August 18, 2016

WEAR 16

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From the second I saw this at the Westside Anthropologie store it spoke to me! I love me some one-piece clothes but this was different.  The width of the leg, the open back, a must have! Wore it out for a date night to celebrate the closing of our first home! Felt like a sexy bohemian that ran a dojo in her spare time. ha!

So yes, we closed on a house. A beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house in Westside Atlanta. Dangerously close to really great shopping and several taco options. We are so pumped! Move in date isn’t until end of September and since our lease ended, we’re floating. Been house-sitting, house-crashing but no couch surfing YET. Our friends have helped us out trememndously. Thanks guys and gals!

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Jumper-Anthropologie, Hat-Stetson, Purse-Madewell, Shoes-Old Navy, Shades-Salt

In the 2 months we’re bouncing around we’re taking trips and making it the most fun possible. We finally pulled the trigger on a big trip we’ve been going back and forth on, GREECE! I turned 30 in March and Dustin turns 30 over Labor Day weekend and with our 1 year anniversary coming up we decided it was a must! We scored big time on plane tickets-2 round trip tickets to Athens, 1 stop in Germany for 1 hour was $1,068.00-a deal we couldn’t miss out on!!!

Speaking of living it up, I’m currently in LA visiting my girl friend Courtney till Monday! Already seen Shaun Ross and Pauly Shore, I’d say it’s off to a Hollywood sight seeing trip so far! Tomorrow we’re hitting up Palm Springs so follow along on Snap or Instagram for all the behind the scenes or come back for a full recap!

Have a good week + weekend, see you on all the other apps!

August 9, 2016

CHICAGO PART 3

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It’s the final post of our Chicago trip! This includes the 4th of July, as you might have guessed from the delicious donuts as well as Wicker Park. The donuts Dustin actually picked up on the 3rd (only mentioning this because below you’ll see another breakfast..) from Glazed and Infused  just down the street from our Airbnb.  Typically I’m really good about not eating ‘bad’ stuff like this for breakfast but when on vacation, I make a few exceptions ;) the small one was the best, just a good ole old fashioned glazed.  I don’t think I shared it with D at all!  MmMmmm!

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Lots of spots around Chicago had these open air seat and window fronts, guess since their Summers are SO NICE it’s natural AC. Makes for great pics too!

What we really ate on the 4th was CBA, Chicago Bagel Authority, also really close to our spot.

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We got the Chia Bagel which had veggie spread, swiss, avocado, lettuce, sprouts & honey mustard on sesame and was heavenly! Messy but heavenly.

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Wearing my trusty Stetson, Anthro dress, Chucks, Madewell bag and Raybans from Shopbop.

After our breakfast it was off to Wrigleyville!

First stop was a shop for some Cubs gear for the game!

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Dustin had been to a Cubs game in the past and had an absolute blast at the Wrigley Roof Tops and wanted to do it again. Super glad he knew about it because it was so cool!

Outside the stadium there are all these old town homes that have been converted into baseball game venues with viewing rooms, kitchens and roof top stadium seating.  It’s $65-$85, depending on the “venue” and it’s all you can eat and drink.  We booked the 3643 N Sheffield location which was a fantastic view of the whole field!  The food was fresh made to eat-grilled chicken, hotdogs, brats, burgers-and the makings for a salad and sides. Beer was legit too, Goose Island and Brooklyn Brewing were the two we stuck with. I would 100% recommend this route if you find yourself attending a Cubs game!

Cubs won and we continued the party after for some celebratory drinks (because we obviously needed more booze..) with new friends we made during the game around Wrigleyville. After hanging with them it was off to Dustin’s college buddy’s place in downtown for hangs, dinner and fireworks. If you can believe it, we kept going and met up with an Atlanta friend who got engaged earlier in the night and celebrated with them in their hotel room. PHEW. WHAT A DAY! Needless to say, this was one of the nights we Ubered home..

We finished off the trip with a day exploring Wicker Park.  First it was walking around looking at amazing homes and road candy like the above.

Then we popped into some boutiques and per usual, I had to check out the Free People..

So dreamy! I love seeing how each city does their Free People displays and what buildings they reside in. Chicago’s Wicker Park did NOT disappoint!

Such a hip part of Chicago, just look at this laundry mat!

I made three purchases this day. One was at FP (duhhh.) the other was at the above vintage shop run by the sweetest French man I’ve ever encountered!  We must have chatted with him for an hour about all sorts of random things. Vegetarianism, vintage belt buckles, running-just to name a few! I nabbed a classic black leather Coach backpack which is a check of the list of things I’ve been hunting for some time now.

This is Kohl, Frenchmen’s shop dog and BFF. He’s 18 and was so sleepy after a night of NO sleep from all the fireworks. Such a sweet guy.

Third purchase I made was from a shop called Una Maes a rustic boutique for both men and women with brands we both love. I got a Brixton hat that you’ll see come Fall, likely A LOT!

After shopping around it was time for a hair of the dog (after all the day before was ALL YOU CAN DRINK!) and what caught our eyes was this beautiful bright white with pops of colors building that looked brand new to the area.

Mahalo.

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My my my was it pretty! Around each corner was beauty. The upstairs had just been painted so it wasn’t ready for the public but our server told me to sneak up there and look around. LOOK WHAT I FOUND…

Macrame lounge chairs! Aside from the decor being crazy on point (wishing now I would have snapped more pics) the food was real good too.

 

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They offer a traditional Hawaiian menu with poke and even SPAM!  Even if you’re not into the cuisine, I’d definitely recommend stopping in for a look and maybe a Hawaiian beer if nothing else!

Welp, there it is. Our Chicago trip that took me way too long to blog about. Actually have built up a library of stuff to post so expect and outfit post and restaurant review very soon!

August 2, 2016

CHICAGO PART 2

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Continuing to play catch up on this overdue Chicago post, here’s number 2/3 posts!  This covers the day we went to Millennial Park and did a few activities around there.

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Like visit THE BEAN! So touristy but having seen on IG that Mark from Blink 182 was there, we thought we’d snoop around and grab a few silly pics while we were there.  Speaking of Blink, we are seeing them tonight! AH! The high schooler that lives on in me is SO PUMPED…well lets be honest, so is this 30 year old. New album, pretty dang good if I do say so. Dustin is up there with biggest fans, so tonight should be a real good time.

Back on subject..

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My accessories can be found on Shopbop.

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By the bean I spotted this really rad pink taxi. Couldn’t help but admire!  Had this been an option to drive up to our wedding in, I just may have picked it ~still love the blue Carrollton taxi we did use but that pink tho!

After walking around the park , stopping to admire the amphitheater and a few public art pieces and grabbing a juice from one of the food trucks nearby, we headed to the Art Institute for some browsing.

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A personal favorite, Van Gogh. They had a nice size collection of his, including the very famous self portrait which was way smaller than I thought it was. *Hand for reference

The Art Institute was packed with pieces I grew up studying.  Their offering of owned and borrowed collections were very impressive.

At first we weren’t into the idea of an audio tour but then started seeing people using them and it seemed fun.  Since I had never done one (thought it was for old folks..and maybe it is) said, why the heck not, didn’t regret even though it was one more thing to carry around.  They did a really great job with the background music and facts, the delivery of the message was enjoyable too. Learned things we wouldn’t have otherwise known about the art.

Artwork is impressive but I think one of the neatest aspects of museums are the artifacts.  Especially having a (small) background in Anthropology, I enjoy seeing things I studied back in college.

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Exhibit I got the most into was the Native American display. Don’t know much about my heritage but what I do know is there’s some Cherokee, Chickasaw and Creek on my mom’s side of the family. My favorite photo of the exhibit was this squash blossom necklace but had the lighting been right on the traditional ceremony outfits, I would have shared one of those for sure. Animal bones whittled into beads and so many unique materials used to create beautiful clothing and head dresses, rad to see it so well preserved.

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The above basket is in the same exhibit. The little bits flaring out are feathers, entire thing is covered in beads, those tiny details are so impressive.

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Dustin’s favorite painter is Monet.  As it turns out the Institute had several of his series. Like the above and his stacks of wheat. Interesting to see how one image can be changed depending on the angle, season, mood of artist and colors used. The art itself is pretty but look at those frames! Takes them up a notch.

While the audio tour was fun, we didn’t realize how long it was taking us. We didn’t have an outlined schedule for the day but didn’t anticipate the museum being the WHOLE DAY, which was the case. We browsed and admired until they were closing up! I really could go on about the various exhibits that we spent time on but I won’t do that to you, you gotta see it for yourself!

Worked up quite the appetite looking at art so it was PIZZA TIME!

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Feast your eyes on this beauty ~ STUFFED DEEP DISH ~ from Giordano’s. Now, I realize there are probably more underground, non-mainstream, pizza joints but you cannot deny the deliciousness of Giordano’s. Sorry not sorry to my foodie friends. Plus, we were so starving I could have eaten Sapporos and been happy. But for real, it was amazing.

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Mushrooms, chicken sausage and spinach, A+++ layered pizza casserole perfection!

After chowing down and resting our feet it was time to burn off that bread so we made the trek to Navy Pier.

Keeping it comfy at Navy Pier in a FP top, Gap jeans, Nikes, Madewell bag and Eye Buy Direct specs.

Keeping it comfy at Navy Pier in a FP top, Gap jeans, Nikes, Madewell bag and Eye Buy Direct specs.

Holy moly tourists! Too much. Minus the view, I hated everything about it but then we walked to the end and found a beer garden that was setting up for a free concert. Stuck around and so glad we did, the band was energetic with great people watching. Befriended some German guys and hung around until we were freezing (IN JULY, so wild.)

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Chicago’s sunsets were really impressive! Snapped this on my phone during an L train ride back to the apartment. The day was so exhausting on this old lady body I was trying to lay low after the pier but Dustin really wanted me to experience the Violet Hour, a speakeasy in Wicker Park. Thank goodness he dragged me out because, what an experience! We waited in a small line outside of a simple door until told we could go in. It was dark and smelled of delicoous orange peel and herbs.  We got a few snacks (hello best bacon wrapped dates, ev!) and drinks. The drink that impressed me most was the “Circles of Confession” an egg white sour with notes of “lavender, huckleberry, and a funky nose of grass and sun-drenched shale” Yep..

Museum + Navy Pier was a fun section of the trip! Come back at the end of the week for the final post!