impromptu visits

a few weeks ago my older sister, hjd, told me she had to go to indy for business. i thought to myself "self you should just rent a car and go to indy and see her" but then i realized it'd be way easier for her to get on amtrak and come see me...so just that she did! $30 ticket and four days later and there she was! 

we put together a pretty jam packed weekend. lunch at a delicious little french bistro near my office (with my co-worker, anna, aka scoots) a little shopping for her while i finished out my day and thai for dinner. that was just friday!
saturday we woke up and went to the gym. i made hjd do a bootcamp workout with me. she could tell you that she was so sore from this workout that she could hardly walk for three days. you're welcome :) after bootcamp we got dressed, had a nice lunch at the gage, and went to the art institute. woah holy crowds batman. i know it was free february and everything but woah. just woah. we literally spent about 14 minutes in the galleries. she saw her monets and i saw my favorite o'keefe...

after that we did a little shopping in the art institute shop in the modern wing. i got the world's coolest highlighter and we both got fuzzy pencils. yes you will find us in the kid's section. that's why it's fun to spend time with my sister-we get to be kids again sans any judgement!

we made our way down the nichols bridgeway

i do love this city


from there we hit up the ice skating in millennium park. um, let me tell you that ice skating is not as easy as a grown up as it is as a child. we waited in line for 45 minutes and stayed on the ice (including the zamboni) for less than an hour...still a good time was had by all.

we rounded out our day with tapas at cafe iberico. i gotta say this was not my favorite part of the weekend. but it was fun and tasty and the future mister came along so that is always a good time. sadly the next morning hjd had to depart. but not all was lost, she returned two weeks later with my mother! a girl could get used to this!



must have

there are a few things that almost every girl loves. i have found during my engagement that the things i love are becoming very important to our wedding day. those things being:
beautiful paper
wait. that's the entire wedding, right? i suppose. but in exchange for better accessories i got a simpler dress. and to make those gorgeous flowers a reality i have been slaving away for hello darling for over a year now. but everything wonderful is worth the wait and worth the work.

that being said, there is one thing i really really really really really really really want. and at first it was just an internet-fueled pipe dream. what is it that i really really want? the christian louboutin glitter pump. 

hello lover. ok i know. those are so tall! i figured they'd be a no go no matter how often i wear a tall heel. well yesterday evening before meeting up for dinner with my fiance i made it over to nordstrom with my mom and one of my maids of honor to try these gorgeous pieces of heaven on and i have to report that they are soo incredibly comfortable. i was sold then and there.

now how to get them...because i can't imagine anything else under my beautiful white dress than these sparklers!!