Cabin Vacay: Hop in!

In the mist of a hard-working few weeks for both me and my husband, we decided to take a few days off to indulge in pure relaxation at the family’s cabin in the mountains. And what a treat! I’ve selected a few images that I feel illustrates how much of a sweet time we had. Although the cabin trip is over, we’re now visiting my in-laws in good old Indiana. Cheers for an amazing family and delicious you-cook-I-watch-and-eat time.

the Robinson family cabin

raspberry + rose champagne = match made in heaven

doce de leite sandwiches

feeling the rain fall

watching the water fall

morning mist

why did the chicken cross the road?

calming rain


Dinner Date

I’m wearing: zara shirt and skirt, louboutin shoes, h&m bracelet and clutch

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!

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!