Monday, October 14, 2013

Busy Bees

I went to see my family this past weekend and the weather was really beautiful. I managed to capture a few bees working on collecting pollen from marigolds and honeysuckle in my mom's garden.

Photo credit: Me. Panasonic Lumix, iPhone (middle).

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Solid Fashion Advice

I wish more people followed this advice. 

Brunch Time!

This post is perfect for Sunday brunch time. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago is NellcĂ´te, so I was thrilled when I won brunch one weekend for me and three of my friends. I already had plans that weekend with my friends for brunch, so it was fun to be able to share that it would be a treat. I follow their account on Twitter and I have to say, their account is one of my favorites to follow - they are personable, show passion for the food, and great love  and appreciation for their customers. The weekend we won brunch was also the "September Issue" brunch and I got a copy of Vogue's September issue, which was also a nice touch.

We started with the "Brunch Share Plate," which includes: madeleines, brioche, prosciutto, gruyere cheese, tea-poached plums, and house made butter & jam. We each tried something different: quiche lorraine, lobster hash, heirloom tomato pizza, and a french omelette. Every bite - fresh, delicious and perfect.

We finished things off with a pot de creme. 
As you can see, there wasn't a drop left!
And... scene.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day and Night - Cloud Gate

One of my favorite things about Cloud Gate, also known in Chicago as "The Bean," is that no matter how many times I've seen it, it always looks so different. Here are a couple of different photos - one from this summer during the day, and the other just this past week at night after a rain storm.

Photos: Me. iPhone.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Tanuki by Jan Kaneko

Today I walked through the Boeing Galleries at Millennium Park. The Tanuki by Jan Kaneko are on display through November 3, 2013. The Tanuki are described as, "tricksters who cause trouble and mayhem in both the human and supernatural worlds."
Tanuki in my favorite color - Turquoise!
I don't know what these guys do when no one is marveling over them, but they seemed pretty quiet to me, albeit their bright colors and patterns. Art in Chicago - one of the many things that make this city so great.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sad Face = No Travel Team

Chachi was really glad to see me when I came home from London, but he was really disappointed he didn't make the international travel team.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Boat Cruise on the River Thames - London

St. Paul's Cathedral & the Milennium Bridge. Photo: Leslie Marshall - July 2013
I went to London last week for work and while I was there, I had a chance to explore London on my own. I was so taken by the architecture and sights that I ended up taking almost 400 photos! This photo of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Milennium Bridge is one of my favorites. I also had fun with Instagram and took a video (click through the post to view the video) during a River Thames boat tour that our team went on one evening. The boat cruise was a cool way to see London landmarks, like Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower Bridge.