Monday, June 23, 2014

My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit

So many beautiful double exposures in this video. It makes my heart happy. 
These Swedes somehow perfectly capture the Americana genre, too. Be sure to give their latest album Stay Gold a listen.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Farro with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Summer Farro with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Summer produce is finally here! Here's to no ovens, fresh vegetables and eating healthy! 
This is the first summery dish I have made this season - and I'll be making it again. Loads of flavor and texture. 

Summer Farro with Zucchini and Tomatoes
(adapted from Joy the Baker
8.8 oz bag farro, cooked and cooled (I love the 10 minute boil bags from Trader Joes)
2 zucchinis, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1lb. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped rosemary 
4oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add onions, peppers, garlic and zucchini and saute until cooked through but still vibrant in color, about 5 minutes.  Toss in the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste towards the end of cooking the vegetables.
2. Toss cooked vegetables with cooked farro in a large bowl, along with rosemary, 2 tablespoons olive oil and goat cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and add extra oil if needed. 

Can be served cold or warm - makes about 6 large servings

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer To-Do List {Chicago}

Time for my annual Summer check-list -  but one more centered around my new Chicago home. 

> go the beach a few times, try out different ones - must get used to them not being salt water
> attend a Cubs game
> have a coffee and chill out in Heritage Bicycles General Store
> explore more of Logan Square and Pilsen
> go to as many free outdoor concerts and movies as I can
> get to know my neighborhood and surrounding ones EVEN better
> rent a bike and ride down Lake Michigan
> STREET FESTIVALS, all weekend, err weekend
>check out Garfield Park Conservatory, and all the other conservatories for that matter
> swim in a pool
> host outdoor parties at our apartment
>Farmer's Markets
> improv jams to fill the void of taking off classes this summer
> finally take some pictures of the apartment for the blog
>find/wear some overalls!
>try not to get sunburnt

>complete the patio and plant more flowers in the front yard
> homemade sodas and simple srups
> Shrimp and Grits
> Korean Tacos and Bahn Mi Tacos
> try more Moroccan dishes
> create summery cocktails
> homemade salsa
>paint some terra cotta pots
> DIY citronella candles

> Honey Butter Fried Chicken / Leghorn Chicken
> Bang Bang Pie Shop
> a rainbow cone
> The Boiler Room for their PB+J (pizza, beer and Jameson) deal
> Jeni's, lots of Jeni's
> all the fresh fruit and vegetables
> try out more donut shops
>Nini's Deli 
> 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
> Paper Moon Bakery

> The Vacationers
> The Goldfinch
> Wild
> all the other books that I put down and never finished

> They Came Together
> Neighbors
> 22 Jump Street
> The Fault in Our Stars

Whats on your Summer to-do list?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Stay Golden

It's finally reached 90 degrees and I have started crossing things off my Summer to-do list, which only means it's time for a seasonal mixtape: 

1. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! - Kishi Bashi
2. From Africa to Malaga - Jj
3. Boom Clap - Charli XCX
4. Just One of the Guys -  Jenny Lewis (Jenny Lou is back! Praise JESUS! And I have tickets to see her live!)
5. How Loud Your Heart Gets - Lucius (Also seeing this band live too! Check out their debut album, I don't know why I waited so long to get it.)
6. Silverline - Lykke Li
7. My Silver Lining - First Aid Kit (great retro vibe)
8. Frogs Singing - Andrew Bird (Off his latest album of Handsome Family covers)
9. Friend and Foe - The Watson Twins
10. Southern Sun (Live from MusicFeeds) - Boy & Bear
11. I Never Learn - Lykke Li (must watch accompaniment
12. Far From Any Road (Be My Hand) - Andrew Bird (True Detective theme song cover)

listen to all but #9:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Guide to Modern Chairs

I promise an apartment tour is coming soon, but for now here are little snippets of my home - the statement chairs. One King's Lane asked me to show off my favorite chairs and share their Complete Guide to Modern Chairs - a very interesting read that gave insight to my vintage and new seating.
 I have so many different eras and styles of chairs in my apartment, and I think that is only a reflection of my overall interior design style. 

mid century chair
Definitely a Mid-Century Modern chair - the legs and Mad-Men vibe totally give it away. This chair was actually left by the former tenants and just happened to my in my favorite decorating color: orange. The pillow was my addition, and the plant stand next to it - my roommate's - is also in the same Mid-Century style too. 
mid century chair ghost chair
peacock chair
My beloved $13 thrifted peacock chair score! It was bright green, but I spray painted it periwinkle to match my coffee table. The cushion adds to the throne/perch feel. Though I associate peacock chairs with Palm Springs and the 1970's, the early designs were made in the 1920's by Frank Lloyd Wright from Chicago. 
ghost chair
This Louis Ghost Chair was the chair of my dreams in college and I still love it today. Clearly modern and new, no pun intended. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Springtime Quinoa Salad

Springtime Quinoa Salad
Nothing says Spring like fresh peas and the first crop of cilantro. 
And well, bacon makes everything better, not that this dish needed any help in the first place. 
Lots of textures and flavors going on all at once in this one. Enjoy. 

Springtime Quinoa Salad
(adapted from this recipe)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 fresh or frozen peas
½ cup feta cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon too)
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
3/4 cup almonds, pulsed in a food processor until crushed
juice from 2 lemons
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
a few tablespoons honey (adjust to taste)

1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil and then turn off the heat. Add the peas and cover until bright green, about 10 min.
3. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the quinoa with the peas, feta, bacon, herbs, and almonds and toss well.  Season generously with salt and pepper. 

Leftovers stay for several days. This was basically lunch for a week. 
Springtime Quinoa Salad

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chandelier by Sia

I have been a long time fan of Sia (10 years?) but I think her new song/video "Chandelier" has to be my all time favorite. She takes the typical lets go out and drink till dawn sort of song and layers on a grim and depressing undertone of the life of a party girl. Definitely one of the most honest songs on the radio right now and ironically the soundtrack to many pre-games. 
Sia originally penned this song for Rihanna, just like "Diamonds," but I am so relived she kept it for herself. No one could have done it justice and gave it more truth than she could. 
And can we talk about the dancing in this video?!? It so perfectly fits the song's theme and makes me want to get barefoot and dance some modern. 
Sia is taking the whole "you only live once" thing to new and very realistic heights. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Chad Wys

Self-described image thief, Chad Wys, has been piquing my internet interest as of late. His striking "graffiti" over paintings and statues you learned about in art history is reminiscent of what Sophia Coppola did with her film Marie Antoinette; Adding some punk, irreverence, and youth to otherwise formal, conservative works of art. 
Plus, I can get his work printed on a tote bag if I want. 
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