Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Weekend in the Country


I know I talk about it a lot, but I hope you are all beginning to understand my obsession with this season. I mean, of course summer is fun and all, and Christmas is pure magic, but how gorgeous is fall in the Midwest? Every time I think about moving some place warmer, I remind myself how much I'll miss the changing seasons. Pumpkin carving parties and cabin weekends in the country just wouldn't feel the same without the the fiery hued foliage and crisp cool air. One more month of my favorite time of year, although I'm certain the first snowfall will be here within the next couple weeks. Until then, I'll be making the most of the crunchy leaves beneath my feet.

How was everyone else's Halloween weekends?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

LCY Listens: "Sometime Around Midnight"

And it starts sometime around midnight.
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself for a minute or two.
As you stand under the bar lights,
And the band plays some song about forgetting yourself for a while.
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile.
And that white dress she’s wearing... you haven’t seen her for a while.

But you know, that she’s watching.
She’s laughing, she’s turning.
She’s holding her tonic like a cross.
The room’s suddenly spinning.
She walks up and asks how you are.
So you can smell her perfume.
You can see her lying naked in your arms.

And so there’s a change in your emotions.
And all these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind...
Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined.
And you feel hopeless and homeless and lost in the haze of the wine.

Then she leaves with someone you don’t know.
But she makes sure you saw her. She looks right at you and bolts.
As she walks out the door, your blood boiling, your stomach in ropes.
Oh and then your friends say,
“What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk under the streetlights,
And you’re too drunk to notice that everyone is staring at you.
You just don’t care what you look like, the world is falling around you.

You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You know that she’ll break you in two.

Best story told through music. Period.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I dreamed a dream, and this kitchen was it.

 I didn't realize ceilings and oven ranges like this existed in real life. Seriously.

One day, Alaina. One day.

And on that note, Happy Halloween weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

This weekend I'm off for another fun-filled fall weekend in the country. Some friends and I are staying at a cabin for two nights for a little birthday celebration. I am anticipating lots of beautiful foliage, warm apple cider, plaid shirts and wool socks as far as the eye can see. Anything to distract me from the haunted house I am going to be dragged through. Will report back afterward.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Totally and Completely Obsessed

These copper globe pendants are killing me. I love everything about them, and they seem to be popping up more and more frequently on my Pinterest. Not only are they a bold dramatic statement piece for any home, these copper orbs designed by Tom Dixon cast a warm metallic glow throughout the space they light. They're available for purchase through ABC Home and Carpet.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Florals

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Ever since buying my favorite floral sweater from Anthropologie last year, I've had an itch to buy up more flowery tops. These eye-catching patterns are feminine and colorful, and designers and stores are offering plenty of darker, long-sleeved options for the colder seasons ahead. Now that Topshop has opened up on Michigan Avenue, I'm thinking that will be my first stop!

Monday, October 24, 2011

One of Those Perfect Fall Weekends

This past weekend, a few of us piled into my small car and ventured to the great town of Hobart, Indiana, the Paris of America. (Any Leslie Knope fans out there?) Therein lies County Line Orchard, complete with apple picking, pumpkin patches, two corn mazes, live bluegrass music, fresh donuts, jams, mustard, candy apples, and spices, as far as the eye can see. Sure the corn maze was a bit... lame. Not much of a maze at all, really. Perhaps had we gone a month ago when the stalks were fuller and taller, it would have been a bit more of a challenge. Instead we found ourselves dodging the marshy wet patches of mud rather than trying to find our way out. And yes, the pumpkin patch kind of looked like someone just dumped a bunch of pumpkins on the field... which is probably exactly what happened. But it was charming, beautiful, and we all left agreeing it was a fun time! The live bluegrass band that played while we had lunch was probably my favorite part. I'd encourage anyone in the Chicago area to take the trip one of these weekends before it's too cold. It's only an hour outside the city, and pumpkins are a fraction of the price they are at your local market. My 23-pounder was only $8! I kinda sorta found the biggest one I could... it was awesome.


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