Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Old Lady Halloween

Do you have a friend that's a ying to your yang? One who, when you come home tipsy and yelling that you have to have cupcake right that second, calmly puts away the shoes you threw in the room so you can enjoy your sweets in peace? Don't lie to me! I know you do. Well, mine is Watson. That's not her real name. It's what I've called her for the past four years since she is the Watson to my Sherlock. Nothing can describe our friendship better than our planning for Halloween. We went back and forth for weeks of where we should go, what we should do, who we should be, until it ended in a text argument over who got to be Wednesday Adams :
"YOU DON'T HAVE THE HAIR EITHER! I'm only going out because I love you" 
"Thank God! Sushi and Halloween movie night?" 

So there you have it. My first Halloween in the city will not be spent surrounded by drunken football players, Dracula and sexy nurses (don't even get me started on that one) but with my slightly calmer, even tempered other half, most likely solving crimes (like why two-buck-chuck stoppers are so difficult), eating sushi and quoting every second of hocus pocus (and singing along, obviously). Besides, I had a pretty great costume last year and there's no way I could top it this year. 

If anyone has any Halloween movie or treat suggestions, let me know! I've already requested Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Exciting News

I have some exciting news! My mom is coming for a long girls weekend in a few weeks!  The two of us have been close my entire life. No one else can make me laugh as hard, listens to me ramble on and on or is as blatantly honest with me as she. 

A few times a year we have girls weekends. Sometimes they're at home or at our beach house or at times, we're completely spoiled by my dad and he sends us to places like Arizona or Disney World. 

We eat good food, take long walks, play the licorice drums, have adventures or settle down with dots and popcorn and binge watch Netflix. No matter if we're out and about or curled up at home, we always have a fabulous time. 

I have a few tricks up my sleeve for her visit but I would love any suggestions of things we should do or places we should visit! Have anything good to share?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Outfits of the Week

Moving and my parents visit has resulted in hectic schedule and a phone chockablock full of outfit of the day photos. I do love my new apartment but my mirror is more cramped and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to take pictures. Any suggestions?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm Having a Relationship With My Pizza

Chicago is known for Navy Pier,  the Willis Tower, the Mag Mile, the Bean, Lakeshore Drive but none of those are my favorite place in the city. Last year I heard about a new Italian shop opening in the loop. I made a trip to the city a few weeks later and instantly fell in love with everything about it from the atmosphere to the wine to the food. Nothing fills the nostalgia void of Italy for me quite like Eataly

You walk through the doors and are surrounded by a marketplace of fresh fruits and veggies. Most people like to explore the downstairs as soon as they walk in. Me, I rush right up the escalator to La Piazza, the center of the second floor (oh yes, there are two floors), and grab a nice big glass of wine.

Then take a nice stroll around and take a look at all the delicious food on display while you sip on your wine. 

The floor is divided into different food sections - meet, cheese, noodles, fish, bread and so on. There's an area for cappuccino and a separate beer garden room. 

You can eat at any of these places but I highly recommend La Pizza La Pasta. Word of advice, if it's busy when you visit, give the hostess your name before you take a good wander around or go at an obscure time of the day so you can avoid the wait altogether.  

I'll be honest with you, I've never had the pasta because the pizza is that good. It reminds me of the fresh out-of-the-oven pizza I had in Naples. 

Once you've licked every last crumb off your plate (yes, it's THAT good), head back downstairs. 

Pass by the fruits and veggies, you're on a mission here  . . . 

and grab some gelato! 

If ice cream isn't your thing then head to the station right next to it . . . the Nutella stand! 

In the US there are only two Eataly locations - NY and Chicago. If you're in either of those places, I can't reccommend a trip enough. If you're not, well then you should take a trip and visit. Do I need to show you that pizza picture again?

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