A Barber Shop at Bloomingdale's

This barber shop (Merchant & Rhoades) in the Bloomingdale's is almost, almost, as good as Merz. But only because this isn't really an apothecary, and caters more to men than women. Still, we did manage to find a nice cologne for my dad, and they sell Mason Pearson brushes. And for men, they have a bunch of services, like haircuts and shaving. It might not be the most affordable place, and certainly today's generation of men is more likely to visit Sports Clips than a shop like this, but I love the concept and the ritual. It is not just a service, but also and experience.

A Little Piece of France...In Chicago

P.O.S.H. is a wonderful find on State St., toward the northern part by Chicago Ave. While most tourists believe that Michigan Ave. is the greatest street in Chicago, I often find the streets parallel to be far more interesting. In my opinion, there are better streets on Wells or Clark, than Michigan. P.O.S.H. is very French in style, and Haberdash next door is very British. I actually found Mariage Frères tea here! Definitely a place to visit if you're in town. Take a detour away from the main streets and the stuffy sidewalks with endless amounts of pedestrians and tourists. You'll find a Nordstrom pretty much everywhere, but these rare gems are not found in all cities.

They Joined a Motorcycle Gang

Never really thought motorcycles would be a part of my life. When my brother married his wife, motorcycles were brought into the family. And when my dad bought a Suzuki a couple of weeks ago, they officially got a small gang. I don't quite see myself joining any time soon, as I am more of a vehicle kind of girl...and in fact not quite, since I prefer walking or public transportation. But watching the of them bonding an enjoying themselves is great for me to watch. Makes me want to be more passionate about photography and IWTH.

Finding Gems in Chicago

To say that I have been searching for Space519 for a while would be an understatement. Since my time in university, I have been trying to find this place, and have, for some reason, failed time and time again to find it. But during a trip to Chicago this past weekend, I finally found it! You go inside the Bloomingdale's building, and it is toward the top (can't remember the floor right now) by the Potbelly's.

They sell books (pictured above) as well as clothing, purses, skincare and haircare...and Aesop! Which was really all I had went in there for (Resurrection Hand Balm!). They're a bit pricey, but they are selling things made by smaller designers, as well as brands that can't be found in most places in the US.  

Review - Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask

Don't be alarmed! It's just me, experimenting with face masks on the last day of summer hours at work (which means that last Friday I got out at 12:30pm!!). I prefer experimenting with masks and treatments when I'm alone, or when I can have free time away from the family, mostly because they - my mom especially! - aren't really accustomed to putting much on their faces (thinking about my mom's face now, smooth and acne free makes me think that she's definitely doing something right!) so I like to try them away from judging eyes.

Last week I tried the Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask and I find that I really like it! It's very thick in consistency and dries pretty quickly while you apply, so you have to distribute it quickly. After chilling around the house for about 10-15 minutes, I rinsed it off with a warm cloth and I instantly noticed that my face looked bright and it definitely started cleaning my pores. I did notice that some spots that were initially under the skin surfaced (into ugly white heads :( unfortunately), but that might be part of the cleansing process. I'm thinking of doing spot applications during the week.

Overall, quite happy with the product, and will love to use up the whole tube, which is quite a bit for such a cheap price!