This Weekend / Packing for Real

This week is the real Thanksgiving.  I know I live in Canada now but I just can’t get into celebrating Thanksgiving at the beginning of October.  Its still warm.  And sunny.  And the leaves are still green and on trees.

But this weekend is American Thanksgiving.  The real deal.

Here’s how my packing is going so far:

Thanksgiving dinner:

photo 1 (6)Dress / Shoes / Belt / Clutch (similar) /

Black Friday shopping:

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Sweater (similar) / Jeans / Shoes (similar) / Ring (similar) / Necklace (similar) /

Lunch with family:

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/ Top / Skirt (similar) / Boots / Bag / Necklace (similar) /

Dinner out with friends:

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/ Top / Pants / Earrings / Necklace (similar) /

I’m almost done.  Lot’s of black  with a pop of color here and there.  Back to packing!

 

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Outta Here———> Brazil

It’s time!  I’m off to Brazil!  It is going to be one crazy week.  Home—>Rio—>nyc—>home.  I will really try to post but I warn you that I might miss a day or two.  It is a vacation right?!  I will be back next week fully inspired with pictures to share.  Adeus!*

*That’s Good Bye! in Portuguese

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Bash / Caipirinha

In honor of our upcoming trip I thought we should get our taste buds excited for the food and beverages of Brazil.  [OMG I AM SO EXCITED!!!  Sorry…side note.]  Brazil’s national cocktail is the Caipirinha which is a combination of muddled lime, sugar, and Cachaça served over ice.  Cachaça is similar to rum except Cachaça is made with sugarcane while rum is made with molassas.

Caipirinha

Take a good size lime, cut it into 8 wedges, and place 4 wedges in a rocks glass

Add two teaspoons of sugar, mash the lime and sugar with a muddler for 15 seconds

Add crushed ice up to the rim of the glass

Add two ounces of Cachaça, stir thoroughly, and garnish with a lime wedge

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Recipe: here

Sweet Home

Here are some pics from my trip home to Chicago.  Love it there.  Sigh.

I roamed around the city at night, spent the day with my Aunt when we walked around Bucktown and found an incredible ribbon and button store called Soutache and a lovely flower shop called Larkspur.  I love city driving.  Chicagoan’s are the best drivers (in my opinion) and exploring the architecture in different neighborhoods is one of my favorite thigns to do when I am in Chicago.

I also love nights at home with my family, a classic movie (we watched Wood Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite), cookies and wine.  It was Mother’s Day so we treated the lady of the house to peony’s, fresh cut flowers from the garden and a home made breakfast of fruit salad and rhubarb and strawberry crepes.  Oh, sweet home Chicago!

Pics From NYC

Here are a few pictures from our trip to nyc a few weeks ago.  *Le sigh*

I take pictures of bathrooms when I travel. This is the bathroom of Fedora in the West Village.

My favorite store from Portland is also in Manhattan. The Meadow. More on why this store is so important later...

Late night karaoke? Sure!

Our amazing apartment we rented on Airbnb.com Highly recommend checking it out. A great alternative to hotels.

Apartment

Amazing light fixtures I found at a vintage furniture shop

I wish my suitcase was bigger.

My favorite place in nyc and it was nice enough to sit outside. Makes me smile

Had me my Momofuko!

Bathroom at Minetta Tavern.

Loved the font on this menu.

Out the window during breakfast at Cafe Cluny.

Me

C'est vrai.
(It's true)

Bye nyc!  See you in June!

Paper / A Regional Surprise

While we were in nyc I got to visit one of my favorite paper shops Greenwich Letterpress.  This store has inspired me for years.  It’s on the perfect little street in the West Village and the colors and goodies they carry are totally my style.  I picked up a ton of  few little treats for myself and to my surprise when I looked at the back of my favorite little card it was made in Vancouver!

They are called the Regional Assembely of Text.  Here are a few of my favorites from their collection:

 

These amazing pull out quiz cards.  I got 2.

Cute Birthday Cards that come with a pencil

Graph paper bird card set

They call this the This and That Stationary Set because its a mix of old school paper and envelopes.

Smartphone fall in a puddle? Lost your contacts? Never again! Store them in this cute wooden.

I’m a huge fan of these guys and cant wait to visit their shop the next time we are in Vancouver. They are located on Main Street in btwn 23rd and 24th.  

nyc

I’m off to nyc at the end of this week to visit friends and family and get a much needed dose of city life.  Going to bigger cities than the one I live in recharges me.  I am a big city girl and I don’t pretend to be anything else.  I appreciate them far more then when I lived in one.  Best part about where I live – a big city (Vancouver) is just a hop, skip and a ferry ride away.  Here’s what I am looking forward to:

Packing! Making lists about what to pack (I *love* lists). Playing dress up on my closet as I figure out what to pack. Wearing those pieces I have stashed away for 'when I am in New York'.

Eatting Momofuku pork buns

Staying in the West Village

Admiring nyc street style

Spending nights in dark, candle drenched bars with friends

People watching from cafes

Flying above the city at night

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