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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE

Chicago is known for its architecture and the city's impressive, super-sized skyline is one of the best I've seen - I love art deco architecture and it's in abundance in the Windy City, from historic landmarks and massive public buildings to big office blocks, sat against modern glass and steel skyscrapers, iconic towers like the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, elegant hotels and the legendary houses of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Chicago skyline at night

As most buildings in the downtown area were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, there was a boom in the 1880s and 1890s with new buildings shooting up in a variety of styles and original designs, including many world firsts: architectural pioneers explored using steel frame construction instead of cast iron and the "Chicago School" architects emphasised the skyscraper's vertical nature using large plates of glass, which became the first modern skyscrapers.

Chicago skyscrapers

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: PRETTY IN PINK

Pretty in Pink classic 80s movie
Friday night is movie night!  Watching this 80s classic later...

HANDS FREE HEROES

I'm not normally one to lust over the new "it bag" - (if you save up, why would you want something over-exposed and passé in a few months?) but the latest hands-free, cross-body bags from the likes of Valentino, Saint Laurent and Givenchy...  Be still my beating heart!  What's your big SS15 splurge?

Saint Laurent Classic Monogram Green Suede Shoulder Bag

FOLLI FOLLIE HEART BANGLES

Folli Follie surprised me with a pretty little ribbon-tied orange and white box on Valentine's Day.  Inside was the three rose, silver and yellow gold plated Love&Fortune bangles with an interlocking heart motif, which are perfect for stacking with my other clashing metal bracelets.

Folli Follie heart bangles

Check out the Heart4Heart collection for more girly jewellery and accessories - each piece features four hearts: one for love, one for beauty, one for hope and one for promise. All together now: "aaah..."

MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL

The best new musical to hit London's West End is Broadway's award-winning Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre, starring the "British Queen of Soul" Beverley Knight.  Crikey, she has a pair of lungs on her.  Over in the States, Memphis won four Tony® Awards including Best Musical, and the UK production is currently nominated for ten WhatsOnStage Awards and nine Oliviers, having opened in October 2014 to critical acclaim.

Beverley Knight in Memphis the Musical - Olivier Award nominated musical

Inspired by true events from the underground clubs in segregated 1950s Tennessee, the story follows the forbidden love between white radio DJ Huey Calhoun (played by stage star Killian Donnelly) who wants to change the world with rhythm and blues and aspiring singer Felicia Farrell (Mrs Knight) ready for her big break.