Sip, Sip, Mug

Hellllllo Monday! The Oscars were on last night, and while I won’t say it was the most exciting show they’ve put on, there were a lot of incredible acceptance speeches and some amazing musical performances. Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute was outstanding. John Legend and Common absolutely killed Glory, bringing basically everyone in the audience to tears. And then after winning Best Original Song delivered a powerful acceptance speech about racial equality. Two separate winners brought up how we need to be talking about suicide out loud. While Patricia Arquette passionately urged for equal wages for women. Which by the way, Meryl absolutely loved! As did I. Eddie Redmayne was so adorable after winning Best Actor. And yet while Neil Patrick Harris was obviously on his game with some hilarious one-liners, I won’t deny I was doing a lot of channel flipping.

But the one thing that I can always count on happened, it ran late. So if you soldiered all the way through like I did, you’re probably just a little bit behind on sleep and could use an extra cup of coffee. Which by the way, as of recently, is apparently okay now! So in honor of being able to down an extra few ounces without feeling guilty, I thought I’d share some mugs that I’m crushing on.

Sip, Sip, Mug

I’m Not Bossy | Clear Eyes | Woke Up Like This |
Hustle | What If I Fall? | Wake Up | Too Early | Haters

Friday Link Love 2.20.15

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TGI Friggin’ F. And that’s an understatement. I thought that blizzard was bad that we had two weeks ago, but after the arctic blast that hit Chicago yesterday, I’m really not even decided on which is worse. But hey, it’s looking like a heatwave over the weekend, highs in the 30’s, break out the bikinis! Ok maybe I’m jumping the gun on that one, but at least the weekend won’t be too miserable. Then again, you know how much I trust the weathermen…so I won’t hold my breath. Until then, I’ve got some Friday Link Love for ya! Also, there’s only one week left in February!? What is happening!?

Since we’re on the subject of the cold, you have to see these pics of Niagara Falls, frozen! The last time I was there was for my aunt and uncles wedding five years ago, and it most definitely didn’t look like this!

Two of my favorite things in the world: s’mores and thin mints…combined! IF YOU KNOW A GIRL SCOUT, CALL ME, I NEED TO MAKE THESE!

Kimmel’s at it again, Fashion Week or Photoshop, you decide.

For all you newly engaged gals, in case you missed it, Anthro started a registry, helllllllo! Married or single? Good, go shop anyways with an extra 25% off sale items.

Oh baby, we might have a game changing new eyelash curler. No longer will women endure the inner-lash pinch!

But since that may not be on the market for awhile, here’s another alternative from Benefit, how I love thee!

J.Crew has updated their new arrivals right on the heels of NYFW. I’ll have one of each please, but specifically this, this and this. Plus 20% off right now! Which reminds me, looking at all of these spring styles, I could really use a vacation! Cough, cough Leslie, call that hotel! 

I’ve been sleeping like shit lately, so this article SHOULD come in handy, but something tells me I have no control over my body once I’m no longer awake…but I’ll give it a try!

Is your dog a bit bigger than pint size, preventing you from carrying it around with you everywhere in your purse? Carmichael Collective presents: Big Dog Purse! I die.

Uh, how amazing is this constellation ear crawler!? I must have it.

And speaking of space, have you guys read about Mars One? This is seriously too wild to even think about. One way ticket to Mars. One. Way. 

The Blackhawks are back at it again, being way too cute for words! Looks like I found my girl scout though! Maybe I can just knock on Johnny’s door and eat some of his cookies?

That’s all friends, hope you all have a spectacular weekend, I’ll see you back here next week. And get excited, I’ve got my annual Chili Cookoff at work on Thursday, so I’ll be sharing my recipe on the blog soon. But not before Thursday because then all my co-workers would just steal my recipe (since it obviously won last year, suckas!) and we’d all have winning pots. At least we’d know that every entry would be delicious though…

L

15 Things You May Not Know About Me

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Today I thought it would be fun to share some things about myself that you probably don’t know already. Let’s get to it!

1. I was a competitive figure skater for the first half of my life. I started skating because my brother was taking classes and they gave out cookies at the end of class. I wanted the cookies. So I skated. Anyone surprised? I’m not.

2. I’ve never in my life eaten a Dorito.  And I’ve had exactly one Sun Chip, but only because Max forced it upon me. I’ve only had ketchup once and it was only because I told a guy at a bar and he told me he’d buy me a drink if I tried it. I don’t turn down free drinks.

3. My best friend and I share the same name. We met freshman year of high school but have since discovered we went to preschool together too! Also, I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday. You guys like my eyebrows?

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4. I’m deathly afraid of birds of any kind. To the point where I dodge pigeons on the other side of the street. It’s not completely irrational, I’ve had multiple bad experiences with all different types. Fuck birds for reals.

5. I got to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef while studying abroad in Australia. I studied in Sydney but spent a few days in Cairns (north eastern Australia) where we scuba dove and visited a rain forest and got to hold koalas and play with kangaroos!

Kangaroo

6. While I was down under, I also made my way to New Zealand where I did the second highest bungee jump in the world…twice. I figured it would probably be awhile since I made it back there, had to get my money’s worth!

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7. I will never get sick of my mom’s baked mac and cheese. She uses white cheddar Cheese-Itz instead of breadcrumbs on top. Literally. The. Best. Thing. Ever.

8. I’m obsessed with cookings competition shows. I could watch Chopped, Top Chef, Master Chef, Guy’s Grocery Games, Master Chef Jr. all day, errrrday. Yes, that last one is a cooking competition show with children. Judge if you must.

9. I’m loud. It’s hard to really get that across via a blog, but it’s true. I blame my mother. But this isn’t any kind of new development either, I was voted “Loudest” of my senior class. And my senior class was about 900 people, soooo…take that as you will.

10. I’ve lived in Chicago for eight years, sometimes even I’m shocked by that! I’ve lived in the South Loop, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and now the West Loop. #westloopisthebestloop

11. In addition to figure skating, I played soccer competitively for as long as I can remember. My club teams were regularly ranked in the top five nationally. But when college rolled around I decided it was the end of the line. Probably a good thing since Columbia College doesn’t even have a mascot. Or maybe it does? I don’t know.

12. While I may be a graphic designer for a living, I absolutely CANNOT draw. In college, my BFF David and I would take pictures of what we were supposed to draw for class, then put the images on the light box and trace the picture like we’d drawn it on our own. Our professor called us out into the hall to ask who was doing whose work because they looked so similar. So, yes, we were in fact cheating, just not in the way he thought.

13. I have dual citizenship in the US and Canada. My mom’s Canadian and my dad grew up all over as an army brat. They met in Jamaica and the rest is history. You know, like getting married at a courthouse to prevent deportation. Isn’t that how everyones parents got married?

15. I have this weird thing where I have to look at the menu of a restaurant before I eat there. I think there’s only been two times in recent memory that I went to dinner without knowing exactly what was on the menu. I’m a freak.

15. My team is the Blackhawks. They always have been, always will be. See above: mother is Canadian. I actually partied with the team both times they won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013. I’m gonna brag about that because it was awesome and I don’t care.

Stanley Cup

L

Currently Coveting: Valentine’s Day

Currently Coveting: Valentine's Day Edition

 

New plan, and I’m sure you’ve seen it around blogtown, but on Thursday’s you’ll be seeing the things I’ve got my eye on, that I wish I could splurge on, or are just down right swoon-worthy with Currently Coveting.

With that lovey-dovey holiday just two days away now, I thought perhaps I’d round up some pretty-in-pink products for you to oogle over. Plus self-love is always encouraged, so #treatyoself and maybe buy yourself one or two of these beauties! Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to it!

Lace Bralette | It comes in a slate grey color too, peek-a-boo!
Heart Dish | We all need a little reminder to ensure our heart is in the right place
Kiss, Kiss Postcard Set | Perfect snail mail to send your gal pals!
NARS The Multiple | Use it on your eyes, lips, and face! Triple threat in Orgasm.
FRENDS Headphones | Been lusting after these babies foreva, who wants to make it official?
Passionfruit candies | Passionfruit is my absolute fav, so obvi these made the cut!
Capri Candle | My favorite candle ever, all dressed up for the occasion!
Geometric Towel Set | Geo + neon pink edges? Yes please!
Je T’aime Print | Because who doesn’t want gold foil on their wall right now?

Byeeeeeeeeeeee. (said like Violetta on Real World. Yeah, guys I’m watching The Real World, suck it!)

 

For The Love of Hand Lettering: Valentine’s Day Edition

Type Roundup: Valentine's Day

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Short and sweet today, with a Valentine’s Day themed type roundup. Originally I was calling this segment Hand Lettered Lovin’ but then I discovered via Pinterest that another blogger was doing the same thing and calling it Hand Lettered Love, and not wanting to be a copycat (read: plagiarizer) I came up with something new. Introducing: For The Love of Hand Lettering! I realize that there is one example that isn’t hand lettered, but I loved it too much not to include it! My hope is that these quick little roundups provide you with a bevy of inspiration to send you off into the rest of the internets more inspired than you were before you got here! Let me know how that goes.