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Chicago Adventures

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This past weekend, one of my very best friends and her boyfriend came to town to visit Aaron and I for the weekend, and it was amazing! Since her boyfriend had never been to Chicago, we decided to head downtown to check out some tourist attractions. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (which can seem like a rarity in Midwest) and the skies were clear so we decided to go up to the Skydeck of the Sears/Willis Tower to experience the beautiful Chicago cityscape. I’d been up there as a kid, but I must admit, it was pretty great to revisit and check out The Ledge.

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We spent some time just walking around the loop before getting Garret’s Popcorn (the best!) and heading to Buckingham Fountain to rest our feet and enjoy said popcorn. Next we headed over to Millenium Park to show our guests the Bean and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. We snapped some great touristy shots at both locations, and I must admit, it was kind of fun to be a tourist in a city that Aaron and I are already so familiar with.

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Of course, after all the walking around, we needed some fuel so we ventured out to Smoque BBQ, and hot damn, it was delicious! Seriously. I love food of just about every variety, but this was some of the best barbecue that I’ve ever had. If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, you need to get some and try it for yourself. 

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On Sunday we grabbed lunch at this great little greasy spoon diner just a few blocks from our apartment. It’s the kind of place with countless photos of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and chock-full of colorful characters. Plus, the counter tops are pink and the coffee is great. What more do you need than that?

After brunch, we headed to IKEA to walk off all the food we ate and oogle over all of the beautiful rooms we wish our homes had. Once our friends hit the road, Aaron and I spent the rest of the day relaxing and smiling about the good times we had. Plus, I had some fun brushing up on my brush lettering (pun definitely intended) for this post which is always a blast.

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Branching Out

The Feels

After wrapping up a few projects these last few weeks, I was feeling a bit creatively drained. However, as I was cleaning up my home office I came across some of the ephemera I had bought a few months ago. I am a huge sucker for 1950s-1960s magazines, photographs, letters, receipts, TV guides, advertisements, etc., and as a result, I have developed quite the collection over the years.

As I thumbed through the pages of a 1963 Life Magazine, I suddenly felt an urge to make something that would allow me to use those wonderful images. I busted out my mixed media sketchbook (which sadly has been neglected for ages) and went to town.

There is something about working with my hands, getting them covered in bits of paper and rubber cement, that I love. My design process often lacks that tactile experience (aside from pencil sketching), and it felt really good to do create something that didn’t involve sitting in front of a screen.

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Embrace Change Desktop & iPhone Wallpaper

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2560x1440 // 1680x1050// 1440x900//iPhone5 {lock} // iPhone 5 {home} //iPhone4 {lock} //iPhone4 {home}// Facebook Cover Photo

While I’ve made some phone backgrounds featuring lettering, Facebook cover photos featuring my beloved Blackhawks, and a combination of the two, I never considered making a design available to others in a wider variety of formats for desktop backgrounds.

I periodically feel compelled to design these new backgrounds, and I’m going to start making an effort to share them with all of you fine folks as well! This just may be the first of many freebies to come!

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As it Stands

As it Stand - June 21

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LISTEN.

I have been listening to a lot of Streetlight Manifesto lately, including their newest album Hands that Thieve. Unbeknownst to many, I spent the majority of my high school days obsessing over ska music and playing in my ska band, Two for Flinching. Two of my best friends (and former band-mates) asked me if I’d be interested in seeing Streetlight Manifesto for their Beginning of the End tour since we used to cover quite a few of their songs. I, of course, said yes and have spent much of my week familiarizing myself with their newest album.


LOVE.

This week I discovered the cutest paper boutique, Monogram Paper & Gifts. This store just screamed my name, and I honestly had a hard time not buying everything in sight! In fact, I bought even more than what is shown above, but for the sake of not ruining surprises for people I couldn’t show everything. From lovely stationery to adorable and quirky gifts, this store was absolutely wonderful! I am absolutely loving my new America the Beautiful Field Notes too.

LAUGH.

For whatever reason, I cannot get enough of these “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” GIFs. I suppose I should come clean and mention that I’m an absolute sucker for goofy GIFs. Though I can’t explain why, I definitely got a huge kick out of these silly images.

LIVE.

After spending the morning and afternoon working on a new project for a client, I am really looking forward to spending some time with my two amazing friends mentioned earlier, Dan and Zak (as shown in the photo from left to right: Dan, myself, Zak). We grew up together, and while our group of friends has all split up (geographically speaking, this is), we make a diligent effort to get together for long weekends when we can to catch up and love life. I am really looking forward to spending some time with these crazy kids and seeing a band we were all obsessed with during our young and reckless high school days.

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[Explore] More.

Click Less. ________ More.

After work, I decided to go for a drive. Maybe it’s my midwestern upbringing or perhaps it’s something I got used to since my parents both grew up in the city and liked experiencing the country scenery on summer days, but there is something beautifully appealing about driving just because it’s nice outside. Driving just to see blurring landscape while singing your favorite songs in the car.

I ended up at a county park I’d never been to, wearing clothes not suited for hiking. I spent 45 minutes exploring this new-to-me scenery. Not for exercise. Not to take photos (though I did snag the one above with my iPhone). Not to kill time. I did it because it was a beautiful day. I did it because I like being outside. I felt the spongy earth through the soles of the fabric flats I wore to work as my hair, which I refused to put up, danced in the wind. It was spontaneous, lovely, and so different from my other more technologically-based hobbies.

While I always make a point to do something I love each day, it occurred to me that I need to make a more conscious effort to spend less time in front the computer and more time exploring, experiencing, and expanding my ever-growing list of things I love.

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