Leo and I have been more selective with where we’re eating out as of late, as we’re trying to eat healthier. Once the holidays approach, it’s game over, so might as well try to squeeze in some healthy eating now! Believe me, sometimes we are so not in the mood to make dinner, but we stick with it. The outcome has been positive – we feel better for one thing, AND we appreciate our dinners out more than ever. A few weeks back, we planned dinner out at Giant in Logan Square.
We haven’t been to Logan since the end of the summer, so we thought we’d head over early & have drinks before dinner. On our way to the restaurant, I stopped at Tusk, as small boutique just a few shops down from our dinner spot. I was immediately drawn to to the unique items on display & the artsy vibe. They have a mix of local designers, vintage pieces and objects created by various artists. I was lucky to find this beautiful oversized vintage blouse in my brief visit. I can’t wait to go back for more!
Oversized anything is up my alley, and I really love how oversized sweaters & shirts look over flares. I tucked the blouse in on one side and topped it off with an edgy necklace. Shop the look below!
PS – If you’re wondering about Giant…it was awesome. We sat at the counter and had a really special experience watching the cooks in their element. Everything was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!
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Every Sunday, I try to drive up to the burbs and spend the afternoon at my mom’s. Usually, she’s in the kitchen cooking away, and I’ll sit at the counter and vent about my week while treating myself (aka stuffing my face) to all of the amazing food within arm’s reach. This Sunday, I walked in and was invited by the delicious smell of these beautiful cookies.
My mom was sitting at the bar in the kitchen, jamming up these tasty little things. They’re incredibly easy to make…don’t let their beauty make you think otherwise. I’ve shared the cookie recipe with you before, when I posted these Christmas cookies last year. The only difference here is that you replace the frosting with jam, and make a cookie sandwich.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been about 6 weeks since we came back from our Greece/Dubai trip. I’ve found as things have become more stressful at home, I’ve been dreaming more and more about traveling again…just bouncing from place to place, solely with the intention of indulging on new experiences & soaking in every moment of life. I try not to live for the weekend, but it seems like that has been the trend as of late, and I need to break out of it! There is so much more to life than wishing for the time to pass more quickly. I’m sure in years to come I will regret doing so.
I’ve already posted some tidbits from my beautiful trip on the blog (here and here), but I found there are a handful of photos that I never shared. They’re just too beautiful to keep to stored away in my hard drive, so I’m sharing these with you today. These photos are a mix of shots that were taken in Rhodes & Chania, Crete back in September.
I can’t wait to get full access to my wardrobe again – this living in across two places thing isn’t working so well for me. With the weather feeling more like fall (outside of our 80 degree day this week – AMAZING), my apparel choices available at Leo’s are becoming slimmer by the day. Luckily, we’re making major progress at the house, with first coat of paint complete & floors almost done. I can’t wait to 1. MOVE IN and 2. share photos of the space we’ve put so much effort into. We’re getting closer & closer!
I went to get my hair colored last Saturday in the Gold Coast (I went darker for fall/winter – it’s barely noticeable in pics but it’s def darker!), and snuck in a brief shopping sesh at H&M. These stirrups happened, along with this dusty rose cropped knit. Stirrups are an interesting concept…they’re a bit odd, but I’ve always been a fan. I immediately gravitated towards these because the quality was impressive, and they fit like a glove.
I topped off the look with this beautiful wool bomber from new Chicago designer, Coat Check. I love being able to support local designers, and Coat Check has gorgeous pieces perfect for fall (I adore the car coat and the cropped jacket as well). All the coats are made in the USA – the story about how the brand started is really inspirational! I can’t wait to rock it over the next couple of months. Shop the coat I’m wearing here, and the rest of the look below!
I’ve done a fair amount of international travel the last few years. I LOVE traveling, but we can all agree that the worst part of it is having to sit on an airplane for extended periods of time. Everything about the experience is less than ideal – the seats, food, the fact that it’s always COLD, the dry air…the list goes on. Bottom line is, it kind of sucks. Luckily, there are products out there that make flying more bearable. You’d be surprised how much small changes can improve your overall travel experience! Shop the products I can’t travel without below.
I’ve just started to come around to wearing sweats. Growing up, I was never the sweatpants/sweatshirt kind of girl (outside of this weird phase I had in junior high where all I would wear were Gap hoodies – let’s pretend that never happened). Even throughout college, I made an effort to dress like a normal human being to class. Nothing crazy, but sweaters, jeans, you get the picture. I recall witnessing classmates in pajamas at morning lecture. That was not me. You wouldn’t catch me dead with PJs on in public (unless I’m rocking the PJ trend, which I have yet to get accustomed to).
Fall is one of my favorite seasons in this city. There’s something soothing about watching the leaves change color, getting festive with pumpkin spice & apple cider, and feeling the sensation of a cool breeze after the hot summer months. Though we’ve had our fair share of rain recently, the past few days have been absolutely perfect. Sunshine, nice breeze…couldn’t ask for anything more, except for more time to enjoy it!
I know I’ve talked about this a lot as of late, but life has been crazy the last few months. Between moving out of my place, closing on a house/remodeling, and work travel, I haven’t had time to just chill. I feel like I’m constantly going at 100 mph, and I can’t wait to slow down. I know it will all be worth it in the end, but can we just fast forward to that part?
I haven’t had time to do much shopping for myself as of late, but I have a running wish list of items that I want/NEED in my closet right now. My fall shopping has been put on hold due to all the items we have to buy for the house. Let me tell you – it’s not easy. It also doesn’t help that fashion month just wrapped up, major #envy going on right now. One of my favorite things to do is stalk street style pics and get the low down on what everyone is wearing. Shop some of my favorite fashion month street style looks below!
My wardrobe is a bit of a mess right now as I have my fall clothes in boxes at the new house (another reason I can’t wait to move already!). On top of not having access to all of my stuff, my weekends have been consumed with running house errands, i.e. carrying boxes of tiles, faucets, AC units…you get the picture. Bottom line is, I have to get down and dirty on the weekends. Comfortable, functional clothing is required. This knit skirt & rib tank combo paired with my fab new bomber jacket & sneakers was just what I needed to get stuff done (without completely sacrificing my style). Sometimes, you gotta get down to the basics.
It’s been quite the month for both Leo and I. We’ve had to make serious decisions at the new house, which included the stain of our hardwood floors, the tile we’re putting in our bathrooms, paint colors, kitchen backsplash..the list goes on! You don’t know this until you experience it, but making remodeling decisions is an energy suck. It’s overwhelming and can be exhausting at times. I’ve found that my willpower is at an all time low, and I’ve been skipping out on workouts and eating unhealthy. Everything will come together once we move in to the new place, but up until then, I need to get it together. My focus this month is to get back to my healthy habits, and re-energize. I need to take a step back and soak my surroundings…and just enjoy fall. Below are a few great reads that helped keep me grounded the last few weeks. Happy October