It was a cold, windy morning for Burxine and Donny's elopement, but that didn't stop these two from having their lakeside wedding as planned. They had an intimate ceremony next to the Adler Planetarium. We then headed to Morton Lee Olive Park to continue their bridal photos, and ended at Navy Pier to get out of the wind. Burxine really enjoyed the Crystal Gardens because it reminded her of her home in Hawaii.
I’m so excited about our latest anniversary session. I met Katie a little over a month ago and have really enjoyed getting to know her. She owns her own stationery business,Bluebird Paper Company, and makes some amazing designs. She and her husband, Greg, also just bought their first home on Monday. They have been together for six years and married for almost 2 years. They wanted to celebrate this new chapter in their lives with a photo session. I’m so glad she asked me to do it for them.
Isn’t their new home so cute?!
This month my stitch fix snuck up on me. I came home from spending the morning with the kids and my box was waiting for me. I excitedly awaited nap time all day so I could try my clothes on. I had hoped I would end up liking each piece, and keep the whole box.
My stylist noticed I had been liking jeans with a stone washed faded look on my Pinterest page, so she decided to send the Angie Skinny Jean (Mavi). I really liked them, and the fact that they go to my lower calf is going to be great for spring and summer. I already wore them the day after they came.
I did like this longer sleeveless shirt. It is the Clift Crochet Hem Top (Papermoon). It was a bit big for me, but if it wasn’t, I would love to wear it with my black leggings. I really like the style so I decided to keep it. I might try to alter it myself…or give it away…if anyone reading is interested, just let me know.
I loved this shirt as soon as I saw it. It is the Creola Lace Detail Knit Top (Peppercorn) in grey. I wore it the day after I got it, to a networking event. I really like how this shirt is very light and comfortable, but still nice enough to wear to meetings or events.
If I could live in comfy clothes like sweaters, jeans, and big socks every day, I would. I get so excited when I see a casual pull over like these in my fixes. And when it fits, I usually don’t take it off…which I didn’t. I’ve worn it for the past three days now when I’m at home. I know I don’t NEED another pull over, but I’m so glad one more snuck in before I start getting summer clothes.
If you know me, you’ll know I don’t wear jewelry. My wedding band is the only piece I wear, ever. I don’t even have an engagement ring, because when we got engaged I knew I wouldn’t wear it. However, when I saw the Gonzo Stone and Leaf Pendant Necklace (Bay to Baubles) I just felt like it would be so nice to have. I like the simplicity of a thin gold chain. It actually goes perfectly with the grey laced shirt above.
I am once again deciding to keep the whole box which will give me a 25% discount. It is so cool to see everyone who is trying their own fixes. I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as I do. I’m so excited for my next box! I left a note to my stylist to perhaps get a summer dress in my next box…because maybe it’s time I wear a dress.
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This year I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of new people and hanging out with friends in different Chicago neighborhoods. Chicago has so many coffee shops and I thought it would be great to have a preferred place in each area so that when I meet clients, I know of some nice places close to them rather than just defaulting to a nearby Starbucks.
If you follow me on Instagram you may know that this month I’ve been addicted to Blue Door Farm Stand in Lincoln Park. The first time I went there I almost passed it because the doors look kind of like apartment building doors. Inside it’s very roomy and has a cozy, yet modern country atmosphere.
Their espresso drinks are really good, especially their mochas. They are not overly sweet. I tasted their classic mocha and their featured iced “mochanut” drink that has coconut in it (think Almond Joy). Yuuuuuum! I’ve tasted a few of their pastries and their brownies…are…amazing! I haven’t yet gone during a meal time, but they have a really appetizing farm-to-table menu with sandwiches, soups and salads and a lot of fresh juice options. They even serve wine and beer if you are in the mood.
You can follow them on Instagram to see what pastries or drinks they are featuring that week. I’m so happy I was introduced to this little coffee shop.
My favorite iced drink is a mocha and I realized I subconsciously judge a coffee shop by how good their mochas are. I’m going to be visiting different coffee shops in Chicago and will be making monthly posts about which ones I think are great, and more importantly how good their mochas are. It’s a good thing I run every morning since I’ll be drinking a lot more mochas this year.
Julius and Cyndie have been living in California, but this week they were visiting family here in Chicago and were able to do a shoot with us. They got married on New Year’s Day two years ago and weren’t able to get pictures taken at the time. They’re such a fun and loving couple, so this session was a delight. I love anniversary sessions because we get to continue to tell the story of a couple’s relationship after the wedding day.
We had a great time celebrating Elias’ birthday this weekend. We had a small family party and it was perfect for him. He was able to enjoy everyone without getting overwhelmed. He really desires to do everything Elena does. He knows she just had a birthday a few weeks ago, so I think the fact that it was his turn now made him feel special.
He really enjoys the movie Cars and the show Thomas the tank engine, so he was excited to get Cars legos and a little motorized train. He also got his own percussion instrument set to form a band with Elena. The T-ball set was another exciting gift for him. We took it outside and realized we might have to sign him up for t-ball if he ends up liking that as much as soccer.
I loved seeing his face beaming with joy the whole day.
Today my ‘Lias turns two. This week we purchased him a new car seat removed the safety gates from our stairs. These milestones came way too fast. I remember waiting (not very patiently) for my pitocin to start working when he still wasn’t ready to be born 10 days past my due date. I seriously thought he would never come. He has been blessing our lives ever since.
Elias is such a thoughtful, sensitive boy. He loves his sister and is her partner in crime. He can go from being very focused and serious to a goof and back to serious in under 10 seconds. He is determined and driven. He can be mischievous, but he knows that if he wraps his arms around my neck in a tight hug, it melts my heart and I can’t do anything but smother him with kisses.
Happy birthday to you, Elias.
Bottle & Bottega had their 4th anniversary party last night. They’re a studio that offers painting classes while giving their students a chance to relax. It was so much fun! Everyone painted and mingled as they enjoyed snacks, wine and friendship. They also had the chance to take home their own small canvas.
This would be a perfect date night to get creative and try something different, or a girls night out to unwind and have some fun after work. They have several different class options during the week and can even host individual parties.
I am definitely coming back! Who’s with me?
Today I visited Zed 451 and I can’t believe I haven’t been there before. It’s an amazing space. They have a full bar as you walk in which looks like a perfect place to grab a drink with some friends after work. They also have an amazing dining area, and different event areas for smaller parties. Their second floor is where you can hold your wedding. The fireplace upstairs would be a great backdrop for a ceremony. They also are remodeling their rooftop terrace, which will offer beautiful views of the city.
I’m pretty sure this is where Michael and I will be celebrating our anniversary this year.
Elena and I have very similar personalities. We are perfectionists, strong-willed, and independent. I know this will be much harder during her teenage years, but even now we can butt heads.
She received a sewing project for her birthday. The age on the box was a bit older than she is, but I knew we could tackle sewing a cat pillow together. We worked on this for a few weeks, mostly after her nap. If I was home, she would come down and ask to work on her cat pillow. I would stop my Metts Photo work and do this with her before Elias woke up from his nap.
We learned together. While I know I could have finished the project by myself in an hour, I knew it was important for her to do it herself and know she could do it.
We took it a little at a time. I would teach her the type of stitch, do a few for her, then let her finish the rest. She actually did it. By the third day she was sewing by herself without me having to tell her which hole was next. Once she realized the pattern she did really well. I am so proud of her.
She sewed all the features on; eyes, nose, ears, feet, and did about half of the closing. I ended up doing the rest because it was tricky to hold once the stuffing was in. I think she is enjoying her cat pillow so much more because she made it.
I’m also proud of working together. A lot of times she gets frustrated easily when she can’t do something right away, or if she thinks I’m giving her too much instruction, but we really did have a fun time. It’s never too early to teach that perseverance and patience lead to success.
I don’t think receiving a Stitch Fix will ever get old. I feel like a little kid when I get another box. I had forgotten I had one coming this month, so it was even more exciting when FedEx came. Even the kids were excited for me. At first glance I really liked every item in this box.
I like the Kualo Bow Back Knit Top (Papermoon). Elias kept calling me Zebra. I showed him the bow in the back but he didn’t let zebra thing go until I agreed with him. I’m keeping it anyway.
The Leicester Scoop Neck Sweater (RD Style) looks so comfy and casual. And it is! I pretty much live in workout clothes, but can’t really wear yoga pants and sweatshirts to meetings, so I love that I can wear this with my hair up in a bun with some skinny jeans or leggings when I meet friends for coffee.
I absolutely love this Filbert 3/4 sleeve popover blouse (41 Hawthorn) and I knew I was going to keep it before I even tried it on. It might be time I start incorporating white pieces to my wardrobe since the kids are growing up. However I still don’t think I will wear this shirt around them.
I don’t know the last time I wore a skirt. It was probably in college when I had to wear them for choir performances, but even then, it was a floor length skirt. I did request a skirt in my box so my stylist thought this Daisy Mini Skirt (Sugarlips) would go great with thegrey blazer from my last Fix. She was right.
The Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan (Market & Spruce) was another piece I knew I wanted to keep from the moment I saw it. The length, the zipper, the pockets, the scoop neck were all winning factors. My stylist noticed it was similar to many things I had pinned on Pinterest which is awesome.
I am so happy that this box was a keeper, and I really like how my stylist is really getting to know my style. I am deciding to keep the whole box which will give me a 25% discount. Woohoo!
I’m so glad many of you have tried your own Stitch Fixes. I hope you guys are having a great time receiving your boxes too.
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Elena is finally four. She has been anticipating her birthday all month long. Every day she would ask us if it was her birthday yet. She asked even if she was looking at the calendar and knew which day we were on, and which day was her birthday. She just wanted to make sure she didn’t miss it.
On her birthday, she had school and one of her teachers made a paper crown for her. She wore it all day. That evening we invited her best friend Eliza over to have dinner and cake with us.
We enjoyed a great morning at the Field Museum on Friday. Elena absolutely loved it. She had been asking to go for a while, and was excited it was actually happening. She really liked seeing the animals and the dinosaur bones.
Elena wanted a Peg + Cat party (it’s a show that she enjoys watching on PBS). I am not one to go all out on character-themed parties, but since this show is about math and she has been learning a lot from it, I thought, “why not?” It isn’t a super popular show, so I made all the decorations myself since I didn’t find directions on Pinterest or Etsy. I even hand made a dress and bought a hat for her to look like the main character, Peg. She was extremely excited and talked about it to everyone.
We had family over to celebrate. We are so grateful to everyone who was able to make Elena’s day special. In her eyes, it was the best 4th birthday ever.
Today, Elena turns four. It feels unreal. When I held her for the first time, I couldn’t envision what she’d be like at four, but the day has arrived.
Elena can communicate so well. In a way, it has been a little sad to see her learning how to pronounce words correctly and drop her baby talk. She can have a conversation about anything, and she wants to learn about everything.
She enjoys achieving things, and celebrates every accomplishment. When she got a scooter for Christmas, she didn’t know how it worked. She couldn’t steer, she couldn’t stop, but she knew she wanted to ride it. Now it’s February, and she has practiced so much that she can cruise through the house quickly and easily.
Possibly the greatest joy is that she knows who Jesus is and wants to learn more about him. She understands the importance of being kind others. Of sharing what she has been given. Of loving other people even when it’s hard.
This year, she has been looking forward to her birthday for months. We’ve got a lot of celebrating to do. There will be cupcakes, grilled cheese, best friends, a trip to the museum, a new dress, handmade decorations, and a whole lot more.
In the midst of the activities and excitement we have planned, all I’ll be thinking about is how blessed I am to be her Papa.
I get so excited for my stitch fix orders. I liked how this box had mostly neutral colors with a bolder pattern piece. They are definitely getting better at tailoring each fix to my style.
The Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer (Market and Spruce) is definitely a keeper. I liked it as soon as I pulled it out of the box. Grey is my color and it has an interesting silky fabric accenting the back.
The Pike Crochet Trim Top (Skies are Blue) was another one I really liked, especially the simple lace accent and the neutral color. It’s casual, but I can dress it up with a blazer.
I am not one for blouses, but the Tavyn Blouse (Papermoon) is one I will probably keep. I think it would work really well in the spring with some skinny jeans. I don’t usually wear a lot of patterned things, but I think because the shirt is black and white, I don’t mind the polka dots.
I was really excited about getting a dress. The Cecil Printed Dress (Papermoon) is really cute. Again, I am not one to wear a lot of patterns, but I liked this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the way it fit. There is a band in the middle that didn’t work for me. The Banks Skinny Jeans (Just Black) were nice, but the material is a little too thin for me.
My next fix will be in March and as I think ahead, I’m happy to know we won’t be in negative degree weather. Just a couple more months of cold. I’m excited to get some spring stuff in my next box.
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