Weekend Recap

Ugh Mondays, is it Friday yet? As we sit in the office, I would like to think back and relive the weekend.

Started off the weekend with a volunteer fundraiser for Young Life. Free spin class and doing some good for the community- yes please!

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Went to the Big City this weekend for some Russian Tea (recap to come).

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Spent the evening at the Bulls Game with the fam and bf (not pictured).

Acupuncture date… so romantic- I know. If you have back, neck or any body part pain, you have to try it. Such a great way to alleviate pain naturally.

And of course the OSCARS! The fashion, Chris Rock and Leo FINALLY winning, made for one of the more entertaining shows.

Some of my favorite looks of the evening….

But the ones that took my breathe away…..

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Charlize Theron in Dior… slay

As for the afterparty, some of the stars looked better than the red carpet in my opinion.

Back to reality and more coffee.

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Walk the Fringe

Channeling in my inner rockstar, wearing black on black with fringe detail. Fringe has been and will continue to be a trend that we’ll see. You’ll see fringe detail on just about everything from shoes to shirts to sleeves, it’s everywhere. The fringe lets you shake your thang with a little more oomph. This is how I styled this trend- hope ya like it!

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Shirt from Express and on SUPER SALE!

 

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Other ways to wear the fringe trend

Shirt | Skirt | Purse | Shoes

Have a great weekend!

Tasty Travels: GE Bistro

If you’re ever in the Chicagoland area and are looking for a great place to eat, check out Graham Elliot Bistro! Ryan and I went here last year and we’ve been dying to go back. The food, the service and ambiance is ridiculous. Not to mention you might get lucky and meet the one and only Graham Elliot (clearly I’m a fan).

First off their drinks are delicious and definitely have a kick. A few drinks will more than do the trick.

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Their menu is seasonal and varies from time to time, but some of their staple must tries is the Caesar Salad and the Beef Stroganoff. Below are some of the items we tried.

Obviously we had to try the dessert and ordered the Cookie Sampler, baked cookies AND cookie dough- YES PLEASE

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Lucky for us Graham was in the house (yes, we’re on first name terms). I almost died when I first saw him in the kitchen. He was so nice and was so involved with the whole restaurant process, from calling orders to running food to the table it was amazing to see him work. It was a real treat to meet him.

Best part of the evening was being able to spend it with this guy. IMG_9321

Definitely recommend G.E.B. when you get a chance, bonus they’re often featured on Groupon!

Do you have any other recommendations in the Chicagoland area?

 

Wednesday Wish List

So I rarely buy things online because I’m old fashion and love touching and seeing the product in person, but I love to look online to see what deals are going on. I don’t know about you, but I can get sucked into online shopping for hours. Unfortunately I don’t have the budget or means to get everything I want. Below I’ve listed a few items that are on my wish list. Maybe some of them will come true (fingers crossed)!

  1. Burts Bees Lipstick: I’ve been seeing these EVERYWHERE and I’m dying to try them. I just read the best review on these and I’m sold. At $9.00 a pop, I think I might just have to get myself a few colors this weekend! (pic credit to: My Newest Addiction)
  2. Amuse Society “Kingsley Dress”: I love this ultra feminine dress. The color is ultra flattering and the ruffle detail is all the rage from this Springs NYFW. This would be a great piece to transition from late winter to spring and even summer. Throw on some over the knee boots and a ultra long cardigan now and wear with sandals in the summer.
  3. S’well Bottle: DYING to get this super chic water bottle that is also super functional as well. This water bottle can keep hot items hot for 12 hours and cold items cold for 24 hours! Best part is that this company gives back to society through Unicef. Do some good for yourself and others and get one now!
  4. Lululemon Urban Sanctuary Bag: This is the perfect weekender/workout bag. Amazingly functional as well as gorgeous. You’ll have plenty of space for all your necessities and then some. Lulu has the best details and this bag won’t disappoint.
  5. Van’s White Slip Ons: If you haven’t already please take a look at Damn Daniel, this kid has gone viral for his white Vans and now I want a pair myself! These are the original, but I’m thinking about getting these Leather Slip Ons for a more polished look. What are your thoughts?
  6. Zara Quilted Bomber Jacket: The Bomber Jacket is coming back with a vengeance. Seen throughout the streets in NYFW, this jacket can be worn so many different ways. I love the army green color of this jacket with gold zipper accents. This jacket I guarantee will fly off the shelves!
  7. Sole Society Tassel Faux Leather Crossbody Bag: Tassels have been on trend for awhile now, though not for the faint of heart. This bag makes it super easy to pull of this trend and at $54.95 it’s a steal.
  8. Ten Sixty Sherman ‘Hangry’ Graphic Muscle Tee: This shirt literally made me LOL. Hangry is my go to word and I always feel that way. Whoever wants to get me this just because, I’d love you forever 😉
  9. Cole Haan Coat: This jacket is 50% off. Enough said.

These items are on my wish list, but would also make great gift ideas for your friend, family or special someone.

Skinny Asian Pasta Salad

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I normally don’t cook Asian cuisine (even though I’m Asian), but I was inspired when I went to Trader Joes over the weekend when I saw an Asian Noodle to-go meal and wanted to recreate my own with a healthier twist.

What I love about this recipe is that you can literally dump any vegetables you have in your fridge and make your own version. Its super simple, is packed full of vegetables and tastes great leftover.

Below is what I used in my version.

Raw Ingredients

  • 1 pack shredded green cabbage from Trader Joes
  • 1 seedless cucumber- peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots- peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped

Ingredients to be Cooked

  • 3 medium size Shitake mushrooms- thinly sliced
  • 1 pack edamame- pre-cooked and shelled
  • 2 cups broccoli- chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 cans baby corn- drained and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups green beans- cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 pack noodles (spaghetti or angel hair)

 

Instructions

  1. Boil package of noodles until they’re al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop further cooking. Transfer into a large mixing bowl add some olive oil or sesame oil to it so that noodles don’t stick
  2. Quickly sauté your veggies that you want cooked. Cook on high with your choice of cooking oil and a pinch of salt. Let your veggies cool
  3. Transfer all your raw and cooked ingredients to your mixing bowl with your noodles.
  4. Add your sauce and give it a good mix. Top with Cilantro

Extra Saucey Spicy Lime Sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • ¼ cup ginger- peeled and minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of a Chili-Garlic sauce (or more if preferred)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos or whatever soy alternative you like you use
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Lime- juiced

Directions: Add all the ingredients together and whisk until combined. Feel free to make extra sauce or adjust to your taste!

Serve warm or cold. This would also be awesome with some tofu, chicken, shrimp, nuts, or steak. Enjoy!

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Fitness Tips

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My dog is my best yoga buddy

Day 22 in my 30-day yoga challenge and I still leave feeling inspired. Today’s message was that nothing lasts forever- not your pose, workout, time or your current situation in life. Change is inevitable, but you have the power to make the change you want. No matter what situation is bringing you down or if you’re at your lowest low, what is most important is how you get back up. That is the true test.

In regards to my physical journey, I’ve always made excuses for myself. That I was born this way, that it was genetics, and that I will always be that bigger. It wasn’t until I decided to take action and actually tried to get healthier that I began seeing results.

Few changes I made were planning out my workouts and creating a good support team.

I used to go to the gym and just wing it, with no routine. Without a purpose, my workouts were unproductive. I thought that I was “putting in the work” based off the amount of time that I spent there, but I would rarely leave feeling tired or accomplished.

I downloaded the Beach Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines and it really has done wonders. Not only are the workouts great, but I love that it’s scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with set times for each set. The program makes you feel accountable, especially when you follow her on Instagram and the BBG community.  On the off days you’re supposed to do some sort of cardio, and I found that the Couch to 5k program was perfect to sub in during those days.

Other ways to create your own routine is to follow other fitness people on Instagram or Facebook. Often times you’ll find workout video clips of their routines, just make sure that you write it down and understand the moves prior to going to the gym.

A few of my favorite people to follow are:

Kayla ItsinesEmily SkyeJosie MaiSarah BowmarAnna Victoria

Use social media to your advantage, as inspiration and accountability. I love SnapChatting funny faces after a hard workout so that my friends know that I’m working hard.

It’s important to surround yourself with friends that are supportive and that might even be taking on a fitness journey of their own. You can put together a Google Document to record food, workouts and progress. Make it more motivating by starting a challenge, putting money on the line definitely ups the stakes. It’s important to remember at the end of the day that you’re there to support and help each other and that you want everyone to succeed.

It’s never too late to start and remember you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Xo

Warm Front

Happy Friyay and better yet- HELLO WARM FRONT!

We’re finally supposed to have a warm weekend here in the Midwest, crazy to think that it snowed just last weekend.

In honor of the warm weather (hopefully it stays), I’m showing off one of my favorite outfits to welcome Spring.

For me this outfit is all about the details. I love the mix of the lace top along with the high low skirt. Olive green is a great color to incorporate into your wardrobe as it’s extremely flattering on all skin tones.

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Top (old) similar Here on sale for $29.99 and Here
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Lucky Brand Otta High Heel– on MAJOR sale, only few sizes left!
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Tory Burch Crossbody (old) similar HERE and HERE

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Olive High Low Skirt (Old) similar HERE and HERE (on MAJOR sale $15)

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Hope ya’ll have a great weekend! xo