14 January 2013

scenes from the weekend

14 January 2013
happy monday, friends! hope you had a nice weekend. i'm traveling for work this week, so apologies in advance if i'm MIA!

the mr. and i went exploring for homewares in our neighborhood on saturday. we're looking for a bookcase with doors and an entryway table, but we're in no real rush to purchase. we enjoy browsing boutiques and resale shops and i'm committed to buy only when i love something or it has DIY potential.

we started at one of my favorites, nadeau. nadeau is a must for unique, high-quality, hand-crafted, and affordable furniture and home accessories. most of their pieces are solid wood and shipped from places like indonesia. there are retail stores in 20 locations, so you don't need to be local to chicago to take a gander at their wares.

last time we were in austin, james and i bought an iron trivet for $6 that places like williams-sonoma sell for $60.

we also stopped by the lillstreet art center to peruse their gallery and artisan shop. 

we stumbled upon first slice inside the shop and stopped for lunch. waiting for our orders, we read about the cafe and learned that is actually a charitable organization. first slice is a self-funded charity, founded by a chef, that provides restaurant quality food to the homeless and needy.

i had the turkey, aged cheddar and cherry chutney sandwich, james had the lasagna, and we shared a slice of cherry pie. let me tell you, it is restaurant quality. and the staff was so friendly.

for the chicagoans: we learned about empty bowls, a fundraiser taking place on march 1st at the ravenswood location. artists will be selling handmade bowls for $25. each purchase comes with free soup and bread and all proceeds benefit first slice.


Rachel said...

You look a little like Jessica Alba in that first picture- has anyone ever told you that!? (p.s. she is gorgeous!)

Susan said...

I love your outfit here Ashley! and that first slice sounds way too good, I want to try it!

Viviana Norden said...

Love the outfit, Ashley! Have a great week! xx

Alyssa Longobucco said...

I love combing through vintage stores and flea markets...DIY-ing your own stuff is half the fun. Sounds like the perfect weekend :)

The Glossy Life

Alexa said...

What a great fundraiser and a wonderful way to spend the weekend! :) xo

classiq said...

Those decorative objects with birds prints are so beautiful!

Tina said...

sounds like the perfect weekend to me! :) we have terrible "thrift stores" here in jersey, im jealous you found such cute things! and your outfit is just perfect for those activities by the way :)

Shari said...

Sounds like a great weekend. And that restaurant looks adorable.

Melissa said...

What great finds! My best friend is a big fan of Nadeau -- they have such unique pieces. I also like Chic Antique for fun accessories and restored vintage furniture.

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Annie said...

Looks like such a nice weekend!! I've been meaning to take some time and go antiquing for a while now, as I'm also looking for some particularly special pieces. Love how you said that's the only way you'll buy!

taylor casto said...

love that restaurant you found! i work for a non-profit food humanitarian organization so this makes me happy!! thanks for sharing!!


samecookiesdifferent said...

You look so happy dear!
The flaired denim is cool
much love

Punctuation Mark said...

my favorite kind of shopping!!! have a nice trip!

Alison Dulaney said...

That chair is beautiful!

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Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

Ohh yes I'm so excited to check out both Nadeau ($6 for a chair that's normally $60?! Insane) and First Slice! Safe travels at work this week, dear!
Isn’t That Charming.

Johanna said...

You look so cute in your weekend outfit and I just read about first slice. The irony!

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