Posted on April 26, 2017
“Why did you move from California to Chicago?” is a question I have received 100+ times. My answer has remained consistently the same: The energy in Chicago is different than anywhere else and you never take a beautiful day for granted. Now that I don’t live in California, I never take a pretty day for granted there either.
I was so excited to be in Santa Monica/ Venice Beach for work and I was able to stay the weekend to visit my family. I was able to squeeze in a few things here and there whether it was get a workout in, grab a yummy coffee, walk around the Venice Canals, check out Abbott Kinney Blvd.. it was all so fun. There is so much to do and see in Los Angeles. The next thing I have on my list when I return is to get in more hiking, drive up the coast from San Diego to San Francisco, and see wine country in NorCal. My bucket list just keeps getting longer and longer! What’s on your bucket list and upcoming travel schedule?
Below are a few pictures + outfits linked from my very own La La Land- and I can’t wait to go back ❤
Bathing Suit: Victoria’s Secret (Similar HERE!)
Until we meet again, La La Land ❤
Posted on April 14, 2017
We made it to Friday! I am so excited for a few adventures coming up in the next few weeks, so thanks for following along :). I will give you a hint of what my upcoming adventures include: an ocean, flowers, and more flowers. Oh yes. As you can tell I have been on the floral fashion train because I cannot stop talking about them. I found my top on sale from Anthropologie and I thought it was perfect to wear in the city because it is long sleeved but still bright and cheery (writing this as I wore all black today…). I paired it with my jeans from Zara that are so comfy (and they are high rise!) and my bright pink M. Gemi flats. Anthro usually has a few great pieces on sale when I check out their site or in store (and make sure to grab some Voluspa candles while you’re at it) so make sure to take a peek.
I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this weekend for Easter! And don’t stay at work too late today.. Happy Friday!
Photography by Brittany Benson
Posted on March 20, 2017
Spring time is HERE and you know what that means?! Floral everything, flow-y tops and rooftop season is upon us! When it hits even 60 degrees in Chicago, it’s sandal season with no jackets sipping on Moscow mules. For tourists or locals alike, I always love going to Cindy’s Rooftop on top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. It is half indoor and outdoor with stellar views of Millennium Park and the Lake. When the Cubs won, my gal pal Kati and I swung up to see the exciting chaos from above. It was a day to remember to say the least. When I stop by for an early evening cocktail or at night to see the city lights, I tend to wear a leather jacket in case I get cold, with boots, a long black tank top and ripped jeans. Trust me, the moment it it is warm for a consecutive 3 days in a row, I will be sporting my bright floral attire. Until then, leaning towards darker hues but gradually moving into spring!
In case you were trying to plan for the first warm day way in advance like myself, here are a few of my favorite rooftops in Chicago!
Any other rooftops or neighborhoods you would like to know about? Comment below and ask away! Love recommending my favorite places!
Drink: the Grey Garden @ Cindy’s
Posted on March 15, 2017
I have been meaning to channel my inner tourist and share some images that really capture the epitome of Chicago. I wanted to live here for a reason, right? One of the most iconic pictures in Chicago is the infamous CHICAGO marquee located at State and Lake at the Chicago Theatre. I work right next door to it so I get to see it every morning and night as I get off and on the redline. State street is great for shopping (I call the Macy’s the Disneyland shopping adventure of Chicago) and you’re in the heart of the city’s Theatre district where you can easily snag student rush tickets to a show.
It has still been a little colder than usual in Chicago, so I went with a black sweater, torn jeans, and ankle boots. I tend to lightly style my hair during the work week and use more products/ heat on it during the weekends, so I think that could be a reason as to why my hair grows so fast (I am in a desperate need of a haircut…). I shared a few of my hair products I use in case anyone is looking for new product recos! Moroccan oil has been my go to for years, and sometimes I mix it with my Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial to give my face ultimate moisture before bed. Any must have black clothing items you have spotted? Let me know!
Posted on March 10, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is always an event: you see the river dyed green, you eat lots of corned beef and cabbage, drink green beer, and bar hop all around the city. One of my favorite things about St. Patty’s Day is the people watching! Oh are the outfits fun. I wanted to share a ‘street chic’ St. Patrick’s Day outfit I’ll be sporting on Saturday (as Patty’s day happens early this year) as I brunch with friends, see the green river, and hop around Chicago to a few bars and friend’s apartments. I love the slight poof to my top as I have been noticing that as an up and coming style. I decided to jazz up my outfit a little more with an added neck scarf. Thank you Anthropologie for the cute outfit! What greenery will you be sporting?! Below are a few of my top Chicago go-tos for Patty’s Day festivities too.
*Don’t forget to download the app Tally (a bar tab on your phone without the hassle of using a credit card at busy hot spots!) and receive 20% off your tab at participating Chicago bars on St. Patty’s Day!
All my luck,
Photography by Brittany Benson.
Posted on March 3, 2017
I love my city. One of the things I love most is you never feel too consumed from living in Chicago. You can always go to different places throughout the city to get fresh air and clear your mind. One way Bill and I decided to get some savvy R&R was to take a little stay-cation. Our stay was made extra special thanks to the hospitality from the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. We are familiar with the Gold Coast neighborhood and have many memories there but being a guest in your own city for once is pretty fun and something different. Bill and I relaxed, did some shopping, and had delicious dinners during our stay. I think my favorite thing about our short and sweet vacation was the fireplace in our hotel room.. it’s the little things that matter right?
I encourage you to take a stay-cation in your city, whether it be by yourself, with a friend, or lover.
A few tips I have when you are thinking about taking a stay-cation:
I shared a few photos from our stay-cation below: Fireplace, Balcony, Outfits and more.
If it’s not going away from your home for a weekend, find a great movie, make your favorite snack and splurge on that fancy candle you have been dying to try.
Posted on February 27, 2017
As I mentioned in my earlier post, there is something about New York that appeals to me in a way that I find too hard to explain sometimes. I wanted to share a few of my New York go-tos, which I would highly recommend for you to try too!
Our first stop after a lovely tapas style dinner at Beauty and Essex was Hotel Chantelle. Downstairs you will find nightly burlesque shows and upstairs is a rooftop that reminds you of an adorable park with cute benches as seats, white fences, and light and refreshing cocktails.
Cha Cha Matcha is all the rave in NYC, and I can see why. Buried away in little Italy neighborhood is a pink awning and a few spots to sit down and enjoy a matcha drink. I had the coconut matcha latte and it was a great jump to my day. We also had brunch at Cafe Henrie, keeping it retro but classic with eggs, toast, and mint tea. From there, we walked to the Flat Iron building, strolled through the nearby park, and walked to the highline! Needless to say, it was a heavy walking day!
You may have noticed I skipped a day because day 3, Tina and I headed over to Brooklyn, which you can check out my travel guide here! Tina and I stayed in a cute AIRBNB the first three nights in NYC and fell in love with the SOHO neighborhood. Not to mention frolicking on the fire escape was a cool experience and added bonus. On our last day in the city, we stayed at the Ludlow Hotel in East Village. This area reminds me of west loop, Chicago, with it’s industrial appeal, hidden shops, and different cuisines making the streets come to life with city goers. They have an incredible rooftop (with a gym!) that is calling my name in the summer. You can overlook the city with some cool views while you get a good sweat in.
We stopped for coffee at Ludlow Coffee Supply and I tried the Bourbon Vanilla Latte (SO good) and then walked around the neighborhood until we decided to check out Grand Central Station, Milk Bar, and ended at Central Park. Since we had a very early flight the next morning, we stayed nice and cozy back at the back at Ludlow Hotel where we reminisced on our trip in the garden patio over a glass of wine. NYC was truly one for the books and I can’t wait to go back soon!
Thanks for joining me on my adventures!
Posted on February 23, 2017
I am so excited to share my travel guide while I was in New York City. One of the many hot spots I checked out was Brooklyn and I was pleasantly surprised during my time there. I always thought of Brooklyn as a beaten up part of New York City- almost a place where people don’t want to be associated with. I was very much so wrong as it is a youthful and vibrant place where I think many people enjoy the fact that they can get away from the rush of Manhattan. Brooklyn reminded me of a cross between Balboa island in Newport Beach, CA and the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. It has a bunch of both mom and pop shops and trendy stores that attract millennial New Yorkers.
Tina, Brian and I took the subway over to Brooklyn (we went through a underwater tunnel.. woah!) and ventured around Williamsburg neighborhood. We started off by going to The End where I found the beautifully crafted Unicorn Latte. It is noted as a vegan wellness latte with a bunch of different ingredients that are all natural (think beetroot and blue algae). And yes, even the sprinkles are vegan. Their drinks are aesthetically pleasing and taste as good as they look. If I could have tried every drink I would have, but I guess it just means I will have to go back soon.
On our walk to East River State Park, there were the cutest streets and wall art I had to snap a few pictures.. Tina joined in on the fun too.
Afterwards, we ventured to East River State Park where some of the best views of the city are. If you want to feel how it is to be “on the outside looking in,” this is the place to go. It was a perfect day to be outside and take in the breath taking views of the city. I had fun dressing up for the day, as a New Yorker does, and wore a simple neck scarf with a sweater and my black ripped jeans. I bought my shoes from DSW and they helped me get through all my walking while I was in NYC. Tina and I averaged walking about 6.5 miles a day.. compare that to my average of 1.5-2 miles (without exercise) in Chicago. I was so excited to be adventuring the streets of Brooklyn with my friends. We ended the day going for cocktails at Wythe Hotel and grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant we randomly came across with the best crispy chicken burger at Allswell. Hanging out in Brooklyn is on my top 5 things to do when it comes to traveling to NYC. Also a part of my travel guide is to learn a little more about the NYC neighborhoods and find all its hidden gems.
Photos taken by Brian De Los Santos
Posted on January 20, 2017
Berry shades have seemed to really pop this season and I love that it did (see what I did there?). Even in the summer I will still get OPI’s Miami Beet color because it is a classic and always looks good in my opinion.
I found this Veiled Pom Beanie at Nordstrom (it’s 50% off now!) and I love wearing it on extra drab days. I lean towards wearing it with black but when I do, it’s the happy medium between bold and classy. Black on black attire is pretty effortless so I decided to pair it with my beanie to give it some extra flare. If you have a colored beanie you want to show off, I would recommend wearing neutral colors and only wearing one statement piece because you don’t want to over do it. I imagine my veiled beanie with a chunky gold necklace and knee highs being a little too over the top- sometimes less is more.
So what’s next on my berry list? I have one too many open shoulder sweaters but always looking to add to my collection to sport during the weekday along with a new berry lip. See below for a few items I have been keeping an eye on:
Topshop’s Cold Shoulder Sweater
SheIn’s Cable Knit Sweater
Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick
Target’s High Waisted Leggings
Photography by Theresa Ferrell.
Posted on December 15, 2016
Sweater weather is here! (Possibly even two sweaters and fleece lined leggings if you are battling the -5 degree weather like I am.) Pair an oversized sweater or sweater dress with leather leggings, wear heeled booties if you are dressing for a fancy occasion or combat boots for a casual brunch date! I had fun going to see the musical Hamilton (the thespian at heart that I am) and found this to be the perfect in between of chic, classy, and comfortable!
One of my go-to colors I really enjoy wearing is grey. It is a year round color and can be worn during the day or night. I always love Lou and Grey (no pun intended on the name) for their cozy grey wear and they have a plethora of vibrant colors for the summer days at the beach too…oh if only. Also, you must sign up for their emails because they always have the best sales, especially at The Loft. Check out my next purchase from The Loft as I sit inside and online shop battling this cold, (and unfortunately very grey) weather. Enjoy!
Photography by Theresa Ferrell.