Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hey I'm Going to Detroit

*Every once in a while I'll get an e-mail from a friend, like hey I'm going to (Paris, Puerto Rico, NYC ect.) what do you recommend, so I think I'm going to try to turn these e-mails into some sort of organized list of suggestions/ideas for their trip...and yours too, so here is another installment in the...
Some things to know...
Detroit is has way more to offer than the doom and gloom that's on the news and while there are plenty of abandon houses, and swaths of dark creepy city, there are other areas that are experiencing a revival.
Where to Stay
There is an abundance of gorgeous brick lofts on Air B&B clustered around Midtown/Cass Corridor, and South West/Mexican Town that are pretty inexpensive (this is my favorite). There are also really posh hotels like Book Cadillac, or Motor City if you’re feeling fancy.
What to Do
If you want to shop check out: John King Books which is one of the most impressive rare and used book stores in the country.  If you’re an avid record collector then Detroit is your city and Hello Records is your spot.  I personally like shops like City Bird, and Nest for etsy esq handmade in Detroit items and while you’re there you can walk around the corner and get a pizza and beer at Motor City Brewing Works. If thrifting is more your style, I will say Michigan thrifts never disappoint.  An absolute must must MUST see is the Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Art, The Motown Museum, The Heidelberg Project, the amazingly art deco Guardian Building, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the historic mansions in the Boston Edison neighborhood, and lastly, The Dequinder Cut, which like the Highline in NYC, and the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago is a former railroad line which has been converted into a walking/biking path.
Eat Drink and Be Merry
So I already mentioned Motor City Brewing up there, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I'm pleasantly surprised each time I visit Detroit to find more and more places opening.
For drinks you have some options.  If you're looking for something laid back try: UFO factory, The Lagar House, Bronx Bar...really there are no shortage of laid back dive-y bars. BUT If you need to toast something special or craft cocktails are more your thing then head to: Two James, or Sugar House.  The restaurants that are on my list are: Detroit Institute of Bagels the best (but maybe only?) bagel place in town (I can also count on running into friends Saturday or Sunday morning before my long haul back to Chicago, which is always a plus) Ottava Via a new Italian place with an excellent wine list, Speaking of wine there's City Winery, Slows of course if you're craving BBQ, Gold Cash Gold, if you don't mind a wait... as it's brand new, Johnny Noodle King, Katoi at two James has excellent Thai (some of these I still need to test it out, but friends who live in Detroit have nothing but good things to say). If you're craving Polish or Bangladeshi cuisine, take a little excursion to Hamtramck...and...finally, the Middle Eastern food is NOT to be missed seriously if you are just driving through this is the #1 thing I would suggest, so take that detour to Dearborn and get yourself a fatoosh salad, a mujadara sandwich, and probably a side of hummus/babaganoush/tabbouleh... maybe a beet/carrot/apple juice too.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015





  These are all in heavy rotation on the ipad right now, plus Elle Decor and Dwell on Zinio
What are you paging through? Any good fashion/style e-magazines? let me know

** click on covers to view**

Monday, January 5, 2015


Santa was so good to me this year as always. Most of what was on my wish list made its way under the tree. The above goodies were pure bonus: spotted calf hair flats were super on sale at Banana Republic, this thrifted brass and crackle glazed orange beaded necklace, and these thrifted calf hair loafers.

Friday, January 2, 2015


I found this awesome linen fabric at Joannes of all places. The photo makes it yellowy but it's really a cream background with bright orange, pink and red flowers and scattered with phoenix birds, or maybe they're cranes...

I've been pinning patterned maxi dresses for some time now , I think I may run back in grab a few yards of it, and transform something I already own into a mixed pattern maxi dress.

Check back for before and after shots.

Have a great weekend!


finished product!!! The top is a linen bustier type top that I never ever wore on it's own, so I'm happy to give it some new life.
It feels really summery to me but I still wore it for our Christmas cocktail party. The length made it feel festive enough.
One of my resolutions is to try to sew more, and I have a whole pile of things that need fixing or a transformation like this lil top.

Hopefully more to come!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

One more day to go and then we are Detroit bound for a whole week. Obviously I'm bursting at the seams with excitement for Christmas (here's my wish list), excitement to check out alllll the hip new Detroit restaurants and bars: Punch Bowl Social,  Selden Standard, Gold Cash Gold, excitement to spend NYE with all our Michigan buddies.

Major excitement to just relax and catch up on some reading, I'm only 2 books away from my 2014 goal of 100 books (see what the other 98 are).

Excitement for new adventures in 2015, (Mexico for sure, hopefully Cartegena Colombia or Greece or Portugal) hopefully more from this list.

And lastly, I'm so excited to start a new hobby, THIS place just opened up in Chicago, and there were groupons galore.

So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and talk to you in 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


These arrived in the mail today, and I have to say they look even better in person.  Super soft leather, snake skin embossed suede, and the d'orsay ish cut outs keep them slightly fem. Once they went on sale for $30 at H&M they sold out in a heart beat, but I snagged a pair thanks to Poachit, have you heard of it yet? Pretty much the best idea ever...kinda like pinterest; you paste a URL of something you want and you get an email when it goes on sale.  BRILLIANT

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I've mentioned my love of Rorschach prints before, and I've just stumbled upon 2 more matching prints, LOVE these!!! I sent the high res jpegs to Costco for photo printing on luster paper, and 1 day and $11 later I had two gorgeous prints to frame and hang in my bedroom.  Redoing the office for the Apartment Therapy Room Cure (photos to come) inspired me to swap out the rest of the art in my house and tackle some other mini projects in other rooms. Hurray.

All I Want...

Here's my Christmas wish list: pelican plate, basket, boots, shoes, leather box clutch, H&M  /  sunnies Revolve  /  pants Zara   /  candle CB2  /  Chloe Rose Sephora  /    canvas clutch F21  /  cartier bracelet (yea right)