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A visit to the Roger Brown Study Collection

Our Evening Associates board of directors had a chance to visit the Roger Brown Study Collection, and it really inspired me to pursue my own collection. Based on my extensive research (on Wikipedia), Chicago has a collecting sensibility, and I can definitely tune into that. I know some people might look at shelves of items and … Continue reading

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Banks at Metro

I first heard of Banks earlier this year and I instantly got hooked on her sound. It’s exactly the kind of ethereal r&b I love. The first song I heard was “Waiting Game” and the time her words, “What if the way we started made it something cursed from the start,” spoke to me. Then when … Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum

A couple months ago (yes, I’m very behind on updating this blog), I had the chance to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum for a field trip organized by the Art Institute Evening Associates board. Although I’d been to Milwaukee before and driven past the museum a couple times, I’d never had the chance to actually … Continue reading

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Happy National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day, and although I didn’t get a chance to order a box of kittens via Uber, I did want to celebrate the special cat in my life — Othello! Here are my favorite shots of the most handsome furry face in the world.

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Chicago Slow & Low Lowrider Festival in Pilsen

The other weekend, I finally made it to the annual Slow & Low Lowrider Festival in Pilsen. Over 200 cars and bikes lined the road in an industrial part of Pilsen just off Cermak for a day founded by the Chicago Urban Art Society. I’m not a car expert, so don’t expect any super detailed descriptions … Continue reading

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My summer 2014 playlist

Summer never really arrived in Chicago this year, and now it’s almost over. While my summer didn’t have much of a soundtrack, I have been getting into a few songs lately that I feel make a pretty upbeat playlist. Enjoy! Hideaway by Kiesza The beat is just so catchy. I’m digging the dance moves in … Continue reading

My Ice Bucket Challenge: Learn About ALS

By now, your Facebook feed is probably filled with friends dropping ice-cold water over their heads. It’s all in support of a good cause, so when my co-worker challenged me, I had to do it. (I donated too!) The ice bucket challenge is meant to spread awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It affects … Continue reading

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Lolla weekend without the festival: Art Alliance, Shepard Fairey & Nas

The past couple years I’ve been on the fence about going to Lolla and haven’t ended up going. Each time, I have mixed emotions about missing the festival. When tickets go on sale, I debate if it’s worth dropping the money. Then, when I can see the festival outside my office window, I regret not … Continue reading

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OOTD: Frida Kahlo & Simon Bolivar at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Last week, I met up with some friends at the Museum of Contemporary Art for its weekly Tuesdays on the Terrace event. I wanted to look stylish, but I also wanted to be comfortable so I could lounge outside on the museum lawn. I brought out my safari pants again, and paired them with a … Continue reading

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OOTD: Miami printed pants

If you thought my first OOTD post had some crazy pants, I’m really upping the ante now. I love me some printed pants, and this pair caught my eye when I was in Miami this past spring. To be honest, if they weren’t featured on the store mannequin, I probably wouldn’t have looked at them … Continue reading


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