[our precious brigham, 2 months old]

This post is dedicated to Brigham, our little cheese loving, car chasing, pool swimming, tail wagging girl. She brought so much happiness and joy to our lives. If you were having a so-so day, all it took was one of Brigham’s “hugs” to make you feel instantly better. Her version of a hug: she’d wiggle her brown butt in between your legs and just stand there, with you sort of straddling her while she stood there, tail wagging back and forth maniacally. It’s something she’d been doing since she was a puppy, we have no idea how she started doing this but it always made us laugh. That was a common theme with our Briggie.

There will never be another Brigham, she was the best dog there ever was. I know she has a very special spot in Heaven, surrounded by wheels of cheese and big pieces of cake. We love you Briggie!

 The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

– Unknown*

*from an email from my aunt teri

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If you know me, if you know this blog, you know that fall is my favorite season by far. I’m a fall baby, born in October and I associated the season with so much happiness and excitement. The beginning of a new school year, football, crunchy leaves, bonfire weather, hot apple cider…  Vince and I joke that if there was a place where it was fall year round we would move there in a heartbeat. As we all know such a place doesn’t exist, but perhaps the fleeting nature of fall is part of it’s appeal. We look forward to it, we celebrate it, and although we’re not ready to say goodbye… in the blink of an eye it’s gone. Mid-November creeps in and with it come those pesky winter doldrums. For that slim window of time though, fall was ours.

This is fall to me:

1. Aubin & Wills Calderwood Jumper, $236

2. Tory Burch, Clines Ballet Flat, $235

3. BDG, Plaid Ruana, $42

4. Mulberry, Small Baswater Satchel in Oak, $900

5. Caramel apple shout out!

6. NARS Nails in Sparkling Candy Apple Red, $17

7. J Brand, High Rise Flared Corduroy Jeans in Toffee, $225

8. Burberry Walking Umbrella, $250

9. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, “…signature espresso blended with the unmistakeable spices of fall – cinnamon, nutmeg, clove – smooth with steamed milk and topped with delectably sweetened whipped cream.” love in a cup.

What says fall to you?

 

 

 

 

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Today is my brother Evan’s birthday! Here he is. Happy birthday Evan!

 

I also want to highlight a wonderful campaign by SEE, my fave fave fave optical boutique. For each Monday in September, SEE will donate a portion of all proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In an effort to raise awareness for this often “silent” disease, they will be distributing free ovarian cancer education kits in each store. They’re also selling exclusive t-shirts and teal bracelets [the official color of o.c.] with all proceeds going directly to OCRF.

SEE has 25 stores nationwide, for a complete list of locations click here. There are only [2] more Mondays in September so stop into SEE and purchase a pair of prescription or non-prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses today!

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… i thee swoon.

As previously mentioned [here, here, + here], my mom is the best. She is also a reader of this here blog and came across my post from april 12 ['tuesday trinkets']. What does this amazing woman do? She surprises me with the main object of my affection, the Eliza ring.

{nail polish: essie playa del platinum}

Don’t you just love it? It’s even cuter in person. We got our initials D [my mom] on the left & E [me] on the right with S in the middle [for our last name]. It’s a very cool feeling to have a future family heirloom that will be passed down through generations.

I also want to add the roses in the photo above [& below] are from the boy. We just celebrated our 4th anniversary! He’s the bee’s knees.

Here we are on a vacation we took to the Dominican Republic:

He’s quite strapping isn’t he? Handsome on the inside and out. I’m a lucky lady.

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[rustic house]

Last night to celebrate Vince’s birthday we went to the [relatively] new kid on the block, Rustic House. I was initially drawn to this Lincoln Park locale because of the fireplace [love] and it’s cozy, intimate interior. Once I did a little digging I fell in love with the menu… the executive chef frequents Green City Market [yeaa!] and they have really interesting dishes like hand-rolled gnocchi with hudson valley foie gras & crispy pork belly, but also feature traditional feel good comfort foods like chicken pot pie and braised lamb.

[the birthday boy & his present, which i stealthily concealed in a missoni for target shoebox. more on that traumatizing shopping experience to come.]

We had the gnocchi to start, it was a modest portion but delicious. For dinner Vince ordered the halibut ["sweet corn & lobster succotash/champagne beurre blanc"] and I got the veal cheek ragout ["pappardelle/pear tomato confit/saved pecorino"]. Vince’s was REALLY good, he got quite a sizable piece of fish and the sweet corn & lobster succotash combo was amazing. I wasn’t as crazy about mine, it was a wee bit salty for my liking, but I’m a sucker for fresh homemade pasta and enjoyed the pappardelle. Oh and we also got a side of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, they were tasty.

[onto dessert. decisions, decisions.]

[worth noting: you can order wine by the glass, carafe, or bottle. the carafe is the equivalent to a glass and a half, the perfect middle ground.]

[we went with the whatchamacallit]

Highlights of the night were the excellent service, great beer recommendations, warm’n cozy ambiance and tantalizing menu. Overall verdict: we loved Rustic House and will be back soon!

 

 

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I just love a crisp, early morning at the Green City Market. Farmers from all over the Midwest gather in Chicago to sell their vittles to city dwellers eager for a taste of the country. The smell of coffee and something like cinnamon waft through the air as a cool breeze whips against your cheeks, reddening them. You go from booth to booth picking up the bulbous onions, impossibly red tomatoes, aromatic herbs, feeling their weight, soaking in their raw beauty – all while speaking with each colorful vender and listening to their stories.

I got some really good stuff. Time for a little show and tell.

[a rosemary plant freshens up my windowsill]

[some shrooms still on the stalk]

i completely forgot what these were by the time i got home. thai eggplants! thank you google.

another one of these fellas. going to slice a handful, sprinkle them with sea salt & cracked black pepper and oven roast them for dinner tonight. interested to see if they taste like the eggplant i’m used to.

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p.s. hi there, it’s me again. You may have noticed a new badge on the left hand side of the page. Well, I’m happy to report that I’m the Chicago ambassador for SheKnows [voted the #1 women's website in the world, yep yep] and have been contributing to the Chicago CityGuide for the past several months. SheKnows is a one stop shop for the ladies, they cover everything under the sun, from recipes and entertainment to celebrities and fashion. Writing the Chicago CityGuide is lots of fun and a great excuse to explore all this city has to offer. Check it out!

 

 

 

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