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five things friday: on the verge of turning 29

So, I’m turning 29 tomorrow, which is pretty crazy to me. In celebration of getting older and hopefully also wiser, here are a few things I love at the moment:

I’m a huge fan of Daniela Andrade’s music. Gotta show some love for a fellow Daniela and Latina, after all. Her cover of Regina Spektor’s “Us” is so, so good:

I just recently discovered local jewelry studio, Mineralogy and I sorta obsessed with her pieces:


Theresa’s custom work is also really beautiful. These are a just a few pieces I would definitely splurge on and buy for myself (clockwise from left): white topaz teardrop ring, diamond solitaire necklace, chrysoprase and druzy cuff bangle, and grey druzy gold stud earrings. For those of us in Chicago, Mineralogy now has a a storefront in Ravenswood. Otherwise, you can check out the shop online.

Although I have plenty of artwork and a limited amount of wall space in my new apartment, I love Luke Gram’s art prints. If and when I’m in the market for more prints, he’ll be the first I buy from:

The weather in Chicago is FINALLY warming up, so I’m making the effort to try new paleta recipes. Mashable put together a great list of coffee-based paletas and I definitely need to make the ones with dulce de leche:


And last but certainly not least, I randomly stumbled onto this art project in Mexico and really, really love it:


The Mexican government asked the Germen Crew, a youth organization that specializes in grafitti and street art, to revitalize the Palmitas neighborhood in Pachuca, a town northeast of Mexico City. There’s even more photos and a video of their work here. I think this such a beautiful, brilliant idea and the community has had such a positive response.

As turning 29 isn’t incredibly significant (other than this is my last year in my 20s), I’m keeping it low-key and doing dinner and drinks tomorrow night. Maybe the big 3-0 will call for an actual celebration. Have a good weekend!


i need the smell of summer, i need its noises in my ears.

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Hello from the shiny, new version of my blog! I can’t believe it’s been two months since I last posted, but since I got back from my trip to Central America, I wanted to revamp my site and also take some time off from blogging. So, I shuffled everything back over to WordPress, brushed up on my CSS skills, and asked the super awesome Liz for her help with design (and she did an amazing job!). And voila! Daniela-Yvonne.com was born.

I’m still tweaking things here and there, but I love the new look so far. And for my first official post on my new site, I thought I’d recap my summer so far:

* Drinking and dining al fresco (pictured first is a drink called ¿Por Que No? from Takito Kitchen. SO GOOD.
* Back porch hangs in the suburbs. Alex and I did house-sat for his folks during the 4th of July weekend and we took full advantage of their backyard.
* Street festivals galore! The best so far was Square Roots in our neighborhood, where local breweries came together to serve up some great craft brews.
* Pitchfork Fest on Saturday. We didn’t get tickets to Lollapalooza this year, so we hit up Pitchfork for a day to take in a day of music.
* Weekly Sunday hangs with my friends to watch True Blood. This show has gotten so ridiculous but we CAN’T stop watching!

August begins today and I feel like summer is just getting started. There’s still so much more to see and do before fall returns in October.Also, today just happens to be my birthday. I’m now 27! To celebrate, I have the day off tomorrow to treat myself to a trip to the salon and some shopping, followed by dinner at a new restaurant in Logan Square.

How is your summer so far?