pretty little things

pretty decor for a house of hipsters

i’m addicted to shopping, i can’t help myself. just when i think i couldn’t possibly want or need another lamp, shirt, necklace, or chair, boom…i see it, and i need it more than life itself. a bit dramatic, sure, but there’s no judging here at house of hipsters

lately i’ve been trying to control my urges, so i’ve been making lists of links or pictures of pretty little things that call my name…the boy would be so proud of me. today i share one with you and will try to make this a weekly thing…although it may make me shop more…again, no judging

i hope you enjoy this happy little list of come hither…links are at the bottom.

enjoy!

lamp and eather poster from jayson home and gardenbright pillow from jayson home and garden and black and white striped traylet's all go to mexico shirt by rebecca minkoff and yellow skirtcashmere heart blanket from j.crew and tom ford lipstick in nude colorimogene + willy tote bag micheal kors aviator sunglasses gypsy water perfume from barneys and a white eames shell chairdwell studio brass side table and cowshed handsoaphouse of harlow shirt available at shopbop and pierre cardin brass lamp

1 – a pendent lamp for the mud room…love the gold inside

2 – a secret personal love of all things feathers

3 – normally I’m all black, navy, or gray but these colors…oh man, i can’t get enough of this pillow!

4 – a sweet little tray to keep all of your precious jewels and trinkets

5 –  rebecca minkoff wants us all to hop on a plane to mexico…seriously, this whole outfit! get in my closet already!

6 – this cashmere blanket would be great for cuddling with the little lady

7 – super serious now, no judging…i have a secret love for most things kardashian…not something i’m particularly proud of but it is a guilty pleasure…i love kim’s choice of a nude lip and this tom ford lipstick is just the ticket! buy it here…now

8 – imogene + willie have a great vintage look…can’t go wrong slinging this little guy over a shoulder. just add magazines, sunscreen, and headphones…instantly beach ready

9 – love the color, love the gold…seriously, enough said. classic ray bans style with a twist

10 – gypsy water is such an amazing scent…sometimes i go to barney’s just to smell it…yes, i am that person

11 – thinking this eames chair would go oh so well with the campaign desk on the catwalk i’ve been trying to style…more to come on this project

12 – this table! gaw! it’s brass, it’s white, it’s elegant and beautiful…put once, twice, three times a lady together and you have perfection in the form of coffee table

13 – i first smelled this hand soap at au cheval…they have it in their bathrooms…i couldn’t stop smelling my hands all day long. this has been on my list for almost a year

14 – this shirt would be perfect for this year’s lollapalooza festival but i’m a bit unsure about the bra situation…note to self, look at the u-plunge bra

15 – and last but not least, my holy grail…the lamp of all lamps…and i want two!!!!

a precious glimpse

boy superhero

boy superhero

 

man this little guy has my heart…it seems like yesterday i was holding his tiny body in my arms, spending my evenings rocking him to sleep. these days he pretends to be spider-man and fights darth vader in ominous battles filled with explosions and chase scenes.

today was one of his last days of preschool. he performed in the end of year recital and of course was the class ham…singing the loudest, clapping the loudest. i sometimes wonder where he inherited his extrovert personality…certainly not from his parents. last night we went to the welcome reception at the school he will be attending full-time come august. jamming his face full of cookies and gazing in wonderment at the art projects his future classmates hung on the walls. i watch him in these new settings, settings that for me as a child would have frightened me…he thrives in them…embraces them.

he explains to me how brave he is. not because he is conceited or arrogant, , he has no understanding of those traits. he has been told this by someone he loves and he truly believes it. sometimes it scares me…how brave he is.

roaming the new hallways, looking at the art projects, he was full of questions last night. “is that a pirate ship mommy?” “what is that guy doing?” “why is his mouth drawn like that?” “where are his eyes?” “can we go to the classroom?” it went on and on…his mind in full exploration.

lately he has been singing along to the songs we play in the car and yesterday he requested i play only german songs. der kuckuck und der esel, die hatten einen streit, wer wohl am besten sänge…and there were more questions in the car “mommy, do you have both hands on the steering wheel?” “are we going too fast?” “is that water tower moving?” “why did that guy honk at you?” “why is this road so bumpy?” “what did that sign say?” “can we listen to the hamster dance song now?” boy do i regret adding that song to his iPod playlist.

my love, every day i see small glimpses into your world. a world that is growing bigger, for a bigger boy.  i look forward to the time i get to spend with you. to listen to you. to play with you. to share with you. i love you my dear. you make me feel like a sweepstakes winner.

T.H.T.K. found

longman & eagle room 55

for our new year’s celebration sans kidlets, the boy and i decided to staycation in logan square. we rented a small room above longman & eagle…which i have to say, this might have been the most hipster hotel i’ve rested my pretty little head at. we stayed in room 55 which happens to be the largest of the 6 rooms available for rent above the one-star michelin restaurant and bar. let me tell you, this place was oozing cool…even the soap was cool! but i guess with a slogan like eat, sleep, whiskey, you kinda have to be too school for school.

interesting details at every glance, i soon found what i thought to be one of their best offerings (besides the chilled split of champagne in the frig) to be a mixtape created by jason lazarus. available for a mere $20, i had to take it home with me. but who was this man who made the mix of christopher cross, rod stewart, carole king and little river band that made my heart sing? taking me back to the days of orthodontia and elementary school.

mixtape created by jason lazarus

after a bit of google stalking (that we shall call research to make myself feel better), i found out he was a chicago-based artist, curator, writer, and educator. he has many interesting projects, but one in particular really stood out to me. stalking more, i also stumbled upon this video showcasing one of his installations.

Jason Lazarus: Too Hard to Keep (Syracuse) from Light Work on Vimeo.

in a nutshell, he initiated a growing archive of photos deemed “too hard to keep.” the project is a place for photographs and objects to exist when they are too difficult to hold on to, yet too meaningful to destroy. upon submission, participants may dictate whether the photographs may be displayed face up or face down to preserve privacy.

after watching the trailer, i couldn’t help but think of all the photos in boxes that i also could submitted to this project; not to mention the many photos i have thrown in the trash because they too were too hard to keep or a memory i chose to no longer want to revisit.

THTK2

neither the blog or the video say just how many photos mr lazarus has received, but i can only imagine it to be enough to fill an airstream trailer. i find each image fascinating while my imagination runs wild with the many possibilities as to why these certain photos were deemed “hard”. my fingers and toes are crossed with the hopes that i might view this curated installation in person one day.

meet you at the barre

mary hellen bowers - ballet beautiful

since little maus was born, i’ve been struggling with my weight…well, i’ve been struggling with it for almost the last 6 years really; let’s get real here. after baby number 1, i was really getting myself back in shape, but that all changed after this last pregnancy. your body is just NOT the same. your arms, your hips, your butt, your boobs…and being over 35, forget about it. i mean, i’m not looking for a thigh gap or anything, i just don’t want to feel like i have to sausage myself into every pair of jeans i own on a daily basis.

i know cardio has to be part of my weekly exercise routine, but man do i hate running. last april, i tried so hard to embrace it by training for a 5K, but my ankles and knees didn’t agree with my mindset. i knew getting my body back in shape would require some pain, but limping and unable to pick up a baby was not going to suffice in this household.

a new plan of attack had to be set in motion. if you remember my om zone post, i really did have great intentions of becoming this fitness guru in 2013. and don’t get me wrong, i still go to om zone every monday night at tribalance and also attend their hot yoga and gentle flow classes, but i needed more cardio in my life. cardio, my arch nemesis…grrr.

i’ve been really interested in attending a barre class at the bar method studio near my work. but since the class itself would take up 1-1/2 hours of my 1 hour lunch, it was not going to work in my schedule. enter a morning email from daily candy featuring mary helen bowers and her company ballet beautiful to save the day. her videos are amazing! since this is something i had been wanting to incorporate into my existing workout plan, i chose to purchase a few streaming videos over the monthly subscription. and seriously, how cool is it that i can stream them from any device anywhere!

after viewing the previews, i chose the skyline workout (cardio), the swan arms cardio and the hip & thigh blast. the videos are about 10 mins long each, so for the first time this morning, i kicked and plié’d like an awkward pterodactyl, loving every minute of it. do not let her sweet face fool you, this lady is a true ass kicker. i do tracy anderson, so i figured how much more difficult could this be, am i right? i cursed at her loudly, my butt writhing in pain and my legs and arms felt like lucifer’s flames were burning inside my skin…but that is what cardio is about right? and hey, it’s better than running.

so if you are looking for a low-impact cardio workout you can do from home that doesn’t break the bank, ballet beautiful might just be the ticket.

time traveling

every once in a while i have a day where i enjoy retracing my steps…time traveling a bit. lately, i’ve been thinking back to our honeymoon. since my husband’s family was unable to fly to the states for the wedding, we chose to travel to them for the honeymoon. the majority of our time was spent in a quiet farm town in germany with oma and opa, but we  fit in a couple roadtrips to visit aunts, uncles and cousins in trier and koln. we even managed to get away on our own to visit the czech republic. ah prague, it stole my heart…a fascinating city although i do suggest taking public transportation. however, the 20 year old german map from oma’s house might have been the reason for my deciphering difficulties; mainly because i don’t speak a lick of german or czech.

public transportation prague

finally, after what seemed to be forever (and accidentally driving through a tram station where an old man shook his umbrella angrily at us), we arrived at our hotel, located just yards away from the foot of the stunning charles bridge. each afternoon, painters and street performers fight for space with throngs of tourists. our last morning, we woke up before the dawn to catch these shots.

charles bridge - prague

after our boat trip along the river we booked reservations at kampa park. we chose a a candlelit table on the cobblestoned terrace, draped in fairy lights right beside the river. the lights of charles bridge glittering on the water. being a foodie, i have dined at quite a few upscale restaurants. i’m unsure if it was the amazing wine or the insane view, but this has gone down as the best meal of my life thus far. after dark it became a bit chilly, so i cozied up with the cashmere blanket on the back of my chair and topped the evening off with a delicious cappuccino.

boat trip along the vltavalennon wall in prague

after dinner, the blue light jazz club and an old english pub (the name i don’t recall) became our haunts of choice. after many a staropramen, we’d slowly make our way back to our bed and breakfast, only to start another adventure the following day.

farmers market in prague

little did i realize this would be one of the last chances the boy and i would have to slip away together before children. and although this european getaway was not the typical balmy exotic island, lined with palm trees and coconuts honeymoon, i wouldn’t trade it for the world. it was an amazing adventure that i will revisit in my mind again and again. til we meet again prague.