Sweet session at Heritage Bicycle

When I first moved to Chicago, I quickly discovered that one of my favorite things to do in the city was find unique coffee shops every time I was in a new neighborhood. Not only did it help fuel my coffee addiction, I got to know my way around the city pretty well based on coffee shop locations! However, this little gem - Heritage Bicycle - is in the neighborhood directly next door to mine and I've read about it, but still had not made it in here. Until now! For this adorable, laughter-filled session. Elizabeth and TJ mentioned that this is one of their favorite spots to go to on a relaxing weekend and I knew I had to document them in it! I fell in love with this coffee shop and I fell in love with Beth & TJ. They make each other (and me, honestly) laugh, they're both incredibly thoughtful, real, silly and so genuine. I had the best time getting to know them on a hot summer night in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Thank you both for humoring me with this collaboration and for laughing all the way. And thank you to Heritage, for being so delightful and accommodating. PS. Their coffee, and iced tea, is amazing! Check them out if you're in the area. 

My favorite!

My favorite!

Clown Dogs

I'm spending the week dog-sitting in Lakeview and get to hang out with these sweet, silly girls. Some of you may know that my dog, Emmie Lou, is still in WI while I'm in Chicago. This has been SO hard for me and so when I was asked to help out a friend of a friend, I jumped at the chance for pooch time. Meet Lola & Calleigh, the clown dogs. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Our week is consisting of sun-soaked paws, tiny walks, naps, lying upside down, playing, snuggling and avoiding this gross heat & humidity. They sure are hammin' it up for me and I'm enjoying every second I get to spend with them.

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Glimpse of My World

I love my room here in Chicago and wanted to share for those who haven't visited yet. It's FULL of sunshine and fresh air is usually blowing through the curtains, making them look almost magical. I miss my friends and family terribly, so I have pictures EVERYWHERE so I can always be reminded of how much love I'm surrounded by when I'm having a tough day. I've collected an eclectic assortment of treasures over the years and I love the little details. Every object has a meaning to me. With hand-written notes from loved ones to the Polaroid camera adorning my mini stack of books, I love collecting these moments. I love old and new, modern & antique, polished and charmed but have had a tough time trying to combine them in recent years. I think I've finally managed to pull it off. One of my favorite things is a Dream journal and it's chewed up on the corner from when Emmie was a puppy. I was so mad at her when it happened, but now I love it even more. Puppy bite marks add character, right?! Much love & sunshine,

Courtney