Stocking Up On Fall Essentials

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Monday, September 30, 2013
Let's get real, Fall brings about a bag of mixed feelings. It's a bit depressing (buh-bye summer) and really exciting (a fresh start - even if you work a regular 9-5, most people get that back-to-school feelz). I'm here to remind you of the wonderful things that come along with the dipping temperatures, and fallen leaves. Below are a few essentials for autumn, courtesy of my brain's incessant need to be stimulated every season.
1. Warm, richly- scented candles. I've grown accustomed to purchasing these waxy aromatic sticks that smell like apple pie, pumpkin spice, caramel cookies, and gingerbread houses. Whenever I light one up, I kinda wanna roll around on my fuzzy carpet like a cat.

2. Books. Any books, really. You're going to start spending more time in-doors whether you want to admit it or not. The trick to avoiding seasonal depression is to keep yourself busy! There are a ton of great, FREE, classics on Kobo and iBooks, as well as hitting up a local bookshop.

     3. Cozy sweaters. I tend to collect these - my shocking pink fluorescent knit, and my fuzzy leopard sweater are tied for first. Just because it's colder, doesn't mean you have to lose your flare OR sense of color. I'm particularly fond of collared shirts under patterned sweaters, √† la J. Crew. Super cute, and already you got two layers to keep warm!
4. Hot chocolate/cocoa. For some reason, the thought of hot chocolate in the summer makes me nauseous. But give me an iced green tea latté and I'm as happy as a clam. However, fall & winter tend to have me reaching for some hot delicious goodness. I've just dipped my foot in the waters of Abuelita, and I'm loving it.
5. Leggings. I always wear these under my pants, or jeans, whenever it gets really cold. Actually, from November to March I'm probably wearing two layers on my legs. I detest feeling chilly, and since I'm skinny it tends to strike quite quickly. I feel it mah bones people! You can find some really affordable ones at Garage, F21 , Psyche and American Apparel.

What are your fall essentials?
Share them below so we can all add onto our personal list. 

Cheers,
Chantelle
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Things I Love Thursdays

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Remember how I mentioned I was in a blogging rut? Well I TOTALLY forgot I used to do these weekly gratitude posts, and now I'm back on the market. Don't forget to put one up on your blog and link back so I can check it out (either leave it in the comment section, or tweet/instagram me)
                                                                          Last spin with the floral pants.                                                                 Goodies set up for our evening picnic at Ravinia
Horror movies that scare the lights out of me (especially The Conjuring) * Cleaning * The chillier weather that allows me to wear tights and booties with my summer dresses * Making a commitment to buy all my Christmas gifts early * Texts From My Cat * Hanging out with The Boy * Colourful study notes * Being proactive * Fuzzy blankies * Fresh sheets * Greek yogurt-covered raisins * Tea * Discovering new places in Chicago * The new Vogue Paris arriving via e-mail (Zinio is the best app ever - you can directly click on links inside the magazine) * Getting into Breaking Bad * Watching The Voice while running on the treadmill (first time I watched it was two days ago, and it's a great distraction from THE BURN in my legs) * All the pretty boots for fall * Mom & Dad coming for a visit this weekend; I know they're not here yet but I'm gonna love it! * Late night picnics at Ravinia * Discovery a wall cabinet behind my mirror - I've been living here for two years. This made my life * Britney Spears' new song to make me study more * Annnddd.... Renaissance Girls by Oh Land*


 Frolicking through Radisson Blu during a friend's birthday jam.

Getting my fill of marine mammals at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Cheers,
Chantelle 

H&M Home Decor

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Monday, September 23, 2013
Phew! Another massive test completed, and I'm taking a breather tonight to clean up my apartment & watch Breaking Bad. Hallelujah!  Anywho, I thought I'd show you a few things I adored on the Home section of H&M, which I realized I can now order from. Life is good.
Click here to check everything out. The prices are ridiculous!



Enjoy!

Chantelle

Restos & Fountains

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Saturday, September 07, 2013
Hey everyone!
I thought I'd update with a few more photos of what I've been up to in the past month.

Whilst still in Toronto, I caught a delicious dinner with K at Cafe Bar Pasta. I absolutely adored it, because the pasta was incredibly light and not nauseating. I always find when I order pastas I get sick of them halfway through; the sauce tends to be too heavy and the taste is tiring after a few bites. Here's what we ordered: arugula salad, veggie pasta, meatball appetizer, and a cheese platter with little jams. Yummy!


2. When mum & dad dropped me off in Chicago, we ended up spending a day frolicking downtown with The Boy. Below is the infamous Chicago bean, and the splendid Buckingham Fountain.

What are some of your plans for the month?

Cheers,
Chantelle

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
I've been trying with all my might to think of interesting posts to put up on the blog, and all I do is hit walls. Until I realized I have a ton of unpublished photos on my iPhone that are great content to share! Duh. I do this 'documenting' thing on purpose, then forget. Silly.

Anyway, The Boy and I headed out to the Bristol Renaissance Faire a couple weeks ago, and I friggin LOVED IT! I didn't think I was going to be as fascinated by everything as I ended up being. The majority of my reactions had to do with the fact that the Faire was expansive, and well-done. All employees & most attendees were in costume, and the entire village was set up on 32 acres of land. Actors are cavorting through the streets, spontaneous sword fights happen between soldiers and 'robin hoods', acrobats fly, maidens sell candles, cooks shout their specialties, and jousts occur to the wild excitement of the crowd. I was in love. I definitely want to go next year, but in my own costume! What do you think of being a gypsy? 
      
What are your plans for the weekend?! 

Cheers,
Chantelle