Weekend Recap Vol. 27

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Someone please, please, please, tell me how weekends are allowed to go by so quickly? It doesn’t seem fair! As you can tell by the photo above, we celebrated St. Patty’s day here in Chicago. True the Chicago River is always a nice olive green, but for the holiday the city takes it upon themselves to dye it Kelly Green, because, ya know, why not…?

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The day was filled with exactly what you’d expect a group of twenty-somethings to do on a nice spring Saturday. Day drinking! You can use your imagination here.

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How cute are Twin & her boyfriend?

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And just like that it was Sunday. I channeled my inner cat and spent the day lounging on the couch while binge watching Jane the Virgin (surprisingly good show).

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Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Weekend Recap Vol. 26

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Hey Guys! Happy Monday, I’m trying to go into the week with absolute positivity. It should be easy because I’ve had such a great weekend.

Saturday was the perfect blend of sloth mode and party mode. Fiance and I spent a lazy morning parked on the couch, and I made some progress with an embroidery project I’ve been working on. I want to try and do some more DIY projects instead of just binge watching Netflix shows all the time.

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Logan and I went to a great Thai place, Joy’s Noodles, for a simple Saturday lunch. For some reason I am NEVER in the mood for Asian food, but once Fiance convinces me to get thai, Chinese, or sushi I always end up loving every bite. Maybe one day I’ll surprise him and actually suggest we get Asian food! hahaha

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After lunch we met up with twin and got some little plant babies! The hardest part about plant shopping? Finding one that won’t kill our lil cat. For my fellow cat mamas out there, Palms and ferns are probably your best bet. Luna has already tried (unsuccessfully) to climb the palm plant. Palm: 1, Cat: 0.

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Saturday night we took a trip down to the South Loop for a coworkers’ housewarming/birthday party. House parties are one of my favorite things ever, so I never turn down an invite to one. I just can’t wait for some summertime rooftop fiestas at the twin’s place.

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Sunday was exactly what it should be. Sleeping-in, gym, grocery shopping, and meal prep for the week. Oh, and TV. Lots and lots of TV.

Weekend Recap Vol. 25

 

imageGood morning friends! We were blessed with more amazing winter weather here in Chicago. 60 degrees in February! Feels like we are getting a little treat from Mother Nature, really hoping this is a trend w can enjoy until spring officially rolls around.

imageOn Saturday we spent the afternoon wandering around Lincoln Park and stopped in Urban Outfitters outlet for some discount fashion.

imageAfter our mini shopping adventure, we popped in to a local coffee shop for a little pick me up. It wa even warm enough to justify ordering a large iced coffee!

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I always enjoy the simplicity of wandering around our neighborhood. Living in a city means there is a constant stream of new restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and boutiques for us to explore.

imageimageWhile our usual go-to food is pub style, fiancé found an awesome Cuban restaurant for us to try. As you might remember from my whole 30 posts, I am OVSESSED with plantains. This restaurant was amazing because they had a sandwich that substituted with bread with none other than a giant plantain. It was amazing!

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  • coloring/catch up/girl talk with some homies
  • saturday morning fun run
  • pizza & popcorn Oscar watching

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Weekend Recap Vol. 24

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Buenos martes my friends! I hope your weekend was an amazing one. We had a bit of a heat wave here in Chicago.Twin & I took full advantage of the Spring-like weather by going for a morning run along the lake. Let me tell you: no one is more appreciative of unseasonably warm weather than a Chicagoan.

 

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It was a pretty low-key weekend. Lots of walking, a little shopping, and a dash of caffeine #latteaddict. Fiance and I went to a new coffee place in our neighborhood. If you live in the area you should check out Bow Truss. The ambiance alone is enough to justify the trip.

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It wouldn’t be a Sunday morning without waking up to a Lil Luna perched on my back. She is just the sweetest nug we could ever ask for! Saturdays are for exploring and adventuring, but Sundays are for working out, grocery shopping, and just getting sh*t done, so it’s nice to chill out a little bit before I run all my errands.

*Sigh* It’s only Tuesday and I’m already dreaming of the next sleepy Saturday morning.

Weekend Recap Vol. 23

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Hi friends & happy Tuesday! I hope your Monday was so good that you aren’t still sad about it not being the weekend. Speaking of the weekend, I had a really great one.

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On Saturday I went to my first ever Soul Cycle class. A big thanks to Target for sponsoring the pop-up shop in the Loop! While I may deemed Soul Cycle a cult-like exercise class, I can totally see why people are addicted to these workouts. Pour me a tall glass of that kool-aid.

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With a great workout to start my day, the day only got better with a visit from my future in-laws. We went to this super legit German restaurant, and stuffed our faces with a giant pretzel, cheese curds, and sausage. YUM.

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Although I didn’t take any pictures (too busy having fun), on Saturday night fiance, twin, and some of our friends went to an open mic night for stand-up. I was pleasantly surprised by both the talent and the cheap drinks. We’ll definitely going back there.

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As per usual, Sunday is for cat hangs, gym time, and grocery shopping. But this was a special weekend because SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.

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Am I a huge fan of football? No. Am I a huge fan of funny commercials, epic snacks, and hanging with my posse? YAS. Not sure about all of you, but I felt very underwhelmed with the ads this year. Seemed like every advertiser just decided to book a celebrity and call it a day. Exception: those Hyundai singing sheep. That was great.

How was your weekend? 

 

 

 

Weekend Recap Vol. 22

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Happy Tuesday guys! I hope you had a great weekend filled with laughs, tiny adventures, and your favorite humans. This past weekend was unseasonably nice in Chicago. It was sunny with a high of 45 on Saturday, and you better believe we took full advantage of it.

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We started our day journey with a delicious meal in Ravenswood (yes, like the ABC Family PLL spinoff). I had an AMAZING naked burger (sans bread), and it was exactly what I needed.

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It was our first time in Ravenswood, and I loved every charming street of this Chicago neighborhood. The blocks are littered with small businesses that sell all the pretty things you want but don’t need.

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We stumbled upon the cutest little coffee shop called The Grind Cafe. I ordered a loose leaf coconut tee, and it did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about this little gem is their hand stamped coffee cups, can you see the blue fern on it in the picture?

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We spent a little time wandering around this specialty grocery store that specializes in German cousine. I can’t wait to go back when I’m done with Whole 30 so we can get some German beer!

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Ravenswood was so fun, and I’ll definitely be visiting this nook of Chicago again.

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Sunday was business as usual: gym, grocery shopping, house cleaning, with a side of little Luna kitty cuddles. Doesn’t that picture of fiancee and Luna just melt your heart?!

 

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Weekly Wears

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Praise be! It’s Friday!!! This week was a tough one for me, maybe because of the short week last week? Or maybe because I’m on day 25 of my Whole 30, which means one more sober weekend for this girl! Now for some outfits of the week

Office Ballerina // This dress borders on too fancy for a casual work atmosphere. But it’s really all about assessors. Pair this drop-waisted dress with black tights, a cardigan, and a giant scarf to make it more laid back.

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Pattern Melting Pot // Stripes? Check. Plaid? Check. Houndstooth? Check. Cognac? Check. This mash-up screams comfy and cozy. Makes days at the office feel a little more like lounging on the couch.

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Wintertime Yuppie // I got this coat at Old Navy for $15! Isn’t that insane? It’s not very thick, so you gotta save this bad boy for the warmer colder days. By that I mean any day over 35 degrees with at least a little sunshine.

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Olive You // Get it, like “I love you.” Adding this statement vests can bring your basic tunic + leggings combo to the next level. I love how it looks with a pop of red!

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Pardon My Polka // This shift dress basically feels like wearing a giant, super soft tee all day long. To add a little personality to this simple dress, pair it with a solid cardigan, booties, and a statement necklace to add a little

Any fun weekend plans?!

Weekend Recap Vol 21

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Hi guys! Happy Tuesday, I’m still thinking about the weekend hahaha. 

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On Saturday twin and I met some of our girlfriends at the local indoor farmers market. I’m a frequent market goer during the summer months, but it was my first time at the indoor one. While the number of choices are a little smaller than the outdoor market, there are still some really good produce! The shining stars in my eyes were the giant sweet potatoes (literally the size of a 5 month old kitten), these dried pears (no sugar or preservatives added!), and these whopping honeycrisps.

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My dad surprised the twin and I for an impromptu brunch (he works in the city). So nice being able to chill with papa bear while scarfing down a chorizo breakfast bowl!

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After lunch fiance and I moseyed over the the Warby Parker location in Lincoln Park. It was surprisingly fun to try on all the different frames they have in store. Even if I don’t wear glasses… We were out and about because of a super special surprise that I’ll blog about later.

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No weekend would be complete without cat cuddles! On Saturday we followed Luna’s lead and had a chill movie night with some friends. Made the mistake of watching a horror movie and now I’m convinced aliens are entering our apartment at night. LOL JK JK… But kinda.

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Sunday is my errands day, what about you? Gym, grocery shopping, and meal prep take up most of my Sundays.

What about you? Did you do anything fun this weekend?

 

Weekly Wears

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Happy Friday guys! We finally made it. Is it just me, or do shortened weeks somehow feel longer than normal ones? Maybe it’s the expectation of the week going by really quickly, either way it sucks.

This week was all about comfy & cozy with a side of stripes!

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I love this asymmetrical free people top. It looks great when paired with some simple black leggings, boots, and a colored cardigan! How pretty is the little pendant that Logan got me for Christmas? Coral + turquoise just go together, you know?

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I really loved this combination. My suede skirt + simple black tee + oversized scarf. It was a perfect blend of warmth and style. Sorry I can’t really link any of my outfits because I mostly shop at second hand stores (my favorite is Crossroads).

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We finish the week out with a simple striped tee paired with jeans and ballet flats for a pop of color.

Which outfit is your favorite?!

4 Feelings While Watching the Golden Globes

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Just an FYI, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings and opinions about a lot of things. This is my space to express said opinions. That being said, continue reading if you so desire to know about my thoughts on the Golden Globes.

1. Envy

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Oh my god. That dress, those earrings, the makeup! Please gimme all of it, pleaseeee. I don’t know where in the world I would wear any of the MANY stunning gowns I saw the other night, but I know I want, nay, NEED them.

2. Disbelief

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How on earth is your arm the size of my index finger? I am not trying to body shame in any sense of the word, but I can tell you that these actresses (not actors), have all lost about 20 pounds in the last 5-10 years. Which would be cool if they needed to lose weight for health reasons, but they all look bony, malnourished, bobble heads. And they were just as beautiful as they are now.

3. Anger

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Why the f*ck do I support the entertainment industry? An industry that demands a woman’s weight remain as close to double digits as humanly possible? I don’t blame the women who are clearly victims of a thin-obsessed culture that is perpetuated by…well I don’t know who is behind it. You? Me? “The Man?” It’s clearly not one person, and I’m really hoping we, as an entire society of human beings, shift our beauty ideals away from starvation and towards healthy weights and behaviors.

4. Self-loathing

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This brings me to my final point. After watching a solid hour of red carpet coverage where women were praised for their tiny bodies, I couldn’t help but feel like my own 5’4″ 140 pound frame was inadequate. That I, a strong, bright, fit woman should dwindle my weight down to as much as humanly possible. It’s this feeling that worries me most. Also, these 21 year olds have more money now than I will ever have in my entire life on Earth… Cool. 

On a lighter note: S/O To Brie Larson and her very well deserved win for Room!

So as we can both derive from my feelings, I should probably stop watching Award Shows.

But, when are the Oscars…?