Thursday, September 10, 2020

Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

My Labor Day Weekend was so fun! My best friend who moved to Texas a year ago came to visit, which was so nice. We saw each other briefly in June when we were both in South Carolina, but it was the first time we've spent solid time together since February (boo Covid). The weekend was the perfect combination of going out with friends and staying in, exercising and pampering. Read all about it below.

*Disclaimer - throughout the weekend, we all took our safety very seriously. We wore our masks, took our temperatures, and anyone who had any inkling they had been exposed to Covid-19 stayed home.
 
FRIDAY
After picking Betty up at the airport, we headed to Anil's for dinner. We opted for Greek food at Kalamata Kitchen, which was delicious (highly recommend their hummus). We spent the rest of the night sitting on Anil's balcony, catching up, enjoying the weather, and snuggling Lady.
 
SATURDAY
My friend Sarah's birthday celebration had been planned for this weekend for months and we were ready! Before kicking off the celebration, Betty and I did some grocery shopping (she bought me happy housewarming flowers) and made breakfast. From there, we met at Sarah's house for mimosas. Then, the main event - enjoying a boat ride along Lake Michigan. I spent the first hour incredibly sea sick, but as soon as I went in the water (via the boat's slide), I felt 100% better. The rest of the time on the lake was filled with great music, Mai Tais, and photoshoots. We ended the night watching a movie at my place and going to sleep nice and early.

SUNDAY
Sunday was our day of pampering. Betty and I really wanted to treat ourselves, so we booked appointments to get our nails done and have massages. Before our spa day kicked off, we worked out at my gym (my first time in months), which was a great way to start our day. After our evening massages, Anil came over for Thai food, and later, some girlfriends joined to watch Mulan.

MONDAY
Betty hadn't been back to Chicago since last summer, so she really wanted to spend some time downtown. It's funny how living in city makes you forget how truly wonderful it is to explore. Briana, Betty, and I chose to walk from our apartment in South Loop down along Michigan Ave. We stopped at Beat Kitchen for drinks and a snack on the river, then headed to Starbucks Reserve. It was my first time visiting and was definitely worth the hype. Each floor has different features, giving you a unique look into the world of Starbucks. Monday was the perfect end to our long weekend.

It was truly a perfect weekend spent with my best friend, enjoying one of our last summer weekends in Chicago.

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Cheers to a wonderful long weekend!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Month in Photos - August

 This past month has been one of the most hectic work-months of the three years I've been at my company (which is why I've been a little MIA on the blog). I was put on a global project, which was a great opportunity, but took up so many hours. There were a couple weeks where my average workday was 13 hours - crazy! I will say, that just made the weekends that much sweeter. I've now been in my new apartment for about a month and a half and am feeling more and more settled. I bought some new furniture, unpacked the rest of my boxes, and made this place my home. When I wasn't working or decorating, I was spending time with my friends and family, trying to enjoy the most of this very strange Chicago summer. I had a childhood friend visit for a couple weeks, tried new bars, spent time in Grant Park, had multiple girls' nights, and started watching all the teen shows/movies I could find on Netflix. Take a look at August through the lens of my camera below.

My Month in Photos

AUGUST 1: AFTER UNPACKING MY COMMON SPACES, IT WAS TIME TO TACKLE MY ROOM

AUGUST 2: WATCHING 13 REASONS WHY ON A RAINY SUNDAY
 
AUGUST 3: WATCHING TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE (I MAY BE IN LOVE WITH NOAH CENTINEO)

AUGUST 4: WINE NIGHT IN GRANT PARK WITH THE GIRLS

AUGUST 5: NEW LAPTOP BACKGROUND FROM THE EVERYGIRL

AUGUST 6: PICKING UP MY DAD AT THE AIRPORT TO SURPRISE MY MOM

AUGUST 7: MY PARENTS CELEBRATING 34 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

AUGUST 8: BRUNCH AT HONEY-JAM CAFE

AUGUST 9: KINCHIE AT HER COZIEST

AUGUST 10: A HAZY AFTERNOON...

AUGUST 10: ...INTO A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

AUGUST 11: TEA & COOKIES AFTER A 14-HOUR WORK DAY (FEATURING MY NEW CHAIR!)

AUGUST 12: ANOTHER LATE NIGHT, HARD AT WORK

AUGUST 13: FINALLY GETTING MY BLOOD WORK DONE

AUGUST 14: THE WEEKEND CALLED FOR A HAPPY DANCE

AUGUST 15: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MORNING

AUGUST 16: BRUNCH WITH MY PARENTS AT JUICY-O

AUGUST 16: SANGRIA AT SOCIALE WITH MIRANDA

AUGUST 17: STRAWBERRY-BANANA-PEACH SMOOTHIE

AUGUST 18: VIRTUAL FLOWER ARRANGING CLASS

AUGUST 19: WINE & SUSHI NIGHT WITH THE GIRLS

AUGUST 20: MY FAVORITES FROM PANERA BREAD

AUGUST 21: FROSÉ AT KAISER TIGER WITH FRIENDS

AUGUST 22: BRUNCH IN THE MORNING, POOL IN THE AFTERNOON, PARTY AT NIGHT

AUGUST 23: LOOKING THROUGH OLD PHOTOS (DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE AT THE CIRCUS IN 1995)

AUGUST 24: WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK

AUGUST 25: TAKING IN THE VIEW

AUGUST 26: STRAWBERRY-BANANA SMOOTHIE FROM PANERA

AUGUST 27: HURRICANE AT RECESS WITH SHANNON AND LUIS, BEFORE DINNER WITH ANIL

AUGUST 28: BACK WITH MY LITTLE LADIES

AUGUST 29: SHOPPING FOR PEEL-AND-STICK WALLPAPER

AUGUST 30: AFTERNOON NAPS

AUGUST 31: ENDING THE MONTH WITH A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

Happy September everyone!