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wicker park

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 29, 2010

Last weekend took me on short trip to my old neighborhood in Chicago. It hasn’t even been a year since we left, but I already feel a sense of nostalgia whenever I visit… In barely 24 hours, I had the chance to frequent some of our old neighborhood classics and was pleased to discover some new favorites as well.


Letizia’s, cappucino and muffin


Penelope’s


My sister’s apartment, a sanctuary


Bagel on Damen, hello cream cheese


Big Star, new whiskey-tequila-taco favorite

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worth all the fuss

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 26, 2010

If you know me, you are well aware that I hate having to spend excessive time on any given beauty routine. I’ll usually opt out of washing my hair to make styling quicker, and when I have to blow-dry it, I keep my phone close at hand to make sure I never spend more than 10 minutes on the job.

And the same goes for makeup…. Really, when it comes down to it, I like to think of  myself as a hairspray + mascara kind of girl.  Easy and effortless.

That is, until these irresistible shades of OPI start calling my name…  and there’s nothing I can do but spend hours applying base coats and top coats and layers of color and waiting and waiting and waiting for them to dry…

Oh understated neutrals! Oh fleshy muted tones! You truly are my weakness.

And you are so worth all the fuss.

(in order: sand in my suit, chocolate moose, you don’t know jacques)

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welcome to 11,440 feet

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 1, 2010

I’d drive 18 hours for this any day.

ok, he actual drove it.

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