Chicago Go-Tos

Chicago Go-Tos

For someone who enjoys traveling so much, coming home to Chicago is always an amazing feeling. As I  look out the window of my Uber, I always love being greeted by the skyline and know I’ve chosen a world-class city to call home. Between showing around out of town guests or receiving texts from friends asking for suggestions before coming into the Windy City, I  felt like it was time to chronicle my favorites over the past five years of living here.

Eat: If you’re coming to Chicago and you only have time to do one thing, it better be eat! I’ve been to some amazing places around the world with great food and Chicago is honestly my favorite food city. Some of my top picks include:

 

Willow Room for Brunch, RL Restaurant and Honey Butter Chicken for Lunch, and Little Goat Diner, Mott St. and Antique Taco for Dinner.

Restaurants here come and go, but the real winners stick around. Do you research first, or just come to me first. 😉

Drink: Chicago is also home to some spectacular cocktails and mixologist. Keep in mind a good drink is gonna cost you, depending on your location. The farther from the city center you go, the more affordable your drink will be. Think… $17 for the Grant Park view at Cindy’s or the $8 house punch at my favorite, The Whistler, in Wicker Park.

 

Other musts include The Broken Shaker (inside Freehand hotel), Billy Sunday in Logan Square, MoneyGun and Park & Field.

Do: You can never get bored here, another plus of the city. Even in its coldest months, there’s at least a handful of events or exhibits to check out. For a scenic views, try Field Museum, (featured pictured) the greenery around Garfield Park Observatory, or just walk around Lincoln Park Zoo!

 

For brunch and home inspiration, try Restoration Hardware and its 3 Arts Cafe.Shopping is just as good too, my personal favorites are UnaMae’s in Wicker Park, Festive Collective, and Gather Home+Lifestyle.

 

My absolute favorite part about Chicago is that it’s always changing. I’ve been here for five years and my list of new places to explore continues to grow! I’m always finding new murals to snap, bites to savor, or hidden gem bars in different neighborhoods.

Curious to hear what your favorite places in Chicago are, whether you’re a local or not! Comment them below if you’d like, just don’t forget to grab some Garret’s Chicago Mix on your next visit.

-TW

Checked Out

Checked Out

With February just days away, I’ve officially checked out of January. January was our trial month of 2018, right? So far, so good, so I  guess I’ll renew my subscription for the rest of the year. Another thing I’m always renewing my subscription on is Netflix my vintage buffalo check shirt.

Although that lumberjack or “lumber sexual”  (not my words) look isn’t exactly trendy these days, it’s almost turned into a classic winter print. This wool shirt is from my favorite shop in Chicago, Unamae’s from their vintage department and its the perfect weight to layer between a jacket and another sweater. The large scale print also makes for a more graphic punch and only set me back $25.

Buffalo Check Outfit

Let the buffalo check be your standout piece, while your sweater underneath serves as a nice block of color. In my case, this turtleneck does the trick. In a city like Chicago, it’s going to be winter till at least April, so I can still get away with incorporating buffalo check into my wardrobe for a few more months.

The rest of the look includes an H&M turtleneck and cords from Club Monaco and you can see other buffalo check options from LL Bean, Gap, and Polo too, all on sale. What are some of your winter must-haves and prints?

Excited to share what I’ve been working on for February here on the blog.

Until then,

TW

Grey Days

Grey Days

Ever since the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise hit the world, I  seriously cannot think of anything else when I’m wearing more than one grey piece in an outfit. This look is more two shades of grey, but I’m loving them both. Grey has always been and perhaps always be, the perfect neutral int the winter. It works perfectly with black, navy and works well with pops of color too.

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I’m a creature of habit when it comes to shopping. A new piece either has the tags for months, until I’ve finally found the perfect time to wear it, or it’s being worn immediately and often. This Nordstrom sweater is the latter. It’s seriously coming in handy with Chicago’s ever changing weather patterns these days. The two textures break it up from being a classic cable knit sweater. The darker grey corduroy pants are another sale steal from Club Monaco. (Seriously, a place I cannot afford at full price EVER but when their larger sales hit, I’m the first in line)

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The blueish grey works well against the lighter heather grey of the sweater and have a great fit. Wearing grey shouldn’t be reserved for sweatpants and athletic wear, it can be just as chic as black or any other monochromatic look.

-TW

The Year Ahead

The Year Ahead

Oh My My My, (seriously, cannot get enough of this Troye Sivan song) how is it already the last full week of January?! Is time ever going to slow down… guess not? I figured with this first month of 2018 coming to a close, it’d be nice to check in on how those resolutions I made for myself are going.

Those resolutions included living in the present, vulnerability and thinking about my career. They’re bigger picture resolutions but so far so good I’d say. This month has been busy, filling my work and social calendar and trying to get on even footing with the new year ahead.

Vulnerability and being present can be really difficult for me, as a perfectionist. It’s hard to not think big picture, or how one decision can lead to many more down the road, but I’m doing my absolute best to throw out that self written rule book. Especially in my relationships, both old and new. Everyone needs to let themselves off the hook every once and while, including myself. This goes for everyone out there dating too, considering that’s a whole other story for another day, but vulnerability is key with that too!

In work, I’ve been able to contribute to new projects and ideas that luckily have been implemented. Communication in your career is key and I’m learning that being your biggest advocate is the only way to succeed. Stand up for yourself, ask questions and make your voice heard.

In lighter resolutions, I’m still easing back into that “healthy lifestyle” I’m always saying I’ll start in the new year. *fingers crossed* I’ll be announcing a trip or two soon, my itch to travel is basically a rash at this point. (sorry for that visual)

2018 is looking pretty good so far! How are your resolutions going? Sticking to them or having a hard time keeping on track?

Here’s to the year ahead,

TW

Jack of all Trades

Jack of all Trades

For someone who isn’t into face masks, eye creams, or other grooming trends, the one consistent place I put my effort into is my hair. After looking at the insta-story I  posted, recapping my favorite looks of 2017, I  noticed that my hair looks completely different as I  went through each month. Short, long, blonde, chestnut brown, and pretty much every shade in between, I’ve always loved the power of changing your hair. Whether cut or color, a new hairstyle can really change your overall look and instill new confidence when you need it most.  It’s safe to say that I  take my hair very seriously, and friends can attest that there’s a chance I’m texting them from the salon chair or mentioning that I’ve got an appointment coming up.

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The guys over at American Reserve Clothing, a boutique in New York were gracious enough to send over some great hair products they carry from Jack Henry. When scrolling on Instagram, or watching Red Carpets like a hawk, I  think we all want our hair to look that effortless, with the least amount of product as possible, both girls and guys can attest to this.

What I’m loving about these two pomades is that they add shine, hold and dimension to my hair without needing anything else. Serums, sprays and gels are great, but with a pomade like this, you just need a little and it’ll go a long way.

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The OG has a more matte finish, the clay, a more shiny finish! I apply it to my hair, damp, let it air dry, it’s that simple. For a guy, that’s what we’re looking for, right?

Give American Reserve a look for other great products and let’s hope my resolutions hold up as well as this pomade does. 😉

Happy Friday,

TW

 

Take Flight in Aviate

Take Flight in Aviate

Like many of you, travel is a big part of my life. I’m either looking for my next dream destination online or already sitting at the airport, deciding whether I’m going to eat Chili’s Too or if I’ll be dropping a small fortune on tabloids before boarding my flight.

Travel wear has seen its share of changes over the years. The original travelers dressed to the nines, even in coach class, but then came an acceptable norm to look like you rolled right out of bed. I’ve stared to notice that now we’re somewhere in between, with athleisure looks looking less slovenly. I myself have been known to wear jeans and Chelsea boots as I stroll through TSA precheck. So how can you be comfortable, somewhat stylish and look ready to fly? With an easy and travel friendly accessory.

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I recently found Aviate, a unique cap company dedicated to share your travel endeavors with simple yet fashion forward hats. Today I’m wearing their Chicago model, ORD, which represents the three letter code for Chicago O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country.

Loving the pop of color and how it shows pride for the city without spelling it out… in a more traditional sense that is. Choose your region and your go-to airport is more than likely available, custom orders can be made too!

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Wearing this has already got me brainstorming on my next trip! Something tropical, out of country perhaps? Who knows, but like Aviate states, play hard, travel often, a motto I  can definitely get behind.

-TW

Photography: Callie Craig 

2018 Inspiration

2018 Inspiration

How is everyone’s 2018 going so far?…. cold, I’m assuming, but full of of optimism and positivity for what’s to come I hope! The January agenda often comes with an empty fridge, a closet purge and the dismantling your Christmas tree and other decorations. This year, while doing my annual sifting through the previous year’s cluster of old photos and keepsakes, I got inspired to catalog what’s inspiring me for 2018 in the form of a little mood board. One’s man trash is another man’s treasure, except in this case, I’m both men.

Here’s what inspiring me this year:

Travel: Perhaps it’s the 9 degrees talking but I’m already thinking about my next adventures, and I’m hoping for some tropical locations. My trip to the Bahamas last year was the perfect way to get inspired to photograph my colorful surroundings and I hope to do the same this year in another island oasis. I’ve enjoyed reading more travel magazines of late, especially Airbnb‘s, which features local stories from hosts and listings in various cities! It’s really well done.

Photography: I finally got a polaroid camera this Christmas which I’ve already been have having a lot of fun with! I’m excited to capture more in the moment photos and maybe even dabble more with black & white shots. I’ve also been loving the beauty of and simplicity of architectural photography.

Color: 2018’s color of the year is Ultraviolet and I’m curious to see how it’ll be worked into mainstream men’s fashion and home decor. Millennial pink is surely here to stay, but I’m happy to make room for another color or two, especially one so beautiful on it’s own.

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2018 should be about standing out, not blending in! Taking risks. Trying new things, with new people and in new places! What are you looking forward to most this year? What or who is inspiring you?

-TW