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

48 hours: London in December

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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

On Repeat: Gavin Turek

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To kick off “Night Heist season,” our Evening Associates board hosted a party at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop last night. One of the highlights was Gavin Turek, a “disco pop princess” who’s been featured on Billboard, NPR and Vice, among others. She rocked the stage with her smooth voice and vibrant dance moves. She also … Continue reading

New tattoo: The Little Prince

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“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

My 2015 Year in Books

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  After joining last year and getting through 12 books, I set a goal to read at least 15 in 2015. I managed to just surpass my goal with 18 books (and still have two in progress at the moment on December 31). Here is my 2015 in books. The Ocean at the End of … 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

My Poland Playlist

One of my favorite parts of traveling to Poland or any other country is to hear what’s hot on the charts there. Since I spent my evenings trying to fall asleep on a tiny futon in my grandma’s living room that I shared with my mom, I had plenty of time to watch music videos … Continue reading

Happy National Cat Day

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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.

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

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

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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