Last Windy City Weekend

Ok sorry guys I’m finally posting the recap of my last weekend in Chicago. I didn’t capture everywhere we went, but here’s a few tidbits:

My last day in the office there was a little send-off celebration with vegan treats and cupcakes from Swirlz! They were delicious, and I highly recommend ordering some if you’re in Chicago. This variety box had vanilla, chocolate, and apple cinnamon flavors!


To kick off the long holiday weekend (over 4th of July), we had a group go to happy hour at Hampton Social – aka all the half off rose and pizza you can handle.

Then we had a pool day at FFC West Loop (they’re music is bumpin’)


We somehow went to both Happy Camper and Homeslice this weekend lol but only got pizza at Happy Camper. Their drinks are so good…

All in all it was a great long weekend filled with friend, food, sun, and booze.

Windy City, you are missed!

 

Going Out With A Bang: Wknd #1

There’s nothing like a send-off party and birthday weekend as a way to celebrate my time in Chicago and look forward to this new chapter in New York.

My friends were so amazing and threw me a going-away extravanganza a few Saturdays ago. We went to a few places on my bucket list and a few surprises as well, starting with brunch and ending at a night club (is anyone surprised?). I’d say “here are some of the highlights,” but that’s basically everything we did…

So here’s the recap of #Blairwelltour:

Brunch at Little Goat Diner – they have a secret vegan menu, and I ordered the crumpets.

Stopped for a little vino at City Winery

River Boat ride (!!!)

Dinner at Sunda, one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. They have great vegan and gluten-free options if you need them! A few of us shared the crispy brussels sprout salad, sweet potato sushi roll, tofu pad Thai, and shiitake edamame dumplings. Everything was delicious as expected.

We had drinks at the Godfrey Hotel rooftop (but it’s actually on the 4th floor.. what up with that?)

Then ended the night seeing Felix Cartel at Sound Bar (probably wouldn’t go back again but it was fun nonetheless with my gang)

I’ll share Weekend #2 adventures next, it was a great 4th of July spent in the Windy City!

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.

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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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 :)

Tips to De-Stress

This week has been ROUGH at work. Who else is with me?

There are a lot of methods to help aid stress and everyone has their own tricks. I’m big on going to the gym and sweating out frustrations, but it’s nice to switch it up occasionally.  Here are some of my tips to de-stress:

1//. Pamper time: aka YOU time. Kick back and relax. Maybe paint your nails, put on a face mask, cook a good nutritious meal, and put on a TV show! My face masks of choice right now are the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks and this Tea Tree one from The Body Shop



2//. Work it out: at the gym or go for a walk outside for some fresh air. This is usually how I de-stress but sometimes you gotta switch it up. Yoga is one of my favorite ways to work out any stress while still moving my body on days where I don’t have much energy. The calming music and breathing techniques really do the trick.

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3//. Talk it out: with a friend, parent, sibling etc. Talking through things out loud (in other words ranting/venting) helps me clear my head and it’s always nice to hear comforting words when you need it most.

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Last night I chose to pamper myself a little and stayed in to do basically everything I mentioned in #1 above. It felt great. I slept well and was ready to take on the day.

What are some ways you like to de-stress?

*NYE*

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be ringing in 2017 with my friends at a nightclub in downtown Chicago.

The question (for women anyway) always seems to be… “what to wear?” Well luckily I just picked up a new black dress with cutout sleeves that’s perfect for the occasion. I’m all about wearing black for a night out on the town, and I don’t usually go for the glitz and sparkles that you see New Years Eve.

If you’re unsure what to wear for the big night, here’s some inspiration from my fashionista Pinterest board.