Coffee with Sam

You’ve heard me rave about Samantha Balk and her Rose Vintage here about a gazillion times. Now,  just get ready for more. Sam welcomed me in her cozy Old Town apartment for afternoon coffee and I took a billion pictures (worth three full posts just for you.)

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I guess cozy isn’t exactly as fitting as “dollhouse” to describe her adorable nest. It all coordinates very well with Sam’s bohemian with a tad of vintage style. Her attention to detail puts me to shame, which makes me wanna move. Period.

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Why Sam had me over for coffee? You’ll have to check with her (surely she didn’t anticipate I’d lick the spoon and deep it right back in the sugar bowl). I’m such a lady!

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Turns out, the spoon licking incident shook our friendship and we haven’t spoken since. Just kidding! Our friendship stood up to be saliva-proof. We hit it off when we met last summer. She’s one of the most talented and inspiring girls I know and I just straight out love and envy her style. And she didn’t even care that I licked her spoon.

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Sam, Otis (her shaggy Old English Sheepdog) and I had a lot of catching up to do. Sam and I discussed career move (she selling, me acting), blogging, blogging with pressure, wedding planning (she’s engaged and planning a beautiful fall wedding). You name it, we talked about it. Like the gent he is, Otis kept humble and quietly practiced his listening skills.

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What was there to munch on? Yummynes! She prepared the most delicious, best-of-my-life yogurt bowl. I love you Sam!

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No need to stress I had a great afternoon in Sam’s company. With the craziness of everyday life sometimes it’s hard to find time to catch up and connect with friends, but this showed me how important and re-energizing it can be. Thank you for coffee, Sam! Next time, at my place and I promise I’ll work on my manners.

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But wait, there’s more! Stay tuned for a peak of Sam’s incredible shop inventory and her awesomely decorated apartment. Soon on Lulu Abroad!


Silent Film


As I mentioned in the last post,  my husband and I put together a little silent film that tells the story of two parents-to-be who went through a lot but persevered and now are getting ready to welcome a baby boy this coming may.We’re so happy to share their special moment with you.



Baby Shower

This past weekend I got busy putting together a baby shower for my sister-in-law. She’s always been crazy about elephants, so that and the French venue ( Le Petit Chou in Indianapolis) helped to shape up a theme: Babar, The Elephant.

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She’s expecting a baby boy but wanted to make sure the shower also reflected her personality, picking yellow and grey as the color scheme, which I love.

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One of my favorite moments, the baby photo guessing game. Guests were asked for their baby pictures ahead of time and invited to match the baby photo with the other guests at the party.

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The mom-to-be is not a fan of traditional baby shower games (no chocolate pooped diapers) so we opted instead for a celebrity baby name match-up game and the screening of a silent film (that I’ll be showing here fairly soon) personally edited by me for her and the dad.

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And since photo booths are in, we couldn’t avoid but to play Babar, The king!

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The elephant cookie favors were just as tasty as they look and the invitations set the tone for the shower decor.


Valentine’s Day

I’m going to steal an idea from my friend Samantha Balk from Rose Vintage and share five fun facts about my husband and I in honor of Valentine’s day! Here it goes:

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  1. We met at Disney World
  2. But we almost didn’t because neither of us wanted to be there. I was a tired tourist wanting to leave the parks and  he had a hang over and almost called in sick (he worked at the parks).
  3. Our first official date was at a McDonald’s. So posh!
  4. Les Miserables is our favorite movie of all time.
  5. We both learned to speak each other’s language (English and Portuguese), aaand the universal language of love. Aw!

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Happy Valentine’s day!

photos: liga photography

Le Petit Déjeuner

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Sundays are usually very relaxing around here. This afternoon we hung at Toni Patisserie for a very late brunch.

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oliver people’s frames, dethrose vintage blouse, forever 21 cardigan, mac lipstick so chaud

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Everything was divine, as you’d expect from a French café. I had a delicious ham biscuit while husband opted for the pork shoulder/duck fat sandwich. For dessert we shared a lemon bar, napoleon and chocolate chip cookies.

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When you have guests in town it’s easier to allow yourself to have a little treat with the excuse that you’re showing them around.godiva chocolate1

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That’s how I got away with a taste of some yummy chocolate at the Macy’s basement yesterday. And what a treat!

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Vintage Find

If you got out of bed in this Chicago snowy morning kind of not knowing what to make of your day (other than superbowl later this afternoon) you might wanna consider stopping by the Randolph Street Market. Husband and I headed there yesterday and I had a very successful day (and to be quite honest not enough time to see all the great vintage goodies).

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This was one of my finds yesterday, at the Dethrose Vintage and Rose Vintage booth. Now, there’s a lot more to be seen at the market. I mean, a lot! It’s open from today from 10 am to 5 pm. If you can’t make it this time, don’t panic. There’s more next month! Little tip: onion and caprese empanadas from the Empanadus booth. Heaven on earth, I’m not kidding.