Christmas 2017 DIY book tree
Christmas 2017 DIY book tree

Merry Christmas: DIY Book Tree

Every year, I get a real tree for Christmas. I go out, pick one out, stuff it in my car, drag it up to my apartment and decorate it with my childhood ornaments. This year, I started getting in the Christmas spirit early and decided to try creating a book tree I saw online. I … Continue reading

the cotton duck chicago

Art & dining at The Cotton Duck

Frances and I needed to catch up and exchange cat-related Christmas gifts, so she suggested dinner at The Cotton Duck. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, and thought it was in West Loop until I actually Googled the address and realized I needed to head to West Town. As soon as I walked up … Continue reading

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48 hours: London in December

The past few weeks I’ve been traveling non-stop for work (and a little bit for fun, too). I had the opportunity to head across the pond to London for a meeting, and it was a lovely 48 hours in the UK! I’ve only toured London once before, six years ago with Daniela. (Read about our … Continue reading

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Art Basel 2016

I once again headed to Miami for Art Basel this year. I mean, how can you resist escaping a Chicago winter to see a bunch of art on the beach? If you’re not familiar with Art Basel, I consider it the SXSW of art. The actual Art Basel fair is a massive affair at the … Continue reading

wabi sabi sushi rotary sushi uptown chicago

Wabi Sabi Uptown

One of my monthly dinner clubs is with Daniela, Georgia and Bernadette. Each month, we take turns picking a restaurant that no one has tried before. This time, Bernadette’s choice was Wabi Sabi in Uptown – the first rotary sushi spot to open in Chicago. And, it’s right down the street from me! It’s a … Continue reading

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48 hours: a weekend in NYC

I’ve traveled to and through NYC for work countless times but I NEVER have time to actually explore the city. As I headed to NYC for work the week before Thanksgiving, I decided to tack on a weekend to be a tourist in the Big Apple. Luckily, the first day in town was unseasonably warm … Continue reading

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The Cool Kids at The AIC

For our last After Dark event of the year, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute pumped things up by featuring a live performance by Chicago’s own The Cool Kids. It was exciting to see them perform together for the first time in years! Leading up to the event, I had the chance to help … Continue reading

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Tea Time at The Allis

My girlfriends and I finally overcame our notoriously challenging schedules to plan an outing and catch up. We decided on afternoon tea, and after Mindy put together a spreadsheet of every tea time offering in the city, we decided on The Allis at Soho House. I was ALL about tea time. I even had the … Continue reading

Complexcon long beach 2016

ComplexCon 2016

When I heard Complex was hosting its first ComplexCon expo in Long Beach this year, I knew I had to find a way to go. First, I’m an avid Complex reader. Second, the event was curated by the likes of Pharrell and artist Takashi Murakami (who I actually spotted in person, signing autographs on site!). … Continue reading

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Painting Pumpkins

I’m very committed to carving pumpkins each year for Halloween. So much so, that I helped start our annual pumpkin-carving party tradition years ago. However, this year I was struggling getting the motivation to dive in, fish out all those seeds and hack away at a pumpkin. Plus, the first pumpkins I prepared were for … Continue reading