Friday Find: Cute Battery Backup

Image c/o J. Crew

Image c/o J. Crew

{Printed Backup Battery, J. Crew, On Sale}

Yesterday on a lunchtime walk, my co-worker friend and I wandered, or rather beelined, to the J. Crew summer sale. We very much enjoyed ourselves and my favorite find was this darling backup battery for iPhones.

Though I have an iPhone 5, the adapter makes the device perfectly usable for my phone. I’ve never been so pleased to run out of battery.

Have a lovely weekend.


A Breather

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{A goodbye view of Chicago from my seat to Atlanta}

Over the past few weeks I took a breather. Actually, three to be precise. Want me to list them out? Okay, Type A.

Week 1: I moved into a new apartment (which is still in a bit of a disaster, but I just bought a couch so I’ve at least started to try!)

Week 2: I went on vacation with my family to Hawaii.

Week 3: I went on a mini-vacation slash road trip with my boyfriend and his friends to Gulf Shores, AL.

While the month of May has been very active, I am still wishing that I could take Week 4 to organize my life (as in update my address on all my magazines) and shop for throw pillows. In the meantime, here is a collection of my favorite photos captured on my adventures. Take some time today for your own breather.

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{HI: My liberated toes}

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{HI: Victory at the top of Diamond Head Mountain}

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 1.42.03 PM{HI: A toast with my favorite bev, Iced Caramel Macchiato}

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.03.31 PM{AL: More lazy beach time}

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.04.31 PM{AL: Caught up on some reading with my fancy shades}

Movin’ On Up

Images c/o Le Mie Foto

I am moving…



I got a new JOB and a new APARTMENT and a whole new WORLD to explore. Things are CRAZY (which you can tell because I am typing in CAPS) (you should see the inside of my noggin) with packing and decorating ideas and wrapping up things at my current job, but after all of it, I will be starting anew.

Let’s do it.

Beads & Beignets

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I am a huge indulger. I have a supremely hard time not giving in to food temptations, healthy diet or not. If something delicious comes my way, I will find a way to excuse my eating it. Mardi Gras is today, which, I feel, is on every indulger’s radar. I plan on going at those cupcakes I made over the weekend as soon as I get home. They’ve been saucily taunting me from their air-tight (and little do they know, falsely secure) Glad containter for days now. They’re lucky they’ve made it this long…okay, it’s technically been one full 24-hours, so they’re lucky I’ve made it this long. Enough about cupcakes.

Last year I got to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Having been there twice before (once to renew a passport – “another story” – and then for a Sugar Bowl), I quickly realized how little I had really experienced in the city. We stayed with friends and despite an incident with a dog destroying a most beloved pair of new jeans, I very much enjoyed myself, both gastronomically and aesthetically.

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Yes, that’s my father in the yellow and my sister walking away. He may have just said something ridiculous. So besides attending a swanky ball sponsored by my dad’s place of employment, my family and I toured about the French Quarter. The area is amazingly European and one couldn’t help but join in the spirit of the events. Everywhere you turn there are beads or flags or someone with a drink in hand. We stayed away from the general mayhem since my sister isn’t of age and, yes, I still had fun.

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One of my favorite parts was (obvi/duh/c’mon/puh-leeze) the beignets at Cafe Du Monde – oh, please excuse me…those do look amazing…my mouth waters. Walking around to all the quirky shops of local artists was also a treat. I purchased a funky key hook made from scrap wood and on it a mounted fleur de lis with two hooks. My description sounds hideous, but it really is neat-o.

I caught a lot of beads from the floats that passed by during the ball, so many that it was physically a little painful to stand upright. Andy Garcia, of Ocean’s Eleven fame, was the King of Mardi Gras that year. I would have liked to attend this year since Will Farrell will be adorn the coveted crown. My dad told me a funny story that entailed him timing Elijah Wood getting off the King’s float with casually using the restroom. His logic? “You know they’ve been on that float for, like, four hours. They go straight to the bathroom. I wanted to meet Frodo.” The outcome? “Frodo is very short in real life.”

Happy Mardi Gras! Now what to give up for Lent…that snuck up on me. Ideas anyone?

On one final note, I have my collar popped today and feel a sense of purpose and power.