My Wish For You…

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A lot has been going on lately including a bout with food poisoning earlier this week. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far. My only wish is that if you feel unfulfilled, you will make a better effort in creating the life you wish to live in the New Year. This life of ours is way too short to be unhappy. Before we know it, we will be old and wrinkly. We don’t want to look back with regret….regretting that we never tried. Tried what? Well…only you know that. Let’s simply make better efforts to live more fruitful lives. What that entails and how you carve that out is solely up to you.

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Thank you for sticking around and reading this blog, even though I have been inconsistent lately. I do plan to try harder to carve out more time to get back to what I love: sharing beautiful interiors and creating inspirations. You might have noticed a lot more home life showcased here and I do want to continue more of that next year. With that said, thank you for the support and have a wonderful safe New Year.


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My Review of Hotel Monaco in Chicago

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For my birthday 3 weeks ago, we stayed overnight at Hotel Monaco in Chicago which is a Kimpton boutique Hotel along the river downtown. I never stayed anywhere where every single person we came in contact with were super friendly. From valet to front desk, to the men pouring the complimentary wine during wine hour, the room service and luggage bellmen…everyone seemed genuinely friendly and happy to assist.
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We stayed in this room and it was worth the extra few bucks to ensure our view was that of the Chicago River. We were on the 14th floor. As a welcome, there was a platter with fruit and cheese and a card. I felt special!

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This was the view from the window seat. Some deets on the hotel, there is Wifi in all 192 guestrooms which is complimentary for Kimpton loyalty members. You can sign up for free and you will also get a $10 bar voucher. There was a small hiccup as I thought I could use it when we dined at the lobby’s restaurant but was told to give it to the front desk person at check out. When I done that, they explained it was actually for the mini bar in the room. We didn’t use that so hopefully I can still use the card at my next Kimpton Hotel stay.

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They had two animal print robes for your comfort. The beds and pillows were cozy and the window seats were as well. I could have stayed in and stared for hours but it IS Chicago and you don’t go there to stay in a room…

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The lobby elevators!
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Because you have to take a picture when mirrors have good lighting….

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My view during wine hour…
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Above the fireplace…
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After our boat ride we came back to the lobby to snap more pictures when it cleared out because during wine hour, almost every seat was taken…
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Above is my captures of the room and hotel. Below are professional shots found online of the hotel. It truly did look exactly like what was advertised…
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The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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Summer Weekend Recap No.7

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Last weekend was fun but let’s start with Thursday. I had a half day and scooped up my younger cousins. We went to the Milwaukee Public Market and I bought a lobster roll. *MOUTH WATERS* The yelp reviews for St. Paul Fish Company are correct. It is so delicious and the toasted buttered bread……omg. It comes with fries and coleslaw. I make better slaw though but it was very filling.

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Since I didn’t get pics of the place here are a few from others.
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Then we cruised Lake Drive and headed to the river/lake area by the lighthouse to eat, walk and watch boats. It was in the upper 80’s and super breezy.

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I continued the calorie filled day and tried the oreo frappe. Also delicious…

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Friday I have no pics but went to a bar for drinks with cousins. Saturday I had a seafood lunch with my mom at Twisted Fisherman which is near the casino and along the canal. That was fun to watch the party boat cruises load people up and watch folks struggle to dock their boats….

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After that we did a little shopping…

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Sunday I went with cousins to what was SUPPOSE to be a jazz festival. With only 3 food vendors and not many people, it was more like come-listen-to-jazz-on-a-stage-while-at-the-lake thing. I was disappointed. They didn’t promote well at all and everyone charged $4 for water on a hot 91 degree day. Ridiculous. The music was fine but it would have been better if they had a bunch of food trucks so it could be a foodie/jazz thing. It was free so I can’t complain too much.

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Then I headed home before the storm which was pretty nice that evening. You know I love me some thunderstorms.


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Summer Weekend Recap No.5

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I don’t have many images again so since I didn’t do an inspiration post yesterday, I will fill this one with quotes. Friday I went to the lake to see fireworks for Festa Italiana and watched all of the party boats and speed boats cruise back down the river. It was so warm that night. I live for nights in the 80s…

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Saturday I got my hair done, bought gourmet popcorn from Goody Gourmets and an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts before heading to meet my brother, niece and sister in law. From there we drove to Illinois to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall. It stormed like crazy while there. We ate at the Rainforest cafe…

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I bought these 2 weeks ago but just now posting pics of my little cacti. I hope I keep it alive. I bought it from Home Depot…

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Hope your weekend was funfilled and you’re having a good start to the week. I know some of you may noticed sparse postings. I want to assure you I have no intention on dropping this blog. I just have to get back in a routine where the post I publish are earlier instead of noon and more frequent. I try to not post fillers for the sake of having something so I hope you all understand. Thanks for reading and for the continued support. Also, check out one of my real life friend’s blog She’s Out and About which details her adventures in New York.


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Summer Weekend Recap No. 3 & 4

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Happy Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend. I didn’t recap last week because I really didn’t have good pics of anything but if you follow me on instagram you may have saw the fireworks video I posted. Other than that July 4th weekend also consisted of grilling out, fireworks twice, going to the lake and an outlet mall. For this weekend, I simply chilled and had cocktails with my cousins on their porch Friday evening. Saturday after errands, I went with a friend to brunch back at Cafe Benelux. Man….my chicken and waffles with the carmelized apples was A plus. So delicious.
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After that we went to this pizzeria spot on the river and sat on their deck and watched boats and had drinks. Nothing better than drinking on a hot Saturday afternoon.
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I also helped my friend with opinions while shopping at some stores after this because he makes too much money to have an apartment styled like a college dorm…

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Milwaukee finally has a West Elm. I need to hit them up soon…

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Later that evening I took my little cousins to the lake to watch an outdoor movie. I admit, I people watched more than anything because there was a festival going on but it was fun for a while….
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Sunday was a funday and I went with my cousin’s to Bastille Days, French and Parisian street festival that is free and has bands, performers,card readers, henna tattoo artists, food and accessory vendors. I go every year so that was fun. I had a tito’s strawberry lemonade while there. Afterward I went back to their house for more drinks and we all just talked for hours. I got home rather late and it was so warm out. The early wee hours had a ton of lightning and thunderstorms which made my day! I live for thunderstorms. Overall another good weekend. We almost knocked down one of my summer bucket list items to take a boat ride but maybe another time.

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What fun things have you done so far this month?


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Weekend Summer Recap No.2

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I wasn’t able to post yesterday because I had a very eventful day and night. It all started with me taking my god-daughter and teenaged cousin to Milwaukee’s botanical gardens, the lake (Lake Michigan) & the riverwalk downtown to eat at Rock Botttom…

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Here are some pics of the Riverwalk. I wish our river was more like Chicago’s and green. Hate this murky brown color..

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While dining out on the patio, we watched the boats go by. It was hot outside…

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There are some sculptures along the riverwalk too….

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Later that night I had drinks with a friend at the The Iron Horse Hotel. I have to blog about this place’s interior and patio soon.

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Since it was nice out, we even hit up another spot for rooftop drinks at Cafe Benelux. People rave about their brunches so that’s definitely on my to do list…

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The domes are 3 egg shaped buildings filled with flowers…

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This was my favorite picture…

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My summer bucket list…

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It’s summer and in order to live it up I created a bucket list. Not one solely of options I want but things I really think I can actually commit to doing. I would love to do something really fun each day but that may be a bit unrealistic. However here are my summer fun day lists that I want to accomplish. In no particular order.

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-take the girls (niece/cousins) swimming at my condo’s community pool and have cute colorful floaties.

-chill at Bradford beach here in Milwaukee and order from beach bar

-get ice cream from Bradford beach

-walk several oak leaf trails

-go hiking once

-skydive

-go to Racine’s beachfront

-make pizzas from scratch with girls

-make rootbeer floats and burgers for dinner and play cards or board games…

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-fly somewhere (usually I have trips booked by now)

-have a few lobster rolls from various restaurants

-get all of the small DIY projects I already have written down completed before the summer is out

-sooth my feet by getting a reflexology massage and professional pedicure at the same time

-power walk the entire lake drive early one morning (double wammy if I see the sunrise while walking the entire lake drive)

-take Mariah (god-daughter/cousin) to see a couple kids movies

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-I can check this off but I want to see another sunset like this one I captured from the day before…

-I wrote down all of the parks that are having free outdoor movie nights so I can take my niece/little cousins and plan to do that at least 3 times this summer.

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 -make homemade popsicles

-dine al fresco at least once every other week. That may not always work but even if it’s just an ice cream/burger joint, I want to really enjoy some meals outdoors…

-wine and paint (done this last year…so fun)

I know I will continue to add to this but these are some. What are some of yours?

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Summer Weekend No.1

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I hate when wordpress messes up and deletes my post when I’m uploading. That’s basically what happened. Anyway the summer is flying by and it just got started so I want to ensure I commit to a summer bucket list and enjoy the days. I’m not retyping everything from the original post but this weekend was a ball of fun and I plan to recap wknds or weeks until the end of summer.
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Friday I went to the Lakefront festival of art with my cousin and had fun wine & vodka tasting.
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Sunday I went with my brother, niece, sister-in-law & mom to Greek Fest. Milwaukee had great weather this weekend and the lake was poppin Sunday evening because it was in the 80s and sunny. Just swarms of people and barely any available parking spots.
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Talked my sister into getting on this with me lol…
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I also am near the end of the house project design I’ve worked on since January. Here are also some snippets of the spongebob/ nautical themed room I’m doing.
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Hope your weekend was a good one.


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