There are few things that make me happier than a surprise bouquet of flowers. From their vibrant color to the intoxicating smell, a fresh bouquet in my apartment brings a huge smile to my face. And it’s not just me! Studies show that flowers trigger happy brain chemicals – so they actually do improve your mood. Which is why they make the perfect gift for every occasion.
Whether it’s to express condolences or joy, for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, a birthday or Mother’s Day (Hint! Hint! At least one of these is coming up soon), a beautiful bouquet is the perfect way to show you care. Continue reading “Flowers for Every Occasion”
Join me at Open Books West Loop as I chat with Emily Belden about her recently debuted novel, Hot Mess.
As many of you know, International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up this week. On Thursday, March 8th, people throughout the world unite in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In addition, IWD marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
As explained on its website, IWD “has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.”
The theme for this year’s IWD is Press for Progress, a call-to-action designed to help accelerate the statistic that gender parity is over 200 years away. To learn more about the theme, which kicks off March 8th, visit their website, here.
Events will be held world-wide to celebrate, create dialogues and cultivate positive change. And while you can find events for cities across the world on the International Women’s Day site, I’ve created a round-up of some exciting things happening in Chicago.
Continue reading “International Women’s Day 2018”
Have you ever had a meal so good that you didn’t want to brush your teeth before bed because you never wanted the taste of delicious steak to go away? If your answer is no then you’ve obviously never been to Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. (And incase you were concerned about my dental hygiene – yes I did brush my teeth that night). Last night Jackson and I went there for a dinner to celebrate my birthday and his new position on a prestigious choir, (ok we had the reservation before we realized those things, but it’s always more fun to go out for a celebration) and the whole meal reminded me why I truly love good food.
Continue reading “Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf | A refreshing twist on a classic steakhouse”
This past weekend I spent the day in Springfield drinking with my boyfriend.
Okay, not actual Springfield, but at the Moe’s Tavern and Arcade Pop-Up Bar at Replay Lincoln Park it was hard not to feel like you were in Springfield alongside Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl. It’s the perfect getaway for any Simpsons fan.
Continue reading “DOH! I mean GO! to Moe’s Tavern in Lincoln Park”
CYCLEBAR Fulton Market has been rocking rides for a little over a month now and the Cyclestars are bringing it. From high-intensity performance rides to killer themed rides to being able to clear your mind in a connect ride and all of the classic rides in between there are so many ways to hop on a bike.
But how do you decide what class is right for you? I’ve ridden every type of class so you don’t have to. Unless you want to, in which case YASSS QUEEN (OR KING) take one of each!
Continue reading “Deciding How to Rock Your Ride”
There’s something extra fun about going out for a date with your significant other in the summer. The gorgeous sunshine, not needing to carry around a bulky coat, being able to sit outside on a patio—what’s not to love? But going out all the time can start to break the bank if you’re not careful.
Luckily, there are so many great ways in Chicago to go out and have a romantic date without having to spend a fortune. Continue reading “Cheap Summer Date Ideas”
Ok, so it wasn’t my first time cycling, but it was my first time in years. And when I’d gone in the past it was at your run-of-the-mill gym that happened to offer cycling classes, not an actual cycling studio. So what happens when you take a girl who’s used to yoga and boxing and stick her on a state-of-the-art bike? Let’s just say my butt still hurts…
Continue reading “In The Mind of a First Time Cycler”
Love sandwiches but tired of the same old sub shop chains? Look no further, because The Ruin Daily has you covered with deliciously inspired sandwiches, refreshing sides, cool cocktails and everything you need to take your sandwich game to new heights.
Continue reading “Not your typical sandwich”