5 Reasons Why Summer 2K14 Was the Best

5. Leo Burnett fiestas

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I met the coolest people this summer during my summer internship at Leo Burnett. I was lucky enough to become super good friends with my intern group family. I’ll definitely miss them, but I know our paths will cross again.

4. Spain gave me permission to live there

I GOT MY VISA! After months of planning, gathering paperwork, and jumping through a dozen other hoops, I finally have my wonderful, beautiful visa.

3. Logi and I celebrated 5 whole years together!

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WOAH! Logan and I have been together for 5 years now. It’s amazing how much we’ve changed and grown since we first started dating. I’ m supa lucky to have this goofball in my life. And even after 5 years I still like him ;)

2. My roommate was also my BFF

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Kayla and I got to spend soooo much time together this summer, which was absolutely amazing. I leave for Spain in a little over a week, so this summer was some good quality sister time before I leave. I’m so lucky to be a twin, and to have Kayla as my other half.

1. We welcomed Asiago to the Waisath Clan

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Asiago

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If you don’t follow me on Instagram, maybe you aren’t aware of my obsession with Asiago. Kayla adopted Asiago from Paws in June, and it’s been super fun watching him grow and play and be crazy (I know I sound like a weirdo cat lady). There’s something about having a pet that brings a certain life to your home, and you can bet our little crispy nugget has brought a lot of joy to our apartment.

 

Was this the best summer ever for you?! I hope so!

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You’re never too old for a petting zoo

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So a couple weekends ago, Kayla, Logan, and I put on our explorin’ boots and set out for some mini adventures. After a half dozen stops or so on the red line and we were in Chinatown! They were having their annual summer festival, and like most Chicagoans, we are suckers for a good street fest . Obviously the best part of the festival was this little petting zoo! Look at Kayla cuddlin’ up to a lil piggy and cow friend (take note: Kayla is not smiling at the child trying to feed the piglet, but rather giving the poor toddler side eyes).

 

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I had never been to Chinatown, and didn’t realize it was such a huge, vibrant neighborhood. The festival was packed with culture *wooooot,* and local cuisine, but  we decided to eat at a local place instead of one of the booths.

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This place was INSANE (sorry, can’t remember the name). No one spoke English, there were cooked ducks (with their heads still on) hanging in a giant oven, and a ton of people speaking Chinese. And those are the things that made this place awesome! I got this super tasty shrimp and egg rice dish at the low low cost of $4!

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Logi bought this super tasty Chinese desert. I think it was called Lotus Paste? Either way it was delicious and unique.

 

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The weekend fun doesn’t stop there. Logan and I also toured around a small neighborhood called Andersonville. It feels like a charming suburb, but It’s really just a quick trip down Clark street. Andersonville has a lot of charming boutiques, cool restaurants, and a bunch of hipsters.

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My favorite part about Andersonville is this Mediterranean place. Chicken schwarma wraps for $4!!! Nomzzzz

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Have you explored any new neighborhoods?

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Introducing: Prince Asi

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“Can I haz cheeseburger?!”-Asiago

Hello all!

If you follow me on Instagram, or are my friend on Snapchat you are well aware I adopted a kitten a few weeks ago. Asiago *yes, like the cheese* is the cutest fuzzball around and I  am completely obsessed with him. This little guy has already managed to cause me loads of stress, heartache, but most importantly, love.

I adopted my little nugget from PAWS, a local animal shelter. After a fantastic first weekend with Asi he started acting really lethargic. He wasn’t interested in any of his toys, and pretty much slept for two days straight.  This sent me into a complete state of panic, and I rushed him to the vet. The doctor told me he had lost weight since I had been there for his wellness exam four days earlier, and his blood tests came back saying he was anemic. The vet told me he likely had contracted FIP, a deadly virus that kills cats in a matter of weeks *cue heartbreak*. I was devastated, and spent a lot of time sobbing at home and blasting John Legends ‘All of Me‘ while drying my tears on my sick furry baby. The next day I took him to the vet to have another test that would confirm he had been exposed to the virus.

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Over the next several days, Prince Asi began to act like a normal, healthy kitten running, jumping, playing, and exploring. All of us were completely surprised since the vet was practically convinced he had contracted the deathly virus.

A few days later we got the results of the blood tests,  negative *YAY*.  We celebrated by getting the little man a laser pointer (his new fav).  Though he was negative for FIP, we still weren’t sure what was causing his anemia. I went to the vet this week and it turns out he’s no longer anemic! During this whole ordeal PAWS has been so helpful and offered to pay for all his tests (close to $650).

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We still have no idea what was wrong with him those few days, but I am so happy he is a healthy kitten! Although I’m not a fan of his 6AM wakeup calls via kitten paw slaps to the face, it’s amazing the life that one fuzzy ball of love can bring to a home.

Here are some of the hundreds of pictures we’ve taken of the nugget. Enjoy!

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Asi is convinced this glass was made for him. Its purrrrfect!

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Teach me how to henna



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Kayla and I have been suffering from some major tattoo envy, but we are weenies and can’t actually commit to putting something on our bodies FOREVER. So how do we get our temporary tattoo fix without resorting to those little temporary tattoos you apply with some hot water? Henna. For our henna project we used “India’s Best Dulan” henna; I bought it in Madison, WI, but I’m sure you can find a tube of it on Amazon.

Step 1: Channel your inner artist

Cut the very tip off the henna tube and start designing your henna tat. You’ll need to free-hand the henna design. Do not trace the tattoo with pen first, because the henna has a weird reaction with pen ink, and it won’t turn out right (I speak from experience). 

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Step 2. Patience is a virtue

Leave the henna alone for a hot minute (probably like 30 minutes), or until it’s dry and flaky. 

Step 3: Brush that dirt (henna) off your shoulder

After a little while, the henna will dry and start flaking off your body. This is where you can start brushing it off. The henna ink is a dark brown, but it’ll stain your skin a dark orange color *neattt*

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Step 4: Look cool & cultured

Sorry guys, most people know what henna is, so they won’t think you got a tattoo. But I can guarantee you’ll look pretty cool and read up on the history of henna so you can be cultured too. 

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Sunshine & Samples

Summer in the city is off to a great start, minus this week of constant overcast. A few weekends back we forced ourselves out of bed and went to the farmers market in Lincoln Park! Chicago is full of markets, almost every neighborhood has their own (Logan Square’s market is next on our list). The absolute best thing about farmers markets are all the *free samples* If you love trying jams, cheeses, and other yummy treats, make sure you pull yourself out of bed early at least one Saturday this summer to check out any of the Chicago markets. Shannon and I both got purple asparagus, which was super fresh and delicious on the grill. Andy got a cherry tomato plant, which weaka I get all the free tomatoes I want this summer (these plants produce like crazy so you get the best bang for your buck!). Click here to find a farmers market in your neighborhood!   FarmersFinds.jpg KLA.jpg SK SLband   *Alert: Dog lovers* The  second best thing to free samples are definitely all the pups at the market!

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Shannon’s Summertime Wishlist

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1. Embroidered blouses // 2. Mini backpack // 3. Statement earrings // 4. Black romper // 5. Sandal booties 

Summer has finally hit the midwest with full force, and I couldn’t be happier about it. This winter was a long one for us, so it’s pretty amazing to finally enjoy the outdoors again (yay for outdoor seating, patio bars, and long walks around the city). A new season means new items that I have been oogling over. I keep noticing embroidered tops around the city, and can’t wait to get my hands on a flowy number like this old navy one. Carrying a purse around the city can hurt one of my shoulders, so a fun little backpack like this one would be a good investment. Statement earrings, because duh. I love me a good romper, and I think I need a plain black one that could be dressed down for daytime, and dressed up for a night on the town. Last but not least I have been eyeing these summer sandals for MONTHS, but still don’t have them for some reason…

Do you have any summer items on your wish list?

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Summer in the City: Week 1

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Guess what guys, Kayla and I are reunited for the summer *cue: jumping up and down!* Guess who else is living in the city, Logan! All of my favorite people in one city, could life get any better? I moved in exactly a week ago today, and have been having a BLAST. My internship doesn’t start until Monday, so this week has been super chill.

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Last weekend Logan and I explored Logan Square (I know, I know, a Logan in Logan Square). It was pretty funny because his name was literally plastered everywhere; street signs, billboards, boutique names his name was omnipresent. Logan Square was super fun, it’s full of little boutiques, candy stores, coffee shops, and restaurants.

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I made Logan pose next to this fun wall art, but as people started passing us, Logan became less willing to stand for pics.

What kind of explorers would we be if we didn’t check out the bar scene in Logan Square?!

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First stop: Marble. This bar was super laid back and had AMAZING patio seating. My little heart is so happy that I can finally enjoy the weather, and sit comfortably outside while sippin’ on a nice glass of wine. This bar also had free food served from 11pm-1am. Logan and I made sure to help ourselves to some pizza and sloppy joe sliders.

Second stop: Scofflaw. FREE COOKIES AT MIDNIGHT!  That’s right guys, Logan and I were drinking our tasty signature cocktails (only $8) when a very nice waiter approached our table with a tray filled with freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, for free! Obviously, my heart is easily won…

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Monday’s in Chicago are not a drag because the city puts on free concerts every Monday during the summer at Millenium Park! Kayla, Logan, and I decided we would make it a summer tradition to make it to as many of these fun and free concerts throughout the summer. The bands they get are pretty good, and the atmosphere is so laid back; it makes for a perfect way to start your week.

Week 1 of summer 2014 was a great time, I can’t wait to share more of our adventures with all of you!

Do you have any fun plans for this summer?

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