Weekending in Chicago.

Chicago is doing something right lately because my insta feed has been blowing up with Bean selfies, Wrigley Field couple pics and other overly saturated touristy photos… Like cool, we get it, you’re on vacation and yes I’m really jelly. I recently picked up the Austin Business Journal and on the front page was “CHICAGO – Things To Do in the Windy City” practically sending me a sign that it was time to book a flight.  Perhaps the deep dish za is what really got me hooked though (since Gino’s East just made it’s Texas debut), aka time to get me some of the real deal. Flight booked!

Should you choose to plan a vaca consider mid September, as the weather is awesome (70’s-80’s), it’s the start of football season (a trip to Soldier Field is a must) and you can forget about counting calories since summer is basically over! This was actually my first time to the windy city and I couldn’t have asked for a better getaway. Here’s a recap of some things to check off your list while frolicking the town:SAMSUNG CSCAs with any vacation of mine, a triple D pit stop is a must. Known for their fresh seafood and dynamite flavors, our first destination in Chi town was at the original Big & Little’s on Belmont Ave. Their soft shell crab po-boys, truffle fries and ahi ahi tacos were definitley off the hook. IMG_9354Standing on the glass ledge at the Willis Tower also means waiting in line for 3 hours just to reach the observation deck. Instead, opt for an afternoon cocktail at the 360cafe atop the John Hancock Center – free ride to the top AND you get to sip some bubbly! The views from here are much better also because the JH not only overlooks downtown, but the entire ocean (Lake Michigan).

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Florida Vacation.

Disclaimer: This post is a little late considering this vacation was a couple months ago. BUT, here it is none the less.

It’s evident the art deco era has come back in full swing, and if you weren’t aware, just open any fashion mag – the words mod, palm and 60’s are literally everywhere. So, in true fashion, I thought a trip to the art deco mecca was in order… and my flight to Miami was booked.

Since I’ve never been to Florida (other than a quick stop to hop on a cruise), I was an open book ready to soak in as much information on places to see, things to do and the best cuban sammies to eat. By the end of the trip I was one happy and full, bronzed babe.

We were fortunate enough to stay with some family friends that live in an awesome condo facing Biscane Bay. Our mornings were well spent sleeping in and taking a dip in the pool. IMG_7182Many cities have adopted the Citi Bikes and Miami was full of stations, so we rode everywhere… pretty much so I could multitask by getting a tan ;) On our way to the beach, we walked through Lincoln Road, aka a shopolic’s dream. Not only can you find an ahmazing Anthro, various locals boutiques, and a Starbucks on every corner, the ascetic is built around the existing art deco buildings, aka oh so chic!IMG_7251SAMSUNG CSCMiami beach is definitely a lot nicer than I thought it would be. There is a boardwalk that runs along the entire beach separating it from the die hard sun bathers and party goers on Ocean Drive. After a few hours of Peter’s skin getting crispy, we made our way in search of some frozen beverages and cuban sammies. IMG_7206

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Stop and smell the bacon.

First off, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Second, sorry for my absence the last few weeks! I decided I needed a little vaca from the virtual world, and boy did it feel nice to step away from the computer. After a while I started to feel like I was writing posts just to stay on schedule, instead of writing about things that I really cared about, at my own leisure. I imagine every bloggers nightmare. So there, now you have it, I’m back! Cue music.

I made this delicious bouquet of roses a while back and thought how perfect for Father’s Day (or really any day of the year). Check out the tutorial below. You’re sure to become the favorite child after you surprise dad with these.

1. Buy a plastic bouquet of a dozen roses.SAMSUNG CSC 2. Remove all the red petals so just the green stems remain. Make sure to leave about 1 inch of stem at the top to place the bacon on. SAMSUNG CSC 3. Wrap the bacon into little circles, and bake in the oven until cooked.SAMSUNG CSC 3. Remove the bacon from the pan and place on the plastic stems. SAMSUNG CSC

 Serve immediately with a cold beer and turn on the US Open. He’s sure to love flowers (and you even more) after this :D

Got weekend plans?

IMG_6005Fact: Austin has had more rain this year than Portland AND Seattle!

If you live in Austin, or been keeping up with Al Roker lately, you’ve probably seen the torrential downpours we’ve been experiencing – and I’m not complaining. Mother Nature is getting us out of this drought and filling our lakes, just in time for summer board meetings (wake surfing Lake Austin).

So yes, thunderstorms are in our 7 day forecast, but I have just the thing to turn that frown upside down. Thankfully, with Austin being a maker + do’er city, there are a lot of events this weekend to keep your right brain moving and mildly dry. Clearly, I love crafting, art and anything in between, so if we’re on the same page, you’re in for a treat. Check out some of the events going on in Austin during this rainy weekend:

Renegade Craft Fair – Calling all DIY’ers! This event showcases makers of all kinds and you can even purchase your goods right away and bring them home to bae. From 11-6pm Saturday and Sunday, you’ll enjoy sipping mimosas and shopping for unnecessary home decor. Sounds pretty perfect to me!15708397124_4333a673f7_o-e1422383760991

West Austin Studio Tour – You’ve heard of the East Austin Studio Tour (and, well, hopefully the EAUFT), but for the 4th year, Big Medium has continued their efforts to support another great art/event/happening, that is the West Austin Studio Tour. Discover new artists and explore their studios in their self-guided tour, all west of I-35. Still unsure? It’s free.11205988_10153313148074036_4943282366283623188_n*Pick up your catalog from the Austin Public Library for a full list of events.

 Holy Grail Vintage Pop Up Shop – Three designers curate quite the collection of antique gems at this pop up shop guaranteed to be a vintage lovers dream. Just look at their hashtag (#holygrailvintage) to lure you in before the shop opens at 11am this Sunday.11147583_10206654686306123_5753895710748460787_n

 Spring Jazz Brunch – If you love brunch (because who doesn’t?) and jazz music, look no further than Hotel San Jose for their Spring Jazz brunch series. This is the second to the last before it’s over for summer, so consider this a must on your Saturday morning to do list.11174901_10152694070961673_8478790337935394725_n

TONIGHT! If you happen to be in Houston, check out my friend’s movie debut Echoes of War at AMC Dunvale 30 at 9pm. It won the Grand Prize Jury Award for best ensemble at the Dallas Film Festival, so you know it’s gonna be good ;)background

Happy Friday!!!!

LTD.

SAMSUNG CSCThe tuxedo dress aka my favorite trend of the moment.

I bought this number a few weeks ago (you can buy it here) and seriously can’t get enough of it. I love this look for so many reasons, but mainly because it’s so simple and makes such a statement. Dress it up or dress it down (as seen here), either way you still feel like a boss lady, which is always a good thing. The masculine lines and shift shape are so out of the norm for a women’s occasion dress, from day to night, it just works! I think this look should stay a while…what do y’all think? SAMSUNG CSC

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