Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Skype offers free airport WiFi for the holidays | TG Daily

Skype offers free airport WiFi for the holidays | TG Daily

I absolutely LOVE free wi-fi deals around the holidays so this is very cool for me, especially since part of my holiday will be spent in an airport! Last year, Google made a similar (but even better) offer for free wi-fi that included in-flight connections. on AirTran, Delta and Virgin American. That was the greatest!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

2011 Christmas Wish List

This year has been such a rough year, my Christmas spirit has been less than “cheery”. My parents have been asking for my list for weeks and I just couldn’t seem to come up with anything good. Recently, I looked through the Nordstrom Holiday catalogs and came across the awesome items listed below. Most of them won’t fit in my parent’s ideal shopping budget for me (LOL) but they’re fun items to dream about…

Yves Saint Laurent Large Satchel

Yves Saint Laurent Large Satchel

Prada 'Baroque' Round Sunglasses

Prada 'Baroque' Round Sunglasses

Valentino 'Rockstud' Open Toe Pump

Valentino 'Rockstud' Open Toe Pump

MICHELE 'Cloette Fleur' Diamond & Mother-of-Pearl Watch Case

MICHELE 'Cloette Fleur' Diamond & Mother-of-Pearl Watch Case

Michael Kors 'Gia' Ostrich Embossed Clutch

Michael Kors 'Gia' Ostrich Embossed Clutch

Vera Wang Lavender 'Sammy' Peep Toe Pump

Vera Wang Lavender 'Sammy' Peep Toe Pump

Lagos Diamond & Caviar™ Station Bracelet

Lagos Diamond & Caviar™ Station Bracelet

MARC JACOBS Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC JACOBS Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Petal to the Metal' Zip Clutch Wallet

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Petal to the Metal' Zip Clutch Wallet

Echo 'Touch' Tech Gloves

Echo 'Touch' Tech Gloves

Burberry Brit Trench Coat

Burberry Brit Trench Coat

UGG® Australia 'Ansley' Slipper (Women)

UGG® Australia 'Ansley' Slipper (Women)

…and last but not least…. this Gilt/Jetsetter week long cooking excursion in Italy would totally make my year!

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That’s about all I can come up with… It’s a sad day when a fashionista isn’t moved by shiny dresses and sparkly heels. I gotta get outta this funk soon! But enough about me… So what’s on your designer Christmas wish list???

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Usual ComeUp – Nordstrom Rack

A few years back I got luck in Nordstrom Rack during a search for a formal gown. Ended up with a beautiful, yellow BCBG number that had been altered from a size 6 to a 4 and never picked up, was 80% off and gained me a number of compliments!
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Well, my luck has struck again…
Found this beauty in Nordstrom Rack – Oak Brook, IL. A beautiful Diane von Furstenberg Kipling dress (my first by the illustrious designed whom I’ve admired for so long). The dress is on sale for only $269.50 at her website… but the “slightly altered” version I got from the Rack cost me only $89 (plus Chicago’s crazy high tax, but even still…) I tried it on with a belt and my black Burberry pumps and it looks amazing!
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I can’t wait to wear it… I just need to find a cool place to go!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Guy on D train - Random Mobile Pic

This guy spent the whole ride sniffing little bottles he kept pulling out of his bag, about 5 minutes per bottle... I wanted to ask what he was sniffing, but figures I wouldn't disturb his flow. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Chicago Fav... Pierrot Gourmet

I know I owe a summer compilation blog of my food fun in Chicago, but this spot deserved its own recognition. Pierrot Gourmet, in The Peninsula Hotel on the corner of Superior and Rush, was such an amazing experience. The ambiance felt like a small European bistro, and the service was great! When we couldn't decide what to order, our waitress recommended sharing two items, and they even split the plates up for us... skimping on nothing (see photo)! The cheese platter was a great touch and while I skipped dessert, the selection was very tempting.

Two thumbs up for one of my new fav spots!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stuff engineers do...

So I finally settled on a new bed! Its gets delivered soon and I have to decide where to put it beforehand, since I'm not strong enough to move it afterwards... What better way than using a bit of AutoCAD to draft a quick layout and see what option has the best flow for my furniture??

Cherish The Geek

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sorting through my Mobile Uploads–2011 Random

Every once in a while I gather all of the photos I meant to post into a single blog… here is your entertainment for the week with a summary of some of the year’s events so far…


Valentine’s Day/February Birthday celebrations with the girls at Benihana – the chef left me a message *smile*.


Took this pic of a page in the Macy’s ad and went to find it… In the end didn’t buy it. The model must be way taller than me.


My dad was in Chicago the weekend I took my license and took me on a father daughter movie date that night.


A manager posting this after repeatedly telling me to stop walking/running so fast in the office.


I made it to the United Center taping of the Oprah show. It was the BEST concert ever!!!! I had a blast!!


Spent the holidays with my favorite little cousins at Navy Pier.


Took a trip to Detroit and got to see my Papa’s growing urban garden, including the cantaloupe along the fence (its hanging in the bag in the 3rd pic above).


Oh, and I grew my hair out!!! This pic is from June/July when I first straightened it after a few months of wearing it curly.

When I get a chance, I’ll post the food pics… there were too many to include on this post!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

No more new-car scent...

I got a new car a month ago and the little cousins insisted on breaking the backseat in properly... Having zero kids myself, it was a bit creepy to look in the backseat and see two kids looking back at me!!! LOL... But we had a good time, as always, and I even learned how to install a car seat :-)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Topshop comes to the Windy City… My Anticipation

Are you counting down Chicago???? This September the city of Chicago will get the second stateside Topshop store!!! I am so excited, as if H&M and Zara weren’t already super exciting. This will totally round out my summer shopping options. I already browsed the US site to see what’s out and created a nice “set” (new and old items) on Polyvore of the types of items I will be looking for! SecondCityStyle posted images from the preview. I can’t wait!

Topshop Wishlist

Yellow dress
$95 -

TopShop bodycon dress
$95 -

TopShop striped dress
$78 -

TopShop sequin dress
$200 -

TopShop cropped jacket
$100 -

TopShop cropped blazer
$116 -

TopShop pink romper
$75 -

Mini skirt
$80 -

$20 -

TopShop mary jane pumps
$135 -

TopShop red pumps
$110 -

TopShop leather high heels
$124 -

TopShop purple heels
$92 -