the friday five


happy Friday! I’m excited for this weekend. we have plans to go home and visit my parents and my sister, who’s home for the weekend. I haven’t seen my little sister in almost two months, so we can’t wait to catch up and spend some time together. after she goes back to college on Sunday morning, James and I have a relaxing day planned. it’s been a stressful week, so a lazy Sunday is just what the doctor ordered. have a lovely weekend!

this week’s highlights


| the cutest mini sample of my summer scent that came with a sephora order |


| a cute card display in a local boutique in our neighborhood that has me wanting to do the same but with pictures |


| loving the bright colors of this bikini top |


| morning coffee in our new coffee mugs |


| currently reading in an effort to get my salt addiction under control |

the friday five


this week’s the friday five is coming at you solely from our dinner at hopleaf, a bar in uptown/andersonville. in all the years I’ve lived in chicago, this was my first time, and man, was I missing out! we snagged a four-course meal with beer parings on how about we last month and scheduled it for memorial day evening. it was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. the food was delicious and a little more sophisticated than you would expect from a bar. the beer was excellent, and the pairings were spot on and well thought out. it was most definitely the highlight of our week. we’re already plotting our next visit.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

dinner highlights


| mussels in white wine with shallots and peas |


| frites & aioli, round 1 |


| one of my favorite drinks of the night: vandermill‘s ginger peach cider |


| a decadent arugula salad |


| medium rare grass-fed ribeye with ramp butter and frites & aioli, round 2 |

p.s. we had a delicious lavender infused panna cotta for dessert, but I had long hit the food wall by that point and didn’t take a quick snap. they rolled us home shortly after…

the friday five


I’m looking forward to a great holiday weekend. we’re starting out the weekend with going out for dinner at our favorite little mexican taqueria and closing it out with a picnic by the lake on monday. if only every weekend were like that! happy  memorial day, and I hope it’s full of the many good things so many have fought to preserve.

 this week’s highlights


| couldn’t resist this cute pair |


| tuesday night dinner |


| two things I love: my tumbler & butter london‘s macbeth |

ice cream

| ice cream (bought from an ice cream truck!) |


| new revlon lippies in barcelona nights (left) & miami fever (right) |


the friday five


happy friday! it’s been rainy and cold here in chicago for the past 3 days, and I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through may and the weather is still all over the place. I’m crossing my fingers that the forecast of sunny with a high of 60 on Sunday stays true. have a good weekend!

this week’s highlights


| incredibly delicious salted caramel & stracciatella gelato (and the look on james’ face!) |


| you know it’s a good morning when you have espresso |


| I want it all |


| chicago, you’re my kind of town |


| my first vegan carrot cake cupcake – yummy! |

the friday five


tgif! I’m looking forward to a relaxed weekend and sleeping in. after a busy work week, nothing sounds better to me right now than having absolutely no plans.

I hope your weekend is fantastic!

this week’s highlights


| james came home and surprised me with a bag of garrett’s chicago mix popcorn |


| my current all-white iphone case with its incredibly-hard-to-picture holographic back |


| my feet are thanking me for this pair of birkenstocks |


| had the time to enjoy a cup of morning coffee every day this week |


| the only plant I’ve managed to keep alive for more than a month |