Simon and I are hosting a couples shower for El & Dan in the Foundation Room at the House of Blues (dinner + a concert)!
The Foundation Room is one of my very favorite spaces in the city…with it’s dim lighting, ornate tapestries and oh-so sultry nooks! The setting has a vibe that is kind of perfect for celebrating my impossibly cool sis and fiance.
Since I only get to throw an event like this once, it was really important to us that the invitations set the right tone. We worked with the folks at Hannah Handmade, and they came up with this! THIS!
It is a little book, covered in a heavy fabric that looks like it was torn from the prayer room walls. The paisley graphics and type set give the invite a personality, while the pop of blue just reminds me of my sis.
I was really thrilled with the finished result…
and can’t help but think this invite manages to capture the spirit of both the space and the happy couple.
Scenes from a Shower: Hosted in our Hometown Edition
H, T and A families!
This weekend Ellie had another wonderful shower.
This one was hosted by two of our life long family friends (The H’s & The T’s). Between our three families there are six daughters and it has become a tradition that whenever one of the girls get engaged, the others throw her a hometown shower. (here we are last year, celebrating Jen T.)
When I say, our friendships go way back…I mean waaaaay back.
It is so cool to me that after 25+ years of celebrating everything from our first day of kindergarten to college graduations, we still find ourselves congregating for every major milestone.
I picked up this piece last summer, so I am not sure if they still have it… but if you haven’t checked out the Aqua line, I strongly recommend it! They have some really cute pieces at a price point that not at all offensive.
Three cheers to summer nights on a back porch with gauzy shirts, short shorts, and cups of Sangria….not to mention the mosquito repellent dance (you know…the one where you flail your arms and spastically slap your neck at random intervals in a futile attempt to keep the bugs away)!
How I wore it:
Shorts: 7 For All Mankind
Shirt: Michael Kors
Sunnies: Thrift Store in Lincoln Square (I love the RayBan aviators, but they just don’t fit my face all that well…so i was thrilled when I found this scaled down pair with a similar style. And the best part- they were $20).
Shoes: Michael Kors (I picked up these shoes this weekend and I was kind of excited about my purchase. I think they manage to be bothclogish and cute. Plus, they seemed like a perfect pair of “disperse-weight-evenly, so-as-not-to-sink-into-the-grass” type of wedges- exactly what I needed for a backyard bbq)
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I am at New Job Conference….and they are having a photo contest.
Whoever captures the most “fun and creative photo of people engaging at the conference" wins a trip to THE MIDDLE EAST!
I realize the criteria is a little subjective, but I really (REALLY) want to win…. please help! help! help! me come up with something more creative than asking my coworkers tattoo their face with company logo (or something equally ridiculous).
I want to snap the photo today during my team meeting over lunch (I will have about 80 willing subjects who have agreed to pose for a picture), and I have to submit it by end of day.
While I don’t camp or hike or know even basic wilderness survival tips, I consider myself to be quite the adventurer.
An adventurer of the urban variety!
I think it is my responsibility as a city-dweller to get to know the nooks and crannies of this beautiful metropolis I call home. Sure, I love seeing shiny stuff and fancy stuff and artsy stuff, but there is a sense of intimacy that only comes with interacting with your city’s lesser known treasures.
This weekend, we laced up our boots (er, flipflops) and made our way to Big & Little’s, a nearby divey taco joint. To call this place inconspicuous would be an overstatement. Big & Little’s is located on a questionable corner, next to what appears to be an Indian Restaurant/TaxiDriver Hotspot There are no tables inside, but you are welcome to enjoy their outdoor space…picnic benches in the gravel lot out back. I could not have loved it more!
Guys, this place was AWESOME!
We scored some wonderful and fresh (battered to order) fish and shrimp tacos, cans of Hawaiian Punch and I couldn’t help but notice the truffle fries on the menu (next time!). The best part: our bill came up to a whopping $9/couple…
(While they don’t sell dessert, I hear that the dudes behind the counter are willing to share their personal stash of nutter butters, if you ask nicely. That is just the sort of place this is!)
With our fellow adventurers…and finders of this great place, Danielle & Coe!
Everytime Simon and I hang out with these two, we leave with the most serious couple crush. They are just these two incredibly neat, interesting, urbanites. One of those couples with whom you find yourself saying “no way! me too" with alarming frequency (your sister goes to Vandy? you got your dad an ipad? you ran a family half-marathon?)….as well as repeated pleadings of "can we please put that on the calendar.”
Good people. Good people, I say!
Em, Danielle & Andrea watching the taco-making unfold.
(full disclosure: this was also a transparent attempt to capture the back of my dress!)
This weekend was a bonus weekend, of sorts. I was supposed to be out of town for my sister’s shower, but there was a last minute change of plans meaning…I had a few free days at home without anything on the calendar!
[Queue Hallelujah Chorus]
Taking full advantage of unexpected Free Time, Simon and I headed up to Evanston for lunch at the fish market (complete with Sangria and tater tots) and over to the local art fair for perusing and picture making.
It was a beautiful day. Hot as all get-out…the perfect opportunity to bust out my new favorite summer dress!
Dress: Cruiser, Steven Alan (I had been lusting after this dress since it made the rounds on tumblr a few months back, and when I received an unexpected peer bonus at work, it felt like the perfect way to self-congratulate!)
Shoes: Nordstroms Rack
(I could have made more fashionable styling choices with the shoes/purse, but I wanted to be easy and comfortable for a full day of strolling…and I think that is what I achieved.)
But regardless of the accessories, I literally had a blast wearing this dress!
Gershwin on my headphones Pens in my ponytail Cashmere wrapped around my neck A very tall coffee (my third one today) & a cup of cashews Two notebooks filled with my unreadable writing A stack of notecards that is as tall as my list of unanswered questions is long…
I had forgotten what it meant to study. It’s been nearly a decade since my last exam but it’s funny how eerily familiar this all feels.
Some thoughts I am thinking while enjoying a dish of raspberries and preparing for the rush of the day:
I love raspberries. If I had to pick a favorite, raspberries would certainly be it. Don’t get me wrong, I get excited by cherries and mangos, but really….they can’t hold a candle to raspberries.
We used to have a raspberry patch in our back yard.
It was anemic at best, producing only a handful of berries all summer. But those few berries were our most precious commodity! Ellie and I would always eat the raspberries before they were fully ripe….we were just too anxious to wait.
Our next-door-neighbors had a flourishing patch of their own (it must have been the shade from their crab apple trees that made all the difference). I remember sliding my skinny wrists through the fence and covertly plucking fruit from their bushes. My sister stood as look-out, and we would split the bounty.
Truth be told, even if they caught us….I am sure they wouldn’t have minded.
And then on my first trip to New York, my parents took us to see Beauty and the Beast, the musical. They bought me a baseball cap that said “beauty.” I thought this was so clever.
After the show (or was it before?) we went to the Plaza Hotel for dessert. I ordered a bowl of raspberries. I think it cost a lot of money because I remember being nervous about ordering such expensive fruit.
But it was worth it.
Out came the grandest display of berries, I had ever seen. They were bright red and mounted high, with each one being the size of a ping-pong ball.
I felt sophisticated, elegant at 11 years old.
And now… every morning, I come to new job and start my day off with organic coffee+steamed soy
i would gladly send you lots of love and concentration in your studies BUT around the time i was studying for my finals, i couldn't help but procrastinate on your blog! so i'll send the love, not so much the concentration.
Love the video of studying. (And the scarf - Bloomingdales? I have a strikingly similar one in yellow stripe that I'm obsessed with).
Anyway - just writing in a vote for another video soon. So fun. Good luck on the test!
Thank you! Thank you!
This is my Rent Scarf (so very Mark Cohen). I picked it up at the JCrew Outlet and wear it when i need an extra dose of comfort.
ok…back to studying. for real. starting now. 1-2-3 go!