Well as everyone knows (cause I haven't been keeping this a secret at all) I will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall. Not only was I lucky to even get in at the last minute, but I got a hefty scholarship to boot. I can't believe how all of this came together and I'm still in shock that they liked my work so much.
I'm excited to be busy again. It's been a while since I've been working towards something this big. And I can't wait to have some kick ass art to show from it.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My sister's visit to Chicago was quick but very lovely. When she got in on Friday evening, we went to a neighborhood restaurant and bar called Bad Apple. The drink menu is pages and pages long and they have one of the best veggie burgers I've ever had. For any Chicagoans out there, I highly recommend it.
On Saturday, we started our day with some caffeine at our favorite local coffee shop. Cafeneo had just hired new staff and took FOREVER to get a couple of lattes to us. But the one barista that had worked there awhile comped our drinks for the wait. Free coffee for a bit of a wait?...I say worth it! Later, we took a visit to a bridal boutique so my sister could try on some dresses for me to see. My amazing friend Emily will be making her dress as well as the bridesmaid dresses for the wedding, but just for fun, she tried on a few for me. It was a girly afternoon and I loved every minute of it!
Sunday was her departure day, but we managed to fit in brunch, shopping, and beer before she left. When we popped into Macy's on State Street, I discovered this delightful wooden airplane installation I thought I'd share. The pictures really don't do it justice, but I'm still quite taken with it.
Thank you so much for visiting me, Megan!
I'm now on a countdown to warm weather in Savannah. (Since it's still in the 40s here.)
...Although I did see this friendly little flower peeking up to say hello the other day.
I admire it's tenacity.
Friday, March 19, 2010
This past week in Chicago has been quite lovely and oh so warm. It gave me just a taste of what is to come for Spring and Summer.
Here are a few things this week that made me love to see the end of Winter:
Having the first bubble tea of the season,
finally being able to wear Spring shoes,
finding fun, new kitchen wares at Knee Deep Vintage in Pilsen,
eating outside on a blanket,
friends in the park,
...and afternoon naps!
It certainly has been a perfect week. And to top it all off, now I'm awaiting the arrival of my sister! Eeek! How fun!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
This weekend was the best weekend I've had in a very long time. It was full of great music, great people, and great drinks.
Friday night I saw the show I've been waiting to see for years. Kurt Elling played at the Green Mill here in Chicago and blew everyone away the minute he opened his mouth to sing his first note. Kurt Elling is from Chicago, and used to play the Green Mill every Wednesday night before he got too famous to stay in town. Now he tours literally all over the world and just won his first Grammy. His show was absolutely captivating and unlike anything I've ever seen. My love for him and his incredible arrangements has only grown since seeing him.
I dare say it was the best show I've ever seen.
Saturday night, Tad Dancin', the soul/funk cover band I'm in had a show at Goose Island in Wrigleyville. It was the most fun I've had performing in quite a while. The energy was so high and everyone in the crowd was dancing the night away. It was an absolute blast and if you came out, thank you! And if you didn't come out, there's always next time...ya jerks.
I kid I kid :-)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I have the best sister in the world. End of story...she is the best. And that sister got engaged a couple weeks ago and asked ME to be her maid of honor. Well I am certainly honored.
Let me tell you, she is going to be the most beautiful bride there ever was...or will be for that matter.
So the weekend of March 19th through 21st, she is coming up to Chicago to visit me and to go wedding dress shopping with me! We will have a fancy weekend of brunch and boutiques and that sounds oh so delightful to me!
Monday, March 1, 2010
*Beautiful photo by Kari Herer Photography
In Chicago, March doesn't mean that it will be warm soon. It'll take at least another month to be able to wear a cardigan with no jacket. But March just sounds warmer than February and sounds like Spring is near. And even though this winter has been pretty mild around here, everyone I know (including myself) are all so antsy to rid ourselves of the cold and welcome the warmth.
So here's to March!
Friday, February 26, 2010
I'm not sure what's in the air today, but I'm feeling a little blue. The skies are overcast and the air is cold. I'm sick of the cold...I really really am.
But something I can control about my day is the music I listen to. And The Swell Season is one of my all time favorites. If you've never heard them, check them out. For real. They are so talented and beautiful and they're the perfect soundtrack to my blue day.