Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Flower Flat

I've lived in Chicago for a few months now but it wasn't until this weekend that I felt like a real Chicagoan. I had plans to go to brunch with a friend at The Flower Flat but everyone I talked to had never heard of it before. It's a little hole-in-the-wall gem a bit off the beaten path. There are mix-matched coffee cups, tchotchkes on the wall, Ratatouille on an old television and artwork on the walls. Just my kind of brunch spot. 

I loved TFF the homey feel of the place. Such a great place to relax and unwind on a weekend morning!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Temporary Adult

What's more adult than going to a charity event after work? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. While on the whole I'm in denial of my adulthood . .  ness, when I was asked if I would like to be a guest for the Refugees International event at the Racquet Club of Chicago, I couldn't say no. Dinner, a 3 course meal and a good cause. I guess I can be an adult for a night. 

It was such a good night surrounded by delicious food, good people and an interesting cause. You can find out more about the charity here:

Being an adult isn't so bad. Being a temporary adult, I should say. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Blues

The winter blues have hit me hard. I miss warm days, long nights, eating outside, melting ice cream cones, runs on Lakeshore, mornings spent at the beach, iced coffee and, mostly, the sun. 

Only 2 1/2 more months to go. Summer can't come soon enough!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Imitation Game

After a week that just seemed to drag endlessly on, it would be an understatement to say I was excited for the weekend. I didn't have any set plans other than sleeping in and laundry so I decided to take myself on a date to the movies. 

The movies nominated for Academy Awards this year look super interesting, so I decided to go and see The Imitation Game (not to mention the fact that I'm a huge Cumberbatch fan). The movie is about the life of Alan Turing, a mathematician who, along with a team of cryptographers, helped crack the enigma code during World War II. 

I didn't know much about Turin going into the movie which isn't surprising since the work he did for the government was kept a secret for over 50 years. However, the cracking of this code was instrumental in the quickening the victory for the allies in World War II. 

I highly recommend the movie to anyone and everyone. It's brilliantly made, the acting is incredible (Cumberbatch never disappoints) and the story is exceedingly interesting. I came home and bought the book to read up more on it. If you're not into movies or history, at least go see it for all the beautiful British and Irish men. Hello Benny, Matthew Goode and Allan Leech!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Howl At The Moon

I think it's save to say the first Saturday of January was by far my very favorite night since moving to Chicago. One of my closest friends of college is getting married in March which means it was high time we had a bachelorette party. Some of my old friends from school and some of Lauren's friends from back home flew in for a night of dancing, drinking and celebrating. I asked around for recommendations of places to go and every told me Howl at the Moon, a live music bar downtown. 

A few hours and drinks later, we whipped out the bachelorette party card game. Instead of playing through the deck, we focused on one card:

We abandoned the game in favor to hang out with this totally ripped body builder. Can we talk about how fabulous she is?

If you have something to celebrate or are just looking for a fun place to dance, I can't recommend Howl enough. If the rest of 2015 is anything like the first weekend, I couldn't be more excited. 

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