10 Places To Get Your Creativity On In Chicago

Many of my friends have told me that their 2017 goal was to learn something new, whether it be coding, cooking, or throwing on a pottery wheel. Being who I am as a person, I immediately gravitated towards creative classes, and started putting together a list for friends to help them navigate their way through their awesome resolutions. Since I was making a list of places for creativity in Chicago anyways, I thought I’d share with you!

Chicago is just brimming with places to unleash your creative juices. Whether you think you’re a creative or not (you are), I promise I found something for you–take a peek below at the many outlets for your right-brained self, and let me know if you sign up for something!

Guitar Classes Chicago

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DIY Valentines with A Sweet Treat

I love love. Whether I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, friends, or family, it brings me so much joy to show my loved ones just how loved they are. You already know I’m a huge fan of DIY projects, and this holiday is no different; I adore making DIY Valentines!

Learn how to make these cute DIY valentines!

At the start of the year, my amazing boyfriend got me a Cricut Explore Air 2 for my birthday, and I haven’t seen the light of day since (sort of kidding). I loooove making new projects with my machine! For this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make mugs that can (and should!) be filled with tasty treats! I put together a tutorial for you, complete with free SVG cut files if you have a cutting machine (SVG downloads at the bottom of the post). Enjoy!

Learn how to make these cute Valentine's Day presents!

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Why You Should Host a New Year’s Brunch

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them.

Setting the stage for a New Year is a detailed process that takes dedication and hard work. Creating New Year’s Resolutions (and sticking to them) is quite difficult in my opinion, and while it’s always exciting to think of what’s to come in the next 365 days, it can also be daunting.

While I’m fully up to the challenge, I’ve found that bouncing ideas off of people who I love and respect helps a lot in holding me accountable and creating realistic goals in the first place. For these reasons, I put together this colorful New Year’s Day Brunch!

How to set New Year's Resolutions -- and how to keep them with a fun New Year's Day BRUNCH!

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DIY Menorah Tutorial

DIY menorah tutorial–Happy Hanukkah! Tutorial by Love Always, Audrey

Happy (almost) Hannukah! I’m so excited for chocolate gelt, latkes, and lighting candles. To me, lighting the Hannukah menorah reminds me of the responsibility I have to bring more light into the world–I hope it inspires you as well!

I put together DIY instructions for you to create your own menorah! Please see directions and important safety info below! Happy Holidays!

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How To Host a Friendsgiving Dinner

How To Friendsgiving

I live in such abundance. Without sounding too much like bragging, I have it all. I have family and friends that love me, a job that I love going to every day and that pays the bills, food in my fridge, a big soft bed, clothes for all seasons… I could go on and on. And for all of these reasons and more, I am thankful. If you’re reading this, something tells me you have reasons to be thankful, too. Enter Thanksgiving.

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DIY Floppy Hats

DIY Floppy Hat Tutorial For Less Than $40

If you saw my Beach Bachelorette Party post, you saw the hats I DIY’ed for the event. These hats were a huge hit amongst the guests, and apparently, my readers as well (thanks for compliments, guys!).

These hats are normally over $400 — make your own for less than $40!

I didn’t want to hoard all the fun for myself, so here’s a tutorial on how to make a floppy hat of your own! I even included some templates, just in case. Enjoy!

P.S. If you make one, be sure to tag me in your Instagram photos (@audreyhirschl). I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beach Bachelorette Party

How to throw the cutest beach bachelorette party!

My darling friend from high school, Danielle, is getting hitched this December! We decided to throw her a Beach Bachelorette Party over the summer, when we could enjoy the sunshine (not that California is lacking it…), and all the fun accessories that come with the season.

We got the party started at the house, where we decorated for drinks and snacks, and gave all the ladies their presents!

This beach bachelorette party is SO fun! Includes links to all products shown.

Fun in the sun! Throw the best beach bachelorette party!

I DIY’ed the hats; here’s the tutorial!

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How to Throw a Galentine’s Day Brunch

How To Throw a Galentine's Day Brunch

Call me a cheeseball, but I think Valentine’s Day is just the best. While I’ll celebrate love any day of the year, I think taking one day (or one month in my case) to spoil your loved ones is so, so great. Plus, my favorite color is pink, sooo…

Who all watches Parks & Rec here? 🙋 Thanks to this hilarious show, a semi-new phenomenon called Galentine’s Day has been making its rounds through women’s apartments everywhere. This holiday typically includes mimosas, some kind of sweet treat (or 7), lots of laughs, and a tooooon of pics. The best part? You don’t have to be single to partake. That’s right! As Leslie Knope said,

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Well, who would I be if I didn’t throw a Galentine’s Day soiree of my own? I sure did throw a party, and I’m going to show you how I did it using the vast amount of Valentine’s Day supplies Paper Source has to offer. Read on, lady loves!

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5 Favorite Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’m that girl that shops for everyone’s Christmas/Hanukkah gifts before December even gets here. Call me type A, or call me a genius (or both?). Whatever.

I can hardly wait 5 minutes after getting home to wrap presents… after all, what would my life be if everything wasn’t matching and organized at all times? This includes gifts, which I like to have sitting prettily in my closet, all wrapped up with bows until they’re ready to be doled out.

I rounded up some of my favorite, most creative gift wrapping ideas I’ve seen so far this year. I might not go as far as to use a bouquet of flowers as a topper, but I sure enjoy looking at photos!

My favorite gift wrapping ideas! Love Always, Audrey blogvia designlovefest
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