London Calling

Everything is Lovely in London!

If there is one thing you should know by now it is my obsession with London.  Ever since my roomie and I traveled there for spring break 2010 it stole my heart!  The culture, my love for The Beatles, the style, the history, the cute men with british accents and of course the SHOPPING! London seems to be as diverse as you can get with retailers offering customers specific niches in bookshops, boutiques, bakeries, vintage finds and everything in-between. Well have no fear because Shopikon just launched a London ultimate shopping guide! With this hand selected guide of the best boutiques and independent retailers you can browse photos and reviews, share your favorite shops with friends and print your very own custom shopping map!

If I had a custom shopping map here’s how it would go: 1st place to visit would be the Colombia Road Flower Market.  I can imagine the oasis of flowers blooming, sweet aroma and vivacious colors now.  Is there anything more lovely than fresh-flowers…really?  Sometimes you just need a pop of color and sweet scent to not only look romantic but to brighten your day.

My 2nd place to visit would be Ally Capellino bags.  Providing minimalist luxury with spot-on craftsmanship is a hard duo to find  and these bags have both. Inspired by the designers love of cycling her collection offers modern-yet timeless silhouettes in rich leathers  that scream functionality.

My last stop (the list could go on and on) would be After Noah Antiques for knick-knacks and small treasures.  Some times to gain inspiration it’s important to look at your past.  Retro finds from traditional classic children’s games and furniture restoration offers you vintage lifestyle at a one-stop shop!

Easy app right at your fingertips

Personalized Map

(Phone snapshots via SHOPIKON)

Download the new app or check out their website to see where your custom shopping map would take you!  CHEERS!

XOXO

Hales

Broadway in Chicago

Always nice to have a catch-up session!

Can I please just take a minute and brag about how AMAZING Jersey Boys the musical is!  Making a come back to Chicago, after 2 years, it has once again graced Chicago with its presence. It only makes sense that I am a huge supporter of the arts coming from a dance background but there is nothing like live performance!  The intensity of the audience, energy and bright lights can either make or break a performance and man did it do these cute Jersey boys some good.  They can sing…I mean really sing and has now got me on a 60’s music kick.

Summer Loving

It was a HOT one this weekend! I decided to celebrate my memorial day by re-discovering Chicago with friends.  After living here for a while, it’s easy to take for granted all there is to do in this city so I decided to head outside and sweat it out.  consisted of: North Avenue beach (which looked like Spring Break PCB to me) Cubbies game (plus wrigleyville of course) and some BBQ’S with good friends, good food and good drinks!  Despite being fried it was a HELL of a weekend! How did everyone else celebrate?

I cant get over this view!

Thank god for shady seats!

Wrigley time