Gone Girl

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I gave in to pop-culture peer pressure and read Gone Girl. My mom loathes the book, but I had to see what everyone was talking about. I think, after having read it, I can see both perspectives. The book was a page turner for sure, but the characters are such horrible people that I can see why my mom disliked the novel so vehemently. 

The book centers around a married couple and what happens after the wife disappears. I could not put this book down! The ending, however, was horribleEven though parts of the novel were really bad, I am looking forward to the movie starring Ben Affleck. 

Gone Girl is certainly not the next Pride and Prejudice but I think if you haven't read it, you should try it. 

Aren't you dying to know what all the fuss is about?

*Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto.

Monday 9.29

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dress: Print Edition by Cynthia Rowley, Bag: Chanel, Sneakers: Converse

*Photographs taken by the BF.

Anine Bing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Anine Bing, Asos, Hippie Laundry, Qupid

I am a fashion blogger cliche- I love Anine Bing. If I weren't constantly reading blogs, and blogger instagrams, I don't think I would have heard of the designer. I've always been a fan of bohemian style and Anine's take on the trend is perfection

Anine's price-point is mostly out of my budget, so I did what I do best and found cheaper alternatives. 

A couple of months back Anine had a sale on her site and I was able to buy her black cowboy boots at half the original price, however, I had already purchased the Qupid imitations. The Qupid boots look so similar to the real thing that I often can't distinguish between the two. 

I am literally counting down the days until Anine's next sale (60 days to be exact). For now I have my eyes set on the Star Print Loose Fit dress and the Long Sleeve dress in olive. I predict that one, or both, will make it in to my closet in the next few months. 

*Photographs taken from cheetahisthenewblack. Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto. 

Wednesday 9.24

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Necklace: Sandee Knits, Vest: J. Crew, Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dress: Asos, Shoes: Anine Bing

*Photographs taken by Papa Rick.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I have yet to share this on the blog, but I have a new found milk allergy! When I first received the news I said to my mom, "this is hard, I really like food". I've come to realize it's not savory food that's the hard part but desserts. I look forward to sharing this new part of my life on the blog going forward. 

You know what is surprisingly hard to do as a dairy-free person?  Go out to dinner. It's shocking just how many people don't know that butter is a milk product - I'm stunned that people in the food industry aren't required to know this.

Going out to dinner is a huge part of my family's life, so it's particularly important for us to find customer friendly restaurants that cater to dietary requests. The other evening we ate at Lincoln - it was an incredible experience. The staff was very friendly and pointed out what did and did not include dairy within their menu. They even offered a variety of sorbets as a dessert - now one of the only sweets I can eat. 

I would highly recommend Lincoln for a night out. While it is expensive, the experience and food make the steep prices totally worthwhile. 

*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Monday 9.22

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunglasses: Quay, Triangular Necklace: BaubleBar, Tee: J. Jill, Jeans: Old Navy, Bag: Balenciaga, Shoes: Vans

*Photographs taken by the BF.

Mosaic Potholes

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The work of Jim Bachor is truly special because it's not only creative but it also serves a practical purpose. Did you know that there were around 600,000 potholes in Chicago last winter

In response to that staggering number Jim Bachor took a common nuisance and made it art. Not only did he help solve some of the city's pothole problems, but he also made it aesthetically pleasing. Instead of crossing the street and stepping into a pothole, you walk or drive, over a beautiful mosaic. 

My favorite from this series are those mosaics that mock what they are covering, with the word, "pothole" written across the surface. I particularly love that the works can be found on an ordinary street and not in the galleries of a museum. 

Interactive art, that makes you think and consider what it signifies, is my absolute favorite type of art.

*All photographs taken from colossal.com.

Wednesday 9.17

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Tee: Denim & Supply, Backpack: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jeans: Gap, Sandals: Birkenstock, Earrings: DIY

*Photographs taken by Papa Rick. 

All the Light We Cannot See

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

World War 2 fiction and I are reunited once again in the form of the novel, All the Light We Cannot See. This book was an interesting read because you get to see the war from two points of view - through the eyes of a young German soldier and, ironically, through those of a blind girl in France. Their stories end up crossing paths later on in the book and that intersection is beautiful but fleeting

I think being able to read about the war through two very unique perspectives was my favorite part of the  book. I was particularly taken with the German soldier's view on the war. It is hard for World War 2 novels to paint Germans in any other light but a horrible one, however, I found myself feeling sympathetic for this novel's protagonist. That feeling came as a surprise to me but also made me re-think my preconceived assumptions about that time. 

I think this novel is not only for the World War 2 buffs out there but for everyone

The conclusion of this book review is pretty simple - read it

*Collage created by Gabriela Monsanto.

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