Monday, April 30, 2012

Constant Dreams of California

Enhanced Overexposure

I am still holding out against an iPhone, though my resolve is waning. The reason I bring this up is that the above photo, taken back in January, looks instagram-y, no? And I don't even have the app! It was really overexposed, super bright and washed out. But when I plugged it into iPhoto and hit "enhance," this magic happened. I think it looks like an old postcard. So, I take little credit for the editing but am excited about what resulted. In other words, I'm proud of me and my pretty picture.

Hopefully your Monday was lovely. I finally applied to an absolute dream job only to have the email bounce right back. They had announced yesterday via twitter that the position was filled and done it from within the company. Connections really are everything. Maybe I'll try to volunteer for them until something else opens someday... Bisous bisous.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Springtime Colors

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This sweater was love at first sight. And I waited and waited and finally when no one else wanted it and it was about to be thrown out into the cold Salvation Army truck, it became mine. Can you see where the stitch changes direction at the shoulders, bottom hem, and sleeves? I think it's purty. I want to show off a bit of springtime in the city and I've decided that Hyde Park might have some of the best landscaping in Chicago.

My scarf was a gift from a dear family friend and I have barely taken it off since February. It comes from one of my absolute favorite stores, The Gardener. I hope one day to have a home that looks like the Berkeley store - the merchandising is absolute unbridled genius. And everything is beautiful.

My shoes are from way back in 2006: my junior year abroad. In stalking them, I also learned that my boyfriend and I do not feel the same way about shopping. At all. Unless it's in a record or book store.

Enjoy your weekend, bisous bisous.

Earrings: Laurel Burch via my great aunt
Shoes: Office
Jeans: Mango
Sweater: Encore
Scarf: Paulette Rollo from The Gardener

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Brass & Black

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If taking pictures inside is what it takes, then inside it is. I've been away and I could make excuses for it. Instead, I'm simply going to try my best to update more frequently, create interesting content, and put thought into how I present it to you.

This vest barely gets a break from me, it was a key find at Encore and I almost want this grey weather to stay around so that I don't have to retire it during a summer in Chicago. The belt, vintage Ralph Lauren,  and the boots are also from Encore. Stop by, we get banging donations all the time.

If you've visited my blog before, then my necklace is more than familiar, and yes, I am still obsessed with it 2 years since its discovery. It was my mom's. Earrings: Laurel Burch; Scarf, Bracelet: Hungarian; dress: Gypsy 05 (consigned); sweater: Ann Taylor via Encore. 

Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you're thinking with a comment! Bisous.