WEEK IN AWESOME 1.16.2016 by Julie Schumacher

Looking for a way to serve today in honor of MLK?

GO, DO & SEE

This Week
January 16: Learn more about your (or your partner’s) g-spot at Early to Bed.

January 18: Winter Solstice Celebration: Malas & Meditation with Flourish.

January 19: Sara Aye of Greater Good Studio talks human-centered design thinking at the meeting of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation

January 19: Pre-March Prep Rally at Greenhouse Loft. Sign making, solidarity and snacks.

January 21: March in Chicago. Or in DC. Anywhere. Just get out there and get loud.

Upcoming
January 24: Self Care as Warfare with Homeroom's School Night co-host Keidra Chaney features artists, professionals, and activists talking de-escalation tactics, media literacy, mental health with specific strategies for self-preservation in post-inauguration uncertainty.

January 25: Finances and Taxes for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses at The Shift.

January 28: Head to Boleo for the launch of Fernet Lola, a dreamy boozy collaboration between Rhine Hall and Kimpton.

January 30: Slow Food Chicago bookclub. Discussion is on The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Executive Chef and Co-owner of Blue Hill Harm at Stone Barns, Dan Barber.

January 31: Cowork with Deskpass and STA at Grind.

February 1: Drink & Draw: Comfort Foods at Spudnik Press.

February 6: Between Bites is back and Johanna Lowe is on the speaking menu.

February 12: Black Girl in Om Self Care Sunday. January sold out fast so here's your nudge to get on it.

February 12: Filigree Suppers offers a perfect pre-Valentine's meal with DUET.

February 13: Join organizer Alison Sustarich of Tiny Bold at 826Chi's Who Wants Love...a grownups' graphic design meets kids writing meets fundraiser.

February 20-21: Get thee to the Potluck hospitality conference in LA in part to hear Elise of Filigree Suppers.

February 22: Winterlude Pop-Up Dinner by Big Delicious Planet at South Loop Loft.

READ, WRITE & STREAM

Get your This Is Not Normal pattern from Badass Cross Stitch.

Social media detox ideas with Jessica Zweig.

Some of our favorite vendors made the 2017 Best of Borrowed and Blue. See Firehouse, FIG Catering, Greenhouse Loft, Pollen, Nika Vaughan.

Give some love to Second Shift as they get ready for their Logan Square opening.

Week in Awesome 1.9.2017 by Julie Schumacher

This Week
January 10: Cowork with Deskpass at Assemble Office West Loop!

January 10: #BGIOMindful Twitter chat on energy work.

January 15: Beginner calligraphy workshop with Vichcraft.

Upcoming:
January 16: Learn more about your (or your partner’s) g-spot at Early to Bed.

January 18: Winter Solstice Celebration: Malas & Meditation with Flourish.

January 19: Sara Aye of Greater Good Studio talks human-centered design thinking at the meeting of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation

January 19: Pre-March Prep Rally at Greenhouse Loft. Sign making, solidarity and snacks.

January 21: March in Chicago. Or in DC. Anywhere. Just get out there and get loud.

January 24: Self Care as Warfare with Homeroom's School Night co-host Keidra Chaney features artists, professionals, and activists talking de-escalation tactics, media literacy, mental health with specific strategies for self-preservation in post-inauguration uncertainty.

January 25: Finances and Taxes for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses at The Shift.

January 31: Cowork with Deskpass and STA at Grind.

February 1: Drink & Draw: Comfort Foods at Spudnik Press.

February 12: Black Girl in Om Self Care Sunday. January sold out fast so here's your nudge to get on it.

READ, WATCH & STREAM

Considering coaching this year? Lisa has group sessions starting for women looking for purpose.

Looking for West Loop office space? Marcy's gotcha covered.

Centered by Design's Claire walks through her process for making a mantra on her blog. (Love the password tip!) Plus, are you following her Women Who Make series? Justice of the Pies!

11 startups in Chicago worth checking out including The Shift and Deskpass. More on the new Second Shift from ChicagoInno!

New Year, New Goals from Vana of Le Papier Studio.

It's that time of year. Winter biking tips from Po Campo.

Here's Nomad Luxury's January Ear Candy playlist

Meet Miramonte, one of Sarah Drake Design's newest offerings.

i-D has 5 podcasts from women of color to subscribe to ASAP. And Lonny has 15 wellness Instagram accounts to follow. (Yup, Black Girl in Om is on both!).

Week in Awesome 1.2.17 by Julie Schumacher

New Year Intentions from Our Members. Get Inspired!

GO, DO & SEE

This Week
January 1: HBFC + Piece. The best thing happening in 2017 happens starting day one.

January 8: Self-Care Sunday with Black Girls in Om

January 9: Typeforce 8 submissions due.

Upcoming

January 10: Cowork with Deskpass at Assemble Office West Loop!

January 15: Beginner calligraphy workshop with Vichcraft.

January 16: Learn more about your (or your partner’s) g-spot at Early to Bed.

January 19: Pre-March Prep Rally at Greenhouse Loft. Sign making, solidarity and snacks.

January 21: March in Chicago. Or in DC. Anywhere. Just get out there and get loud.

January 31: Cowork with Deskpass and STA at Grind.

February 1: Drink & Draw: Comfort Foods at Spudnik Press. 

READ, WATCH & STREAM

Being resolute instead of making resolutions from Julie Schumacher.

Restaurants near, but not in, the Loop worth your time from Alia Dalal.

Get empowered in ’17 with Disrupt Radio from Molly Rudberg. 

Yana says what we all felt about 2016.  

Check out Ivory & Ash, the new lifestyle brand affirming and celebrating contemporary women of color.

10 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Social Videos in 2017 from Mana at Lightspan Digital.

Glossier skin care essentials over on Black Girl in Om.

Simplicity and the seduction of surf from Nicole Vasquez.

Going Forth with Intention into 2017 by Julie Schumacher

Rather than resolutions, we asked our community members to share some of the intentions they'd set for the new year. Intention is kinda our thing. 

Here are just some of their answers, and we'll be adding more this week. Get inspired, get motivated, get going.

To Find More Joy. To Be More Bold. To Cleanse from Inside Out.
— Lauren Ash
My intention for 2017 is to enjoy every moment as it happens, instead of always planning or wondering what my next steps are. This means always letting those I love most know how much they mean to me, being fully present in all interactions, and being grateful for every minute of time I have on this amazing earth!
— Nicole Vasquez
My intention for 2017 is to put down my phone.
— Amalie Drury
My Intention for 2017 is based on the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “You must love in such a way that person you love feels free.” In 2017, I will strive to release anger, judgement and perfection towards myself and others. I want to cultivate a world where there is inherent freedom to be who you feel born to be. If this country is too fearful to let everyone be free, then I will start at home, I must start with me.
— Claire Staszak
My career and home require my daily physical labor. Rentals and styling is a material job. Rehabbing requires my stamina. And both kinds of labor pay me either through my clients or long-term investment. I’m approaching the birth of my first child and I realize that I will be learning and making room for new kinds of labor this year: birth, breastfeeding, child care—which are not the paying kinds of labor. My intention this year is to figure out how to value that for myself in the context of a social and economic system that does not.
— Kelly Connolly
I intend to fully embrace and nurture my feminine energy within by:
-practicing radical self love and self care
-engaging my creativity
-connecting with other divine super women and goddesses and be inspired by beautiful new friendships and to foster current ones

I intend to acknowledge and change all subconscious and unconscious untrue and limiting beliefs that are keeping me from living the life that I was born to live. I want my desires to be in alignment with my beliefs so that I am a vibrational match to all that I want.

I intend to be more present and show up more fully in my life.

I intend to practice gratitude and mindfulness by journaling and meditating at least 30 minutes a day.

I intend to manifest abundance in all areas of my life so that I can experience greater levels of happiness, prosperity, health, peace and love.
— Krystyn Johnson
Make work fun! I am launching another business soon and know that I will be working long hours. I want to start this new business with high energy, bold conversation and electric exchanges. Stress is powerful energy that I can use to make each day exciting and rewarding for me and my colleagues. Creating a positive and dynamic work culture is an adventure that I am ready to tackle this year with everything I have in me.
— Cheryl Munoz
2017 is the year of defining my core. It’s a process that starts with me being personally aware of the need for improvement. Instead of looking around I will be focusing my attention to my unique combination of values, strengths and passions…and use that as my road map to making 2017 a successful year both professionally and personally.
— Vana Chupp
To practice acceptance exactly where I am. I’m a striver, a goal setter, a challenge taker. and that used to get me really far. It taught me how to make a living for myself without a complete college education. it taught me how to take care of and support myself from the age of 17. it helped me raise two pretty cool humans. It got me out of debt, bought me a house, and white knuckled it through a lot of family situations. But now, I want to stop striving. To recognize that I am all the things I want to be. It is very hard to do this. But I’m trying… (wait, stop trying!)
— Sarah Drake
My Intention for 2017 is…
-not care about what everyone else is up to via social media
-treat my body as a temple and be nicer to it by doing yoga and working out again
-be real, be friendly and work with wonderful people.
— Ali Phillips
To practice the acceptance of my older physical self.

Not since puberty have I been so aware of changes in my body. It’s somewhat disheartening and I find myself being overly critical and fearful of it.
I’ve always disliked being aware of my body. I much prefer being in my head.

But I have to embrace the inevitable otherwise I will be miserable. So, working on accepting these physical changes and celebrating the good things that my age provides me will no doubt free up headspace for other better, more wonderful things.
— Johanna Lowe
To ensure we have less digital interactions and more human interactions, especially those that allow us to connect with people everyday.

I am not going to use the ‘easy’ button. I am going to avoid the self-checkout at stores so I can help preserve a job for those that need the work; a student; single parent; supplemental income to make ends meet; retirees whose pensions are not there as promised or healthcare that is too expensive.

Use the drive-thru rather than online ordering, anything that can help—not only preserve a job—but also enable us as humans to connect with one another with kindness and compliments.

Ask how their day is going? Compliment on a piece of jewelry or a color of lipstick? Something to remind us that we are humans and we all just need a little more kindness in this world, be it with words or with assistance to help others have a job to make ends meet.
— Karen Valentine
My Intention for 2017 is to NOT be quiet. I have not been vocal most of my life. Not that I’m not loud, I am—but usually that means singing at the top of my lungs, laughing loudly, and being an overall chatterbox.

But recently, I’ve noticed that so many times—if I had spoken up, something would have ended up better, or smoother. So many times, I don’t speak up, and then I kick myself. I’m ‘right’ more often that I realize, but I always assume the other person probably has a better idea, or is more informed, than I am.

This goes for politics and getting places too. I have great instincts and a great sense of direction. So, when google map says ‘left’ and my gut says ‘right’. I’m gonna scream ‘ TURN RIGHT, TURN RIGHT’.

So, cheers to being LOUDER. I believe in love. I believe in being fair. I believe in being open. I believe in being nice. and I will be LOUD about it.
— Brenda Bergen
My intention for 2017 is to get my mental confidence to match my outward confidence.
— Crystal Hodges
I’m setting my intentions on asking my community for support and help. I often forget that there are many people around me who’d be willing and excited to support me but as an entrepreneur, get in the mindset of doing it all myself. In 2017 I’m going to try to be less afraid of reaching out when I need it, but still being mindful and strategic about the asks!
— Kristen Kaza
My intention for 2017 is to prioritize health, self care, and personal relationships over professional goals. I spent much of 2016 focusing on my work and building my publication, The Learned Fangirl. But personally I carried a lot of anxiety about bigger things, like the election and personal things, like my chronic health issues. I struggled a lot with my vision issues, anxiety, insomnia. I know it’s all connected. But I want to be proactive in self care in 2017. I can choose to take better care of myself rather than constantly react to what I can’t fully control. I really neglected my songwriting and running, for career/job stuff and I was worse off for it, so in 2017, I want to make those things a part of my life again,and save my passion for them.
— Keidra Chaney
My intention for 2017 is to cut out all the noise and focus on what is real and purposeful. To stay open and listen without dwelling on negativity that may try to force it’s way in. To get grounded and grateful, deepening my respect and relationships with friends, family and nature along the way.
— Beth Barnett
My intention for 2017 is to spread love wherever I possibly can, share my resources and work like a motherf**ker against what is likely to be a pretty oppressive regime.
— Searah Deysach
My intention in 2017 is to be. I know that sounds simplistic, but owning my black, female existence feels like one of the most rebellious things I can do right now. Being, for me, means giving myself permission to take up space. That doesn’t come easily as a soft-spoken introvert and perfectionist. In 2017, I can have opinions and share them. I can try something and fail. I can do something simply for the pleasure it brings me. No end game necessary.
— Taylor Bryant
Push ideas past being ideas.
Over the past few years I’ve noticed I have a bad habit of getting psyched about the idea of something - a potential product, expanding my business, buying a house - and then letting it fade away or not being confident enough to pull the trigger. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the thought of how awesome it could be, but when so many thoughts pile up it can also be easy to put them all aside and keep on the same path. This year, I’m going to focus on a few key ideas and make them happen; at least one for my business, family, self, and something just for fun. And if more ideas come up? I’ll make sure to write them down so that 2018 has a good head start!
— Alison Sustarich
There are a million intentions I’d like to set.
But they can all probably be boiled down to one mantra: Grow the fuck up.
— Aimee Lehto Schewe
My intention for 2017: make space.

I’ve discovered that I spent a lot of time wasting time. But I never want to look back on my days and wonder where so many hours went with little to show for them.

So I am making space for the things that truly matter to me: social justice, yoga practice, happy marriage, and food made with love and passion.

To begin, I’m letting go of passive “allyship” and committing myself instead to active membership in (Showing Up for Racial Justice) SURJ, prepared to organize and act in whatever capacity I’m needed — and spread the word about the organization and our missions in whatever way I can.

I’m also pulling the trigger and investing in an eight-week yoga teacher training through a local studio. After considering this training several times in years past, I begin in late February. I can’t wait to turn such a deep focus to something that centers me and brings me so much joy, learn more about my body and mind through yoga, and find out where this practice can take me when I really devote myself to it.

I haven’t figure out yet how the rest will happen — or what calamities 2017 will lay before us, hoping for a repeat performance of 2016’s attempt to fill that space with despair, anger, and helplessness. But I am more powerful having made these choices. I am committed.
— Paige Worthy
My intention for 2017 is to create my life in alignment with my highest commitments of full-expression, loving, and caring. I will spend more time cuddling with my little humans, more time creating magic and wonder. I’ll be a blend of power + heart in my life’s work, creating a platform for ambitious women to engage at an extremely high level of in-depth thinking, possibility, strategy, structure and compassion for themselves and the impact they want to have in the world. More action on purpose with purpose.
— Lisa Guillot
Reinvest in self care, and reclaim my vision for life. My MO has historically been about ensuring the happiness of others, which is definitely a worthy cause. However, it has always been at a great cost to my own self, and my own voice. This year, I aim to understand what I need, what I want, what I believe, and to act on those elements in conjunction with, and in advance of, caring for those around me.

I want to invest financially & with my time in organizations and individuals that can make a positive impact on our country’s social sickness, and sacrifice appropriately to that end. I want to speak openly and without fear or trepidation the truths that I have witnessed first hand—truths of racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, bigotry against sexual orientation, and other hateful social norms that have become even more openly acceptable within our current culture of hate.

I want to do whatever I can to help make 2017 a year of healing, reconciliation, and change, finding the power within my own self, and obliterating whatever ingrained doubt that has played a part in keeping my voice at bay.
— Kelly Allison

What are your big intentions for 2017? Personally? Professional? Politically? Share them with us here or on Twitter. Share them with each other. Let's hold space and hold one another accountable for making the most of a new spin around the sun.

The Winter (Holiday Card) of My Discontent by Julie Schumacher

It took us more than four years to pull it together for a holiday card. It was a thing we wanted to do. We were going to do it! And then it was mid-December and we hadn’t so vows and plans and goals were set for the next year. Next year we'd do it!

Repeat. Three more times. I don't know how big people with little people pull stuff off sometimes. Or people running their own businesses. Or the lucky intersection of truly insane people, like us, who choose to do both.

Until last year. It was an expedited shipping kinda doing-it thing. But we did it.

Beyond general life stuff, there were three things impeding us in years past that we were finally able to negotiate with grace in 2015.

  1. We are not religious. Christmas is celebrated as a heritage thing more than even a cultural thing. Our parents did so we do. Many of our friends celebrate all kinds of lovely things so we wanted a card that was inclusive and not at all holiday specific. I think I’d veer more towards a New Year's card but wanted whatever we send to be out early enough that it can make friends with the other holiday cards hung or strung.
  2. I am a writer. Man, I struggle with other people's words being my words. I wanted a card that could have my words. Call me greedy, I will cop to the Grinch.
  3. My partner is a designer by training. So the words and images we pick needed to reflect his talents, too. 

Looking back, oh my, those were easy problems to solve. What naïveté! 

We landed on a card that felt forward looking while talking about reflection. Fairly literally.

So optimistic! So not-holiday-specific! So us!

Instead of a standard ho-ho-ho one or smiley family one (though we truly love those!), we found a way to tell a story from our year, reflect our goals for the next year and share our values as a family.

Heck, it was also simply a good photo, and we’d had a good year and looked forward to this year. A year full of good things! Yay 2016!

What year? Right, this year.

Prior to the hellmouth opening on freedoms and opportunities and even basic fact, I’d been casually sorting through our photos and sussing out some winners for this year. Since last year’s card included a shot of our young daughter mid-frolic during a summer sabbatical in New Zealand (it was winter-ish there), I was leaning heavily on our trip this year to provide the winner.

And it should have! We had some fantastic photos from a summer spent sweating in DC. Our lucky butts went to the White House! Where Michelle Obama lives! Besides a standard public tour a dear friend took us through the West Wing one evening (I cried) and bowling in the basement (I sucked). 

I figured we’d riff on a shot of our girl in front of the White House and a history-making woman president and heck yea 2017. Easy peasy.

But that didn’t happen.

Instead of optimism for what's to come, I have a chronic low level belly ache of anxiety. And that’s just if I think about my family. Add in our friends who might worship or look or love or live outside of a narrow definition of acceptable, and that ache is replaced by deep fear and heartbreak. 

What could possibly be card worthy? Why bother? There are battles to fight. Screw holiday cards. We should just skip it this year (and next and next and next) and have a sad streak of one. 

I wasn't alone in my glumness. Minted's founder/CEO, Mariam Naficy, shares how card designers witnessed folks feeling lost about finding a message this year. (Thanks to Design Mom for sharing).

And thank you, yes, I know we could've donated the money used for cards to causes. That a good progressive would do just that. We did donate and intend to donate both time and money to the best of our abilities. On it, promise.

But, I don't know, y'all, I still wanted to send something out. Like many people, I am looking for connections on common cause. For the nod of acknowledgement between likeminded souls. The USPS version of the safety pin. Maybe it would be meaningless, maybe it would be mocked. But maybe, as a friend said about safety pins, it makes one person feel just a little bit better, a little bit less alone, a little bit safer. Maybe it's one ridiculously small drop in the ocean of voice raising and/or hell raising I hope to see.

Sometimes you have to seek joy and say something, even if it's fleeting and not perfect. In Taylor's piece this week, her father spoke of finding happiness in the midst of pain, outrage and hurt. So much of what she shared has settled into my bones. As a mother, myself, I am thoughtful about how I empower my daughter both towards activism and bravery, work to make her aware of her privilege and of massive injustice and at the same damn time guide her towards joy.

We decided to say something. To send something.

Otherwise, the silence wins. I can't do that. I won't do that. I won't be silent. 

With a revised family holiday-ish card mission statement, we got to work. Now our list of three qualifiers had this big hairy beast of a qualifier added to it. It could not, would not, can not, will not ignore the state of things. And it could not, would not, can not, will not take a neutral stance on where our family will stand.

If I were a religious woman, you can bet I would've prayed on this. 

My first idea was a black card that just read: Happy New Year?

Because, honestly, I am not sold on 2017 not being a holy hot mess. 

I reeled it in though. Fatalism will get me no where. It won’t protect a single right. Help a single friend. Or change a single thing. It might have gotten me a laugh (which I sure like) but I wanted to send a flare up, even a small one, that fatalism will not be the dominant tone of 2017. Nope.

We dug through the rest of the trip photos. And there it was. On its own an ok photo, but with my husband's editing skills and the right words, it takes on reality without bleakness. (If you're curious about the location, it's a pinball museum in Asheville, NC. Our daughter got way into pinball this summer even though she's just terrible at it.)

And for the back, a message that points to the unknown, to the tilt. We played with a few different phrases here. One was "Here's to the tilt" which I thought was subversive and middle finger-y to the fights brewing for all the good things we talked about the year before. That we could game or break or remake the system. But, maybe that was also quietly supporting a system that got us into this mess? Or cheersing having things go haywire? Or a bit too playful in very serious times?

Instead, we went with this.

 

Everything’s been flipped on its head. And in the grand scheme of things, this holiday card matters not so much. I know that. 

Here’s what else I know to be true. Our little family? We’re going to fight for the more vulnerable, speak for the sensible, be unrelenting in our commitment to freedom, justice and equality (and expanding all those for all mankind) and work as hard as we can to make this trip round the sun less horrible than it portends to be. Time to evaluate, educate, emphasize and mobilize. I may not lose 15 pounds or take up a new hobby in 2017. I will, though, be resolute. It’s Game On, and we’re ready.

The Privilege of Shock by Taylor Bryant

November 9, 2016

I remember listening to white friends, colleagues, and people being interviewed on NPR as they stood in awe of an America that could be so racist, so xenophobic, so bigoted.

And I thought, quite angrily, if I’m being honest, “All of that shock and awe is a privilege.”

While progressive white Americans were stunned, I spoke with the ones I loved about the country we already knew.

There are certain conversations that only minorities have.

Conversations like the one I had with my mother as a tiny child after I realized that not every part of the country, or the world, was safe for black people. Could we still travel? I can hear my mom’s voice reassuring me that she had a good idea of what places were safe and unsafe, that she’d make sure we stayed in the safe places.

Conversations like the one I had with my parents in high school. I was head over heels for Vanderbilt as a university but paralyzed at the thought of living in the South for four years.

Conversations like the one I had with a drunk Vanderbilt student who felt compelled to share his opinions on the racial makeup of our football team while sitting behind me at the game. “It’s okay if there are a lot of black people on Vandy’s football team, as long as the quarterback is white.”

Sometimes the conversations are internal. It’s the feeling I got as I was researching a picturesque wedding venue in Wisconsin. Something told me to search the name of the town along with the term racist, just to be safe. I discovered that the town was home to a Hitler memorial.

Those conversations, those experiences started before Trump, and they’ll continue even after his time in office. But something about his election still shook me.

On November 9, I found myself pouring out my heart to my father, as I often do. All of the hateful people I’d feared ever since I could conceive of their existence now thought that there opinions were validated. And while I don’t think I’ve ever felt truly felt safe in America, I know that I’ve never felt more unsafe.

My dad tried to quell my fears of the now validated white supremacist movement with an anecdote of his own.

“I don’t want you to live your life afraid,”  he told me tenderly. “I’ve seen the KKK. I’ve seen black men hanging from trees, and I still love my life.”

My dad doesn’t normally talk about what he’s seen. Occasionally, he’ll tell a chilling story with a surprisingly casual tone. Sometimes, he’ll be completely silent on the way home from a Civil Rights era movie, and I just know that it stirred something up from his past. But for the most part, he keeps his experiences to himself.

You see, my dad knew this “shocking” America years ago. And so did I.

While some cried about not seeing the first woman president, my fiancé and I strategized about our future.

“I’m not bringing a kid into this,” he told me bluntly. He’d just seen a meme about police officers being America’s most discriminated against population. It was posted by a supporter of our President Elect.

We’d already had this discussion many times, after personal experiences and national events. The election results were yet another reason for us to reconsider the responsibility of raising a tiny black child.

I reminded him that we planned to wait five years. “We’ll see if it’s safe,” he replied. And on my worst days, I don’t believe it ever will be.

That’s my reality. I’ve known the best and worst of this country ever since I could grasp concepts like racism.

I remember a six year old me having conversation with my mother about Martin Luther King’s assassination. This year, I had a conversation with my ten year old niece about lynching after we saw a play about the history of the United States.  She’ll probably have a similar conversation with her own daughters and nieces.

There’s a certain mundanity to white supremacy winning in America, nothing for me to be shocked or awed about. I never had the luxury of imagining I lived in a post-racial America.

Instead of shock, I felt fear-tinged relief. America finally showed its true colors, the ones I thought were visible to people who understood the minority experience. Its gaping wounds are exposed for all to see. Maybe now we can bind them up together.

Week in Awesome XLXXXIV by Julie Schumacher

UPCOMING EVENTS

Email to book a private cassoulet dinner with Sunday Dinner Club. It will be the best decision you ever make.

December 31: Usher in the New Year with Party Noire.

January 1: HBFC + Piece. The best thing happening in 2017 happens starting day one.

January 9: Typeforce 8 submissions due.

January 15: Beginner calligraphy workshop with Vichcraft.

 

READ, WATCH & STREAM

Our very own Taylor Bryant shares on the Privilege of Shock.

With/Another has a great interview up with Forth cofounder Kelly Connolly.

A gifsticle. A GIFSTICLE. A gifsticle celebrating some good things in 2016. No wonder we're excited to have Amelia intern with us next year!

29 Things I Know For Sure - these life lessons from Lauren Ash are where its at.

Pitch Design Union's launched a shop. Featuring this amazing wrapping paper. Eep!

We've been eagerly following Claire's Warwick Reno. Now revealing the living room.

Teen Vogue's been killing it on political pieces. They are also v. smart and included Po Campo in their gift guide.

Le Papier Studio in the Cool Mom Picks gift guide.

Why you need Google Analytics Fastbase, from Lightspan Digital.

Chicago's best quiet holiday hangouts including Chandra Ram's pick.