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Nena Ivon  Fashion, interiors, flowers, books, food, lifestyle, memories, serendipity for my blog, nenasnotes.

“To qualify as a designer one should not be afraid to repeat a good design, and certainly must have his own signature.” A quote from Norman Norell. I am so excited to speak with the extraordinary Jeffrey Banks author of NORELL Master of American Fashion at this month’s sold out nenasnotes The Fashion Book Club. The first photo is a “typical” Norell costume combining a camel cashmere coat lined and dressed in gold sequins....could be worn today (photo found on Pinterest credit unknown). The second photo a melon wool jersey dress in the Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies Collection, thanks to Tanner Branson for that photo. Norman Norell a genius designer for the ages!
@jeffreybanksdesign @columbiachi #normannorell #americanfashiondesigners #classicfashion #timelessdesign #mermaidgowns #iconicfashion #themasteroffashion #oneofakinddesigngenius

You always had our RESPECT. Rest In Peace as you sing with the angels.

A rose is a rose is a rose.....here the exquisite color palette of Luxe Bloom Lasting Luxury Roses. I had the distinct pleasure of taking many photos and was able to see the crew in action with the guidance of the founder and owner of this unique company, Shelley Rosen. I’m planning a nenasnotes post in the near future. @luxebloomroses #naturalroses #florals #charminggifts #perfectroses #designedlocally #lovemycity #🌹#corporategifts #longlastingroses

Someone please explain to me how we got to the middle of August....there are pumpkin things all over the place.....NO! Oh well, we can’t hold back time but we can look at pretty vintage thingies! Isn’t this a little love....decoupage on the inside cover of an old leather book done by a charming person, I’m thinking late 1800’s. A special gift to me from one of my favorite vendors at my beloved Randolph Street Market which is Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26 from 10 to 5 each day. Giving you a week’s advance notice so you can be sure it is on your calendar. @randolphmarket #decoupage #vintagebooks #vintagefashionplate #violets #collectingvintagepaper #eclecticcollectibles #smalls #crafting #knowledgabledealers #summerinthecity #weekendouting

I am in heaven....it’s football season okay pre-season....win or lose I love my Bears!!! A least one game a year in person...New coach, new QB new season....here we go! #footballseason #chicagobears #chicagobearssuperfan #notafairweatherfan #gobears #bestinperson #tailgating #hotdogsandbeer #waytoomuchfun #onceafanalwaysafan #needascorecard #menintights #tradition

The eggplant stack at Rosebud on Rush!!!! A shared starter....if one can eat with ones eyes, go for it. Tasted even better than it looks, if that is possible. Gorgeous photo courtesy of my gracious hostess, Shelley Rosen. @rosebudonrush #summerbounty #vegatablemasterpiece #foodporn #vegatablesattheirpeak #italianfood #foodheaven #chicagofoodscene #classicchicagorestaurants

Homemade brownies for dinner guests, always a hit. In mixing bowl (Mom’s Pyrex bowls!), going into oven, cooling...spreading fudge icing, icing completed, finished product sprinkled with sea salt and served on a hand painted violets Nippon plate (set of four) from one of my favorite dealers at Randolph Street Market.
Take away box for guests. #homemadebrownies #dinnerguests #weeknightdinner #nipponchina #handpainteddishes #chocolateporn

Check @nenasnotes on Monday....the subject Golf. The golfer in this 1938 photo, my father. He adored the sport and was a superb player. It was a fun post to do, hope you will enjoy it. #golfingforfun #winningcompetitions #enjoyingthe19thhole #caddyingforthepros #beingwithfriends #makingnewfriends #enjoyingthegoodlife

My exciting August TBR books to be reviewed on nenasnotes. Caroline Weber’s magnificent Proust’s Duchess has received rave reviews including The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal. A book to be savored along with a glass or two of champagne and savory madeleines (I’ll include the recipe, which I just found, when I post my review) the book will be the subject of an upcoming nenasnotes The Fashion Book Club. I adore Cara Black and always look forward to her Paris mysteries, a bit of Russian history, absolutely; a story about wine, how could I resist and I am obsessed with any story that addresses bookshops. What is on your list for August?? @carolineweber2018 @carablack51 @annmahnet @amymeyerson.com #tbrlist #bookobsession #myrelaxingtime #historicalfiction #parismysteries #russianhistory #independantbooksellers

A moody moon over Lake Geneva last night. I am obsessed with the moon. #moonstruck #moonglow #madaboutthemoon #moonlightonwater #waningsummerdays #romanticatheart

Several reasons (just the tip of “collectionsburg) to get up and get to the Randolph Street Market from 10 to 5 today.....a perfect day to explore all the perfect booths, chat with the perfect vendors (they do love to talk about their perfect wares), eat and drink all the perfect food/drink, listen to the perfect music, and, of course, buy the perfect items....what could be more perfect!!!! Enjoy.... @randolphmarket #weekendouting #homedecor #collectibleaccessories #startcollecting #posters #vinylrecords #vintageclothing #ethnictreasures #handcrafts #textiles

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