Are the trees near where you live bare yet? are the fallen leaves forming a carpet on the sidewalk ?
Here in Chicago quite a few of the trees in the city are still in bloom, this may have something to do with the unseasonably warm autumn we have been having. Don’t get me wrong I like that the summer weather has decided to stick around. Winter can stay away as long as it wants, however something about November days being 70 degrees is not right. I will admit that right now I would not mind being cozy in some cashmere, pulling on some boots and tying a bright scarf around my neck. When I tell folks this the response is the same “don’t worry, this is Chicago, the cold is coming, it’s coming”
The dictionary defines Autumn as “the time of year between summer and winter, during which the weather becomes cooler and plants become dormant” – whether you want to call the season Autumn or Fall the point is, it is here and it is beautiful. The warm midday weather is bookended with brisk mornings and evenings. The leaves are different shades of greens, yellows, oranges and reds. Trees look as though they have caught fire with their brilliant color. Unfortunately, this glorious spectacle is so short lived, in a matter of weeks the leaves would have fallen to the ground waiting for us to crunch them under foot. Therefore, before the long winter descends upon us lets walk in our parks, sit in our gardens, stroll along tree lined streets and take day trips to the countryside to enjoy this colorful show that mother nature gifts us.
A Farmers market called Green City Market opens every Wednesday and Saturday morning near where I live in Lincoln Park.The market is seasonal opening from early May to late October every year. There are numerous vegetable stalls, food stalls and plenty of prepared foods like pizza’s, crepes and sandwiches. All this makes the market a treat to visit. I will admit that despite this wonderful markets proximity I tend not to be a frequent visitor mainly because I find everything the market sells in the grocery store often at cheaper prices. Also the added hassle of trying to find parking in a difficult area means my visits during the 6 months the market is open are intermittent.
Out of all the social media platforms, my favorite and the one I use the most is Instagram. I love this app – it is such an easy way to get a glimpse into other people’s lives. I am a relatively new user, I joined December 2014. The accounts I follow all have great photography, great story lines, and content that I am interested in. I have found that over the last couple of months I have become a faithful follower of a handful of women whom I will call my Instagram ladies. Every morning when I am having coffee I check in to Instagram to see what photos these ladies have posted. Each has a different style, however there are certain similarities; all except one are professional photographers and all are great visual storytellers. They allow me to escape into another world, inspire me and ultimately teach me something new.
Read below and check out my Instagram ladies.
Have you ever wanted to own a country house in rural France and spend your days cooking and eating amazing food? Then check out www.mimithorisson.com. Mimi Thorisson is one of the most famous bloggers in the world – she is not a photographer but her husband Oddur Thorisson is and in my view one of the best food photographers I have ever seen. Mimi lives in the Medoc region of France and her free flowing writing style about everyday ventures like taking walks in the woods, shopping at local markets and constant cooking and eating of delicious food all documented in stunningly vivid photos pulls you into her country life.
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In the residential western suburb of downtown Chicago is the neighborhood of Oak Park, which is home to the house and studio of one of America’s greatest Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. I took a walking tour of the house recently, and my first impression on seeing the outside of the house is that it looked like any other suburban house.
It is easy to forget that the house was built in 1889 and that the design was revolutionary for it’s time. Frank LLoyd Wright’s ideas are so embedded in architecture that the open, light filled floor plans that are prevalent in almost all home designs today were new during the late 19th century – up until then, the Victorian style of individual box rooms were how most homes were designed and built.
A spring ritual I have every year is to dedicate a whole day to tidy and declutter my house. After a long winter I feel compelled to go through this process of shedding, so that I can wake up from winter and come out of hibernation. I think decluttering has never been easier. The internet has drastically reduced the need for paper as everything is written and stored on-line. The trash bags of belongings we want to donate, we no longer have to drive to unknown parts of town to drop off at charity depots. Practically every parking lot and strip mall has drop off bins for recycling.
We live in the pinterest era. The pictures on this social media phenomenon can make anything have a moment. Last week pinterest sent me an email containing one gorgeous picture after another of succulent plants. I was hooked, I needed to find out what these beautiful flowers were all about, so I investigated.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales and March 1st is St. Davids Day. In my previous post I had admitted that in 18 years of living in the U.S I had not once thought about the celebration of Pancake Day. The same cannot be said for St. Davids day. Every year in the final days of February I remember that March 1st is St. David Day. The thought lasts for a couple of seconds and then is quickly forgotten. This year, however I decided in some small way I will recognize this important day in the Welsh calendar.
I recently hosted a dinner party for which I took care of the flower arrangements. I chose the above bouquet. I had seen this arrangement displayed in a chocolate shop. The florist, Cattails in Wicker Park, Chicago created the arrangement.
I feel this bouquet is so indicative of the present season, winter. I don’t know if we are in the middle of winter or in the tail end of winter. What I do know is that spring is nowhere in sight. I see the monochromatic theme of dark reds, magenta and cerise pink reflecting the lack of light, the early sunsets resulting in a pitch black sky by early evening. The reddish color scheme also reminds me of heat and how in this season we gravitate towards anything that makes us feel a couple of degrees warmer.