• Oyster Fest

    Mark your calendars, everyone. Shaw’s Oyster Fest is coming to Chicago next week!  Ever since my trip to San Francisco, I’ve been craving oysters non-stop. Some of the best seafood restaurants  in Chicago will be at Oyster Fest serving up their best oysters and seafood dishes. I’m literally counting down the days until this event.  I probably won’t eat any meals that day in preparation for all the eating I will do when I’m at Oyster Fest (#priorities). For those of you who are more “land” than “sea” people, you’ll also have plenty of non-seafood options from Bub City, Shake Shack, and more. Attendees will also be able to throw back some ice cold local craft beers with their food throughout the night. Tickets for admission are only $30 (food and beverage not included), but guess what? I have a discount promo code for you! Enter the promo code BUTTER to receive $10 off your general admission ticket! 

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  • NoMi Garden at Park Hyatt

    Last week, a few Windy City Blogger Collective bloggers and I attended a blogger dinner at NoMi Garden, the Chicago Park Hyatt’s rooftop bar, and it was the BEST. First off, the view is incredible and the intimate space makes you feel like queen (or king) of the world. Located just off Chicago and Michigan, NoMi Garden is nestled sweetly between some incredible high rises. Second, the drinks are almost too pretty to drink—almost. And third, the sushi and sashimi are to-die-for.

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  • San Francisco + Napa Highlights

    A few weeks ago I took a much needed mini-vacay with some girlfriends to visit San Francisco and Napa. I love international travel just as much as the next gal, but don’t knock a domestic trip. Domestic trips are great because your cellphone plan will still work, you don’t have to worry about language barriers, and you can usually find pretty good deals on flights/hotels. 

    As soon as we arrived in San Francisco, my girlfriends and I immediately had tacos and margaritas. For me, the key to an amazing vacation is simple: eat, drink, sleep, repeat. I like looking up a few key places in different neighborhoods so I can pick one main activity and then play the rest of the day by ear if I want to wander around. Luckily, my friends are the same way. One of my girlfriends lives in San Francisco so she did all the research for us. I tried to take as many pictures as possible in between stuffing my face and taking gulps of coffee. I narrowed down my favorite spots and pics for this post, so I hope you enjoy!

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  • UberEATS: Uber + Lettuce Entertain You

    Chicagoans, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Uber is partnering with Lettuce Entertain You for UberEATS to deliver you delicious food from top-rated restaurants! Your order will be delivered curbside in 10 minutes or less—what’s not to love? I mean, just check out the restaurants lined up for the week! I gave UberEATS a test run and ordered a Mediterranean Chicken Salad from RPM Steak and a PB&J Cookie from Summer House Santa Monica—I figured I would reward myself with a cookie the size of my face for eating a salad. Totally worth it.

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  • Podcasts On Rotation, Part 1

    I love podcasts. They’re a great way for me to consume content while I’m designing or blogging. Some of my favorite podcasts make me think and laugh all in one episode. They’re a huge source of inspiration for me and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. The problem is that I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I’m splitting up my round up (stay tuned for more podcast-related posts). The podcasts I’ve chosen for this round up have one thing in common: humor. Fair warning, some of them contain a lot of swearing and some graphic language. If you are like me, you will love every minute of witty, profane, and sometimes graphic content. However, if all of that sounds unappealing, you may want to skip a few…

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  • HOW Design Live 2015: Top 7 Takeaways

    HOW Design Live was a week-long whirlwind of learning and creativity. After every session I would think, “That was the best talk.” And then I’d go to the next session and think the same exact thing. I scribbled quotes in my notebook and frantically snapped photos of the GORGEOUS presentations (Guys, not to brag, but designers make the best presentations) because I didn’t want to forget a single thing. I also wanted to share some of my learnings with you! So here are my Top 7 Takeaways from HOW Design Live.

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  • O’hare International Travel Tips: 7 Ways to Pass the Time in Terminal 3

    A few weeks ago, I started writing this post from Gate L3 in Terminal 3 at O’hare International Airport. I was there here 7+ hours. You’re probably asking, “Why?!?! Why were you there so damn long?!” I will tell you: The one time I got to the airport early, my flight got delayed 6 hours. I KNOW. I got the flight status alert when I was two stops away on the Blue Line and that text message almost broke my soul. I am notoriously impatient when it comes to travel. My main goal is usually to arrive just in time to walk onto the plane. I’ve never missed a flight because I make it my mission to be the most efficient, no-frills traveler in the security line and I never check any luggage. But this one time, it didn’t matter because my flight was delayed due to severe thunderstorms and a few tiny little tornadoes. I knew I couldn’t sit in a corner on my laptop ALL day, so I made it my mission to really explore the terminal. I checked out everything in Terminal 3 and I’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep yourself from losing your goddamn mind when your flight is delayed. 

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  • Goddess and The Baker

    Guys, I have some very exciting news: Goddess and the Baker is coming to the Loop! Go ahead and get that happy dance out of your system. Working downtown has many advantages, but I’ve never been able to find a good sit-down coffee shop close to work. It’s not that they don’t exist, but that most were just smidge too far from the central downtown Chicago area. Goddess and the Baker is a new concept from the Goddess and the Grocer that focuses on kick-ass, coffee and perfectly baked pastries.

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