life lately

Despite being sick all last week, life has been pretty great lately. I've been taking this time in-between jobs to not only reflect on what I want to do next, but to enjoy our new city. We've been very lucky with weather lately and we've been taking full advantage by walking everywhere. Ok, maybe I'm also nervous to try public transportation, but the walking has been amazing. 

Our first week here we were blessed with summer-like temperatures which I took full advantage of by laying on our rooftop deck and reading a good book. You simply cannot beat that view. 

Our favorite part of the city so far? The food! Two of my favorite spots so far have been Quartino and Henry's, both in the River North neighborhood. If you're looking for a great meal and atmosphere for a decent price Quartino is perfect! Their doughnut desert was delicious!

We tried Henry's our first weekend before a night out and were blown away by not only their food but their service. Henry's is new to the neighborhood and specializes in gourmet sliders and hand crafted cocktails - need I say more? 

Chicago has been amazing so far. I'm looking forward to trying out more restaurants and checking out workout studios next. If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below!  

Posted on September 18, 2014 .

fall uniform

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Fall "officially" begins next week; although here in Chicago it's safe to say that we've seen the last of summer. Fall is my favorite season for multiple reasons: pumpkin flavored everything, brisk football tailgates, and FALL FASHION. Noting quite screams comfortably chic like a great pair of leggings, worn in long-sleeve t-shirt and boots. 

P.S. I am SO excited that Old Navy released a black bucket bag for fall. I wore the cognac colored bag all summer long and it held up great! 

What are you looking forward to this season? 

Posted on September 16, 2014 .

links of the week

Happy Friday! I am finally feeling better and am excited to explore Chicago this weekend. Fall has arrived here in Chicago and although I am hesitant to get excited about the changing seasons (Winter is coming) busting out the booties and scarfs today felt great. 

Now, onto the link's I loved this week...

Hallie's fashion week recaps are back! Loved reading her day one antics.
Madewell is having an amazing sale. Time to stock up on sweaters and jeans for fall.
Ashley and Molly killed it this week with their fall transition looks.
If you're looking to try a new lipstick shade, Cathy rounded up her new drugstore lipstick finds and they all look amazing! 

I hope you have an amazing weekend! We're heading to the highly praised Girl and the Goat tonight for dinner. I can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype. Follow along on instagram and twitter! 

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Posted on September 12, 2014 .

sick day essentials

sick day essentials

Although this post is titled sick day essentials, it should really be "sick week". I seem to have caught the cold that is sweeping across the midwest and let me tell is miserable. 

I wish I was exploring my new neighborhood in Chicago this week, but I haven't left the my building except to walk the short block to Walgreens. Whenever I'm feeling sick there are a few items that make me feel better:

Vicks VapoRub - The best product to clear any congestion.
Netflix  - Can you imagine if we had Netflix growing up? Staying home sick from school would have been so much more appealing! Send your TV show recommendations my way!
Ugg slippers - God's gift to women. 
Yogi tea - I love the Raspberry Passion flavor but would love to try their cold season teas. 
Orange Gatorade - A childhood staple. 

What are your go-to essentials when you're sick? I'm taking any and all recommendations! 

Posted on September 10, 2014 .