30 September 2010

Urban Business Casual

Currently Reading: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

UPDATE: Two entries ago I discussed my sincere regret for not updating my blog more, followed by a promise to continue updating - and then total and complete radio silence. SORRY. The update is that shortly after I made that post I was offered a job as a Temp at The Art Institute of Chicago. I sent my resume and cover letter in after the internship ended in August, thinking I simply wouldn't hear back. After an email exchange and brief phone interview I got placed with Development, and am finishing up my third week here!

The department I work for does a whole range of things, including membership upkeep and maintaining relationships with the donors that help to keep the museum running. I have been doing a whole range of things, including mailings, typing, filing - but I also helped to do they layout for a donor report which involved some creativity and an artistic eye. I also had the fantastic opportunity to work two day trips that visited design studios and and ateliers around Chicago. The tours included private visits with artists at The Chicago Furniture Design Association, a tour of Holly Hunt Design, a gourmet lunch at Prairie Fire, a visit to the Morlen Sinoway atelier and a tour of  private residence that Morlen designed and decorated. Let's just say it was the most beautiful home I've seen outside of Fallingwater. Seriously. Their private art collection alone makes my mouth water. Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg - and those are just some of the artists. Their photography collection is out of this world as well. 

So that's what I've been up to. Hanging around AIC, taking bus trips, still unpacking, reading, and getting dressed up for work. I think it's time that I splurge and buy myself a much needed tri-pod for posts such as these. Anyone have any recommendations?

Cardigan: J.Crew [Outlet Mall], Dress: Re-gifted from Becca,
Tights: Anthropoligie [gift from Mom], Loafers: Cole Haan [Outlet Mall],
Scarf, Bracelet, Necklace: Thrifted, Glasses: Modo
Check out my sweet frames. I am loving them.

29 September 2010

Top 6 Picks of September

Inspired by Here Comes the Sun's Top 6 Picks entry, I thought why not keep a monthly log of the things I'm trending towards. I hope to do these at the end of every month, so things will change seasonally and with my mood of course.

1) The Leaning Bookshelf from The Container Store. I just purchased one of these after having talked about getting one for the last three years, and I honestly couldn't be happier. It's the perfect shelf if you're looking for extra storage in a smaller space. Plus it's chic, easy to assemble, and matches my bed and bookshelf. Did I forget to mention that it's on sale?? 

2) Chicago Public Library Card. With a brand new bookshelf comes space for more books! Being a recent college grad my love affair with books has only just begun - but not being enrolled in a university left me without a library card (how I miss ishare and ILL). I love to read, I finally have the time to do it, and I don't feel like breaking the bank. I just renewed my CPL Card, and I have already finished a fantastic book "In Cold Blood". If you don't have a library card, get one! It's  free!

3) Gap's Suede Tote in Mardi Gras Gold. I saw this bag at Gap back in August and instantly fell in love. A chic tote in a gorgeous shade of yellow, how could I say no? As a treat to myself for landing this job back at AIC, I thought why not? And I love love love this bag.

4) Lush Cosmetic's Honey Trap Lip Balm. I have been an advocate of Lush Cosmetics since I first stopped by one of their locations in London a decade ago. A forever fan of their bath bombs and massage bars, I couldn't resist their lip balms. While Lush isn't always the best band to shop at on a budget, I like knowing that their products are hand made and homemade from the heart. And I am addicted to this Honey Trap Lip Balm, a $6.95 splurge that gets me through the fall season.

5) 5010 Frames by Modo. About two weeks ago I purchased a new pair of specs inspired by two of my favorite people: Buddy Holly & Ira Glass. I love these frames. They always manage to bring my look together whether it's museum chic or hanging around the house assembling bookshelves with my mom. They were the perfect downgrade from the $1000 handmade antique wooden frames I initially had my eye on. Pun intended.

6) Season One of The OC. "Welcome to the OC, Bitch." Finishing school, moving back home, being far away from all of my friends, starting a job, unpacking, being an adult - these are some of the many changes I have gone through in the last few months, and to give myself some semblance of normalcy, I've decided to re-watch all four seasons of The OC. I know, it makes no sense - but I love this show and these characters make me feel like everything is okay.

So there you have it, my Top 6 Picks of September and don't hesitate to let me know what your Top 6 are. Things have been crazy around these parts, hence the lack of updates BUT I am sitting near a computer all day with occasional lulls of downtown which warrants posts such as these.

08 September 2010

let's pretend we're bunny rabbits. let's do it all day long.

Currently Reading: Job Applications
Currently Listening To: "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits" by Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs

Been trying my best to keep busy these days. It's hard to have the discipline to keep a schedule
for myself when I'm out of school and out of work, but I'm really sincerely trying. An upside is
that will all of this free time, I have time to read, and write, and cook, practice yoga, and blog -
something that I truly cherish after 17 long years in school. Plus when I get back into grad school 
work-mode, I'll definitely take advantage of it!

I've been making some really great salads this summer, thanks to my dad's incredible greens and
his fantastic herb and tomato/eggplant/peppers garden. I have been feasting like a king this entire
summer. Speaking of, gotta go grocery shopping to get dinner ready for tonight and tomorrow
because it's ROSH HASHANAH! 

Happy Jewish New Year Y'all. I need to figure out some new years resolutions. Any suggestions?

This outfit is pretty typical of what I've been wearing lately, since I'm doing a lot of little projects
around the house. No need to get all gussied up, but I'm definitely way more productive when I'm
out of PJs. I'm really digging everything at Anthropologie right now (as usual), and I just applied
to work there! Fingers crossed...
Cardigan: Moth [Anthropologie], Jeans: Banana Republic [thrifted], Tank: AA [rummage sale]
Shoes: Tom's [Hansen's, CA], Jade Bracelet: Hong Kong, Rings: SFMOMA,
Necklace: thrifted/gift
Fresh Greens, Orange Bell Pepper, Basil and Tomato from Deck Garden,
with Homemade Green Goddess Dressing

06 September 2010

"name ten things you want to do before you die, and then go do them!" - paul baribeau, ten things

Currently Listening To: Grand Ledge by Paul Baribeau
Currently Reading: Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth (whose brother went to Knox!)

My most recent post mentioned the absurd amount of Sandy-oriented activities occurring in Chicago
this past week, and I've done so much in the last 5 days that I'm surprised my head hasn't exploded!

Wednesday September 1st was the Paul Baribeau show at The Funhouse, which is a sub-free, vegan,
artist's collective in Logan Square. I've been wanting to see Paul for about three years when I first
started listening to him, and this was the perfect setting - a small house show, good people, great
energy. Busman's Holiday was a fantastic opening band - two brothers with great harmonies,
and sweet whimsical lyrics, pumped to be on tour, and playing off of one another the entire set.

Paul was amazing. He started off jokingly playing Atlantic City, a Bruce Springsteen cover from
Darkness on The Edge of Your Town, which got people pumped. He played through a bunch of
new songs off of Unbearable, and then traveled back to Grand Ledge, and his Self Titled - asking
the crowd what they wanted to hear, making jokes, and constantly starting and stopping the intro
to songs to make fantastic concert banter. The crowd was so into it, that at times he had to ask us
to calm down, relax, and let him do some of the singing. Seriously, we were belting the lyrics
faster and louder than he could.

For the last song, he asked what we wanted, and I made eye contact with him, asking him to
please please play Ten Things, that it was my favorite song of his. AND HE DID AND WE

It was so fantastic that I'm going to go see him in Lexington and Louisville in two weeks because I
can't get enough of it.

Here are pictures from the show, and some fashion photos of me rocking his shirt.

Clockwise starting at left: Lewis Rogers from Busman's Holiday, Paul Baribeau, Kathy Olsen, Me
Paul Baribeau doing his thing at The Funhouse
Shirt: Paul Baribeau [silkscreened American Apparel tee], Pillowcase Dress: American Apparel,
Sweater: Vintage Jaques de Loux [Buffalo Exchange], Hi-Tops: Keds
Bracelet: Vintage French [Consignment shop in the Bay Area], Rings: SFMOMA Gift Shop,
Sisters Necklace: Found Object
I bought Unbearable on vinyl, and he autographed it for me!
Well, other than that, on Friday I saw Cremaster 1, 2, and 3 - and my only words are if you ever have
the chance to see these screened - DO IT. 5 hours of Matthew Barney, what more could you ask for??
I'm going to see 4 & 5, and his new film De Lama Lamina at The Music Box tonight. Pumped.

And Vampire Weekend was really really really fun. Met a bunch of high school kids who made me
feel old, got super sweaty dancing and singing, had way too much fun, and got hot wings and 
Delerium Tremens after at a bar across the street. What more could I want??

01 September 2010

craziest week of my life


paul baribeau is playing on the same day as the beach boys (tomorrow) and this is a major
dilema because i love and cherish both of these artists/bands/whathaveyou.


vampire weekend is playing sunday.

there is a screening of the cremaster cycle (ALL 10 HOURS OF IT) at the music box
this weekend.

recap: paul baribeau, beach boys, vampire weekend, cremaster cycle


official meltdown begins now.