Chicago

Chicago

A couple weekends ago we visited Chicago for my birthday. I’ve only visited Chicago once before (aside from passing through the airport), and remembered enjoying it aside from the fact we visited on SPRING BREAK, which is really still Winter for Chicago. We didn’t do a whole lot of research for this trip, which is unusual for both of us, and so the bulk of our first day there was walking around aimlessly. That weekend I didn’t want to research every little thing we did before going; especially food. The restaurants we picked were not picked out for their excellent Yelp reviews. It was interesting going into a restaurant and not knowing what to expect or what the food might look like. One interesting meal we had was in the back of a jewelry store. It was a very small, very out of place, Mediterranean restaurant that was pretty good. The other restaurants we visited were pretty meh but that’s OK. We did randomly stumble upon Shake Shack! We had already eaten lunch an hour or so ahead of that so we got dessert; Cory got a peanut butter shake and I got the Shack Attack. It was just OK. […]

Sephora Haul : Beauty Tools + etc

Disclaimer: I want to first start out by saying that this post isn’t me being braggadocios about what I bought at Sephora. I love watching Sephora hauls on Youtube to see what others like, and wanted to do one of my own sans video. This isn’t an example of what a “normal haul” for me looks like; I saved up quite a few Sephora giftcards (**see how in the last paragraph**) and used birthday money to purchase these things. First in this haul are items I’m almost out of and in need of replacing. This Smashbox primer is an old favorite, and the very first one I bought when I started getting into makeup. The last foundation I used didn’t seem to mesh well with this Smashbox primer, and so I took a little break from it. I’m currently using a foundation that seems to do well with this primer. I am almost out of my NARS concealer so I thought now would be a good time to replace that as well. I don’t think it’s my holy grail concealer, I have yet to find that one, but this one is less tacky than other concealers I’ve tried. I also […]

Memories in 8-megapixels

Sometimes I like to open up iPhoto (or as Apple calls it now Photos) and wander back through my past. This isn’t because I’m longing for anything in particular from my past, simply wanting to take a trip down memory lane or see when an event happened, and then I end up going down a rabbit hole. My interest in digital photography started sometime during my junior or senior year of high school. I was starting to pick up a couple of small web design jobs thanks to a very influential computer teacher I had who always pushed me even when I didn’t want to be pushed. I remember one day, I took our school’s digital camera out with me to take some photos for a client and I knew I wanted one of my own eventually. This was back in 2001 or 2002 so this fancy Sony digital camera used floppy discs as storage. Can you imagine?! I’ve had a couple of small cameras since high school and in 2007 I purchased my first DSLR camera: a Canon Rebel XT. I played with it a little after I got it but I found myself frustrated by how many features […]