Gahh, it’s been a few weeks (/months) since I’ve shared some of my favorite links across the web! So let’s get to it, shall we?
This happened when I was in China (battling a 14-hour time difference) so I feel like I might have not mentioned it yet, but HAVE YOU SEEN HALLIE’S NEW BLOG NAME AND NEW SITE DESIGN?! Oh my gosh. I am obsessed, among other things. 😜 See what I did there?
Charlotte tweeted me a link to this and I was crying laughing… Have you seen Single Bridget’s annual holiday cards?! 😂😂😂
This is literally the best thing I’ve seen on the internet in months. Grace knocked it out of the park with this quirky gift guide! (Seriously, if you click on one thing, let this be it. You’ll thank me later.)
Loved these tips from Cait… A must-read for anyone considering getting a pet! (Her dad is a veterinarian, too!)
I get so many emails asking to pick my brain about advice for growing a blog. While there’s definitely not some “secret sauce” as most are expecting to hear, these are a lot of the same tips I always give! Six Tips from Successful Bloggers
I’m always looking for gifts that give back… For every Origins Feel Good Candle that’s purchased, they plant a tree!
I found out about this JDRF gala in Chicago too late and already had obligations… Hoping to go next year though!
Loving Grace’s apartment all dressed up for the holidays!
Dying to plan a trip to Bermuda after Mackenzie’s post!
Did you see Merritt on Town & Country? Go girl!
I know everyone raves about Shake Shack, but I’m more of a Portillo’s girl. If you ever find yourself in Chicago wanting some hangover food (i.e. burgers, fries, hot dogs, etc), GO!! I seriously so freaking good. My go-to order? Hamburger and cheese fries with a chocolate cake shake. (Yes, they put a piece of chocolate cake into a milk shake. 🐷 And yes, I get an extra order of cheese sauce from the fries and put it onto my hamburger because it’s better than the sliced cheese.) I just read that Portillo’s is actually opening a location in Champaign, the town I went to college in. THANK GOODNESS it wasn’t there when I was in school, that’s all I have to say. Godspeed to you college kids at University of Illinois, Godspeed.
Did you know Starbucks is planning to open a few Italian bakeries in the US? Looks like Chicago (West Loop) might be the first one!
Another fun Chicago update — Jeni’s Ice Cream is coming to Armitage in Lincoln Park! Can’t wait to check out Foxtrot.
Loved this series when she did it before… Great ideas this time, too! 4 Outfit Ideas for Winter Dates on The Stripe
And on a bit of a different note, my friend Hitha started a company that makes finding and donating to causes so easy. Through Bridge2Act, $1000 has been raised for the Karam Foundation, an incredible nonprofit that’s been working in Syria helping children since 2007. Here is the donation link if you’re able to donate!