City Eats: Dove’s Luncheonette, Chicago

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Jason, Addison, and I just got back from almost 2 weeks in the Midwest. We spent time in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa and had such a wonderful time exploring places we have never been with people that we love. Toward the beginning of our travels, we took a few days to explore Chicago. Chicago was one of the few remaining large US cities that Jason and I had not explored together.

We loved Chicago! The food is delicious, the city is beautiful (especially this time of year!), and in my opinion, Chicago is the perfect mix of old and new, and contains the perfect amount of grit and history, while remaining a place we felt safe to explore. We stayed in Lincoln Park and loved how close everything was to us – tons of local eats and shopping. We took some time to walk and shop along the Magnificent Mile, spent time perusing antique and vintage stores in Wicker Park, took in a sunset along the Riverwalk, took pictures at and of “The Bean,” enjoyed a tour of Wrigley Field, and Jason and I have now stood at both the beginning and the ending of Route 66.

One of our favorite ways to get to know a city has always been by eating. We eat as much local fare as possible and Dove’s Luncheonette was definitely one of our favorite Chicago finds. Dove’s is named after a book written in the late 50s that was later adapted for the big screen. The eatery has 41 stools and “draws inspiration from bygone diners and watering holes to create a place where people from all walks of life can converge over a cup of coffee, cocktail, and a great meal” (Dove’s). While drinking your coffee from a 70s style brown bell cup, you will be treated to the music of the 60s and 70s, specifically Chicago soul and blues. The food itself is a wonderful mix of Southern inspired favorites with a Mexican flare and from what we saw and tasted, you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. I opted for the buttermilk chicken fried chicken, served with a chorizo verde gravy, peas, and pearl onions and I’d do the same thing again. Do yourself a favor if you find yourself in Chicago, eat at Dove’s, you won’t be disappointed! And, yes, I did bring home another mug to add to the racks – this one is, you guessed it, brown and bell shaped. 😉

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Travel Log: Trapani, Italy

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I am finally sharing some of my favorite photographs taken in Trapani, Italy. Trapani is located in Western Sicily and is absolutely gorgeous. I visited with a group of ladies who all gathered to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. We spent about 4 days in Trapani and really just enjoyed the city and local area, trying out some of the local specialities, wandering through the cobblestone streets, and enjoying “la dolce vita.”

We enjoyed arancini, lots of cappuccini, cannoli, ate dessert for breakfast (always my favorite), and drank the local bar out of amaretto (true story). Several of us got lost on the way to check out some Greek ruins in Segesta; we made it eventually and had some wonderful accidental adventures in the process. We took a ferry over to Favignana and some of us toured the island via scooter (which I blogged about here). It was such a wonderful few days, filled with food, fun, and friends – and such unforgettable memories. I am so glad I brought my camera along to have photographs to remember our time by.

 

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Always happiest around the sweets 😉

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani, at night

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Casarecce al Pesto Trapanese e melanzane fritte (a Trapanese specialty – casarecce pasta with a traditional Trapanese sauce with fried eggplant)

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani

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Almond granita

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Cannoli + cappuccino for breakfast

City Eats: Coffee at the Gucci Museo Caffè, Florence

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One of our normal routines while in Florence, was to find coffee and a treat each afternoon. One particular afternoon, we discovered that the Gucci Museo that was around the corner from the apartment we were staying in, had a café. Honestly, I cannot think of a better place for a lover of both fashion AND coffee to stop and enjoy a cappuccino and treat. As one might hope, the presentation is every bit as beautiful as the clothing and accessories that the brand is known for. The tiramisu was stunning in presentation and absolutely delicious, while the addition of the sugar in the shape of the Gucci logo fantastically took the entire experience over the top. I loved every bit of our time spent in the Gucci Museo Caffè.

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Train Travel in a Denim Dress

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Gap dress, H&M sweater (old), Sam Edelman booties, Goorin Bros. hat

While in Durango, I wore this denim Gap A-line dress on repeat. I bought it on sale sometime last year and never wore it – now I have no idea why! This dress is so versatile and able to be styled so many ways. It was still a little chilly in Durango in March, so I wore fleece lined tights and a sweater underneath the dress, but I cannot wait to style it for summer! I think it will look great with sneakers or even sandals and a light sweater. Be on the lookout for this dress, again – I am confident it will reappear. 😉

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A Story About A Cloche

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Goorin Bros. cloche, Wallis dress from Nordstrom Rack dress, Miz Mooz shoes, James Avery charms, Ted Baker watch, Dana Buchanan bag.

Back when we lived in California, we took a trip down to San Diego, where we discovered Goorin Bros. hats. On that trip, I picked up a classic black cloche and have been enamored by the style ever since.

Prior to stepping foot into Goorin Bros. for the first time, I am not sure I had ever seen a cloche. To be honest, the only hats I owned prior to discovering Goorin Bros. were one-size-fits-all hats I found at discount stores. There is nothing wrong with that, but wow, what a difference it made when a hat was actually fitted!

I love hats, but honestly, I wasn’t particularly interested in or even shopping for a hat the day that I discovered the cloche. Jason and I were in the Gaslamp Quarter shopping around, when he decided he would pass some time in the “hat shop,” while I was looking around in other shops. When I was done looking around, I met him in Goorin Bros., where he was trying on hats. I figured I would pass the time by trying some on myself, so I tried a few and wasn’t really finding anything that suited me. Then, I decided to put on this black, bell shaped hat. I fell in love, never mind that I had no idea what I would pair it with at the time, or that I wasn’t even sure I owned anything that I could pair it with. Regardless of all that, I still wore the hat out of the shop and down the street to dinner.

That was almost 3 years ago and 4 cloches ago. What can I say? When I find a good thing, I like it in a variety of colors. 😉 The latest is one that brings to mind a robin’s eggs and springtime. I recently wore it to a birthday breakfast shared with my family – fashion and family, two of my very favorite things.

What is your favorite style hat? Tell me in the comments below!

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Snow Style

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Coat and sweater from H&M, J Brand jeans, hat from boutique in Barcelona, scarf from The Gap, Khombu boots. 

Normally, I prefer to enjoy the snow from the comfort of my home, fireside with a warm mug of tea or coffee, snuggled up with my people. The other weekend, however, presented us with a slight predicament; the only way we were going to have a King Cake this year was if we ventured out into the snow to pick it up. We had waited too long to order one and it was the last weekend before all the bakeries stopped baking King Cakes for this Mardi Gras season, so venture out we did.

I never actually wear enough layers, because I can’t stand feeling too constricted and I don’t love the bulk that too many layers add. I learned a little bit about how to stay warm enough, without too much bulk, while living in Europe and enduring quite a lot of cold a good portion of the year. Hats and scarves help so much – which I don’t mind, I love a good accessory or two.

I am actually really happy we got out, because the snow was absolutely gorgeous and by the time we got out, the roads were fine (which is one thing I always stress about). It was wonderful to see the city all white and covered in snow.

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Embroidered Booties

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Green sweater from Marshalls, Gap jeans, Rebecca Minkoff booties & purse, Target fedora, The Giving Keys necklace. 

It is no secret that I love a good bootie. I also really like items that are edgy and unique. When I spotted these embroidered Rebecca Minkoff booties on sale last year, I grabbed them up knowing I would probably wait months until I would actually be able to wear them. I finally got to take them about town one weekend this fall, when Jason, Addison, and I had Sunday Brunch at one of our favorite spots in downtown Colorado Springs, Springs Orleans. I think the booties and their motif fit right in among the New Orleans themed restaurant.

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