Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Morning Routine & A Giveaway: Artful Blogging Magazine (Giveaway Closed)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I once interviewed for a job at a hair salon and one of the interview questions was, "Are you a morning lark, or a night owl?" It was there way of finding out if you were a morning person or a night person.

To answer that question, I am a morning lark. Not a night owl. I really appreciate mornings, when the rest of the world is still quiet. Here is my morning routine.

6:15 am - alarm goes off.
6:30 am - check my phone for a few minutes until my eyes adjust.
6:45 am - walk mort around the block.
7:00 am - feed mort. make coffee. brush teeth.
7:15 am - enjoy coffee and magazines and books and youtube until i have to get ready.
7:45 am - do makeup and hair.
8:00 am - get dressed.
8:15 am - head out the door.

It's always important to me to be able to slowly drink my coffee, and enjoy a few moments in the morning all to myself. I love when I first walk outside, the air is a bit cool from the night's cold blanket, and the streets are quiet. It isn't until after 7am that the traffic and road noise picks up, echoing between the buildings. In those quiet moments, before I'm exposed to the day's external influences, I find that I am the most creative.

A few weeks ago, I posted about my blog being featured in Artful Blogging magazine! I am featured in the Autumn 2016 issue, among wonderful company. They are kindly giving away an issue of Artful Blogging to one Hygge and Wool reader! In order to qualify to win, you must be a US Resident. There will only be 1 winner, which will be selected on October 1st, 2016. The only thing you have to do is comment on this blog post telling me if you are a morning lark, or a night owl. When do you feel the most creative?

Giveaway closed on October 1st, 2016.
The winner is Stephanie

Even if you don't win, you can purchase the issue, or a subscription, on their website. You can even find a store near you that sells their magazines here. Good luck! xo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What Yelle Wore // Natural History

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What I Wore
Blouse c/o: Tidebuy // Jeans: H&M // Flats: Modcloth // Necklace: Laite Jewelry // Glasses: Firmoo

One of my new favorite things to shop for is natural history themed clothing that I can wear to work. Working at a museum that also is a research institution, the options are endless. I have a few insect blouses, a botanical dress, a bee bobby pin, a butterfly belt, and even a bird dress. My coworker is the reigning queen of bird dresses, and together we are always seeking out new items that compliment our love for natural history.

Tidebuy reached out to me to review a product, and once I saw this starfish blouse, I knew it would be perfect for work as a nod to the museum's division of invertebrates. Blouses can be stuffy, but put a natural history pattern on them and it makes it a little fun and very fitting for the museum. So naturally, I had to take photos of this great blouse at the museum! 

I never felt it in Florida, but in Chicago I definitely sense the change in seasons. As soon as spring came, summer shortly followed it. I wanted to be outside at restaurants and festivals, out and about with friends after a winter spent inside. And now, after a full and complete Chicago summer, I am ready to spend time in fall clothes, partaking in autumn traditions, and I'm looking forward to the quiet winter at home ahead. These past two weekends have been low-key, spent around the apartment, close to home. It's true that the older you get, the more responsibilities you take on, inevitably. These days, my time is worth so much to me, so I really appreciate the weekends that I have no where to be, the only plans are to be home with my dog, and some close friends.

More time at home means more cooking. I was helping out with the edible garden at the museum and brought home a zucchini. I've been making zucchini a lot lately, so I tried something I haven't made before, zucchini bread! It was quite delicious and made for the perfect afternoon snack with tea at my desk. However, when I first took it out of the oven, I had a little mis-hap and burned my arm pretty badly. You might be able to see my bandage in one of the photos above, but I was trying to discreetly keep it out of frame. Oh well, I'll continue to cook and bake, especially with the holidays around the corner. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Playing Tourist Around Town

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Meet the cast! From left to right: Abby, Kayla, me, Stephanie, Megan. My closest girlfriends from Orlando, FL came to visit me this summer! What began as a solo trip for one, turned into nearly a week-long girls trip. I was able to take a few days off with them to play tourist and show them my favorite spots. If you have a girls weekend in Chicago coming up, I highly recommend the following places that we visited. Here we are! 






First stop: Lush Wine Bar

My uncle is a wine distributor, and my cousin is the Ema on this wine bottle! So of course, we had to have this wine with our dinner. I love this place to take girlfriends and moms. It's got a great menu of small plates and items to pick on like popcorn - perfect to pair with after-dinner prosecco.

Next: Green Mill Jazz Club

Amazing jazz. I wish I was as good at anything as good as they are at playing their instruments. We enjoyed some really amazing music, and I can't wait to go again.

Next: The Architecture River Boat Tour

It was a rainy day, but I love this tour. It's the best view of the city and you learn so much about Chicago.

Next: Fox Bar

Upstairs inside of the Soho House, a members only lounge, there's Fox Bar. One of the bartenders won best bartender in Chicago this year! We all got the same drink - the Cat Damen. We sipped our cocktails at a corner table and enjoyed the very chill atmosphere. The coziness of this bar reminds me of a library. 

Next up: Chicago Athletic Association

We stopped for drinks and burgers in the lobby. I love this hotel for it's gorgeous decor. The lobby is full of comfortable couches for you to rest your feet after a day of walking. All of the wood work, the fireplaces, and the books everywhere remind me of a Hogwarts common room. 

Next: Black Dog Gelato

Best gelato flavors in town! My favorites are the sesame fig gelato, and the goat cheese cashew gelato.

Next: Small Cheval

Best burgers, hands down. Au Cheval typically has at least an hour wait - even on a weekday. It's great that they have their sister restaurant, Small Cheval, that only sells their tasty burgers so that you don't have to wait.

Next:  Exploring Downtown

The Bean!

The Art Institute!

Buckingham Fountain!

Next: 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

Love their goat cheese empanadas! They've got a great lounge area for you to hang out in while you wait for a table - this makes it great for large groups. Also, it's BYOB! We brought white wine and red wine and they have sangria pitchers for you to pour it in!

Next on our list: Goose Island Brewery

We went beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery! We all loved Gillian the best, and many of our favorites were their sour beers. We bought some hoodies, which we later got complimented on all around Chicago!

Next up: Mahalo

A Hawaiian restaurant with delicious coconut shrimp and pina coladas. And I'm from Florida, so I've tasted many coconut shrimp and pina coladas! But this put a lot of Floridian restaurants to shame.

Next up: Lost Lake

All I can say is best tiki drinks in town!
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