Chicago was gifted with a little bubble of perfect weather. Clear skies and a warm breeze that stretched from Friday after work to late Sunday evening. The most beautiful weekend we have had all year…
Determined to not waste remaining sunshine,
we took a walk
up to lincoln park. more specifically, the zoo.
On our way there, we strolled by mom + dad’s and added two more to our wandering group of players.
Make no mistake though, we were not your run of the mill sunday walkers….we were a party on a mission: an expedition to the carousel!
I take pride in knowing the secrets of my city…but this, this whole carousel thing somehow slipped past me. I mean, WHO KNEW there was a delightful carousel tucked away in the back corner of the zoo? (Answer: My mom…who gave us the idea for our afternoon adventure).
We found the hidden carousel and let Hazel just take it all in.
And then, with what might be the best $2.75 I have ever spent, we took a family ride! Girls on the Zebra. Simon on the Black Bear. My dad ended riding on a busted looking boar….while mama clung to a pole, making photos.
After the carousel, we made our way to the Ape House (where Papa A treated Hazel to her new best friend, a stuffed monkey! He’s a good one that Grandpa of hers!) and past a busker entertaining the crowd with renditions of children’s song performed on the banjo.
Hazel loved it. All of it.
So did we.
It’s days like this that I have been waiting for my entire life.
(Erin + Emily with our new bestie…Carson Kressley!)
Friday morning was awesome!
I had the plesure of attending the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Kick-Off party…a sunrise soiree in the NBC plaza with everyone’s favorite tszuj-er, Carson Kressley. The party was a riot…red purple carpet, mass make-overs (thank you Ulta), style tips for fall, and of course, a dance-off, of sorts.
This year Chicago is debuting the first shopping festival of its kind in the nation. In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® is going on now through September 8, and will feature exclusive events, designer and celebrity appearances, trunk shows, exciting entertainment and more!
There are so many great events over the next couple of weeks, but (as a Bravo TV enthusiast) a few that I am particularly excited about are:
Real Housewives of New York LuAnn de Lesseps at Water Tower Place Wednesday, August 31, 6:00-8:00pm
Real Housewives of Orange County Gretchen Rossi at Water Tower Place Thursday, September 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Bravo TV’s Brad Goreski at 900 North Michigan Shops Thursday, September 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm (*** SO EXCITED FOR THIS!***)
(You can find a complete schedule of events and restaurant deals here)
I hope my Chi-town readers will take advantage of this fashion celebration and check out some of the special events…I think this is a really cool thing our city is doing.
I also work with Karyn’s Raw, a local raw cafe/grocer here in Chicago. (If you live in Chicago…GO HERE! And for any out-of-towners, I strongly suggest doing some research and finding a raw cafe in your area. Connecting with the local raw community will be extremely helpful, I promise.)
While this isn’t specifically a raw resource, Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is my guide book and inspiration for clean eating
And for those of you who are interested in exploring veganism, but are afraid going raw might be a bit much, I encourage you to look into VB6 (vegan before 6). This is my standard week-day diet plan, and I really can’t endorse it strong enough. I LOVE VB6!
Hope this helps! xo
***one more thing: if you are a non-tumblr and leave a question in my ask box, please include your email address so that I can reply to you directly. Deal?
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via fishy)
they came to see Hazel. us too. but mostly Hazel. :)
It was such a great visit.
Our nights were spent in. Impressive home cooked meals thanks to Mom and Simon. Ceviche, Grilled Lamb Chops, Halibut, (bottles & bottles of) Wine.
During the afternoons, we got out and about.
It was beautiful on Saturday so we loaded up the stroller and walked over to the Modern Art Wing at the Art Institute. Lunch at my very favorite, Terzo Piano! And a quick trip to the gift shop for an arty-treat for our girl.
On our way to the museum we strolled through the park…and past the bean. (Hazel loves cloud gate. So much for her to see!)
We then made our way over to crown fountain. I don’t know if it was the spraying water or the 50 foot LCD faces…but Hazel was not so sure about this whole thing.
Her face says it all.
Oh those cheeks.
It was a really wonderful afternoon.
I made it through my first week of work and this was my reward.
I am not typically in the business of dispensing advice, but with a new class of freshman getting ready to head off to college (including a handful of my choir kids!), I felt compelled to share some lessons learned during my time at university.
So, Class of 2015…
Go to office hours! At the beginning of the semester, visit your professors’ office hours to introduce yourself and make appearances every week thereafter. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to get academic guidance from the person who will eventually be grading your paper?
Don’t order a fake ID off the internet.
You might fall for your history TA. And 10 years later, you might still smile anytime you think of him. That’s perfectly normal (just don’t be Julie Taylor about the whole thing!)
If given the choice, pick the bottom bunk. The odds of your roommate crawling in bed with you after a rowdy thirsty-Thursday may be high, but it’s a small price to pay for the security that when you fall out of bed (because, you will)…you don’t have far to fall.
Put a whistle on your key chain. Blow it if you ever feel uncomfortable
Buy a whistle for your girl friends to put on their key chains too.
If a guy takes away your glass of jungle-juice at a party, don’t get mad at him. Odds are, he is probably a pretty good guy. (Conversely, watch out for the guys who tell you that the rum punch “isn’t really that strong.”)
Find a mentor! Get to know the faculty working on the things that you are most passionate about and take their classes. Not only will these relationships be some of the most interesting of your life, your mentor may just be the one to make your post-graduation dreams come true (I moved to NY with my favorite professor and got to assist her as she directed an off-Broadway play.)
Wear short-shorts with your school name printed across the bum. Go all-out for costume parties. Work out in just a sports bra. Make all those bold wardrobe choices that are really only acceptable on a college campus!
Go to football games. Even if you aren’t particularly into sports, there is only one time in your life when you actually belong in the student section!
Take advantage of on-campus performances. A student directed production of Hamlet might just be the single best piece of theatre you will ever see in your life. It might also be the worst… but with student-priced tickets, what have you got to lose?
Study abroad. I didn’t do this and it is one of the few things I regret about college.
Don’t be afraid to change your major. And then change it again. Then change it back. Then declare a major just for a semester so that you get priority registration for an in-demand class.
Along those lines….if the school doesn’t offer a major that meets your needs, design your own.
But don’t forget to take classes that have nothing to do with your major. Examples: Swahili (me), Circus Tricks (My bro-in-law), Furniture Design (Simon)
Consider joining a sorority. Even if the thought of living in a house of girls makes you itch…explore the Greek scene before ruling it out. You might surprise yourself when you stumble on a house filled with girls who completely and totally rock your world (pi phi love). But if you decide a sorority isn’t for you, that is totally cool too.
Internships! Internships! Internships!
I know you have heard this before but it is important enough that I have to include it on this list….whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. Not ever. Not even once. Driving under the influence is an absolutely terrible idea.
If “Minute to Win It” (or back in my day, Hollywood Squares) holds auditions on your campus, by all means…GO!!!
Figure out a way to ride on a float during the homecoming parade!
Declare the fro-yo machine in the cafeteria off-limits on weekdays
Call your parents on your walk to morning class.
Study Hard. Grades do matter.
Play Hard. Memories matter too.
Please be safe!
What else? What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?