Keep Paris in your thoughts and prayers.

As we struggle to make sense of last weeks's tragic events, the Eiffel Tower's triumphant bleu, blanc et rouge are a hopeful reminder of Paris's unyielding strength and courage, and its power to persevere. 

Source: NBC News

Source: NBC News

And as some of the globe's most iconic landmarks shone brightly in support, it's a remarkable reminder just what a small world this is, and how connected we all are.

See here for ideas on how to donate or lend your support.

Source: CTV News

Source: CTV News

Source: Slate

Source: Slate

Source: Tech Insider

Source: Tech Insider

Hear We Go: Retro Cocktail Party Edition

There's something mystifying about mid-century America. Pearls and dusters, new household gadgets left and right, newspapers and stiff cocktails -- my vision plays out like an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

As the holidays approach, these retro faves will liven up any party and get your guests Bopping, Twisting and Shaking into the festive spirit. 

Source: Vintage Current

"Back From Vacation"

Hi, everyone. Remember that time I disappeared for a good three and a half months with no warning, and no out-of-office letting you know when I'd be back (gasp!)?

Yeah, I'm sorry about that. The summer filled up fast, and sadly blogging fell by the wayside.

  • The exciting news is I've spent lots of time thinking about how to make Thirty Somewhere bigger and better, and I have new tricks up my sleeve for the coming months.
  • The bad news is I missed spending the past few months with you, hearing what you've been up to and sharing stories of my own. Let's try to make up for that, right now. What's new? Here's my rundown:

We celebrated America, in one of America's greatest cities, with cocktails, one of America's greatest pastimes. 

Spending Chicago's sticky-sweet Fourth of July evening at Drumbar, next to the all-American, all-lit-up red, white and blue John Hancock Center. 

Spending Chicago's sticky-sweet Fourth of July evening at Drumbar, next to the all-American, all-lit-up red, white and blue John Hancock Center

I certainly miss this (slight) tan.

I certainly miss this (slight) tan.

We wet our German whistles celebrating Oktoberfest... with lots and lots of Chicago-brewed beer.

Spending my birthday weekend enjoying an epic  boy band medley at Revolution Brewery's Oktoberfest. 

Spending my birthday weekend enjoying an epic  boy band medley at Revolution Brewery's Oktoberfest

Seriously, check out Revolution's Oktoberfest if you happen to be in Chicago that weekend next year. We had eight tickets to refill those giant beer glasses over just a three-hour period, plus food, plus fantastic entertainment -- both musically, and from our fellow exubert attendees. It's a good time.

Seriously, check out Revolution's Oktoberfest if you happen to be in Chicago that weekend next year. We had eight tickets to refill those giant beer glasses over just a three-hour period, plus food, plus fantastic entertainment -- both musically, and from our fellow exubert attendees. It's a good time.

We commemorated our #BasicBia love for Starbucks, pre-#RedCup "fiasco," with pretty on-point Halloween costumes.

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A former colleague makes the most fantastic cookies. Every time they're around, the resounding review is, "OMG. This cookie doesn't just look good; it tastes AMAZING." I can vouch, after eating at least a third myself. Check out her creations, and put in your orders, at For Sweet's Sake.

A former colleague makes the most fantastic cookies. Every time they're around, the resounding review is, "OMG. This cookie doesn't just look good; it tastes AMAZING." I can vouch, after eating at least a third myself. Check out her creations, and put in your orders, at For Sweet's Sake.

And now that we look back, if it seems like we've been nesting here in Chicago, you're on the right track...

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We're nesting in the NEW HOME we finally locked down last August!

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A GIGANTIC thanks to the BEST REALTOR in Chicago, Gwen Stark! Not only did she help us find our dream home, but she kicked off our closing celebration with the cutest champagne toast possible. FIND HER if you're looking to buy!

A GIGANTIC thanks to the BEST REALTOR in Chicago, Gwen Stark! Not only did she help us find our dream home, but she kicked off our closing celebration with the cutest champagne toast possible. FIND HER if you're looking to buy!

We have a ways to go, but we're slowly making this place our home. I'm excited to finally have wall space for all the vacation art we've bought over the years!

We have a ways to go, but we're slowly making this place our home. I'm excited to finally have wall space for all the vacation art we've bought over the years!

Honestly, for those of you who were part of our condo purchase roller coaster, you probably understand why we didn't have much time to travel, or to blog -- or to do anything really, beyond pushing to seal that deal.

We're so glad we're finally settled in our very first home, picking out paint colors, scoping out new furniture and hosting our best friends for any excuse to throw a party. While we've been checking out West Elm more than the West Indies lately, we're finally ready to scratch that insatiable travel itch again. 

And that means you can expect a lot more fun and exciting updates on Thirty Somewhere! Plus, I'll be pulling in travel tips from fellow wanderlusters who've logged a lot more miles than me. Get ready for lots of fun ahead. Buckle up for the ride!