renegade craft fair

for our 5th anniversary, i wanted to go to new york city. that was our plan. then we got pregnant and had a baby so nyc was out of the question, for now.

we planned a very simple evening out. hc’s parents so kindly offered to watch the kids for our anniversary night. we got ready and headed out the door…so excited for our alone time! i really wanted to hit up the renegade craft fair in wicker park. it was in our old hood and i love how it has sooooo many amazing vendors. plus, i told krissy, from earth cadets, that i would pay her a visit! {check out her shop, it’s local and full of awesomeness}

it was an absolute perfect day, just like our wedding day {our special day had temps in the mid seventies and it was a clear, sunny day}. we found a sweet parking spot, walked our way into the fair, nabbed a drink or three, and started to walk the fair. it was fabulous. we had such a great time drinking and perusing all the handmade goodies.

i know i say it all the time but i loooooooooove chicago. i love the city. i love the culture. i popped into krissy’s shop, found cute matching shirts for the girls and said hello to her! it was great seeing her and chitchatting for a bit before we finished up the fair.

we headed out to the restaurant {coast…where we had our third date} and scored another fab parking spot! we were seated right away {hc had made reservations}, ordered apps, and clinked our wine glasses in celebration of our marriage! as usual the food was amaze. i love coast because it’s exactly how sushi should be done! yummmmm.

we took our time, relaxed, and reveled in our time together with no kids! the funny but awful part of our evening out was that we were spent. oh my goodness. olive and ellie were sick and olive had a horrible night of sleeping, as in she hardly slept and either did we {ironic that it wasn’t our newborn who kept us up but our two year old!}! so when we finished our dinner…we were soooo ready to come home. hahaha! we were going to fall asleep!

nevertheless, it was quite an amazing day. hc made it so special and i am very thankful for his romantic notions. we completely enjoyed the craft fair, our dinner out, and had the most wonderful anniversary date night!

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[yesssssss, chicago cubs wine! hc bought this for our byob anniversary dinner]

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[our super, duper casual night out]

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[our old hood]

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[soooooo many awesome vendors]

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[two beers for hc and vodka lemonade for moi!]

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xoxo

a quiet afternoon

i apparently forgot i had this post sitting in my files…oops! better late than never! sooo….

 i had plans to go to the renegade craft fair in wicker park. we had lived right in the area for years and it was on division every year, so there was no question i needed to go. i love checking out all the small shops, listening to their stories, and seeing all their love go into the products that they make!

on the agenda was a quick visit to andrea’s place. she had a really tight schedule that day, so i decided to traipse on over to her place before i spent some time at the craft fair. she lives just right off division, a few footsteps away from the fair. i love walking. i do. i love walking e v e r y w h e r e. it’s the best thing. i love walking along the street, admiring all the shops, soaking in the rays, and people watching along the way. living in the city, it was my favorite thing to do. just walk. i didn’t need a purpose or a destination. i just needed to get out and soak in the craziness of the city.

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[i love walking]

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[loving the beautiful annabelle]

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[precious babe]

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[haha! annabelle’s expression is like “whaaaaaa?!”]

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[i love this goofy pic of us because it looks like annabelle and i have the same surprised un-ready face going on. haha!]

after spending an hour or so at andrea’s and getting cheeky with her little babe annabelle, i headed back down the street to the fair! my number purpose was to find earth cadets and purchase some pillows. it was a bit overwhelming, because there were sooooooooo many vendors {hundreds!} and i was worried i would be looking for hours just to find her shop. lo and behold, it was literally the fifth shop i ran into! sweet! i looked around but i couldn’t find the pillows i wanted to buy. i asked a random women standing there and krissy {the shop owner} was actually ringing up a customer when she said, “did you contact me on instatgram?” why, yes, yes i did! we chitchatted a bit and talked about the product, what she did, where, how, etc. it was great getting to know her for a bit. she didn’t have the pillows on hand but she offered me a great deal and i was sold. i can’t wait to get the pillows onto our new chairs! yayyyyyyyy!

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[random snap. i obviously had my camera on and i accidentally snapped this pic of me walking. i kind of like it.]

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[earth cadet onesies]

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[i could not take a pic of this adorable doggie! sooooo cute!]

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[seriously the best craft fair around. the best.]

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[i love our city]

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[my old stomping ground and our favorite gelato place]

after i purchased the pillows, i walked around and soaked in all the greatness. so many cute shops from all over the country. i loved all the goodness, met so many great people, and found so many wonderful products. i looooooove renegade! it was such a great afternoon.

xoxo

renegade craft fair

i love the renegade craft fair! it’s full of handmade goodness. when we lived in wicker park, they would set up shop right down the street from us on division so it was an easy walk to get there.

this time around, i was super excited to go and visit the shop kid + kind. we discovered their shop on insta, so i definitely wanted to check out her cute kids clothes in person.

it was gorgeous weather and i was looking forward to meeting up with olivia. we found the most perfect parking spot {right next to the fair} and cruised on in. kid + kind was literally the second shop we ran into! how sweet! i started perusing the racks when the woman behind the table said, “i know you from instagram!”. hahaha! i introduced myself and she said her name is jackie, the fabulous woman behind the shop. we started chatting and we totally hit it off. she is such a sweet, wonderful woman! we shared multiple stories about life and i had a really good time talking it up with her.

she shared a space with the shop june park {ummmmm, amazing little girl clothes!} and i met katie, the owner as well. i told them that i wanted to check out the other vendors in the fair but i would be back to pick up a few items!

as we were 2/3 of the way through, olivia made it out. it was so good to see her! we shopped, talked, and did more shopping. we found a vendor that sold the cutest, daintiest jewelry. we each purchased a ring from her. i also found these darling little ceramic bowls from a shop that sold the prettiest vases. i purchased a tripod cream colored bowl with gold dots…so fetch. there were so many goodies, but i couldn’t buy them all, hc would not let me. meh.

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[renegade craft fair]

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[hc and baby olive]

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[our new rings! i love how dainty and delicate they are! we purchased them from katie dean jewelry]

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[enjoying her horchata with daddy]

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[my darling olivia]

after we perused the fair inside and out, i wanted to head back over to kid + kind and june park to pick up some pretty little things for miss olive. btw, who was having a meltdown near the end of it. she was dunzo and needed, deparately needed a nap. hc so kindly took the little misses and olivia and i shopped in peace for a few minutes {olive was being a bit demonic with her screams}.

i chatted a little bit more with jackie, purchased a few things from both shops and had olivia snap a cute pic of us! i honestly could have bought out each of their racks. i would have loved one of each item but held back. in due time, my dear. in due time. hahaha!
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[shop june park]

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[katie and jackie from kid + kind]

i loved it. i love buying from little independent shops like these! it’s pretty awesome to meet the ladies behind the brand as well. it was quite the lovely day indeed! i can’t wait to go to the second round in september!

xoxo