The Perfect Weekend In Chicago Itinerary
  • April 13, 2017
  • Lifestyle
  • With spring here (finally!) and summer just around the corner, I have put together a weekend in Chicago itinerary for all the visitors you likely will have coming now that the weather is nice.

    This past weekend one of my oldest and closest friends came to visit and we had the best time, it didn’t hurt that the weather was gorgeous! Because she’s been here a handful of times, we were able to skip some of the more touristy activities and test drive this itinerary. After dropping her off at the airport and came home and took a two hour nap so I think you could say it was a successful weekend.Chicago Itinerary

    Friday

    • After a long day of travel, I like to plan a low key Friday night. Happy hour, dinner and to bed early. (I know, I’m old!) We went to dinner at Fahlstrom’s and after a walk around the neighborhood popped into the new Whole Foods and picked up dessert.

    Saturday

    • 8am: Up bright and early for a Bar Method class! I know that the rest of the day is going to be packed with lots of eating so I love to start out the weekend with a little sweat session. Plus it’s fine to bring guests to experience Bar Method.
    • 10am: After class, pop into Left Coast for a healthy brunch on the way home. You can’t go wrong with any of their smoothies, avocado toast or Cadillac Curry dish.
    • 1pm: Time for a little pampering! We headed over to Blown Away, a new blow dry bar in Lincoln Park for blowouts. I went to Blown Away for their grand opening and had one of the best blowouts of my life, so I know we wouldn’t be disappointed. After blowouts, start to make your way downtown. We decided it would be fun to do selfies at the Bean with our freshly blown out hair.
    • 3pm: Get your girlfriends together for tea time at the Virgin Hotel’s Upside Down Tea Party. Now this isn’t your average stuffy tea party. At the Virgin’s Upside Down Tea Party you’ll enjoy traditional tea favorites, boozed- infused teas and a smattering of both sweet and elegant bites. We were so surprised by not only how delicious the boozy teas were, but also by how great the food was. We left sufficiently stuffed and ready for our next adventure!
    • 7pm: Time to laugh! In all my years in Chicago, this was only my second time at Second City. We went to the new show #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment. To be honest we all left slightly disappointed with the show, but still happy we went. Next time I’ll stick to the improv-heavy shows.
    • 10pm: After the show hit up any of the bars or restaurants on Wells Street. We walked down to Happy Camper for pizzas, but we ended up bringing them back home to eat because it was pretty chilly on the patio and they didn’t have any tables available inside.Chicago Itinerary Chicago ItinerarySunday
      • 11am: After a slow start to the morning take some time to explore a different side of Chicago at the Maxwell Street Market. Maxwell Street Market offers some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in Chicago in addition to some more eclectic merchandise. We didn’t end up eating here because the line for the famed Rubi’s was insanely long, but I know I’ll be back soon for some tacos!
      • 12pm: Lunch in Greek Town before heading to the airport. Greek Town is just a short drive from Maxwell Street Market, so we popped into Greek Islands, our favorite Greek restaurant for lunch. After, we walked around Greek Town a bit before driving to the airport.

      Chicago Itinerary Chicago Itinerary Chicago Itinerary Do you have any must-see spots for when visitors are in town? Leave me a comment so I can add it to my Chicago itinerary!

    Shopbop Sale
  • April 11, 2017
  • Style
  • Sometimes I feel like a broken record always talking about the Shopbop sales, but they are seriously so good I can’t not share this info with you. And when I can give you early access to the sale, which means you can shop before popular items sell out, even better! shopbop saleToday through Friday you can save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more with code EVENT17. Shop my favorite items below!

    A pair of pink pumps is at the top of my wish list for Spring. They would look great with this embroidered mini dress.

    I have been living in these cotton tees lately. They are my absolute favorite tees and I plan on stocking up on every color.

    My favorite one-piece suit is back in stock and has me longing for lazy afternoons by the pool. Pair it with this pom-pom cover-up and I’m all set!

    This might just be the prettiest fitness tracker I’ve ever seen.

    Don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This bracelet would make such a sweet gift for Mom.

    I’m getting so excited for BBQ season. These tidbit plates would be so cute for outdoor entertaining!

    You can never have too many loafers! I love this woven pair in cream.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a small straw bag and I think this just might be the winner.

    The perfect LWD for Spring and Summer brides.

    I’m normally not a yellow person, but I love this yellow, floral dress.

    Bandanas are a big trend for Spring and I love that this one has tassels.

    Weekend Reading + The New Potbelly App
  • April 7, 2017
  • Life
  • Happy Friday! After a very rainy and cloudy start to the week, I’m so happy to see the sun out! One of my closest and oldest friends in coming to visit this weekend and we have so many activities planned that I was getting worried the weather was going to put a damper on our fun.potbelly app I’ve rounded up a lot of great links below, but first I want to tell you a little story about Potbelly in honor of their new app launch. Potbelly was actually the first meal Brett and I shared in our house. After signing the papers and were given the keys, we picked up Potbelly sandwiches on our way to the house. We ate at the island standing up without plates or utensils, but we didn’t care because we were homeowners. I honestly can’t tell you what the first “real” meal was we had at the house, but I’ll always remember our Potbelly lunch.Potbelly AppEating at Potbelly just got even better with the launch of their app! You can now enjoy great Potbelly perks like jumping the line when you place your order through the app, free cookies and other treats.

    Weekend Reading

    This home tour is the blue and white house of my dreams.
    I guess you could call me out-of-the-loop because I had no idea Millennial Pink was even a thing. This article explains its history and why it’s not going anywhere.
    I don’t watch Dancing With The Stars so I always just assumed Derek and Julianne Hough were strictly ballroom dancers, but this performance has totally changed my perception.
    I can’t believe this suit is from Lands End. I love the navy stripes, pink straps and cutouts.
    I made this pizza dough last weekend and it was the perfect combination of thin and crispy, with a chewy crust.
    This guacamole breakfast sandwich needs to happen this weekend!
    Sam’s recap of her trip to Waco has me itching to plan a trip of my own.

    Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests
  • April 6, 2017
  • Food
  • Did you see yesterday’s Easter tablescape post? If you did, I gave you a sneak peek of today’s recipe. To be honest, this dessert is so simple I feel like I shouldn’t even call it a recipe. If you’ve made coconut macaroon’s before you know how easy they are and all I did was add Cadbury mini eggs, my favorite candy this time of year! Coconut Macaroon Egg NestsCoconut macaroon egg nests are a perfect treat for Easter. Not only are they delicious, they look so cute too! I brought these down to Cincinnati a few weeks ago and everyone loved them. Coconut Macaroon Egg NestsCoconut Macaroon Egg Nests Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests

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    Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests
    Coconut macaroon egg nests are a perfect treat for Easter. Not only are they delicious, they look so cute too! I brought these down to Cincinnati a few weeks ago and everyone loved them.
    Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests
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    Coconut Macaroon Egg Nests
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    1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Coat the cups in a mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set the pan aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs whites, salt, and sugar. Using a fork, mix in the coconut.
    3. Drop 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture into each prepared mini muffin cup. (I used a small cookie scoop and they were the perfect size.)
    4. Using your thumb, lightly press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of each cup. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden on top.
    5. Let the nests cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 20 minutes. (It's important you let them cool completely before removing from the tin or the macaroon will fall apart.)
    6. Add 2 or 3 Cadbury eggs to the center of each "nest" and press them gently to secure.
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