Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

I guess it wouldn't be a "Friday Favorites" without including some of my favorite snapshots of our trip to Cabo last week! 

This was the view from our room and I literally jumped up and down when I saw the ocean.

Lobby views 

Views from the buffet.

I was promised tea in bed one morning and I got it ;)

Pool volleyball every. damn. day.

My grandma's birthday was one of the days we were on our trip so after I got off the phone with her, Sammy and I ordered her favorite drink--gin & tonic--and toasted to her 

$25 Amazon dress for the win because I'm really couture.

Frizz-ball hair because Mexico

Hibachi on a Friday night.

Fav spot 

We did breakfast well every day.

Always repping my cubbies.

Back for more...

Because I couldn't stop taking pictures of our views.

We have about 100 more worse than this.

plane ride home

As I mentioned in my previous post, we really enjoyed getting away and spending some quality time together, but that sun is brutal, man. If we ever go back, we'd have to go in the winter months when the temps are a little more tame. 

Another fav--my cousin asked me to be a bridesmaid! Her wedding is next July and she gifted us our bridesmaid's dresses as our gift!

I think they're going to be perfect for a hot July wedding. They're incredibly flattering and stretchy (!!) which is a first for any bridesmaid dress I've had to wear. 

Another fav was getting to see a sneak peek of these two's wedding photos. I mean, come on. How gorgeous are they?

Loving on "dawn rising" from Lipsense.

Such a pretty neutral, especially with the matte gloss over it

Sammy and I tried a Sicilian restaurant in Crystal Lake a few weeks ago when we went to see Guys and Dolls and we were floored with how much we liked it. 

Really great photo of him eating their pasta fagioli that we were obsessed with. da Baffone is already a favorite for us. I'm so excited there is a good Italian place to go to once we move over there ;)

Some product favorites for ya (and my thigh, but don't worry about it)
this soft light blurring powder from Becca is incredible. Incredible. It leaves the skin looking so flawless I can't stand it. I won't go back to my translucent powder.

And as usual, Jaclyn Hill is correct. She's recommended this foundation in several videos and raaaaved about it, so I knew I had to check it out the last time I was in Sephora. Bought in on the spot. I'm a longtime lover of Estee Lauder's DoubleWear foundation (and still love it, it's the best full coverage foundation out there), but this Dior foundation is out of control. OUT of control. It's absolutely stunning on the skin and dries so perfectly which is amazing for my oily skin. It's a medium coverage and buildable which is nice for summer. Highly, highly recommend. There's a reason it's the only foundation JHill currently wears. Worth every penny.

Two favorites here from a trip to Target--gotta keep it real--this pretty lingerie from Gilligan & O'Malley and I didn't have to use the anti-diarrheal on our trip. Huge wins. 

Pup snuggles, always a favorite.

Every year, my dad and I work at the Lake County Fair in the culinary division. I always really enjoy doing it with him and my aunts run the textiles division, so it's fun to spend time with them as well. 

We decorate our area with baking supplies and my vintage cookbooks and basically sit around while retirees come and take a look at what ribbons they won on their breads and chocolate chip cookies. It's very nerdy and we're the youngest people there by like 30+ years, but I know they're memories I'm going to look back on. 

Isn't that cake above of the drive-in so cool though?! that was done by a teenager!


I always love looking at the quilts too because I've always wanted to be able to quilt but doubt I'll ever have the patience for it. These were done by the same woman and I love her color/pattern combos, especially that Christmas one! I gushed to her about how much I love her work and that she should sell them and I think I freaked her out a little bit. But actually, I want that Christmas one though...

A few weekends ago, my girlfriend from DePaul got married, so Sammy and I spent the day downtown. Sammy wasn't able to attend the ceremony, so I went and then we met for lunch afterward during the gap between the ceremony and reception. 

We met at Homeslice which has some awesome pizza. I got there early so I was able to sip my high life and read Sherman Alexie's new memoir (also a HUGE favorite right now--it is absolutely stunning) and I was living for the quiet, alone time.

Kate's dress was so beautiful, she looked absolutely lovely. 

How cool is this?!

As always, DePaul looked stunning as well.

They had this gorgeous mirror as their seating chart when you walked in.

And a table to take polaroids, so cute.

The champagne cocktail was delicious...

as pictured here ;) with my handsome date.

The reception was at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park and it was such a fun venue to be at. Cocktail hour was outside in their courtyard among all these pretty blooms and a beautiful white bridge that overlooked a water feature (where we took some sneak peeks of the bride and groom getting their picture taken). 

So simple, so pretty

The centerpieces alternated between this set up of votives, candles, and flowers directly on the table, and larger bouquets. It was so romantic.

One of their bridesmaid's made the cake and it looked so beautiful.

The mushroom raviolis were awesome.

We ate out on the rooftop of the museum and when the sun started to go down, the string lights went on. They had their first dance on the rooftop and then everyone moved into the room right off the roof for more dancing. Sammy had to work at 5 am the next morning, so we left pretty soon after dessert and coffee, but we had such a lovely time celebrating this couple who happen to be some of the nicest people around.


It's a family weekend this weekend as we have two family birthdays on Saturday--a women's-only surprise lunch for Sammy's great aunt and his nonno's 80th birthday in the evening--and we're going to an Italian fest on Sunday afternoon. Hoping to squeeze in a little relaxation time tonight and maybe a Costco trip somewhere in there. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



  1. Alex - your pictures from Cabo are so beautiful! The ocean always makes me giddy too! The dresses you're wearing in your vacation pictures are STUNNING!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Your Cabo trip looks so fun! And the bridesmaid dress is so pretty!

    1. Thank you! Isn't it?! It feels like a nice change of pace from the other dresses I've been asked to wear.

  3. Your trip looks absolutely amazing! I love that Amazon dress.

    1. Thanks, girl! I love it too. I actually went and grabbed it in black as well. So versatile and comfy.

  4. love the cabo photos, we went a few years ago, and yeah. humidity. i've since changed my tropical vacays to winter only, lol. such wonderful wedding pics, so sweet.

    1. Thank you!! Winter only is the correct way to go I learned VERY quickly haha!

  5. Does that maxi dress from Amazon have pockets?! And I love nude Lipsense colors--Bombshell is my faveee. And my bff from high school went to DePaul's law school!

    1. It does have pockets!! It's amazing. Oh I'm going to have to look into "bombshell" now, especially since I just signed up to be a distributor! Oh that's awesome--they have a nice program there. As an alum, I'm kind of obsessed with DePaul hehe.