A Last-Minute Christmas Wish List


  1. “Be Dazzling” Scented Candle, $40, Kate Spade
  2. Buzzed Cocktail Napkin, $32, August Morgan
  3. Decorative Leopard Pillow Cover 18×18 (other sizes available), $42, MakingFabulous
  4. Osito 2 Jacket, $99, North Face
  5. Gilded Portable Charger, $40, Nasty Gal
  6. Dali Llama Mug, $12, Urban Outfitters
  7. Dry Gin,  $15 (200-milliliter bottle), Koval Distillery

(Images: 1. Kate Spade, 2. August Morgan, 3. Etsy, 4. North Face, 5. NastyGal, 6. Urban Outfitters, 7. Chicago magazine)


Need to Read: Chicago’s Design Scene Is So Hot Right Now

So I know this 16 degree (no, I’m no exaggerating for those of you outside of Chicago) weather doesn’t really encourage exploration, but I would like to get over to Pilsen to check out all the great vintage shops. I’ve been meaning to make it out to one of their “2nd Fridays” art walks for almost a year now, but Chicago magazine’s endorsement of Pilsen as “the new mecca for vintage shopping” might just push me to actually make it happen… next week… or whenever we thaw out.tumblr_mxedpwfrdo1rqt06bo1_1280The article mentions Revival a Go-Go, Market Supply Co. and Modern Cooperative (pictured here). Have you explored Pilsen or do you live there? Leave me some recommendations for what not-to-miss! I mean, with reports of tasty Mexican joints, solid cocktails at Dusek’s, and vintage furniture finds, it seems like a win-win-win for this girl. Pilsen, I’m coming for you. Soon.tumblr_mx3heuwMpC1rqt06bo1_1280Other design shops on my list to check out:

Judy Maxwell (Old Town, 1363 N. Wells St.,
Humboldt House (HP, 1045 N. California Ave.,
Urban Remains (West Town, 1818 W. Grand Ave.,


I Want That Wednesday

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 10.48.07 AMGuys, I’ve found my dream home. Well, in a not-completely-out-of-touch-with-reality kind of way (obviously the dream dream home would have a darkroom and pool and all that ridiculousness). Chicago magazine put it this way: If you’re a fan of mid-century modern homes and looking for a project—but not too much of a project—then this 55-year-old Olympia Fields three-bedroom may be calling your name.”

46c612275328022c723c41c36506bc75That’s me! OK, so I might not be ready to pack it up and move to the ‘burbs any time soon, but this place is amazing. Take a closer look:

It’s only $240,000! Ha, I say only like I have that amount of money, but it’s amazing what you pay in the city versus anywhere else. This is a 3 bed/2 bath on almost an acre of land. I’ve been casually looking online at condos in my neighborhood, and you’d be lucky to get a 2 bed/1 bath for that, let alone one built by a notable architect. (Jack Swing was head of the University of Illinois architecture program in the late 60’s.)

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 10.48.27 AMAnyway, you can read more about it and what renovations have already been made in the Chicago magazine article. I’ll be here… drooling over the pictures…

(Images: Baird & Warner)

I want that Wednesdays

If you know one thing about me, it could certainly be the fact that I love brunch. And so it’s pretty great that I live in Chicago because Chicagoans also seem to have an appreciation for a good breakfast/lunch combo. When Chicago magazine came out with the Best Breakfasts issue, I was 1. disappointed that they didn’t ask me to help out with this issue, 2. glad to see M. Henry (featured on Foodie Fridays) made the list, and 3. drooling over this:

It’s maple-sautéed bananas with yogurt and cinnamon from Dodo. Stupid name for a restaurant in my opinion, but I definitely want to eat that. And according to the menu, it’s only $2.50! AH-MAZING.

Here’s Chicago mag’s write up on Dodo:

Usually the problem with taking kids to breakfast is not their behavior, for once—it’s the line. Dodo, a cheerily grungy spot in the meatpacking district, never seems to have one, and its playful menu shifts from ambitious stuff like Japanese pancakes and hash with andouille sausage to a triple stack of pancakes with melty chocolate chips. 954 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-5300

I don’t appreciate them encouraging people to take their children to brunch, but if these bananas are as heavenly as they appears to be, I guess I can put up with some rug rats for an hour or so.