Hey, world, how is it already August? Per usual, summer is going by way too quickly. Here’s a look at some of the shenanigans I got up to in July — for more, follow me on Instagram of course! xoxo
I volunteered at the Off the Street Club Firefly Ball, an event benefitting Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club and helping send kids from Garfield Park — one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods — to camp each summer. OTSC is an amazing cause, and bonus: it gave me an excuse to use Rent the Runway. When else can you wear an Elizabeth and James dress for a fraction of the cost? Shout out to Alex in the Chicago store, who is wonderful.
I’ve been wanting to try Mahalo since it opened, and we made it there for my friend Lauren’s birthday (aka Fourth of July). The rooftop patio is actually fairly small; I prefer the upstairs interior, which perfectly captures that Hawaiian vibe but, you know, with neon signs. Get the pineapple drink. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just do it. I’m pretty sure it’s called “The Big Kahuna,” because I think my white girl self kept rapping that Nicki Minaj line from “Feelin Myself” while drinking it.
I also ate a lot of Aloha Poke Co. in July. Like, a lot. Apparently, it was just a month for Hawaiian-themed things in Chicago for me.
If you like yoga, rooftops and/or Chicago summers, please try yoga on a roof before it gets too cold out. I did Silent Disco Yoga through ClassPass, which featured a live DJ and curated playlist during the sunset, with a perfect view of the skyline. We all had these wireless headphones to isolate the music and our teacher’s cues, and it was a pretty amazing experience to say the least.
PS – my leggings and top above are both Zella and the bra is Alo, all from Nordstrom.
I finally made it over to Sawada Coffee and tried the military latte, an oft-Instagrammed beverage featuring matcha, vanilla syrup, cocoa powder and espresso. That sounds like a combination that should not work but oh my gosh, it totally does. Highly recommend, with regular dairy milk so the flavors of the drink really shine through (almond might be a bit much).
Returned to one of my favorite brunch spots, Nellcote, to catch up with my work wife Steph. You know work is busy when you need to catch up with your work wife, ugh. The lobster hash + Nellcote bellini are a perfect way to start a Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, thank God it’s practically the weekend, right? Have a good one!