It's almost here. That one day a year where us mothers get the luxury of a blissful manicure/pedicure all to ourselves...1.5 hours of heaven. Sound right? That's my usual gift which I happily accept each year because it just never gets old. 1.5 hours of no one asking for a snack, help in the potty or asking for a change of clothes because they spilled bubbles on the 4th outfit of the day. Not that I'm complaining...
This year was slightly different in the best way possible as we were invited to preview the Mother's Day Brunch at Café des Architectes. It was scrumptious...every last crumb of it!
In addition to a delicious french brunch, Sofitel is offering a family portrait in honor of mum. Sunday, May 8 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, overnight guests of Sofitel Chicago Water Tower and Mother’s Day Brunch patrons from Café des Architectes can pose for a complimentary professional family photo. To redeem their photo session, guests show their complimentary certificates which are given at time of arrival for their brunch reservation or at check-in to the hotel.
And now, let's talk food! This year, Chef Biggers is featuring a prix fixe menu highlighting traditional favorites with a French twist such as Spiced Carrot Veloute, Lake Superior Whitefish with Mushroom Ragout and Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta. Prix Fixe menu only will be available from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm. A delicious kid’s prix fixe menu will also be available for $19.
My kids dined on M&M waffles and a gorgeous granola/yogurt parfait while I designed my own omelet and my husband feasted on a delectable charcuterie plate as pictured above. It was just the right amount of food without leaving us utterly uncomfortable. Let it also be known that the staff knows how to cater to their little guests, too. They were more than accomodating ranging from crayons to fresh pastries at the drop of a hat.
It was a great morning; sort of like Mother's Day x 2! I highly recommend the Sofitel brunch and be sure to grab a table on the patio because this weather is divine. Happy brunching! xo
I wasn't kidding when I told you this was the season of blue pinstripe was I? I. cannot. get. enough. This bell sleeve top is giving me all the feels. I cannot get over those sleeves. Ruching and bells...I'm fainting. And it's a nice changeup to break away from denim cutoffs...I am sure you'll agree since that's my usual uniform! NPIRE London is a new-to-me site with super cute, trendy apparel. Case and point, this top is a whopping $22! I'm excited to pair it with white pants and denim as the temps start to cool off!
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!
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.
Sunday dinner is an event for us every weekend. As it should be. We run around like crazies all week long and it's our first real opportunity to relax and chat. Outside of this one hour it's birthday parties and errand running and special events...like every family in America. While we do spend a lot of time together as a family, it's not until a delicious dinner is in front of us that we actually pause and have conversation. Kind of crazy that it takes six days to get to that but I suppose that will be our new norm.
Cucina Paradiso is home to some of the best, authentic Italian cuisine here in Chicagoland.
My style has evolved over the years and I've quickly adopted the" less is more" theory. For example, if you're going to show more skin on top, cover up on the bottom and vice versa. This does not remove "sexy" from the equation, however. I believe you should flaunt what you've got and for me...it's always the legs. I'd like to think that after decades of ballet class and most recently, a pretty dedicated workout routine that "I've still got it"...as they say.
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!
Hey you! Yeah...you! Are you a mom? Are you stressed, run down, low on patience and tired of stepping on Barbie's shoes or Batman's legos?
This is a PSA: You need a vacation! And you can trust your ol' girl Johanna, here because I just returned from an incredibly fulfilling trip to Mexico. <full recap next week> I didn't think it would ever be possible but I ACTUALLY relaxed. The kind of "relaxed" that makes you so chill that even your girlfriend looks at you one day and asks if you're okay because you are sooo quiet. Quiet, for me, at least = blissed out.
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.
If there is one thing you can count on Chicago for - it's raging mood swings when it comes to weather. It's totally insane. For example, last week I wore this "almost leather" skirt to our seminar and meetings. Yesterday it was 92 and I was wearing a sundress. I surrender. Don't I say this every year actually?
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!