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?
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.
If you're looking for something fun to do with the family, I've got you covered! My clan and I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip to Medieval Times Chicago. Three of us had never been but I knew what was in store. Just a short stint from our house, we made a day of our excursion which might I add - completely tuckered out the little ones just in time for bed. Perfect timing for a giant glass of pinot noir come 8:00pm sharp!
Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed. I always appreciate the ones that are humble and admit to how far they've come but also, how much they have to learn. Such was the case when I met Niku. She attended our first Oak Street Social social media seminar and I was struck with her presence. She quietly observed and took notes. Her questions were smart...she was a student of her own brand and better yet, the social media world which plays a giant role in getting the word out about her eponymous brand, Paris312. She was soft spoken but warm...the kind of lady boss that you want to sit down and have coffee with, because I am sure I could learn quite a bit from her, too. She's built a cohesive, feminine brand that marries two great cities - Chicago + Paris - in the form of fun, flirty party goods. Do I have your attention? Good...read on because Niku is a really cool woman!
Quality time with my kids is somewhat a challenge before the holidays. There's a lot of craziness and running around...and events. We usually average about two weekends of "absolutely nothing" before we turn into spinning tops. Sound familiar?
Well, recently we got to hit the "pause" button and take our kids to the circus for the first time. Honestly, we had forgotten how good it was! Or maybe as adults, we've come to appreciate what a production it is. And our kids...they loved it!
Afternoon ladies! Today I’m sharing a quick PSA about an event I am co-hosting here in Evanston. Details below:
Join me at the grand opening of the new MyEyeDr. location in Evanston (2000 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201) on 10/5/16 where you can meet with local eye care professionals to find the perfect eyewear solution for your lifestyle, and engage with image consultants and product specialists to help you find that perfect look.