August 19, 2015

Nothing motivates me more than cute workout clothes. The marathon is only 52 days away and the milage for my weekend runs are getting higher and higher (I’m scheduled to run 16 this weekend.. gasp!). But I am so much more excited to spend multiple hours running at one time if I have my favorite Lulu Lemon shorts paired with my hot pink tank. It just feels good! I can’t explain it any more than that. If you’re like me and need an extra boost to get your running shoes on and your butt out the door, here are some cute running clothes I’m currently lusting over. Happy running!
Cure Running Workout ClothesBras: onetwothree   Shorts: onetwothree   Tops: onetwothree

xx

 

The Best Brunch Spots in Chicago

August 18, 2015

the best brunch spots in chicago

 

Is there anything better than weekend brunch? The answer is yes – weekend brunch in Chicago. Chi is doing it so right with all of its incredible brunch options. There are so many places in this big city to get your eggs and bloody mary’s, so I thought I would create a list of the best brunch that I’ve had in Chicago. Happy Brunching!

Over Easy (Ravenswood): I have to mention Over Easy first because it’s the brunch spot that I go to most often and honestly my favorite. Located in the northern neighborhood of Ravenswood, Over Easy provides an extensive menu with so much variety. Every week there are 4-5 specials, one of which is always a special benedict. The best thing to get at Over Easy? Without a doubt is the Sassy Eggs. It’s potato, egg + guacamole goodness. A few things to know about Over Easy – There will most likely be a wait and you’ll have to wait outside (although there is complimentary coffee while you wait) and there are no espresso drinks on the menu, so go to Starbucks beforehand if you need a latte fix. Trust me, this place is SO GOOOOD.

The Bongo Room (Uptown & Wicker Park): The Bongo Room is a pretty well known spot, and for good reasons! If you go to the Uptown location, try to sit outside. The back patio is lined with a fence of plants and flowers. Also if you can, get there right when they open at 9, otherwise you’ll be waiting for a table for a while. Anything from the “sweet” section of the menu is incredible. The tea selection is also really great with options like Toasted Almond. So much yum!

Summer House (Lincoln Park): This is the spot to go with a bunch of girlfriends and take photos. Seriously, this space is so pretty and airy. I want my home to look like it! If you can, try to sit in the Vitamin D room. The ceiling is made of glass and the light it lets in is so great. The menu is a knockout as well. The Morning Sandwiches are really good and they have a full bakery with endless sweets. I recommend taking a cookie to go.

Big Jones (Andersonville): Delicious Southern cooking in the Swedish neighborhood Andersonville. Oh my Goodness. Firstly, get a latte. It’s one of the best lattes I’ve had. Secondly, when you go on the weekends, you’re given complimentary beignets. Is there anything better? No. For the main dish, I think the corn griddle cakes are incredible and Sam recommends the Gumbo Ya-Ya.

Tre Kronor (Albany Park): Albany Park might not be the most convenient spot to get to, but trust me, Tre Kronor is sooo worth it. Tre Kronor is traditional Swedish breakfast with menu items like Pannekaker, Swedish pancakes with lingon berries. The restaurant itself is nestled inside a two story home, making it so warm and inviting. Make sure to get the raspberry danish and latte to start! And after your meal, visit the Sweden Shop next door! It’s my second favorite part about going to Tre Kronor (after the danishes).

Homeslice (Lincoln Park): Normally I would not recommend a pizza place for brunch, but Homeslice brunch kills it. First things first, your bloody mary is served with a tiny slice of pizza on top. Incredible. If you are craving a sweet, indulgent breakfast, order the french toast sticks. They’re served with ice cream making them brunch and dessert all in one. If you aren’t feeling so decadent, I recommend the pulled pork hash. The menu isn’t extensive, but the bloody mary alone makes this place worth it.

The Publican (West Loop): A somewhat classy, German farmhouse is how I would describe The Publican. There’s a lot of meats and cheeses on the menu, and it’s oh-so good. It has to be if it’s located in the West Loop, right? Most of the seating is communal, so get a coffee, the crab scramble and make friends with the people sitting next to you.

xx

Color Inspiration

August 5, 2015

I’ve been spending some quality time with Pinterest the last few days. Sam has been out of town this week, so I’m filling the hours alone in the apartment with Pinterest. There are worse things.

Obviously one of my favorite things about Pinterest is the home decor inspo that it brings, but to be honest, sometimes it overwhelms me. I see these beautiful rooms filled with so much character and charm and sometimes it’s almost too much to take it all in. We live in a rental apartment that has nice features, but lacks a bit in character (think exposed brick, vaulted ceilings, etc.). It makes me feel like the rooms that I’m lusting over on Pinterest are unattainable to me. But when I really think about what I love most about the photos, it often comes down to the color choices in the room. So maybe right now we can’t have painted black flooring or the exact abstract artwork in the photo, but we can find things in similar color families and add them to our spaces to give a similar vibe.

Sometimes it’s hard to look past the details in each room and just focus on colors, so I’ve gone ahead and taken five photos of beautiful rooms that I’m loving, and pulled out my favorite colors from each to use as a guide. I hope this helps anyone with the same design problem as me!
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xo, E

P.S. Let’s be friends on Pinterest!!

8 Things to Do Before Labor Day

August 3, 2015

Can you believe it’s already August. How did this happen?

August is like that friend who shows up early to your party. You’re still getting ready, your hair is wet and you haven’t even made the guacamole. You feel a little anxious that they’ve already arrived, but then you realize that this friend is warm, fun and a better guacamole-maker than you anyways. So you hand them the avocados and welcome them with open arms.

To me, the start of August means the beginning of the end of summer. Once September hits, I’m all about the long sleeve plaid and Pumpkin Spiced everything. I want to make sure I take full advantage of the final weeks of summer, so I’ve put together a list of things I want to accomplish before the weather cools and the leaves change. Half of them are food-related. Are you surprised?

taco2_labordayThe people of Chicago take full advantage of the nice weather and eat EVERYTHING outside during the summer. We have to cherish the warm moments! Big Star is an obvious favorite of mine, but I’ve also been dying to try Velvet Taco and Antique Taco. Guacamole will be required as well.

Concert_LabordayThrillist compiled a list of all the outdoor concerts in Chicago this summer! Seeing the Grant Park Orchestra would be fun! Or Better Than Ezra with Sugar Ray?! Hello Throwback!

Ice Cream_LaborDayI mean, this is pretty self explanatory. Ideally my ice cream would be from George’s or Bobtail.

Cubs_LaborDayLuckily this one is already in the works! My parents come to town next weekend and we are seeing a game. It’s not summer in Chi without a Cubs game.

Beach_LaborDayWant to know something sad? I’ve never really been in Lake Michigan. I’ve put my feet in, but I’ve never gone in more than that. I want a full-on beach day. Filled with a cooler of treats, a good book and endless sunshine.

farmersmarket_LaborDayThe Green City Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. I need at least one more visit to the market to pick up some blooms and gawk at every pup I see.

Grill_LaborDayI feel like Sam and I have barely used our grill this year. A BBQ is definitely necessary before the fall hits. Sweet potato fries will be consumed.

fireworks_LabordayDid you know that there is a fireworks show every Wednesday night at Navy Pier? It might be a total tourist trap, but I think it’d be fun to sit on the beach and watch the fireworks from afar.

What is on your to-do list before the end of summer hits? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below!

xo, E

 

One More Austin Post!

August 1, 2015

Hi y’all. I realize that it’s been a month now that Sam and I went to Austin, but I have more photos to share from our trip, so that’s what I’m going to do. One month later. Better late than never!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my in-depth Austin travel guide, you can do so here. I had so much fun putting it together!

I have so many photos from our trip. I was the ultimate tourist while we were in the Lone Star State. I brought my camera everywhere with us, which resulted in a lot of photos. Which results in me still talking about Austin a month later.

I hope you’ll still enjoy these snaps!

austin_viewHiking from Mount Bonnell.

austin_storeI loved all the painted arrows. They were in all of the boutiques throughout the city.

austin_selfie2Selfie Couple

austin_selfieSee, total selfie pros..

austin_samkayakThe cutest kayaker I ever did see.

austin_foodFunny story. Moments after this photo was taken a crazy old man was arrested on this picnic table where we were sitting!! He was swearing at the officer and asking us for help. It was bananas. This also happen only hours after being in Austin. It was an interesting start to our week.

austin_hatsWe loved all the hats. This same shop exists in Chicago! Goorin inWicker Park!

austin_hikeAnother view from Mount Bonnell

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austin_nightlifeTypical Austin nightlife. BBQ, fairy lights and live music.

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austin_13We loved that this street was called 13 1/2. And the pink house and flowers just added to the cutness!

austin_congressSouth congress

austin_coffeeJo’s coffee = happiness

austin_cactusvibescactus vibes on point

austin_cactisee what I mean!

austin_burgerSo much food, so little time

austin_breakA necessary reminder.

austin_breadA cafe with an entire wall dedicated to bread. My kind of place.

austin_amyAmys! The best ice cream in Austin

Remember to check out my Austin Travel Guide if you want all the deets about where we ate, shopped, drank and played!

xo, E