Living Area + Desk

There’s been a few minor changes to our living area and desk. Remember the diy rug took that took me over a month worth of hand painting work to complete?

I got tired of it. Why? The pattern looks awfully similar to the pattern on out entryway wall. I have no one else to blame but myself for not realizing this before committing. It just so happened that as I got tired, Joss & Main offered a sweet deal on this area rug for only $90. Ah huh!

A much more interesting pattern that doesn’t resemble anything we have around the apartment, and I like it.

We also did some swapping around with the objects as you can tell. The vintage globe now sits on the wood stump

To make space for what should be sitting on a desk: books and cute owl bookends

And we finally got rid of the old black chair that by no means looked decent near the desk. Also, from Joss & Man.

I feel better now.

Art Effect

The best things in life come when you don’t expect them, and I was definitely not expecting Art Effect in my life. I had walked by it several times before but never walked in. That is, till my friend Megan suggested it as one of her favorites shops in the city

And boy was she right! This place is overloaded with, and only with, the cutest things for your desk, kitchen, ears, closet, you name it!

I usually describe in detail what a store look like and what they offer, but this time I’ll let the images do the talking (it’s too amazing for words)

Notice the frame wall. I can’t!
Although it’s not exactly a vintage boutique, the whole place has an antique/modern feel to it.

I felt at home saying hello to Brazilian flip-flops Havaianas (which means Hawaiians in portuguese, fyi)

Tangerine taking the lead. Aside from all the amazing home goods, they have an incredible selection of accessories and clothing that are out of this world adorable, for boutique prices, I may point out.

The verdict: This is not just a place to go shopping, it’s somewhere to get inspired and take some inspiration home, if you wish. It’s tough to select the strengths because there are so many, but here you’ll find a large variety of eye-wear, cute stationary, charming bookends, the coolest wrapping paper designs, earrings and necklaces (by the bunch), clever kitchen wear, and a perfectly chosen clothing assortment. In other words, heaven at Armitage.

Where? 934 W Armitage Ave (at Bissell St) Chicago, IL 60614 (in Lincoln Park)


Lucky Gal

Often times I feel like life is passing me by and I’m not sufficiently enjoying it. Bless instagram (@luluabroad) for allowing me to look back and realize I have more than enough going on and to be thankful for, like:

  •   friends visiting all the way from Brazil
  •   I live in Chicago, and that’s very cool.
  •   getting up close and personal with Sue (the dinosaur)
  •   Guaraná (the best of the best tasty sodas)
  •   River North’s yummy chicken sandwich
  •   posing next to the seal pool.



I’m wearing: zara sweater and skirt, h&m bag, carmen steffens shoes, tom ford sunglasses, up the amp lipstick by mac

We’re getting nicer and nicer days in Chicago and I honestly cannot wait till I go single layered for good, like I did here. This neon sweater with the bag and my favorite shades make for a favorite waist-up combination, hence the fierce look. It’s amazing how a simple outfit can boost your confidence to a level that’ll change your attitude. Feel the sass?

Light Winter

I’m wearing: dkny coat, zara jacket, topshop blouse, h&m skirt, h&m men’s scarf, arezzo shoes, urban outfitters clutch, forever 21 ring, mac honey love lipstick

I’ve been told this winter has been abnormally warm for Chicago standards. Works for me. So, on one of these abnormally warm days I went abnormal-for-winter with open toe pumps and a not so happy face. I try, but time has shown me I have a naturally (luckily, not abnormal) angry/sad face. Another abnormality about this outfit? Wearing my husbands scarf. Now thinking, I’ve worn his stuff  here, here, and here. More than normal now.

And for us girls, a happy International Women’s day!

Twisted Updo

Remember the loosely fashioned twisted updo I sported with the Soiree outfit? It was a hit. The girls at Refinery29 liked it quite a bit.  Here’s a quick how to (the tightly done version). You pick and choose.



If you live in Chicago, you know this name and that you may find more of these than any other fashion retailer in the city of Chicago.  Naturally, it was only a matter of weeks till I’d have to cut my credit card in half before setting foot in one of their many stores. I should have, but I didn’t. Closer to home, the Water Tower place store at Michigan avenue was my first pick.

Although this is a local store, it definitely doesn’t feel like one. First of all, it takes up just as much space as a big retailer would (large). Second, I was impressed by the amount of merchandise; racks and racks of potentially-mine garments.  But let’s be more specific.

You would not believe how many cocktail dresses of all colors and sorts. I’m talking about that dress you realize you don’t have just hours before that cool event. Well, they have it! And by peaking at the tags, I saw lots of $50, $70, $100. Not bad at all in case of an emergency.

The staff was friendly and offered to tour me around when I said it was my first time, which was nice because they had a huge sale going on and without the tour, it’d have been overwhelming. Although organized by color for the most part, the racks were a little too cramped. It reminded me of shopping at outlets in Florida (a memory I’d like to forget), and I don’t know about you, but for me, if it’s not Forever 21, a mess will turn me off real quick. But somehow, I got past that.

Some really cute and comfy cardigans were priced as low as 25 doletas. I had to stay away. One more of those and you could call me granny, all rights reserved.

They also have a large denim section to shop through, which I haven’t yet seen at another local shop. Another reminder Akira is something else.

Thumbs up for the accessories selection. My favorites were the belts, rings, and bracelets, but if you’re an oversized earring maniac, you’ll be well served.

Lastly, the picture wall is the strongest reminder this is a Chicagoan store.

The verdict: This is the place to find a cocktail dress that is cute, different and on a budget, especially if you’re running out of time. And if that’s the case, their large selection of accessories will help you complete the look. Their rings and bracelets are the cutest and the prices are good. If you’re visiting, it’s a nice change from the national shops you’ll be seeing at Michigan Avenue