love me knot

swoooon. I don't usually wear heels but i could make an exception if I owned these. 

take a dip

How amazing is this pool? The art deco details and lighting are so pretty!
I'm picturing this oversized, framed having over a bed- chateau_20x200 


i want to go there {Morocco}

A family friend recently visited Morocco and the photos were beeeautiful. The architecture is so detailed and intricate- everything looks so exotic. If (when) I am lucky enough to visit Morocco i have a feeling i will be a constant state of awe...for now it has been added to the top of my travel wishlist. 
Hassan II Mosque [highest religious minaret in the world- 200 meters]
i love the teal/blue colors and all the detail in the tile
Hassan II Mosque- Casablanca, Morocco

beautiful hand painted mosaic tiles inside of the Mosque

marrakech, morocco market
this would be dangerous, i'd want to buy everything

sahara desert, morocco -- camel ride? ummm yes please.

wowzahs! the desert looks so peaceful. can you believe this photo? 


p.s. a big thank you to Emily for letting me steal these photos :)


mary & max

H and I watched mary & max, the 2009 Australian clay-animated film by Adam Elliot, over the weekend. The basic story is a friendship between to unlikely pen pals, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in Melbourne, Australia, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. the clay-animation was fun departure from live acting or 3-D gimmicks, and there was a lot of depth too. the film bravely tackles multiple dark themes- including childhood neglect, teasing, loneliness, autism--Asperger's Syndrome, depression and anxiety but still manages to be funny and heartwarming. Toni Collette (one of my favorites!) lends her voice as mary and Philip Seymour Hoffman is max. add it to your to-see list.
(watch the trailer)

bright whites

happy monday! I love the detail on theses effortless, classy looks from the Valentino fall/ winter 2010-2011 collection:

the shoes are pretty hot too..



watch and learn.

H's two new favorite television channels are current and doc ...so needless to say we have lots of documentaries recorded. we also have a netflix subscription with a number of docs in queue. i typically prefer social commentary docs, whereas H is more interested in healthcare and economic focused flicks- so it tends to be a solid mix. here's a list of the ones i think are worth watching::

FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World - Discover how five other capitalist democracies-- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland -- deliver health care, and what the US might learn from their successes and failures.

God Grew Tired of Us -Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Food, Inc.- An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

The Business of Being Born - explores contemporary experiences of childbirth methods including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and c-sections. the film criticizes the american health care system with its emphasis on drugs and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence. i liked this doc a lot and i found it v informative and entertaining. H hated it.

even MORE films to add to your dvd queue:
No Impact Man:The Documentary -A Fifth Avenue family goes super green they go on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. I think this was the film that really motivated H to get into composting- now we only have to take out our garbage once a month (whootwhoot!)

Blue Gold: World Water Wars - lots of great info about Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments all fighting for control of our dwindling water supply...interesting but i'll admit the movie lacks focus at times.

Babies - follow four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, Ponijao who lives in Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal from Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari from Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie from San Francisco.  there is no scripted dialogue or subtitles...but the babies are absolutely adorable- watch this one with the girls.

 i am working up the courage to watch The Cove


fall flowers.

loving this colorful, fall-friendly dress (paired with tights, shortie boots and a cardigan or a cropped jacket).

shining like a diamond.

its about time i write about architecture:: one of my favorite buildings in chicago is the 10-story Spertus Insitute of Jewish Studies .

located on south michigan it is nestled among other giants, but its glass facade allows it to stand out as a beautiful distinctive building. i had the pleasure of attending an award event inside early last year but i need to schedule another visit.

photos by william zbaren

the facts: designed by chicago-based Krueck & Sexton Architects, opened November 2007

regardless of your personal religion this building is worth a visit (admission is freeeee!). what's inside: changing exhibitions gallery, museum core collection display, library reading room and circulating collection, chicago jewish archives and rare books and maps, spertus shop. more info



turquoise dreams.

i have been searching for an affordable turquoise necklace for years. years... i know, i guess i haven't been looking too hard. anyhoo! i found the perfecto necklace on my new favorite site the vamoose ::


too cute.

i about died when i saw these costumes... happy halloween!!




decorating dilemma

H and I recently purchased a couch and now i want to upgrade and re-decorate everything. I really like our apartment but I keep falling in love with "replacement" furniture.

My current apartment wish list:

Bengal Coffee Table_cb2 -- This coffee table is perfect. it might not look like much but i adore the reclaimed wood and it is v pretty in person. so praying for a sale... or hoping i find something else that can compete. 

Gourd Table Lamp_West Elm - $179.00, luster base-natural shade. 



paul tebbott.

loving these prints by paul tebbott, a self-taught UK designer, illustrator, and electronic musician... my favorite is the first one below, it reminds me of a more-modern/graphic rene magritte




i am in love. the dresses. the shoes. the lipstick. i'll take one of each please.

J. Mendel Spring 2011 line
see more here



right now my favorite go-to pandora station is 'the supremes'...be prepared for music you'd expect to hear at a walgreens, songs you somehow know ALL the words to. the music remind me of car rides with my grandma and dancing around her living room with my cousin. its a nice, nostalgic departure from the unoriginal pop-tastic music that plays on the radio now....and look how gorgeous these girls are:
pandora picks::
baby love- the supremes
aint no mountain high enough- marvin gaye & tammi terrel
higher and higher- jackie wilson
why do fools fall in love- frankie lymon & the teenagers
this old heart of mine- the isley brothers
say a little prayer for you- aretha franklin
signed, sealed, delivered, i'm yours- stevie wonder
you can't hurry love- the supremes



love. by amy butler

I spotted this fabric collection by Amy Butler last year and i still cannot get it out of my head. the line is described as, "A marriage by design coming from a love affair of rich, soulful, organic florals and architectural prints passionately inspired by my recent trips to Indonesia and England. Rich tropical colors with ethnic imprints, and elegance found in over the top florals like full roses and exploding peony blossoms join together in an optimistic celebration of print and color."
umm sign me up! i am dreaming of some 'love' throw pillows- now i just have to figure out which pattern i like most...
water bouquet-midnight 
trumpet flowers/emerald


grand street gardens

H and I stumbled on the first annual Design Harvest last weekend on our way to our favorite new garden shop: grand street gardens (2200 west grand ave)
The vintage wagons are way cuter than traditional shopping carts!

I adore sprout home (745 north damen-- near chicago ave) but sadly the prices are a little out of my range... so i was thrilled to find a shop with adorable and affordable planters. I bought a honeycomb pot in white for $12ish- including the saucer! 


art on the cheap

Want to redecorate a room in your home or add some flair (yes flair) to your office space? check out 20x200 which sells affordable art, limited-edition prints and photographs. i like these ones :

prettymaps-nyc i hope the designer makes one for chicago!



bring on the new year!

jhilldesign is one of my favorite design stores. they have a large collection of unique city, animal alphabet (these would be adorable for a nursery someday), and map prints. i want them all, but for now i think the new wall calendar would be the perfect addition to my office space. 2011 Wall Calendar- $28.00

JANUARY : Mismatched patterns in Istanbul, Turkey
FEBUARY : Temple Gardens in Beijing, China
MARCH : Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, Louisiana
APRIL : Lobster rolls and sailing in Camden, Maine
MAY : Rainforest creatures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
JUNE : Dizzying mosaics in Isfahan, Iran (my birthday month-whoot-whoot)
JULY : Lighthouses in The Hamptons, New York
AUGUST : Sunflowers in Flint Hills, Kansas
SEPTEMBER : Canals and tulips in Amsterdam, Holland
OCTOBER : Teal blue waves in Cape Town, South Africa
NOVEMBER : Maple snow in Stowe, Vermont
DECEMBER : Decorative iron in Charleston, South Carolina (my favorite city)


new music

Happy friday!! I am loving the band Two Door Cinema Club right now (thanks H!)... this trio from northern ireland reminds me of phoenix with less of the repeater repeater lyrics. their new album tourist history has a unique indie sound that isnt too overboard -- give TDCC a listen and add them to your ipod asap.

also check out: Mike Snow, Florence and the Machine and Local Natives
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