Friday, July 29, 2011

Wise Words

I enjoy these motivational posters because they make me smile especially on a bad day. I hope they bring joy to you too!

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We're going to Michigan for the weekend!

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

We're going to be near Cyrstal Lake for the next four days!
I can't wait to walk to Point Betsie!

Source: via Diane on Pinterest

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For all you Harry Potter & Ceelo fans...

I thought this was pretty special:

I can't wait to read: Life, on the Line

Review from

Hardcover, 390 pages, Penguin Group USA, 27.50, published March 3 2011
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

High Fidelity

Last night we ran to Logan Square for dinner at Revolution Brewery. While running along Milwaukee Ave, we went right by Reckless Records. It's right next to where they filmed "High Fidelity"! 

This is one of my favorite scenes: 
Source: via Eva on Pinterest

I love that this movie is about making the best mixed tape. [Because I love making mixed tapes/cds.] I can't way to watch this movie again and hear the amazing soundtrack. 

Chicago magazine rated High Fidelity #1 in a list of the top 40 movies ever filmed in Chicago.

P.S If you ever go to Revolution Brewery, we love the Rosa beer. It's a summer beer with hibiscus and orange!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beautiful messy hair and updos

I love messy, curly, wavy, bedhead hair. Fortunately, my hair loves to be messy, although frizzy is my forte. I saw this phrase on Pinterest and had to blog about beautiful hair.

With the heat and humidity this summer in Chicago, my curls are more hydrated but I love having my hair up instead. This is what it typically looks like at the end of the day.

I'd like to make it more like this...

Source: None via Breanna on Pinterest

My hair is not that straight, so it ends up looking slightly more like this....

Sometimes I wear my glasses...

I'd like to try more intricate updos like this........

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

When it's cooler, I'd like to have more hair down more like this...

After work maybe my hair can look more like this...

I like this messy undo hair for evening too.
Source: via Susie on Pinterest

In an ideal world, I would love to have Shakira-like curls. 
Source: None via cate on Pinterest
Recently, my hair has been up in a ponytail exclusively, unless I'm inside an air-conditioned building!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Our walk around the Near North Side of Chicago

Mr. F and I walked about 10 miles today around the near North Side. We started in River North, walked along the North side of the Chicago River from State to Lake Shore, up Michigan Ave to Lincoln Park. 
We saw the new 26 foot Marilyn Monroe statue in Pioneer's Square on Magnificent Mile. She's pretty cool but, the tourists standing underneath taking pictures were quite disgusting. 
 Mr. F was not amused by the tourists, so we only stopped briefly for a few pictures. 
We continued along Lake Shore to Fullerton Parkway, where the beach walk curves toward Lincoln Park. While walking home through Lincoln Park, we came across the Green City Market! We had fried cheese from Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin
We had amazing apple cider doughnuts from Zullo's
There were gorgeous flowers all over the Green City Market. We also saw pretty black-eyed susans and daisies throughout the park!
What did you do today?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Giuliana & Bill

I have become addicted to the reality tv show, Giuliana & Bill. 
 I started watching it because it's filmed frequently in Chicago. 
They are so endearing and funny.
Have you seen it? 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where I'd like to travel next...

In the last year, Mr. F and I have travelled to three countries and moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest. We love planning vacations, especially to another country. While we're really enjoying the summer in Chicago, the travel bug is itching to start planning another European adventure.
 Last September we travelled to Prague with the in-laws. We loved the food and beer. It would be amazing to return to this fairy tale town. 
This last spring we were invited to Cabo San Lucas to stay with friends from college.
We had so much fun with our friends, particularly in the infinity pool. 
Last month, we went to Barcelona for a conference for my work! 

Here are some of the places we'd like to travel to next:

Provence and the Loire Valley

The Amalfi Coast

Where would you go, if you could go anywhere?

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