Chicago Botanic Gardens

Flowers, butterflies and sun – oh my!

David and I had a chance to get a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Chicago Botanic Gardens this past Saturday via my friend and small group colleague Cindy Baker. And what an experience! This expanse of curated gardens and restored prairie sits upon 350+ acres of land in the far Northern reaches of the Chicago suburbs and is a plant lovers dream come true! Continue reading


Sleepless in Seattle: Lil’ Vacation

Katy in her rad outfit.

The title of this post is not meant to be entirely tongue n cheek.

My closest friends and I embarked on a reunion this past week with Seattle as our stomping grounds. We had the joy and privilege to stay on a super rustic house boat that left me rockin’ till today – literally. I find myself with a mean case of vertigo and dark undereye circles…surely signs that I had a great trip!

Seattle took my breath away. The cozy neighborhoods, combined with the ever-flowing supplies of locally roasted coffee, gave me a fuzzy buzz worth gushing over. The slanted streets were filled with plaid-adorned citizenry, vintage boutiques, thrift shops, organic grocers, vegetarian restaurants and more!

Here’s a sneak peak at my favorite finds and the gals behind the times on my Flickr!