27 December 2011

holiday cheer

dress: j.crew / belt: thrifted / bracelet: tiffany & co. / headband: diy /necklace: gift / boots: eska

This is what I wore to a Chanukah dinner before heading to the airport to pick up Spencer. I made the floral headband myself, with a bit of hot glue and fake flowers - naturally while watching Julie and Julia in front of my tiny tv. The headband was inspired entirely by the Style Rookie. This girl has more style in her pinky nail than I do in my entire 23-year-old self!

In other news, Spencer and I are having a blast thus far, just running around the city, eating delicious food, and sleeping in. Hope you all had a lovely holiday, I know I'm enjoying myself! And NYE is so close! I can't wait to bust out my sequin dress!

25 December 2011

merry christmas!

SPENCERSANDY.jpg_effected MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Spencer is moving to Chicago today!! I am beyond excited!! He arrives tonight, and I am completely ready. This has got to be the best present anyone has ever given me. THANKS SPENCER, YOU ROCK.

17 December 2011

Warhol at the Frist

Back in August I made a weekend getaway to visit a girlfriend outside of Nashville, Tennessee. After an early morning flight, we stopped for pancakes and coffee, before swinging by the Frist for their exhibition Warhol Live: Music & Dance In Andy Warhol's Work.

I really enjoyed this show because it was completely accessible. You need not know a thing about Warhol, Pop Art, or music and dance to be able to move fluidly and confidently through the galleries. The show was approachable and open - with gallery spaces bleeding into one another through the use of music playing intermittently. Films were projected on walls, couches appear for lounging, a silver clouds room was created to stage a screening of a Merce Cunningham performance, and a space was designated to recreate an Exploding Plastic Inevitable show (ie Factory era early Velvet Underground performances).

I had a lot of fun, and was happy to have a chance to play in the Silver Clouds and excited to view a clip from Horse (1965), a film I went to the Warhol Museum to view for my thesis. I even managed to sneak a picture with the clouds!!
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16 December 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Schlepped this bad boy of a tree into the Holiday Inn, and spent last night decking it out while listening to Christmas tunes. It's official, our apartment is the coziest, cutest, and most festive place in Chicago!

15 December 2011

The Holiday Inn

Last weekend consisted of baking, cooking, cleaning, and moving things around in the apartment, which we are now fondly referring to as The Holiday Inn. We just found out our storage locker assignment, and I schleped in my very first Christmas tree! Decorating is happening tonight, as well as some tidying up. It's definitely starting to feel like a cozy apartment. And though it's a bit drafty at times, I can't help but get that warm fuzzy feeling seeing the space filled with light on a Saturday afternoon.
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10 December 2011

Andy Warhol's "Empire" in instagram

Last night was pretty magical for art lovers and Warhol fans such as myself. The Art Institute of Chicago projected Andy Warhol's 8-hour film Empire from the Bluhm Family Terrace across the park onto the Aon Center. It took nearly forty-five minutes before anything was really visible, and even so, the image was subtle. Had I not known what to look for, I might have missed it. Though it was cold out on the Terrace, there was something so special about seeing the work of Warhol projected onto our beautiful skyline. I'm sure he would have loved it. empire2 empire3 empire1

07 December 2011

Andy Warhol's "Empire" at The Art Institute of Chicago

This Friday night, the Art Institute of Chicago will be screening Andy Warhol's experimental film Empire in a most unsual manner. In celebration of the new exhibition Lightyears: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977 the museum will be projecting the 8-hour film from the Bluhm Family Terrace across Millennium Park onto the facade of the Aon Center. That's right, a film about a building is going to be projected onto a building.

If you're downtown between 6 PM on Friday and 2 AM on Saturday, come sneak a peek at one of Warhol's most controversial and amazing films.

PS, the film almost never screens in its entirety, so this is a rare and exciting chance to check it out!

For more information, visit the Art Institute calendar of events.

06 December 2011

cosmetics wishlist!

All products I love to use and wear! Any of these are welcome gifts for Chrismukkah! ;)

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04 December 2011

movie wishlist

A lot of really great movies have come out in the last year! These are just a few of my favorites! I think they would be wonderful additions to my budding film collection, don't you?

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03 December 2011

on screen couples: andy and april

I love a lot of on screen couples, and one of my current favorites is Andy and April from Parks and Recreation. I genuinely enjoy how carefree and unorganized they are - the sheer sloppiness and spontaneity wouldn't exactly work for me, but is totally romantic in a way. I especially loved the dating game episode when Andy keeps guessing wrong and gets jealous of Neutral Milk Hotel because they're April's favorite band.

Do you have a favorite on screen couple??

02 December 2011

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

LA for Thanksgiving was a really special treat. I met Spencer's entire family which was both overwhelming and exciting. They were such a welcoming and colorful bunch of people - a room full of characters, which is exactly what I like in a group. Naturally, I agonized over what to wear to such a momentous occasion, but opted for something light, breezy, comfortable, and neutral, as well as stretchy, because this was Thanksgiving we're talking about. I ended up wearing this skirt that night, and loved it so much that I wore it at least once a day for the remainder of my visit. 

All in all, we had another amazing visit. We both have so much to be thankful for this year, and we really enjoyed each others' company. We watched movies, went out on a really nice date to Lucques, ordered in Chinese food, and I taught him how to bake bread! I'm looking forward to seeing him around Christmas, but what should I wear, and what should we do to acclimate him to harsh Chicago winters? All suggestions are welcome!

thanksgiving dinner 2k11 skirt, shirt, cardigan: american apparel/ shoes: h&m / marc by marc jacobs handbag: blondebeadhead

01 December 2011

bookworm wishlist

With the holiday season in full swing, I've been making mental notes of the various things on my wishlist. A lot of great books have come out recently that I would love to own, but here are a few that have caught my eye. Notice, almost all of them are by female authors!!

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