Not Your Average Dog

It's seriously crazy how much I'm craving hot dogs now since my visit to Dan's Dogs this past weekend.  In the past I have never been a huge hot dog fan, so this is interesting to say the least...

I talked yesterday about no more boring ketchup and mustard.  Creativity is a must, and I want to get cracking in my kitchen soon with some great combinations.  Luckily, I found some awesome recipes on the Food Network website that are really inspiring me right now.  They have one hot dog for ever day of the month.  Very serious business.  Here are my top 6 that I'd like to draw inspiration from and/or recreate to a t:

No. 1 ~ Chicago Dog ~ dill pickle, cucumber spears, tomatoes, sweet pickle relish, pickled peppers, onion, yellow mustard, and celery salt with a boiled dog in a poppy-seed bun
No. 2 ~ Boston Terriers ~ baked beans with a hot dog on a toasted bun
No. 3 ~ Surf Dog ~ pineapple salsa with a teriyaki dog on a grilled bun
No. 4 ~ California Dog ~ avocado, cucumber, sprouts, carrot, and green goddess salad dressing with a tofu dog on a whole-wheat bun ~ vegetarians rejoice!
No. 5 ~ Hot Diggity Dog ~ jalapeno jack cheese and pickled jalapenos with a grilled dog on a grilled bun
No. 6 ~ Vidalia Dog ~ vidalia onion rings and barbecue sauce with a boiled hot dog on a soft bun

To view the entire month calendar of hot dogs, you can go here.

Ok, now no more hot dog posts for the rest of the week at least I promise!


Dan's Dogs

Nope, I'm not talking about puppies; this time, it's all about the hot dogs.

Right after boyfriend and I made a visit to the puppy store, we traveled for about an hour to Dan's Dogs in Medina, Ohio.  Let me tell you, it was well worth the travel time.

{Dan's Dogs - pictured in order from Bottom to Top: Nacho Dog, Underdog, basket of fries, Reuben Dog, and another Nacho Dog}

I only got to take one quick photo before my boyfriend begged me to stop so he could eat his already, thus it's not the best shot, sorry.  

Once you walk into Dan's Dogs, you're instantly time ported back to the 1950's when diner food reigned king.  There are formica tabletops, pink booths, 50's mint colored chairs, and other midcentury decor, but the focus at Dan's are its dogs.  All of the regular hot dogs at Dan's are priced at about $2 a piece, and they come piled high with the good stuff.  They have classic combos like chili and cheese and more outlandish combos like peanut butter and jelly.  I ordered the Nacho Dog and the Underdog (a BLT hot dog basically), and my boyfriend also go a Nacho Dog, as well as a Rueben Dog.  Boyfriend said the reuben dog was amazing, and we both agreed that the Nacho Dog was pretty darn tasty too. This isn't to say that the BLT dog wasn't good, but it was not my fav of the two.  I really enjoyed the crunch of the corn chips on the Nacho Dog, and I thought the flavors complemented the dog really well.  The basket of fries that we ordered was way bigger than we imagined too.  For the $2.50 price tag, we thought it would have been smaller.  The priciest thing we ordered was an ice cold pitcher of root beer that really hit the spot on such a hot day.  All in all, it was way too much food for our hungry tummies and a fun place to stop.  If hot dogs aren't your thing btw, Dan's also has fresh salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, and shakes on the menu.  Whatever your order, you won't go hungry and your bank account will take a small hit.  Just know that since Dan's Dogs, I've become spoiled with fancy hot dog combinations.  No more ketchup and mustard for this girl.  I don't think I can go back to that combo after this experience.

Puppy Love

I'm loving this extra long weekend and I hope you are too!  Boyfriend and I went on a bunch of adventures together these past few days, but today's all about family and relaxation.  While I have a little time until family mode, I thought I'd share a little piece of my weekend with you.

 {Min Pin vs. Cavalier Cocker Spaniel}

Like many people, I melt over the cuteness of a soft, cuddly puppy.  You know how they say a dog reflects his/her owner?  My boyfriend and I have discussed the breeds we like several times now, and it's so true.  He likes Miniature Pinschers which are very skinny, active, adventurous dogs, while I prefer the Cavalier King Charles Cocker Spaniel that has lots of shedding coats of hair, is very laid back, affectionate, and will interact with nearly everyone.  We both fit our dog descriptions weirdly enough, plus I still can't get over the ruby coloring that many Cavaliers have.  Sooo pretty!  I dream of one day adding a little Ruby to my family, but I'm afraid that I can not do this yet.  The Cavalier breed has many health problems that I won't be able to care or pay for right now beyond the large initial price-tag.  However, this does not stop me from going to pet stores to go pick her out or frequently visiting this website...

{seriously melts my heart days later}

This past Saturday, my boyfriend took me to the dog store where his parents purchased one of there dogs years prior.  The little puppy above was there and she melted my heart.  She looks kind of scared in the picture, and I don't blame her, but I just had to get a picture of her.  Right after it was taken, I put my camera back in my bag, and she came right up to the glass to try to look inside it.  As you can see from the photo, she has rather droopy, red eyes that I've been trying to research without any luck.  It's not cherry eye I know that.  I wonder if the condition was one of the reasons she went on sale for near $500 less than she was days prior, but the price-tag might also have to do with her age.  She and her brother were the oldest puppies for sale, until he was bought that day leaving her all alone in her cage.  When I requested to take her out and hold her, she looked so sad.  She just laid in my arms until I had to give her back.  Once back in her cage, she came up to the glass and started to lick where I put my hand.  Boyfriend dragged me out of the store against my will, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about her.  A sad lonely puppy just kills my insides, and I hope someone nice with a lot of love, time, and money on their hands took her in.  I can only hope...

Sorry to leave you on a sad note, but I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day!
See you back here tomorrow for some more weekend adventures :)


Pins of Interest

So I've had a Pinterest account for some time now, but I just finally started to use it.  Do you have an account?  If you're thinking about getting one, I would apply for it today (I heard there is a huge line to become apart of the Pinterest group), and if you already have an account, what do you think of it? Here are some of the positives and negatives that I see:

+'s - it keeps all of my past and current inspiration organized & it's great for finding new inspiration as well, plus it keeps down my number of bookmarks (I don't think I want to admit to how many I have, but it's truly out of control)

–'s - I don't find the interface very user friendly for the iPad (my main device for inspiration hunting and blog reading); new pins take forever to load and every time I click to repin a photo, it'll make me scroll to the top of the homepage to do so, and then I'll have to scroll back down to the bottom where I was etc...basically, it's pretty time consuming when I could just copy the photo and save the link real quick (though refer back to why this is a bad idea in the +'s section)
As I've also stated previously on here, products I feel tend to sell out more quickly now that everyone and their brother know about them...makes me not so happy when I finally have the money to buy that pretty little necklace and it's gone, out of my life forever :( OK enough of being so dramatic sorry...

Being as that I'm finally using this website, I decided that I would share some of my fav pins of interest (from past and present) with you.  Perhaps inspire you to get an account as well, that will further inspire me :)  Here they are:
 No. 1 ~ Paint Chip Gift Tags ~ What a cute way to add a burst of color to your gift, and they can be acquired for the lovely cost of $0! I especially love this idea because even at a small age, the painting section was also my favorite part of home improvement stores.  I have never been able to resist picking up a few (or more) to take home with me, and now they all will have a purpose. Perfect!

 No. 2 ~ Outdoor Dining - If you have a backyard like this, expect a visit from me real soon! This would be really great inspiration for a wedding reception setup too.

 No. 3 ~ Colored Spoons ~ If you've seen this flatware set and were crushed when you saw the price-tag, no need to fear! All you need is some spray paint (preferably food safe just to be, well, safe) and some utensils. Great DIY

 No. 4 ~ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco ~ A beautiful photograph of the City By the Bay. I love the colors, and it's even worthy of a frame in my opinion.

 No. 5 ~ Ginger Wipe Out & Key Lime Cowabunga Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ Oh Joy! (which is a great blog read btw & one of my absolute favorites) featured these ice cream sandwiches on her blog not too long ago.  You can order them online, but I think I'm going to have my go at making my own, and my wallet agrees.  The Key Lime is made with coconut oatmeal cookies, so I'm going to start with this recipe.  These sound and look AMAZING don't they!

Well, I'm off to go spend time with my boyfriend for the weekend, and let's pray the rain can stay away!
Happy Weekend,


A Roman Holiday

Oh man, where have I been that I have not seen this new Roman Holiday poster?!  

Above is the poster compared to one of the originals.  I quite like the new one better I must say.  Beautiful work done by TCM and just the pop of bright color that I needed today.  

Sort of on the same topic, yet not...has anyone seen this movie?  I know I shouldn't be disappointed in the ending, but I always am every time.  I'm just a sucker for a happy ending I guess.  Oh well, perhaps I'll just watch Sabrina instead.  That's my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie anyway.  


Refreshing Flavor Combos for Your Next Picnic

My favorite thing about the warmer months isn't the nicer weather or the fact that there are many more active light hours in the day.  My favorite thing about Spring and Summer, without a doubt, would be that these seasons bring a multitude of fresh foods with them that mean endless and amazing flavor combinations in the kitchen.  There is a bounty of fresh fruits and veggies and herbs to bring out their flavors, including my favorite, mint.  What more could you ask for?

Below are some mouthwatering recipes that can easily be packed up and transported on your next picnic.  These recipes merge flavors together to create combinations you're probably familiar with (lemon and blueberry), and ones you're probably not so familiar (watermelon and feta).   You're definitely going to want to try these!

I made the blueberry lemon cheesecake bars for a gathering with my boyfriend's family, and they were gone in seconds!
Oh, and No. 1 may not be made with ingredients tied to the warmer months, but it's still a flavor combination you're going to want to try, and it's a great alternative to your ordinary picnic sandwich.  Trust me!



Oprah's Final Farewell

Later this year I'll be celebrating my 24th birthday, which pretty much means that Oprah has been in my life since I can remember.  My mom is a big fan, so every day after school, it was always on.  Reflecting on all these years of watching now, I don't think I ever realized how much she has shaped a part of me...the part of me that I strive and want to be.  It's amazing how a woman with her background has risen above all of her hardships to became such a grounded, generous, warm, and caring person, but it doesn't stop there.  Even through her fame, she's always been real with her audience and a truly selfless and giving individual along the way.  She's a person that was not shaped by fame, but who shaped fame into something of purpose...a way to give back and influence generations.  If that's not inspiring, I don't know what is... 

Well, tomorrow marks the last show of Oprah; will you be watching?  I know I will...

On another note, does anyone know who will be taking over the Oprah time slot?  Whoever it is, they have some pretty big shoes to fill.

diy Picnic Basket

Have you ever searched for a picnic basket and found the quality to be poor for the price and the look so uninspiring?  Out of dozens of baskets (or hampers as they say in the UK), I found just that, so I decided to start from scratch to create my own.  I've come up with 3 customized looks that are ready to be used over and over again on all your picnic affairs.  Relish below...
 No. 1 ~ Fiesta Flatware 5 Piece Place Setting - Shamrock ~ Cambridge Silversmiths for Fiesta via Bloomfield's 
 No. 2 ~ Stanley Thermos ~ via Campmor
 No. 3 ~ The Kind Kitchen Cups ~ ModCloth
 No. 4 ~ Cottage Floral Napkins ~ Now Designs via Amazon
 No. 5 ~ Red Hot Checkered Napkin ~ Sur La Table 
 No. 6 ~ bbf dinnerware ~ CB2
 No. 7 ~ Vintage Green Woven Picnic Basket ~ Estatehound seller via Etsy
 No. 8 ~ Vintage Wire Basket ~ via pieces
 No. 9 ~ Tiffin Food Box - Large Round ~ Vivo
 No. 10 ~ Arosse Multi Carafe ~ Nuance via Amazon  - Screw off base allows you to easily fill with ice, fruit, etc.
 No. 11 ~ Portable Dinnerware Set Chopsticks + Fork + Spoon - Golden ~ via eCrater
 No. 12 ~ Mojave Dinner Napkins ~ Proud Mary via Supermarket
 No. 13 ~ Ribbon of Light Tumbler, Clear ~ Anthropologie
 No. 14 ~ Orange Ikat Napkins ~ Neiman Marcus
 No. 15 ~ Carafe with Lid ~ Anchor Hocking via Blain's Farm & Fleet
 No. 16 ~ Exquisitely Handcrafted Wicker Picnic Basket ~ via DinoDirect
 No. 17 ~ Ecofriendly 2 Piece Bamboo Flatware Utensils Set ~ Ecofriendly Bamboo via Amazon
 No. 18 ~ Red & White / Blue & White Checked Napkins ~ Sur La Table
 No. 19 ~ Picnic White Dinner Plate ~ Crate & Barrel
 No. 20 ~ Stevens Red Latte Mug ~ Stevens Home & Giving


Don't Mind If I Rue

So this is going to be a quick post because I don't have much time, but the 5th issue of Rue came out today and I couldn't be more excited!
They have some lovely layouts for the summer months...some of my favs being about picnic and outdoor entertaining.  I actually have a few picnic posts coming up tomorrow and Wednesday here at Lusting After Life, so stay tuned.  Also, until I can find the time to post on this bad boy, here are a few photos and a video clip from the latest issue of Rue.  Sorry the photos are screen shot quality.  The issue just literally hit the internet an hour ago, so there aren't any photos up in the gallery yet.  If you click on the layouts, you'll get larger photos so you can actually see all the details they put into it.

Outdoor Lounging

With the weather getting nicer, I want to get out and enjoy it as much as I can before the really hot weather hits.  Here's my lust list for stylishly lounging around outside from morning to night...
No. 1 ~ Blossom Floral Skirted Dress ~ Topshop
No. 2 ~ Knitted Mustard Crochet Fifties Style Cardigan ~ Topshop
No. 3 ~ Tan mini satchel bag ~ Dorthy Perkins 
No. 4 ~ Leather Toe Post Plait Flat Sandal ~ ASOS
No. 5 ~ Hurricane Lantern ~ via Surgical Shop
No. 6 ~ Tin Picnic Basket for 2 ~ Blyton
No. 7 ~ Giara Hermetic Glass Bottle - Sky Blue ~ Bormioli Rocco
No. 8 ~ Perfect Paper Straws - blue ~ Kikkerland 
No. 9 ~ Porthmeor Garden Deck Chair ~ Gallant & Jones
No. 10 ~ Coussin Coney 1 ~ Bonjour mon coussin
No. 11 ~ Picnic Gift Sparks Fleece Picnic Blanket Tote with Waterproof Backing ~ via Picnic World
No. 12 ~ Numero Pillow ~ Bonjour Mon Coussin
No. 13 ~ Traveler Record Player - tan with latch & carrying handle ~ Crosley
No. 14 ~ Water Hyacinth Floor Cushion ~ Toast
No. 15 ~ Striped Woven Lobsta Throw ~ CB2


Mmmm Macaroons...

I'll take at least one of each (including the poster)! This print from Lucile's Kitchen is almost as good as the real thing.  Buy it and/or see how it's made here.

Oh and boyfriend has tipped me off that he might be with macaroons in hand when I see him next!  I am such a lucky girl, aren't I?  What a great thought to start my weekend off with :)

I hope your life will be macaroon filled soon too!
Happy Weekend,


Your Next Read

{Dreaming in Color - Vivienne Strauss}

Today must be about recommendations because I have another great find to share with you...  

Would you like to read more, but just don't know what to pick up?  Perhaps, you're a big reader and need more recommendations?  Look no further...Your Next Read has you covered.

This site was first recommended to me by my boyfriend's mother and I think more people should know about it.  All you need to do is type in the name of a book, author, or genre, and Your Next Read with do the rest.  

Above is an example of what you'll see when you use the website.  I've typed in a book I've read by Lauren Willig called The Seduction of the Crimson Rose.  I'm a big fan of historical fiction especially pertaining to British monarchy and the colonial period in the US.  It's kind of like learning about a time period and reading a fiction book all in one, but I can't say I know many others that read this genre.  Your Next Read is like having hundreds of friends with the same taste as you to be there to give you recommendations.  The site also shows you reviews and tells you where you can buy a copy.  

Don't fret if you don't know where to start too.  The home page features selections from the top selling books of all time, award winners, and just overall favorites of the masses if you can't think of anything off the top of your head.  

Happy Reading, 

Still Obsessed...

I stumbled upon these two bands months ago, and I'm stilled obsessed over their sound.  Searching for new music is usually always hit or miss.  Every now and again I'll dedicate a day to it, and I'll either come out with very little of worth or I'll hit the jackpot.  Way back when, this was a really good jackpot kind of day.

{Ho Hey - The Lumineers}

{Lost in My Mind - The Head and the Heart}

I like my music a little bit folksy, but I think these are songs that a lot of people can get into.  I'm thinking I'm not the only one since "folk" has been taking over even in the mainstream with bands like Mumford and Sons.  It's great to finally see indie folk groups get some exposure, but a part of me kind of wishes they'd stay small enough to see at small gigs, yet also get big enough to see in my neck of the woods...I'll take my music in an intimate setting over a stadium any day of the week - I mean, who wouldn't?  Both videos have this amazing atmosphere too.  I'd kill to be at a party where they played.  

Oh and lastly, it's important to note that The Head and the Heart have some amazing harmonies.  Lost in My Mind doesn't really showcase everyone's voice, but the rest of the trio definitely have some pipes too.  I'd suggest listening to Winter Song for an example.  I love Charity's crooning voice.  

You can download 2 free songs from The Head and the Heart HERE {including Lost in My Mind}

Happy Listening, 


Film Style Inspiration : Breakfast at Tiffany's

No. 1 ~ Breakfast at Tiffany's Tassel Ear Plugs ~ My Flat in Paris Couture via Etsy
No. 2 ~ Breakfast at Tiffany's Snooze Mask ~ Mary Green via Patricia Field
No. 3 ~ New Wayfarer Tortoise Sunglasses ~ Ray-Ban
No. 4 ~ Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick, Pink in the Afternoon ~ Revlon
No. 5 ~ Joie De Vivre Hat ~ Baron California Hats
No. 6 ~ David Webb Swirl Black Enamel Diamond Vintage Earrings ~ via 1stdibs
No. 7 ~ Classic Detailed Dress ~ Paul Smith
No. 8 ~ Spy Ruffle Coat ~ Diane Von Furstenberg via Matches
No. 9 ~ Black Cat Mask ~ Wild Republic 
No. 10 ~ Tiffany's Box ~ Engraving Service Details Here
No. 11 ~ Cracker Jack in Nostalgic Box ~ via Nationwide Candy

I can't say that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favorite movies, but the film has some redeeming scenes and I always enjoy watching Audrey at work.  I used this website to make the library catalog card above btw.  I thought it was fitting for this post and one of my favorite scenes from the day Paul and Holly spend together.  What are your favorite parts of Breakfast at Tiffany's?  The ending in the rain definitely has to be among them I'm sure...


Tea for Two

What's a tea party without this song?

They just don't make them like that anymore...

Tea Time

{Butterfly Photography, Kimberly Chorney}

The picture above is more my cup of tea than an actual one sadly.  For as long as I can remember, I have never quite enjoyed tea.  In fact, I have never really enjoyed drinking any hot liquid; i.e., coffee, hot chocolate, soup, etc.  I know it all sounds weird, but I would rather drink a smoothie in the dead of winter than drink something hot.  In recent years though, I have tried my best to get over this habit and broaden my taste palette.  I enjoy coffee (if you count the foo-foo kind that's loaded with sugar, syrup, milk, and of course, calories), hot chocolate, and some teas now, but they have to be at room temperature almost.  To me, that's when you can really taste the flavors and not just scolding hot water.  Either way, I still long to be a member of the tea party...

Five reasons I would like to pick up the habit of drinking tea :
1.  I love scones and tea sandwiches ~ definitely would justify making them more 
2.  Health benefits ~ sickness would be so much easier to combat
3.  I would have an excuse to buy pretty teacups and other fancy tea gadgets and accessories 
4.  I always feel left out when people want to go to The Tea Room or other tea only establishments 
5.  I think it would be quite fun ~ perhaps I never got out of my dress up tea party stage as a child, plus a piece of me has always longed to be British...

I'm really not kidding about that #3 by the way, and here is a lust list to prove it.
Proper Decor-um :
    No. 1 ~ Buttermilk Scones Dress ~ ModCloth
    No. 2 ~ Knot2much2ask Spot of Tea Pendant Necklace ~ via Max & Chloe
    No. 3 ~ One-Lump-Or-Two Lamp ~ Anthropologie
    No. 4 ~ L by Lenox "Floral Waltz" Tea Saucer & Tea Cup ~ via Bloomingdale's
    No. 5 ~ Vintage Three Tier Cake Stand ~ I Love Retro via BOUF

Tea for Two : 
    No. 6 ~ Blueberry Sour Cream Scone Mix ~ Stonewall Kitchen or make from scratch using this Tyler Florence Recipe
    No. 7 ~ Caramel Sundae Escape Tea ~ Talbott Teas
    No. 8 ~ Lemon Curd ~ Stonewall Kitchen
    No. 9 ~ McVities Rich Tea Biscuits ~ Amazon ~ can't get much more British than this, thus it is completely necessary to at least try them

Perhaps if I start acting the part, a love of tea will just come naturally.  I'll work on my decor-um and one day have the perfect little tea for two.  Does anyone else out there share my sentiments?


Style Icon - Michelle Williams

{On set of My Week With Marilyn}

Michelle Williams has proven to be a style icon on and off set.  When she's not channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe for the anticipated film My Week With Marilyn, she's out on the streets and red carpet in style.  I've searched through dozens of photos of Williams to pinpoint several key elements that make up her stylish wardrobe.  You can look below to see what these elements are and then you'll find a shopping guide at the end that provides you with pieces to get a similar look. 
On the red carpet, Michelle usually stays pretty safe in a classic black and white color palette, but once in awhile she'll show up in unexpected pops of color, especially for large events.  She loves pretty details like bows, lace, and little bits of sparkle and beading.  She draws pieces from vintage collections and also picks new pieces that have a vintage vibe. 

 Even on the streets, Michelle's look is always put together.  She ditches the formal attire and heels for casual, comfy clothes and flats.  She's nearly always seen in a pair of shades, but her biggest accessory is her daughter Matilda.  She also seems quite partial to floral prints, stripes, button-up collared shirts, and the color blue. 

No. 1 ~ Fast Anna Lace Dress ~ French Connection
No. 2 ~ Nude Beaded Shift Dress ~ Miss Selfridge
No. 3 ~ Embellished hammered-silk dress ~ Thurley via The Outnet
No. 4 ~ Bow Front Mesh Dress ~ Topshop
No. 5 ~ Long Island Longing Dress ~ ModCloth
No. 6 ~ Perfect-fit stripe snap tee ~ J. Crew
No. 7 ~ Solid Light Blue Oxford Cotton Classic Fitted Blouse ~ Forzieri
No. 8 ~ Bow-Accent Woven Fedora ~ Grace via YesStyle
No. 9 ~ Original Wayfarer ~ Ray-Ban
No. 10 ~ Natural Canvas Women's Classics ~ TOMS - ONE FOR ONE* a pair of shoes is given to a child in need with every purchase
No. 11 ~ Floral Skirt ~ Cacharel via Les Nouvelles


Under the Boardwalk

{Boardwalk - Mina Georgescu}
{Coney Island Boardwalk - Mina Georgescu}
{California Dream' in NY - Mina Georgescu}
{Runaway Birds no.1 - Nellie Harvey}

Sorry about the late post today.  Blogger has been down for awhile and has been doing some funny things. Kinda upset that it's deleted some things from my page, but hopefully I can restore most of it back to the way it was by Monday.

As always, have a great weekend,


...Bring May Flowers

{I Love Flowers No2 by Eloise Renouf via Etsy}

Even though Spring isn't quite in full bloom yet, your life still can be.  Surround yourself with these floral goods. 

Wear  : 
    No. 1 ~ Impact Poppy Bandeau Dress ~ Warehouse
    No. 2 ~ Myriann's Wide Floral Cut Out Copper Cuff Bracelet ~ via Fantasy Jewelry Box
    No. 3 ~ Stephen Dweck Aventurine Ring ~ via Neiman Marcus
    No. 4 ~ Flower Chain Collar Necklace ~ Nine West
    No. 5 ~ Mika Brogue Shoe ~ Aldo

Decorate :
    No. 6 ~ Cherry Blossom Chandelier ~ Anthropologie
    No. 7 ~ Watercolor Petals Dinnerware ~ Anthropologie
    No. 8 ~ Hollywood Regency Floral Mirror (circa 1960's) ~ via 1stdibs
    No. 9 ~ Ice Blue Chippendale Carver Chair ~ ada & darcy