Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink

If you’re looking to get an incredible and unique Chicago restaurant experience and a bouquet of flowers at the same time, I have the perfect place for you. Yes, you read that correctly, Machine Engineered: Dining & Drink is an experience, not just a place where you get great food. 

 

Machine Engineered: Overview 

 

The restaurant is brand new to Chicago and combines the two concepts of a flower shop and a restaurant in one. It was one of the 10 most anticipated restaurants to open in Chicago and I can see why. It is easily one of the best-designed places in Chicago and I featured it in my post on the 10 Best indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago.

 

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Immediately as you step in, you are greeted by the most welcoming host Mikey and a gorgeous display of flowers.

 

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In addition to including a flower shop within the establishment, it features flowers throughout the entire space. As much as I love flowers,  the highlight of Machine Engineered: Dining & Drink are their uniquely designed drinks.

 

 

Machine Engineered: Space

 

Three uniquely decorated dining rooms make up the space of the restaurant. You can choose between dining in a small European town right next to a flower shop,

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

in a modern American restaurant,

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

or in a luxurious dining hall with blue suede chairs, chandeliers, and walls covered in white roses.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

 

Machine Engineered: Bars

 

The heart of Machine Engineered: Dining and Drink are the two bars – I call them the ballerina bar and the library bar.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

The ballerina bar is the light marble counter bar decorated with a beautiful tulle skirt and floating leaves. In stark contrast is the second bar which reminds me of a library with its green lamps and leather chairs.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

 

Machine Engineered: Flower Shop

 

Next to the European-style street cafe corner and the ballerina bar is the flower shop. (If you're anything like me and love flowers, this corner alone will make you very happy!) Their flower selection includes everything you could possibly wish for.

 

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You can build your own bouquet by selecting your favorite flowers from the cart and have them arranged by the florist. (This is during the Florist hours only.)

 

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If you'll be dining there late, you can order a pre-assembled featured bouquet which changes weekly. Last, if you're looking for something to go, the bottle & bouquet might be your choice which combines a bottle of wine with one of the featured bouquets.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

This gorgeous lace dress was gifted to me by Chicwish and makes the perfect spring cocktail party dress or bachelorette party dress for all brides.

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Machine Engineered: Drinks

 

The drinks served at Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink are just as beautiful and thoughtful as the décor. After a quick chat with the bartender, we quickly decided that the Aviation is the drink of the hour  - a very unusual drink choice for me, as I'm not a big gin lover. However, Dine Machine takes their Aviations to the next level by infusing gin with blue butterfly pea flower, lemongrass syrup. It is served with a dome made out of spun sugar which you crack with a little hammer.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

The dome does not just serve as an eye-catcher, it is meant to be cracked with this little hammer. Once mixed with the drink, it enriches the flavor of the Aviation. I was ready to order another round!

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

The aviation is not the only spectacular drink on their menu. Machine Engineered: Dining & Drink is just as inventive with their clear Bloody Mary's,  Cage Old Fashioned, and their gin-based Breakfast at Tiffany's which is served in a diamond!

 

Machine Engineered: Experience

 

I met a friend for brunch at this unique restaurant and had a taste of their deliciously fresh and healthy power bowl with avocado dressing. To all my vegan and vegetarian friends, there are a few options on the menu which could also make your heart beat a little higher.

What started as a quick brunch with coffee, ended up being an hours long experience in this incredible space and has me wanting to go back ever since! You can review my experience on my Instagram stories here.

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Experience Machine: Engineered Dining & Drinks | The Next Trip

 

Next time you're looking for a place for brunch, a drink, or a place to make your own flower bouquet, check out Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink. You will definitely be impressed!

 

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10 Best Indoor Chicago Instagram Spots

Winters in Chicago can be long and cold. Even though it's April, we are still experiencing temperatures only just above freezing. To help you stay warm while you're taking pictures, I rounded up my favorite 10 indoor Chicago Instagram spots for you. These instagrammable coffee shops, stores, and restaurants are all free to access, although I recommend always asking the owners or staff if they are okay with you taking pictures. Also, while you’re there, why not try that new featured coffee or a delicious snack?

I hope this guide helps you pass the time until the temperatures are high enough to roam the streets. Make sure to tag me in your posts if you end up going to any of these places! I would love to see your content and connect with you.

If you’re looking for more beautiful indoor spaces in addition to the below, don’t miss my blog posts of Restoration Hardware and The Peninsula.

 

1. Left Coast

 

Situated in River North, this coffee shop has everything you need for a great picture: cute décor, a pretty stair case, lots of natural light, and let’s not forget, delicious coffee and bites.

717 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

Left Coast - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Shoes (Similar) / Purse (similar)

 

2. Limitless Coffee

 

Only a block away from Left Coast is Limitless – a coffee shop famous for their glitter coffee. I’m a big fan of the charcoal latte which comes with a colorful swirl and is topped with eatable glitter.

675 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

Limitless - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Limitless - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

While you’re in River North and if you have time, make sure to stop by the Flamingo wall on N Wells and W Ohio to capture the ultimate spring feeling.

 

Flamingo Wall - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress from Tyche / Purse / Shoes (similar)

 

3. Machine: Engineered Dining and Drinks

 

Brand new to Chicago and located in Wicker Park, this restaurant has everything an Instagrammer’s heart could desire. From beautifully decorated bars, to flower walls, Instagram-worthy drinks (which also happen to be delicious), and a flower shop – Machine: Engineered Dining and Drinks has it all. Check out this post to get a full tour of the restaurant.

1846 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

 

Machine Engineered: Dining and Drinks - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Machine Engineered: Dining and Drinks - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress / Purse / Earrings

 

4. Sweet Mandy B’s

 

Just as sweet as their treats is the interior of this bakery and coffee shop. Step into a world of pastel tones, striped walls, and colorful furniture. You can’t help it but take a few pictures here, and their cupcakes will make your visit even sweeter.

The space at Sweet Mandy B’s is limited and I recommend going early in the morning to ensure that you have time to take pictures before the crowd arrives.

1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago IL, 60614

 

Sweet Mandy B's - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Top / Skirt (Similar) / Shoes (Similar)

 

Sweet Mandy B's - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

5. Le Macaron French Pastries

 

Speaking of sweet, if you’re looking for a hue of pink, you can’t miss Le Macaron. It’s a French bakery owned by Jeanne and Julien, specializing in, you guessed it, macarons. Their macarons are directly imported from France and are the perfect combination of a firm shell with a soft center that make your taste buds melt away. Aside from their treats, the highlight of the bakery is certainly their bright pink wall.

958 West Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

 

Le Macaron French Pastries - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Le Macaron French Pastries - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress / Boots

 

6. Garfield Conservatory

 

Situated a 30 minute drive from the Loop, the Garfield Conservatory is a botanical conservatory and transports you to a tropical mood as soon as you enter those doors. There are a variety of rooms at the Conservatory, each of which are home to different fauna and flora. Make sure you stop by the mosaic fountain which was a present from Chicago's sister city Casablanca, providing the ultimate Moroccan feeling.

Note that professional photography is restricted at the Garfield Conservatory and you need a permit prior to taking pictures there. I was allowed to take pictures for my personal Instagram account, but no outfit changes were allowed. To request a permit, you can give them a call: 312 742-4786.

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

 

Garfield Conservatory - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Garfield Conservatory - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Wrap Top from Tyche / Skirt / Shoes (Similar)

 

7. La Bodega

 

Where La Bodega lacks in space, it sure makes up in instagrammable drinks and décor. Their churro hot chocolate makes every blogger heart melt and is only topped by the churro cone with customizable toppings. Did I mention that they also serve delicious tacos?

355 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

La Bodega - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

La Bodega - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

8. Maison Marcel

 

If you’re looking for some shabby chic spring vibes paired with delicious brunch or afternoon tea, Maison Marcel is your place! Originally from Marseille, the owners brought the French je ne sais quoi to Chicago and paired it with a cozy ambiance, wicker furniture, turquoise accents, and a bright space.

Maison Marcel is just as popular as you might think. I suggest you go early in the morning or mid-afternoon on week days to get as much space as possible.

3114 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

 

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Outfit: Coat / Sweater (Similar) 

 

9. Serena and Lily

 

Easily one of the most beautiful furniture and home décor stores I have ever been to is Serena and Lily. Their new location right on Armitage is exquisitely decorated and transports you into spring even on the coldest or rainiest winter days. I could not help but dream about decorating my future home with their blue and white pillows.

Serena and Lily is a store but they were not opposed to me taking pictures while the store itself wasn’t busy and as long as I did not interfere with any customers. I’d recommend giving them a call before going to ensure that they know you will be there.

853 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

 

Serena & Lily - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Jeans from The Mint Joulep Boutique / Sweater (Similar) / Bralette / Shoes (Similar) / Earrings

 

Serena & Lily - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

10. Harold Washington Library

 

Last but certainly not least is the atrium at the Harold Washington Library. The skylights and the large windows provide a lot of natural light and together with the open space and turquoise/light blue are a blogger’s dream come true. The atrium is on the 9th floor of the library building and free to access. Note that Harold Washington Library is exactly that, a library. The atrium is frequently used as a space to study and for events. Make sure to check their event schedule prior to planning your photo shoot there.

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

 

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Outfit: Dress from The Mint Joulep Boutique / Clutch (Similar) / Shoes (Similar)

 

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Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Living in a city like Chicago, there are so many great ways to experience the holidays if you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, or if you just want to take it all in!

 

Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

I feel like no trip downtown into the Loop is complete without a quick visit to the Bean. It’s my favourite Chicago landmark, and no matter the weather or time of day is always so photogenic.

 

Cloudgate or Bean - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Cloudgate or Bean - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

One of my newest favourite pastimes (you might already know if you follow me on Instagram) is lobby hunting! There are so many great hotels and office towers in Chicago and it seems that each year they try to out-do each other in Christmas decorations!

My favourite office building decoration was by far the tree at 77 W Wacker Drive and you easily see why! (Hint: their ornaments are my favourite colour!)

 

77 W Wacker Drive - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

77 W Wacker Drive - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

As far as hotel lobbies go, the lobby at the Conrad Chicago Hotel surpassed all my expectations. Located on the 20th floor, it is secluded from the shopping fever on Michigan Avenue and made me feel more relaxed the moment I stepped off the elevator. The lobby is flooded with natural light. Once you make your way to the floor to ceiling windows to catch a glimpse of the fantastic city view, you can't help but admire the colourfully decorated staircase and Christmas tree.

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Finally, a Christmas tour of the Loop would not be complete without stops at the the Macy’s Christmas windows and the Christkindlmarket. Both attractions are so popular that I suggest going as early in the morning as possible to avoid the crowds if you're visiting on a weekend, or try to stop by on a week day.

 

Christkindlmarket Chicago - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Every year, I treat myself to a gluhwein, which tastes just like at home in Switzerland, but this time I couldn’t help myself and caved for some hot chocolate.

 

Chirstkindlmarket Chicago - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

One thing to keep in mind when exploring the city in December - it can be really cold and windy. Big thanks to Chicwish for keeping me warm as I explored Chicago’s Christmas wonders this year. Their cozy sweaters are the perfect combination of fashionable, cute, and warm! I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived in the mail. I also love the elegance of the Cape Coat which will easily make any winter outfit look more put together. If you're curious to see how the sweaters and the coat fit, you can check out my try-on Instagram stories which include sizing information.

 

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These are just a few of my favourite holiday traditions in Chicago, and we didn’t even get a chance to ice skate over to Millenium Park, admire the Zoo Lights, or take a ride on the holiday train! What is your favourite way to celebrate the holidays in Chicago?

 

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Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

Thank you RM Champagne Salon for having us. A part of our meal was gifted to us by RM Champagne Salon to allow us to experience their full service and be able to tell you about it. All our opinions are our own.

 

If you ever find yourself in Chicago looking for a great fire-side brunch spot with unforgettable mimosas, I know just the place for you. The RM Champagne Salon is tucked away in the middle of the West Loop and easy to miss if you don't know where you're going.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

A sign indicates to walk through the cobblestone alley to get to the entrance and start your culinary experience. The RM Champagne Salon is known for romantic dinners and their outstanding seafood, but they recently started serving brunch on weekends starting at 11am.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

With their antique mirrors, chandeliers, and marble fireplace, RM takes you back in time and provides a relaxed yet luxurious ambience. Their attention to detail is mirrored in the service and food presentation. You don't have to take my word for it - see for yourself!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

When a few girlfriends and I  were planning to go for brunch, we decided to try the RM Champagne Salon's new brunch menu as none of us had experienced it before. We explored the idea of enjoying a drink or two with breakfast and our waiter highly recommended the mimosa bar. Little did we know, RM Champagne Salon provides a fully customizable mimosa bar allowing you to combine your champagne of choice with mixers and garnishes.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Their mixers include a variety of fruit juices, and the garnishes are as pretty as they are tasty!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

The mimosa bar is served with a tower of nibbles consisting of bite-sized sandwiches, macarons, fresh fruit, truffles, and puff pastry treats - and let me tell you, it was absolutely scrummy (for all the ones who love the Great British Baking show as much as I do, you know what I'm talking about. :-))

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

I'm already a foodie but having everything come in bite-size format, makes me even happier!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

And the picturesque presentation didn't leave anything to be desired.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

With our eyes bigger than our stomachs, we couldn't help ourselves and also ordered some of our favourite appetizers.

 

 

The avocado toast was a sight for sore foodie eyes. The cheese platter and the salmon dip did not disappoint either.

 

 

 

We left RM Champagne Salon extremely full, slightly tipsy, and in awe of their new brunch. All of us decided that we'd be back and would rave about this place for days to come!

Don't take my word for it but check RM Champagne Salon out yourself! You can make reservations here or give them a call at (312) 243-1199.

 

 

Cheers!

 

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An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I resisted fall for a long time. After all, I'm always cold as it is and the dropping temperatures don't help with that. However, last Saturday was the perfect fall day - blue skies, crisp air, and bright yellow leaves everywhere. It was an Apple Picking in Wisconsin kind of day.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

A bit less than a year ago, we felt just as inspired to go apple picking and found a great place in Wisconsin - Apple Holler. Their apples are so delicious that I'm still dreaming about them as of today. Further, they offer so many fun farm-inspired activities that I wanted to go back there, rather than finding a new place.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

It turned out that we were not the only ones thinking that as we stood in line for 15 minutes to get the tickets. If you're wondering whether it's too late to go apple picking you'd be happy to hear that it's not and you still have two full weeks to go! Our favorite apples - Cameo - are actually ripe from mid- to the end of October.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

After you purchase tickets for whatever size bag of apples you would like, you can start your adventure around the premises. Before getting on the little 'train' to the orchards, we made a stop at the pumpkin patch.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

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An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

A little train towed by a tractor will then take you to the orchards where you can pick and sample any apples you would like.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Or just run around and have fun play hide and seek between the orchards.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

By far my favorite apples are Cameos. They are the perfect combination of sweet and tart - and are super crisp. In other words, the only way I like my apples. 🙂

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

After you picked your favorite apples, you can walk or take the cute 'train' back to the main area and indulge in some home-made backed goods - Kyle couldn't resist the Apple Cider Donuts.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Apple Holler also set up a cute S'Mores station, a face painting booth, a corn maze, and much to my delight - a farm animal petting area.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

You can see how I would immediately make new best friends while apple picking!

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Have you been apple picking this season? What's your favorite fall activity? Let us know in the comments below!

 


 

Blogging On The Go

Kyle and I are the kind of people who like to be busy all the time and are constantly on the go. We rarely take time off and do absolutely nothing. Sure, there is the odd Saturday in winter when we binge watch Orange is the New Black (or any other show we’re obsessed with) in our PJs all day. There was also this one weekend we spent on the beach in Cancun. Other than that, we’re often on the road, exploring a new country, city, or coffee shop.

 

Blogging On The Go

 

The days we’re at home in Chicago, we like to explore the city and everything it has to offer. Given my love for coffee and working in public spaces, I’m always on the look-out for a new cute coffee shop and recently found a place I can’t wait to share with you. In the middle of Lakeview, right on Broadway, there is Maison Marcel – possibly the prettiest French shabby chic coffee shop I have ever seen outside of France.

 

Blogging On The Go

 

 

 

Filled with unique furniture, a fireplace, and rustic French décor, it won over my heart the moment I walked in.

 

 

 

The owner, originally from Marseille, France, serves delicious lattes, sweets, and buttery soft croissants. My personal favorite is the almond chocolate croissant. It’s the irresistible combination of European almond paste with chocolate, all wrapped in a flaky crust.

 

 

 

Because we’re always on the go and often blog while we’re on the road, we spend a lot of time on our phones and laptop. I personally carry my laptop with me almost everywhere.

 

 

 

Shop My Look

 

My shoes are from Guess and a few years old. I linked similar ones below.

The super soft knit vest with fringe is from my favorite Spanish designer store Teria Yabar.

My bracelets are from InStyleCo.

This makes it all the more important to protect our blogging equipment from scratches, spills, or drops. I was really excited when I received my custom iphone case and laptop skin from CaseApp.

 

 

They are not only functional but fit right in with my desire for everything to look pretty and preferably be pastel coloured. The phone case and the laptop skin fit in perfectly with my on the go lifestyle (and style!).

 

 

 

 

I custom designed my phone case – using one of the many designs and adding words to live by.

 

 

You can design your own phone case or laptop skin on the CaseApp website and they will ship it directly to you! If you’d like to design your own, you can get 20% off using the discount code BEINGBETTINA20. Happy shopping (don’t wait too long, the discount code lasts until the end of August)!

 

What do you think of these cases? Aren't they so cute? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 


 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

Going to a white party has been on my bucket list for years. I have to admit that I got hooked on the idea of going to a party where everyone is dressed in white through one of my favourite TV shows. It is such an elegant concept for a summer event that you just can't resist the idea. When I received an invite to go to the White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge, I canceled all my other plans for Sunday, which consisted of my usual weekend to do list, aka laundry, and dragged Kyle shopping for an all-white outfit. After all, going to this party is a bucket list item and it was part of the fun to follow the theme closely.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

We got to the Devereaux Rooftop at noon and were blown away by the sleek and modern design of the rooftop. The turquoise pool in the middle is surrounded by little white tables and white chairs - perfect for spending a sunny afternoon with friends, drinks, and some bites.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

The Devereaux is located in the gold coast neighbourhood, a great location for some astonishing city and lake views. We found a cozy table and couldn't resist the idea of a cool and sweet Frosé, a cool summer drink made with - who would have guessed it - frozen rosé.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

Perfect for sharing fun memories with friends.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

What could be better than spending the afternoon with friends, on a sunny rooftop with breathtaking views, and incredibly delicious drinks?

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

The White Party featured small bites by chef Lee Wolen which of course we couldn't pass up. Shortly after we started sipping on our drinks, waiters flew around with trays of heavenly goodness.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

We were served some incredibly delicious fried chicken and pickle bites with sriracha aioli and ranch, tuna poke on a nori chip with avocado and sesame, and my personal favorite - roasted strawberry and burrata with basil on a brioche.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

Light, fresh, and too good to resist! Needless to say, I grabbed a bite every time these trays came around.

Us girls couldn't resist a few snaps to show off our pretty white party outfits.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

White Party Outfit Ideas Under $100

 

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

And couldn't resist the tray of delicious bites as they came by again ...

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

Stuffed and slightly tipsy from the many Frosés in the sun, we slowly made our way back home.

 

White Party at the Devereaux Rooftop Lounge

 

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My tassel earrings are currently on sale for $6.99 and come in a variety of colours.

White Purse | Dainty Necklace

My dress is from H&M and quite a few years old. I linked similar options below.

 

 

It was the perfect Sunday afternoon with friends. Have you been to a white party before and did you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments below.


 

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St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago

If you're planning a trip to Chicago in the future and don't mind the cold March weather, we should let you in on one of Chicago's best party traditions: St. Patrick's Day.

This year marks the first year of us being in town for St. Patrick's Day and since Chicago's celebration of the feast of St. Patrick is often rated as one of the best (or greenest) in the world (check out this article), we couldn't pass up on the opportunity to roam the streets and watch the river dyeing. 

We started the day early, hoping to beat the crowds, which was exactly what thousands of other people had planned to do as well. We walked towards the Chicago River and didn't expect much. Let's be honest, almost all pictures you see online are edited and I was certain, so was the green in the green river pictures. I was wrong! And how wrong I was! There it was, a body of water as green as a neon green highlighter, spanning the entire block between State Street and Michigan Avenue.

 

Chicago Fire Department on the green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

 

Fighting through the crowds, we managed to get to the top of Irv Kupcinet Bridge, or Wabash Avenue bridge, to take some pictures of the spectacular view. 

 

Yellow Chicago Water Taxi on the green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

 

Kyle in front of the green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

 

Of course, we were doing our best to fit in and wore a lot of green. I was particularly happy to be able to use my green summer purse on a Chicago winter day.

 

Bettina and Kyle in front of the green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

 

Bettina in front of the green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day carrying a green purse

 

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After a while, the cold started to get to us and we decided to warm up with some matcha latte and green icing cupcake at Goddess and the Baker.  It's a very cute cafe with delicious baked goods, all decorated for the festivities. 

 

Neon sign eat now caffeinate at Goddess and the Baker

 

Colourful bird wallpaper at Goddess and the Baker

 

Assortment of Sweets at Goddess and the Baker

 

Delicious Goddess and the Baker Cupcake with green St. Patrick's Day Decoration

 

Full disclosure, there may also have been some of their famous rainbow cake.

 

Rainbow cake at Goddess and the Baker

 

Happy to have escaped the crowds, we happily sipped on our teas while catching up with friends and watching the party from our cozy and warm seats.


 

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It’s High Time for High Tea, Hotel Peninsula Chicago

In case you’re planning a weekend getaway to Chicago, I know just the right place to spend an elegant afternoon. Especially, if you’re visiting during the cold winter months. This is the perfect place to rent some ice skates and enjoy a romantic afternoon on the rink, away from the hustle and bustle on Michigan Avenue, followed by a great meal or afternoon tea. The Sky Rink at the Peninsula Hotel.

Sarah and I followed the little blue ice rink signs until we arrived in front of a completely empty ice rink outdoors on the 4th floor of the hotel, including a rustic Swiss chalet.

 

 

 

After renting our skates, which are $15 each, we stumbled onto the ice (yes, you read correctly, at least it was a graceful stumble).

 

 

We were both excited about the ice skating adventure, though we had forgotten that we’re not actually very talented ice skaters. Luckily for us, this was the end of the skating season and so the “ice” was really a plastic substitute.

 

 

 

After a few rounds, and not yet making complete fools of ourselves, we decided not to test our luck any further and head inside for some afternoon tea.

Seated right at the window and overlooking the ice rink, we chose our teas and enjoyed the view.

 

 

I must admit, I had quite high expectations of the high tea. The last time I went for high tea was last year in the UK (story to follow in a future blog post) and it was amazing. So the stakes were high.

 

 

 

 

The scones had arrived and we couldn’t wait to dig in.

 

 

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Together with two types of scones, we were served raspberry jam, lemon custard, and some proper clotted cream.

 

 

It was absolutely scrumptious! We were in food heaven and happily finished it all. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

 

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3 Arts Café, Restoration Hardware

We found the perfect café and winter brunch spot in Chicago!

The food is outstanding, the atmosphere very chic, and you are seated amongst live trees and plants dotted throughout the courtyard. Did I mention the fountain and chandelier?

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle and I decided to have a pre-Valentine’s Day brunch at a place which I stumbled across on Instagram. (Thank you @insta_chicago) It’s a café in the courtyard of the Chicago Gold Coast Restoration Hardware store. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, the café seems to be one of those hidden gems – only that it’s not very hidden.

They don’t take reservations so we decided to arrive close to opening given that it was Sunday morning. We arrived only 15 minutes past opening time and the wait was already 1.5 hours. Most people would turn around at the mention of at least 1.5 hours until eating, especially if you're already hungry, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to stroll around the store.

 

 

5 levels filled with different styles of furniture and home décor. I was melting away.

 

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Our wait paid off as we were seated right by the fountain in the centre of the courtyard.

Of course,  we had to start off our pre-Valentine’s Day celebration with two glasses of sparkling…

 

 

Closely followed by the all-star Delice de Bourgogne cheese plate with oven-fresh bread.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

 

 

Needless to say that I polished off all the roasted pecans before breakfast.

 

 

We couldn’t leave without trying their amazing fries with aioli – very much worth overeating for.

 

 

Having eaten way too much as always, we left without dessert but very happy to have found another great brunch spot in Chicago to take family and friends to whenever they are in town.

 

 

 

If you decide to grab a bite at 3 Arts Café, make sure you arrive early or on a weekday to avoid long wait times. For those who struggle to get out of bed early enough, there are plenty of things to do and see in the Restoration Hardware store while you’re waiting for your table. It’s well worth the wait.


 

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