so fresh + so clean

Sometimes patience really does pay off. It took some noodling, but I think I might have a actual direction for my bathroom...

I even went ahead & ordered the black + white ikat towels. I also have some future DIY plans for my bath mats + the rest is really just little bits + pieces to pull it all together. I'm really loving the black, white, silver + wood scheme as of late.

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in someone's locket

gifted || little miss color

Little Miss Color

Polka Dot Bike
Ride in style with the worlds most cheerful bike.

Furry Pouf
A little bit of pop for your mane or clothing.

Escheveria Plants
A little bit of green goes a long way.

Striped Blanket

Cozy up with a bit of color. These lovely blankets come in a variety of patterns + colors.

You don't need to pick the green option to "go green." A much prettier alternative to ugly plastic bags.

Crystal Ball Table Lamp
Finally, a lamp you don't have to hide the cords for.

The Perfect Clutch
Brings a bit of pop to any outfit.

Penguin Classics for Children
Nostalgic + colorful! A winning combination.



"Hyph Mngo" - Joy Orbison


"Hummingbird" - Maya Jane Coles

I recently told a friend that there was nothing worse than concert remorse. No truer words have ever come out of my mouth + I am reminded of this every time I heard the lovely Maya Jane Coles play. What kills me the most is that I even had tickets for her actual show but got too sleepy to stay awake for a 2am show. I'll get you next time, Ms. Coles.


gifted || the music lover

The Music Lover

Spotify Unlimited or Premium
Nobody likes commercial interruptions. Give the gift of no advertising with a Spotify Unlimited or Premium for interruption free music on the go.

Lost in Concert, Volume One
Support this awesome Kickstarter project + gift someone with an amazing book that covers some of the best shows performed in the beautiful city of Chicago. Delivery might be a bit past the holidays, but this is a book every Chicago music lover is going to want on their coffee table.

Vinyl Puzzle
Because even music lovers enjoy a good puzzle once + a while.

Disco Ball
Nothing goes together quite like music + a disco ball. This has been on my "want" list for a very long time.

Concert Tickets
I'm a firm believer that experiences are better than any physical gift. Not sure what shows are coming up? Visit sites like Do312 to get the latest in concert updates. Bonus points if you get tickets for a music festival.

Vinyl Cleaning Kits
Keep those records in tip-top shape with a simple but thoughtful gift.

a musical marathon

Traveling for the holidays? I suggest going with Caribou's Daphni project for your entertainment. This 7.5 hour musical masterpiece has gotten me hooked through 2 full listens. There's nothing too heavy to it, just nice, chill tunes.



i was there : escort

Show: Escort

Location: Metro

Date: 11.9.12

Favorite Song: I'd be shocked if anyone didn't pick "Cocaine Blues." So disco-y with a very local feel.

Memorable Moment: It's always impressive to see that many people on a stage + to have a whole strings + horns accompaniment. The music really was quite spot on.

Biggest Letdown: I think with that many people on stage I expected the show to have a little bit more of a "wow" factor. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time + the music was incredible, I guess it just seemed a little like too much of the same thing for me.

This Show: reenforced my love for disco. I mean, how can you not have fun listening to disco? What we had on stage was a whole disco orchestra, which is pretty amazing. Escort was really fun, I just wish the Metro was filled up a bit more. Too many Chicagoans missed out on a great Friday night option.

happy birthday, claude

I'm so thankful for every day that I get to spend with you!

i was there : matthew dear

Show: Matthew Dear
Light Asylum

Location: Lincoln Hall

Date: 11.6.12

Favorite Song: I don't think you could have topped "You Put a Smell On Me." That song was just so lively + fun + that was definitely reflected in the crowd. This is probably me being the creep that I am, but I also loved "Shake Me," his self-proclaimed darkest song he's ever written.

Memorable Moment: The stars finally aligned + I got to see Matthew Dear live. I had missed him twice before + I don't really count his DJ set at Wavefront on the same level as his live shows. He is also someone that is meant to be seen live. He hustles around the stage making perfect noise (or shaking his maracas) + has some pretty wonderful dance moves. 

Biggest Letdown: Not hearing "Don + Sherri." You always want to hear that very first song that got you hooked on an artist. "Don + Sherri" was that for me, but at least I got "Slowdance," a close second. On that note, I would have to say that two of my favorite album-version Matthew Dear songs ("Slowdance" & "Her Fantasy") weren't as great as some of the others live.

This Show: was a total dance party. I think I expected it to maybe be a bit awkward + darker, but it was serious fun! I will never again miss Mr. Dear when he makes his way to Chicago.



counting sheep

After months of contemplation, I've finally decided on a bedroom look I love           ...
I'm thinking clean, white linens & a simple green army surplus blanket. 

I think this look would look awesome paired with a dark grey/almost black wall behind the bed (which I've secretly been wanting for forever).

The part I'm stuck on is furniture. I know I love to look of West Elm's narrow-legged furnishings, but do I do white or chocolate?
Some pieces will go next to a dark wall & some will go next to white walls. Or maybe I should go with something in-between?
Clearly I want all of the pieces to match, but which would look the best? I'm perplexed, but luckily (?) I have a whole year ahead of me before I can afford to execute.

ballerina chic

I know this comes as a shock, but I was never really one to get that into Sex & the City. I watched a few episodes here or there, but it never really stuck. What did stick, however, was Carrie's fascinating wardrobe choices. One of my favorite looks is what I like to call "ballerina chic." You know the look..
 Even tough it's been nearly 9 years since the finale, Carrie's unconventional looks are still just stylish today. Anthropologie has a beautiful new tulle skirt so now you can get your very own ballerina-esque look...

Thanks, Carrie!


definition: pareidolia


noun - a psychological phenomenon involving a vague + random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, + hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.