fourth picture.
* Explain it.
* Tag four other people.

The above picture was taken about 3 spring/summers ago on a camping trip in Michigan. I don't know if it's obvious, but my face is swollen because I had just had 2 of my wisdom teeth removed. This picture is making me yearn for spring/summer so much more than usual. We've had a rough winter, I believe I've had more than my fair share of snow and ice on the ground. Let's start shopping for swimsuits with Joanna!

I tag:

the cherry blog

ashley rose photography

east side bride

rockstar diaries

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Smooth Jazz...

How did I miss this? Yesterday was DJ Jazzy Jeff's birthday! Happy belated birthday to a man who has not only brought us the joy of music but the joy of laughter as well through his character, Jazz on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Martin Luther King's birthday, President Barack Obama inaugurated and Jazzy Jeff's birthday all in one week, amazing.

P.S. Speaking of President Obama (I get giddy writing that) and awesome rap duos, check out this shirt that Lauren of Double Takes found. I must have one!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I hate that I love you so...

Dear Forever 21,

My wallet has warned me about you. Fortunately, my lazy tendencies prevent me from walking the whole half-mile from school to your State Street location. Alas, you have a website, and the images that pop out at me are nothing short of fabulous. Damn you, now I'll have to live on microwave popcorn until my next payday. Thanks a lot. Oh and one more thing, if you could have some routine maintenance on your site when I get my tax refund, that'd be great.


My closet is full

{images via Forever 21}

Neck to neck...

Who among us didn't fall a little more in love with Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere after seeing her in her lovely tulle necklace made by her mom? Of coure, the girl is so gorgeous, she could rock a potato sack and make it look like expensive couture. I digress.

I was so taken by her necklace and the fact that it was homemade that I searched and searched for instructions on how to make my own. I found a post by this lovely blogger dedicated to just this and jumped for joy! If you'd like to make your own ruffled party necklace like the one above, just follow these instructions. I can't wait to make my own!

{image via Burda Style via anmutig}

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mark that under I don't have a clue...

So, I don't know how I missed it but two posts ago, I reached my 100th post. Hooray! My favorite part of the day is reading all your wonderful blogs, I get so much inspiration from all you designers, photographers, writers, etc. There are so many talented bloggers out there, my little blog can't compete. I'm just grateful to be a part of it all.

I know there's not many of you out there that read this but if you are one of those, a million, trillion thanks. You rule.

{photo by kbass941 via flickr}

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Between two ferns...

We have all been exposed to the hotness that is John Hamm, it is common knowledge. After watching this video, my admiration for him went sky high. The man has a great sense of humor. Enjoy.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Conversations with myself...

I saw a spectacular movie last night that I'd never heard of but popped out at me on my Netflix homepage. Conversations with other Women is a look at how two individuals deal with their past and how it affects their respective future. It stars the lovely Helena Bonham Carter and the amazing Aaron Eckhart (I am more and more impressed by him). It's shot split-screen which is sort of distracting at first but once you get accustomed, it adds that much more depth to the film.

It seems we are always drawn to movies that depict our current mood and specific take on life at the moment. When I was happily dating my ex-boyfriend, I never watched romantic comedies or even heartbreaking love stories such as this one. I felt it was an insult to watch any movie that stereotyped relationships as meet-fall in love-obstacle-man or woman realizes they love the other protagonist-happy ending. I also felt no need to watch the sad love films because I naively thought that love could conquer all and that any anguish or longing felt in a relationship was unnecessary. If you love each other, that's it, be happy.

After getting my heart broken, I now see how refreshing-although still unrealistic-a romantic comedy can be. The notion that there is a man out there who would fight for our love-it's almost encouraging. A movie like Conversations with other Women highlights the fact that love is most certainly not enough. I am convinced that I am destined to be one of those women who doesn't meet her other half-if you will-in her youth. I have this feeling that I'll be a wise and mature 40 year old bride. A couple of years ago, that would have terrified and depressed me. Now, it is sort of comforting and it makes me feel better about the reckless, youthful mistakes I have made and will undoubtedly continue to make.

Oh by the way, in the film, the gorgeous Nora Zehetner plays a young Helena Bonham Carter. I absolutely adore her little face.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Because everyone else is doing it...

Here are my submissions to I love you more than blank. I think I had my sister in mind when I came up with them. What a genius idea, that blog!
{Via Smitten}

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This is what I do during a blizzard advisory...

I sit in my apartment in my pajamas and read all your fabulous blogs.
I take pictures of the snow path on my block.

I take pictures of my neighbor's tree covered in snow.

I wander to the old firehouse at the end of the block. I don't know if it's currently in use, but isn't it an awesome building? xo

The fingers have it...

I've been inspired by this beautiful blogger to put some old school elegance in my outfits. I took one look at her lace gloves and decided I must own a pair. So, as all bloggers are prone to do, I did a quick search on etsy. 1950's vintage ivory
lace shabby vintage gloves
long black lace fingerless
short black lace fingerless

Since in Chicago the temperature is currently in the single digits, I may have to wear these lacy lovelies underneath my thick mittens.

{top picture via Mud on My Tea Dress}

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tattooed love boys...

Why are tattoed boys so darn cute?

{I'm a jerk, I can't remember where I got this image from. If yours, please forgive me}

Sunday, January 11, 2009


"Some people invest themselves in their pain and they turn away from love and the things that strengthen and nurture their lives."

-Bruce Springsteen accepting his Golden Globe for best song "The Wrestler"

I don't know why but this quote really resonated with me.

{photo by florence henri via here}

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The one(s) that got away...

All sold out. The good ones always get scooped up fast.

Rosy head gear...

Cute headbands from Monalda4.