Happy Monday to me! Just received a gorgeous Diego Rocha leather cuff from a good friend in the industry. It’s leather…it’s reversible…and it just made my day. There is an adorable red clutch I’m eyeing on his website now. Down girl.
This weekend amidst all of the preparation for the holidays (last bit of Christmas shopping / wrapping gifts) and mentally preparing myself for our upcoming trip (scanning through guidebooks and maps / cramming to learn as much French as possible), I was surprised with a ticket to the Dashboard Confessional show on Saturday night at Lincoln Hall (thanks to this amazing guy!). First of all, it’s no secret that I absolutely love Chris Carrabba and that much of my freshman year of college was spent listening to their first album on repeat, but finally getting to see him live was an experience.
The night began with a rundown of each song off of their first album (with appropriate commentary when needed), but then we were treated to something special. For almost an hour he allowed concert goers to shout out requests which included some of my all-time favorites (As Lovers Go / Hands Down / Remember to Breathe, etc.). I couldn’t believe how many people were singing aloud at the top of their lungs…for every single song. It was amazing and truly something that I was lucky to be a part of. Listening to these songs that meant so much to me back when I adjusting to my new life at school put a permanent smile on my face throughout the entire show. I’ve checked this off my list and was glad I could share it with someone who wasn’t there when it first made an impact on my life, but will be with me everytime I look back on those good times and will understand completely. For that, I’m thankful.
A “perk” of my job is constantly being able to throw out ideas to my clients and see what sticks. I’m currently creating an inspiration board for a client that includes the following…
Vera Wang “Fern”
Christian Louboutin “Tsarouchi Crepe”
Yum. Yum. Yum.
The idea is playing off of textures found in fashion, but the color scheme is navy blue, apple green, and white. I thought the cake photo was a great start, but my real question is…who wants to foot the bill for this dream wedding I’ve conjured up?
No one? Yeah that’s what I thought. Hence the phrase “dream wedding”.
…is 90% done! How did I get so on top of things this year? I don’t have the answer to that question, but I’m going to be thanking myself the few days before Christmas when I’m usually running around like a mad woman scooping up random goodies for my loved ones.
Next up…the art of packing (aka “how to cram as much winter wear into one piece of luggage as possible”).
Life Goal #204 - Turning my love of knitting into more than a hobby
Cold, Bitter Winter = Slow season for weddings in Chicago…..so I’m always hit with the realization each year that I need a fun hobby or activity to help pass the time and make me feel a bit more productive than just lying on my couch every weekend. An idea has been brewing for quite some time though and I think I’m finally ready to do something about it.
I’ve been knitting off and on since I was in college (I learned from my grandma which in and of itself is important to me), but the past couple of years I’ve explored past basic scarves and have ventured into hats, berets, & purses/clutches. I truly love knitting for my friends & family and would love to find a way to share my goods with others as well. I know, I know…easier said than done, right? Well that’s where I’m stuck! While I am quick with my projects (2 per weekend on average…and Nick can attest to that!), I would love to move at my own pace or take orders only when I know I can truly dedicate the time to getting something completed. I would also love to have it be an interactive process where the person purchasing the hat/scarf/purse could customize the colors, lining, & buttons, etc.
Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated! Should I consider Etsy? Any other social marketplace ideas?
Construction began on the Halsted Bridge last night (consequently closing down Halsted between Hooker & Division). And this just isn’t any construction job. They are beginning the 1 year restoration project for this particular bridge.