Since the weather has turned warm, I have been walking Henry down Wells street. (many of the stores are dog friendly) Over the past year, I have seen 6 local stores close on Wells - my favorite shoe store One Yellow Shoe included. I recently went into Sara Jane (I did shop here a few times in the past) because of the large sale sign in the front window. And now I have been back a few more times because of the perfectly edited selection of clothing and accessories. While it is nice to get a good deal at H&M, Jcrew, or Anthropologie, I am going to try and spend my money locally. I almost feel like it is my duty to help support local business owners. Is that weird? And I think it will be fun to find new boutiques with a little help from here. (Handle with Care will be my next stop)
I wanted to make our balcony a little more inviting this summer, so I found cheap pillows at Ikea and chair cushions from Target. The pillows were $1.99 each and the cushions were $4.00 each. I also sneaked in the gnome I have had a crush on too.
Do you see the city garden on the large balcony down below us? (next to the barren landscapes) I wish I had a green thumb.
Here is my patio tomato plant that is waiting to be repotted.
In 65 days I should have tomatoes, if I can keep it alive.
Last weekend, I went to Self magazine's Workout in the Park, held in Butler Field. The event was well organized and for $15.00, you got in the event and a year subscription to the magazine. There were 3 different areas/classes going on throughout the day. Each class lasted for 20 minutes - which was the perfect amount of time to try different workouts. We ended up doing Hippie Yoga, Beach Body, and boxing/cardo.
me, my sister, and my sister-in-law
As we were leaving, Jillian Michaels (from The Biggest Loser) was hugging fans. She was teeny tiny - my sister thought she was sitting down.
Since moving to Chicago almost 4 years ago, I have started buying loungewear. As soon as I get home for work, on comes my loungewear. I also don't want to be known in my condo building as "the woman who walks her dog in her pajamas." A couple of years ago, a shopgirl at Hubba Hubba suggested I try on a Crash & Burn sweatshirt. It ended up being so soft and comfortable that I didn't want to take it off. I ended up buying it and have worn it so much that it is starting to get a hole in the sleeve. I have finally found more clothing from this line at sara jane.
My favorite part of this line, besides the comfort factor, is the skull/roses/thorn/rocker look. Normally, I am much more conservative in my dressing.
I found the most interesting article ("Don't" by Jonah Lehrer) on self-control in the May 18, 2009 issue of TheNew Yorker. As a high school teacher, I can tell which of my students would not have passed the marshmallow test.
I have my cousin's wedding and my husband's class reunion to attend this summer. I am hoping to finding one dress to wear to both events. I am envisioning a classic/modern dress with a pair of adorable/funky shoes or the other way around (classic shoes and a funky dress).
Should I pick a more relaxed summer dress or something more fancy?
I also tried Bethenny's goat cheese and sundried tomato chicken recipe last week and I loved it! And you could make this with blue cheese and pears (or figs) instead of the goat cheese/sundried tomato.
My mom noticed this store while we were walking around King Street in Charleston, SC. After we walked in, we found the best locally designed and made dresses and shirts. And they make custom bridesmaid dresses. If only I knew this 2 years ago when I was planning my wedding.
Taste of Chicago: June 26-July5 (free concerts include Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, Ne-Yo, the Wallflowers, and Buddy Guy)
Air & Water show: August 15-16
Movies in the Park: starts July 14th (see below for the complete schedule)
The 2009 Movies in the Park lineup: July 14, 2009 @ 8:58 pm: Sunset Boulevard (1950) July 21, 2009 @ 8:52 pm: Duck Soup (1933) July 28, 2009 @ 8:45 pm: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1950) August 4, 2009 @ 8:37 pm: Born Yesterday (1950) August 11, 2009 @ 8:27 pm: Psycho (1960) August 18, 2009 @ 8:17 pm: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) August 25, 2009 @ 8:05 pm: Tootsie (1982)