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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!


music of the moment: radical face

First off, I have to say that January ended on a not so great note. Alex came down with the flu and I in turn got sick as well. We spent the last few days of January quarantined in our apartment, taking meds, drinking our weight in fluids, and sleeping. This combined with the drop in temperature and large amounts of snow have made me fairly grumpy. I’m definitely over winter and for good reason; in the seven and a half years I’ve lived in/around Chicago, this has been the coldest and snowiest winter to date. It’s actually been the 4th snowiest winter PERIOD. The last time Chicago saw this much snow was in the 1970s. I wasn’t even ALIVE yet! So here’s hoping February is a little less painful than January was.

I’ve been listening to my Iron and Wine Pandora station nonstop during my commute and when this song came up, I immediately became obsessed with it. I’ve heard Radical Face on this and other Pandora stations I have but there’s something about this particular song that I really love.

What have you been listening to lately? Are you as over winter as I am?

music of the moment: ingrid michaelson

I’ve always been a pretty big fan of Ingrid Michaelson (so much so that she has her own Pandora station on my phone). Her latest album, Human Again, came out a couple of months ago and it’s really, really good. But the main reason why I’ve been listening to her non-stop lately is actually because of a cover song she recently released.

At this point, I’m sure almost everyone EVER has heard “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Goyte. I originally wasn’t a huge fan of the song but after listening to it a couple more times, I was hooked. And just when I thought I was done listening to this song on constant repeat, Ingrid released a cover version that I completely adore. You can listen to it here. :)

music of the moment: angus and julia stone


Every so often, Pandora will play a new song I’ve never heard of before that I actually like. “Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone is one of those songs.

Angus and Julia Stone (a brother and sister duo from Australia) popped up in my Florence + the Machine station last night and I immediately loved this song. I’ve basically been listening to it non-stop since. I haven’t really listened to much of their music before this, but I’m definitely interested in hearing more.

What new music have you been listening to lately? :)