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fall is for brooches and blazers.

18 Oct

you don’t need to know me well to know that i love accessories. this goes decades back to when i was 5 years old playing dress up with the neighbors. even then i knew it all started with the basics.

{wool tailored blazer, uniqlo}

a fitted black blazer which highlights the curves and waistline is the backbone of my fall wardrobe. i have the most difficult time finding jackets (petite with curves), so when i find one that fits, it is a hallelujah moment. this blazer was purchased as part of my uniqlo binge (i’ve a soft spot for japanese basics) while in london this summer. i couldn’t have gotten to the cash wrap sooner.

i love blazers because they are tailored and can dress up any outfit immediately. it’s so simple to go from day-to-night or from office-to-bar, as i so often would like. sleek, sexy, & sophisticated–that’s how i feel when i’m wearing one. they are the high heels of the upper body.

and like any fabulous basic, there are endless ways to personalize. with that, we come to another one of my favorites for fall–brooches.

i’m not sure when this fascination started (perhaps in high-school?), but over the years i’ve slowly been collecting brooches both old and new. in high school i was gifted my first vintage brooch which i still adore. these days my collection has more vintage pieces but i still keep an eye out contemporaries.

for example, this guy purchased via etsy from depapea’s shop. it came to me all the way from spain last week.

put a bird on it!!!

…or these guys, from my vintage brooch collection. i cannot stop wearing the red & orange starbusrt. pairing it with dark green has become an obsession.

currently lusting after this sophisticated gent brooch from depapea’s shop.

anyone else out there as emotionally invested in this style combo as i am?

chicago kids, any great vintage spots you recommend for treasure hunting?

films for fall.

6 Oct

every morning last week i woke up to weather that screamed “don’t get out of bed! stay here. watch a movie. be cozy!”.

summer is wonderful & chicagoans look forward to it with an unmatched passion during those everlasting winters that seem to creep their way into “spring”. in fact, we love summer so much that nearly every year by the time september rolls around, we’re broke, exhausted, and sunburnt. no?

so you see, fall is welcomed with open arms in this household. that guilt complex of absolutely having to be outside during every waking moment of sunlight fades away as the air becomes crisp and cool. and just like that, i’m trading in my flip-flops for blazers and cinnamon spiced coffee.

fall brings the comforts of familiar & expected cool weather favorites–apple picking, pumpkin flavored everything, college football games, and rainy days curled up inside enjoying a lazy afternoon double feature.

today i’m sharing my rather eclectic list of favorite films, and one television series, to watch during autumn.

{a rom-com classic. gorgeous new york scenery. the plutonic friendship turned relationship feels all too familiar for this girl.}

{a television series shot like a film. haunting & dream-like, twin peaks will have you enthralled in murder mystery & the paranormal. david lynch is a master of the eerie.}

{i swear i’m not obsessed with ms. ryan. this movie is cute, cozy, and 90s fun}

side note, isn’t it interesting that this film is about book conglomerates taking over mom & pop book shops. those same “friendly” conglomerates were mourned earlier this year as they posted “out of business” signs around the country.

{a wonderfully inspiring period film complete with east coast scenery.}

{there isn’t much i don’t adore about this movie. it’s got that creepy, dark, suspenseful feel. i’m typically not a tim burton fan, but he got me with this one.}

don’t watch alone. i say this out of experience.

{we end with a quirky dramedy & a star packed cast. i loved seeing gwyneth in this role. alex baldwin’s voice is oh so charming as the narrator & the soundtrack is to-die-for}

do you have autumnal film favorites?

i’m going to hop right into the season and watch one this evening!

lincoln park, you’ve won my heart.

5 Oct

last sunday we had the perfect fall day-date. warm sunlight, light fall jacket weather, and lots of hand holding. this girl was sold.

i’ve got to hand it to lincoln park zoo, it’s the greatest free space in the city. if you live in or near chicago, you must go. and seasonally. there are flowering gardens in the summer, bright foliage to behond and active (baby!) animals in the fall, and holiday zoo lights in the winter.

and that’s not to mention the incredible year long backdrop of chicago’s skyline and the wonderful lincoln park to which this little spot belongs. it’s all marvelous.

we started our date with lunch at the historic cafe brauer (below) on the far south side of the park.

i’m feeling so lucky to have dined alfresco just one more time this year. sandwiches for under $8 with the above view just can’t be beat.

{the boy took me for coffee post-zoo at noble tree cafe in lincoln park. reminded me of ann arbor. ahhhh, liberal intelluctuals.}{the day still isn’t done being gorgeous. an especially autumnal sunset spotted while waiting for the bus}
i hope i’ve convinced you, lincoln park is a treasure to be enjoyed year round.

fall time. concert time.

30 Sep

fall is always a great time for concerts, especially in chicago. bands are more available as the summer festivals wrap up. new albums are released and so starts the touring season.

boy do i love me some autumn concert dates.

when i look back on our october calendar last year i’m amazed at the number of concerts we went to in a month (7!). bless my little overzealous music loving heart. now that fall is upon us, its looking like we’re falling into a pattern. concerts abound!!!

my chicago concert line-up for autumn 2011:

oval at the MCA on friday, september 30.

naked and famous on friday, october 7.

the field at the empty bottle on thursday, october 20.

kranky tour ft. benoit pioulard at Lincoln Hall on sunday, november 6.

feist at the riviera on friday, november 9th.

keep shelly in athens at lincoln hall on monday, november 14th

memoryhouse at lincoln hall on wednesday, november 16th.

m83 at lincoln hall on thursday, november 17th.

are you lovelies checking out any shows this season?

fall into the season.

23 Sep

happy first day of autumn, everyone!

tis’ a wonderful season for all things cozy, warm, and cinnamon spicy. here’s to enjoying the next wonderful season on the docket. i’ve got some great stuff lined up to share-lots of new recipes and adventures! a season change is a perfect excuse for a little change of pace.

as with any season, i’ve got some classics & new things i’d like to try out. my fall wish list:

  • bake a pumpkin pie from scratch
  • make homemade pumpkin spice lattes & pumpkin spice muffins
  • take photos of the colors changing along lake michigan
  • pick apples at the orchard next to our lake house in michigan
  • take long walks in the crisp cool air (preferably with a warm beverage in hand)
  • attend a U of M football game (we are going to U of M vs NWU!)
  • host a chicago friends thanksgiving at our apartment
  • carve pumpkins for halloween & bake the seeds

have a wonderful first day of fall!

friday i’m in love.

16 Sep

monday you can fall apart
tuesday, wednesday break my heart
oh, thursday doesn’t even start
it’s friday I’m in love

listen via grooveshark for a friday throwback to put you in a weekending mood.


17 Aug

if you’re not familiar with “chinglish”, it is spoken or written english which is influenced by the chinese language. this has especially manifested in the translated signage throughout china, more recently gaining press as the chinese government works to address the signs.

last month, the boy and i saw Chinglish, the play, at the Goodman Theatre. in addition to the razor sharp comedy, captivating set design, perfect use of music between scenes, i found the overall message especially relevant and compelling. in a melting pot of cultures (one which now sways east in dominance), it is easy to see chinglish as a comical byproduct of languages colliding. but step back from the giggling of a misinterpreted phrase and you’ll find a message to view not just the language of another country, but the culture, people, and situation with careful interpretation.

a synopsis:

The truth is lost—or concealed—in Chinglish, a new work by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). When American businessman Daniel arrives in China hoping to make an important deal, he finds himself enmeshed in a system that he doesn’t understand – and is more complex than he ever imagined.

i strongly suggest seeing this play if it comes to town you’re living in or visiting. it was a wonderful experience, perhaps my favorite play to date. it’s not too often that i leave the theater with a new outlook on how to navigate my interactions with other cultures.

chinglish gets 5/5 according to this critic.