Now that it’s officially September, I feel like its Fall. Particularly in Chicago, the weather is cool, the mornings are brisk, and it’s time for sweaters and booties. Because of this, I was so eager to kick off this weekend with one of my favorite Fall activities: Oktoberfest! So Saturday afternoon, Big A and I walked down to the L train and rode it all the way to Ravenswood to attend the biggest Oktoberfest in Chicago. This particular Oktoberfest is hosted by the German American Society and is complete with all the festival fun of food, beers, and even a parade!

Now, I won’t lie… We did miss most of the parade, but the parts we did get to see were very festive. There was so much heritage there in that one little square. German or not, it felt great to be surrounded by it. The atmosphere was so friendly and felt like one big family reunion. As far as the eye could see were food tents, big beers, and small groups of people talking and laughing. No rides, no shows, just the smell of brats.

All in all, we had about 3 beers each + our commemorative cups. Big A had the bratwurst dinner and I had a pretzel and a slice of Bee Sting Cake. That cake. OMG. I can’t even describe it to you. Custard, slivered almonds, so delicious! Most of our time was just spent standing and having those beers while talking. It was special and I enjoyed every second of it.

Until next year, Oktoberfest!

Be Bold

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all heading into the weekend feeling so relieved to sleep in, eat brunch, and do all the things you wish you could do instead of sitting at your desk all week! I know I’m certainly ready to dive hard into the weekend! Plans include: sleeping in, Oktoberfest in Ravenswood, and some Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls (shh! Don’t tell Big A)

Since we’re heading into September and Fall is fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about a new fashion series on what to wear that isn’t a denim shirt, a blanket scarf, and your favorite booties (though – I will be wearing that some point this fall!) So to start off – here’s what I’ve got – BE BOLD.

What do I mean? Well simply that. There’s this idea that if you wear something with stripes or something that’s plaid or something that’s loud that you can’t wear anything else with it but I’m here to debunk that myth for you and speak my truth! I say, the more the merrier.

Here, I’m wearing my fave tribal print scarf and a striped shirt, but I love to mix all kinds of prints and textures (see similar posts here, here, and here). Mixing prints is all about being BOLD. So go ahead girl, put that plaid on plaid. Wear that cheetah print with tribal. Do what you think is beautiful! I personally, love to mix stripes with loud prints. I have a few fan favorites like my floral scarf and this tribal one, but this fall I plan to get extra bold and show off a blanket scarf with a plaid top!

So as the weather gets cooler and you start digging out those scarves and long sleeve tops, join me and let’s get BOLD this Fall!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

A little belated (went in March?), but I wanted to do a throwback-esque post to share this memory with you!

Big A had just officially become a licensed architect and a dear friend of his gave us tickets to go see the cubs game! You’ll be able to see in the pictures that it was freezing, but it was still fun! We made sure to cover all of our bases: peanuts, popcorn, beers, hotdogs, plus a visit to get some cubs apparel. Let’s file this adventure under cold, delicious, and Go Cubs Go!

P.S. Joe Mantegna (Rossi from Criminal Minds) was there to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.