Friday, December 28, 2018

A (Winter) Chicago Travel Guide

I always love sharing my home town with the people I love. That's why when Kristen and Joe booked plane tickets I knew I would have to create another travel guide for all of you! Chicago is a huge city with so many things to do. I had a streamlined winter itinerary for them. When there are so many options, it's hard to pick just a few things to do. Kristen and I brainstormed, and we had quite the long weekend! If you followed along on my Instagram Stories you may have already seen most of our adventures but I thought that it would be a good idea to compile another travel guide for an easy way to see the city in a few days in the winter.


Bombo Bar Attached to Bar Siena is a fun and festive dessert bar! Their deluxe hot chocolates are insane and worth every calorie. You can also spike them which is a little something extra.

Portillo’s THIS is a Chicago classic. One of the few places I’ve ever been that truly has nothing bad on the menu! I love their chopped salad, but I always take my friends here for Italian Beef (dipped, with peppers) or a traditional Chicago Dog (no ketchup)!

Big Star This newer restaurant is across the street from Wrigley Field and their tacos are to die for! I loved every taco I had, definitely try the Walking Taco, that was my favorite.

Lou Malnatti’s Every Chicagoan will have a different opinion. I prefer Lou Malnatti’s deep dish, but honestly you can’t go wrong with any place that serves that type of pie.


Chriskindlt Market A Chicago tradition adapted from the original German markets, this little pop up has all of the sights, smells and tastes of Christmas in Germany.

Zoo Lights: The Lincoln Park Zoo is free zoo in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that comes alive at night during the holiday season! Their light displays are fun for the whole family and a fun activity with some hot chocolate in hand. 

The Bean: The Bean is one of the most requested when my friends come visit me! It’s so funny because it is so simple but you can truly see the whole city reflected into this magnificent sculpture. Definitely a Chicago staple! It’s located on the Mag Mile by some many great bars and restaurants. 

Wrigley Field: Located right off the Addison stop on the L, a lot of my friends want to at least see the stadium! The nightlife scene around there is always lively and is easy to walk from bar to bar! If you’re ever in town during the season, do yourself a favor and try to see a game in there! The history and energy of the stadium is electrifying.

The Museum Campus: Located next to Soldier Field, the museum campus offers a lot of different ways to learn. There’s the planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. I grew up going to there places and like different things about each of them. You can’t really go wrong with any, it just depends what your interests are!

The Chicago Theater sign: Located off the State and Lake L stop, this is one of the more famous theaters in Chicago. The sign is gorgeous and definitely a fun photo opp!


Santa Baby: There are a lot of Christmas-themed bars throughout the country for the holiday season! I checked this bar out in Wrigley in early December and we had a blast.

The Hange Uppe: Pronounced: The Hang Up. This is strictly an 80’s music bar that you should check out if you like experiencing joy. If you like dancing and a good time: this is your place. This is a bar my mom used to go to when she was my age!

The Game Room: Located across the street from the Bean in the same building as Cindy’s, this bar is classic Chicago. Nestled in the lobby of the Chicago Athletic Club, which is a hotel, it has full size Booche ball, billiards, chess and other games you can reserve. Their appetizers are delicious and they’re cocktails are unique!

There's always something to appreciate where you are. Sometimes it's easy to glance over details when we're just trying to hustle in our daily lives, but it's so important to celebrate and enjoy the things that make where you live special and great.

I know that this past year after college, I didn't enjoy everything that I could've in the beginning. I was trying to speed through a chapter in my life to get me somewhere else. That is no way to live. You have to life in the moment of your life, don't skip the chapters. You're here for a reason.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holiday Lookbook 2018

The holidays are fast approaching! Even for me, I've been posting gift guides since before Thanksgiving but here we are, 13 days until Christmas! Although holiday parties can range in dress code, I've assembled some super fun dresses that can be styled for more than one occasion. After all, New Year's is just around the corner.

Here are my picks to wow and excite this holiday season, most are under $100 and from retailers that I know produce quality products. The collage below is shoppable, just click the frock your interested in or each dress is linked below the photography. Happy shopping!

Black High/Low Hem Midi Dress - Click here!
Blue Sequin Sheath Dress - Click here!
Turtleneck Sweater Dress - Click here!
Red One-Shoulder Jumpsuit - Click here!
Sequin Striped Mini Dress - Click here!
Red V-Neck Velvet Shift Dress - Click here!
Floral Long Sleeve Velvet Dress - Click here!
Grey Velvet Wrap Dress - Click here!
Maroon Jumpsuit - Click here!

There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas. Everyone has their own traditions, and that's what makes it such a special time of year. For all the fancier party goers, this lookbook should have you covered! I will also be sharing sweaters that I think are great for holiday events later this week, stay tuned!

I always appreciate when you use my links. Every post takes time, but I love doing them because I know that they help you! I do receive a small commission for purchases made through my links at no extra cost to you. This helps me in turn create more content! Thank you for following along on the Mimosas & Lipstick journey - get ready for more exciting adventures in 2019!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Gifts for Coworkers Under $25

There's so many ideas for what to get for your family and close friends for the holidays but what about the people who you spend Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., what do you get them? They know all about your life, but you're not best friends.

Whether you're shopping for a Secret Santa or just trying to show appreciation for the person who knows your coffee order by heart, I've got just the thing!

That being said, a lot of time goes into these gift guides but I think it's worth it if I can help one person find the perfect gift for someone in their life! I am so excited to brainstorm and create content that my readers enjoy and want to use. I want you to know that I can never thank you enough for using my links for your holiday shopping, it is so appreciated. I do make a small commission from each purchase at NO extra cost to you, and this allows me to continue to make content for you!

This collage has shoppable links attached to it! Just click in the center of the item you wish to learn more about! They are also linked under the photo as well! Happy Shopping!

Capri Blue candle - click here!
Yeti Mug 14 oz. - click here!
White Faux Fur Trimmed Slippers - click here!
Men's Ombre Socks - click here!
Letter Boar - click here!
Black Faux Fur slippers - click here!
La Croix Coffee Mug - click here!
Kiehl's Lotion - click here!
Throw Blanket - click here! It's 50% off.
Long-Stemmed Wine Glass - click here!

These high quality items under $25 are easy ways to cross your coworkers off your shopping list!
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