Thursday, March 20, 2008

Patrick Winfield

So, I'm kind of in love with these composites by Patrick Winfield. I really do love mosaics, and this gives a more serious, artsy vibe to them. Below are my favorites, but you can see lots more here.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Valentines, and Sprout Home

A bit of a random mix this time, but I have some extra things I've accumulated over finals week that I haven't gotten a chance to post until now. First, really enjoy this house by Frank Lloyd Wright. I've decided I'm not the biggest fan of his architecture in general, and I find some of his furniture pieces really boring, but I really like this one. Reminds me of the Robie House, which is located right next to the GSB. Yay for culture just next door! Hahaha. Also, thought these valentines were pretty darn cute. I'll have to use the idea next year, or incorporate it into some other party/celebration. Reminds me of something Pam and Jim would do. Lately, I've been obsessed with The Office. In fact I've downloaded and watched the first three and a half seasons (still have a few more to go on the fourth before I'm up to date) in the past few weeks, and, man, is it good. It's actually really nice that I'm getting into it now, after Jim and Pam have gotten together. I don't think I would have been able to wait in real time. They're still uber cute though :) And finally, I really like this flower pot from Sprout Home, which apparently is located here in Chicago but as it's way uber expensive and I don't have a car, I don't thin I'll be visiting it anytime soon. I still do want to start a little herb garden in the kitchen, but I haven't quite gotten around to it yet. I really should look into that. Especially if Colleen isn't going to be here in June. Hmmmm. Also need to find a source of income during school year, that would be ideal.


My newest website addiction is design*sponge, and my favorite part is the sneak peeks section, where they invade sylists' or designers' homes and post their pictures and inspirations for the rooms. This first one is apparently of some, I want to work there! I love the gray striped walls, the metal flowers on the wall, and the zebra rug! Actually lately I've been all about animal prints (I know, shocking). The second and third pictures are of kitchen tables. I love the contrast of the wood table and the metal chairs, especially in the third picture because, man, those look comfy!! And the last couple pics are a vision of my future living room. Hahaha, I really like the couch, the long bench-style coffee table, the two opposing Dutch chairs, the antiquey mirror, and the wall of books. Sounds like my kind of place!

Mosaic Mirrors on Etsy

Still thinking about starting an etsy store, and recently came across a whole bunch of these mosaic mirrors. They are so cute and would really add a lot of character to any room! Maybe I should get back into crafting. Sewing is hard on my schedule because it's not something I can easily put down and pick back up. Mosaics would be easier, and I already have a ton of tiles I could use. We'll see.

Stella McCartney for adidas

I really love the new Stella McCartney line at adidas. I especially like the gray booties and the ballet flats! Oh and the black sneakers...kinda glam for a sneaker ;) Oh, well okay, I pretty much like them all. I am still holding out for an interview at Nike, so if that happens I'll have to tell them that they need to up the anty in the shoe department hehehe. But my interview with TJX went well yesterday (I think!), and I should hear early next week if I got it or not! Yay! :)

Oh, the last pair isn't by Stella McCartney; it's their Mega Bounce running shoe...looks pretty nifty!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Photo Mosaics

This site is kind of can make your own photo mosaics from all of your travels or photo library. A good way to consolidate all those file folders if you're an obsessive photographer like I am.

Edward Hopper

Well, going to the Hopper Exhibit a week from today. I'm really excited to see a few of these!


Hooray! I have an interview with t.j.maxx next wednesday for their MBA merchandising internship :) It's located in their headquarters in Framingham, MA, which is a half hour west of Boston. Oh man, I am imagining weekend trips to Cape Cod already! No, but seriously, I really think it might be a good fit, so hopefully I'll learn more about it and the meeting will go well--wish me luck! And I'll let you know how it goes next week. Oh, I am so ready to be done with finals!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Running Log 1

Following the Running Idiot's example, I'm going to log how much I ran and how I felt during it (until I get my nike+ that is, I think i found someone on ebay who's going to sell me their ipod for $40!!) so I can reference it later and see how far I've come. I'll just start with this week and it'll be like a fresh start. Yay!

Tuesday: easy run
2 miles @ 9:22
Felt pretty good, first day back in it so my mind easily wandered. Listened to Phillips, Craig & Dean, who I really enjoy listening to during exercise. They're a good mix of upbeat and slow, powerful songs that can be a part of your daily worship-yay, bonus! My heart hurt only a little bit (good), and overall did fine. Kept daydreaming about finishing the marathon (hahaha, just a mere 7 months away). Did a half hour or so of yoga/stretching afterwards.

Wednesday: cross-training day
1 mile @ 9:22
Shouldn't have run anything, especially right after I ate, but I felt so good from yesterday that I wanted to continue and just do a little bit. Eh, probably a bad idea because I felt a little ill in my stomach afterwards. Also have a blister on my right foot, I really need to stop wearing cotton socks. Did 45 minutes or so of yoga afterwards, especially working on pike stretches as my left leg is a ways behind my right leg! Need to even those up!

A Fun Way To Spend A Few Moments

Believe it or not, but I came across Style Feeder off of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's site (can't remember why i was on there...oh yes, I was looking to see about some leather leggings of theirs I saw someone wearing...turns out, they're like $3000. Woops.) Anyway, I'm a fan, and now that I've actually figured out how to add things, I'll probably be on there more regularly. hooray!

My New Favorite Dress

Just wanted to share this great spring dress from Nanette Lepore, available at Neiman Marcus. I love the print AND the rosettes (who would've thought??). In other news, I really need to get down to work today. I've been crazy busy over the last few weeks applying to jobs (including Nanette Lepore, too bad they already have their interns), and I actually really enjoyed that process. The thing is, I LIKE applying to jobs because it's always accompanied by daydreams of what it'd be like working at that company, in that city, and I really do like dreaming about the future. Now that that's over (I officially stopped applying for jobs last week), I don't have any less work to do, since we're coming up on finals, but I have less desire to do it. The only thing I can really sink myself into is our innovation project, which has been really fun. But we've got most of the ideas assembled already--so what's left to do is the not-so-fun part of wrapping everything together. Still, must plow on before I can celebrate and relax in nc! Until later, my friends :)

Monday, March 10, 2008


Well, in addition to running, I've been doing more yoga recently. I just came across this Yoga Journal, which allows you to build your own sequence to print out and take wherever--so exciting! I'll probably work on one over the next several days to practice on my off-running days, so I'll be sure to email that out to you all if you're interested!

One of my favorite poses:

My goal:


Well my latest obsession is nike+ which works with an iPod Nano to track the miles you run, your speed, calories burned, etc. during your workout AND online to reference later. They make up cool graphs so you can see how you improve, and they also keep track of which songs you run fastest to--uhh, pretty sweet!! And there's also a pretty vibrant community of people online that already use it (for example, I found out about nike+ through the running idiot's blog).

Anyway, a pretty neat concept! The only bad thing is that it doesn't work with all iPods, just the Nano, which kinda sucks since I just bought the touch a few months ago. Still, you can buy a Nano (esp an old one) on ebay for pretty cheap, so I may just do that if I find a good enough deal. Man, this whole "manage how you run" thing reminds me of what i already do with my finances (using mint--if you don't already use it, you should really check it out). Though...I think the nike+ is just a *tad* more glamorous, or maybe I'm just romanticizing running along the lake while I train for the Chicago marathon during the summer. ;) Still, training anywhere outside beats the track or a treadmill any day! Thinking I may register for a half marathon for the beginning of June sometime, before I try the real thing in October. This is really turning into a big ordeal--my brother and some of his friends, and a couple of my friends from the GSB all want to do it this year, so hopefully it'll be a pretty positive experience. And as Todd said last night, it's a pretty hax answer to the question, "Tell me about an experience in which you persevered," that they always ask during interviews.

Well, that's all for now!