The Chicago Athletic Association is an ultra chic boutique hotel across from Millennium Park. Walk in and take an elevator up to Cindy’s (be prepared for a wait… make reservations if you can for parties of 4+!) and you’ll walk into one of the coolest scenes in Chicago.
I had brunch and drinks and the bill for two will run you around $75. Yeah… I knowww… it’s expensive. But really, you’re paying for the ambiance and the incredible view, so let’s talk about that. Plus the brunch menu was actually pretty darn good!
The view of Millennium Park and the lake is absolutely spectacular. You can open doors and visit the outdoor patio, and while this was perfect when the weather was nice, I imagine the view of the city would be just as beautiful when it gets chilly or snows. Take a group or your lovely boo to this awesome rooftop and enjoy all the city scenes that Chicago has to offer!
Will you visit Cindy’s this fall??
A friend showed me these innovative no-show socks and I knew I had to try them out for myself! Sperry’s are the ultimate summer/fall transition shoe – rock them with loose-fitting boyfriend jeans and a sweater and you’re good to go.
What to know:
Gekks shoeliners remind me of a product that would feature well on Shark Tank. They’re a really neat idea: provide a no-show adhesive insert for leather shoes that is anti-bacterial and anti-odor. I hate when I can see my “no show” socks on the edges of my shoes, it drives me bananas! Gekks totally make this problem non existent because of their low-cut nature. Just slip them in sticky side down, and you’re set with a cool no-show look without any socks to worry about!
SISTER TIP: The website claims that they’ve been tested for weeks of wear without washing, and I have to say, I agree! I wore my Gekks for two weeks with odorless reviews, then decided to take them out and machine wash. They were good as new when they came out.
The tagline for the city of Québec, Canada is “So Europe. So Close.” And it’s TOTALLY true! If you’ve been feigning for a trip to Paris or another quaint city in Europe, but you don’t want to pay the pricey airfare and spend half your day traveling, I’ve got the perfect solution for a unique weekend getaway: Bonjour, Québec!
SISTER TIP 1: Get a direct flight
Since this was a last minute trip, I wasn’t able to get a direct flight into Québec, but when I go back, I will definitely be sure this is the case. The Toronto airport was a rough one (lots of construction) and having to stop and potentially re-check your bag is a real pain. Spend the extra money!
SISTER TIP 2: Where to stay
We stayed at Manoir Victoria and it was really nice. It’s located in a great area, updated rooms, and free wi-fi (they pronounce it “wee-fee” there)!
If you’re looking for a more boutique-style motel, check out Auberge Saint-Antoine, and if you’d like a super fantasical Disney castle to stay in, definitely go with Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (pictured below).
SISTERP TIP 3: Where to eat
- Restaurant 1640: A Bistro-style restaurant that has great food and decent pricing
- Paillard: Think of this as a more quaint, better-tasting Panera
- Le Saint-Amour: A fancier option for dinner – make sure you make a reservation!
SISTER TIP 4: What to do
#1 on my list of fun things to do at night in Québec for a tourist is the Ghost Tour throughout the city! It was so fun – the host was an awesome actor who didn’t break character once, and you learn about the gruesome history of Québec for only 20 bucks a pop!
The other times you’re here during the day, shopping, eating, and walking around admiring architecture is the play. The Plains of Abraham offer a spectacular view of the city, so make sure you make the hike up there to catch some beautiful shots (pictured below).
Have you ever visited Québec?? What would you recommend?
This fall, coats are the biggest trend, and none are more perfect for cool weather than a cloth trench duster! Duster coats are incredibly chic and versatile – they have a sharp tailoring and unique length, usually sweeping your calves, and they can be dressed up or down easily.
What I like about duster coats is that they have a boyfriend-style cut, but are super feminine and classy no matter what you wear. I decided to take my new cloth duster trench from Windsor out for a spin during the few chilly days last week to show you how to dress it up and dress it down! For under $50, you better believe I’m buying this in every color they’ve got.
I certainly didn’t invent this recipe, but I thought I’d pass it along to you because I absolutely love making them and they’re perfect for the busy mom or individual who doesn’t have time to make a healthy, filling breakfast every morning! The best part? You probably have all three ingredients in your kitchen right now to make these today!
SISTER TIP: Note to readers – these waffles don’t get super crispy, but I’ve found that if you let them cool a bit, then toss them in the toaster (cut in half first), you can get a bit of crunch you might be looking for! They’re great for on-the-go breakfasts or snacks, too!
Alright, so I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything with this post, I think we’ve all heard about the ancient home remedy apple cider vinegar (ACV) and the incredible benefits it provides. It seems like there’s nothing this miracle liquid can’t do! Everything from skin problems, hair problems, sore throat, digestion issues… ACV cures all.
TAKE A SHOT
The first, is that take a (disgusting) shot of about 2 tablespoons of ACV every day. When I say disgusting, that is an understatement, people. It is absolutely horrific. The smell combined with the taste, wow, not the best way to start my day. However, the benefits highly outweigh the grossness of this habit. There’s evidence that in 400 BC, Hippocrates, revered as the father of medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar for a number of ailments. Hey, if it’s good enough for ancient Greeks it’s good enough for me.
I notice a difference in my skin and digestion any time I don’t drink ACV, so while that isn’t hardcore research or proof, it’s enough of a reason for me to keep drinking it. My skin appears to clear up and I just feel better. Hey, to each his own!
SISTER TIP: Pour the ACV into a shot glass instead of a tablespoon. It goes down easier and ensures you have the right amount. You can also put it in a cup of tea with honey, but I prefer to just get it over with asap.
I wrote a blog post last year about the amazing effects of an Aztec Secret Indian Clay Face Mask. You can create the pasty mask with water or ACV, but I find such great results with ACV, I use it every time. Read my post here and go buy this stuff ASAP!
The second way I use ACV is as a hair conditioner. I’ve done this a few times (yesterday was the first I actually left it on for a while) and honestly, the results are fantastic. Immediately, my hair was easier to comb through, shinier when dried, and like… soft and fluffy! No kidding!
Shampoo like normal, then pour a few tablespoons of ACV directly onto your hair. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes, then rinse out. YES, it definitely smells. It actually smells really, really bad. It is vinegar, after all! But I promise you, the smell dissipates after you dry it and you’re left with fluffy shiny pretty hair. Who knew?? I’ve read to do this 1-2 times a week to keep away scalp buildup and improve the condition of your strands.
SISTER TIP: Be sure that you’re buying the GOOD stuff – it should run around $8 per bottle. Don’t get cheap on this stuff! It should be organic, unfiltered, and say the words “THE MOTHER” on it. Hehe.
What ways do YOU use ACV in your life??
I’m posting this because YES indeed, you can make a kimono into a dress! It just takes some strategically-placed fashion tape and a cute belt!
I have tonsssss of kimono wraps from the summer. They’re inexpensive, cute patterns, and super fun to wear. So how do I transition out of summer without having to buy another outfit? Wrap this kimono on over and secure it with a belt. It makes for a flowy, chic dress and you’ll feel incredibly girly wearing it.
You know my love affair with West Loop in Chicago, so when I found out Bar Siena was opening this past July on W Randoph St, I knew I had to stop by immediately!
Bar Siena has a beautiful atmosphere and unique decor. The outside patio is small but quaint and full of flowers and shaded tables, and the inside is lit up, rustic, and really cool, complete with a huge bar and TVs to watch your favorite sporting events.
I ordered the Wild Mushroom Pizza, Kale and Granny Smith Apple salad, and of course, an Oberon beer with an orange slice. My ideal meal! The service was great and so was the food. You can tell that they prepare fresh, real dishes, and I was very pleased with both plates (which soon were very, very clean). Check out Bar Siena’s dinner menu here!
The restaurant has unique dishes, including sweet corn ravioli and duck mac and cheese to name a couple, and the food I ordered was fantastic, along with the drinks. The prices are a bit steep for the portion sizes, but I’ve learned to expect that from a trendy West Loop restaurant, and the ambiance alone is worth it!
SISTER TIP: Bar Siena started serving brunch last week! Although I didn’t order breakfast, the dishes looked amazing on other tables, so add that to your list of awesome restaurants for Sunday morning.
Will you stop by Bar Siena??
832 W RANDOLPH STREET, CHICAGO IL 60607
YOU GUYS! I bought a pair of overalls and I’ve never been happier! They are SO cute and SO comfortable, I can’t even express to you how much I love them. I feel like I fell asleep and woke up in 1990 and I am diggin’ it.
Will these truly come back in style? Ehhhhhh… that is yet to be decided. HOWEVER, I WILL say that many celebrities have gotten on the overall trend! Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosia… if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me.
Snag these adorable stretch denim overalls from Target for $34.99 here!
Summer is coming to an end, so that means I need to soak up all of the great things Chicago has to offer while I still can! I recently had a day off and I decided to spend it in the city doing all of the girly girl things I love to do. If you have an afternoon to spend in Chicago, copy my itinerary and have a lovely day of pampering and fun!
One of my favorite breakfast joints is Meli Cafe in River North. They have really good homestyle dishes, but my favorite part of the meal is the fresh juice and smoothies! Start of your day right with a Green Envy hand crafted juice blend: Wheatgrass, Apple, Pear, Pineapple, and Lemon. Yuummmm.
A girly girl day in Chicago definitely calls for some relaxation. I recommend Ambra Salon and European Spa – this Gold Coast spa is amazing at what they do! Ambra use BioSculpture No Chip which is super rare to find – only a few salons in Chicago have it, Ambra being one of them.
It helps your nails grow strong and looks incredible. They were kind enough to let me try out this no chip manicure, and my nails have never looked better. Plus it lasts for 2-3 weeks! Ambra offer massages, waxing, hair care and more, so check them out!
One of my go-to lunch spots is Little Goat on Randolph in the West Loop. It’s a classic diner experience with just really, really good food and a great atmosphere. Every time I go, it’s packed, and there’s no wonder why! The menu includes unique spins on homestyle dishes, and of course, there’s goat, if you like that sort of thing! I recommend the Bull’s Eye French Toast: eggs, crispy chicken, sweet onion brioche, and bbq maple syrup. Mmmmm.
I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write again… Maude’s Liquor Bar is such a fun place to grab drinks! They have an adorable patio and a really chic bar to get a drink with a friend or your beau. Check out my blog post on Maude’s!
SISTER TIP: Maude’s has a house bottle of red or white wine that’s pretty tasty for only $24! Great deal for around 4 glasses to split with a friend.
What did I miss?! What’s your favorite girly thing to do in Chicago??