Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chicago Lately...

jenny cake
My bakery makes the most amazing cakes, RIGHT!?
It's been a while since I last touched base and a lot has happened.... How is it almost JUNE!?!

I turned 27 and had a Jenny Lewis cake, celebrated with friends eating tacos and going out dancing ... Real Housewives of Improv opened after months and years of dreaming about it ... graduated iO and am sorta done with improv classes for the time being, focusing on performing now ... my parents came to town and we walked all over Chicago, saw the Van Gogh exhibit and ate Indian food ... celebrated 1 year since our first Tinder date with Michael by going to the place we met ... reminisced about how this time last year I was in Iceland with Vern and how it was life-changing ... got bangzzzz ... started reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I highly recommend, esp. if you are in the arts ... realized I've now been out of college for as long as I was in college ... made Michael a big ole cookie cake for his bday and wrapped his presents pretty cool (wish I took a pic) ...  performed my first solo sketch doing my characters that have been living inside me for a couple years (sounds creeeeepy) ... saw Ellie Goulding (fo' free) in the sweetest "babysitting" gig there ever was ... had LEMONADE on repeat ... finally finished Nurse Jackie ... went to my cousin's wedding in Virginia for a short weekend, I forgot my dress, but thank GOD for Belk, also it was great to see family ... whipped up this dinner - healthy and oh so yummy ... sent off one of my bakery besties, now she has a real person job and I miss seeing her everyday ... 

Life seems a lot more certain now, and stable. Hustling for performance opportunities will always be a thing, but that's what I signed up for when I decided I was madly in love with improv/comedy and that's its what I want to do with my life. 
ellie india
Ellie experience // finally went to Devon in Chicago - the Indian neighborhood with restaurants and sari shops galore! 
Michael's mom made this picture of us into a puzzle. I like it. We look like an old-timey music duo from the 60's. 
pink kels
Spring is quite lovely in Chicago // This sweet girl/my sisterwife
flower show
Macy's Flower Show is a definite repeat! 
wedding flower show
an ice cream truck at a wedding = GENIUS!
flower show

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

This gorgeousness that was featured on this playlist from a while back, but now finally has a video. I want to screen capture everything.

Here's what else I am listening to:

1. U-Turn - Tegan and Sara (about time for new music from these two, and their new songs are very promising!)

2. ILYSB - LANY (incase you're wondering = "I love you so bad")

3. Go! (feat. Mai Lan) - M83 (currently my ringtone)

4. Same Ol' Mistakes - Rihanna (Tame Impala cover - a different sound for her)

5. Truce - Lucius

6. Banshee - Santigold

7. You're My Favorite - Gwen Stefani (LOVE her new album, give it a listen - every song is a gem)

8. Hold Up - Beyoncé (you gotta read this story)

9. What We Have (To Change) - Lucius

10. Let You Go (early version) - Brady Toops

11. Atomic Number - case/lang/veirs (my Lilith Fair heart doth beat)

12. Rare - Gwen Stefani

13. All Night - Beyoncé

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tuna Casserole

tuna casserole
A couple weeks ago, out of nowhere, I was REALLY wanted some Tuna Casserole. Never grew up having it. Just really wanted it, random. 
So, I did my best and came up with a semi-healthy version (YUMMY too!)

Tuna Casserole
Mix together in a large bowl:
16oz egg noodles (cooked and drained)
3 cans tuna (drained)
3 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
1 chopped onion
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of broccoli soup
salt and pepper to taste

Spread into casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30 min

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dream(y) Living Room {Laurel & Wolf}

I often think about if I had an additional living space, how I would decorate it. My never-ceasing obsession with LA design bloggers makes me want all white interiors with pops of soft pink and gold. Not an ideal color palette for Chicago winters, but if I ever moved out West, this is how I would want my home to look. 
I teamed up with Laurel & Wolf, an online interior design service, to conjure up my dream(y) living room. 
 I'm in love with Bri Emery's big fluffy white couch. Ideal for entertaining and cosy movie nights. 
Just looking at it makes me wanna take a nap. 
Accents of rose, gold, and an animal rug warm up the space (this is actually an office!) // Also Bri Emery's mantel - check out her DIY on how to make the garland
White fur throws and logs for a fire spice things up at this dreamy home.  
I like the incorporation of graphic black lines in both of these living rooms. The guitars add a nice touch. 
To top off my dream space I would want custom-made built in shelves filled with books of colorful spines, like in Victoria Smith's home (see below). 

Pretty sweet, eh?

Be sure to check out Laurel & Wolf's Pinterest, Instagram, and blog for more INSPIRATION! 

What would your dream living room look like?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mixtape Monday: {one more} Alt-Country

Because Beyoncé has graced us with a country-ish song, I figured it was time for another left-of-center country playlist. 

1. High Time - Kacey Musgraves (She's the Katy Perry of country music. Rhinestones, neon, and little skirts.)
2. Golden Boy - Caitlin Rose
3. John Saw That Number - Neko Case
4. Boxcar - Shovels & Rope
5. The Day You Die - Lindi Ortega (love the 60's vibe to this)
6. Right Time - Nikki Lane
7. Daddy Lessons - Beyoncé (LEMONADE is amazing, each and every song is a standout)
8. Light of Day - Aubrie Sellers
9. I Drew A Line - Folk Family Revival
10. Idiot - Escondido
11. Clean Slate - Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles
12. Good Ol' Boys Club - Kacey Musgraves

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Zucchini

philly cheesesteak stuffed zucchini

I try to eat meals with a heavy veggie base. Key word: try. For whatever reason I was craving a Philly Cheesesteak (mind you, I've had maybe 2 my whole life) but then saw a recipe for stuffed zucchini on Pinterest, which brings us here....

 Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Zucchini
2lbs ground beef
2 small onions, thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper (optional)
8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
4 zucchinis, cut in half and scooped out centers
provolone cheese

1. Cook the beef, onions and peppers until soft and all meat is cooked. 
2. Drain meat mixture and bring back to pan over medium heat. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper to taste. Stir in the cream cheese until everything is melted and creamy. 
3. Place zucchini on baking sheet and fill with meat mixture. 
4. Bake at 400 deg. for 30 min. Turn oven off and add cheese on top and return to oven until cheese is melted on top. 

Nom Nom and healthy too! Who needs bread and American Cheese anyway :/

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mixtape Mondays: Inspired by the 80's, Part Cinq

Been listening to the new M83 album a lot lately - which is one big homage to the 80's and it's sitcoms. It's goofy, cheesy at parts, but a really fun record all around. 

1. Bibi the Dog (feat. Mai Lan) - M83
2. The Winds of Change - St. Lucia
3. Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain - Lucius
4. Always - The Burning Hotels
5. Rendezvous Girl - Santigold
6. I Will Wait - Karl King
7. Diggin' Up The Heart - Brandon Flowers
8. Bad Kids - Lady Gaga
9. All You Had to Do Was Stay - Ryan Adams
10. Let's Dance - Lucius
11. Rescue Me - St. Lucia
12. For the Kids (feat. Susanne Sundfør) - M83

Part Un | Deux | Trois | Quatre

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Studio Apartment Tour

I've been at my new studio for almost a year now and the final touches were made just a couple weeks ago. I've always dreamt of having a place all to myself and it has been worth every penny. Most things from my old apartment were moved over and re-arranged - with some new additions...
living room
The old couch I inherited from the previous tenants at my old place COULD NOT FIT OUT ANY OF THE DOORS OR WINDOWS. So we asked the new tenants if they wanted it and they accepted. 
So, I got a new couch - smaller, cleaner - from World Market. 
Added these floating shelves from Ikea above my desk (desk and rug used to be in old bedroom)
My plants have legit light now! They are so much healthier. This cool geode table is another find from World Market. 
coffee table gallery wall
I like having 3D elements in my gallery wall. The big photo is one I took in Morocco - really ties all my colors together. 
shelves chair bar cart
Love having a tree in my apartment. And that pillow is from Anthro. 
Since my bedroom is technically the dining room, I didn't want too many crazy colors. I got all white bedding and a Moroccan wedding blanket for some extra protection (it is right next to the kitchen after all). I had been looking for ideas for the wall against my bed for months and finally found the perfect wall hanging in Devon. Devon is the Indian neighborhood of Chicago and this wall hanging is made out of vintage sari pieces. Truly beautiful and one of a kind. 
Toned down my kitchen colors since it my apartment is all open. Less red! We re-covered the table with neutral oil-cloth and got white chairs (IKEA!). 
Yes, went for a more blue/green calming vibe for my "bedroom" area. 
Rainbow-fied my bookshelf. It was so much fun to arrange. 
kitchen spices
My tiny tiny kitchen is as big as my walk-in closet. I found a butcher board at Ikea that was the same size as my stove top and put it on when I'm not using it of course. Bonus counter space.

See my old garden apartment here, here, and here

Also, PLEASE VOTE FOR MY APARTMENT in Apartment Therapy's Small Cool Contest

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lady Heroes

Revival, a series of style icons - found via Miss Moss
"Done in conjunction with Dusty Rose Vintage, this series shows women whose style and thinking has had a lasting influence on our culture."
These ladies have inspired me in all areas of my life. I'll take one print of each, please. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mixtape Monday: with flowers in her hair

I love these flower-crowned girl paintings by Teil Duncan (a Charleston artist!). 
These songs can be enjoyed with or sans floral crown, but they all scream SPRING!

1. Almighty Gosh - Lucius (this song feels like the Holi Festival of Colors)
2. Do You Remember - St. Lucia
3. Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C) - Santigold (The ultimate confidence song for walking down the street and feeling like hot shit.)
4. Suckers - Ra Ra Riot
5. All I Got - Santigold
6. You Were on My Mind - Lucius
7. Secrets - Jack + Eliza
8. Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law
9. Let It Grow (feat. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe) - Maximum Balloon (lay back and daydream)
10. Mr. Rodriguez - Rayland Baxter
11. Capsized - Andrew Bird (I suspect his album will have a new sound...)
12. Sweetest Devotion - Adele

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