Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need...In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-10

Monday, December 21, 2009

Chicagoie Missyoumas

Just watched Skoty and Christi's goodbye Chicago video. It made me sad and happy all at once. Chicago is beautiful. So are you guys. You Waldrons will be missed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chicago

I recently decided to love where I am now. If you know me, you know that I absolutely adore NY but really, I feel like it's not cool to not love what's in front of you, especially if it's as great as the Windy City (even if the wind is terrible sometimes). Nothing is more unattractive than discontentment and nothing is more attractive than extreme contentment. So I choose to be extremely attractive and love Chicago for all that it is, has been and will be. I will always love and speak well of NY, but Chicago has definitely found a place in my heart. Gorgeous architecture, streets that are so fresh and so clean clean, delicious food joints, sports teams that break our hearts again and again... Also love Chicagoans. The vibe of the people here is very comfortable...we are a people very much at home.

Recently, the Big Apple's NYTimes highlighted one aspect of our awesomeness. Second City was honored for 50 years of greatness in comedy. Read the article complete with an interactive time line and old school pics of Tina Fey, this is a nice commemorative piece. Three cheers for my hometown!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Salt Memories

"Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by. However, what I sought for was the way in which I could touch a precious moment in my memories, which cannot be attained through pictures or writings."
Motoi Yamamoto, Salt Sculpter, Hi-Fructose Magazine


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Un tour de Manège

Thanks to MC. Shorts like these are treasures (to quote myself).

Un tour de Manège from Les Manèges on Vimeo.

Jersey Lomellina

There is a snow storm raging outside and here I am looking at swim wear on J.Crew's site. I can't wait for summer. Love these wonderfully ruffled and ruched bathing suit tops in these yummy colors.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cusp 2009 Video

Sweet new video up on the site now. Check it out here.

RISD Yearbook 2009

By Jon Arena. Everything about this is sweet: the concept (Apollo & Diana), the metallic palette, the fact that there's 2 books instead of 1, and the gorgeous photography. Read more about the book here. It will also be featured in HOW magazine's International Design Awards issue in April 2010. Congrats and awesome job, Jon!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Cool pop up book. I love the cards at the end. This music is very annoying though. Thanks to Skoty, the baby daddy.

Jean Shorts

Kind of love this look these J.Crew chicks are rocking. First saw it on my sister on our recent trip to NYC though.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hermès × Tokujin Yoshioka

From my friend's FB post. A sweet, playful window display.

Obama-rama Glamour-ama

Check out the First Lady & Mr. President at the Kennedy Center Honors. Lookin' good! From the NYTimes.

Photo Courtesy of Martin H. Simon

Whipped Rings!

Freakin' awesomeness! Saw this on Core77's gift guide. You can purchase the rings from Up To You Toronto for $25 CAD.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Books

Thanks to Joan. Kind of love the narrator's voice and deep shadows, all making for a creepy (in a good way) story.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giving as a gift

It's the most wonderful time of year again. Most of us stop in a store and drop some cash. For the craftier ones, we are cutting, pasting, knitting, and bedazzling. We do our best to give something from the heart or at least something the other person will like... or just something. What about instead of giving something, we give as a gift? Read on to see what I mean!

Crossing Borders (as blogged about previously here and here) is a non-profit that seeks to restore the lives of North Korean refugees in Northeast China. This year they have an online gift shop where you can donate on your behalf or in someone's name to help restore a refugee. Donation selections range from a puzzle set to supporting the education of an orphan for a year. This is not unlike World Vision's online gift shop where you can donate anything from a goat to a soccer ball to a family in need.

Another group we forget about oftentimes are those incarcerated and unable to be with their families. For roughly $35, Angel Tree can send a child of one of the incarcerated a Christmas gift with a note from the parent.

For you Chicagoans who want to help out in your own backyard, check out Firebelly Foundation's Reason to Give where you can donate a gift card for a family in Humboldt Park. Evan's Life Foundation reaches out to children at risk. You can donate to Evan's Life or show up at our annual Gift Wrapping Party tomorrow with a present for a child of any age. All gifts (and it amounts to over 1,000) get distributed to Chicago area children.

As you can see there is no shortage of options for this season and year round. Of course, not everyone has money to expend so there are things like giving of your time and talent to those around you.

I feel like I should end with something along the lines of, "so help your fellow man and give!" But that is really cheesy and kind of not the point of this post. So I will leave with, give as the spirit moves you to give. And give because you have been given much!

Cupcakes

Found Pink Penguin Cakes' gorgeous and drool-worthy images via Tastespotting.

Red Velvet

Victoria

One of my friends' links off to the side there has been newly updated! Check out Victoria Pater's sweet new website/blog.