Stopping to Smell the Coffee Beans


Sunday, February 13, 2011

SUNday Love.

Oh M Gee. What a fabulous weekend. I got to dance the night away on Friday, spend time with my girlfriends on Saturday and watched the snow melt today, as it got to 50 degrees!

Oh, and, I'm going to ISRAEL!!! I can't believe it, I just can't! <3

God, you are amazing.
Thank you for giving me a heart that forgives freely and loves wholly. This Valentine's day all my heart wants to do is love harder & stronger than ever before.



Dear future husband, I know your out there & you're looking for me... i'm looking for you too..

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Half Baked: The True Story.

I love baking.

In fact, I always have which is funny because I hate precision and math. If you've ever baked you know just how important both of those elements are. If I'm ever upset, stressed, lonely or any other not-so-great-feeling I can find instant happiness in the kitchen.

Even as a kid my mom said she knew when I needed to talk if I was a.) blasting Nirvana in my room or b.) blasting Nirvana in my disc man while whisking cake batter. I'm lucky to know I have that safe place for myself, although I do wish my safe place didn't consist of so many carbs. But, really, whose counting anyway? Not me!

I'm getting so excited for my big girl & oh-so-serious Pastry course I am taking! I've been practicing at home making cupcakes, cakes and scones for my lucky ones. Holy calories Batman! These photos from Cupcake Bakeshop have my heart rate pulsing! I can't wait to take a photo class soon after so I can take photos like these babies.

So tonight, I'm baking red velvet cupcakes for my Valentine's & listening to silly love songs {no Nirvana tonight}. I look so serious with the tongs I'm using them for homemade fondant..{ it's not easy folks, not easy at all!} I'm excited to eat the extras tonight!


Ps.. I'm picking a winner for my GIVEAWAY on Friday! Win win!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Giveaway: Over Flowing with Love Shirt

I'm so excited to share this fun giveaway today from Chicago blogger, lover and designer Hannah Tung! She is the founder of Etta Grace on Etsy and runs this adorable blog that spotlights upcycled wonderfulness and her life's journeys with her adorable hubs. I heart them.

Hannah was inspired by all things "Anthropolige" but too broke to buy anything {join the club, gurrrl} so instead she makes it! Today, she's giving away her lovable Valentine's day inspired Heart shirt.

If you'd like to win this Valentine's shirt comment below and on Mugshot Monday!
Twitter RT's get extra credit!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh, I had a birthday!

I had a birthday last week!

Chef Art Smith (Table 52) is my Twitter homeboy so I celebrated at Table 52 on my exact day. However, I also dined at Sepia and got diggity down at Big Star with my friends!

Yep, spoiled :)

Mugshot Snowday: Thundersnow

tunes: apocalypse please by muse

Ahh!! Chicago just had the most righteous snow storm ever! There was hail, high winds, THUNDER & LIGHTNING and we all woke up to a winter wonderland (16 inchs of snow!!). Somehow my street was lucky enough to get plowed but there are people literally snowed into their apartments. Everything is closed too: offices, malls, stores, etc. I hope everyone stocked up on life's necessitates like wine, Mac & Cheese and Fruity Pebbles.

I took a short walk and saw cars stuck in the middle of the street, roads with zero foot and car tracks on them and lots of people walking their dogs, which was adorable.

It's still snowing so hard that I had to wear sunglasses to even see straight -- I'm sure I look like a complete idiot. I'd wear ski goggles if I had some!

What's scary is that there are over 30,000 people without power right now. Luckily, hotels have offered their rooms to these people and hopefully nice friends have too! I've never been so thankful for my tiny, little studio apartment. She kept me warm and cozy all night.

Have a wonderful Mugshot Snowday!

ps. isn't the brass knuckle mug bad ass? I got it for my bday!!! Thanks Joe! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dear Coffee, I want you.

Someone sweet sent this to me yesterday and it is one of the cutest notes ever. It definitely made the end of my day super smiley.

I mean really... how can someone not love coffee and what it does for your soul?
My original love letter to coffee pretty much explains how coffee is more than a drink to wake me up, It's a bonafide crush.

{i love this one: good enough to have everyday. Awe.}

Do you have a crush on anything? Be it your favorite lipstick, duvet, arm chair? I love men, don't get me wrong, however having innocent crushes on things that make me happy, makes me happy.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Seasonal Depression Prevention: Cupcakes!

Can't afford a therapist? I've got you. In fact, I think I found the ultimate Season Depression Prevention: Vegan Lemon Cupcakes recipe from Bake & Destroy. I added fresh raspberries and lemon zest on top of mine. They are so easy to make and they kinda sorta make me feel like it's summer. {that's saying a lot considering how freakin' cold it is here in Chicago.} So fresh and nom!

Oh, they are completely guilt free, too!

So, feelin' blue and under inspired? Bake it off sister!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some "Lisa" Time: Coffee for one.

Hi lovely readers,
thank you for following Mugshot-Monday while I took my 3-month Spork Project hiatus.

With that, it's with a heavy heart that I let you know that Nick and I decided to no longer pursue our relationship. Thus, my reason to not continue the blog until both he and I had time to heal.

At first I was too emotional to think about blogging but then I became embarrassed that I paraded around my relationship to you all -a relationship that didn't work out in the end.

The past 3 years were fantastical and I couldn't have asked for a better partner in crime but sometimes romantic love sadly expires. It's hard but if you can find the lessons in it you can survive. Trust me.

I hope you can all remember it for what it was and move on with me.

I can't thank you all enough for following my long distance journey for OVER A YEAR! It felt so great to connect, share, love and learn with you guys.
thank you!

So I now invite you to join my journey... I'll be coffee drankin', interviewing lots of amazing people, girl time, my spiritual journeys, dating {when i'm ready to} and much more.

So, lets brush the dust off my knees and get to know each other again, shall we?
You all inspire me.

with style,


Nick, I'm beyond proud of us. Always.

"Be brave enough to let go of the good things that are holding you back from the best things"

Friday, January 14, 2011

She's Got a Hankering: Laura Lombardi

Forget diamonds, gold-dipped crystals are a girl's best friend.

One of my best friends has a big birthday coming up, so when I asked her what she wanted she said "something local, inexpensive & badass." Done & Done. I instantly thought of my favorite Chicago designer Laura Lombardi, whom I met over the summer through my friend Shannon.

Long drop chains, brass charms and spiked multi layered bracelets is just a taste of Laura's unique and organic style. Each piece made by hand by Laura, is a statement and conversation piece. I have a total girl crush on Laura: she's creative, entrepreneurial, looks real good and has bad ass hair. I would post what I purchased my girlfriend but her birthday is next weekend and I'm going to at least tell myself she reads this. Ha.

Grab it: Eskell 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave 773-486-0830
online boutique

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Color Purple

I think I have a new obsession: Purple. I've never liked it before. In fact, I wouldn't even give purple a chance until recently when I had my change of heart.

"Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic." Colorpro.

Creativity, wisdom, mystery and magic? I'll take it! What colors are you drawn to this year?

Monday, January 10, 2011

The beauty of The color Pink: Berry Yummy Day

Aren't these raspberries beautiful?

They tasted pretty darn good too.

Coffee: Backcountry {first time I tried, pretty darn good!}
tunes: iamamiwhoami "untitled"

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feelin' Groovy with The Black Keys

I was invited to see The Black Keys at the Aragon Ballroom on New Year's DAY with some fabulous new friends. I got to whip my hair back and forth, drink lots of cheap beer and dance, dance, dance. What a perfect way to start 2011.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Citrusy Love: We are Solemates

tunes: The xx shelter
dish: orange jell-o, Whip Cream. (none of that sugar free business)

Lemon skirt, grapfruit sued sandals and orange jello. I didn't really do it on purpose until I was eating my jello (w extra whipping cream) when I realize how delicious my whole ensemble was! Anyone else find the 2nd to last picture romantic? I think my shoes & jello fell in love that day.

Do you text message your friends/lovers for their fashion opinions too?