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August 31st, 2009   |   Life



Have a great day. I’ll be back to work and blogging in the days to come.

end of the week exfoliation

August 28th, 2009   |   Exfoliating

Ah. The next time I write, I will be living in a new home. Er, apartment. I was lucky enough to find someone to paint the bedrooms at the new place after all, so I will be lugging home four gallons of paint this afternoon. Erwin and I are moving my jewelry studio to the apartment on Sunday and the rest of our stuff on Monday. Tuesday is for painting and RCN. And here’s hoping that the laminate flooring gets repaired today.

End of the Week Exfoliation


“I’m getting rid of two necklace chokers bought in New Delhi, India. They are 12 inches long each, and I can probably ship them for free. ”



“Here is the picture of my major exfoliation and the link to my blog post about it.”



“I just discovered your blog and I’m inspired by your goal of getting rid of one item every week. I am sending you a photo of my weekly exfoliation: three cookbooks I have decided are not worth keeping. Two Rachel Ray cookbooks and “Forrest Gump’s Favorite Chocolate Recipes.” (They were all wedding gifts.) If you or any of your blog readers would like the books, I would be happy to ship them.”



“I’m submitting this stack of books as my exfoliation for the week. It’s time to pass some knowledge on to someone else as well as gain some more space on the bookshelf (which is actually anywhere I can stack some books in the apartment.) One of them has been sold already so yay!”



My move is really encouraging me to make some major shifts in what I own. This pile is just a tip of a large exfoliation ice burg which has grown throughout the week. Below are two items below that I think would be loved by some of you, so comment to claim them. First comment, first served.

PLEASE NOTE: Since I am moving on Sunday, I would like to have these items shipped to their new owners today. So if you comment to claim them, please pay the $5 PayPal invoice today as soon as you get the email request. Thanks!


Two standard pillow cases with crisp handmade trim. White and light pink.


Small lined notebook (I used about 8 pages of it, which have been ripped out).


Oh how small the Internet really is. Kind of like Chicago, it’s a big city with a lot of tiny neighborhoods. Recently I ‘bumped’ into an old Internet friend who long, long ago designed the logo for Jess LC. She is none other than Stefanie of the blog, Brooklyn Limestone, and design company, Sonic Stef Designs. It turns out that she has a gorgeous home which she has renovated from scratch and blogged about throughout the process. Like her design work, her taste in home decor is flawless. If you haven’t seen her work, it’s definitely worth checking out and adding to your Reader.

In reconnecting with her, I asked her to contribute to the DYL series. She obliged, and below are her intentions. I love the last one, so true yet hard to remember at times. Thanks, Stef!

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone and Sonic Stef

Get Tivo

Were you expecting some sort of deep platitude here?  Forget it.  Tivo will literally give me time for other things without sacrificing trash television.  Its the gift that keeps on giving!

Get in front of the camera


I struggle with this one.  Who doesn’t hate to see a terrible photo of themselves?  I rarely take a photo that doesn’t make me consider wearing a bag over my head from that moment on. I try to remember that when I’m old and rickety, I will look back on those photos and marvel at how young and beautiful I was back then.  Might as well have a few more to look back on.

Get Happy on your Birthday


My birthday is a sacred holiday in my house.  Sure, it’s a bit selfish to expect my friends and family to go out of their way but guess what? Too bad for them, it’s my birthday!!! I do something special on this day every single year and encourage you to do the same.  If it’s the number that is bothering you – just remember: you will be just as old the day after your birthday! Enjoy it.

Get a cat


I often think to myself ‘there is a wild beast in my house!’. Hours of entertainment, people.

Get Real

There is a lot of pressure to be living the perfect life – the fulfilling job, the stylish wardrobe, the ideal family, the perfect home, the plush bank account, etc.  Being happy doesn’t mean having everything I ever dreamed.  Honestly, I don’t think it’s even possible.  If I can get a couple of those things, I think I’ve done pretty well and I won’t worry about the rest. I tend to think life has a way of working out okay even if  I didn’t imagine it quite the way it happens.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

happy birthday, e!

August 26th, 2009   |   Life

As things start to unravel a bit here at the studio (I’m starting to move out the items that I’m not taking to the new apartment), I want to mention that today is Erwin’s birthday. Happy birthday, Erwin!

We’ve celebrated with a surprise party last weekend, and tonight we’re going to dinner with his friends and co-workers to celebrate again.


Apartment Update:

Things are getting exfoliated right and left. So far I’ve got new homes and owners for: a bed frame, coffee table, lamp, picture frames, metal decor keys, wire baskets, armless chair, desk, side tables, and bookshelf. The only major item I have left to sell is my 24″ RCA TV. Hopefully this goes in the next few days.

vintage inspired exfoliations

August 25th, 2009   |   ExfoliatingLife

So far my new moving concept (moving with only items that fit my vision for the new space) is going well. I have listed several large items on Craig’s List and I am leaving a fair amount of furniture in the studio for the new occupant. But there are a few items which are up for grabs here on Makeunder as well.

I’ve decided to exfoliate these a bit differently since they are bulkier than normal exfoliations (and will therefore require more money to ship). They also have a fair resale value. See below for their descriptions, dimensions, and price (paid via PayPal).

To claim any or all of the items, please comment on this post. The first comments stating intent to purchase will get the items below.


Description: Decorative gold painted metal keys.

Dimensions: Large: 24″x8″ and Small: 18″x 6″

Price: $25 for both keys (includes shipping). Congrats, Jessica!


Description: Two decorative chicken-wire baskets in distressed olive paint. (Pine cones not included… unless you want them.)

Dimensions: Both baskets: 10″x6″

Price: $15 for both baskets (includes shipping). Congrats, Cortnee!


Description: Two faux gold frames with art prints.

Dimensions: Frames: 8″x6.5″

Price: $8 for the pair (includes shipping). Congrats, Becky!

a new perspective on moving

August 24th, 2009   |   ExfoliatingLife

Good afternoon! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was filled with planning Erwin’s surprise birthday party. It did turn out to be a surprise (thankfully) but unfortunately I didn’t whip out the camera, so I don’t have any photos to share.

Several people that came asked me to post a few of the recipes that I used, including the Jalapeno Popper Spread and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake. Both were easy to make with few ingredients.


A New Perspective on Moving

This weekend Erwin and I also ordered our new sectional for the apartment we’re moving into next Sunday (!!). I’ve also been ruminating on what I want to exfoliate before I move. I thought about doing a Throw Out 100 Things challenge or something similar. But then I realized, I was looking at the move backwards.

I really should think about “What do I want to bring to the new place? Which of my possessions fit the vision I have for the new space?” And then the challenge is to only bring those items that match the new space, the new vision. So instead of planning on bringing everything, I’m going to start compiling all of the things that I want to bring. After I have everything separated this way, the things that aren’t in the “want to bring” pile are getting exfoliated. End of story.

Sure, my space will not be exactly the way I want right away, but over time I’ll have the resources to fill the new space with the rest of the items I want. And this way I’m not dragging things to the new space unconsciously, without an intention to use them.

I’m pretty pumped about this new paradigm. I’ll let you know how it goes. Anyone else done something similar?

end of the week exfoliation

August 21st, 2009   |   Exfoliating

The weekend. It’s going to be a good one. After a pretty hefty long run (marathon training is starting to ramp up now) tomorrow morning, I’ll be baking with Kaitlyn.

On Sunday Erwin and I will be ordering our new sectional and I’ll be inventorying what fits my vision for our new space and what I need to exfoliate. Be warned, there might be a “Throw Out 100 Things” challenge in the week or two to come. I’m ready for a big evolution in what I own going forward. Is any one else feeling a strong sense to change and evolve right now? Maybe it’s the season change approaching.

Until tomorrow I’ll be at the State St. Macy’s for a Trunk Show, come visit and say hi!

End of the Week Exfoliation

Remember, you can send me (jess@jesslc.com) your exofliations and I’ll post them here each week. Each exfoliation entry gives you a chance to win the Giveaway Giveway prize, which for this month is a new Madison necklace.


Free Garage Sale Items

These books aren’t going to get any more use from these eyes so they are off to someone new! Any takers? Comment and directly mention which book (or both) you’d like and I’ll ship it to you if you pay $5 for shipping.


Good afternoon! I just want to stop in and mention that Susie, my intern extraordinaire, and I will be at Macy’s tomorrow for the Designer’s of Chicago Trunk Show before the big Glamorama event that night. Here are the details:

Who: the Macy’s Designers of Chicago designers (including Jess LC)

What: Trunk Show (we’ll have the classic Chicago collections as well as the new Wellington and Madison pieces)

Where: Macy’s, 111 N. State St. (near the elevators in the jewelry section)

When: 10-4

So come on over and say hello!


August 20th, 2009   |   DESIGN YOUR LIFE


Oh boy. I’ve been excited about this DESIGN YOUR LIFE for a while now. Erwin (my boyfriend) generally stays behind the scenes of MakeunderMyLife, but he’s agreed to be interviewed for DYL following a reader request (thanks, Danny!).

Though some of you may not know much about Erwin, I can tell you that we definitely complement each others personalities. He’s a calm, steady force. His gentle nature and laid back personality make him extremely likable. I think it will be pretty clear after reading his intentions that he’s someone you’d want to be friends with.

I also think you’ll see why I consider myself a pretty lucky girl.


Let life go

In many cases I let the small problems go away in my life. Why waste negative energy when I can instill much more positive vibes in myself and in others? My stress levels tend to stay down this way and I find that I am calmer in the more challenging moments in my life.

Get out the comfort zone


Every now and then it’s great to try something new and out of the ordinary. Whether it is a new activity, music, or food (Slurpee flavors in my case), it all provides fresh experiences to enjoy. Stretching my boundaries has helped me in finding out more about who I am as a person and what I would like to become in the future.

Laughter always helps

Each day I love to watch all kinds of comedy on YouTube, television, or DVD. It keeps me upbeat and laughter is a great way alleviate any problems that might be going on work or elsewhere. I forget about any other pressures and just laugh. It’s simple.

Musical Chairs

Ever since I can remember, I have had a large affinity for music. When I say “affinity” I mean to the point where I memorized basically all of Nickelodeon show television themes from the 90’s (Jess utilizes this as a party trick). Music can change my mood immediately and I find it to be soothing. I try to expose myself to as many new sounds as possible because I never know what I could be missing out on. Speaking of music….

Dancing through life


I have always found dancing to be an amazing form of self-expression. There’s a large amount of creativity that can be displayed through dancing and I find that it’s very enjoyable. Whether it’s with friends or by myself, I can dance forever.

Take time to care


I try to take time to care about other people in my life. There are times when friends, co-workers, or anyone might be in a bad mood and individuals may try to avoid contact with them because of that fact. In those times I try to reach out those people because there might be a bad situation going on in their lives that no one may know about. That’s the case where that individual needs someone the most and for me I like to make the effort to have compassion for them. I believe that it can have a larger impact than you would think.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

intentional obsession [update]: sectional

August 19th, 2009   |   LifeStyle

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was drooling over a sectional for our new apartment. It looked like this:


What I liked: the neutral color, modern lines, and scale of this Blake Sectional from West Elm. What I did not like: the price tag.

So this weekend Erwin and I headed over to Roy’s Furniture to see what they had to offer. Overall, we weren’t too impressed with the selection. Except for one. The one.


It isn’t exactly like the Blake sectional, but it’s pretty darn close. We decided to get the same layout as the Blake sectional with the chaise on the end (which is the real reason I want a sectional). They say it takes about six weeks for delivery. And at less than half the price of the Blake, it’s going to be a lot easier to afford other things like a) groceries and b) a new J.Crew boyfriend blazer next month.


I also like the darker coffee poly-velvet as opposed to the West Elm version. It’s going to hide dirt and stains a lot more.

What do you think?

chiblogo recap

August 18th, 2009   |   Life

Good afternoon! I have finally compiled most of the photos from Chiblogo, take a look.

It was a great event and I’m so happy to have met so many of you for the first time in person. Check here for the full Chiblogo wrap up.


Courtney and Lauren, the two greatest hostesses to work with. Many a nacho was consumed at this table while planning Chiblogo.


Not surprisingly, Courtney made the cutest Chiblogo banner. Planning with interior designer/decorators has it’s perks.



Enter Baby Atlas. Enter Chiblogo.



Stephanie, Stephanie’s mom, and Erin.


Jillian and Crystal, journalists and humor bloggers.


Jess and Jess.


The best PB&J cookies ever.


Yeah, Erwin was there too. (Thanks, hun!)


Megan, Emily, and Erin writing the future of Chiblogo on note cards.





The not-quite-after-party.


Chiblogo 2009!


On the house.



[photos taken by Courtney]

hamburger cupcakes

August 18th, 2009   |   Food

At this point, I know I’m a borderline blogger cliche making the infamous hamburger cupcakes for Chiblogo. These little guys are super popular on blogs. I first fell in love with them on Bakerella. I then made them for a Fourth of July barbecue and now for Chiblogo this weekend. The recipe is simple, the photos tell the whole story.









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