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.
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.
Bit my bit, and surely through my social media, I'm sure you are aware of the amazing trip I just returned from. A select few Chicago influencers were invited to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience the vibrant culture, art, music, cuisine and so much more that this magical city has to offer. And it was magic!
If you're just starting to think about your bikini bod for summer...it's time to get a move on! Girl - it's June! While achieving optimum health isn't an overnight sensation, my friend Michelle Amore is THE rockstar of the Chicago fitness landscape. Rock hard abs backed by science...yes, she has them but she can help you achieve them, too!
You know those days when you can't find a thing to wear in your closet. *raises hand...today!* Well, there isn't an app for that (or is there?) but there is a magical, unicorn of a human being who can certainly help and her name is Katie Schuppler! With over seven years in the business, she is the human version of a fashion app. She can pull accessories at the drop of a hat and purge your closet even faster. She's your go-to fashionista in a pinch and she's been werkin' the scene since inception.
Familiar with BaubleBar? Who isn't right? Ever wonder what it was like to launch and how it all began? *raises hand* I always find these stories fascinating and today my friend Nina - the VP of Brand Marketing and also one of the original crew, is here to share the scoop on a day in the life of this accessory giant and what lies ahead. Take a seat...you're in for a sparkly treat!
The best things in life are free. Laughter being one of them - most underrated gift anyone could give you. And, it just so happens that today's Fearless Friday feature, Janet, makes me laugh constantly. I've traveled with her, soon again, I've cocktailed with her, I've had long talks with her...shoot, the only thing we haven't done is work out but we've even talked about that, too! I will tell you, Janet cares and she is very much supportive of her girls. I've observed over the years. Even with everything she is balancing...motherhood, marriage, career, blogging, philanthropy ...she always makes time for her friends. And, she will always make you laugh. That is the best trait in a friend - better than 100 lattes or 1M pairs of Gucci heels. And well heeled, she is!