Taking a diversion from studies by venturing downtown is always a welcome idea when possible. Last weekend marked the last “free” weekend my classmates and I have this year. Our spring quarter final exams begin Saturday and continue through to next Saturday. And in a mere 10 days–albeit ones that will certainly drag on and on–our first year at ICO will be completed.
Last Friday, a group of us attended a performance of the Joffrey Ballet’s “Othello” at the Auditorium Theatre in the Loop, a short 20-minute trip by bus from campus. We got there an hour before showtime to purchase “student rush” tickets. Normally, tickets range from $31 to $152, but we bought ours for $15. Our seating was in the 300 level, but by some luck, one of us received a ticket of the same price for seating on the floor level. When the curtains rose, we enjoyed a truly stellar experience, made amazing by the expressive acting and heightened drama.
Once a month, the River East Art Center fills with crowds in search of new culinary, art and fashion experiences. All this occurs at Dose Market, a monthly offering that showcases about 50 local businesses to event-goers. These business may be new and using the market as their debut vehicle, or they may be established and increasing their exposure to tastemakers and everyday girls and guys. I heard about Dose several months ago and finally decided to check it out this past Sunday. And thankfully, the weather was beautiful and sunny!
In the days leading up to Sunday, the Dose website was constantly updated with new and enticing info that fueled my anticipation. For one thing, a new French bakery was debuting at the market. Macarons are my favorite and I was sold.
When spring quarter had begun and course syllabi were delivered to our mailboxes, I became aware that by the end of our first year, we’d all learn to complete a patient refraction and be able to write prescriptions for refractive error. In a typical visit to an optometrist, determining a patient’s prescription through refraction is half of the exam and what most people think an eye appointment entails. The phoropter had always stood atop the pedestal of optical instruments as a device I dreamed of working. Now, with just weeks left in this school year, I’m close to knowing the ins and outs of a phoropter like the back of my hand.
There’s just a few days before Eyeball 2013, and my friends and I are finalizing the details of our formal outfits. It’ll be my first time attending Eyeball and I’m excited to see what it’s like. After purchasing my dress for the fete, I moved on to thinking about what accessories I’d wear to match. Accessories are always a huge part of my outfits! The dress I chose is a long one that gives me a simple and elegant color theme to work with–blue and silver. I chose some accessories that I already own and bought a few more to complete my look. Here are what the key pieces look like:
Last Friday, I mingled with friends from undergrad while taking in one of my favorite annual events. While at the University of Chicago, I was a member of MODA, a fashion platform on campus that catered to students’ more creative and stylish side. My fellow members and I wrote for the fashion and lifestyle, interviewed style influencers for the print magazine and designed pieces for the big annual event–the spring fashion show.
This year, I attended the fete as a guest and was met with a sea of familiar and new faces. I took in the runway show from the VIP section with a fellow MODA alum. The event took place in the Great Hall at Union Station and drew a huge crowd from both the university and the community. Over 70 designs were presented on student models. These looks were designed by a wide range of talent, from students who’d picked up sewing within the past year to established professionals like Lidia Wachowska of Evil Kitty. My favorite designs included beautiful and ultra-feminine dresses, and one look that was positively desert chic.
Design by Concetta Cipriano for Cettina Designs
Design by University of Chicago student Joy Mao