Day in Lincoln Park Tuesday, Aug 30 2011 

I spent the day off walking around Downtown Lincoln Park. I love the ambiance and atmosphere there… vintage buildings, unique stores, amazing architecture, delicious restaurants, and people who genuinely are happy being where they are at the present moment. I took the time to photograph my all time new favorite store, Rugby, which houses Ralph Lauren’s upscale, preppy collection of plush cashmere sweaters and striking blazers that are devastating to the wallet.There’s a bunch of outrageously priced “thrift store”, “resale shop” “consignment shops” around that area, but they lack true soul simply because they are bare in merchandise. In my opinion, the best thrift stores and vintage finds are in the suburbs, randomly encountered, or down Belmont and Sheffield in Chicago.

Our next stop was a place called Barker & Meowsky: A Paw Firm (for all of you pet lovers out there!). Chumchum ended up getting a bag of treats and a sweet toy made out of wood and linen for only $3.00. I love that an old, brown dog greets you at the door and the staff is so welcoming. They even gave me some samples of a cat treat (shredded salmon, ooh la la) since Chum is so picky.

We ended up eating at a restaurant called Shine, and I took photos of Shrimp Rolls;  Hot Pot Stir Fry, which is Japanese eggplant, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, lemongrass, peas and tomato in an aromatic panang curry; Shine Maki, which is crispy shrimp and cucumber wrapped in baby tuna, topped with ginger dressing; and Toro Maki, with fatty tuna, avocado, cilantro, scallion, shitake, and tempura crunch with spicy sauce.


What I wake up to… Sunday, Aug 14 2011 

This little guy just makes my day. A bowl of cereal just tastes so much better while we stare at each other.





Fluffington Post Friday, Aug 12 2011

Feeling down? Click on the link above. Boss giving you a hard time? Take a few minutes to giggle at a baby Koala. It has been known that owning a pet actually lowers your blood pressure, helps with anxiety and depression, and may even spruce up your social life. I remember after my father had heart surgery and underwent radiation therapy for cancer, our cat Phinneus was his healer in disguise. Phinny would be by his side every second of the day, and it gave my dad a purpose to nurture him. Their bond was indescribable. More on Phinneus later, as I still can’t type about him without my eyes welling up with tears. Anyway, enjoy the fluffy, furry, too cute for words little peanuts posted below!

ChumChum Friday, Jul 29 2011 

Meet ChumChum, my beautiful, feisty, moody Himalayan. Aka Hippipatmayus, Bloomerman the Bloomberg, Booberry, Chami Laddoo.