Windy City Layers

dress and sneakers

:: Monki Print Dress | J.Crew chambray button down | Marc by Marc Jacobs bag | Forever 21 sneakers | LOFT & Michelle Starbuck bracelets | Frame and Optic sunglasses | M.A.C. Ruby Woo ::

This summer has been a bit of a chilly one compared to last years heat wave. I’m sorry to say this but I’m craving a few extra warm days just so I can say that summer made a visit.

Since I’ve become a pro at layering, after this terrible winter, I’ve become even better at it this summer. It’s been so chilly the past few days, I’ve ended up wearing a jacket almost every single night out. I recently bought this dress earlier this month and posted a more dressed up version of my outfit for dinner with the family. This week I decided to take this dress, which is super comfortable abet not the most forgiving, to brunch with some blogging friends this past Sunday. I wanted to keep the outfit casual and draped my favorite denim button down over it and paired the dress with my new sneakers. I won’t lie, I’ve been resistant to the sneaker trend but I decided to give it a whirl and let me tell you, I love the cool girl vibe I get from wearing them.

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::

Yes Way Rosé Recap!

For those of you who joined Arin & I last Wednesday night at 52Eighty Lounge, a big thank you for making the night super special! We had an amazing time sipping sparkling rosé and posing with our amazing floral sunglasses. You’ll be seeing a lot of ladies rocking these sunnies at Lollapalooza this weekend. I wanted to share a few pictures with all of you from that night and If you are in town for Lollapalooza this weekend make sure to stop by the MileNorth hotel and grab a glass of sparkling rosé.

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Pinspiration: Vegetarian Favorites

I’ve recently come to the realization that when I start to allow stress into my life, it spills over into my eating in negative ways. The past few days my food choices have included lots of sour cream and onion chips, pasta, and in general a large amount of carb overload. In an effort to curb that, I’m starting my weekend off with as many veggies as possible. I’ll be instituting a meatless day into my normal cooking routine and I’ve rounded up a few vegetarian recipes that look mouthwatering.

:: Baked Parmesan Tomatos – Jo Cooks ::
baked parmesan tomatoes

:: Parmesan and Spinach Orzo – Damn Delicious ::
parmesan and spinach orzo

:: Summer Farro Salad – Naturally Ella ::
summer farro salad

:: Kale, Grape & Blue Cheese Flatbread – Foxes Love Lemons ::
Kale, Grape, Blue Cheese Flatbread

:: Red Pepper Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach – What’s Gaby Cooking ::
mushroom red pepper pasta

The Twisted Pink Lady

The Twisted Pink Lady Cocktail; summer cocktails

These past few days have most definitely required a cocktail at the end of the work day. I won’t complain, as there are many things in my life that I know I am lucky to have, but let’s just say that these past two weeks have been a doozy for me. While my go to drink has always been a really good glass of dry red wine, these summer days, I’ve been leaning toward something lighter. I’m slightly over margaritas and palomas, but have been on the hunt for something equally light and refreshing. I found a recipe for a old 1940′s cocktail, The Pink Lady, and doctored it up to suit my taste. The Dirty Pink Lady is the perfect cocktail that’s lightly sweetened, a bit tart, all while being completely refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 3/4 oz of peach schnapps
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of grenadine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 egg white

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Shake longer than you normal to mix the egg white and sugar well. Pour into your glass of choice and enjoy!

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Tune Tuesday: Manou

With Lollapalooza coming into town next weekend, my spotify has been working overtime recently. Music plays a huge part in breaking or making my mood these days, therefore I’m always on the hunt for artists that will uplift me. This week I’m featuring brand new music from up and coming artist Manou. This 17 year old German beauty with a looks like Iggy Azalea and a voice reminiscent of Foxes, you’ll be moving and grooving to her beats all day long. A perfect blend of classic pop tunes with new RnB beats, you’ll be hearing more from this European girl in the future.