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


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…


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

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine


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.


Friday Link Love 2.6.15

I hope everyone survived that blizzard situation that happened this week, I can attest that it was a real betch to Chicago. I’m gonna make this little diddy short today because I’ve got a lot of links. But in the process of putting this post together I noticed that it’s abnormally female empowering, so…go girl!

What’re everyone go goin on this weekend? Should be a full one for me,  I’ve got a birthday party, a bridal shower and checking out Siena Tavern during Chicago Restaurant Week. Other than that, I’ll likely be spending it getting lost in my latest book, All The Light We Cannot See. What’re you guys reading reading right now? I’ll see ya back here next week with some last minute Valentine’s Day gift guides – I’m talkin’ to you procrastinators!




Speaking of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a minute to send some love to some people who probably need it more than we do, sick kiddos. This year you can send valentines to the little cuties over at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. It takes two minutes to send ’em a smile, just do it! (Thanks for sharing Kate!)

We can all thank my mother for this one. Waffle iron recipes that will blow your mind. Here. You were gonna google it anyway after watching that video, this one is rated extremely well on Amazon and under $50.

Regardless of the fact it’s my livelihood, Photoshop is totally out of control in the media. (Exhibit A. And B. And C.) So let’s work to fix it by signing this petition to help creative positive change for young women by reducing Photoshop in magazines.

I die for fresh flowers in the apartment, but arrangements can get expensive. Take a minute (literally one minute and one second) to watch this video on how to make your own on the cheap.

This girl’s got some pipes! Watch this 12-year old star beat the odds when she covers John Legend.

One of my guilty pleasures used to be the show Nashville, because Tami Taylor, duh. But I kind of fell off watching a season ago, but these sisters are too talented not to share their cover too!

Scout is back! I can only imagine all the yelps of joy the freshman language arts teachers across the country let out when they heard the news.

Jimmy’s in LA this week and so far this has been my favorite segment, but who knows what’ll happen tonight!

This is so awesome, it’s about time all body sizes start to be recognized! But at the same time, that is what our society is considering plus size now? Come on.

Hey boys, how about you don’t. Just let us have this one. #likeagirl