A Fresh & Healthy Breakfast

posted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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My breakfast of choice lately? Acai bowls. If you're not familar, an acai bowl is basically a smoothie topped with fresh fruit. They're served at health food shops and restaurants all around the city, but they're quite simple and easy to make at home for yourself. I essentially blend my typical smoothie (with frozen berries) then top with fruit and coconut or granola. It's full of healthy antioxidants, plus it's so colorful, fun to make, and pretty to serve. (You can often find 'pre-made' frozen acai packs, but I prefer to make my own, so I can control and know exactly what I'm eating!). All the fresh ingredients needed for this recipe I ordered from Peapod. The delivery service is a complete lifesaver, because grocery shopping in a big city isn't always so easy! (There's a reoccurring thought that comes to mind: "Just how many bags can I carry and walk 5 blocks home...?" ha ha). I've recommended Peapod before, so if you're interested in trying for the first time: You can save $20 off your order or enter the giveaway below.  Read on for more details, plus my recipe...

• 1 cup frozen mixed berries
• 1 banana
• 2 cups ice cubes
• 6 oz yogurt
• 1/2 cup water
• Desired toppings (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, coconut, granola, chia seeds, etc.)
• (optional) acai powder or smoothie supplement

In blender, place frozen mixed berries, banana, ice cubes, yogurt, and water. Mix until blended. Pour smoothie into a bowl, and garnish with fresh fruit and toppings. Enjoy!


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New for Spring

posted on: Monday, February 27, 2017

Good morning, everyone! I'm now updating the shop with lots of new arrivals for spring. Take a peek at a few favorites...!



posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

{a morning at Soho House}

{beginning to browse wedding suites! These samples are by Aerialist Press}

{a day out and about in River North}

{welcoming warmer weather with palomas on our deck}

{ready for the return of little white dresses... and a summer tan!}

{a fun dinner date with Kristin Cavallari and dpHUE}

{feeling spring in this colorful coat}

{in case you missed it: 13 winter date spots in Chicago}

{a stunning, colorful tablescape at An Evening of Bridal Luxury}

Statement Color

posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wearing a bold, statement color makes me feel energized and confident. This coral coat has been a favorite of mine, especially in spring! I'm looking forward to a busier week, filled with events and meetings. Along with the new season comes new opportunities and new projects, and for that — I'm grateful and excited! On Sunday, I attended Evening of Bridal Luxury, which was spectacular. If you're interested in attending next year's event (or any occasion with Modern Luxury, really)... you can keep tabs on events in your city. Wishing you all a great week ahead!


Spring Serene

posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Chicago is welcoming a glimpse of spring this weekend... hello, 65° and sunny! Though it's not likely to stay, the thought of spring is convincing me to finally take down our winter garland (#guilty) and opt for lighter pieces around home. These d├ęcor items are so fresh, serene and pretty for spring, don't you think?


Be My Valentine

posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day! No matter how you're celebrating (big or small), I hope today is a reminder of love and the happy things in life. And if you're feeling a little low on love this year, I personally want to send you extra attention today... XOXO

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13 Winter Date Spots in Chicago

posted on: Thursday, February 9, 2017

In the middle of winter, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. When it's near zero degrees and ultra snowy, I personally don't have much desire to leave home and explore the city, or venture beyond my nearby 3 or 4 same places. (Anyone else?!) Thankfully, we're getting past the 'midwinter' point and each sunny day helps beat those winter blues. That said, winter isn't all that bad! Some of my favorite places in the city are most memorable during the winter months and have offered amazing experiences over the years. So, in the spirit of Valentine's Day — and getting out there and making the most of our city! — I gathered a dozen of my favorite Chicago spots for winter dates. (Galentines included, too.)

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY  |  This place gives you the feeling of an escape from the city (and the harshness of winter). Browse an impressive array of plants, flowers and exhibits indoors and learn a thing or two.

LIBRARY AT AMBASSADOR  |  The Library Bar is located at the other side of the Ambassador Hotel across Pump Room. It feels sophisticated yet relaxed, with a large fireplace anchoring the space.

CHICAGO THEATRE  |  There's always something going on at the Chicago Theatre. You probably know it's iconic exterior, and inside you'll find everything from live music to stand-up comedy.

3 ARTS CLUB CAFE  |  The ambience here is spectacular. You can grab a table for seated lunch in the main courtyard, or what I prefer to do is order coffee (or wine), browse RH, and cozy in on a sofa.

ART INSTITUTE  |  The Art Institute is perhaps my favorite place in the city to visit. Along with the classics, there are always rotating exhibits and new pieces to discover. (p.s. Thursday evenings are free for Illinois residents.)

MILLENNIUM PARK RINK  |  Bundle in layers, lace-up in skates, sip hot cocoa and hit the ice. There's something magical about ice skating and seeing the skyline lights all around you.

THE GRAY  |  Okay, this is a new one. The Gray Hotel just recently opened its doors downtown and is stunning. Cocktails and conversation at Vol. 39 sounds perfect to me.

LE COLONIAL  |  Le Colonial is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It's located in the Oak Street district, and always delivers top service and delicious French Vietnamese cuisine.

GREEN MILL  |  I have a big heart for jazz and don't go here nearly enough. The Green Mill has been a Chicago institution for almost a century. Check the website for a calendar of performers and enjoy.

RM CHAMPAGNE  |  Tucked away in an alley off Green Street, RM has an amazing patio (for summer) and a cozy indoor space. They serve — well, champagne — and more. Try to go soon after opening hours or on a weekday to beat the rush.

DAVIS THEATER  |  Who doesn't love going to the movies? Located in Lincoln Square, The Davis originates from 1918 and recently went through new renovations. There's a variety of spots nearby for pre or post-movie dining, too.

REVOLUTION BREWING  |  Chicago has a lot to offer in the craft beer scene. Revolution Brewing hosts brewery tours and sampling at its Brewpub. (We're a fan of Anti-Hero in our household.)

EATALY  |  If you're unfamiliar, Eataly is a big Italian marketplace with cafes, counters, and a cooking school. I say it's best to visit on a weekday, to avoid busy weekends. Enjoy a glass of wine, along with a charcuterie plate and dessert.

What are your favorite winter date spots in Chicago, or in your hometown?

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