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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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Gray Days & Taco Times

Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI

This weekend I spontaneously decided that I wanted to spend some more time with my camera (which hasn’t been getting very much love lately). Despite the gloomy weather Saturday morning, I made the effort to get out there anyway and snap a few shots.

FIND YOURSELF

As an extrovert, I generally prefer spending time with others, yet I’ve always simultaneously relished the excitement of getting out and doing things on my own. There’s something so liberating about shutting your phone off and living in the moment, in your moment, to do whatever you please. These moments always leave me bright-eyed and creatively charged, so I was happy to spend some time in thick fog capturing these moments for the hell of it.

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For the full effect, put on The Crane Wife by The Decemberists, which made for the perfect soundtrack as I walked for miles along the lake. I spent the rest of the day sipping coffee and doing a bit of reading and oogling over Marc Wagner’s latest zine, Mostly Cats & Monsters. I love his crazy, street-art-esque style and really enjoyed this little gem! Definitely check him out!

Bel Air, Milwaukee

Sunday was much sunnier, so Aaron and I decided to get out and get some delicious taco’s from the oh-so-amazing Bel Air. Mmmm.

Fuel Cafe, Milwaukee

After lunch, we decided to grab some coffee and hang out a bit before heading home. All in all, it was a fun and relaxing weekend which was just what I needed. Now it’s time to tackle another week! Let’s do this!

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Until next time, Colorado

Until Next Time

I cannot believe how quickly my time in Colorado flew by or how madly I fell in love with that beautiful state! I’ve been to quite a few mountainous destinations in travels’ past, yet no matter how many times I encounter mountains, I am always awestruck by their powerful presence. Having grown up in the flatland Chicago suburbs, I have always marveled over the allure of the mountains. Hell, I still occasionally find myself giddy over the rolling hills of Wisconsin for goodness sake. So as you might have guessed, I had an incredible time exploring these new places, and I cannot wait to return.

Ace Eat Serve. Denver, Colorado.

On top of the amazing natural scenery, Denver was full of so much well-done design at every turn that I couldn’t help but smile (and snag a few pieces for myself to bring home!). Whether I was walking down the street looking at the logos of local stores or reading restaurant menus, I was always greeted with clean, thoughtful design. Talk about a refreshing vacation!

Beautiful designs from around Colorado

What’s not to love? I did my best to take quite a few photos on the this journey, so be on the look out for a follow up post within the next week with even more from this excursion!

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Life in the Bike Lane

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This moodboard is the first of many developments of my latest personal project. For months, I have been itching to start a zine called Life in the Bike Lane but up until recently it didn’t seem plausible due to time constraints. This moodboard is meant to emulate the type of aesthetic I envision for Life in the Bike Lane which will focus on road, fixed gear, and cruiser bicycles, their riders, and the cyclist culture.

Be on the lookout for updates about this fun development! In the meantime, dust the cobwebs off your bike and hit the streets while the sun is still shining!

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