30 December 2010

2010 Did All That Really Happen?

It's hard to believe that 2010 is actually coming to a close, but I have to be honest - I couldn't be happier that this year is ending. I'm not trying to say that all of 2010 was bad for me, plenty of good things happened, but honestly, this has been one of the most trying years of my entire life. I'm going to try to sum the year up on here, and I just want to thank whoever is reading this for your patience and support. I'm thinking about my life in terms of the good old fashioned plus/minus system - it helps me to see that while there have been some really sad/tough times this past year, there have also been some incredible pluses and additions to my life.

MINUS :C
- I finished up my time at Knox. It's hard to say goodbye to a place I love so dearly.
- I moved back home, which isn't a bad thing, but I miss being within a one block radius of a majority of my closest friends.
- I realized that I own a lot of stuff, and am still working on moving in.
- My parents decided to get separated in September.
- Clay and I broke up in October.
- My friends are scattered all over the country (and there's one in Germany)!
- I currently feel like I have very little sense of direction.

PLUS C:
+ I brought in the new year amongst friends at a party in Brooklyn, NY.
+ I was sent on a grant funded trip to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to conduct research for my senior thesis.
+ I was able to attend the College Art Association Conference in Chicago with a group of art history majors from Knox College, also a grant funded trip.
+ I started to write on my blog again!!
+ I was able to spend some really great weekends with my boy friend Clay.
+ I was accepted into the 2010 internship program at the Art Institute of Chicago.
+ I had a wonderful  Titanic themed birthday party.
+ I finished my senior thesis The Gay, The Drag, and The Ugly: Examining Gender and Sexuality in Andy Warhol's Western Frontier, and the senior symposium was a total success.
+ I ate plenty of hot dogs at Coney Island, and drank plenty of pitchers of Old Style at Duffy's.
+ I frolicked with friends for an entire year.
+ I reconnected with Kappa as an organization, and as a sisterhood.
+ I graduated cum laude from a wonderful and weird place named Knox College.
+ I started my internship at AIC and made 8 new amazing friends, in addition to falling in love with this museum.
+ I landed a job in the office of development at AIC, and have been loving it here (it's hard to believe I've  been affiliated with this museum for over six months)!
+ We welcomed Franki, a purebred Siamese cat into our lives.
+ I became closer with Ben Scott and Kathy Olsen since moving back to Chicago.
+ I am in the process of redoing my room.

Phew, it feels good to get all of these things off of my chest. I've found that since starting this blog, I've tried to keep the personal aspects of my life to a minimum, which can be good thing. But the last six months have been outrageous considering the major life changes that I have been dealing with, and maybe writing about them here on this little blog will help me to cope with what is happening in my life.

If you have an words of encouragement or anything you'd like to share, please feel free to let me know.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WELCOME 2K11. SRSLY!

25 December 2010

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAYS, NEW YEAR, ETC.

Tights: Target; Skirt; J.Crew; Shirt; Loehmann's; Necklace: Found; Lipstick; Neutrogenia

Well, concerning my room redo, I wound up choosing the cloud sheets, and spoiling myself with a brand new sheepskin blanket! I didn't get much more at Ikea - but the big news is I BOUGHT PAINT AND ROLLERS, so painting will be happening once I vacuum this entire space, dust, and sadly take everything off of the walls. I will be hanging framed art, including some of my own paintings (the yellow gingko one to the right is one of mine). It's time to get into the groove for next year!

I was doing some online browsing and stumbled upon these fantastic Cloud Cushions, wouldn't they be perfect on my bed??



HAPPY HOLIDAYS. I am obsessed with sparkly things, including this skirt (ultimate holiday go-to look). Love love, and lot's more love!



22 December 2010

Happy Christmas (Ugly Sweater Party)!!!

ON ME: Tights: H&M; Knee Highs: Nordstrom Rack; Pillowcase Dress: AA; Ugly Sweater: Chicago Free Store in Pilsen
Well well well, it looks as though I survived my first ever Ugly Sweater/ Wine Tasting holiday party! There were 13 wines to be tasted, and it just goes to show that being "fashionably late" isn't a thing - given that we didn't even make it to my hour-and-a-half late bottles of wine! 11 bottles of red wine, discreetly covering up Amy Winemouth with bright magenta lipstick, lots of wonderful sweaters, hugging, and very important small talk. I had a total blast at this party, and would be up for plenty more well organized and themed parties in the near future.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

21 December 2010

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS: A SLICE OF PARADISE


Nestled into the bustling, humid, and sticky streets of Bangkok, Thailand - sits this little oasis of a restaurant. Outdoor dining completely hidden by a beautiful canopy of luscious foliage, mai thais, and fine dining - all right smack dab in the middle of Bangkok. Cabbages and Condoms offers delicious food, cool drinks, plenty of shade, and a message - safe sex is cool and important. The proceeds from this restaurant go to providing condoms for the people of Thailand, as well as education on safe sex practices. So not only is this meal beautiful and delicious, it's also philanthropic and for a worthy cause. Can someone say "Pass the satay?"

16 December 2010

FANCY THAT: CHUNGKING EXPRESS

A film of love and loss, the epic pain of heartbreak juxtaposed with the utter tantalizing lightness of falling in love - two cops, two leading ladies, two Cranberries covers (sung in Cantonese and Mandarin) - all set in the steamy crowded streets and corridors of the Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong. This movie seriously makes any rainy day better. WATCH IT.

PS, DON'T YOU THINK FAYE WONG IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL?!

06 December 2010

ROOM MAKEOVER

GLASÖRT KULLE




BIRGIT LANTLIG


LUDDE

After my last post, I've been evaluating what it is I want to do with my bedroom. When I graduated in June, I was under the impression that moving back home would be a summer long/ temporary thing. I never really finished unpacking, since part of me assumed I'd be moving out - maybe to Kentucky or maybe just another part of Chicago. With some difficult changes at home, and my job conveniently close to my parents' place, it makes sense for me to continue living in the South Loop. 

Which leaves me with this conclusion: it is time for me to commit to my living space. When we moved in three years ago, I didn't quite accept that I was leaving my childhood  home behind. I was allotted one of the best rooms in the house, but I never considered painting it, or hanging art on the walls because I'm never home. But now this is my home. And I want to make it feel loved as well as lived in. Which means the walls are getting some color, the closet is getting completely cleaned out, my art is getting hung, my bed is getting a new set of sheets, and I am going to really make this space my own.

I'm leaning towards a light color palette, with colors like ice blue/pale pink/ and sea foam green all on the front of mind. I need to get rid of my clutter, get some more shelves, and remove the awful light fixtures that came with the room (seashell motif with gold - no thank you!). 

So that's my spiel. Time for a new year, a new approach to my environment. Wish me luck!

04 December 2010

Kitchen Crush

In the last year I've found a lot of really fantastic blogs - and I've lately been really into ones dealing with interior design and decor. Yvestown Blog is currently one of my favorites - and her post today about her kitchen remodel is absolutely amazing. The colors, layout, light, and objects in this kitchen all work so well together. I find her home and the hard work she put in to getting it to look this way absolutely inspiring, and I think I'm going to bring her energy, light, and color into a bedroom remodel of my own.

Here are some photographs from her post:




03 December 2010

Top 6 Picks: November

1) Skins Vol. 1 & Vol. 2: As a lover of teenage soaps including The Wonder Years, The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Degrassi The Next Generation - it should come as no surprise that I would become instantly addicted to the crazy BBC version of my guiltiest of pleasures. These kids are weird, and because they live in the UK, their problems and conflicts are weird too (ie different than the ones I'm used to relating to). I also like that because it's BBC material there is nudity and swearing. Eat your heart out Seth Cohen.

2) Beatle Boots from Santoki Vintage: I recently found these amazing ankle boots on etsy, and I am basically obsessed with them. So far they look amazing with skinny jeans, tights & shorts, mini skirts, and dresses. Oh and they look awesome with my winter coat. If you like vintage leather, check out this etsy shop immediately!

3) Bacon popcorn from Revolution Brewery: I repeat - bacon popcorn. Kernels popped in bacon fat, topped with crumbled bacon, parmesan, and fried sage leaves. I'm not sure what culinary genius came up with this one but marrying my two loves (bacon and popcorn) is seriously a match made in heaven. Snack on this while throwing back some of their in house brews, and taking in the hip atmosphere of a bar that actually serves really good food. Did I mention that I ate pork belly AFTER an entire bowl of this stuff??

4) Carmex and Rosebud Salve (tied): With the air dry and cold and my daily walks to work just a little bit rough for my liking, I've been rotating between my two classic lip loving standbys - good 'ol Rosebud and Carmex. I like the girly soft glisten and scent I get from RBS and the rough n' tough cooling sensation I feel from Carmex, the contrast keeps things interesting and my lips happy! Plus, I love the design of these two containers. It's like they haven't had a product redesign in 30+ years! And RBS now comes in a tube for all you RBS lovers!

5) Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno: I'm not a very preachy "this is my favorite book READ IT" kinda girl, but I read this book by local Chicago writer, Joe Meno, my junior year of high school and have subsequently read it every year since. I typically read it every fall since the first half of the book takes place during the fall - the time just works. South side Chicago in the early 90's, punk rock, high school romances, and being the weird the kid in a Catholic school - if you understand or like any/all of these things, then this book is for you. Small chapters read like short stories, interspersed with photocopies of mixtapes and directions for dying your hair bright pink. The narrator is convincing, real, pathetic, and kind of a hotty in his own way. I LOVE THIS BOOK. 

6) MY MOM: My final Top 6 Pick for November is my mom! Her birthday is in the month of November, and I feel it's time she get's some attention for it! She is basically the most amazing woman I have ever met, and I'm so lucky to have her in my life. Whether it's teaching me how to cook, sewing my prom dress, moving me in and out of school 4 years in a row up countless flights of stairs, or going out of her way to get me my favorite cabbage soup - this woman knows how to take care of a family and really make her children feel loved. I know we've been having a weird couple of months mom, but I want you to know that I love you and we are going to be okay. You are strong, and we will get through this! I LOVE YOU! (thanks for the fantastic photograph Adolfo!).


WANT: ETC FOR ALL ANNIE ROAD TEE FROM ALL FOR EVERYONE


I have been eyeballing this shirt for the last three weeks, and I'm fighting so many urges to not buy it what with other gifts to be purchased for friends this holiday. This shirt is a copy of any original made specially for the owner of ALL FOR EVERYONE, a really funky handmade knitwear apparel shop. I love how this tee playfully combines her love of San Rio and the Beatles. Plus it's basically the cutest shirt in the world...

COOL CHICAGO THINGS THIS WEEKEND


1) RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR: The Renegade Craft Fair is having its holiday sale tomorrow and Saturday! A fun way to spend a weekend afternoon, browsing crafts and looking around for last minute Chrismakah gifts!

2) ISAK APPLIN CONNECTS WITH GIOVANNI DI PAOLO: Local Chicago artist Isak Applin is giving a talk tomorrow from 2-3 in the Price Auditorium at the Art Institute of Chicago. He visited Knox two years ago with Carl Baratta (who I now work with!), and the two of them gave a really funny and charming artists' talk on collaboration within their work. I attended the November Chicago artists talk at AIC and really enjoyed myself. So come learn about art with me!

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