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About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm twenty nine. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adults body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.

Etsy Wishlist

To give you a tiny Chicago break, today I want to share with you my current Etsy wishlist. Right now I am feeling lots of color and sparkle, shocking I know. Nothing major, but items with character to complement what I already have. One of the things I love about trolling Etsy is that you always find unique items. My “favorites” list is ridiculously long. Don’t even get me started on my favorite shops list.

Pretty right? That cartilage bling is calling my name especially loudly. The silver hoop I’ve been wearing for years (don’t worry I replace it regularly) has gotten caught on things a few times lately and I am starting to feel that something a bit more close fitting might be a little safer.


Pearls Southern Comfort

Something that a lot of you know about me already is that I like brunch. A lot. Like, whoa, baby, big time. I brunch like a boss; some might call me a bross (I’m not exactly sure who exactly, but I am pretty certain I could get Andy to). Anyway, I was absolutely delighted when my brother-in-law and his new wife invited us (and other family members) to brunch with them the day after the ceremony. My favorite meal, on a Sunday Funday, in a new city, with people I like hanging out with? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Sunday, we clown-cared into an Uber with Andy’s mom and dad and headed over to Pearls Southern Comfort to check out some elevated “southern style” food. As a southern girl born and raised, I felt like there was only two ways for this whole thing to go. Fortunately, everything we tried came down squarely on the positive side of things.  With a larger group like ours, we got to try a decent number of menu items. Especially since we don’t mind sharing with one another.  All said and done, I got to sample the following: Crawfish Cheesecake, Beignets, Blackened Catfish & Eggs, French Toast, and Cornbread with Hot Sauce Honey Butter. It’s hard to declare a clear favorite; the cheesecake was incredible – and not to mention my first savory cheesecake, if you ever make it to Pearls you have to try it -, but if this was going to be a regular haunt for me, I would have to go with the catfish and force someone to split the cornbread with me. Catfish is hard to do well, even in the south, and this was some of the best I’ve ever had. Same with the cornbread. The bread itself was delicious, but that hot sauce honey butter really pushed it over the top.

Not the fanciest place we ate at on our trip, but from food to ambiance, I think this was my favorite. It’s almost a little disappointing when I enjoy something as much as I did this place. When I travel I like to try new places every visit, but now I am going to have to make sure that any subsequent visits to Chicago includes a meal at Pearls or I’ll regret the missed opportunity. First World Problems, am I right?


Back From Chicago or Chi-town as I Insist on Calling It

Hey guys! I’m back! Technically, I have been back since Tuesday afternoon, but Andy and I had to hit the ground running to play catch up so things like unpacking and going through pictures were put off until this weekend. There are some specific things I can’t wait to do posts about, but I figured I’d kick things off with a general trip overview.

 Our trip to Chicago was interesting to say the least. The initial trip to JAX was uneventful and our flight, while packed, was fairly smooth until week got to Chicago. There was a horrendous storm over the city (think lightning and hail) and O’hare wasn’t letting anybody in our out. They had our flight circle Gary, Indiana until we ran out of fuel and then diverted us to Indianapolis. This was the point in the trip where we found out that I have panic attacks. While trying to set our plane down, we hit some pretty intense turbulence and the plane dropped dramatically not once, but twice and that ended with me shaking, short of breath, and crying uncontrollably (albeit quietly). Fun stuff. After all of that, United still wasn’t sure if we’d be flying into Chicago or not that evening, so Andy and I  let the gate attendant know we weren’t going to be getting a back onto the plane and rented a car to take us the last 3 hours to Chicago. Of course that couldn’t be the end of it, we hit horrible traffic and the drive that should have taken 3ish hours took closer to six. But we made it safely and in time to watch the sunset amidst the skyscrapers.  The rest of the family arrived on Friday so the day was spent doing a little sightseeing and catching up with everyone as they arrived. It was a little over cast, but that just made for some wonderfully cool weather, which was much needed after the oppressive humidity of our home state.   You can’t see it in this picture, but someone had left an entire hotdog in the foo dog’s mouth. For some reason it was really funny at the time. Also, I saw so many beautiful neighborhoods as we walked around and I now feel like I need to own my very own ivy covered townhouse. Not usually a city girl, but this place really stole my heart.   The happy couple tied the knot at this beautiful location above. A little further down their were people sitting on the rocks reading and sketching. Two things I could absolutely see myself doing if I lived down the road from this place. As it was, the only reason I didn’t try it was because I was 90% certain that if I tried I’d end up wet or somehow destroying my dress.   My brother-in-law and his fiance had, what I think, is one of the coolest rehearsal dinners I’ve ever been to. They rented out the party room at George’s Ice Cream, kicked things off with amazing Mediterranean food from one of their favorite local spots and then finished with build your own sundaes. The entire shop smelled incredible, like vanilla and their house made waffle cones. If I could have bottled the scent, I would wear it every day. The ice cream itself was some of the best I’ve ever had and I am sitting here regretting that I didn’t eat more when I had that chance.   Since the bride and groom postponed their honeymoon until the spring, we were lucky enough to get to spend some extra time with them before heading home. On Sunday night, we all went on an architecture boat tour. It was a perfect blend of fun and informative and had the added bonus of getting to watch the sunset from the river and the whole city light up.   There will be a whole post on this later, but one of the most interesting things we did on this trip was go to Lincoln Park. Not only do they have gorgeous green space they have a conservatory and a zoo which are all free to the public. Free. F-R-E-E. Which blew my mind because they were so extensive and well kept. I would definitely play a little more in local taxes if it meant creating resources like this in Tallahassee. Just saying. 

Before boarding our entirely uneventful flight home(thank God), Andy and I took one more stroll down Miracle Mile and I visited the Cloud Gate(silver bean) in Millennium Park for the obligatory Instagram photo. All in all, an excellent trip, and I am already bugging Andy about when we can go back.


Friday Link Love

As you read this, I am scurrying around somewhere in Chicago, most likely with a mildly exasperated Andy in tow. We are headed to Chi-town (Andy has begged me to not refer to it as such once we actually reach our destination) for my brother-in-law’s wedding. It will be my first visit and I have to tell you, this smallish-town Florida girl is very excited to see what she can see. I’ve done research and made lists, and while we will be spending the bulk of our trip with family and doing wedding, I have plans. Museum plans, park plans, bakery plans. I even have a mini list saved on the notepad in my smart phone just in case we find ourselves with some unexpected down time when we’re already out. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram; I will be doing my best to post photos of the shenanigans while they are happening.

While I am only using a hiking backpack for this trip, I hope to some day add a piece or two of this gorgeous floral luggage to my traveling arsenal.

This brush stroke decorating technique is super easy, not to mention pretty, and I am thinking that I need to make a fancy layer cake just so I can try it out.

Summer may be winding down, but I think there is still plenty of time to come up with a reason to recreate this ice cream bar. Sunday sundaes, anyone?

After mentioning my love of food laden boards last week, I found yet another “how to” to share with you.

Along with cat cafes, the UK also boasts something else that I feel like Americans need, The Prosecco Van. Wedding receptions would never be the same.

In addition to their traditional bath bombs, of which I am a HUGE fan, Lush has now started making jelly bath bombs, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

I’ve been wearing flower crowns since I was in the single digits, mostly for fun, but it is interesting to note that flower crowns have historical significance and not just as a trendy accessory.

Sooooooo, the internet has made me aware of this jasmine mint toothpaste, and I kind of want to try it, but I can’t decide where I come down on the subject of trendy pretentious toothpaste….

 

Image from here.


Giving Life to the Lore

I developed an interest in mythology when I was in grade school, and it was something I read about on and off for years. Heck, it was one of the things Andy and I bonded over when we first started dating. Granted most my time was spent on the Greek and Egyptian pantheon, but the moment I saw this series on Slavic deities by Marcin Nagraba (styled by costume designer Agnieszka Osipa) I felt that yen to dive back into the mysterious world of mythology and lore all over again.

 I liked how a number of these images are a little dark and creepy, especially considering that the Byzantine explorers describe the ancient Slavs as “worshipers of thunder and earth,” which, while impressive, does seem like it would be anything but golden harps and sparkles.   Also, as I am scrolling through these, the apparel designer in me is well… almost salivating over some of these gorgeous pieces. The intricate details and elaborate combinations make me think back to the days where I spent all the time I should have been taking notes doodling princess clothes in the margins. 

If you want to see more of this series or view more projects by Marcin Nagraba, you can check out his website or visit his fanpage.

 

All images from here