Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It was a good week. It felt so good to have a "normal" week and starting the week off with a stellar therapy session (I swear, that woman is a genius) couldn't have been a better plan.

It seems like a majority of these favorites are either wedding or Halloween related SO SORRY. But that's life, people. Let's get to it--

I took my birthday off next week so I would be able to see Sammy for part of the day (if I didn't take off, we would have missed each other completely), and he ended up being able to take a half day so we could go look at two wedding venues--eek!

Starting off with Ravenswood Event Center. It's got such a cool vibe that we both dig (but especially Sammy). It might be a hair too masculine for me, but you never know!

And our second showing is with Galleria Marchetti which I had actually discovered years ago (long before I should ever have been looking at wedding venues...) and fell in love with and never told anyone (again, because I had no business looking at wedding venues...). It has a gorgeous outdoor garden for a ceremony and I love the draped ceilings (Sammy is still on the fence about that ;) ). The food also sounds amazing. 

We seem to have exhausted our options in the city, so if neither of these work out, we'll have to branch out into the suburbs, which is fine, but I've always envisioned getting married in my beloved Chicago, so fingers majorly crossed! 

I picked up a few things from Kirkland's when they had their fall decor on sale for 50%:

They're cute little additions to the house for the month of October. Looking to find some more fall/harvest-y stuff on sale for November and for next year.

This guy has been sporting his skeleton bandanas (yes, he has two) like a champ.

I've been loving the cozy vibes in our house lately. It's funny that in pictures it looks like we have ZERO decorations out, but we do! More reason to go ham next year ;)

Asking my girlfriend to be a bridesmaid was definitely a favorite from last week! She's sent me the funniest snaps holding the goofy note I gave her days later haha.

Sammy's aunt and uncle gave us the BEST housewarming gift last weekend--an old fashioned popcorn maker!! My dad actually has this exact one and it's so fun to have around. Can't wait to break it out for Friendsgiving this year and every other weekend going forward okay thanks.

Still reminiscing on the sweet engagement gifts I've been getting. Chelsie gave me a gorgeous ring dish, an magazine for inspiration, and the sweetest customized framed print. And a Disney engagement card!

If that isn't the most gorgeous thing, I just don't know.

Had to share one of the housewarming gifts Alicia gave when we went by Chelsie for brunch. Dinner in a basket! Isn't that an awesome idea? Everything you need to make a nice dinner is in the basket. I loved it.

Alicia also brought me the BEST birthday gift! A pin for my denim jacket this is Dwight's. Stapler. That. Jim. Puts. In. Jello. I mean, come on! How awesome is that? And this super cool Steinbeck candle because she knows what a nerrrrd I am. The packaging is awesome and it looks great in our library.

It's entirely too early to be looking at wedding dresses, but since Chelsie and I will be in NYC in a few weeks...we figured we had to ;) VERY excited to say the least. 

Also must share my much, much, much cooler than me sister's hair. Obsessed with the color. 

This Bub is getting so big!

Nightstand views lately.

Weekly dinner with dad is always a favorite--getting our favorite Chinese food was just an added bonus.

Stayed up late last night attempting a DIY for Henry's Halloween costume. I felt like a mother staying up late making their kid's costume haha. Kinda loved it, not gunna lie.

And if you thought, maybe Alex will be normal for Halloween this year, you can think again. My boyfriend (excuse me, fiancé, people get mad when I don't make the distinction now) and his friend (who is dating one of my best friends) decided to do their own individual costumes, which left my girlfriend Tina and I with shit, so her and I decided to do something Disney related--classic--so she gets to be cute little Boo, and your girl gets to be Sully. Honestly, very true to our relationship haha. Meanwhile, I get to walk around in a onesie and be warm. Take that beautiful women of Chicago in your perfectly executed costumes!

Packed packed weekend coming up. We're seeing Sir Elton John tonight (!), tomorrow we're bringing over the last of my furniture and other stuff from my mom's to our townhouse and then going out to the bars in the evening, and Sunday we'll be back downtown for our cousin's pumpkin party. All good stuff, but I think I'll be taking a nap Sunday afternoon haha.

Have a great weekend, all! xo

*linking up with Andrea and Kate


  1. Sounds like you have a lot going on but it's excited that you get to look at Kleinfelds soon!!! I love both venue options you showed. I can't wait to hear all about the final decision.

    1. It's a lot, but you're right--very exciting! Thank you!!

  2. What a fun week! I love your Halloween costume!

    I hope you have a great weekend and happy (Early) birthday! I hope you have a great b-day!

    Amy @