30 March 2011


1) Little Windmill Earrings via Archives Chicago: When I saw these listed on the Archives Chicago etsy, I just about lost it. Not only do I love all things miniature, but little windmills are one of my favorite things (I know, I'm a freak). In the blink-182 song All The Small Things, Tom Delonge calls his girlfriend his "my little windmill" and I just love it. So when I saw these, I knew I had to have them. Plus, having them delivered to my desk at the museum was an extra perk! If you haven't already visited Lisa's shop, PLEASE DO! She has a great collection of goods, and I'm all for supporting local stores and vintage sellers. Lisa is currently pursuing her dream of opening her own vintage shop, and I am seriously in awe of her. YOU GO GIRL.

2) Margherita Pizza at Keste Pizzeria, NYC: One of my only requirements on my very loose agenda for NYC was to eat a damn good piece of pizza. By the time I'd reached the eleventh hour of my trip, my tummy still hadn't had the pizza I craved, so Damon of StarscreamNY* offered to take me to Keste Pizzeria since he'd been meaning to try it. The ingredients were really high quality, and you could tell that the focus on having the best and freshest ingredients on this pizza is what made everything so damn delish. Damon got a really rich pizza, with a white cream sauce, squash, and cheese on it - which was delicious, but a little bit much for this Chicago girl. But seriously, if you are in NYC, please try this place. You won't regret it.  (*Sidenote: StarscreamNY was just on the season finale of MTV Skins and they totally brought the house down. WAY TO BE FAMOUS BOYZ!!! If you haven't heard them, please go to their website!)

3) Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures at MOMA: When I read that my trip to NYC was coinciding with the Warhol film exhibition at MOMA I couldn't have been more excited. I wrote my thesis on his experimental films, and went on a grant funded trip to the Warhol Museum to view Horse - so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to view Blow Job, Kiss, Sleep, and the Screen Tests. As we approached the opening, I saw Silver Clouds floating near the ceiling, and a projector screening a 16 mm screen test of Ethel Scull. Blow Job, Sleep, and a short film on the Factory were my first encounter in a small gallery - then I turned the corner entering a giant gallery space with 12 enormous screens depicting 12 different screen tests simultaneously. The lighting in the gallery was soft, and had a silver glow to it - just as Andy would have intended. And then at the end of the rectangular gallery space, was the opening to a theater where Kiss was being screened. My heart couldn't stop fluttering the entire time I was in this exhibition, I'm getting goosebumps writing about it! This might be one of the most memorable exhibitions I have ever visited, and we owe it to Andy, MOMA, and the Warhol Foundation!!

4) Opening Ceremony for Barney's Boots: My trip to NYC also happened to coincide with the Barney's Warehouse Sale - a rare treat for me! I knew I wanted to splurge and get myself a ridiculously fabulous and expensive pair of shoes or a leather bag - and upon walking into the sheer chaos of the warehouse sale, I knew somewhere deep in that mess the perfect item was calling out to me. I dove into the shoe section, at one point carrying 12 single shoes in the basket of my arms, looking for a place to try on my shoes before requesting their mates. I stumbled upon these gorgeous cranberry Opening Ceremony for Barney's boots, and after slipping my right foot in, I was sold. I adore these shoes, and I have to say that pushing and shoving my way through this sale was a fabulous experience and completely worth it.

5) Let's Make Out Necklace from Need Supply Co: I saw this featured on DREAMING OF PALM TREES and sort of fell in love with it. I remember I used to make necklaces and bracelets with the names of boys I had crushes on in high school, hoping that maybe subliminally they'd totally fall for me. This necklace is playful and simple, and can only be read from up close - make-out-distance if you will. I love the thin brass, how quickly it got a bit of a tarnished patina, and the fact that it's a heart shape. Ask anyone, I have been living in this necklace.

6) Uniqlo Boat-neck ShirtAfter I saw this shirt on HeartCharlie, I knew I had to make a trip into Uniqlo. I know I know, everyone has their opinions on stores like Uniqlo, H&M, Zara, etc. - but honestly if I need some basic staples for my wardrobe, I would pick Uniqlo any day. It's such a shame we don't have one in Chicago (yet...). I love the way this shirt fits, how it can be worn with any pant, or skirt, and still keep the look really chic. Plus, I haven't met a person who a boat-neck stripe doesn't look good on. In fact, I liked this shirt so much that I bought it in two colors and even purchased a matching one for my sister. Serious love of this product.


  1. "make out distance, if you will"
    sandy, you are my top six pick for life.

  2. ahhh, sandy you are awesome!!!! thanks for your kind words!!!

    also, that lets make out necklace is SO cute - i love it!!!!