Everyone should take a weekend to be a tourist in their own city. We often take our backyards for granted and it's something I realize I am guilty of every summer. Taking in the sites and sounds of even the most heavily trafficked destinations has always helped me uncover little gems and hidden nooks all over Chicago.
You may recall that last week my husband and I celebrated our five year anniversary. We're in total agreement that this was our best year yet and to celebrate we boarded the Odyssey in Chicago right off the infamous Navy Pier for a champagne dinner complete with fireworks. It was just what the doctor ordered.
The newly renovated Odyssey cruise ship pulled out all the bells and whistles. From a brand new rooftop viewing deck with cozy couches and lounge chairs to a sophisticated menu and wine list. And let's be honest the views of our Windy City are unbeatable on a clear night.
I fall in love with Chicago year after year for that phenomenal skyline.
You just can't beat cotton candy skies, twinkling lights and a warm breeze further justifying exactly why we brave out those oh-so-cold winters.
Obligatory anniversary photo ensued but we were in good company...everyone was pointing and clicking!
About that food! I enjoyed the chicken glazed with apricots and roasted veggies. ....and almost licked the plate clean while my husband savored the braised short ribs. We enjoyed a preliminary champagne cocktail, a shrimp cocktail appetizer and many-a-glass of pinot noir. Duty called!
Outside from the excellent food, the icing on our meal was the special dessert they personalized for us. It was so thoughtful which is another hallmark of the amazing waitstaff and attention to detail. Warmed my little heart!
If you're looking to get a fresh perspective on Summer or just spend some time with the one you love whilst taking in amazing city views...book your online ticket for the Odyssey II. I promise you'll end up rekindling your love for our great city and your date...even if it's not your anniversary.
Today I do not feel like I want to post about fashion. Today is one of those Truth Tuesday posts. I've been reflecting quite a bit about all the change 2017 has brought. Some of it has been pretty fabulous while others have been quite stressful. With only two months to go, I can safely say that 2017 was not one of my favorite years and the word on the street is that many people feel the same. 2017 was a year of change.
And 2018...if you're listening...you better bring it!
I've saved this photo for a year. Can you believe it? One of my very talented friends who happens to shoot on the regular for my company shot it when I wasn't paying attention...on a Halloween shoot, natch.
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Like every day, you can always come to 101 things I love to support your shopping habit. Old habits die hard. <wink, wink> I will say this though...I will always find you a good deal and I am well researched. That's a promise! I am sure my husband is gritting his teeth reading this.
I posted a blog last week on shopping. It wasn't ground breaking and I've shared this type of content many-a-time before. Once in awhile a reader will comment on a particular item they, too are fawning over. It's just fun, superfluous content. The interesting thing about this post is that it really rubbed one reader the wrong way. I mentioned it extensively on my IG stories but in case you missed it...here's what my friend, "Laney" had to say...
Hi! Happy Friday! Although somewhat risky, I thought we'd do a little exercise today! For the first time in eight years I want to open up the floor and answer all of your burning questions. I've never done this before but I thought it could be a fun way to connect as a community and I've seen so many influencers do the same. It really changed my perspective on the individual behind the brand. So...what do you think?
Sometimes I wish Lisa had permanent residency in my home. On those challenging days when nothing seems to be going right, I would take solace in the fact that Lisa would have a mean cocktail waiting for me as soon as the clock turned happy hour. This girl knows how to whip up a strong drink and not just one...but an entire collection of craft cocktails!
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
If you want the cut and dry of why the tech community loves Katy Lynch, see answer #10. Actually, that's why I love her, too.
I met Katy a little over a year ago and I was instantly inspired by her genuine support for my agency and her bubbly demeanor.
Everyday was a surprise in Guadalajara. And I mean that in every sense of the word. We'd wake up to beautiful breakfasts and come home to thoughtful gifts. It was unreal. Day 2 was just what the doctor ordered. Our itinerary included breakfast at Café Barra Café followed by a short trek to the landmark spa and boutique hotel, Hacienda El Carmen.