Strawberry picking

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We had no idea that there is not only one but two places near home to pick strawberries. I am a little late on posting about this as their strawberry season is over, but put it on your calendar for next June!  I can understand the price for strawberries now, it is a lot of work to find good ones.

1- Cody’s Farm Fresh Vegetables. Located at 19502 River Road Marengo.  rices this year was $1.95/lb if you pick your own.

2- McCann Berry Farm. 18110 Kishwaukee Valley Road Woodstock. We stopped here the same day, not to pick our own but to buy pre-picked to compare.

Farm buildings at Cody’s.

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At first I wasn’t thrilled about the walk to the patch but glad we did it.

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Sprinkles Cupcakes

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A trip into the city would not be complete without stopping at Sprinkles cupcakes!  They are located 50 E. Walton Street in Chicago. Check out their website for other locations and to see the flavors of the day.  The shop itself is not that big and they do run out of certain flavors towards the end of the day.

And a big bonus that made our day was after only driving around the block two times I found parking right in front!  Anyone who had driven in Chicago knows how exciting that is.

If you have watched the show Cupcake Wars the name Sprinkles probably sounds familiar.  That is because the founder, Candace Nelson is one of the judges on the show.  The cupcake may not look fancy but they are delicious!

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Cupcakes

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National Museum of Mexican Art

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My sisters friend Maria is a very talented artist.  She recently had her own exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.  We decided to take a trip into the city to see her work.

She not only had a couple pieces displayed, she had a whole room.  Her given name is Pilar Acevedo, we know her as Maria. Here is a look at some of her work.

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Room

A write up about the artist:

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My favorite piece:

Cat

Another favorite, reminds me of my days at Claire’s:

Queen

A piece that will now be at the museum long term, so check it out “I See Red”.

See-Red

Shoes

Other examples of her work:

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Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibit

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As a follow up from my MET Gala red carpet posting, here is more information on the exhibit that inspired the theme for the night.

It is currently on display until August 10th at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

I have not seen the exhibit, but here is what I have found online about it.  It takes you through the career of couturier Charles James (1906-1978) in two location within the museum.  The galleries spotlight and analyze the glamorous and breathtaking architecture of his ball gowns.  On display are 15 of his iconic gowns.  Text, x-rays and vintage images show the story behind each gown’s construction and history.

Here are some examples of his work:

Known as the “Four Leaf Clover” dress.

Four-Leaf-Clover

The “Butterfly”

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MET Gala 2014 Red Carpet

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I know the MET gala was last month, but it is still fun to look at the red carpet.  The Costume Institute Gala is the coming together of the arts, fashion and entertainment.  Anna Wintour determines the theme based on the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibition. This year’s was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

Here are a look at some of my favorites and the misses.

Favorite couples:

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, both in Gucci.

Blake-Lively
David Beckham in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in a dress from her own collection.

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Fave looks:

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta.

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Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen.  Love this look the style, color and minimal accessories to allow the dress to be center stage.

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa is jaw dropping in this statement gown.

Karolina

Misses:

Sandra Lee, looks like she is going to work at a Disney theme park instead of the red carpet.

Sandra-Lee

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana.

Simmons

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney.  All for setting new trends but I think this event deserves something more grand.

Cara

Katie Holmes in Marchesa.

Katie

 

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Going Picking

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It is official, I am now a picker!

I was driving by a house in my neighborhood which had an estate sale last month.  It was a very strange sale, hardly anything was unpacked and nothing was priced.  You walk into the living room at most sales where items are neatly displayed on a table but here thinks were wrapped in newspapers in paper bags.

Back to present day, as I drove by I noticed a HUGE pile of stuff from the curb to the garage.  I debated a little but had to stop.  It is a shame for them but good for me that half of the things were not at the estate sale.  Now I was able to get a car full of stuff for free!

Only listed 3 items so far and in less than a week 1 already has a bid.  I will keep everyone posted on how my “dumpster diving” works out.

I never thought I would be one to dig through stuff on the side of the road! Although still had to draw a line, with no gloves some bags/boxes had to be left untouched.

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Coldwater Creek Closing

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For those of you who have not heard yet, Coldwater Creek is going out of business.    I just went to one of the locations, items are 30-50% off storewide.

Check their website for store locations and/or online deals.

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Spring 2014 Trends

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It is starting to warm up so let’s talk trends.  Here is a recap of some trends we will see this spring.

Cool Bomber Jackets

Nicole Miller

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Tracy Reese

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Crop Tops

Diane Von Furstenberg

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Rachel Zoe

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Vivienne Tam

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Floral

Betsy Johnson

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Michael Kors

Michael-Kors-flora

Monique Lhuillier

Monique-Lhullier-floral

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Dennis Basso

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Noon By Noor

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Ralph Lauren

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Tracy Reese

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Pastels

J. Mendel

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Pamella Roland

Pamella-Roland-pastels

Ruffian

Ruffian-pastels

Zimmermann

Zimmermann-pastels

Sheer

Badgley Mischka

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Carolina Herrera

Carolina-Herrera-sheet

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca-Minkoff-sheet

Tadashi Shoji

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Vera Wang

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Recipe for a great treat

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Warning, if you make this recipe, it is addicting!

If you like Reese peanut butter cups or candy like that get ready to make the ultimate treat.  A friend of ours shared this recipe and I highly recommend it.  If you make it come back and leave your comments on how you liked it.

Peanut Butter Squares

1/2 lb butter (melted)

2 1/8 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/4 cups peanut butter

Mix with a mixer until everything is mixed

Put in 9 x 13 pan and pat down  into pan.

Frost with chocolate frosting

To set and store refrigerate

Peanut-Butter-Squares

 

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Full Moon

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Was it a full moon this past weekend because there was definitely some interesting people at the estate sale I attended on Sunday.  I convinced my mom and sister to come with me and they did get a show!

First of all as I was checking out this man came up to ask about some of my purchases.  The woman checking me out had to say 3 times these items are already sold she is buying them right now.  I am not sure why that was so hard for him to understand.

Then we witnessed a lady getting kicked out of the sale.  After reviewing the timeline we think it was a scam so her daughter and her could take something. The mother was swearing at the workers and making a scene therefore she was kicked out, yelling the whole way.  They couldn’t find the daughter, we heard her leave more than 30 minutes later. Also yelling about how rude everyone was because her mom has cancer and they were kicking her out of the sale.  I think it was a scam because why would you not leave with your mother if she was kicked out of a sale?!

And on top of all this the people in line waiting to get in would barely move when we were trying to get stuff out to the car. I just wanted to say, “let’s think about this if you move that means you can get into the house sooner”.

But estate sales are still fun to go to and I got some awesome deals, so time to check out which ones are happening this weekend!

 

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