My Favorite Foods and Best Restaurants In Chicago

I lived in Chicago for years before moving to San Francisco, and I miss it so much (only the summertime, of course, I’m not a lunatic). The absolute best part is the FOOD. There are so many amazing restaurants and chefs that set up shop there, you can gain 10 pounds in a week! You know, not like it’s happened to me personally… it’s just a hypothetical! Anyway, I was there last week and thought I’d share some of my favorite places (not necessarily the highest rated by foodie professionals or the most expensive, just places I loved to frequent) when I lived there.

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Three Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware.  Pro tip: they open at 10am and don’t take reservations, so plan to get there by 9:30am and wait in line if you want first seating. Otherwise, show up when you can, but expect 1-2 hour wait on the weekend. The good news about the wait: JUST LOOK AT THIS ROOFTOP. You can get a drink from the bar, snag a free donut and hang out until they text that your table is ready.IMG_7143IMG_7147The restaurant is in the Atrium of the building. Gorgeous light, trees and a fountain fill the space. They have these huge comfy cushioned booths that make you feel like a celebrity. Get one of those. Continue reading “My Favorite Foods and Best Restaurants In Chicago”

Style Guest Star: Kate

You guys, this is my friend Kate. She’s a total babe. She flew in from Brooklyn to see Hamilton with me because she is obsessed with musicals. Also she’s really nice, and has one of those laughs that makes you laugh harder – you’d like her. We met at a wedding through our husbands and it was love at first sight, then we bonded over our mutual love of skincare, Alan Cummings and NYC. It was one of those immediate special friendships that you can only dream of finding in your adult life.

Anyway, Kate has the best style. Case and point below with this floral jumpsuit. I could never pull this off, but she is rocking it. I’m really loving florals for fall, (or actually all year round) as you could easily transition this with a great leather jacket and pumps. And that PARTY bag screams hand me that chips and salsa.

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Living for Chicago and Hamilton in a Vintage Dress

Warning: “Hamilton” song title jokes and major obsessive musical theater behavior, plus hot spots in Chicago ahead.

I bought tickets for Hamilton in Chicago a year and a half ago and there was no way I was going give away my shot just because I moved to SF. So I packed a bag and flew back east to catch the Saturday matinee with my right hand man, Kate. I literally thought about my outfit for 3 weeks as if the actual Alexander Hamilton was going to be there, evaluating entry based on personal style.  I settled with this vintage housedress from 1950s. I love the mauve color and the cream piping, plus it’s so comfortable for sitting in the dark for three hours. We geeked outside the room where it happens for about 10 minutes before the show, taking photos with every sign we could find like crazed tourists.

IMG_8343If you are thinking about spending the paycheck to go. YOU SHOULD. I was amazing. I’m more than satisfied. Can’t wait for it again! We laughed, we cried, we held each other. I shall now refer to my life and “before Hamilton” and “after Hamilton”.IMG_8331IMG_8322Before the show, we grabbed brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club: I went there at least once a week when I lived in Chicago. The service is wonderful and the cinnamon bun appetizer, to die for. Plus the rotating specials are always innovative. I’m helpless to resist. Then on to drinks on the patio of Maple and Ash.img_8306.jpgIMG_8347R1

A that, is the story of tonight. Also a fan? Tell me how many songs you found! That would be enough.

xo

Fashion Find: An Army Green Jacket

I bet you have a casual army green jacket just waiting until the weekend to live it’s life with your jeans and t-shirts. But I’m here to tell you an army green jacket is the new black blazer, so put it to work. Add a bright dress, a belt, and voila!, work-wear. Bright colors = army greens’ best friends. I love purple (below), red and also pink. This look is great for smothering humidity (you feel me Chicago?): you can ride transit to work in a sleeveless dress and then throw on the jacket when for the zero degree air-conditioning. (Did you know the temperature in offices is is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.) Don’t even get me started on that.

I am totally obsessed with the possibility of this jacket so you’ll definitely see it again.

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10 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)

Last night I was up at 1am helping a friend look for her rehearsal dinner dress. She didn’t actually ask me to help, but I got too excited and and then didn’t stop texting her dress options from shopbop for days. But it got me thinking, for a bride (like her, and myself) who doesn’t trust wearing white around red wine, (or just doesn’t want to buy another white dress she won’t wear again), what are the options for a rehearsal dinner! The answer – color and/or texture. I personally wore a tight, navy cut out dress that was probably said “give me that sangria” and not “sweet young bride”, but I felt 100% myself and the unique neckline slayed in pics. BUT BONUS, if you are not getting married, these are all great options for being a guest too (obviously, since none of them are white!). Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 8.14.16 PM.png1. Nicholas Bellflower, $675: STUNNING. I want this dress, but probably best for those with a smaller chest. Also seems comfortable for dancing – the range of motion with that skirt is tops.

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Fashion Find: A Bold Green Dress

You guys, can we talk about how underrated bright green is? I feel like I can only find it on the cable knit sweater table, but I LOVE it for going out and the personally I think it looks great on everyone. Add in a geometric cut and an open back, and consider it mine. The great thing about the a bold green is accessories can be minimal – the green gets more than enough attention.

Please attribute my HUGE smile to the half bottle of champagne I had before taking these. I thought I looked “chill”, but… I was clearly wrong. IMG_6883Dress: Topshop, Similar from Milly HereSimilar Here Necklace: Nordstrom, (Similar Here); Shoes: Gilt, (Similar Here); Clutch: Claire V. (Similar)  Continue reading “Fashion Find: A Bold Green Dress”

Quick and Lovely Hair

Need to get from bedroom to boardroom (or, let’s be honest: the bar) in 20 minutes? (Maybe because you got wrapped up in a rerun of How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days and lost track of time? Been there.) Anyway, no need to look like you rushed out the door. Get your hair right, with a side twist finished with a chic ribbon.

Do a tighter twist for a more polished look. For a more casual weekend look, I like to style this with wavy hair, and pull out some pieces in the front and loosen the twist. Once you get good it takes about 2 minutes to do!

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