Betty1mc3Since June officially kicks off the wedding season, I thought it would be a great time to share some of the vintage wedding photographs I have in my collection.

Today’s image—two of my parent’s dearest friends—is fabulous, isn’t it!?

Look for vintage wedding photography every Wednesday through September (the month my parents were married).

Weekend Wonders


Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Building—all dressed up for the Holidays.  The Charles Beersman designed beauty has been lighting up the city’s skyline since 1921, save for three periods when the lights were dimmed—during World War II;  in 1971 when new lights were installed; and 1973-74 during the energy crisis.  Commissioned by William Wrigley, Jr., in 1920, for his chewing gum company, his directive was clear—he wanted his company headquarters to be impressive. read more

Weekend Wonders

“Art is the proper task of life.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a lovely weekend. Summer bowed to Fall in the most graceful way imaginable Saturday—the letting go and the going on made easier by glorious azure skies and refreshingly crisp autumnal air.   Sunday proved to be equally heaven-sent and a perfect day to stop by Chicago’s Navy Pier where the city had been playing host to more than 100 of the world’s premier galleries, to kick off its international arts season. read more

Weekend Wonders

 “When I was a girl, Chicagoans had to travel far and wide to see things of beauty.  I am glad I have lived to see the day when people now come from far and wide to see beautiful things in Chicago.”  ~Kate Buckingham, May, 1939

When Chicagoan Kate Buckingham commissioned architect Edward H. Bennett to design Buckingham Fountain in memory of her late brother Clarence, she did so to expose all people in her beloved city to beauty and art.  There is no question that she succeeded in doing so, as the iconic fountain is today one of the city’s most magnificent architectural jewels.  It also happens to be one of my favorite hometown landmarks. read more

Weekend Wonders

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend!

I visited the Ragdale House—a house with an incredible history, whose legacy is steeped in all things artistic.  The lovely country estate is today home to one of the most prestigious and historic artist-in-residence programs in the country. read more

Weekend Wonders

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend!  It is not often that you see a garden folly of such magnificent beauty preening above the evergreens in a suburban landscape.  But there it was, in all its glory, taking its place amidst the trees—a replica of an 18th century garden pavilion—grandly anchored on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful North Shore estate. read more

Weekend Wonders

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Mine began in the hustle and bustle of the city and ended in my version of the country, strolling what is said to be America’s first planned shopping center.

Historic Market Square is tucked into the center of the enchantingly beautiful community of Lake Forest, Illinois.  Designed in 1916 by famed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, Market Square is one of the earliest examples of urban renewel.

In the late 1800s, Lake Forest had fast become a go-to country retreat for Chicago’s wealthy.  By 1912, city officials, unhappy with the town’s unsightly business district, looked to Shaw to create a space where several businesses could operate.  Shaw’s vision for a “shopping center,” came to fruition with the creation of a U-shaped mall surrounded by parking spaces that flanked a central courtyard.

The center’s old-world facade was inspired by a trip Shaw had taken to Europe shortly before he was commissioned for the Lake Forest project.

One of the highlights of the Square is the magnificent fountain, whose bronze statue, “Girl With Baby On Shoulders,” was designed by Shaw’s daughter, Sylvia Shaw Judson.

Market Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Though there wasn’t a bit of sunshine to be had during our visit, it was nonetheless, a lovely place to spend the afternoon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make it a great day!




Things That Make Me Smile

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

~Henry James

The Getty Center’s magnificent Central Garden, Brentwood, California—a glorious place to spend a summer afternoon.

Which reminds me, Happy August everyone!  I fear this month is going to fly by as quickly as the last.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a wonderful month!  Hope you find countless reasons to smile!