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!
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.
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!