A night with Ruffino
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Ruffino's Chicago al Fresco Wine Experience. It was the best event I've attended in years. My date, Jen, accompanied me to a mixology class led by Chef Tony Priolo (of Chicago’s Piccolo Sogno) followed by a four-course dinner and cocktail hour at Chicago's gorgeous A New Leaf.
Truth is, I don't think Jen nor I should quit our day jobs. Basically we suck at crafting cocktails but we sure had fun mixing it up!
A New Leaf is such a beautiful setting for events. Literally, every corner we turned awaited a photo opp. And yes, we were those annoying bloggers taking pictures all night.
Can we just talk about these adorable Prosecco flutes? They're brilliantly designed as they have a thumb grip on the back making it the ideal stemware for lounging at the pool or even hosting a bridal shower. As a parting gift, each of us received a 4-pack with the below cocktail handbook housing 1500 craft cocktail recipes. To say I was excited would be an understatement.
P/S Ruffino Prosecco is a delicious, crisp bubbly beverage that you can find at your local grocery store. My store retails it for $12.99 making it my new go-to for Mimosa Sunday.
What? Like you don't celebrate at your house?
I just love the magic of the final two months of the year. The uplifted moods, the music, the twinkle and the excuse to majorly blow off any diet I may have been on. You only live once, right?
Well, I have the great fortune with this blogging hobby to get first glimpses at some of the most unique venues, experiences and events and I kinda feel like it’s my job to share the good cheer so you can enjoy them with your favorite gal pals or family, too. Whatdyasay?
By now, you know that Woodfield is my mall of choice. I’ve essentially grown up going there. I’ve seen the changes over the years and this year was no different. The roll out of the uber, sleek Dining Pavilion has made this mall a destination for families, date night, girl’s night and just about every other occasion.
Happy Fall! It really just hit me last night so I began to conjure up all the things I wanted to accomplish this year. Some I am happily revisiting and others are new to me…hello Bloody Mary Fest! It’s crazy to think we are rolling right into the holidays. The years do, indeed, fly by hence planning seasonal activities are a must for this working momma.
Summers in Chicago cannot beat. I don't care where you live, there's a tremendous energy this city gives off just three months a year. And today, I want to share some of the really cool things you can do to live your best Chicago Summer.
...great news, there is still SO much left to go! Ready? Let's do this!
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Summer is coming to a bittersweet end and I have to tell you that it's been a great one. My family and I experienced and did so much this year. Slightly exhausting but definitely more exhilarating as blogging has afforded us some really great experiences that will forever be a part of our memory book.
Having that said, I am sharing SIX fantastic things to do with your girlfriends before the Labor Day flags wave. Yes, there's still time!
Happy Friday my friends! I'm excited to partner up with a very special organization: Alex's Lemonade Stand. Childhood cancer is a beast and I can't imagine what some families endure...together with many Chicago influencers we are standing up to cancer to raise funds together at their annual culinary event complete with silent auction in Chicago's Fulton Market.
Twice a year, The Mart houses one of the most unique gifting shows you'll ever find. From fashion to art to jewelry to housewares, you can check off just about every item on your Spring list in one spot for one weekend only. That weekend happens to be this week!
Check out the One of a Kind Show goodies I scooped up this year...
Please join me on Thursday, March 30 from 5-8pm as Neiman Marcus Oakbrook presents the #MakeSomeNoise CUSP Fashion panel and runway show. The event celebrates women that have made a positive impact on the world both personally and professional.