April 12, 2011

The sun is out and the smell of spring is in the air. I feel like this little guy, peeking out of my hibernation to feel the sunshine on my face.




style inspiration

April 8, 2011

I saw this photo on The Sartorialist last fall and fell in love with this girl’s relaxed yet stylish look. I held on to it all winter long excited to copy it once the warmer weather came.

I love shopping for spring clothes. I have sort of an eclectic style but if I were on a deserted island and I could only choose one store to bring with me, it would be a hard choice between J Crew and Anthropologie. But I think J Crew would be the wiser choice.

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from this season’s catalog.

This photo doesn’t do this jacket justice. Last month I saw a girl in New York wearing this and it is gorgeous in person. It has that  classic”Chanel” look that I just LOVE.


I’d like to show up at our next video shoot looking like this please.


Now, I can totally get with this 80s-esque look. Remember buttoning the top button of your shirt and topping it off with a broach? BTW, LOVE her glasses!


No outfit is complete with out a pair of comfy wedges. I’ll take one of each please.

home away from home

April 6, 2011

Last week we shot a wedding in Mexico – it was beautiful! It never ceases to amaze me that I can hop on a plane and be somewhere sunny and warm in a few hours. It got me thinking that I would love to be a snow bird and have a place to escape the wintery months here in Chicago.

My dream is to have a second home in the Amalfi Coast. But, I recently stumbled upon these images of a home in Croatia. Aren’t these views stunning??? Maybe Croatia is where my home away from home is.



spring? where are you?

April 4, 2011

Even though it’s supposedly spring, it still feels like winter around these parts. We just got back from Playa del Carmen, Mexico where we shot a wedding. It’s hard to get back to wearing socks and sweaters when we were just wearing bathing suits and flip flops.

I have a lot to catch up on but I wanted to post this photo I took of a flower after our big snow in January. It will soon be budding a beautiful!

my dream home: kitchen

February 5, 2010

Jeremy and I have been thinking about moving to the suburbs. It’s a hard decision. One day I’m really excited at the thought of a bigger place and the next I’m scared and sad to leave the city. I grew up here. This is what I know and love. But realistically, in order for us to get a bigger space, we need to move to the suburbs.

We started to look online a little and what I’ve noticed most is that these homes are stuck in the ’80s! There are tons of places with frilly curtains and borders. It’s hard to see past the horrible decor but it got me thinking that it would be exciting to buy a cheaper home and put some money into making it my dream home. So, here’s the beginning of my blog called “my dream home” and today I’m featuring photos that I’ve collected of kitchens that I love.

is graffiti art?

February 1, 2010

A friend of mine recently shared some photos of the latest graffiti mural by Os Gemeos. I was completely blown away by the colors and characters —  they’re very dream like. As I admired their work, it got me thinking again — is graffiti art?

Having lived in the city my entire life, I’m confronted with graffiti everywhere every day and have had this discussion with many people. Some think it’s a disgusting violation of property and some think it’s an expression of one’s creativity. I fluctuate between the two. The wall behind my house is constantly the victim of graffiti — or  tagging — which is a gang’s way of marking their territory. Here’s an example of one my husband photographed.

To me, this is not art. I can’t even read what it says — and I’m sure that’s the intention. Where’s the creativity?  But as I said, this is definitely tagging and not an expression of one’s creativity. There are some beautiful examples of creative graffiti in the city — unfortunately I don’t have photos of them. Although I do have this photo of a mural I stumbled upon in France. Now this, I consider art.

I might be considered a graffiti snob but I would gladly offer up the side of my house to Os Gemeos to do a mural.

Art is subjective and I think graffiti is too. Do you consider graffiti art?

scaredy cat

January 28, 2010

I haven’t tested. I can’t get myself to do it. I really just can’t handle the disappointment. I’d rather wait until the end of the month and see if I get my period or not. Weird, I know. But it almost allows me to keep up this fantasy of “what if?”

So, there you have it, I’m a scaredy cat!

P.S. Isn’t this the cutest photo of my kitty Zoe! She’s my precious little one.

to test — or not to test

January 26, 2010

That is the question.

I saw my acupuncturist this morning and she asked me again if I took a pregnancy test. She asked me two weeks ago right before I was expecting my period. She was taking my pulse and mentioned that it was very rapid. When she said it — I immediately thought about the book I’m reading “The Infertility Cure” by Randine Lewis, PhD. It’s a great and inspiring read about infertility, acupuncture and herbs. I’ve learned so much about my body and I definitely recommend it for anyone going through infertility. She recommends taking supplements for different infertility symptoms. Since I found out that my FSH is high (and most likely have PCOS) — I’ve been taking wheat grass, royal jelly, spirulina, coenzyme Q-10, l’arginine, prenatal vitamins — along with the chinese herbs from my acupuncturist. I have to admit that I’ve felt a huge difference after taking them, lots of energy and just an overall good feeling.

In the book, she ends each chapter with a success story and I noticed that in most of them she’d say, “and I knew that she was pregnant right away because her pulse was more rapid than usual.” So when I heard my acupuncturist say mine was faster than usual, of course I immediately thought, could this really be true? She recommended that I take a pregnancy test. That night, after my appointment, I started to spot and I knew my chances of pregnancy were null and that my period would soon follow so I didn’t test. And, my period came, I think. It wasn’t a full period, mostly spotting. I just figured that it was irregular because of the herbs and acupuncture regulating my system.

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leaping into my future

January 19, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged. I thought I would give a little update as to where I am with my treatments — and in life. I’ve been taking a few leaps into my future. I’ll start with good news — I passed my real estate license exam. I’m so excited and relieved because it was sooo hard. Right now I’m interviewing with potential brokers. It’s an interesting flip of a situation — as a salesperson you bring money to the brokers so they want you. It’s fun being wooed. So, it’s really up to me who I want to work for.

As for my fertility, I mentioned that we were taking a break and that’s exactly what we did. I needed it. I needed to get back to myself. I really feel like a lost myself during December. The whole process of shots, hormones, blood tests & ultrasounds just didn’t seem right to me. I’m not saying that I won’t go back to my RE but I’m just not ready to yet.

I’ve been doing acupuncture for the past three weeks, and for a person that hates needles, it’s been very interesting. I already feel relaxed and healthy. She’s been giving me these chinese herbs to make teas with — and even though they are the worst tasting and the smelliest things in the universe — I feel a positive difference in my body.

If anything, this process has been more relaxing and regulating for me. I love it and I look forward to my visits every week. I can’t explain it but I feel calm & empowered after each session. Not only that, but I feel like my acupuncturist really listens to me. I didn’t get that with my RE at all. He was always busy and when I talked to the nurse  I felt like she was hurried as well. I felt like Jeremy and I were going through it alone — with no support.

So, that’s my update. Moving forward I will blog about my experience with acupuncture. I’m going to try very hard to keep grounded and not get too obsessed with this process, but I think it will be helpful for me — and hopefully someone else. I’ve found solace in reading other blogs and I hope that someone else can find it here too.


amour de safran des indes

January 10, 2010

About a year ago when we were on our honeymoon in Paris I kept seeing this beautiful yellow everywhere — especially paired with grey. I fell in love with it. When we got home I craved it and looked everywhere for a duvet cover for our bedroom thinking it would look great with our deep grey walls. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Fast forward a year later, I receive the latest West Elm catalogue in the mail — and here it is — this lovely yellow known as “turmeric” or as they say in France “safran des indes.”

It’s exactly what I need right now during this gloomy, snowy Chicago winter. I need to restrain myself because I want to buy everything.