Josh and I recently hosted a pop-up dinner party, inspired by Oh Happy Day. We chose an interesting outdoor location and tried to soak up the last of the summer/fall weather before the cold arrived in Chicago. I delivered invitations that gave minimal details and did not reveal the location of the party until a few hours ahead of time.
We bought a strand of solar lights, rented tables, packed all of our dishes, chairs, and candles and set up shop on the water front of Lake Michigan. We served a salad, our favorite chicken dish, and roasted marshmallows for S'mores at the end of the night! We were lucky to have amazing weather, but I brought a few blankets to use after the sun went down.
We had such a nice time with great friends enjoying a night on the lake. I am already thinking of our next location. Enjoy!
P.S. The party was definitely a lot of work to set up, but was so worth it. The clean-up and packing was much easier when we had everyone's help on the way back.
I got a pair of Hunter rain boots for my birthday this year, and I've started to notice something funny. Typically on rainy days, I am bummed, but now when it rains I get really excited because I have a reason to wear my boots. I'm weird. Chicago isn't a very rainy city (so far), but I know that my boots will also double as snow boots with these awesome cold weather inserts. I also want to get a better umbrella - one that I can see through, so that I don't bump into anyone. Looking forward to a few more rainy days, but just a few. Do you have favorite rainy day gear?
Andersonville is a really great neighborhood in north Chicago. We spent an afternoon exploring last weekend and found the cutest shops. Brimfield is my new love. I want my entire house to feel like the inside of their store. They re-upholster furniture and pillows in vintage plaid felt and wool blankets. It gives the furniture a masculine, cozy and casual feel. I am now in the market for more plaid wool blankets to make a few pillows for our bed and to re-upholster our ottoman. (I wish I had known about my new love before I went to the Vintage Market, I would have bought more blankets!)
**P.S. Also check out Scout, right next door to Brimfield.
Check out this awesome installation of a 'People-Spot.' Chicago is testing these temporary platforms throughout a few neighborhoods. The idea is that the sidewalk expands into two existing parking spots and becomes a green space for pedestrians to enjoy during the summer. During the winter, the space can be converted back to parking. I obviously love the idea! We ran across this People Spot in Andersonville, and people were actually using it! Read more here.
I went to the Randolph Street Vintage Market this weekend. The market is a once-a-month pop-up market with tons of great vendors selling everything from lighting and furniture, to clothes and jewelry. It was pretty amazing, and I actually bought some pretty good stuff. I was so excited to attend because I haven't located many flea markets / thrift stores in my area yet, so I was in need of some discount finds! If you are in the area, it is worth to trip to the next showing in late September. Be sure to buy tickets before hand on-line, so it will be cheaper.
I was in the market for a bar cart, and didn't find the perfect one. But, I did buy a globe, a plaid wool blanket, and an awesome vintage dress, silk scarf and earrings.
I am an avid watcher of Friends. A few years ago Josh bought me all ten seasons, and that year, we watched every episode in order. I also go through phases when I watch Friends episodes every night before bed. My favorite character is Phoebe, but I can't really name a favorite episode. I love these: The one where Monica gets the dollhouse, The one when Ross gets spray tanned, The one when Phoebe meets Mikes parents.
Anyways... Have you seen this awesome floor plan of the Friends apartment? I love that the colors of the set, really show in the plan. And I definitely love the question mark in the Monica's unknown closet. So fun!