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“All that Glitters”

Happy Friday, readers!! Today, we’re excited to share something a little different.. we’re thrilled to announce that there is an upcoming event in Chicago this Fall, called..
“All That Glitters.” 


We’re really excited to share this event with you. We both have lived in Chicago for 4+ years and have mentioned wanting to finally become more involved in our community through events, charities, etc.  so we felt this was the perfect opportunity to share an upcoming, local event with you.

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board is hosting their 24th annual “Cocktails for a Cause” event, and the theme this year is, “All that Glitters.” (how perfect is that??) The event will be held on November 4th, 2016 at Galleria Marchetti. (Andddd, there is an after-party at Bar Siena. Woo!)

This event will be fun, but also benefits a good cause- it raises money to support pediatric research initiatives. It will have an open bar, live music, and will feature food from some of our absolute favorite Chicago restaurants – Hub51, Bar Siena, and Taco Joint. 

Pre-sale tickets are available here. Hope to see you there, xo!

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Restaurants I’m Dying to Try!

Hey readers, thanks for stopping by! Recently, Em and I have realized the importance of writing stuff down. It may sound lame but when it comes to even just the littlest things, like, where we want to have dinner on a Friday night we are stumped. The funny thing is there are tons of restaurants + bars we are both dying to try (obviously, we live in Chicago) but in that moment can never think of any. 

That being said, I wanted to share a few restaurant and bars that are currently on my list to try out (in no particular order): 

1). Mahalo: a new Hawaiian fusion restaurant located in Wicker Park. This restaurant has been on my list for a few months, as it opened this Summer and looks absolutely adorable. It has a rooftop bar and the menu looks de-lish! I want to grab a few girlfriends and order a Pina Colada while the Summer is still here. Keep in mind, Mahalo isn’t open on Monday’s, we tried to stop in on a Monday a few weeks ago and realized they were closed- it was such a bummer!40589a_27206da5b9a2436e83c0cfce19b0516d-mv2(Image from MahaloChicago)

2). Lena Brava: A baja-seafood inspired, Rick Bayless restaurant located on Randolph Row. This place has amazing reviews! You have to plan and make reservations a few weeks in advance, but they have a brewpub next door that is walk in.blackcod_alpastor_1000x550(Image from LenaBrava)

3). Oriole: is at the top of my list for fine dining! This small restaurant is located in the West Loop and conveniently, under the building I work in. That being said, I am seriously dying to try it out. The reviews on this restaurant truly are unbelievable and the tasting menu looks delicious. Palette_March2016(Image from OrioleChicago)

4). Blue Door Kitchen and Garden: This house restaurant looks adorable from the outside. It is located in the Gold Coast near my apartment. After reading up about this new spot, I learned that they serve American food made fresh with seasonal ingredients that are sourced from Midwest farms. I also heard the burger comes with house made giardinera! Em and I are obsessed with giardinera; needless to say, that’s what I’ll be ordering!24610921(Image from OpenTable

5) Maple & Ash and Eight Bar and Patio: These two restaurants are also conveniently located in the Gold Coast. Maple & Ash has been on my list for a while now; it looks like the chicest little date spot! Eight Bar and Patio looks like fun! The patio is where I want to sit and they serve food until 12am. Awesome, right?!Chicago; Derek Richmond Photography; Maple And Ash; Chef David Ochs; Brian O'Connor(Image from ChicagoSplash)

Let me know if you’ve been to any of these restaurants and/or if you have other recommendations, I’d love to hear from you. 

Thanks so much for reading and hope you’re having a great week!!



5 Healthy Summer Recipes

Recently I’ve started searching Pinterest for quick and easy recipes that I can make for dinner. Cooking is so therapeutic and it’s really fun to try out new dishes! I’ve started to enjoy cooking but don’t often have a lot of time to do so. Here are a few recipes I pinned recently that I’m dying to try out this summer. 

1. Lemon and Herb Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Shrimp


Find the ingredients and full recipe here.

2. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos (Only takes 15 minutes!)

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3. California Chicken Flatbread

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4. Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad (Only takes 20 minutes!)

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5. Mediterranean Tortellini Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Find the ingredients and full recipe here.

Source: all photos and recipes taken from Pinterest 

Engagement Party: Love is Sweet

Hello, readers! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. In today’s post, I wanted to share a few snapshots from our engagement party last weekend in Arizona, as well as a few things to consider when planning an engagement party.

When you first get engaged, it is a bit overwhelming. Everyone starts asking you a million questions, and you have SO much to consider, i.e. when, where, who will be invited, guest count, budget, etc. It can be very stressful and takes away from the significance of it all. Having an engagement party with close friends and family is definitely a way to cherish the special time, and bring back the fun and significance.

#1: Where to start?
Kurt’s mom was kind enough to host our engagement party. In February, we decided we wanted to do it in Arizona, which didn’t leave us much time considering the weather in Arizona. We had to plan everything pretty quickly, so we set the date first and picked the invitations.  


Kurt’s mom found this amazing Etsy shop called, How Lovely Paper, where they sell printable wedding invitations, engagements, save the dates, etc. They send you a proof within 2-3 days and then you print and ship. This made it super easy, and VERY affordable. 


#2: Pick a theme & location
Kurt’s parents offered their backyard for the party, so that was an easy decision. The harder part was deciding on theme. When deciding on the theme, we knew we wanted a similar style to the wedding, but on a smaller scale. We both love the romantic, garden feel and all the greenery, eucalyptus, candles, etc. We picked the bistro chairs, white linens, eucalyptus and beautiful hydrangeas. Kurt’s parents hired a planner as well, who had such great attention to detail. Everything was so beautiful, and my favorite detail, was the hanging bistro lights. 


#3: Who to Invite?
So far, I’m learning that the guest list may be the hardest decision in all of wedding planning. There are so many people involved that it makes it difficult to make decisions.

For our engagement party, we wanted to keep it simple. Because our wedding is also in Arizona next spring, we didn’t want out of state friends and family to feel obligated to come all the way to AZ for the engagement party. Because of that, we decided to keep it small and intimate. We invited family, bridal/groomsmen party, and a few AZ friends.


#4: What to Serve?
When planning the party, we were going back and forth with timing. Timing is very important; if it’s from 5-7, it could be just cocktails, but we decided on 6pm-9pm so it needed to include a dinner. We did cocktails from 6-7, and then dinner from 7 & on.

To keep things casual, we did family-style food and drink. We felt that family-style made it less formal because it allows guests to engage with one another. The tables were also lined with bottles of wine, so it made it fun and easy to keep drinking throughout dinner.

We had such a wonderful time with friends and family last weekend, and we are looking forward to all that’s to come this next year. 


Chicago Wine + Food Festival with Zappos

Happy Tuesday! This weekend was an absolute blast which left me exhausted all day yesterday. Luckily, with some rest last night, I am feeling much better today. I spent all day Saturday at the Chicago Wine & Food Festival  with Zappos. Being the food and wine lover that I am, this event was right up my alley and so much fun!

Below are some of my snaps from the event.. 

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Every year, The Chicago Food + Wine Festival brings nationally renowned chefs, along with Chicago’s best sommeliers, wine makers and culinary stars to Lincoln Park. For obvious reasons, this festival is always super popular and this year, Zappos partnered with Chicago Food + Wine to create the UnWINEd experience. This experience gave attendees the chance to relax, sip signature cocktails, and shop from the cutest collection of Zappos merchandise.


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 Shopping, food, and wine are my 3 guilty pleasures! Spending a day with all three was more than I could ask for. Despite the rain, the event was jam-packed and filled with the most impressive food and alcohol vendors. 

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For my outfit, I decided to go with this daisy dress and  my new favorite fringe Sam Edelman booties. I thought this was the perfect summer dress to transition into Fall (with my booties!!) Despite the weather app on my phone forecasting lots of rain, I was really hoping it wouldn’t. It definitely rained a lot, and I was lucky I grabbed a change of shoes. 

What did you guys do this weekend?


3 Chicago Restaurants I’m Dying to Try

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I spent most of mine packing up the apartment and getting ready for the move. The move is officially tomorrow and I’m getting excited to be in a new neighborhood with new restaurants to try. I’ve compiled a list of a few restaurants that I plan on dining at immediately. If you’ve been to any of these spots, let me know. I’d love some recommendations on what to order 🙂

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1)Velvet Taco: This restaurant tops my list as #1 restaurant to try. It is within walking distance from my place and the food looks de-lish! Fusion tacos andddd margaritas.. how can it not be?! 

2) Chicago QFor BBQ food, I’ve heard amazing things about Chicago Q. The food looks to die for- especially the sides. They have buttermilk mashed potatoes. You’ve got to be kidding me? I will definitely head over to Chicago Q on one of my cheat days.. 

3) Carmine’s: I’ve lived in Chicago for 4 years, and I cannot believe I’ve never been to Carmine’s! There are so many restaurants in this city so it is obviously hard to try everyyy single one but Carmine’s is a must! Can’t wait to pop over. {Also, it’s one of my dad’s personal favorites}.

I know that once I move into the new place and start exploring, I will find a dozen more places to try, but I think this is a good start.

Do you have any other recommendations for this area?

Thanks for reading, XO.

Review #2: MacarOn Cafe NYC

Happy Friday! Today we’re writing something a little different for you. We told you a few months ago that we were going to start writing a restaurant review once a month to mix things up. Then, we didn’t write one the last 2 months. OOPS! Well – now, we are back and we’re sticking to it. 

Today, we’re writing about MacarOn Cafe in New York City. Neither of us have ever been big into macarons. We had seen them all over the social world, but never actually tried one. Can you believe that?? Well, we ordered a box and we were ready to see what all the hype was about.

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We opened the box and fell in love with all the colors. We didn’t even want to take a bite! A lot of the macarons that we had were some of their classics, like dark chocolate and vanilla, but they have a lot of seasonal flavors. They have mango, pumpkin, and even a 4th of July macaron.

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Now, we’re kinda hooked on this macaron trend. There is a new bakery across the street from our new apartments, so we may have to pop in for a sweet treat. Next time, we will definitely be open to trying more unique flavors.

Thanks for reading, xx!

Restaurant Review #1: Highline Bar + Lounge

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TGIF! We are excited to share a new section on Walton & Rush: Wining & Dining. Living in Chicago for 2-3 years has made us appreciate good food and drinks. There are so many great places to visit in Chicago, so we want to provide our readers with some of our favorite dishes, as well as some of our less-than-ideal meals with you. 

Our first review is for Highline Bar + Lounge in River North. We’ve been to this restaurant 3 out of the last 4 weekends (which had a lot to do with March Madness). This bar is owned by the Four Corners Group, which includes one of our favorite bars in Old Town, Benchmark. This restaurant is perfect for a night out, or a casual lunch or dinner. The ambiance is really great – it mixes a trendy lounge with a high end sports bar. It’s a perfect combo.

Emily: When we all decided on going to Highline, I was nervous about the idea of eating bar food. I love bar food, but wasn’t in the mood for a heavy, greasy burger. After arriving at the restaurant, everything on the menu sounded delicious. I ended up ordering the BBQ Chicken Quesadilla. It was SO good. It was filled with chicken, cheese, black beans, and corn. The next time I visited, I ordered the same thing. It’s definitely a must try!
Devin: I’ve been to Highline for dinner, but I’ve also been a few times for drinks. The night I ate dinner there, I was super hungry so I ordered a burger + fries (it was the weekend, so carbs don’t count!). I’ve had my fair share of great burgers in the city (including and not limited to: Au Cheval and DMK Burger) but for ”bar food” this burger was de-lish! With a brioche bun and choice of tater tots or french fries (I chose fries) I was in fat girl heaven. 

Overall, if it wasn’t already obvious, we’d highly recommend Highline Bar + Lounge because it is a fun sports bar with great bites, cool people, and can transition from day to night! Chicago peeps: any recommendations for other great sports bars?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more reviews! Xx!

Rompers & Rooftops…

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Samantha: Maurices Romper / Urban Outfitters Sunnies / Vince Camuto Wedges (Similar) / Capri Bag / Vintage Necklace (similar)
Devin: Lulu’s Romper / Steve Madden heels / Rebecca Minkoff Clutch / Kendra Scott earrings
Emily: Honey Punch Romper (Similar) / JustFab Heels / ILY Earrings / Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today we’re talking about our favorite Chicago rooftops! One thing we love about Chicago is that everyone takes advantage of the beautiful summer weather. There are a ton of amazing rooftop bars in the city! Last week, we met up with our friend, Samantha Kramer; the face behind Gold Coast Girl. We met for drinks at IO Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel, which has amazing views of the city.

Here is a list of some of the top rooftop bars:

IO URBAN ROOFSCAPE // 127 West Huron Street
DRUMBAR // 201 East Delaware Place
THE J. PARKER // 1816 North Clark Street
52EIGHTY // 166 Est Superior Street
THE KENSINGTON // 324 West Chicago Avenue
VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE // 2 West Erie Street
LITTLE GOAT // 820 West Randolph Street
DECA @ THE RITZ-CARLTON // 160 East Pearson Street
CITIZEN BAR // 364 West Erie Street
ROOF ON THE WIT // 201 North State Street
AMERICAN JUNKIE // 15 West Illinois Street
TANTA // 118 West Grand Avenue
NOMI GARDEN // 800 North Michigan Avenue
SHANGHAI TERRACE // 108 East Superior Street