Merry Christmas: DIY Book Tree

Christmas 2017 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

Art Basel Day 3: Design Fair, Perez Museum + Wynwood at Day

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Our last day in Miami ended up being the nicest – the sun came out and the weather was gorgeous. Perfect for squeezing in as much as we could. We started with a visit to the Botanical Gardens, which unfortunately did not live up to expectations. That may be because they were right next to … Continue reading

Curiosity in St. Petersburg

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My Art Basel weekend started with a pit stop in St. Petersburg to catch the opening of family friend Piotr Janowski’s exhibit opening at the Museum of Fine Arts there. We (well my mom especially) have known Piotr for years, so we figured we’d take advantage of being in the state to see his work … Continue reading

“A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James

marlon james a brief history of seven killings

I’ve had this book on my Goodreads To Read list for a while, but when I heard author Marlon James was coming to Chicago as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, I knew I had to see him speak. That meant getting the book and trying to read 700+ pages in less than two weeks. … Continue reading

Replace the Lace with Compass to Care

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I’m super excited to be involved in Compass to Care’s Replace the Lace campaign! During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, we’re asking people to replace their regular shoelaces with gold ones to help support kids fighting cancer. Laces are only $5 and it’s easy to be part of the campaign: Learn more and purchase … Continue reading

Mana Conteporary

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I recently checked out an open studios event at Mana Contemporary. It’s a large building just down the street from Lacuna Lofts, and a very cool space. Unfortunately, I showed up shortly before the event came to an end, so my tour was rushed, but I did get to visit several talented artists’ studios. I always … Continue reading

Art & Arepas at Puesto Sandwich Stand in Lakeview

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I’ve been meaning to check out Puesto Sandwich Stand for awhile, and finally stopped in to taste the restaurant’s arepas. The menu was full of delicious-sounding hot sandwiches, small plates and desserts. But I had to go with a pulled pork and guacamole arepa, an elote cup and a cafe con leche. Everything tasted divine! … Continue reading

Happy Easter

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Happy belated Easter! Well, it’s still Orthodox Easter this weekend, so I’m not that late. Sadly, this was the first year I didn’t paint eggs and we didn’t go to church to get our baskets blessed. So according to my brother, that means my Chreaster status has been revoked. Nevertheless, we had a nice family … Continue reading

Recap: 2014 Reading List

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I’m in love with 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

Field Trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum

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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