A Few of My Favorites - 09.12.14

091214 1. Cat naps: I say this with a cautious conscience. I love naps because even at the at of 27, I get tired after a long day at work. Sometimes I can lay down for 15-20 minutes and wake up feeling fresh and revitalized. Other times, like yesterday, I lay down and don't wake up for three hours.

2. Blame by Clavin Harris: This song came out recently and it has been on repeat constantly. John Newman is a new artist out of the UK who has a huge future ahead of him. Calvin Harris, well, can do very little wrong. He is one of my go-to artists when I want to get pumped up, working out at the gym, or am getting ready to go out with friends.

3. Space Jam: Is there any other movie from 1996 that tops Space Jam? No. In fact, I would argue that this is clearly a classic from the 1990s. Space Jam = my childhood. I grew up in Chicago. I was obsessed with anything Michael Jordan.

4. Lumosity: I feel like a major nerd including this one this week's list of favorites. For the most part, I don't have too many games on my iPhones. I tend to stick to a select few: Bejeweled, Heads Up and Tiny Wings. Until recently. A friend at work plays mind games on Lumosity during her lunch hour constantly at work. I've gotten hooked. It can't be a bad thing - I'm working out my brain!

5. SoundCloud: My friend Michelle got me hooked on SoundCloud with her mix that she constantly updates. For real - morning, lunch and afternoon! I am listening to this mix all the time - in the car, at work, at the gym. So much good music, so little time.

A Few of My Favorites - 08.22.14

082214 1. One Minute More: The group Capital Cities is known for their breakout hit Safe and Sound. While it's a great song, and easily get caught in my head, it is not my favorite track off their album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. It's a great midtempo song - perfect for my morning commutes on I-94/294.

2. Water: I say this is one of my favorites knowing very well that I need to drink more of it. Pop, coffee, milk, juice - we are surrounded by endless amounts of beverage options, but at the end of the day, there is nothing more thirst quenching than an iced cold cup of water.

3. Frank Lloyd Wright: My best friend gave me this replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Heurtley Skylight. I've loved Wright's designs since I was a child and for a while thought that I wanted to become an architect. While clearly I did not go into architecture, I still love his distinctive style and design.

4. Mrs. Doubtfire: Like much of the world I was shocked and saddened by the recent passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams. I grew up on his movies from Hook, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Aladdin and Patch Adams. But perhaps one of my greatest childhood memories is watching Mrs. Doubtfire.

5. Casio watch: I bought this watch for $25 when I lived in New York City and wear it at least 2/3 of every week. It's clean, sleek and an awesome throw back. I've had many people tell me that their father's owned the watch back in the 70s and 80s.

A Few of My Favorites...Fall 2012

Well, this is embarrassing...

Looks like I have not been sharing a few of my favorites with you for quite some time! So, here are a few of my favorites from Fall 2012! Enjoy!

  1. New Girl: I fell in love with the TV show last year when it premiered its first season. This year is no different. I am in love with Zooey Deschanel and the characters. The writers are genius. Some of the lines that Schmidt says... "Damn it! I can't find my driving moccasins anywhere!" "Guess whose personalized condoms just arrived!" "Incidentally, I'm wearing my lap dance pants." I don't think I need to say anymore...
  2. Fingerless Gloves: Fall is officially upon us. The temperature is getting colder, but it's not quite winter cold. So as I walk out the door to run errands, I grab these guys to help keep to warm against the crisp fall winds.
  3. Gap denim-washed cargo pants (slim fit): I never thought I would say this again...but I am digging these cargo pants! I know, I know, cargo pants remind me of my middle school days, of the early 2000s. BUT - they are different. Those cargos were big and baggy, these are slim fitting. Just give them a try...I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
  4. Triumph Scrambler: I took a motorcycle class this past summer and was immediately hooked. I do not yet have my motorcycle license, but as soon as I do...I will be buying this guy!
  5. Running: This has quickly become my favorite way to sweat. I started running at the end of January and just finished my first marathon on September 23rd! I have been slacking slightly lately, but I am running the Chicago Urbanathlon this weekend with my brother, so I need to get my rear in gear!
  6. Matthew Mayfield: I first discovered this singer last year - I didn't instantly become obsessed. However, his most recent album came out this past May...I think I may be obsessed. My favorite track is I Don't Know You At All - check it out!
  7. Pitch Perfect: "I sometimes have the feeling I should do crystal meth, but then I think, hmmm... better not." Rebel Wilson - You. Are. Genius. I had a feeling that this movie would be good, but I have no idea HOW good. I am not sure how people have never heard of this movie...if this includes you - 1. YouTube the trailer. 2. GO TO THE NEAREST MOVIE THEATER AND WATCH IT!