One of my most favorite parts about living in Chicago is the constant flow of visitors. Its seems like every other week someone we know is in town for business, to see family, or just for a quick weekend getaway. Matt and I always laugh that we had more visitors in our first two months of living in Chicago than we did during our four year stay in tiny Texas grad school land. (We laugh, but its true.) So last week when my friend and sorority sister Emily emailed me to let me know she'd be in town for a few days, I was thrilled! There are few things I love more than seeing old friends and showing off our fabulous city, so the chance to combine the two is a definite win in my book!
We met for dinner and drinks at Scoozi, one of the oldest Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants in the city. I'd heard pretty good things about it and had been wanting to try it for a while, so luckily Emily was trusting and up for trying something new. And in shocking dinner news, Matt and I arrived early! I didn't even know I was capable of such things :)
And you know what they say...the early bird gets the wine! So wine we did :) Scoozi's wine list was posted on the wall, and I was grateful for the variety in both type and price. (Sometimes wining and dining in Chicago can get a bit insane pricewise. so its always refreshing when restaurants here have options.)
Emily (on the right) and her good friend Holly (who after 5 minutes I felt like I'd known for years.) I love that they have been friends forever and though they live in different cities, they make it a point to travel together every so often.
Matt's birthday didn't technically start for a few more hours, but I couldn't resist the chance to surprise him with a birthday dessert. Unfortunately our server didn't catch my stealth signals, so I pretty much spelled it out in front of Matt (and half the restaurant) that I wanted a candle in our dessert lol.
What could be better than happy-almost-birthday profiteroles?
After finishing up at Scoozi, we headed to Fountainhead for my friend Christie's going away party. I am going to miss her so much its insane! The past year in Chicago has been incredible, and Matt and I owe so much of that to Christie. She has graciously showed us so much of the city, helping us transition from tourist Texans to almost-native Chicagoans. Its been so fun this past year to relieve our elementary school days, having impromptu sleepovers, movie nights, and late night laugh sessions. And though I wanted to cry myself into a puddle when I hugged her goodbye, I vowed not to be "that girl" bawling in a bar.
PS: Christie, I miss you already. Are you ready for a reunion yet? :)
Excuse me for being a sorority cheeseball here, but there really is something special about the bond you share with your sorority sisters. Time goes by, people change, but there's something comforting about coming back together long after rush skits, Kappa tshirts, and 700 College Bachelor/Bachelorette watch parties :)
And since Matt was with me (and we were actually early), I was able to get a quick OOTD picture...
Top: Ann Taylor
Bracelet: Ann Taylor
Heels: Ann Taylor
Bag: Charles David
Scarf (on bag): Anthropologie
I hadn't originally intended to wear the blazer, but in true Chicago fashion, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees as we were leaving. Typical. Luckily though, Matt and I are getting away from the Chicago weather for a few days, as we are heading to Arizona tomorrow to see Matt's family and go to his cousin's wedding. Hooray for sunshine, no humidity and the chance to wear open toed shoes! Its the little things, right? :)