New Orleans suggestions…?


I hope you all had a patriotic Memorial Day! On a bit of a whim my Englishman and I booked tickets to New Orleans next month (yes, we’ll be braving the heat…) and I’m rather excited for our little Louisiana getaway. It’s my first trip to NOLA and as usual, I’m eager to hear your suggestions. Who makes the tastiest beignets? Where can we hear some great jazz? Who owns the best boutiques? I can’t wait to hear your favorites. In the meantime, I’ll be rereading The House on First Street by Julia Reed to get in the mood. And of course, I’ll be reporting back with a full city guide upon my return!

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Jessie Randall for Jean Stories


How stunning are these photos of Loeffler Randall shoe designer Jessie Randall…? Her pink peony-filled Brooklyn home is lovely to say the least. I can’t help but be envious of her strut dining table, marble mantle, and fluffy Monogolian fur pillows. Oh and her cute striped overalls? They’re from Forever 21. Shop the look below.







Channel Jessie’s feminine, tomboy style:

(photography by Taylor Jewell for Jean Stories)

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New Buddy Editions Prints by Danielle Kroll




We just added three new pieces by Brooklyn artist Danielle Kroll to the Buddy Editions boutique and I wanted you to be the first to know. Her other Buddy prints (especially Manhattan Matches and City Living!) have been selling like hot cakes so I was thrilled when she agreed to create more. I’m thinking I need the new cheetah print for my Chicago apartment and can’t help but wish I had a nursery to decorate (hopefully my boyfriend isn’t reading…) because those elephants are all kinds of darling. Wouldn’t the colorful coral sea life be perfect for anyone that lives by or loves the beach? Prints begin at only $50, are exclusive to Buddy, and are limited-edition! Shop the new arrivals here.

P.S. Did you know Buddy Editions is on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter? Shameless plug… xo

Insta-Crush: @Vintagetribune


Do you follow @VintageTribune on instagram? Whether you live in Chicago, are from Chicago, or simply just love the Windy City, this instagram account is full of historical treasures. Managed by the Chicago Tribune, the account shares photos that celebrate Chitown’s fascinating past—the fashion, architecture, weather, and politics. The caption for the photo above was “University of Chicago senior Frank Calvin, the winner of the mustache race, is congratulated by co-eds Orva Prange (left) and Kay Wiedenhoefl in May 1931.” Below are some more treasures from the account. Like what you see? Follow @VintageTribune here.


“A July 1970 aerial shot of Lake Point Tower, Navy Pier, and the water filtration plant. Photo by Ron Bailey.”


“Newspaper carrier Sean Aksamit in Homewood in 1974.”


“A workman checks for cracks in the Wrigley Building’s terra cotta facade and its iconic clock in April 1977. Photo by Carl Hugare.”


“Children greet new residents for the Brookfield Zoo in August 1954. The animals arrived by boxcar. Photo by Luigi Mendicino.”


“Mary Gorman helps prepare an exhibit for the annual chrysanthemum show at Washington Park in 1929.”


“Always vigilant at their posts, the Art Institute lions at Michigan Avenue September 11, 1956.”


“Thousands attended the opening of the Outer Drive Bridge on October 5, 1937. President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the bridge (also known as the Link Bridge) in a civic bash the likes of which Chicago had seldom seen.”

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