A few weeks ago, I took a solo Sunday trip to the Art Institute for the final weekend of the MAGRITTE exhibit, “The Mystery of the Ordinary.” Since its opening in June, I had been itching to go & finally took a day to explore. I was not let down. The exhibition was simple in its layout – a perfect balance for the visually stunning & thought-provoking pieces.
Through his process, Magritte wanted to make the “familiar unfamiliar” & sought to “make everyday objects shriek aloud”; his work pushes viewers to think outside of the box & push beyond mental comfort zones.
As I took in each painting, I felt very emotional & energized. For a man that lived well before my time, I felt I could relate to his questioning of where a boundary begins & ends. Needless to say, I will be devoting more of my days off to artistic exploration. To learn more about Rene Magritte, go HERE.
Playful, fun & a little unexpected, here are three outfits inspired by some of my favorite Magritte masterpieces.
Just because Halloween is this Friday, it’s never too late to get festive with some pumpkins. While carving is a fun tradition, decorative pumpkins are an easy twist on the classic as they last longer & are a chicer option for those of us looking for a way to seamlessly add seasonal decor. Plus, who doesn’t like to test their DIY skills now & again? From gold leaf to glitter to paint, the options are endless. Below are 5 last-minute pumpkin DIYs to get your creativity flowing. Check out my PINTEREST board for more ideas. Have fun!
Isn’t this picture glorious? Living in the city, we just don’t get views like this. The other day I had to stop & take a picture of a gorgeous tree I saw. I had forgotten it was autumn. Stop & take pictures, people. Also, THE DRESS I wore is BACK in stock at NORDSTROM with two new colors to boot! Have a great Friday & weekend!
This week, I’m trying something different – I’ll share my five favorites from around the web as usual, but I also want to start to highlight some of my favorite local bloggers. Check out my five favorite stories from Windy City bloggers as well! Enjoy.
I discovered this WEBSITE recently & really enjoy it. It’s great for women looking for inspiration & encouragement in their career growth/path.
Anyone else need to watch HOCUS POCUS at least once to feel complete during October?
Uh-oh. If you have the iPHONE 6, keep an eye out for this.
Can’t stop LAUGHING at this interview between Jimmy Fallon & Bradley Cooper!
Yes, Madeleine Albright is a BOSS [ in case anyone was wondering ].
Recently, model Robyn Lawley has been receiving a lot of interest over her “rejection of the thigh gap” & her belief that the modeling industry is “promoting starvation.” While I applaud her for speaking out against the standard that many women are up against these days, I’m more interested in the fact that, without knowing it, she is a component of the skewed female perception of body image; the modeling industry may promote starvation, but Ms. Lawley promotes the idea that anything above a size 6 [ a 4 really ] is plus-size.
I get that the world of high fashion has their own set of excuses why they use size 000, 00, 0 to parade down the runway, but why are those models considered “models” or “supermodels”? Why is Robyn Lawley, on the other hand, considered “plus-size”? Why can’t all models be equal? I want a world where Gisele & Robyn are both supermodels.
It’s so sad that there is such a disconnect of understanding between a size 0 & a size 10. For many who are diluted with what the media is selling, the understanding is quite simple: 0 means beautiful, skinny, perfect & 10 means fat, ugly, not good enough.
To combat this misunderstanding, help bridge the [ not thigh ] gap & bring about acceptance of all shapes & sizes, Robyn Lawley needs to be assigned a different title – or better yet – lose it altogether. There is nothing wrong with being her size & I would hope many women would strive for her body in the pursuit of health & happiness. Despite her misnomer as a plus-sized model, our generation is moving in the right direction.
A model, and women’s beauty in general, should never be determined by their size.
Tell me – what do you think about Robyn Lawley’s categorization as a plus-size model? I want to hear your thoughts!
This lovely quote is from, AUTHOR & BLOGGER, GG Renee Hill. I stumbled upon it & couldn’t let it go as its truth echoed through my soul.
Do something because you truly, genuinely love it. It makes your heart sing. Maybe some days won’t be easy – actually a lot probably won’t be easy & you may want to throw the towel in or go with the crowd & take the easy way out. But don’t. Please don’t. There are way too many people out there doing the same damn thing. Follow your own path & own it. Own it so strongly that your journey overflows with passion.
Authentic is always better than perfect. I’d much rather have a conversation with a person who speaks their truth unapologetically & without fear rather than someone who looks like they have it together yet can’t seem to piece together who they are or what they truly love. Wouldn’t you rather be the former? I would.
Leaving you with two more quotes from GG Renee Hill to keep you inspired this week:
“Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.”
“Work filled with inspiration is worship. A heart filled with courage is unbreakable. A life filled with gratitude is fulfilled.”
Happy Friday Saturday! I know I’m a day late on my Friday Five, but I still have to share my plans for this weekend because I’m too excited: my mom is coming along with the most handsome man in the world…my dog:
When my mom visits, we don’t usually plan much as we prefer to play it by ear, but we do have a list of things we’d LIKE to do; comedy show, nice dinner, dog park, etc. Possibly a few things from this GUIDE. Cheers to a great weekend!
Breaking down the EBOLA SPREAD into an easy-to-read timeline.
Thanks to GOLD COAST GIRL, I happily trotted [ ok Internet surfed ] over to DSW, to pick up a pair of these INCREDIBLE SHOES, only to find they were sold out in my size! If anyone knows a place I can still get them, I will love you.
Speaking of items wanted in my closet. This JACKET. And this ONE [ on sale! ].
Temperatures in Chicago are cooling down, but they have haven’t hit the super chilly zone just yet, allowing me to play around with layers while still keeping my legs bare. Like I said HERE, I love plaid for autumn & BUFFALO PLAID [ how cool is THIS & THIS ] is at the top of my list. It’s definitely a plaid October for me with no end in sight. I really can’t say enough good things about this DRESS& while the particular style I’m wearing is sold out, LEITH has a great SIMILAR OPTION [ currently in my shopping cart ] made of the same blend. I’m never one to buy multiples of something, but I totally would have I like it that much. Made of a nylon & spandex blend, it doesn’t wrinkle & is perfect for travel & layering. On a side note, how beautiful are the tree-lined streets this time of year? And all of the glowing pumpkins at night? So magical.
Shopbop’s FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE started today & boy oh boy is it good. I’m definitely going to take advantage of the 25% off for things I’ve been lusting after, like these JEANS [ or THESE ], this classic TOTE& these flattering SUNNIES, to name a few. I also really want to add some new FLANNEL button downs to my closet & RAILS has some great ones. THESE may be less exciting, but will be so necessary this winter for layering with ease; winter BOOTS also a staple. REMEMBER when I decided I’m going to play with PLAID this season? Yeah, this sale definitely has me COVERED. Everyone needs a S’WELL bottle. And my obsession with over-the-knee boots CONTINUES. P.S. – hi BEAUTIFUL. So, what are you waiting for? Enter FAMILY25 at checkout!
This week, I’m feeling a little less pep in my step & a little more draaaag. Mondays can feel so dull…back to the same routine, the same grind. When I find myself in this type of Monday doldrum, I focus on heightening my awareness outwards toward the beauty of the scenes & senses so often missed; the crunch of the leaves under my feet, the man on the corner who always waves hello as I pass, the sight of the beautiful blue sky.
Take yourself outside of your mind for a second & stop to appreciate the ordinary things in life that make life, well, life itself. We are all so lucky to wake up each day & choose. Choose to smile; even if it’s just about the little things.
Does anyone else feel like October is speeding by? I’m starting to feel that by the time I start to decorate for Halloween, it will already have passed. Time to get cracking on some of the items on my AUTUMN Bucket List; namely, pumpkin DIY-ing, pumpin patch-ing…yes I’m aware this involves a lot of the orange squash. ‘Tis the season, right? Since I didn’t jump on tickets for the GO BLOG SOCIAL Chicago Pop-Up fast enough, other plans involve the GILT CITY Warehouse Sale [ I'm hoping for better luck this time ], as well as the Magritte EXHIBIT at the Art Institute before it leaves on Monday.
I get daily emails from this WEBSITE & love the inspiring advice.