fall favorite

flannel

there are so many reasons that fall is my favorite season to dress for. this year flannel is on the top of my shopping list.

flannel and short

inspiration

ash

master of the messy together

leather skirt

leather skirt

flannel

one thing about flannel is that it is everywhere, and there is no need to splurge on it. first check out second hand stores, but forever 21 always has something in stock -

forever flan

flannel

forev flann 1

flannel

weekend lust

take me back. after an awesome weekend visiting home – milwaukee – I am less then thrilled to be back at work.

I had not been home for a while and there were somethings that I was desperately craving. one – cooking diner with dad (theo). two kopps custard. it is amazing. some people think culvers is an alright comparison. but there really is nothing like kopps.

Kopps custard

my other main task while home was thrift shopping for the upcoming studio move. some important things in the three-bedroom place are not mine Рso I was out to fill some apartment holes. theo is awesome at finding things second-hand and there are some great and cheap places in milwaukee (purple heart on north ave + the goodwill).

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we had awesome success. plates!! not only basic whites that I won’t have to worry about breaking but I am obsessed with these pretty cross ones!

other highlights – brand new le creuset kettle for just 20$ pyrex baking dishes. pint glasses (I love collecting pint glasses). bunt pan, hello pound cakes!

want – long hair

I have had short-ish hair since I started college. sometimes shorter and more styled – other times more casual. but I have now been trying to grow my hair out for forever (post college). and it is the least rewarding idea ever. it never seems to get longer and I am constantly tempted by cute short looks.

blond salad

blond salad

long haircharmingly styled

blake 2

I will probably want to learn how to curl hair. it just seems like there are so many more options with long hair.

whitney

is it possible that my hair will ever make it to this length? at least there is also a lot of long hair inspiration, to keep me motivated!

kourtney

love – tiny little things

last night I submitted an application for a very cute little place in lincoln park and I am so excited. no more stress and worry and now I can fantasize about making it my very own little space.

sorry chicago, I still think new york is my favorite city in the states. that is a terrible thing to think after living here for 2 years. though new york apartments are even more expensive and they can be beyond TINY!

here are some awesome examples of how people capitalize on the space that they do have.

tiny ny apartment

this kitchen is awesome – check out all the storage.

one thing I will miss from my current apartment is in-unit laundry, it is so nice.

the dishwasher on the other hand I will not miss.

bloombers is creating these micro apartments and they look awesome. being just under 5 ft, I am partial to small things.

jam of the day

the hunt

come July I am moving in to my own studio apartment. I have always had roommates and there are awesome benefits to having roommates. but I cannot wait to get my own place.

mural headboard

I know my place will be tiny – but it will be my space, to keep clean, to relax and to have people over. I can’t wait to find the right place and to start decorating it!

(mural headboard – might be a good way to make a studio not look so much like a living room with a bed.)

book ends

 bookends

while I can’t wait to start decorating, it is a struggle to find an affordable place in a desired area in chicago. so far apartment people have proven useless, and I’ve been relying on craigslist and padmapper, any other suggestions?

4 viewings tonight, wish me luck!

be – happy it’s friday

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(my little cousin’s insta)

this week has been long and annoying. you know one of those weeks where it’s just one thing after the next. so I am unloading here and going to start the weekend fresh and happy.

monday – our electricity is still off in half the apartment, but finally I’m not the only roommate to care.

tuesday – forgot about the brown line situation and missed my barre class, only to take a bike ride and get in an accident where I flew over my handle bars.

wednesday – fine just sore back/shoulders/leg

thursday – forgot keys at home, unprepared for weather and frozen outside. roommates home with phones on silent. final get in friday morning.

matt and michelle you are my saviors.

air bnb

question – ever use airbnb?

eat – brussel sprouts.

love – brussel sprouts. never had them raw before trying a salad at nellcote. and now I’m totally hooked.

brussel sprout salad

I’ve looked at a few recipes and tried it a few different ways. but it’s actually pretty simple. just cut the sprouts thin and salt them, this will wilt them a little and make them less bitter. such a great salad.

brussel sprout salad

I like the fennel and red onion in this one (not a big fan of the brown butter vin). Also if you like a little kick, thinly sliced jalapenos go along way!

this saturday is the first green city market – rain or shine I can’t wait.