We had a ridiculous amount of bacon and beer, but every time I tried something extra tasty I made sure to take a picture so I could blog about it/remember what we ate. It was an all you could drink event after all, so about half way through the evening things got a little hazy. So without further ado below is a list of my favorite food, sweet treat and beer.
Bacon and Buffalo Deviled Eggs: I love deviled eggs, so as soon as I saw these at Park Tavern’s booth I had to stop …. then I stopped back and had a few more. I couldn’t get enough of these, the buffalo sauce was such a unique add, I even tried to replicate them for Thanksgiving.
Best Sweet Treat
Bacon Fudge: Chocolate and bacon, what’s not to like. This treat was made by Hutch up in Lakeview and it was by far the best sweet treat at the festival.
Swheatness: I am a lover of wheat beers and if the name alone didn’t catch my attention, the Ditka impersonator did. This beer was created by Walter Payton’s son Jarrett Payton and is available at Argus Brewery . Now I didn’t get a picture of this brew, but I did snap a shot with Da Coach.
Anyone else still trying to finish up their holiday shopping? I’m about halfway through. I always have the best intentions of finishing up early, but the month gets away from me!
If anyone else is still looking for gifts ideas, specifically for a fitness-loving friend, I’ve got a sale for you
The sister of one of my colleagues recently started a new activewear line – Montiel. They specialize in flattering workout tops and sports bras that come in fun bright colors (and most importantly, don’t cost crazy $$$ like some other apparel lines do). All of their fabrics are sweat-wicking, and each top features the cutest details (I’m a sucker for a unique back or neckline).
As soon as the temperature drops, I love making a giant pot of soup to have on-hand for weeknight dinners. They’re (usually) easy to make and I love having leftovers to save for random nights when I don’t have anything around to make dinner. I followed this recipe for a classic minestrone soup and it was not only delicious, but really filling, too. Enjoy!
As Katie mentioned in a post a few months ago, all three of us NQIGs are members of the 4-Eyes Club (it’s very prestigious). I am a devoted contact wearer. I put them in when I wake up and take them out before bed and never go without them. While I love the look of cute glasses, I have always had an aversion to the lack of peripheral vision that glasses give you. But now that larger, wider frames are in style, I am looking to try my luck with a cute new pair.
After perusing tons of brands and styles, I decided I wanted to give Warby Parker a go, so I signed up for their Home Try On program. Free of charge, you can choose 5 frames from their website, and they mail them all to you for a 5 day trial period. It’s genius, because you get the opportunity to wear them around as much as you want for five days before deciding which are your favorite.
My glasses arrived just a few days after I ordered them in a pretty convenient little case. After trying them all on, two stuck out as my clear favorites. Upon taking a poll at home and at the office, it was clear that one of the two looked better on my face. So there you go, it was that easy!
I’d definitely recommend the Warby Parker Home Try On. It’s free, easy to do, and having the chance to wear the glasses around all day was a huge benefit in making my decision.
Turkey Day is done and now onto my favorite shopping day of the year…Cyber Monday! While I did venture out on black Friday, I did the majority of my Christmas shopping today. Wanted to share a quick list of some of the deals I took advantage of:
H&M – The whole store is 40% and has free shipping when you spend over $50 – just use the code 7376.
Kate Spade – Another site with free shipping and 30% off everything when you use the code CYBER30. I snagged these adorable Christmas cards.
Modcloth - Love this site for fun holiday dresses and today they are offering 20% off everything with the code ROBOPUG.
NFL Shop – It is usually pretty challenging to find sales on NFL jerseys, but if you order today you can get 15% off and free shipping on the whole NFL Shop website, use code CYBMNNFL.
Joe’s Jeans – I have been on the hunt for jeans but can’t find any that fit or don’t have bedazzled pockets. I stopped by Macy’s and tried on this pair of straight fit classic jeans, but of course I had just missed the sale, so I was thrilled to see that Joe’s website was hosting a 40% off sale today. Use the code CYBER40 for this great deal.
Whenever I’m scouring my closet for something cute to wear, I’m always trying to reinvent old pieces and consider wearing them in a way I haven’t before. And most of the time, it’s a great thing– I love rediscovering items I already own. But sometimes, there’s something to be said for an outfit that’s simple and classic. The instant I put on this outfit, I just felt good in it. And isn’t that the point of style– that you feel confident and love what you’re wearing? It reminded me that a simple white sweater and jeans can do the trick, combined with a basic accessory or two.
Now that it’s officially freezing in Chicago, workout clothes become a bit more tricky. It’s still hot in the gym, but getting to and from requires quite a bit more thought. And still running outside? (Lots of) layers must become your new BFF.
I’ve been perusing the usual suspects and have found some pretty adorable new pieces; both practical and stylish. Now it becomes a matter of whether I buy them as gifts for others, or as gifts to myself
Victoria’s Secret Funnel Neck Pullover I love the cowl collar (popping up everywhere in athletic fashion recently). And I’m a firm believer that workout wear should always be bright and fun, like this pink! $89.50
Lululemon Savasana Socks So – these are 100% going on my Christmas list. I love throwing on leg warmers over my workout capris to head to the gym. These are so cute, and look so comfortable. $48
New Balance HKNB Dance Tee The front of this shirt is simple, with a slimming color block pattern, but the back reveals a fun cut out design, which reminds me of chic dance wear. Couldn’t you imagine someone from Center Stage wearing this top to rehearsal? (Please tell me there are other Center Stage lovers out there). $39.99
Old Navy Women’s Active Running Top The cut of this jacket is flattering, and Old Navy’s entire activewear line is SO affordable. The material they use is sweat wicking and feels premium. $26.94
I grabbed these pants back in August when the thought of pants and sweaters seemed absurd, so when fall temps finally emerged I was psyched to wear them. I just love these– they’re so comfortable and the (faux) leather panels on the inside jazz up an otherwise plain outfit. Here, a flowy top completed the outfit, but I can’t wait to wear this with a chunky sweater, too.
I found these at a J. Crew Factory store, but it looks like a similar version is at regular J. Crew (unfortunately for more than double what I paid at the Factory).