Happy Friday, friends! I’m headed to Ohio for Memorial Day Weekend (lol, Midwest summers in a nutshell) and wanted to share links + sales before I head out the door! Kind of a short intro, but if you’ve seen Chicago traffic on a Friday, you understand. Have the best weekend!
When I first moved from Scottsdale to Chicago, I was in love with the charming apartments in the Windy City. I was so used to cookie cutter homes and apartment complexes in Arizona that I became completely enamored with vintage Chicago walkups, and have lived in 2 since I moved here.
Our current apartment is in such a good location and is such a great price that we decided to stay another year! But under one condition–the rental kitchen had to get redone. Luckily, our landlord is cool with us painting, so my roommate and I put together a plan and went for it.
Happy weekend, friends! What a week. It went so fast but ughh I need to take like 5 seconds to relax this weekend. Always something, right?
I’m SUPER excited because Idan and I just booked a trip to Mexico City & Cabo this July. Please send me your recos! I can’t wait. Plus, we bought our plane tickets and hotel using points (Chase Sapphire Reserve for the win!!), so we can spend a little more cash on experiences while we’re there. YAY.
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On to this week’s links!
This gets harder the older you get. In high school and college, your friends surrounded you almost every moment of every day. You went to class together, attended extracurricular activities together, and, if you’re like me, you even had the same job as your best friends in high school (no seriously, my friends and I all worked at LifeTime Fitness together for many years and it was awesome).
That spring cleaning bug gets me every single year. I know I’m not alone here, but once the weather starts warming up by even 10 degrees, I feel like I must clean EVERYTHING. You with me?
I can’t tell you how many bags of things I’ve brought to the Salvation Army in the past few weeks. I’ve cleaned out every nook and cranny of my apartment, and still feel like I have too much stuff!
This year, I’m not just focusing on my closet. I took a few extra measures to shake winter off and really make myself feel lighter for spring and summer!
Life. is. insane. I’m doing so much outside of work these days, and I’m trying to avoid burnout, but it’s so hard sometimes! I’m looking forward to this weekend because it’s going to be another gorgeous one in Chicago, and Idan will be visiting! We decided to make almost no plans for the weekend, so we can just play it by ear and see what patio we end up on. I’m thinking Big Star, but we’ll see. Sometimes it’s nice to just go with the flow, and not plan every single minute, you know? Although as a very type-A person (he is, too), it takes some discipline to just relax.
Speaking of relaxing, we’re planning a summer vacation to Cuba and Punta Cana! I would love recommendations for both, so send them my way!
Okay, on to this week’s links…
Spring is FINALLY here (ish) and I could not be more excited. Don’t you just feel like winter drags on.. and on.. and onnnnn… ? I know I talk about the weather a lot but honestly as a Midwesterner that just kind of comes with the territory. Especially since I’m from Arizona and until 3 years ago, “cold” just wasn’t really a thing for me.
Hola from NYC! It definitely feels like every time I write one of these posts, I’m not in Chicago. Either this means I need to stop traveling so much, or it means that I need to write more Link Love posts.
I always have such a blast in New York, and this weekend was no different. I made a little guide to everything we did this time around, and while it’s nowhere close to as lengthy as a true NYC guide would be, I hope it’s at least a little helpful!
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my love language is totally gift-giving. I love shopping for loved ones and finding the perfect presents for them, and I especially love to see their faces when they open their gifts! Since I love a good thematic gift, I put together 4 gift basket ideas for adults, each with a different niche!
I don’t personally celebrate Easter, but I thought that putting together these gift baskets now would be perfect timing for the upcoming holiday! They would also make great housewarming or hostess gifts. I bought all of the baskets at Michaels, and everything inside the baskets came from Paper Source (c/o). The filling for the baskets came from Amazon (link here), and I recommend one bag of filling per basket.
Hello from sunny Arizona! I’m home for the weekend visiting the boyfriend and my family. I just finished a really good book, Big Little Lies, and I know I’m so behind the curve on this but omg so good. And now I’m onto Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls anymore??)! Is anyone else reading something I should put on my list?
I’m also currently nursing a cold. It feels like everyone I know has the same virus… UGH. I usually don’t get sick for more than 48 hours at a time, and not more than once a year, but I’m going on a week at this point and nothing I do helps! Anyone have any tips? Seriously, I’ll try anything.
On to this week’s links!
I want to buy this Ikea kitchen cart just so I can upgrade it. Love the marble!
Are our future children destined to be completely useless? This article is scary but important.
My friend Ross tried being a Postmates delivery guy for a month, and lived to tell the (hilarious) tale. P.S. Have you tried Postmates? Use this link to get free delivery on me!
This NYT Modern Love story is beautiful yet heartbreaking AF. You’ve been warned.
Seven unexpected color pairings I suddenly need in my life.
Julia made an amazing Charleston guide and now I can’t wait to visit. She also answered some photography questions, of which I was dying to know!
ICYMI: I put together some coffee and Pocky pairings that you should definitely try!