Spring Awakening Music Festival

Two weekends ago I went to Spring Awakening in Chicago for 3 packed days of listening and dancing to some of my favorite DJs.

The weather was gorgeous and I had an awesome group to go with each day, so no complaints. It’ll definitely be one of the highlights to look back on this summer.

Some of my favorite artists I saw perform:

Day 1: Audien, Marshmello, Galantis

Day 2: Alan Walker, Robin Schulz, Yellow Claw, Diplo

Day 3: Duke Dumont, Jauz, Alesso, Martin Garrix

 

Not sure what other concerts/music festivals I’m planning for the rest of the summer… I have to start look at NYC venues! *gasp* Welcoming recommendations now…

We’re down to less than three weeks until the move out East, but many more Chicago adventures to come until then!

Happy Summer

I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Day weekend and start to summer! I was lucky to have a few additional days off and I took advantage of the beautiful weather in Chicago. I did a lot of eating and drinking around the city and crossed a lot of stuff off my bucket list! Here’s what we did:

(Finally!) had dinner and drinks at 3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware.

Enjoyed vegan brunch at Handlebar in Wicker Park. We all shared vegan fried pickles with ranch dip that were AMAZING! I definitely want to go back.

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Did some rooftop hopping including the Cabana Club and Chop Shop in Wicker Park.

Tried Goddess and the Baker coffee and sat along the river. (Highly recommend – thanks to Chickpea in the City)

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Went back to Pick Me Up Cafe for a little (lot of) hangover food in Wrigleyville.

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And Monday we finished off the weekend with brunch at Hub 51 and a cookout on a friend’s rooftop in Lakeview.

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Talk about a great weekend! Needless to say I needed a little bit of a reset after all the food and alcohol, but it was such a great start to summer! I’m hoping to jam pack the rest of my weekends here with this many fun activities.

How did you all spend your Memorial Day Weekend?

BIG News !

After much anticipation, I’m finally moving to New York City in July !!! Chicago has been a blast and I’ve made so many amazing friends here, I just knew something was missing that I can only find in The City That Never Sleeps.

Keep following along for my adventures in Chicago as I attempt to cross everything off my bucket list! Then before you know it, I’ll be in a new city.

The Vegas Recap

…. Well some of it anyway ;)

My girlfriends and I had the most unbelievable weekend in Sin City! The weather was perfect, we saw so many great DJs, went to clubs and got to lay by the pool to catch some much-needed rays.

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So here’s the low down:

We stayed at the Aria Resort on the strip. Great rooms, great pool, easy access to other places, no complaints.

Friday

After laying by the pool all day, we had dinner as a big group at Carmine’s, where they had all the allergy/diet menus ready to go, so we ordered a medley of pasta and things. Some guys tried to buy us a round and the host came and shooed them away LOL

Later that night we went to Omnia Nightclub to see Calvin Harris perform AND IT WAS AMAZING!

Saturday

Partied all day at Wet Republic Ultra Pool where Steve Aoki performed.

That night we went to a Thunder From Down Under show (because of course you do when in Vegas) and then later to XS to see David Guetta, who was also INCREDIBLE!

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Needless to say, my EDM self was very pleased with how the weekend turned out. It helped going with 12 girls, but I’d recommend going to any of these spots! Who knows if/when I’ll be back here, but this trip certainly was one for the books.

Eats // March & April

Sharing my recent food adventures in the city, and there’s quite the variety this time around – I tried Indian food, went to both casual and more upscale Asian places, and a new American health food spot downtown. Let me know your thoughts!

1//. Four Belly

  • huge menu with a lot of variety
  • *vegan options!!*
  • BYOB – like almost every other Asian place in the city, woohoo!


2//. Royal Indian Grill

  • right next door to Four Belly
  • first time trying Indian and will definitely be back!
  • great service, delicious food
  • *vegan and gluten-free options clearly labeled*

3//. Sunda

  • visited a few times now, never disappoints
  • trendy scene with great drinks and presentation of food is on point
  • separate menus for all your dietary and allergy needs (insert thumbs up emoji here)

We started with drinks and the legendary Crispy Brussels Sprout salad (the vegan version).

This is just the sushi we ordered – Nigiri, sweet potato caterpillar (NOM), and the garden roll. We ended the night with their vegan coconut sorbet and it was AMAZING. It was so creamy and had actual pieces of coconut in every bite.

4//. True Food Kitchen

  • an excellent new addition to the health food scene in Chicago
  • you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu – including drinks
  • fast service, flexible options like vegan and gluten-free
  • the ambiance is bright and open (they even have an open kitchen to watch what they’re cooking)

 

 

Stay tuned for my next round of recent eats… whenever that may be. Conquering the food scene in Chicago, one spot at a time.

Any and all recommendations are welcome :)

Vivaaaa Las Vegas.

At the end of the month I’m traveling with a group of girlfriends to the one and only… Las Vegas! This will be my first time and I’m beyond excited to experience this city in all its glory. Understandably we’ve been planning the three day trip for some time now to figure out which shows and parties we want to attend.

So far we’re planning to see Calvin Harris, live it up at a day pool party, see a Thunder Down Under show *gasp*, and obviously do a little gambling too…

So here’s some inspo for the Vegas/city/summer/glam life… I’m picturing glam outfits, high heels, fashionable bathing suits and sunglasses, delicious food, and the craziest non-stop 3 day weekend to date.

Are you going on any fun trips soon? I’m ready for some warmer weather!

Tuesday Tunes.

I haven’t really talked about the music aspect of this blog except for the concerts I go to… but my close friends know how much I love my music. I listen to everything from country to pop to EDM (my fave), but I’ll admit this variety isn’t really obvious on my Music page.

I like sharing artists and songs I find and planning what shows I’m going to weeks or months in advance. I’m definitely more of a planner when it comes to shows, but I like the occasional spontaneity. I just bought a ticket to see Tritonal at PRYSM in April, and a 3 day pass to Spring Awakening in June. Music is a great outlet for me and can easily put me in a better mood for whatever I’m doing. I listen to it when I work out, walk around the city, or just getting ready for a night out on the town.

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I created my Music page to keep account of my favorite songs or new finds each month, and of course to share with anyone who reads this and may be interested.  It’s also fun for me to see how long I’ve been listening to certain songs while some fall to the way side. Check it out here (or up top) and let me know your thoughts!

Recently I’m listening to a lot of: Illenium, Maren Morris’s album Hero, and some other remixes here and there.

I didn’t find much new music in March.. hoping for better luck in April! What are you all listening to?

A Little This & That 3.10.17

Guys, I just noticed it’s been a year since I started this thing… *gasp* time has flown! Here’s another “this & that” post with what’s been going on recently.

1//. Whole foods month: So far so good! I’ve been cutting my gluten, soy, and nut intake quite a bit and I’ve noticed I’m feeling less lethargic (among other things). The only time I’ve had trouble with this was traveling for work this week. However, I went for the healthier options when I went out to eat (like vegetable fajitas) and in the airport where I opted for a protein packed sunflower seed snack bag.

 

2//. Stitchfix: I received my first box last week from this personal styling service and I loved it! When you don’t have time to go shopping or can’t find what you’re looking for, Stitchfix is a great option for clothes and accessories to be shipped right to your door! You fill out a styling quiz and your assigned stylist tailors each selection based on your answers. You can have a box shipped as often or not as you’d like! I’d highly recommend at least giving this service a try :)

 

3//. Barry’s Bootcamp: AKA the “best workout in the world.” It’s a 1 hour class of treadmill and floor work with weights that leaves you sore and sweaty. I took a full body class last weekend with friends and they certainly don’t play around here. We were sore for DAYS and I’m talking about some girls who are already in good athletic shape… It’s a fun atmosphere with great music (which I’m all about), friendly instructors who push you to the limit, and it even has a smoothie bar in the front where you can have a protein smoothie ready to go once you’re out of class!

I’m already signed up for my next class this Sunday after all the St. Patrick’s Day festivities are over. Gotta get back to that beach bod now!

Seriously though, check out their promo video, does it not make you want to go workout right now?!

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Whole Foods Vegan March

Recently I feel like I’m in need of a reset with my diet and alcohol intake, and with a new month starting tomorrow, the time is now!

I have a few events coming up in April and the following months and I want to feel and look my best. So during March I’m going to focus on a whole foods vegan diet to reset my body along with appropriate exercise. I’m not looking at this as a “diet” but more of a reset and lifestyle improvement.

I don’t usually have a problem with getting motivated to sweat (thanks recently to taking classes with friends!) but I struggle more with my eating habits. Yes I’m still vegan, but I’m eating out more than I should (like giving in to those darn delivery apps), snacking when I’m bored, and overdoing meal portions. I want to reign in this pattern of mindlessness I’ve fallen into and get serious about what’s going in my body.

I’m going to focus on lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and minimize (if not eliminate) processed foods. I’m sharing this here so I keep myself more accountable and I’ll post regular updates along the way.

My first big grocery haul will include most of the following:

Vegetables: spinach, romaine, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini, tomato, potatoes (regular and sweet), broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, chickpeas, black beans, lentils

Fruits: bananas, apples, all kinds of berries

Grains etc: oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, sprouted bread, hummus, tahini

This will also be a great opportunity to improve my cooking skills! I’m not big into smoothies, especially when it’s still winter in Chicago. I want to make homemade soups, salad dressings, rice bowls, stir fries etc. I’m going to look through some of my favorite food bloggers recipes for ideas and new things to try.

If you want to do a reset with me, by all means let’s do this!

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Essential Oils

Y’all my bad, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted here. I’ve been traveling so much for work and forgetting to take pictures that are worth sharing!

But I did want to share something I’ve been using while in my apartment. I’ve been using an essential oils diffuser with a variety pack of oils. Do you guys know much about essential oils? There are so many ways to use them! My mom has gotten me into them because she’s shared a lot of success stories when she’s used them at home.

To stay energized, focused, and alert when I’m working at home I drop some peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree scents into my diffuser and leave it on for the whole day. Those scents are strong and make my whole studio smell nice (which isn’t hard to do seeing as it’s a studio…) When I want to relax and hit the chill button I drop some lavender in the diffuser.

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Besides helping your mood, essential oils can help with colds, allergies, acne and so much more. If you’re unsure if you’d benefit from these or even use a diffuser, think of it as another nice smelling candle with secret health benefits when you inhale.

UrbanOutfitters.com: Awesome stuff for you & your space:

 

To learn more about essential oils, click here and thank me later :)