We kicked off our afternoon with an oh-so-healthy lunch at LYFE Kitchen. My favorite on-the-go lunch destination. I can fool my kids into eating more veggies and my husband and I walk away feeling satisfied because the portions are just right. The wraps are outstanding and I highly recommend Art's Unfried Chicken.
The NEWCITY layout is ideal offering patrons shade and plenty of sun with an outdoor mall kind of feel. It's well appointed and has everything from home decor to boutiques with plenty of dining options.
After our LYFE lunch, we made a pit stop over at Mariano's. Because if my family is anything...we are a family that is always hungry! Behold their gorgeous macaron section. Yum!
The LP Mariano's location is expansive with two floors. One must stop by the wine bar when shopping because we have to stop about every five seconds to ogle over a sweet treat or something savory...depending on who you're talking to!
P/S The Oyster Bar is my favorite weekday date spot. Grab a glass of vino and indulge on a dozen. Never gets old.
With even fuller bellies, we peeked into Z. Gallerie for a little home inspiration before heading to IT'SUGAR to get our candy game on. Actually, I was dragging my heels because I was in love with every vignette Z. Gallerie had to offer...bring on the metallics!
There was absolutely no chance we were walking by this delectable candy shop but then again, you don't see me complaining. How cute is this tank? We ended up with licorice and a lotta sour candy which made for a hyper ride home...oy!
If you haven't spent some time at Lincoln Park's new shopping gem - change that this Memorial Day weekend! There's amazing sales and events going on - something for everyone. Next time we plan to bowl or grab a movie. See what I mean? NEWCITY has your afternoon covered. Check out the list of retailers:
NEWCITY Offerings --
- King’s Bowl
- ArcLight Cinemas
- Sak’s OFF 5Th – Opening in early May
- Earls Kitchen + Bar
- Yard House
- LYFE Kitchen
- Nando’s Peri Peri
- Adobe Gilas
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Z Gallerie
- James & Sons
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Welcome to my newly rebranded entrepreneurial series. You may remember Fearless Friday from the past but this is the 2018 reimagined version. I brought it back for many reasons but the primary reason was because of YOU. You guys loved this series! I took a break because I recall it being a lot of work to conduct interviews and beyond. So, instead, I took my own advice and worked smarter, not harder.
Let me start by saying that I am not a physician. Not even close. But I can say that for almost 37 years I struggled with food, digestion and the feeling it left me. I have a great relationship with food. I love it and I love to try new things BUT gluten and I were never meant to be friends and that epiphany hit roughly two years ago when I grew tired of the bloat, the gas, the bathroom issues and the overall appearance of looking like I was in my second trimester 24/7.
2017 was a difficult year for many people that I genuinely love and care about. In fact, it felt like the world was somewhat turned on its head with everything ranging from natural disasters to horrible tragedies to the ugly truth behind "me, too" in the media. Hard to watch, hard to listen to and hard to put one foot in front of the other when you're left wondering what you can do to help. What I did love about this year is that we all spoke up. It's a positive change and yes, the topics were taboo but so what? Let's get it all out on the table, I say!
I feel like life is moving at the speed of sound and with it...my blog has been sitting in the corner weeping for more frequency. I am TRYING but man, this time of year is intensely busy. I decided to do an Instagram round up of all the goodness we are experiencing this month and last month.
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?