I realize that doing a recap post of a previous trip while also telling you that this is my last post before my trip to Ireland and Scotland is completely obnoxious. I don’t blame you for getting as annoyed with me as I do with those people that “summer.” Who are those people really? But nevertheless, I received my film back from our trip to Chicago and I think I owe it to you and to me and to Chicago because that city is much prettier than it seems in movies. Also, Corey and I are flying to Ireland on Sunday! I am oscillating back and forth between freaking out that I need to pack and won’t have time on Saturday because I am shooting a wedding and shrieking little shrieks of sheer joy. I’m not sure if that is how you spell shriek. I will be gone for two weeks so my sporadic posting will become even more sporadic. Sorry guys – but I will have oh so many pretty pictures when I get back.
Back to Chicago. We were only in Chicago for a quick wedding weekend of three days, with most of that time spent at a pretty spectacular wedding. However, we did take some time to have a nice long walk around the city. I can imagine running everyday along the lake – it seems so peaceful. We took an obligatory picture in front of the bean which isn’t shown here because honestly the bean doesn’t photograph all that well. It is much cooler in person. Also, we stayed right near the park (don’t ask me the name of it), and I was highly impressed with it. We had an interesting but also delicious lunch at the Eleven City Diner. They are extremely strict on their policy that the entire party be in attendance before being seated. Even if we have 5 of the 6 people. And the 6th is 5 minutes away. And they have an entire room empty. They definitely ruffled Megan and my feathers, which is not a good place to be. Fortunately for them, their food is delicious. Possibly the most memorable thing to me was finally being able to see that train that runs between the buildings of the city that is shown in every single movie set in Chicago ever. I can see why, because it is memorable. I felt a little bit like Batman, or really Bane, because he was by far my favorite. Tom Hardy can do no wrong.
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We had a new neighbor move in next door about 2 months ago. When she moved in, I was like, “Look at me I am going to bake something for her and then we can take it over and introduce ourselves so she can have a lovely welcome to the neighborhood.” Like in the movies. Only I kept being too busy/forgetting and I have been feeling like a bigger and bigger jerk for not having introduced myself at all. But I was bound and determined to bake a neighbor treat and fullfill my vision. So finally last Friday I decided to get my act together and bake one of the cookie recipes from my “Yummy for Autumn” pinterest board. It consists of two oatmeal cookies full of warm fally spices with sweet pumpkin filling nestled in between. In other words, YES.
I followed the recipe exactly as is but doubled it so I could have cookies enough to take to the dinner party I was invited to on Friday night. They were a big hit. Anyways, here is the recipe and I strongly suggest that you make them too. It is fall after all, which is the season of superior sweets (superior everything really) and we might as well embrace it before it is gone.
Five stars if you can spot the cat in this photo.
There he is. Juicy likes fall treats too.
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Want to know how to feel like a fancy grown up? Get a makeup vanity. It actually makes me want to put on makeup in the morning. Kind of. This is the first corner of the bedroom that I feel is 100% complete after we painted last year, my mom DIYed our roman shades, and I mocked up the vanity area eight (?!!) months ago. Things are pretty slow going around here. Sorry world. But I finished it and it is glorious.
Remember how I was going to get wall sconces? That was a cute idea. I went to ikea to purchase some but then I felt underwhelmed by my options so I went with a floor lamp instead. But when I brought said floor lamp back my mom told me that it was pretty much the ugliest lamp she’d ever seen. I don’t agree with her, but I do agree that it probably wasn’t the best option for this area. Enter the random desk lamp that I purchase 5 years ago from Home Goods. Who knew it would look so good here?
Also important is that great tray that keeps the area looking neat even when I’m throwing makeup brushes this way and that as I’m realizing how late I am for work (which is pretty much every morning), and the wickery seagrassy wastebasket that has been around since my college days. You never know when you are going to use this stuff.
The mini gallery wall (a gallery vignette if you will) is one of my favorite things in the entire house. The Charleston print was a gift from Megan last Christmas, which I put in a great old frame from an antique store. Some of the best frames come with ugly art inside them. The little botanical circle thing was also from an antique store. And the painting was obviously from my favorite artist – Clare Elsaesser. Her prints are all over my house.
Sources: Vanity / Tray / Charleston Print / Clare Elsaesser Print
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