This week we lost a fashion icon, Oscar de la Renta. Whenever I would see a gorgeous, feminine dress on the red carpet, it was always his creation. May he rest in peace, and may we always remember his incredible talent.
When I'm rushing in the morning and don't have time to think, my fall formula is - J.Crew minnie pants in black or navy + sweater layered with oxford underneath + fun necklace + ballet flats + tote & watch.
I've been having an affair with a younger man - Crewcuts! These are some seriously cute dresses. Well, temptation is giving in and considering that I should match up to a kids size 14/16 I'm thinking I can squeeze into one. I'm gonna give it a go and report back for all you petite ladies!
Happy Monday! I got back last night from a fun trip to Chicago to visit one of my best friends from high school, J. She's currently in grad school there, so M and I decided it would be the perfect time to check out the city. Neither of us had ever been before, and we were so excited to see J and experience Chicago.
After getting off a late flight Thursday night, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore on Friday. Since J had class, M and I were on our own! We found the Chicago transit system (CTA) to be very easy to navigate. Our first stop was the Art Institute of Chicago.
It's a gorgeous museum, and I really loved the impressionist wing. We also highly suggest the miniatures room on the lower level. A former Chicago socialite constructed miniature replicas of famous rooms all over the world, and it is incredible. Our minds were blown!
After our museum jaunt, some refueling was in order, and we followed J's suggestion to get deep dish at Lou Malnati.Yum.
We then walked off our pizza through the gorgeous park up to the bean. We never understood why people always took so many pictures in front of it but let me tell you, it's addictive! Selfies galore!
We headed back to meet J and then went to a restaurant in Old Town, Adobo, for dinner. It was gourmet Mexican and incredible! I went with their quinoa and veggie tacos and was very impressed. Our waiter was also super enthusiastic and kept bringing us margarita after margarita.
It was a good thing we were in a giggly state because up next was a comedy show at Second City Comedy Club. Many famous comedians like Tina Fey once trained and performed there. Needless to say, the show was hysterical.
On Saturday we headed to Eataly for coffee before our late brunch. If you're not familiar with Eataly, it's an enormous Italian grocery store and restaurant created by Mario Batali. There's one in NYC as well but the NYC store is smaller, more crowded, and has much lower ceilings. As a result, I usually feel like I'm about to meet certain death by the gelato stand. The original Chicago store is much more spacious and has a larger selection.
We then stopped at Glazed and Infused. Holy doughnut.
We then headed to lunch at the RL Cafe. As soon as we decided we were making this trip, brunch at the cafe had been my one request. It totally fulfilled all my navy & gold, dark paneled, equestrian portraits, and preppy dreams. J had the lobster bisque and a caesar salad while M and I both went with the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Chic American comfort food? Yes please.
We also popped into the store itself, and it is beautiful. I was forming a Christmas list in my head from all the cashmere, tartan, and leopard!
Our next destination was the John Hancock center, the second largest building in Chicago. We waited in line for a spot at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor. The views of the city were incredible! One of my freshman roommates from UVA had recently moved to Chicago and joined us for drinks as well. It was so much fun getting to catch up with her and hear about her exciting move.
Image courtesy of J
It was such a fun and food-filled trip! Thank you J for hosting us and showing us a great time!
The Museum of Natural History has long been one of my favorites because I love animals. The Hall of Mammals gets me as excited as a first grader. I would also like to note that while we were there this weekend, a wedding was being set up. A wedding! Under the big giant whale. My dreams come true. I can feel my mom shaking her head at me right now.
Once we got off the subway by the museum, we popped into a diner for some grilled cheese. Grilled cheese, greek salads, and chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite diner foods.
After chowing down, we headed into the museum and straight up to the 4th floor- the dinosaurs! I don't know what it is about dinosaurs, but I can't be around fossils without repeatedly making my own Jurassic park like sounds. It's a miracle my boyfriend still dates me considering I growl like a T-Rexx and ask to have my picture taken with every one of these guys.
Then we headed straight down to the second best floor, the lower level. This is where the hall of mammals and hall of biodiversity with the famous giant whale are located.
Currently, on this floor there is also a Spiders Alive exhibit. Please note my face regarding this matter.
Following our adventure, we strolled down towards the Columbus Circle mall. It's an urban shopping center at the Times Warner Center located near Lincoln Center. The mall features C. Wonder, J.Crew, Hugo Boss, Williams Sonoma, and several more shops. For some reason, I had never entered the Williams Sonoma there and holy moly it is amazing. I've always had an obsession with Williams Sonoma catalogs and can't wait to register there for a wedding one day. This Williams Sonoma features an upper level with home decor. I was dying.
And how cute are these?
We finished off our evening with some white wine, garlic shrimp, Anthony Bourdain, and a Giant's Game.