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Happy Birthday Chopin

Just a few years ago, during my three-month trip to Europe, I got to experience a few different Chopin landmarks. I saw his grave at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, then re-visited the famous statue of him at Łazienki Park in Warsaw, then visited a brand new interactive museum dedicated to him (also in Warsaw). Some … Continue reading

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SOFA 2014

Better late than never on this one. I had the opportunity to check out the SOFA Expo (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) this past fall during opening night thanks to the Evening Associates at the Art Institute. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it as much as more painting-focused expos, but I actually saw a lot … Continue reading

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Recap: 2014 Reading List

I’m in love with GoodReads.com. It’s basically a social network for readers, which sounds a little dorky, but is a great way to bookmark what you want to read, rate what you’ve already read and connect with fellow reading enthusiasts for book recommendations. It also let me easily keep track of the books I read … Continue reading

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I came across this article about seven cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S. and I’m obsessed with this Danish concept of hygge. The source of this article is a site called Mother Nature Network, but I cross-referenced the term – it’s legit. The term is meant to convey coziness. Candlelight. Companionship. Warmth. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading

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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

August 2014 Summer Playlist

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


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