07 October 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy friday, all! Today's image comes courtesy of my trip to Michigan. I went apple picking!

This weekend I'm crawling- cupcake crawling that is. It's time for the second annual cupcake crawl! It's like a bar crawl, but no booze- just bakeries & cupcakes. Mmm!

Whether you're cupcaking or chilling on the couch have an awesome weekend and start things off with some linkage.

Smashing Magazine is having a coffee mug contest
Crow bottle opener
This sounds delicious (and healthy)
Watch Feist on Letterman
Flat Flowers
Foods to promote healthy skin
A delicious launch party
Gorgeous food styling
The best charging doc I've seen

06 October 2011

Check It: Kris Nations Bracelets

Did you wear friendship bracelets as a kid? Not only did I wear them, I made my own and went around the neighborhood selling them for twenty-five cents a pop. Had my bracelets looked like these, I might have made decent cash and been able to spend my earnings on more than a bag of chips from the corner store.

Friends, let me introduce you to Kris Nations bracelets. I'm in love with this modern take on the old handmade friendship bracelet. The embellishments and mixed media materials make them unique and check it worthy. Check out the entire Kris Nations site for all sorts of fun that goes way beyond bracelets.


Above (Clockwise):
Old Town Bracelet
Mesilla Cuff with Leather
Cuidad Friendlship Bracelet
Allison Woven Friendship Bracelet

05 October 2011

Infographics to the Rescue


This week is stress city. I'm stuck in giant hole of work and can barely see out. What keeps me going? At the moment this info-graphic. My office mate and I charted the rise and fall of N'Sync members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez over time. Note: Time = lifespan of N'Sync.
You're going to want to click the image and zoom in. :)

30 September 2011

Hello Friday, Friends! I'm skipping town this weekend to leave my beautiful city of Chicago for Ann Arbor, Michigan. Come 3:00, it's road trip time! What are you up to this weekend? Are you staying at home or heading out? Whatever you're up to, I hope you have fun. Enjoy these Friday links, and hit me up in the comments section, if you've got some of your own to share.

Links:
Nice Looking Polaroid
Wilco's Full Letterman Concert
Zooey & Winnie
Replace Face
Vintage Sainsbury's packaging
I never wanted a camel dress before, but...
Magnolia bakery opens in Chicago
Great handmade jewelry
It just makes me so happy
Dr. Suess quote in paper

28 September 2011

Das Boot!

It's fall and I want to buy boots. Lace ups, rain boots, you name them I want them right now. Here are a few favorites I found on endless.com. I also included a pair that begs for discussion. Um, can we say ankle breaking?


 

27 September 2011

Music Video Tuesday

Death Cab for Cutie just released a new music video for their single "Stay Young, Go Dancing." It's a whole bunch of adorable. I am loving the sentimental married Ben. He's all love and butterflies.



Katie Herzig also has a new video out, and it features one of my very favorite things in the world- stop motion animation! Why is this technique not used more? Perhaps it's too much fun for mass consumption.



Those are my new tunes, what are you listening to?

21 September 2011

Summer Reads Gone By

If you haven't already picked up a copy of Bossy Pants and you enjoy all things funny, you're really missing out. Bossy Pants, authored by the amazing Miss Tina Fey, was my summer read.

The book chronicles her life from childhood to having a child of her own. It's honest and it's laugh out loud funny, like read it on the train to and from work, start to cackle then people stare at you weird funny.

What impressed me most with the book was how normal she is. Fey talks about the same body issues most woman have, she just discusses them more hilariously. My favorite chapters compare what it's like to be very, very skinny and what it's like a little bit fat. Yes, you will wear shorts when it's not short season, and yes you may burn your gut on an iron. Oh, Tina.

Even though summer is over, you should still pick up a copy of the book. Do it for funny's sake.

19 September 2011

Farmers Market Lovin

Summer is pretty much over and come October I will be lamenting the loss of my beloved Farmers Market. If you've never been, or for some reason are skeptical of Farmers Markets, let me give you some incentive. Let's make a list.

1. Everything tastes better! Why? It's fresh. The produce came from a farm that morning. It hasn't been sitting around on a truck or on shelf somewhere for days. It's fresh, and it's delicious.

2. It's like a block party, but with good food. My market features local food vendors who serve lunch and musicians that add a festival atmosphere. Grab yourself a picnic blanket, sit down, and soak it all in.

3. No pesticides! The majority of produce at the market is pesticide free. If you're not sure about something, ask the farmer. After all, they're right in front of you. Ask as many questions as you want about how your food was farmed and get answers directly from the source. Try that a grocery store.

4. The deliciousness goes way beyond produce. We're talking jams, cheeses, bread, meat and more baked goods that you can imagine. There are pies, my friends. Pies. 

5.  It's cheap. Now I love me some Whole Foods (seriously, I could spend hours there), but it's no secret that their prices are high. Get food that's the same quality, or better, for less money. 

Before this season of the farmers market comes to a close, you really should check one out. If you live in Chicago, get a list of local markets here. If you're not, take a second and get your Google on. It will be delicious. I promise.

15 September 2011


You haven't heard from me since April. Well I'm back, kids!

During my time off, I:
  • spent time in London and New York
  • rocked out at Lollapalooza
  • signed up for a 15K
  • ran the warrior dash
  • have been living life
I've missed posting and sharing, so I'm putting an end to that. Guys, it's been so long, blogspot changed how you post. I didn't know what to do when I logged in. Ouch. Forgive me, dears. Let's put this behind us, shall we?



30 March 2011

It's Going To Be A Good Day Because...



The breakroom coffee pot brews decent coffee, but the canister is horrible. Every single morning, I spill when I pour out my coffee. But not today. Today I feel like a champion.

How do you know when it's going to be a good day?

29 March 2011

New Documentary: The Bicycle City

Public transit sort of fascinates me. It sets the tone of a city. London's Tube, New York's subway and San Francisco's cable cars are a huge part of city culture. Now think of Nicaragua. It's the second poorest country in Latin America with few opportunities for those in lower classes to escape poverty. Now add 20,000 bicycles to the city and you lift people out of poverty. Sound pretty cool? Didn't know public transit could do that? Then check out the new documentary, The Bicycle City.

According to  The Bicycle City site:
Over the past 20 years, more than 20,000 bicycles have been brought into Rivas, a city on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, by the non-profit Pedals for Progress, which collects donated bicycles in the United States and distributes them in impoverished communities worldwide. Since the first was unloaded in Rivas in 1991, the bicycle has become an integral part of daily life.

Told from the vantage points of Julia, the street vendor; Xiomara, the young mother; Joaquin, the entrepreneur; and David, the unlikely philanthropist, The Bicycle City is the story of how an idealistic experiment has helped the war-ravaged city of Rivas find its own path to recovery and normalcy through the introduction of cheap, reliable transportation in the form of the bicycle.
I haven't seen the film yet, but it seems like a must watch for any documentary/bicycle nerds out there. For more info, visit The Bicycle City site, and watch the trailer below.


The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.

25 March 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy Friday, and happy Spring! You wouldn't know it from the 30 degree weather around Chicago, but it's spring now. I'm going to start thinking warm thoughts and hope that through osmosis my thoughts will warm up the weather. That makes total sense, right? No? Well as a consolation prize enjoy this week's Internet findings. See you on Monday!

Links:

Spotted: happy fire hydrant
Fab storefront design
The most perfect dress
Designers toolkit from Carsonified
Visual aid for haircuts in music
Dog conga line
Pitchfork will stream LCD Soundsystem show
Tacky royal wedding memorabilia
Leather paper bag?
Toy stories

24 March 2011

Check It: Bohemia Design

Every time I find a new online store to drool over the URL is a UK domain. Oh, you Brits! You make everything I love. Case in point, Bohemia Design. Initially, the name drew me in (I can't deny my Czech roots), but after browsing around the merch hooked me. Their clothes are fun, a little quirky and not horribly priced. And unlike a lot of UK sites, Bohemia offers US prices so you don't have to convert from pesky pounds in your head. Check them out for yourself!

22 March 2011

Dry Transfer Field Notes

Field notes just released a another gem featuring old-school dry-transfer technology. Customize your Field Notes with any phrase, word or nonsense that you choose.

If you're clueless as to what I mean by dry-transfer check out the video:

Field Notes: Dry Transfer Edition Instructions from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

My D.I.Y. heart is thumping. If yours is too, find out more at the Field Notes site.

16 March 2011

Check It: Dino Planters

I've been on hiatus for a while, but I'm back with something awesome. You know those really ugly swan planters that I'm sure just about everyone's grandmother has in their front lawn? These blow them out of the water. Behold these dino planters from Plaid Pigeon on Etsy. They're made from re-purposed plastic toys. Each Dino is named, primed, hand painted, and sealed. There are holes drilled in the bottom for drainage and the plants are hardy succulents that can live happily in the dinos for  years. It's all music to my ears.



11 February 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is alive and relatively warm. Let's kick the weekend off in style with the best of this week's Internet findings. Enjoy and see you on Monday.

Links:
MAC's new Wonder Woman inspired line
The end of trends?
The style of music
New sharing resource for designers
Letter press wall paper
This would be great for tea time
Stitchable stationary
Superbowl commercial roundup
X-Men First Class Trailor

I've got a Friday link bonus for you. Have you heard the new single from The Strokes? It kind of rocks my world.

10 February 2011

Anthrolopologie Introduces BHLDN

If Anthropologie was a man, I would marry it. Every time I walk into a store or visit their site I am swept away with awesome. So if they weren't already fantastic enough, Anthropologie is launching a new wedding inspired brand, BHLDN (I know it exists, but I don't know how to pronounce it yet). The site doesn't fully launch till the 14th, but you can head on over now and drool at the rotating images. I snagged a few of my favorites for you.






09 February 2011

Think Spring

With the wind chill, it is -10 degrees outside. My bones are frozen. Nothing says "middle of winter" like a spring fashion show! Tomorrow night, I'm heading out with the girls to AKIRA's 2011 Spring Fashion Show at the Lyric Opera. I think it's a perfect way to forget the weather.

To prep for my spring event, I'm putting together a little ensemble that helps me keep the dream alive. Think strapy heals, flowery dresses, and the kind of day where you could just go outside and color.

Items:
Flower delivery dress
Button up earrings

Essex small scout bag

Triumvirate belts
Indie rock coloring book
Tear drop t-strap heel

04 February 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy Friday, my snow bunnies! We made it through the storm and now have the weekend and the Superbowl upon us. It's going to be great! I'm also venturing out to catch The Decemberists at the Riv tonight. Hopefully I'll make it. Stay warm, see you Monday and go Steelers!

Links:

Sweet potato brownies?
6 tips to take your party to the next level
Book art
Blog of James Bond's suits
Cupcake soap dispenser
White Stripes officially break up
Missing dog found in storm
Slightly obsessed with this counch
Arrested Development paper dolls

03 February 2011

More Snow Posts

I made it to work today! After waiting 45 minutes outside in the zero degree weather and watching three trains go by that were filled to capacity, I made it to work. It took a lot of warm clothing and every but of patience I had. I've got a few pictures for you to prove that I'm not making this snow business up.

my street

digging a trench around my car

carving out a path for my car

02 February 2011

Snow Day

For once the hype lived up. A day later, and it's still snowing. We have over a foot and are due 6 more inches or so by the end of the day. Trains aren't running properly, nothing is open and I sure didn't go to work today.  I may venture out and attempt to dig out my car later. Then again, I may just stay in my pajamas all day. To all my Chicagoland friends, stay inside and stay warm. To all my friends elsewhere, go out side and enjoy the outdoors for me.

01 February 2011

Snowmageddon

For all of my friends who aren't in the Midwest, you might not know what's going down. Chicago is undergoing what the media deems the worst snow storm to hit since the '60s. The hype is huge. People left work early today, they're hording food, even CPS will be closed tomorrow. The Chicago Public School system hasn't had a snow day in twelve years. This must be serious, right? It's definitely snowing outside, I can tell you that much. We will see what I wake up to tomorrow, and whether or not the snowpocalypse actually comes.

26 January 2011

It's Just Indie

It took everything in me to come to work today. I pulled every trick in my book to make work more appealing. Wear something cute, drive instead of taking the train, get one of those amazing little croissants from the cafe downstairs once you're there. Well, I made it. Barely though. Everything in me wants to go home and sleep, but I've got one more trick up my sleeve to keep me here. And of course, I'm going to share it with you. I'd like all of you to meet one of my favorite tumblr accounts: It's Just Indie. A new indie artist/song is posted everyday or so. It's like a tiny little musical present waiting for me everyday. I hope you enjoy it & maybe it will give you something to look forward to. Listen now!

25 January 2011

The Miseducation of the Doodle


I've doodled my way through life. It started back in elementary school, continued through college and has now made it's way to my workplace. I've always been a visual note taker. The doodles have often gotten me into trouble when people pass by and think I'm not paying attention. However, pictures have always been easier for me to remember, and as it turns out I am not alone. A List Apart has a fabulous article titled The Miseducation of the Doodle. I don't want to spoil the article for you, but as a teaser, doodles help you to:

  • increase our ability to focus (especially when handling dull or complex subject matter),
  • increase information retention and recall,
  • activate the “mind’s eye,” or the portions of the visual cortex that allow us to see mental imagery and manipulate concepts,
  • enhance access to the creative, problem-solving, and subconscious parts of the brain, while allowing the conscious mind to keep working, and
  • unify three major learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic

Read the article here and do your best today to brainstorm and solve problems the best way- by drawing them out.

24 January 2011

Check It: Surf Photos

Since the Bears lost, it's Monday and winter just wont seem to go away, I need to think happy thoughts. Happy, warm, new football season thoughts. It just so happens I found a new Etsy shop that's helping me out in this regard. Take a look at Elgarbo Art's surf photos. If these don't warm you up, I don't know what else to do. Hey man, I tried.

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19 January 2011

New She & Him Video

They are my favorite.


She & Him - Don't Look Back from Merge Records on Vimeo.

How To: Get Yourself to the Gym in the Morning


One of my goals this year is to start going to the gym in the morning. I'm not a fan of the after work gym rush, and I'm a busy gal with things to do. There isn't always time later in the day. It just makes sense to go in the morning. The only thing standing in the way of my plan is me. I am not a morning person. I'm not fully cognitive till I've been up for about an hour and have had at least one cup of coffee. Thing is, if I want to make it to work relatively on time and be able to get in a decent work out I need to adapt new morning habits. 

It all comes down to having a plan. When in doubt, I make lists. I made a list of everything that potentially keeps me from going to the gym in the morning:
  1. I'm too tired
  2. I need time to make lunch for work in the morning
  3. When I come back from the gym, I'm too tired to pick out something decent to wear for work and I end up looking crazy
  4. It's really cold in the morning- my bed is warmer
  5. I have to eat something before I go- I don't want to make breakfast
  6. I have to find my gym clothes

The Remedy
  1. Go to bed at a decent hour
  2. Make lunch the night before
  3. Pick out work clothes the night before
  4. Make sure the heat is on when you wake up, and find your favorite hoodie to wear to the gym
  5. Have a protein bar or something small- no cooking required
  6. Again, lay those suckers out the night before
Basically, if I do massive preparation the night before, I set myself to auto pilot in the morning and coast my way to the gym. I am happy to report, it's working so far. I could be missing something though. What's your secret? Do you do anything special to get yourself up and moving in the morning?

18 January 2011

House 8810

I've confessed my tea towel obsession before, it continues. I found a new online store with lots of goodies. Take a gander at House 8810. They've got items for the kitchen, around the house and for the kids. Go for the tea towels, stay for the children's alphabet sippy cup and office picnic box.



17 January 2011

Mmm, Bakelab

Friends, meet Bakelab. Bakelab, meet friends.

Bakelab is a retail and wholesale bakeshop working out of a licensed commercial kitchen. That means no storefront, you buy all the goodies online. I could go on with elaborate descriptions, but instead I'm just going to tempt your sweet tooth with some sugar coma inducing photos. Check out their shop and start drooling.

14 January 2011

Friday Link Party

Happy Friday, my friends! Another week comes to a close and I survived. This week was pretty great. I managed to catch a show at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, and I'm going to check out a new restaurant pub tomorrow. I'm gearing up for some good times, and I hope you are too. See you on Monday, and enjoy my weekly Internet findings.

Links:
Geometry post it notes
The Noun Project
Quinoa for breakfast?
Sweet Black Keys poster
Soap flakes
How to jump from a moving train
Hot type
Best in advertising
This blog always makes me happy
Letterpress for every occasion

13 January 2011

Project Bathroom Makeover

Misson: Redo my bathroom for under $100 without straying too far from the current orange color scheme. I want a vintage beauty shop feel.

Check out what I've found so far. Everything is pretty on theme, except for last item. However, the last item is just so fun, I don't care. What do you think of my finds? Feel free to suggest some more in the comments section.

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