I’ve always loved ordering sesame noodles at Chinese restaurants; they’re usually my favorite part of the meal. For as long as I can remember I’ve been ordering an appetizer portion of them, asking for them to be served hot (they come cold normally) and eating them with lots of chili oil for extra flavor.
I came across this story from Cosmo recently and immediately related to it. There’s no doubt about it – I love trying new restaurants more than just about anything else. I’ve always been that way and it has only intensified since I moved to Chicago. There are so many incredible restaurants here and we just keep getting more and more options.
I had heard a lot of great things about Charlatan, a new Italian eatery in West Town, and was super excited to try it. Did it live up to my expectations? Read on for the answer.
How cool are these open-toe booties?
Another month, another favorites video! Recording these videos is so much fun; I just wish the lighting was better. I’m sure I’ll figure out ways to improve if I keep at it. Here are the details of all the products I mentioned. Click links to purchase.
I’ve been neglecting the blog big time for the past few months. For one thing, work is busier than ever and for another, it just took me a while to figure out what the blog should be. It became clear to me pretty early on that I wasn’t going to post outfit shots everyday – for me, it’s more about lifestyle. Since I’ve started writing salon reviews for my parternship with Pretty Quick, I figured I would throw some restaurant reviews into the mix as well.
Once in a while you walk into a place and before you can you even get inside, you recognize its cool factor.
Kala Salon just happens to be one of those places. The salon is housed in a seriously hip warehouse-like space, a refreshing change from all the overtly girly salons that abound. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pink-tinged, ultra-feminine salon, but Kala feels modern. There’s tons of open space, exposed brick walls and lounge-y music playing in the background.
Nars is without a doubt one of my favorite beauty brands – if not my absolute favorite at the moment. Obviously this is a luxury brand and the items are pricey – so I was super excited when Sephora’s VIB sale allowed me to take 20% off everything in stock, including all their Nars products. I picked up and Audacious Lipstick (these are amazing) in the shade ‘Greta’ as well as a blush in the shade ‘Albatross,’ which is actually a highlighter….but I ended up wishing I had taken better advantage of the sale and bought more goodies. Luckily Nars is having their friends and family sale right now, which allows you take 20% off everything they have in stock Pro tip: Nordstrom will price-match any items that are in stock on both web sites. I thought I’d let you know about this promo and share a few of my picks for you to shop.
You may still remember her as the queen bee of Laguna Beach but if talking to Kristin Cavallari has taught me one thing, it’s that that phase of her life is totally dunzo. The former reality star is now a mom to two adorable little boys, the wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and a shoe/jewelry designer who continues to juggle hosting gigs and other projects. I chatted with K. Cav about style, design inspiration, juggling her super hectic schedule and everything in between. Read on for a more true-to-life glimpse at her behind the scenes than you ever saw on MTV.
I decided to do something a little bit crazy and start vlogging.
…Or at least I was! I took a much-needed five-day trip late last month, stayed at the Fontainebleau and dealt with the rainiest, most depressing vacation weather I’ve ever experienced. Regardless, it was nice to get away and in honor of #TBT, I’m recapping the trip here.