Diner en Blanc
What’s white, chic and rosé all over? I’ll tell you! It’s Chicago’s Dîner en Blanc! Truly my favorite night of this summer and also a first for Jack and I. I’ve been hearing about it for years but this was our year to finally take part in the festivities.
What is it you ask? Happy to share…
Chicago never looked so beautiful and we had the most gorgeous weather with copious amounts of rosé sprinkled in for good measure. Where else can find a spontaneous party in the middle of the city with your friends? Dîner en Blanc is where it’s at and we will be back next year for sure. Besides, how else can we coerce our hubbies to dress in all white? It was adorable!
Savoring every last drop of summer and this is a must-see event. Similar outfit details below:
There’s no denying it. I’ve done some really cool things this summer. From pop up parties to staycations to New York to brunches, lunches and more. It’s be a great season of many firsts and a whole lotta fun!
If you’ve been following me long enough, you know a few facts about me:
I work out quite a bit and it makes me a more sane person.
My time is very limited because family first!
I have IBS and am allergic to gluten and dairy.
I have two beautiful children and I am in my 40’s.
The area of my body that I struggle with the most <both physically and mentally> is my stomach.
READ: #5; I hate my stomach.
The best part about any staycation is the ability to discover unknown gems in your very own backyard. That and a plush hotel bed make all the difference. It’s really not the extravagant, action packed weekends or events that my girls remember most but rather the low key moments when we are all together and unplugged.
Fitness is a choice. In my 20’s I worked out to be skinny. In my 30’s I did it to to get more toned and work off stubborn baby weight. In my 40’s I do it to find joy. Fitness sparks joy for me. It has become much more of a mental game then a scale game for me. Let me be clear though, I am no different than any other woman. I work out to look good and fit in my clothes, too. Every woman does. I also work out so that I can indulge. It’s a crazy cycle of balance but more than anything I do it for my own sanity.
The performing arts are such an important part of my youth and our family culture. Too often they are ignored but slowly, we can all use social media to bring attention to the amazing talent in and around Chicagoland. Everywhere, really. If you feel the same and this is a priority for your kids, then I’d love for you to join me this Sunday, 6/9/18 at Drury Lane Theater for a special run of “Matilda.” You’ve all seen the movie…now we have the theater production and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a dark story with a true happy ending.
Popping on here to give a shout out to all my Chicagoland readers - I see you, hello! I’ve shared this quite a bit on social but not yet the blog so here we are! And another weekend presents itself which is not too shabby!
Great skincare, anti-aging and invasive treatments are a part of aging and if there is one message I could stress it’s that knowing and trusting your medical professionals is absolutely paramount. Just as it’s important to know what we are consuming or putting into our bodies. Medical technology has advanced so much that surgery is no longer a requirement which makes life quite simpler and more affordable.
Since we are at the “in-between” stage, I’m gravitating towards ethereal dresses and smart layering. This dress was a complete style steal. I cannot wait to wear it all summer long with a pair of neutral sandals…glass of rosé in hand, natch. It just floats behind you and there is a drop waist in the back under your bum which is all sorts of magic. I really love it. Just need a spray tan and we’re good to go!
Outside of my agency work at Oak Street Social, I truly love supporting local businesses. I get it and I know how hard it is to get loyal support on an ongoing basis. So much so that I partnered with Salt because I love what they stand for. You probably read Leanne + Tami’s SelfMade Speed Rounds recently, too.
If the Blonde Ambition Tour were a real thing in Chicago, Tami would be leading the way. Funny story how we met. We were set up on a blind friend date by another mutual friend and no one was there but Tami. I did not know what she looked like or who she was but there was a blonde sitting at the bar. I just had a feeling. I walked up to her, stuck out my hand and said, "Hi, I’m Johanna.” When she turned to look, it was immediate warmth and we just started talking…like we had known each other for eons.