August 2020 Nature Photo Diary

Where the photo meets the page… Is it really September? Let’s toast to the last days of summer. These pictures were taken in August 2020. During this crazy year, nature was a healing escape. The first picture is a pumpkin. They are yellow and then become orange.

August 2020 Photo Diary

Where the photo meets the page… Welcome to a new series on the blog – my pandemic photo diary. Whenever I venture outside, I notice something new about the city. I thought I’d share the little pockets of life that catch my eye. Join me on my adventures. The following

Glitter is my favorite color

I was a teenager of the nineties. When I lived in the burbs, we had one store, Radio Swap, that sold cool nineties accoutrements: cassette tapes, psychedelic accessories, Manic Panic hair dye, silver body jewelry, etc. Quality glitter was almost obsolete in the suburbs. Glitter was not the easiest thing


On January 19, 2020, MadeMaven held the ultimate self care social at the Roosevelt Collection Shops. The day addressed body, mind, and spirit. I was excited and thankful to attend; I am always looking for ways to polish the Diamond Life. The day was broken into loose segments of workouts,

Battle of the Holiday Bars

Frosty’s versus Santa Baby Battle of the Holiday Bars 2019 begins. My friends and I first visited Frosty’s and then later in the week, trekked to Santa Baby bar. Warning: This battle of the bars lacks objectivity – I went to Frosty’s at night and Santa Baby in the daytime.

Bumble 2020 Vision Board Party

2020. Close your eyes. What do you see? What is your vision? I make resolutions. I read horoscopes. I make wishes when I see 11:11. Last year felt like a roller-coaster in both good ways and bad ways. When my friend suggested going to Portia King’s Bumble 2020 Vision Party,

The One of a Kind Show

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. I went to Chicago’s One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart. I went without a game plan, but with a two hour time limit. I was determined to only find things that stood out from the usual art,

St.Jane Hotel with Youth and Yarrow

I’ve waited for the bus across the street from St. Jane Hotel more times than I can count. While listening to the reggae beats of Mr. Brown’s Lounge, I’ve glanced into the posh window of Free Reign and glimpsed into a life more stylish than mine. Until today. St. Jane

Walnut Meat Tacos

Quarantine life has given me time to enjoy cooking. I got a craving for tacos the other day, so I made one of my favorite vegan dishes- walnut meat tacos. Make this recipe your own by adding what you have and using what you like. For example, garlic salt may

Charming Chia

Does anyone remember the Chia Pet? I loved the commercial, and I apologize if you now have the chia song from the commercial playing in your head. You can buy the same seeds at the grocery store that are used to grow grass on the Chia Pet. I tried many

Italy Towels

Someone once told me my body was as smooth as silk. If he only knew how hard I work to tame my alligator skin. My holy trinity for smooth skin are dry skin brushing, the Italy towel, and the Konjac sponge. The best part about my secrets to smooth skin

Ear Seed Sparkle

I first learned about ear seeds this winter from Adrienne J. Orenstein DACM, L.Ac, RN (AJ) at a Lively Event in Lincoln Park. Ear seeds are an acupressure device. What is acupressure ? Energy is thought to travel in paths or roads called meridians throughout the body. Sometimes that energy

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