My Favorite Fall Shoes

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Friday, September 28, 2012
Hi lovelies,

I thought I'd share a few pairs of shoes I've been wearing this crisp autumn season.

The Basics
I pretty much wear these to death, especially the ballet flats- Poor buggers took a beating. Black shoes never go wrong in my books, and if you want to kick it up a notch, studs are my "go-to" embellishment. 

Similar styles: Ash, House of Harlow, Steven, Jeffrey Campbell, Marc by Marc Jacobs

The Eclectics
Although I love black, I like to spice up neutral outfits with a pop of color. Pink is obviously my shade of preference. The Moccasins are what I usually throw on for library visits, and exams - they are just that comfy! I chose these four, because I find them the easiest to transition into fall by pairing with skinny jeans or/and grey. Be it ribbed tights, chunky socks, or leg-warmers - grey somehow manages to work with these colors and keep me cozy. 


Cheers,
Chantelle

"Faith handles the ultimate incongruities of life, humor handles the more immediate ones." --- William Sloan Coffin, Jr

on
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hey everyone!

I thought I'd share a couple fun spots to hit in Wrigleyville, whether you live in Chicago or you're dropping in for a visit. The Boy and I ventured out to try some infamous sandwiches at Lucky's Sandwich Shop [featured on Man vs. Food], and I couldn't even manage half of my savory monstrosity. It was so big and delicious, and biiiig. We then headed off to catch a show at Improv Opera, where I laughed until my tummy ached. It was my first time seeing an act like this, and I enjoyed it immensely. The fact that I love chuckling, and I appreciate funny people (who are NOT SHY AT ALL) really made my night. Also, has anyone taken improv classes? I definitely want to try my hand at some. The actors were so inspiring!


FYI: Under the bottom layers of 1000x slices of roast beef...there is a layer of french fries. Here's a fantastic close up.

For those of you wanting to try out new eateries in Chicago, fourfried has fantastic food photography of quirky new places to feast. Yum!
   
Cheers,
Chantelle

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -Albert Einstein

on
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I thought I'd do a little Instagram post while I take a break from studying. I really can't get enough of that app; it's so easy to find the most amazing people on there. There are so many creative souls in this world. Have a lovely Sunday everyone!


That chunky necklace is from liveloveshop (I'm ordering one in matte gold asap). 
It's actually a matte silver double wrap bracelet I'm using as a choker.

Cheers,
Chantelle

P.S. I kept getting sick once the weather took a tilt to the chilly, so I had to buy a pair of boots to protect my feet until I go back to Toronto. From there I will bring my fall shoes to Chicago & my warm coats. An unfortunate little blip in my challenge. Only 69 days left!

The Tutu Project & National Ballet of Canada Exhibit

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Hey everyone,
Over the summer my friend B and I went to view the Tutu exhibit at the Design Exchange. It was like La-La land for the eyes, especially if you have a background in traditional ballet, and/or love fashion design. Forgive the cellphone quality of the images, I hope the costumes speak for themselves. They were truly amazing!

 
This beautiful masterpiece above was my absolute favourite. [le sigh]
I took a crack at trying on a tutu Ahhh...ballet nostalgia! I love it!
*rawr

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Albert Einstein

on
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Some interior decor aspirations. 
It's funny how they make me both happy & depressed at the same time.
Come on, future me.

My brain cannot even fathom a gorgeous place like this in its wildest dreams. I nearly cried when I saw this photo.  
What a perfect home.

All images from tumblr. I really wish tumblr was sourced better. 
Cheers,
Chantelle

"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely." Pam Brown

on
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Here are a few lovely images from my friend K's camera! Both K and D came to visit me in Chicago a few weeks ago, and we had a marvellous time gallivanting through the city. Enjoy :D
 
Frolicking around W.
 
This still blows my mind. City & beach so near each other. And the water was quite clear and nice. Mystery.
 
K& I stayed at the W hotel right by the beach. It was super-fantastical-unicorn-fairies-rockstar-amazingness!
 
Where to find any and all things hipster? Wicker Park. I love it.
 
Navy Pier
That is all my friends! I shall be posting soon on a more beauty-related topic.
Have a wonderful weekend.

xoxo,
chantelle

Bits & Bobs Around My Apartment

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Hey everyone,

I though I'd pop a few photos of my apartment, since it is where I spend most of my time studying, and I love being here! With the help of mum & dad, we were able to finally decorate and furnish it to my liking. There are obviously a lot of extra dashes of fun I want to add, but for now the bare bones are set & it's ready for company. Below are a few glimpses into my humble abode. Enjoy!


That skull is courtesy of H, via Crystal Head Vodka. Chrome bunny via Home Sense.  

Drawer organizers for my desk help streamline studying or brainstorming.

I have two frames sitting there, but no pictures. Tis sad, tis sad. 

My white coat!

If you squint real hard you'll notice three things I really like: Medicine (Dorland's Dictionary thanks to B's family), Fashion (2 September issues of Vogue), and Interior Decor (2013 Ikea catalogue). 

This elaborate little rhino is one of my favourite statues. 

A black couch. The upside? No food stains are visible. The downside? Every bloody piece of dust gets stuck to it.

I really like the kitchen table set up; my mother had the idea of adding two funky stools instead of 4 plexiglass chairs. Awesome :D

The birds are my quirky placemats, which I realized are super necessary if you have a glass table. I keep the Real Simple magazine issue from August 2012 on my counter, along with a second cookbook, because they inspire me to make healthy tasty meals. I also used a little pastry display rack to hold my spices. 

That's it for my little place! 

Cheers,
Chantelle

27 Ways to be a Better Person - by Alex Franzen

on
Thursday, September 06, 2012


This is grande. Print. Paste. Save. Forever.

1. Maintain a vigorous sense of perspective. 99.9% of the things that seem absolutely urgent, completely infuriating, massively critical & totally MANDATORY won’t matter (to you, or the universe) in 100 years. Or even 100 days.
2. If your country is at war with another nation, make a concerted effort to be able to identify that nation on a map.
3. Learn to sit comfortably in silence.
4. Don’t go to life-altering concerts and spend the entire time peering through your smartphone & filming the proceedings.
5. When your mom wants to take your picture, let her. Even if you feel bloated, oily or disheveled. She doesn’t care. She loves you. Don’t harsh her mellow.
6. Pay attention to nuance.
7. Reign in the impulse to ‘fix’ everyone. Experiment with listening, nodding & not fixing.
8. Don’t be one of those people who is perpetually tardy, never has enough cash, chronically undertips, or straight-up flakes out. Just don’t.
9. Come bearing gifts. A bottle of wine. A potted orchid. Homemade currant-lemon scones. Genuine compliments.
10. Hand-written thank you notes. Always, always, always.

11. Don’t ignore (or lie to) volunteer fundraisers on street corners. Make eye contact. Be a human being. Tell them, “no, thank you.” Or my personal catch-all, “I respect the work you’re doing, but I prefer not to make financial decisions on street corners.”
12. Don’t whip out your smartphone for a surreptitious whirl through your incoming feed, when you’re socializing with (actual!) human beings. Who showered, dressed up & migrated across city blocks to be with you.
13. Know your limits. But transcend your limitations.
14. If you can’t remember the last book you read (because it was in junior high, and you just read the Cliffs Notes anyway) this is a problem. Remedy it.
15. Memorize (or write) one really good, solid toast. For weddings, bar mitzvahs & quinceañeras.
Or impromptu celebrations.
16. Stop calling people ‘retarded,’ when you mean ‘dim-witted.’
And if you slip up once or twice, express profound remorse. Thrice in one evening? Slap yourself across the face. Grandly & forcefully.
17. Don’t assume you’ll be on ‘the list’ when your friend has a event, or that you’ll eat for free at their cafe, or that you’ll get a stack of free books from their launch party. Pay. Pay double. Show up. Be supportive.
18. Be KINDER than seems necessary. And more GENEROUS than seems reasonable.
19. Don’t say you will, if you won’t.



20. Don’t leave cruel, irrationally mean-spirited comments on perfectly lovely blogs. If something dramatically irks you, craft an elegant, respectful email. Get it all out of your system. And then delete it. You’ve got far more important things to do, no?
21. Learn how to pronounce the names of unfamiliar vegetables.
22. Keep it classy.
23. Get to the bottom of your Jealousy. Don’t be oblivious to your insecurities (or desires).
24. Make no secret of your disappointment, if indeed you have been gravely disappointed. But create a ‘teachable moment’ out of your distaste. Be vocal, and constructive.
25. Have an OPINION. It’s SO refreshing!
26. Treat the elderly with a combination of respect, awe & fascination. Ask questions. Lean into the stories.
27. Leave everything — apartments, national parks, people’s hearts — in better condition than you found them.


all of these beautiful images were found on tumblr (I wish I had the direct sources). This article is from unicornsforsocialism.