I don’t even like STAR WARS

“My friend saw Kylo take his shirt off in the shower. He said he has an 8 pack. He said he was shredded.”

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If you didn’t guess from my last blog post many a month ago, my Halloween costume this year was Rey from Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.

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My younger cousin was pulled to the dark side as Darth Vader.

(This Darth Vader has working lungs.)

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Matt went as Matt the Radar Technician.

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Matt was V POPULAR at the Chicago Athletic Association’s Halloween party. I was lowercase v popular.

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I forced our friends to stick to the Star Wars theme.

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We’re so cool.

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LOVE♥FANNY

PS- “I had a blast today. I really learned a lot. People are going to love the new me.”

PPS- I love Star Wars. Don’t visit my tumblr. How embarrassing…

Batgirl of Burnside

Six months out from Halloween and it’s that time of year again! When I am both excited for this year and reminiscent of the past year.

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Here are some collectors’-baseball-card-type photos of my costume last year, Batgirl of Burnside.

(Please ignore the wrinkles in my cape. It was folded and, as it is made of pleather/vinyl, can’t be ironed easily.)

I am on no level of making an entire a jacket but I am adept at hammering snaps, making capes (♥), and sewing unlined belt pouches🙂

The highlight of creating this costume was the Batgirl cowl. Most of my time was spent drafting a pattern onto a plaster cast of my head (thanks Matthew and Christian for plastering up my face and blowdrying me for hours! ♥), using almost an entire roll of painter’s tape and craft paper, and then GESSO and SANDING.

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SO MUCH GESSO AND SANDING!

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Here are a few BTS photos of the process, if you were interested. The cowl is made of Worbla with layers upon layers of gesso, and finally a coat of black acrylic paint.

As I said, I am very excited for this year’s costume! So where will the Force guide me? 

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LOVE♥FANNY

Fine Drinks, Fine People

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Miraculously, I have quite a few photos from our group gathering Thursday.

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We met for dinner and drinks at Bottlefork for Eve’s birthday. It’s a miracle because I had actually ordered a drink (fine, Eve and I shared), drank my drink, and then went on to sample everyone else’s drinks. Lots of drink for Fanny.

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Drinks consumed are as follows: Look Out Below; Smoke of the Day; Fine Feathers, Fine Birds; For the Allocation; Prescriptions Sazerac; and a surprise flaming Hot Cocoa Azteca for the birthday girl.

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We also ordered lots of food to share, with the “Bag” of Crisps + Egg and Creamed Kale being sleeper hits.

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Gilbert being Gilbert took some convincing to try the creamed kale (“It has BACON in it!”) and ordered a third burger for himself.

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I’m glad everyone was able to make it out (can you imagine the scheduling it takes for a group 7 people with varying levels of career and modes of transport?) and seemingly enjoyed themselves quite well!

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Happy birthday, Eve!

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May your future hold many more small (and safely contained) celebratory flames.

LOVE♥FANNY

Tea Time with the Ice Cream Club

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For a self-proclaimed Ice Cream Club, we sure don’t have a lot of ice cream. In fact, we have never had any ice cream. I think they call this irony.

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Instead we have a lot of tea. Bubble tea, Argo tea, Green tea, Jasmine tea from the cafe in Douglas Hall—a lot of tea.

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This particular tea session involved French pastries, scones, finger sandwiches and Benjamin tea.

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Afternoon tea means we get to sit in a little private room off to the side in Vanille Patisserie. There, our voices were free to escalate to obnoxious volumes as per usual. (Okay fine, maybe it was mostly my own voice. I get excited!)

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Sarah, Sandy, and I each chose a different tea from the selection of Benjamin Tea that Vanille serves.

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Sarah: Forest Berries, Sandy: Roasted Almond, me: Temple of Heaven.
(My memory on which teas were actually consumed may be a little fuzzy. These, however, were definitely considered.)

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I then employed Sarah to artfully pour honey into tea cups purely for photographic reasons, the tea was delicious on its own.

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The pastries were also delectable, as were the scone and petit croissant.

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That didn’t stop me from piling on the English Double Devon Cream that came in little ice-cream scoops! (Does that count as our ice cream consumption?!) Sarah and Sandy looked on in judgement.

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Of course, I didn’t finish any of my food and required the desserts to be packed away for later enjoyment.

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I hope that the next time the Ice Cream Club meets, we will finally get ice cream.

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LOVEFANNY

PS- The Salon (private tea room) is normally reserved for larger parties (4 or more) but our reservation was on a less busy day.

Adults Night Out at LPZ

Last Friday at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Adults Night Out, Matthew and I spent half an evening eating a salad and the other half trying to take pictures in the dark.

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Just kidding (but not really)! It was a fun night with only adults at the zoo.

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A lot of the animals were quite active and curious about why there were still so many people at the zoo this late.

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Can you spot the Macaque? (Japanese snow monkeys!)

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We were able to enjoy light snacking thanks to Clif bars and Skinny POP popcorn and Two Brothers beer sampling.

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After all the feeder toy and toss activities, we made our way over to the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel for a complimentary ride.The line wrapped all the way around!

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Thank you for a lovely evening, Lincoln Park Zoo!

LOVE♥FANNY

Graduation 2015 #FBF

In celebration of passing the first 6 months of my student loan grace-period (hah), I have decided to finally post the long-awaited photos from graduation day.

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Congratulations to everyone again! I hope the job hunt is going well!

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LOVE♥FANNY

Finally, a haircut.

If you didn’t know, I only ever get a haircut every 6 months. Partly because I’m lazy and partly because I don’t know where to go. I went to edit salon this time.

I like my hair about shoulder length, slightly longer in the front, and I always get it cut this way. But I have decided to be adventurous this time! LIGHTER :O

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After getting used to it, I realize how much I LOVE it!😀 Totally worth sitting in a chair for 6 hours.

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Thanks, Johnny (cut) and Allison (color)!

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Photos taken the day of; current hair: still stylin’~ 

Chicago 606

What an eventful weekend it was! I woke up at 7am! So much time to enjoy the lovely hot-in-the-sun-but-chilly-in-the-shade spring weather.

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After a lovely yoga session at Millennium Park followed by brunch, Matthew and I went to check out the opening of the new Bloomingdale Trail, aka the 606.

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The trail was previously an elevated railroad track and has been converted into a park.

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The sun was shining, the trail was bustling, and doggies were abundant.

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Next time, we’ll bring our own YogiBear!

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Hope you were able to enjoy the lovely weather as well :)

LOVE♥FANNY

Sunday Tea Time

Matthew and I have decided that we are fancy and will be having afternoon tea from time to time.

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This requires a later wake-up time than brunch and more tea drinking for Matthew (he doesn’t often drink tea).

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I had tea at the Allis in Soho House with Eve for her birthday in March. Because we fancy like that, haha.

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But I liked the egg salad sandwich so much that I wanted to come again for Matthew to try.

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The decor is very much to my liking as well. I have decided that black metal framed windows and egg salad sandwiches are for me.

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Matthew had the African Amber tea and I went with Jade Green tea.

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Afternoon Tea at the Allis includes wing-back chairs, herringbone hardwood floors, beautiful tea sets, egg salad (and other) finger sandwiches and fancy cakes & pastries. And clotted cream.

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Revised list: black frame windows, egg salad sandwiches and clotted cream.

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Hope your weekend was as fancy and delicious as ours was.

LOVEFANNY

Warby Parker

I’ve been needing new glasses since… forever. And since Warby Parker does the whole buy one, give one thing, why not now?

I chose 5 frames for their Home Try-On program:

ROWAN (in Whiskey Tortoise)

WILOUGHBY (in Tennessee Whiskey)

RIPLEY (in Whiskey Tortoise)

SIMS (in Violet Magnolia)

SEYMOUR (in Tennessee Whiskey)

What do you think?

To hipster or not to hipster, that is the question.

LOVE♥FANNY

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