May 31, 2012

Balayage Ombre Hair at Epoch Studio

Last Saturday I had an appointment at Epoch Studio for an Ombre highlight job on my hair. Let me preface this by saying I've never dyed my hair. EVER. I've been playing around with the idea of a hair change for some time now and after looking at some pictures of ladies with black hair and ombre highlights - I decided to take the plunge!! Okay, so now that I decided that I wanted to do to my hair...all I had to do was find a salon that would do a great job at it (no pressure right?) So how does someone find the best ombre in Chicago? Well...


OKAY so I entrusted my hair dying job to Google -- nothing new there! So I called Epoch to make an appointment for the following Saturday. I spoke to Beth and I explained what I wanted to do to my hair and how much I was freaked out about it. She totally understood and assured me that it would all be fine, and it was. My appointment was for 2pm and I met her at their loft studio salon. The salon, I learned, was just a small part of a four part company run by Ben Mahoney. They do all sorts of things from commercial video to photo.

photo c/o EpochChicago.com
Anyway, down to the hair. Beth was great, she used a hand painting highlighting technique call Balayage which didn't involved foil just some cotton to separate the highlighted sections. She used that technique to achieve a subtle highlighted look. It takes a lot of confidence to be able to hand paint sections of the hair -- you have to really know what you're doing, and Beth did. I explained to her I that I wanted my hair to look sun kissed and very natural. She knew exactly what to do.








(Sorry for the terrible pictures but my memory card from my camera broke and I'm waiting for a new one)

Well, I love it. Its so subtle and gives my hair the dimension I was want! It's the perfect summer hair style.

May 30, 2012

Instagram Wednesday

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1. Karyn and Niki in front of their booth at Randolph Street Market
2. Leilani and Me at Randolph Street Market (more on the market later)
3. Getting my hair done (post coming soon!)
4. Summer Carnival 
5. Leilani enjoying a treat after our double movie feature on Sunday (we saw The Hunger Games & The Avengers! Loved both!) 
6. Summer Sangria (White wine, pineapple juice, orange slices)
7. Ismail grilling our yummy food! 
8. Our feast
9. Leilani and me on my roof after the BBQ  
10. Coconut Water- Best hangover cure

I had a bit of a crazy weekend! I went to Randolph Street Market with Leilani on Saturday, then I got my hair done (!! excited to share!) thennn I took Ismail out for his birthday - we went bowling and to a carnival. On Sunday Leilani and I ran from the heat (97 degrees!) and went to see two movies, then did a bit of shopping. On Monday I had a bbq for Memorial Day which involved some last minute shopping, cleaning, and cooking! Phew. It was busy - but also so much fun. 

May 29, 2012

Summer Carnival



Outfit details:
Silk shirt: Marshall's
Cobalt blue pants: target
Coral Bubble Necklace: J Crew
Gold boating shoes: Ralph Lauren
Coral bag: Nordstrom - thrifted

This Saturday Ismail and I went to a small carnival close to our house. Like a child I'm always attracted to carnival lights, the food, and all the over priced games but this one was a little lack luster-- even for me.

Thankfully close by there was a bowling alley! Ismail has never bowled before so this was perfect! It was pretty fun teaching him how to hold the ball and how to roll it. He even managed to get a strike! I started out really well (8s and 9s!) but the second mid-game came I started getting gutters and Ismail and I ended up tying. How embarrassing! (I'm competitive- can you tell?!? )

Oh well. It was really fun! I matches my socks and bowling ball to my necklace! Yaayy :)

I'll post more about this fun filled weekend later :) hope everyone had a wonderful memorial day filled with grilling and good company!

May 25, 2012

Shop Update!







A few fun pieces form this week's shop update. I'm so lucky to have my sister and her friend, Elise, staying with me so they can model clothes! Don't they look just amazing? Check out the SHOP for details on these items.

May 24, 2012

Instagram Wednesday


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Well - It's late again! I did upload some images last night but I got distracted by my shop update. Whoops!

This week has been hectic (I think I say that every week!) but it's the truth. Between working, trying to enjoy this amazing weather, and getting the shop ready for all of our summer sales I'm going a little bit crazy --- but this is not a complaint - I LOVE being this busy! Now if only someone will clean my house for me...hrmm.
1. At the beach with Ismail
2. & 3. Leilani and I also went to the beach (twice in a weekend!)
4. Celebrating Emilia's birthday at Mary's Attic 
5. Monday polkadots 
6. Playdough cake with the boys
7. Lena in a 1950's children's coat. (he hates me now)
8. Kawtar found a way up to the roof of my apt building.
9. Daily Coffee from The Coffee Studio
10. Friday's make-up

May 22, 2012

Antique Taco



Leilani and co-owner Ashley Ortiz (left)




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With Antique Taco - it's all in the details.


Last Friday I went to Antique Taco for a second time but this time accompanied by Leilani (I went with Jasmine for their grand opening Wednesday) Antique Taco twice in a week is anything but boring with so many food selections and creative combinations I could eat here every day and not get tired of it! The first time around I ordered the fish tacos which are fried in a tempura batter with smoked cabbage and Sriracha tartar sauce - beyond delicious. Fish tacos are a new thing to me, since fish is not quite my forte but there's something about these tacos that just do it for me! The second time around I had the chicken tacos which come with cucumber and jalapeno pickle, honey yogurt, and onion. The seasoning on the chicken reminds me a bit of middle eastern food which is a perfect match with the honey yogurt and crunch of cucumber.

Jasmine and I had the Rosemary’s Margarita which is made with tequila, fresh lime and orange juice (I watched them squeeze it!) and rosemary simple syrup. It was a dangerous combination!  You couldn't taste the tequila in it! This time around I went a safer route and had the Agua Fresca which was made with pureed cucumber, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It tasted like a watermelon and lemonade puree - it was really refreshing! We also had chips and guacamole, chili cheese curds, cilantro and mint chocolate chip ice cream, a Mexican poptart, and Leilani tried the horchata milkshake and none of it disappointed! The mint ice cream was rich and fresh, the chili cheese curds were warm and comforting (perfect for any winter night!), and the poptart had a surprise chocolate lava middle that complimented the vanilla ice cream perfectly! Yumm yumm! So many delicious treats.

The atmosphere of a restaurant is as important to me to the enjoyment of my meal as much as the food - and Antique Taco did not fall short. With the it's rustic look, well curated antiques, hand stamped tags and fresh flowers it was relaxed and gave you the feeling of home. (I was personally eyeing those stacked Coca-cola crates for my home.) The bright windows that line the north and east side flood the restaurant with light. With friendly owners, staff, and delicious food, this is the perfect place to spend summer afternoons with friends. (Best times to avoid a crowd is 4-6pm)