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Weekend Recap - Chicago

Hope you all had a great weekend! I was in Chicago for a bachelorette party.  Tons of fun, but it is always nice to come home to Al and Lily Girl.  Here are some pics from the weekend. 

My standard airport outfit - deep v, bun, sunnies.

Bachelorette Party - Hard Rock, Up Comedy Show, Howl at the Moon.

Sunday I had a few hours before I was due at the airport. Hit up Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. (Can’t wait until 2018 when NYC get’s its own Nordies!) Scored these dalmatian tassel loafers as well as some other fun items. 

Chili’s and a book. Favorite way to wait for my flight.

Sunday travel espadrilles (Taken while waiting 45 minutes in the mood-ruining cab line at LaGuardia.)

I love that moment before we land and I get a view of the city. There’s just something about coming home.

Hope you all had a splendid weekend. Here’s to a swift week!

{all photos by me}

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Happy Wednesday!  Wednesdays are when Al and I really start thinking about our weekend plans.  We’re planners, sometimes down to the hour, even on the weekends (and yes, I did schedule that two hour nap last Sunday). Some people find it stressful, but I think of it as a way to make sure we’re enjoying each other and the city to the fullest.  

This doesn’t mean that I don’t occastionally get in a rut. Whenever I get in that lazy head-space, I think of this quote from my one of my favorite authors:

Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it?

 -Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises


So go on, nab that dinner reservation, make that picnic basket order. Chin up, the weekend’s almost here!

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NYC Restaurant Week - July 16 to Aug. 10

Today start’s NYC’s Restaurant Week!  $24.07 prix fixe lunches. $35.00 prix fixe dinners.  Click here and here to check out participating restaurants and make a reservation.  (Saturdays excluded. Sunday’s optional)

This is a great opportunity for you to get a chance to dine at some of NYC’s prime restaurants.  If anyone want’s a buddy for lunch and dinner, I’m in! 

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Weekend Recap Part 2 - Saturday

Like I said in our Weekend Recap Part 1, we had ourselves a busy little weekend.  Saturday met our friends early (8am is early to us) and shared a Zip Car (I still think Zip Cars are such a ingenious concept!) to the Jersey Shore.  Our friend Sara’s grandparents have a house on the inlet, about a block’s walk from the beach.  And no, we weren’t near the MTV type Jersey Shore.  No untz untz, no GTL, and no Karma.  Just nice and peaceful and HOT.

Spent the day at the beach (with a quick stop back home for lunch). 


The sand always ruins my pedicure. Oh well, it was worth it.

That night, we hit up the farmer’s market and store and settled out to prepare a mexican feast of chicken and steak tacos, white cheese dip, guacamole, corn on the cob, and sauted fresh veggies. As I cut into our first avocado, BOOM thunder and lightning and then no power.  We prepped the rest of the meal via candle light.

I did get some great shots of the inlet after the storm passed.

A great day with close friends and we escaped the 100+ weather in the city.  Thanks for Daniel and Sara for the invite!

Oh, and one last quick shot of the city view from the car ride home on Sunday morning.

{all photos taken by yours truly}

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Weekend Recap Part 1 - Friday

We had quite the busy weekend. Much more than our usual Friday: order-in, Saturday: Dog Park, Sunday: Couch. 

Our office was empty on Friday so I left a little early and snuck down to Al’s office to steal him for a happy hour. We headed down to Stone Street for some Old Bay Fries and beers.

Earlier that afternoon, we made last-minute dinner plans with our friends, Abbey and Paul. Having sweat my entire face off on Stone Street and not having my purse make-up with me, I ran into Sephora for a quick touch up (please tell me other people do this in times of crisis?). After one I-feel-guilty-for-using-all-the-samples lipstick purchase, we were off to dinner at Paradou.

I had the mussels of the day and they were bdc (bomb-dot-com). The white wine and tomato broth had just a touch of tabasco. Perfect to go with the unlimited white wine special.  (That’s Abbey’s Bouillabaisse in the background). 

Paradou is a tiny place. Seats about 15-20. We were there early in the night and it was pretty empty. When I meandered to the ladies room while shouting (you’d shout too after unlimited wine) to my waiter about how great the mussels were, the chef overheard me.  I stopped to chat with him in the kitchen about the recipe and he let me snap a pic (also, that kitchen is TINY). Thank’s for being so kind, Chef Ari! (side note: I love calling people “kind”, no one uses that word anymore). 

After dinner, we stopped by The Standard Beer Garden to meet friends. After a beer, Al and I naturally started telling our favorite Lily stories, which led to the four of us sprinting into a cab back to our place to play with Lily and listen to Al DJ his favorite Phil Collin’s hits.  The night ended with some love professions on our chalk board wall. 

A very non-Rose Friday. It’s always these unexpected nights that turn out to be some of the most fun.  Although, it did make for a rough drive to the beach on Saturday.  Stay tuned for that in our Weekend Recap Part 2… 

{all photos taken by moi}

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