Who would think I’d be pulling off a mini skit and t-shirt combo in mid March in Chicago. Knowing I’d be sitting for the entire time during my dinner date, I threw in red soles. Pretty but so damn painful. I see stars after standing on them for over ten minutes. Traumatizing, I know. As I write this post, I’m laying on a very comfy hammock over-looking a beautiful landscape and sipping on a glass of wine under the most gorgeous weather I’ve experienced since my last Florida winter as a resident. It’s a Cabin in the middle of the woods. Gee, such a harsh little life!
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!
We also did some swapping around with the objects as you can tell. The vintage globe now sits on the wood stump…
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 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)
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.
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?
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!