gwendolyn faith is not a crayon.

Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone

Gwen Daniels's favorite books »


inside the banana, 2012 by adriana lara | via liferuinmociun

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We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.
Gene Demby in the powerful NPR Code Switch blog post What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence in Chicago



Summer sides for days! I’ve been slowly working through these caprese alternatives as the produce appears at the farmer’s market or as burrata and peaches are on sale on the SAME DAY at Whole Foods. (Enablers!)

  • Cantaloupe + Scamorza + Mint
  • Grilled Eggplant + Ricotta Salata + Dill
  • Peach + Burrata + Tarragon
  • Roasted Red Pepper + Feta + Chive
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
Sandi Toksvig (via copperoranges, learninglog)


This is how I feel about the weekend ending (thatsiciliangirl).


Fireworks over Navy Pier.

Beautiful! Can we please extend the holiday weekend?! I didn’t get enough afternoons at the beach or lunch and dinner dates with my girlfriends.

In the past few weeks, two friends have accepted new jobs after months of searching. Congratulations, lovelies. Always excited for a chance to bake, I invited ‘em over for Mississippi Mud Pie to celebrate!

I would’ve felt guilty about the pie’s simplicity if it weren’t so decadent: Fill an Oreo crust with a quick bourbon-spiked fudge and a thick layer of coffee ice cream. Top with a bourbon chocolate sauce before slicing and serving!

photos via pink parsley.


Oh summer storms. #chicago #hideyokids #lightening #eek

As if we’d let Rebba move to Knoxville for her public defense fellowship without a celebratory send-off! Sara Jane, Sarina, Hannah and I planned a Before-the-Bar Crawl for Rebba and all her friends around the Six Corners of Wicker Park. Although we didn’t crawl as much as we planned, Chop Shop and Revel Room made perfect spots for a night out—especially since Revel Room has added a dance floor with lots of ’90s pop and rap!

{PS: I found a new favorite kale salad—yes, again—in Chop Shop’s Wilted Kale Salad with shaved cremini mushrooms, Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette, almost fluffy in texture and topped with a jiggling soft-boiled egg.}

On her way home from a wedding, Lauren stopped in the Windy City for a solid 18 hours. Rather than filling the afternoon with a tourist activity, we did a lot of little things, as routine as if we lived around the corner instead of across the country.

We made breakfast tacos with chorizo and zucchini for brunch at home. Ran errands that demanded to be done. Walked and talked for a couple of miles. Grabbed gourmet ice cream at the shop down the street. Did each other’s hair and makeup before heading out.

I think the most beautiful friendships enhance the everyday.