Saturday, July 31, 2010

Le sigh....

summer is my favorite season.
i can't believe there's only one month left.
by chicago standards, at least.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Flashback Friday

did it get any better than this place!?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Salad Guide

a well thought out guide to the best (my favorite) salads in and around chicago.

best "fresh" salad(s):
i think it's the avacado and light (but delicioussss) vinaigrette dressing.

best savory salad:
still light, but with rotisserie chicken in the mix, you're left full & satisfied. & maybe wanting just one more bite...

best sweet salad(s):
can't go wrong with those candied nuts.

best guilty pleasure salad:
the closest thing i can get to the ultimate plucker's fried chicken salad. why is the ranch in texas better than anywhere else in the world?


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Print Me

i so love a good printed dress.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Club for One

i've been on a reading kick over the past couple of months thanks to my commute to and from work each day.
i'm sure you know how much i love music, but despite the almost 3000 songs harbored in my itunes, i need something more engaging to pass the hours - so i joined the oak brook public library at the beginning of this summer to keep myself from going stir-crazy on the train. & what a gem it has been.

i love reading, but a commitment-phobe through and through, i have trouble sticking with a book til the end unless (a) it's really good or (b) i'm on a reading schedule.
but a schedule i certainly have - i've totally gotten used to my morning/evening reads. i haven't had a book with me for almost two weeks & i'm going nuts, so i stopped into the lib today.

so far this summer, i've read:

next up:

by the way, if you aren't already subscribed to goodreads, i highly recommend you jump on that! i downloaded the iphone app & it has been the absolute best way to search for and/or discover new books. i currently have 30 something on my que.
check it, nerds. & love it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Night Confessional

it was a wild weekend, kids!
i went up to lake geneva with my cousin lisa, a bunch of her guy/girl friends, taryn and liz. the guys rented a house & a yacht - & it was out. of. control.
i could move to lake geneva. seriously. i love it that much.
i'm obsessed with this outfit.
i really want to make these. now.
sprinkles opened! sprinkles opened!
sprinkles sprinkles sprinkles!
i need sleep.
sober sleep. badly.

Friday, July 23, 2010

P!nk's Words of Wisdom

i was watching some repeat oprah episode tonight with alecia moore, better known as pink, as the guest.
they were talking about her famous grammy (emmy?) performance with the cirque de soleil bidness & her new(est) album, funhouse. they then moved on to discuss her year-long breakup from her husband. i didn't realize that one of my favorite pink songs, "i don't believe you," is what brought them back together. i love that!

oprah then asked what she learned from that time apart.
pink said that she used to think that she was perfect & in their time apart, she learned to recognize her weaknesses & work on herself. her dad always told her...
"think of 20 things you want in a partner. now make sure you have all of those."
i thought that was so intriguing.

what's on your list??
it got me thinking. here's mine:
sexually attractive (good looking, zexy body)
i mean, come on. it's important.
interested in music & travel
confident & assertive
independent & self-sufficient
humble & level-headed
has manners, values, faith, & a good family
wants to get married & have a family (in the future, not right now!)

short of being manly, i hope i possess most of these qualities. it is a bit of a wake up call though. i can't set my expectations so high for someone else when i have so many things i'd like to improve about myself.
so until i reach my personal level of perfection, it's time to open my mind a little further. and get to the gym.

Flashback Friday


Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Night Confessional

i love my new purchases!
i feel like it's been forrrrrrevvvverrrrr since i updated the ol' wardrobe, so i am not at all remorseful to have indulged in a little shopping spree this afternoon.
how cute is this stuff!?
all of the clothes are from... guess where.... forever 21!
& the cross-body bag is nine west - found at dsw for $20. seriously!
i spent just over $100 total.
this photo perfectly depicts my ideal life.
young, beautiful, and carefree forever. and living in california.
speaking of california, margaux is currently in santa monica with her friend sienna.
they're staying here & i basically could not be more jealous. gorgeous!
i recently got a new "freebie" from work.
it's a banana republic ring! natalie, i thought about giving it to you after our convo, haha.
you may remember the watch and necklace from past tweets.
mmmmm, i love my job.
our realtors came to take pics of our house the other day.
they turned out so pretty!
if anyone's in the market....... take good care of her. :(

Friday, July 16, 2010

Flashback Friday

oh alanis, i loved you so much in 5th grade.
ironic was my favorite song. i still remember all the words.
and i still can't stop myself from singing along.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Banana Bites

oh... my... god....
this shit is bananas!

Music Monday

all i do is win

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Night Confessional

weekend recap:
thursday - mexican & margs with friends to celebrate having natalie in town, followed by beers at dj's. i wish we had gotten to hang more while you were in town, guurl! actually, i wish you just lived here.
friday - party at club belmont. woop! why did i eat that pizza? :(
saturday - worked. dahhh volare.
sunday - basically nothing. cleaned house, got a little work out in, went to costco, watched hbo. for serious.
that's really all i've got for you right now.
have a ballin week, betches!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Miss Moss

i like your style.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


i drove up to aaron's lake house in michigan sunday morning and spent all day laying in the sun, drinking beer, lounging on boats, jumping on water trampolines, grilling, partying on a sand bar, and watching fireworks from the water.
it was definitely one of the best 4th of july's i've ever had.
i'm currently surfing amazon for a few new dvds.
more specifically, dvds i can put on when it's storming out and i want to just be lazy/fall asleep.
top on the list: now and then.

Monday, July 5, 2010


happy 25th, jillers!!!!
i love you, pearl! come visit me in chicago. i miss your shenans & i'm too poor to visit you.
besties fo life.

Music Monday

last resort

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th! of! July!

off to my friend aaron's lake house in michigan for a day/night of boating, tubing, drinking, and fireworks. woo hoo, i love 4th of july!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so... scared.

i bought this groupon today.

Flashback Friday

puffy paint
for as long as i can remember, my mom would buy plain white sweatshirts for all of us every 4th of july weekend. she'd lay them out on the bench on our back deck along with a buffet of neon puff paint. as an artistic child, she may as well have set up a sugar buffet - that's how freaking much i loved this tradition.
then our entire family (+ extended family) would wear our awesome coordinating sweatshirts while watching fireworks from our boat on lake geneva. i miss those days.
...wish i still had those sweet garments. or some photos.