Super duper thanks to everyone who left comments on my Etsy post! They were the cherry on top of a fantastic Saturday.
What was so fantastic about Saturday? Well, let me share with you, in list form:
1.) Going to Chicago. I don't get to go as often as I'd like because it's a bit of a drive, but I got to go this weekend. Just the prospect of a day in Chitown is exciting for me because there's so much to do!
2.) Lunch and cupcakes. This is a ritual for Mr. Sequin and I whenever we're in Chicago. The Angel Food Bakery is this amazing little place decorated in vintage Easy Bake Ovens, and they have the best cupcakes. I had a Boston Cream, which is my favorite. They also have incredible things for lunch, especially the BLT -- bacon, mixed greens, tomato, caramelized onions, and blue cheese on Focaccia bread.
3.) Beads. Caravan Beads was too far away this time around, but we did make it to Ayla's Originals in Evanston, and I'm glad we did. Not only were there some adorable ring displays that looked like sequined shoes, but there was a great selection of seed beads, including a color I'd been looking for forever. Everyone there was so nice, and I'd definitely go there again.
4.) Friends. Mr. Sequin and I were delighted to meet up with the Queen of Aluminum Chainmaille Jewelry, Vanessa Walilko, for dinner and show-and-tell. I can't say enough about what a great person she is and how generous she is with her business advice. And wow, it's fun to geek out with fellow jewelry artists in person! So much squealing.
5.) Dinner. We had dinner at an amazing vegetarian place, the Blind Faith Cafe, and I had enchiladas with potato and cheese and guacamole. I also had double chocolate cake with raspberry gelato, the latter of which is my newest obsession. I would definitely go to this place again!
6.) Music. And finally... a concert by Zoe Keating! The room was crowded, and there were hardly any seats left. With luck and the generosity of perfect strangers, (as well as Mr. Sequin, who knew I'd never be able to stand for the whole concert) I ended up in the front row, and it was such an amazing experience. One of those events that makes you realize there's actual magic in the world, if you're open to it.
(More on Zoe later -- she has me so inspired for Erin's Challenge of Music!)
In fact, this was a magical Saturday! But enough about my weekend -- what are you up to? I hope you're experiencing some magic of your own. And if you haven't yet, there's still time! May I suggest starting with cupcakes?
Have a sequintastic Sunday! <3